Crown 7 Electronic Cigarette – The perfect gift for the armchair activist who likes a ciggie or two

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Now that you can’t even have an innocent puff on a fag in a public house without whipping some local-council Gestapo officer into an ASBO-fueled fervour, nicotine-fiends have been desperately seeking other means by which to get their fix. Nicotine gum is rubbish and tastes foul with a pint of best, and a patch just doesn’t satisfy the element of …

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Always wanted to dress like a socially inept, lazy, surly IT technician? Then look no further…

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Roy’s t-shirts in the IT Crowd have always drawn my affections (even if I think Moss has that ultimate nerd chic) simply because I love geeky nods to pop-culture. What I didn’t realise however, is that there’s a whole community out there attempting to track down what he wears in each episode. This is easy when its a reference to …

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The proof that the iPhone really is just an expensive brick or, in this case, a pile of bricks

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About as useful as the real thing, this iPhone has been replicated in glorious Lego. I’m not what Nathan Sawaya trying to say about the touch-screen mobile, but he’s obviously a fan of his creation – he’s charging £399 for the Lego-fied Apple device, the same amount as the real-deal. Perhaps it is a commentary on the foibles of consumerism …

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Au’s Infobar 2 mobile phone

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I’m hardly ever impressed by the aesthetics of mobile phones. They’re all too "seriously" designed, trying to hard to be sleek and sexy but failing miserably. Maybe that’s the problem – can a phone actually be sexy? I’m not so sure. Which is why I applaud Au’s newest release, the chunky, funky and plain fun looking Infobar 2. Resembling a …

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Master Chief’s newest USB incarnation

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We’d seen the Kubricks, watched reports spill in from all around the world as it went to launch, then, today, the big one dropped through the letterbox at Shiny Towers. Yes, Halo 3 is finally here. So, along with the Kubricks, collectors models and life size recreations we can expect anything and everything to get the Halo treatment. It’ll be …

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Wilkinson Swords’ Fight For Kisses video promotes smooth skin and fighting toddlers

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I’m not sure what disturbs me more about this video, the implication that baby-son and father must resort to blows in an Oedipal struggle for the mother’s affections, or simply that the kid reminds me of that freaky dancing-baby hallucination from Ally McBeal. Otherwise, the video, promoting Wilkinson Swords new Quattro blades, is neatly done, and slightly amusing. There’s also …

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Vertu Ferrari collaboration mobile phone is even more expensive than the iPhone

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Vertu, purveyors of medium-spec mobiles especially designed for the disgustingly rich, are following up their Ascent Ferrari 1947 mobile handset with another collaboration with the legendary car manufacturers. The Ascent Ferrari 60 has been designed with Ferrari’s 60th Anniversary in mind, taking inspiration from their 612 Scaglietti, one of the most revered cars in Ferrari’s history. Part of a limited …

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Halo’s Master Chief makes a little appearance before the big show

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Our nerdy brethren over at Techdigest have picked up on these awesome Kubrick Master Chiefs that are being released in anticipation of the eagerly awaited Halo 3, available next week. Although, as Gizmodo reported today, it appears that Argos were being particularly relaxed in their treatment of release dates. For your the best part of £20, Firebox will ship you …

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Mobile phone mounted mini-projector from Texas Instruments looks great, lets you display happy slap videos to wider audience

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Unless it’s wrist mounted or looks like a device out of Star Trek, I don’t get all weak at the knees for new mobile phones. As long as it makes/receives calls and can text, I’m fairly non-plussed about them.But then I came across the first working model of a mobile phone-with-projection capability and found myself a getting a little bit …

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Hussein Chalayan’s collection combines Tranformers technology, high fashion and nudity

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Designers of haut couture have been responsible for some pretty weird, wonderful and creative designs in the past. However, none have been so "innovative" and forward thinking as the outfits being created by left-field designer Hussein Chalayan. Combining Transformers style technology and high fashion, Hussein has managed to come up with some pretty far out designs. And yes, I know …

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IMobile Flying C1000 mobile watch doesn’t need pilot’s license

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While not a patch on the much coveted (by me mostly) Cect W100, the IMobile Flying C1000 watch has some nifty features including Bluetooth, GSM phone, 60MB of memory and, that marvel of marvels, a touch screen. The thing is ugly as sin, but my favourite feature is the symbol recognition software which is pretty handy in the absence of …

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Happy birthday Scalextric: Still going strong after 50 years, still more exciting than the real thing!

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While I was generally into GI Joe and Transformers as a kid, Scalextric will always have a special place in my heart. Granted, I only ever had the classic figure-eight kit, which was second hand and gave you some stinging electric shocks, but nonetheless, the Christmas morning I opened that slightly battered box to be faced with a couple of …

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Star Wars “Death Star” home theatre is the Dark Side of all home entertainment systems

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Excuse me while I melt into a salviating pool of geekiness – this is what I’m going to spend my inheritence money on. When I get it of course which, if I get my way, will be very shortly… The Death Star Home Entertainment System is a home theatre designed to resemble the bridge of the Empire’s most powerful weapon. …

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Hector Serrano’s Superpattata light is super at almost everything

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Hector Serrano is a Spanish conceptual designer based in London, who has recently come to light for his series of innovative, practical but aesthetically pleasing homeware. Hector manages to create gorgeous looking household goods that economise on space but maximise function, usually by combining the elements of two items into one object. Take the Bin Step, which, as the name …

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Triops camera takes snaps by being bashed against wall and doesn’t break. Allegedly.

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I love the concept of this tri-lensed camera, but I love the design even more. The camera is activated by movement and sound and these features, along with the three fish-eye lenses, would indicate that it’s not made for the professional snapper. The German designer of the Triops, Franziska Faoro, is also adamant that you can set off all three …

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Beckham in the buff once again, selling the Motorola Razr 2

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What’s the deal with Beckham getting his kit off for every advert he does? I can understand him donning his birthday suit to avoid splodging Gillette shaving gel all over his L.A. Galaxy jersey, and you can’t promote undies without first whipping your trousers off. But does he really need to get nekkid to sell mobile phones? I’m sure there …

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Recycled peripherals Oscar and Lilli may save the world, but they won’t save you money

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These two ‘lil critters are just too aesthetically pleasing to ignore… okay, I mean they’re too cute to ignore, but I hate anthropomorphizing inanimate objects. Although, if they were alive, I’d probably raise them as my own. Lilli and Oscar are peripherals made from 100% recycled materials. Which materials, I’m not sure, but what I can tell you is that …

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