Startup hires 'cyborg' Mann for Google Glass–killer project
Watch out, Sergey! A new startup is hard at work on a device that's far more ambitious than Google Glass, and it has just signed on wearable-computing maven Steve Mann as its chief scientist.
COLD FUSION is BACK with 'anomalous heat' claim
Italian entrepreneur Andrea Rossi has surfaced again to restate his claim that his E-Cat low energy nuclear reaction kit puts out more energy than goes in. And so it is that the “cold fusion” debate will be re-ignited – this time with new voices in Rossi's corner.
James Bond inspires US bill to require smart guns for all
American gun manufacturers will have to fit smart technology to their products if a new bill from US Representative John Tierney (D-MA) comes into force.
Opera rewrite comes to Android
Norway's gift to the world of technology, the Opera browser, is now available for Android in an entirely new version.
Dev writes comments as limericks and other coding secrets
An anonymous developer has admitted to writing comments in code as limericks.
Anonymous threat shutters Gitmo WiFi
Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, the enclave of Cuban territory leased by the US government, has switched off its WiFi service and cut access to social networks for fear of attack by Anonymous.
Stand aside, Wi-Fi - these boffins are doing 40Gbps over the air
It won't make fibre-optic networking obsolete anytime soon, but it's still an impressive achievement: German researchers have demonstrated a one-kilometre point-to-point wireless transmission at 40Gbps.
Embedded systems vendors careless says Metasploit author
AusCERT 2013One of the reasons we can't have nice things like a secure Internet is that vendors of consumer kit can't be bothered.
Aurora attack tried to pinch secret list of Chinese spies
The Chinese hackers involved in the Operation Aurora attacks revealed by Google in 2010 may have accessed top secret information on US surveillance targets in the country including suspected foreign spies and terrorists, it has emerged.
Garden fertilised by Twitter output wins Gold at Chelsea
A garden conceived by an alliance of psychologists, architects and professors of "social computing" - and enabled by the wondrous power of Twitter - has won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.
WW II U-boat attacks prompt new US response
May 1943 is held by many to have been the turning point in the Battle of the Atlantic.
Japan uses big data to map cultural climate change
Big data boffins at Tokyo University have found a novel way to help Japan’s faltering economy: by producing an interactive trending map for manga, gaming and other content producers to see where in Asia their products are most popular.
HTC woes prompts 'leave now' tweet from former staffer
Life just got even harder for struggling Taiwanese mobe-maker HTC, with chief product officer Kouji Kodera walking out the door and another former staffer posting nasties to Twitter.
Facebook teens' kimonos - basically never closed
Teenaged kids are handing out more private information on social media than ever before, with little thought for the consequences, a not-so-surprising survey has found.
Camby cash crypto-coders Cronto chomped on pronto by Vasco
Swiss software firm Vasco has bought Cambridge-based banking security specialist Cronto in a deal valued at up to £14.5m.
The bunker at the end of the world - in Essex
Geek's Guide to BritainKelvedon Hatch is a superb example of absurdist geek life. Not only is the site technically very impressive, it is also completely useless and frequently prompts the question “what on earth were they thinking?”... A tour reinforces this view as the experience now is as enjoyably peculiar as the history behind the place.
EU boffins in plan for 'more nutritious' horsemeat ice cream
Brussels-funded boffins say they have hit upon a brilliant method of creating "enriched" ice-cream, fortified with "disused" animal products which are normally thrown away by the meat industry as being unfit for human consumption.
Smartwatch face off: Pebble, MetaWatch and new hi-tech timepieces
Product Round-upIf the rumours are to be believed, Apple and Microsoft are both developing "smartwatches" - wrist-worn gadgets that do rather more than simply display the time.
New Big Blue UK, Ireland exec to give kiss o' life to server sales
It's all change in the upper echelons of IBM's UK and Ireland Systems Technology Group: its vice-president Shaun Coulson has handed control of the unit to Tosca Colangeli amid channel talk of collapsing server sales.
If you've bought DRM'd film files from Acetrax, here's the bad news
Sky will next month shut down Acetrax, a website that streams movies and offers downloads of DRM-encrypted films to paying punters.
Blue Coat gobbles CCTV-for-network-traffic maker Solera
Web security outfit Blue Coat Systems is buying Big Data security, intelligence and analytics firm Solera Networks.
Stand back, everyone! Dragons' Den ace HAS FOUND THE CLOUD
The wait is almost over for any Brit wanting to take a punt on a homegrown cloud services firm: the UK-based Outsourcery is poised to list on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM)* this Friday.
