#BlackBerry 10 hits the shops to reboot #RIM fortunes – an annotated graphic

In a world awash with Apple iPhones, Samsung Galaxys and Nokia Lumias – not to mention scores of Asian tech garofalo fish feeding at the global feet of smartphone sales – can the launch of a new BlackBerry still knock it out of the park for Research in Motion? E&T has the latest on the UK launch of the BlackBerry z10. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #BlackBerry 10 hits the shops to reboot #RIM fortunes – an annotated graphic

Big trucks and luxury cars at #DetroitMotorShow – an annotated graphic

According to that hazy collection of commentators, know-it-alls and obsessive-compulsives collectively known as “industry experts”, in this case automotive industry experts, 2013 has been deemed the year of the truck and the luxury car at the Detroit Motor Show. Some very shiny, powerful and expensive machines were on show – Ferrari 458 Spyder, Chevrolet Corvette, we’re looking at you – so it’s reassuring to know that the gas-guzzling petrolheads of the world haven’t been forgotten in these days of diminishing fossil fuels and accelerating climate change. Click on the graphic for an expanded view.   Continue reading Big trucks and luxury cars at #DetroitMotorShow – an annotated graphic

How to do everything better – new edition of E&T magazine online now

Tired of knowing nothing? Allow E&T to show you how to do everything: fly around the world in six hours; solve the energy crisis; print a gadget; regenerate a city centre; land a human on Mars; defuse a bomb; cut traffic jams; reach 100mpg; extract more oil and other such useful life skills. All the answers and more are in the new edition of E&T magazine, available online now. We also have an audio download available, as features editor Vitali Vitaliev heads to Rutland Water Nature Reserve to speak to senior reserve officer Tim Mackrill about technology in bird watching. … Continue reading How to do everything better – new edition of E&T magazine online now

Searching for lost RAF #Spitfire haul buried in Burma – an annotated graphic

An entertaining story of military archaeology today, with the news that a British search team is continuing its hunt for up to 140 RAF Spitfire fighter planes, buried in channels 10 metres deep in the Burmese mud in 1945 at the end of World War II by US military engineers. Thanks, Septics! At the time, the planes were deemed surplus to requirements and the Spitfires were buried in their original transport crates. Seems crazy now, eh? The good news is that the team has uncovered 60 planes so far, with approximately 80 left to find. Click on the graphic for … Continue reading Searching for lost RAF #Spitfire haul buried in Burma – an annotated graphic

Samsung record profits in Q4 2012 – an annotated graphic

Despite the ongoing, seemingly endless, legal wrangles with Apple, there has been good news of late to put an extra spring in the step of Samsung representatives on its CES booth. Profits for the fourth-quarter in 2012 were the company’s highest ever, as its operating profit surged upwards by a gargantuan 89 per cent to approximately $8.3 billion. No wonder the company can afford to retain a coterie of expensive lawyers to complement Apple’s coterie of expensive lawyers. Samsung’s profit was driven by phablets (yes, it’s a real word now) and chips, with analysts also positive about the South Korean tech … Continue reading Samsung record profits in Q4 2012 – an annotated graphic

A #librarian writes – news from the IET archives about #fracking and #shale gas

Now for the latest installment in our occasional series of news from the IET Library archives, direct from the librarians who archive stuff there… Shale gas So, what’s all this rumpus about shale gas?  It’s highly topical at the moment – and E&T has been covering the fracking issue since it first surfaced.  It’s all about extracting natural gas trapped in shale formations via the method known as fracking. It’s controversial for all sorts of interesting reasons, but congruently a potential major source of alternative energy. Big in the States and Canada but also being tested out in the UK. … Continue reading A #librarian writes – news from the IET archives about #fracking and #shale gas

#Boeing 787 Dreamliner troubles – an annotated graphic

After a tweet from Boeing Airplanes drifted through our social media transom earlier today [We’re working closely with @NTSB, our customer & other agencies regarding Monday’s 787 incident in Boston. http://ow.ly/gEtt4  #Boeing], we thought we’d share this infographic about the Dreamliner’s troubled evolution thus far. It details nine notable incidents thus far, from nose to tail, over the period November 2010-January 2013, with the latest snafu being the fuel leak in Boston yesterday (8 January). E&T also has a detailed news story today about the Dreamliner’s problems, which is well worth reading to guage the level of support Boeing has from its customers … Continue reading #Boeing 787 Dreamliner troubles – an annotated graphic

Phablets abound at CES 2013 – an annotated graphic

If there’s anything more exciting than new gadgets, it’s the new words our fine friends in the marketing and advertising industries invent in order to pimp them out to the masses and hopefully persuade the more gullible amongst us to open their wallets. Again. Enter the word “phablet”. What is a phablet? A big smartphone. Or more simply, a mobile phone that’s too big simultaneously for your hand, your head and any of your coat pockets. These trends come in cycles, don’t they? We’re old enough to remember the heady days at the turn of the 21st century when the … Continue reading Phablets abound at CES 2013 – an annotated graphic

3D printers on your desk – an annotated graphic

Forget printing in two dimensions – that’s so flat, so last year. The future is undoubtedly printing in three dimensions. There are plenty of applications for this sort of technology, from manufacturers creating working prototypes to conceptual artists printing out 3D weirdness, as E&T has been busy investigating in recent months. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading 3D printers on your desk – an annotated graphic