Chemical-dipped TRANSPARENT BRAINS bare all for science
A team of neuroboffins at Stanford University have a developed a chemical process that can render grey matter transparent, a trick they say will fundamentally change our scientific understanding of the brain.
Researcher hacks aircraft controls with Android smartphone
A presentation at the Hack In The Box security summit in Amsterdam has demonstrated that it's possible to take control of aircraft flight systems and communications using an Android smartphone and some specialized attack code.
Bitcoin gets a $100 haircut on rollercoaster trading run
Virtual currency Bitcoin lost $100 in value relative to the US dollar on Wednesday due to panic selling by its devotees.
Planes in thunderstorms cop gamma ray bursts
It's long been known that flying exposes people to more cosmic rays than land-lubbers, but new research suggests another source of airborne irradiation: high-energy “dark lightning” that gives rise to gamma radiation.
SSH an ill-managed mess says SSH author Tatu Ylonen
Tatu Ylonen, author of the SSH protocol, isn't afraid of criticising his own work: he's calling for a new version of the Secure Shell to make it more manageable and get rid of the problem of undocumented rogue keys.
Oracle embraces NetApp and Cisco's FlexPod
A couple of weeks back, Gartner told The Reg that Oracle has more room for growth in virtualisation than just about any other player, perhaps including Microsoft.
StreetView spots possible roadside nookie down under
NSFWishGoogle's privacy-invading StreetView machines may have captured their most embarassing moment yet, after images of what looks an awful lot like a couple indulging in some horizontal folk dancing on the hood of a car emerged on Reddit.
The gloves are on: Nokia emits super-sensitive £99 Windows Phone
Nokia's sub-£100 Lumia 520 has rolled out in the UK this week, alongside a keenly priced and attractive unibody sibling, the Lumia 720. Both were announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February.
AMI PC firmware upgrade scare: The global security meltdown that wasn't
AnalysisA computer hardware maker that leaked the source code to American Megatrends Inc's PC firmware did not reveal private keys for signing firmware updates - contrary to early reports.
IBM Australia on the stand over $1bn blowout
In 2007 the Australian State of Queensland decided it needed shared services arrangements to streamline its affairs and reduce costs.
Another 170,000 Freeview homes to be freed from reality TV - possibly
170,000 London homes will get letters in the next day or two, telling them they're in the next phase of 4G testing and offering telephone support for anyone who sees Freeview disappear on Monday.
Industry upstart: You know what high-end HPC needs? More DAY-GLO
HPC blogOne of the best things about industry events like the GPU Technology Conference (GTC 2013) is walking around the trade show floor. It gives me a chance to talk to smaller, niche companies who don’t get the media coverage given to the titans of the high-performance computing industry. (Or to Titan the supercomputer, for that matter.) One foray onto the shop floor brought me to CreativeC, an HPC consulting and hardware company based in New Mexico.
Aruba battles BlackBerry to protect biz from staffers' nasty iPhone apps
Aruba Networks has joined the mobile container fray with WorkSpace, providing enterprises with a secure BYOD platform which can be distributed to untrusted devices - and taking on BlackBerry and Samsung in the process.
HGST straps Intel Thunderbolt onto uber-pricey drives, docks
The first external hard drive with Intel's extremely pricey Thunderbolt fast cabling system has been announced by HGST, along with a Thunderbolt interface 2-drive dock supporting 2.5-inch disks.
Shaky liftoff for Sputnik: Dell's Linux lappie runs its own cloud, ish
ReviewWant a laptop running Linux? You could do worse than Dell's XPS 13.
Sanbolic reveals flashy server goodness with Melio 5
That's right: storage software supplier Sanbolic is shipping server-side scale-out services supporting SSDs. But what does it mean?
WTF is... H.265 aka HEVC?
FeatureWhen Samsung unveiled its next-generation smartphone, the Galaxy S4, in March this year, most of the Korean giant’s fans focused their attention on the device’s big 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 screen, its quad-core processor and its 13Mp camera. All impressive of course, but incremental steps in the ongoing evolution of the smartphone. More cutting edge is the S4’s promised support for a technology called HEVC.
Google U-turn DID preempt ICANN's block on corporate gTLD-snatchers
It's official - Google did indeed correctly judge that ICANN would halt corporate attempts to exclusively snatch generic top level domain names for commercial use.
BizNAS at the front, party at the back: Tandberg adds Dropbox to NAS crate
BizNAS is Tandberg Data's latest offering - a small business NAS box with iSCSI block access and integrated Dropbox support plus backup to removable disk.
Software defined networking works up a head of steam
Software-defined networking (SDN) represents a revolutionary tide flowing through the fusty, slow-moving halls of data-centre networking, bringing speed and dynamism to network connectivity management.
Hey Intel, Microsoft: Share those profits with your PC pals, eh? - analyst
Tech research analyst Gartner reckons profit-hoggers Intel and Microsoft need to give their PC-producing pals a shot in the arm.
