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Weird Wide Web: Chromecast, a peek into the future and a social network with a difference

All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.

WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.

Air shooter of the week

Designed to enhance your gaming experience, AIREAL shoots rings of air at you to represent bullets, footballs etc., Buzzfeed reports. The device is also being tested for use with tablet devices so someday you may even get to feel like one of those Angry Birds hurtling through the air.

(Video: DisneyReseachHub/YouTube)

Peek into the future of the week

A new project which is looking for funding on Kickstarter, pledges to make your house more intelligent so that lights come on when and where you need them, it tells you when your mail arrives, gets the kettle boiling when you wake up and lots more. This would mean having a number of sensors around the house linked to an app on your smartphone. We imagine it would be expensive to hook up your entire house to the system, but this could be what the future looks like…

(Image: WigWag/Kickstarter)

Irish social networking site of the week

This slick new website, based in Dublin, does pretty much everything Facebook does, with one difference – you get to keep the copyright on your pictures, videos and everything else you post, Broadsheet reports.

(Image: Cayova)

Big announcement of the week

(Image: Google)

This week everyone is talking about Chromecast, Google’s stab at competing with the Apple TV. The clever little gadget will hook your smartphones and tablets to your TV so you can watch movies, play games or view your photos all on the big screen. If you missed the news this week, here are the six main things you should know about it, courtesy of The Week.

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