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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.

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 | Comments 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 | Comments 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 … READ ON

Posted: 13th, March 2013 | In: Celebrities, Technology | Comment | Comments 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

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Posted: 12th, March 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Comments 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

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Posted: 12th, March 2013 | In: Technology | Comments (3) | Comments 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).

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Posted: 10th, March 2013 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Comments 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

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


Irish senator wants laws to stop fraping (Facebook rape)

FRAPE

EVER been fraped? Galway Senator Fidelma Healy Eames has been highlighting the perils of fraping to the Oireachtas communications committee. She says:

“Take for example the form of fraping – where you’re raped on Facebook, where a youngster has their

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


Google Streetview records something odd in Temperance Street, Manchester M126HR

MEANWHILE on Temperance Street, Manchester M126HR, the Google Street cam reveals locals going about their merry way. (Is she asking a young Rooney for directions?)

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Posted: 8th, March 2013 | In: Technology | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Highway Hi-Fit Phonograph

FLASHBACK to the Highway Hi-Fi Phonograph:

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Posted: 7th, March 2013 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Games and gadgets to play on the toilet

RIM shot! It’s not numbers one and two on the toilet any more, folks. Technology means you can play toielt basketball, toilet golf and toilet fishing – not as disgusting as it sounds:

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Posted: 6th, March 2013 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Kia launches the ‘Provo’ car – in orange (Northern Irish orders rocket)

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HATS off to Kia, whose Provo car is available in orange. It aims to seduce both sides of the North Irish sectarian divide. Not everyone is pleased:

“Lawmakers from Northern Ireland formally appealed Tuesday for the South Korean carmaker to

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Posted: 5th, March 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Apple’s the best damn thing that’s ever happened to Chinese workers

YES, we all know the complaints. That those Chinese workers assembling the Apple products are paid a pittance, it’s all a shame and the company are capitalist bastards for exploiting the poor so.

Or we could look at the actual … READ ON

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


Company says it invented podcasting before podcasting was possible

CAN you claim to have invented something that technology enabled you to do? Did the first person to pilot a car invent driving? Sure you made the world’s first pencil, but he drew with it. That makes the artist the … READ ON

Posted: 28th, February 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Taliban now endorse TVs – what programmes won them over?

BETTER known for endorsing holy war and the death penalty for rape victims, the Taleban have taken to giving their stamp of approval to consumer electronic products. … READ ON

Posted: 27th, February 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Google Maps grasses up man cheating on fiance

THE internet has done wonders for people’s sex lives, enabling them to flirt more confidently and meet other people without having to brave a bar filled with stouty burps first. However, with every silver lining is a dirty great raincloud, … READ ON

Posted: 26th, February 2013 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Scientists make suit that give you Spidey Sense!

GREETINGS web-slingers! You may look good in lycra and have a boss that shouts at you all the time, but that’s where you and Spiderman’s similarities end… UNTIL NOW!

Clever science sods have made a suit which, sadly, doesn’t enable … READ ON

Posted: 25th, February 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The 10 best premium-rate phone lines of the 1980s

IN the 1980s, fans could get close to the stars on telephone chatlines. The messages were pre-recorded. But the billing was live.

The New Kid On The Block had a message for you:

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Posted: 24th, February 2013 | In: Celebrities, Flashback, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Apple and Microsoft gadgets are more expensive in Australia because of politicians and their taxes

THE Aussie politicians are getting all angry at the tech companies because Australians have to pay more for their shiny shiny tech than do Americans. But you would think that someone devious enough to actually get elected would have the … READ ON

Posted: 22nd, February 2013 | In: Money, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Facebook fail: New York dentist invites dead football star to open offices

FACEBOOK is a great way to connect your business to its customers. Lalor Creekside Dental asked its Facebook followers to help pick a celebrity to be there for its new office grand opening in April. Who would go to Binghamton, … READ ON

Posted: 21st, February 2013 | In: Sports, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Whinging about salaries at tech companies is plain stupid

THIS does get depressing, vaunted media experts pronouncing on matters economic without actually understanding anything about economics. The Observer’s John Naughton wants us to get all upset about the way that these vast fortunes being made in hte tech comapniues … READ ON

Posted: 19th, February 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Driving in Russia: Dash-cam captured madness

THE meteor that hit the Urals was recorded by a car’s dashboard camera. Many Russian cars have them. It’s about insurance. Can you prove that the man whose car you drove into the back of stopped very suddenly, as if  … READ ON

Posted: 19th, February 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Dell does go private – but why?

IT’S been announced that Michael Dell is going to buy back his company and take it private. The buyout price is $13.65 a share for a total just north of $24 billion. The big questions is: why?

Clearly, the obvious … READ ON

Posted: 18th, February 2013 | In: Money, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0