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Featuring Will.I.Am's latest foray into wearable tech and the wallet that charges your iPhone

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1 | The Smartphone That Will Make You Proud To Be British


Ask any other nation (particularly the French) and they may hint that British people are renowned for being a bit on the "large" size. British manufacturers Kazam are doing their best to dispel this (completely-unfounded) stereotype by producing the world’s slimmest smartphone, the 5.15mm thick Tornado 348. It’s not just the name that’s exciting either, as the slim-lined design provides the perfect antedote to those not keen on the iPhone 6's more-is-more approach to handset size. If that's not enough, the Tornado 248 also packs a 1.7GHz processor and 16GB storage, with a respectable 4.8 inch screen, perfect for displaying those pictures of your Wetherspoons’ dinners in all their glory. 

£250. kazam.mobi

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2 | The Wallet That Means You Need Never Interact With Real People

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What’s in your wallet right now? A few quid in change? A Nandos card with a free half chicken on it? Beer-stained business cards from people you can’t remember meeting? Whatever you’ve got in there, your wallet hasn’t got anything on the new SEYVR Power Saver Wallet with a built-in phone charger that runs on a 1400Ah Li-Po battery, perfect for those situations when your phone's about to die mid Candy Crush. It's currently available in either black or brown leather and comes equipped for iPhones and Android. 

£59.95. cuckooland.com

3 | The Pop-Star Friendly Smartwatch That’s Not A Smartwatch

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Surprisingly for a man who often looks like he's wearing a roll of tinfoil, the first bit of wearable kit from the former Black Eyed Pea Will.I.Am is actually rather on trend. A large wearable cuff that features AneedA (the device's answer to Siri), the Plus can make calls, check your Twitter, and monitor how you feel via an app called Vibe. Basically, we're looking at a smartwatch with a celebrity spin, but don't say that to I.Am, who is marketing the device as “fashionology”, which might actually be a good album name should the Black Eyed Peas ever get back together for that long-awaited 8th LP.

Soon to be available from .o2.co.uk

4 | The App For Palming Off Leftover Food 

If being able to call, text, Facetime and SnapChat your friends on the move is no longer enough, you might want to download the new group video messaging app from Skype, which – according to the promotional video – is perfect for palming off your cold leftover pizza on your mates. We’re not suggesting you use it for anything as twee as that, but it would be good for sharing those deeply-insightful 42 second post-Game Of Thrones reaction videos.

Available from the app store.


5 | Google Take It Nexus Level

Not since Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 has a phrase entered common usage so successfully as “Google it”. Apparently, this isn’t enough Eric Schmidt’s company Skynet Google who’re intent on dominating your pockets as well as the internet, with their new Nexus range. There’s the Nexus 6 phone (made by Motorola), the Nexus 9 tablet and the movie and game streaming box Nexus Player (made by HTC), all of which run on Android 5.0, or “Lollipop” as it’s now officially known. Each device has its own nuances, but the emphasis is on streaming, with the tablet packing 32GB of memory and a cinematic 8.9 inch screen, meaning that second season of Peaky Blinders is now a go.

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