5 Ways Tech Could Change Your Life This Week

Featuring the return of Lara Croft, the double screen phone and affordable virtual reality

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1 | Keep The World’s Favourite Grave Robber In Your Pocket

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Remember those teenage evenings where you’d hurry home from school, fling your homework to the side and pick up the PS1 controller, setting off to help Lara Croft finally get her hands on the Dagger of Xian? Well, now you can relieve these escapades on your commute, in the bathroom, or pretty much anywhere you like, with the new iOS version of Tomb Raider II (the best of the originals, hands down) on iPhone and iPad.

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Featuring the original game, plus the Golden Mask expansion pack, there’s no reason not to get a heavily pixelated Lara on your phone, pornographic grunts and all.

£1.49, itunes.apple.com


2 | The Death Of Clip Art

Another badly pixelated piece of nostalgia, but this time in the form of Microsoft’s Clip Art – the program everyone used to find terrible pictures of apples and houses to put into your presentations in the late 90s.

Since online image searches came about, there really hasn’t been any need to have a selection of images included with your software, but it seems it’s taken until now for Microsoft to realise this, with new iterations of Microsoft Word and Powerpoint set to direct you to the Bing search engine with advice on how to legally download images, rather than offering access to the Clip Art gallery.

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Alternatively, you could cut out the middle-man and go straight to Google Images, as the majority of the world have been doing for the last thirteen years.


3 | Keep Your Mac Safe With Your Digits

If you’re a fan of Apple’s products you’ll know that TouchID is quickly becoming the way to keep your devices protected, especially if you find remembering increasingly complex passwords tricky. The FingerKey app is the latest piece of TouchID tech and will allow you to login to your Mac using the fingerprint sensor in iPhones 5s, 6 and 6s.

The app works by linking your smartphone and computer and sharing the fingerprint data by AES 256-bit encryption, currently the most secure system for this sort of tech. All of this means you’ll be able to access your Mac with a swipe of a finger (just as long as you don't misplace your phone, in which case you might be in trouble). 

fingerkeyapp.com 

 

4 | Virtual Reality On A Budget

In 2015 we won’t need to bother with actually interacting with people or going outside as a whole raft of virtual reality tech is set to launch, making your world that much shinier whenever you clamp a pair of sci-fi scuba diving goggles to your head.

The latest (and cheapest) incarnation of these VR headsets is the VR One, a smartphone-enabled headset from German tech developers Zeiss. The headset comes with a variety of entertainment app options as well as the VR One Cinema that transports users to a movie theatre and lets you watch 3D films.

While it may not be as polished as the Samsung Gear VR, the VR One is a low-key commitment to virtual reality, perfect for those looking for an affordable option, or an old school affinity for doing things in actual reality.

£63, zeissvrone.tumblr.com 


5 | The Smartphone For The Easily Distracted

 


Starring at a screen all day can be tough. Having to turn your phone over because you’ve pulled it out of your pocket face down is tougher. Luckily, the new Yotaphone 2 is on hand to make sure you don’t have to deal with this ridiculous waste of time ever again, by offering the updated version of its dual-display smartphone.

On the front, you’ve got your standard 1080p AMOLED screen, running on a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor. The rear houses a 8-megapixel camera and a secondary display that runs on E-Ink, much like your Kindle. While we’re not quite sure while you’d need two screens, it will be handy to check Twitter while bashing out a new high score on Candy Crush.

£555, yotaphone.com 


Which are you excited about?


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