Hexbug: Robotic scurrying insect wants to be your friend

Andy Merrett Gadgets, Robots, Toys Leave a Comment


Forget useful accessories for your desk and instead invest in one or more of these funky little critters.

The Hexbug is a little creepy-crawly robot (6 x 5 x3.5cm in fact) with touch sensors on its feelers and a built-in microphone. Upon hearing a loud noise it will scurry away in the opposite direction, and any time it makes contact with something it will step back from it…

Read more | Comments (0)

Cause of mystery Zune shutdown revealed

Duncan Geere MP3 players 7 Comments


If you’re a Zune 30 owner – okay, chances are you’re not, but it’s interesting anyway – then you might have noticed that your Zune took a day’s holiday on 31st December. Microsoft has now issued an official response to the problem.

Turns out that the people who thought it might be something to do with the leap year were correct. The internal clock driver couldn’t work out the fact that there were 366 days in this year. The solution? Wait. Come midnight, US west coast time, all the Zune 30s started working perfectly again.

I can confirm that mine’s certainly back to normal. If you’re still having trouble, then try letting the device run out its battery, then charging it again and turning it on. It should then be fine. If not, drop us a line in the comments below.

30gb zune issues – official update (via comments on our original post)

Related posts: Zunes worldwide hit by mystery crash | New Zunephone Rumours

Read more | Comments (0)

Is Firefox 3 crashing regularly for anyone else?

Gary Cutlack Computers, Internet, Software, Web 2.0 42 Comments

Or is it just me? About 50 percent of the time Firefox 3 generates this weird error message when I close it down. Not when it’s running, but when I close it down. Firefox shuts, then up pops the error. It is marginally annoying, to put it mildly.

No, Firefox, you haven’t crashed, I’ve just closed you down on purpose. Can’t you tell the difference between being closed and crashing? You’re supposed to be all-new and clever. Internet Explorer has never done this to me (probably because I last used it in 1999).


I am, and you will no doubt all tell me this is the reason, using Windows Vista…

Read more | Comments (0)

Hide a GSM bug microphone in this pot-pourri, and eavesdrop on your 'friends'

Katherine Hannaford Gadgets Leave a Comment

pot-pourri-spy-camera.jpgFor readers who saw the previous post and are now planning on holding your very own Taser party, but can’t not invite your bitchy neighbour Cynthia, because she lent you that cup of sugar that time, here’s a way to ensure she doesn’t gossip about your living-room colour scheme without you knowing about it.

It may look like a sweet (ok, Martha Stewart-approved) piece of decoration, but hidden inside the basket of pot-pourri is a GSM bug. Simply place by the cheese and crackers, and once she’s stuffing her face with…

Read more | Comments (0)