Windows 95 Screensaver Maze Becomes Game

If you remember Windows 95, you might recall its 3D maze screensaver. Now you can step inside that maze as a nostalgic – if not exactly good – video game. The screensaver simply involved a first-person view of walking around a randomly generated maze (encountering the occasional rat) until eventually finding a smiley face at […]

Smart Bourbon Decanter Spoofs Home Assistant Tech

Jim Beam claims to be selling a voice-operated ‘smart decanter’. It’s almost certainly a spoof on smart home tech, despite the company claiming it really is for sale. The ‘JIM’ appears to be a very basic version of a Google Home or Amazon Echo. It’s got an interactive ‘smart assistant’ – voiced by the company’s […]

Spiders Eat Graphene, Spin Superwebts

Researchers say feeding graphene to spiders produces stronger webs. The researchers think it could mean new ways to make parachutes rather than it being the start of a cheap disaster movie. As we’ve covered many times, graphene is made of carbon atoms arranged in a chain of hexagons, somewhat like chicken wire. The material is […]

Plex Media Server To Kill Commercials (And CPU)

A new Plex feature will literally remove commercials from TV recordings. However, it’s only part of the paid service and could eat up processing power. The feature is part of Plex DVR, which is a combination of a DVR box and a media streamer. It runs on a computer connected to a TV antenna, records […]

Phoney Phones Battle ‘Smartphone Addiction’

A designer has created a bogus smartphone to help addicted users wean themselves off handling devices. But it appears to be more of a conversation-starter than a serious commercial prospect. The range of five designs take a similar approach to smoking cessation projects of yesteryear which worked on the basis that the physical sensations of […]

Little Miss Inventor Joins Mr Men Line-Up

A female engineer will be the latest star of the Mr Men Books. Little Miss Inventor will debut on 8 March next year, coinciding with both British Science Week and International Women’s Day. The publishers told the BBC that the character is “intelligent, ingenious and inventive.” The story features her coming up with relevant inventions […]

100-megawatt Battery Ready To Use

Tesla is about to switch on the world’s largest lithium-ion battery. The 100-megawatt battery will be a back up for the power grid serving Southern Australia. The battery was commissioned after a storm led to a blackout in September 2016. Around 1.7 million people lost power after officials shut down supplies across the state; had […]

Surface Book 2 Gaming Comes With A Frustrating Catch

Microsoft has confirmed the Surface Book 2 can drain the battery even while charging. It says the battery should never die completely, though this may come at the expense of performance, particularly when gaming. The problem with the device – which is effectively Microsoft’s take on a MacBook Pro – is that its capabilities require […]