July, 2014

July 31, 2014  2:13 PM

Homophobe? Know, Knot me

Archana Venkatraman Profile: Archana Venkatraman

Tim Torkildson, a social media specialist, was taken by surprise when he was fired last week. Why? Because he blogged about homophones on his employer's website and his boss thought the school is "going to be associated with homosexuality".

July 30, 2014  5:10 PM

Bull photobomb extreme

CBaldwin Profile: CBaldwin
Bull, Instagram, photobomb, Spain

A man was photobombed trampled while trying to take a selfie of a raging bull at the Fetes de Bayonne festival. 

The bull was menacingly running around a few...

July 30, 2014  1:58 PM

How to screw up your network

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran

Friday was probably one of the hottest days of the year in the Downtime office, so it was no surprise when the network went down (probably due to the heat). "Hello mate we've got a weird one here," said the network engineer who was called out to fix it.

July 24, 2014  12:23 PM

The importance of punctuation on Twitter, a lesson learnt by the Associated Press

CBaldwin Profile: CBaldwin
Eindhoven, Malaysia Airlines, twitter

The Associated Press learnt an important lesson about using correct punctuation within a 140 character Tweet.

Yesterday the news wire sent out a Tweet to inform the...

July 22, 2014  12:06 PM

Security firm supports ovine CCTV

WAshford Profile: WAshford
CCTV, Switzerland

Downtime always like to see technology put to good use, and in this case CCTV security firm AlertSystems agrees.

After a report in The Daily Record, AlertSystems...

July 17, 2014  11:01 AM

NOT available on the app store

CBaldwin Profile: CBaldwin
App store, hashtag, Manchester, twitter

A new hashtag has been created as a campaign to point out things in life that are NOT available on the app store, because "there isn't an app for everything".

July 16, 2014  3:42 PM

Microsoft targets crap programmers

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran

By tracking eye movement, researchers at Microsoft reckon they can identify if someone has accidentally introduced a bug in software they are developing.

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July 8, 2014  11:44 AM

No sex please, we’re commissioning a survey

Alex Scroxton Alex Scroxton Profile: Alex Scroxton
Cthulhu, Facebook, smartphone,, Tinder, twitter

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July 1, 2014  1:01 PM

Who cares about bytes when bites are all the news?

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

Downtime received press releases last week about the volume of data that had been created online by the World Cup. They'll try anything to get a story those pesky PR peeps.

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July 1, 2014  12:37 PM

A grand for Google Glass? Gosh, movie piracy is getting expensive

Alex Scroxton Alex Scroxton Profile: Alex Scroxton
Google, Google Glass, Piracy

Google Glass was finally made available in the UK last week. Early adopters, or "explorers" to Google, will have to fork out £1,000 for the privilege...

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