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Top 10 vintage-looking gadgets (Part One): including Specimen horn speakers, Ruark Audio R4i tabletop stereo and Blue Microphones Yeti USB mic

Vintage is back. Well, er, actually it never really went away. But looking around the various Christmas in July events, it seems that many retailers – including Amazon and John Lewis – are set to give a big push to their retro-looking gadgets in the run up to the festive season. And while some of the products have, in truth, …

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shinychrisTop 10 vintage-looking gadgets (Part One): including Specimen horn speakers, Ruark Audio R4i tabletop stereo and Blue Microphones Yeti USB mic
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Top 10 vintage gadgets (Part Two): including Fuji X-M1 digital camera, Marshall Stanmore speaker, Teac LP-R500 record deck

Part Two of our Top Vintage Gadgets. Click here for Part One of our vintage gadget feature.  5. Fujifilm X-M1 Compact System Camera  £418 There seem to be no shortage of great vintage looking cameras around at the moment, but this one is the pick of the bunch – at least in terms of looks (also worth checking out the …

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shinychrisTop 10 vintage gadgets (Part Two): including Fuji X-M1 digital camera, Marshall Stanmore speaker, Teac LP-R500 record deck

Lovren set for £20m Liverpool move

Southampton’s squad is quickly depleting without trace. Lambert, Shaw and Lallana have all left with Calum Chambers the latest addition to be leaving as he is set to join Arsenal. Now, key defender Dejan Lovren looks to end the speculation surrounding him as he has reportedly set for a medical at Liverpool after Southampton accepted a £20m bid for the Croat. …

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Oliver BainesLovren set for £20m Liverpool move
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Need a used vintage Combine Harvester? You need Lamma Xchange

I never really thought about buying a combine harvester before, but after a quick look I saw one for just under £12,000. I’m not expert on farming machinery, but considering that the next cheapest one is nearly £60,000 that might be a very good deal. So now I really want one, even though I have would literally never use it. That’s …

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Tom PritchardNeed a used vintage Combine Harvester? You need Lamma Xchange

This smartphone projector is the perfect budget home cinema system

Watching films at home on a big screen is one of life’s great pleasures, but the problem is that the tech needed to do that is often very expensive. No more, thanks to this smartphone projector. It’s called the Smart Phone Projector, and as you may have realised it’s a projector for your smartphone. All you have to do is place …

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Tom PritchardThis smartphone projector is the perfect budget home cinema system

This digital tattoo can be used to unlock your Moto X

It’s a bit of a pain using passcodes, or patterns, or even pictures of your face to unlock your phone, but it’s definitely better than leaving it open for the world to access. Fortunately Motorola has developed a temporary  so-called digital tattoo that your phone could scan to unlock. Tattoo might not be the right word, since it’s actually a …

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Tom PritchardThis digital tattoo can be used to unlock your Moto X

iPhone 6 sales expectations have suppliers rushing to meet the demand

There’s never been any doubt that the iPhone 6 is going to sell well, but the expectations for high sales have had Apples suppliers working overtime to meet the probable demand. That’s producing between 70 and 80 million units before the 30th December. For reference the initial number of iPhone 5S and 5C units ordered was between 50 and 60 million. …

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Waterlog Reswum: Joe Minihane talks about Roger Deakin and open water swimming #SwimmingWeek

Image: Devil’s Bridge, The River Lune, waterlogreswum.com In 1999 nature writer and documentary maker Roger Deakin made swimming history. Although the quintessentially eccentric English gent with his rambling Suffolk home (complete with its own moat) didn’t know so at the time, his epic book Waterlog would go on to revolutionise open water swimming.  For a generation stuck behind a desk whose …

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shinychrisWaterlog Reswum: Joe Minihane talks about Roger Deakin and open water swimming #SwimmingWeek

The iPhone 6 might feature a 13MP camera sensor

According to a post on a Chinese forum Digi-Wo, the iPhone 6 will include Sony’s  Exmor IMX220 camera sensor which has a 13MP, 1/2.3″ sensor and can record video in 1080p. Previous rumours have suggested that the iPhone 6 would stick to the 8MP resolution from the iPhone 5S, but would include improved image stabilisation, and that this would only be …

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Tom PritchardThe iPhone 6 might feature a 13MP camera sensor

Philipp Lahm announces his retirement from international football

BREAKING: Philipp Lahm has retired from international football. pic.twitter.com/8Wo7Bb534F — SportlobsterFootball (@Football_SL) July 18, 2014 The Sport’s Lobster today tweeted this breaking news as it was announced this morning that Germany captain and  World Cup winner, Philipp Lahm has retired from international football. The 30-year-old German defender has been the consummate professional for his country and is a true leader …

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The future of swimming – urban lakes and re-generated Lidos? #SwimmingWeek

Whether it’s global warming, cleaner rivers or just the need to get away from the trappings of modern day life stuck behind a desk, it seems there is a huge rise in urban swimming. In the summer it’s traditionally been the many lidos that have been our city’s beaches, particularly in London where dozens of these large outdoor pools still …

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Extreme Swims – including Land’s End to John O’Groats and The Amazon #SwimmingWeek

  Most of us are happy to plod up and down our local swimming pool for a few laps. Or maybe if we are feeling really adventurous heading off for a quick dip in the sea. But what if you really want a swimming challenge to impress your mates? Here we look at six of the most extreme swims ever …

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shinychrisExtreme Swims – including Land’s End to John O’Groats and The Amazon #SwimmingWeek
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So why does everyone hate Kasabian then?

I don’t know about you, but over the past few days my social media feeds have been dominated by a series of moans about 1, Glastonbury in general and 2, Kasabian in particular. Here’s a sample ‘They’re just a cocky, indie-dance-pub-glam-rock band with a ludicrous sense of self-importance, dodgy fashion sense & poor tunes…’ Ouch! Obviously Kasabian have their fans, …

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Welcome to the new Brandish

Yep, after a brief hiatus we are back bringing daily dispatches from the worlds of tech, style, music and football to the discerning gentleman. And there have been a few changes. We have a lovely, new easy to follow design, added a few new categories – check out Timewarp to re-live yours (or indeed someone else’s) youth and we are …

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Arsenal update: if not Morata then who? Remy? Benteke? Berbatov?

Well the Alvaro Morata to Arsenal story didn’t last that long did it? Several sources are saying that Arsene Wenger has no interest in the player who was apparently heading for a few months on loan to provide back up for Olivier Giroud. There are still plenty of names being linked with Arsenal. Pato – though that seems very unlikely …

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AshleyArsenal update: if not Morata then who? Remy? Benteke? Berbatov?