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Picture the scene: you're sitting at the dining table on Christmas Day and you're faced with a tough decision. Turkey, or technology?
According to a survey by What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, 49% of UK adults would ditch the Christmas poultry in favour of TV, mobiles and surfing the net.
Not everyone is lacking in Christmas spirit though, as 27% of those surveyed couldn't live without a juicy turkey and 23% admitted that they couldn't have a Christmas without presents.
Andy Clough, brand editor at What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, said: "The fact that many would be willing to trade the traditional turkey and even presents for tech once again indicates that we are a nation of technology addicts."
A techy toilet which is controlled via an Android app has a hardware flaw meaning that it can be controlled by any phone with the application.
The My Satis toilet, manufactured by Japanese firm Lixil and retailing at nearly four grand, allows the user to play music from their smartphone through speakers in the toilet base, as well as tracking the users bowl movements as a health check.
Other features including flushing, lifting the toilet seat and sprays can be controlled via the smartphone app.
But owners have now been warned that a flaw in the app's hardware could mean that the toilet could be open to attack.
Trustwave's Spiderlabs security experts have revealed that the pin code to connect the toilet to the app via Bluetooth for every model is set to 0000, and can not be reset. Any phone with the My Satis app could connect to the toilet.
The toilet uses bluetooth to receive instructions via the app, but the Pin code for every model is hardwired to be four zeros (0000), meaning that it cannot be reset and can be activated by any phone with the My Satis app, a report by reveals.
Just think of the mischief you could play with your mates loo?
A Frankenstein-wannabe has worked with a team of engineering students and a taxidermist to raise a bird from the dead.
The American Scientist used robotics to operate the wings of a deceased swamp sparrow in order to study the aggressive behaviour of the male. The study concluded that wing-flapping was a sign of male aggression
According to the BBC, the team used Picaxe computer chips and a linear motor which fitted inside the cavity of the sparrow.
The resurrection was completed on a budget of just under £1,000, but the bird's head eventually fell off after two months of attacks from the living and breathing creatures in society.
Zombie 101 - decapitation or destroying the brain is the simplest way to kill a zombie.
At CES in Las Vegas this year, there was a varied amount of weird and wonderful technology being showcased, but the iPotty has to be up there with one of the strangest.
CTA Digital, which manufacturers accessories for iPads and Kindles, had a potty training contraption fits your iPad onto a child's toilet.
So, effectively it is a giant iPad stand on which you child sits while trying to do its business. Apparently children like to be occupied while potty training, so this means that a parent can distract a child with a smartphone device without having to hold it with their own hands.
Additionally, the part of the plastic potty that holds the iPad has a touch-screen protector, just in case your child misses.
Downtime has found itself with more time on its hands than usual this week, mainly as we wait for much of our work to be returned with Hugh Grant's approval, but fortunately we stumbled across an ideal outlet for time-wasting.
Running the address of any webpage through it instantly returns the page translated into the slang of instant messenger and that of Snoop Dogg's (or Lion or Mountain Lion or whatever it is he has upgraded to, these days) MTV show "Doggy Fizzle Televizzle".
Some of our favourite bits included the new take it gave to the Leveson stories, which Downtime feels was far more succinctly summed up with the following excerpts:
Dizzy Cameron, Nick Da Clogg n' Ed Millipede kicked it wit fo' talks on Thursdizzle evenin yo, but there is profound differences which is ghon be hard as f**k ta overcome.
Mista Muthaf**kin Cameron holla'd he broadly welcomed Lord Justice Leveson's principlez ta chizzle tha current system. But he holla'd: "Our thugged-out asses should be wary of any legislation dat has tha potential ta infringe free rap n' tha free press."
Turning the Gizoogle filter on our own body of work proved just as entertaining, although one member of the team was less than impressed with being given a new, though far more street, byline.
Downtime apologies to its mother and all other offended parties for the bad language used in this post.
Yes, you read the headline right, more than half of people regularly use their mobile devices in bed, with 5% shockingly using their mobile while in the middle of having sex with their partner.*
Narly half check their social networks and emails on their
mobile devices instead of listening to their partner, while 40% use their phones
while sat on the toilet - please remember to wash your hands!
Narly half check their social networks and emails on their mobile devices instead of listening to their partner, while 40% use their phones while sat on the toilet - please remember to wash your hands!
So apparently 45% of people admit that technology
prevents them from ever truly switching off and relaxing in their spare time. Well we don't know about relaxing, but if there's a drop in birth rates next
year, we can all blame the iPhone 5.
So apparently 45% of people admit that technology prevents them from ever truly switching off and relaxing in their spare time. Well we don't know about relaxing, but if there's a drop in birth rates next year, we can all blame the iPhone 5.
*Study conducted by UK technology manufacturer, Storage Options
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