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Team Tokai at the checkpoint in Glendambo earlier today

World Solar Challenge: Why the winners were so good

WSC Tokai University of Japan were crowned the 2011 World Solar Challenge champions on Thursday, after four-and-a-half days racing through the Australian continent. The Japanese team made huge gains on Day 3 over second and third-placed teams Nuon of the Netherlands and the University of Michigan. How did they get so far ahead? …
Diederik Kinds, 22 Oct 2011

Woman jailed for texting while driving

If you’ve ever wondered what the point of phone applications blocking you from driving and texting are, just ask 21-year-old Philippa Curtis. Curtis, of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, has been jailed for 21 months after smashing into a stationary car at 70mph while texting on her mobile phone, according to a report by the BBC. The …
James Sherwood, 02 Feb 2009
Need for Speed: The Run

Need for Speed: The Run

Review Releasing a driving game into an already congested market is a risky endeavour for any developer. So it follows that releasing two within six months could be considered careless. But to release three within a year, as EA has now done, seems at best illogical and, at worst, pure cannibalistic folly. Need for Speed: The Run …
Andrew Bailey, 25 Nov 2011
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Slovak biker spat linked to rare destructive worm

A rare example of a destructive computer worm has been spotted on the web. Zimuse-A and its variant, Zimuse-B, overwrite MBR (Master Boot Record) files on infected drives with their own data, either 40 days or 20 days respectively after infection. This malicious behaviour corrupts records and makes data recovery difficult if not …
John Leyden, 25 Jan 2010

Tesla Roadster used for videogame audio

Leccy Tech What are the real benefits of an electric car? Reduced CO2 emissions? Less dependency on oil? Quieter inner cities? Nope. The correct answer is actually cooler sound effects for videogames. videogame_tesla_03 Microsoft strapped mics to the Tesla for clearer tyres sounds in videogames That’s according to sound engineering …
Alun Taylor, 20 Nov 2009
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NFC will help you find your car - if you're next to it

The search for a problem that only Near Field Communications can solve now sees an NFC-equipped key fob which can interact with a mobile phone to report a car's mileage, fuel level, tyre pressure and location... or what it was last time the fob looked. The technology comes from car-component specialist Delphi, which reckons a …
Bill Ray, 10 May 2010
Pentax Optio WG-2 rugged camera

Eight... Rugged Cameras

Product Round-up Has anybody not trashed a digital camera at some point while out and about? Dust or sand, water or ice-cream, the great outdoors ruthlessly claims its tech victims on a daily basis. While manufacturers have busily carved out a niche of rugged ‘adventure-proof’ cameras, the truth is that most people, whether on the slopes, at the …
Giles Hill, 07 Apr 2012
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French top MOT failure league

The government agency which runs MOT tests in the UK has finally given in to a BBC request for all the information on which cars were most likely to fail the test in 2007. The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, an agency of the Ministry of Transport, gave in and released the data yesterday. VOSA originally claimed it could …
John Oates, 13 Jan 2010
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Geezer eBays 'bastardised, chaved up Skippy mobile'

The seller of a 2005 Renault Clio has brightened a few days with his novel description of the "proper bastardised, chaved up Skippy mobile". The Renault Clio as seen on eBay The vehicle in question is apparently ideal for "Teenage Drug Dealers/Low Life & Oxygen Thieves" and represents "a fantastic opportunity to increase 3 fold …
Lester Haines, 22 Mar 2010

IBM wins €1bn Michelin gig

Michelin has awarded an eight year tech outsourcing deal worth €1bn to IBM. The computer services giant will run the tyre firm's IT infrastructure in North America and Europe. It will manage Michelin's IT production operations and management, user support, technical support, solution industrialization and distribution of …
Drew Cullen, 11 Dec 2003
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Branson's SpaceShipTwo rocketplane gets off ground

Beardy biz kingpin Richard Branson was overjoyed yesterday to announce that his passenger-carrying suborbital "SpaceShipTwo" rocket thrillride craft has left the ground for the first time. However it remained attached to its jet-powered "mothership" for the entire flight: independent operations aren't expected for some time. …
Lewis Page, 23 Mar 2010
Mercedes E-Cell Plus

Mercedes moves e-car concept closer to the forecourt

Leccy Tech Like BMW, Mercedes-Benz just couldn't wait until the opening of the Frankfurt Motors Show to reveal its latest thinking on the leccy car front. The E-Cell Plus is a range-extended plug-in hybrid cobbled together from the current Mercedes-Benz A and B Series parts bin, and the Smart. Mercedes E-Cell Plus Mercedes' E-Cell Plus: A …
Alun Taylor, 04 Sep 2009

