Gadgets

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They say the best camera is the one you have with you, but the same must go for tools. What's the point of filling a home workshop full of expensive equipment when it's all but useless when you walk out the door every morning? SOG's new multi-tool belt buckles are like having an always-accessible toolbox secretly holding up your pants.

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Video: Our favourite puppeteer Barnaby Dixon is back with a kickarse puppet raptor that packs so many moves that it totally feels like it has its own mind. The tail wags back and forth independently, the mouth opens and closes with ferocity and the body and arms move as naturally as anything you've seen in Jurassic Park.

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If you find your kitchen counters cluttered with food-specific gadgets and appliances, you finally have a good reason to get rid of them all. The culinary innovators at Nostalgia Electrics have created the only thing you'll ever need: The Bacon Express, a toaster that cooks delicious slices of pork instead of bread.

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If you were to stumble across this freaky ring of hairs hanging on a wall you'd probably dismiss it as another confusing piece of modern art. But if you were to give it more than just a passing glance, you'd notice that some of its hairs were moving, because it turns out this piece is actually a functional clock.

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Some cooks pride themselves on their mastery of the grill and are happy to spend hours tending to meats. However, if you love barbecue but hate the idea of being stuck next to one all afternoon, Char-Broil's new SmartChef Gas Grill connects to a smartphone app so you can monitor your dinner while doing anything else.

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Gun violence moves through a city the way a virus moves the body: predictably, but with uncanny precision. New research suggests "virus" patterns can be spotted and possibly help predict and even prevent shootings. But questions remain of whether this can be done ethically, and, most crucially, who can be trusted with this predictive technology.

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When you're buying your lunch today, you might want to take a moment and spend a little more. Gizmodo's Lunch Time Deals posts point out any particularly good bargains for Aussie bargain hunters around the 'net. Today eBay is having a 20 per cent off sale of a whole range of goodies that caught our eye.

There's a "New Year" sale featuring everything you need to get your fitness goals in motion, and a toy sale with everything from Star Wars Lego to consoles and PC accessories.