Is Bono the Gavrilo Princip of a new era of corporate control and digital oppression?

James O'Malley Apple, Mobile phones 1 Comment

At the flick of a switch last night, Apple distributed U2's latest album to over 500m iTunes customers. And without us asking, the very worst example of corporate dad-rock began to appear on all of our phones, tablets and computers. Whilst in a just world, the act of inflicting Bono on an already suffering world…

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Griffin launch the PowerBlock reserve for iPhone and iPod

Gerald Lynch Apple, Gadgets, iPhone, iPhone accessories, iPod, Tech Digest news Leave a Comment

Though carrying an iPhone around is like having everything but the kitchen sink in your pocket thanks to all its maps and apps, its Achilles heel is its relatively low battery life. You'll get a little over a day's worth…

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In Soviet Russia, nuclear reactor goes on truck

Duncan Geere Energy systems 9 Comments


If you needed further evidence that the Soviets were more than a little barmy, then here it is. They built a nuclear reactor onto a truck. Thats it, up there. They were used in the more distant corners of the country, presumably because in the more distant corners, fewer people would be irradiated when they used the things.

After the Chernobyl accident, the use of these things was discontinued, but crikey. Imagine seeing one of those things rolling up the main road of your town, village or hamlet. I’d run for my sodding life, wouldn’t you?

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DIY solar batteries *nearly* work

Duncan Geere Energy systems 5 Comments


There’s something so wonderfully simple about this concept that I wish it would work better than it does. Ni-MH batteries that have a flexible photovoltaic cell wrapped around them, so that they recharge by just being left on a windowsill.

Unfortunately, the solar cells currently only charge the battery with a tiny, weak trickle, but if they were built into a proper unit, combined with capacitors and the electronics to up the efficiency of the energy conversion, then they could do considerably better.

On a related note, how many devices do you have that still use traditional batteries? Very few, I’d wager – perhaps just a TV remote and a set of portable speakers. Everything’s rechargable these days, and a jolly good thing too.

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Panasonic rescuing the reputation of plasma TVs – thinner, more efficient models on the way

Gary Cutlack HDTV Leave a Comment


Poor old plasma TVs, which have long been tagged as the energy-sucking, gas-guzzlers of the lounge, might be about to have their reputations saved – thanks to Panasonic’s new range.

Panasonic reckons it’s managed to get the energy consumption of a standard plasma TV down by HALF – a move which it’s hoping will boost sales of its TVs by 50% over the coming year, as modern energy-aware shoppers start paying a bit more attention to the numbers on the back of boxes when they buy stuff…

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The iDAPT modular charging unit saves you a wiry mess

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I’m filing this one under ‘gadgets I actually want’. I see a lot of gadgets every day and, if I’m honest, I’m not actually that bothered about owning most personally. The iDAPT, on the other hand, is definitely on that list. It’s a little box that sits on your desk and lets you plug stuff in standing up, and it’ll charge them. No more wires, chargers, or lost gadgets to contend with.

Sure, it’s not perfect – there’s no Zune adapter, and pink isn’t exactly my colour (it’s available in other colours too, thank god) but it’ll charge almost everything you can think of – BlackBerry, Nokia, iPod, PSP and TomTom, among others. The full list is on the manufacturer’s website. It’s available now, and set you back just £35. Bargainous.

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VIDEO: Energy & Efficiency, episode 11

Gary Cutlack Energy & Efficiency, HDTV, TVs 2 Comments

LCD, plasma, CRT, OLED – whatever television technology you currently use, they all have one thing in common – they use loads of electricity. Sure, it’s great having the light and company on these cold winter evenings, but at what price? Too much!

So, here I’ll show you how to watch TV for FREE. You save energy, the world carries on for a bit longer before becoming a burned-out husk full of cockroaches and everyone gets to enjoy guilt-free, environmentally-sound television.

This system works best if you live in a packed area of low-rise housing…

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