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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.

August 2012

  • Sony reveals new phone for 007

    Caroline Baldwin - Freelance editor and journalist 31 Aug 2012
  • Sony has revealed its new smartphone, the Sony Xperia T, which will be lucky enough to grace the hands of Daniel Craig in the new Bond film, Skyfall which will be in cinemas later this year.The one ...

  • Who knew a bird could solve such a proplem?

    Matt Scott - TechTarget 29 Aug 2012
  • Downtime knows that your desk, as is ours, will be strewn with objects, many of which are precariously propped up. Basically our desk resembles a giant game of Jenga.As if Rovio, the media company ...

  • Got a spare £80k for an Apple 1?

    Jennifer Scott - TechTarget 28 Aug 2012
  • Old Apple Logo Web 2.0 (Photo credit: Alistair Israel)We know that Apple fan boys will shell out thousands of pounds every year to get their hands on the latest devices, be it revamped iPads with ...

  • Wi-Fi? My Ass!

    Jennifer Scott - TechTarget 24 Aug 2012
  • donkey (Photo credit: bagsgroove)There is nothing quite like getting away from it all on your holidays. No work emails to bug you, no bills to be paid and no long commute to work. In fact there are ...

  • How hard can it be to buy a stamp ?

    Bill Goodwin - Computer Weekly 20 Aug 2012
  • You would think with modern technology buying a stamp at the Post Office should be a quick and easy process. Not so, infact it is a highly demoralising experience, Downtown discovered when one of ...

  • Why Kenya and not Nigeria for Barclays mobile international payment first?

    Karl Flinders - Emea Content Editor, Computer Weekly 20 Aug 2012
  • Downtime was interested to see that Barclays bank's mobile to mobile payment service, Pingit, is now enabling overseas payments.What we can't understand is why Kenya was chosen as the first country ...

  • Mobile phone tossing record broken

    Warwick Ashford - Senior analyst 20 Aug 2012
  • Finn Ere Karjalainen has smashed the world record in the annual mobile phone throwing championship held in Finland by throwing his phone 101.46 metres. The event has been held every year since 2000 ...

  • Nowhere is safe from hackers - not even your brain

    Bryan Glick - Editor in chief 20 Aug 2012
  • This may sound like something dreamed up by a feverish sub-editor at sensationalist news organisation, but the headline "My brain was hacked" is not as far away as it seems. According to website ...

  • Ultimate security, no paper or digital trail

    Matt Scott - TechTarget 16 Aug 2012
  • Hamm, the piggy bank in Toy Story, is a criminal mastermind. You all remember the part where he uses Etch, the Etch-A-Sketch, to formulate a plan to rescue Woody, right?Well, now iPhone owners can ...

  • Burglars say cheese!

    Jennifer Scott - TechTarget 15 Aug 2012
  • We all know how our mobile phone insurance is barely worth the paper it is written on and how big a target smartphones are in the eyes of a pickpocket? Well, a new tool has come to light that could ...

  • UK gets its own BPO Shawshank Redemption

    Karl Flinders - Emea Content Editor, Computer Weekly 14 Aug 2012
  • Apparently the Ministry of Justice has a plan to put some of the country's jail birds to work. In an effort to win business from Indian call centres the MOJ wants UK prisoners with British accents ...

  • Andy Murray is the most dangerous in UK sport

    Warwick Ashford - Senior analyst 10 Aug 2012
  • Tennis player Andy Murray may have finally found victory on court at Wimbledon by winning gold in the London 2012 Olympics, but he has also topped a list of the most dangerous UK sport celebrities ...

  • Sir Steve Redgrave back in a boat

    Caroline Baldwin - Freelance editor and journalist 09 Aug 2012
  • After winning a Gold Medal in the 1996 Olympics, Redgrave famously announced that if anyone saw him in a boat again that they could shoot him. As we all know that boycott didn't last... Now Stevie ...

  • Baaaaa! SOS

    Caroline Baldwin - Freelance editor and journalist 08 Aug 2012
  • Sheep in Switzerland could soon be texting SOS messages to their shepherds when under attack by wolves.A special collar will notify the shepherd if a member of the flock's heart rate increases, ...

  • Usain Bolt finger twiddling celebration explained

    Karl Flinders - Emea Content Editor, Computer Weekly 07 Aug 2012
  • Google's homepage reminded downtime of its wasted youth. The Olympic themed Google doodle features a sprinter who can be controlled by the click flicking of the cursor keys to run and the space bar ...