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Doctor Who Water of Mars Trailer

Doctor Who

The next Doctor Who special "the Water of Mars" has a new trailer, released in America over the weekend at the San Diego Comic Con. The trailer gives a good indication that this is going to be one very big special episode and will also set the stage for the Christmas specials.

You can see the trailer over at the bbc website here

Also confirmed at Comic-con was the rumor that the master (played by John Simms) will be ...

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written by Ant on Wednesday 29th July 2009
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Amazon removes books from customers kindles

Amazon removes books from customers kindles

The New York Times have recently reported that e-book seller Amazon have deleted purchased books from users Kindle e-readers after the publishers reversed their decision to offer an electronic version of the George Orwell novels 1984 and Animal Farm.

After deleting the already purchased and paid for books the respective accounts were credited with a refund but unsurprisingly it has raised very serious concerns over the ownership of e-books and also the lack of privacy. That Amazon has the capability to just go ahead and delete files from owne...

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written by Ant on Tuesday 21st July 2009
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New Doctor Who filming begins

Matt Smith

Production of the new series of Doctor Who, featuring the 11th Doctor (played by Matt Smith), began this week along with his new companion Amy Pond (played by Karen Gillan).

On arrival in Cardiff for the very first day of filming, Matt said:

"I feel very privileged and proud to be part of this iconic show. The scripts are brilliant and working alongside Karen, Steven and the rest of the crew is an inspiration because their work ethic and passion for the show is so admirable. I'm excited about the future and all the brilliant adventures I get to go on as the Doctor."

The development of the new show is being lead by Doctor Who fan Steven Moffat who will be u...

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written by Ant on Tuesday 21st July 2009
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Children reading more fantasy than science fiction

Google Books

For the very long time many children (and adults) have been enthused by science fiction and by the immense expanse that is space, a fascination which has set imaginations alight as early as the 1920's by magazines like Amazing Stories (also known as Amazing Science Fiction) along with early authors including HG Wells, Jules Verne and Edgar Allen Poe.

These early publications became catalysts for later talented authors like Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke, Robert A Heinlein and Phillip K Dick. The rise of these now legendary science fiction authors created a golden age of science fiction in the 1950's and this was further encouraged by the Apollo space program. But these author...

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written by Ant on Saturday 18th July 2009
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Book Reading Robot

A robot in Japan, called Ninomiya-kun has been created that can actually read books that have been placed on a special book stand. The robot is a special joint research venture with both the Kitakyushu National College of Technology and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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written by Ant on Thursday 16th July 2009
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Borders launch their own e-reader

iLiad Ereader

Borders have recently launched their own e-reader which they have named the iLiad, competing with the Sony reader in the UK and also the Amazon reader in the USA.

Until now the only e-reader in the uk market was the Sony Reader (in partnership with Waterstones), despite the Amazon Kindle being available in the USA for well over a year. At this point there isn't even a confirmed release date for the Kindle in the UK.

Electronic Books, or e-books are predicted by many to change the way we read forever and some doom sayers predict they will hasten the death of the printing press.

There are now many websites and businesses offering e-books for sale, and there...

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written by Ant on Wednesday 15th July 2009
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Anti Trust regulators investigate Google Books deal

Google Books

Anti Trust regulators are to Investigate the Google Books deal which saw book publishers settle with the search engine giant for a sum total of $125m.

This settlement has been to compensate copyright holders of books featured on the Google Books search service and also gives Google a share of online book sales and adverts.

According to US Deputy Assistant Attorney General William Cavanaugh, the deal warrants further inquiry. He said in a letter filed to the New York District Court:

"The US has reviewed public comments expressing concern that aspects of the settlement agreement may violate the [Anti-Trust] Act."

he also added,

"At this preli...

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written by Ant on Friday 3rd July 2009