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New .tel Means The End Of Phone Numbers

DOT TEl – .tel – will not make you more popular, your p1enis bigger (you too, girls), your Viagra more potent and enable you to construct Twitter messages in 140 characters exactly and instantly. .tel will, however, save you having to remember anyone’s phone number. 

It also means businesses get an ID that namechecks the business.

Play the video and be changed:

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Posted: 13th, May 2009 | In: Technology | Comment

Prince Charles Shuns Japanese Toilet Pillow

toilet-seat1IN Japan, more than two shakes is the first steps in a record breaking w*nk. So there’s the “Angels Knee Pillow” to get you more in touch with your toilet.

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Posted: 13th, May 2009 | In: Photojournalism, Technology | Comment

The Top 10 Best Hubble Space Images

IF the astronauts onboard The Atlantis achieve their aim of upgrading the Hubble Space Telescope, “it will extend humanity’s vision yet farther out in space and back in time – to an era when the first stars and galaxies were lighting up a dark universe.”

We will see wonders. Anorak presents the 10 Best Hubble Images Of Space:


Posted: 12th, May 2009 | In: Photojournalism, Technology | Comment (1)

In China Mobile Phones Are Disguised As Cigarette Packets

china-smoke-mobileIN China mobile phones are disguised as cigarette packets -to avoid embarrassment, and a fine.

This is China, where Gongan county responds to concerns about a fall in its tax take by issuing a smoking edict, ordering officials to inhale 230,000 packs of local Hubei-produced cigarettes over the year.

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Posted: 10th, May 2009 | In: Technology | Comment

The 10 Most Bizarre Things About Kindle

kindleALL hail the Amazon Kindle, the electronic reader that will to do for newspapers and books what the iPod did for music. The Kindle is the device that pronounces “Barack Obama” as “black Alabama”.

Conspiracy theorists will just love the Kindle, which speaks truth to power like no hack can. Or has the Kindle just been programmed by a Cockney geyser, narrating stories in a transatlantic rhyming slang?

In light of this, Anorak brings you the top Ten Kindle Truther Speakers Ever, aka The Kindle Cockney Translator.

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Posted: 8th, May 2009 | In: Technology | Comment

iSnort: iPod Cocaine Application

YOU can get an iPhone Application for anything. So says the advert. So Anorak put it to the test. And we bring you the iSnort  Cocaine app.

Take advantage of our 2-4-1 offer with this associated iPhone app:

Shake A Baby To Death With iPhone Nanny Training

Spotter: Lone in the Forums

Posted: 1st, May 2009 | In: Technology | Comment

Wolfram Alpha Is Bigger Than Google

WOLFRAM Alpha is the creation of British-born physicist Dr Stephen Wolfram.

Says he of his technology at a demonstration at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society:

“Our goal is to make expert knowledge accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime.”

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Posted: 30th, April 2009 | In: Technology | Comment

Shake A Baby To Death With iPhone Nanny Training

inflatable-baby-punch-bagYOU can do anything on your Apple iPhone. You can join a social network and pretend to have friends; call your therapist; and play loadsa games while you wait for new freinds to join your virtual Tupperware Party. And you can ever prepare for that nannying job in the US by shaking the crying baby to death with iPhone Baby Training

APPLE has apologised after a “deeply offensive” game for the iPhone called Baby Shaker was approved for sale in their online store.

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Posted: 24th, April 2009 | In: Technology | Comment (1)

Six Days In Fallujah (Video Game)

SIX Days in Fallujah is the new shoot-‘em-up video game from Atomic Games.

Under George Bush the aim would have been to shoot the enemy in the face. But now Obama is in charge, there is new directive. Says Atomic’s Peter Tamte:

“For us, games are not just toys. If you look at how music, television and films have made sense of the complex issues of their times, it makes sense to do that with videogames.”

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Posted: 7th, April 2009 | In: Technology | Comments (2)

Unveiling The “Sixth Sense”

WHAT follows is a talk by Pattie Maes & Pranav Mistry: Unveiling the “Sixth Sense,” game-changing wearable tech. Watch it:

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Posted: 31st, March 2009 | In: Technology | Comments (2)

Australia Bans Wikileaks

HAVING outlawed adolescent porn doodles, the Austrlaiaqn government is bannign Wikileaks, “the website that publishes anonymous submissions of sensitive info on everything from corporations, religion and governments”.

