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The apps that people write about and read about seem to revel in their own preposterousness -valuing flamboyance over utility

Leaps and bounds: several shots of one horse jumping

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Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: The first British board game

* "He who rests at Rome (48) for kissing ye Pope's Toe shall be banished for his folly to the cold island of Iceland (4) and miss three turns." This was the kind of excitement that awaited players of A Journey Through Europe, a game launched 255 years ago and acknowledged to be the first British board game. Eight shillings got you a cloth-backed map and a set of instructions (or 'Explanation') that promised an educational spin around the Continent.

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The animosity towards the Google Glass is overstated

Why is Google Glass the whipping boy for anyone worried about privacy issues?

Other gadgets that don't announce their presence so obviously will continue to do the actual surveillance, argues Rhodri Marsden

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Apple Watch: Does it really deserve the hype?

After years of speculation and countless other companies already getting in on the act, Apple has unveiled its take on the smartwatch. Will Oremus checks its specs and admits that, despite his scepticism, it's a heady mix of old and new

Let me ask you this: 'Why are email scams so poorly worded?'

Like everyone else, I, too, always assumed that it was because either they were idiots, or non-native English speakers. But I have very recently learnt that is not the case. Indeed, the real answer is one of the more astonishing (at least to me) things I've heard in quite some time.

Body of evidence: shows like ‘CSI New York’ have fuelled an interest in solving crimes

The best way to catch a thief? Forget trying to copy the stars of CSI with amateur sleuthing...

Some companies offer advice for the budding investigator, supplying tamper-evident bags, magnifying glasses and cocaine ID swabs. But the best way to catch a thief is on camera, says Rhodri Marsden

Hang up: phone blockers and taking more care over online boxes may reduce the number of spam calls you receive

How to stop nuisance calls, spam texts and endless messages about mis-sold PPI

The number of spam messages and nuisance calls the average phone owner receives is enough to drive anyone to distraction. Other than hanging up for good, what can be done? David Crookes explains how to dial down the handset harassment
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Is a decline in face-to-face contact leading to a decline in our well-being?

Rhodri Marsden feels that email, text and social media keep him sufficiently connected but still treasures his chats with the DHL guy

Cloud surfing: many of us put our faith in storage systems like iCloud

iCloud: How to stay safe in the cloud

After hackers leaked hundreds of intimate photos of celebrities, Rhodri Marsden suggests a few ways to make sure that private data stays that way (nude selfies or otherwise)
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The model for a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

Every time a tech company has a new idea that it believes will rock our world, it rolls out the red carpet, pours the drinks, and bangs the drums... but doesn't tell us what it is
In the game: EA's 'Fifa 14' is very popular with online scouts

Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

Seth Stevenson attempts to discover the appeal of the video-game-themed online streaming site
80 per cent of us keep our phones on overnight, with 50 per cent using them as an alarm clock

Sleeping with the enemy? Why smartphones might not make the best bedfellows...

A couple of months ago I discovered a sleeping aid that seemed to work. A 30-minute audio recording on YouTube of someone reenacting a mundane spa treatment turned out to have unique tranquillising properties – I still haven't got even halfway through without falling asleep.

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the first online sale

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The site has fought off competition from Amazon and a host of other online auction sites
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