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Boffins use DVD burner to scale graphene supercapacitors
One of the challenges in shrinking electronics is that some parts, like capacitors, stubbornly resist being minaturised. The charge-carrying capacity of a conventional capacitor is, after all, partly a function of the surface area of its plates.
Seagate joins OpenStack foundation and Open Compute Project
In an effort to stay relevant in the new cloudy world Seagate is loading money into OpenStack and joining the Open Compute Project.
Curiosity drills into Mars
Nuclear-powered, laser-equipped space tank Curiosity has unveiled another of its weapons: a 2.3mm drill bit that it has used to gouge a hole 6.4 cm deep into the Martian soil.
Mobile dev site: We never knew about Facebook, Apple hacks
Mobile developer website iPhoneDevSDK says it was completely unaware of its own involvement in a recent online attack that compromised Macs at Facebook, Apple, and other companies – that is, not until its admins read about it in the tech press on Wednesday morning.
FCC proposes freeing up massive chunk of wireless spectrum
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is proposing to increase the amount of unlicensed spectrum available by 35 per cent in the biggest opening up of the airwaves in a decade.
Samsung under fire over copy-paste bricking
Users of a variety of Android-based Samsung smartphones are becoming restive at the mobo’s apparent inability to fix a simple bug that has catastrophic consequences.
Sexual harassment case costs Oracle $AUD18,000
A former employee of Oracle's Australian outpost has been awarded $AUD18,000 in damages after winning a sexual harassment claim against a colleague.
Jerry Yang hired as fly on the wall at Lenovo
Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang is set to join the board of Lenovo.
Boffins spot Luna-sized exoplanet
Exoplanet hunters have made their smallest find ever, Kepler-37b, which is only fractionally larger than Earth's moon and rather smaller than Mercury.
Mobes with monster 72-core GPU to debut in China
Nvidia’s supercharged quad-core Tegra 4 SoC, which packs a mighty 72 GPU cores, has finally found a mobile home after handset maker ZTE announced new smartphones featuring the chip will debut in China in the first half of 2013.
Perfect sex minx calculated from 'deep' probe of X-rated flicks
Hardcore data analysis of hardcore web filth has produced a surprise finding: the average female porn star is NOT blonde nor does she sport oversized Bulgarian airbags.
How private biz can link YOU to 'anonymised' medical data
Private sector businesses could obtain "identifiable" information about patients without their consent under a new scheme that will see medical data made commercially accessible, according to information disclosed by the government.
This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace
In a final squeeze of Olympics juice from London's triumphant summer of sport last year, British Telecom has released a world record-breaking panoramic photo of the city taken from the top of the BT Tower.
Quit the 2D internet, flee your cave, and GET LAID, barks rock star
Rock star Jack White, formerly of The White Stripes and The Dead Weather, has told fans to switch off the "two-dimensional" internet, get out of their "cave" and start experiencing something in "the real world".
Just what does BT have planned for its 4G licence: We drill into UK LTE
AnalysisSo, the UK's 4G auction is over, but questions remain: who bought what exactly, why did they pay so little, and, most importantly, when can we expect some 4G goodness?
Brit robot programmers banged up for £500,000 tax evasion
Two robot programmers have been jailed for income tax evasion after hiding their company's sales in offshore accounts.
We've slashed account hijackings by 99.7% - Google
Google appears to be making strides in the war against account hijacking. The ads, search and webmail giant recently announced that it had reduced takeovers by 99.7 per cent since introducing tighter security procedures.
Sony promises PC-based PlayStation 4 for Christmas
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Sony PlayStation 4 - or, as we say in the trade, a PC.
Hey, cloudy channel bods: Vendors have problems too...
The tech industry channel has faced a variety of challenges over the past year or so when it comes to cloud computing. Distributors in the channel have faced a battle over customers with telecommunications vendors, and some channel partners have found themselves unsure about outlining a cloud strategy. This time we're taking a look at the challenges from the vendor’s point of view.
VCE collective takes integrated systems battle down to the midrange
It is safe to say that the effort by Cisco Systems to break into the server racket with its Unified Computing System blade and rack servers nearly four years ago has succeeded much more than its rivals in the business had expected.
Oklahoma cops rake ashes of 'spontaneous combustion' victim
Investigators in Oklahoma are attempting to determine just how a 65-year-old man was largely incinerated while his timber-framed house suffered minimal damage, in what the the local sheriff described as a possible case of spontaneous human combustion.
PunkSPIDER project founder defends 'Google for web app vulns'
The founder of a project that aims to offer a global web application vulnerability scanner has defended the potentially controversial technology. The tech is a useful tool to check the security of websites you use for shopping, or to which you've submitted your personal data, but it could equally be a tool for budding VXers - although, as its founder points out: checking for the existence of vulnerabilities is not the same as exploiting them in an actual attack.
Curiosity Mars rover flashes pics of GREY drilled powder sample
Mars rover Curiosity has beamed back pics of what lies beneath the surface of the Red Planet, whose rosy complexion turns out to be just skin-deep.
Yahoo! 'OPTIMISES'! website! for! fondleslabs! AND Facebook!
Yahoo! has once again redesigned its website as the ailing internet company attempts to squeeze more ad juice out of its online estate.
WTF is... Miracast?
Less than six months ago, there were just a handful of Miracast-certified products listed in the Wi-Fi Alliance’s kit database. Now there are nearly 150. A spectacular improvement for a little known technology. So what is it?
