Refund offer by Apple

The message was sent to all iTunes users who've made an in-app purchase which involves paying for extra content already downloaded an app.

Can lightning charge a mobile phone?

Scientists from Southampton have collaborated with a mobile phone firm to see if they can harness the power of lightning for personal use.

Sunny delight for 1,500 homes

Local residents have successfully taken over a solar farm - making it the largest community owned solar farm in the world.

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New technology makes life easier for visually impaired

More than two thousand visually impaired people from across Hampshire are coming together to find out how new technology could make their lives easier. The exhibition at the Ageas Bowl near Southampton will also show the range of services available.

One in five people over 75 will suffer sight loss in the UK and those numbers are set to double over the next 50 years as the average age of our population increases.


Dorset company marks 50th anniversary of lava lamps

Video. Older viewers will remember when lava lamps first brightened up our lives. Back in the 1960s the colourful lamps arrived on the scene and we were fascinated as globules of brightly coloured oil drifted up and down in a glass tube.

Over the years they've been in and out of fashion, but they've stood the test of time. As Martin Dowse explains, the factory where they are made has been marking the 50th anniversary of the lava lamp.


Reading receives electric car chargers

Reading will receive several electric car charging points following a successful bid for Government funding.

The Department of Transport has announced that Reading Borough Council will receive a grant of £127,500 to help to pay for five charging sites.

The grant will cover 75% of the cost and the Council will provide the remaining 25% of the cost from sponsorship or Transport budgets.

The money includes:

  • £112,500 to install three rapid charge points for electric vehicles. The chargers recover 80% of an electric vehicle's battery in 20-30 minutes, facilitating longer journeys.
  • £15,000 to install two fast charge points which charge an electric vehicle in 3-4 hours.

I am very pleased that the Council's bid for this funding has been successful. We are committed to supporting Reading's Climate Change Strategy and this will be an important contribution to reducing CO2 emissions on local roads.

The provision of these charging points will help to encourage local motorists to make the switch from petrol and diesel-powered cars and this will bring environmental benefits."

– Tony Page, Lead Councillor for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport

Council's climate change action plan

Reducing energy consumption is at the top of the list for one Hampshire council in its Climate Change Action Plan. Eastleigh has already dropped CO2 emissions from buildings and is now aiming to drop those from its fleet of vehicles.

A lthough already performing well with residential recycling, the council wants to increase those levels while reducing waste from its own buildings.

Students restore radio telescope

It was the height of technological expertise in the 1960s, but has lain derelict for years.

Radio satellite
Radio satellite Credit: ITV News Meridian

Now, despite being overgrown, rusting and covered in moss, a radio telescope at the University of Kent is to have new life breathed into it by 'A' level students at a local school.

A-Level students from Simon Langton Grammar inspect the telescope
A-Level students from Simon Langton Grammar inspect the telescope Credit: ITV News Meridian

The pupils at Simon Langton Grammar want to restore the telescope and peer into the distant reaches of our universe.

Dr Geoff MacDonald from the University of Kent said "It can be refurbished certainly and now days its is actually easier to do radio astronomy in an amateur way than it was forty years ago because of the good quality of receivers, especially thanks to the development of satellite TV".

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