Gadget Ogling: Levitating Smart Things, Making WiFi-Perfect Wine, and Staying Safe While Solo

Welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that is ready to take a breather, after finally upgrading to Windows 10, to peruse the latest announcements in the world of gadgets. On our Start menu this time around are levitating smartwatch and smartphone chargers, a connected wine and cider maker, and a wearable with a safety focus. As always, these are not reviews, and the ratings reflect only how much I’d like to actually try each item. Walking in the Air A pair of Kickstarter projects plan to place your…

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Brandon University apologises after making alleged sexual assault victims sign ‘gag order’ contract

A university has been forced to denounce a contract it made those alleging sexual assault sign which required them to not discuss the case with third parties – or risk being expelled. Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada, has issued a public statement after an outcry, saying it now recognises its “student behavioural contract” to be “inappropriate,” adding it “will no longer be using them.” The contract – which has since been labelled a “gag order” by campaigners – has been confirmed as genuine by the university, and first came to light when…

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Government visa rules are making Britain a ‘difficult and unattractive’ study destination for international students

Robert Spencer/Getty Images The Government’s “damaging” visa policies are making Britain a “difficult and unattractive” place to study for international students, a new report has warned. According to the findings from the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), last year’s business school student intake from outside the EU “fell sharply” by almost nine per cent. This, in turn, could have a detrimental effect on postgraduate taught programmes – such as the MBA – where 52 per cent of students are international. Despite business and administration courses being among the most popular…

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