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Google Glass Hits UK in Trial Medical Tests

Google's Glass system is being used in a small medical trial here in the UK, with researchers using the head-mounted gadget to help give sufferers of Parkinson's disease a little more freedom and some assistance with their day-to-day lives. Read More >>

android
HTC One M8 Relegated to Last Place as Benchmarking Nerd War Turns Nasty

HTC's claim that its gaming of the benchmarking system is actually a feature of the HTC One M8 has been laughed at by the makers of the 3Dmark tool, with the M8 accused of cheating and dumped to last place in the tables. Which, in the packed world of Android, means the HTC powerhouse is now around 1,000th position in the performance charts. Read More >>

money
Labour is Planning a Benefit-Claimant Kicking Too, With Maths & English Tests for All

If the Labour party was to win the next general election it would introduce a "basic skills test" for unemployed benefits claimants, with the power to stop payments being made to those who fail a maths and English test and refuse training to rectify their numeracy and literacy problems. Read More >>

booze
Pregnancy Tests in Pubs to be Trialled to Help Mothers Know They're Knocked-up

We all know boozing while pregnant is bad and potentially damaging for the unborn baby. Problem is, some mothers aren't aware they're pregnant in the first months and get hammered anyway, so could putting pregnancy test kits in pubs help protect babies in their early stages of life? Read More >>

Radio
Boris Flunks IQ Test Questions in Live Radio Interview

Boris Johnson found himself flailing and blabbering more than usual yesterday, when a radio host asked him IQ test questions mid-interview. He got the first two wrong, then stopped playing ball when the third teaser was put to him. Read More >>

science
"Gut Reaction" Scientific Love Test May Predict Chance of a Successful Marriage

Scientists have come up with a modern take on the age old concept of the love test, which they claim successfully measures whether partners are actually suited to each other or just going along with it all for the sake of it. Read More >>

maps
Can You (or the UK Parliament) Find Damascus?

A clever little internet challenge is testing the geographical knowledge of people around the world, asking the masses if they can find the location of political hot potato and Syrian capital Damascus. Many failed, including one guess from someone using the Houses of Parliament proxy servers who was miles off. Read More >>

3d printing
German Police Treat Themselves to a 3D Printer to Test Printed Gun Schematics

The ongoing saga of the 3D gun and if it's any good or not is set to continue, thanks to a plan for German police to knock out a few and test them to see how dangerous they are to the user and the person being shot at -- and how easy they are to smuggle once disassembled. Read More >>

science
Can You Beat Harvard's Guess-Your-Age Machine?

Harvard's got a clever little test that just gets you to click a few on-screen circles to guess your age. It was way off for me, apparently I'm meant to be 33 years old by Harvard's measure, but for the rest of the Giz UK staff it was only two years out. Just from clicking buttons. Wow. Read More >>

internet
You've Never Had it So Good: The Web's Loading Quicker for Nearly Everyone

According to stats generated by Google, the internet's generally working better for everyone in 2013, as improvement in back-end, server and browser tech managed to speed everything up. So close that Speedtest tab and stop whining. Read More >>

blackberry
BB10 Might Fail UK Government High Security Testing

The new BlackBerry ecosystem has might have failed a government security test, meaning it is, for now, unlikely to win itself any large-scale government orders. George Osborne's going to have to carry on using his insecure ASDA Alcatel for the time being. Read More >>

cars
Rogue Driving Test Examiner Pocketed £3,000 in Return for Guaranteeing a Pass

Police busted a driving test examiner this week, accusing him of pocketing large sums of money in exchange for securing test success for otherwise dodgy drivers. Read More >>

internet
Conduct Your Important Internet Business at 4.00am for the Best Speeds

A massive analysis of some 2.3 million online speed tests carried out over the last six months has fingered 4.00am as the time you're most likely to see your internet approach its advertised speed, as that's when your neighbour's kids aren't YouTube-ing the hell out of your local exchange. Read More >>

blackberry
Some Poor US Businessmen are Being Made to Use BB10

RIM has started running private trials of its new BB10 hardware and software combo, picking up the bill to bribe some top US businesses to force their staff to use the new Blackberrys. Read More >>

microsoft
Microsoft Kin Usability Videos Show it Wasn't... Usable

Remember Microsoft's Kin One and Kin Two phones? They had about three days of mild, bemused hype, before disappearing and being pulled from sale amid a disastrous reception and mass embarrassment for poor Microsoft. These "usability" test videos show why the two semi-smartphones were such a disaster. Read More >>

4g
4G Coverage Patchy in Manchester, With Less Than Half the City Centre Connectable

Tests on EE's new 4G network in Manchester have found it to be a rather patchy experience in these early days, with fewer than half of the city centre test locations able to connect to the new LTE service. Read More >>

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