World's first electric Chopper parks up

Leccy Tech A group of tattooed and portly custom Chopper builders from New York State and a straight-laced electronics firm make for an odd pair. But they are the duo behind Smart Chopper - an extreme leccy bike. Siemens_Smart_Chopper_01 Smart Chopper: mean and green Brainchild of Siemens USA and the folks at Orange County Choppers (OCC …
Alun Taylor, 14 Aug 2009

Electric car powers across land, ice and water

Leccy Tech Many drivers baulk at the thought of driving during the MET Office’s warnings of treacherous road conditions. So a team of designers has dreamt up a concept leccy car able to power its way across pretty much any surface, including water. amphibious_hybrid_01 The Amphibious Hybrid would work just as well on water as it would on …
James Sherwood, 06 Aug 2009
Lexus CT200h

Lexus CT200h hybrid

Review Give Toyota its due, it's wringing the maximum amount of value from the Hybrid Synergy Drive power train. The 1.8 VVT-i Atkinson Cycle petrol engine and associated electric motor have already turned up in the Prius and Auris Hybrid, and now you can have them in a posh frock with a Lexus badge on the nose. Lexus CT200h Lexus' …
Alun Taylor, 13 Jul 2011
Renault Scenic Bose Edition

Renault Scenic Bose Edition 1.6 130dCi

Review Many years ago, a family friend who at the time flew for the United States Air Force gave me a personal tour around a Fairchild A10 Thunderbolt and said: “Y’know, Al, she ain’t a plane she’s more a gun with wings.” Something similar could be said about the Scenic Bose Edition which isn’t so much a car as a stereo system with a …
Alun Taylor, 31 Aug 2011
Mega City Peugeot

Revealed: Mega City One's top e-car - according to Peugeot

'Leccy Tech This apparently is what we may all be driving in the Mega Cities of tomorrow if Peugeot's crystal ball is on the money. Revealed as a 1:1 scale model at the Shanghai Motor Show, the Peugeot RD Concept is the winner of a design competition by the French car maker to "imagine the Peugeot in the Worldwide Megalopolis of tomorrow …
Alun Taylor, 23 Apr 2009
Honda Jazz Hybrid

Honda Jazz Hybrid

Review In the last 10 years, Honda has shifted over 3.5m examples of its Jazz hatchback, and now the evergreen runabout so beloved by the over-60s is getting hybrid power. Presumably, Honda, like Toyota with its Auris Hybrid, thinks a familiar exterior will prevent hybrid-fright among it’s more conservative customers. Honda Jazz …
Alun Taylor, 03 May 2011

Venturi shows eight-motor electric sportster

'Leccy Tech Gallic moteur maker Venturi has taken the wraps off the result of its co-development effort with tyre company Michelin: un sportster electrique avec two motors in each wheel. Venturi Volage Venturi's Volage: hugs the road, actively The four-wheel drive Volage uses one motor for drive, the other for "active" suspension that …
Tony Smith, 03 Oct 2008

Text messaging helps kids fight the flab - study

Are you a fat teenager? Then pick up your mobile and text yourself thin, tubby - a study has concluded that texting helps kids to shed those extra pounds. For three weeks the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine asked 58 children, aged between five and 13, to cut down on sugary snacks, reduce their TV time and …
James Sherwood, 12 Nov 2008

Free Nokia route-plan app arrives late, in need of shower, cocoa

Call off the search - Nokia's free Smart2Go route-planning software has arrived at last at its intended destination: the company's Smart2Go website, where it's now available to download. Nokia announced last week the software would be available as a free download this past weekend. However, as we reported yesterday, the …
Tony Smith, 13 Feb 2007

Brocade launches FCoE switch and adapters

Brocade has announced a top-of-rack Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) switch, together with Converged Network Adapters for servers to use when connecting to the switch. Brocade is the volume leader in shipping Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (SAN) switches and directors that link servers to SAN storage disk drive arrays …
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2009
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Evolution finds a home for recognition technology

Evolution Robotics has finally found a home for its generic product recognition technology. The firm will embed it in camera phones from Japan's Bandai Networks in the spring. The technology is impressive. You take a photograph of an item and send it off to Evolution's servers, which identify it and send back a suitable URL. …
Bill Ray, 22 Apr 2008

Electric racer hits the track

Leccy Tech Swiss outfit Green GT whipped the dust sheets off its leccy racer at the recent Swiss Show of Renewable Energy and New Technologies. GreenGT1 Green GT's leccy racer: will do 170mph Called GreenGT, the FIA-specification track car has a carbon fibre chassis and fibreglass body that’s home to two water-cooled 100kW electric …
Alun Taylor, 13 May 2009

Mio announces Knight Rider satnav

We’ve watched the dual Anamorphic Equalizers pulse as they guide wannabe Michael Knights across the alkaline flats, but, until now, Mio’s never confirmed whether the Knight Rider satnav was real. Well, it is. Mio has put fans of 1980s telly out of their panting misery and confessed that it will release the Knight Rider satnav …
James Sherwood, 09 Jul 2008

