The Smartwatch With Privileges And More Tech Of The Week

Including robotic ants and the new way to order from Amazon

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1 | Your New Chance To Act Utterly Pretentious Through Your Apple Watch

In their latest attempt to appeal to the luxury end of the market, Apple are now offering certain privileges with their new £8,000 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition. If you do splash out on the smartwatch you’ll receive dedicated 24/7 support (including at home video conferencing), private one-hour appointments and the option to jump the queue at Apple launches – plus you'll no longer have to wait in line at the tills.

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Meanwhil, if you can't afford eight grand for a smartwatch, we'll see you in the line for the Genius Bar. Again.

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2 | Your New Reason To Charge Up The Flamethrower

We’ve seen robot dogs, we’ve seen robot lizards, and now German company Festo are working on the BionicANT, designed to mimic the workforce nature of their real-life counterparts, the humble ant. As such, the 3D printed creatures have the power to locate and grasp objects with their pinchers, automatically recharge themselves through their antennae and work in teams to make your skin crawl.

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The sweepstake for the next animal to robot adaptation is now open (put us down for an elephant).

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3 | Your First Look At The New Way To Browse The Web

Microsoft have relegated to the fringes of 'cool tech' ever since everyone ditched their desktop and bought an Apple. However, after announcing plans to kill off Internet Explorer, it looks like they might be on the brink of reclaiming former glories with new release Microsoft Spartan, previewed earlier this week.

A range of new features have been hinted at, including the ability to screenshot and annotate any web page, the chance to drag images and text from a website with a design you don’t like into a simple, unobtrusive layout, and full access to Microsoft’s Cortana assistant (basically Siri for your laptop). However, most importantly, it looks set to be around eight million times faster than its clunky predecessor. 


4 | Your Latest Chance To Let Capitalism Invade Every Aspect Of Your Life

This week Amazon unveiled their new Dash Buttons, essentially branded gadgets which order products to your home literally ‘at the push of a button’. As the video above shows, popping down the shops for more washing powder or toothpaste is officially now a mug's game. Instead, it’s better to order your kitchen roll/bottled water/ wet wipes without leaving the house, then you'd presumably sit back and wait for an army of drones to turn up so you can have that morning latte without having to resort to the jar of instant coffee in the back of the cupboard.

Dash is only available for Amazon Prime customers in the US at present, and anyone interested has to request access to a free selection of buttons. Ordering is linked to your account via wi-fi and a text message notification will let you cancel any accidental orders. And no, it’s not an April Fool’s joke
 

5 | Your Brand New Tron Bike

If you've always wanted to live in a sci-fi world of blue neon and hang out with Jeff Bridges, you'll be excited about the news that this fully-functioning TRON motorbike could now be yours (assuming you've got a spare £16,800 to £26,900 lying about). 

Build for a large American car collection when the TRON sequel was released, and now up for auction at Sotheby's, the TRON bike is fully functioning with a 96 volt direct-drive electric motor, hydraulic breaks and fully-working suspension. Our best guess, however, is that it works better racing through an alternate dimension than speeding down the M1. 

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