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Tech it up with the best Christmas gadgets

Christmas gadgets. When style meets technology. Beats By Dre Solo2 Luxe Enjoy your tunes with studio-like clarity and look good whilst doing so. This sleek, glossy new colourway will see to that. Solid, comfortable and compact, this pair of headphones is music to our ears. £169.95, beatsbydre.com UE Boom 2 Create the perfect party atmosphere wherever you lay this down. The Bluetooth pillar speaker provides thumping 360-degree sound for up to 15 hours and is so durable it will continue to blast your playlist uninterrupted however riotous the party gets. Come rain, sun or snow, here’s one speaker you can rely on all year-round. £169, ultimateears.com Jawbone UP3 A style statement in its own right, this rather fetching activity tracker holds a wealth of vital statistics to help encourage better fitness habits. Use the app to monitor your heart rate at any given time as well as your daily calorie burn. It’s the perfect wellness kick-starter come the New Year. £129.99, jawbone.com De’Longhi Dedica Whether an espresso, cappuccino or latte, this super-sleek coffee machine lets …

Doubling up – taming frizz

Combine clever technology with targeted haircare for super-charged protection against frizz and flyaways THE PERFECT BLOW DRY Give your blow dry extra smoothing power with a light touch of some Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum. Not only does it reduce drying time, the silicones form a shield around the cuticle, protecting the hair from temperamental winter conditions that can otherwise make the hair unruly very quickly. (£18.95, paulmitchell.com) Is there no end to the joy that diamonds can bring? It seems not, for they are destined to help us banish bad hair days forever too. The Nicky Clarke Diamond Shine Pro Salon Blow Dryer has a diamond-infused grille that releases frizz-controlling ions so hair dries with a smooth, glossy finish. It’s as close to a salon blow dry as you can get at home. (£63.99, boots.com) STRAIGHT TO THE TOP When hair is weak or damaged, even subtle temperature changes can trigger a hair disaster. The answer is to repair it, from the inside out. With antioxidant-rich prickly pear seed oil, the Christophe Robin Regenerating …

Work it out

Power through your workout with these clever fitness essentials JABRA SPORT ROX wireless earbuds After you’ve loaded up the power playlist, make sure you pair it up with specially-designed workout earphones to ensure a session free of distractions. These snug, lock-in earbuds provide super-clear Dolby sound to help you meet every beat and will survive the most gruelling workout and even rain-soaked conditions. When not in use, built-in magnets hold the earbuds together neatly and conserve battery power upon contact – brilliant. And they look pretty darn good too. (£119.99, jabra.co.uk) TRUBE app Don’t underestimate the power a taskmaster…ahem, personal trainer can have on helping you train safely and more efficiently. If you’re at a loss of where to find one, this app will help connect you with a qualified and TruBe-vetted personal trainer who matches your desired intensity levels and workout preferences (from high intensity interval training to ballet barre). State when and where you’d like to work out and your trainer will meet you there, props and all. You can even rope in …

10 Most Wanted

10 covetable products you need to have in your life right now WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED Clear out your umbrella collection to make way for this stunner. Yes, we know it’s summer but you know how the weather likes to rain on the parade. But there’s no need to be glum when it does. This brolly features a paradisiacal beach scene right around the inner canopy, so no matter which way you turn, you’ve always got a magnificent view that transports you to more tropical climes instantly. (Where I’d Rather Be umbrella. £29.99, whereidratherbe.co.uk) PLEASE REMAIN SEATED It doesn’t matter that you’ve never cared much about where you end up perching but we challenge you to prise yourself away from this armchair once you’ve curled up onto it. Be prepared to give daggers at the slightest suggestion that anyone else take the seat. (Kolton armchair. £449, made.com) SKETCH ON DEMAND If you’ve ever wanted to be immortalised in a piece of art, this app is a pretty good place to start. Simply snap a full-length …

Tech for foodies: CityHawk app

WHAT’S THE IDEA: An app that lets you book a local London restaurant based on your current location. You can also search for further restaurants by typing in a different postcode. An automatic search displays eight restaurants in your vicinity along with photos, price guidelines and distances. Need more choices? Swipe left on the ones you don’t like for new suggestions. You can also filter results by dress code and check out sample menus and reviews. WHAT’S THE COST: The app is free but meal prices depend on the restaurant. Regular offers are also available and are clearly flagged up. WHEN CAN I BOOK: As soon as right now – the app is designed for spur-of-the-moment bookings. WHO’S IT FOR: People looking for an impromptu meal at a reputable, local restaurant, or more likely, those who just forgot to make dinner reservations. Many a last-minute Londoner will be saved by this app. IS IT ANY GOOD: Yes, it’s a breeze to use, there are some great restaurants available (over 800 including Lima, Benihana and The …

