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Is Project Loon a Joke

Chocolate Factory plans Oz Loon trials: reports

Reports are emerging that Google is pressing ahead with its Project Loon, and has approached Australian carriers to test the balloon-based-broadband idea in Tasmania.

US BACKDOORED our satellites, claim UAE

A French contract to supply intelligence satellites to the United Arab Emirates could be cancelled, with the UAE claiming it's discovered backdoors in US-supplied components of the birds.
bug on keyboard

Hacker backdoors Linksys, Netgear, Cisco and other routers

The new year begins as the old year ended: with yet more vulnerabilities turning up in consumer-grade DSL modems.
lutetium rare earths element

China in MASSIVE rare earths industry consolidation

China is set to consolidate most of its sprawling rare earth industry under government control in a bid to better manage production and clamp down on smuggling and unlicensed players.
Phil Muncaster, 06 Jan 2014
The Tardis in a field

Time travellers outsmart the NSA

If there are time travellers around, they're being careful not to leave their fingerprints on the Internet.

Earth cops first asteroid impact of 2014

It's no surprise it passed almost unnoticed since it was no Chelyabinsk, but the Earth has already been taken its first asteroid impact of 2014.

Hong Kong to welcome planet's second EVER Bitcoin ATM

Hong Kong is set to make waves in the crypto-currency industry after it was revealed as the location for the world’s second Bitcoin ATM.
Phil Muncaster, 06 Jan 2014

Italian woman stunned by exploding artichoke

An Italian woman was left shaken but otherwise unhurt by an exploding artichoke, La Repubblica reports.
Lester Haines, 06 Jan 2014
yulong Coolpad China smartphone logo

China's Coolpad predicts 40 MEEELLION 4G sales in 2014

Little-known Chinese smartphone maker Yulong has set its sights on global leader Samsung with the bold claim it will ship 40 million 4G handsets domestically this year under the Coolpad brand.
Phil Muncaster, 06 Jan 2014
QPR Codes


Boffins have devised a storage medium that could hold data for up to one billion years and claim recent accelerated ageing tests have shown "million-year" survivability.
Chris Mellor, 06 Jan 2014
Bill Gates

Bill Gates is once again the richest man on Earth

Ex-Microsoftie Bill Gates is the richest man on the planet once more, having wrested the title back from Mexican telecoms tycoon Carlos Slim with a cool $78.5bn.
Apple iOS 6 Maps

Apple: C'mon, flick on iBeacon. Let us track you. You'll get BADGES

CES 2014 Apple will show off its creepy iSpy fanboi-tracking system at the forthcoming Consumer Electronics Show.
Jasper Hamill, 06 Jan 2014
Man in an orange jumpsuit clutches prison bars. Image by Shutterstock

Justice Ministry to spaff £70k finding out how prisoners like to use ILLEGAL mobes

The UK's Ministry of Justice is planning to spend up to £70,000 on finding out how prisoners like to use their illegal mobile phones in jail, after deciding that jamming the forbidden mobes would be "prohibitively expensive".

How to kill trolls and influence Apple people: A patent solution

Having decided that the patent problem is an attempt to solve a public goods problem, as we did in part 1, let's have a look at the specific ways that we put our oar into those perfect and competitive free markets.
Tim Worstall, 06 Jan 2014

UNREAL, dude: Nvidia uncloaks Tegra K1 graphics monster for your mobile ... and CAR

CES 2014 Nvidia has unveiled two versions of a new Tegra mobile processor aimed at both radically improving graphics performance of mobile gaming and putting "a supercomputer in your car," in the words of company co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Jan 2014
Twitter Storm, credit Wikimedia

Fasthosts goes titsup after storm-induced power outage

Updated Gloucester-based Fasthosts appears to have been a victim of the storms battering the UK over the weekend, after it was struck dumb by a power failure that knocked its service offline for much of Saturday (4 January).
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Jan 2014
A shiny new cash point

Planning to rob a Windows ATM? Ditch the sledgehammer and bring a USB STICK

Cash machines have been emptied using USB sticks in a series of real world attacks that hark back to exploits first demonstrated by security researcher Barnaby Jack three years ago.
John Leyden, 06 Jan 2014
AoE network diagram

I'm Godden outta here: Coraid's EMEA top dog joins upstart Zerto

Coraid's EMEA boss Peter Godden left the storage firm in December and has joined Zerto as its VP for EMEA.
Chris Mellor, 06 Jan 2014
A pulsar with glowing cones of radiation

Two white dwarfs and superdense star. Yup, IDEAL for gravity lab in the sky - boffins

Boffins have discovered a unique triple star system that could help them to probe one of the most fundamental physics problems of all: the true nature of gravity itself.
CSR Bluetooth Jewellery

Bluetooth 4 BLING: Fashion, not tech, will sell those wearables – wireless chip maker

CES 2014 British Bluetooth chip and systems maker CSR is turning its back on sceptical techies in the hope of winning the fashion world’s support for its wearable computing hardware.
Tony Smith, 06 Jan 2014
An alternative Yahoo! logo, courtesy of a Flickr user

Malware! tainted! ads! infect! thousands! of! Yahoo! users!

