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2012 is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, with the actual celebration itself taking place between 2nd June and 5th June. This coincides with the date of her coronation on 2 June, 1953. While most people will be aware of Queen Elizabeth II from her high-profile presence lasting 60 years and counting, few will know that much about her.
Fantastic Contraption and Fantastic Contraption 2 are games that require some lateral thinking and a little creativity. These aren’t simple, straightforward, shoot-what-you-see-on-screen affairs. But that’s a good thing, especially for those who like to give their gray matter an occasional workout.
Podcasts are, for those unfamiliar with the term, digital audio episodes, usually consisting of a speech-based broadcast. Essentially these are shows that would have been limited to talk radio stations 20 to 30 years ago, but which can now be packaged by anyone with the capacity to explain the topic of their choice. Podcasts have steadily grown in popularity over the last few years.
If you haven’t yet switched your Facebook profile over to the new Timeline then the chances are Facebook is getting rather insistent that you do. And it’s no wonder. It’s been 8 months since Timeline first reared its admittedly ugly head. Surely that’s enough time for everyone to get with the program. While I’m sure some people will hate me for saying so, I think Facebook is right to force Timeline on everybody at this stage.
I don’t own an iPhone 4S, as most people who read my articles could probably have guessed already. However, there is one feature that is only available on the iPhone 4S that I find intriguing to the point that I would contemplate buying an iPhone in the future. They call her Siri. I don’t think I’m alone in thinking Siri is something of a gamechanger.
Nikola Tesla is rightly regarded as one of the greatest scientific minds of all time. His pioneering work as an engineer, especially in the field of electricity and electromagnetism, mean his name is synonymous with invention and innovation. However, one of the things Tesla is best known for these days is the Tesla coil, an electrical transformer circuit he used for experimentation.
Apple has recently fallen into a pattern of offering just incremental updates on its existing product line rather than anything new and innovative. Hence the Retina Display on the new iPad and Siri on the iPhone 4S. Both of which are the only features making their respective devices worth purchasing. But Siri is also something of a gamechanger.
There have been numerous rumors of late concerning Apple’s plans to release a smaller version of the iPad. In fact, there have been similar rumors ever since Steve Jobs first stood on stage and unveiled the original iPad. And yet Apple is still not ready to talk about this product that may or may not be in the pipeline.
Technology ages at an alarming rate. There is always something new and shiny on the horizon, meaning that at some point the device you were once excited about getting your hands on is no longer fit for purpose. At this point everyone has to make a choice. There are a multitude of different things that can be done with old or outdated hardware.
Spotify was already a great product before the addition of apps. Fast, fun, and free (for those unwilling to pay), it offered everything you could want in a music streaming service. Or at least that’s what I and many others thought prior to the apps making it even better than it previously was. The rolling out of its API and the first selection of apps turned Spotify from a great product into a must-have product.
The iPhone 4S has been a huge success, despite the fact it’s not much of an improvement over the iPhone 4. Hence the 4S in the name rather than a 5. The biggest draw for Apple fans looking to upgrade their handset is the addition of Siri. Siri is a voice-activated personal assistant which lives on the iPhone 4S and in the cloud. Many people have had some fun with Siri, as the following videos demonstrate.
What would you say to 1 million people? That is the intriguing question behind The Listserve, which can be accurately described as a giant listserv, a social game, a lottery of words, and a cross between PostSecret and Chatroulette. The Listserve offers an intriguing glimpse into strangers’ lives. All through the decades-old power of email.
It’s a sad fact of life that technology is always outdated. As soon as a piece of hardware is released, the engineers and designers set to work on the next iteration, meaning that the one you have in your house is past it from day one. But that doesn’t mean it’s useless, even after you succumb to temptation and buy the advertised upgrade.
We’ve already seen a list of the best music videos featuring floppy disk drives, and now it’s time to broaden our horizons a little and bring more tech hardware into the mix. It’s amazing the variety of machines and old gadgets that can be reimagined as music-making instruments.
More and more people are relying on the Web these days, for everything from a working environment to study resources, from entertainment to retail therapy. There is very little you can do in the real world that cannot now be done online instead. With that in mind the browser has become the enabler, allowing us all to access the Web and travel along its tubes easily.