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Space soldiers save satellite from FLAMING DEATH

The US Air Force Space Command's 14-month effort to save a $2bn military communications satellite overcame failed thrusters, threatened explosion, space debris, and destructive radiation, thanks in great measure to tiny thrusters with a mere 0.05 pounds of oomph.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Jan 2012

US military's non-lethal weapon plans revealed

Details of the US military’s wish-list for non-lethal devices have been published online and show some interesting new technologies, as well as some more familiar ones that are to be beefed up.
Iain Thomson, 04 Jan 2012
HTC Sensation XL Android smartphone

HTC Sensation XL

ReviewFollowing on the Sensation XE, HTC’s other Beats Audio-enabled handset is certainly bigger, but it comes out looking the weaker of the two in almost every criteria except size.
Dave Oliver, 04 Jan 2012

Saudi hackers plaster 14,000 credit card privates on web

A Saudi Arabian hacking group claims it has leaked information on up to 400,000 Israelis, including names, addresses and credit card details.
John Leyden, 04 Jan 2012
GElsinger and Lightning PCIe card at Oracle OpenWorld

PCIe flashers bash storage networks

Blocks & FilesA sea change in storage industry thinking is occurring: storage networks are now seen as slowing down access to data. The PCIe flash DAS hare beats SAN and NAS tortoises every day of the week.
Chris Mellor, 04 Jan 2012

Cops get 3D laser scanners for motorway crash sites

The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded 27 police forces across England £2.7m worth of funding for the implementation of 3D laser scanning technology.

UK space agency to boldly send techies ... behind a desk

The UK space agency has launched a 'jobs feed' on its website to keep Brits up to date with all the career opportunities relating to exploration above and beyond Earth's skies.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 04 Jan 2012

Xio sends its new Admiral Nelson into storage offensive

Xio's new CEO John Beletic has moved quickly to put his stamp on the company by appointing a new marketing boss - Richard Nelson.
Chris Mellor, 04 Jan 2012
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime and friend

Asus promises to open Prime bootloader

Asus has pledged to release a tool that will unlock the bootloader built into its Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet, possibly from 12 January, the date on which it will be pushing out the gadget's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update.
Tony Smith, 04 Jan 2012
Sony PS Vita handheld games console

Weak Sony PS Vita sales prompt price-cuts

Sony's PlayStation Vita experienced a rapid decline in sales during its second week on Japanese shelves, prompting suggestions the company may have to reduce the console's price.
Caleb Cox, 04 Jan 2012

Exotic Russian rock CAME FROM OUTER SPACE

Atom-bothering boffins have proved that a crystal previously only found in labs also occurs naturally - in outer space.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 04 Jan 2012

Comet 'sold 94,000 pirate Windows CDs', claims Microsoft

UpdatedMicrosoft has accused high-street retailer Comet of pirating 94,000 Windows Vista and Windows XP recovery CDs and selling them to consumers.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Jan 2012

EMC Isilon stiffens penetration into NAS arena

EMC is making great progress attacking the scale-out NAS market with Isilon and trying to cap NetApp's growth there.
Chris Mellor, 04 Jan 2012
Dizzy ZX Spectrum screenshot

Dizzy: the Ultimate Cartoon Adventure

Antique Code ShowResident Evil is considered a classic by many. But did you know that the design of the first three games was popularised ten years prior by a little eggy wegg?
Andy Davies, 04 Jan 2012

Anonymous hunts neo-Nazis with WikiLeaks-style site

Members of Anonymous have re-doubled their offensive against German neo-Nazis.
John Leyden, 04 Jan 2012

Virtual sanity: How to get a grip on your home PCs

Sysadmin blogVirtualisation can have a role in the home computing environment. Personal computers are kind of crap at migrating (or duplicating) your settings, applications and data from one system to another. Virtualisation can remove some of this grief.
Trevor Pott, 04 Jan 2012

Germans increase office efficiency with 'cloud ceiling'

So you thought you had deployed every form of office technology that could possibly increase the productivity of your company's cripplingly expensive salaried employees? You were wrong. Remorseless German boffins have discovered a way to make office workers still more efficient using - quite literally in this case - cloud technology.
Lewis Page, 04 Jan 2012

