PETA, the US Animal rights organization, is challenging scientists to create test-tube meat for a cash reward, in a similar vein as X Prize Foundation.
Mac SecretsMac Secrets Welcome my second “peek behind the scenes” for Cocoa developers. I enjoyed the responses to the first installment, both for and against, and especially the lively email exchanges, some of which I plan to pick up on in the near future! For now, though, let me just emphasize a couple of important points.
At least one Strategy Boutique believes that Google is the most powerful brand on the planet.
Logica will cut 1,300 jobs as part of a restructuring announced by chief executive Andy Green this morning.
The average spending by companies on information security defences has tripled over the last six years, resulting in the overall cost to UK business of reported security breaches dropping by a third.
The disgraced chairman of Samsung quit the firm today in a bid to save its reputation, after he and nine other senior executives were indicted on tax dodging charges.
The Government will create a list of "crown jewel" events whose tickets cannot be sold on once bought. If the ticketing industry will not sign up to the voluntary scheme the Government has threatened to legislate.
Intel has tweaked its processor price list, knocking up to 50 per cent off what it charges for desktop CPUs.
Asus will release an Atom-based version of its Eee PC early in June, a number of company executives have said.
AnalysisAnalysis Last week, the Times obtained an MoD document relating to the Iran sailors seizure fracas last year. It was heavily redacted, but there was a paragraph left which referred to the well-known fact that part of the maritime boundary between Iraqi and Iranian waters has never been agreed by Iran.
Evolution Robotics has finally found a home for its generic product recognition technology. The firm will embed it in camera phones from Japan's Bandai Networks in the spring.
It’s been a while since we heard anything from Nokia’s XpressMusic department, but the Finnish phone giant is keeping the beat going with two additions to the music-focused range.
South Korea has begun training seven puppies cloned from a Canadian labrador retriever named Chase, reckoned by the country's customs officials to be their best sniffer dog, the BBC reports.
ReviewReview How do you improve on an existing product? Well, you can change the colour, you can add new features... or you can do what Canon has done with the Ixus 970 and give it a radical new redesign.
Sony has pushed back the release of Home, the PlayStation 3's answer to Second Life, yet again, pending 'refinements' it believes it needs to make to the service.
Microsoft and Novell yesterday announced plans to extend their interoperability alliance by tapping into the increasingly lucrative Chinese market. The software companies said in a joint statement that they were placing "particular emphasis" on the People's Republic to jointly market and sell Novell's SuSE Linux distribution in that country.
Forgotten TechForgotten Tech Is Palm about to put its once-canned Foleo notebook-alternative back on the agenda? That's one possible conclusion to draw from a claim the company's currently seeking testers for an "innovative new product".
Pictures of cars and number plates from London's congestion charge zone, even outside of its operating hours, can now be exported wholesale to the US authorities, it was claimed yesterday - but regulators refuse to answer questions about it.
The US Transport Security Administration (TSA) has celebrated the successful trial of 'see through clothes' scanners by ordering 30 more of the millimeter wave devices for Los Angeles and JFK International airports this spring. The scanners, which produce a whole, naked, body image, have been in use at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport since October last year, following an earlier deployment there of backscatter whole body scanners.
Last week, news broke that the Pentagon had selected three design teams to contend for its "Vulture" project, in which enormous yet frail unmanned flying wings will cruise for years on end in the upper reaches of the atmosphere. Details of the plans are expected later this month, but some intriguing information has already leaked out.
What's the story with Phorm, NebuAd, and other behavioral targeting firms that track user data from inside the world's ISPs? In some cases, even the ISP can't tell you.
Information Commissioner Richard Thomas is again telling UK companies to sort out their data protection systems as the number of reported losses of private information keeps on growing.
LogoWatch exclusiveLogoWatch exclusive In April last year, London design outfit FHD proudly announced it would be rebranding the UK's Office of Government Commerce (OGC) - the HM Treasury tentacle "responsible for improving value for money by driving up standards and capability in procurement".
It takes a special kind of American to be fascinated by ricin, and last week the latest, Roger Von Bergendorff, was indicted in the District Court of Nevada. Bergendorff possibly qualifies for an award in failed Darwinism, being the only person in recent times to have seemingly accidentally poisoned himself with the protein toxin, but not quite effectively enough for the FBI to have nothing to do except attend his funeral.
The President of videogame developer Epic Games has compared Nintendo's Wii console to a “virus”, despite having caught bought one himself.
AVG Technologies plans to release a revamped version of its popular, free anti-malware scanner on Thursday.
Honda's latest innovation lets Japanese drivers know if they should be rolling up the windows and locking their doors, or if they've found the ideal spot to abandon their vehicle, by downloading local crime figures to their GPS unit.
A mobile phone security researcher has been left baffled by UK government airport authorities, who impounded basic equipment while claiming that he could be illegally exporting high-end code breaking technology.
Microsoft's Office 2007 Word documents do not conform to the newly-approved Open XML (OXML) international standard. Alex Brown, who heads up the group responsible for maintaining the OXML standard at the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO), revealed the less-than-pretty findings in a blog post late last week.
Teradata, the big daddy of data warehousing, has finally responded to the appliance challenge by rolling out a new family of systems that cater to customers with various budgets.
Microsoft’s has lost its attempt to overturn a key ruling in the Windows Vista Capable lawsuit. The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed the decision in a court order yesterday.
Retailer Comet has announced that it’ll soon start selling a Hitachi super-thin LCD TV to European telly addicts.
The web’s currently rife with speculation that Sony might launch a PlayStation 3 movie downloads service this summer.
AT&T's Q1'08 results show the telco, along with the American public, is becoming ever more reliant on wireless.
Contrary to what some of you may believe, one cannot live in a laptop, according to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the US.
Violin Memory sells a solid state disk (SSD) appliance, using DRAM and not flash memory, and FalconStor is supporting this to make its latest software perform very much faster. Blocks and Files was able to talk with Morgan Littlewood, VP of Marketing at Violin Memory, and ask him some questions about solid state disks.
Music's best-known "futurist" has admitted his latest business idea has flopped and the service will close. Gerd Leonard of "Music 2.0" fame, who popularised the phrase "music flows like water", has discovered that on the internet, revenue flows like set cement.
European Union regulators may be preparing for an anti-trust review of IBM, following on the complaints of start-up mainframe challenger, Platform Solutions (PSI).
InterviewInterview On Thursday, the Ubuntu 8.04 magic happens. The operating system - called Hardy Heron at playgrounds around Silicon Valley - goes up for download in its various forms, most notably Server and Desktop.
Rambus, the fast memory designer, has won its appeal to overturn a 2004 Federal Trade Commission anti-trust ruling.
Jerry Yang today hailed Yahoo!'s "extraordinary" Q1 results, citing the besieged firm's ability to execute, against a backdrop of economic uncertainty and Microsoft's unwelcome bid to buy the company.
SOFCON 2008SOFCON 2008 Nokia's chief technology officer believes the mobile phone industry will soon have a standard platform.
Hitachi Data Systems is celebrating Earth Day by announcing the most eco-friendly and power-efficient enterprise-class data center ever constructed — that is, ignoring the slight complication that it hasn't actually been constructed yet.
The frenzied folks on Wall Street have come to terms with the realities of a slower growing VMware.