Noise can improve quantum computing, says ANU scientist
Here’s a nice paradox: since noise gets in the way of quantum computing, cure it by adding more noise.
iinet poaches Internode CTO
High profile internet industry CTO John Lindsay is moving from his role as chief technologist at Internode to running the CTO function at parent company iiNet.
Alain de Botton wants better online smut
Clearly not satisfied with being the thinking woman’s sex symbol, philosopher Alain De Botton is taking on sex in a new digital venture that will attempt to position pornography – mostly the online iteration- as a therapeutic tool rather than a grubby thrill. De Botton issued a press release from his philosopher think tank The School of Life extolling the virtues of porn if executed in the right fashion. "No longer would sexuality have to be lumped together with stupidity, brutishness, earnestness and exploitation. It could instead be harnessed to what is noblest in us."
Cloud mega-uploads aren't easy
Google and Microsoft don't offer formal data ingestion services to help users get lots of data into the cloud, and neither seems set to do so anytime soon. Quite how would-be users take advantage of the hundreds of terabytes both offer in the cloud is therefore a bit of a mystery.
Anonymous takes out Indian CERT as attacks continue
Hacktivist group Anonymous continued its attacks on the Indian government and creative industries at the weekend by taking out the web sites of the national CERT and the country’s President in retaliation for widespread blocks on video and file sharing sites.
Microsoft, NetApp, Citrix, team for FreeBSD on Hyper-V
NetApp, Microsoft and Citrix have teamed up to let Free BSD run natively in Hyper-V.
China blesses Google's Moto buy, patent problems persist
Analysis Google has finally won approval from Chinese anti-trust authorities for its $12.5bn takeover of handset maker Motorola Mobility, removing the final major obstacle to the deal, but analysts believe the securing the long-term success of Android will be the Chocolate Factory's priority, rather than producing hardware.
Windows Phone beats iOS sales in China
Microsoft is claiming something of a PR win over arch rival Apple, after a senior exec reportedly revealed that its Windows Phone devices are outselling the iPhone in China after just two months.
Creatives spin copyright licence that sticks to web
A range of organisations from across the global creative industries have formed a coalition with the aim of developing a universal standard framework for licensing out use of their copyrighted material.
Smoke-belching flash drive self-destructs on command
VidChinese flash biz Runcore has built a self-destructing solid-state drive.
NHS car-crash spatters CSC accounts with red ink
The CEO of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) said that his company's performance in the last year had been "very poor", as he announced a staggering yearly loss of $4.2 billion.
Facebook and IM apps abused to spread social-climbing worm
Security watchers are warning users about a new worm that spreads via Facebook's instant messaging feature and also inserts itself under the guise of misleading messages on other social networking websites and IM services.
New Oyster online service goes live at TfL
Transport for London (TfL) has launched an online service for Oyster card holders, which allows them to look back over their journey history and fares paid.
Brit knits jumper for NASA space chicken
A British woman has enjoyed the peculiar honour of knitting a jumper for Camilla the rubber chicken – the mascot of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Yahoo! gets! $7.1bn! injection! from! Alibaba! stake! sale!
Chinese e-commerce biz Alibaba has signed a deal to buy back half of Yahoo!'s 40 per cent stake in the company, marking the beginning of the end of their partnership.
Met bobbies get CSI kit to probe perps' mobes
The Metropolitan Police is deploying mobile phone forensic systems in 16 boroughs, allowing ordinary coppers to play their favourite CSI character with wrong 'uns' handsets.
Zuck weds self to lady friend in surprise ceremony
Moneybags Mark Zuckerberg updated his relationship status to "married" on Saturday - just one day after floating Facebook on Nasdaq.
Sony starts taking advance orders for PSN titles
Gamers can now pre-order upcoming titles through the PlayStation Store and have content downloaded automatically on release - or ahead of it, with the activation code coming through on the big day.
Raspberry Pi gets snappy with camera add-on
While the the Raspberry Pi foundation continues to struggle to meet the demand for its £16 Linux machine, it has already revealed improvements. The latest: a prototype camera add-on.
Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12
Geek Treat of the WeekThere are AirPlay speakers and there are AirPlay speakers. This unit from Danish hi-fi gods Bang & Olufsen is eye-wateringly expensive but has plenty of features, including a built-in re-chargeable battery which, B&O says, will give you eight hours play time on one charge.
Acer crosses Ivy Bridge with latest laptops
Acer has revealed a pair of Ivy Bridgers through a new addition to its TravelMate laptop range and another Aspire M-series Ultrabook with dedicated graphics and an optical drive.
T-Mobile slip exposes 1,100 punters' email addresses
Subscribers to T-Mobile's Hothouse - a focus group-like mailing list - got an added benefit this morning: the email addresses of everyone else on the list. The gaffe was swiftly followed by an apology and a request to delete the offending information.
