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Irish viewers have been excluded from BBC’s iPlayer since the service lunched a few years ago. It’s not something we can really complain about – UK viewers pay TV licence fees to the Beeb, something we, unfortunately or fortunately depending on your perspective, do not. Therefore, they get the free catchup service and we have to make do with Sky Plus and UPC’s digital TV service to ensure we don’t miss out on programmes.
Ever had the need to write upside down? How about under water? You never know when the mood will strike.So just in case, you really need this pen.
And even if you’ll never need a pen that works in space or sub-zero temperatures, the Metal Inkless Micropen is impressive.
It’s inkless, because it writes in metal. It’s almost smudge-free, for pretty much the same reason.
Best of all, you’ll never need to refill the ink or sharpen it, giving it a major advantage over regular writing implements.
The lead-based tip will leave a permanent mark – so it’s probably best to keep it out of your mouth – and it comes with a keychain, so you can keep it close by. Get over to ThinkGeek.com to get one.
Windows Phone users – your time has come. Microsoft has announced the first major update to its mobile software since its launch about eight months ago.
Integrated Twitter and LinkedIn applications are among the 500 new features that Windows Phone users will get with the 7.5 update, known as Mango.
The update also allows the system to organise information around the person or group, rather than the app, that you interact with. Face detection has been included, along with automatic Facebook checkins (not so keen on this) and the ability to group contacts into personalized Live Tiles.
You’re also getting better multitasking and Internet Explorer 9 for browsing.
It’s coming to new handsets from autumn, although existing users are expected to get the update sooner than that. No timetable has yet been announced for rolling out the update, however.
So for now, you’ll have to sit and wait patiently.
Out of the many April Fool jokes that are doing the rounds online (some far, far better than others, it has to be said), this is my favourite so far. Firebox’s Re-Cycle Cardboard bike. Which ironically, is not suitable for recycling.
Cardboard wheels, paper chain, rip/tear saddle, paper allen keys… the page even has ‘reviews’ from ‘customers’. Of particular note is the user who had an unfortunate accident after encountering a smouldering cigarette butt.
Not for Irish weather though.Even with its plastic coating ‘for durability’
Most people, at some stage, have managed to drop, scratch, bump or splash a piece of electronics equipment. Some of us are clumsier than others; some of us simply have more active hobbies.
Suitable for either category is the Pentax Optio WG1GPS. A potential companion for treks in the wild (or even just the local park), the Pentax Optio WG1GPS can take most of the abuse you are likely to throw at it.
The camera is waterproof up to 10m, drop-proof from 1.5m and can withstand up to 100kg of weight on it.
It will even keep out dirt, dust and mud, thanks to airtight seals, and can take temperatures as low as minus 10 degrees. So given recent Irish winters, it’ll just about survive the cold days.
The 14 megapixel camera has all the essentials, including a Pentax 5x zoom lens that starts at a wide angle 28mm.
Extreme close-ups are possible with its macro function that allows you to focus from 1cm away; a stand to eliminate the risk of camera shake and five LED macrolights.
And if that isn’t enough, you can also shoot full HD movies.