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Vodafone's inexpensive Smart Mini runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Budget smartphones rarely provide much to get excited about, offering diminutive specs and outdated software. The Smart Mini, a handset from UK carrier Vodafone, improves upon the latter of these issues, offering a more up-to-date version of Android than much of the competition, and coming in at just £50 (US$78).  Read More

The Large Magellanic Cloud as taken by the Swift satellite's Ultraviolet/Optical telescope...

Data from NASA's Swift satellite has been used to create the highest-ever resolution images of our two nearest galaxies, the Magellanic Clouds. The detailed ultraviolet light surveys measure 160 and 55 megapixels, and cumulatively show some 1.25 million ultraviolet sources.  Read More

Samsung's new handset is a more pocket-friendly alternative to the full-size S4

Though it's the Korean firm's flagship devices that tend to grab the headlines, Samsung also makes a fairly compelling line of mid-low end devices. The latest of these was revealed today in the form of the Galaxy S4 Mini. Like the S3 Mini before it, the mid-range handset presents a scaled-down version of its big brother, in both size and performance.  Read More

Lumigrids aims to make cycling at night that little bit less perilous

Lumigrids is a simple, clever and above all useful concept that aims to improve the safety of cycling at night. The device is an LED projector that fits on the handlebars of your bicycle, projecting a square grid onto the ground before you. By looking at the changes and abnormalities in the grid, the cyclist is able to easily pick out potholes and other obstacles, helping them to avoid potential crashes and falls.  Read More

Microsoft's Xbox One is an entertainment-centric next-gen console

After months of leaks and speculation, Microsoft has announced the Xbox One – the company's next-gen system and its competitor to Sony's PlayStation 4 console. The system is designed to provide the user with an “all-in-one experience," adding live TV integration and gesture and voice control on top of next-gen hardware and specs.  Read More

The Vachen Smartwatch offers a more traditional take on wearable tech

Vachen is a Kickstarter-funded smartwatch that aims to approach the market from a different angle to its competitors. The device is pitched as a traditional watch that's been upgraded to include a number of smart features such as text and email notifications, and with its traditional timepiece aesthetics, it offers an interesting, though not entirely unique take on wearable tech.  Read More

ScoreCleaner Notes turns melodies into notation at the touch of a button

Researchers at the KTH Institute of Technology in Sweden have developed a smartphone application that converts simple melodies into notation. The app, which is available now worldwide, provides a simple and effective tool for getting that melody out of your head and into written, shareable form.  Read More

Researchers have successfully combined biology and electronics, in the form of this bionic...

A Princeton University team has successfully merged electronics and biology to create a functional ear that can “hear” radio frequencies. The tissue and antenna were merged via the use of an “off-the -shelf” 3D printer, and the results have the potential to not only restore but actually enhance human hearing in the future.  Read More

We take a look at how Toshiba's KIRAbook and Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina displ...

Last week, Toshiba entered the ultra high-end laptop market with the KIRAbook, a thin and light Ultrabook with a number of compelling features. The laptop is the first Windows 8 device to feature a Retina-level display (or PixelPure as Toshiba calls it), throwing it into direct competition with Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina display. We take a look at both devices to see which (if either) comes out on top.  Read More

Hubble's stunning near-infrared image of the Horsehead Nebula (Image: NASA)

New near-infrared and far-infrared views captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the European Space Agency's Herschel space telescope have provided a spectacular new look at the famous Horsehead Nebula.  Read More

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