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Never charge your phone again
New nanotechnologies set to scramble battery makers
Dateline: 15 August 2011
From a consumer point of view Motorola’s new technology announcements may just mean more convenience. For battery manufacturers this could be the death-knell to their industry. Motorola’s new smart phones have integrated wiring made out of carbon nano-tubes. These new materials are so efficient at conducting electrical current that your phone will be able to...

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Universal translation technology enables global lifestyles
Dateline: 10 March 2010
Our lifestyle correspondent Lillian Luo reports back after participating in IBM and Sony Ericsson’s beta program for the release of ‘Myvoice’, their universal translation service. “My husband is Chinese, I am English and we have just had a splendid family reunion. The occasion was our Chinese grandmother’s 80th birthday. The extended families got together around...
Sony plus smart fabrics set to make washing and ironing a thing of the past?
Dateline: 19 March 2009
Dream a little. It’s the year 2020. You’re relaxing at home. Your grandchild is riding your knee like an imaginary horse. Suddenly his eyes light up and he says to you: “Hey gramps! Mom just told me that back in 2000 you used to wash your clothes by boiling them in water. She says that...
Landmark ruling under tough anti-spam laws
Dateline: 17 May 2007
In an amazing outcome to the widely publicized High Court trial of Global Mutual Plc’s CEO, Sir Jim Humphrey-Smythe, a serious blow has been struck against spam. The business community has been shocked to its core by the landmark case which has created a commercial nightmare for almost every business. Not since the new disclosure...
Film as we knew it, is no more
Dateline: 19 August 2009
Broadway had never seen anything like it. A Saturday night wake of passionate proportions. Professional photographers, hobbyists and cinema buffs mourned the final passing of analog film as the last film projector in a New York cinema was de-commissioned and hoisted through a gaping hole five stories up. The huge hulk was moved onto a...
Videogames are not just entertainment but a new commercial juggernaut
Dateline: 4 June 2006
Three virtual worlds that exist on the internet have grown economies with a per-capita income comparable to those of small countries and several more are well on their way, this from the latest report published by respected economist, Keith Ferold. At the heart of each virtual world is a computer game played by hundreds of...
Furore as the EU scraps the mandatory retirement age as anachronistic and unaffordable
Dateline: 7 December 2010
The European Union debate over Europe’s pension deficit and the mandatory retirement age has been one of the fiercest in its history. Last night, insults were exchanged across the floor amidst a chaotic scene at the EU Parliament in Brussels, as mem-bers debated the scrapping of the mandatory retirement age. The bill was narrowly passed....
MTV Awards capture the power of the connected individual and the worst of establishment thinking
Dateline: 23 December 2008
It has been a year of polarity. For some, as Frank Sinatra once crooned, “It was a very good year”, and for others, in the words of fave Australian grunge band, Vomit, “It stinks”. It was all perfectly summed up at the MTV Best & Worst Annual Award Ceremony last night, which was beamed live...
Consumers take ownership and topple service providers' marketing strategies
Dateline: 14 December 2006
Mobile phones have become the de facto standard contact point for many people – especially with the explosion of small and networked business structures. Until recently mobile service providers held customers to ransom as they were seen to own the telephone number, making it very difficult for customers to switch even if they were not...
New tax to exploit rampant growth in universal communications
Dateline: 21 March 2010
In a surprising move, Evelyne Huytebroeck, Belgium’s Minister of Finance announced in her webcast this afternoon that CamPhone Tax would be extended to include all W4G (fourth generation wireless inter-net) transmissions, while fuel tax would be done away with. A snap survey of the audience during the last minute of the broadcast indicated 64% in...
Anglo's Mondi Ventures launches new BioPharming strategy to turn forests & fields into biological factories
Dateline: 2 August 2008
Anglo American, the tenth largest company on the FTSE100, announced a major medical breakthrough and a new strategy at its investors’ briefing in London yesterday. A new cure for malaria was first on the agenda, as the Anglo Research Division confirmed its organic plant derivative had proved successful in clinical trials. The Anglo subsidiary Mondi...

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