Apple announces iPhone 6, Apple Watch

James Holloway

Are we really a step closer to harnessing the power of lightning? (Photo: Wim Vandenbussch...

In a development that would seem to bring a whole new meaning to the term Lightning charger, Nokia and the University of Southampton claim to have used simulated lightning to charge a Nokia Lumia 925 mobile phone. A University press release states that a 200,000 V was "sent" across a 30 cm gap with the light and heat generated supposedly similar to that of a lightning strike. But is there really any cause for excitement, or are we merely witnessing special effects?  Read More

Side by Side (Photo: Tammy Kalinsky) Industrial designer Tammy Kalinsky has come up with a simple yet ingenious accessory for the wheelchair which allows a friend, relative or caregiver to push the chair while walking beside rather than behind it.  Read More

Terrafab generates 3D-printable models from geographical data Here's a bit of fun. Terrafab is a web app that uses a simple, familiar map interface with which visitors can select their favorite piece of Norway to 3D print at home (or order a print of, if they're yet to take the home-3D printing plunge).  Read More

Gizmag sits in on Ubisoft's latest live gameplay demo

Gizmag popped to Eurogamer Expo on Friday to see the latest demo of forthcoming video game Watch Dogs, one of a handful of non-sequels set to grace the next generation of consoles upon their release in November (as well as those already on the market, and the PC to boot). Though we could only observe the live demo, what we saw looked like a decidedly current-generation experience.  Read More

Valve announces third-party Steam Machines, which will land in 2014

Hot on the heels of the announcement of its own Linux-based operating system, SteamOS, computer game developer and distributor Valve has announced a range of SteamOS gaming computers called Steam Machines. The machines will be built by other companies with the aim of bringing PC gaming firmly into the living room.  Read More

An unlikely tool for sewage treatment (Photo: Stuart Pilbrow)

A team of Taiwanese researchers is to demonstrate a method of treating sewage using old optical disks such as CDs. The disks are used as a platform to grow minuscule nanorods of zinc oxide, a known photocatalyst capable of breaking down organic matter. By spinning the disks, sewage water spreads into a thin layer through which light can pass, exciting the nanorods into action.  Read More

Imagine driving to the moon and back again six times (Photo: Balazs Kovacs /Shutterstock) After the news that Irv Gordon has driven his 1966 Volvo 1800S a record-breaking 3 million miles, Gizmag takes a moment to ponder just how far that is.  Read More

SteamOS

Given Gabe Newell's description of Windows 8 as both a "catastrophe" and a "giant sadness," it come as no surprise that his company, Valve, which distributes computer games to millions of players through its online distribution network, Steam, has gradually shifted emphasis to the open source operating system Linux. But the company has gone one further with the announcement of SteamOS, its own Linux-based operating system catered to living room PCs.

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The iPhone 5's display is twice as responsive as those in non-Apple handsets, new benchmar...

Conscious that the world of mobile devices lacks benchmarking tests to measure the responsiveness of touchscreen displays, app-streaming company Agawi has developed the TouchMarks benchmark to measure touchscreen latency. In a company blog post published last Thursday, the company reveals that, according to its tests, Apple's year-old iPhone 5 screen response time is more than twice as fast as the best Android phone tested, the Samsung Galaxy S4. The iPhone 4, released June 2010, was also significantly faster than the non-Apple handsets tested.  Read More

The 7-in Hudl

UK supermarket giant Tesco has announced that it is to enter the tablet computing market place later this month with the launch of its 7-inch Android slab, Hudl. Tesco says the device has been designed with "accessibility and convenience" in mind, and its £119 price tag is competitive for its able specification.  Read More

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