Rupert Goodwins

Rupert started off as a nerdy lad expecting to be an electronics engineer, but having tried it for a while discovered that journalism was more fun. He ended up on PC Magazine in the early '90s, before that evolved into ZDNet UK - and Rupert evolved with them into an online journalist.

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Apple's iPad 3: redefining 'different'

By the time you read this, you'll already have decided what you think of the iPad 3 - or iPad, as Apple calls it. Apple says that it "reinvents the category", using the following adjectives in the first four paragraphs of its press release alone: stunning, amazing, amazing, amazing, unbelievable, incredible, unbelievable, incomparable, powerful, incredible, superb, stunning, incredible.

March 7, 2012 by Rupert Goodwins

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Steorn: behind the scenes of free energy dreams

It's hard to say what's happened to Steorn, Irish inventors of Orbo, once claimed to be an over-unity generator that broke the laws of physics but now barely worthy of couple of fuzzy paragraphs on the web site.You can, however, enjoy their latest device - a water heater called Heptaheat.

February 24, 2012 by Rupert Goodwins

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New graphene property may please vodka fans

Graphene, the 21st century's most promising new material, has acquired yet another entry in its burgeoning CV.A team led by graphene co-discoverer Professor Sir Andrew Geim at the University of Manchester has demonstrated that thin films of graphene oxide are impermeable to most gases and liquids, but extremely permeable to water.

January 27, 2012 by Rupert Goodwins

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St Helena wants cable, not wireless, for net access

St Helena is more pub quiz answer than reality to most people. A speck of land in the South Atlantic midway between Africa and South America, it's Britain's second oldest extant colony after Bermuda and home to around 4000 people and one bishop.

January 24, 2012 by Rupert Goodwins

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Virgin blackout hits customers

Virgin Media customers across the UK lost some or all of phone, broadband and television service for three hours on Tuesday evening due to an unspecified routing fault.The company has not said how many of its five million customers were affected during the outage, which lasted from 17:00 to around 20:00, but it did apologise in a statement, saying: "Our customers may have experienced some problems getting online yesterday evening.

January 18, 2012 by Rupert Goodwins

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The European internet's oddest places

Many countries consider internet access numbers to be a good measure of how up-to-date their citizens and industry are, with higher penetration rates signalling good things. Dig down into the figures, though, and you can find some peculiar numbers that may or may not say more about their geography than plain old economics .

January 18, 2012 by Rupert Goodwins

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Yang departs, cuts all ties with Yahoo

Jerry Yang has left Yahoo, the company he co-founded in 1995. In a statement issued by Yahoo on Monday, Scott Thompson, CEO of Yahoo, said "Jerry leaves behind a legacy of innovation and customer focus for this iconic brand".

January 17, 2012 by Rupert Goodwins

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Wikipedia to turn off for 24 hours in SOPA protest

Crowdsourced online encyclopedia Wikipedia is to 'blackout' its English language service for 24 hours on Wednesday in protest at proposed internet control laws SOPA and PIPA currently before the American government. The blackout will run from midnight to midnight Eastern Standard Time; from 5am Wednesday to 5am Thursday in the UK.

January 16, 2012 by Rupert Goodwins

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