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Independent news, views, opinions and reviews on the latest gadgets, games, science, technology and research from Apple and more. It’s about the technologies that change the way we live, work, love and behave.

Woo Hoo! Apple’s new iPhone is coming!

China Foxconn

THE new iphone. It’s coming! Aren’t you excited too? I know I am because it’ll be just fabulous allowing me to pose even more effectively as a cool and in touch sort of person. You know, rather than the fat …

Posted: 16th, April 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Every birthday celebrating on your Facebook Wall

YOU FACEBOOK friends want to wish you a happy birthday. Dan Hopper saves them the bother. This is what your Facebook wall looks like on your birthday:

facebook wall

Posted: 16th, April 2013 | In: Technology | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Big Brother: Tiny wireless injectable device shines light on brains to generate a reward

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THIS can only go well for anyone interested in controlling human thoughts. Researchers, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a tiny device for triggering happy thoughts. It’s a …

Posted: 13th, April 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Kiwi Minister says 3D printers can produce drugs, planets and MPs

Maurice-Williamson 3d
3D printing is the new wonder what will turn your home into a factory. But New Zealand’s Customs Minister Maurice Williamson is gravely concerned. He says the average household printer will soon be printing contraband:
“If people could print off

Posted: 13th, April 2013 | In: Politicians, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Your dead gran, recycled into road signs

metal hips mickey

PEOPLE who say old-folks are useless clearly are idiots aren’t they? For a start, old people are the main source of institutionalised racism and without pensioners, the makers of fig rolls would go out of business overnight. Pensioners are so …

Posted: 12th, April 2013 | In: News, Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Time machine inventor frets about Chinese stealing his idea

Mideast Iran Ashoura
THERE have been some great inventions not yet made. The flying house. The singing aardvark. A machine that goes to the toilet for you, so preventing you missing bits of telly. And now Iranian inventor Ali Razeghi, 27, has invented …

Posted: 12th, April 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1983: The first video game World Championship (video)

video game championship

IT’S 1983. The first video game “World Championship” is underway. Twin Galaxies remembers when it was all lacquered whipped hair and lettering ironed onto T-shirts. In the best traditions of US-based ‘World’ sporting event, only North Americans entered:

Twin Galaxies

Posted: 11th, April 2013 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Remember the game Snake? Want to see what it looks like to complete it?

NOKIA made the game, Snake, as popular as Tetris and infuriated mobile phone users the world over. Controlling the near formless blocky greedyguts was a nightmare once you got stuck into it for a couple of minutes, constantly chasing …

Posted: 10th, April 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Which gamers are best at sex?

sex gamers

GAMERS are derided for their social skills, often depicted as lonely people, sat in their mum’s spare room, pale and wan. However, that’s a complete nonsense. That’s like saying movie fanatics are all 3 feet tall and live inside tinfoil …

Posted: 9th, April 2013 | In: News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


This is what happens when you cry in space (gifs and video)

IN space no-one can hear you scream. But can they see you sob? Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield tweeted it “hurts to cry” in space. Then he showed us why. The tears have nowhere to go. They …

Posted: 9th, April 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


‘Roadrage Instant Karma’: Volvo driver undertakes bikers

volvo bikers

IN Roadrage Instant Karma, the Volvo driver moves to undertake the bikers who are spread across the road. The Volvo ends up in a bad place. The bikers give him the finger and drive on. But karma is not …

Posted: 8th, April 2013 | In: Technology | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


When a Lamborghini Miura SV burns no-one in London can find a fire extinguisher

IN London a Lamborghini Miura SV burns. The fire brigade were in no hurry. And no-one in London has a fire extinguisher:

Posted: 7th, April 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


GPS knickers send electric shock to rapists and mums and dads

GPS knickers

GOOD new for women in Chennai, India, who have their knickers stolen to order by perverts. Scientists have placed GPS tracking devices in lingerie. Manisha Mohan, co-developer of Society Harnessing Equipment (SHE), says her gadget has other uses:

“The

Posted: 2nd, April 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Irony overload: Guardian Comment is Free writer calls online journalism consumers ‘looters’

the guardian

ON the Guardian ‘s Comment Is Free site – oh, the irony – Bob Garfield says people who consume news for free on the web are “looters“.

Those consumers cheerfully using the web to sample content from all

Posted: 1st, April 2013 | In: News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


South Africa’s Invasive Species: phone towers disguised to look like trees

DILLON Marsh is a photographer.

phone masts kalahari

 Assimilation. In the vast barren landscapes of the southern Kalahari, Sociable Weaver Birds assume ownership of the telephone poles that cut across their habitat. Their burgeoning nests are at once inertly statuesque and teeming with

Posted: 28th, March 2013 | In: Photojournalism, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Apple device makes cracked screens impossible

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BEHOLD! The “Protective Mechanism for an Electronic Device” will make it impossible for your iPhone, iPad or iPod to fall corner-first down and shatter the screen. It works on any device – including TVs in rock star’s hotel …

Posted: 25th, March 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Modern inventors: Sean O’Connor’s Batter Blaster

ButterBlaster

INVENTOR of the day is Sean O’Connor. He invented theBatter Blaster – the pancake / waffle mix in a can. He says:

“We’ve had quite a few emails from dads, divorced dads or single dads, that are like, ‘Hey

Posted: 19th, March 2013 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Russian dash cam video of the day: the wing mirror two-step

WE’VE featured those Russian dash cams on Anorak before. In this video of life on the open road, two Russian truckers exchange wing mirrors. As the camera moves away, the two drivers continue to row. They might well still be …

Posted: 19th, March 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The 25 most bizarre and adventurous aircraft ever invented

THE 25 most bizarrer and adventurous aircraft ever invented.

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Posted: 16th, March 2013 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mr Carron’s Falling Cone for Victorian daredevils

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Posted: 15th, March 2013 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Meme heroes in real life

AN internet meme is based on a single photo. If that picture is of you, and you’re deemed to look like a douche, a good guy or a nutjob, then it’s hard cheese. Your internet persona is now set. Bad …

Posted: 13th, March 2013 | In: Celebrities, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The insane Czechs makes a hash of the 4G auction

THIS should be a spoof but unfortunately it isn’t: they’ve managed to get the economics of this situation entirely the wrong way around:

As bidding topped £680m, the Czech regulator pulled the plug on the 4G auction, saying that

Posted: 12th, March 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


British researchers find signs of extraterrestrial life on meteor

Aliens on Saturn

DON’T worry. The simple organisms from the great beyond are going to invade and tell us what to do. It will be okay:

“Researchers in the United Kingdom have found algae-like fossils in meteorite fragments that landed in Sri Lanka

Posted: 12th, March 2013 | In: Technology | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1956 Hard Disk Drive – loading IBM’s storage unit on a PAA jet

1956 hard disk drive

PHWAOR! Cop a load of that hard drive being loaded on a Pan American Airways jet. It’s as big as a car:

In September 1956 IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first ‘SUPER’ computer with a hard disk drive (HDD).

Posted: 10th, March 2013 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Moon Towers of Austin Texas

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EVER seen a moon tower? In the 19th Century moon towers were “the future of municipal lighting was glowing orbs suspended high above cities”:

Aurora, Illinois — ironically named only in retrospect — was one of the early

Posted: 10th, March 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0