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It’s a curious quirk. We spend years investing in the development of new and better technology. Then we use it to pay homage to the old days. Take t(...)

We’re all about indulgent festive drinks. Photograph: iStock

WHAT’S HOT #5GiveAFiver St Vincent de Paul’s campaign for you to donate €5, take a photo with five friends, and nominate them to donate, too. Wheel (...)

The Sprocket uses Zink technology – zero ink, which is a process that uses heat applied to special paper to create images in a single pass

Photo printing: it’s that quaint practice from the days when it was the only way to see if you’d managed to get the perfect shot you were going for at(...)

Polaroid Pop, €259.99, Argos.
Gadgets not just for geeks

Polaroid Pop To celebrate its 80th anniversary, Polaroid has come out with the Polaroid Pop; a 20-megapixel camera/printer combo. The chunky design i(...)

 Design historian Linda King at home in North Strand, Dublin,   in her livingroom. Photograph: Alan Betson

Linda King is a design historian at IADT, Dún Laoghaire. She was a graphic designer before moving into education and research and has been a consulta(...)

The wheel of the new Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept vehicle. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The week in numbers: Drones and dronies 103 Number of “mini-drones” in a “swarm” launched from a fighter jet during a test in California by none oth(...)

Twist+ charging station, Prynt phone case printer and Rimowa electronic tag suitcase

Twist+ world charging station Given the multiplicity of electronics devices we can find ourselves travelling with, carrying more than one adapter can(...)

Clockwise from top left: Leica’s Sofort camera; the Moleskine travel light, and the Electron Wheel

Leica Sofort German brand Leica wouldn’t have a reputation at the “fun” end of the camera spectrum. Its lens technology might grace other’s hardware(...)

Jilly Cooper is giving an awe-struck viewing of the Mandarin Oriental’s Royal suite, a muted monument to scale and privilege. “Wonderful, wonderful, w(...)

Sue, the passive aggressive pig in Vodafone’s ad

Ikea In this advertisement we see scenes from a couple’s life sound-tracked to the strains of You and Me by Penny and the Quarters. Then we cut to (...)

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