It's summer! Or so I have discovered upon leaving Scotland for the weekend! And that means it's a great time to go outside and not gawp aimlessly at the gogglebox. That's why you need a PVR - else, who knows, they might change the entire cast of 'Stenders and you'd never know how it happened. Handily, Humax has just launched two new PVRs with built-in twin Freeview tuners.
Uninspired as Dell's laptop naming system seems to be, we're getting mighty confused about what Dell's upcoming Eee PC knock off is actually called. First it was rumoured to be the Mini-Inspiron, then we heard it was going for a more direct parody of the Asus' wunder-top, the Dell E. Now, apparently, it's back to being called the Mini-Inspiron. You keeping up?
Since Charles Goodyear invented the rubber vulcanization process, condoms haven't seen much in the way of product development, apart from a couple of material changes, since the first rubbers were manufactured in 1855. Arguably, the John Thomas hasn't exactly seen much of its share of design changes in that time either, so perhaps male contraceptives aren't in great need of a makeover either. However, one German scientist thinks differently.
Continuing in the grand tradition of game chairs, the Gyroxus is packed full of weird tech and looks ridiculous. That doesn't matter though because you won't be looking at the chair when you're sat in it - you'll be gawping at the telly and hanging on for dear life.
We discovered yesterday that people using in-car satellite navigation systems can't be trusted to not to gawp at their mapping device when they should be looking at the road. Fortunately, one company has found a way that might reduce the level of distraction presented by these chittering GPS systems - to squirrel them away inside the rear view mirror.
This is Microsoft's $300 million advertisement strategy to remind people that Vista is not a resource-wasting, power-crazed disaster of an operating system; it's actually something worth buying. Not that you really have any choice as of June 30th.
Despite what the header may imply, E-Ink is not a mind-altering narcotic (although I've personally never tried drinking the contents of a Sony Reader). E-Ink is in fact an amazing new-ish type of electronic paper that could revolutionise the way we think about books and magazines. You can already see its extremely impressive abilities in the aforementioned Sony device, as well as its rival, the Amazon Kindle. This does not explain the appalling time keeping at Esquire though.
I know what you're wondering - when, oh when, is cutting edge modern technology going to be used to help our travelling circus friends? Well don't worry, it won't be long now. Scientists have calculated that an invisible Carbon Nanotube rope just 1cm thick and invisible to the naked eye could support the weight of a human, potentially putting a radical new twist on boring old tightrope walks (but potentially destroying the mime industry).
Let's see - a video games console stuffed into an unlikely chassis... It's got to be Ben Heck up to his old tricks, right? Well, no, actually, but it's clearly inspired by his many impressive works as it first showed up on the Ben Heck forums. This latest mod is a Nintendo 8-bit NES system, which forum poster GonzoMPM-1 has somehow managed to cram inside an old light gun controller.
A recent survey has revealed that satellite navigation systems have 'caused' up to 300,000 accidents on Britain's roads. More than 1.5 million people also claimed that they have performed sudden manoeuvres, changes in direction and blithely driven the wrong way down a one-way street at the bequest of their dashboard menace.