BEST GADGETS OF 2013
Throughout the year we looked at the latest tech to keep you in the loop. Matt Herbst picks the best of the bunch from 2013
The LED headlights are diamond encrusted and the hood is gold plated. Yes, the Lykan Hypersport is the most ludicrously luxurious car ever constructed. It may not be a gadget in the strictest sense of the word but it’s certainly a desirable device. This limited edition sports car was unveiled at the Qatar Motor Show by W Motors and made available to purchase in September. Yours if you have $200,000 (RO78,000) to spare. See wmotors.ae for details.
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Apple TV HD
Small can be beautiful. This much-hyped device from Apple gives you access to the best content – blockbuster movies, TV shows, sports, your music and photos on your widescreen TV. And you can play content from your iOS devices on your TV using AirPlay. Go to www.apple.com RO60
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DEEP TEA DIVER
Explore the depths of your tea cup with this Tea Sub Yellow Submarine. Waiting to be filled with your favourite loose leaf tea, it infuses flavour and fun into your cup. Available from Harvey Nichols in Dubai for RO7
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BRAVE NEW PHONE WORLD
Imagine a phone like no other: ultra-thin and almost indestructible. You can roll it, drop it and scrunch it like paper. Welcome to the brave new world of the mobile phone. Gadget shows have already been awash with prototypes and rumours abound that we could see the launch of the first bendy phone in 2014.
EDITOR’S PICK OF THE YEAR –
Imagine having the sun shining its happy rays 24/7. Now you can. The Sun Jar is a portable solar light stacked with style. Simply place it by a window and it will store Oman’s sunshine throughout the day. Later at night, the frosted glass container becomes a wonderful mood light giving out a warm glow. Not only is this clever piece of kit environmentally friendly, it can also be used in your tent. Available online from Suck.UK.COM for RO11
APP OF THE YEAR
Viber, the service that lets you send free calls and messages from your mobile, has just had a major boost. The new version allows you to transfer calls from your smartphone to your PC, and even make video calls – so you can see your far-away friends and family face to face. Available from app stores Free
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BEST GIRLY GADGET
Cool iPhone cases are all the rage, but the costly novelty soon wears off. Luckily, the iFoolish doodle case for iPhone is as good as a change. It’s styled like an Etch A Sketch and also comes with a stylus, while also providing excellent protection for your iPhone. Go ahead – doodle away!