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Samsung WW9000 series smart washing machine

OK, they're not ROBOT BUTLERS, but Internet of Home 'Things' are getting smarter

Feature The emergence of the Internet of Things has analysts in a froth predicting that by 2020 homes will be awash with clever connected appliances. We’re not talking tablets and TVs here, but the brave new world of white goods, where manufacturers are battling it out to smarten up our cooking, cleaning and security systems. So how …
Candle in the dark

Behind the candelabra: Power cut sends Britain’s boxes back to the '70s

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “Would you like to watch a film with me tonight?” Although the timing seems good – it has just gone 8pm – the offer is extraordinary. You see, in the busy Dabbs household, each member of the family works to his or her own barely compatible calendar and so it is mandatory to book in advance before any interaction can take place …
Alistair Dabbs, 30 Aug 2013

Power to the people - if you can find a spare socket

Something for the weekend, Sir? Changing family circumstances have resulted in my need to use long-distance trains more frequently. They used to call them "InterCity" services back in "the age of the train" but the less said about that the better. InterCity trains when I was a child were horrible: dirty, uncomfortable and stinking of piss, an odour that …
Alistair Dabbs, 16 Nov 2012
London Tube Passengers

We don’t talk any more... on the commute

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “Is this the train to Faversham?” asks a woman as she boards. A regular commuter returning to the southeast London suburbs, I always get off at the first stop and have no idea where the trains eventually end up two hours later. “I’m afraid I don’t know,” I reply. “What?” she cries incredulously. “Don’t you know what train you …

Now pay attention, 007: James Bond's Q re-booted

Bond on Film There were others, but Desmond Llewelyn defined the part of Q in James Bond, appearing in 17 films and nailing the shtick with the wayward agent who invariably broke or lost his toys. Q perfected the long-suffering dad to Bond’s fidgety teen, who pressed the wrong buttons to earn an exasperated: “Pay attention, 007!” Skyfall …
Phil Manchester, 16 Oct 2012
Bosch T65

Ten... Kitchen Gadget Treats

Gizmo Week Reg Hardware Gizmo Week logo small Most of us actually have more gadgets in the kitchen than anywhere else in the house. And looking at the list here, it’s easy to see why. There are gizmos for every conceivable task, from opening a tin of beans to knocking up a homemade Scotch broth. Most of the gizmos here are genuinely …
Kenny Hemphill, 12 Apr 2012
Nest Labs' Nest

The Hardware Hacker's Guide to Home Automation

Gizmo Week Reg Hardware Gizmo Week logo small The home of the future is a staple of both speculative fiction and comedy. Back in the 1970s, Frank Spencer caused havoc in an automated home during an episode of Some Mothers Do 'Ave Em. For some of us, the enduring image of home automation is either Michael Crawford chaos, worthy but …
Nigel Whitfield, 11 Apr 2012
Battling Helicopters

Battling remote-control helicopters

Geek Treat of the Week If flying a remote control helicopter is no longer enough of a challenge, it’s time to move to the next level and add a little spice to the mix. The Battling Gyro helicopter allows you to do just that by including an ‘attack’ button on the remote control. Battling Helicopters That button activates an infra-red beam on your …
Neato Robotics XV-15 vacuum cleaner

Neato Robotics XV-15 vacuum cleaner

Review Robot vacuum cleaners are becoming increasingly popular, with a few companies joining Roomba in the market over the last couple of years. Neato is the latest to offer a product in the UK, with the XV-15 which boasts laser mapping, and a powerful vacuum – some of the other models are careful to describe themselves as cleaners …
Nigel Whitfield, 22 Aug 2011
Ten... Outdoor Gadgets

Ten... outdoor gadgets

Product Round-up Experiencing the great outdoors is fundamentally about escaping the trappings of modern life – leaving all the gadgets and gizmos we carry around at home – right? Well, maybe not – as there’s a mountain of technology ready to enhance, rather than detract from your chosen outdoor pursuit, however extreme or placid. To document …
Giles Hill, 20 Aug 2011
The Register breaking news

DARPA wants secure Droids, iPads, iPhones

Sometimes it's tough being an elite high-risk Pentagon boffin. Much though the life might seem like a dream to many of us – perks of the job could include such things as hover-jeep flying cars, self-assembling floating fortresses, Matrix style cyberwar firing ranges populated by replicant sim-people etc etc – there are downsides …
Lewis Page, 11 Apr 2011
The Register breaking news

Technology turns us into RAGING CRACKHEADS

Tech is like crack. If young people were to go without their favourite gadgets, they'd suffer withdrawal symptoms comparable to those of a heavy drug user going cold turkey, it has been claimed. A study has shown that students who were subjected to a tech-free day reacted in a distressed, confused and isolated state. Some were …
Caleb Cox, 8 Apr 2011
Brasso Gadgetcare

Brasso Gadgetcare

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Bob Dormon, 6 Oct 2010
Solar Freeloader Pico

Solar Freeloader Pico solar-charged back-up power supply

Review Running out of battery power can clobber your day and leave you incommunicado when you least want to be. There are various secondary power supplies on the market, but few of them can recharge themselves entirely from daylight. The Freeloader Pico claims to be one that can. Solar Freeloader Pico Solar's Freeloader Pico: free …
The Register breaking news

Google apes Digg with iGoogle gadget

Google has tried aping Digg in a variety of ways over the past few years, but today, it's grabbing for the whole banana. The Mountain View ad-broker just launched its own "crowd-sourced" aggregator gadget for the iGoogle homepage, fashioned after legions of similar services like Digg, StumbleUpon, and Reddit. As usual, …
Austin Modine, 28 Apr 2009
The Register breaking news

Samsung unsheathes screaming phone

Samsung has released a mobile phone with the ability to scream as loud as a snowmobile or motorcycle. And when we say "motorcycle", we're not talking about a smoothly purring BMW R 1200 RT. The Samsung SPH-W7100's alarm siren pumps out a ear-splitting 100db. Think of that insensitive punk with after-market pipes blatting up …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Feb 2009
The Register breaking news

Gadget-buying Taliban 5th column in Blighty - shock!

Comment Widespread media reports suggest Taliban bomb-makers in Afghanistan use electronics sourced in the UK - perhaps bought by British or British-resident Muslim sympathisers. These stories are based on a report by the Telegraph, covering a briefing given to UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband by the commander and staff of 3 …
Lewis Page, 23 Feb 2009

Atek Logio password storage gadget

Review Whether you’re logging on to a computer, withdrawing cash from a hole in a wall or reviving a comatose mobile phone, passwords are a daily nuisance necessity. With so many mundane tasks requesting usernames and passwords, a possible solution to this ongoing memory game is the Atek Logio Secure Password Organiser, which acts as …
Bob Dormon, 21 Jan 2009

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