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Wanna change the world but need cash? Fret not: Billionaire Eric Schmidt has some spare change
Billionaire Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is putting up one million dollars of his own money to fund technological innovation.
Sandisk breaks 128GB barrier with new $199 MICROSD card
Ten years ago SanDisk showed off its first microSD card with what was then an impressive 128MB storage. Now the company has unveiled a 128GB model, specially designed for use in Android smartphones.
What's up with that WhatsApp $19bn price tag? Answer: Voice calls
Multibillion-dollar chat app WhatsApp will let users make voice calls, it was announced today.
MtGox MELTDOWN: Quits Bitcoin Foundation board, deletes Twitter
Embattled Bitcoin exchange MtGox has taken steps to withdraw itself from the wider Bitcoin community, having resigned its seat on the Bitcoin Foundation board and reduced its presence in social media.
Health boffins say wind turbines don't make you sick
The twentieth review of the impact of wind turbines on human health in Australia since 2003 has found the same thing that the previous 19 found: there's no evidence that wind turbines have any impact on human health.
Wilocity uncloaks 4.6Gb/sec Wi-Fi for next year's smartphones
MWC 2014Wilocity, pioneers of high-speed "WiGig" 60GHz Wi-Fi, has used the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as the debutant ball for its 4.6Gb/sec chip for smartphones, formerly codenamed "Sparrow" and now formally dubbed Wil6300.
Pony up: Botnet succesfully targets Bitcoin
Another $US200,000-plus worth of Bitcoins has been lifted, according to Trustwave, which has identified a new Pony botnet targeting crypto-currencies.
Kim Dotcom extradition hearings delayed
Kim Dotcom will be waiting until nearly the end of 2014 to find out whether American courts will get their hands on him: an extradition hearing due in April 2014 has been delayed, with a new date yet to be set.
Samsung brandishes quad-core Galaxy S5, hopes nobody wants high specs
MWC 2014Samsung has announced its new Qualcomm-powered Galaxy S5 smartphone, focussing on how fashionable and fitness-friendly the thing is rather than waste time revealing specifications during its glitzy launch.
Evil or benign? 'Trusted proxy' draft debate rages on
Discussion over the AT&T-authored Internet Draft “Explicitly Trusted Proxy in HTTP/2” continues, with commentary unpicking the likely implications of the draft.
LinkedIn censors self to launch in China
Business social network LinkedIn has trumped Facebook and Twitter by launching a localised site for China, although the US firm admitted it would be subject to government censorship requirements.
DARPA wants help to counter counterfeits
DARPA is seeking vendor input into a program designed to defeat the problem of counterfeit electronic components.
'G-WIZ like' object doing 40,000 MPH CRASHES on the MOON
VidAn unidentified object roughly the size of a G-Wiz car smashed into the Moon last September going at 61,000km/h, causing a devastating, record-breaking explosion clearly visible to the naked eye, astronomers say.
China's web giants unite to defuse Windows XP bombshell
A gaggle of Chinese web firms have come together with a plan to protect Windows XP users in the Middle Kingdom for at least the next two or three years, according to local reports.
Toshiba new HG6 range REVEALS slimmest SSD module you can buy
Toshiba has refreshed its HG5d 2.5-inch SSD with the sixth generation HG6 range, expanding its form factors to include the thinnest SSD module available – at just 2.3mm.
Java or .NET bod in the Midlands? Congrats - you've got a DOUBLE DIGIT payrise
IT contractors are being treated to whopping great annual pay rises of up to 13 per cent, a survey has revealed.
SAP commits to mobile marriage with Xamarin: All for one, and one for Android, iOS, Windows
Xamarin and SAP – software operations at opposite ends of the spectrum – are working on tools to deliver native business apps to mobile devices.
The SECOND COMING of Virtensys: HPC boffins turn PCIe into in-memory network
HPC boffins at startup A3CUBE have picked up where Virtensys left off and designed a way to use PCIe interfaces to provide direct shared global memory across a network with lower latency and higher scalability than Ethernet, InfiniBand and Fibre Channel.
Life after Insight for execs swept away by new broom
A pair of former Insight Enterprises execs that exited last autumn in a wave of senior redundancies have emerged in pastures new, both at software firms.
Final LOHAN test flights codenamed 'Punch' and 'Judy'
The grand finale of the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) saga is approaching, and is now so tantalisingly close you could almost reach out and stick a match to it.
Imagination details mucho macho PowerVR GX6650 mobile GPU
MWC 2014At last month's Consumer Electronics show, UK chip designer Imagination Technologies unveiled its new PowerVR Series6XT Rogue GPU architecture for SoCs. On Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it released details of what it calls "the shining star of the PowerVR Series6XT," the PowerVR GX6650.
Samsung and Apple BEWARE: Huawei is coming to eat your lunch
MWC 2014Richard Yu, Huawei's consumer boss, was one of the highlights of the presentations at Mobile World Congress. This is not because he's easy to understand; like a French president travelling overseas, he makes no concessions to his pronunciation advisors. It's because he thinks everyone else is rubbish.
