Come back with me to a point in my life when I still hadn’t gotten my act together…

At age 20, I used to be shaggy haired, absent minded and into rock n roll in a big way (waitaminute – I’m still unkempt haired, absent minded and into rock n roll in a big way…). I was courting a pole dancer, singing within a grotty group and telling anybody who’d pay attention that I wanted to get out of the crappy little town and really make a bit of my life. I assume, in some respects I was a little like George Bailey of Bedford Falls, (if George Bailey was kind of a dick and made a point of saying the ‘F’ word in every 2nd sentence…) Read More →

Although looking like something the crew of that Enterprise may learn on an away mission, the modern canon printer, with Wi-Fi, best-ever image reproduction and extraordinary scanning functionality, is made for more than just destroying red shirt guys (even if I’m sure there is a function for that on there someplace).


The canon printer formerly known as PIXMA is the final word in laser printer chic. Eye-catching, innovative design (which at all times gets geeks like me salivating) of this calibre when applied to a ease-of-operation, performance and many capabilities of this novel canon printer is basically something extraordinary. Read More →

My Girlfriend and I recently started watching ‘The X-Files’ in the evenings.

It all started when my friend Kieran practically begged me to borrow his series 1 box set. He went on and on about it until I eventually acquiesced. When I was little, I was somewhat impressionable and easily upset by TV, so I only saw a handful of first-run X-Files episodes. I remember one where a guy had to eat people’s brains in order to survive, another that featured Golden Age Hollywood ghosts haunting an old film set and a bizarre black and white episode about a deformed character who was in love with Cher.  Read More →

Recently, when I was at my younger brother’s birthday celebration, my Dad made a allusion to having tinnitus (essentially a low-level ringing within the ears) and I told him that I’d made a joke about tinnitus within a recent article (for those concerned, the gag was that it made things sound ‘a lttle bit tinny’ – Not amongst my better japes, I confess, but whatever…). He looked at me like I had just farted in church while I quickly changed the subject. Read More →

Ongoing its policy of integrating pretty much the whole thing into itself, the Smart TV also has a incomplete selection of games, obtainable as downloadable apps, for our playing pleasure.

Now, the times of downloading ‘Tekken Vs. Street Fighter’ or the latest ‘Resident Evil’ on to your TV are some distance away indeed, so you’ll yet require your Playstation 3, Xbox or Wii for the time being. Additionally, none of the games available (with the likely exemption of that massively addictive ‘Angry Birds’) will match the gaming skill already available in your consoles, but that does not signify that the choice of games available on your Smart TV are in any way limited. You can find simulation games, puzzle games, card games and lots more besides. Again, Smart TV is making great improvements to a tried and true area of TV (as anybody who ever loved the old ‘Teletext’ games will confirm). Read More →

Yearly on Halloween, my flat is aglow with creepy charm as I join my protracted-suffering girlfriend (including a small collection of our friends) for the night of classic horror movies. The standard suspects all get an airing, (similar ones we’ve always watched), like the initial F.W Murnau ‘Nosferatu’, ‘The Shining’, ‘Ring’ (The Hideo Nakata edition, of course) and others still.


Clutching tightly onto out bowls of snacks or bags of candy, many of us congregate round and try to get worked up about films we have viewed a billion times earlier. Read More →

In general, the iPad Mini is okay for watching movies (as well as doing pretty much anything else). The processing muscle is nearly the same as the apple ipad 4, so there’s no actual difficulty there also the playback is usually as easy just as one android’s bottom (Star Trek joke).

The one real issue with the iPad Mini could be the deficit of a ‘Retina Display’, the stunning screen technology featured on iPad 3 – 4, iPod Touch (4th – 5th Gen) and iPhone 4 – 5 (among the rest). The apple ipad Mini does suffer slightly from the deficit of a Retina Screen, however it’s probably not a crisis. Read More →

The Net has actually changed our lifestyles. In fact, it’s at present better than ever in the past to communicate with the rest of the planet. Still, this new interconnectivity has come at rather a steep cost. So that you can have the world at our fingertips, we tend to want to spend extensive hours perched in front of a computer.

Some days, this feels like a fair trade-off and some days it doesn’t. On the other hand, whether you’re catching up about the most up-to-date streamed concert from the favourite group, or hosting a meeting call to America, or attending a Webinar, you no longer need to spend hrs sitting on that bum and gazing thoughtfully out of the window. Read More →

Arenas utilized for a enormous many things. It could be a weekend soccer game, a pop live concert or another kind of sporting event. The latest London Olympics reminded many British people of our country’s great sports traditions and, like a result, increasingly more individuals are flocking to huge-scale arena events, be they cultural, athletic or just a pleasant way to waste an afternoon.

