Neat nanoparticles could bring 10TB disks
One of the Australian researchers behind a 2009 Nature paper outlining how optical media could reach 1.6 terabytes says Samsung has decided not to commercialise the technology, but has also published a new paper outlining how 12cm shinies could hit ten terabytes.
US shuts down Canadian gambling site with Verisign's help
The Department of Homeland Security has seized a domain name registered outside of the US, by individuals who are not American citizens, and who registered with a Canadian registrar.
Oz Square Kilometre Array bid picks DataDirect for storage
Australia's International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) has signed an agreement with DataDirect Networks to “develop the extraordinary new data storage capability” needed to cope with the Square Kilometre Array’s (SKA’s) expected exabyte-per-day output.
Firm Dick sales excite buyers
“A number of potential purchasers have expressed interest” in acquiring Dick Smith from Woolworths, according to half-year results released today.
Data.gov.au loses dedicated staff
One of the key elements of Australia's Gov 2.0 effort, the data.gov.au website, no longer has dedicated staff and is now a “mature capability” that is part of the Australian Government Information Management Office's IAGIMO's) “business as usual” efforts.
Risky child-support plans rely too much on new IT system – NAO
Plans by the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission to cut spending are risky and rely too much on the introduction of a new IT system, according to a report from the National Audit Office (NAO).
Dot-brand explosion will shell-shock lazy coders - ICANN
Millions of internet users face being locked out of popular websites unless software developers pay attention to the forthcoming explosion in new top-level domain names.
Watchdog hits out at malware racking up premium-rate charges
The premium rate phone regulator says it might disregard evidence of consumer consent from paid-for mobile applications if those apps turn out to contain malicious code.
Beat Sneak Bandit
iGamerTap your finger to the beat. On the face of it, Beat Sneak Bandit's mechanic doesn't promise compulsive gaming. But developer Simogo squeezes more innovation from this single-finger iOS puzzler than many console and computer games manage by tying your hands in knots.
Apple 7.85in 'iPad Mini' on course for Q3 intro
The 8in iPad seems a runner. Component makers have begun sending samples of the 7.85in tablet to Apple for its approval, moles say.
GIANT blood-guzzling Jurassic fleas ambushed dino prey
Hollywood producers will be on high alert for the next Jurassic Park blockbuster script after boffins found fossils of giant prehistoric fleas. The monster bloodsuckers were thought to have used ruggedised straw-like mouths to prey on dinosaurs.
Tata flirts with Cable & Wireless Worldwide buyout
Indian company Tata Communications confirmed this morning that it was considering a cash offer to acquire troubled telco Cable & Wireless Worldwide.
Sony exec: quad-core CPUs bad for today's phones
Sony has said quad-core processors are not appropriate for smartphones - they're too great a drain on the battery, and apps just don't need them yet.
ISP Be admits crippling iPlayer demand burst its pipes
ISP Be Broadband has admitted demand for iPlayer jammed its punters' net connections - leaving parts of the web unusable and subscribers fuming.
Microsoft's free flight sim hits the clouds
Microsoft's latest flight simulator officially took off this week, with aircraft enthusiasts and anyone else who wants to take to the skies able to download and play the game free of charge.
K3 chatted up as admirers open their wallets
Mid-market ERP specialist K3 Business Technology Group is talking to a number of suitors interested in buying the business, it revealed in a London Stock Exchange filing this morning.
Facebook blamed for getting Thai teens up the duff
Facebook now has another social ill to add to the growing list of reprehensible things it has been blamed for: unwanted teenage pregnancies.
Tick-like banking Trojan drills into Firefox, sucks out info
A new banking Trojan is spreading in the UK and the Netherlands, Symantec warns.
Steve Jobs' death clears way for '7.85-inch iPad prototype'
Sample screens for a seven-inch Apple iPad have been delivered for testing, according to Taiwanese manufacturing bible Digitimes. That means that production lines could start knocking out baby fondleslabs as early as June.
Bytes, Nettitude sales bods busted in IT invoice bung scam
Former sales staff at resellers Bytes Software Services and Nettitude have been sentenced for their part in a scam involving an IT procurement director who created bogus invoices and hiked prices in return for cash bungs or "sweeteners" totalling more than £50k.
Ethics profs fret over cyborg brains, mind-controlled missiles
A British ethics group has started a consultation on the morality of messing about in the human brain in ways that could result in thought-controlled weaponry and super-human capabilities.
Stolen NASA laptop had Space Station control codes
A NASA laptop stolen last year had not been encrypted, despite containing codes used to control and command the International Space Station, the agency's inspector general told a US House committee.
Auto-correct cock-up sends schools into lockdown
Auto-correct is known to be the cause of many a hilarious text misunderstanding, but when one student sent a message to say they were "gunna be" at school and the word became "gunman", you can imagine the chaos it would cause. Particularly in America.
Google has defended its decision to combine around 60 of its privacy policies into one simplified document that makes it clear that users of the company's products and services will be more uniformly tracked by the Chocolate Factory.
