As you probably know, heat is one of the enemies of electronics, and heat management is a major design constraint of microelectronics. Now, a German research group has demonstrated using waste heat to get electricity.
Amazon’s share price dropped sharply after it reported overall profits have fallen 73 per cent year on year.
The US government has once again outdone its peers in requesting that Google turn over user data for use in criminal investigations, with almost 6,000 demands in the first half of 2011, a 29 per cent increase from the previous six months. The 5,950 requests that US law enforcement agencies filed with YouTube and Google sought data on 11,057 users or accounts, the company said in its Transparency Report, which the company releases twice a year. Raw data is available here. That compared with 4,601 requests issued from July through December of 2010.
A top US government official believes that the internet is under fierce attack by authoritarian governments worldwide, and that the situation is rapidly deteriorating.
ReviewReview Audio dock maker Soundfreaq recently released an Android version of its iOS remote control app and is now busy promoting its Bluetooth-equipped Soundstep as something for ‘droid-heads as well as iFans.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has signed a £6.7m, three-year deal with Virgin Media Business to provide its business phone lines, supported by a hosted call management system.
Stories posted on Facebook by venerable organs such as The Register were temporarily unavailable yesterday morning due to a "glitch" on the ubiquitous social network.
RIM has delayed the release of the next major upgrade to its BlackBerry PlayBook's operating system - and won't be including BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) at launch.
Another day, another low-cost all-in-one desktop, this time from Lenovo. It's the C325 and it's based around a 20in 1600 x 900 display - touch or non-touch, the choice is yours. So is the colour: black or white.
Freedom to communicate is a human right – as is having a broadband connection, the UN said today. The global organisation, usually hell-bent on achieving world peace, argued that it would be quite nice if 60 per cent of the world had access to the net by 2015.
One of the key brand names tossed around in relation to smartphone and tablets this year has been Corning's Gorilla Glass. Next year, it may be Lotus Glass.
Individuals can sue internet publishers in each country in which they believe their image has been harmed as a result of content posted online, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled.
A new worm doing the rounds is turning servers running older versions of the JBoss Application Server into botnet drones.
Antique Code ShowAntique Code Show I remember one summer when my dad decided it would be great to go on holiday for two weeks in a stone farm house in Scotland, it rained and we spent the whole time playing Dungeons and Dragons.
The Catch 22 of business intelligence is that to understand your business, you have to deal with vendors who want to “understand your business”, better known as “see how much we can charge you”. You then have to hope that something you don’t know might be really valuable.
HP's Personal Systems Group is reverting back to a target-based rebate model for resellers after more than three years of operating a linear model as the tech titan eyes aggressive market share wins.
HP is partnering ARM-licensee Calxeda to build energy-efficient micro-servers for large data centres, the WSJ reports.
Nokia officially launched its Windows Phone range today, kicking the line off with the Nokia Lumia 800, the device we've previously known as Sea Ray.
A Google-funded internet research centre opened its doors in Germany yesterday.
The UK government asked Google to take down 135 YouTube videos for reasons of national security in the first half of this year, states Google's biannual Transparency Report, released yesterday.
The developing world, including China and India, now accounts for 62 per cent of the internet's population, and while China dominates, it is by no means a controlling interest in the connected world of 2011.
Nokia WorldNokia World What a difference a year makes. The only Finnish presence on stage during the 90-minute opening session of Nokia World this year was a dead architect. None of the five speakers was a Finn, and they said some very un-Nokian things. It’s a sign of how much Nokia is changing under Stephen Elop.
Before unleashing its Windows Phone range on the world, Nokia first unveiled the Asha collection, a Series 40 line of low-end handsets.
Commercial Linux distributor SUSE, which was taken private by Attachmate back in April and split from former owner Novell, wants to do for OpenStack what it did for Linux. It is also what everybody else in the OpenStack cloud fabric camp seems to want to do: make some money selling support for OpenStack.