A well-run stadium is almost like a miniature town; there are folks functioning at food stalls, cleaners, V.I.Ps, fully trained paramedics, retail salesmen (and Ladies), car park attendants, managers, photographers, band entourages, stage personnel, security guards, groundsmen (and Ladies!) and more others than I can visualize right now. Whatever the event is, you can bet that there’ll become a committed group of pros ensuring that everybody is secure and well looked after. These folks talk with one another via the need of walkie talkies. Read More →

The small answer is ‘no’. In fact, the ten-Inch Nexus hasn’t sold well at all, by most accounts. It even sold less than the Microsoft Surface, a product considered by most industry observers to symbolize a substantial business disappointment. 

Google have not released any official sales figures, but an analyst named Benedict Evans has extrapolated traffic data from Google Play and surmised that Nexus 10 UK sales has been, at best, modest. Read More →

While the wonderful Uk summer season now in full sizzle, people are taking to the streets in large numbers.

Pallid, pasty figures in ill-fitting clothes are stepping out of their homes (most of them for 1st time in weeks) and gazing in speculate at that huge big orange ball within the sky. One again, our city streets resemble a vampire holiday location, once again; it’s safe to go outside without an umbrella (Legal Note: this doesn’t constitute a promise). Read More →

In accordance with the ‘Health and Safety at Work’ act of 1974, every British-based employer is lawfully obliged to look out about their staff and never expose them to undue hazards. 

This is an efficient and noble rule and one that has probably saved many lives since it had been first passed almost forty years ago. This law has also led to a growth of many new technologies aimed toward keeping employees safe…One tool that is totally indispensable to a lone worker is his or her two way radio.  Read More →

Harking back to time of GCSE science, I tend to think of the term ‘application’ usually meaning ‘practical usage’ as the exceptionally annoying section of the seemingly endless worksheets we had to pack out, now so we could set fire to a bit. The ‘application’ part was the bit where you had to say what (if any) world, realistic value your experiments had, which, as it turns out, wasn’t usually a lot in my case. I remember a classmate rather cruelly drenched a spider in hydrochloric acid once, but I doubted, even at age fifteen and three quarters, that it would turn into a well-liked form of pest control. Read More →

Today, as in the very moment you read this, I’m sure that someone, anywhere around across the great landscapes that make up planet Earth, is having a debate about what they like best: TV on the web.

It is an interesting query, in fact. The main difference between the two (as both are mostly sedentary, linking gazing at a screen for an extended period of time) is that internet browsing is an active (or preferably, interactive) pastime, whereas Television is a passive one. Read More →

The original inventor of that walkie-talkie is actually the focus of some disputes. A similar 3 names come up again and again, but how many of those names deserves the foremost credit? I’ve to confess, I had a tough time deciding.

The first name to emerge is Canadian inventor Donald L. Hings. Reported by his blog,

“The “walkie-talkie” is Don Hings’ most well-known invention. The earliest versions of this device were designed as portable field radios for the bush pilots of Consolidated Mining and Smelting (now Cominco), who had to fly their planes between remote sites in the far north of Canada. The first true walkie-talkie was built by Hings in 1937, but it was not called a walkie-talkie at the time. In Hings’ notes, it was simply a two-way field radio. They were also called wireless sets, or “pack sets”. The term “walkie-talkie” (sometimes “talkie-walkie”) was coined by journalists reporting on these new inventions during the war”.

The site maintains (fittingly, I think) that walkie-talkies were not particularly recognized until the occurrence of the 2nd World War in 1939.

An additional name which is frequently mentioned is United states inventor Al Gross. Gross seemingly patented the term ‘walkie talkie’ in 1938, after which, the term was actually used by the media as a ‘catch all’ name for just about any/all lightweight 2 way radios. Undoubtedly, Gross worked on the technology and was instrumental in its plan, but did he devise the walkie-talkie? Lemelson-MIT appears to think so, as their blog says of Gross:

“The pioneer nonpareil of wireless telecommunications is Al Gross. In 1938, he invented the walkie-talkie. In 1948, he pioneered Citizens’ Band (CB) radio. In 1949, he invented the telephone pager. His other inventions include the basics of cordless and cellular telephony. (…) Determined to exploit the unexplored frequencies above 100 MHz, Gross set about inventing a mobile, lightweight, hand-held two-way radio. In two years, Gross had invented and patented the “walkie-talkie” (1938)”.

If Hings invented the walkie talkie back in 1937, then that signifies that Gross basically re-invented the identical device in 1938. If that is undeniably true, then certainly Hings is the chap most responsible, right?

