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How much will Google pay to bring fiber to Provo, Utah? Try $1

Choosing the small city of Provo, Utah as the next location to receive Google's high-speed fiber internet service must have been a no-brainer, as the online giant will reportedly pay just $1 to set up shop in the area. That's in part because, unlike Kansas City and Austin, Texas before it, Google won't actually need to build out …
Neil McAllister, 19 Apr 2013
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World's oldest digital computer successfully reboots

After three years of restoration by the National Museum of Computing (TNMOC), the world's oldest functioning digital computer has been successfully rebooted at a ceremony attended by two of its original developers. Harwell Dekatron The Harwell Dekatron fully restored (click to enlarge) The 2.5 ton Harwell Dekatron, later …
Iain Thomson, 20 Nov 2012
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FAA grounds Boeing's 787 after battery fires on plastic planes

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has grounded all Boeing 787 Dreamliners over fears that its lithium-ion batteries are unsafe, after they were linked to two aircraft fires in the space of ten days. "The battery failures resulted in release of flammable electrolytes, heat damage, and smoke on two Model 787 airplanes …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jan 2013
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Windows 8.1: 'It's good for enterprises, too,' says Redmond

Much of the hype around Windows 8 has focused on consumers so far, but Microsoft took the opportunity of its Windows 8.1 Preview launch to show off some of the ways it's been improving the OS for enterprise customers, too. In a late session at the Build developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, Microsoft senior program …
Neil McAllister, 27 Jun 2013
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Bitcoin gets a $100 haircut on rollercoaster trading run

Virtual currency Bitcoin lost $100 in value relative to the US dollar on Wednesday due to panic selling by its devotees. The currency began tumbling from a high of $260 on Wednesday after major Bitcoin exchange MtGox started getting hammered by many micro trading requests per second. This bout of high-frequency Bitcoin trading …
Jack Clark, 11 Apr 2013

Apple staff call Taiwanese filmmaker an 'idiot'

A Taiwanese writer and director who flew to Hong Kong to confront Apple in person over a long-running copyright infringement saga says he was branded an "idiot" by staff and escorted off the premises by police. Giddens Ko, who wrote and directed the hit Chinese language movie You Are the Apple of My Eye, revealed his encounter …
Phil Muncaster, 15 Nov 2012
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US paper spaceplane disintegrates at 107,000ft

The University of Southern Indiana's second attempt to claim PARIS's Guinness World Record for the highest launch of a paper plane ended dramatically on Saturday when the Geronimo aircraft (pictured below) disintegrated at around 107,000ft (32,612m). The Geronimo paper plane On 27 October, the uni's first pop at the record …
Lester Haines, 19 Nov 2012
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RETRO-GASM: The Fuze electronics kit for the Raspberry Pi

Back in the day of the board computers of the late 1970s - your Scrumpi, your Nascom 1, your UK-101 et al - it was customary to build a case for it out of wood. If you were a better equipped "constructor" - what we used to call "makers" in those days - you’d build a box out of metal. Folk like Tangerine offered optional cases, …
Tony Smith, 11 Nov 2013
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Oz astronomical observatory survives firestorm

An important Australian observatory appears to have survived a firestorm that really is best told in pictures. The fire destroyed twelve properties near the outback city of Coonabarrabran. Here’s what the approaching bushfire looked like from the air, as it neared the Siding Spring Observatory at Coonabarrabran, in NSW: Fire …
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Burnt Samsung Galaxy S III singed by external source, probe reveals

Pictures showing a heat-damaged Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone were seemingly the result of a bonkers bid to dry out a wet handset by heating it in a microwave oven. The snaps appeared online last month. They showed an S III with burn damage down near the phone's Micro USB port. The battery was intact and undamaged. Samsung …
Tony Smith, 09 Jul 2012

Microsoft, Nokia and the sound of colliding garbage trucks

History, it is said, doesn't repeat itself – there are merely echoes through time. Listening to Microsoft's $7.1bn purchase of Nokia's phone and services, you'd have certainly heard an echo – the distant grinding noise of two colliding garbage trucks reverberating down the years. The phrase "the sound of two garbage trucks …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Sep 2013
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Outsourced space trucks battle for US middleweight lifting title

There was much popping of champagne corks and back-slapping last Sunday when Orbital Sciences Corporation's Antares rocket finally blasted off from the launch pad at NASA's new Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Antares launch on 21 April. Pic: NASA Antares soars heavenwards on 21 April Following a launch abort on 17 April …
Lester Haines, 25 Apr 2013
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Boeing zaps PCs using CHAMP missile microwave attacks

