February, 2010

February 18, 2010  10:25 AM

At last! A use for iPads

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
Apple, ipad

Downtime may have found a use for Apple's iPad - it's the perfect mobile phone for seniors.
Swedish researchers say over-65s will make up a quarter of the West's population within 10 years. They will enjoy the usual fruits of maturity - money, leisure, deteriorating eyesight, great irritation...

February 18, 2010  10:01 AM

Sacrifice iPods for Lent

WAshford Profile: WAshford

Church leaders, demonstrating yet again that they can move with the times, have suggested the faithful should give up their iPods for Lent instead of the more traditional sacrifices.

The suggestion is part of a "carbon fast" campaign backed by the Church of England.

Bishop of...

February 18, 2010  9:59 AM

It’s official people care more for reality TV than realpolitik

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40
Chartists, Mobile phones, Suffragettes, tories

A survey has revealed a disturbing reality. More young people vote on reality TV shows than in general elections.

Yes a survey from a mobile phone comparison website has found that 66% of youths interviewed vote on reality TV shows while on 64% would vote at the election.


February 16, 2010  3:40 PM

Domino’s helps customers from the oven to the loo. Almost.

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

Downtime was fascinated that the Domino's Pizza has developed a system that allows customers to track the progress of their order from the oven.

The pizza tracker system is designed to help hungry online customers keep an eye ion the progress of their funny cheese on toast.

February 16, 2010  1:51 PM

Women in IT – your new role model is here

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Barbie, IT professional, recruitment, Skills

The crisis of women in IT is officially over.

It's a well-known and extremely disturbing fact that less than 18% of UK IT professionals are female - a figure that has been dropping consistently for years. One of the factors often cited for this decline is the lack of role models....

February 12, 2010  12:16 PM

Data protection lawyers in demand

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
Data protection, Data-security, Shell, theft

It took about four hours from the news break that someone had stolen Shell's internal staff list for an email from headhunters at Privacy Laws and Business to arrive in Dowtime's in-box saying that a Top 20 law firm was looking for an experienced data protection laywer.
The internal,...

February 11, 2010  10:19 AM

Research points the way to the blatantly obvious

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Orange, Outsourcing, research

Here at Downtime HQ we are accustomed to receiving regular PR-generated research, which on rare occasions sheds some insight into the workings of the IT world. In most cases though, the research exists for no other reason than to attract the interest of an under pressure hack with a quota of...

February 10, 2010  11:44 AM

Orange sours customer relations

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
copy, Marketing

We've all done it, but that's no excuse these days for copying a marketing letter to everyone in your contact book, as Orange's online service team has just done to 1107 people who emailed its customer service centre.
It read in part, "In the pursuit of improving service provided to our...

February 10, 2010  9:42 AM

World’s first Arab robot

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
arab, Arabic, IbnSina, robot

The Interactive Robots and Media Laboratory has created the world's first Arabic speaking robot, called IbnSina.


Apparently his goal is to achieve harmonious and mutually...

February 9, 2010  2:26 PM

If your partner is an IT worker you’re lucky

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40
Avatar, geek

Apparently male IT workers are the most romantic when it comes to buying gifts.

A website that specialises in providing experience days surveyed 1,769 men and found that geeks were the most romantic when it comes to buying a gift for a woman.

Apparently 73% of IT workers were...

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