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Julian Assange Says WikiLeaks Is More Accountable Than Most Governments, Gets a Little Sassy About It

Julian Assange thinks WikiLeaks is more accountable than any democratic government in the world. And if you dare say otherwise, you'll probably get sued. That was essentially the message that Assange conveyed over the weekend, during his first public appearance since being arrested in December, amid accusations of rape and sexual assault. Speaking to an audience at a public debate in London,...

London's W Hotel Snaps Photos of Environment, Screens Them On Its Skin

One of the more impressive lighting design projects we've seen lately is this installation by Jason Bruge Studio, which appears on the facade of London's W Hotel and manages to be that rare mix of high concept, high tech, and lovely execution. Cameras mounted on the hotel's roof record the surrounding landscape. A software program then converts the images into panoramas, compresses the...

Installation Prints Wikipedia Edits in Real-Time

In honor of Wikipedia's 10th anniversary, designers Dean McNamee and Tim Burrell-Saward created an installation that, in their words, "would highlight the effort and value behind Wikipedia."They decided to suspend 18 printers from the ceiling of a West London building, where the site was celebrating its anniversary. Every time a contributor made an edit to any article on the site, one of the...

Airport's Holographic Announcers Won't Make Security Lines Any More Fun

Travelers passing through security lines at the U.K.'s Luton Airport will now be greeted by two smiling, photogenic faces -- belonging to holographic announcers. According to the BBC, Luton is the world's first airport to introduce holographic staff members, as part of an experimental program designed to streamline the screening process and enhance traveler experience. The two holograms are...

London Judge Grants Bail to Julian Assange, Sweden Files Appeal

A court in London has granted bail to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, just a few days after the elusive Australian turned himself in to the authorities. The 39-year old is facing allegations of rape, molestation and illegal use of force, stemming from separate alleged incidents in Stockholm reported over the summer. Assange came to British police last week in response to a European arrest...

Wikileaks Founder Assange Arrested in London

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was arrested this morning in London, on a Swedish warrant first issued in November. The 39-year-old Australian will now head to a British court, where authorities will have 21 days to decide whether or not to extradite him to Sweden. According to the extradition arrest warrant, Assange is suspected of one count of rape, two counts of molestation and one count of...

Revamped Double-Decker Bus Goes on View in London

Back in May, we learned that London's iconic, double-decker buses would be getting a green makeover, just in time for the 2012 Summer Olympics. On Thursday, city mayor Boris Johnson finally unveiled a life-size model of the new bus in all its red resplendence. Unveiled at the London Transport Museum, the new bus is modeled after the original Routemaster, and features an open platform and a...

Audi-Outfitted, Octopus-Like Light Machine 'Outrace' Arrives in London

Devoted readers will recall our excitement for 'Outrace,' the light sculpture/installation made from Audi production robots, that was slated for the London Design Festival -- and it's finally arrived! Check out video of the installation after the break, or go to Outrace.org to send a message; the 'bot will trace said missive in the air with its LED appendages, which will then be translated into a...

Pentathletes Will Fire Laser Guns During 2012 Olympics in London

While FIFA will probably never embrace technology in the World Cup, some sporting events are warming up to its potential benefits. According to the BBC News, athletes competing in the pentathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London will shoot laser guns rather than the traditional air pistols used in past games. The switch reduces cost, for one, since laser guns won't use ammunition or air...

'Celeb Spotter' App Is a Great Way to Get Yourself Slapped With a Restraining Order

Here's something that's guaranteed to spawn a few lawsuits: OK Magazine's Celeb Spotter iPhone app. That's right. The Mark David Chapmans of the world now have a new, high-tech way to make famous people call the police. As The Next Web's Martin Bryant reports, the British gossip mag's app uses the iPhone's location-based technology to provide users with a list of known celebrity hangouts,...

Husband Surprises Wife With Chocolate Covered iPad, Shames Nerd Lotharios

Good husbands spend hours on end coming up with innovative ways to surprise their sweethearts with gifts. Stefan Magdalinski is a good husband. As Engadget reports, Stefan recently surprised his wife by giving her a frozen iPad, encased in chocolate, that he had smuggled into South Africa via London. He photo-documented the whole thing on his blog, and, judging from the snapshots, he seems to...

British Airways Publishes Fake Boarding Pass for Osama Bin Laden

If we were unlucky enough to run a major airline company and had to choose some celebrity to promote our new boarding pass system, Osama bin Laden probably wouldn't be our first choice. For British Airways, though, the world's most wanted (and hated) man is apparently just the kind of star power the company needs to promote its new mobile-boarding pass service. As Yahoo! News reports, a...

Concorde Jet Could Fly Again, Thanks to $22 Million Project

Share When the Concorde luxury jet was retired seven years ago, after 27 years of dutiful service to the world's elite, it seemed like the end of an era. Now, however, efforts are underway to get the supersonic craft back in the air -- in time for the 2012 Olympic Games. As the BBC reports, engineers from the Save Concorde Group (SCG) and the French company Olympus 593 have already begun the...

Vietnam Uncovers New iPod Touch, Germany Investigates Google Snooping

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Apple may have to mount a wholesale offensive against Vietnam if developmental gadgets keep surreptitiously appearing in the Asian nation. An iPhone 4G recently surfaced, and now an iPod Touch with a 2-megapixel camera has materialized, as well. This begs just one important question: When can we get one? [From: Engadget] Google...

London's Iconic Double-Decker Bus Gets a Green Makeover

The bright red, double-decker Routemaster bus has long been an iconic symbol of the city of London, and Londoners were introduced to a new generation of green Routemasters this week that hopes to retain the original's distinct charms. Fast Company reports the original Routemaster was phased out of service in 2005, but London Mayor Boris Johnson pledged to bring in back. The sleekly redesigned...