Polymer droplets turn smartmobes into microscopes
An accidental discovery at the Australian National University (ANU) has created a way to deposit-print small, high-quality optical lenses, in something that's been hailed as “turn a smartphone into an optical microscope”.
Apple patents Wi-Fi access point location lookup
Apple has once again demonstrated that it's no slouch as a patent troll, applying for and receiving a patent to tell you where you are, by performing a database lookup of WiFi access points.
NASA spots 'new' star just 7.2 light years away
Distant and dim, the brown dwarf WISE J085510.83-071442.5 (snappy name, there) could well have passed unnoticed since it's not large enough to ignite nuclear fuel to radiate visible light.
US judge: Our digital search warrants apply ANYWHERE
Microsoft has been told by a US District Court that it must hand over e-mail details to an unnamed law enforcement agency, even though that data is held offshore.
Selfies are so 2013. Get ready for DRONIES – the next hipster-cam-gasm
VidIt's the social phenomenon that's taking self-obsession to new heights. We're not talking about selfies, granddad, and we're not even referring to belfies.
'Internet World Cup' conference fizzles out to bore draw
NetMundial, last week's two-day conference on Internet governance staged in Brazil, has fizzled out to a bore draw with its concluding communiqué [PDF] failing to suggest strong action on key topics and for the most part reiterating previous conferences' conclusions.
Chap builds mobe based on Raspberry Pi
A clever chap named David Hunt has built a phone based on a Raspberry Pi.
Startup CEO Chahal fired for domestic violence incident
Self-described “die hard entrepreneur” Gurbaksh Chahal, founder of two online advertising startups and recently CEO and chair of soon-to-list digital marketing outfit RadiumOne, has been fired after becoming the subject of intense pressure from online activists after being fined for domestic violence.
Bankers don't just blow cash on bonuses, they also spaff ££££s on IT
The banking industry - on average - coughed the highest margins for technology in 2013, doubtless indicating that champagne-guzzling fatcats drunk on bonuses were the ones in charge of purchasing.
Press release scam pelts poor PRs with volley of UNTRUE invoices
Fraudsters are targeting PR agencies that make use of newswires though a sneaky false invoicing scam.
Facebook preps ad network to TARGET YOU WHERE YOU LIVE
Competition for mobile advertising dollars is set to intensify as Facebook joins Google, Apple and Twitter by launching a mobile ad network that generates revenue when users access apps outside its domain.
Storage management tools SUCK. We're getting what we pay for
StoragebodFive years or so when I started blogging about storage I spent much time venting my spleen at EMC, especially the abomination that was ControlCenter; a product so poor that a peer in the industry once described it as being “too expensive even if it was free.”
Oracle accused of breaking US competition law over Solaris support
Oracle has been accused of unfair competition and of breaking US anti-trust laws over its Solaris support business.
Everything you always wanted to know about VDI but were afraid to ask (no, it's not an STD)
FeatureSo you know your way around a data center just fine, but you've been told to roll out VDI – aka that highly riveting technology, virtual desktop infrastructure. This is your first time juggling virtualization on this scale. What do you need to worry about? How will you test and benchmark it?
Elon Musk wants SpaceX to launch spy sats – and will sue US gov to do so
SpaceX has vowed to sue the US government for the right to compete for contracts to launch spy satellites – a market worth up to $70bn that's monopolised by Lockheed Martin and Boeing.
Really? Sigh. Really? Apple's lawsuit against Google is REVIVED
A US Federal Court has issued a ruling that will allow Apple and Motorola Mobility to assert certain patent claims against each other. The ruling also opens the door for Cupertino to try to seek a ban on sales of certain Android handsets.
A real pot-boiler kicks off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge
PicsIt's day one of the El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse's attempt to survive for five days on a fiver for food in support of Malaria No More UK.
New .london domains touted tomorrow amid usual tech hypegasm
Do you have any idea what "wind and kite" means? No? Well, it's Cockney rhyming for “website.” But from tomorrow, rather than lobbing geezer slang around, you'll have a much easier time making sure the world knows your business is from London.
