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Apple co-founder not a fan of smartwatches

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Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder. Photo: Bloomberg file
Apple has entered the smartwatch market much later than players such as Sony, Samsung, and LG and Wozniak cautioned industry watchers not to expect the company to always lead way

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Vintage videogame found in New Mexico landfill sent to Smithsonian
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A review of digital technology for children
Children love digital technologies as much as adults do, and gadget makers have responded with some smart, entertaining options

Hi-tech toys attracting not only children but adults too
Some of the toys that children play with these days are the modern versions of what their parents’ generation played with when they were younger

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With the demand for hi-tech presents sure to hit new heights this year, should we be worried that playtime has gone digital?


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Unified driving licence in GCC: Royal Oman Police
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Majlis Al Shura seeks to host Oman's higher education minister
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