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7 Must-Know Talking Points in August 2016

What's the name of the new luxury smartphone brand? How is a beer company saving fish? Be in the know with our A-List.

01: POSH PROTECTION

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Vertu finally has competition, as new luxury mobile contender Sirin Labs launches its Solarin phone, which the latter claims has militarygrade security.

02: IT BEATS THE DENTIST

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The Foreo Issa is asking for a cool $279 for its beautifully designed toothbrush. It uses high-intensity sonic pulses and silicone bristles to better polish those pearly whites. Available at Sephora.

03: LET’S GET DIGITAL

According to this year’s KPCB Internet Trends report, global Internet user growth has finally halted, with almost half the entire planet’s population having access to the Web. China, India and US have the three largest online populations.

04: HAUTE SEAT

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Brooks England celebrates its 150th year of making gorgeous cycling accessories with a series of saddles made with copper frames, hand-hammered copper rivets and black leather. Available in different sizes.

05: CHEW ON THIS

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Florida-based Saltwater Brewery has developed biodegradable six-pack rings made from the by-product of the beer-making process. So, if these rings happen to wind up in the ocean, animals that get caught in them can actually chew their way out. Uneaten rings will simply dissolve.

06: SPIRITUAL STROKES

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Marvel at the 150 pieces of art gathered from six countries for Christianity In Asia: Sacred Art And Visual Splendour, an exhibition held by the Asian Civilisations Museum. These masterpieces combine Western ideologies with Eastern techniques, and will be on display until Sept 11, 2016.

07: TOUGH PILL

MIT researchers are developing an ingestible sensor that could change the future of colonoscopies. It’s made from frozen pig intestine that unfolds when thawing in the stomach and helps guide unwanted items out of your colon via a magnetic field.

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