5 Tech Stories You Need To Know About This Week

Moleskine goes digital, Ralph Lauren does wearable tech and Instagram's new app

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1 | Ralph Lauren is on the wearable tech bandwagon

 
It was only a matter of time before high-end style brands realised there's money to be made here. Polo by Ralph Lauren have announced the 2015 release of their 'tech shirt,' a, rather nicely designed, black fitted number with the horse and rider logo of the collection picked out in yellow. Sensors are weaved through the fabric, to read your heat rate, stress levels and energy, and then load the data onto a smartphone app. You can sign up to a waiting list for when it's on the market, but there's no word on pricing just yet. 
 

2 | The smart watch designed for making calls 
 
Yes, we're over dosing on the smart watch hype, too. But this one actually does something pretty cool. The Samsung Gear S is fitted with 3G, meaning it can make and recieve calls. Rather than the Bluetooth that connects to a phone via a speaker in the watch (as has been the system in previous attempts at wrist walky-talky) this one actually handles the calls itself – meaning you don't need to be close to your phone to use it. Whether or not you'd want to take a trip down the street shouting at your forearm is a whole other problem. 
 

3 | Social media is turning us all into opinion-bots 
 
In the most shocking survey of the year so far, it transpires that all that Facebook and Tweet-ing is actually making us all a hell of a lot more reluctant to share our opinions. While our feeds full of half-arsed rants against social injustice and people tipping water on their heads appears to indicate that people aren't fussed about being irritating, an American think tank has found that regular social media users are less likely to share their opinions online or in actual conversation. The obsessive need to be liked is what they're claiming the cause is, which means we're all just living in a version of secondary school where everyone goes to work. Brilliant. 
 
 
4 | Instagram have come up with a time lapse video app 
 

The brains behind Polaroid-style photos that look like coffee has been spilt on them have come up with a way to create videos while you're in transit. Built-in stabilisation technology means that you can record on the move without just getting a blurry mess, and you can stop and start as and when you like for a time-lapse effect. You can download it for free now on the appstore, but it's only available on the iOS system. 


5 | Moleskine's fancy new digital notebook 

 
Sick of spending your days clattering over a keyboard, lamenting those hours spent in school practising your handwriting? No, us neither. Nevertheless, Moleskine, the notebook and diary makers, have come up with this – a notebook that's compatible with Livescribe smartpens and the Livescribe + app. Pages contain a dot pattern that allows an exact replica of whatever you've written or doodled to come up on a connected laptop or tablet. Which is pretty cool. 
 
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