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Google reveals Glass details in patent application
The US Patent and Trademark Office has published a Google patent application that provides a raft of details about that company's much-ballyhooed "Glass" augmented-reality spectacles.
Ubuntu Preview alpha arrives for fondleslabs and phones
As promised, Canonical has released the Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview, complete with full source code and installation images for supported devices. The company warns, however, that this early, alpha-quality release is strictly for developers and enthusiasts only.
Emulex under second investor assault
Emulex, faced with a relatively static Fibre Channel HBA market and with the great white Ethernet-carrying FCoE alternative being as lively as a lethargic turtle, has decided to buy Endace, a New Zealand–based concern with Ethernet deep traffic inspection and analysis gear, so as to expand its addressable market.
Open source app can detect text's authors
A group of Adelaide researchers has released an open-source tool that helps identify document authorship by comparing texts.
Drone quadracopters throw and catch inverted pendulum
VideoAll those stories you've read lately about drones invading your privacy by photographing you from afar?
Whitman: Absolutely not going to break up HP
The rumors go 'round and 'round about HP spinning off its PC business or doing some other kinds of breakup, and CEO Meg Whitman put a stop to them – maybe for once and for all, maybe not – on a conference call today to discuss the company's financial results for the first quarter of its fiscal 2013 ended on January 31.
Google App Engine update eases cloudy mobile app development
Google has updated its platform-as-a-service to ease mobile app development in the cloud.
Hipsters have spoken: Microsoft is 'hip to be square'
Microsoft is getting hip again, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, but Google's still the coolest kid in school.
Microsoft legal beagle calls for patent reform cooperation
Microsoft has urged government, the courts, and industry to work together to help improve the US patent system, but also cautioned against breaking those aspects of the system that do work.
Ericsson plans NZ fibre facility
Ericsson has its eye on contracts in New Zealand’s Ultra Fast Broadband and Rural Broadband Initiative projects, announcing its intention to build a $NZ15 million fibre duct facility in Porirua, north of Wellington.
Security report becomes security risk
A high profile security report released earlier this week detailing Chinese military involvement in widespread online attacks is itself now being used as a lure in spear-phishing attacks, according to researchers.
Facebook reveals plan for new archival data centre
Facebook has discussed details of a new data centre it is building to house photos nobody looks at any more.
Turkish tattooists test talent with QR code ad
The bafflingly ubiquitous Quick Response (QR) code may have finally found its ideal use case after a Turkish tattoo parlour decided to feature the 21st century bar-code in an ingenious scheme to weed out job applicants.
Build your own 180TB NAS for $US1,942.59 (plus disk)
Cloud storage company Backblaze may not quite have the cachet of the folks playing in the Open Compute Project, but that hasn't stopped the company open-sourcing the design it's cooked up for the JBOD-like rigs it uses to power its service.
US woman cuffed for 'booking strippers for 16th birthday bash'
A New York woman is in a spot of bother after allegedly arranging for strippers to liven up a young man's 16th birthday bash.
Official: More than 7 million Brits have NEVER accessed the interwebs
Brits who are disabled, over the age of 75 or poor are among the vast majority of people living in the UK who make up more than 7 million citizens found to have never been online, official government figures show.
Virident gives server flash vendors the fear with 'sharing tool'
Virident, the PCIe flash card and software supplier Seagate loves to the extent of a $40m investment and OEM supply deal, says you can share server flash and make it highly available with its Connect software. This will probably give server flash industry leader Fusion-io something to get a little concerned about.
Bill Gates: 'Microsoft didn't MISS cell phone' bandwagon
QuotwThis was the week when US President Barack Obama let everyone know that Google Hangouts are a thing! POTUS indulged in a little "Fireside Hangout" to chat about issues raised in his earlier State of the Union address. When asked about software patents and the patent snarking that goes on, Obama came down hard on patent trolls, so-called non-practising entities (NPE) whose sole business is IP litigation. He complained:
Woman nails 'cheating boyf' on Russian 'Street View'
A Russian woman has ditched her boyfriend of five years after spotting him with another squeeze on the local equivalent of Street View.
4G in the UK? Why the smart money still says 'Meh'
AnalysisLast September, when the UK's first 4G service emerged, I promised to sit out the switch to high-speed mobile broadband for as long as possible. What I didn't expect was the mobile industry joining me on the sidelines. Budge up, please - it's getting a bit crowded here.
Bundestag holds 'unusual' hearing on German Copyright Act
A "highly unusual" additional parliamentary hearing on proposed changes to German copyright law is a sign that there is increasing opposition to the publisher-driven plans, an expert has said.
Antique Code ShowDoughnuts. Doughnuts are what I think of when someone mentions SimCity in my vicinity. Not because I used to cram them into my face, Homer Simpson-style, while I played, but rather because, back in my childhood, I was obsessed with arranging my own ‘simmed’ city in perfect concentric 'doughnuts'.
Orange offers €40k for the best bit of NFC bonking
France Telecom-Orange is offering forty grand in prize money to best applications using NFC, with a €5K bonus if it relies on an Orange SIM too.
