Nerf updates laser tag with smartphone AR

There’s nothing like a great new toy to make you mourn the ghost of bygone youth. I don’t have the opportunity to try many out at this job, but when I do, there’s an invariable pang of jealousy for kids today who have much broader access to sophisticated playthings than we did in our day.


BigClapper does away with tedious clapping, happiness

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a robot clapping over a human face, forever,” wrote George Orwell, and his dire prediction has finally come to pass. This product – a year old device that I have never seen before but now love – is called BigClapper and it is basically an orb with a funny face and big white hands. When you set it up in a location it will yell and clap endlessly, a sort of robotic tummler that can pick up your spirits while it drains your will to live.


Meet the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in new render leak

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has leaked in a hugely revealing new render that shows off the enhanced front-facing camera, iris detection tech and more.

The new Olixar cases for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 were sent to T3 by Mobile Fun which claims these are the final design cases for the new smartphone. The site also claims to have official Samsung Galaxy Note 9 cases for sale on its site, although photos for that are yet to appear.


The UDOO BOLT is a powerful computer on a tiny board

When we last met UDOO, the team was building a powerful Raspberry Pi-based DIY board with a bunch of impressive features, including more ports and a better processor. Now the team behind the first units has released the UDOO BOLT, a DIY board that can run “AAA games” thanks to a built-in AMD Ryzen Embedded V1202B 3.2 GHz SoC processor and a Radeon Vega 3 graphics card. The system is also Arduino compatible so you can connect it to your robotics and other electronics projects.


MIT’s Cheetah ‘bot walks up debris-littered stairs without visual sensors

After making its stage debut at TC Sessions Robotics in Boston last year, the third iteration of MIT’s Cheetah robot is back with some impressive new tricks. Associate Professor Sangbae Kim will officially demonstrate the Cheetah 3’s new capabilities at Madrid’s International Conference on Intelligent Robots in October, but in the meantime, we’ve got a sneak peek via laboratory video.

The HTC Corp. G1 mobile phone is displayed during its unveil

HTC is gone

Gather around, campers, and hear a tale as old as time.

Remember the HTC  Dream? The Evo 4G? The Google Nexus One? What about the Touch Diamond? All amazing devices. The HTC of 2018 is not the HTC that made these industry-leading devices. That company is gone.


Forget the Samsung Galaxy X, Microsoft’s Andromeda Surface looks like the future of folding devices

Microsoft Andromeda, a new folding computing device in the Surface range of products, is apparently under development and set to be released this year.

The news, which was reported on by, an established and accurate reporter on all things Microsoft, says that not only is Andromeda a “pocketable device to create a truly personal and versatile computing experience,” but also that “according to the documentation [it has seen], the device is scheduled to be released in 2018.”


This Amazon Fire Kid’s Edition HD tablet will keep your offspring quiet and cannot be destroyed

Amazon has been putting out ‘Kids Edition’ – no apostrophe, D+, see me – of its Fire tablets for years now. They’re identical to the adult ones in terms of hardware but are child- and parent-friendly, as in they can’t look at porn, ISIS videos or footage of cornfield wrecker Theresa May. They can browse and play in safety. Now for the first time, there’s a 10.1-inch HD one: Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition.