Don’t waste your money on these gadgets

I hate to break it to you, but terrible tech exists.

Oh yes.

From things ranging from the super dangerous, things that are crimes against the planet, to things that are just plain rubbish. Here I’m going to take a tour of the best of the worst gadgets that you should avoid, doubly so if you’re thinking about giving them as gifts (although I’m certain that regular readers are too discerning to do that!).

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“Replacement” AirPods ear tips

Oh boy, has testing these been an odyssey of disappointment.

There are loads out there, and the photos/renderings of them make them seem well made, but in reality they are awful.

Every single set I’ve tested has been uncomfortable or don’t have the mesh to keep ear schmoo out of the AirPod or fall off (sometimes in your

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7 surprising smart home gadgets you haven’t seen before

Big brands like Google, Amazon and Philips Hue are renowned for their smart home innovations, but hundreds of smaller competitors are pushing boundaries, too. Sure, you probably won’t see the next big breakthrough in robotics or voice assistance coming from a 10-person team. But the most important innovations in our time often come in the form of increased energy efficiency, security and privacy — and smaller teams are expanding boundaries in those areas every year.

These are seven of the most interesting but difficult-to-categorize smart home accessories on the market right now. Whether you want to step up your home automation and smart home technology game or you’re looking to find a great gift for the tech lover in your life, you’re sure to find a unique smart home gadget on this list.


We’ve tested robot lawn mowers here at CNET, and while they’re definitely cool, they’re also pretty

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Climate change: Why it could be time to cut back on new gadgets and HD streams

We need to cut global emissions, and fast – and in doing so, tech businesses are both part of the the problem – and the solution. A new report from the UK’s Royal Society finds that as technologies keep growing at pace, the onus is on the digital sector not only to reduce its own carbon footprint, but also to come up with innovative ways to reverse climate change globally. 

While there is no exact figure that sums up the impact of digital technologies on the environment, the report estimates that the sector currently represents between 1.4% and 5.9% of global greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, the industry is projected to make huge strides in the coming years: for example, the total number of internet users is expected to reach 5.3 billion by 2023, up from less than four billion in 2018. 

All this extra connectivity comes at

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Best MagSafe accessories for iPhone 12: which magnetic Apple gadgets are for you?

Perhaps the biggest new feature the iPhone 12 family of phones bring is MagSafe, a small magnetic coil in the back of the phone that works with a range of different peripherals to improve your iPhone experience.

It’s an intriguing concept, perhaps reminiscent of Motorola’s Moto Mods or the current accessory pins found with Apple’s iPads. The iPhone 12 range hasn’t been out long enough for us to see how popular they get, but there’s certainly a lot of potential.

Apple’s initial applications for Magsafe are twofold: magnetic chargers that stick to the back of your phone, and clip-on cases that stay stuck to it, but as third-party manufacturers play around with the tech there’s a lot more they could achieve.

MagSafe has a lot in common with 5G in that respect; both are technologies in the iPhone 12 that’ll only get more impressive over time.

If you’re not too

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Must-have tech gadgets to start 2021 the right way

This time last year, I would not have guessed that facemasks and UNC sanitizers would become stables on out kit in 2020. But here we are, almost made it to 2021, and while we don’t know what that year will bring, I think it’s a good idea to get technology to work for us and allow us to get more done, have more downtime, and feel less stressed.

Here is a small list of my top tech items to kick-off 2021. I have tested everything on this list under real-world conditions, and nothing has found its way on this list based on a snazzy press release. Everything featured here is the tech that I use and rely on daily.

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Zendure SuperTank Pro

The Zendure SuperTank was previously my favorite power bank, and it traveled with me across many countries at

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The best gadgets of 2020

Every year we demand more and more from our gadgets. We expect new models to come with a boost in power, improved efficiency, and a list of fancy new features that look good on a spec sheet. Those upgrades typically come with a price hike, but several of this year’s honorees manage to offer exciting tech upgrades for considerably less money than their predecessors or competitors. But don’t worry—we’ve got a few special splurges in here, too.

graphical user interface: The year's most important developments in the world of gadgets.

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The year’s most important developments in the world of gadgets.

diagram: All that power requires seriously re-engineered cooling.

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All that power requires seriously re-engineered cooling.

Grand Award Winner: GeForce RTX 3080 by NVIDIA


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One giant leap for gaming

We’re used to computer hardware getting incrementally better—and more expensive—every year. In September, NVIDIA knocked the cycle for a loop with its RTX 3080 graphics cards. At $699, the 3080 is

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The best home products for winter 2020: Coffee makers, fire pits and other cozy gadgets

The days are steadily getting shorter and the cold weather is here. For me, that conjures images of warm beverages and comfort food. So I’ve put together this list of smart home products for winter, ranging from the Oxo Brew 8-Cup Coffee Maker to the Philips Hue Lily Outdoor Spot Light — and a bunch of other great stuff. 

Of course, all of these gadgets are great year-round, but they’re especially nice to have when it’s cold outside. 

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Coffee is great any time, but a warm beverage can come in particularly handy during those chilly fall mornings when it’s still dark outside and you need to get going. 

The Oxo Brew 8-Cup Coffee Maker is CNET’s favorite drip coffee maker. Not only is it affordable at $170, we were impressed by its hot, speedy brew that didn’t ruin the coffee grounds. Its 8-cup capacity means a full

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I tried hacking my life with Instagram gadgets. Did it work? | Life and style

If, like me, you’ve been involuntarily participating in this wild ride people are calling “the pandemic”, you may have experienced the same embarrassing urge as I have. Which is to fill the wide, empty void in your life with things: gadgets, gizmos, subscriptions, speakers, a little brush for your facial hair. Buying stuff online is, simply put, something to do.

Thanks to mass online data harvesting, this new pandemic habit has already been widely monetized. It’s most noticeable on Instagram, where with every few scrolls we are hit with ads for products promising to change our lives, taking advantage of the fact that wherever you may be on the sliding scale of privilege, “life” is undeniably shit right now.

As lockdown continues, I’ve been targeted with ads for “face yoga”, a vibrating posture corrector, an app to improve my relationship, an app for intermittent fasting, and facial scrubs

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CCTV, smart classroom gadgets stolen from government school in Puducherry

The D-Nagar police on Wednesday registered a case against unidentified persons for stealing a monitor, CCTV, DVR and projector from the Government Primary School, Indira Nagar in Gorimedu.

The culprits managed to enter the school by breaking a grill at the rear. the backside grill. The stolen gadgets were kept inside the Smart Room Class and chamber of the school headmistress.

The police registered a case under section 457 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code based on a complaint filed by the school’s headmistress, Jeeva Krishna Prasad.

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Best gadgets and new tech of 2020: What to gift this Christmas

We know what we want to see under the tree (Picture:

‘Tis the season to be techy as there are literally hundreds of shiny new gadgets out there clamouring for your cash.

Thankfully, we’ve picked through the glut of gadgetry to cherry-pick the very best tech toys that belong under your tree this year.

We’ve balanced price with performance and picked out a range of products that fit a variety of areas. Whether you’re an audiophile, photography buff or just need some extra kit for around the house, you’ll find plenty of options here.

And if you don’t fancy buying it for yourself, just bookmark this page and spam your friends and family with it.

Worst case scenario: your mum thinks twice before getting you yet another pair of Christmas socks this year.

The best gadgets and new tech of 2020 to gift this Christmas

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