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The Wakefield RISC OS Computer Show 2010

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  • NEW! [27th Oct 2008] Latest Intel chips still can't match ARM for power saving - Intel issued a "correction" Thursday regarding comments one of its executives made earlier this week slamming the iPhone as incapable of working correctly with the internet.
    Among other things, the executives accused ARM chips of being unable to "handle the internet" and singled out the iPhone as an example of a smart phone that could be really great if it used one of Intel's low-power x86 architecture processors, known as Atom.
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  • NEW! [12th Oct 2008] Major new RISC OS application in development - Long-term RISC OS devotee Paul Vigay has recently announced a new application he's currently working on. With a development version to be demonstrated at the forthcoming RISC OS SE Show, WebAnim8r is a powerful and comprehensive application for creating animations and graphics suitable for including on websites and presentations.
    A flexible built-in scripting language allows the user to create complex designs with the aid of simple keywords, or fall back on the intuitive user interface.
    More Info: WebAnim8r homepage
  • [27th Sep 2008] End of the line for Iyonix - From 30th September it will no longer be possible to purchase an Iyonix computer. After 15 years of business, Jack Lillingston and John Ballance would like to thank all their customers for their support. There are still limited supplies of Iyonix computers available, so order one now as remaining stock is available on a first come, first served basis. From 1st October, support for the Iyonix will continue through the Iyonix dealer network, website and email.
    More Info: Full press release

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BBC4's Micro Men: an interview and review
Ahead of tonight's Micro Men programme, which charts the rivalry between Sir Clive Sinclair and Acorn Computers in the early 1980s, spoke to the film's producer, Andrea Cornwell, to find out more about the show - and now you can read our review of the film
'Threaded' Firefox for RISC OS build released to test
An experimental build of the RISC OS port of Firefox that promises a smoother experience has been released for people to test. You'll need the latest version and then replace its executable with the one from here. The technical bit: developer Peter Naulls has moved the browser's polling for user interaction into a separate thread to aid multitasking with the rest of the RISC OS desktop.
In brief: Acorn World show this weekend
Archive editor Jim Nagel summarises what to expect at the retro-themed show. Official website here [Update 2] A report by's Phil Mellor of the sell-out show is here - with pictures webzine publishes autumn issue
Drobe man Martin Hansen has updated his personal web publishing endeavour,, with a new issue for the autumn. It includes interviews with an organiser of the inaugural London RISC OS show, to be held in October 2009, and Richard Hallas, plus more bits and pieces. Go check it out. It's free.
Tanks a lot! Double USB toy driver joy
RISC OS USB guru Dave Higton has released drivers for two remote-controlled gadgets: an 'executive mayhem' tank and a mini car. Get ready to order your armoured, missile-firing kit into position and destroy your office colleagues, or instead swap your computer's circuits for your own race track with a remote-controlled banger. The source code is available and the software should work on Simtec and Castle USB stacks.


Chris Jordan, Music500, ArcElite @ ROUGOL on 21 Apr 2014
At the next meeting of the RISC OS User Group Of London on 21st April 2014 we are very pleased to have Chris Jordan as our guest speaker. Chris had a long involvement with Acorn, all the way through the Beeb and Archimedes era.
Wakefield Acorn & RISC OS Show, 26th April 2014
This year’s Wakefield Acorn & RISC OS Computer Show will be taking place on Saturday 26th April 2014, at its familiar home of the Cedar Court Hotel near Wakefield. Organised by the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club, the north’s premier RISC OS event is now in its nineteenth year.
Acorn port of Acorn imminent
RISC OS 5 users seeking alternatives to Paint may be wondering how the enhancements to GraphicsV will affect them.
SouthWest show reminder
This year's RISC OS SouthWest Show is to be held next Saturday, the 1st of March, at the Webbington Hotel near Weston-super-Mare. The show is planned to run from 10:30 to 4:00, and the list of exhibitors is set to include:CJE Micro's and 4DMartin WurthnerR-CompOrpheus InternetRISC OS Open Ltd (ROOL)John Norris (Bell ringing)Drag & DropArchive & FriendsFortran FriendsOrganizerVarious User GroupsCharity StandA Raspberry Pi Jam will also be held, in order to help raise interest in RISC OS and usher in a new generation of coders.
RISC OS London Show, Saturday 26th October 2013
This year’s RISC OS London Show is on Saturday 26th October, open 11am-5pm, at its usual venue of the St Giles Hotel in Feltham.


ConfInfo 1.14 released
ConfInfo is a PD application that collects lots of configuration and status information about a RISC OS computer by running various commands and putting the output into a text file, so that this can be provided to people or organisations offering technical support.
Charm version 2.6.2 released
Charm version 2.6.2 [32 bit] the set of high level language tools and demos for RISC-OS computers and emulators is now freely available under the terms of the GNU GPLv3 license.
Charm version 2.6.0 released
Charm version 2.6.0 [32 bit,VFP] the set of high level language tools and demos for RISC-OS computers and emulators is now freely available under the terms of the GNU GPLv3 license.
Charm version 2.5.8 released
Charm version 2.5.8 [32 bit] the set of high level language tools and demos for RISC-OS computers and emulators is now freely available under the terms of the GNU GPLv3 license.
Charm version 2.5.6 released
Charm version 2.5.6 [32 bit] the set of high level language tools and demos for RISC-OS computers and emulators is now freely available under the terms of the GNU GPLv3 license.


