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Pioneer X-SMC55DAB

Pioneer X-SMC55DAB

Pioneer outs iPhone speaker dock duo

Pioneer has unveiled its first Lightning-equipped iPhone speaker docks, due to go on sale in December. The X-SMC11DAB (£220) supports DAB+ radio and CDs as well as iPhones, while the X-SMC55DAB (£300) adds Wi-Fi, AirPlay, Wireless Direct and Spotify Connect to the mix.

McDonalds ponders 3D printed Happy Meal toys

McDonalds ponders 3D printed Happy Meal toys

McDonalds ponders 3D printed Happy Meal toys

In the not too distant future a trip to McDonalds could come with a side order of 3D printing. The burger chain is reportedly considering installing 3D printers at its restaurants in order to supply Happy Meal toys on demand – meaning that your kids won’t ever be disappointed when the Big Mac-accompanying trinket they’d set their heart on is no longer available. There’s no roadmap in place for this scheme, however, and McDonalds are keen to point out that it’s merely a consideration at this stage, and not a concrete plan. [Source: The Register]

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Nokia patents folding battery

Nokia patents folding battery

Nokia patents folding battery

Future Microsoft phones could well benefit from the tech outlined in a recent Nokia patent. The document describes a mobile device battery that can be folded or curved, due to its being made up of several small cells joined together. The design could make it easier for Nokia/Microsoft and any licensees to build curved or folding phones.

The battery could also be spread the entire length of a device rather than being confined to a single area, meaning smartphones could get even thinner than they are now without a drop in battery life. [Source: Nokia Power User]

Watch the new RoboCop trailer!

The idea of remaking RoboCop, a film considered to be among the best science fiction movies of the 80s, has rubbed a lot of fanboys up the wrong way – but the trailers are undeniably whetting appetites. A fine cast and massive budget can go a long way to disguising a terrible film pre-release, we know, but watch the second official trailer and you may be pleasantly surprised.