Smart Home & Gadgets

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Following the WannaCrypt attacks, which started a week ago, you probably have security on your mind. While you can protect your computer with some solid anti-virus software, up-to-date software, and an ounce of common sense, that's not always the case with everything else in your life.

If you're a bit concerned about vulnerabilities in the real world, here are some things you can buy for some extra peace of mind.

Shared from Kotaku

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Fidget spinners are taking the country by storm, as the Tamagotchi and yo-yo did before them. Unlike those other examples, spinners aren't necessarily toys, but rather concentration tools for distracted or hyperactive kids. They're being banned from schools all the same. In New York, you can grab one at pretty much any convenience store and twirl to your heart's content. If you can't grab one, we'll, there's an app.

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We've been waiting a long time for either the Google Home or Amazon's Alexa AI assistant to reach Australian shores. Both are voice-activated speakers that can handle a bit of your life admin, giving you a calendar update or keeping track of your shopping list. But now they can talk to each other — and they get along — so I'm not sure how long it'll take until they realise that they should just team up and kill all humans.

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You've got your shiny new Apple TV hooked up to a big display... so how do you get all the videos you own up there on screen? Easy enough for your iTunes movies, not so straightforward if your content's on a Windows laptop or an Android tablet. Here's how to get almost anything streamed to your Apple TV.

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Honestly, this is usually the bit of Toy Aisle where we tease the rest of the fancy toys and merchandise we've spotted over the past week. But when you learn that there's a goddamn giant Mickey Mouse mecha that turns into a truck, Optimus Prime-style, do you really need to know what else there is in here? Let's just get started.

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Juicero began in secret. The startup, a sort of Keurig for cold-pressed plant-water — which made headlines for the $US120 million ($161.8 million) in venture capital it secured from the likes of Google and Kleiner-Perkins between 2013 and 2015, and again when it announced its Wi-Fi-connected countertop appliance would cost a jaw-dropping $US700 ($943) on launch — intended to keep its business free from prying eyes, either because it feared corporate espionage, mockery or both. Was it the future of convenient health food, or an overfunded subscription service for bags of chopped up plants?

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According to the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate research, air pollution inside our homes and buildings can be up to five times worse than outside. Considering that's where we spend 90 per cent of our time (maybe more, for homebodies like myself), maybe we should be thinking about this a little more.

Famous for its massive investments into research and development, I had a chat with Dyson's Global Product Development Director for Environmental Control, Paul Dawson, about what went into making the Pure Hot+Cold link, and how we can use smart homes and the Internet of Things to improve our lives.

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It's drone season! It's gorgeous out there and the world is full of beautiful scenes that need recording with a drone that buzzes through the air like a cloud of angry bees. Whether you're an aspiring aerial photographer or a thrill-seeking life-caster, there have never been more options on the market for excellent quadcopters. Two of the best drones are so flexible you can fold them up and fit them in a backpack. We're here to help you figure out which one might be for you.