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An artist's impression of the magnetar in the Westerlund 1 star cluster (Image: ESO/L. Cal...

Magnetars are extremely dense and highly magnetic neutron stars that can form when a star goes supernova. They are extremely rare, and until now, it has been difficult to determine how and why they form. However, thanks to new data collected by the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile, astronomers believe they have finally solved the great mystery.  Read More

The HTC One (M8) and HTC One mini 2 may look similar, but there are some significant diffe...

While it’s HTC’s One (M8) handset that’s been grabbing the headlines over the last couple of months, its not the only smartphone on the company’s roster. Announced today, the awkwardly named HTC One mini 2 takes some significant cues from the larger device, but comes in a more compact package. Read on as Gizmag compares HTC’s top two Android handsets for 2014.  Read More

The HTC One Mini 2 takes significant design cues to from its big brother

HTC has announced the successor to last year's One Mini smartphone - the One Mini 2. The device, which doesn't make use of its big brother's 'M8' moniker, features mid-range specs including a 720p display and quad-core processor. Putting aside the device’s obvious naming fiasco, the One Mini 2 looks to be a solid, if somewhat conservative addition to the company’s 2014 line-up.  Read More

Microsoft will sell a cheaper version of its console that does not include the sensor

Microsoft has announced a turn-around on its policy towards the somewhat controversial Kinect sensor, usually bundled with its next-gen Xbox One console. In what is likely a response to pressure from both consumers and the strong sales of Sony’s competing PlayStation 4 system, the company has today announced that it will sell its latest console without the Kinect sensor, lowering the price of entry to the system.  Read More

The small NFC-enabled buttons have the potential to add significant functionality to your ...

Dimple is a simple but ingenious accessory that aims to augment the functionality of almost any device running Android 4.0 or above. The attachment, which is currently looking for funding on Indiegogo, takes the form of a small, NFC-enabled sticker with user-configurable buttons that you simply stick to the back of your device.  Read More

The Moto E delivers capable specs at a budget price

Last year Motorola launched the budget-minded Moto G handset that struck an effective balance between price and performance, and signalled a new direction for the company. With today’s announcement of the Moto E, the company is pushing the equation to the limit, providing low-end but capable specs at a wallet-friendly price.  Read More

The robotic arm is capable of calculating the path of moving objects, moving to intercept ...

Researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have developed a robotic arm capable of processing and catching moving objects in just a fraction of a second. The team, that works at the institute’s Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory (LASA), was able to teach the robot to understand the path of the object and intercept it at blistering speed. As well as being extremely cool to watch, it’s possible that the technology might find safety-oriented applications in the future.  Read More

LG has expanded its G Pad range with three new tablets

LG has announced a significant expansion to its tablet range, adding three new devices to its G Pad line. The new slates, known as the G Pad 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 feature – you guessed it – 7, 8 and 10.1-inch displays, and will sit alongside the existing G Pad 8.3 that we reviewed back in January.  Read More

The Vidameter is an ambitious smartband that aims to take a hand in fitness, well-being an...

The fitness tracking wearable is far from a new concept. Basic devices such as heart rate monitoring wristwatches have been around for decades, while the last few years have seen an explosion of smartwatches and other wearable tech that either cater for, or are specifically designed for fitness enthusiasts. However, while the Vidameter may look like just another wearable, it actually has a much bigger mandate in mind, aiming to take a hand in personal safety and general well-being as well as fitness.  Read More

Using GPS (but not that  GPS), scientists can trace the geographic origins of someone's DN...

An international team of scientists has developed a process that allows them to pinpoint a person’s geographical origin going back 1,000 years. Known as the Geographic Population Structure (GPS) tool, the method is accurate enough to locate the village from which the subject’s ancestors came, and has significant implications for personalized medical treatment.  Read More

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