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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.

Video of a rotating supercell forming over Texas

MIKE Olbinski is an Arizona photographer who recorded this rotating supercell forming over the northern Texas plains. He writes:

One thing to note early on in the first part is the way the rain is coming down on the right

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Posted: 10th, June 2013 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Photoshop Live – hidden cameras make photobomb selfies of people waiting at the bus stop

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THIS is a great video for Adobe Photoshop. To plug an Adobe get together in Sweden, the photoshoppers installed a computer screen at a bus stop. We’re amazed no-one has done this to photobomb passing politicians and celebrities selfie-style:

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Posted: 8th, June 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Phones replaced with sandwiches – highlights of a great Tumblr

PHOENS replaced by sandwiches is a Tumblr blog in which phones are replaced by sandwiches. It’s pretty simple. And sandwiches might be better than an apple:

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Posted: 4th, June 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How they deal with road toll dodgers in Burma

TO Monywa, Burma, where a man on a scooter is trying to zip through the open toll gate. He never makes it:

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Posted: 4th, June 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The world shrugged: how does Google get away with it?

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THE elite love Google. It’s hard to pick just one example that epitomises the love the rich and powerful have for the big internet search advertising firm. It might be the sight of Eric Schmidt, Google’s billionaire chairman, nipping into … READ ON

Posted: 2nd, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Artist turns CCTV images into paintings

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Posted: 1st, June 2013 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Photos: Baby born using EEVA IVF technology

IN photos: the as yet unnamed baby born to Ruth Carter and partner John Traverse from Warrington, Cheshire, who are the first in the world to give birth to a baby using EEVA IVF technology. The baby girl weighing 5lb … READ ON

Posted: 31st, May 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ford seizes domain name of reputable Lancashire company Newfordcarparts.co.uk

NEWFORD Parts Centre, Abbey Village, Lancashire, sells car parts. Ford was unhappy that the company was listed on the internet as Newfordcarparts.co.uk. So. Ford sued. And won. Ford motors says Newford Parts Centre  was “trading off its fame, history READ ON

Posted: 30th, May 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Investors worry that the market has reached Peak Facebook?

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THIS might not be good news for people who (follishly) invested in Facebook stock at the IPO. There’s a distinct possibility that we’ve already reached peak Facebook and that it’s just not going to get any better from here.

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Posted: 30th, May 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Who owns Commander Chris Hadfield’s version of Space Oddity? Copyright issues are trickier than space travel

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SPACE Commander Chris Hadfield sang David Bowie’s Space Oddity as his finale to his International Space Station show. And when he did, he potentially opened a can of worms (and lawyers). You can send a man to live in space. … READ ON

Posted: 25th, May 2013 | In: Music, Technology | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


iNotRacist – the world’s most effective non-racist app.

iNotRacist -is the app. that will identity you as a non-racist. Bit discounts for politicians, policemen and golfers:

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Posted: 24th, May 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How a teenage girl uses her iPhone – Yahoo! might want to reconsider that Tumblr deal

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HOW do teenage girls use their phones? Answer: all the time. Bianca Bosker spoke to a 14-year-old girl about her life on a white iPhone S.

These are the pick of the quotes:

“I’ll wake up in the morning and

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Posted: 24th, May 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gif inventor and inventor of letter ‘g’ in pedantic row

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HAVE you ever jiffawed at a jif? The inventor of the Gif says the thing should be pronounced Jif.  Gif stands for Graphics Interchange Format. That’s graphic not jraffic. But Steven Wilhite says the ‘G’ of Gif should be used READ ON

Posted: 23rd, May 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Scooter rider has four accidents in a minute – video

IN this video, the hapless scooter boy suffers three accidents in a very short space of time.

I have no end of sympathy for him. The first time I ever drove a scooter was on a ‘fun’ track in Hampshire. … READ ON

Posted: 23rd, May 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Nintendo won’t brand you a criminal for making a video of your game – it will just take your money

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WHO owns the videos you make and post on YouTube? Well, if you make one yourself playing a Nintendo video game, they do. Alan Wexelblat writes:

The basic idea is that if someone makes a video of themselves playing a

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Posted: 20th, May 2013 | In: Technology | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1951 manual: How To Use a Dial Telephone

IN 1951: anyone uncertain of how to use a telephone was being educated:

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Posted: 17th, May 2013 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Mickey Mouse gasmask was utterly terrifying in 1942 – and it still is

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WAR is utterly terrifying. It’s ugly. But in 1942, T.W. Smith, Jr., owner of the Sun Rubber Company, and designer, Dietrich Rempel, created something to give children nightmares: the Mickey Mouse gas mask, as approved by Walt Disney.… READ ON

Posted: 16th, May 2013 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1936: How to die by electrocution in 30 pictures

AUSTRIAN physician Stefan Jellinek founded The Electro-Pathological Museum in 1936. Hr provided the content in Elektroschutz in 132 Bildern (Electrical Protection in 132 Pictures). DEath and electricity went hand-in-hand. But with this book, you would be forewarned.

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Posted: 16th, May 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The entirely insane new tax in France on smartphones, laptops, TVs and tablets

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THE French have decided it would be a good idea to tax all the smartphones, TVs, tablets and the rest in order to subsidise the creation of French movies n’ stuff that people can watch on their smartphones, tablets and … READ ON

Posted: 15th, May 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Things that existed: the Phone Relief Ultimate Hands-Free Headset

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IN the early 1990s, the world was in peril. Telephones were falling into pies, to the floor from desks and very possibly being mistaken for carrots. But help was at hand. The Phone Relief Ultimate Hands-Free Headset was here.

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Posted: 13th, May 2013 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bang With Friends: the only people anonymous are the sex site’s creators

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BANG WITH FRIENDS is a site that boasts:

The anonymous, simple, fun way to find  friends who are down for the night.

Your friends will never know you’re interested unless they are too!  (Completely private & discreet until both

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Posted: 12th, May 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In 1981 technology stopped the ‘Arctic region becoming equatorial and the tropics suddenly changed to polar temperature’

IN 1881, the London St James’s Gazette reported on the end of life on Earth. The news was picked up by Australia’s Bendigo Advertiser:

STARTLING THEORY.

The London St James’s Gazette writes :— 

” This planet, it seems, is

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Posted: 12th, May 2013 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


78,000 apply to live and die on Mars, because they hate Earth, clearly

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SOME people hate Earth so much that they’ve applied to live on Mars, even though Mars looks like an arid death hole. More than 78,000 people from 120 different countries have applied to leave Earth, which frankly makes them traitors … READ ON

Posted: 10th, May 2013 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In 1967 The Muppets worked as IBM instructors (video)

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IN 1967, IMB hired Jim Henson to educate their staff. His Muppets were here to help. Cue the Cookie Monster:

Kermit:

Suits:

Ralph:

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Posted: 6th, May 2013 | In: Celebrities, Flashback, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0