We know this because – oh, the irony:

On its website, Wikileaks, which leaked the news that the government had banned it for leaking information, simply said: “The first rule of censorship is that you cannot talk about censorship.”

The Australian communications regulator has issued a stark warning that websites who link out to ‘banned’ hyperlinks are liable to fine of up to Aus $11,000 a day.

The news comes after web forum Whirlpool was threatened with the fine for posting a hyperlink to a blacklisted anti-abortion website.

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Posted: 18th, March 2009 | In: Technology | Comment (1)

Man Replaces Finger With USB Drive

JERRY Jalavam, a computer programmer form Finland, has replaced a finger lost in an accident with a false finger with an inbuilt USB drive.

Mr Jalavam now has a two gigabyte finger.

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Posted: 18th, March 2009 | In: Technology | Comments (2)

DNA Radio Is The Sound Of Life

DNA Radio is the sound of your life. DJs Katrin Bierkand and Jens Bierkandt broadcast DNA radio uninrterrupted (unless the server goes down) for the next 23.5 years, until all code has been distributed over the internet.

DNA Radio is the sound of all life. (You can use that – call me.)

Not that it should be played, necessarily – the result not enough unlike a waking nightmare of being stuck in a talking lift with an experimental Kraftwerk album playing on loop.

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Posted: 17th, March 2009 | In: Technology | Comments (3)

How Google Killed MC Hammer (Video)

YOUTUBE is dying. Google, which owns YouTube, is just big business. And now it is killing the music.

UK users are blocked from accessing professional music videos on the YouTube website. Google says PRS for Music, formerly the Performing Rights Society, are asking too much money in royalties. And Google – which takes your news for free and makes money from it on Google News – says that’s not right.

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Posted: 16th, March 2009 | In: Technology | Comment (1)

Tim Berners-Lee Falls For Online Con

SIR Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the worldwide web, fell victim to an online con when bought a Christmas present on the web which never arrived.

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Posted: 15th, March 2009 | In: Technology | Comment

Microsoft .Net Setup Framework Fail

MICROSOFT .Net Setup Framework Fail

Posted: 4th, March 2009 | In: Technology | Comment

The Carnivorous Lampshade Robot Turns Insects Into Fuel

OIL is running out. We need power. Insects are invading the country. The solution is the Carnivorous Lampshade Robot:

Material Beliefs have created a Carnivorous Lampshade Robot inspired by the pitcher plant, a carnivorous plant that attracts and consumes insects to survive. The insects fall into the plant and are unable to escape. In the same way, this spherical lampshade has multiple holes in its surface which are long funnels going deep into the lamp.

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Posted: 26th, January 2009 | In: Technology | Comment

The Mannequin Speaker System: Uses For Katie Price

INTRODUCING the mannequin speaker system.

The Katie Price:


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Posted: 26th, January 2009 | In: Technology | Comments (2)

The World’s First Personal Stereo

LISTEN up – it’s the world’s first personal stereo…

spotter, via

Posted: 23rd, January 2009 | In: Technology | Comment (1)

Twitter – the new British obsession – here’s 10 reasons why we love it

So it is official, Brits absolutely love the micro blogging (no I don’t know what that means either) service Twitter. According to online trend watchers Hitwise UK Internet traffic to Twitter has increased 10-fold over past last 12 months.
As techy gospel UK TechCrunch notes

UK Internet traffic to the website has increased by a staggering 974% over this period. Hitwise also admits that Twitter is probably even more popular than its numbers imply, as Hitwise is only measuring traffic to the main Twitter website, not access via mobile (it’s big on the iPhone, I can tell you) or third party applications like Twitterrific and Tweetdeck.

So why is this? It is obvious why Twitter is growing on the other side of The Pond

1 The Yanks invented it 2 Culturally Americans are not afraid of sharing their plans, achievements and disappointments. 3 They have just had their May 1st 1997 – a one time moment of political optimism which is made for sharing over 140 charactars.

But why then do us Brits love it so much? Well here are the results of our scientific survey of an office full of Twitter devotees

1 We did kind of invent it – Except it was called text messaging and was used on mobiles and you only shared with one person. The American never got texting the way we did so maybe Twitter is their text alternative.

2 As a nation we aren’t that demonstrative – Stiff upper lips and all that. One of the reasons why blogging isn’t as big over here is that we really don’t have that much to say. 140 charactars give us more than enough words to express ourselves.

3 Moaning about the weather – Our national pastime and with Twitter we can talk about our favourite topic with a large group of people instantly. Brilliant!

