Mars orbiter finds remains of pioneering Soviet Mars 3 probe
A crowdsourcing effort by Russian space enthusiasts appears to have found the remains of the first probe to successfully land on Mars, using images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).
Google: 'We'll track EVERY task on EVERY data center server'
Google has wired its worldwide fleet of servers up with monitoring technology that inspects every task running on every machine, and eventually hopes to use this data to selectively throttle or even kill processes that cause disruptions for other tasks running on the same CPU.
... time machine. Iranian Dr Who claims he invented a ...
Not content with letting North Korea get all the “we're sooooo bad” headlines this week, fellow rogue nation Iran has let it be known one of its resident boffins has invented a time machine. And then deleted the story in state-run media that brought the world news of the gadget.
Chinese boffins predict iPad-sized supercomputers
Chinese boffins are predicting iPad-shaped supercomputers could become a reality after observing for the first time a phenomenon known as the quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect, which could pave the way for a new generation of low energy-consumption electronics.
Oz regulator “welcomes” debate on limiting net neutrality
The head of Australia's telecommunications regulator, the Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC), has signalled he's open to new debate about network access regimes that back away from complete net neutrality.
Want to know if that hottie has HIV? Put their blood in the DVD player
Cunning Swedish boffins have come up with a new use for the cheap technology in optical DVD drives: it can be used to carry out complex biochemical tests, even to the point of detecting HIV in a blood sample.
'North Korea Has Launched a Missile' tweet sent by mistake
City officials in Yokohama were left feeling rather embarrassed earlier this week after jumping the gun on possible nuclear armageddon by mistakenly tweeting that North Korea had launched a missile.
GSMA: $11bn for 'universal service' UNSPENT, nations' poor still not connected
Mobile operator mouthpiece GSMA is asking countries to re-examine their universal service funding, pointing out that India alone has stockpiled $4.1bn in unspent cash while the poor remain disconnected.
Handwriting beats PowerPoint's teaching power says MIT boffin
Remember that feeling of struggling to stay awake during university lectures? And not just because of the previous night's imbibing?
Check Point bakes anti-malware tech into firewall bricks
Check Point is baking in cyber-espionage defences to its enterprise firewall and gateway security products with the incorporation of sandbox-style technology.
Go-go Gadget watch? Apple posts job ad for 'flexible display' bod
Apple has pulled a job advert looking for a flexible display expert just a week after it was posted.
Half of US smartphone owners have no idea which mobe to buy next
Were "ecosystems" of apps and developers ever the clincher in the smartphone wars? The conventional wisdom is that once users are locked in an online software store they will never leave. Perhaps this stickiness has been oversold.
AVG: That World of Warcraft hack? RIDDLED with malware
A new cross-platform security product that covers desktops, smartphones and tablets is likely to be a key area of development for desktop freebie virus-scanner firm AVG during 2013.
Geolocation tech to save 60 Londoners from being run over next year
The Metropolitan Police will be using software from Croydon-based GGP Systems to analyse road traffic accidents in the capital, continuing a 30-year-old process to minimise road deaths.
'Sorry, I don't get the drama around having an always-on console'
QuotwThis was the week when former British Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher died, setting the Twitosphere alight with opposing deluges of vitriol and veneration. The passing of the woman the media insists on referring to as "divisive" inspired a whole slew of people to post "Ding dong the witch is dead" tweets, while others like Sir Alan Sugar praised the former PM:
Flash-pusher sTec coughs $36m to settle class action suit
Flash storage supplier sTec is paying more than its latest quarter's revenue to settle a class action lawsuit.
IT salaries: Why you are a clapped-out Ferrari
As a tech careers writer I regularly receive noise about the UK IT “skills shortage", which makes as much sense as saying there’s a shortage of Ferraris.
LOHAN chap to launch Raspberry Pi eye in the sky
High Altitude Ballooning (HAB) geezer Dave Akerman will tomorrow dispatch a Raspberry Pi camera into the stratosphere, promising live images from altitude as the diminutive snapper drifts from Blighty into European skies.