Foxconn: Our hiring freeze has nothing to do with iPhone 5
Apple's main manufacturing buddy Foxconn has frozen hiring at a Shenzhen plant and other factories across China, but denies it has anything to do with the fruity firm in particular.
Adobe punts fix for Reader, Acrobat holes battered by PC, Mac hackers
Adobe has pushed out an emergency security update for its PDF viewing software Reader and Acrobat to plug zero-day vulnerabilities that emerged last week.
So you won a 4G licence. The Freeview interference squad wants a word
The team to turn to when high-speed mobile broadband knocks out your Freeview signal has kicked off negotiations with this week's 4G auction winners. It's hoped that Brits will get four weeks of notice before up to two million TV screens go dark.
New blow for Microsoft Surface: Touch Chromebooks 'on sale in 2013'
Google has developed a new touchscreen Chromebook that will be out this year, claim industry sources. It's the latest story to surface about a touch-driven netbook powered by Google's Chrome operating system, which is based on open-source Linux.
John Sweeney: Why Church of Scientology's gravest threat is the 'net
UpdatedBack in 1995, when the net was still young, the late Robert Vaughn Young, an ex-scientologist, said the internet would be to Scientology what Vietnam was to the US: an unwinnable war.
Which Linux admin tools and tricks would YOU stake your career on?
Sysadmin blogThose seeking to enter the rewarding world of Linux system administration can be scared off by the platform's sometimes outright hostility towards the concept of "administrator friendliness".
Xamarin chucks Apple fruit at Microsoft mobe wobblers
Microsoft wobblers tempted by the fruit of Apple's mobes can now indulge themselves from the comfort of their preferred development platform.
Chromebook app launcher touted to Chrome browser users
Further blurring the line between desktop computers, laptops and mobile gadgets, Google has stuffed the app launcher from its Chromebook into its desktop Chrome web browser.
NetApp flashifies ONTAP high-end boxen
While flash arrays were the main focus of yesterday's NetApp announcements the company also uprated its high-end FAS6200 arrays with bigger disks, flash pools, more memory and the latest ONTAP software.
Twitter opens ad API... awaits cash TSUNAMI from ad-slingers
Ads will be creeping into Twitter clients as the social network has opened up an advertising API allowing advertisers to create more complex, targeted advertising using Promoted Tweets and Promoted Account campaigns on the social network.
Obama's new cyber-security tactics finger corrupt staff, China
The White House has unveiled a fresh strategy for combating the theft of American trade secrets - days after a high-profile Chinese cyber-espionage campaign against US corporate giants was exposed.
Apple files 'iWatch' patent application
The US Patent and Trademark Office has published a patent application that juices rumors Apple is working on a bit of wrist-wearable kit that hardware hypothesizers have dubbed the "iWatch".
Oracle plans deep integration of Eloqua marketing tech
Oracle will make sure its recently acquired Eloqua marketing cloud plays along with Microsoft and Salesforce systems, though it plans to closely link the marketing suite with its own sales technology as well.
Google takes Chromebook upmarket with touchy-feely Pixel
Chromebooks have traditionally been priced for the low end of the market, but Google has decided to go for the well-heeled cloud warrior with the Chromebook Pixel, a touchscreen laptop with a super-high resolution screen and a price tag to match.
Red Hat nips, tucks RHEL 6.4 ahead of RHEL 7 later this year
Commercial Linux distributor Red Hat may be getting ready to start the Enterprise Linux 7 cycle later this year, but the pace of updates to the current RHEL 6 stack continues apace with the rollout of RHEL 6.4.
Nvidia plans new 'reptile HQ' to match its IT aggressiveness
Move over Apple. Nvidia cofounder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang wants to build his own futuristic space-station campus – and as you might expect, the Nvidia design is black and green and built from triangles, the basic building block of the mathematics around graphics processing. And, as it turns out, the strongest shape in architecture.
Twitter adds email security to help block phishing attempts
Following a recent spate of incidents in which high-profile accounts have been compromised by hackers, Twitter has implemented a security protocol designed to make it harder for fraudsters to send out emails that appear to come from Twitter.com addresses.
Over 100,000 sign White House petition for handset unlocking
The Obama administration is going to have to answer to mobile phone users after more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling for the unlocking of handsets to be made legal again.
Newvem fluffs up penny-pinching control freak for AWS cloud
Startup Newvem uncloaked from stealth last November with Cloud Care, a control freak that reaches into CloudWatch and other Amazon Web Services management APIs to help companies figure out what they are spending and where they might be wasting resources and money. The service has tracked over 125,000 EC2 instances over the past ten months, representing $200m in spending on Amazon's compute cloud, and – here's the kicker – has saved customers more than $80m over that time on their EC2 spending. Now Newvem is launching a simpler, companion version of Cloud Care, and better yet, this one is free.
Google in cloud-support price war with Amazon, Microsoft
Google has updated its cloud support packages, and in doing so has opened up another front in its cloud pricing war with Amazon and Microsoft.
Buyer's Guide de-hassling flash array purchase
Storage buying guides publisher DCIG has cast its beady eye across flash arrays and come up with the best of the bunch, not quite so good but still Recommended flashy boxes, and plain old Excellent, less plain Good and then the Basic category of suppliers.
Ride Riverbed's Whitewater all the way to Glacier
Use Riverbed's Whitewater gateway product to send your data centre's cold but still wanted data up into Amazon's glacial archive storage vaults where entry is cheap, stays long, and restores cheap as chips unless you get lost in Amazon's pricing jungle.