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Getting help with open source software

One of the best things about open source, particularly those that adhere to the GNU General Public License (GPL) is that the code must be made available for the general public. This entire design has many benefits as described by the GPL's creator, Richard Stallman.

May 31, 2011 by

Robo-furniture eats household pests

Robotic furniture that eat vermin, like mice and flies, are a part of a design project at the Royal College of Art, London. Designer James Auger is exploring a new breed of domestic robots that he says can sit comfortably at an intersection of products and pets.

June 27, 2009 by

Open source car design

In Britain they've promised an open source car design for a hydrogen-powered vehicle. The Riversimple Urban Car is a small commute vehicle and was shown off today in London.

June 16, 2009 by

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 media preview event in London

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 is one of the most anticipated Windows Mobile devices given that SE is joining the ranks of Windows Mobile and the unique design features. With a confirmed T-Mobile USA 3G version coming I will be buying this device to use with my T-Mobile account as soon as I can. Today Sony Ericsson held an exclusive media preview event in London and Paul at MoDaCo covered it live. Arne Hess also posted a video with some hands-on time with the XPERIA X1.

September 15, 2008 by

i-Snake, a new robotic surgeon

Several newspapers in the UK have published today very short articles about the i-Snake, a new surgical robot which will be developed at the Imperial College London (ICL). For example, The Times of London writes that the ICL team has won a £2.1 million grant (€2.84 million or US$4.2 million) to design this surgical robot over the next four or five years. This highly flexible robot 'could allow coronary bypass operations to be performed without the need for open-heart surgery.' And it would help heal your heart after travelling through blood vessels. The research team thinks that the i-Snake could also be used as a diagnosis tool replacing the eyes of a surgeon when looking inside us.

December 29, 2007 by

Siemens Gigaset S450 IP

A reasonably-priced office handset that can be bought in multi-packs, the Gigaset S450 IP is a decent VoIP dual-mode handset. However, there are some drawbacks that limit its appeal.

November 27, 2007 by

Missing the true impact of Vista UAC

The fact that Windows Vista has UAC turned on by default will force all the major ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) to design their software correctly and not demand administrative privileges. This default setting alone regardless of how many people ultimately turn off UAC is worth the price of admission. The entire Windows community benefits when ISVs start coding responsibly which makes it possible to run Windows Vista in standard user mode whereas it was highly impractical to do so with Windows XP and before. Once we examine the big picture of Window Vista UAC, it is hardly the failure that some would seem to suggest.

July 4, 2006 by

Romania leads outsourcing charge

Eastern European, Middle-Eastern and Asian nations were in London this week to pitch for outsourcing business. Although it can't match the tax-free incentives of some states, Romania reckons it has other benefits to offer

June 16, 2004 by

Apple design guru awarded prize

Apple Computer's industrial design guru Jonathan Ive was named "Designer of the Year" by London's Design Museum, earning a prize of $40,927 (25,000 pounds). The winner of the award, which is new this year, was chosen by a panel of four jury members as well as more than 20,000 members of the public, with the London-born Ive beating out three other nominees.

June 3, 2003

U.K. lawmakers push to split BT

Regulatory action may be taken against British Telecommunications in an attempt to increase competition in the United Kingdom's broadband market, according to an influential group of lawmakers. The select committee has urged the Office of Telecommunications--the U.K. telecom regulator known as Oftel--and its forthcoming replacement, the Office of Communications (OFCOM), to consider separating BT's network business from the rest of the company. The network is BT's physical infrastructure--including local exchanges and cables--as opposed to its service-based operations, such as BTopenworld. One of the benefits of this separation, the committee believes, is that it might bring down broadband prices. The committee's advice was delivered in a report published Wednesday; it echoes a widespread belief among BT's competitors, which say broadband prices would likely fall if a third party owned BT's fixed-line network. BT isn't permitted to sell any products at a loss--an attempt to prevent the company undercutting rivals to boost market share. ZDNet U.K.'s Graeme Wearden reported from London. To read the full story visit ZDNet U.K.

May 1, 2002 by

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