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 […]

Jet Pack Murder Mystery

It was almost midnight on December 3 1999. A handcuffed man staggered through the dark streets of North Hollywood. Exhausted, he spotted a payphone and clambered into the booth. Dialling 911, he asked to be connected to the FBI, before relating to a stunned agent a bizarre tale involving a deranged kidnapping plot, various vicious […]

Rocket man’s flight of fancy

“I’ve always loved flying,” says Stuart Ross, a commercial airline pilot for whom flying a 767 to the Mediterranean and back a couple of times a week just isn’t enough of a thrill. “A lot of my colleagues get involved in restoring old fighter planes and things like that,” he says, “but I thought, sod […]

How to be a website flipper

Who’d be a property developer nowadays? The answer: people who develop online properties – rather than physical ones – by snapping up undeveloped sites in a practice known as website flipping. The principle is exactly the same as that of property development: flippers fix up the underdeveloped sites and sell them for a profit. As […]

The mystery of Flight 574

On New Year’s Day 2007 a Boeing 737 airliner carrying 96 passengers and six crewmembers disappeared from the skies above Indonesia. Adam Air Flight 574 was en route from Java to Sulawesi when it vanished from air traffic control radars. No distress signals were received, and the aircraft had been successfully evaluated for airworthiness just […]