Public service plans paperless future
Australia’s National Archives has hatched a plan to get federal government agencies digitising everything, the better to preserve it for the future.
Silicon nanowires: The Next Big Thing™ in chip design
CPTF 2012The next step in transistor architecture will likely be silicon nanowires – extremely thin silicon wires that will form the transistor's chanel, surrounded on all sides by a wrap-around silicon oxide, high-K metal gate.
NASA unveils eye-popping molten moon and luna tour videos
NASA has released two videos to celebrate the 1,000th operational day of its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).
Tourists follow GPS, drive into sea
Dodgy GPS systems have claimed three more victims, after a trio of Japanese tourists tried to reach Stradbroke Island off Australia’s Gold Coast in a small car.
Australia lacks cash for cybercrime study
The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) does not have the resources to repeat its 2009 Australian Business Assessment of Computer User Security (ABACUS) study into the prevalence of cybercrime in Australia.
China ready to slap down US in smartphone wars
In another sign of the shifting balance of power on the global technology stage, China is set to steam ahead of the US to become the leading market for smartphone shipments in 2012, while the UK will be overtaken by India and Brazil by 2016, according to analyst IDC.
Aussie fatties tell fewer porkies
Australians are less likely to lie about their height and weight than was the case in the past, and exaggerate less about their dimensions, according to a new analysis by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). But we still tell an unhealthy amount of fibs about our bodies, leading the ABS to a strict regime of statistical exercises to help the nation understand just how gross it has become.
Samsung and LG hit with MASSIVE price fixing fine
South Korean regulator the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has slapped a 45.3bn won (£25.5m) fine on mobile phone operators and handset makers in the country including Samsung and LG after finding them guilty of price fixing and consumer fraud.
Canon PowerShot S100 GPS compact camera
ReviewAs the latest incarnation of Canon’s highly-regarded PowerShot S range of enthusiast-grade compact cameras, the new PowerShot S100 has a lot to live up to.
Hackers hit 112 Indian gov sites in three months
There was embarrassing news for the Indian government this week as one of its ministers was forced to admit that over 100 of its web sites had been hacked in just three months at the beginning of the year, including that of a state-owned telecoms company.
Euro watchdog: Telcos ARE strangling VoIP and P2P traffic
EU telecoms companies are commonly using 'traffic management' practices to block Voice over IP (VoIP) traffic and peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing activity online, an EU regulator has said.
Telefonica tosses its dosh at pay-by-bonk upstart
Mobile-payment processor Boku has raised another $35m in finance, including some from its new BFF Telefonica who has awarded the company preferred-partner status for its developing wallet offerings.
HMRC snatches back £200m in Aspire outsource rejig
HM Revenue and Customs will save more than £200m by 2017 after renegotiating its Aspire outsourcing contract with Capgemini, according to Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude.
Rogue IPO bureaucrats feel MPs' red-hot probe
A powerful all-party group of MPs will examine how IP policy is made in the UK in a new formal enquiry – firing a tranquilliser dart at executive agency the Intellectual Property Office.
UK lags US in online content spending
Brits are often said to be behind the Americans when it comes to technology. That's not always the case, but it certainly is with digital content that punters part with their hard-earned for.
Eddie Murphy heading for worst movie ever glory
Eddie Murphy looks a dead cert for the Razzies and possibly the worst movie ever award as critics queue up to give his A Thousand Words a righteous shoeing.
Films-on-USB kiosks come to airports
Travelling to the US this summer? Take your Android tablet or Windows laptop with out and you may be able to grab a movie or two on USB stick for the flight home.
Mega squid use HUMONGOUS eyes to spot ravenous sperm whales
Ocean-researching boffins reckon they have figured out why giant and colossal deep sea-dwelling squid need the largest eyes in the animal kingdom: to spot huge predators like sperm whales.
Sprint to hit the eject button in LightSquared deal today
The Wall Street Journal reckons Sprint is going to pull out of its deal with LightSquared later today, leaving the box-of-frogs mobile broadband biz with nothing but $65m and a top-flight legal team.
Mobile app privacy: You get what you pay for
AnalysisMobile app privacy controversies have dominated the technology headlines over recent weeks, but the push for tighter privacy standards may upset existing business models, which often use targeted advertising to subsidise the price users pay for the apps.
High Court confirms 'cheap DVD' tax loophole will close
The English High Court has ruled that the government may close a tax loophole allowing online retailers to ship low-cost goods from the Channel Islands VAT free.
