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German robbers blow up bank

26 May 2010  |  3965 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

Some charmingly inept robbers have completely demolished a bank in Malliss in Germany by somewhat miscalculating the amount of explosives needed. Despite the devastation, the ATM remained intact and the miscreants presumably made off with nothing of value. Cue the Michael Caine impression "you were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off&q...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Britons tech knowledge a little lacking?

15 January 2010  |  3859 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

In case you've not seen this yet - here's a slightly disturbing insight into the state of awareness of information technology issues in the UK. According to a recent survey, one in 10 Britons think Apple founder Steve Jobs is a trade union leader. One in 20 thinks he's a footballer. Nine percent thought Sir Tim Berners-Lee was head of MI5. Two pe...

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Banking in the future - as seen from 1969

14 September 2009  |  3637 views  |  1  |  Recommends 1

The BBC have put a priceless collection of items from Tomorrow's World online. If you've not heard of it, this used to be essential viewing on BBC1. It was a weekly look at science and technology whic...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Shiney Apple people...

12 February 2009  |  2502 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

I stumbled across this video today which I think perfectly encapsulates the Apple philosophy. Nice to see cutting edge design taken beyond even the iPhone. Now if you'll excuse me I have to pop to ...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Microsoft release iPhone app

15 December 2008  |  1203 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

Seadragon is some nifty image manipulation stuff from the talented boffins at Microsoft Live Labs. It allows you to zoom in on images - and keep going. You have to try it to get it - but it's impressi...

Peter RobertsUCL - London

Apple forced to scrap iPhone advert

26 November 2008  |  3819 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

Apple have been told not to run a TV ad again in the UK for the iPhone 3G after 17 people complained that it exaggerated the speed of 3G. The ad used the phrase "really fast" repeatedly, co...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Hey Ocarina

25 November 2008  |  3590 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

As you may be aware I do occasionally suffer from Internet shopping hand, a condition whereby I lose control of my mouse hand and click on the BUY NOW button. It's even worse on the iPhone apps store....

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Will the virtual web browser keep your PC safe?

23 September 2008  |  4927 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

I've become a bit of a fan of virtual machines - on those odd occasions when I need to run Windows I do it within a VM on the Mac using VMWare - which means I have a safe, secure installation I can m...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Fake Sumo wrestler helps HSBC shoot itself in the foot

26 August 2008  |  4546 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

HSBC stands accused of 'cultural insensitivity' after dressing up an overweight white man to look like a sumo wrestler and running it on ads across the UK. Complaints have come in that it looks like ...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

What's all this fuss about the Olympics?

19 August 2008  |  1690 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

M'colleague here assures me the reason Great Britain are doing better than usual is all down to the lottery funding that's gone into UK sport over the last few years. That may well be the case - nice ...

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