The week's weird and wonderful goings on in the world of tech
It was reported today that experts disrupted plans to bomb Britain using 3D glasses like those in modern cinemas. By meticulously photographing the landscape of occupied Europe, officers were able to study every contour using the specs, and provided the RAF with enough information for Operation Crossbow, when it tracked down and destroyed many of the Nazi rockets which could have prolonged the war.
The always close-to-the-bone cartoon kicked off an unprecedented 15th series with an episode on Apple and its alleged "big brother" tendencies, following the revelation that the Californian company’s products kept a record of the location of users. The episode parodies the 2010 Dutch horror film The Human Centipede, with Steve Jobs deciding to create a new product, the HumancentiPad, a hybrid of the iPhone, iPad and three human beings. Kyle is chosen to take part in the experiment after he carelessly clicks on "I agree" without reading the new iTunes terms and conditions.
Apple fans can show their devotion to the Cupertino company thanks to the 'slide to unlock' doormat, constructed from 100% high quality processed coconut fiber and the has a base made of sturdy PVC. Just make sure you wipe your feet in the correct direction if you don't want to cause offence (that’s RIGHT if you’re part of the Android clan).
Hillary Clinton has been edited out of a photo showing senior White House staff watching live footage of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden by an ultra-Orthodox Jewish newspaper in New York. The newspaper also edited out the only other woman in the room, ignoring a White House disclaimer that "The photograph may not be manipulated in any way."
It wouldn't be weird news without something on robots, and this week the 'creme de la creme' of our mechanical friends are strutting their stuff in Shanghai at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation. On display were robots that were able to perform range of tasks, from writing calligraphy to serving food. Chinese engineers also showed off a deep-sea remotely-operated vehicle that could dive into depths of 3,500 metres (11,483 feet) to collect samples and announced plans to use robots to assist in space exploration to Mars.
Eco-friendly fuel firm Greenergy have revealed their intentions to make biodiesel using oil extracted from various forms of food waste, such as pasties, crisps and other notoriously oily products that would normally be send to landfill sites. The cooking oil contained within these calorific products can amount to a gut busting 30 percent of the product, which, when mixed with regular diesel fuel, could go someway to powering cars.
Russian duo Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov have won silver at the World Figure Skating Championships with their 'Super Mario Brothers' inspired routine. The competition was originally assigned to Japan but was postponed after the country was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March, one week before the start of the planned tournament.
Last but not least, it seems like the days of Youtube and Britain's Got Talent sensation Bodhi the skateboarding dog are over. After causing chaos on the streets of Brighton with his four wheeled fun tripping up several passers by, his owner Jonathan Fell has been fined £80 and must keep the lead or face an ASBO. ‘He loves skateboarding and is not a criminal,' said the legendary pooch's owner.