10 Incredibly Dangerous Banned Toys

They say that it’s all fun and games until somebody loses an eye. Technically, the same applies to skull fractures, poisoning and third-degree burns. Throughout history, toy makers have designed some truly brutal products (lawn darts, anyone?). But with modern-day lawsuits, you’d think we would have curbed that problem. Yet, in their fervour to create the next Slinky, Etch A Sketch or Tickle Me Elmo, toy manufacturers continue to put dangerous product designs on the market.


Microsoft Surface Pro 3: Australian Review

Has Microsoft done it? Has it created a convertible that’s not only brilliant, but can dethrone the MacBook Air as the king of portable productivity? We camped out in our labs for a week with the Surface Pro 3 to find out.


Here’s How Instagram Hyperlapse Works

Instagram’s Hyperlapse allows you to create some very cool looking video timelapses while still moving the camera around. Here’s how it works.


Watch Out Moto 360, There's Another Gorgeous Android Wear Watch

Motorola’s 360 was the first beautiful round Android Wear, but it’s certainly not the last. LG is bringing one to the table as well, the LG G Watch R. Not to be outdone, LG’s second Android Wear outing has a few fancy special features of its own: No “flat tire” on its screen and a ring of ticks etched around the outside.


NASA Gives The Go-Ahead To The World's Most Powerful Rocket

Today, NASA has officially committed to build the new Space Launch System, the world’s most powerful rocket ever, which hopefully will take us to Mars by 2030. The program is now set for development — the “first time that an exploration class vehicle has gotten this status since the space shuttle”.


Magic Bookcase Makes Itself In Neat Stop-Motion Video

Video: I don’t know about you, but sometimes I daydream that I have the power to move stuff or make wonderful things with my mind alone — because I can’t be bothered to move from my sofa, really. Superlazyass-Man. That would be my superhero name. Or Mary Poppins. And my superpower will look just like this video.


Doctor Who Coming To Minecraft

BBC Worldwide has announced a skins pack for the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft to bring Doctor Who to the popular block building game. Which means, amongst other things, that there are now two good Doctor Who games.


Samsung Gear S: Finally(?) A Smartwatch That Can Make Phone Calls

Yes, the rumours are true: Samsung just announced a smartwatch with a data connection. The Samsung Gear S can make phone calls. Because why the hell not?


IKEA Is Betting Big On These Six Small Tech Companies

IKEA is one of the largest corporations in the world, and even the smallest change in its supply chain could have a gigantic impact on its business. After all, this is a company that uses 1 per cent of the world’s wood supply. In fact, IKEA operates a whole venture fund devoted to emerging tech, from ice cream to batteries.


Scientists Find Water Clouds Outside The Solar System For The First Time

This beautiful purple jewel is an artist rendition of W0855 — a Jupiter-sized brown dwarf 7.3 light-years from Earth. If the scientists who just published a new paper on its composition are right, it’s the first object outside the solar system in which we have observed water clouds – an amazing discovery.


Toshiba's New Robovac Uses Three Times The Sensors For Less Collisions

With countless new models released every year, the robovac arms race seems happy to ignore features like battery life, storage capacity, and even price. What’s most important these days is how intelligently an autonomous vacuum can navigate its surroundings, so Toshiba’s crammed some 27 sensors into its new Torneo Robo, so it always knows what needs cleaning and what obstacles to avoid.


Hello Kitty Is Not A Cat, And Water Is Not Wet

OK, one of those things is technically a lie. But it’s not the old sawhorse about whether water is wet. It turns out Helly Kitty isn’t a kitty-cat at all.


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