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You might think that fishing is a quaint, old fashioned sport which requires you to use nothing but years of experience to do it right. You’d be wrong. The amount of modern fishing gear on sale means that you can turn your fishing trip into a hi-tech extravaganza if you really want to. The latest gadget for people who want to fish in a 21st century kind of a way involves using your smartphone to find fish. Don’t worry though; your treasured iPhone or Android beauty isn’t going to get soaking wet as you hurl it into the murky waters...

Owners of the Xbox One have been warned to ignore a prank that could make their console completely unusable. The “joke” started out on the 4Chan site, where it was pointed out that you could follow a specific set of instructions to make the device play Xbox 360 games. The sequence of buttons and menu choices which you make are to turn it into the device which developers used to test games. Sadly, if you aren’t a developer than following these instructions will result in a situation which is technically known as a “bricked” Xbox. ...

Isn’t it time we left Earth behind? Sure, the old place has had its use over the centuries but the future is in space, isn’t it? The good news is that there are other people who think like this as well. They work for the British Interplanetary Society and their idea of an orbiting space home might not be a loopy as it first sounds. The plan for this kind of home in outer space can be traced back to an idea from the 1970s which the late Princeton scientist Gerard O’Neill came up with.  The space colony is 16 miles long and 4 miles...

Let’s start off by facing up to a simple fact; we have all fancied wearing an invisibility cloak at some point. Wouldn’t it be great if we could slip one of these things on and, well, become invisible, frankly? There are lots of reasons for not wanting to be seen and not all of them are illegal. However, until now we could only dream about sneaking about like Harry Potter or whatever that annoying Hobbit is called. Did I say “until now”? I sure did. Vaguely mad scientists have devised a broadly effective invisibility cloak which...

How much are all the gadgets in the UK worth? The answer is that they are probably worth more than you realise. Recent research carried out by Affinion International revealed that every day there is a total of £22 billion worth of gadgets being carried about in the UK. Even more incredibly, the total amount of gadgets owned by people in Britain adds up to £51.6 billion, which is about the same as the GDP of Ecuador. Recession? What Recession? What Are All the Gadgets in the UK Worth? Surprisingly, the total value of the gadgets we own...

Is there anything in the history of human endeavour more mind numbingly pointless than the rock paper scissors game?  Throughout the years countless long car trips and dull evenings in the house have been made even more boring thanks to this ridiculous game. Well, there is something more ridiculously pointless than the game; a robot which wins it every single blooming time it plays. Scientists in Japan came up with a robot called Janken which is unbeatable at rock paper scissors when playing against humans. Intensely Annoying to Play...

Dolphins are pretty cute, aren’t they? Of all the creatures which live in the sea these are ones you wouldn’t want to see ending up on your dinner plate. However, it turns out that as well as being cute they have also inspired a brand new kind of radar which could be used to locate bombs beside the road The work on the radar has been carried out by the researchers at the University of Southampton and University College in London. 2 Pulses Instead of 1 The idea which the scientists stole from the dolphins is that of sending out a radar...

Let’s face it; going to the bathroom can be pretty dull, can’t it? Unless you have got a TV, jukebox or PC in there or some other sort of entertainment you probably need to rely on the age old custom of taking a newspaper in with you. Ah, that is about to change if you decide to install a fish tank aquarium. There are a few different models around but if you want to go green then the pictured Chinese one, which is made by Runto Sanitary Ware seems like a good choice.  A similar model is made by California firm AquaOne and called the...

If you have a cat then you already know the importance of giving him somewhere to scratch. Somewhere other than your leg, the carpet, the sofa or the curtains, that is. Scratching posts are necessary objects for cat lovers but the majority are pretty ugly and, well, dull. If only someone would invent a funny one. Hold on… Now you can let the cat in your life scratch away to his heart’s content while he pretends to play some funky house tunes as well. The Cat Scratch Turntable costs $42 (£28) and will let your hairy DJ make even more...

The joy of scaring people with a fake spider is one of those pleasures of life which never seem to grow old. However, you can put away your cheap plastic spider now; a new robotic arachnid is in town and it looks pretty mean. We might as well start with the bad news. This spider will set you back $1,350, which is a little over 900 pounds. That’s a lot of money for a robotic spider so what does the invention from the people at Robugtix have to offer? Well, it is called the T8 and the outer shell has been produced using a 3D printer. Under...