Panic on the streets of Google+? Choc Factory hires Digg founder
Google has reportedly hired Digg founder Kevin Rose, who earlier this week shuttered his latest startup project, Milk Inc, to allow the outfit to shift to an unspecified new project.
Apple iPad 3 data contracts compared
Apple's new iPad - read our first look at the new tablet here - went on sale today. Want one of the 3G-enabled models? To help you work out which network will offer you the best data deal, we've compared carriers' tariffs to see how they match up.
'When you disagreed with Steve Jobs, you lost'
QuotwThis was the week when Android updates started making their way very slowly to Samsung Galaxy S2s and HTC mobes.
Groupon monstered in OFT complaints probe
Updated:Groupon will change the way it does business in Blighty after the Office of Fair Trading concluded a lengthy investigation into the company, which trades as MyCityDeal Ltd.
TDK BA100 earphones
Accessory of the WeekWhile these boys from TDK may look like a typical pair of in-ear 'phones, they actually take a different approach to most earphones in the way they deliver sound. They used balanced armature technology rather than dynamic drivers.
Smartphone users sue Apple, Facebook over mobile app privacy
Facebook, Twitter, Yelp and Apple, Foursquare and 13 other prominent social media firms have been hit with a lawsuit accusing them of supplying mobile applications that invade users' privacy.
Three zeroes Samsung Galaxy S II upfront fee
We rather like the Samsung Galaxy S II - you can read our thoughts on this tasty Android smartphone here - and now you can get one for next to nowt.
Apple Store staff outnumber queues as new iPad goes on sale
PicsBraying hordes of fanbois hungry for new iPads failed to turn up outside Blighty's Apple stores today despite months of rumour, hype and speculation. Although slab shoppers were nonchalant in London, they were positively wet in Scotland.
Take your hands off me - I'm a tech VC superstar!
¡Bong!Effendi, entrepreneurs! The Bongster is back from Texas! Every year, the brightest talent in Shoreditch's vibrant tech scene swaps the workspaces and mentor-ins of N1 and E2 for the sweet smelling grass of Austin, Texas, for SXSWi. And so did I.
HDD prices to remain 'inflated' until August
HDD prices are falling eight times more slowly than they rose in the weeks after the flooding in Thailand and look likely to remain inflated until mid-summer.
Apple slide-to-unlock spat with Samsung hits the buffers
A judge in Germany has put the brakes on Apple's complaint that Samsung copied its slide-to-unlock technology while awaiting the outcome of a separate lawsuit progressing elsewhere in the country.
Hands on with Kinect Star Wars
First lookI had a chance this week to play on a near-final build of the upcoming Kinect Star Wars to get an impression of the game ahead of its launch early next month.
GiffGaff goes titsup again in 'leccy cable gaffe
People-powered O2 spinoff GiffGaff suffered an outage this morning, apparently due to a power cut, and there's no estimated time-to-fix as yet.
LOHAN to straddle meaty titanium rod
After much head-scratching, and a good number of beermat sketches, we're finally ready to unveil our concept for the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Vulture 2 launch platform.
PoC code uses super-critical Windows bug to crash PCs
Security watchers have discovered proof-of-concept code that attempts to exploit a high-risk Windows security hole, causing computers to crash.
Busty blogger bursts Bulgarian airbag in mud-wrestle blunder
A silicone-enhanced Swede has added mud wrestling to the list of activities it's best to avoid if you've had a jub job, after dislodging one of her implants during a reality TV show.
EC likely to probe Universal-EMI mega-merger
The European Commission is "all but certain" to investigate the mega-merger of Universal Music and EMI, according to sources cited (paywall) in the Financial Times.
Lawyers of Mordor retreat from The Hobbit
It's doubles all round at The Hobbit boozer in Southampton at the news that the Saul Zaentz Company (SZC) has called off the lawyers of Mordor, who were attempting to take down the Portswood pub for trademark infringement.
New NASA snap of game developer's electric cart FOUND ON MOON
An orbiting NASA probe has taken new and ultra-detailed pictures of an electric rover vehicle owned by a multimillionaire games developer and space tourist, left abandoned on the Moon after it broke down.
SourceForge pulls off fake, 'Trojan-wrapped' Anonymous OS tool
Prominent members of Anonymous have said that a open-source distro bearing the hacktivist group's moniker is nothing to do with them and is likely to be riddled with Trojans.
