Top Five Gadgets From The Skies Above America

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Anyone who loves gadgets and lives in the UK will know of the Innovations catalogue. Sadly it no longer exists, it went out of business a couple of years ago, but it was often found dropping through your letterbox inside the Sunday newspapers.

And what you’d find within its pages were some of the most weird and wonderful gizmos in the world. All the stuff you never really needed (ever) but bought from your hard-earned cash just in case – and because it looked “interesting”. I wasted a fortune back in the days of Innovations and was horrified when it bit the dust.

So imagine my joy last week when I caught an internal flight from Orlando to Miami in the States on American Airlines and found a copy of the SKY MALL catalogue in the pocket in front of my seat. It’s Innovations US-style and I’ve picked my five favourites
over the jump. Best thing about it, even those in the UK can order from it!

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Jonathan WeinbergTop Five Gadgets From The Skies Above America

Opinion: Toshiba laptop face-recognition is a waste of tech time!

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Jonathan Weinberg writes…

So you’re buying a new laptop. Large hard disk, check! Fast processor, check! Windows Vista, well if I must! Face-recognition to stop unauthorised people from logging into it, blimey – what is this, Star Trek?

Well, that could be the newest addition to your techno-arsenal if you snap up one of
Toshiba’s latest notebooks, the Satellite U300, A300 or P300.

Not only are they full spec’d up to the nines, the most interesting bit of gadgetry inside
has to be the camera that matches your face to the one stored in the memory, before it’ll let you into the desktop.

And it’s also the most useless bit of gadgetry I’ve seen in a while…

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Jonathan WeinbergOpinion: Toshiba laptop face-recognition is a waste of tech time!

30 last-minute tech gadget Christmas stocking fillers

While I don’t condone the fact that you’ve left Christmas shopping to the last minute and you’ve spent nearly all your cash at the work’s Christmas do, I’ve written this guide because I feel sorry for your techie relatives who might not get anything this Yuletide.

So, here we go with the Tech Digest under-a-tenner stocking filler guide.

You’ve left it far too late to order any of this stuff online, but you have a few days to run around the overcrowded stores in your home town, and hopefully you’ll find at least a couple of these items.

Just don’t expect to find them in the 24-hour petrol station.


1_nintendo_ds_6_in_1_travel_pack.jpg1. DS Lite 6-in-1 Travel Pack

Charge your games console while on the road with this convenient DS Lite 6-in1 Travel Pack. The kit comprises a soft pouch, USB car adaptor, USB power cable and three game cases to protect and store your cartridges.[£4 Woolworths]


2_pc_usb_game_controller.jpg2. PC USB Controller

Ideal for racing games and other gaming control, offering four front mounted action buttons and eight-way directional thumb pad. [£4.99 Woolworths]


3_psp_crystal_case.jpg3. PSP Crystal Case

Offers protection from scratches without breaking the bank. [£4.99 Woolworths]


4_chad_valley_buzz_off.jpg4. Chad Valley Buzz Off

All the fun of the fair with this portable buzzer wire game. [£5.99 Woolworths]


5_spin_the_bottle.jpg5. Spin the Bottle

Don’t waste time looking for an empty wine bottle and making up your own questions. This electronic version will do it for you. [£7.49 Woolworths]

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Andy Merrett30 last-minute tech gadget Christmas stocking fillers

Opinion: All YOU want for Christmas is an iGo!

Jon_smal.gifSo there I was, going away for a festive weekend break to the Christmas markets of Brussels in Belgium with the other half. Thankfully, I was taking Eurostar rather than flying and there’s no real luggage restrictions. And what else was different about this trip to the dozens of foreign jaunts I’ve had in the past?

Well, for once I didn’t have to lug about 73 different leads and chargers with me – making my bag feel like it’s full of bricks and my shoulder cracking under the weight.

Yes, I’ve finally managed to break out the iGO I’ve had sitting in my cupboard for a few months and boy, is it one of those little life-changing gadgets that only really come around once in a while…

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Jonathan WeinbergOpinion: All YOU want for Christmas is an iGo!

Top 5 Gadget Sparklers for Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the 5th of the November – that's how the saying goes. Now Guy Fawkes, there was a man who knew a thing or too about making a statement. If only he'd have done it with his gadgets though and shown off his status with some bling, rather than trying to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

So, as it's Firework Night today, what better way to mark it than with five top sparklers from the techno-world. Unfortunately, not all of them can be waved around in the air and they don't make pretty colours in the smoke, but with gold and crystals on them, each one definitely costs more than a penny for the guy…

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Indulge your bubble-wrap popping tendencies with Bandai's Mugen Puchi Puchi

bubble-wrap-game.jpgHands up who enjoys popping bubble-wrap? Oh hai, all of you? Thought so. The past-time which is only just eclipsed by folding tent rods up, and scraping burnt bits off toast over the sink has just been made into a little electronic gizmo, which lucky OCD-ridden Japanese can get from Bandai when it launches shortly.

Like a game of Russian Roulette, every 100 squeezes of the air bubbles produces a random noise like the sound of a fart, or a woman ‘moaning in ecstasy’. Fear not commuters, as if you simply must pop the electronic bubble-wrap on the train,..

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Katherine HannafordIndulge your bubble-wrap popping tendencies with Bandai's Mugen Puchi Puchi