3.2 billion pixel sky-watcher a step closer
The proposed 3.2 billion pixel Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) camera has been okayed by the US Department of Energy to proceed to its next stage of development.
Quantum cruncher beats today's computers by 1080
An international team of scientists has created a quantum device with “the potential to perform calculations that would require a supercomputer larger than the size of the known universe.”
Data visualization: Big Data's hot cousin
Moritz Stefaner calls himself a “Truth and Beauty Operator”. But if you don't understand what that means, he'll translate to the safer “Freelance information Visualizer” and explain that “Large companies approach me with large data sets they want visualized. I take their data and turn it into something beautiful.”
'Apple will coast, and then decelerate' says Forrester CEO
George Colony, the CEO of analyst firm Forrester says Apple's best days are behind it and suggests the company is headed for the kind of slump that befell Sony and Disney when their visionary leaders departed.
Feds bust plot to smuggle US military tech to China
Two suspected Taiwanese drug smugglers have been accused of an ambitious plot to smuggle some pretty serious military technology including a US drone out of the States and into China.
Nest cloud storage for backup fun
It's been a big week for cloud storage. First Microsoft updated SkyDrive. Then Google, after years of speculation, parted the clouds to reveal Google Drive, even if it remained out of reach to some mere mortals using Macs.
China goes green with rare earth plea
China played the green card yesterday in an apparent bid to settle the on-going dispute over its throttling of rare earth exports, offering foreign firms the chance to co-develop the industry there in a more environmentally-friendly manner.
Facebook shares URL blacklists with security companies
Facebook has formed a two-faceted relationship with five prominent players from the security industry.
Nokia's fontastic Pure wins 'design Oscar'
Nokia Pure - the "humanist sans" typeface of the Finnish mobemongerer - has won the graphics category of this year's UK Design Museum Design Awards.
Baidu thrives as Google Drive is blocked in China
Google’s chances of challenging old search foe Baidu in the Chinese market look even more remote, after the Chinese government blocked the Chocolate Factory’s much-hyped Google Drive service.
Tech City hailed as saviour of THE ENTIRE PLANET
"Tech City can be a catalyst that improves the lives of the whole area, the city, the country and in fact the whole world," the Prime Minister's ambassador to Tech City told Queen Mary University's Mile End Group in a lecture this week.
UK biz needs fattening up on gov IT contracts, says No10 bod
Tim Luke, a policy adviser to Number 10, wants Blighty's government IT contracts spread more broadly and punting more money towards companies that don't to sell out abroad. He also thinks kids should be taught to code like real men.
IPCom's 'priority call' patent ruled too broad, world+dog faints
A patent that allows network operators to prioritise police calls over everyday network traffic is too broad to be valid, the European Patent Office ruled yesterday.
Samsung heralds quad-core chip 'first'
Samsung introduced not the world's first quad-core processor for mobile devices but, it claimed, the world's first quad-core processor for mobile devices built with a High-k Metal Gate process.
Ofcom: The Office of Screwing Over Murdoch?
AnalysisThere are several winners in the wake of News Corp's collapsed BSkyB takeover, but the most unlikely is one we’ve all overlooked. It might surprise you, too.
Oracle RMAN straps on rocket, hands admins launch button
Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN) has been integrated with Data Domain Boost by EMC, which claims it ramps up backup performance by up to 50 per cent and cuts LAN bandwidth requirements by up to 99 per cent.
Graham: ICO will blow £3m on IT services
Infosec 2012The UK's Information Commissioner's Office is looking to spend around £3m on its IT, with an invitation for tenders expected at the end of next month.
UK2.NET smashed offline by '10-million-strong' botnet
British web hosting outfit UK2.NET was on the business end of a distributed denial-of-service attack last night that took down customers' websites.
Seagate's latest GoFlex kit 'bolts into stores
Seagate rolled out its latest batch of external hard drives this week alongside a new Thunderbolt adaptor, bringing the high-speed connectivity tech to its entire GoFlex range.