Thousands of Yahoo! users have been exposed to malware through malicious advertisements over the past few days, according to research by Dutch security firm Fox-IT.
John Leyden, 06 Jan 2014
Dell Chromebook 11

Dell confirms Chromebook for Blighty

CES2014 Dell has confirmed its first Chromebook will be coming to the UK, though it’s not yet saying how much the 11.6-inch Google laptop will cost over here.
Tony Smith, 06 Jan 2014
American Airlines Boeing 767

Pervy TOILET CAMERA disguised as 'flash drive' sparks BOMB SCARE on Boeing 767

Someone taped a camera disguised as a USB thumb-drive to the wall of the toilet in a Boeing 767 aircraft on a flight to New York from San Francisco and caused an emergency landing in Kansas City when it was discovered.
Chris Mellor, 06 Jan 2014

Bitcoin blasts past $1,000 AGAIN after Zynga accepts cryptocurrency

How better to pay for virtual real estate than with virtual money?
LaCie Sphère

Seagate's LaCie whips out bonkers posh silver-plated storage ball

CES 2014 You can see yourself reflected in the bright shiny, mirror-smooth surface of La Cie's Sphère - a storage ball - and you'll pay a lot of cash for the privilege.
Chris Mellor, 06 Jan 2014

Ex-VMware bods start up infrastructure firm, draw 'inspiration' from Google

Big Data analytics techniques play a role in CloudPhysics' instrumentation data-sensing results analysis. Here is the second part of Willem ter Harmsel's interview (click here for part one) with Cloud Physics CEO John Blumenthal, who explains how Cloud Physics takes its cues from Google and LinkedIn.

NHS carelessly slings out care.data plans to 26.5 million Brits

A mass mail out of leaflets providing information about NHS England's controversial medical records' plans are being fired off to households across the country from today.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Jan 2014

Naked Aussie gets wedged in washing machine

An Aussie bloke who climbed naked into a top-loader washing machine in an attempt to surprise his other half provided a top afternoon's entertainment for local emergency services.
Lester Haines, 06 Jan 2014

Post-BT crypto guru Schneier gets new gig at startup

Famed cryptographer and security guru Bruce Schneier has moved on from his seven years at BT. Just one month later, he has accepted the role of CTO at incident response startup Co3 Systems.
John Leyden, 06 Jan 2014

Steam and Origin gamers knocked offline by SEPARATE DDoS attacks

Valve's online gaming platform Steam and Electronic Arts' Origin were hit by separate DDoS attacks over the weekend.
John Leyden, 06 Jan 2014

NSA refuses to deny spying on members of Congress

The NSA has refused to confirm or deny that it is collecting information on the communications and email activities of members of Congress after being questioned directly by Bernie Sanders, one of two of the Senate's only independents*.
Iain Thomson, 06 Jan 2014
Bacteria on a mobile phone

Gorilla Glass fights dirty, dirty germs with antimicrobial coating

Germophobes rejoice (but don't high-five, that would be unsanitary). Corning has unveiled an antimicrobial version of its Gorilla Glass line.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jan 2014

Telecomms dragging down services industries: AIG

The government's change of national broadband network policy is having an impact at the national scale – but not in the way it would have liked.

Bay Area plots Googlebus tax after local residents riot

San Francisco officials have announced an 18-month pilot plan to tax tech company buses, after numerous protests by locals against the luxurious Silicon Valley worker wagons.
Jack Clark, 06 Jan 2014

Scientists discover supervolcano trigger that could herald humanity's doom

European scientists think they've found the trigger mechanism for the eruption of supervolcanoes, the most violent and dangerous natural disasters on Earth.
Iain Thomson, 06 Jan 2014
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Data caps be damned, AT&T says providers can pay for mobile broadband

AT&T has unveiled a scheme which will allow web service providers to pay for the data bandwidth customers use.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jan 2014