November, 2010

November 30, 2010  4:35 PM

IT standards author mobbed by autograph hunters

Bill Goodwin Profile: Bill Goodwin

Watch out Dan Brown you have a rival. Bill Curtis, is of course, the best selling author of the

November 30, 2010  4:21 PM

Fabric of the HTML universe

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
Hollerith, HTML, HTML5, national museum of computing, TNMOC

Downtime had recently to attend a course on elementary HTML. It was very good. There is nothing like a little knowledge to give one the illusion of mastery of the universe.
Which is why it was fortuitous that a note arrived to tell him that the

November 29, 2010  1:23 PM

Aussies: follow @TheAshes, you’ll enjoy it more than the cricket

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
cricket, social media, sport, twitter

A female US Twitter user has become a minor cricketing celebrity after her name on the microblogging site - @TheAshes - soared almost overnight to more than 5,000 followers. The woman, who as an American has absolutely no knowledge of cricket...

November 26, 2010  12:35 PM

NYU, I see you: the 3rd I

WAshford Profile: WAshford

As technology continues to push the boundaries of what is possible, in also continues to push the privacy boundaries as it becomes easier for people to share their lives. The latest extreme example of this is a New York University professor who has agreed to having a tiny camera has been

November 24, 2010  2:42 PM

EU invisibility cloak mystery deepens

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
electronics, invisibility, light, Optical

Europe's boffins, including a few at Imperial College, have found a way to alter light waves electronically to hide a 3D object. At the moment the object has to be smaller than a micrometer, but hey, it's a start.
The researchers say...

November 19, 2010  5:24 PM

What’s in your stocking? Not much methinks

falani Profile: falani

We're steaming towards Christmas and the peer pressure has begun. People flashing their iPaddle, Wii wiis and the Xbox Kinect Four's in my face, it's enough to  make me...

November 19, 2010  5:23 PM

How much for sex?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Internet, URL

Well, to be honest, that headline should say, "How much for" but we're not averse to picking up a few salacious web visitors on the Downtime blog even if they think they're going somewhere else. The controversial URL has been sold for $13m, making it the most expensive web domain in...

November 19, 2010  5:12 PM

It’s the internet’s fault (again)

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Internet, jury, social media, Web

Not content with being blamed for the creation of bullying, pornography, paedophilia and the X-Factor (probably), it seems that now the internet is also about to be responsible for the imminent collapse of a central tenet of British democracy - trial by jury.

Lord Chief Justice Lord...

November 19, 2010  12:24 PM

Help, police, I have a bad memory!

WAshford Profile: WAshford

A worried man in the US town of Hudson in New York State, called police after a suspicious package was left on his doorstep.


Police who rushed to the man's house soon noticed that the package had an Amazon logo. They asked the man if he had ordered anything online from the...

November 9, 2010  11:09 AM

Android users secretly lust after iPhones

WAshford Profile: WAshford

Android-based smartphone sales may be up, but a new survey has revealed that many still harbour secret desires for Apple's iPhone.

Android sales have risen more than 1000% in the past 12 months, yet Android owners are four times more likely to covet an iPhone than the other way around,...

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