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Get ready to pay for the Tube with your phone: Why this could change how we travel

The Gadget Show  Thursday 24 April 2014

Get ready to pay for the Tube with your phone: Why this could change how we travel Get ready to pay for the Tube with your phone: Why this could change how we travel

TfL has confirmed that by the end of the year, you’ll be able to pay for the Tube with your phone. That means no more queueing up to buy a ticket, just swipe your handset on the card reader, and through the gates you go.

But the ramifications go far wider than just the Tube. It has the potential to change how we use public transport for good.

How will it work? You’ll need a phone equippe…

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The return of the projector phone: Samsung Beam 2 spotted!

The Gadget Show  Thursday 24 April 2014

The return of the projector phone: Samsung Beam 2 spotted!

We loved the idea of the original Samsung Galaxy Beam projector phone when it was announced a few years ago; how could you not want a smartphone capable of projecting a whacking great image onto the wall whenever you want to play games or watch Netflix? The Beam name is now back again, this time in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Beam 2, and it’s enjoyed something of an overhaul. Is it enough to…

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Kittyo lets you play with and feed your cats through your phone

The Gadget Show  Thursday 24 April 2014

Kittyo lets you play with and feed your cats through your phone Kittyo lets you play with and feed your cats through your phone

Here’s a bonkers idea that lets you play with and feed your cats while you’re at work. It’s called Kittyo, and using an app on your phone, you can interact with your cats as if you’re in the same room.

You can dispense treats, play with them, take pictures or video of them, and even speak to them using the built-in microphone.

We like the playing tool best. Swipe around your phone’s scree…

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Siri: When will there be a voice controlled Apple TV?

The Gadget Show  Thursday 24 April 2014

Siri: When will there be a voice controlled Apple TV?

We’ve got used to chatting away to Siri, Apple’s personal digital assistant over the past couple of years, with our voice-activated friend helping with everything from local searches and navigation to setting alarms and even telling jokes. It’s around the home that Siri could be even more useful though, and according to code spotted in iOS 7.1, she could be about to make a welcome appearance on…

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Back in time: Google Street View lets you take a stroll down memory lane

The Gadget Show  Thursday 24 April 2014

Back in time: Google Street View lets you take a stroll down memory lane Back in time: Google Street View lets you take a stroll down memory lane

Google Street View has gone all Doc Brown on us, and let us travel through time. It’s added a new feature that lets you explore how a certain location has changed over the years.

Sadly the feature doesn’t stretch back to 1955, only to 2007. But still, it should prove an interesting insight into what’s happened since then.

You’ll need Google Maps for desktop. Then, when you click on a loca…

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How to add amazing Lytro shooting skills to your smartphone!

The Gadget Show  Wednesday 23 April 2014

How to add amazing Lytro shooting skills to your smartphone!

It’s difficult not to be impressed by the Lytro Illum. This amazing camera uses innovative hardware to fundamentally change photographs after you’ve actually taken them, from switching focal points and bringing details into razor-sharp clarity, to blurring out backgrounds. But it’s also possible to get some pretty stunning and similar effects using the tech on regular smartphones, and in some w…

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Lytro Illum camera unleashed: Death to out of focus shots!

The Gadget Show  Wednesday 23 April 2014

Lytro Illum camera unleashed: Death to out of focus shots!

Every now and then a new gadget comes along that changes the way we look at technology. The original Lytro camera is a fab example: it used light field tech to let you take 3D photographs, allowing you to change the focus and other defining features in your snaps after the fact. Lytro has continued to evolve its light field technology, and the result is the brand new Lytro Illum – a 40-megaray …

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Tickle to turn! Smart insoles for shoes offer silent directions for navigation

The Gadget Show  Wednesday 23 April 2014

Tickle to turn! Smart insoles for shoes offer silent directions for navigation

With increasingly large screens, smartphones are brilliant for navigation in cars, but big shouty displays are also a whacking great neon sign for muggers when you’re out and about in town. So how about a pair of shoes that can talk to your phone, relaying directions to your feet silently by tickling your toes? Sounds ideal, right?

Thanks to a chap called Dhairya Dand, such a magical invent…

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Tilt to use: Amazon's smartphone will pack gesture controls!

The Gadget Show  Wednesday 23 April 2014

Tilt to use: Amazon's smartphone will pack gesture controls! Tilt to use: Amazon's smartphone will pack gesture controls!

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, Amazon is planning a smartphone. And we’ve just got some new info – you’ll control the phone by tilting it!

Here’s how it works. The phone has four infrared cameras on the front. These work with sensors to create 3D effects as you move it around in your hand. In other words, you’ll be able to see more information and navigate…

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OnePlus One denim phone is unveiled: High-end specs at a budget price!

The Gadget Show  Wednesday 23 April 2014

OnePlus One denim phone is unveiled: High-end specs at a budget price! OnePlus One denim phone is unveiled: High-end specs at a budget price!

Apple, Samsung, Google and the rest, all be warned – there’s a killer new mobile coming to town. It’s called the OnePlus One, and it packs crazy specs into a package that doesn’t cost the earth.

Oh, and did we mention it comes in a denim jacket too?

The OnePlus One was unveiled in Beijing this morning. The handset packs in a cracking Snapdragon 801 processor – the same found in the Sa…

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