Aussie nano tech project gets AU$15m in global VC funding
A Queensland-based nanotech start-up has secured AU$15m in funding from a group of international biotechnology investors.
Internet use ‘rampant’: ASIO boss
Australia’s national security is at risk, according to the Director-General of ASIO – the Australian National Intelligence Organisation – partly because of “rampant use of the Internet”.
Net economy bigger than Ben Hur
The Internet isn’t just a curiousity or a medium for transmitting videos of cats and naughty bits: according to a Deloitte Access Economics report, its aggregate impact on the economy rivals that of Australia’s retail sector.
Apple job post hints at office web apps
An Apple job listing may indicate that the company is building new web-based versions of its iWork office applications.
Game graphics could be 100,000 times better
An Australian company claims to have developed technology to make computer game graphics "100,000 times better" than current-gen systems.
Pure Sirocco 550 music combo
ReviewPure has pumped out tabletop digital radios and pocket portables for yonks, but largely avoided micro hi-fi. The notable execptions being its DMX and Legato products a few years ago, the inexpensive DAB-equipped Sirocco 150 in 2009, and this new 550 model.
UK software and services market wedged in U-bend
The UK software and IT services (SITS) industry will limp along for at least the rest of this year and the next before staging a very gradual recovery.
HMRC online tax systems slammed by Private Forum for Biz
HM Revenues and Customs' sprawling online tax systems are not up to the job and small biz folk are paying the price, says the Forum of Private Business (FPB).
Reg readers ponder LOHAN's substantial globes
Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project is beginning to work up a good head of steam, as we begin to consider the practicalities of launching a rocket-powered spaceplane from under a whopping helium balloon at a not inconsiderable altitude.
EMC gets acceleration injection from Asankya
EMC is buying part of Asankya, an application acceleration start-up whose technology is good news for cloud storage suppliers.
Dragon Bannatyne threatens to break arms of 'Russian' bloke
Dragon's Den star Duncan Bannatyne upset the gentle sensibility of the twitterati yesterday, after he forgot he wasn't talking to one bloke down the pub when making empty threats to break the arms of a "Russian".
Samsung dives into spin-transfer torque
Samsung is going to walk the spin-transfer torque by buying Grandis, and will use its capabilities to develop next-generation memory.
Acoustic trauma: How wind farms make you sick
Industrial wind installations are creating a serious health issue, and comprehensive research is urgently needed, says a former Professor of Public Health.
Ofcom says no to web-blocking
Several decisions made today have far-reaching implications for every UK internet user. Telco quango Ofcom has effectively killed web-blocking reserve powers that were passed into law a year ago, by arguing that they probably won't work. The government also announced today that it is endorsing all the proposals made in Ian Hargreaves "Google Review" into intellectual property – which recommends a number of copyright exemptions, and weakening rights for individual creators, such as amateur and professional photographers. Further details for the implementation of the Digital Economy Act have been disclosed. And to add to your reading indigestion, the government has outlined an international IP strategy and a new IP crime policy.
Columbia debris emerges from Texas lake
A drought in Texas has revealed a piece of space shuttle Columbia, destroyed on re-entry over the state on 1 February, 2003.
Microsoft man saves drowning woman
The cries of a drowning woman were missed by headphone-sporting joggers, leaving her to be rescued by a Microsoft worker.
Antique Code ShowBullfrog’s innovative titles gave me some of my best 1990s gaming memories. Who could forget Populous and Dungeon Keeper? The pre-cyberpunk aesthetic of Syndicate mesmerised me and gave us Agent Smith before anyone had even heard of The Matrix. This game isn’t complex but as long as I have a Persuadertron, I am going to do well.
State-sponsored 5-year global cyberattack uncovered
A five-year operation targeting more than 70 global companies, governments and non-profit organisations was probably the work of an intelligence agency, according to McAfee.
MPs slam 'unworkable' one-size-fits-all NHS care records' system
The Department of Health has failed in its attempt to properly integrate electronic care records across the NHS system, MPs concluded in a scathing Public Accounts Committee report published this morning.
Sony Vita to control PlayStation 3
Sony is touting a new feature for PlayStation 3 that uses the forthcoming PS Vita as a controller, in a way that sounds suspiciously similar to Nintendo's next-gen console, the Wii U
Two solicitors fined and suspended for file-sharer letters
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has suspended two lawyers and fined them £20,000 each for sending out thousands of letters accusing people of illegally sharing files.