4 Celeb stalking – Ok, so I might not be too bothered about what Philip Schofield has for breakfast, but Brits do love to find out about their lives of their favourite celebs. Interesting to note that Stephen Fry now has more Twitter followers than either of the heavyweight Yanks Scoble or Calacanis.

5 Public transport – In British cities this is obviously completely shit, so what better way to let the entire world know that you are few minutes late because you have ducked into Starbucks are waiting for the non existent bus

6 We love mobiles – And those all you can eat data tariffs mean that we can happily let the world know our every move without having to worry too much about the cost

7 Queuing – Well we are used to be being a little patient, so Twitter’s consistent down time doesn’t annoy us as much as it would say the Italians.

8 No ads – Yep it is almost a public services, a bit like the BBC. We are used to that

9 Flirting – We perfected the art of the flirty text years ago. Twitter enables us to take that coy but complimentary comment to another level.

10 We are too busy to blog – Allright so our economy might be going down the toilet but most of us are still wedded to that old Brit work ethic. So while we might not have the time to blog we can def find just enough time to tweet

Posted: 23rd, January 2009 | In: Technology | Comment

CES 2009 – Emperor Workstation Gaming Unit – the coolest bit of tech ever?

Gamers watch and drool! With this unit, which has been unveiled at the CES gagdet-fest in Las Vegas, you get your own pod, three screens, a stonking surround sound system and the ability to customise the lights, seating position and much else. Cor!

Vid from TechDigest

Posted: 9th, January 2009 | In: Technology | Comment

The New Apple Wheel

THE New Apple Wheel:

Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard

Posted: 7th, January 2009 | In: Technology | Comments (12)

How To Make Google A Bazillion Dollars More And Not Get Paid For It

HERE’S the chance you’ve been waiting for to work unpaid for Google and to make them another bazillion  dollars. And, remember, they are watching you:

“So where do you turn to for great ideas when tough times force you to abort your engineers’ brainchildren? If you’re Google, reports Nicholas Carlson, you simply outsource brainstorming to your users. Google’s launched a new Google Product Ideas blog as well as a Product Ideas for Google Mobile site where users can submit feature and product ideas and vote on others. So what’s in it for you if you come up with Google’s next billion-dollar-idea? ‘If you post an idea or suggestion and we put it into action, we may give you a shout out on our Product Ideas blog,’ explains Google, ‘but we won’t be compensating users for their ideas.’ Lucky thing don’t-be-evil Googlers don’t have to live up to the IEEE Code of Ethics, or they might have to credit properly the contributions of others.”


You make the big corporation loadsa money and it responds by thanking you by way of a thank you. Hey, it costs nothing to be police – really…


Posted: 3rd, January 2009 | In: Technology | Comment

Semaphore Pilot Project Tags All Scots Leaving Scotland

ANYONE leaving Scotland will soon be tagged. The system already works for The Geordie homeland, where all locals leaving the area are made to wear Newcastle United shirts and shed a tear for the Gallowgate.

Thousands of passengers travelling in and out of Scotland will be electronically screened next year under plans for the government’s next-generation border control technology.

The £1.2bn e-borders scheme will link government agencies, travel industry systems and transport hubs such as ports and airports.

Scots, given the option of Rangers or Celtic shirts, have their faces painted blue, given a vial of local oil to barter with and fitted with a large chip on their shoulders.

They should say at any time, regardless of age, “I was there on the pitch in 1977 and my granny’s got a bar made from the crossbar.”

Upon arrival in London all Scots will be directed to work at the Houses of Parliament.

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Posted: 29th, December 2008 | In: Technology | Comment (1)

The Dante’s Inferno Video Game

THE Divine Comedy video game  – nothing is sacred:

“Rome, December 18 – Dante’s Inferno, the first book of the Divine Comedy, is soon to be released as an action-adventure video game by the company better known for its FIFA Football and James Bond game series. The new game developed by America’s Electronic Arts (EA) follows the structure of Dante’s 14th-century masterpiece, turning his nine circles of hell – limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery – into levels that players must travel through, killing demons as they go. ‘It was the right moment to adapt this masterpiece of world literature for the universe of interactive gaming and to introduce Dante to a public who isn’t very familiar with his work of art,” the game’s executive producer Jonathan Knight told French newspaper Liberation (Gah – and I missed it. C)

”The tormented universe of the Italian poet represents an ideal basis for a third-person action-adventure game”.


Posted: 19th, December 2008 | In: Technology | Comments (2)