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Smart Shopping: Using the Internet to Find the Best Option for Anything

Don’t you hate when you make a purchase only to find out later you could have gotten a much better deal on a much better product?  Of course you do. It’s human nature to want to the best for yourself  at the best possible price. There’s no greater triumph than snagging a great deal and…

POSTED IN Offbeat ON 17 Feb 2012

Modern Language Wars: A Look at PHP, Python and Ruby on Rails

The world of programming has a wide variety of languages, as different from one another as English and Greek. Sites such as Google and YouTube were built in Python, which dates back to 1991, while Twitter and Hulu were built on Ruby’s rails (1995) and Wikipedia and Facebook were constructed in PHP (also introduced in…

POSTED IN Offbeat, Popular ON 13 Feb 2012

Apps to Save Your Sanity During the Holidays

The last few days before Christmas can be among the most insane of the year. Just try going near a mall today. I dare you. And Saturday? Did you know that the Saturday before Christmas long ago overtook the day after Thanksgiving as the busiest shopping day of the year?  When that day is also…

POSTED IN Offbeat, Popular ON 22 Dec 2011

The New and Improved Honda Asimo Robot

The latest incarnation of Honda’s Asimo robot has been unveiled, with a better design, and new hand sensors for delicate tasks.  Many of the new features have been designed to allow better coordination with the environment, using what Honda claim is the “world’s first autonomous behaviour control technology”. The new autonomous behaviour control technology allows…

POSTED IN News, Offbeat ON 9 Nov 2011

Go Back to the Future with a New Electric DeLorean DMC-12 EV

The DeLorean Motor Company (yes, that right – straight out of Back to the Future) showed off a new prototype at an event last week.  The electric DMC-12 EV will go into production in 2013, with details about its time travel capabilities not yet announced. While you would be forgiven for thinking DeLorean were done…

POSTED IN News, Offbeat ON 18 Oct 2011

Three of the Coolest Desktop Speakers on the Block

External speakers for your computers and gadgets don’t have to be boring any longer.  We take a look at three of the coolest and most colourful desktop speakers, including the Gear4 Angry Bird Speakers, the i-Echo Eco-Friendly Stereo Speakers, and the Ion Water Rocker Speakers. The Gear4 Angry Bird Speakers Gear4 make a range of…

POSTED IN Offbeat ON 30 Sep 2011