January, 2011

January 31, 2011  8:53 AM

Virtual driving skills do not translate into the real world, study finds

WAshford Profile: WAshford

Gamers like to claim that playing driving games improves their real world capabilities, but a study shows that when it comes to driving cars, the opposite is true.

According to a study by Continental Tyres, games such as Gran Turismo actually make players more dangerous motorists when...

January 28, 2011  4:28 PM

Evolutionary theory

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Gadget, smartphone, Social networking

Downtime does think that it's a good thing that the great unwashed of the UK are going potty about technology at last. After years of being dismissed as geeks and techies, IT folk can now hold their heads above the laptop screen with pride. But we do worry that maybe the technology love-in is...

January 26, 2011  2:59 PM

Praise the Like

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
pope, social media, Social networking

Catholics among you will no doubt be pleased to know that the Pope has given his official blessing to social media.

In a Papal missive to mark World Social Communications Day (Downtime is...

January 26, 2011  1:50 PM

Techie motivational advice

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran

Here's a top tip from the Naked Leader newsletter:

Why not using your computer password as a motivational phrase, given the number of times
it is typed in during a working day

My password has numbers, letters and non-alphanumeric characters and...

January 24, 2011  10:08 AM

Gadget insurance firms reveals naked truth about weird iPhone claims

WAshford Profile: WAshford

A daredevil who lost his mobile while skydiving in the buff has topped a list of the most unusual iPhone insurance claims.

According to gadget insurer Protect Your Bubble, the skydiver was trying to photograph himself in free-fall when he...

January 24, 2011  9:43 AM

$10,000 prize from Apple? No thanks, says UK woman

WAshford Profile: WAshford

Telemarketers can blight any evening they decide to call, so it is not surprising that
Gail Davis of Orpington Kent put the phone down an Apple representative calling to tell her that she had won $10,000 for downloading the 10 billionth iPhone application.

"Thank you very much; I'm...

January 20, 2011  4:05 PM

Is your supplier as fragrant as perfume?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, perfume, SAP

Many people are predicting the demise of Microsoft as the desktop market declines and users move to smartphones and tablets from the likes of Google and Apple. But one enterprising Microsoft employee clearly thinks so too, and is already making plans for his post-Windows career.

January 20, 2011  11:58 AM

Virtual activity causes real embarrassment

WAshford Profile: WAshford

Police in Sweden were red-faced when they stormed a house after passers-by reported a murder in progress, only to find that the home owners were playing a boxing game on their Xbox Kinect.

Stockholm resident Robert Johansson (not related to Scarlett, as far as Downtime is aware) said:...

January 19, 2011  5:27 PM

The teenage future for software development

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
app, Apple, Developer, iTunes, Software

In case you were wondering why young people are avoiding working in IT in their droves, a report on BBC's Newsbeat programme for teenagers gives you a clue.


January 19, 2011  1:33 PM

Goldman Facebook letter echoes junk bond era

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
Facebook, zuckerberg

Further to the 419 scam, Goldman Sachs' invitation to the world's richest people to become even richer by buying a minimum of $100,000 shares in Facebook comes news that...

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