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The release of new Snapchat sunglasses has raised more than a few eyebrows. So what are these glasses all about? Well, they have been described as being a bit like Google Glass, although they are a good deal cheaper and more limited in what they can do. Perhaps a more accurate comparison would be to describe them as being similar to a Go Pro that you perch on your nose. They are technically known as Snapchat Spectacles. While you wear them they will record short videos that will then be automatically stored in your Snapchat Memories, which...

Do you dream of taking control of your own drone and sending it soaring high into the sky under your expert, unwavering control? Well, then you will be pleased to see that there are now professional drone training courses being offered in the UK. The people running them have a vast amount of experience in both flying drones and working as commercial airplane pilots. The name of the company is UAV Air and the airline experience comes from 4 highly experienced pilots. The drone experience comes from the people behind the Clolud12 and UAViate...

A fascinating new report carried out by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis from Austria suggests that modern technology could be making our brain stay younger for longer. They surveyed UK people over the age of 50 and then compared the results to similar tests they carried out on younger people, which were done 6 years ago. The headline result from all this testing is that someone aged 50 now has a similar mental fitness to a 42 year old of a years ago. The tests involved checking for the overall mental health and...

A miniature computer costing just £6 is in development just now, with plans to put it on sale in 2016. The firm behind the tiny Chip gadget is Next Thing from California and they have already exceeded their funding goal to raise money in order to complete their work on it. The device is the size of a credit card but will hold a 1GHz processor, 4BG of internal memory and 512MB of RAM. The success of the barebones Raspberry Pi computer has led to a number of rivals like this one appearing on the market recently. This new computer will certainly...

The long-awaited Oculus Rift virtual reality headset looks as though it will be with us near the start of next year. The firm behind the headset is called Oculus VR and they say that a launch in the first quarter of 2016 has been scheduled for it. Up until this point the world has only seen developer kits of the Rift, that have been produced to let games developers work with it. These are said to not represent what we can expect to be the eventual product sold to customers. The story of the Oculus Rift has been a long and interesting one...

How would like to shoot fireballs out from your wrists like the Human Torch? Sure, it isn’t the kind of thing you get asked very often but it is now finally an option you can really consider. Pyro is the name of the gadget that lets you release great balls of fire from a wristband. It has come about in a collaboration between the magic trick firm Ellusionist and magician Adam Wilber. The device has 4 separate barrels and each of them can fire off a ball of flames up to about 3 metres. After unloading the fireballs you need to reload...

With the prospect of UK cities being filled with driverless cars getting ever closer, it has been announced that 4 cities in England have been chosen for testing projects. The places chosen to give autonomous vehicles a trial include Coventry and Milton Keynes, with these cities sharing a project between them. The other project will be shared between Greenwich in London and Bristol. The announcement was made by the quango Innovate UK and follows on from George Osborne’s Autumn Statement on the matter. The Chancellor’s recent statement...

The controversy caused by the removal of many links from Google has led to some of them now being reinstated. The issue came about thanks to the internet giant starting to comply with the European Court of Justice “right to be forgotten” ruling. The initial batch of removed links, to articles in the Guardian newspaper and other sites, included details on the former Merrill Lynch boss Stan O’Neal and Scottish referee Dougie McDonald, who was caught lying about a decision he had made. However, the articles whose links had been...

Michael Jackson got a standing ovation at the recent Billboard Music Awards, but that wasn’t the strangest part of the performance. The weirdest part of the whole thing is that the singer died in 2009. However, for four minutes the deceased King of Pop danced, sung and even did the moonwalk up on the stage. The weird show was thanks to the use of a hologram of Michael Jackson. Not Enough Evidence to Stop the Show Right up until the last minute it wasn’t clear whether the show’s organisers would get the legal go-ahead for the use...

Any speaker inspired by Leonardo da Vinci has got to be worth taking a look at, hasn’t it? In this case, the Vitruvio speaker has been designed by Giorgio Bonagruo and Juan Soriano Blanco. It is based on the famous Vitruvian Man drawing by the artist. The iconic image of a spread-eagled man established the proportions of the male body and was the most anatomically correct drawing of its time. So what’s the speaker all about? Well, the Vitruvian element supposedly comes in with the use of exact proportions that brings da Vinci’s drawing...