First smut site erected on .xxx address
The first porn site to use a .xxx web address has gone live, and domain manager ICM Registry has announced another way to make internet perving a "safer" experience.
RIM launches five BlackBerry smarties
Research in Motion launched five smartphones today that run on the BlackBerry 7 Operating System. This latest refresh represents RIM's largest ever global launch.
Patriot Wildfire 120GB Sata 3 SSD
ReviewPatriot Memory’s latest Wildfire Sata 3 SSDs come with the promise of read and write speeds in excess of 500MB/s along with read and write IOPS in the 60K region. All of this blazing speed is available in 120GB (£240), 240GB (£420) and 480GB capacities – a 60GB version is in production, but not currently available in the UK.
Union talks up offshoring dangers to UK economy
The Public and Commercial Services Union is warning that a wave of private sector jobs will inevitably move offshore as the government forces IT suppliers to cut costs.
UK police warns off hacktivists
UK police have taken the unusual step of warning prospective hacktivists that they risk arrest and prosecution if they get involved in denial of service or other forms of cyberattack.
Apple resellers squeezed out of volume licensing model
Channel bully boy Apple has got its Premium Resellers second-guessing whether they will again feature in its plans for volume licensing after they were told no margin will be paid on the recently unveiled Final Cut Pro X.
Ofcom clears 4G for maritime navigation
Ofcom's investigation into the potential for 4G telephony to knock out maritime radar has concluded that it just won't happen, at least not in any significant way.
Ofcom's DCMS's own blocking easily visible to world+dog
Technical klutz Ofcom* says web-blocking laws will be ineffective, and so should not be implemented. It did so today in a heavily readacted report – where the redactions were easily readable by the entire world. Ofcom has now removed the ineptly censored study and replaced it with a password-protected version.
Facebook buys ebook startup
Facebook has acquired Push Pop Press – a digital book publisher – for an undisclosed sum.
Twitter-control botnet mines Bitcoins
Cybercrooks have begun using botnets of compromised machines to mine units of the Bitcoin virtual currency.
Amazon Free Apps start to rile developers
Amazon app store isn't following its promise to kick back at least a fifth of the asking price, unilaterally deciding that free promotion is worth more than cash in developers' pockets.
Yahoo! Mail! users! complain! of! server! flatline!
Many Yahoo! Mail users have been shunted off the service in the past few hours.
Exam results texted out early in Scotland
Almost 30,000 Scottish students got their Higher results this afternoon, instead of tomorrow morning as it should have been, potentially giving them early access to the university clearing system.
Mainframers drop EU antitrust complaints against IBM
IBM's iron grip on its big iron business just got a little tighter. Three small companies that have been trying for years to carve out little niches in the System z mainframe market have all withdrawn their complaints with the European Union's antitrust authorities.
Pure revamps portable DAB
With the proposed digital switchover stalling, digital audio broadcasting has yet to dominate the airwaves. Pure's dedication to the format appears undaunted though with its new portable DAB and FM radio player announced this week.
It's official: Journos are dumb as a bag of IE users
A recent online research study indicating that Internet Explorer users have lower IQs than other browser users was likely bollox.
OCZ jumps harder on enterprise PCIe bandwagon
OCZ has announced its third Z-drive refresh in two years, with the Z-Drive R4 going more than four times faster than the first version product.
Researchers poke gaping holes in Google Chrome OS
Black HatGoogle has billed its Chrome operating system as a security breakthrough that's largely immune to the threats that have plagued traditional computers for decades. With almost nothing stored on its hard drive and no native applications, there's no sensitive data that can pilfered and it can't be commandeered when attackers exploit common software vulnerabilities.
Google waggles free* Android phones at Americans
Google is offering Americans a free Nexus S Android phone from its rather popular homepage.
Aussie court denies bail to accused hacker 'Evil' Cecil
Australian hacking cause célèbre, David Noel Cecil, who goes by the nickname of "Evil", remains behind bars after being formally refused bail yesterday at Cowra Local Court.
Turnbull lays out alternative architecture
Australia’s opposition communications spokesperson Malcolm Turnbull has outlined further details of his proposed model for the Australian broadband market.
Google claims 'bogus patent' conspiracy against Android
Google chief legal officer David Drummond has claimed that Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, and other companies have waged a "hostile, organized campaign" against Google's Android operating system using "bogus patents".