Argentina: home of Bavarian lager
Beer has been around for millennia, but lager is more recent, invented in Germany about 600 years ago. Its secret is a particular yeast, and now American scientists believe they’ve identified an ancestor of that yeast – in Argentina.
Data for 43,000 at Yale winds up in Google search results
Yale University has warned 43,000 people that their names and Social Security numbers were publicly accessible for 10 months to anyone with an internet connection.
Kremlin green lights Siberia-Alaska tunnel
In a couple of decades, you may be able to board a train at London's St Pancras Station, chug through the Chunnel traveling east, and – eventually – end up at New York City's Grand Central Station, having never disembarked.
NetApp throws in free Flash Cache
NetApp is providing 512GB – not 512MB – of free Flash Cache on the FAS6240 and 6280 arrays and the V6240 and 6280 controllers.
99% of UK gov websites are breaking the law
Most public sector organisations do not ask internet users' consent to cookie tracking, a survey has said.
VW Scirocco BlueMotion Technology TDI 140
ReviewStyle, practicality, economy and sporting performance - not necessarily aspects of the car makers’ art you would expect to find all combined in a single model. But that’s what you'll get with the arrival of a new generation of rather desirable but also extremely frugal diesel coupés from the likes of Renault and Volkswagen.
Misco reaps harvest of rage in Twitter Touchpad debacle
Misco has earned the wrath of the Twitterati after it screwed up an HP Touchpad offer.
TMS buckles up first MLC flash product
News from the flash front: TMS has a more affordable small flash SAN product that's higher capacity than the RamSan 710 speed rocket.
LG to demo mouse with diddy doc scanner
Remember those handheld documents scanners that became all the rage in the late 1980s? LG is bringing them back, kind of, by building scanner tech into… a mouse.
Sony shows next Nex system cameras
Sony has unwrapped this year's additions to its Nex line of compact cameras with interchangeable lenses: the 5N and the 7.
UK could have flooded world with iPods - Sir Humphrey
AnalysisBritain could have invented the iPod – if it wasn't for a copyright law that everyone ignores. So says the UK government in a remarkable economic justification of the so-called "Google Review", the Review of IP and Growth led by Ian Hargreaves. The document was written for the government by civil servants at the IPO, part of the business department BIS.
Logitech unwraps fold-away keyboard for iPad
Logitech has introduced yet another keyboard for the iPad 2. In addition to its clip-on keyboard and its basic Bluetooth deck comes the Fold-up Keyboard into which the Qwerty layout splits then slides into a stand.
Amphibious Nazi raccoons menace Sweden
Sweden is bracing for an amphibious assault by a considerable force of raccoon dogs and raccoons, poised to cross the Öresund strait which separates the country from neighbouring Denmark.
Secret list of celebrity .xxx domains removed from market
Hundreds, possibly thousands of celebrities have had their names permanently banned from the new .xxx adults-only internet domain.
AlertMe network power-meter kit: Suitable for techies?
ReviewSimply measuring and monitoring energy usage helps people conserve, and helps avoid unexpected high bills while 'leccy prices are rising as quickly as they are now. Consumption monitors save cash and the planet, which is why UK.gov is keen on getting smart meters in every home, although these are probably rather less polished than AlertMe's kit.
US and Russia to give uranium to ANYONE
So the US is making more nuclear fuel. And they're willing to offer that fuel, alongside the Russians, to countries who cannot get nuclear fuel for political reasons. Recklessness carried to extremes, surely?
Britain's iconic red phonebox turns 75
The most recognisable form of Britain's much-loved red telephone kiosk celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.
Agency sends contractors' day rates to 800 RBS staff
Recruitment agency Hays has committed a massive blunder at the Royal Bank of Scotland.
BBC crowdsourced mobile map: A bit quirky, but useful
The Beeb has released its long-expected crowdsourced map of UK mobile coverage.
Performance monitoring is Someone Else's Problem
Douglas Adams obviously knew what makes an IT shop tick. In Life, the Universe, and Everything, he identified the Somebody Else’s Problem (SEP) field, which renders some things not so much invisible as unnoticeable. For a while, the imminent collapse of the Greek economy was an SEP, until it became too big to ignore.
Facebook ditches Places - but embiggens location tracking
Facebook is abandoning its Places feature after just one year since it launched the function – at the same time, location settings within the social network are being ramped up.
Samsung gets alphabetical with its smartphones
Samsung has followed in Nokia's recent footsteps by launching fresh devices alongside a new labelling strategy which aims to organise its products into a more logical system.
