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3D printing for artificial blood vessels
In Pay the Printer, Philip K Dick imagined a species called “Printers” who could organically create perfect copies of complex objects. In this world, the increasingly-popular 3D printer can’t create a car, but its ability to produce simple 3D objects is being used to create blood vessels.
Diminutive robot to attempt Iron Man Triathalon
A 20-inch robot powered by just three rechargeable batteries will take on the gruelling Iron Man triathlon course. Because it can.
Anobit brings out second generation of Genesis SSD
Anobit's second-generation Genesis solid-state drive has pretty much double the performance of its first-gen sibling.
Buckinghamshire council seeks managed ICT deal
Buckinghamshire County Council has invited tenders for a wide range of managed ICT services which will be underpinned by the Public Services Network (PSN).
Google reveals 'leap smear' NTP technique
Google has to lie to computers in order not to upset them with the vagaries of earthly time.
New Intel 710: The numbers don't look good
Intel's delayed 710 SSD, its X25-E replacement, has arrived at last, after having been initially outed back in July.
Intel: You may already be using Xeon E5 without knowing it
IDF 2011Do you know why Intel hasn't launched the Sandy Bridge-EP Xeon E5 processor for two-socket servers? Neither do we, but after attending Intel Developer Forum last week, we have some pretty good guesses.
Verity's secret shame revealed
StobI defrosted my ideas box, and found several morsels which wouldn't make a whole meal in themselves, but nonetheless needed eating.
M-Audio Keystation Mini 32
Geek Treat of the WeekIt always pays to read the fine print, especially when it’s to be found on the bottom of a box, while on the top the label says, ‘Works with iPad’. Such is the case with M-Audio’s Keystation Mini 32, a really rather good portable keyboard controller for mobile musos and the classroom.
Samsung preps anti-iPhone 5 lawsuit before it's even out
Samsung will try to get the iPhone 5 banned in Korea by using a patent lawsuit to block the phone, a source has told the Korean Times.
Google now a serious rival to Microsoft in cloud email
Gmail is emerging as a threat to the big boys in the enterprise email industry, despite holding just one per cent of the market and Google's refusal to tweak its service to suit individual customers. The Chocolate Factory also faces a bitter battle with Microsoft in the email cloud space - a war that could trample over other providers, an analyst has warned.
Oracle rushes out emergency Apache DoS patch
Oracle broke with tradition with the publication of an unscheduled security update last weekend.
Computacenter networking boss Godwin heads to Avnet
Avnet Technology Solutions has plucked Computacenter's (CC) data centre and networking boss Henry Godwin from the UK to run its Middle East and Africa operation.
Angry Birds theme park takes off in China
An Angry Birds theme park has opened in China where punters can literally catapult cuddly squawkers at green pig balloons scattered among delicately built toy castles.
Chinese bloke gets eel lodged up todger
A Chinese man who slid into a spa tub full of eels to enjoy some rejuvenating piscine exfoliation ended up in hospital with one of the slippery customers lodged firmly up his todger.
Drupal's Torvalds figure gets life-sucking Android app
"Is this for real?" the Torvalds of Drupal tweeted this weekend, before continuing: "Dries Buytaert Android App". Yes, Dries, it is real.
Give me 10 gig Ethernet now!
Data storage demands within the enterprise grow every year. Managing this data is a challenge for organisations of all sizes, writes Trevor Pott.
Pirate party hauls in Berlin state election booty
Piratenpartei Deutschland, the German Pirate Party, has won 8.9 per cent of votes cast in Berlin's state elections. It is the highest vote share the oddballs have ever received in Germany, and early estimates suggest the vote earns it 14 or 15 seats in the 130-seat Berlin regional parliament. The vote also saw a 17.6 per cent vote for the Greens in a strong gesture against the established parties.
Royal rugby star bar snog CCTV upload - bouncer in court
A man has appeared in court after allegedly uploading CCTV footage that apparently showed England rugby star Mike Tindall being kissed by a blonde woman.
Gaps in the apps mean shops miss out on sales
UK shops in every industry are missing out on millions of pounds in additional sales because they don't have online services, or the ones they do have aren't good enough to close out sales, according to a new study.
Qualcomm showing signs of turning soft with age
AnalysisThere's more to learn from the absences at Qualcomm's annual showcase than from what's actually on the shelves, with colour screens and wireless charging pushed out by social networking and augmented reality.
