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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.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Feb 2014
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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.
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2014

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.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Feb 2014
Bitcoin bloodbath

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.
Neil McAllister, 25 Feb 2014

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.
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Wilocity uncloaks 4.6Gb/sec Wi-Fi for next year's smartphones

MWC 2014 Wilocity, 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.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Feb 2014
Bitcoin bloodbath

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
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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.
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Samsung brandishes quad-core Galaxy S5, hopes nobody wants high specs

MWC 2014 Samsung 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.
Simon Rockman, 25 Feb 2014
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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.
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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.
Phil Muncaster, 25 Feb 2014
DARPA Synapse chip

DARPA wants help to counter counterfeits

DARPA is seeking vendor input into a program designed to defeat the problem of counterfeit electronic components.
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'G-WIZ like' object doing 40,000 MPH CRASHES on the MOON

Vid An 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.
Lewis Page, 25 Feb 2014

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.
Phil Muncaster, 25 Feb 2014
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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.
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2014
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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.
Jasper Hamill, 25 Feb 2014
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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.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Feb 2014
A3CUBE's RONNIEE scheme
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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.
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2014
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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.
Paul Kunert, 25 Feb 2014

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.
Lester Haines, 25 Feb 2014
Block diagram of Imagination Technologies PowerVR GX6650
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Imagination details mucho macho PowerVR GX6650 mobile GPU

MWC 2014 At 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.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Feb 2014

Samsung and Apple BEWARE: Huawei is coming to eat your lunch

MWC 2014 Richard 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.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Feb 2014

LG offers BRAIN-SAVING CANCER-BL... er 'good luck charms'

MWC 2014 What 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".
Simon Rockman, 25 Feb 2014
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Say WHAT? Qualcomm, MediaTek scrap over who has best 'marketing gimmick' octacore

MWC 2014 Qualcomm launched its first 8-core processors at Mobile World Congress this week, after last year describing octacore chips as "a marketing gimmick".
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Feb 2014
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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.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Feb 2014
Pile of mobiles
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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.
Ciscoblood

Q: Just why are AT&T, banks snubbing kit from Cisco & co? A: Control

Analysis Relationships 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.
Jack Clark, 25 Feb 2014

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.
Disney's Beagle Boys

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Feb 2014
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BlackBerry brings back call, end keys, touchpad to Q20 keyboard cutie

MWC 2014 BlackBerry 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.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Feb 2014
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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.
Paul Kunert, 25 Feb 2014

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.
John Leyden, 25 Feb 2014

Hey 4G bods: We need to make 'phonecalls' with our 'voices', too

MWC 2014 It’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.
Simon Rockman, 25 Feb 2014
SpaceX's Grasshopper rises 24 stories or 80.1 meters (262.8 feet), hovering for approximately 34 seconds and landing safely using closed loop thrust vector and throttle control. Pic: SpaceX

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.
Lewis Page, 25 Feb 2014
Bitcoins

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.
Jasper Hamill, 25 Feb 2014

Nokia to Devs: PLEASE DON'T make Nokiadroid apps look like WinPho

MWC 2014 Nokia is telling developers not to make their Nokia Android apps look like Windows Phone apps.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Feb 2014

Make cyberwar a no-no equal to nukes, bio, and chemical attacks, says RSA headman

RSA 2014 RSA'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.
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2014
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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.
Jack Clark, 25 Feb 2014
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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.
Jack Clark, 25 Feb 2014

Microsoft: NSA snooping? Code backdoors? Our hands are clean!

RSA 2014 Microsoft'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.
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2014

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.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Feb 2014
Ford Sync

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.
Neil McAllister, 25 Feb 2014

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.
Chris Williams, 25 Feb 2014
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First 'production-ready' EUV scanner laser-fries its guts at TSMC. Intel seeks alternative tech

Analysis A 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).
Rik Myslewski, 25 Feb 2014

Microsoft's Office 2013 Service Pack 1 slips out with fixes, features

Microsoft has shipped Office 2013 Service Pack 1, the first major update roll-up for the latest iteration of its desktop productivity software.
Neil McAllister, 25 Feb 2014