1 | The Google Dashboard That Hates Hackers
Up until now, effectively protecting your computer from viruses while streaming Game Of Thrones required a pricey piece of software. But it seems as though Google have had enough. Available now, the Google Devices and Activity Dashboard will list the devices connected to your Google account as well as when they’ve been accessed over the past month, with any new devices or IP addresses highlighted. If you notice something suspicious, you can hit a catch-all security button to change passwords, check account permissions and update your two-step verification set up, meaning it should be that much more difficult for someone to read your private emails telling your mum what you want for Christmas.
2 | The App That Let’s You Talk To Astronauts
Remember the awkward video messages between Jessica Chastain and McConaughey in Interstellar? Grainy, slow and years out of date? Clearly, that’s no way to converse with astronauts, as Italian designers Accurat well know, having just launched their new app “Friends In Space.”
Granted, the International Space Station (which the app lets you converse with at the click of a button) isn’t quite as far out as McConaughey’s wormhole ship and the ISS does have to be orbiting your section of Earth to work, but the extra features – the ability to track the station’s orbit, access to the astronauts’ daily log of activities and live video and audio direct from NASA – should make up for that.
3 | The Ultra-HD Mac For Show Offs
If you’re one of those people who’re all about one-upmanship, the new iMac Retina 5K is the display for you. Not content with 4Ks, Apple have gone one louder by boosting the resolution to 5,120 x 2,880 pixels – twice that of a regular Mac. Keeping the ultra-HD display running is an impressive quad-core Intel i7 CPU processor, running at 4GHz.
While all of this might not make much difference if you spend most of your time firing off tweets, it does offer an attractive platform for photographers, video editors and hardcore Call Of Duty sessions.
4 | The Kindle-Inspired Smartwatch
It seems everyone and their mother has a smartwatch coming out at the moment, the daddy of which will surely be next year’s Apple Watch. After cutting back its phone output to focus on PlayStation, Sony have announced their own e-ink (that’s the “electronic paper” used in e-readers) smartwatch with an emphasis on style over technology.
As it stands, though, there is no footage or pictures of the thing, so for now you'll have to make do this not not-terribly exciting video of an e-ink watch from another Japanese company. Expect Sony to deliver a (much) updated take on the customisable face and straps above early next year.
5 | The Easy On The Eye Mouse
Clearly, mousemats and computer mice are so 1998 it hurts. If you’re not using a touchpad on your laptop (or worse, you’re one of those people with a separate keyboard and mouse for your laptop that you use on trains) it’s time to take a long look, hard in the mirror.
The future of computer interaction, according to Samsung, is blinking. Developed to make playing Sims easier for people with disabilities, their new eye-tracking technology – the Samsung Eye Mouse – uses eye-tracking technology called EYECAN+ to enable users to “point” simply by looking at the screen and “click” with a deliberate blink. There’s currently no word on how sneezing will effect the experience, but we’re sure to find out when Samsung make the technology available to companies as part of open source agreements next year.
Which are you most interested in?