Let them eat cache: PernixData crams RAM in virtual flash platform
PernixData has added RAM as a cache and Network File System support to its FVP clustered flash cache product with the aim of making virtual machines go even faster.
Internet of Thingies bods: Forget 3G, let's go straight to 4G
The M2M (machine to machine) industry is restyling itself as The Internet of Things, and in keeping with the new trendy name, it doesn’t want any of that old-fashioned 3G.
Silicon bungalow? Nah, I'll have SK Hynix's 4-storey flash condo
DRAM and flash fabber SK Hynix is set to mass produce 3D NAND by the end of this year, while Micron Technology sees its own 3D mass production kicking in during the second half of 2015.
94% of Brit tech bosses just can't get the staff these days, claims bank
No matter how optimistic British tech supremos may be, they're still battling to hire and keep skilled hands, according to a new study.
Backup biz CommVault to Wall St: Cheer up, lads. We just need MORE SALES REPS
Results are in for CommVault, whose final 2014 quarter showed a revenue rise and a slight drop in profits, missing Wall St's estimates. But the biggest surprise to analysts was its concession that it had "under-hired" in Q4.
Quid-a-day Reg nosh posse chap fears for his waistline
El Reg Quid-a-Day Nosh Posse member Toby Sibley has been in touch to say he only got to spend his £5 food allowance for the Live Below the Line challenge last night, and is beginning to worry about his waistline.
Top tip, power users – upgrading Ubuntu may knacker your Linux PC
Canonical says it is working to fix a problem that's crippling some Ubuntu PCs after they've been upgraded to the latest version of the Linux distro.
Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem
VidGoogle has updated the software in its self-driving cars after spending the past year running prototypes around its hometown of Mountain View, California, to test the vehicles' performance on hectic city streets.
Drink me: Adobe pours Flash Player bug squash
Adobe is pushing out a cross-platform security fix for a bug in its Flash Player that miscreants are already exploiting.
Stephen Elop: I was RIGHT to BURN the PLATFORMS
Stephen Elop’s favourite pizza is prosciutto ham, mushrooms, green peppers and tomatoes. That was the most concrete answer he gave in an Ask Me Anything session on the Nokia website.
Victory for Microsoft as Supremes decline to hear Novell's WordPerfect whine
The decade-long legal fight over the reasons WordPerfect failed has ended in victory for Microsoft after the US Supreme Court declined to hear Novell's appeal and shut the door on a potential billion-dollar settlement for the company.
AOL confirms security breach from spam attack
AOL has issued a warning to users that their personal information has been stolen by attackers, a week after the security of its servers was questioned.
Über-secure Blackphone crypto-mobe spills its silicon guts
SGP Technologies, the Switzerland-based joint venture of Spanish handset maker Geeksphone and security firm Silent Circle, has revealed specs for the Blackphone BP1, its forthcoming privacy-minded handset.
Curiosity considers first dig into Windjana, the sands(tone) of Mars
NASA's Curiosity rover has been doing some Martian house cleaning, brushing down a potential new target for its drilling tools.
Joe Hockey caught in his own .Net with Centrelink IT criticism
Australia's treasurer Joe Hockey last week told radio 3AW that IT at Centrelink, Australia's social security payments agency, is in such poor repair that at least a billion dollars is required to get it working well enough to enact desired reforms. Human Services minister Marise Payne confirmed the parlous state of affairs.
Microsoft puffs up OneDrive, now with 1TB per head for biz users
Microsoft has upped its ante in the ongoing cloud wars, increasing storage allotments for business customers and offering to help companies migrate from their existing storage solutions to OneDrive.
Data retention: encryption won't protect you much
The standard infosec advice of “encrypt it all and use strong passwords” is good advice, but it wouldn't save us from governments intent on mass data collection.
Comcast to dump 3.9 MEEELLION subscribers to quell Time Warner merger antitrust fears
US telecoms giant Comcast is planning to sell 3.9 million customer subscriptions to rival Charter Communications in an effort to stem fears that its planned merger with Time Warner will create a monopoly.