Archive for July, 2009:

Astronaut wears “space pants” every day for a month

Plenty of students we’ve encountered have managed longer than that. NASA ought to hang around some of the cheaper universities in the Midlands if it wants to know about extreme fabric use.

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From here. This is one NASA innovation we’d like to see filter down to us end consumers. We’re getting bored of being given one those “space pens” every Christmas.

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New MacBook Pro, new Apple Specialists!

DOUBLE TEAM! Although the photograph is a bit too sterile to imagine them doing anything of a sexual nature together.

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We are unsure as to the meaning of these newer, darker blue t-shirts.

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And wouldn’t it be nicer if they’d localised the name and called it the “Apple Shop” in the UK?

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Suzanne Shaw’s trolley contents EXPOSED

She must’ve bought a new juicer or smoothie maker. That is no ordinary weekly amount of fruit.

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Thank you, Tesco mobile. May all your subscribers over pay and under use.

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Here she is, captured at the precise moment she starts questioning why the photographer is up a very, very tall ladder. It also looks like’s she FED UP and has been told she’s not getting the shopping for free.

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Gadgets with FACES #167: Something inside a fridge

Ice box? Salad tray? The decapitated head of a dead robot being stored for later consumption by a gay robot serial killer?

Probably the latter.

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“I was shopping for a laptop for my sister because she’s going to uni – turns out there’s no sort of gradient that matches the rise of price to the rise of quality. Anywhere between £200 and £300 seems to be a dead zone. Anyway, mum wanted to look at the fridges, which was lucky because otherwise I wouldn’t have found this little fella cowering in on of the white fridge-freezers they had on show at Curry’s. it looks like you have to twist his eyes to get ice out of his mouth… I can’t make that topical. Sorry there’s only one picture, I couldn’t be bothered to explain your site to my sister, especially as I realised that i can’t remember what’s it’s called now. Taken on a Sony Ericsson K550i” – Gene.

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Gadgets with faces #166: A Radioshack thing

He’ll regret those eyebrow tattoos when he gets out of prison.

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Can’t remember who sent this in, so it’s possible we actually found this one ourselves.

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Promotional image of the Weeeek: Suzanne Shaw for Tesco Mobile

Very appropriate team up. Both would happily let you bung them in a trolley and wheel them home for £30.

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This image was called “Suzanne_Shaw_Tesco_Mobile-2.jpg” – we have put in a request for Suzanne_Shaw_Tesco_Mobile-1.jpg and Suzanne_Shaw_Tesco_Mobile-3.jpg just in case.

We always reward quality promotional images with the full press release to encourage this sort of thing:

TESCO MOBILE GETS PEOPLE TALKING WITH UNLIMITED MOBILE DEAL
Tesco Mobile today unveils a brand new credit crunch-beating Unlimited tariff, allowing people to talk and text as much as they want without worrying about their monthly phone bills.
The SIM only, pay monthly deal, gives people unlimited minutes, texts and browsing for just £30 a month. With everyone watching their wallets, this means no more worries about going over your free minutes and getting bill shock at the end of the month.
Research from Tesco Mobile showed that in this financial climate, worry over the cost of monthly bills frequently led to people spending less time on the phone to friends and family as they would like to.
59% of Brits said they would spend more time on the phone if they had unlimited minutes.
Over half of all respondents (52%) also claimed they had friends or relatives who cut short phone calls to keep costs down.
Nearly half admitted doing this themselves (49%) despite it being voted one of the most annoying breaches of ‘mobile phone etiquette’.
With over 85% of the population now owning a mobile phone, mobile use has developed its own ‘rules’ for behaviour. Asked to name the most unacceptable and annoying mobile phone habits, the majority were a result of people worrying about their bills. The top 5 worse offenders were:
- alking to other people in the room whilst on the phone
- ‘Drop calling’ – calling then hanging up so people have to return the call
- Texting people to ask them to call back
- People not picking up voicemails to save money
- Cutting short phone calls to cut down on bills
Lance Batchelor, Chief Executive Officer of Tesco Mobile and Tesco
Telecoms said:
“Ours is the only pay monthly deal that gives consumers truly unlimited calling and texting. You don’t have to choose if you’re a chatterbox or a texter, you can use your mobile as much as you want without having to worry about the cost.
“We believe that this will change the way people use their mobile phones. The new tariff aims to give people a simple, guaranteed way to have unlimited calls, texts and browsing. It takes away the concern and uncertainty about your monthly bill as it’s fixed at £30, meaning you can talk, text and browse freely, and avoid the annoying habits revealed by our research.”
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Notes to editors
· * Unlimited tariff is subject to a fair use limit of £500

TESCO MOBILE GETS PEOPLE TALKING WITH UNLIMITED MOBILE DEAL

Tesco Mobile today unveils a brand new credit crunch-beating Unlimited tariff, allowing people to talk and text as much as they want without worrying about their monthly phone bills.

