Google helps out utterly underexposed Lego brand with Chrome toy
Obscure Danish toymaker Lego and advertising kingpin Google have together created a block-building distraction for Chrome browser users.
Use MediaWiki and hate malware? This patch is for you
Check Point Software Technologies has announced a remote code execution bug in the popular MediaWiki platform that powers Wikipedia.
The iPad age is over: The time of the iPad Mini and phablet is upon us
The age of the iPad is over, as tablets like the iPad Mini that sport screens of eight-and-a-half or fewer inches will out-sell their larger brethren and come to represent the largest population of in-use fondleslabs around the world.
UNBREAKABLE bendy phone screens built, thanks to SHELLFISH
Engineers have borrowed a technique from shellfish to build a pre-stressed form of glass that can bend rather than break.
Facebook's dying? HA! Get ready for another DECADE of us – Zuck
Facebook raked in revenues of $7.87bn in 2013, up 55 per cent on the previous year, according to company filings published today.
Developer's rare $50,000 Twitter account @N stolen in web shakedown
A programmer in Palo Alto, California, claims to have been extorted out of a rare, single-letter Twitter handle – after an unknown assailant gained access to his accounts on other online services and held them hostage.
Give hackers your data, says former RSA man
Former RSA chief scientist Ari Juels has outlined a cunning way to foil crackers: let them think they've busted into a system and then give them fake data to play with.
Boffins demo re-usable paper and waterjet printers
Most of what gets spat out of office printers is read once and consigned to the recycling, so why do prints have to be permanent? One answer to that question is that they don't – and a water-jet printing technology published in Nature Communications suggests a way to make printing vastly cheaper.
Oracle releases 'lite' virtual Big Data appliance
Oracle has released tool that should make it easier for developers to code applications for its Big Data Appliance.
EMC puts on an 'appy face to box Box, Dropbox
EMC's attempt to do better in the world of share 'n' sync tools has given Microsoft a back door into iOS and Android.
Ditch IE7 and we'll give you a FREE COMPUTER, says incautious US firm
Internet Explorer 7 holdouts are being offered a brand new computer by a US company sick of working to support Microsoft's legacy browser.
UK picks Open Document Format for all government files
The UK Government has decided that Open Document Format, the OpenOffice-derived file format, is the best choice for all government documents.
Security 101 fail: 3G/4G modems expose control panels to hackers
Vulnerabilities in a number of 3G and 4G USB modems can be exploited to steal login credentials – or rack up victims' mobile bills by sending text messages to premium-rate numbers – a security researcher warns.
Japanese quantum boffins 'may have the key to TELEPORTATION'
Don't get too excited, the world's not about to get Star Trek-style transporters. However, if a quantum communications theory formulated by three Tohoku University boffins can stand the test of experiment, they could break the distance limitations that currently constrain quantum communications.
Big Data? Yeah, nice buzzword. Give us the nuts and bolts this time
Big Data has crossed the chasm from hype to everyday reality remarkably quickly. Its adoption has been accelerated by hungry data warehousers using big data techniques to get better answers from their data mining activities.
HARD ONES: Three new PC games that are BLOODY DIFFICULT
Game TheoryWho said modern games are getting easier? Though it’s true that a great many titles pamper us with self-healing armour, paint-by-numbers mission design and handily placed ammo, there are still developers out there who remember the good old days.
Multi-platform Java bot marshals ZOMBIE FORCE against spammers
Miscreants have brewed a multi-platform strain of malware capable of infecting Windows, Mac OS and Linux PCs.
Lenovo and IBM's System x biz: It'll be just like 2005's PC buyout
AnalysisIt was only eight months ago when the industry was rife with rumours that IBM was selling all or part of their x86 business to Lenovo. It took a while, but the deal has gone down and it’s now up to the lawyers and accountants to finalize the paperwork.
It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub
The big dog in the streaming Wi-Fi speaker business has barked and delivered a sub-woofer - called the Sub.
BSkyB sees first half pre-tax profit tumble as sales climb
BT's intense campaign to draw more eyeballs away from BSkyB failed to hit the pay-TV company's revenues during the first six months of its financial year.