LG offers BRAIN-SAVING CANCER-BL... er 'good luck charms'
MWC 2014What LG would like us to be writing about is its Knock Code – a system which takes the idea of drawing a shape to unlock a phone and replaces it with a Simon-style pattern of taps. That might have been the case if LG hadn’t chosen to promote the technology by handing out a, ahem, "radiation shield".
Say WHAT? Qualcomm, MediaTek scrap over who has best 'marketing gimmick' octacore
MWC 2014Qualcomm launched its first 8-core processors at Mobile World Congress this week, after last year describing octacore chips as "a marketing gimmick".
Google kills copycat TfL congestion charge payment ads
Google has purged copycat Transport for London congestion charge payment ads from its search engine following complaints.
EU delays vote on roaming, open internet after TRANSLATION fail
The European Parliament's industry committee has postponed a vote on putting an end to roaming charges across the EU by 2015 and ensuring that telcos don't get to charge companies like Google to pay for faster interwebs.
Q: Just why are AT&T, banks snubbing kit from Cisco & co? A: Control
AnalysisRelationships between big data-center buyers and IT providers are dramatic, and on Monday AT&T strode onto the stage and bellowed out a great betrayal.
Microsoft shunts top exec Julie Larson-Green sideways to make way for Stephen Elop
Top Windows exec Julie Larson-Green is moving sideways through Microsoft into a new job in the search and services business.
Cable thieves hang up on BT, cause MAJOR outage
BT is suffering a big outage in a number of areas throughout Blighty, after thieves severed the telecoms giant's fibre cable in an effort to nick copper wiring from the company on Monday.
BlackBerry brings back call, end keys, touchpad to Q20 keyboard cutie
MWC 2014BlackBerry has admitted that its made its some of its traditional users who stayed loyal to the company very fed up when it dropped some of its best-loved features.
Distie giant Tech Data's profits collapse amid beancounter probe
Fresh from restating P&L accounts for fiscal 11', '12 and '13, box-flinging demon distie Tech Data has released some delayed numbers for the nine months to 31 October and they make for happy reading… if you are a rival.
iOS 7: Even if you don't jailbreak your iPhone, bugs STILL CREEP IN
The comforting notion that unmodified iOS phones are more or less immune to security threats has been shaken to the core with the release of new research that shows mobile monitoring applications can bypass Apple’s app review process and successfully exploit non-jailbroken iOS 7 kit.
Hey 4G bods: We need to make 'phonecalls' with our 'voices', too
MWC 2014It’s well documented that voice is little more than an afterthought on 4G. That’s now being addressed, says Paul Gowans from network tech specialist JDSU, but it will be some time before you can reliably pick up a 4G phone and make a call to another one.
SpaceX set to try HOVER LANDING for re-usable rockets on March ISS mission
In a potentially game-changing development for space travel, it has emerged that the booster rocket which will launch the next supply capsule to the International Space Station will attempt to make a soft hovering landing after it falls back to Earth.
MtGox has VANISHED. So where have all the Bitcoins gone?
Almost one in 10 of the world's Bitcoins disappeared during the collapse of MtGox, it has been claimed.
Nokia to Devs: PLEASE DON'T make Nokiadroid apps look like WinPho
MWC 2014Nokia is telling developers not to make their Nokia Android apps look like Windows Phone apps.
Make cyberwar a no-no equal to nukes, bio, and chemical attacks, says RSA headman
RSA 2014RSA's chairman Art Coviello has come out fighting over claims that his firm is colluding with the NSA to weaken standards, calling for the breakup of the intelligence agency and a new global set of standards to make online warfare as unacceptable as the use of nuclear or chemical weapons.
Piston coats OpenStack in secret Red Hat–killing sauce
OpenStack is like fried chicken: everyone kind of knows what its ingredients are, but uses their own oh-so-secret combination of spices to make it palatable.
Microsoft joins the cloud-empire club with Japanese bit barns
At its peak, it was said that the sun never set on the British Empire – now you can say the same thing about Microsoft's global fleet of cloud data centers.
Microsoft: NSA snooping? Code backdoors? Our hands are clean!
RSA 2014Microsoft's isn't involved in mass spying or putting backdoors in its software, Redmond's VP of Trustworthy Computing Group Scott Charney told the RSA conference. Why? Because it's unethical and bad for business, he said.
Apple, Symantec, other tech heavies challenge anti-gay legislation
Apple, Symantec, and other have put their weight behind efforts to defeat a law in Arizona which would allow discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Ford to dump Microsoft's 'aggravating' in-car tech for ... BlackBerry?
Ford Motor Company will part ways with Microsoft for the next generation of its Sync in-car infotainment system in favor of technology from Canadian rival BlackBerry, sources claim.
Update your Mac NOW: Apple fixes OS X 'goto fail' SSL spying vuln
Apple has released OS X 10.9.2 which, you'll be delighted to know, improves the "accuracy" of the unread message count in Mail, and fixes the autofill feature in Safari among other little tweaks.
First 'production-ready' EUV scanner laser-fries its guts at TSMC. Intel seeks alternative tech
AnalysisA recent test of the next-generation chip-etching technology known as extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) has come a cropper at chip-baking giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).