Waterstones stores surrender to Amazonian invaders
UK bookshop chain Waterstones will start stocking Amazon's Kindle ereaders in an attempt to revamp its stores for the digital age.
Another NHS trust coughs up £90k fine for lax fax acts
The taxpayer-backed NHS has suffered another fine from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for outing patients' private information to the wrong people.
Resistance is futile? Memristor RAM now cheap as chips
Cheaper memristors could result from an accidental discovery at University College London.
Brussels throws antitrust settlement lifeline to Google
Google has been given the chance to settle an antitrust investigation of the company's business practices in Europe, competition officials in Brussels confirmed today.
What's copying your music really worth to you?
How much would your iPhone be worth to you if the only music it could play had been bought on the device itself, from Apple? If your answer is "a lot less" or "not very much", then you're not alone. New empirical research has attempted to measure how much we value the ability to copy our music across formats and devices – and it's a significant sum.
Ouch! Facebook slumps below IPO value on day 2
UpdatedFacebook's stock tumbled below its initial public offering valuation to $37.46 per share in pre-trading figures on Wall Street this morning.
Core Wars: Inside Intel's power struggle with NVIDIA
GPU Technology ConferenceIntel and NVIDIA are battling for the hearts and minds of developers in massively parallel computing.
Nasdaq red-faced after software snafu stalls Facebook IPO
Nasdaq OMX chief Robert Greifeld has said he is "humbly embarrassed" by the technical glitch that held up Facebook's IPO on Friday.
IP law probe MPs hunt for smoking gun, find plenty of smoke
AnalysisThere’s an elephant in the room as Parliament’s informal inquiry into intellectual property policy rolls on. In the foreground, there’s the role of the officials who are supposed to support it. In the background, there’s something more troubling.
Met cops' CSI mobe-snoop tech sparks privacy fears
AnalysisThe mobile device data extraction system that has just been rolled out by the Metropolitan Police is designed to provide an easier way to slurp evidence from the mobile phones of suspects brought into custody. But some argue that the move is likely to change how crimes are investigated while it raises several data retention and privacy concerns in the process.
Audi proposes PC-packing stunt bikes
Audi has revealed what it believes to be the future of e-bikes: the Wörthersee, a electric bicycle that features smartphone connectivity and a built-in computer system.
NVIDIA VGX VDI: New tech? Or rehashed hash?
HPC blogMy article about NVIDIA’s new VGX virtualised GPU being a potential holy grail for task- and power-user desktop virtualisation inspired reader comments that are well worth addressing. They also brought out a few details that I didn’t cover in the article. First, let’s address a few of the specific comments.
IBM parks parallel file system on Big Data's lawn
The IT universe is seeing a massive collision taking place as the worlds of high-performance computing, big data and warehousing intermingle. IBM is pushing its General Parallel File System (GPFS) further to broaden its footprint in this space, with the 3.5 release adding big data and async replication features as well as customer metadata and more performance.
ALL NHS patient records online by 2015
The nation’s medical records are going online by 2015 as part of a consumerisation of the NHS under a digital strategy unveiled today.
Google snubs Euro watchdog's 'abuse of dominance' claims
Google remains at loggerheads with anti-competition officials in Brussels, who today went public for the first time with concerns about the search giant's "abuses of dominance".
'Dated and cheesy' Aero ripped from Windows 8
Microsoft must really love Windows 8, or hate its legacy install base.
Tech Data still feeling the burn from Brazilian shave
Tech Data Corporation, the IT distie giant and parent of Computer 2000 and Azlan in the UK, has seen net income rise to $51.7m in the first quarter of the year, despite a fall in revenue.
Backdoor sniffed in ZTE's US Android smartphones
Chinese handset manufacturer ZTE has confirmed the presence of a backdoor in one of its Android smartphones.
Oracle juices homegrown Xen to match own-brand Linux
System maker Oracle has upgraded its version of the Xen server virtualization hypervisor with its own variant of the Linux kernel to bring it in synch with its Enterprise Linux server operating system distro.
Mindspeed gets China Mobile femto gig
Mindspeed, sugar daddy to the UK-based Picochip, will be setting up a development lab with China Mobile to deploy cells using TD-LTE tech, but also supporting TD-SCDMA – as politics, rather than technology, demands.
IBM to park mainframes on the cloud
IBM is gussying up its SmartCloud public cloud to make it more useful for enterprise-class customers, in the hope it can lure them away from Amazon Web Services, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and others. Big Blue is also promising to put its System z mainframes on its cloud.
Cloaked light detector sees without being seen
Physicists at the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University have created a nearly-invisible photodetector, by exploiting the different ways that silicon and gold scatter light.
Microsoft launches its own 'so.cl' network
On the off chance that you have spare moment left in your life after checking Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, your email and your SMS inbox, Microsoft has launched its very own social network, so.cl. The site's name is pronounced "social".