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Weird Tech roundup: Gates takes on iPhone

Tongue-controlled wheelchairs: it's something to do with your Eustachian tube, apparently
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A quick glance back through this week's major stories is enough to confirm that the hype surrounding the Apple iPhone (opens in new tab) is still very much with us - there's even a musical .

Hooray then for the parallel world of weird tech, where the closest to mainstream we get is the shock news that the Jesus Phone (that's the iPhone to you and me) comes preloaded with more swearwords than your average Dr Dre album. (No support for 'Zune' though.)

But it's not been all bad for Bill Gates - despite the attention lavished on the iPhone, his sperm was this week voted the second-most-wanted by Chinese women. Consolation indeed for a man who has just lost the title of world's wealthiest person.

Need for speed

Tongue-controlled wheelchairs (opens in new tab) could be racing up and down the country by the end of the year, if US company Think-A-Move has anything to do with it. Apparently it's developed a device that can detect ear-pressure changes resulting from tongue movement.

And all that extra traffic on our roads means just one thing: an even greater need for the proposed Oops I'm Late smartphone application.

This was the most dangerous thing we saw all week - even worse than the ' How to Cook Hot Dogs Via Electrocution ' guide, or the pensioner using a live First World War German shell as a doorstop. It knows every meeting you've got in your diary and it can see you. It then works out how late you're going to be and automatically dobs you in by text. Oops I've Lost My Job: you've been warned.

In other news: Douglas Adams was right ; the Traveller's Phrasebook T-Shirt helps stupid people travel; and washing up gets fun with the Bubble Scrubber (opens in new tab) . It's been a good week.

And finally...

It turns out that the men behind Steorn's Orbo 'free energy' machine are, in fact, mere mortals after all. Despite triumphing the laws of physics, the world was denied visual proof after the exhibition became terminally thwarted by " technical difficulties ". Did someone say "too good to be true"?

Julia Sagar
Julia Sagar

Julia is editor-in-chief of retail at Future, where she works across a wide range of leading consumer tech and lifestyle brands, including TechRadar, Tom's Guide, T3, Woman & Home and more. A former editor of global design website Creative Bloq, she has over 15 years’ experience in online and print journalism, and was part of the team that launched TechRadar (way back in the day). When she isn't reviewing mattresses, she can usually be found writing about anything from green energy to graphic design.