E-tagged insects a buzz for research
Australian science agency the CSIRO is fitting sensors onto thousands of honeybees in a research program designed to shed light on colony collapses.
Hyper-fast Wi-Fi chip guru Wilocity: Cisco dalliance is our ticket to enterprise
CES 2014WiGig pioneer Wilocity, developer of 5Gbps 802.11ad Wi-Fi chippery, has shipped more than a million of its chipsets, but it has bigger plans for the future of its tri-band 60GHz, 5GHz, and 2.4GHz chipsets – including using them to turn desktop phones made by its new partner, Cisco, into wireless desktop hubs.
Using Hadoop for data on Google's cloud? Google would rather you didn't
Google wants to shift heavy users of its cloud services away from an open-source, community-developed filesystem and into its own proprietary Colossus tech.
Access row halts Megaport connections
An argument over access to data centre customers has spilled into a public spat, with Megaport founder Bevan Slattery accusing PIPE Networks – which he also founded and then sold to TPG Networks – of blocking access to customer connections in its data centres.
Modern spying 101: How NSA bugs Chinese PCs with tiny USB radios - NYT
The NSA has compromised almost 100,000 computers around the world in its quest to get its tentacles into air-gapped computers operated by adversaries such as the Chinese Army.
Security holes in Word, the Windows kernel and Adobe Flash. Party like it's Patch Tuesday again
Flaws in Microsoft Word and Office Web Apps that allow hackers to execute malicious code on vulnerable systems have been fixed in Redmond's latest monthly batch of security bug fixes.
Open source project gives cars the Ikea treatment
A successful demo-build video, in which a flat-pack gets turned into a driveable chassis in 41 minutes, has focussed attention on an open-source car project, OSVehicle.
Samsung targets South Korean army recruits
Electronics giant Samsung has enlisted the help of an unusual ally in its on-going recruitment efforts: the South Korean army.
Rap for KitKat in crap app wrap trap flap: Android 4.4 is 'meant to work like that'
Google has rebuffed users and devs calling on the internet king to reinstate text wrapping, broken and replaced in Android 4.4 aka KitKat.
Hong Kong’s mobile-mad cabbies told to ditch dashboard devices
Hong Kong’s taxi drivers may soon have to give up on the common practice of driving with multiple smartphones attached to the dashboard, after a union branded it dangerous.
Mountain bike mishap man suffers SEVEN WEEK stiffie
An Irish competitive mountain biker required delicate surgical intervention after his wedding tackle came off the worse for wear after a collision with his bike, resulting in a seven-week erection.
Boffins: Antarctic glacier in irreversible decline, will raise sea levels by 1cm
A massive Antarctic glacier is in irreversible decline and will add up to a centimeter to world sea levels in the next 20 years, claim polar scientists.
'You win, Kanye': Coinye creators throw in towel after rapper sues
The short and turbulent life of Coinye, the digital cryptocurrency named after rapper Kanye West, has come to an end.
Latest Chrome adds Chrome OS flavor to Windows 8 'Metro' mode
Google on Tuesday delivered a new stable version of Chrome that offers a few features previously only available in beta versions, as well as giving a major overhaul to the UI of the browser's Windows 8 mode.
EMC: We've stomped out VNX2 reboot issue
We've been hearing about a bug in EMC's VNX2 software which causes it to reboot every 80 days.
EU pulls out antitrust probe, prods Euro pay-TV contracts
The EU is launching an anti-competition probe of major Hollywood studios and Europe's biggest pay-TV networks over their exclusive licensing deals.
Plastic iPhone 5Cs? Nah, we'll flog India our OLD iPhone 4 models - report
While sales of Apple's brand new "not-so-budget budget phone" 5C founder, Apple may have found a way to take on Samsung in India.
Explained: How LSI and Oracle cooked up magical flash-embiggening sauce
Oracle and LSI have magicked up a way for LSI’s Nytro server flash cards to hold more data than they’re seemingly physically capable of holding and called it Dynamic Logical Capacity (DLC). How does it work?
Tales from an expert witness: Prior art and patent trolls
John Watkinson is an expert witness and on many occasions has had to deal with patent litigation. Here he describes the application of ideas in the art of invention both historically and currently from Galileo to patent trolls.
Datatec: Oh no, EPS will be 20% lower than we expected
Enterprise tech group Datatec's share price has dived after it issued a warning that profit for this fiscal may be at least some $13m lighter than forecast, blaming distie wing Westcon US for the bottom line decline.
Even 'Your computer has a virus' cold-call gits are migrating off XP
Tech support scammers have begun targeting smartphone and tablet users with offers to fix non-existent problems – for exorbitant fees.
Valve gives Oculus Rift a whirl with SteamVR mode
Valve is trialing support for the Oculus Rift in its Steam platform.
Pay-by-bonk on the blink: O2 loses Wallet
UK mobile network O2's Wallet was supposed to be the start of its move into the banking biz, with your mobile phone playing the role of bank card.
Why Flash storage will be fast and furious in 2014
Flash had a fantastic year in 2013 with an enormous number of developments.
