Hold our tiny silicon spheres, say gravity wave detection scientists
A group of scientists from the University of Nevada at Reno says tiny sensors – small enough to be suspended in an optical trap – could pave the way for a new kind of ultra-sensitive gravity wave sensor.
Optus outlines its 4G future
Optus is hoping to shed its bridesmaid status, unveiling plans for a major rollout across four frequency bands, announcing its first TD-LTE deployment, and adding a bunch of cities and regional centres to its rollout.
Nintendo throws flaming legal barrel at YouTubing fans
Nintendo has contacted fans who post walk-through videos of its games to YouTube, claiming all revenue from their efforts.
Yahoo! Japan says 22 MEELLION User IDs may have been nabbed
Yahoo! Japan has told its 200 million customers to change their passwords after revealing that 22 million user IDs may have been exposed in a suspected intrusion last week.
Massive EXPLOSION visible to naked eye SEEN ON MOON
VidSensational news today from the Moon, as skywatchers say a huge explosion - as bright as a star, and visible from Earth with the naked eye - has been seen on the lunar surface.
US boffin builds 32-way Raspberry Pi cluster
Boise University PhD candidate Joshua Kiepert has built a 32-way Beowulf cluster from Raspberry Pis.
Intel releases 'Beacon Mountain' Android-on-Atom dev tool
Indroid Inside Intel has released “Beacon Mountain” a development environment for Android apps on both its own Atom silicon and ARM chippery.
Pakistan signs up for China's GPS rival
China’s home-grown sat-nav system Beidou (BDS) is expected to add yet another customer after Pakistan signed up to host ground stations for the service.
Boffins find 'scary radio attack'* against pacemakers
It's a little difficult to credit as a discovery the fact that analogue receivers – whether they be on a bluetooth device or a pacemaker – are vulnerable to radio interference.
Look behind you, NetApp: Angry investor is coming for YOU
Activist investor Eliott Management, of Emulex fame, always pushes to have its voice heard - especially when it thinks bosses of its "investment companies" don't put shareholders first. Now the fund has actually taken on storage giant NetApp.
Streaming music works for us, say US and UK indie labels
AnalysisAre legal music streaming services just Kim Dotcom on a diet, with a lawyer?
Is it time for the great Jihad against networked storage?
Blocks and FilesDheeraj Pandy is running Nutanix as if the company is on a crusade against networked storage. Data delivery latency from networked storage is plain unacceptable, it seems, and clustered virtualised servers should run and present their local storage as part of a pool.
'Untidy' Shoreditch just CONFUSES American techies - Olympic hub team
A leading American tech incubator is considering opening a British outpost on the site of the Stratford Olympics, The Register can reveal.
NetApp boffins first to go in 'workforce decimation' plan
Storage array biz NetApp has laid off 300 people at a research and development centre in India and “hundreds” more in the US, according to industry sources.
Intel's answer to ARM: Customisable x86 chips with HIDDEN POWERS
With new CEO Brian Krzanich and new president Renée James in control of Intel, all kinds of changes are very likely in store: the chip giant wants to expand beyond its dominance in PCs (a declining market) and servers (one that is profitable but not growing very much) to other aspects of the computing landscape.
Hello, Goodbye ... to $408,000: John Lennon axe under the hammer
A guitar played by both John Lennon and George Harrison has sold at auction for a cool $408k.
Gay marriage? We'll put a stop to that 'human bug', says Nintendo
A bug that permitted same-sex marriage in a Nintendo game was a mistake by the developer rather than a victory for equality, we're told.
Cameron's Tech City: Desks? Yes. Cash? Yes. Coders? Nope
Lack of skilled staff is hampering the growth of almost half of all tech businesses based around East London's Silicon Roundabout, a survey has found.
Bumbling fraudsters fail to dupe 'Westcost' customers
Fraudsters masquerading as British distie giant Westcoast failed in their attempts to convince resellers to redirect their payments for products and services to a dodgy bank account, the company has confirmed.
Give porno danger classes to Brit kids as young as FIVE - parents
Schoolteachers should warn British children as young as five about the "dangers" of finding pornography online, say families.
So you want to be a contractor? Well, here's how it works
Back in the heady days of 1984, working on the development of Microsoft Unix (yes, that was a real product, AKA Xenix), we needed to write an Ethernet driver, but none of us really felt up to that. We needed to hire an expensive specialist.
Biz bods: Tile-tastic Windows 8? NOOO. We lust after 'mature' Win 7
Windows 8 won't become an enterprise IT standard as customers dump Microsoft's legacy PC operating system XP. Instead, corporate IT departments will stick to what they know and install Windows 7.
Schmidt: Don't like our tiny tax bills? Google this... 'Change the law'
Google chief Eric Schmidt has once more defended his advertising giant for its pitiful UK tax bills: the search supremo said his biz abides by the rules, and claims he can't wait for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to reform those rules.
