You can barely move for Apple news nowadays as the company seemingly throws itself from one major release to another. Unfortunately, it’s also fair to say that the release of the iPhone 4 hasn’t been without its teething problems. The antenna/reception problem is certainly no small thing with an estimated 25% of users affected by the issue and Apple doing little thus far to really remedy the situation. However, having announced a conference for tomorrow when they may (or may not) make an announcement on their next step to fixing...

NASA have given out details of a competition for engineering students; design an inflatable home for space travellers. Beforce you start scribbling down ideas and dreaming of the cash prize on offer you might want to check the rather demanding criteria thet have set.  The blow up house has to last a quarter of a century with no maintenance work or resource consumption and a near zero carbon footprint.  However, it is also has to give the hardy astronauts a comfortable and useable living space. Pretty wallpaper and pot plants are optional. Another...

It seems that the whole iPhone 4 antenna reception issue just won’t go away for Apple, and in all honesty why would it? It’s believed that about 1/4 of all users are affected by the issue that means holding the phone in a certain way gives bad reception and while this is an issue that most people believe should be fixed by the manufacturer as part of their warranty Apple quite clearly disagrees. For their own part, they’ve stated that it’s merely an issue with the calculation of reception bars on the phone handset...

Microsoft’s search engine, Bing, has ended its first year of life with a 12.7% share of the market, according to research recently carried out. Not at all bad for a new kid on the block, although still significantly behind Yahoo (18.9%) and number one and still undisputed champion of the search engines, Google, whose facility is used in over 62% of the searches we make. Google and Yahoo are like familiar, friendly faces to all of us but maybe some people haven’t tried the new(ish) Bing engine yet. It is designed to be intuitive...

Now then. Now then. Now then. What do we have here, eh? A docking speaker system for your iPod or iPhone you say. Pull the other one young man, that puny thing could never deliver a refined bass sound. Let’s have a little look and find out what it really is. Design Nifty thing isn’t it? It’s not the most compact docking station in the world but just stick your iPod on this and you have got yourself a very nice and modern stereo system set up, you lucky devil. Notable Specifications It has certainly got the power to impress, turn...

Following on from yesterday’s piece about the bendable bike that aims to cut down on storage space and bike theft, here’s another quirky (and we’re being kind there) bike idea. The developer is actually an Iron Man competitor so we’re not going to say too much against the EliptiGO except that we don’t think the take up rate will be all that phenomenal. The bike is designed to give you the workout of running without the high impact and possibility of injury associated with it. Even the best design of shoe and...

That first cup of morning coffee is critical to the performance of many of us. Drink it late and it can ruin your day, miss it out completely and you might as well have stayed in bed until tomorrow. The problem is, until you’ve had the first mugfull you’ve probably not got the energy levels that you might need – fortunately, the Plain Lazy Mug will take a lot of the effort out of your morning coffee by stirring it for you; no need to lift a teaspoon. Unfortunately you do still have to add the coffee, milk, and sugar yourself...

A short list of my most embarrassing moments (part 1 of many). 1)    Boy mistakenly enters ladies toilets at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Boy hears woman’s voice, realises mistake and decides to wait in locked cubicle until she goes away. She doesn’t go away. More women arrive. 2)    More grown up but only slightly less foolish boy/young man orders fish in green sauce from dodgy Ecuadorian seaside restaurant. Compounds error by rashly buying ticket on long bus journey. Possibly still being chased by angry Ecuadorian Transport Cleaners...

Users of Windows 7 Professional have until 2020 to decide that they want to downgrade to Windows XP. Windows 7 Ultimate users will have until 2015 to make the same decision. In a statement, Microsoft said that the long, long downgrade period was decided upon for “consistency” and to help out companies who do wholesale upgrades to the new platforms. I wonder how many people will take them up on their offer in 10 years time when we all live in transparent bubbles and are transported in floating cars ? (I can’t be the only...

If you are a fan of art (or even if your not) we have found a great website to while away a few minutes and at the same time create a pretty picture using gadgety tech. Wordle is a website that allows you to make word clouds from your favourite sites content, RSS feed or any other webpage. You can even use your del.icio.us user name to create a word cloud. We will talk a little more about the interface in a bit but for now let us show you what wordle can do. You may notice that the first image in the gallery is actually a wordle generated...