US Senator: 'Retest airport scanner safety'
A top Republican lawmaker is poised to introduce a bill in the US Senate that would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to hire an independent lab to study the health effects of backscatter x-ray passenger-screening machines – aka pervscanners – at airports, and to ensure that ticket-holders know of their rights to refuse such screenings.
Steerable bullet aims for mass army deployment
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratory are developing a steerable bullet designed for general military use, giving the standard squaddie the capabilities of an advanced sniper.
Show us the big data money: Isilon gets Hadooped
EMC is betting big on big data analytics and has integrated the Hadoop filesystem into its Isilon scale-out filer offering and enabled its Greenplum analytics product to use Hadoop data.
Cocktail Audio X10 CD copier and music streamer
ReviewThe Cocktail Audio X10 is a compact hi-fi component with a network connection for internet radio, audio streaming from shared devices and file transfer. It’s fitted with a 500GB or 1TB hard disk, which serves as your music library, either for existing digital audio files that you copy to it or CDs ripped using its slot-loading drive. You can output to an amplifier or attach speakers directly, as it has a 2x 30W power output, although loudspeakers aren’t supplied.
Council fined £140k for leaking kids' sensitive info
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined Midlothian council £140,000 for disclosing sensitive personal data about children and their carers to the wrong people on five separate occasions.
When a DNS outage isn't an outrage
Sysadmin blogA little over a decade ago I registered my very first personal domain name. This domain was not registered for a client or an employer. This was a domain name all my own.
Newzbin barrister struck off for owning site he represented
A barrister has been struck off and fined after failing to disclose that he was the owner of a copyright-infringing website that he represented during trial - and for posting abusive Twitter messages.
iPads propel Apple to PC market top slot
Apple is now the world's leading personal computer seller, having pushed past HP in Q4 2011, market watcher Canalys said today.
Android App of the WeekIf you've ever wanted to manage your Android phone from your computer's desktop then AirDroid is the answer to your prayers.
New Nimbus flash motor nibbles just 5 watts per terabyte
Flash array pioneer Nimbus has doubled the capacity of its non-volatile memory slabs with a fault-tolerant data vault that scales to half a petabyte.
Dim-but-rich buyers targeted with million pound laptop
Can this be the world's most expensive laptop?
NHS unfurls condom app – for iPhone-toting teens
Kent's NHS Trust is hoping that youngsters' love of iPhones, coupled with a new app, will lead to a fall in teen pregnancies in the county.
Man recreates ZX81... in Lego
You can pick up the real thing cheaply enough on eBay, but that hasn't stopped retro-computing fan and Lego nut from knocking up a version out of the plastic bricks.
No 'Xbox 720' in 2012, says MS exec
World+Dog wasn't expecting the 'Xbox 720' - or whatever Microsoft's next console will be called - to go on sale this year, but a company executive has confirmed it anyway.
Apple lures Dixons boss Browett to run global retail biz
Channel bully boy Apple has nabbed Dixons chief exec John Browett to head up its worldwide retail biz.
Sky to open net telly channels to all
Sky is to enter the IPTV arena with an internet-hosted TV service of its own.
Lightning crashes: How to manage server flash caches
What does it mean for a storage array to manage server flash drives as will happen with EMC's Project Lightning?
Motorola slices out Razr smartphone bootloader lock
Motorola is to offer Europeans a version of its new Razr smartphone with an unlocked bootloader.
New Blighty crime map will track crooks' punishment
UK citizens can now gawp at the amount of crime committed around nightclubs, railway stations, parks and other hotspots on a revamped website launched by the Home Office. The same site will also eventually track arrests and charges brought against wrongdoers.
German court rejects Samsung tablet appeal
Apple's demand that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 be banned from sale in Germany has been once again confirmed by a German court.
Ten... A3 inkjet printers
Product round-upThe most probable reasons for printing A3 documents are 1) posters or folded A4 newsletters, and 2) large photos. The types of printer needed for these two requirements are different. For posters and newsletters you want a machine intended primarily for plain paper print and it will save time if it can print duplex. For photos, you’re more interested in high quality output, often with more than four ink colours in the mix.
US shoots down key Rambus patent
Legal attack dog Rambus has suffered another blow to its memory technology licensing business after a US patent office appeals board declared three Barth patents invalid.
Top RIM jobs were too powerful and had to go - inquiry
Research in Motion (RIM) has handed out a largely moot independent report revealing that it shouldn't have had its CEOs as chairmen of the board.
NASA launches Facebook game for space nerds
NASA has created its first ever multiplayer online game, Space Race Blastoff - and it's now available on Facebook.
Phoenix IT Group to axe over 300 jobs
Phoenix IT Group is to axe more than 300 jobs as part of a company-wide reorganisation.
Paris Metro brings a bit of style to NFC
The Paris Metro will be getting new payment cards next year, cards which pave the way to board-by-bonk phones by being compatible with the NFC standard.
Panasonic chucks rugged compact cams into the wild
Panasonic's new Lumix digicam, the DMC-FT4, could be the ultimate camera for outdoors types.
BSkyB snaps up fewer new subs in Q2, still rakes in cash
BSkyB has once again seen the number of new subscribers signing up to the broadcaster's products fall, compared to the same period a year before.
