You can now buy and download classic TV shows from the BBC’s new digital store


Fans of classic British TV shows will be happy to hear that the BBC has decided to make its archive of content available to purchase and download via its newly opened BBC Store. Programs such as Doctor Who, Top Gear and Only Fools and Horses, wildlife documentaries from Sir David Attenborough, and reality programs such as The Great British Bake Off are only a few examples of the array of content available.

All told, there’s around 7,000 hours worth of content available via the BBC Store, with prices ranging from £1.89 for a single episode, £7.99 for a season, while 3 seasons of Orphan Black will cost £34.99.

For the moment, BBC Store content can only be viewed via offline apps on PC’s and Mac’s, although the BBC is apparently working on standalone BBC Store apps for Android and iOS. And while purchased content will show up under ‘My Programmes’ on the iPlayer website, said content is unable to be streamed via the official iPlayer apps.

While the BBC Store would appear to have been launched somewhat prematurely, thanks to its content currently only being able to be viewed on PC’s and Macs, the British Broadcasting Corporation is working on the issue. With tons of classic British TV shows to choose from, the BBC Store would appear to be a winning move from the BBC once it’s possible to view the content on more devices. Sadly, for readers outside of the UK, content is currently only able to be purchased from the BBC Store with a UK debit or credit card.

You can get 25% discount off your first purchase by entering the code WELCOME25 at checkout.


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Beware of cheap USB Type-C cables, warns Google engineer


The introduction of USB Type-C cables and devices is ushering in a new age of convenience, but it seems that not all cables are created equal. While it might be tempting to purchase a cheaper adapter cable to connect up your new gadgets, Google Engineer Benson Leung has been testing a few of them and has found that many aren’t actually suitable for use with his Chromebook Pixel laptop.

One of the important features with USB Type-C and 3.1 is support for 3A charging currents and this is where a number of budget cables are failing to match the standard’s specifications. Worryingly, this can be quite dangerous to hardware, as legacy devices may not be able to handle the charging currents when using adapter cables.

For example, when connecting up to an older USB 2.0 Micro-B charger with a Type-C adapter, the cable is supposed to provide a 56kΩ pull up resistor to the Vbus connector pin so that the host device correctly identifies the connected charger as a legacy device to lower the charging current to 1.5A or 2.4A. If you are using the USB cable for charging, the missing resistor could result in devices drawing more current from older chargers or hubs than they can handle, which clearly isn’t good.

Leung has found that a number of cables supplied on Amazon are missing this resistor or using 10kΩ instead, and therefore can’t charge up his Pixel laptop correctly. He has posted a series of reviews on a number of cables and also has instructions to help Pixel owners test their own cables.

If you’re concerned about this, your best bet is probably to stick with cables from reputable retailers. Adapters from FREiEQ, Belkin and iOrange all pass the test, or you can always use cables provided by your device manufacturer to ensure the correct support.

This Bond supercut will remind you how silly 007’s gadgets are

The one thing you’re likely to learn from this supercut of James Bond gadgets is that James Bond gadgets really are very silly. The franchise has gone back and forth on the silliness quotient over the years (swinging unexpectedly and disastrously back towards the comic in the latest film, Spectre), but judged as a whole there are certainly more rocket-firing boomboxes and grappling-hook watches than there are, hmm, no, I can’t really think of a non-silly gadget.

Perhaps that’s the point — there are no silly gadgets. A non-silly gadget is just a gun or a telephone, but they don’t really count. Still, there are some classics in this compilation put together by YouTube channel Burger Fiction. (Which has also done supercuts for improbable…

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Poll: How many remote controls do you have?

How many remote controls do you have in your living room? I’m talking physical remotes that control media playing on your TV, including games. In other words, how many traditional remote controls do you have in addition to game controllers cluttering up your end tables?

I had the rare good fortune of consolidating devices plugged into my television this week after purchasing the new Apple TV. Thanks to the new app store and apps like Plex and Air Video, I was able to upgrade my existing Apple TV hardware and get rid of my WD media streamer and its remote. But I also added a SteelSeries Nimbus games controller in the process. That brings the total number of remotes in my living room to four (TV, cable box, Apple TV, and Nimbus). Far…

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