Tech for foodies: Deliveroo

WHAT’S THE IDEA: A London-based, food delivery service that lets you order from a choice of well-known, popular restaurants, bringing your favourite dishes directly to your door. Type in your postcode and chosen delivery time (same day from noon until 11PM, or the day after) for a list of available restaurants. Filter by cuisine or price and browse the menus before settling on one, then order your dishes and pay online. WHAT’S THE COST: There is usually a minimum order of around £15. Delivery costs £2.50. WHEN WILL IT ARRIVE: Orders take an average of just over 30 minutes for delivery. WHO’S IT FOR: Those who want to dine at their favourite London restaurants but can’t or don’t want to go out. It’s also ideal for group lunches at work when you’re having a manic day. IS IT ANY GOOD: Meals are delicious as you’ll probably opt for old favourites. Delivery times aren’t too far off (you’re at the mercy of traffic) so food is still likely to arrive hot. Most restaurants are central London-based …

The best Christmas gifts for techies

Clever gadgets for clever people   Stelle Audio Go-Go Speaker £99, stelleaudio.com A brilliant speaker for enjoying music on the go, plus, it firmly ticks the style box. A removable strap allows you to hang it wherever you like (up to 50 feet from a connected Bluetooth device) and you can even mount it onto the handlebars of a bike so you can groove as you move. – – – – – X-mini KAI 2 Capsule Speaker £39.95, x-mini-com This portable speaker, with ceramic drivers that deliver loud and clear sound, doubles up as an excellent mobile conferencing tool. A clever, built-in noise-cancelling microphone helps to filter out background disturbances so you can hold quality conversations wherever you are. – – – – – Huawei TalkBand B1 £99, amazon.co.uk This sleek wearable tech packs a whole lot of function into a single band. There’s a fitness monitor to keep track of your activity levels, an alerts function so you can screen incoming calls and emails, a nifty screen that pops out doubling up as a …

A Groov-e music companion

All music lovers understand the need to be able to play our tunes whenever and wherever we choose, so our phones are never far away, but we also understand the limitations. There is only so much our phones can blare out on loudspeaker before the sound quality becomes negligible. In these instances, a small, portable wireless speaker may be just what you need. We like the Groov-e Soundbox Splash-Proof Wireless Speaker (£39.99, groov-e.co.uk) for those very reasons, and more. Wireless connection is made via Bluetooth so you can also connect your tablet from up to 10m away, or you can always use the 3.5mm audio output. When fully charged (via a micro USB port), you get up to five hours of music playback which comes out really clear and crisp. The bass is good also, all helped in part by the rubber casing which absorbs excessive vibrations which would otherwise compromise the sound quality. The volume can be adjusted using the buttons along the top or via the volume control on your device. But not …

2015 Michelin restaurant guide launches app

Booking in at Michelin-starred restaurants just got a whole lot easier. For those who won’t accept less than Michelin starred-quality dining, here’s an app that really cuts to the chase. Featuring Michelin guide-listed restaurants only, we’re happy to say that it’s pretty unlikely you’ll come across any duds. The 2015 Michelin Restaurants app, which is powered by Bookatable, provides all the content from this year’s guide and allows you to quickly and easily book in at any one to three star-rated restaurant, as well as those awarded a Bib Gourmand (restaurants that offer “good food at moderate prices”). Filter options by star rating, price, cuisine, location and availability and browse the extensive food galleries to help inform your choices. Exclusive promotions and offers will also be available in the Michelin Experiences section of the app. There are over 2,000 options in the UK and among those are the 14 newly-awarded in this year’s guide, including London-based City Social, Barrafina, Fera at Claridge’s, Gymkhana, Bubbledogs and The Clove Club. The app is free to download on …

Head Banger: B&O BeoPlay H6 headphones

Talk about a bronzed beauty. This new limited edition model of the BeoPlay H6 headphones by B&O Play is quite the head turner. Featuring soft leathers and sleek, brushed metal touches, it’s a winning combination of effortless style, brilliantly authentic sound quality and clever functionality. B&O BeoPlay H6 headphones in Bronzed Hazel. £329, beoplay.com