Boeing has successfully conducted a test of a missile capable of blasting a building's electronics with an energy beam without harming the structure itself. The era of EMP weapons has arrived it seems. The Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) is an air-launched device that uses a high-powered …
Iain Thomson, 25 Oct 2012
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Rest of world catching Eurozone plague, warns Datatec

Economic malaise in the Eurozone is spreading to the global stage, channel behemoth Datatec has warned. Despite this, the parent of distributor Westcon and integrator-cum-managed-services-provider Logicalis said in an interim management statement that sales had risen across the group in the last four months. "Trading and …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jul 2012
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SPEARS joins the 19-mile-high club: Intimate snaps

The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is just about done sifting through the photos and vid from our recent test flight of the Special Project Electronic Altitude Release System (SPEARS) control board, and we hereby present highlights for your viewing pleasure. Click here for a bigger version of the LOHAN graphic …
Lester Haines, 26 Jul 2013
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Scientists: 'Castration is the key to a longer life'

Bollocks boffins studying the effects of male sex hormones on life expectancy have concluded that becoming a eunuch may be the key to living a lot longer. Male members of many species, including Homo sapiens sapiens, live shorter lives than their female counterparts, and castrating some male animals will make them live longer. …
Iain Thomson, 25 Sep 2012
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BlackBerry cloud services go live on Office 365

After three months of beta testing, RIM has confirmed that its BlackBerry Business Cloud Services have gone live on Microsoft’s Office 365. The free download allows wireless synching of RIM devices with Exchange Online, and includes BlackBerry Balance, which allows personal and business content on the same handset, but blocks …
Iain Thomson, 30 Jan 2012
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Laptop with veterans' data recovered intact

A purloined laptop containing the personal details of up to 26.5m US veterans has been recovered. Details of how the stolen laptop came to be handed in to investigators remain sketchy. A preliminary investigation by FBI officials suggests that data has not been accessed since the laptop was stolen, easing fears that the exposed …
John Leyden, 30 Jun 2006
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Apple shovels $400m in stock grants to top execs

Apple CEO Tim Cook and his board of directors appear keen on keeping their executive brain trust intact – so much so that they have just shelled out around $400m worth of stock options* to their top talent. "Our executive team is incredibly talented and they are all dedicated to Apple’s continued success," Apple spokesman Steve …
Rik Myslewski, 07 Nov 2011
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HP plows ahead with old strategy intact

HP's new strategy includes a lot of its old strategy, as the company plans to barrel ahead with its PC, printing and enterprise businesses intact. And with all systems firing, HP expects modest revenue growth in the coming years. HP is looking for fiscal 2006 revenue of $91bn, said CEO Mark Hurd, during a financial analyst …
Ashlee Vance, 14 Dec 2005

Dell storage still staggering a year after EMC break-up

Dell's storage business is not keeping pace with its servers and networking business. This could be a lingering effect of its changed storage strategy, in which it has stopped reselling EMC storage and begun flogging its own acquired Compellent and EqualLogic gear as part of a "converged" solution. But it appears that customers …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2012
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VCs snaffle £200m of UK taxpayer gold ... to bet on high-risk biz

The UK government has showered venture capitalists with £200m of taxpayers' money for high-risk investments, the science and universities minister David Willetts told MPs today. Willetts said £50m of this cash has already been set aside as an angel investment pot. “For the first time, we’ve said we’ll co-invest,” he said. …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Sep 2012
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Tablet security study finds BlackBerry still good for something

A technology audit has identified security failings in three of the most popular tablets, raising concerns about the security implications of allowing workers to use their personal technology at work. A study by Context Information Security looked at Apple's iPad, Samsung's Galaxy Tab and RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook, and concluded …
John Leyden, 05 Oct 2012
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Caterpillar B15: The Android smartphone for the building site

There’s no doubt that smartphones are getting more robust. Both the Sony Xperia Z and the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 Active boast IP57-rated resistance to dust and water intrusion which is handy if you take your phone to the beach or the pool and come over all clumsy. Drop either of them out of a third-floor window on a …
Alun Taylor, 11 Jul 2013
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Police called after Romney's email and Dropbox accounts cracked

Police are investigating a claimed cracking of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's Hotmail and Dropbox accounts. An anonymous tipster claims to have accessed Romney's accounts by answering the security question needed to gain access. Using publically available information the attacker claims to have correctly guessed the name of …
Iain Thomson, 06 Jun 2012
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RIP Brian Wynne Oakley: Saviour of Bletchley Park

Brian Wynne Oakley has died aged 85. According to the Real Time Club, of which Oakley was a chairman, he "enjoyed a very distinguished career playing a major role in the development of computing both in the UK and in Europe". Oakley was rarity: a civil servant who grasped the significance of information technology for the …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Aug 2012

Is lightspeed really a limit?

