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— Health & Wellbeing Review

Review: Adlens Adjustables glasses change focus to suit the user

It's always handy having a spare pair of glasses on hand, but paying for a second set of prescription specs is something that most of us would prefer not to do. Well, that's where Adlens Adjustables come in. They're inexpensive glasses that can be focused by the user to (more or less) match their prescription. We recently gave them a try, and can tell you that they work ... but you probably won't want to use them as your primary glasses.

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— Children Review

Claws-on with the self-balancing Miposaur robot

We first saw WowWee's Miposaur robot at the London Toy Fair in January where it was self-balancing on two wheels similar to its older android sibling MiP. We recently tested out this T-rex's new features, which include an indoor GPS system for its TrackBall, a new phone app that extends the robot's abilities, and backwards compatibility with the old MiP to duke it out, virtual-laser-style. Read More
— Digital Cameras Review

Review: The Canon EOS 5Ds is about more than megapixels

It's not long since conventional photographer wisdom stated that no-one needed more than 12 megapixels. However, after Nikon reignited the megapixel race with the D800, and with 250-megapixel cameras on the horizon, pixels (along with sensor size) are once again where it's at. We recently spent some time with the current full frame DSLR megapixel champion, the Canon EOS 5Ds, to see what it's all about.

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— Mobile Technology Review

iOS 9 review: Apple's small but confident step forward

iOS 9 is now upon us, available free of charge from Apple to anyone whose device can run iOS 8. On the surface it's a small step forward for the mobile OS – there's no drastic design overhaul to speak of and a lack of obvious game-changing new features – but dig a little bit deeper into the software and there's a stack of subtler tweaks that make the upgrade well worth it.

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— Children Review

Review: Smartphone-controlled racing with Robotic Enhanced Vehicles

Remote controlled cars make for some great small-scale demolition derbies, but unless there's a second person to play with, the game gets dull real fast. At this year's London Toy Fair, WowWee unveiled its Robotic Enhanced Vehicles (REV), robotic race cars that allow players to battle against one another or against an AI opponent. We recently charged up a pair, launched the control app, and let the mayhem begin.

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— Bicycles Review

Review: Electron Wheel makes your bike easier to pedal, but harder to lift

It wasn't long ago that we tried out the FlyKly Smart Wheel, a motorized rear bicycle wheel that instantly turns a regular bike into an e-bike. Given that it goes in the back, however, it's a little tricky to put on and take off, plus it leaves you stuck with just one gear. Belon Engineering's new Electron Wheel avoids those problems, by replacing the bike's existing front wheel. We recently got to try out an advance demo unit, and it works just as advertised ... although it's a bit of a monster.

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— Music Review

Review: JBL Flip3 and Xtreme aren't afraid of the water

Portable speakers are a great way to take the party anywhere, but many lack in the robustness department to the point where taking one to the beach is like using a Faberge egg as a rugby ball. To keep the tunes going even on a rainy day, JBL's Flip3 and Xtreme speakers not only boast exceptional sound quality, but are also so water resistant that you can rinse them off under the tap. We recently got hold of each of them and put them through the figurative wringer.

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— Digital Cameras Review

Review: The Custom SLR Dual Camera Strap has got your back

Most photographers only need to use one camera at a time. But for wedding, sports, and news snappers, who often don't have time to change lenses, carrying multiple cameras, often heavy DSLRs, can be a back-pain-inducing occupational hazard. We recently spent a bit of time with the Custom SLR Dual Camera Strap to see if it could make wielding two cameras more comfortable.

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