What’s gone wrong at HSBC?

03/03/2015. Category: Rave. Tag: .


As HSBC suffers under the scorching spotlight of public scrutiny once more, it seems fair to ask why the banking group so often finds itself mired in controversy.

The latest revelations from leaked bank files about the tax services offered by HSBC’s Swiss private banking subsidiary have caused shockwaves. Its former and current leadership have faced intense pressure and Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has floated the possibility of new penalties for bankers and accountants who are found to have navigated routes along and beyond the edge of legality as they seek to cut clients’ tax bills. Read more…

HTC One M8 – Selfie gorgeousness

26/03/2014. Category: Gadgets. Tag: .

HTC One M8

It’s beautiful and stunning and smart and unlike anything else in the world. And that’s just the selfie you took. Now you can even improve on it – with the new HTC One M8. It has two image processing chips that will make your selfie more clear and crisp than any selfie you’ve ever taken.

HTC calls it a “Duo Camera” system. The rear UltraPixel 4MP camera is accompanied by a second, 2MP camera just above it for extra depth of field. More light per pixel means more brightness and more colour capturing. You’ll look gorgeous!  Read more…

World’s fastest graphics card 2014 – nVidia GeForce GTX Titan Black

11/03/2014. Category: Gadgets. Tag: .

nNidia GeForce Titan Black

Fast and powerful yet cool and quiet. No, that’s not Chuck Norris in person but the Chuck Norris of graphics cards: the supercomputer-inspired-GK110 GPU, Kepler-driven nVidia GeForce GTX Titan Black.

The original Titan packed 2688 CUDA cores; the Titan Black has 2880. The original Titan had stock and boost clocks of 837MHz and 876MHz respectively; the Titan Black powers up to 889MHz and 980MHz.

Gamers with the deepest pockets will gloat that the Titan Black not only incorporates the impressive features of the GTX780 Ti but even betters it with 3GB extra GDDR5 VRAM. Even if/when the 6GB version of the GTX780 Ti is launched, the double precision floating point compute capability of the Titan Black will top the charts in 4k gaming.  Read more…

How to find WDMs in Crimea

06/03/2014. Category: Rave. Tag: .

Crimea map

Let’s not beat about the bush. The Crimea crisis is serious. Billions of dollars are at stake: the control of gas and oil pipe lines and the heads up on oil and electricity futures.

Fighting for control over the flow of money is, however, a battle that is played in the secrecy of bank boardrooms. The public face of it is found in batons and bullets. So, the question is, in order to take control of the money paths that run through the Crimea, how does one start another dirty little war?  Read more…

Oppo N1 – a smartphone with tricks

05/03/2014. Category: Gadgets. Tag: .

Oppo N1

The camera on the Oppo N1 smartphone boots up in 0.6 seconds. That’s no typo. OPPO claims it is “easily the fastest starting camera on the market.” That’s cool, because some phone cameras are so slow that by the time you have the camera ready the important moment has gone, either lost forever or captured by your competitor’s faster phone.

That’s not the only impressive feature of the Oppo 1. It has a touch pad on the rear of the camera – called an “O-Touch” – on which you can scroll your screen, has an O-Click remote control device, and is the world’s first smartphone with a rotating camera.  Read more…

Does it matter where a F1 race is hosted?

05/03/2014. Category: Wheels. Tag: .

Formula One

The multi-billion dollar Formula One racing industry commands one of the biggest global TV audiences. F1 races are broadcast to almost all the countries in the world, some 200 countries.

Annually, more than 500 million F1 fanatics follow the fast cars from the comfort of the couch.

Viewing figures for the 2013 season took a big dip, totalling an estimated 450 million. Sebastian Vettel’s dominance – he won 13 of the 19, winning the last nine race consecutively – contributed to the 50 million viewership slide but there also are other factors:  Read more…

Something beautiful for today

26/02/2014. Category: Rave. Tag: , .

Mandarin duck

Spend just a moment a day to stand still and have a good look around you. There are so many amazing things in life. Anything from great gadgets and stunning architecture to ever-intriguing animals.

Spend a moment whatever the weather. Snowing right now? No two snowflakes are alike (due to the estimated 10 quintillion water molecules which make up a snowflake). Even so, as they say, if you’re looking for it, you’ll find it. Look for something nice today. Something beautiful.

You can even google for something beautiful. Think about anything – just add the word “beautiful.” Such as beautiful car, beautiful house or beautiful animal.  Read more…

Retro and real retro – the Dirico Flyer

25/02/2014. Category: Wheels. Tag: .

Dirico Flyer

You have a choice of meanings when using the word “retro.” Retrofit means “to add a component or accessory to something that did not have it when manufactured.” Retrograde is “going back in position or time.” Retrospective as noun means “an exhibition or compilation showing the development of an artist’s work over a period of time.”

Whichever, when we say something is retro we mean to say it is cool. Even nostalgically nice. And then you have Real Retro. Something massively WOW. Totally awesome. Like the Dirico Flyer.  Read more…

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics live reporting

10/02/2014. Category: Media. Tag: , , , .

BBC Sochi Live Reporting

Coverage of the Winter Olympics is better than ever. The latest technology development in television broadcasting and online live reporting by the newspapers brings the latest results literally to your fingertips.

Television broadcasts now have more camera angles, crisper viewing and instant playback. And if you can’t watch the Winter Olympics live on TV from where you are, you can still keep an eye on not only the results but on the actual events as they are reported live by most of the major newspapers.  Read more…

Cody Webb – King of King of the Motos

07/02/2014. Category: Wheels. Tag: .

King of the Motos 2014

How tough can motorcycle enduro get?! Bajaj, Dakar, Erzberg, Red Bull Romaniacs, Roof of Africa, Six Days. If you haven’t broken any bones yet in any one of those enduros – or any other endure, for that matter – try North America’s toughest extreme enduro, the King of the Motos.

First held in 2012 as the motorcycle class to the grueling King of the Hammers, King of Moto has quickly become a bucket list race for the fearless few crazy enough to tackle the unrelenting desert dust and rock crawling presented by the Means Dry Lake at Johnson Valley, California.  Read more…

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