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Magic Mouse
Touch sensitive
18.10.2012 - The worlds first multi-touch mouse was recently released by Apple.
Multi-Touch technology introduced a way to interact with portable devices using gestures, beginning with the iPhone and then the iPod touch. Now another step forward has been taken thats unlike anything ever before. The new Magic Mouse is completely smooth and without any buttons at all. It fits almost sensuously under the hand and is simple and easy to use. The whole of the top surface of the mouse is multi-touch and the device itself is the button. You can scroll in any direction with one finger, swipe gracefully through pages and photos with both fingers, and click and double-click anywhere on the mouse. Magic Mouse is so clever that the chip inside it can read your mind. Well, almost. At least, it wont confuse a scroll with a swipe and even knows when youre just resting your hand on it. It uses powerful laser tracking thats extremely sensitive and works on more surfaces than traditional optical tracking, meaning you can use it almost anywhere, without the need for a mousepad. And the mouse itself is aesthetically pleasing; with its low-profile design and seamless top shell it is sleek and dramatically different. It now comes as standard with every new iMac, and can also be added to any existing Mac via Bluetooth wireless technology. Its enough to make you want to buy an Apple-Mac.
Instant buildings
11.10.2012 - Rodrigo Garca Gonzlez has invented a foldable building that is up to 12 stories high, can be transported on the back of a normal lorry and constructed in just four days.

Water everywhere
02.10.2012 - This portable desalinating appliance can turn sea or dirty water into a fresh and tasty supply and has various applications.
It is particularly useful in regions that have access to sea water but not drinking water, as well as areas where the water is not fit for consumption but the building of a conventional plant isnt practical. It is compact and lightweight, meaning it can be carried easily and can thus even be used in disaster zones, possibly reducing fatalities considerably and certainly alleviating the complications that generally appear after a tragedy.
Green to go
02.10.2012 - The Seed Blanket means everyone can have access to a luscious lawn.
The intention of this invention is to alleviate one of the inherent problems of urban areas the lack of green zones, which have been proven to have a positive effect on social wellbeing, reduce stress and have a relaxing influence on city inhabitants. This completely portable lawn is a totally self-sufficient unit, can be placed anywhere, and moved simply and quickly when necessary. And as it doesnt actually contain any sort of earth, it doesnt even make any mess. It is totally flexible and adaptable to any kind of surface and even emits oxygen, keeping the cities atmospheres healthier too. It consists of three materials: the outside surface is made from hemp and the substratum is made of layers of coconut fibre and seeds, which grow through the weaves to form a soft and fresh green surface. The components are 100 per cent natural and biodegradable: once the portable lawns life is over it can be placed into compost to feed other plants.
Free online
18.09.2012 - Square Enix's CoreOnline streaming service is giving access to certain high definition games free. Titles on offer include Hitman, and Tomb Raider will soon be added to the list.

Electronic nose
16.09.2012 - Slightly bigger than a credit card it can detect harmful airborne substances, like gas leaks and dangerous pesticide levels, and has temperature and humidity sensors.

Artificial mind
16.09.2012 - A computer program recently almost passed the famed Turing test that evaluates whether a machine can have an intelligent conversation, and thus think.
3D Glasses
16.09.2012 -

Researchers in South Korea have developed a system using a slatted barrier that means each eye sees a different view which creates an illusion of depth in the brain.

3D Glasses
14.09.2012 - Researchers in South Korea have developed a system using a slatted barrier that means each eye sees a different view which creates an illusion of depth in the brain.

Facebook buys Instagram in $1bn dealGadgets
Facebook buys Instagram in $1bn deal
20.04.2012 - Facebook has announced it is to buy the thriving photo-sharing smartphone app Instagram.
The social media company is paying a whopping $1billion in cash and stock for the takeover (approx.₤629 million). Instagram has experienced a meteoric rise to success since its launch in October 2010 and its popularity has exploded since early April when it was offered for the first time as an Android app prior to this is was exclusively for the iPhone. More than 30 million users currently upload over five million new pictures every day. Instagram is free and easy to use, allowing you to apply 17 different filters to the pictures you take, changing the colour balances and giving images a more original texture before you upload them and share with friends. Facebook's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has pledged to continue to develop Instagram as a separate brand, allowing it to post to rival networks. Speaking of the takeover Zuckerberg said, this is an important milestone for Facebook because it's the first time we've ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don't plan on doing many more of these, if any at all."
What are QR Codes?
20.04.2012 - You may have noticed that for the first time a square box with a strange design has appeared on our front page, rather like the one in this image.
For those who arent familiar with this device which is springing up all over the place these days, its a QR (Quick Response) code. A two-dimensional code designed initially for the car industry, its a step up from the bar codes we have all become accustomed to in the supermarkets and has a far higher capacity for storing information. Its a square module of black designs on a white background and can support virtually any kind of data. The codes are becoming increasingly more common in advertising because of the boom in smartphone use. To decipher one you simply download the relevant application to your phone, run it and take a photograph of the code whilst the app is running you may have to do it a few times. The phone will decipher the information in the code, whether it is a message, a map, a coupon, a link to a website or whatever and an important plus for advertisers is that it brings customers directly to your website, for a really concentrated sales pitch and as an offshoot it allows you to follow up the usefulness of your publicity. All smartphone users have basically now got an advanced barcode reader in their pocket or handbag. Effective and environmentally friendly less paper its also fun to use. Try creating your own code using one of the many QR code generators in Internet. It doesnt need to be business orientated, you could send an encrypted private message to a partner, friend or member of your family for instance. However be warned, there are unfriendly QR codes out there, that are waiting to access all the information in your phone, so do be careful where and what you scan.
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