Google to release software development kit

Google is branching out in the wearable technology market with the release of a software development kit which will allow developers to create wearable devices, such as smartwatches and fitness trackers, using the Android operating system.

Proposals to limit crowdfunding in Spain

The Cabinet has approved a plan to impose limits on online crowdfunding, an increasingly popular means of raising funds for various products. The proposal will introduce a 3,000-euro ceiling on individual investor contributions to any given project and a 6,000 euro limit for individuals investing in a particular funding platform.

Facebook buys WhatsApp

Facebook has bought messaging service WhatsApp for $16 billion, with an additional $3bn given to WhatsApp’s founders and employees.

Vodafone looking to acquire ONO

The British company Vodafone has reportedly made a €7 billion offer for the Spanish cable company ONO.

Hallway lights

Want to avoid stubbing your toe when you get back home and the lights are off? Do it yourself is an option with Automatic Hallway Runner Lights

Health Tech

High-tech is becoming an integral part of everyday life, but still a bold statement: I’ve Seen The Future Of Health Tech And It’s Going To Improve Your Life In 2014

For something a bit different

Novel gadgets for all occasions, from an armadillo beverage holder to a Tardis teapot. Unusual and Unique Gifts

Compact and thin

A company called TYLT has designed an iPhone charger that replaces wire with a flat ribbon to keep your bag clutter free. Band Wall Charger

Blackberry in takeover deal

After announcing on Friday that it plans to cut 4,500 jobs in a bid to stem losses, struggling smartphone maker Blackberry has reportedly agreed in principle to be bought by a consortium led by Fairfax Financial for $4.7 billion.

Microsoft to update Surface tablets

Microsoft is in the process of updating its range of Surface tablets following disappontingly weak sales of the original models, the updates to include faster processors and higher-resolution screens and cameras.