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While it produces fantastic audio, Apple's new HomePod smart speaker has also annoyed early users with obtuse software limitations, a lack of real Bluetooth connectivity, and missing multi-room playback support that won't come until later this year. And now there's one more irritation to add to that list, as it seems the HomePod can damage your wood furniture.

Police in West Yorkshire, England are rolling out mobile fingerprint scanners to instantly identify criminal suspects and people "experiencing a medical emergency". Two hundred and fifty mobile devices are being deployed in West Yorkshire, and the British government says the tech will come to 20 police departments across the country by the end of this year. The scanners remotely check a person's fingerprint against criminal and immigration databases, which experts say bypass safeguards against police overreach. The process takes less than one minute.

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I bet you own a few cords. You might have so many cords that they burst out behind your TV stand or below your desk. Play video games for any length of time and you'll acquire all sorts of cords you don't know what to do with. For just a few bucks you can rein that mess in though and make some sense of the cyberpunk sprawl lurking behind your TV or monitor.

If you're living your life away from power outlets than at some point you'll need to invest in an external battery pack. Only not all batteries are the same. Aside from the various ports you might see on one, such as USB Type-A, micro USB or USB Type-C, it's also critical to consider the kind of power output your device requires if you want to actually juice up your laptop and phone.

Video: As if the fear of a looming nuclear war wasn't enough, Sam Battle, the hacker-musician behind the YouTube channel Look Mum No Computer, hacked together 44 Furby toys to build the world's first (and hopefully last) singing Furby organ, introducing a whole new element to your nightmares.

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Last year, Samsung introduced an innovative new product to the TV buying public dubbed 'The Frame'. These Yves Behar-designed models attempt to make TV panels feel less like technology and more like art. Boasting a minimalist construction and ultra-thin bezels, each unit resembles a jumbo picture frame.

Originally only available in 55-inch and 65-inch iterations, you can now snap up a 43-inch model which is better suited for the bedroom (and kinder to your wallet). Here are the details.

Maybe I've lived a sheltered life and this sort of thing is commonplace. In hell. I know people have compulsions they can't control, but is it really a good idea to enable them with stuff like this, the "Pop It Pal", a pimple popping simulator? I suppose... if it makes money.

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In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a "smart home." I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as I could to the internet: an Amazon Echo, my lights, my coffee maker, my baby monitor, my kid's toys, my vacuum, my TV, my toothbrush, a photo frame, a sex toy, and even my bed.

Google is bringing Nest back into the fold. Nest, known for it's slick thermostats and user-friendly security cameras, was acquired by Alphabet (then called Google) for $US3.2 billion ($4.1 billion) in 2014. Since then the company has grown - according to Geekwire it has more than quadrupled its staff, and it's rolled out a wide range of products, including cameras, an alarm system and a smart doorbell. Now the company, which Nest CEO Marwan Fawaz claims has shipped over 11 million devices to date, is being brought back into Google, and that means Google is about to get a lot more intimate with your home.