Slim Shady wannabe Zuck's Facebook 'STOLE' MY SONG - Eminem
Rapper Eminem's song publisher Eight Mile Style is accusing Facebook and its ad agency of (slim) shady dealings with one of his songs.
Yahoo 'won't screw Tumblr'? Then Tumblr will screw its balance sheet
CommentFamously, Yahoo! has promised during its $1.1bn buy of hipster blog site Tumblr not to "screw it up".
Ed Miliband brands Google's UK tax avoidance 'WRONG'
Big TentEd Miliband launched a caustic attack on Google today, saying: "When Google goes to extraordinary lengths to avoid paying its taxes, I say it’s wrong."
NetApp: We laid off 100s, profits dived - and it's all YOUR fault
AnalysisStorage giant NetApp has reported unremarkable revenue growth and falling profit for its 2013 financial year. It signals that NetApp is now a mature company and not a high-growth stock.
BMW offers in-car streaming music for cross-Europe road trips
BMW is to offer access to Brit streaming music service Rara in its new Series 5 motors. Is this the beginning of the end for broadcast radio?
Bunging servers in disk arrays achieves nothing. There, I said it
Blocks and FilesA while ago in-array compute was going to be a big thing, with apps running inside VMAX and VNX arrays using spare controller engines and getting rid of network-lagged data access latency.
FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know
The internet - and especially the recently-sold content sausage machine Tumblr, epicentre of the animated gif rebirth - is reeling today at the news that when referring to image files formatted as .gifs one should pronounce it "jif".
Juniper, Seagate stuff cash down Cloudscaling's OpenStack trousers
The founders at Cloudscaling - one of the myriad companies trying to become the "Linux of the cloud" by enhancing and commercializingthe OpenStack cloud control freak - have just landed a second wad of cash from investors.
Eric Schmidt: 'Google IS a capitalist country... er, company'
Big TentGoogle is just conforming to the way the global tax system works, the company's executive chairman Eric Schmidt said today as he rejected the criticism levelled at the ad giant by Labour leader Ed Miliband.
Watch out, chaps, it's another storage sync 'n' share produ-ARRRGH
Object-storage flogger HDS has upgraded its object storage platform to provide firewall-guarded file sync 'n' share access to BYOD users.
Skyscape bags biggest deal on G-Cloud EVER
Skyscape Cloud Services has fired the first shot into the hearts of large tech integrators that have grown fat off the public sector purse after signing £3m two-year Platform-as-a-Service contract worth £1.5m a year.
Sony's board debates breaking up with Spider-Man
Sony has said that it will consider a proposal from activist investor Daniel Loeb that the group should sell off parts of its music and movies business, which includes popular franchises Spider-Man and Resident Evil and the weepy ballads of Brit crooner Adele.
Citrix halfway to Avalon with XenDesktop 7 desktop and app virtualizer
Citrix Systems is just as eager to cloudify its installed base of customers as is VMware. And so it has taken one step closer to accomplishing that goal with the launch of XenDesktop 7 at its Synergy customer and partner event in Anaheim.
Big Brother security tech gets $20m
Skyhigh Networks has trousered $20m from VC firms keen on the security company's tech for snooping on corporate networks and locking down banned apps.
Press exposure of Federal data security hole leads to legal threats
An investigation into a security slip that left the identity information for over 170,000 users of a US federal government program publicly available online has led to accusations of hacking and legal threats.
More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7
For all Microsoft's hype about The Interface Formerly Known As Metro (TIFKAM), more than half of all Windows 8 users ignore the new Start Screen and treat the OS as if it were Windows 7, according to a study by PC management firm Soluto.
Ethernet daddy: online education poised to transform the world
Ethernet SummitDuring an interview at the Ethernet Innovation Summit in Mountain View, California, Ethernet inventor Robert Metcalfe was asked what surprises were on the horizon due to the ever more pervasive advance of the internet.
Microsoft tweaks WinPhone YouTube app to fix Google gripes
Microsoft has issued an update to its YouTube app for Windows Phone 8 that addresses some of Google's concerns over the earlier version, but not all of them.
IiNet offloads fibre network to NBN Co
In a bit of a game of pass-the-parcel, the fibre-to-the-home network assets that iiNet bought when it acquired TransACT Communications last year has been passed on to NBN Co for a minimum of $AU9 million.
Twitter locks down logins by adding two-factor authentication
Twitter has joined the growing number of companies offering two-factor authentication to prevent logins being stolen – a fate several high-profile users of its service have suffered recently.