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12th Jun 2008 | 04:36
Rounding up what just happened so you don't have to
If you’ve heard enough of the latest flash TV sets that are priced out of the reach of most of us, then take a look at what one Norfolk man did with his 1957 Bush television.
Realising that analogue switch off is nigh, Richard Howard had his 51-year-old black and white telly converted to pick up digital broadcasts to be shown in all their glory on the curved 17-inch screen.
The set still takes 10 seconds to warm up and probably shows that nostalgia-inducing white dot when switched off, but we’re betting its owner doesn’t care – he is, apparently, an antiques enthusiast. Really?
Moving on to things more modern, Laptop Magazine says that we won't have to wait for the next version of Windows to get multi-touch screens on our mobile PCs.
It suggests that HP is already working on the software needed to bring the iPhone-like technology to laptop computers long before Windows 7 launches.
Free iPhone apps
Speaking of that attention-seeking mobile phone, a rough count of heads at the recent Apple event has found that almost three quarters of iPhone software developers are planning to give their applications away for free.
Of those that will be offering paid-for software, the average projected price seems to be low – around £1 or so. Roll on the App Store.
Lastly for now, Google’s megabucks look like allowing co-founder Sergey Brin to get to the International Space Station in 2011.
Brin has invested $5 million (£2.5 million) in a company called Space Adventures that will be buying up an entire Soyuz mission for paying passengers, meaning he’s likely to be on board when it goes up in three years’ time.