BOFH: Climb the corp ladder - and use your boss as a bullet shield
Episode 1 "It's like progress bars," I say to the PFY during a discussion about the relative merits of the company management as we ride the lift to the CEO's office to fix some laptop crisis.
NBC.com HACKED to spread bank account-raiding Trojan
The website of US TV network NBC was hacked to deliver Java and PDF exploits.
Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter hipsters exposed in Zendesk data raid
Customer service provider Zendesk has been hacked - potentially blowing the lid on the anonymity of some users of Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr.
Official: Cloud computing invented by two technophobic old geezers
Something for the Weekend, Sir?Not a day goes by without a dozen press releases on the topic of cloud computing thrusting their way into my inbox (ooh, matron). I think I’ve made my opinions of the cloud con clear enough in previous columns but for the benefit of newer readers, let’s just say that I think it’s cock.
Happy birthday, LP: Can you believe it's only 65?
This storage medium progressed from spinning disk to flash and then entered the cloud... Sound familiar? It's the long-playing music album and this year marks the sixty-fifth anniversary of its inception.
Brit SAP house G3 Global slurps 2e2's SAP house
SAP Gold partner G3 Global - based in Surrey - has acquired 2e2-owned Diagonal Consulting in a cash deal, it confirmed this morning.
Bees use 'electrical sixth sense' to nail nectar-stuffed flowers
There's electricity in the air when bees meet flowers: according to a new study, the blooms and approaching insects uses electrical signals to find out whether there is nectar and pollen to spare.
What's NFC? PayPal lobs Chip and PIN readers at UK small biz
Accepting credit cards just got even easier, with PayPal and iZettle both announcing Chip and PIN readers suitable for European markets where mag-stripes are considered passe.
Privacy warriors slam MEPs over 'corporate-friendly' data law rewrite
Privacy campaigners are up in arms about a European Parliament committee's decision to adopt a drafted opinion on data protection that some have argued further waters down Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding's proposed rewrite of DP law.
Council IT bod in the dock for flogging scrap work PC parts
A council IT worker who flogged his employers' scrap kit on eBay for £10,000 has been ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work by a court.
Pah! Social, file-sharing apps are SAFE compared to biz apps
Threats from social networking, video and filesharing pale in comparison to malicious content in business critical apps, according to a survey by network security firm Palo Alto Networks.
Dell and pals pop $51m into all-flash array upstart's wallet
While Dell the man is busying himself with taking Dell the company private, Dell Ventures has taken the lead in a $51.6m second funding round for all-flash array startup Skyera.
BBC's new bosses - the lawyers - strike out Savile probe testimony
CommentWhat's the difference between the NHS and the BBC? You can't get fired from the NHS, and you can't get fired from the BBC. It's a trick question.
Google given more time to prove to Brussels it's NOT 'abusive' in search
The two-year long competition probe of Google's search business in Europe is poised to continue at least into the second half of this year, commissioner Joaquin Almunia has confirmed.
Who said run rate reselling was 'boring'? Oh... Softcat did
Unstoppable reseller juggernaut Softcat claims its top and bottom lines swelled 40 per cent in its first half of fiscal 2013 under the leadership of MD Colin Brown who joined from Microsoft last year.
Blackberry Z10 sales fail to impress analysts
It’s no exaggeration to say that the future of BlackBerry, the renamed Research in Motion, is hanging on success of its new BlackBerry smartphones, the Q10 and, particularly, the Z10. Revised forecasts from a number of market watchers suggest the troubled company has not yet put its woes behind it.
PSF warns on angry trademark attacks: Python coders, this is not our way
Python fans have been chastised over their attacks on a tiny web host embroiled in dispute over the Python trademark in Europe that saw the police called in.
Is world's first space tourist Dennis Tito planning a trip to Mars?
The internet is aflutter with rumours that millionaire Dennis Tito, the world's first space tourist, is planning a private manned mission to Mars in just five years' time.
Rackspace cuts network bandwidth prices on its cloud
Rackspace, which bills itself as "the open cloud company", is cutting prices in its ongoing effort to tear a chunk or three of business away from closed source Amazon Web Services, the public-cloud leader.
RIAA: Google failing on anti-piracy push
The Recording Industry Ass. of America has issued a report on Google's progress in cutting the availability of pirate websites in its search results, and the verdict isn't so much "could try harder" as "you are an utter failure," as this hack's Latin teacher once judged him.
Cheap iPhone mini 'makes sense' for world domination
After meeting with Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer, one well-placed analyst sees "several signs" that offering a lower-priced iPhone "makes sense."
Google announces I/O conference registration
F5 keys the world over trembled today, as Google announced the date when registration opens for its popular conference Google I/O.
iPhone-maker Foxconn not gonna save Sharp
iPhone-maker Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn, will not come to the rescue of floundering Japanese manufacturers Sharp, says Reuters.
HTC settles with FTC over smartphone security holes
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced a settlement with smartphone-maker HTC over complaints that its handsets are riddled with security failings, and the government watchdog says it will check on compliance for ... wait for it ... the next 20 years.
Microsoft secure Azure Storage goes down WORLDWIDE
UpdatedMicrosoft's Windows Azure storage cloud is having worldwide problems with secure SSL storage, probably because Redmond let the HTTPS certificate expire.