Google's Nest gobble: Soon ALL your HOME are BELONG to US
AnalysisGoogle’s proposed $3.2bn purchase of Nest Labs, a maker of internet-connected round-the-home devices, shows that the online advertising giant considers the Internet of Things a serious proposition. A very serious proposition.
Ex-2e2 staffers STILL waiting for wages owed
The frustration for hundreds of 2e2 staffers waiting to discover if they are to be paid wages owed to them continues nearly a year after the Berkshire-based integrator went under in dramatic circumstances.
Yet another pricey Olympics' exec drafted in by UK.gov - this time for broadband spending
The Tory-led UK government is desperate for success stories with its big IT projects. As Whitehall ministers increasingly confess to big problems with various tech deployments, they keep turning to the private sector - and specifically execs who delivered the London 2012 Olympic Games* - to help rescue troubled schemes.
Cyberspies blast Icefog into US targets' backdoors
Miscreants behind a cyberespionage campaign have changed their methods to take advantage of Java-based malware.
Nokia Lumia update spreads Black death
Hands onNokia has been rolling out its latest Windows Phone update across multiple territories over this last week, to much fanfare. The update, simply called Nokia Black, offers interface and camera enhancements to a range of existing Lumia handsets, further differentiating its Windows phones portfolio from the rest of the pack. There are fun-packed thrills to be had with this update or so we’re told but for an increasing number of users installing Nokia Black, there have been tears before bedtime too.
HDS and Verizon pair up to take on Rackspace, Amazon in the clouds
Verizon’s public cloud, which we've already heard is to use Oracle's Database, is going to offer a storage service based on HDS’s Content Platform.
EU gives Google JUST WEEKS to submit stronger search biz concessions
Google is being strong-armed by the competition wing of the European Commission to quickly come up with a revised and more palatable offer to fix for its alleged abuse of dominance in the search market.
HACKLASH! Syrian Electronic Army's website hacked by angry rivals
The notorious hacktivists of the Syrian Electronic Army have received an unwelcome dose of their own medicine, after their official website was defaced by a Turkish hacking crew.
Intel shutters BRAND NEW chip factory as PC market storm rages
Intel is going to leave a massive new multibillion-dollar chip factory empty in Arizona as the slump in the PC market continues.
Intel uncorks marketing syrup, pours over 16 cloud providers
Cloud computing has wrecked the carefully tended brands of tech infrastructure providers by smothering their dodgy logos in layers and layers of opaque software, and Intel is not content to let all that expensive marketing go to waste.
Google has appealed against France's data protection watchdog, which said last week that the ad giant had failed to comply with its privacy laws - the result was a paltry, yet maximum, fine of €150,000.
EMC hires channel veteran as new EMEA COO
ExclusiveFormer Colt Technology Services grand fromage Simon Walsh is set to become one of the top brass at EMC EMEA, according to multiple industry sources.
Five UK banks sign up to hook up customers' ACCOUNTS to their MOBILE DEVICES
+CommentBritish banks HSBC, First Direct, Nationwide, Santander and Metro Bank have all signed up to Zapp's mobile payment system, allowing their customers to pay using a tablet or smartphone.
DOOMSDAY still just MINUTES AWAY: As it has been since 1947
Top boffins have refused to shift the quivering minute hand of technological Armageddon from its position at five minutes to midnight on the Doomsday Clock.
Wells Fargo gathers bank 'n' gov bigwigs to discuss Bitcoin 'rules'
America's biggest bank, Wells Fargo, has called together finance execs, virtual currency experts and US government officials to talk about the "rules of engagement" when it comes to virtual money Bitcoin.
Hosting outfit goes PERMANENTLY TITSUP after 'lifetime' plans kill biz
A US-based web hosting firm has gone bust after it discovered too late that its "lifetime" plans for customers pretty much cost the company its (ahem) life.
Apple CEO on China Mobile: 'World's best' mobe with world's, uh, 'largest network'
Apple CEO Tim Cook has used a rare television interview to hail a "milestone" deal with China Mobile which is expected to result in millions of extra iPhone sales in the People's Republic.
You came for the free tools, stayed with your credit card – Amazon's new cloud brainwave
Amazon Web Services has pressed a hundred products within its vibrant software ecosystem into a monthly try-before-you-buy scheme.
Apple coughs up 7 hours of profit to refund kids' $32.5m app spend spree
American parents whose children ran up huge bills from in-app purchases on Apple devices will be refunded $32.5m by the Cupertino titan.
'Toothless' environment protections in secretive global trade pact TPP leaked all over the web
Just days after an Australian government minister declared the Trans-Pacific Partnership “ready to be sealed”, another leak from the Salt Lake City round of talks reveals that the parties can't agree to the environmental chapters of the treaties, even though they're voluntary and largely unenforceable.
PGP wiz Phil Zimmermann and pals tout anti-snoop mobe – the Blackphone
VideoA smartphone that tries to thwart eavesdroppers will be launched this summer by Spanish smartphone maker Geeksphone and Silent Circle – the secure chat firm started by the inventors of PGP encryption.