IFA 2011: What we'll see and what we'd like to see
IFA in Berlin is a huge trade show that’s kicking off for the press today and continuing until the 7th of September.
It’s an opportunity for lots of different brands from all over the globe to showcase their gadgets and there’ll be a huge mix of consumer tech on display, from home appliances through to sleek little tablets.
We’ll be picking out some interesting bits and pieces for you all over the next few days, but in the meantime let’s speculate about what might be unveiled at the show, as well as a few dream products we wish would be unveiled…
TVs screens more like cinema screens
What? HUGE, 3D, super sleek TV screens aren’t new. But, we’re expecting more and more brands to offer products that boast better quality picture and sound than ever before.
Who? Philips, LG. Check out Tech Digest’s write up of LG’s LW980T Cinema 3D TV already.
A range of new tablets
What? It seems more and more big tech brands want a slice of the ever-growing tablet pie, so we can expect a LOT of different models from the usual suspects if recent rumours are anything to go by.
Who? Samsung, Toshiba, Sony, HTC.
What? I want to be able to hover. On a board. Like the Thundercats.
Who? I’m thinking some kind of weird and wonderful collaboration between Virgin Galactic and Porsche.
Smaller, sleeker e-readers
What? This is much the same story as tablets, everyone wants in on the action and this competition means we’re seeing some brilliant new products being launched onto the market.
Who? Acer, Sony.
A whole new level of entertainment
What? There have been a lot of rumours about new services which aim to bring together music, film, TV and gaming all in one place with plenty of social integration to boot.
Who? Sony, Panasonic,
What? A lot of our favourite gadgets and devices now have smooth little touch screens, but what about the ones that don’t? Far too often I’ve tried to swipe the display on a cash machine, or scroll down a web page on my laptop by mashing my hand against the screen. So, I’d like magical screens to be unveiled that could easily and quickly replace EVERY boring, non-touchable screen out there.
Who? Apple, maybe?
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Night Stalker rapist Alvin Phee smiled as he was led from the dock after a judge jailed him for life for violently attacking 18 elderly victims.
The 53-year-old serial sex predator had showed no emotion as witness impact statements were read out at Woolwich Crown Court, where a jury had previously convicted him of 29 charges.
Mr Justice Rook told the former minicab driver that he must serve at least 27 years before ever being considered for release.
“Your utter depravity knows no bounds,” said the judge.
You targeted elderly victims living alone. Your actions blighted the remaining precious years of their lives
Mr Justice Rook
Phee’s attacks began in 1992 and continued up to the night of his arrest in November 2009.
He preyed on victims in southeast London, breaking into homes before raping and sexually assaulting some of the occupants.
The judge told Phee: “You targeted elderly victims living alone. Your actions blighted the remaining precious years of their lives.
“It’s hard to imagine the extreme fear that the feel of your gloved hand and the sight of your masked figure looming above them must have been felt by your victims in their beds.”
cctv of Phee and audio of victim’s emergency call
A lady in her 80s told the court she still felt “a huge amount of resentment” towards Phee.
A police blunder in 1999 had led to officers investigating another man with the same name after they were given a tip-off. It left Phee free to carry on his campaign of horrific abuse for another 10 years.
After his arrest, Phee told police that his son Alvin Junior could be the “Night Stalker”.
Then he tried to fit up his ex-wife Janet Watson, claiming she had collected and stored his semen and saliva and left it at the crime scenes after a male accomplice had committed the sex attacks.
Mr Justice Rook said the attempt to blame Mrs Watson was “truly wicked”.
Phee claimed that he had been set by his wife
Phee’s barrister acknowledged that his client’s crimes were “uniquely revolting” and said he could not put forward any personal mitigation.
However, he asked the judge to consider Phee’s age when imposing a minimum tariff.
Phee’s oldest victim was widow Lilian Wilde, who was 89 when he broke into her home and raped her twice. She has since died.
Mrs Wilde was one of 203 suspected victims police know about, but they believe there could be hundreds more who have never come forward.
Phee has already spent a year and 129 days in custody awaiting trial and will not be allowed to apply for parole until he is 78, the court heard.