The Wand now on sale at Firebox

Perhaps the coolest remote control ever, and sure to be a big hit with young Harry Potter fans, it’s now on sale at Firebox.

It can ‘learn’ up to 13 infrared codes from your existing remote and you can assign various functions to various moves: flicks to turn on and off, spin to control volume, big swishes to mute and so on. You can buy The Wand here for £49.99. It’s quite expensive, but then it’s great fun and it does come in its own cool box – see below.

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Firebox launches 'CrapWrap' – intentionally awful wrapping for presents


This tickled me a little, so I thought you might find it amusing too. Gadget and gift site Firebox will be offering a CrapWrap option alongside its more normal giftwrap options this year. CrapWrap allows you to send a loved one a package deliberately wrapped very very badly. It’s like doing it yourself, but without the effort!

Actually, that’s a lie. I’m a bit of a wrapping ninja. You can be too – it’s not tough. Follow the instructions on, and you’ll be the one whose presents under the tree for others look just that little bit more special than everyone else’s.

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Shiny Video Preview: USB Microscope

While Lucy gets to play with nifty little camcorders, I get to fully geek-out with the previously-reported USB microscope. Ever wanted to see what the Queen’s nose looks like up close? Now you can. I don’t recommend, however, that you point it at a tower block and look into people’s rooms though. You could get in really big trouble doing that. Oh… I’ve, er.. got to go. The police have just showed up…

Top 5 choc-tastic and egg-citing Easter gadgets

IT'S Easter this weekend – so what better way to celebrate than with CHOCOLATE! Yes, it's the one time of the year we can all over-indulge without being accused of pigging out, well, assuming you don't go overboard and raid Woolworths on Monday for all those bargain-basement eggs that didn't sell in time for Easter Sunday.

Not that I've ever done that you understand (but you can get some egg-cedingly cheap deals). Oh no, the puns and jokes have started. Anyway, to help you get in the mood, here's our Tech Digest Top 5 Easter-related gadgets to get you really egg-cited. Sorry…

Quit waiting around for the hoverboard, jump on yesterday's dream technology today – MP4 video watches


MP4 watches! It’s basically the technology we thought we’d be using by now, back in 1996. “Imagine the day you can – how’s this for laughs, Doogie – watch video on your wristwatch! Oh man, imagine that! Porn on your wrist!”

Porn, indeed. Feast your eyes on these seven contraptions that will not only give your wrist a strange sweaty odor when you take it off each night, but allow you to watch MP4s on the move as well. Oh, and tell the time too I suppose

1.) Firebox watch (top left) – with 2GB of storage capacity, not only can you watch movies on its 1.5″ 260K OLED screen, but also listen to MP3s and view photos. Charging is completed by plugging the watch into your USB slot on your PC, giving you eight hours of video playback. £59.95.

2.) Vavolo watch (middle left) – as with the Firebox watch, it’s got 2GB of memory, and allows for video playback and photo-viewing on the 128 x 128 pixel screen. MP3 and WMA playback is also a feature, as is digital recording. $99.99…