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After much anticipation, a package rocked up at the office this week. We get a lot of packages coming through the doors, especially when you share space with fashion journalists, video game experts and tech reviewers.

But this package was special. It was a mouse, not that I needed another. But it was new and that was enough to be exciting.

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Ever been tempted to buy the latest shiny thing just because it has more features than its competitor? We call this "checkbox syndrome". It involves jumping at a new product just because it's an "upgrade", not because it's better. Before you fall for a list of tech specs designed to impress an audience during a big flashy announcement, stop and think about whether it's really an upgrade for you.

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With the winter cold snap showing no signs of abating, countless Aussie men are insulating their faces with a coat of natural fuzz. Unfortunately, we now resemble Wildling extras from the TV show Game Of Thrones. (Beards might be "in", but the shaggy mountain man look is taking things too far.) The Braun Beard Trimmer attempts to rectify this situation by taming unkempt bristles into the style of your choice. We put it to the test.

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The history of technology is littered with discontinued products that failed to enter the mainstream — from unsupported home entertainment platforms to computing systems that were beyond their time. Despite ending up in discount bins at the time of release, these gadgets can now command top dollar on eBay and the like. This infographic looks at 12 dead and largely forgotten tech products that regularly sell for hundreds of dollars online.

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Last week, more than 3600 technology vendors converged on the Las Vegas Convention Center to show off their latest wares for CES 2016. There was an enormous amount of product on the labyrinthine showroom floor covering every category imaginable. Some of these gadgets were incredibly impressive. Others were laughably terrible. Here are our Best & Worst picks from the show.

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Smart watches are fine, but they really don't capture the DIY spirit. Over on Instructables, user benhur.gonvalves shows you how to build a smart little watch using an Arduino that comes packed with a pedometer, temperature reader, compass and more.

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Everyone thinks they understand good design. While we all understand our tastes, there's more to making a well-designed product than just making it pretty. Form and function have to combine to work well together, but they both need to be present. Here's why form matters, when it makes a product better and when too much can actually make a product worse.