ENTIRE UNIVERSE created in supercomputer. Not THIS universe (probably)
Researchers at MIT and Harvard have created a a giant virtual universe – 350 million light-years squared – which can be used to simulate the real universe's development from 12 million years after the Big Bang to the present day, or around 13 billion years' worth of expansion.
SEC to investors: When dealing in Bitcoin, don't get suckered
Investor.gov, the US Securities and Exchange Commission's investor education and advocacy website, has issued an alert warning investors of the potential pitfalls of investing in Bitcoin and other virtual currencies.
FCC MUST protect net neutrality to preserve AMERICA, say Google et al
The biggest names on the web – from Google and Level 3 to Microsoft and Facebook – have urged the US Federal Communications Commission to safeguard net neutrality.
LinkedIn killing CardMunch biz-card scanning app
Way back in the year 2000, Palm Inc tried to kill off the business card with a feature called “beam” that allowed users of its handheld computers to distribute their contact details by infrared, so that they'd be sucked up into one's contacts file.
BTC MaaS (mining-as-a-service) preps DC pods down under
Australian outfit BTC Corporation is hoping that there's still enough punters wanting in on the Bitcoin goldrush to sustain a mining-as-a-service business.
Samsung's NX300 cam is bad in bed: Snatch victims' pics over the air
The relentless push to differentiate otherwise-mundane products by adding intelligence has tripped up Samsung, after its NX300 camera was found to offer up everything from user location leaks to remote code execution.
Hadoop Daddy Doug Cutting says there's an elephant in the room
Not many soft toys make their mark on the worlds of business and technology, but yesterday The Reg beheld “Hadoop”, the toy elephant that gave its name to the big data tool about which we've all heard so much.
Google points big data dollars at cancer
While IBM merely wants to sell stuff to the more esoteric reaches of medical research, Google has stuck a multi-million-dollar toe in the water in its own right, leading a funding round for an outfit called Flatiron Health.
Robins' inbuilt navigators pecked to bits by AM radio
Humans often claim to be able to sense wireless fields by way of headaches – the so-called WiFi syndrome – but pity the European Robin, whose navigational abilities may be spoiled by electromagnetic radiation.
Amazon's desktops-in-the-cloud 'Workspaces' switched on in Europe
Amazon Web Services (AWS) “Workspaces” desktop-as-a-service offering was launched last November with a big caveat: the service would be lousy outside of the US.
Goodbye, Mr Dong: Samsung Galaxy S5 boss disappears through trapdoor
Samsung has parted ways with Chang Dong-hoon, the head of its mobile design team.
Cameras for hacks: Idiot-proof suggestions invited
The world of journalism is changing fast, and while the image-hungry internet demands ever more photographs, shrinking budgets mean the days of a hack going into the field with a snapper in tow are pretty much over.
Brit chap weaves silver bullet for wireless health scare bollocks
Move over, brain-cancer scare-mongers: a Brit physics graduate has taken the kind of material used to create anti-stink exercise gear, run it up as underwear, and is trying to flog it as a Faraday cage for mens' wedding tackle.
Orange France hacked AGAIN, 1.3 million victims seeing red
Personal data describing 1.3 million customers of Orange France has been stolen in the second hack to hit the telco this year.
McAfee accused of McSlurping Open Source Vulnerability Database
Intel security subsidiary McAfee may be in hot water after it allegedly scraped thousands of records from the Open Source Vulnerability Database instead of paying for them.
Hungry for humbler Pi? Check out kid-friendly LED-laden Pibrella
ReviewThere is no shortage of clip-on boards designed for the Raspberry Pi, almost all designed to make the tiny computer’s GPIO pins more accessible in order to ease the connection of devices to it, particularly ones that operate at voltages that are not Pi friendly.
Yeah, suck it, Foxconn. 'Pegatron' 'nabs' '15%' of 'iPhone 6' 'production'
Whispers among the iChattering classes today claim Taiwanese factory giant Pegatron has received orders from Apple to crank out a share of iPhone 6 handsets.
Traffic light vulns leave doors wide open to Italian Job-style hacks
Hackers may be able to create traffic chaos, just like Michael Caine's loveable rogue in classic Brit film The Italian Job, thanks to an alarming series of flaws discovered in traffic control systems.
Chucking cash at sport and broadband starts to pay off for BT
BT shares climbed three per cent this morning off the back of decent end-of-year results from the one-time national telco, which saw its sales growth outshine market predictions.
The ULTIMATE space geek accessory: Apollo 15's joystick up for sale
If you're a space geek gamer looking for the ultimate joystick, then feast your eyes on the Apollo 15 "attitude controller assembly" - the stick used by commander David R. Scott to land the Falcon lunar module on the Moon in 1971, and which goes under the hammer later this month:
'A proper British BOFFIN': Famous Martian prof Pillinger dies aged 70
British space scientist Professor Colin Pillinger has died at the age of 70, the BBC reports.
Performing an Oracle database health check? We have a little list
WorkshopEveryone needs a checkup from time to time, and your Oracle database is no exception. A periodic medical can keep it running smoothly, and avoid more serious conditions from developing later.
