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The device was granted a patent 135 years ago this week and offered a 30 decibel boost to ambient noises

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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.

In the early days, one stayed 'on hold' simply to make the call

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The animosity towards the Google Glass is overstated

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

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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

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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)
Jeff Bezos (Amazon Fire Phone, 2014)

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
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