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For years Anorak had published daily news reviews and bursts of popular culture. Ads used to be enough to pay for the writers and the tech. But they’re not enough. Not any more. So there’s a new way to keep …

Posted: 20th, June 2017 | In: Key Posts, Money, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


80 years of New York city side by side in this neat video

The New Yorker has created this neat video of showing how New York City has changed from 1930s until today.

 

 

Spotter: Open Culture, Flashbak,…

Posted: 19th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology, The Consumer, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Schools use loaned laptops to spy on students

Rhode Island schools operating ‘1-1’ programs are spying on students. Under the terms of the program adopted by 22 of the state’s 33 school districts, students each get a laptop supplied by a third party. The issue is that everything …

Posted: 19th, June 2017 | In: Google News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Artist creates brain-controlled sperm

thought-controlled sperm

 

If you sperm start swimming towards the front door and then onto Massachusetts, this is why? Ani Liu reveals her plan:

Reflecting on the cultural and scientific discourses that shape notions of the female body, and in an expression

Posted: 16th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The original Twitter homepage linked to Instagram

Update: If you look at the screenshot closely, there’s a familiar name at the top of the “What your friends…” box: Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom (his Twitter user id is 380…meaning that he was one of the first 400 people to sign up for the service).

 

 

In th“What your friends…” box on the first version of Twitter, we see the name of Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom. He got in early – one of the first 400 to sign up.

Spotter: Kottke

Posted: 16th, June 2017 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Politicians and students agree that looking is a gateway to crime

Politicians all want to censor the web. CapX writes:

It took us many centuries, a lot of effort and much expended blood and gore to get to this place where we are free – at liberty and ruled by the

Posted: 7th, June 2017 | In: Google News, News, Politicians, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


This Russian vending machine sells Instagram likes

As Alexey Kovalev writes: “Russia takes the worst excesses of capitalism to the extreme, so here’s a vending machine in a mall for buying Likes for your Instagram pics.”

How sad is that:

instagram likes russia vending machine

 

Spotter:  @Alexey__Kovalev…

Posted: 6th, June 2017 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Dominoes falling show us how changes happen

Something about butterflies and things getting bigger:

 

 

No, me neither. But I like the video…

Posted: 5th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


After London Bridge and Manchester: Douglas Adams was right about the internet

After London Bridge, the news is that there will be crackdown on the internet. Freedom of speech must be curtailed. Encryption must be done away with.

Author Douglas Adams go it. In 1999 he wrote:

 

Douglas Adam London terror

 

“I don’t think

Posted: 4th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A red ejector button for your car’s lighter

Be like Bond with this red eject button to excite your car’s bland and pretty useless cigarette lighter.

 

eject button cigarette lighter car eject button cigarette lighter car

 

 

Spotter: Pee-wee Herman

Posted: 1st, June 2017 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool has the friendliest hackers in the world

To the Liverpool One Shopping Centre, England, where hackers have issued a directive: ‘we suggest you improve your security – sincerely –  your friendly neighbourhood hackers – #JFt96’.

 

hackers liverpool

 

Spotter: Reddit

Posted: 30th, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


UKIP candidate campaigns for inter-stellar colony ship for ‘the chance to begin anew’

Check out this brilliant flyer from Suffolk UKIP candidate Aidan Powlesland. He calls for a fleet of inter-steller vehicles to mine Saturn’s astroid belt for platinum and water. Why? For “the chance to begin anew”.

 

UKIP flyer funny GE17

UKIP candidate Aidan Powlesland

 

Spotter: Johnny Paige

Posted: 26th, May 2017 | In: Politicians, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Police watchdog investigates Met’s links to Indian hackers

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating an anonymous tip-off that the London Metropolitan Police’s National Domestic Extremism and Disorder Intelligence Unit asked Indian police to hire hackers to break into the private communications of hundreds of British people, including …

Posted: 15th, May 2017 | In: News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Computers fines drivers for ‘parking’ in a traffic jam

Computers can be wrong. Yes, we know what the system says but it is wrong. This bit of computer knowing resulted in human beings fined £100 per carload:

Parking cameras went live at the Ashford Retail Park in Kent in

Posted: 10th, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


US tech titans mint millionaires as globalised business model pays off

When the web first boomed, the dream was to become a dotcom millionaire for running you own website. Now you can rich by working for someopne who built a website that went huge. The trick is to work for one …

Posted: 7th, May 2017 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The horror beneath the $10,000 sex doll’s skin

Over at Realbotix boffins are “dedicated to integrating cutting edge emerging technologies with silicone doll artistry to provide a bridge between technology and humankind on emotional, mental, and physical levels.” They’re making love dolls. “When interacting with these dolls, we …

Posted: 4th, May 2017 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Man adapts car to let him piss whilst driving

One man has turned his car into a mobile toilet. With the power of hosing, need and creativity, he’s created a car you can piss in without soiling the seats.

Behold the Jeep Catheter:

 

driving wee toilet seat

 

If that’s Number 1, …

Posted: 1st, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The French Election is a huge waste of paper

The French election are riding high on the news cycle. The field has narrowed into a straight fight between Front National’s Marine Le Pen and independent Emmanuel Macron. Round 2 will be defined not what the French are for but …

Posted: 24th, April 2017 | In: News, Politicians, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Internet of things: hacker makes all city’s emergency sirens go off at once

When everything is on the Internet, it might be wise to sleep with one eye open and beneath a tinfoil blanket. People living in Dallas didn’t get much sleep when a hacker triggered the city’s 156 emergency sirens – used …

Posted: 9th, April 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Government uses Westminster terror attack to limit hard-fought freedom

The reaction to Khalid Massod’s murderous attack in London was clear: we will not let the heinous actions of one man threaten our hard won freedoms. Theresa May assured us that “Any attempt to defeat those values [liberty, democracy, freedom …

Posted: 27th, March 2017 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Carl Sagan was right: a neuroscientist explains connectomes to children and experts

Bobby Kasthuri accepted Wired’s challenge to explain what a connectome is to five individuals. As you know, of course, a connectome is (it says here) ‘a comprehensive diagram of all the neural connections existing in the brain’.

Kasthuri’s mission was …

Posted: 5th, March 2017 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Molecule mixture triggers hair growth and cures hearing loss

cochlear hair cells

 

Good news its that technology is on course to cure hearing loss caused by the dying off of cochlear hair cells. C&EN tells us that a healthy ear contains about 15,000 hair cells in the cochlea. As you age, …

Posted: 1st, March 2017 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Find household items lost inside your anus with the Body Orifice Security Scanner (BOSS)

Ever lose something up your nostrils, vagina, anus or other orifice? Something like a Donny Osmond poster, keepsake, drugs stash, lungfish, hacksaw, shovel, shot glass or eel?

Well, help is at hand. Beat the …

Posted: 28th, February 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A Chinese clickfarmer at work on her apple iPhones

clickfarmer china iphone

 

If you’re too busy to tweet yourself, you can outsource the task and others to the woman above. She’s a clickfamer installing apps on a screen of Apple iphones. The more installs an app has the higher it ranks …

Posted: 3rd, January 2017 | In: Online-PR, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0