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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.

March 2014

  • Get with the (Parliamentary) programming

    Jim Mortleman 28 Mar 2014
  • News reaches Downtime that Code Club‎, a volunteer network that runs after-school groups to teach programming to kids, dropped by Westminster this week to try to pass on some scripting skills to ...

  • Soho hotdesking el cheapo

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 26 Mar 2014
  • A largish company in Soho has just moved offices and now has a hot desk policy. Only issue is that there aren't enough desks for everyone. The only people guaranteed to have a desk is those with ...

  • When Google Glass meets Ray Bans - the Hollywood remakes

    Bryan Glick - Editor in chief 25 Mar 2014
  • It had to happen. In the wake of Google's Glass internet-enabled spectacles getting rave reviews from tech geeks (not a great thing for fashion-wear) and noses turned up from fashion geeks (not a ...

  • Get happy - get promoted

    Bryan Glick - Editor in chief 21 Mar 2014
  • It's lonely at the top - or so they say. But that doesn't seem to be the case for IT leaders. A survey by the Cabinet Office has revealed the most satisfied workers in the country. It seems that IT ...

  • Free IT clutter

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 20 Mar 2014
  • It's amazing the amount of crap we've collected in the Downtime office. Buffalo, the NAS lot, sent us several buffalo rubber stress toys, and we can't seem to get rid of them. Now Cisco, in its ...

  • The internal security risks grow with Internet of Things

    Karl Flinders - Emea Content Editor, Computer Weekly 20 Mar 2014
  • The internet of things promises to change peoples' lives by connecting everything to the internet. But there are risks.Downtime noted last week that lazy workers taking the day off under the guise ...

  • The last gasp for social networking?

    Jim Mortleman 20 Mar 2014
  • There's been a lot of hoohah this week about the growth of "anti-social" networking app Cloak - which examines location data from your contacts' various social networks and warns you if anyone you ...

  • Robot sibling rivalry

    Clare McDonald - Business Editor 14 Mar 2014
  • An ARM-Powered robot will soon attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest time solving a Rubik's cube. The robot, which is named The CUBESTORMER 3, uses an ARM-powered Samsung ...

  • Boiler comes clean about skiving owner

    Karl Flinders - Emea Content Editor, Computer Weekly 14 Mar 2014
  • The Internet of Things introduces some interesting possibilities. Devices in the home could soon have enough computing power to be used in hacks. Imagine your fridge spying on you. But perhaps the ...

  • Next generation shiny plastic thing

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 14 Mar 2014
  • Charity What About the Children is warning about the risks of giving young children smartphones, the BBC has reported.It's down to mother's ignoring their infants. Here in the busy Downtime office, ...

  • Free Wi-Fi isn't worth the risk...

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 07 Mar 2014
  • Troels Oerting, the head of Europol's cybercrime division told viewers of BBC's Click that they shouldn't use free Wi-Fi for sending secure data such as when they log into an online bank, to avoid ...

  • There's an app for crap

    Karl Flinders - Emea Content Editor, Computer Weekly 06 Mar 2014
  • A new app is being tested out in the New Orleans which attempts to cut out the nasty habit of people urinating and excreting in the street. The AirPnP is based on AirBnB, which helps people rent ...