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Gadgets & Gizmos: Fortnite's world destroyed by an asteroid

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Gadgets & Gizmos: Fortnite's world destroyed by an asteroid
Steve Caplin on the asteroid that destroyed Fortnite's entire map. Playstation have a new controller, Google has a new phone, James Dyson gives up on electric cars, SeatyGo have a removable bike seat, Lego considers renting out bricks and the Eden Project plans to drill miles into the earth to heat local homes.
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Steve Caplin


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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: Make-your-own-flavour KitKats

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Gadgets & Gizmos: Make-your-own-flavour KitKats
Steve Caplin looks at the new service to choose your own flavour of KitKat - for a price. He has news of how fast our thumbs are getting, of earbuds to help you get the most out of the sound at a concert, of the new warnings on e-scooters, of a clever new suitcase that charges your phone as you wheel it, of why high rooftops are being bought up in London and why workers in the UK are sabotaging robots.
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Steve Caplin


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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: How to summon your Tesla

Simon Rose
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Gadgets & Gizmos: How to summon your Tesla
Steve Caplin explains the problems with the app that lets you summon your Tesla - and there are many. He also looks at the drawbacks of the problematic Galaxy Fold and has news of Microsoft's new folding phone, a Chinese phone that is almost all screen, Amazon's smart glasses, how you could soon be ordering Samuel L. Jackson around and how a new Indiegogo project could end the problems most of us have with rechargeable household batteries.
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Steve Caplin


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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: Facebook's dating platform

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Gadgets & Gizmos: Facebook's dating platform
Steve Caplin wonders about the merits of Facebook's planned dating platform, with the company trying to trademark the word "book". He slavers over a beautiful orange juice kiosk which uses peel to make 3D cups. There's a clever new laser projector, a pen that will draw in any colour, a Skoda e bike and life-saving news about the preservation time for liver donations.
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Steve Caplin


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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: The IgNobel Awards

Simon Rose
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Gadgets & Gizmos: The IgNobel Awards
Steve Caplin reveals the winners of the IgNobel Awards for bonkers scientific research. He drools over the new iPhone and thinks gamers will love the company's Apple Arcade. In auto news there's funding for a project to charge car batteries in 6 minutes, a 3-wheel electric car from Estonia and an electric water taxi on trial in the Seine. Self-driving Segways will soon recharge themselves while e scooters could speed up urban journey times if made legal.
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Steve Caplin


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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: Why a zip is bad news for astronauts

Simon Rose
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Gadgets & Gizmos: Why a zip is bad news for astronauts
Steve Caplin reveals why the BBC's voice assistant is being taught regional accents, where magnetic north has moved to, Bosch's electric pushchair, the zip that could kill astronauts' favoured tradition, the advent of Wifi 6, how many people google "how to change a lightbulb" and Harley-Davidson's electric bikes for three-year-olds.
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Steve Caplin


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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: How to pay with a smile

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Gadgets & Gizmos: How to pay with a smile
Steve Caplin explains how, in China, you may soon be able to pay for goods with a smile (while a hand might do it for Amazon). Hauwei unveil the first 5G phone; Apple launch a titanium card you must take care with; popular face-swapping app Zao has privacy problems, Hyundai have an electric scooter you can charge in the boot while South Korean robots are being taught to feel pain.
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Steve Caplin


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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: The car with a solar panel roof

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Gadgets & Gizmos: The car with a solar panel roof
Steve Caplin looks at the new Hyundai hybrid with a solar panel roof, at a Motorola phone with a 117-degree 12MP wide-angle lens which films in landscape whichever way up you hold it, a weird NatWest voice banking service with Google Home, how to read Brunel's bad handwriting, an upright grand piano and how plastic bottles can be turned into prosthetic limbs.
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Steve Caplin


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Gadgets & Gizmos: Facial recognition for bartenders

Simon Rose
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Gadgets & Gizmos: Facial recognition for bartenders
Steve Caplin looks at a facial recognition system for bartenders, the death of the man who invented computer passwords, the tweeter who got round a parental device ban thanks to a smart fridge, the new use for hot water at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and a robotic tail from Japan that is designed to prevent falls for old people.
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Steve Caplin


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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: Generating electricity by walking

Simon Rose
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Gadgets & Gizmos: Generating electricity by walking
Steve Caplin on Sony selling 100m Playstation 4s, on contact lenses that can zoom in, on harvesting electricity from walking, on how one person can drive two trucks at once, on an autonomous pod with wheels that rotate 360 degrees, on an e-bike with blindspot assistance, on snail slime's effect on ageing and how tickling your ear can slow the ageing process. All this and the Cobham tea room with a robotic waitress called Theresa.
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Steve Caplin


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