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The world's smallest working fuel cell. 
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People are becoming more and more reliant on the portable gadgets they carry every day and at no time is that reliance more pronounced as when those gadgets’ batteries run out of juice. While we’ve seen some fuel cell technologies appear in recent years that offer the future prospect of powering portable devices, none are quite as small as this new working fuel cell created by US chemical engineers and featured recently in New Scientist that measures just 3 millimeters across.  Read More

Thanko MP4 Watch

Watching the clock gets a whole new meaning with Thanko’s MP4 Watch. Seemingly straight out of Q’s arsenal the watch that features a full color 1.8-inch LCD screen as well as a voice recorder and tiny camera that can record video at 352 x 288 resolution and take photos at 640 x 480 resolution – perfect for any aspiring James Bond wannabes.  Read More

January If there’s a downside to the coming ubiquity of phone- and computer-based video cams and the continuing success of reality television and Youtube, it’s that Andy Warhol’s ridiculous quote of "in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes" could indeed become true. For those hankering for their share of celebrity, might we suggest an investment of GBP10 (US$XX) in the book “You’re On!” The aim of the book is to show you how to look and sound good in any audio or video format, with tips and exercises on improving presentation, vocal quality, controlling nerves, ad-libbing, podcasting, reading a script, interviewing, ad infinitum  Read More

Acer shows new 10 inch Aspire One Netbook

Acer has announced an all-new 10” Aspire One netbook, complete with Windows XP, integrated Bluetooth , 802.11b/g, Acer Signal Up technology and it can also be specified with a choice of WiMAX or 3G wireless technologies. Weighing 1.18 kg, the new netbook includes a 10.1 inch WSVGA LED backlit display with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels, a 160 GB drive and a multi-in-one card reader.  Read More

Cayin's new dual-display digital signage player

Taiwanese digital signage specialist Cayin Technology, will release SMP-WEBDUO, the most advanced model among web-based digital signage players, at Integrated Systems Europe 2009 in Amsterdam in February. SMP-WEBDUO not only employs most functions from the SMP-WEB series but also supports full HD video and dual display simultaneously.  Read More

Gibson recreates the Jeff Beck 1954 Les Paul Oxblood

There are as many modified electric guitars in the world as there are guitarists who play them, but rare is the modified “off-the-shelf” guitar that is elevated to iconic status by the artist who played it. Such is the case with Jeff Beck’s “Oxblood” Les Paul, a guitar from the heart of tone history. Gibson has unveiled an accurate recreation of this legendary instrument: the Jeff Beck 1954 Les Paul Oxblood. The guitar joins a range of signature Les Paul guitars from the likes of Jimmy Page, Slash and soon, Michael Bloomfield.  Read More

The Prowler Emergency Response Vehicle

We can see emergency responders queueing up for this one. ATVCorp has created versions of its Prowler Light Tactical All Terrain Vehicle (LTATV) for fire-fighting and emergency response. The Prowler Wild Fire ERV provides a self-contained fire fighting unit and can act as a remote pumping station. TheMedical Response ERV has a full EMT supply case and Stokes basket mount. The Prowler LTATV is a remarkable machine, with the ability to fit inside the lightest of cargo aircraft and be airdropped without the need for disassembly, ensuring immediate deployment of a fully equipped and crewed vehicle upon touchdown.  Read More

 Encyclopædia Britannica to incorporate user-generated content

Encyclopædia Britannica the world’s oldest English-language encyclopaedia (since 1768), is to make significant changes to its editorial model, allowing readers to edit its entries. Unlike its popular user-generated internet competitor Wikipedia, the company will retain its 100 full-time editors and 4,000 expert contributors and each article will have a detailed history with changes and who made them. “I think the future is likely going to be that in every media segment there has to be a symbiotic relationship between editor and reader,” Britannica 's president, Jorge Cauz told the Times newspaper.  Read More


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This day 25 years ago, the Apple Macintosh Personal Computer went on sale. Two days prior, during Super Bowl XVIII, Apple aired its 1984 television commercial produced by Ridley Scott, creating massive public interest in the new product. It was the first commercially successful personal computer to feature a mouse and a graphical user interface rather than a command line interface. That’s the original Mac advert at right. Get well Steve!  Read More

The inflatable window - 50% insulation improvement

The inflatable window is a secondary glazing system that uses an inflatable rubber tube to seal into the window reveal to provide better insulation for the windows. The Australian Building Codes Board has published data showing that 87% of heat loss and 48% of heat gain is through the 8% of windows in the average building . The inflatable system is proven to offer up to 50% improvement on insulation resulting in a 68% improvement on the energy use for heating and cooling.  Read More

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