Intel ignores Steve Jobs, adds touchscreen to Ultrabook
CES 2012Intel's research department has overruled Steve Jobs: touchscreens have been added to the next generation of Chipzilla's Ultrabook spec.
Astronomers map largest ever zone of dark matter
An international research team has presented the largest ever map of dark matter at the 219th American Astronomical Society conference in Austin, Texas.
Bit-part actress slings sueball at IMDb over age gripe
An actress who claims work dried up after her age was revealed on movie compendium website IMDb is suing the Amazon-owned company.
CES headman: 'Microsoft not gone, just on pause'
CES 2012When Microsoft said in December that this year's Consumer Electronics show would be its last, it failed to convince the president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, the organization that produces CES.
Vodafone using 'partners' to help it penetrate global markets
Vodafone is increasingly adopting local partners, rather than buying up local operators, to push its brand and services into new markets around the world.
French court fines Google $65k over search suggestion
Google has been fined $65,000 by a French court after its search engine suggested the French word for 'crook' when users typed-in the name of an insurance company, according to reports.
NASA halts 'naut flogging Apollo 13 notebook
NASA has sparred with one of its most famous astronauts over the sale of a checklist of life-saving calculations.
Siri's artificially intelligent news anchor sister bags $6.2m
Siri's little sister Trapit, an intelligent discovery engine that pumps individually curated digital content to users, has closed a $6.2m Series A round of venture funding led by Hong Kong’s Horizon Ventures.
In Netflix vs Lovefilm, the winner (probably) takes nowt
AnalysisIt isn't exactly your cliche of two bald men fighting over a comb, but victory in the battle royale between Netflix and Amazon's Lovefilm might not mean much to the eventual 'winner'.
German cops hacked in revenge for dad spying on daughter
An infiltration of a German federal security system last year has been traced back to a botched attempt by an unnamed security official to use a Trojan to monitor his daughter's internet usage, Der Spiegel reports.
Volkswagen catches electric Beetle
Detroit Motor ShowVolkswagen has presented its latest take on the iconic Beetle at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit.
Oracle mounts Cloudera's elephant for big data ride
When Oracle co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison clambered onto his own Big Data elephant back in October as his company announced the Big Data Appliance, Oracle gave the impression that it would be rolling up its own implementation of the open-source Apache Hadoop data muncher. This turns out to be not true.
Profs call for harsh taxes on sweet carbonated beverages
Medical scientists in San Francisco have sent a chill wind blowing through the IT industry as they issue a call for swingeing taxes on "soda, fruit punch, sweet tea, sports drinks, and other sweetened beverages".
Opera's new store beams HTML5 apps into tellies
CES 2012Opera Software is making a play for turning your TV into a window-on-the-web with the announcement of Opera TV Store.
Samsung: 'We'll nick Nokia's global mobe crown this year'
CES 2012Samsung is feeling confident that it can ship more handsets than Nokia this year, making it pretty much the top mobile phone company in the world.
Sprint tucks Google Wallet into new pay-by-tap phones
Sprint's two newly announced 4G handsets both support Google Wallet, bringing an important boost to Google's aspirations, but they also hammer the death nail into WiMAX in the USA.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has a massive package
Apple CEO Tim Cook bagged a huge award when he took the helm at the fruity firm last year.
Michael Dell: PC profits plunge not down to tablets
The sluggish demand for PCs that saw Dell's profit dive below Wall Street estimates in the last quarter is not due to tablets, Dell CEO Michael Dell said yesterday.
Facebook obsessives overlook enterprise riches
Open ... and ShutIt's not that enterprise software is boring. But let's face it: if you had the choice to tell your mom that your company makes it easy for 800 million people to talk to each other, or that your business makes it easier for companies like Chevron to do business more productively, the former is going to sound a heck of a lot cooler.
Pro-Israel hackers threaten tit for tat after credit card leak
Pro-Israel hackers have reportedly breached Saudi shopping sites in retaliation for the publication of Israeli credit-card details by a pro-Palestinian "Saudi" hacker last weekend.
Foreign sabotage suspected in Phobos-Grunt meltdown
The head of the Russian space agency has hinted that foreign sabotage might be to blame for the malfunction of the country's Martian space probe, Phobos-Grunt.
OCZ conquers Everest, flashes 3-bit NAND at world
OCZ is showing the first mainstream computer flash drive using 3-bit NAND at CES 2012.
AT&T joins 'Linux for cloud', boosts HTML5 apps
AT&T – one of America's largest internet, phone and TV service providers – is throwing up an open-source cloud running OpenStack to court application developers.
Hubble shows images from record-breaking 13.1 billion light-years
The Hubble telescope has broken its own distance record, spotting a cluster of five galaxies 13.1billion light-years away.
IBM pumps out two Xeon rackers
It may seem odd that IBM would update two x86 servers when Intel is prepping its "Sandy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5 processors for launch in early 2012, but the cut-throat competition in the server racket waits for no chip launch. And thus, IBM is revving up two "value priced" Xeon-based servers to compete against Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and others without having to cut prices on existing System x machines with pricier components.
Juniper stalled by Q4 slowdown
Juniper Networks is having its Cisco moment, but it doesn't look like it is much to worry about.
Google merging more personal data into search results
Mountain View is rolling out much tighter integration of its Google+ network into search results with what it calls “Search plus your World.”
Panasonic buys into JT's MySpace TV experiment
Has Justin Timberlake just sounded the death knell for subscription TV? Timberlake and Specific Media, the new co-owners of Rupert Murdoch’s digital mischance MySpace, have unveiled a new platform with Panasonic which they claim that it will transform the television experience into a social one.
IBM helps GlobalFoundries ramp New York foundry
GlobalFoundries has begun baking chips at Fab 8 in upstate New York, and is doing so for none other than semiconductor process partner IBM.
Vodafail riles ACMA again
The house of VHA is in trouble with authorities again, this time attracting the ire of the Australian Communications and Media Authority for breaching the ‘Do Not Call Register’ Act.
Boeing backs biofuel boffinry
Boeing and the CSIRO have signed an agreement to look at whether Australia’s far north is a good place to grow biofuel feedstocks.