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One of the earphones has stopped working, why?

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There are several reasons for this everyday (yet absurdly irritating) phenomenon. More often than not, though, it's simply due to a loose wire and can frequently be fixed by pushing the wire in the direction of the earpiece and, if needs be, fixing it into place with a little electrical tape, super glue, or some other glue.

Sometimes, if ever the headphones have an inline volume wheel, that can be the cause. That one is just a little difficult to mend, but you could possibly always try the 'wire trick' described above and see if it works. If not, then open the volume controls and re-solder the cables into place (be warned, this may invalidate most warranties, so if ever the 'phones are still covered, just send 'em back and get replacements).

Avoiding stuff like this occouring in the future, it's advisable to wrap your cables carefully and avoiding stressing your headphones. No, I don't mean you should give Motorhead a break and only play floaty, soothing New-Agey music on them, I mean you shouldn't have them within your back pocket when you sit down and it's best to remove them cautiously from your ears after use (this will sound obvious, and you'd be surprised how many people just rip 'em out).

Another thing to take care for is the jack, if the cable is fraying/wearing round the jack, then that can also be a problem. Fortunately, like a lot of everything in life, a small amount of electrical strip can really come in helpful, just make sure all the copper wiring is tightly bound and it should go back to normal usage in no time.

Sometimes, however, it's simply a sign these earpieces are knackered and no amount of smart tinkering can mend them. Typically, in these instances, the problem is inside. This particular variant on the problem also catches earpieces of any price range, be they Poundland specials or your year old Sennheiser Eargasm series. I am reminded of the Shakespeare quote from Hamlet, something about a king and the guts of a beggar, but I can't be bothered to look the entire thing up right now. You get the purpose I'm trying to make though, everything dies ultimately, regardless of just how much it cost you.

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Electric Buses Set to Arrive on Time

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Eight experimental electric buses will be operating in Milton Keynes from late January onwards. The fleet will begin operating along the busy Number 7 route, which covers the 15 miles between Wolverton and Bletchley. They are the first electric buses to operate in the UK.

UK-based bus manufacturer Wrightbus have built these new electric buses in conjunction with Japanese company Mitsui and UK engineering group Arup.

Wireless 'booster' plates in the road, placed at the beginning/end of the route, give the buses a charge that allows them to operate for a full day. They are then charged overnight at the bus depot.

The buses will need to stop over the booster plates, before lowering the bus' own receiver plates and resting there for 10 minutes' charge time. The journey will then resume, exactly the same way ahere does.



The process is called 'inductive charging' and it involves electricity passing though wire coils in the plates that creates a magnetic field. The field then shares its voltage with the bus' receiver plates, charging them up.

Similar electric bus trials are being implemented in Italy, the Netherlands and Germany. In 2013, South Korea unveiled a 7.5-mile stretch of road, which recharges electric vehicles as they {you can find more drive over it, without requiring any charge time at all.

In an interview with the BBC, John Bint of Milton Keynes Council said, "Electric buses have huge potential and we're exploring how they can help us take better care of the environment without compromising passenger service,"

If these trial models prove to be successful, the Council plans to run them all across the town.

The environmental impact of this scheme is certainly considerable, with local councils potentially being able to significantly reduce their area's carbon footprint. In addition, the future development of electric buses can only help the similar evolution of the electric car, an invention that has the potential to seriously lower the world's carbon emissions.

Arup consultant John Miles who is also an engineering professor at Cambridge University, told BBC that, "These electric buses will be expected to do everything a diesel bus does (...) They will be operating on a demanding urban route, and that's all part of the trial's aim - to prove that electric buses can be tough as well as green."

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VTech Innolab: The Kids Are Alright

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Last night I found myself in the grip of a nightmare. In my dream, a Woman dressed like a Victorian widow was drowning me under a sheet of thick, impenetrable ice. Before that, I'd had a series of other nightmares involving a fire, a group of shadow-like stick figures slashing me with long nails and an attack by large tanks aimed at either shooting me or squashing me, whichever came first.

However, in a lucid state of dreaming, I was able to call on a 'Dream Guardian' of sorts, who furnished me with a magical suit of armour that allowed me to beat all of the challenges. I 'burst' the spindly shadow-men with a blast of light, I doused the fire with water, and I disabled the tanks with a single punch.

Yep, imagination is a powerful thing.

That's what worries me about tablets for kids. When I was a little boy, we played Sega Mega Drive, but I also had a leftover 70's Pocket Simon that I adored. Mostly however, it was playing with toys that allowed me to foster and develop the natural imagination that I now use every day in my other life as a contemporary fiction writer.

I immersed myself in comics, books and ghost stories and, in the process, found a career path that felt right to me (although, looking back, I probably should have paid attention in maths and been a banker).

Today's kids, growing up with tablet PCs, video games and blockbuster movies, may not have as much need for an imagination, or at least, that's what sometimes bothers me. I worry that kids who grow up with 'interactive literature' at their disposal, might become deathly bored with 'grown up' literature when they come of age, and that they might even grow to reject the printed word outright. Not only does 'Crime & Punishment' not have pictures, but the only options for playable mini games would have to be desperately macabre.

Pedantic and repetitive explanations don't necessarily teach children to use computers, either. Anybody can do anything if they have someone telling them over and over again how to do it. So, with more and more interactive toys and less and less cause to take up a cardboard box and 'just add wonder', it is easy to play a prophet of doom to a predicted generation of mindless kids, most of whom don't know how to actually be kids anymore.



However, in my capacity as a tech reviewer, I've found considerable cause to hope for better. After extensively reviewing the latest crop of kid's tablet PCs, I've actually found them to be, potentially, an exceptionally useful learning tool. In fact, provided that they are used as part of a 'balanced diet' (that also includes traditional picture books, regular play and stimulating creative exercises), a children's tablet can be a really enriching product.

With literally hundreds of apps available for cheap download, kids tablets can offer anything from reading and writing programs, to maths, elementary science and even foreign languages. The sheer variety available on tablets like the VTech Innolab or the Leapfrog LeapPad is actually amazing. Some of these tablets (such as the LeapPad) even have specially designed operating systems that give children a basic introduction to the underpinnings of MAC OS, Windows, or Android.

In fact, there's a lot to be said for interactive activities being better than more enriching than 'passive' activities like watching TV. Of course, there will be those parents who don't take the time to use the tablets with their children, but those parents are no different from those who use the TV as an all-purpose babysitter or those parents who never make the time to read to their children.

However, if you want your child to gain a basic grasp of computers and have access to an array of interactive learning facilities, then I can honestly say that you could do a lot worse than getting a kid's tablet.



In moderation a children's tablet can be a passport to excitement, adventure and a high degree of preschool learning. Remember though, I said moderation. Drawing, writing, reading and traditional play are still very much number one in my opinion.

After all, without a little imagination, the adult world can be one nightmare after another.

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