IBM euthanizes Power6 and Power6+ systems

If you thought it was tough to get your hands on an Power 520 or Power 550 server using one of IBM's older dual core Power6 or Power6+ processors in the fourth quarter, then you're in for a shock. It is going to get a whole lot harder to get one of these machines very soon ... This is because Big Blue has pulled the plug on …
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For sale: bust computer breaker

Update Our attention was drawn today by an ad in today's FT offering three related scrap businesses, all in administration, but only one for sale as a going concern. Of particular note is NECP (Computers) Ltd, a prominent computer breaker firm, operating at the grubby end of computer recycling. It's "not going forward", unlike the …
Drew Cullen, 23 Apr 2002
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Intel 'Sandy Bridge' mobile platform

Review Sandy Bridge is the codename for Intel's second generation of Core processors that covers Core i3, i5 and i7 for both side of the desktop-mobile divide. If you've been following the news lately, you'll know that Dell has discovered flaws in the Cougar Point chipset that, while not revealing a fault in the actual Sandy Bridge CPU …
Leo Waldock, 01 Feb 2011

GM Volt to get regular software-style updates

'Leccy Tech General Motors has given some insights into how it plans to squeeze every last mile from the Chevrolet Volt's battery back - and how it hopes to develop the model. According to Frank Weber, “vehicle line executive” for the Volt's Voltec propulsion system, it's all about “maximizing its mechanical, electrical and thermal …
Alun Taylor, 13 Feb 2009
KTM AX concept

Designers mock up bonkers 'leccy car concepts

'Leccy Tech "When I was a child I spoke as a child, I thought as a child, I reasoned as a child. But when I became a man I put away childish things." So saith the Good Book. Doesn't say anything about putting away the sort of cars you though were cool when you were 12 years old, though, and with that in mind lets have a shoofty at what what …
Alun Taylor, 12 Mar 2009

Michelin strikes key 'e-wheel' deal

'Leccy Tech If the future of the 'leccy car is going to be built on in-wheel motors, it's looking more likely to be a case of Vive le France than Rule Britannia. French auto engineering group Valeo and equally French tyre manufacturer Michelin have announced an agreement to “co-ordinate the development of electric and rechargeable hybrid …
Alun Taylor, 16 Feb 2009
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Top Gear's Hammond in hospital

Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond is in intensive care today after crashing a jet-powered car while attempting to break the British land speed record. The BBC confirmed that an accident took place at an airfield near York while Hammond was filming an edition of motoring TV show Top Gear. Hammond was taken by air ambulance to …
John Oates, 21 Sep 2006
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DHS deploys undercar Kraken tentacle-bombs

Contractors working for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have developed an innovative remote controlled car-stopping landmine using technology inspired by giant squid, Spiderman and extending party squeakers. The new tentacular vehicle trap is known as SQUID, for Safe Quick Undercarriage Immobilization Device. It is …
Lewis Page, 19 Jan 2009

Sony claims home cinema kit helps movie buffs keep the noise down

If you’ve recently been served with an ASBO for making too much noise, then Sony’s lined-up a home cinema range that should help, because its latest speaker and player combo range automatically limits sudden loud sound effects. Sony_DAVDZ860W Sony's DAV-DZ: suppresses sudden sound bursts All three models in the Bravia DAV-DZ …
James Sherwood, 25 Feb 2008
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Virgin Galactic tests laughing-gas powered rocket motor

Sir Richard Branson's space-tourism operation, Virgin Galactic, has announced successful tests of the rocket motor it will use to launch fare-paying passengers out of the Earth's atmosphere. Unusually, the rocket runs on laughing gas and tyre rubber. The SpaceShipTwo hybrid rocket in ground testing. Credit: Virgin Galactic Burn …
Lewis Page, 28 May 2009
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Laser raygun plane gets $30m 'extended evaluation'

US arms goliath Boeing is pleased to announce it has been awarded an extra $30m by the US Air Force to keep its Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) raygun aeroplane in operation, following the original "technology demonstration" deal under which it was built. However, the technology appears yet to be demonstrated, as no inflight …
Lewis Page, 15 Oct 2008
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Flirty texting could land Scots in jail for 10 years

Scots face up to 10 years in jail for sending text messages or emails with sexual content. Scotland's just-published Sexual Offences Bill contains stiff penalties for any sexual messages whose intent is to humiliate the recipient. The Bill is a radical revision of sex crime law in Scotland and broadly follows last December's …
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Jun 2008

