Kinect plus tablet control insane skateboard
What do you get when you combine a Kinect, a Samsung tablet and an electric skateboard? Well: it’s really cool, even if the rider looks a bit silly.
French regulators investigate Oracle over Itanium pullout
The Autorité de la concurrence, the French national competition authority, has opened up an investigation into Oracle's decision to stop software development for future versions of Intel's Itanium processor family.
Intel caught faking CES ultrabook gaming demo
CES 2012Intel has been caught faking a demo at its press conference during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Lenovo to ship first Intel smartphone – in China only
CES 2012The first Intel-based smartphone has been unveiled, but don't go looking for it at AT&T, Vodafone, Verizon, or Orange. When the Lenovo 800K ships in the second quarter of this year, you'll have to get yours from China Unicom.
Patients to access NHS records via web by 2015
The Department of Health will develop a plan to allow patients to access their electronic medical records online by the end of this Parliament. This emerged after Andrew Lansley, the health secretary, confirmed he had accepted all of the recommendations (PDF) of the NHS Future Forum.
GiffGaff boots freetards off mobile network
People-powered mobile phone network GiffGaff is debating how best to curb excessive data use, while kicking off a few customers considered to be really taking the biscuit.
Using phone-tracking tech? 'Fess up now, urges expert
The public should be informed when a building or facility operator uses systems to track the location and movements of mobile phones, a data privacy expert has said.
C2000 boss moves upstairs into Tech Data Euro role
Andy Gass, the boss of distie behemoth Computer 2000, has confirmed that he is handing over control of the UK business to sales director Peter Hubbard as he moves to a European role with parent Tech Data.
Groupon, Deutsche Telekom to cake EU in coupons
Daily deals site Groupon has signed a partnership agreement with Deutsche Telekom to push out coupon deals to mobile users in multiple European countries.
Ex-Acer chief grasps reins of Lenovo's EMEA biz
Gianfranco Lanci, who quit Acer after a series of boardroom wrangles nine months ago, has been picked up by rival computer company Lenovo to head up their operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Doomsday Clock ticks one minute closer to annihilation
The boffins who run the Doomsday Clock – an estimate of how close humanity is to annihilation by climate change or nuclear war - have just moved the minute hand one minute closer to midnight.
Media Player and BEAST fix star in Patch Tuesday update
The first Patch Tuesday of 2012 rolled around with seven bulletins, including a postponed bulletin from December 2011 that plugs the BEAST SSL security flaw.
Dell sprays hot fluid data across storage products
Dell's fluid data is travelling faster and further, with its first Data Domain replacement box, a SharePoint object storage system, and more capable Compellent SANs that better support VMware and have faster network links.
Suicidal Foxconn workers talked down from factory roof
Scores of workers at the Foxconn factory in Wuhan, China, threatened mass suicide during a protest last week.
Nokia's nightmare: There's no room for a third ecosystem
AnalysisHumiliatingly, Nokia was forced to deny rumours last week that it was planning to break up and sell its crown jewels to Microsoft. Normally a company can remain impervious to Twitter-born gossip, particularly from a known antagonist.
Google attacks Twitter's search bias claim
Google has come out fighting after Twitter claimed that changes to its search engine nobble results to favour Google+, damaging the internet.
Apple accused of extortion by rival tablet biz
Tablet maker Nuevas Tecnologías y Energías Catalá, the company behind one of Apple's rare court defeats, is now taking the fruity tech titan to court for extortion.
RIM demos PlayBook OS2
CES 2012PlayBook owners should be getting native email next month, but as RIM's tablet gains independence it's also shifting away from the infrastructure which has served RIM so well.
ICANN snubs critics, opens domain extension floodgates
Global domain name overseer ICANN has shrugged off intense criticism from big brands and parts of the US government, and will tonight start allowing companies to apply for new top-level domain names.
Churlish HSBC drops atomic-scale accuracy
International banking monolith HSBC has rather churlishly reprogrammed its magnificent "Find your nearest branch" service so that customers are no longer given the distance to their closest tentacle to within a couple of quarks.