Birthday celebration
Today ROOL are celebrating the 20th birthday of the launch of the revolutionary Risc PC.
RISC OS Open at the South West Show tomorrow
We’re all excited about the South West Show tomorrow – we’ve got loads of new stuff to show you, a talk to update everyone about what’s been happening in RISC OS Land and some exclusive show merchandise…See you there!
Meteoric Return to RISC OS
The old favourite game “Meteors” has been added to the ‘Diversions’ in our standard RISC OS disc-based software release. This can be downloaded in the ‘beta’ HardDisc4 image from our downloads page.
More awards for RISC OS Open
We’re very pleased here at RISC OS Open to have received several great awards from this year’s annual RISC OS Awards, over at RISCOSitory.This year, ROOL has won in the following categories: For our NutPi product. Best show of initiative, again for the NutPi. For SDFS – from Piccolo Systems.
Christmas Downtime
The various ROOL volunteers will be having holidays during the Christmas and New Year period. Broadly speaking, this means that for the two weeks from Saturday 21st December through to Sunday 5th January we are likely to be relatively unavailable. So please expect some delays in us responding to any correspondence during that period. Also note there will be delays fulfilling any orders from the ROOL site during this period.Normal service should be resumed from the week commencing Monday 6th January.Have a very merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year, from everyone at RISC OS Open.

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The Register

R.I.P. LADEE: Probe smashes into lunar surface at 3,600mph

Swan dive signs off successful science mission

Pics NASA has confirmed that the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft, which has spent the last 100 days orbiting the Moon, has shuffled off its mortal coil in a spectacular swan dive into the lunar regolith between 9:30pm and 10:22pm PDT on Thursday.
Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial

Epic Rockstar patent war to be waged in California

Google has won a victory in its battle against patent troll Rockstar, with a US District Court judge having denied Rockstar's request to try the case in the troll-friendly Eastern District of Texas, rather than in California.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties

Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972

Online radio service Pandora is being sued by a group of record labels seeking payout for songs released more than four decades ago.
True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras

Time to ditch that heavy DSLR? Maybe in a year, year and a half

An HTC spokesman says that smartphone camera technology is advancing at such a rate that it may soon catch up to "real" cameras in one critical feature that separates pro shooters from snap shooters: optical zoom.
Google lets wannabe Glass Explorers ADMIRE THEMSELVES in their own mirrors

At-home trial offers fashionistas an eyeful of broken Glass

Interested in Google Glass but worried that you'll look like a dork wearing it? The Chocolate Factory is testing out a new pilot program to help ease your mind.

Think Geek

T-Shirts & Apparel : Venom Athletic Shirt
We are Venom If you're going to have a symbiote, choose wisely. While the black of Venom's suit is quite slimming, the price you pay is being evil. Weigh that carefully, geek friends. $19.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Hulk Athletic Shirt
You wouldn't like me when I'm sweaty The words "I'd flex but I like this shirt" in white ink with a comic book Hulk head on a green and black athletic shirt. $19.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Doctor Who Exploding TARDIS Infinity Scarf
All the feels Beware: if you're a fan of "Vincent and the Doctor," this infinity scarf may hit you right in the feels. $34.99
Home & Office : Prescription Shot Glass Set
Take 2 and call us in the morning Let this set of 3 shot glasses disguised as prescription bottles fill your need for humor at your next get-together. $9.99
Home & Office : Red Cup Shot Glass Set
Play beer pong on hardcore Get a set of 4 cute, matching shot glasses that look like the classic red party cup. Each generously holds 2 oz. so you don't have to worry about a situation where your alcohol runneth over. $9.99 Latest Gadgets

Six pack, here you come: SITU smart scale makes calorie counting a breeze
Banish that calculator and ditch the notepad. Dieting's just got a whole lot easier
HTC: optical zooms coming to smartphone cameras in 2015
HTC’s in-house camera expert Symon Whitehorn says that the company is beavering away on a solution for improving zoom quality in its smartphone cameras – and that he expects to see them rivalling DSLR cameras for performance within the next couple of years.And HTC's camera expert expects to see them rivalling DSLRs for performance within two years
Alien: Isolation

35 years after Ridley Scott reinvented horror films using what would quickly become the most iconic of extra-terrestrial lifeforms, a Sussex-based studio is seeking to do the same for soil-your-undergarments videogaming.All the essential intel on Creative Assembly's potentially groundbreaking xeno-hunter
Fully Charged: Another (massive) smartwatch emerges, and new Call of Duty confirmed
Time to kick back and soak up a morning's worth of tech news in our daily round-up
The £30 Gramofon turns your hi-fi into a socially connected, streaming jukebox
Hey look, Sony shrunk the PS4!Honestly, that's what we thought at first too, but this is no miniature games console. This is a 21st century jukebox for the modern connected gadgeteer, just 8cm square.It does music stuff?Eloquently put. Yes, it does music stuff. It does it very good in fact.This tiny little jukebox will inject your speakers with wireless streaming powers
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