This month’s gadgets can organise your life, boost your knowledge and keep out the cold. Resident Inspector Gadget Olly Mann is back with his top techie releases of the month. 

Nutribullet Rx

£169.99

nutribullet rx

If you like to blend and you don’t like to wash up, then frankly you probably have a Nutribullet in your kitchen already.

Its irresistible combination of one-cup design and mind-blowing blade speed has generated fervent word of mouth from smoothie devotees, and the onslaught of TV marketing hasn’t hurt either. But, be honest, it’s a product you ignore over the cold winter months when whizzed-up icy kale has zero appeal.

Enter the Rx: press the button on the front, and once it’s broken down your raw ingredients, it heats them up, transforming them into soup in just seven minutes.

Read more: Easy chicken soup recipe

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

£739 or from £20 with subscription

samsung galaxy note 7

Sometimes smartphones evolve only slightly, yet generate excitement, as when Apple added fingerprint recognition to the iPhone. Similarly, Samsung’s latest addition to their large-screen Note series incorporates the curved-screen gimmick from their hit Edge, but adds—wait for it—symmetrical edges!

So now, rather than just curving around one side like the Edge, the Note’s screen appears to wrap around both sides of the handset.

It’s an engineering feat, of course, as is the new iris-scanning feature that allows you to unlock the phone just by looking at it. But, in practical terms, not a whole lot different to the last incarnation.

 

 

KitSound MyJack

£24.99

KitSound MyJack

Most modern cars come with Bluetooth connectivity, but, if you’re driving around in your mum’s old motor, such technology may elude you.

The good news? Even older cars often feature “line in” ports—originally intended for connecting external CD players and iPods—which can accommodate the MyJack, a neat little dongle that pairs with your phone, so you can transmit tunes straight to your car stereo.

No more clumsy wires dangling across the car! Its diminutiveness has a drawback, though: it requires charging after around five hours’ use.

Read more: Middle-aged consumers test Bluetooth speakers

 

 

Apple app: Hopster

£3.99 per month

Hopster

Should kids be encouraged to use tablet computers? The official pediatric advice (no screen time before age two) is being reassessed to reflect the possible benefits of educational apps, used under supervision.

All I know is, my seven-month-old was captivated by the nursery rhymes on this, which encouraged him to sing and play along—albeit in an American accent…

 

 

Android app: Airport by Flio

Free

Airport by filo review

Ever torn out your hair in frustration trying to log on to airport wi-fi? Especially when the prompts are in a foreign language? Then this is the app for you.

Register only once (via email or Facebook), and you’re online automatically in an international airport.

The app displays live updates for departures and arrivals, and also discount vouchers—so you can enjoy 20% off your brekkie and not have to crane your neck at the wall-mounted screens.

 

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