Now here’s a very clever use of the Raspberry Pi – The Pirate Bay wants to run its servers from the skies using the mini-marvel because it’s simply fed up of the law messing with its ground-based operations. No one will be able to screw with it unless they get in a plane to physically switch it off in orbit, "a real act of war". No, it’s not April 1st.
Today, we’re not just going to save you some money, we could also help to save your life. Yes, that IS our serious face that’s staring at you from out of your computer screen.
The complete route the silly little bit of fire will take around the country has been set out by the 2012 Olympic organisers, along with the names of nearly 8,000 special people who will get a go at carrying the Olympic Torch.
You love Twitter (doesn’t everyone?), but you think it’s just a tad too modern. How about checking your Twitter 1870s style with the magnificent Twittertape Machine.
Some interesting research on the power use of Android apps has pointed the finger at ad-supported apps for killing our phone batteries, with the software often spending more power on working out our location and downloading adverts than running the actual app itself.
Last month, Sony announced its intentions to unleash two "smart outlets" on the world that would use NFC and RFID to authenticate users and monitor electricity consumption on a micro level. While it may someday be handy for charging up electric cars, in the near-term it's more likely that in the near future, you'll be paying hard cash to juice up your phone at the airport. Which, hey, pretty awful!
Those words come from the UK Cabinet Office's latest National Risk of Civil Emergencies report, which warns that "space weather" is a very real threat to our cosy way of life.
Scientists at Clemson University in the US have rigged an HP Deskjet 500 printer to make microscope slides full of living cells. It spits out a a special cell-packed ink from the printer's standard cartridge. The process creates cells with temporary permeability in the cell walls, and the holes in the cells are large enough to allow fluorescent molecules to be injected. That glowing stuffing illuminates the membranes, so researchers can get a look at what's happening inside the cells. When studying a heart, for example, the technique can be used to examine how the cardiac muscles respond to mechanical force and fluid shear.
On June 2010, SpaceX launched into orbit a simplified version of their Dragon capsule. It was the first private spaceship in history, and it was a complete success. Now they are human testing it, getting it ready for its first manned flight.
Good news Lumia owners -- you’ll soon be able to tether your Lumia 800 or 710 for a bit of mobile broadband on-the-go, if the networks don’t crush it of course. Nokia’s announced that it’s bringing the personal hotspot capability that’s baked into most smartphones these days as an update to its current line, while its new Lumia 900 flagship will launch with it.
This is strange. Apple's CEO Tim Cook and Apple's CFO Peter Oppenheimer will host a special conference later today. The topic: "the outcome of the Company's discussions concerning its cash balance." That's £63,000 ($100,000) million in cash, people. Apple can buy bloody Tesco.
Crazy jet fighter pilots: CHECK! Crazy bomber pilots: CHECK! Crazy military transport pilots: Watch this crazy pilot fly this Swedish Air Force' Hercules C-130 as low as five feet just over the head of his colleagues.
Mike Daisey lied his tits off in public radio program This American Life. He basically made up a lot of stuff about Foxconn. TAL had to retract the whole thing, but Mike says his lies were all for a good cause: