It probably contravenes some unwritten rule to begin a light-hearted examination of the week in technology with a reference to Jimmy Savile, but a few days ago I remembered an episode of Jim'll Fix It in the 1980s where some lucky youngster had his room kitted out with all the latest gadgets from the Ideal Home Show, including some automated curtains. These curtains elicited gasps of wonder from my teenage self as I entertained the notion that, in the future, we'd be relieved of the endless, life-sapping drudgery of having to drag light pieces of material along a rail, sometimes as frequently as twice a day.
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Monday 05 March 2012
Exasperated with a primary process as protracted as it has been vicious, Republican Party grandees are looking to see if Mitt Romney can at last regain an aura of inevitability in tomorrow's "Super Tuesday" contests across 10 states.
Sunday 12 February 2012
In case of power failure: deploy the man-eating matron and a tipper-load of bricks
Thursday 02 February 2012
FreeView from the editors at i
Monday 12 December 2011
What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...
Wednesday 07 December 2011
You couldn't fault him for a lack of ambition. But for a telecommunications minister, India's Kapil Sibal appears to be lacking in an understanding of telecommunications.
Wednesday 24 August 2011
Tuesday 16 August 2011
An energy firm has apologised and reimbursed nearly £200,000 to tens of thousands of customers after identifying a fault with its automated telephone meter reading system.
Monday 08 August 2011
Speech recognition specialist Eckoh has landed a two-year contract with a major client, believed to be the Royal Mail.
Sunday 24 July 2011
"Hello. I wonder whether you could explain something on my bill..."
Wednesday 20 July 2011
Tuesday 28 June 2011
The chief executive of Charter International, Michael Foster, quit with immediate effect yesterday, just days after the tool and equipment maker warned on profits.
Wednesday 20 April 2011
Call to young entrepreneurs
Friday 11 February 2011
Such is the interest in Sea of Bees that revered stars of the indie scene, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy and Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, are fans. The latter even listed California singer-songwriter Julie Ann Baenziger's debut album, Songs for the Ravens, as one of his top albums of last year.
Tuesday 08 February 2011
A woman in a red coat, dubbed the handbag heroine, has apparently fought off robbers armed with sledgehammers during a raid on a jewellery store.
Friday 17 December 2010
Bach's Christmas Oratorio is a complex work in six parts, designed to be performed over the six feast days of the Christmas period.
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
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