Weird News: R2D2 Observatory, Lego printer
Plus: Cheap iPad knock-offs, loud mobile phones and super-duper compooters
Mobile phone as loud as a pneumatic drill
The constant, blaring use of in-ear headphones will inevitably lead us all to early deafness, but fear not: one phone manufacturer has an answer for the elderly and hearing-impaired: the Geemarc Clearsound CL8200 has big buttons, a clear display and – crucially - rings at an ear-splitting 100 decibels.
A 7-inch iPad lookalike has surfaced in China running Android. It looks almost identical, even with the same ‘home’ button, but retails at £72. Can you really expect much quality from anything with that asking price?
The R2D2 observatory
Best college prank ever? Certainly the geekiest, by anyone’s standards. Students at Carleton College, presumably bored of munching on baked beans, gifted their campus observatory a new look – one from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
Mobile phones drive bees mental
Amoral scientists with nought better to do strap mobile phones to a beehive and watch as the bees down tools and lose the ability to remember whatever it is that bees do. The conclusion? Bees don’t like mobile phones and scientists have too much spare time.
FIFA gets 75 super computers for the World Cup
Apparently FIFA’s expecting a two-Petabye demand for video content for this summer’s tournament, so it’s bought up more super computers than your average evil dictator and dumped them in Slough. Sorted.
George W. Bush joins Facebook
60,000 people ‘Liked’ Bush’s feed in just one day of the ex prez hitting the social networking site. Quite why this has happened now we’ve no idea, but all the updates are written in the third person, so he’s probably not even aware of its existence. Not that you should ever ‘misunderestimate’ him…
Steve Jobs says PCs will become ‘like trucks’
The Apple CEO had a big interview this week, and made some pretty wild claims about his iPad. According to his (pretty trite) analogy, the iPad is the car to the personal computer’s big ol’ pick up. Agree? Head to our Facebook page to discuss.
Australian restaurant scraps menus for iPads
Speaking of iPads: the Global Mundo Tapas in Oz has decided to eschew traditional printed menus for iPads, letting their inebriated clientele claw at the screen to choose their food. An expensive accident waiting to happen, if you ask us…
And finally: The result, fruits and pinnacle of millions of years of evolution. Man has taken a bucket of lego and a felt tip pen and spun it into a working computer printer. That’s it; we can all stop trying to invent things and bettering ourselves now. Everyone just go home.