Watchdogs quiz Google in Safari cookie-stalking probe
Regulators on both sides of the Pond are snapping on the surgical gloves after Google was caught bypassing privacy settings on Safari browsers.
Apple iPad 3 Sim-only contracts compared
Many of you may have already purchased your new iPads directly from the Apple store, and as such will probably be looking for a Sim-only deal to make the most of your device on the move.
PayPal turns smartphones into checkout tills
PayPal has announced a card reader for Android and iOS phones, turning them into mobile payment systems.
iPhone stroking keeps us satisfied the most, say fanbois
The latest JD Power poll once again puts Apple's iPhone well ahead of the competition in terms of customer satisfaction, and nailed crappy 4G smartphone battery life as punters' biggest bugbear.
Austrian daredevil Baumgartner skydives from 71,581ft
PicAustrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner is well on the way to breaking the highest free-fall record after successfully jumping yesterday from 71,581ft (21,817m)
Yahoo! Facebook! litigation! trips! patent! trigger!
Open ... and ShutThere's no such thing as a "defensive patent." No matter how good the intentions of the companies amassing these patents, as the recent Yahoo! broadside against Facebook shows, desperate times make for desperate patent-holders. And a desperate patent-holder will struggle against the temptation to become a troll.
15in MacBook Air will go HEAD TO HEAD with MacBook Pro in April
Apple has a 15 inch MacBook Air in the works and it's coming out in April, a Mac accessories manufacturer has told Electric Pig.
Encyclopaedia Britannica - Ah, the memories
HPC blogEncyclopaedia Britannica, Inc has announced that after 250 years, it’s throwing in the towel on print editions and moving to all-digital delivery of alphabetised facts and figures.
Global server sales shrivel as EMEA leads retreat
The global server market took a revenue dive in the fourth quarter, with the analysts at IDC figuring that sales revenues sunk 7.2 per cent to $14.2bn, although shipments rose by 2 per cent to 2.2 million units. Europe, the Middle East, and Africa did their part in keeping both sets of numbers down.
Blighty's largest iPad reseller formed in biz gobble deal
ExclusiveLondon-based reseller Trams Group has snapped up the UK operations of Cancom from its German parent Cancom AG for an undisclosed sum.
Fujitsu's King K thrashes Top 500 rivals
Fujitsu's K computer has confirmed its place as emperor of the Top 500 supercomputer list with an incredible 10.51 petaflops.
LightSquared sheds a lonely tear as Sprint legs it
LightSquared is framing Sprint's departure in the best way it can, promising that the pair will remain friends and may even hook up again some time if they're both drunk enough.
SF iPad launch subdued as Apple fans wise up
Apple's rabid fans may be getting smarter, if the subdued launch of "The new iPad" at the Apple's flagship store in San Francisco was anything to go by.
Supersonic silent biplane COMING SOON ...ish
Aviation experts are coming up with a 60-year-old solution to a modern problem - how to create a cheap, fuel-efficient and quiet supersonic aeroplane. This is their breakthrough solution:
Rutgers student guilty, faces 10 years for webcam spying
Rutgers student Dharun Ravi is facing a possible ten years in prison after he used his webcam to spy on a gay roommate and broadcast the resulting video.
Enormous Apple market cap swells and swells ... like a bubble
Apple's total share value pushed beyond the totemic $500 billion mark it reached two weeks ago to hit a heady $542 billion in trading this morning. That made the iPad seller worth more than the entire American Retail Sector, as defined by the Standard & Poor's survey of the top 500 American retailers.
Microsoft SharePoint exposes privates in sniffing hack
UpdatedSensitive information held in content management system Microsoft SharePoint is vulnerable to mining as the result of a newly discovered attack, security researchers warn.
Russia plans manned moon shot by 2030
The Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos has submitted to its government a draft set of ambitious plans for its activities through 2030, including sending a manned craft around the moon, building ion-powered space tugs, and trying again to visit Mars.
Microsoft accused of leaking RDP attack code
The newly-found attack code that exploits critical flaws in Microsoft's RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) system appears to have been leaked by Microsoft or one of its partners, says the researcher who originally discovered it.
'This American Life' disowns Apple-bashing blockbuster
The überpopular US public-radio show This American Life has retracted a story it aired in January – the most listened-to show in its history – in which monologist Mike Daisey detailed what he claimed were his personal experiences when investigating heinous working conditions in plants operated by Apple's Chinese contract manufacturers.