Angry Birds boss: Piracy helps us 'get more business'
Music industry chiefs must have been pleased to hear that the maker of pig-squishing iPhone game Angry Birds has learned from its mistakes in combating piracy.
iPhone doc will detect cancer, diabetes - boffins
A drop of blood or saliva can be analysed using an ordinary touch screen - and once boffins perfect the identification of biological molecules, then diagnosis by iPhone – or indeed any smartphone – isn't far off.
US judge rejects Oracle's fraud claim against HP
A US judge has dismissed an Oracle fraud claim against HP in the companies' ongoing legal battle over the Itanium platform.
EU snaps on glove, starts formal antitrust probe of Samsung
The European Union has formally started an antitrust investigation of Samsung over its use of standards-related 3G patents in its patent battles around the world.
Virus-slingers abuse WordPress vulns, dose punters with exploit
Malware-spreaders are hacking into vulnerable WordPress-powered sites in order to drive traffic towards pages loaded with exploits.
iPhone 5 rumoured to be packed with pay-by-bonk tech
Rumours - fuelled by comments from a MasterCard chief and an iOS developer - suggest that this year's next-gen iPhone could be packing a wireless pay-by-wave chip.
Cyberwar report: Israel, Finland best prepared for conflict
AnalysisIsrael, Finland and Sweden are more prepared than larger nations to fight a conflict in cyberspace, according to a McAfee-backed cyber-defence study.
Baby Bills, Windows 8 and a Microsoft 'Zynga' stealth project?
MicroBite 33A cultural revolution is creeping through Microsoft. With a reorganisation in full swing and job cuts rumoured, the future looks uncertain for an entire class of marketing types and MBAs at Redmond: the software giant's officers seem intent on resetting the corporate clock to year zero to recapture the spirit of Bill Gates.
Google dings missive to lawmakers: 'We're misunderstood'
Google has responded to US politicos who demanded answers after the advertising giant announced it was "simplifying" its privacy policies across its huge online estate.
Muscle chip strength leaves ARM shouldering meaty profit
ARM, the eponymous designer of the chip architecture, had a stonking 2011 with revenue and profits up as it tightened its hold on both embedded and generic computing.
Google Professor appointed in Paris
Google has created a sponsored academic post in France, the Google@HEC chair at the HEC Paris business school. It's "a worldwide first for Google", according to the Chocolate Factory's PR department.
SeaMicro adds Xeons to Atom smasher microservers
For the past 18 months, SeaMicro, the upstart maker of microservers that are based on Intel's Atom processors, has heard from x86 competitors trying to keep it out of hyperscale data center server deals that the Atom cores are too wimpy to do heavy lifting workloads. But now, the SM10000 line of microservers – actually more like a supercomputer cluster of minimalist microservers – is getting the brawny cores in Intel's Xeon E3 family of server chips, closing the gap with x86 alternatives and removing a big barrier to adoption for its machines.
Red Hat now supports RHEL 5 and 6 for a decade
Companies that like Red Hat Enterprise Linux but hate changing Linux versions because of the hardware and software qualification process just got an excuse to be lazy for the next decade.
Why I'd pay Apple more to give iPad factory workers a break
Open ... and ShutLast quarter Apple churned out extraordinary profits: $13.06bn of them. But according to a New York Times article, Apple achieved these amazing profits on the backs of Chinese workers, who are subjected to punishing work conditions to ensure high-quality iPhones and iPads at the lowest possible price.
Amazon France leaks iPad 3 release date?
Amazon France may have leaked the release date for Apple's next iteration of its überpopular fondleslab, the iPad.
Obama washes hands of O’Dwyer piracy extradition case
President Obama has said he has nothing to do with the decision by US authorities to extradite British student Richard O’Dwyer on copyright charges for linking to pirated content.
SGI slings out departmental filer box
SGI has produced a modular version of its InfiniteStorage product for the departmental NAS market that comes as a storage server or a JBOD.
Woolworths cuts off Dick
Woolworths has rung the death knell for bricks-and-mortar electronics retailing in Australia, as it announced that it is divesting its iconic Dick Smith electronics chain.
The IEEE and the Electric Universe
The IEEE’s outpost in Victoria is to play host to an airing of the fringe “Electric Universe” theory today.
Quickflix adds Android with Samsung
Samsung Galaxy slab-fondlers will soon get access to movies and TV shows, with IPTV aspirant Quickflix inking a deal with Samsung Australia.
Telstra upgrades coverage in West Australia
Telstra is tipping infrastructure investment equivalent to $AU106 million into the state of Western Australia as part of an extension to regional mobile phone coverage.
NASA: Solar system may have alien origin
The latest data from NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) probe has found a curious disparity in the distribution of some of the key elements of our solar system, notably why there is so much oxygen in it.
iiNet swallows Internode a month early
iiNet has announced that its acquisition of Internode has been completed a month ahead of schedule.
Surprise: Neil Young still hates digital music
Neil Young, who a few years back famously described Apple as the “Fisher-Price” of sound quality, is giving his “I hate digital music” can another kick, claiming that even the late Steve Jobs listened to vinyl rather than his own company’s inventions.