Personal Coffee Maker Turns Writer into a Caf-fiend

I may never drink instant coffee again. Not that I do anyway, much, except under emergency conditions, but thanks to the people at Braun I’ve become convinced that individually packaged coffee and tea, and the hardware to brew it, is one of the better inventions of the early 21st century, second possibly to any breakthroughs in cancer research that may happen.

By Jim Bray - Monday, October 8, 2007

Online Community “Courts” Customers Seeking the “Live” Experience

Do you live in a cocoon?
Cocooning is the buzzword for the phenomenon where people stay curled up in their multimedia-enabled home and from there experience all of the delights the world has to offer, or at least all the delights they can access from the comfort of home.

By Jim Bray - Monday, October 8, 2007

Oppo DVD Player Offers Big Bang for the Buck

Up converting DVD players are pretty well standard equipment these days, even on virtually entry level units being sold as impulse items. These are players that take a DVD’s normal 480 pixel resolution output and “digitally fudge” higher resolutions from 720 to 1080 pixels (from the top to the bottom of your screen).

By Jim Bray - Monday, October 8, 2007

Mission to Mars to be undertaken by humans or robots?

For the past year or so we’ve finally seen an uptick in the amount of interest given to space exploration. The Asian space race is on with Japan, China and India seemingly all competing against each other. NASA continue to make strides as they explore past the galaxies outer limit with Voyager and closer to home begin preparations for the James Webb Space Telescope.  Now Google has entered the fray by creating the Google Lunar X Prize, putting $30 million up for the first to send information back from the Moon via an unmanned robot.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Saturday, October 6, 2007

Moon Base Plans Slowly Evolving

You know that you’re living in an interesting time when the idea of constructing a base of operations on the Moon is not met with amused giggles, but studied thoughtfulness. And that’s just where we are, with news of NASA’s Lunar Architecture Team hard at work in designing a human outpost on our closest solar neighbor.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Thursday, October 4, 2007

Space Shuttle Discovery at Launch Pad

Continuing in our series of articles focusing on the current and future NASA space missions, news from the American space agency is that the next shuttle to visit the International Space Station, Discovery, was delivered to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center launch pad this past Sunday.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Thursday, October 4, 2007

Asia’s Race to the Skies

If you were to be asked who was the leader in space exploration, there is really only one name that springs to mind; NASA. For so long, America has been at the forefront of many discoveries made in space, either by visiting space or by watching it, that we are sometimes tuned out to the fact that they are now merely players, as the poem would read.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Wednesday, October 3, 2007

iTunes Receives some Welcome Competition

For a long time now, longer than you would first think considering how time flies in the tech world, Apple has been the leader in online music sales, thanks in part to their near-monopoly on the portable media device market, and the symbiotic iTunes Store. They’ve led the way in terms of sales for music, and video.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Wednesday, October 3, 2007

U.S. Military get their hands on a Heat-Ray

When you cast your mind back to the radio serials of the past century, depicting our future (or even the years we are living), the term ‘heat-ray’ will inevitably be linked to the mad ravings of someone known as “Doctor Dementor” or “The Professor of Pain”. In reality, some will say that they should be left there, in literary—or not so much—peace.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Wednesday, September 19, 2007