Downtime:

May, 2012


May 31, 2012  10:14 AM

iPhone-shaped air con

khall2 Profile: khall2
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May 30, 2012  3:48 PM

A presidential cock-up

jscott1 Profile: jscott1
iPhone, MittRomney, Republican

It is not unheard of for an American president to have trouble with his grammar, but surely if you are hoping to be the president of one of the world's super-powers good spelling should be a necessary skill?

Not so, it seems, as Republican...


May 29, 2012  2:48 PM

Mushroom app helps enthusiasts locate favourite fungi

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40
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Finally there is an app that helps us locate mushrooms. The iMushroomHunter and iMushroomGuide apps are available on the iPhone and Android phones.

The app allows mushroom fanatics to share pictures of...


May 29, 2012  2:26 PM

Stolen iPhone exposes thief

WAshford Profile: WAshford
iPhone

Katy McCaffrey assumed she had lost her iPhone and would never see it again when it was missing after she had been on a Caribbean cruise, but that was not the end.

A few weeks later, the iPhone began uploading images to the internet. The thief was using the iPhone to take pictures, but...


May 23, 2012  11:19 AM

Sky launches Jubilee remote control

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40
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Major retailers are stocking special Diamond Jubilee remote controls for Sky boxes. So if you don't think you have been fleeced enough by the Royal...


May 23, 2012  11:15 AM

Never mind the IT, the Jubilee line is my Olympic worry

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40
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Downtime went to visit IT supplier Atos at the Technical Operations Centre (TOC) for the London Olympics.

There will be 900 servers, 1,000 network and security devices and more than 10,000 computers deployed to support London 2012. There will have been over 200,000 hours of testing of...


May 23, 2012  11:03 AM

What can businesses can learn from foxes?

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40
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Does a fox shit in the woods? Yes and we can tell you how many times.


Downtime was chatting to the business behind the data analytics carried out in the recent Channel 4 documentary series about the UK fox population.


The programme was an example of crowdsourcing with...


May 23, 2012  9:36 AM

Watch out for Robo-Fish!

khall2 Profile: khall2
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You've heard of Robo-cop, now meet Robo-fish - the new aquatic pollution-fighter.

The machine is being tested off the cost of Spain to hunt down contamination in the water and feed information back to the shore.

"The idea is that we want to have real-time monitoring of pollution,...


May 22, 2012  11:58 AM

Technology attachment gone too far

WAshford Profile: WAshford
Apple, iPod

Apple fan boys are typically very attached to their technology, but some take that a little too far as in the case of David Hurban in the US.

Anxious that he should never be far from his iPod nano, he went to extraordinary lengths to ensure that he kept his Apple music player close.

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May 14, 2012  4:58 PM

Wi-Fi proof wallpaper

jscott1 Profile: jscott1
Wallpaper, Wi-Fi, Wireless

With smartphones, tablets, laptops, smart TVs and even cookers linking up to the internet at home, Wi-Fi is a must for most families. Yet, security specialists are always warning us how vulnerable we are if we don't protect our networks from the outside...


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