Google asks Blighty to slave over its Maps for FREE
Google is extending its Map Maker editing tool to users in Blighty, so they can help the Chocolate Factory get its maps right.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Antique Code ShowPocket-money saved, game ordered, wait for the postman and... nothing. A friend had the game already – rubbing salt into the wound – yet my journey of anticipation home from school each day still arrived at a big hole of spiky blue hedgehog nothingness. The original Sonic the Hedgehog was especially hyped throughout its long development, intensifying this cruel slice of adolescent misery, and when the blessed game did turn up, two weeks late, the cartridge was a dud.
P2P badboys The Pirate Bay kicked out of Greenland: Took under 48 hours
The Pirate Bay has been torpedoed after telecoms companies from two countries blocked the website’s dual domains.
Dinosaur embryos FOUND: Resurrection 'out of the question'* - boffin
Dinosaur embryos wiggled around in their eggs just like the embryos of modern birds, scientists have found. The boffins made the discovery after a cache of fossilised dino bones and eggs were dug up in southwest China.
Foot-long slab too big? Microsoft 'has a 7-incher' to stroke
Microsoft will put a smaller, 7-inch Windows 8-powered Surface laptop-cum-tablet into production this year, according to insiders.
There's more to cloud computing than just hosting
There’s a trick we use at Freeform Dynamics when trying to figure out the true significance, if any, of the latest Big Thing being promoted by IT vendors and pundits. We ask ourselves what will be left when the marketers get bored with the current buzz words and move on to the next Big Thing, as they inevitably will.
Remember Streetmap? It's suing Google in a UK court
Google is being sued by UK-based website Streetmap, which is also one of the complainants in the lengthy European Union investigation into allegations that the ad giant is "abusing its dominance" in the online search business.
Google submits 'formal commitments' to EC over search
Google has submitted a formal concessions package to the European Commission's competition chief.
Microsoft crowns Barclay as new queen of UK channel
Microsoft veteran Clare Barclay has confirmed that she is to head up the UK and Ireland channel as current incumbent Barry Ridgway heads off to Latin America.
Mozilla CEO exits just as Firefox mobiles roll out
Mozilla's chief executive is stepping down amid a re-positioning of the managerial brass after barely two years into a mission to take Firefox mobile.
Administrator: 2e2 owed £412m to creditors when it went titsup
2e2 Ltd crashed out of business owing creditors a little over £412m, the firm's administrator FTI Consulting has confirmed in its statement of affairs.
Microsoft Xbox exec quits after ENRAGING the INTERWEBS
A high-flying Microsoft creative director has quit after enraging Xbox owners with a widely publicised tweet saying they should get used to consoles being constantly connected to to the internet.
Malware-flinging Winnti crew has been RIPPING OFF gaming firms for YEARS
Security researchers have discovered an active cyber-crime campaign that targets online gaming companies worldwide.
Obama boosts military, 'black' and spook cyber forces
US President Barack Obama wants to increase spending on cyber security in his proposed budget for the fiscal year 2014, which starts in October.
Intel demos inexpensive 100Gb/sec silicon photonics chip
Intel has demoed what it says it "believes" is the world's only silicon photonics module that uses a hybrid silicon laser – a breakthrough that should allow such advances as vastly improved system-to-system interconnects in the data center.
Cisco ports Nexus 1000V virtual switch to Microsoft's Hyper-V
Upstart server-maker Cisco is bounding around the Microsoft Management Summit this week in Las Vegas to talk about how it is plugging its technologies into Redmond's cloud stack.
Judge scolds Apple, Motorola for using court as 'business strategy'
The judge responsible for the painfully complex patent litigation between Apple and Motorola Mobility has had it up to here with the legal machinations of the two companies, and has denied a request to step in and whittle the case down to a manageable size.
Tech titans team up to push immigration reform
AnalysisSome of the biggest names in Silicon Valley have formed a political lobbying organization, dubbed Fwd.us, to press for more H-1B visas for industry, a comprehensive revamp of the US education and patent systems, and a pathway for talented people now in the US illegally to gain citizenship.
Google tool lets you share data from BEYOND the GRAVE
Between Google search, GMail, YouTube, and other sites, a vast number of internet users now access Google services every day. So it makes some sense that the Chocolate Factory has implemented a new system that lets you tell it how long you need to have stopped Googling before it assumes you must be dead.
SUSE updates Studio server appliance maker with native KVM
SUSE Linux, like everybody else, wants to build your cloud. And the German software company, which is part of the Attachmate collective, thinks the combination of its chameleon-colored Linux operating system, its SUSE Studio server appliance fabrication tools, its SUSE Manager system management tools, and its SUSE Cloud rendition of the OpenStack cloud control freak are going to give it an edge over its many rivals.