IBM chip boffins mix phase-change-flash cocktail: Voila! SUPER fast memory card
IBM has gone and surprised us all with a pretty good Phase Change Memory product research and demo effort: a hybrid PCM/NAND server flash card that has at least 12 times lower latency than an enterprise PCIe flash card.
UK.gov tweets now national treasures! – National Archives
VideoThe UK’s National Archives has announced that it will be saving YouTube videos and tweets for posterity, to make social media a part of Blighty’s official history.
Sage's 63-year-old CEO says au revoir: 'Life's all about choices'
Seventeen-year company veteran and CEO Guy Berruyer has signalled his intent to hang up his boots from the end of March next year or sooner if a replacement in found beforehand.
King's stocks are candy-crushed as its top toy suffers splurge slump
More than 13 per cent of Candy Crush game-maker King Digital's stock price was wiped off overnight – after it admitted players of its wildly popular mobile app were spending less and less money.
Disks with Ethernet ports? Throw in some flash and you've got yourself a HGST p-a-r-t-y
Western Digital Corp subsidiary HGST is developing Ethernet-connected drives for OpenStack users – and they won't require any application software changes, apparently.
NHS patient data storm: Govt lords SLAP DOWN privacy protections
Vital safeguards for protecting patients' privacy when NHS England records are shared with companies were scrapped by peers on Wednesday night.
Cost-cutting Barclays bank swings axe on 5,600 IT and ops bods
Barclays will axe about 5,600 IT and operations staffers in 2014 in a massive restructuring effort. The at-risk techies work across the retail and investment arms of the British banking group.
Acer fairly sure it made a profit in Q1. Assuming it got the office tea-bag account right
Ailing Acer has told us "transformation plans" are on track despite generating a profit after tax of just NT$1m - or £19,600 - in the first calendar quarter of 2014.
Server SAN software upstart Maxta gets Intel's cash inside
AnalysisServer SAN software startup Maxta has gained $25m in a B-round of funding led by Intel's investment arm and Tenaya Capital just as the software-defined and converged storage trends are taking off.
Architect of Apple's total-silence public relations policy leaves
Apple has one of the simplest public relations policies in human history: keep everything secret until the CEO announces it.
Carphone Warehouse, Dixons embroiled in £3.7bn merger rumour
Sir Charles Dunstone once told your humble correspondent that he would never have more than 50 shops.
Copyright minister: Those missing TWO copyright exceptions? We're still on track
Just this morning it appeared that the government had quietly dropped two of the five changes it wants to make to UK copyright law - but copyright minister Viscount Younger has just released a statement saying it "remains firmly committed to implementing each of these important exceptions".
Britain'll look like rural Albania without fracking – House of Lords report
The UK needs to get a move on and exploit its rich shale gas resources to avoid losing its energy intensive industries, the House of Lords' economics committee has reported.
HM Treasury: Look at our SME-friendly contracts ... that we just gave to a multinational
Her Majesty's Treasury appears to be using smoke and mirror tactics to promote the government's wider SME agenda, after splitting up a major contract into multiple towers but handing the beefiest deal to a huge corporate.
Net tech bods at IETF mull anti-NSA crypto-key swaps in future SSL
Standards stewards on the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) are planning to drop RSA key exchanges from TLS 1.3, the next revision of SSL.
Japanese cops arrest man with five 3D printed guns at home
Japanese police have arrested a 27-year-old man after finding he had manufactured five handguns using a commercial 3D printer, two of which they say were capable of firing.
Want a twenty-buck smartphone? Go to China, says ARM exec
According to ARM, smartphone price differentials are spreading rapidly, with the low-end approaching a floor of around twenty bucks thanks to downward pressure coming from – where else? – China.
That NAKED SELFIE you sent on Snapchat? You may be seeing it again
The developers behind the Snapchat photo-sharing app have agreed to a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission over allegations of collecting and mishandling user data.
Apple: We'll tell users when the Feds come looking for their data
Apple has updated its procedures for dealing with police investigations into its users' data, and has promised to let individuals know when they are being probed – most of the time, that is.
Comcast dragged into muck in Oracle's Solaris fix-it lawsuit
Comcast is caught in the crossfire in Oracle's ongoing lawsuit against Solaris fix-it companies Maintech and Terix, but the broadband giant is trying to stay out of it – illegally, Oracle claims.
Pivotal fluffs up *sigh* Cloud Foundry *sigh* cloud for battle in the *sigh* cloud
What is old is new again, as yet another company makes a bet that platform-as-a-services clouds are the future and Amazon Web Services's infrastructure-as-a-service tech is the past.
Did Microsoft just paint TechEd Australia Azure?
Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that TechEd Australia 2014 is going to drop the format of a few days in one place and instead run as a two-day event in each of Sydney and Melbourne.
Cassandra can FINALLY predict the future
The company behind the Cassandra database has partnered with a big-brained computer science company to add real-time analytics to its technology.
Boffinry breakthrough: First self-replicating life with 'alien' DNA
After 15 years of trying, researchers have created a living, self-replicating, "semi-synthetic" organism with DNA that contains not just the four paired bases that occur in all living things, but also an alien base pair created in the labs.