Thomas Simpkins

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China’s ancient capital rises again

Once a booming metropolis as important as Rome, Xi’an has at last been propelled back onto the international map.<p>As the capital of China’s Shaanxi Province, Xi’an’s long history was aptly summed up by our English-speaking guide: “If Xi’an is the grandmother of cities, Beijing is a youth and …

Asia Travel

How to travel around the world in 80 days

In Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, Phileas Fogg had a devil of a time trying to travel around the world in 80 days. But in the 21st century, circumnavigating the globe has become a bit of a breeze: all you need is a round-the-world (RTW) ticket. In fact, a dedicated (if masochistic) …

New Zealand

Real Ale Train & Santa Specials, Ankur festival: this week's events

Real Ale Train & Santa Specials | Ankur festival | Enchanted Parks | Out & about<p>Real Ale Train & Santa Specials, Llangollen<p>Two of Blighty's greatest inventions – steam rail and real ale – fuel these 15-mile jollies through the picturesque Dee Valley. Daytime "Santa Specials" promise twinkly …

UK air traffic control glitch resolved, officials announce

Disruption expected to continue after technical problems caused flights from UK's major airports to be cancelled or delayed<p>Technical problems that caused a day of cancellations and delays at the UK's major airports on Saturday have been resolved, aviation officials announced.<p>Thousands of passengers …

A Cougar Ready for His Closeup

Steve Winter captures the elusive cougar as it prowls by the iconic Hollywood sign.<p>Steve Winter is famous for his photographs of big cats in their natural habitats, such as snow leopards and tigers, among others. His “Ghost Cats” story in the December 2013 issue of <i>National Geographic</i> opens with a …

What to do if your flight is affected by fog

<b>Will I get compensation for any delay?</b><p>Fog is affecting flights at UK airports for a third day but compensation is not usually given for delays in such circumstances. Although they must ensure you have are given refreshments in the event of long delays, airlines are not liable to pay the additional …

Flying

Spanish 'ghost airport' up for sale

With a runway long enough to land an Airbus A380, the world's largest airliner, and a capacity to handle 10 million passengers per year, the airport at Ciudad Real, some 200 kilometres (100 miles) south of Madrid, has become a symbol of Spain's real estate bubble.<p>Spain's first private international …

Ryanair halves excess baggage fee

The price of packing too much has been cut from £20 per kilo to £10 per kilo in what the Irish carrier is calling “an early Christmas present” for its passengers.<p>The change will bring it in line with rivals such as easyJet and Bmi regional, who also charge £10 per kilo for excess baggage, and Wizz …

Ryanair

Fifa 14: Review

South Park: The Stick of Truth (VGX Teaser)

The Evolution of the PlayStation Controller

PlayStation

Why digital storage is the next hockey stick market in tech

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>If you wanted an image to define success in the technology industry, it would be tough to beat the hockey stick.<p>The proverbial …

So you want to fly drones? Here’s what the law says

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Amazon(s amzn) may have big plans to fill the urban air with drones, but many amateurs have already beaten the company to the …

PhoneBloks and Moto Maker

So as far as I can tell, we haven’t reported on PhoneBloks! It’s a new revolutionary idea of creating an easy to upgrade photo so you don’t have to …

Gear & Gadgets

Skype’s Suspicious Absence From Microsoft’s Anti-NSA Promises

Microsoft’s public relations department was on encrypted cloud nine yesterday, riding a wave of high-five press reports for their swift action to protect consumers from National Security Agency surveillance.<p>“We are taking steps to ensure governments use legal process rather than technological brute …

ASDA 3D Printing Service Offering 3D Printed Mini Models Of Yourself For £40 (video)

Britain’s Supermarket retailer ASDA has started trailing a new ASDA 3D printing service that allows you to have a full colour scanned reproduction …

Xbox owners tricked into destroying consoles

Online trolls tricked Xbox One owners into “bricking” their new consoles with instructions promising to unlock new features but actually sending devices into an endless loop of reboots that renders them useless<p>Online trolls have convinced Xbox One owners to “brick” their brand new consoles with a …

Google Pushes White House Petition Demanding The Government Secure A Warrant To Read Your Email

Google is promoting a White House petition calling for reform to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), amending it to require a warrant for the government to read the email of its citizens.<p>In a Google+ post – natch – Google asked its followers if they felt their online missives deserve …

Ford Mustang Could Get Diesel or Hybrid Versions in the Future

Ford announced the all-new 2015 Mustang this month. The new 2015 Mustang is massively changed from previous versions and is a true world car. The new …

Fuel Efficiency

Mad Catz M.O.J.O. Console Officially Launches Tomorrow (video)

Gamers patiently waiting for the launch of the new Mad Catz M.O.J.O. games console in the US will be pleased to learn that as of tomorrow it will …

Google Play

Ubisoft shows off Snowdrop engine with help from Tom Clancy's 'The Division'

Ubisoft's showing off a new trailer for Tom Clancy's <i>The Division</i>, and it's a stunner. Sure, we don't hit every gaming trailer that comes across our radar, but this one certainly piqued our interest, as its good looks owe a lot to the new Snowdrop engine -- as the French game company puts it …

Xbox One ‘backwards compatibility’ hack will brick your console

Microsoft’s Major Nelson announced on Twitter Friday that owners of the company’s Xbox One game console should not to try to perform a “hack” that …

Backward Compatibility

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Is Coming On Feb. 21

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was delayed earlier this year, but if you have been looking forward to getting in on some Donkey Kong Country …

Retrogaming

Warning over 4Chan Xbox One prank

<b>Xbox One owners are being warned about an internet prank message that could wreck their console.</b><p>The prank message, originated on the 4Chan website, falsely claims to enable the new console to play games made for its predecessor - the XBox 360.<p>The Xbox One cannot play those older games and those …

Internet

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