Apple iPad mini released, world swoons – an annotated graphic

In case you missed it… (yeah, we know, a more redundant opener to a blog posting there has never been) Apple has released a new iPad. It’s smaller than the existing iPad. Sort of a mini version of the iPad. They’ve called it the iPad mini. Brilliant. It gets easier and easier in the Apple Marketing Department, doesn’t it? Note obligatory use of sentence case for this product name, like the iPod touch, despite Apple’s continued arbitrary use of a capital P. Why do we all persist in honouring this ludicrous bastardisation of written English? Really, it’s an Ipod, if … Continue reading Apple iPad mini released, world swoons – an annotated graphic

Formula One F1 Championship climax – an annotated graphic

With only four races to go, the Formula 1 Championship is wide open, with drivers from several teams vying for the title. Sebastian Vettel has surged ahead in recent weeks for Team Red Bull, with back-to-back victories in Singapore, Japan and Korea, but he’s not across the final finishing line just yet. Ahead of Sunday’s India Grand Prix, we present this snapshot of the driver tables as they stand today. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Formula One F1 Championship climax – an annotated graphic

Nuclear power: up in India, down in Japan – an annotated graphic

An infographic double-header today, as we mull on nuclear power’s varied fortunes in certain parts of the globe. In India, they’re planning a huge increase in nuclear power, with plans to build 48 new reactors by 2032. Over in Japan, understandably chastened by the Fukushima experience, they are being more circumspect about future use of nuclear, electing to close down some power stations and stop using nuclear power altogether during the latter 2030s. That said, those nuclear power stations already under construction in Japan will be completed, presumably primed to deliver 20 years of nuclear power. Click on the graphics … Continue reading Nuclear power: up in India, down in Japan – an annotated graphic

James Bond films, the big box office smackdown – an annotated graphic #Skyfall

Here’s an interesting graphic, doomed to be out of date within a month we know, but hey, this is the interwebs, we live in the moment, today is the parent of tomorrow, yesterday is the grandparent of next week, this afternoon is the nephew of this morning and… umm… sorry, went off track a bit there.  Let’s start again. Here’s an interesting graphic, lining up all the James Bonds to date and laying out the box office gross for each film. Skyfall is almost certainly destined to make more money than any previous film, which will make Daniel Craig the … Continue reading James Bond films, the big box office smackdown – an annotated graphic #Skyfall

James Bond from Dr No to Skyfall – 50 years of gadgets, an annotated graphic #Skyfall

As the Royal Albert Hall red carpet prepares to unfurl itself and welcome the expensively soled shoes of the Skyfall stars – notably Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and Judi Dench – we offer our own small contribution to James Bond mania with this look back at 50 years of gadgets. Cars, guns and everyday objects given a snappy technological twist by Q branch – they’re all here. We’re pleased to see Oddjob’s hat getting a look in, but whither Jaws’ teeth? Gnawing through that cable car wire gave Roger Moore the fright of his life halfway up that mountain. If … Continue reading James Bond from Dr No to Skyfall – 50 years of gadgets, an annotated graphic #Skyfall

The Beatles Love Me Do 1962, 50 years of The Beatles – an annotated graphic

The Beatles. Just seeing those two words written down or heard spoken out loud is enough to send some people in to paroxysms of delight. John, Paul, George and Ringo… and Pete. We can’t forget Pete. Without Pete Best, maybe no Beatles. Drove the backbeat for more live Beatles concerts than Ringo ever did. Of course, Ringo played on a hell of a lot more Beatles recordings than Pete, so Mr Starkey has clearly had the last laugh. Peace and Love, Pete! This Sunday sees the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first 7″ single, Love Me Do, entering the UK … Continue reading The Beatles Love Me Do 1962, 50 years of The Beatles – an annotated graphic

London, the history of a city – an annotated graphic

Today we’re presenting a straightforward graphic: charting the evolution of the city of London, from a Roman trading post in approximately AD50 to its present-day role as Europe’s largest city. No, we didn’t know that either, but this graphic is full of such fascinating nuggets, so enjoy. Having enjoyed one of its most prestigious years in living memory, inviting the world and his wife over to come and celebrate the Jubilee and the Olympics in its own back garden, London can deservedly lay back and bask in the admiration of the rest of the planet. Click on the graphic for … Continue reading London, the history of a city – an annotated graphic

EU nuclear reactors need expensive safety improvements – an annotated graphic

EU nuclear reactors face multiple problems, with most plants in the European Union requiring some form of safety improvements to be able to deal with extreme emergencies. This work could cost something in the region of a tidy €25 billion, according to a draft EU Commission report aimed at preventing a repeat of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The final version of the report, expected to be published later this month, will be the basis for debate among government leaders at a summit on 18 October. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading EU nuclear reactors need expensive safety improvements – an annotated graphic

Sony PS Vita vs Nintendo 3DS – an annotated graphic

Sony’s financial woes and lacklustre sales continue, as the company admits that its PS Vita games console has not been the runaway success it hoped it would be. Even more galling, when compared to arch-rivals Nintendo’s 3DS handheld system, the numbers are way off for Sony, with 2.9 million Vitas sold compared to 20.5 3DS consoles. The Japanese tech behemoth hopes a slew of quality new games due for release shortly will revitalise the Vita’s rep and attract new gamers. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Sony PS Vita vs Nintendo 3DS – an annotated graphic