Magazine article Management Today

MT Stuff: Gizmos

Magazine article Management Today

MT Stuff: Gizmos

Article excerpt

There's something for everyone this month, from globetrotters to couch potatoes to running fans. Emma Haslett takes stock.

Samsung BD-F7500 3D, Ultra HD Smart Blu-Ray and DVD Player

pounds 169.95

With their motion control and yoga apps, smart TVs may be exciting, but they're also incredibly pricey. This little box, though, is all you want from a smart TV, but without the extra packaging. For geeks, it has Ultra HD upscaling, it plays 2D and 3D Blu-rays and has the full suite of Samsung's Smart Hub apps (including yoga, natch). It makes it hard to understand why people would shell out for a smart TV, if we're honest - but perhaps that's just us.

ULTRA SMART

DUOLINGO

Free. iOs, Android, Facebook

Learning languages is, let's face it, something most of us don't get around to doing once we've left school. This app aims to change that by turning learning a language into a game, teaching you the basics of spelling, grammar and vocabulary, and awarding points based on how well you do. This is 'gamification' at its finest: by playing to their competitive sides, its users push themselves harder. The only downside is that it can be repetitive.

SMARTER THAN YOUR AVERAGE

GATE8 ROLLING TRIFOLD GARMENT BAG

pounds 170

The undignified bunfight to squeeze everyone's carry-on bag into the overhead locker has become even worse since legacy outfits like BA also began charging to put bags in the hold. …

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