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Top 10 Fun Gadget Christmas Gifts for under £50

James O'Malley Christmas Gift Guides, Gadgets Leave a Comment

Christmas gifts can be boringly useful: Everyone needs new socks eventually, but it doesn't mean they want to unwrap them on Christmas morning whilst forcing a smile. So why not get something fun? Here's our top ten FUN Christmas gifts under £50 - they won't boost productivity, but they'll make Christmas more enjoyable.…

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Top Ten Geeky Valentine Presents: For Him

Gerald Lynch Apple, Camcorders, Cameras, Digital Music, Features, Gadgets, Gallery, Gaming, Google, Headphones / Earphones, iPad, Mobile phones, Robots, Round ups, Spotify, Stupid Gadgets, Tablet, Tech Digest news, Toys, Weirdness 3 Comments

It's that time of year again, where we all rush off to Clinton's for a naff card, a syrupy teddy and a box of Quality Streets for our loved ones. Yep, Valentine's Day rears its sickly head once again,…

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Hexbug: Robotic scurrying insect wants to be your friend

Andy Merrett Gadgets, Robots, Toys Leave a Comment

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Forget useful accessories for your desk and instead invest in one or more of these funky little critters.

The Hexbug is a little creepy-crawly robot (6 x 5 x3.5cm in fact) with touch sensors on its feelers and a built-in microphone. Upon hearing a loud noise it will scurry away in the opposite direction, and any time it makes contact with something it will step back from it…

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Go Terminate yourself!

Daniel Sung Robots 1 Comment

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Lucy Hedges is leaving Shiny Media today. She’s been writing on our sister site, Shiny Shiny, for over a year now and you’ll know her through her reviews on Shiny Tech TV over here on Tech Digest. It’s only recently that we’ve actually discovered that she’s a Terminator. It took us around 12 months of her constantly asking if we’d seen John Connor but it was really only after seeing this image that the penny dropped.

If you’d like to Terminate yourself, your pets or any buddies of yours, then head over to the promotional site for Terminator Salvation and cyborg yourself up. Enjoy and have a Happy Easter.

(via Botropolis)

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GODLIKE GENIUS: CD-Rs that look like floppies

Duncan Geere Stupid Gadgets, Weirdness Leave a Comment

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Yesterday, we had floppy disk posters, before Christmas we had floppy disk gift tags, today we’ve got floppy disk CD-Rs. Evidently the humble 3.5″ floppy, subject of much mockery in the school playground, is now the coolest kid on the block.

Sure, they only hold 200MB of data (though that’s 13789% more than the originals) and they’re a little on the expensive side – at $10 (£7) a CD, but you can’t put a price on retro-cool, right? Right? What do you mean “28p and a blackjack”?

Designboom (via Technabob)

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FLASH GAME CHALLENGE: Topspinner

Duncan Geere Flash Game of the Week 3 Comments

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Last week’s special New Year’s Day edition of Flash Game Challenge was won by a last-minute entry from Bobbo, who smashed my pitiful effort with a time of 273 seconds. Although it was technically submitted a little late, the madness of CES meant I forgot to post a new challenge, so I’m allowing it. This time.

This week, we’ve got a corker for you. It’s essentially ragdoll cricket. Just wave your mouse around, and your avatar will wave his bat around. You’ll get it. I scored 114. Can you beat that? I bet you can. Post your score in the comments below.

Topspinner (via RPS)

Former challenges: Achievement Unlocked | Sock and Awe

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FLASH GAME CHALLENGE: Achievement Unlocked

Duncan Geere Flash Game of the Week, Gaming 5 Comments

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Okay, you’ve had two weeks on Sock and Awe. The winner is Phage, who scored 15 hits on ol’ Bushy. Congratulations, Phage! This week, however, we’ve got a challenge of a different kind.

Today’s game is called Achievement Unlocked. You’re an elephant, and there are 99 achievements to collect. You’ve got to get all of them (or as many as you can). Some are easy, some aren’t so easy.

I spent far too long on the game over lunch, and took 1334 seconds to collect all of them. I might have alt-tabbed for a bit in the middle of that, too – so it should be fairly easy to beat. Let us know how you manage in the comments below.

Achievement Unlocked (via Kotaku)

Former challenges: Sock and Awe | Downhill bowling

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VIDEO: Energy & Efficiency, episode 12

Gary Cutlack Columns & Opinion, Energy & Efficiency Leave a Comment

Energy saving doesn’t have to be boring and about compromises. Here are a few ideas for FUN GAMES you can play, to enjoy yourself while also getting the smug feeling that can only come from doing your bit to save the world.

So come on, everyone! Let’s have fun and save energy!

If you have any ideas for additional energy saving games…

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FLASH GAME CHALLENGE: Metro Rules of Conduct

Duncan Geere Flash Game of the Week 1 Comment

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If you’re a commuter, or if you’ve ever used the underground in London during rush hour, then you’ll be familiar with the horror of having millions of people around you, without being able to look at any of them. Instead you’re forced to stare vaguely into space down the carriage.

This game perfectly simulates that experience. Use your arrow keys to look around, look at people’s stuff for points. But don’t get caught looking! That’s a recipe for someone thinking you’re some kidy of stare-y weirdo. I got 8968 points. What’s your best score? Tell us in the comments.

Metro Rules of Conduct (via RPS)

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