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Gadgets & Gizmos: Talking to eels

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Gadgets & Gizmos: Talking to eels
Tech expert Steve Caplin highlights the Tokyo aquarium using FaceTime to help its eels remember what people look like. He also discusses a movie to be made on the ISS, the name of Elon Musk's child, the CAA's lifting of the ban on drones, a WhatsApp hoax debunker, a camera fast enough to capture lightwaves, an app-controlled music box, a music generator and how people are now using Zoom for silent meetings to help focus the mind.
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Steve Caplin


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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: Cannibal robots

Simon Rose
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Gadgets & Gizmos: Cannibal robots
Steve Caplin talks all things tech, marking the 25th anniversary of GPS. He tells us about a robot dog triaging patients in a Boston hospital, at Channel 4's idea for dogs snooping Through The Keyhole and how, in lockdown, a new app can help you connect with random strangers. He offers advice for having parties on Zoom, discusses a robot that eats metal, a bit of PPE kit that resembles a large beekeeper's helmet and carbon threads that can store mechanical energy.
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Steve Caplin


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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: The launch phone entertainment service Quibi

Simon Rose
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Gadgets & Gizmos: The launch phone entertainment service Quibi
Tech maven Steve Caplin delves into the launch of the hugely-funded phone entertainment service Quibi, with some bizarre initial offerings. He recommends some theatre shows to view at home, including the original Fleabag show that became such a hit on TV. He warns of hackers taking advantage of the lockdown situation, explains the origin of the word "phishing" and points out that Google Maps has been updated to show restaurants that do deliveries and takeaways.
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Steve Caplin


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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: The world's first flat wine bottle

Simon Rose
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Gadgets & Gizmos: The world's first flat wine bottle
Tech guru Steve Caplin looks at Apple's new cheap iPhone and how the company is teaming with Google to make a contact-tracing app. He also looks at Dreamlab, a venture which uses idle phone time for genomics research. He can't resist telling the tale of the reluctant jet fighter passenger who, terrified, managed to eject himself. And he looks at a crowdfunding project which aims to solve the problem of how to get a good drink of beer from a can without pouring it into a glass first.
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Steve Caplin


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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: The astronaut helping us cope with isolation

Simon Rose
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Gadgets & Gizmos: The astronaut helping us cope with isolation
Tech guru Steve Caplin looks at the rumours of the link between 5G and Coronavirus before turning to examine ways in which tech is helping us cope with the pandemic. He also examines a mini record cutter to press vinyl discs at home, stickers that will tell you if fridge food has warmed up too much on the way home, a collapsible bike with folding wheels and a 5G phone with a hinged keyboard like the old Psion series 5 devices.
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Steve Caplin


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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: Tech developments in a locked-down Britain

Simon Rose
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Gadgets & Gizmos: Tech developments in a locked-down Britain
Steve Caplin looks at the way in which people stuck at home are embracing tech skills they didn't know they had, while at the same time sales of traditional board games are booming. He looks at what the restrictions mean for companies involved in teleconferencing, video streaming and newspaper publication. Even stuck at home, he explains how you can watch theatre shows and visit museums around the world. And he can't resist laughing at the Australian astrophysicist who, trying to solve a Covid-19 problem, ended up in hospital having magnets removed from his nose.
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Steve Caplin


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Simon Rose

Gadgets and Gizmos: The rechargeable car tyre

Simon Rose
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Gadgets and Gizmos: The rechargeable car tyre
Tech guru Steve Caplin looks at some of the latest automotive developments, including a 3D car display and Goodyear's idea for a rechargeable tyre that extrudes extra tread from a central reservoir. He drools over the new iPad Pro, awaits the first Amazon Go store in the UK and ponders an e-bike that folds down to the size of a sheet of A3 paper.
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Steve Caplin


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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: How tech is coping with the Coronavirus

Simon Rose
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Gadgets & Gizmos: How tech is coping with the Coronavirus
Tech editor Steve Caplin looks at the best ways of using tech to keep in touch with those you can't visit and for home working. He admires the use of 3D printing to replace scarce oxygen mask valves, tests an app to make sure you're not touching your face and explains how theatres and film studios are reacting to the closure of live venues. And if your broadband at home seems slower than usual, he explains why we should blame the gamers.
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Steve Caplin


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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: How to drink crisps!

Simon Rose
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Gadgets & Gizmos: How to drink crisps!
Share's technology editor Steve Caplin revs up, discussing the all-electric Renault Twingo ZE, Citroen's electric city "pod" and Aston Martin's Speedster, a snip at £785,000, despite having no roof or windscreen. He explains why bad guys in movies never use iPhones, a massive CGI innovation for making films, the death of Mr "Copy and Paste" and explains how the Japanese have come up with the idea of drinking crisps!
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Steve Caplin


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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: The social network with nothing but positive comments

Simon Rose
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Gadgets & Gizmos: The social network with nothing but positive comments
Tech guru Steve Caplin discusses the latest phone developments, including Huawei's new folding phone, impacted by being on the US blacklist; Xiaomi's gaming phone; and mobile phone towers in space. He looks at Tesco's new cashless store, how to fool Amazon's high-tech Seattle store, the milkman reimagined and at a social network where you only ever get likes and congratulatory comments.
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Steve Caplin


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