We don’t (yet) have any way to test this, but University of Adelaide applied mathematicians are suggesting that an extended version of Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity also holds true for velocities beyond lightspeed. One of the main predictions of Special Relativity is that the speed of light is treated as an absolute …
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Locking in the NBN

Supporters of Australia's government-backed National Broadband Network are fearful of what will happen if there’s a change of government in 2013, since the current federal opposition remains strongly committed to doing something else with the NBN. Exactly what the “something else” might be remains something we can only see …
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God particle back in hiding

Less than a month ago, Large Hadron Collider boffins thought they were closing in on the Higgs boson particle, but the results they had observed now look like a statistical quirk. Nature is now reporting that a paper presented at the Lepton Photon conference in Mumbai, India, shows the “excess events” spotted at the LHC are …
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Los Alamos fires BLOODY BIG MAGNET

They call it their own “moon shot”, but there isn’t – unfortunately – any “oh wow” visual when you fire a 100-plus Tesla magnet: just a powerful new instrument to use in physics and materials science. At the end of last week, the Los Alamos National Laboratory held its breath and pressed “ok” to see if its planned magnet run, …
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Yet another iPhone patent lawsuit

A Luxembourg company called Core Wireless has launched a patent lawsuit against Apple, claiming that its patents, which cover communication protocols, are breached by any device that uses 2G, 3G or 4G standards. The suit, which was filed in the Eastern Texas District on February 29 before Justice Leonard Davis, is based on a …

Bigger, fiddly to manage: The second coming of Windows Server 2012

New Windows client, new Windows server seems to be the pattern; and October 18, 2013 saw the release of Windows Server 2012 R2 as well as Windows 8.1. The R2 release is a paid-for upgrade, but uses the same CALs (Client Access Licenses) as Server 2012, mitigating the cost of transition. Microsoft calls Server 2012 a Cloud OS, by …
Tim Anderson, 22 Oct 2013
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Exploding dinosaur theory EXPLODED

Bone-bothering boffins have long theorised that sea-dwelling ichthyosaurs were prone to exploding because their skeletons are often found in a scattered pattern. Not that a time-traveller from the future was there and lobbed a hand grenade at them - but that the creatures' decomposition process produced enough putrefaction gases …
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New 'nauts move into International Space Station

The Russian Soyuz TMA-22 that's carrying a new batch of crew members for the International Space Station (ISS) has successfully docked and offloaded its passengers. NASA TV broadcast the docking live at 4.24AM GMT, nine minutes ahead of schedule. The Russians made it look easy this time, which must be a relief after concerns …
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German prangs dad's £275k supercar

German cops are investigating whether a 20-year-old may have been doing a tad over the 50 mph speed limit when he pranged his dad's £275k, 225 mph Gumpert Apollo. The driver failed to negotiate a bend near the town of Brokdorf, 50 miles north of Hamburg. He and his 19-year-old female passenger walked away from the crash with …
Lester Haines, 14 Apr 2011

UNSW researcher creates four-atom silicon wires

Researchers at the University of New South Wales have created what the uni thinks is the narrowest-ever silicon conducting wire. At just four atoms wide and one atom tall, the wire has demonstrated a surprising property: Ohm’s law (current equals voltage divided by resistance) holds true even at such a tiny scale, the …
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EMC takes on Box, SugarSync and other sync 'n' sharers

EMC is buying Syncplicity for its file-sharing and synchronisation technology and thus taking on Box, SugarSync, and other enterprise Dropbox look-alikes. Business and public sector organisations need their users to be able to share files securely in a world of proliferating user devices and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) for the …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2012

Ice core shows Antarctic Peninsula warming is nothing unusual

New ice core data from the Antarctic Peninsula has revealed that temperatures in the region during the past 10,000 years have often been higher than they are today, and that warming of the sort seen there recently has also occurred in the pre-industrial past. The new data are derived from a massive new 364m-long core extracted …
Lewis Page, 23 Aug 2012
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Google Currents

