A to Z of World Cup Madness

Feature written ahead of the previous World Cup in 2006. A is for Armageddon Argentinean keeper Carlos Roa saved penalties from Paul Ince and David Batty to knock England out of the 1998 World Cup. But the teetotal vegetarian, nicknamed “the Lettuce”, quit football after the tournament in anticipation of an impending Armageddon, announcing that […]

Rocketman Hal Graham

Hal Graham, the first man to officially fly a rocketbelt, has died. The following is an edited extract from The Rocketbelt Caper: Harold ‘Hal’ Graham was a 27-year-old science graduate from Buffalo who had been working for the Bell Aircraft Company as a test engineer for just over a year when he was selected to […]

How to turn iPhone app ideas into cash

Got an idea for a killer iPhone app? With more than 1bn applications sold since its launch last July, Apple’s iPhone App Store has become one of the fastest-growing tech enterprises in recent history, and gained a reputation as something of a developer’s goldmine. Success stories such as that of Ethan Nicholas, whose iShoot app […]

The ebook format war

It was clear from this week’s London Book Fair that the UK publishing industry is finally ready to embrace ebooks. But before the ebook can really challenge its paper equivalent, the industry has to avert a format war a whole lot more complicated than VHS vs Betamax… Read the full story at The Guardian.

Online music and the Beatles Gap

Last week’s announcement that the Beatles’ back catalogue will be made available on remastered CD failed to satisfy all Fab Four fans. Fifteen remastered albums will be released on 9 September, as will The Beatles: Rock Band videogame. But there is still no news on when the band’s catalogue will be made available online. Frustratingly […]

The death of the download

With computing becoming increasingly cloud-based, it no longer seems necessary to download or store music. As network connectivity becomes pervasive, the possibility of having every piece of commercially available music at our fingertips, instantly playable via our next-generation portable music players, mobile phones and Wi-Fi home entertainment systems comes closer. So will downloading digital music […]

The Rocketbelt Caper: A True Tale of Invention, Obsession and Murder

When three friends set out on a quest to build a real-life Buck Rogers-style flying machine, their obsession with the Rocketbelt 2000, or ‘Pretty Bird’, shattered their friendship and set in motion an astonishing chain of events involving theft, deception, a bizarre kidnapping, a ten million dollar lawsuit and a horrifically brutal murder.

Fringe – TV show review

The new TV show from Lost creator JJ Abrams has been touted as the next X-Files, but can Dunham and Bishop ever replace Mulder and Scully? FBI Special Agents investigating unexplained events? So far, so X-Files. It’s inevitable that Fringe, the new TV show from Lost and Alias creator JJ Abrams, will be compared with […]