ReviewReview The joys of the e-book reader are considerable. You can carry a thousand books in your pocket and download more in a matter of seconds while you’re sitting in the garden – assuming the Wi-Fi stretches or you have a 3G model. If there are words you don’t recognise, you can look them up with one touch too. And in the case of dedicated readers like the Amazon Kindle and the Kobo, E Ink is as readable in bright sunlight as the printed page. Wonderful.
Websites and IP addresses will become unreachable for the first time in the UK for copyright reasons. The High Court has ordered BT to block subscribers access to Newzbin 2, as well as any other sites or end points it uses. BT has 14 days to implement the measure, and must pay for it, too, a cost estimated at £5,000 initially.
Open ... And ShutOpen ... And Shut Consumer smartphone apps may get all the press, not to mention $15bn in market size by 2013, but enterprise smartphone apps may well prove to be the bigger market.
UpdatedUpdated Security researchers have found personal records of Sun newspaper and MoD staff on the hard drives of discarded or resold computers.
The European Payment Council has taken issue with a number of the European Commission's proposals to try to make direct debits and credit transfers across the continent easier and cheaper.
Malware writers have derived a new Trojan for Mac OS X by porting an older Linux backdoor Trojan horse onto another platform.
Nearly half of university students are fretting about their future job prospects due to concerns about what personal information about them is lurking on the interwebs.
Operating profits at Fujitsu slid by a little more than third in Q2 due to weakness at its device unit, slow Japanese biz spending and unfavourable forex conversions.
EMC's Project Lightning code is being produced by a software team in Israel, using – El Reg thinks – Micron hardware.
The channel should be braced for some PC shortages in the run up to Christmas as disk drive production woes caused by the floods in Thailand take effect, Gartner has warned.
Nokia WorldNokia World You are about to read what may be the shortest “hands-on” review you’ve ever read. But there is something quite surprising, I discovered, not appreciated until you compare both new Nokia models.
Sweden suffered its worst internet security breach in history, with over 210,000 login details across least 60 websites made public, including personal identity numbers of journalists, MPs and celebrities.
You'd think being born without a forearm would be limiting for a smartphone user.
Cloud communications company Twilio launched its European expansion today with the release of its telephonic API to the UK and in beta for France, Portugal, Poland, Austria and Denmark.
So, you’ve bought your firewall. You’ve spent thousands on an intrusion prevention system, and you’ve got expensive data leak prevention software. Are you dead sure that your sensitive customer data hasn’t been leaked?
DAB radio specialist Pure has revealed its take on Spotify, launching a cloud-based music service for streaming tunes across a variety of platforms.
Avira anti-virus detected components of its own application as potentially malign on Wednesday following a dodgy signature update.
Distribution juggernaut Arrow Electronics ploughed through Q3 with sales and profits up by double digits.
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has come up with a cloud strategy roadmap featuring three cloud tiers, but with precious little product detail fleshing out the strategy.
Apple is planning to build a huge solar farm to augment the power supply of one of its dirtiest datacenter clusters.
DLR, the German space agency, has stated that Rosat, the scientific satellite that re-entered the atmosphere on October 23, made its re-entry over the Bay of Bengal.
Citrix Systems has thrown a dizzying array of cloudy things at its partners and customers at the Synergy customer conference it is hosting in Barcelona, Spain this week, and like the cloud itself, the whole thing was a bit amorphous. The main takeaway is that Citrix is going to buy or build the tools necessary to make itself a hub in what it calls the personal cloud, the new computing paradigm for the post-PC era.
The SANS Institute has endorsed the idea that Internet security is partly an IQ test, acknowledging Australia’s Defense Signals Directorate for its work on how best to defend systems.
Australia’s latest IPTV aspirant Quickflix will launch its online based digital streaming subscription service from November 10.
The FBI’s Shawn Henry says the world needs a second Internet for critical systems – apparently never having been told what a “private network” is when you don’t prefix it with the word “virtual” – and the idea is taking off in other quarters.