HUS dual-controller array muscles into the mid-range
Not your average dual-controller array: that's the conclusion after a canter through HDS's new HDS Unified Storage (HUS) 100 series array controller architecture.
Report: Microsoft tried and FAILED to offload Bing on Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg reportedly declined to take Microsoft's Bing off the software vendor's hands last year.
Brydge pledges to turn iPads into MacBooks
Tablet naysayers will - not unreasonably - claim that adding a keyboard to a fondleslab only goes to show how much better laptops are in the first place.
Maxima brags of £6m deals to woo admirers
Managed services provider Maxima Holdings has flagged up to any potential buyers that it has bagged £6m worth of contract wins.
O2 launches Wallet: Plays pay-by-text card, again
Telefonica brand O2 has finally launched O2 Money version two: O2 Wallet, a pre-paid wallet held in the cloud and accessible from any mobile phone, regardless of the model or network.
iOS App of the WeekThere have been a lot of rumours recently about Microsoft launching a version of Office for the iPad. I doubt it - it would amount to a pre-admission of the failure of Windows 8 on tablets.
Opera retires Unite, widgets in latest browser cut
Opera made the latest version of the its desktop browser available this morning in a beta release. Old hands may notice a few things missing in version 12.0. Voice-control support in the user interface has been axed, along with Opera Unite and widgets. The browser company wants developers to use the extensions API instead.
Indiana cops arrest violent 6-year-old
Indiana cops detained a "belligerent" six-year-old last week, after the cantankerous nipper kicked his school principal and threatened to kill two other members of staff.
White Space trial: First Cambridge, then... THE WORLD
Despite blanketing Cambridge with trials, and White Space kit becoming legal in the USA, the White Space Summit in Duxford yesterday was still focusing on trying to convince the world that the technology will change everything – and for the better.
Good Tech: Apple dominates mobile enterprise
Apple CEO Tim Cook said this week he wants to get more iPads into big business. The latest figures from enterprise gadget management software company Good suggests it's already happening.
Murdoch 'sorry' he didn't shut News of the World years ago
Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch wished he had closed down the News of the World that has been at the centre of the phone-hacking storm that has gripped his corporation "years ago".
Star Trek role-players' privates sniffed by alien invader
Gaming studio Cryptic, the company behind Star Trek Online, Champions Online and City of Heroes, has admitted that its players' details were lifted in an unauthorised database access two years ago.
Google throws weight behind network of 'reformed terrorists'
Google has confirmed its support for an online network made up of former terrorists and victims of extremism.
Infosec and B-Sides: Security biz exhibitions face off in London
Show diaryInfosec and B-Sides both came to London this week to display the contrasting faces of the information security industry.
HP confirms Hunter to head up PC-and-printer borg
HP UK and Ireland PC boss Paul Hunter is the new chief of the merging Personal Systems and Imaging and Printing Groups.
Global cop squad busts 36 credit card data-selling sites
An international team of cops has taken down 36 websites that were being used to shift vast quantities of stolen credit card and bank account data.
Bendy, twisty keyboard wins Microsoft input tech competition
Microsoft last night announced the winner of a student design competition which saw two dozen scholars conceptualise ideas for future input devices.
Doh! Sage Pay forgets to renew SSL certificate
Customers logging into "secure and efficient payment service" Sage Pay this morning were served up an error message saying that the site could not be trusted, and didn't have a valid security certificate.
Avnet TS sales slide but operating income up
Distribution Goliath Avnet Technology Solutions suffered a double-digit revenue slide across EMEA but boosted operating profits after cost-cutting and pursuing only margin-boosting biz in its fiscal Q3.
Simple ways to tune your private cloud infrastructure
“Dynamic workload management” and “private cloud” are just two of the terms currently in vogue to describe new approaches to the management of IT systems.
Netgear scores 802.11ac basestation first
Networking hardware maker Netgear will have its next-gen Wi-Fi machine, the R6300 router, out next month.