Feds unlock suspect's encrypted drive, avoid Constitution meltdown
Investigators have cracked the encryption key for a laptop drive owned by a Colorado woman accused of real-estate fraud - rendering a judge's controversial order to make her hand over the passphrase or stand in contempt of court irrelevant.
Moles say Sony will kill Cell CPU for PlayStation 4
Sony's PlayStation 4 will not use the PS3's Cell processor, it has been claimed, because the current chipset and rumoured next-gen variants are too complex for developers to work with quickly.
Chancer punts cig pack case for Raspberry Pi
With the Linux-based Raspberry Pi now available for purchase, punters have started to push their own home-made chassis for the case-less computer. But one opportunist is touting this customised cigarette box.
China churns out homemade aircraft for global travel DOMINATION
China is ramping up its plans for domination of international civil airspace with recent deals to flog its home-grown aircraft set to cause a few sweaty palms at Boeing and Airbus.
App cuts waiting out of call centre queues
A free app that takes away the frustration of being kept on hold during phone calls to corporations has launched in the UK, saving mobile users a pretty penny in the process, its developer claims.
ICO slaps Durham Uni for exposing staff, students' privates
Durham University leaked the personal details of 177 staff and students in a training manual that turned out to reveal more than how to take out a library book. The university has just been given a slap on the wrist by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and has promised to reform its data protection policies.
Mobile whizzes tout gadgets that touch you, save your life
MWC 2012A search around the MWC in Barcelona for something more interesting revealed a phone which can perform an ECG, a headset you operate by shaking it about like a loon, and a touchscreen that touches you back.
Blighty's Post Office computer system goes titsup
UpdatedThe Post Office's computer system has crashed, crippling services at branches nationwide, Royal Mail has admitted. It is understood that all of the UK's 11,800 post offices are affected.
Fujitsu array brags of quick thrust, modest cost
Fujitsu claims its Eternus DX80 S2 array is the SPC-1 golden child, with the best price-performance ratios in the mid-range dual controller storage arrays sector. There is no formal mid-range definition though.
Indiana Jones flicks out on Blu-ray this Fall
With Star Wars' Blu-ray and 3D conversions out of the way, Lucasfilm has turned to George's other creation: the Indiana Jones movies.
G-Cloud bigwig says soz for Cloud Store outage
The G-Cloud governor has apologised to public sector customers for the Cloud Store outage yesterday but pointed out that downtime is not confined to an off-premise delivery model.
Sacks of cash chucked at upstart dressed to the nines
Object storage startup Amplidata has grabbed $8m of funding to help stack up the products that it claims virtually eliminate data loss. Competitor Caringo, meanwhile, agrees that you don't need tape for archive storage, having integrated its CAStor product as back-end storage for Symantec's Enterprise Vault.
MWC: Inscrutable slogans, Google toys and the invisible Apple
MWC 2012I go to Mobile World Congress every year and come home bemused. A few observations to explain.
Azure's storage cloud was never at stake, insists storage cloud biz
Microsoft Azure's processing of bits in the cloud fouled up yesterday, but its storage of bits in the cloud was unaffected.
Windows Server 8 beta ready for download
Microsoft has released the beta build of its forthcoming Windows 8 Server operating system, a day after making its "Consumer Preview" of the Windows 8 client-side code available on Wednesday.
Cray gets graphic with big data
Supercomputer maker Cray has released an exotic appliance to help deep-pockets organizations find the relationships hidden in the torrent of information now being collected about, well, everything and everyone.
Atlassian seeks geeks in Europe
Atlassian, Australia's current darling-of-the-VCs, has orchestrated a European recruitment drive it says is designed to snare fifteen developers in fifteen days.
Premium mobile services face tougher laws
Premium mobile service providers are again under surveillance by the communications regulator over getting away with misleading practices.
Tubular cells: Georgia Tech demos nano-scale solar fab
The idea that got Solyndra into so much trouble – that a tube-shaped solar cell could be more efficient than a traditional flat design – didn’t disappear when its highest-profile manufacturer collapsed. It remains a strong focus of research efforts.
Sub-orbital rocket searches for first galaxies
The universe’s very first galaxies may feel a little closer by the weekend, thanks to a planned March 2nd (US time) launch of a sub-orbital Black Brant IX rocket bearing the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment (CIBER)that hopes to figure out which light comes from the earliest stars.
Motorola unfazed by Apple photo-patent win
Motorola Mobility (MMI) lost another round in its ongoing patent war with Apple when a German court ruled in Cupertino's favor in a photo-management patent case – but they're putting their best face on the setback.
EMC cranks Greenplum database to 4.2
Big data is not just a problem because it is big, but because it keeps swelling. That goes as much for traditional data warehouses as it does for more modern Hadoop MapReduce data munchers. And with the latest update of its eponymous database, the Greenplum division of IT conglomerate EMC has made some tweaks to its homegrown database to make wrestling with big data a bit easier.
Paper plane world record disputed
An “unpure” paper dart has all-but claimed the world record for the longest paper airplane flight.
Election hacked, drunken robot elected to school board
RSA 2012Security experts have warned that electronic voting systems are decades away from being secure, and to prove it a team from the University of Michigan successfully got the foul-mouthed, drunken Futurama robot Bender elected to head of a school board.