Apple MacBook Air 11in Core i5 notebook
ReviewFor years this particular Mac user preferred to carry around an X-Series ThinkPad, despite having a house full of Apple laptops. That's because Apple could offer nothing with comparable size and weight. It was worth putting up with Windows or Ubuntu to gain the convenience of a smaller lighter machine.
The amazing shipping container: How it changed the world
Keith Tantlinger has just died. He's someone you almost certainly haven't heard of and someone who – along with Malcolm McLean (no, not McLaren) – changed our world to the extent that it would have been almost unrecognisable to our forefathers. They also – if you want to squint at it – made the European Union redundant six months before it even started.
Google grasps German Groupon-a-like
Google has acquired coupon site, DailyDeal.de, according to a statement on the German company's website.
Lanci's Lenovo move 'negative' for Acer – Morgan Stanley
Lenovo's appointment of PC industry big hitter Gianfranco Lanci will heap further pressure on his former employer Acer, according to Morgan Stanley.
Go Daddy mass hack points surfers towards malware
Hundreds of Go Daddy sites were compromised to point towards a site hosting malware last weekend.
Maxima turns to M&A veteran after sale talks go stale
Maxima has hired buy-and-build specialist Ian Smith as a non-exec director in the wake of its failed attempt to sell the business.
Online gamers strike major blow in battle against AIDS
A bunch of gamers have untangled the structure of a key protein in the virus that causes AIDS, a mystery that has left scientists stumped for decades.
Avere menaces NetApp with accelerators
Avere says it is capturing business that would have gone to NetApp because its clustered accelerators cost less than NetApp storage upgrades, and run faster.
NASA releases asteroid flyby video from Dawn probe
NASA has released a new video showing Vesta, giant queen of the asteroid belt, in unprecedented detail.
Blighty's Android fans get British English voice control
Google has revealed that Voice Actions, the series of spoken commands that allows users to control their Android phone just by talking to it, now supports good ol' British English.
Dell: HP's PC exit is an opportunity, not a death knell
It doesn't want to buy out Hewlett Packard's PC business, but Dell is going to keep making and selling computers – Michael Dell told FT.com yesterday. Dell sees HP's surprise exit from the field as an opportunity for Dell rather than a harbinger of doom for the industry.
Japan's biggest defence contractor hit by hackers
Japan's biggest defence contractor, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has become the victim of a malware-based hack attack.
NASA: Beam me up some power, Scotty
NASA boffins are looking into making a science-fiction staple - the idea of transmitting power to spacecraft using lasers or microwaves - into reality.
Boffins crack smartphone Wi-Fi for greater battery life
Researchers have worked out another method for dramatically boosting a smartphone's battery life, by devising a new "subconscious" mode of operation.
Fox turns LightSquared political
Wannabe network operator LightSquared is under attack from Republicans who have asked for an investigation into whether the White House pressured its Air Force Space Commander into changing his testimony on possible GPS interference caused by LightSquared's activities.
Microsoft's high-risk Windows 8 .NET switch
Netflix: How to completely screw up
As recently as June, Netflix looked like one of the biggest consumer success stories in digital media. The company was already synonymous with DVDs-by-email, an idea imitated worldwide, and was bundling on-demand TV and movie streaming at an incredibly low price. By May, Netflix traffic had overtaken Bittorrent volumes in the USA. accounting for a quarter of US IP packets. After years of prattle, somebody had persuaded the mass market to pay for video on demand over the internet.
IBM pitches overclocked Xeons to Wall Street
Big Blue has joined the ranks of server makers that are pitching servers using over-clocked processors to latency-sensitive financial services companies.
Apple makes a hash of password security (again)
Apple has dropped a couple of monumental password security clangers with the release on OS X Lion, according to security blogger Patrick Dunstan.
Microsoft 'paid over £1m to silence UK exec over sexism'
Microsoft has been accused of paying a senior executive over a million pounds in a settlement to silence claims that she was passed over for promotion to the head of Redmond’s UK operations.
Hackers break SSL encryption used by millions of sites
Researchers have discovered a serious weakness in virtually all websites protected by the secure sockets layer protocol that allows attackers to silently decrypt data that's passing between a webserver and an end-user browser.
Craig Wireless splashes $US5.5m on Woosh
New Zealand wireless ISP, Woosh, has been snapped up by Californian headquartered telecommunications company Craig Wireless Systems for $US5.5m.
Red Hat's open virtualization mob signs up 200 members
The Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA) – the Red Hat-led corsortium that's campaigning for open source alternatives to the VMware hypervisor – has grown to 200 members since its launch in May.