Violin investor: Broken-stringed firm has had five buyout offers
Violin Memory, the troubled top dog in the all-flash array market, has received up to five buy-the-company offers, according to an activist investor pushing for a sale.
Google Glassholes, GET OFF our ROADS, thunder lawmakers in seven US states
Seven US states are looking into banning wearable computers like Google Glass while driving, shortly after a high-profile court case in California where a Glasshole got off scot-free.
Has Cisco made a $415 MILLION mistake with the Whiptail buyout?
Blocks and FilesIs the $450m that Cisco paid for Whiptail too high, seeing as the possible costs of the deal could include losing the EMC/VCE and NetApp/FlexPod partnerships?
Language-mangling Germans fling open Handygate to selfie-snapping whistleblowers
The suffix "-Gate" has been honoured as the German language's "Anglicism of the Year", having recently resurged in Germany more than 40 years after the Watergate scandal spawned the popular, if awkward, English tack-on.
Troll-hunting cases spike in 2012...but remain high
Prosecutions under section 127 of the 2003 Communications Act last year declined dramatically, seemingly after then-DPP Keir Starmer changed guidelines to try to prevent troll-hunting cops from clogging up UK courts, it has been reported.
Storage overlord EMC announces growth, plans to slash 1,000 jobs
Big storage beast EMC closed its 2013 fiscal year with impressive growth in its final quarter but sees lower growth in the future. It also announced 1,000 layoffs on the way in Q1 as it rebalances towards flash, integrated systems, mobile and cloud computing.
Yes, Google can afford to lose $9bn in Motorola sale. But did it really?
CommentSo just how much has Google lost on buying and selling Motorola Mobility? $9bn - as The Telegraph seems to think? $7bn as simple arithmetic would seem to indicate? Or how about a very decent indeed profit as the vagaries of tax law might indicate - with that tasty patent portfolio thrown in for free?
Gene boffins: Yes, you. Staring at the screen. You're a NEANDERTHAL
Humanity is still hanging on to over 20 per cent of the Neanderthal genome, which influences modern attributes from skin and hair to nicotine addiction and diseases.
Fujitsu: PC market... doomed? LOLZ. NOT FOR US, pal
Japanese firm Fujitsu has been helped along to a profit in the last quarter of 2013 by the weaker yen and strong sales in the enterprise sector.
Arise, iDame: Incoming Apple retail boss Angela Ahrendts set for honorary award
Angela Ahrendts, who is about to upload her wealth of fashionista knowledge to Apple as its freshly installed retail chief, will collect a Dame of the British Empire award in the next few weeks.
Symantec: WA-HEY... profits. But security firm's sales won't budge
New CEO equals new broom equals same old dust; just looking at Symantec’s latest quarterly numbers we see it’s still stuck in the $1.6bn - $1.8bn range but is getting a bit more profitable.
Nominet goes titsup after update to WHOIS tool
Dot-UK registry Nominet temporarily went titsup on Thursday afternoon, much to the chagrin of its customers.
Facebook unwraps Paper, a content-hoover application
Facebook has announced a new application that is designed to get more people to donate more information to the social network, and to let more people spend more time viewing the ad-wrapped content.
Boffins build electronic tongue that can distinguish between BEERS
A team of Spanish scientists have built an electronic tongue capable of telling the difference between six different styles of humanity's favorite alcoholic beverage with over 80 per cent accuracy.
Cameron: UK public is fine with domestic spying
Recent disclosures over domestic surveillance and GCHQ spying on citizens aren't much of an issue to the public, according to Prime Minister David Cameron.
FCC says US telcos can start moving to IP-based calling, but in baby steps
The Federal Communications Commission has given the official go-ahead for US telcos to experiment with scrapping their traditional, analog phone networks in favor of internet-based alternatives.
Amazon mints a BILLION BUCKS from its cannibal cloud
Amazon's cloud division has brushed off competition from Google and Microsoft to report record revenue of $1.234bn, and grew its business abroad to historic highs as well.
Microsoft veep Satya Nadella now frontrunner in race for CEO spot
Multiple sources say a decision on the new CEO is expected in the next week or so, and Microsoft's VP of cloud and enterprise Satya Nadella is emerging as the favorite.