Marks & Sparks accused of silently bonking punters over the tills
AnalysisHigh-street socks'n'frocks chain Marks and Spencer is accused of quietly taking money from shoppers' contactless bank cards at the tills.
UK.gov STILL wants to tout pupil data – don't use the word 'product'
At the end of 2012, Education Secretary Michael Gove told Parliament that he wanted "to share extracts of data held in the National Pupil Database for a wider range of purposes than possible in order to maximise the value of this rich dataset".
Crack Army pilot to be first PROPER British astronaut IN SPAAAACE
Ex-Apache helicopter pilot Tim Peake will become the first bona fide British astronaut in space - and live and work on the International Space Station.
Amazon cloud-watcher shows some love for Microsoft's Azure
Newvem has been peddling its Cloud Care monitoring and costing tools for virty public infrastructure since it uncloaked last November for Amazon Web Services.
Microsoft: We need a pro to flog our Surface slabs in UK
Microsoft UK is seeking a captain to steer the good ship Surface. The candidate will need a sturdy pair of sea legs to navigate potentially choppy waters and prevent it from running aground.
It! Started! With! A! GIF!... Yahoo! Actually! Buys! Tumblr! for! $1bn!
Yahoo! has "promised not to screw it up" after agreeing to acquire cat'n'porn blogging site Tumblr for about $1.1bn.
Securo-boffins uncover new GLOBAL cyber-espionage operation
Government ministries, technology firms, media outlets, academic research institutions and non-governmental organisations have all fallen victim to an ongoing cyberespionage operation with tendrils all over the world, according to researchers.
Canadian regulators welcome US Bitcoin refugees with open arms
Canadian Bitcoin traders will not be clobbered by laws similar to those being used to target virtual currency exchanges in America, according to a leaked letter from the country's financial investigations unit.
They WANT to EAT YOUR COMPUTER - welcome your ANT overlords
A massive horde of computer-killing "crazy ants" are invading the southeastern US, killing other species as they go.
Rogue Nokia splinter cell drops its Jolla phone A-BOMB
Smartphone upstart Jolla - founded by a bunch of ex-Nokia engineers - has finally unveiled a device. The gadget's technical details are few and far between at this moment.
Flailing QLogic's boss gives up CEO, president gigs
Simon Biddiscombe, server adapter maker QLogic's CEO and the driver of its Mount Rainier flash-enhanced HBA program, has resigned "to pursue other opportunities," with a search for a new CEO underway.
WordPress warns of mass Tumblr defections after Yahoo! deal
News of Tumblr's purchase by Yahoo! has prompted a flood of established users to flee that social-media site, according to WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg.
Dell JUNKS public cloud in favor of partner tech
Dell is discontinuing its infrastructure-as-a-service cloud and instead dealing tech to partners as it looks to make some money in the cut-throat world of cloud computing.
The iWatch is coming! The iWatch is coming!
The Apple iWatch rumor mill has rumbled to life yet again, with one report that Apple is sampling 1.5-inch OLED displays for the li'l fellow, and a second that long-time iKit assembler Foxconn has received orders for a test batch of the "wearable computing" device.
Don't Panic! Google FCC filing reveals mystery media device
Google has filed paperwork with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a mysterious new media player device, leading to widespread speculation that a successor to the ill-fated Nexus Q may be forthcoming. But if that's true, what's with the Douglas Adams references?
UTS Business School bakes SAP into courses
The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is poised to offer courses in SAP.
Azure hops into Australia
Microsoft has announced "the planned expansion of a new Windows Azure major region for Australia"
Stephen Hawking nixes Intel voice upgrade plan
Stephen Hawking scuppered an Intel plan to upgrade his voice, sending researchers at the chip giant into a desperate effort to emulate a defunct speech-synthesis chip.
US Congress excoriates Apple's tax-avoidance shenanigans
A US Senate investigation has found that Apple avoided billions of dollars in taxes through a complex scheme of subsidiaries scattered around the globe, some with no employees and run by top execs back in its Cupertino headquarters.
Yahoo! adds 1TB of free storage to Flickr in site revamp
Not content with its $1.1bn acquisition of Tumblr, Marissa Mayer took to a New York stage on Monday evening to debut a redesigned Flickr photo site that includes 1TB free storage for each user – enough room to store 537,731 photos in "full original quality," meaning 6.5 megapixels.
Supreme Court sides with FCC in NIMBY wireless tower spat
The US Supreme Court has sided with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that local governments must act within a "reasonable period" – as defined by the FCC – to approve or deny requests by telcos to build new wireless towers.
Amazon cloud soars far above Google and Microsoft
AnalysisWith last week's gale of Google cloud announcements, it'd be easy to think that the Chocolate Factory has a competitive offering compared with Amazon Web Services. But when you look at the number of services Google fields versus Amazon, that is simply not the case.