You sometimes have to wonder if the US Patent and Trademark Office is augmenting its staff with a few barely trained gibbons – and its latest patent does nothing to ameliorate that view.
The US Federal Election Commission (FEC) has officially approved Bitcoin as a medium of exchange for political donations.
Chinese officials have outlined a massive – no, that's an understatement; make that mind-bogglingly Brobdingnagian – vision of a globe-girdling high-speed rail network that would have as one of its legs a line that would run from northern China up through Russia, under the North Pacific, through Alaska, then Canada, and finally into the contiguous United States.
Chinese mobe-maker ZTE has announced that the ZTE Open C, its latest phone running Mozilla's open source Firefox OS, is now available for sale worldwide via eBay.
Windows XP's been without support for a month and a day now, but seems not to be falling out of favour any faster than happened when it was supported
URL-shortening and online marketing outfit Bit.ly has warned its systems have been accessed by parties unknown and suggested users change their passwords.
In an effort to stop killer drones before they start, humanity is about to unleash its most fearsome weapons: a long, drawn out bureaucratic process and a committee.
Updated At least 2,500 website administrators have made their previously secure sites vulnerable to Heartbleed more than a month after the bug sent the world into a hacker-fearing frenzy.
Ransomware scumbags have widened their net with a new software nasty that infects Android smartphones and tablets.
Hipsters. They're this decade's yuppies, but with worse facial hair. And an annoying predilection for pointless retro-technology fetishm that manifests itself in a love for vinyl records.
Microsoft has just posted some advice on how to do Windows desktop virtualisation (VDI) on the cheap.
Back in February, Apple made the odd-looking decision to resurrect the iPhone 4 in India alone, in order to bring a cheaper offering to the country.
We don’t know what exactly Ericsson might mean by "5G", since the next generation of mobile wireless internet technologies is still very much in the committee stage, but the Swedish firm is rolling out a trial in Yokosuka, Japan anyway.
Quotw This was the week when Symantec declared that its whole reason for being was dead, kaput, totally and utterly over.
You don't have to have a monopoly to build a successful company, but it sure helps. And if you've not got a monopoly then you do need something, anything, to differentiate your product so that there's actually some compelling reason why customers might actually use your services and pay you a margin.
The much-anticipated voluntary UK scheme to reduce online copyright infringement, VCAP, has not yet been signed according to sources – but parties still hope it will be implemented this year.
Having failed to license spectrum around the globe, Google is now talking to mobile operators to make its Loon project work.
Something for the Weekend, Sir? Howls of protest sound across the globe as I write this. I’ve been hired to help with the managed migration of incomprehensible volumes of data from one multi-intercontinental, instant-access media library system to another.
Netflix is hoping to retain its UK subscriber base by fixing its price tag for existing customers for two years, in a move designed to stop them abandoning the video-streaming service and its relatively small catalogue of films and TV shows.
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Exclusive NetApp is replacing the top and bottom of its FAS array range with new boxes – and getting rid the separate FAS3000 class mid-range product.
Apple's iPad shipments into distribution have fallen faster than at any point since the slab was brought to market and yet the wheels aren't close to coming off of the fruit-emblazoned sales juggernaut.
Microsoft will release eight security updates next Tuesday to squash remote-code execution bugs in Windows and Internet Explorer among other flaws.
The London-based venture capital firm of Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom is suing a former employee and one of its consultants for allegedly diverting investors towards their own VC firm.
As if London didn't have enough traffic on its streets, the capital's cabbies have vowed to bring the city to a standstill in a protest against the taxi-booking phone app Uber.
Quantum's latest results show that all the tape firm's sweat, gritted teeth and dogged determination hasn't come good - yet.
It's a hybrid world. But proprietary clouds are hard to integrate and less flexible. On the other hand, you're already using them.
SpaceX has failed to stop its rival United Launch Alliance from buying Russian rocket engines.
Analysis The cloud “talent” is leaving SAP and the suits are taking over. Is it time to panic for SAP?
The Winklevoss twins have set out plans to list their Bitcoin trust exchange on the NASDAQ to create what would be the world's first publicly traded cryptocurrency biz – if it were approved.
Skiddies logged into a staff account of Aussie ticketing outlet Moshtix and caused havoc for fans snapping up tix.
Special Report This weekend, earnest young men - several of whom appear to have beards - are camping out in Washington DC. They're protesting against "plans to allow a pay-for play internet".
NetApp is holding an Insight event in Las Vegas in October – and its new all-flash box FlashRay is set to steal the show.
The infamous Heartbleed bug doesn't affect home routers in practice, according to new analysis by security researchers at TripWire.
Symantec’s latest results show that you can wring more profit out of declining revenues by slashing costs but its not enough to bring you back to growth.
Updated Domain hosts Point DNS has been hammered with a high intensity DDoS attack on Friday, knocking servers out for hours.
Microsoft's Stephen Elop is no doubt busy digesting the mobile remains of Nokia, but he has lost a key engineer – Lumia photography lead Ari Partinen – to the clutches of Cupertino – Apple, in other words.
The Golden State is one step closer to passing a law which would require mobile phone vendors to implement remote bricking capabilities in all handsets.
A daring thief drove a car through the front of a California Apple store on Friday in what police believe was a planned robbery.
Pics and video A combined effort by four space telescopes and one Earth-bound observatory has successfully snapped the best images yet of a huge solar flare that erupted from the Sun's surface.
In a major victory for Oracle, a US Appeals Court has overturned an earlier ruling in the database giant's multibillion-dollar intellectual property lawsuit against Google, finding that Oracle's Java APIs are in fact covered by copyright.