The tourism industry is a big one, with various holiday seasons bringing in huge revenues around the world, year in, year out. In some cases, tourism profits are actually vital to the survival of small towns and resort areas, as well as major factors in the host country’s GDP.
Approximately 30 Million people visit the UK from all over the world each year (and we don’t even get nice weather!). Drawn to our many sites of cultural interest, even more of historical interest, or just a slice on English country life, these tourists are actually a considerable part of our economy. Continue reading ‘hotel 2 Way Radio’ »
In general, the iPad Mini is ok for watching films (as well as doing basically everything else). The processing force is about the same as a iPad 4, so there is no real problem there and the playback is usually as smooth just as one android’s bottom (Star Trek joke).
The only real issue with the iPad Mini is the deficit of a ‘Retina Display’, the stunning display technology featured on iPad 3 – 4, iPod Touch (4th – 5th Gen) and iPhone 4 – 5 (amongst the rest). The iPad Mini does suffer a little with the lack of a Retina Screen, but it’s not really a crisis. Continue reading ‘Is the apple ipad mini any use for watching movies on?’ »
When I was young and inexperienced about the ways of the world, my Mum used to buy me those electric toothbrushes that you see on TV.
Those things don’t actually have a very long shelf life, but they do work a treat (it was 27 years before I needed my first filling). Therefore, whenever an old one bit the dust, my Mum would somehow stump up the money and replace it. Good as gold.
One of the many disillusions I’ve endured since leaving home about six years ago, (first for Uni and then for the big, scary real world) is that you have to pay for your own stuff. Like, all the time. For example, the other day our washing machine broke and it cost the best part of £40 to repair it (amazingly, all that palaver was just because the button had come off of my girlfriend’s trousers and gotten caught somewhere in the mechanism). The week after that, our food bill spiralled upwards to almost twice its previous amount with no warning from our local recession-maligned supermarket. As a matter of necessity, my much-loved electric toothbrush was forced out of my life. Continue reading ‘Bose Knows Sound, The Bose TV Sound System’ »
Physics Professor Brian Cox has determined that time travel is theoretically possible and that time machines could one day be a reality.
The British professor, who is also a TV Presenter and pop musician (having some success with the Northern Irish band D:Ream in the 1990’s), used Dr. Who’s famous TARDIS as a broad example of the type of time machine that he believes to be theoretically possible as well as scientifically sound. Continue reading ‘BREAKING NEWS: “Time Travel is Possible, Says Noted Physicist”’ »
Because bone conduction bypasses the ear entirely and directly stimulates the ossicles (which is the scientific name for the tiny bones that reside in your inner ear, as well as the rationale behind comic book hero Daredevil’s athletic prowess), it is entirely possible to stick your ear plugs in and still listen to your ‘Bonephones’.
In some respects, it’s actually preferable. Y’see Nick, using headphones is fine and dandy, until you have to turn the volume all the way up in order to drown out noisy children, busy traffic and/or people shouting into their phones all around you. After that, if you increase the volume to too great a degree, you can expose your ears to sounds that can actually permanently damage your hearing. Continue reading ‘Will I be Able to Hear Bone Conduction Headphones Even if I Wear Earplugs?’ »
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January, the month that begins with scraping vomit off the walls and ends with broken resolutions. Reading the classics and working out tends to flow inexorably back to re-reading old comics and putting on weight. Of course, there is Christmas money to consider.
Of course, I mean Christmas money, money set aside by friends and relatives that you can spend selfishly. Auntie Gladys sent you £20, great! But who the hell is Auntie Gladys?. You got £50 from Auntie Beryl and Uncle Joseph. You promise to say ‘thank you’ but you never get round to it, its not like Auntie Gladys has Facebook. Continue reading ‘What will cause you to buy a kinect, how about because it’s fantastic’ »
The real reason is that the signals generated by your radio receiver (yes, it generates signals as well as receives them) can interfere with the aeroplane’s navigation equipment.
In an article for ‘The Straight Dope’, published in 1987, Cecil Adams (who ran a similar, but far superior, column to this one) explained it far better than I could. He said,
“Most modern receivers use something called a “local oscillator,” which is sort of an internal transmitter. The oscillator generates signal A, which is mixed with the somewhat raw incoming signal B to produce nice, easy-to-work-with signal C. There’s usually some sort of shielding around the oscillator, but it’s not always effective and sometimes errant signals leak out to make life difficult for other radio equipment nearby. If the other equipment happens to be an aircraft navigation device, somebody could wind up digging furrows with a $25 million plow. So do your bit for air safety and bring a tape player instead.” Continue reading ‘Why Can’t I Use a Radio or a Phone on an Aeroplane?’ »
You would think that the American secret service (being the American secret service and everything) would have access to an earpiece a little bit cooler that just the common ‘curly cable’ job, wouldn’t you?
If forced, I’ve to say that I usually imagine a little old fella, like Desmond Llewelyn in the Bond films, (or even a younger model like Ben Whishaw from ‘Skyfall’) producing many of the devices himself and then explaining them to the agents before they go out and protector the President’s life. Continue reading ‘What is the curly tube that FBI Agents wear in their ears’ »
A new bionic hand has been unveiled that can be remote controlled via a smartphone app.
The app’s developer, Touch Bionics, unveiled the groundbreaking application, along with their latest prosthetic hand, in April of this year.
The hand’s artificial thumb is controlled by signals from the users arm muscles, which are interpreted by the hand’s internal systems. However, in a world first, it can also be controlled, very simply, via the use of the new app. Continue reading ‘Touch Bionics creating an app for Prosthesis limbs’ »