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Millions of old gadgets ‘stockpiled in drawers’

Millions of old gadgets ‘stockpiled in drawers’

Science
"Ten phones, two laptops, digital cameras... all just sitting here. We're not dealing with it." Louise Lewis is surveying a collection of old gadgets that have piled up in her home. Her technological stash, experts say, is typical. But it could jeopardise our ability to manufacture new devices. A study has estimated that as many as 40 million unused gadgets are languishing in UK homes. Each device contains multiple valuable and increasingly endangered elements. Media playback is unsupported on your device The growing, unseen shortage of so-called "rare earth elements" was the impetus for the Royal Society of Chemistry's survey of just how much unused technology we are all stockpiling...
Gadgets can be hacked to produce ‘dangerous’ sounds, says researcher

Gadgets can be hacked to produce ‘dangerous’ sounds, says researcher

Technology
Many modern gadgets can be hacked to produce deafening and disorienting sounds, research has revealed.Security researcher Matt Wixey found a range of devices had little protection to stop themselves being turned into "offensive" low-grade, cyber-weapons.Mr Wixey tested laptops, mobile phones, headphones, a PA system and several types of speakers. The weaknesses could cause physical harm, harass individuals or disrupt larger organisations, he said. Annoying tonesMr Wixey, who is a head of research at PWC's cyber-security practice, said he conducted the experiments as part of PhD work into the ways that malware can directly cause physical harm.He sought to find out if the volume and speaker controls of the devices could be manipula...
Asus 'phone with a fan' among weird gadgets at Computex

Asus 'phone with a fan' among weird gadgets at Computex

Technology
A gaming phone with a removable fan, and a dual-screen laptop are among the new gadgets on show at the Computex conference in Taiwan.Computer giant Asus revealed a powerful handset designed for gamers that comes with a clip-on fan to keep it cool during "strenuous gaming sessions".It also showed off new laptops with dual screens, which it plans to sell in 2019.But rival Lenovo was criticised for over-hyping its "all screen" phone.One for gaming fansAsus's gaming phone is the first Android-powered smartphone to be produced under the Republic of Gamers brand.Its screen is capable of displaying 90 frames per second (fps) - more than regular phones - to make games play more smoothly.There is also a range of accessories, including cli...
7 Gadgets That Prep Produce in No Time

7 Gadgets That Prep Produce in No Time

Health
Tired of wasting precious time slicing, dicing, and carving fruits and veggies every time you’re in the mood for a salad? Stripping down dark leafy greens, picking the tiny leaves out of strawberries, pitting and slicing avocados and mangos—all that prep can get so tiring that you have no energy left to actually cook your meal, and might leave you running for less healthy convenience foods. Forget the drama: try these cool new kitchen tools that will seriously cut your prep time—and your fresh produce.OXO Mango Pitter, $ 13.95; Amazon.comOXO Stainless Steel Ratcheting Pineapple Slicer, $ 19.95; Amazon.comChef’n Strawberry Huller, $ 7.99; Amazon.comMastrad Deco Veggie Slicer, $ 14.95; Amazon.comOXO 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer, $ 8.49; Amazon.comChef’n Looseleaf Kale and Herb Stripper, $ 7.95; Ama