G-Cloud boss begs UK.gov wonks: 'Speak out against s**t IT'
The UK government's technology shopping catalogue G-Cloud is creeping through the corridors of power - but a wave of outsourcing decisions has sapped Whitehall’s ability to set the nation's tech strategy, and the entrenched interests of incumbent IT suppliers stand in its way.
Linux Left 4 Dead port fuels Steam for Ubuntu talk
Valve appears to be launching Steam on the Linux platform, with prototypes in the works and a native version of Left 4 Dead set to accompany the client's release.
E-health FAIL: £1.59 iPhone apps dole out drugs to kids in A&E
Children arriving at A&E are having their drug dosages calculated with a £1.59 iOS app which has not been certified and whose use is not monitored. It has been downloaded more than 500,000 times. This statistic was offered as an example of the development of "electronic health" technology at present at the Future World Symposium in London this week.
Networking giant Emulex stumbles at third quarter hurdle
Emulex's latest earnings show a fall compared to the previous quarter: which was the first profitable quarter after six loss-making ones. This means execs at the networking giant are probably on high alert for any further signs of a return to that slough of despond.
Mobile phones still safe... probably
The UK's Health Protection Agency has examined the evidence for mobile phones causing cancer, and concluded that there isn't any, but left plenty of wriggle room for naysayers and doom merchants, not to mention headline writers.
IOV tech could give Violin storage platform status
Blocks and FilesViolin Memory might well become the next platform storage company. But to do that it needs three product technologies and it only has one at the moment: its shared all-flash Memory array.
HP spreads Superdome vPar partitions across Integrity line
Hewlett-Packard has just rolled up an update to its venerable Unix platform that gives more virtualization options to more customers and better control over virtualization hypervisors and guests running on its Itanium-based Integrity and Superdome iron.
Intel to use Cray IP to score boffo DARPA dosh
HPC blogIn a bold and unexpected move, Intel bought out rights to Cray’s networking and interconnect technology a couple of days ago for $140 million in cold, hard cash. Like our pal TPM said in his comprehensive story, it was quite a surprise to HPC industry watchers. I hadn’t heard speculation about Cray looking to sell any assets. In fact, given the recent introduction of their Big Data play, YarcData, I had expected any Cray M&A news to be about their acquisition of some analytics pieces to round out their offerings.
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS strikes Hyper-V first with Microsoft
There’s a little love and yet a lot of rivalry between the latest Ubuntu build and Microsoft's Windows.
University of Florida drops plans to axe CompSci for sports
A plan by the University of Florida (UF) to axe most of its computer science department while increasing sports funding is being reconsidered after the news went viral.
Lenovo forced to expand 'flaming' PC recall
Lenovo has been forced to expand the recall of possibly flamey desktops it first announced back in March.
Scientists slurp conductive fluid for paintable solar panels
Scientists at the University of Southern California have developed a conducting fluid that would allow tiny solar crystals, just four nanometers across, to be painted onto surfaces and conduct electricity.
Swedish men ordered to present cervices in database flub
A database screw-up saw 2,056 Swedish men ordered to report to their gynecologists and midwives for smear tests.
Hard disk prices help shore up Ingram Micro sales
Ingram Micro saw revenues stall but net income jump in its first quarter, as it reaped the benefit of rising disk drive prices, and sales growth in America, Germany and the UK.
Cray revenues spike on XE6, XK6 super sales
If you were wondering why Cray has sold off its supercomputer interconnect to chip giant Intel for $140m, a close look at the company's first quarter financial results will give you a clue.
'Geek' image scares women away from tech industry
Women don't consider IT careers because “the popular media’s ‘geek’ image of the technology field” along with other factors including a lack of female role models and support at home and work “tend to dissuade talented girls from pursuing a tech career.”
Saturn's moon Phoebe may be captured planetoid
New analysis of images of Phoebe, one of Saturn's many moons, suggests it may be have started life as a planetoid in the Kuiper belt.