Well, before you make your minds up, let Wiki Replies present some more names; their account of that walkie-talkie’s creation states that,

“The first radio receiver/transmitter to be nicknamed “Walkie-Talkie” was the backpacked Motorola SCR-300, created by an engineering team in 1940 at the Galvin Manufacturing Company (forerunner of Motorola). The team consisted of Dan Noble, who conceived of the design using FM technology, Henryk Magnuski who was the principal RF engineer, Bill Vogel, Lloyd Morris, and Marion Bond”. 

This Motorola team, headed up by Dan Noble, actually made the walkie-talkie in 1940, a full three years after Hings allegedly created it and 2 years after Gross apparently patented it. Ugh. This is giving me a headache!

So, perhaps we can clear this up a little now. The name ‘walkie-talkie’ was commonly applied to WW2-era Motorola radio, which led to Dan Noble’s staff being accredited with its creation. That is true, Noble and co DID create that particular model, however the technology itself had clearly existed before.

Now, Hings’ model was noticeably more portable, and pretty different to the Motorola model. Hings named his invention a ‘packset’ so it was consequently entirely probable for Gross to have patented the same invention (under the term ‘walkie-talkie’) in 1938 and for that name to migrate over to the Motorola adaptation, via the wartime press (1939 – 1945 was not a well-known era of journalistic accuracy, lest we forget).

Reported by Wikipedia, Hings’ model did not get used by the forces until 1942, the results of which would be Don Noble and co being credited with the invention, with Hings being relegated to the spot of just another engineer (Hings was employed by the allies during WW2) who was working on armed forces gear.

Largely, I’d say that Hings is likely the likeliest inventor of the initial technology and definitely of the portable system we understand today. Still, with so many talented inventors functioning at around the same time, this indicates as possible to claim Gross as inventor of the walkie-talkie as well. Hings pioneered it, Gross patented it and Noble’s team brought it into mass manufacture and normal usage. There. Simple, right?

2 way radios are a Fundamental Device for Air Travel. At London Heathrow air port, for instance, 300 firms employ some 80,000 persons every single day, while sixty five million people leave from, arrive at, or go through the air port every year. During the face of such staggering humanity, speedy, capable comms results in being principal.

Medicinal staff need to get notified easily in case of an disaster. Security workers must manage to reply and respond to any potential threat as fast as possible. Other, daily concerns such as reuniting lost children with their mom and dad, finding missing baggage and the inspection of imported merchandise, must be also dealt with in a transparent and expert conduct. Read More →

Immediate communication is of significant importance to engineering workers the world over. Radios are part of the lifeblood of the construction business. It is not a real understatement to describe using walkie talkie systems vital for the wellbeing of the industry, not only in the benefit of communication and efficiency, but also for safety.

Active building sites are actually one of the more difficult places for two way radio networks to pilot. Construction sites present numerous challenges for walkie talkie networks, such as background noise, signal coverage, ground to crane communications, protection issues and subcontractors requiring access to the infrastructure. Read More →

Apple’s early 2000’s rebranding led to improved profits and the ability to finally chuck out that wretched ‘nerd’ dishonor that had hounded the company since the ‘Macintosh’ time. Still, with the iPod fitting the people’s favorite (and easily most commonly obtainable) MP3 player, iTunes vouchers in every supermarket and the iPad spearheading the rise of tablets the world over, will Apple still think of itself a ‘luxury’ brand? Read More →

In actual fact, the main reason why some tablets, including the Asus Google Nexus 7, have only front-facing cameras is simple. Front-facing cameras are used for video calls, while rear-facing cameras are employed principally for taking photographs and videos. The common tablet’s front-facing camera works the same way like a webcam on your PC might, but the rear camera is closer to a camera-phone.

So, inside a world where everyone who can find the money for a tablet PC likely has a cell phone (with some form of camera attached to it) within their bag, taking photographs is not an increased priority for today’s pc tablets. Tablet pc’s, even 7” models like the Asus Google Nexus 7, are bigger and much more cumbersome than camera-phones and, when it comes to snapping pictures, are somewhat less than ideal for that task. Read More →

Update – Samsung manufacturing the nexus 10, has given the google tablet a form of authority. But it is being reported now the next Samsung galaxy tablet will match the google nexus 10’s specs, with improved ppi’s, and gorilla glass, a quicker processor and better battery power. That’s all conjecture in the meanwhile as Samsung have not announced any news or proposals, but with the next nexus 10, that’s likely to be built by Motorola and planned for later ’13, Samsung should consider rapidly. Read More →