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The Nextear earphones are pushed into the ear canals and held in place by the user's chose...

Last year, a team of engineers led by Olle Lindén launched on Kickstarter to bring the world's smallest wireless earphones into production. The Earin campaign raised almost a million bucks from folks wanting to pop them in and strut down the street like Ryan Reynolds in Definitely Maybe. Though the slick ear bullets have yet to be shipped, they've already got some serious competition snapping at their heels. 21 year-old Australian Jonathan Zuvela has developed Nextear, equally teeny wireless in-ear headphones that come with a portable recharging case packing built-in storage and an LED flashlight.  Read More

Team Comfortably Numb's skin-numbing device in use (Photo: Rice University)

There are already beverage cans that contain chemically-activated chilling modules. Now, three students from Houston's Rice University are working at applying the same principle to hypodermic needles. Instead of keeping the medication in the syringe cool, however, the idea is that a special needle cap could be used to first chill and numb the patient's skin, making the subsequent injection relatively painless.  Read More

Gizmag goes hands-on with Apple's next-gen MacBook (left) and the 13-in MacBook Pro with R...

For the first time, you can now buy an ultra-light MacBook that also has a Retina Display. Maybe you're torn between that slim and sexy new MacBook and the company's bigger workhorse, the Retina MacBook Pro? We have both notebooks in house, so how about we take a hands-on look at the two.  Read More

The Aeolus mission, named after the Ancient Greek keeper of the winds, will soon be ready ...

The European Space Agency's Aeolus mission, designed to study the world's winds, is on track for a 2016 take-off. Following a troubled development process, the two lasers central to the project are now complete, allowing the team to ramp up testing ahead of launch.  Read More

A digital code will provide DHL couriers with temporary access to the trunk of a recipient...

Missing deliveries because you're out or the courier not turning up at the expected time is a common annoyance. If Audi has its way, however, it may be one that you don't have to put up with for much longer. The firm is piloting a service that lets couriers deliver to the trunk of your car.  Read More

The Trinity gaming PC offers some distinctive looks

CyberPower's latest gaming rig, known as the Trinity, is one of the most unusual systems we've seen, offering a design that wouldn't look out of place in a sci-fi blockbuster. The system features three "blades", placing the processor, graphics card and storage components in their own separate sections of the enclosure.  Read More

The new flagship Pentax K-3 II DSLR boasts a number of new features including Pixel Shift ...

Ricoh has taken the wraps off its latest flagship Pentax DSLR, the K-3 II. As we've grown to expect from high-end Pentax K-series offerings, the new camera features a sturdy weather resistant body paired with some impressive specs. This time around that includes an enhanced shake reduction system, and the ability to shoot images with full RGB color information for each pixel using a new sensor-shifting Pixel Shift Resolution mode.  Read More

The Thames Bath project, by Studio Octopi (Image: Studio Octopi & Picture Plane)

Britain's lidos, or public open-air swimming pools, were once far more numerous and popular than they are today. In recent years though, they've come back into fashion to some extent, with several campaigns to re-open or renovate aging lidos proving successful. Riding this wave is the Thames Bath project, which has recently turned to Kickstarter to raise funds toward a new floating open-air swimming pool on the River Thames.  Read More

The Shoe That Grows is available in two sizes that last five years each from kindergarten ...

For children living in poverty, footwear is one of many problems. Almost as soon as a child has received shoes to wear, they're likely to have grown out of them and have to make do with them being too small. The Shoe That Grows changes this. It allows children to adjust its size as their feet grow.  Read More

A new e-paper display can be written and drawn on with a magnet (Image: Yusuke Komazaki/Un...

By repurposing and updating an e-paper technology from the 1970s, researchers from the University of Tokyo have created a cheap but tough new electronic display that can be written on with a magnet. This new e-paper could be used in low-cost, lightweight electronic whiteboards as well as traditional classroom blackboards, and its creators hope that it will eventually reduce our dependence on real paper.  Read More

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