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Photos of the month - October 2007

Zunes, polar explorers, virtual worlds, luxury mobiles and more...
By Natasha Lomas, Contributor on
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Zunes, polar explorers, virtual worlds, luxury mobiles and more...

silicon.com's Tim Ferguson went along to a demo of Microsoft's Surface technology in London this month.

The software behemoth was showing off a table-like device that uses a 30-inch screen, several cameras, a Vista PC and a projector to create an interactive, touch-sensitive environment which reacts to objects coming into contact with its flat surface - such as the glass shown above.

Click here for more images of Microsoft's Surface technology in action.

Photo credit: Tim Ferguson

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More news from Microsoft this month as the company announced an overhaul of its Zune digital music player.

The company will now offer 4GB, 8GB and 80GB Zunes.

As part of the makeover, some new colours have been introduced to the range - and others abandoned (the brown Zune is notably absent from the line-up).

Microsoft has also revamped the look of its song store, Marketplace, which is pictured above with two of the new Zunes.

To see more of the new Zunes, click here.

Photo credit: Microsoft

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St Pancras train station is nearing the end of a 10-year renovation project which will see it become London's Eurostar terminal next month. The project is also aiming to turn it into the most technologically advanced station in the world.

silicon.com went along for a sneak preview - click here to have a look at what we saw.

Pictured above is an artist's impression of how an internet lounge in the Eurostar departure area will look once it is completed.

Image credit: LCR

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Christmas is just around the corner and mobile makers are not about to miss out on the annual festive spending spree - so many manufacturers are adding designer or luxury phones to their standard fare.

Shown above is the P'9521 mobile, a collaboration between Sagem and prestige car-maker Porsche - a glass and aluminium flip-phone for those with deep (but sleek) pockets.

Click here for more phones to spend your hard-earned cash on this Christmas.

Photo credit: Porsche/Sagem

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silicon.com's Gemma Simpson talked to Graham Linehan, writer and director of tech-flavoured sitcom The IT Crowd this month, to ask him about his inspiration for the show's characters.

This is Moss - played by actor Richard Ayoade - aka the show's uber geek who still lives with his mum and has trouble communicating with anything outside the server room.

Click here to read the Q&A with Linehan and here for more photos from The IT Crowd.

Photo credit: Channel 4

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Virtual-world developers are getting more grounded with the help of 3D models that can be imported from Google's 3D Warehouse. Terrain can also be borrowed from Google Earth - helping them build more realistic landscapes.

Follow this link for more virtual views.

Image credit: Multiverse Network

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Monday 15 October was the date for the fourth annual silicon.com CIO Forum - which brought together the cream of the UK's IT bosses for a conference on the theme of tech skills.

Pictured here is Atos Origin's account manager for the London 2012 Olympic Games, Rob Price, who gave a presentation to delegates on how the company intends to develop new tech talent as part of the Games' regeneration theme.

Click here to see more photos from the event.

Photo credit: Tim Ferguson

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This team of polar explorers will travel to and traverse the North Pole next year to survey the thickness of the Arctic ice.

The Vanco Arctic Survey expedition team is pictured here demonstrating some of the equipment they intend to take with them.

Click here for more photos of the adventurers.

Photo credit: Gemma Simpson

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At the Asklepios Klinik Barmbek in Hamburg, a wireless LAN (WLAN) is helping staff access digital images and patient records. Here an MRI scan is viewed on a laptop connected to the WLAN.

The hospital is also looking into using RFID tags - for tracking blood samples, medical equipment and even patients.

Follow the link for more images from Hamburg's high-tech hospital.

Photo credit: Tim Ferguson

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The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has spent £250,000 on high-tech simulator equipment to provide more realistic training for frontline troops facing the threat of roadside and suicide bombs.

This is a suicide bomber simulation vest that can be worn by a trainer who can "set off" the device in a variety of realistic scenarios.

Click here to see more of the MoD's training tech.

Photo credit: Ministry of Defence

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The Government Communications Headquarters - aka GCHQ - has launched what it claims is the world's first in-game recruitment advertising campaign. Job ads will appear in real-world scenarios - such as billboard and street advertising - in a number of online games.

This image is taken from a Ubisoft game called Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent. Find more pictures here.

Image credit: Ubisoft

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