gihan_ripper writes: "Fifty years ago, the Queen began broadcasting her Christmas message via television. To celebrate this anniversary, the Royal Channel has been launched. It will show this year's Christmas message and currently contains a smattering of old clips, including the first Christmas message from 1957."
gihan_ripper writes: "Microsoft is gearing up to put XP on the '$100' XO laptop, at least according to the BBC, which gives an expected timeframe of "early in 2008" for the first trials. However, the blog of Microsoft exec James Utzschneider paints a different picture. To quote: 'We started the project around the beginning of the year and think it will be mid-2008 at the earliest before we could have a production-quality release.' The major challenge is shrinking the behemoth XP and assorted applications to fit on the 1GB flash drive. MS is pushing for the OLPC to install an additional 2GB. Utzschneider claims the advantage for children is that '...the tens of thousands of existing educational applications written for Windows can potentially run on the XO'."
gihan_ripper writes: "British inventor Michael Pritchard has developed a small self-contained filter system that instantly cleans water, removing all particles larger than 15nm. Speaking to the Telegraph, he said that he was inspired after seeing the effects of Hurricane Katrina and the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004; people had to wait for many days to get fresh water and many died from drinking contaminated water. The filter is so effective that it can purify dirty river water and even faecal matter. His bottle will shortly be available for sale from Lifesaver Systems at an expected cost of £190 (approx. $385)."
gihan_ripper writes: "Command and Conquer saw its 12th Anniversary on 31st August this year. EA Games is putting on a month of celebrations in September. To kick things off, they've released the classic 1995 Command and Conquer Gold for free download. There's more about the release here and a review of the original game here."
gihan_ripper writes: "Perhaps the ultimate nerd acquisition, the flying car, is to go on sale in a few months. Speaking to the BBC, the inventor Dr Paul Moller described his creation, dubbed the Flying Saucer, as a VTOL aircraft designed to hover at 10ft above the ground. The flying saucer has eight engines and is expected to sell for $90,000. Dr Moller expects to produce a successor within six years, a "Skycar" capable of a climb rate of 6000 ft/min and airspeed of 400mph."