GAGA prepares to munch some organic rug
Following lengthy deliberations, our expert panel has agreed that our advanced robotic lawnmower shall henceforth be known as the Genuinely Autonomous Garden Assistant – or GAGA – and it gets a sidekick too.
Kids should be making software, not just using it - Gove
Education Secretary Michael Gove today proposed killing off Blighty's ICT curriculum in September to give it a thorough reboot.
T-Mobile 'fesses up to secure email ban gaffe
T-Mobile was caught blocking the secure transmission of emails earlier this month, and VPNs too, but the operator claims the former was a mistake while the latter is a legacy from a bygone era.
DIY virtual machines: Rigging up at home
Sysadmin blogA brief look at virtual machines for home use resulted in several requests for system specifications and configuration details. It seems some of you would like to take a go at replicating my setup.
NASA's ageing black hole-stalking probe switched off
Astronomers are marking the decommissioning of a satellite that has spent 16 years peering into black holes and neutron stars.
Big stars give birth to little stars in new WISE pic
NASA's WISE space telescope has stitched together a panoramic view of the Milky Way where stars are born.
EE eyes up £400m payday at spectrum auction
Everything Everywhere has started consulting on how best to auction off the 30MHz of bandwidth it's required to give up, with a view to turning it into £400m in cash some time next month.
Virgin Media to push out nimble new broadband speeds
Virgin Media is planning to whip its broadband into a wild gallop in a £110m upgrade that will produce a top speed of 120Mbps.
Spammers hit mobes with QR code junkmail jump pads
Security researchers have spotted spam emails that point at URLs featuring embedded Quick Response codes (QR codes).
SGI books $90m in ICE X super orders
Supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics just lost its president and CEO, Mark Barrenechea, to enterprise content management software supplier OpenText, and therefore it needs to talk up the business while its board looks for a replacement.
Super Micro server biz whacked by disk shortages
Motherboard and whitebox server-maker Super Micro has warned Wall Street that its second quarter of fiscal 2012 ended in December is not going to be as rosy as it expected.
Billions of potentially populated planets in the galaxy
There are billions of habitable planets in the Milky Way where aliens could be having their tea right now, according to a new six-year study.
Dutch clog up The Pirate Bay (again)
A Dutch court has ordered two popular ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay, or face fines of €10,000 a day. The case was brought by Dutch anti-piracy coalition BREIN.
Mozilla deploys Firefox safety net for corporate mindreaders
Mozilla has pledged to update old versions of Firefox with security fixes, granting enterprises extra time to test and deploy major upgrades of the browser safe in the knowledge that vulnerabilities in existing installations will be patched.
Alca-Lu seizes Aus resource sector
After conquering Australia’s biggest telecommunications project de jour, the NBN, Alcatel-Lucent has taken on the lucrative resource sector with gusto securing a construction contract with partner Bechtel for the $AU29 billion Wheatstone Project in remote Western Australia.
Microsoft execs warn of PC sales drop in crucial Q4
Senior Microsoft executives are warning that PC sales in the last quarter will be lower than expected, saying the effects of the floods in Thailand are having a lingering impact.
The US patent yeast batch continues to swell
Once again, for the 19th year in a row in fact, IBM is the king of new US patents awarded in a year and talk will now turn to the utility and futility of patents.
Woolworths goes Door Busting for daily deals
Woolworths is the latest Australian retailer to enter the deal-of-the-day online fray, quietly launching "Door Buster” over the holiday period.
Australia should head-hunt Michael Gove
CommentOver in Blighty, there’s an outbreak of sanity that puts at risk years of work by the computer industry to place itself at the centre of the education budget.
Ceglia fined for failing to show evidence of Facebook ownership
Paul Ceglia has been fined $5,000 for failing to produce the evidence that he is the owner of half - or 84 per cent as he first claimed - of Facebook.