Would you wear this? Even if it was 1987 and the console was at the height of its powers? No, nor me. You’d get a smack in the face just walking down to the corner shop. But it’d be awesome to wear to a fancy dress party. Wait… how much? $200 (£135)!? You can sod right off, even if it does have a thermal-insulated lining.
Hey faxers, don’t get too excited, but Panasonic will be releasing a paperless fax machine before the end of January. The bad news? For the moment, it’s Japan-only. I’m actually quite surprised that it’s taken the human race this long to develop a machine that sends faxes without actually having to feed in paper.
To send, you can type messages mobile-phone-keypad-style on the big built-in buttons, or alternatively you can send Word docs, as well as docs saved in ‘other formats’. Presumably PDF will be among them. Fax messages can be read on the device’s screen and, sadly, printed out if you absolutely have to.
What were you doing 26 years ago, on November 13th 1982? I was waiting to be born, personally, but a fifteen-year-old named Scott Safran was slotting a quarter into an ‘Asteroids’ machine. Three days later, Scott staggered away from the machine, having set a high score of 41,336,440.
That was 26 years ago, and the record’s still intact. It’s officially the longest held high score in history. Only one person’s made a serious attempt to break it – Bill Carlton, who hammered away at an elderly machine in 2004, and made it to 15 million points before it broke down. He stands 15th in the global league table.
Where’s Scott today? Sadly, he died in 1989 aged just 22, after he fell off the roof of his LA apartment trying to rescue his cat. His high score lives on.
Yup – FM. No DAB in sight. This is the Tangent Duo clock radio, which features no digital display, no DAB, no card reader, and no iPod dock. Just a radio and a clock. Sennheiser are marketing this one as “For people who want a radio, not a tech-toy”.
I’ll staunchly defend tech-toys till the last man (or woman) falls, but gosh, this does look nice. I’ll admit that I don’t need an iPod dock, or OLED screen or anything first thing in the morning, but the analogue clock might confuse my poor sleep-addled mind. Still, given that one of the first things I do in the morning is grab my phone and read the news headlines, perhaps a dose of analogue upon waking would get me into gear just as well…