The Man Who Fell to Earth: Plane plummet plod probe phone
The man who spread himself across a street in Mortlake, London, after falling from an aircraft undercarriage has been identified. Police finally managed to crack open the SIM in his pocket and study it to discover who he was.
Tech Data Mobile UK boss Michel resigns after 18 months
Tech Data Mobile veep Jim Michel has resigned for "personal reasons" but says he is staying on board for a couple of months during the handover period.
Oh S**T, here comes a robot to take my job
Something for the Weekend, Sir?The enormous lump of shit sat steaming directly outside the publisher’s door facing the first-floor landing, welcoming early morning office workers as they arrived with a cheeful “Hello! I’m a giant turd! And I smell really bad!”
Most brain science papers are neurotrash: Official
A group of academics from Oxford, Stanford, Virginia and Bristol universities have looked at a range of subfields of neuroscience and concluded that most of the results are statistically worthless.
Brit cops blow £14m on software - then just flush it down the bogs
Surrey Police has pulled the plug on a multi-million-pound computer system it spent years developing.
ScanSource will axe Euro staffers to save itself $3.1m a year
Distie ScanSource is slashing jobs in Europe in a bid to shed $3.1m in costs a year.
Winklevoss twins claim to have enormo $11m Bitcoin stash
The Winklevoss twins are claiming that they own one per cent of all the Bitcoins in circulation - which, if true, would be one of the largest portfolios of the e-currency.
Space elevators, vacuum chutes: What next for big rocket tech?
Pic specialWe recently suggested that even the most advanced rocket currently slipping the surly bonds of Earth is nothing more than glorified V2, over 70 years since Hitler's Vergeltungswaffe 2 first lifted off the pad at Peenemünde.
Nasdaq chief's large package shrinks after terrible Facebook blow
Nasdaq OMX has brutally slashed its chief's 2012 bonus by over half a million dollars because of the Facebook IPOcalypse.
'You can keep it' - Brit's nicked laptop turns up on Iranians' sofa
A British animator who used tracking software to trace his stolen laptop to Iran has apologised to its “innocent new owners” after pictures of them were splashed all over the internet.
Windows 7 'security' patch knocks out PCs, knackers antivirus tools
Windows 7 users should uninstall a security patch Microsoft issued on Tuesday because some PCs failed to restart after applying the update.
Moist iPhone fanbois tempted with golden Apple shower offer
Apple has reportedly agreed to shake $53m (£35m) in change out of its pockets to settle a lawsuit accusing it of wriggling out of gadget warranties using a water-detecting tool.
XMA back on its feet after 2011 public sector knockdown
XMA staged a top line recovery in calendar 2012 as it reduced its reliance on the public sector by drumming up more business with commercial customers.
Anons torn over naming 'n' shaming of 17yo's gang-rape suspects
UpdatedAnonymous hacktivists have withdrawn threats to expose the identities of boys accused of gang raping a 17-year-old girl before her death. But rogue Anons may defy the decision and publish the information anyway.
BlackBerry slams Z10 returns report as 'false and misleading'
BlackBerry president and CEO Thorsten Heins has fired back at an article in The Wall Street Journal which cites a report that returns of the Z10 are outnumbering sales – and that report was just the latest bad news for the beleaguered smartphone manufacturer.
Amazon: We cut prices to scare ourselves into innovation
Amazon Web Services' campaign of price cuts and rapid product development is part of a customer-first strategy designed to prevent stagnation, the company's chief executive has said.
New York cops testing Big Brother crime-data Android app
Watch out, crooks! The New York Police Department is trying out a new weapon in the war on crime – namely, putting its own intelligence in the hands of patrol officers.
Netbooks projected to become EXTINCT by 2015
Proving yet again that fame and fortune are fleeting – even for computer hardware – the analysts at IHS are projecting that the netbook, the New Hotness just a few short years ago, will disappear completely by 2015.
Nearly a quarter of all books sold in US in 2012 were ebooks
Sales of standalone e-readers might be declining, but ebooks make up a growing portion of sales for US book publishers, according to the latest stats from the Association of American Publishers (AAP), a trade association.