The SIM only, pay monthly deal, gives people unlimited minutes, texts and browsing for just £30 a month. With everyone watching their wallets, this means no more worries about going over your free minutes and getting bill shock at the end of the month.

Research from Tesco Mobile showed that in this financial climate, worry over the cost of monthly bills frequently led to people spending less time on the phone to friends and family as they would like to.

59% of Brits said they would spend more time on the phone if they had unlimited minutes.

Over half of all respondents (52%) also claimed they had friends or relatives who cut short phone calls to keep costs down.

Nearly half admitted doing this themselves (49%) despite it being voted one of the most annoying breaches of ‘mobile phone etiquette’.

With over 85% of the population now owning a mobile phone, mobile use has developed its own ‘rules’ for behaviour. Asked to name the most unacceptable and annoying mobile phone habits, the majority were a result of people worrying about their bills. The top 5 worse offenders were:

– Talking to other people in the room whilst on the phone

– ‘Drop calling’ – calling then hanging up so people have to return the call

– Texting people to ask them to call back

– People not picking up voicemails to save money

– Cutting short phone calls to cut down on bills

Lance Batchelor, Chief Executive Officer of Tesco Mobile and Tesco Telecoms said:

“Ours is the only pay monthly deal that gives consumers truly unlimited calling and texting. You don’t have to choose if you’re a chatterbox or a texter, you can use your mobile as much as you want without having to worry about the cost.

“We believe that this will change the way people use their mobile phones. The new tariff aims to give people a simple, guaranteed way to have unlimited calls, texts and browsing. It takes away the concern and uncertainty about your monthly bill as it’s fixed at £30, meaning you can talk, text and browse freely, and avoid the annoying habits revealed by our research.”

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Notes to editors

– Unlimited tariff is subject to a fair use limit of £500.

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You’ll never guess who’s getting in on the netbook scene…

TECLAST!

TECLAST!

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TECLAST!

TECLAST!

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TECLAST!

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Found by “GigerPunk” who might as well just take over the whole site, to be honest. The username is “admin” and the password is the name of our first pet. Should be able to guess that easily enough.

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“Very prim and proper, almost nurse-like outfit. Ok, fair enough, nothing really special in the grand scheme of things, but check out the buttons on her top – she just can’t decide whether to strip or not – starts fully buttoned, gets down to only 1 button and then fully buttoned up by the end again. Most odd. Wonder how many other shots are on the photographers camera that weren’t published?” – GigerPunk.

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That’s the sort of satisfied look which can only mean one thing – it comes with Windows XP rather than Vista or Linux.

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Teclast would never make its models suffer Linux.

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If it came with Linux, she’d have sobbed off all that eyeliner and the poor laptop would be in pieces in the kitchen bin.

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It’s extremely unwise to attempt to walk on that sort of wooden floor in that kind of shoe. We must be getting very old if the first thing that springs to mind when looking at images like this is potential unnoticed health & safety issues.

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OK, everyone. Stand down. Back to condition grey.

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PROBABLY NOT NEXT NEW CAMERA: Ricoh GR Digital III

The realisation is slowly dawning. We are too tight to spend money on a new camera, so it looks like our next new mobile phone is also going to be our next new camera. Barring finding one of these left on a train.

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The new Ricoh has a macro mode that lets you take photos of things from 1cm away – ideal for battery photography – plus loads of megapixels and a lens. And it looks like there’s a storage pod for Polos, judging by where it says “open” on the side.

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This is one of Ricoh’s sample shots.

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BATTERY GALLERY: Unitech and a BT DECT handset

Reader, comment-leaver, battery-lover and therefore MODEL HUMAN BEING “GigerPunk” has recorded the existence of yet another superb set of batteries.

Yes, they are rechargeables – but remember, some people complained when Bob Dylan went electric, and we’re going to have to switch over to covering rechargeables sooner or later to keep the environmentalists happy.

Anyway. Here’s another gallery.

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FACE ALERT! How could you have spent so much time taking these photos, and not have noticed the torch-button-nosed face, Giger?

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“Some rechargeable ‘Unitech’ batteries taken from a ruggedised-but-not-ruggedised-enough BT Dect phone. Don’t know if they’re the same Unitech that you’ve covered before, but these are batteries and that was an ATi Radeon graphics card.”

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“Anyway, hopefully these are ok for next time you’re desperate for a battery update (no Daleks or Aliens powerloaders in these unfortunately – would it be better if I included more geeky toys? Only I kind of assumed the batteries were the stars really… I have more geeky toys that I shouldn’t have wasted decent money on but not on my desk at work unfortunately…)” – GigerPunk.

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Daleks or no Daleks. It doesn’t matter.

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Kingston Technology DataTraveler 300 – 256GB USB flash drive

256GB? In a memory stick? Surely the Chinese product manager has just got a bit confused about the difference between GB and MB during the translation process?

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No, it’s real. No disrespect meant, Chinese product manager. We’re sure your English is exemplary. Some proper web site says you can have one of these made to order.

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