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The History of Technology and War The story about how one of the famous Tunny code breaking machines had been brought back to life got us thinking about the role technology has played in war throughout the ages. Many highly respected scientists and inventors have gone along with the idea that producing bigger and better arms will mean fewer wars. While this theory remains dubious there is no doubt that modern warfare owes much to the people who have come up with the machines, tools and devices which are used today. Gunpowder Appears on...

Shocking tech usage stats revealed A study, entitled ‘Square eyes’ has discovered that Brits spend an average of 11 hours and 48 minutes every day staring at some kind of screen. When stacked up to the 7.3 hours average time spent sleeping it makes an even more alarming statistic, but why is this so high? The Square eyes research from esure suggests that hypergrowth in the tablet and computer industry has contributed to the increase in time. It also included the use of smart phones, desktop computers, ereaders televisions and portable...

The Most Influential People in Technology Who are biggest movers and shakers in the current technology scene? Here are a few names to chew over before you make your vote for the most important one below. Steve Jobs. The Apple boss has gained a lot of his reputation on his unerring ability to combine style and substance, and the overwhelming popularity of the likes of iPhone and iPad shows that his ideas and designs nearly always strike a chord with the public. Health problems have seen him take time off recently but there is no doubt...

Posted on May 16 2011 - 5:49pm by Robert
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We mentioned a few weeks back the possibilities of Near Field Communication (NFC) letting us pay for just about everything using our phones. While this still sounds a bit farfetched in most countries there is somewhere in the world where it is already an accepted technology which a lot of people use every day. Can you guess where? It is no surprise to see that the place where NFC implementation is most advanced is in Japan. One of the areas where it is most used is in public transport. While most of us are quite used to swiping cards to...

Making payments and checking bank accounts are becoming ever more popular activities which we carry out on our mobile phones according to the results of a new piece of research. In the last year mobile banking use has doubled, and this trend has really extended across all aspect of what is known as the “mobile wallet” industry. It has been reported in the TNS research study called Mobile Life that over 10% of us use a mobile phone to make payments these days. Around 20% of UK banking customers use their mobile phones to check the balance...

How did you watch the Royal Wedding? There is obviously a good chance that you were one of the estimated 2 billion people (including 34 million Brits) who watched it on the telly, but there were plenty of other high tech options for feeling part of the day. For example, YouTube had a special Royal Channel online showing the BBC pictures. Rather surprisingly it didn’t make it into the top 20 most visited sites of the day, with America’s Next Top Model among the numerous other channels finishing above it. Meanwhile, the YouTube site...

Posted on Apr 27 2011 - 5:12pm by Robert
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So you love playing top quality games but aren’t sure which machine is best for you. Pull up a chair and have a look at what the big names in the business have to offer.   Nintendo 3DS Recent price drops are making this a more attractive purchase all the time. If you have used any of the Nintendo DS range of devices then you will be quite comfortable with this little console. The layout makes it easy to use but the thing we are all interested in is the 3D element. There have been controversies, boy have there been controversies,...

Now that the dust has settled on the Google changes which came with the so called Panda update we are starting to see which sites have moved up the rankings and which have taken a hit. A few of the big winners are in the field of heavyweight news providers such as the BBC, the Times Online and the Telegraph. Other sites which are now more visible than before include YouTube and Yahoo. But what about the losers? One of the factors which now seems clear is that the Panda changes have badly affected sites which contain content identical...

If we asked what virtual bank account site you use the chances are that most of you would say PayPal. The company has over 230 million accounts, of which almost 90 million are classed as active and for the time being their name is synonymous with online payments. The total amount of PayPal transactions in 2008 was $60 billion and in 2009 $71 billion. Yet while it remains the virtual account of choice for many people around the globe there is a strong chance that it will see more competition in the years to come and that in a few years...

Posted on Apr 5 2011 - 7:25pm by Robert
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Left handed Whoppers and Panda eggs, eh? How we laughed. But those were April Fool gags from the past, and this year has seen a huge number of tech related April Fool jokes. We trawled the web to find the best of them, leaving out the ones which were just too nerdy of course. Google Wars A report on TechCrunch said that the infighting at Google had caused Google Places to be classified as spam by Google search. Amusing quotes such as “screw the webspam team” added a touch of colourful realism to a nice joke. YouTube time travel The...