McLaren teams up with chip firm for F1 hybrid tech

McLaren Electronic Systems has partnered chip maker Freescale to not only improve the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) in sibling company McLaren Racing's 2011 Formula 1 challenger but also of seeing smaller, lighter, more efficient hybrid systems trickle down to the average motorist. The 2009 F1 regulations permit the …
Alun Taylor, 13 Nov 2008
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BOFH: Xmas party: Get a wriggle on

Episode 41 "Get a jiggle on," I tell the PFY as I clamber into the work vehicle, "or we'll be late." "Take it easy," the PFY responds calmly. "Stacks of time. The place doesn't even open for another hour." "Yeah, but it'll take us that long to get there!" I snap. "I'm sure we'll be ok," the Boss says, clambering into the back seat. "It …
Simon Travaglia, 07 Dec 2007

Dell parks notebook in Carphone Warehouse

Dell’s channel tyre-kicking stepped up a gear this week when it emerged that Carphone Warehouse is offering one of the vendor’s laptops as part of a broadband deal. CPW is tempting customers onto its AOL Broadband service with the offer of a free Dell Inspiron laptop, and wireless router. All customers have to do it sign up to …
Joe Fay, 20 Jul 2007
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EC green lights Infineon state aid

The European Commission has allowed the Portuguese government to provide Infineon with a €71.96m ($88.71m) grant to fund the foundation of a memory chip fab. The grant amounts to 32 per cent of the cost of a project to expand production at its Vila do Conde (Grande Porto) facility. EC investigators had to examine the deal …
Tony Smith, 14 Jul 2004
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Rambus stock falls 13% on appeal failure

Rambus must provide Infineon with certain documents it had held close to its corporate chest, the US Court of Appeals ruled last week. The ruling confirms an earlier US District Court of Virginia judgement made in Infineon's favour. Rambus appealed against the initial ruling on the grounds that it believes the documents in …
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2004
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STMicro confirms Hynix JV talks

STMicroelectronics CEO Pasquale Pistorio this week confirmed that his company is in talks with South Korea's Hynix to form a memory-manufacturing joint venture, and that negotiations could be concluded within six weeks. Separately, Infineon's $2.2bn JV with Taiwan's Nanya, Inotera, opened its first 300mm wafer fab yesterday. …
Tony Smith, 01 Jul 2004
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Tiny sums don't add up – Time

Tiny has overestimated the market on its Powerhouse announcement earlier today and will "have to work very hard to hit its turnover target of nearly £720,000 per store". Or so says Time Computers CEO Tahir Mohsan, who notes the figure is a revenue target that Time was never able to hit during its five years in the concession …
James Watson, 16 Oct 2001

BOFH: The trivia quiz

Episode 43 BOFH: The Trivia Quiz Yes! It's time for the Bastard Trivia Quiz! Test your skill! Place your bets! General Knowledge 1. You're in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike. Where do you go? A. N B. S C. E D. W E. To lunch 2. Network utilisation figures are reaching an all time high for no apparent reason. This probably …
Simon Travaglia, 21 Dec 2007
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Infineon cops unexpected loss

Europe's second-largest chipmaker, Infineon, has posted an unexpected loss after making provisions for a US anti-trust lawsuit that targets memory chip makers. The Munich-based company said that in its fiscal third quarter, its net loss came to €56m, or €0.08 a share, compared to €116m, or €0.16 a share, in the same period a …
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Son of the £300 ID card - the £290 ID scheme propaganda DVD

Should the entertainment industry panic about the Home Office's shock entry into DVD production? Probably not, if figures revealed this week by Home Secretary Charles Clarke are anything to go on. In answer to a parliamentary question from Tory Home Affairs spokesman David Davis, Clarke said that so far a whopping 250 copies of …
John Lettice, 02 Dec 2005
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Software fault forces Ford recall

Car giant Ford has instigated a recall of 110,000 Explorer and Mountaineer sport utility vehicles because of a programming glitch in the car's cruise control equipment. A month ago, Ford denied claims in a UK TV show that cruise control problems had caused a number of Explorers to accelerate suddenly without warning. At the …
Andrew Thomas, 13 Dec 2000
Honda Insight

Honda Insight five-door hybrid

Review In the race to popularise the hybrid, Honda has been shown a clean pair of heels by Toyota. This situation is graphically underlined by the fact that Toyota's Prius is currently on its fourth incarnation since its launch in 1997, while the Honda's Insight is only on its second since 1999. Between 2006 and the launch of the new …
Alun Taylor, 24 Aug 2009
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Hynix overtakes Micron in world DRAM chart

South Korean memory maker Hynix has knocked the USA's Micron off the number two spot in Gartner's global DRAM manufacturer chart, the market watcher reported yesterday. Hynix also managed to out-grow its other arch-rival, Germany's Infineon, the researcher said. However, Japan's Elpida was the real growth winning, notching up a …
Tony Smith, 29 Jul 2004