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There’s a bright spot or two peeking through the thick black cloud of Samsung’s current legal troubles, and one of them is the Samsung Galaxy Beam, a smartphone that packs a built-in projector. The device is now on sale in the UK for £395 (about $614 USD). The pico projector inside is rated for 15 lumens and purports to project up to a 50-inch image and brings a whole new angle to the concept of sharing with a mobile device. Other specs include a dual-core Cortex A9 (1GHz) processor, 4-inch (480x800) display, 768MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (with another 32GB available via... Read more...
For a company that makes its bones off of making its own products seem outdated every six months or so, Apple seems committed to recycling used electronics. Apple expanded its recycling program in the UK, France, and Germany; now, the company has (or at least participates in) such programs all over the world, including the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Costa Rica, Australia, the Asia Pacific, Japan, India, the Middle East, and Africa. The various programs differ somewhat; for example, you can get some money back for your electronics in the form of a gift card in North America, but in Europe, you can get... Read more...
Amazed at home many of the folks on sites like Match.com, Chemistry.com, or CougarLife.com are incredibly good-looking? There's a site for people who are "aesthetically challenged" (their words, not ours) and it is celebrating a milestone: the first engagement between two of its members. Tom Clifford, 36, and Janine Walker, 31, have become engaged after meeting on the U.K. version of the website "The Ugly Bug Ball," which has U.K., U.S., Canadian, Australian, and Irish versions of the site. The site describes its mission statement as follows: Internet dating is more popular that it’s ever... Read more...
The British owner of the Segway company, who had purchased the company less than a year ago, in December 2009, from inventor Dean Kamen, has died in a freak accident, driving the vehicle off a cliff. Jimi Heselden was 62. Heselden was reportedly using the Segway to inspect the grounds of his property, when he plunged off a cliff and into the River Wharfe. He was using a special ruggedized country version of the Segway.  The only word that could be used to describe such an accident, with the Segway transporter, which was designed to be safe and (more or less) un-tippable, is ironic. A spokesman... Read more...
On Monday, the London School of Economics launched a project designed to "map happiness" in the U.K. Indeed, we are not kidding. The iPhone application called "mappiness" will be used to help researchers map "happiness across space in the U.K." After installing and setting up the free app, users will receive a notification on their iPhone automatically, between one and five times a day (as set by the user). The timing will be random, and during hours set by the user. Additionally, the user can manually enter happiness data, as well. The app will ask users to report their feelings at the time, and... Read more...
Dell has made little to no effort to keep their "Streak" Tablet a secret, but when everyone else is doing a tablet, we sort of understand the need to make it public knowledge. After months and months of leaks and rumors, Dell is finally putting all of that conjecture behind them and getting official with the 5" Streak, which is set to launch early next month in the UK exclusively on O2. Pricing plans for the device haven't been made public, but one thing that's certainly unique about the Streak compared to other tablets is this unit's ability to act as a mobile phone. It will almost certainly be... Read more...
It's no secret that American broadband isn't as robust from a national perspective as it could be, particularly when compared to other nations. Virgin Media a major broadband player in the United Kingdom, and they have pushed for faster speeds in the home for years now. They were responsible for rolling out one of the first commercial 100Mbps cable modems to consumers, and now the cable operator is testing out a new technology that could deliver high-speed Internet over none other than telegraph poles. Yes, telegraph poles. The idea here is to get broadband (Virgin Media's broadband, of course)... Read more...
Craig "Lazie" Lynch, 28, escaped from the minimum-security Hollesley Bay Prison near the village of Woodbridge in southern England three months ago. Since then, he's been mocking police via Facebook, and he's also managed to gain a huge number of Facebook "fans." His Facebook photo isn't exactly family-friendly, so if you visit his page, be warned (it's also why we have no images of the miscreant, ourselves).In fact, Lynch has 27,000 fans at the time of this writing. Strangely, a number of posts from his fans seem positive, although a few chime in every now and then to remind people they are "cheering... Read more...
Alan Turing created the famous "Turing Test," which is a proposal he made in 1950.  It was designed to be a way of dealing with the question of whether machines "can think." He also helped in the breaking of Germany's Enigma code during WWII. And finally, he was gay, and committed suicide in 1954, two years after first being chemically castrated with female hormones. Alan Turing was one of the great mathematicians in history. However, in 1952, he was convicted of "gross indecency" for having sex with a man. Turing was then given the choice: prison or "chemical castration, " the injection of... Read more...
Think your computer is old? Think your computer is slow? You haven't seen anything, yet! Just a few months after we heard that an IBM supercomputer had discovered the oldest English words known to man, a computer just as large and not nearly as potent is about to be restored to working order over in the UK.It's known as Britain's oldest computer, and essentially it was designed only to handle mathematical calculations. In lay terms, it was constructed to be a giant calculator, but too many years of multiplication left it defunct. The unit itself measures 2.4x5 meters, which is plenty to engulf... Read more...
The U.K. has joined France in trying to crack down on illegal downloading by instituting a policy whereby consumers found to repeatedly illegally download copyrighted material would have their Internet access suspended. This has commonly been called a "three strikes" policy, as usually the proposal is to give the offender three chances before suspending their access. Earlier, the U.K. had planned to restrict broadband speed, not total access. While that provision remains under the new proposal, it has been joined by a new provision which includes the possibility of blocking access completely. The... Read more...
When Palm first unveiled its new Pre at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year, one question that was on everyone's mind received a very murky answer. We were assured that a GSM version of the smartphone was in the works, but no one knew when or where it would appear. In fact, it wasn't even clear then when exactly the CDMA Pre would launch on Sprint.Now, however, Palm has issued the details that everyone outside of North America has been clamoring for. Before the end of this year, Palm's first webOS-based device will arrive in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Spain on each nation's respective... Read more...
As we've said before, you need to be careful what you post on social networking sites like Facebook. It can get you fired, or in this case, expose the personal details of the new head of the U.K.'s MI6. And the culprit? His own wife. Sir John Sawers will take over as chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (or MI60 in November. However, his wife, Lady Shelley Sawers posted details about their personal lives on Facebook. Not just that, she had almost no privacy protections on their account. Besides the obvious question of: why would someone in such a sensitive position have a Facebook account,... Read more...
While US lawmakers hew and haw over providing Internet expansion tax credits to telecommunications outfits willing to bring broadband to the outback, British officials are doing them one better. Believe it or not, every last home in Britain will be "guaranteed access to broadband Internet under plans unveiled by the government on Thursday," which reportedly placed Internet access on par with telephones as "essential services."Culture Secretary Andy Burnham told lawmakers in the House of Commons: "We are developing plans to move towards an historic universal service commitment for broadband and... Read more...
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