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Here is my riddle:

I wasn't around in 1500,
but I sure am around now.
I existed 30 years ago,
but to use me, people would say “How?”.

I come in two main forms,
one portable; one not.
I'm very costly,
so you shouldn't throw me in a boiling pot.

You can use me for work,
or for play.
Or you can use me
for a school research day.

I am fairly small,
but I used to have a much bigger size.
Now when you guess what I am,
please don't tell me lies!

What am I?

Good luck!

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    $\begingroup$ This was simple, the only bit that confused me was the bit about lies. Does it have any connection? Like the answer never lies? $\endgroup$ – n00dles Oct 9 '16 at 18:53
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This should be more precise answer.

You can be a

Computer

I wasn't around in 1500, but I sure am around now.

Computer didn't exist in 1500, but it does now.

I existed 30 years ago, but to use me, people would say “How?”.

It existed 30 years ago, and when using it first time, people would obviously ask how.

I come in two main forms, one portable; one not.

One is Desktop Computer, and other is Laptop

I'm very costly, so you shouldn't throw me in a boiling pot.

Computer is costly, therefore it must be used carefully.

You can use me for work, or for play. Or you can use me for a school research day.

It can be used for all above mentioned purposes.

I am fairly small, but I used to have a much bigger size. Now when you guess what I am, please don't tell me lies!

Well, computer was about a hall-size when invented, but now it is much smaller than before.

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Is it

a phone?

I wasn't around in 1500,
but I sure am around now.

Indeed.

I existed 30 years ago,
but to use me, people would say “How?”.

30 years ago, phones existed but were more old-fashioned and worked differently. "How?" might also be a humourous reference to tribal greetings, basically people say "Hi" to use a phone.

I come in two main forms,
one portable; one not.

Mobile phones and landline phones.

I'm very costly,
so you shouldn't throw me in a boiling pot.

Phones nowadays can cost hundreds of pounds.

You can use me for work,
or for play.

You can do work (emails etc.) on a smartphone, or use it to play games or do pointless nonsense.

Or you can use me
for a school research day.

I suppose so.

I am fairly small,
but I used to have a much bigger size.

Mobile phones nowadays are small, but they used to be much bigger decades ago.

Now when you guess what I am,
please don't tell me lies!

These lines are probably just decorative and not meant to be clues in themselves?

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  • $\begingroup$ Not quite... but somewhat close. $\endgroup$ – TheGreenFrog Oct 9 '16 at 16:11

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