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Taking a look at the lighter side of IT - technology may be a serious business but it rarely fails to raise a smile too.

December 2012

  • Pirates versus Plumbers

    Caroline Baldwin - Freelance editor and journalist 17 Dec 2012
  • With a childhood spent mostly being a plumber, rescuing a princess from a castle, Downtime has learned a few things. Mostly it has learned that being a plumber and rescuing a princess from a castle ...

  • Internet officially makes life harder for primary school parents

    Karl Flinders - Emea Content Editor, Computer Weekly 14 Dec 2012
  • The Internet is pretty much accepted as being very, very useful. Downtime clearly agrees. But while dropping kids off at school one Downtimer was horrified to see the clever tricks that parents are ...

  • Holy tweet, Pope!

    Jennifer Scott - TechTarget 14 Dec 2012
  • Image via CrunchBaseWatch out Justin Bieber and Stephen Fry, there is a new Twitter account in town and this guy could use divine intervention to get his follower count to heavenly heights. In case ...

  • Down the Hobbit hole

    Karl Flinders - Emea Content Editor, Computer Weekly 14 Dec 2012
  • Downtime shall reserve full judgement on Peter Jackson's speeded up (48 frames per second!) film version of our ill-remembered tale of Bilbo Baggins and his escapades until it has been properly ...

  • Google driverless cars strategy faces competition from Kiwi dogs

    Karl Flinders - Emea Content Editor, Computer Weekly 06 Dec 2012
  • Google's investments in driverless cars could be a waste of money as dogs show their potential in the space.Dogs in New Zealand have been trained to drive cars. The Society for the Prevention of ...

  • Google saves the rhino

    Jennifer Scott - TechTarget 06 Dec 2012
  • Rhino (Photo credit: Mrs TeePot)Google's motto is "don't be evil" and, in what seems to be a rare occurrence nowadays, it is living up to it. The Silicon Valley giant has given a $5m grant to the ...

  • Teasing a frog with a smartphone

    Caroline Baldwin - Freelance editor and journalist 05 Dec 2012
  • Inspect-a-Gadget investigated what objects you could use to operate your smartphone back in February, and deduced that in addition to a finger, you could also use your nose and your tongue.And ...