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Technology

All work, some play

What future is there for the desk toy in the era of hot-desking and remote working? Jonathan Beckman interviews potential candidates

Down with the upgrade

Modular phones, with easily replaceable parts, are cheap and environmentally friendly. But Mark Harris wonders whether we’ll ever value longevity above the latest model

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

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