Windows 8 Consumer Preview Hands On: No Going Back

By Mat Honan on at

Windows 8 is a radical departure from anything Microsoft has done before. When you try it for the very first time, it feels a bit like stepping out onto ice. It is so slick as to be slippery. Commands and icons and apps and menus glide on and off screen and things zoom in and out of its Metro interface in a near vertigo-inducing fashion. Getting your feet beneath you is tricky.

Dry Cleaning: It's Not What You Think

By Rachel Swaby on at

For me, dry cleaning has always belonged in a category of miracles, along with colour-safe bleach, dry shampoo, and acupuncture. They seem to work, but is it only because we'd like to believe they do? So we decided to take a look past the counter and '80s-style decals to figure out, what is dry cleaning, anyway?

Five Things You Can Bake Into Your Brand New Raspberry Pi

By Stuart Houghton on at

The Raspberry Pi is here at last -- now what can you do with it? We've been champing at the bit waiting for the Raspberry Pi here at Gizmodo UK, but we're please to report that the Raspberry Pi Foundation has managed to ship that mini-marvel of applied Great British Geekery for a shade over 21 quid. If you are lucky enough to grab one in this first round of orders, what exactly can you do with it? Here is our pick of the project ideas that you can try with your Pi.

Virgin Galactic Firing its Rockets in 2012

By Gary Cutlack on at

After a series of successful non-powered test flights, Virgin Galactic's ready to start firing up its rocket engines for full-power test runs in 2012. Which could mean those rich ticket owners may get to go sub-orbital very soon indeed.

Sniffing Rosemary Makes You Smarter

By Jamie Condliffe on at

There are plenty of strange alternative uses for herbs. Rosemary, for instance, is supposed to soothe the skin and cure dandruff — though I can't promise how well it will do either. Science, however, now tells us it definitely can make you smarter.

The Pirate Bay Removes Torrent Links

By Casey Chan on at

The Pirate Bay, the largest torrent site on the Internet, is no more. Or well, it's not like it once was. As of this moment, they've taken down all torrent links on the website and will now only use 'magnet links'.

Next Xbox Currently Codenamed "Durango"

By Gary Cutlack on at

A developer made the mistake of blabbing about a Microsoft event on Twitter, claiming he was having a great time at the "Durango developers summit" in London. Given Durango is one of the suspected Xbox 360 development names, that would appear to be confirmation that Microsoft is in the midst of publicising its new Xbox plans with game makers.