When Google’s Currents news and magazine reader was released late last year, I thought it one of the most visually attractive apps ever to come out of Mountain View. Looks aside, though, there was a lot wrong with it, not least the time it took to sync. A recent update claims to have fixed that and added a host of new features …
Alun Taylor, 24 Apr 2012
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Amazon man to shoot his pocket rocket this afternoon

Blue Origin, the private space-rocket firm founded by Jeff Bezos of Amazon fame, is to conduct a rocket test this afternoon (Wednesday 24 August). A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) issued by the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) specifies that "ROCKET LAUNCH ACTIVITY" is due to take place near Van Horn, Texas and clears a volume of …
Lewis Page, 24 Aug 2011
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Win 2000 will launch on 6 October (maybe) and intact (maybe)

Microsoft has confirmed it's pulling out all the stops to release Windows 2000 on 6 October, although this date is "100 per cent subject to review and change". According to a report by Computerworld, the Great Stan of Software also announced that the Beta 3 version will be available in a fortnight, as revealed here in February ( …
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Yates of the Yard quits Met over phone-hacking scandal

Scotland Yard's Assistant Commissioner John Yates quit his job with the Metropolitan Police this afternoon. The Met issued this brief statement: "Assistant Commissioner John Yates has this afternoon indicated his intention to resign to the Chair of the MPA [Metropolitan Police Authority]. "This has been accepted. AC Yates will …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Jul 2011
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Giant idol 'STRUCK DOWN by the Wrath of God' unearthed in Turkey

Top archaeologists are chuffed as ninepence this week to announce that they have unearthed a massive statue - perhaps as tall as 4m when it was erect - which was probably an "idol" tumbled down by a terrible race of warriors referred to in the Bible as "the rod of my [God's] anger, in whose hand is the club of my wrath". We hear …
Lewis Page, 31 Jul 2012
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UK's brazen copyright land grab sneaked into Enterprise Bill

A huge expansion of bureaucratic power over UK copyright has been smuggled quietly into draft legislation – giving civil servants the ability to sweep away copyright protection by statutory instrument rather than primary legislation. The new amendments also allow new agencies to be established to permit the licensing of …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jul 2012
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BT, TalkTalk refused appeal against Digital Economy Act

BT And TalkTalk won't get another day in court against the Digital Economy Act, after the telcos were denied permission to appeal against the failure of their legal challenge to the Act earlier this year. "I can confirm that we've been refused permission to appeal the JR [judicial review] judgment by the Court of Appeal. We are …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jun 2011
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Google will ignore your Wi-Fi router ... if you rename it

Google has magnanimously offered to ignore Wi-Fi hotspots that have been renamed with a trailing "_nomap" to let the snoops know what you don't want them to know. Google logs the location of Wi-Fi routers to aid its location pinpointing services, as knowing the nearest router can provide a coarse location as well as making it …
Bill Ray, 15 Nov 2011
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Finns, roamers, Nokia: So long, and thanks for all the phones

Finns are in mourning this week after Nokia has sold its mobile phones unit to Microsoft: a decision that weirdly seems both inevitable and shocking at the same time. But they should be proud, for Nokia had an incredible 15-year run at the top of an entirely new industry, making stalwarts like Motorola and neighbours Ericsson …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Sep 2013

Alienware assimilates Dell FROM THE INSIDE!

Gaming notebooks are a secret hobby of mine. I don't actually game that much – even my wife logs more hours than I do – but gaming notebooks are the only way to get the best of the best in a luggable form factor. Alienware is the name to beat in this space, but I've always wondered how they managed to survive the Dell …
Trevor Pott, 29 Oct 2012

Big Data in creepy hook-up with big-game whales

My son has a problem. One might even say an addiction. No, it's not to pornography, alcohol or drugs. It's to a massively multiplayer game, one that he can't seem to stop playing, in large part because the game's developer is crunching massive quantities of Big Data to learn exactly what will keep him on the hook. Big Data, that …
Matt Asay, 11 Dec 2012
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Ofcom: Here come the UK online copyright rules ... in 2015. Maybe

Ofcom has finally published a draft obligations code that specifies how the UK's largest ISPs should respond to copyright infringement notifications for a one-year monitoring period. The Code is part of proposals passed in 2010 as the Digital Economy Act. The DEA, however, has run into several difficulties since its passing, …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jun 2012