Downtime:

October, 2011


October 31, 2011  1:18 PM

E-readers actually get heavier each time a new e-book is downloaded

mscott2 Profile: mscott2
E-book, e-reader, Kindle

However, it is extremely unlikely that you will notice. 


Each new text only weighs the equivalent of a single molecule of DNA, which in case you didn't know isn't very much at all. 

Prof John Kubiatowicz a computer scientist at...

October 31, 2011  8:30 AM

Holely Halloween!

WAshford Profile: WAshford
Apple, Halloween, ipad

Apple's iPad is touching an increasing number of people's lives in an increasing number of ways, including how they go about planning a Halloween costume.

If you are a mechanical engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, the iPad is the natural source of inspiration.

And what could...


October 28, 2011  11:22 AM

BT survey reveals 20% of UK adults have never sent an email

mscott2 Profile: mscott2
BT, Email

A BT survey of 2103 people has shown that 20% of adults are yet to send an email. Unfortunately the survey doesn't continue on to reveal how many of the electronic mail virgins actually knew how to or what an email was. 


The survey was carried out over the...


October 28, 2011  10:01 AM

Anti-social OAP alert!

mscott2 Profile: mscott2
YouTube

It seems times have changed, it's not hoodies you should cross the road to avoid now, it's pensioners. 


A YouTube video, uploaded by 'Oldskoolmassive7', shows a crew of Grans and Grandads causing havoc all over Lancashire. 

The clip shows...


October 27, 2011  10:44 AM

Can’t speak French? Your kitchen cabinets could help you learn

mscott2 Profile: mscott2

Language experts and computer scientists at Newcastle University have developed a talking kitchen that delivers step-by-step cooking instructions in French. 


Apparently, 'The kitchen...


October 27, 2011  9:54 AM

Zombie server alert

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Uncategorized

If you have ever wondered why server support guys spend all their time in the basement, SpiceWorks, may have an answer.A video on its website shows IT support chaps in shorts and flip flops, fighting off a horde of zombies that seem to be attacking the server room. "Nothing...


October 25, 2011  3:22 PM

Watch out India the mumpreneurs are coming

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40
Uncategorized

Somebody sent downtime a press release about how mumpreneurs are an increasing proportion of the digital workforce. I couldn't find the word mumpreneurs in the dictionary so I can only assume that 3000 year old Egyptians are dusting their tablets and getting online.

I think...


October 24, 2011  10:38 AM

GPS-enabled shoes to hit US market soon

WAshford Profile: WAshford
Alzheimer's, Galileo, gps

The launch of the first two satellites of the European Union's Galileo navigation system is expected to herald and explosion in new applications using the Global Positioning System (GPS).

But, scarcely has the...


October 21, 2011  11:27 AM

Find washing boring? Not anymore!

mscott2 Profile: mscott2

It may well be a stereotype but I genuinlly struggle when it comes to trying to use a washing machine. Give me a shiny new tablet, games console or smartphone and I'm fine.

27-year-old Lee Wei Chen must have been in a similar situation but the Kingston University of...


October 20, 2011  11:46 AM

MC Hammer – It’s deep search time

mscott2 Profile: mscott2
Google, Wiredoo

The former parachute pant-wearing rapper has unveiled WireDoo, his new search engine, which focuses on deep searches and relational topics. 

At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, MC Hammer explained that whilst other search engines work using links and...


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