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Tech is always evolving – creating new solutions to problems so we can be insanely productive… or silly. We find the cutting edge products that help us do both because you can’t be a creative without a little fun. Scroll down for a look at some of the wildest, coolest, bizarre and amazing inventions that have recently arrived.  Your colleagues will be jealous of your new toys.

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iPhone killer? The NoPhone allows you to stay connected with the real world!

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 26 September 2014

Described as a ‘technology-free alternative to constant hand-to-phone contact that allows you to stay connected with the real world’, the NoPhone promises to help wean you off your addiction to clutching on to ‘smooth, cold plastic… without forgoing any potential engagement with your direct environment’.

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Thwarted in love? Agony App will solve your love problems

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 24 September 2014

Funny, there used to a Tumblr for everything in the world. Now it seems like apps are the new Tumblrs. Agony App, as the name suggests, promises to be the digital equivalent of Agony Aunt by harnessing the collective wisdom of other live humans to help you out with your relationship woes.

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Want a stranger to wake you up without the awkward morning after? There’s an app for that

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 24 September 2014

What? Or rather, should we ask, ‘Want?’ With Wakie, those who would have always dreamt about having a perfect stranger now have their dreams come true. You can either sign up as a sleepyhead, or, if you’re a good Samaritan, sign up to be a wakie.

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Finally, a cup holder that never spills a drop of that drink

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Monday 22 September 2014

Maksimatic has come up with a genius design that makes sure your morning coffee or drive-thru soft drink never spill a drop along your journey. Using a 360-degree-pivoting sphere, the Maksimatic cup holder makes your drink free to move as you drive.

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This small device cancels out your co-worker’s annoying gossip and laughter

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Friday 19 September 2014

There is something worse than working a job that is unrewarding-working in a cubicle and listening to your co-workers’ cackling all day. Most of us have been there, but if the boss won’t allow us to wear headphones, we don’t have many other options than to listen to the workplace gossip from 9 – 5. Until now!

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Watch as an angry ram takes down a drone, and then chases its owner up the path

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Tuesday 9 September 2014

We love a good drone video, especially if it involves a good animal chase. This video won’t disappoint. When drone flyer ‘Buddhanz1‘ took his FPV quadcopter for a spin in the countryside, he didn’t intend on coming into contact with any animal, let alone an angry ram. But getting a wee bit too close will make any ram lose his cool, and this one took out some sweet revenge on the drone. But watch what happens when the drone is retrieved by its owner. That’s when the ram took things a step further.

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This nail polish changes colour when it detects date rape drugs

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By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Tuesday 2 September 2014

Four graduates from North Carolina State University’s Materials Science & Engineering department have found one way women could avoid date rapes: Get a manicure. Odd? Yes. Effective? Could be. Their product, a nail polish called ‘Undercover Colors’, could detect date rape drugs like GHB, Xanax, and Rohypnol. The wearer just has to swirl her drink with her finger, and if the nail changes colour, she better find help immediately.

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This is the coolest-looking iPhone speaker we’ve ever seen

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By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Monday 25 August 2014

Definitely a hipster must-have! The Chinon ‘Legato CH-PS840’ is an iPhone speaker dock that’ll pique the interest of your equally hipster house guests. As you can see, it has an ash hardwood horn that serves as the speakers – just like the good ‘ol days! What this does is it improves low and mid-high region sounds, making it ideal for soothing background music.

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This anti-selfie app allows you to censor your own face

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Tech on Wednesday 20 August 2014

Finally, and it’s about time too, an anti-selfie app has been launched. Named SLMMSK, Glitche’s iOS app comes with 10 anti-selfitis filters for people who do not have regular urges to share their face with anyone and everyone online. With its ten zany filter options, you can drop a censor bar over those eyes that […]

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Watch how electronic makeup changes this girl’s face in just seconds

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Wednesday 20 August 2014

Talk about #MakeupTransformation! This past week we saw average people turning into their look-a-like celebrities using makeup, and I gotta say, we were pretty impressed. But that stuff’s nothing compared to what Nobumichi Asai and his ‘electronic makeup’.

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Meet the fans of tomorrow today: the world’s first cheering robots

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Tech on Friday 15 August 2014

The Hanwha Eagles, a South Korean professional baseball team, became famous recently not so much for their wins but because they filled three rows of a stadium with robots they named Fanbots. Their fans can request for their faces to be projected on each Fanbot’s facial screen and their messages sent via SMS can be projected in real time by the LED placards held by these robots.

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Brian Eno and Karl Hyd team-up to create the next generation of album art

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By Maggie Buchmann in Tech on Tuesday 12 August 2014

Brian Eno and Karl Hyde aren’t strangers to the marriage between music and stunning visuals. For their recent collaborative album Someday World, they took that union one step further by teaming up with creative studio Toby and Pete, as well as technology and interactive guru Lukasz Karluk.

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Apple came up with some pretty weird products back in the 80s

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Monday 11 August 2014

Apple might be one of the largest tech companies in the world, but did you know that way back in the 1980s, it also tried to be one of the largest general merchandise companies? In an old catalog called ‘Apple Collection’, the company tried its hand at selling Mac-inspired products like surfboards, toy trucks, baseball […]

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Guess what? The first bonsai tree has finally been sent into space

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By Milo Sumner in Tech on Saturday 9 August 2014

Japanese artist Azuma Makoto has taken a giant leap on behalf of mankind. The 38-year old recently became the person responsible for sending the first bonsai tree into space, a momentous occasion. Makoto is primarily concerned with installation art and this is no exception, except that normally his pieces are firmly on this planet. At […]

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Hilarious! Chrome extension replaces all ‘millennial’ mentions for something more apt

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 8 August 2014

Like us, Denver-based Zeke Weeks seems a bit fed-up with all that hype about millennials. Unlike us, he’s got the programming chops to go ahead and create a Chrome extension, which, when installed on your browser, replaces any mention of ‘millennial’ with ‘pesky whipper-snapper’. This is something we never knew we needed, but on hindsight, […]

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