Spring has sprung and summer is here, which means by now you should be well on your way to sprucing up the old homestead. In my house this means a top to bottom deep clean; including a house full of cream carpets and a rather tatty classic mini. Over the years I’ve tried lightweight cleaners, steam cleaners and even hired out cleaners but this year I’ve gotten...

A new survey has suggested that tablet computers are encouraging more older folk to go online. The annual survey carried out by Ofcom analyses the way Brits spend their time using technology. This year’s report shows that the number of people over the age of 65 going online has risen by more than a quarter, to a new total of 42%. This strong rise has been put down to increased tablet use among more mature users. The number of over 65s using a tablet for going online increased from 5% in 2012 to 17% in 2013. Even so, the over 65s only...

The latest new piece of police technology could be set to cause a fair bit of controversy. Met Police officers in London are all set to start using cameras on their uniforms to capture images from crime scene. The plan is also to use these body cameras to increase levels of transparency and to help get convictions get pushed through more quickly. To start with, 500 of the cameras will start to get used by police officers in 10 of the different boroughs in the capital. It has also been reported that firearm officers will get to use them...

So, it was true after all. We reported last summer than mystery surrounded the burial of a bunch of Atari’s ill-fated ET game in the New Mexico desert. It all seemed a bit far-fetched at the time but a dig at the supposed burial site turned up lots of old Atari cartridges. Yes, our old buddy with the big head and the urgent desire to make a phone call was there along with other games. The discovery was made by a group of people described as “video game archaeologists”. This is a type of career we have never come across before but...

The fleet of Google self driving cars has been around for a while now and a latest update confirms that between them they have now done more than 700,000 miles without problems. To date, the only accidents that have happened with these autonomous have all been down to human mistakes and not computer errors or miscalculations. Researchers at the technology giant have worked hard on making their driverless cars run even more safely in heavy traffic conditions. Among the recent improvements they have achieved is the fact that cyclists’...

Anyone who bought the fake antivirus Virus Shield app from Google’s Play Store will get their money back. The app reached number in the Google charts after it was downloaded more than 10,000 times. However, researchers from the Android Police site checked it out and discovered that it was completely useless. It Didn’t Do Anything Useful After checking out the code on the app, the investigators realised that Virus Shield didn’t actually do anything useful at all. The advertising for it said that it would stop “harmful apps” from...

You’ve heard of printers. You’ve probably even got one or two in your house. Then there are 3D printers. You’ve heard of them as well, haven’t you? That’s right: these are the bad boys that can print off stuff like guns and food and new legs. Ah, but you won’t have heard of a flying 3D printer before now, will you? Designers from Imperial College in London are behind the plan to use autonomous flying drones (called hexacopters) to help protect us in the likes of a nuclear waste spillage. The Sticky Foam is the Secret So how...

The news that Hitachi is going to install a super fast life begs the question of how fast we really want these things to travel at. The new lift is going to be fitted in a skyscraper in Guangzhou in China. It is going to be capable of flying between floors at a hair raising speed of 45 mph. It would take only 43 seconds for it to zoom from the first floor all the way up to the 85th floor of the Guangzhou CTF Financial Centre, where is will be installed in 2016. The building will have 95 elevators in all, with 2 of them being these incredibly...

The strange object in the picture below is – believe it or not – a bicycle. It’s not just any old bicycle, though. It is called ARION1 and it has been designed to try and break the world speed record for a pedal powered bike. How fast can it go? Well, the current record is 83.1 mph and the designers of ORION1 think that their vehicle will break the 90 mph mark. It has been created by students from Liverpool University and they say that it is 40 times more aerodynamic than a supercar like the Bugatti Veyron. Camera and Monitor Need...

How fast can you charge your phone battery? If the answer is more than 30 seconds then you might be interested in the latest device to be shown off by Israeli firm StoreDot. Their new type of battery was shown off at Mircosoft’s Think Next Conference, as it charged a Samsung S4 from dead to fully charged in just 26 seconds. The battery is made of biological structures and at the moment it is just a prototype. It is expected that it will take at least 3 years for the product to be made commercially available. The device in the demonstration...