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Weird Wide Web: New iPhones, Instagram drug deals and a sandpit game controller

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.

Big news of the week

It was a week dominated by talk of the two new iPhones. They’re bigger, faster with better cameras and they can sense air pressure. But what you all really want to know is, how much will it cost you?

Source: Apple

Hot feature of the week

The smart thermostat Google bought earlier this year is arriving in Ireland. The Nest thermostat, which automatically adjusts temperatures in your house after learning the way you like it, and Protect, a smart smoke and carbon monoxide alarm,  will both be made available here and in a number of EU countries.

Source: Nest via YouTube

Children’s arcade game of the week

Sega has invented a new arcade machine with a difference, due to be launched in Japan, according to TNW. The difference is that this game uses a sand pit as the controller and projects lights and pictures onto the sand based on what the user creates. It seems to be going down well with the focus groups…

Source: SEGA/YouTube

Online drug deals of the week

It emerged last year that Instagram was being used to advertise and sell illegal drugs. At the time, the site blocked a handful of specific hashtags from appearing in searches. However, Venture Beat has revealed how this abuse of the service continues and just how easy it is to get away with it…

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Funny but completely pointless app of the week

You almost definitely don’t need one of these, but that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t have a bit of fun with it. The iScent allows you to smell your ringtone, using a custom scent. Here it is in ‘party mode’:

Source: iScent via Kickstarter

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