technology: October 2010 Archives

275x250.jpg Sometimes it's reassuring to know we're not the only ones who get lost -- it looks like it can even happen to the Google team in charge of mapping.

This photo - which appears on Google Street View - seems to show the driver of a Google car pulling over in Amsterdam to check where he is on a map.

Taken in the south east of the city, it shows three Google cars, each with a roof-mounted 360-degree camera, pulling over at the side of the road.

One of the drivers is pointing at the map as he talks on his mobile phone trying to locate himself… you'd have thought they could've given him an Android phone with Google Maps on it wouldn't you?

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From 5am this morning Manchester Police have been posting live details of every incident they deal with to Twitter.

Bosses say the 24 hour move is part of a bid to show the public the complexities of modern policing which are often not seen.

It is also hoped people might question the sort of thing they contact police about after seeing a list of the numbered calls received by GMP.

Within the first eight hours alone there were more than 1,000 tweets sent, with incidents ranging from kids throwing eggs to serious crime.

Other things people contacted police about included 'Call 686' which reported a man shouting 'you're gorgeous' at a woman and 'Call 674' - a man who said his TV was broken.

275x250.jpg Felix Baumgartner has been forced to cancel plans to skydive from the edge of space after a legal challenge was launched against his Red Bull Stratos project

The daredevil had been scheduled to complete a stratospheric balloon flight to 120,000 feet and attempt a free-fall jump that would reach supersonic speeds later this year.

But that's now been cancelled after organisers Red Bull received notice that a multi-million dollar lawsuit had been filed against them by another skydiver.

Daniel Hogan claims he "owns certain rights to the project" and that Red Bull stole confidential plans he had developed for the stunt. We bet they now wish they could push him out of a plane.

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Real-life cars being rigged to be remotely driven via the internet - it sounds like an idea which could only have been dreamt up for Top Gear.

But Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have got nothing to do with this. It's actually a marketing stunt by car manufacturer Mitsubishi.

The Japanese firm have used a combination of remote control software and hardware modifications to make some of their Outlander Sport vehicles into giant remote control toys.

Using technology similar to that featured in a Top Gear challenge they will soon let members of the public take control of the cars via their personal computers at home.

During the online test drive, users will log-in to control the £14,000 car by using their keyboards as though playing a computer game -- what could possibly go wrong?

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SpaceShipTwo, the world's first commercial spaceship, has successfully completed its first piloted free flight.

After being taken to an altitude of 45,000 ft (13,700 metres) over the Mojave Desert, SpaceShipTwo was released from its mothership, WhiteKnightTwo.

After successfully gliding for 11 minutes, pilot Pete Siebold and co-pilot Mike Alsbury then landed her on a runway at Mojave Air and Spaceport.

SpaceShipTwo is currently undergoing rigorous testing before being used to carry tourists to space. In the latest test, it did not fire its rocket engine which will be used to climb into space.

It's hoped the six-passenger craft will be fully operational soon -- especially by the 370 people who have committed to each paying £125,000 for a ticket.

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Computer games where players control the action by swinging a remote control around are producing a unique brand of injuries, doctors claim.

Medics say using devices like the Nintendo Wii and the new Sony Playstation Move can lead to sprains in feet, shoulders and ankles.

Researchers from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia say there's a growing number of people admitted to hospital with games-console injuries each year.

But injuries are not limited to those overdoing it with their Wii -- many of the patients were to bystanders who had been clobbered by a swinging Wii-mote.

We are now wondering what game has caused the most injures. If you've come a cropper while Wii-ing let us know in the comments.




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