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Technology

Jacks in the box

Apps that produce highly sophisticated music are readily available. But as Steven Poole reports, that hasn’t prevented a revival in cheap and handy synthesisers

Know thy shelf

The internet’s great but it won’t get you a better tomato. Jonathan Beckman tries out a molecular scanner that might

Crumbs of comfort

Smart homes have often caused more bother than they’re worth. So Natasha Loder decided to give her house a sensible intelligence upgrade

The Gofer in the Machine

Successful virtual assistants need to know how their users feel. Mark Harris speaks to the programmers making them emotionally, as well as artificially, intelligent

Dream machines

Excessive screen time has been blamed for stopping us sleeping. Jonathan Beckman tries out some technological fixes in his quest for the full eight hours

The drone rangers

Will drone racing be the next big TV sport? Tim Cross investigates whether it is about to take off

A Little Va-Va-Vacuum

Dyson is about to release its first robot vacuum cleaner after 18 years in development. Jonathan Beckman challenges it – and its competitors – to clear up his living room

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