Nokia accidentally unveils OS it should have had in 2009
Nokia is expected to unveil the a major refresh of its Symbian OS today, bringing it bang up to date with competitive phones from two years ago. Owners of more recent Symbian^3 models should be able to update their handsets eventually.
VMware turns shrink ray on open source dev cloud
VMware has created a really tiny version of its open source developer cloud.
Room-temperature brown dwarf spied just 9 light-years off
Scientists perusing data collected by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have spotted some really cool stars – brown dwarfs with an atmospheric temperature as low as an agreeable 25°C.
Chinese buying more PCs than Americans
China bought more PCs than the US in the second quarter this year, making it the largest computer market in the world for the first time, according to market research firm IDC.
NFC phone-tap app makes money!
Touchanote is getting $50,000 of Evernote's VC cash as the winner of the company's developer competition, turning Touchanote into the most profitable NFC app ever.
Open source cloud-builder respawn: Eucalyptus 3.0 looms
Marten Mickos and Eucalyptus have pumped new life into their build-your-own–cloud platform, revamping its approach to open source while adding new code designed to protect users from catastrophic failures.
Just how will Apple restrict device-ID snooping in iOS 5?
Apple is planning to phase out unique device identifiers from iOS 5, according to documentation sent out to developers, possibly to stop people worrying about their privacy on iPhones and iPads.
comScore sued over 'sinister' data collection methods
Data collection outfit comScore has rejected a lawsuit that alleges the company violates US privacy laws, by saying the claims are "without merit and full of factual inaccuracies".
How to stay out of big trouble from little devices
Here's the tricky thing about mobile security: the perfect storm of smartphone threats is always just over the horizon. Every couple of years, the vendors are up in arms about it and predict handheld apocalypse.
Amazon man to shoot his pocket rocket this afternoon
Blue Origin, the private space-rocket firm founded by Jeff Bezos of Amazon fame, is to conduct a rocket test this afternoon (Wednesday 24 August).
ASA bitchslaps Motorola on 'most powerful' Atrix boast
The UK's Advertising Standards Agency has upheld complaints about the TV ad for Motorola's Atrix, which stated that the gadget was "the world's most powerful smartphone".
Motorola pitches Qwerty smartphone at FaceTweeters
Here's the Motorola Fire, the "budget-friendly" Android 2.3 smartphone the company will be bringing to Blighty in the coming months.
iGamer“For fuck's sake, Mum. I asked for the appBlaster; not the fucking appWheel. You've totally fucked Christmas. No wonder dad's shacked up with that 26-year-old stunner. I fucking hate you!”
Russian Progress space truck crashes in Siberia
UpdatedThe Russians have lost an unmanned Progress supply vessel which blasted off at 13:00 GMT today from Baikonur Cosmodrome en route to the International Space Station.
Misery at Acer: 'Breaking even this year is impossible'
Acer has announced its first-ever quarterly loss as a veritable vortex of inventory backlogs, internal reshuffling, sluggish PC demand and runaway iPad popularity chewed through its profits.
Google settles illegal drug ad probe for $500 million
Google has agreed to pay $500 million to settle a US Department of Justice investigation into allegations that it allowed Canadian pharmacies to advertise on its US search engine, facilitating the illegal importation of controlled and non-controlled substances into the country.
Dish eyes 4G LTE wireless network
Dish Networks is following LightSquared's lead in applying to the FCC to be relieved of its obligation to use satellite frequencies for satellite communications.
Nervous Samsung seeks Android Plan F. Or G, H ....
Samsung has changed its mind and may join an Korean consortium producing an open alternative to Android. The strategy shift has been prompted by Google's proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility – and reflects the vertical integration structure whereby Google both licenses Android and competes with its licensees in handsets. This is according to Korea's Deputy Minister of the Knowledge Economy, Kim Jae-hong, cited here.
'Devastating' Apache bug leaves servers exposed
Maintainers of the Apache webserver are racing to patch a severe weakness that allows an attacker to use a single PC to completely crash a system and was first diagnosed 54 months ago.
Apple wins (another) Samsung Android injunction in EU
A Dutch court has warmed the hearts of Apple's patent Nazis, issuing a preliminary injunction against the sale of three Samsung Android phones: the Galaxy S, the Galaxy S II, and the Ace.
Tech23 unearths tech innovators downunder
Australia’s leading start-up showcase Tech23 has recognized five early-stage Australian technology companies to share in a pool of $150,000 in cash prizes.
Vandal posts official's nude pic to protest cell shutdown
Online vandals protesting the recent shutdown of cellphone service at San Francisco subway stations posted a nude photo of the transit agency spokesman who took responsibility for the highly controversial move.