Nokia Ace to launch from $100m mountain of ad cash

Microsoft and its partners will start spending money like water in the next three months, following the launch of the Nokia Ace, according to sources cited by Betanews.
Bill Ray, 04 Jan 2012
Apple TV 2

Apple shoots for Premier League soccer streaming rights

Apple will push for further global domination by taking on Sky, the BBC and multimedia rival Google in the billion-pound fight for the rights to transmit Premier League football.
Caleb Cox, 04 Jan 2012

Samsung confirms refreshed Galaxy Ace for UK

Samsung has given its Galaxy Ace handset a facelift, unveiling its beefed-up successor, the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus, and saying the smartphone will come to Blighty.
Caleb Cox, 04 Jan 2012

Ubuntu hoists skirt, flashes 'concept' gadget at CES

Ubuntu shop Canonical has promised to make a splash at the annual gadget jamboree, the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas, Nevada, next week.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Jan 2012
Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook

Samsung Ultrabook specced up by retailer

Samsung's upcoming Ultrabook, the Series 5 line member NP530U3B-A01, has been specced up on a US retail site ahead of its formal launch - which will presumably take place next week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
Hard Reg, 04 Jan 2012

Pastebin on the mend after DDoS battering

Popular text file sharing service Pastebin.com has returned online following a denial of service attack on Tuesday.
John Leyden, 04 Jan 2012

Yahoo! bags! CEO! from! PayPal!

As rumoured all over the web this morning, PayPal president Scott Thompson has been snapped up by Yahoo! for the role of chief executive. Yahoo!'s acting CEO Tim Morse has returned to his job as chief financial officer.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 04 Jan 2012

Samsung pushes premium dual-docking systems

Samsung has unveiled a couple of audio docks that offer compatibility for Samsung Galaxy S smartphones and their popular rival, the Apple iPhone.
Caleb Cox, 04 Jan 2012

Videogame piracy figures show decline

Videogame piracy may be in decline, according to a study investigating which games were illegally downloaded the most last year.
Caleb Cox, 04 Jan 2012

Analysts: Samsung will show us the MONEY on Friday

Samsung will be announcing a healthy profit in its quarterly results, according to market-watchers, who reckon the Korean electronics giant has powered through the period with strong smartphone sales.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 04 Jan 2012
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Nokia posts car-to-phone comms app

The Connected Car Consortium's MirrorLink technology - it allows an compatible in-car entertainment system to show what's on your phone's screen and control the handset over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB - is now available to folk with Symbian Belle devices.
Hard Reg, 04 Jan 2012

At least 10 days till hot Phobos-Grunt chunks rain down

Any fragments of the doomed Russian Mars probe Phobos-Grunt that don't burn up in the fiery explosion of its fuel tanks hitting the atmosphere are likely to fall to Earth on 15 January.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 04 Jan 2012

China Telecom piggybacks EE to create UK network

China Telecom is following through on its promise to launch a UK network in 2012, piggybacking on Everything Everywhere's network for the 400,000 Chinese speakers in the UK.
Bill Ray, 04 Jan 2012
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IBM buys Green Hat for virty dev tools

Setting up systems to do software testing is almost as annoying as setting up systems to run in production, or maybe it is more annoying because of the multiple scenarios you have to test before you throw the code over the wall into the data center.
Amazon Kindle 4

Brits got Kindles for Christmas

Ask punters what they got for Christmas and a rather large number of them say they got a Kindle.
Tony Smith, 04 Jan 2012

Google grabs yet more patents from IBM war chest

Google continues to fill up its sack of patents, once again with the help of IBM, bagging scores of patents from the tech titan.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 04 Jan 2012

Android Market tops 400,000 apps, climbing fast

Google's Android Market now has over 400,000 apps, and the pace of new code additions is accelerating.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Jan 2012

Apache lets fly Hadoop 1.0 data muncher

The Hadoop project at the Apache Software Foundation is beating its chest for delivering the v1.0 version of the open source MapReduce data analysis tool, its Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), and other related code.

Judge sets date for Google v Oracle showdown

A pretrial order from the California courts has set the dates for the forthcoming trial between Oracle and Google over the rights and wrongs of Java’s intellectual property rights.
Iain Thomson, 04 Jan 2012

Mobile carriers face big ticket spectrum costs

Australian mobile carriers are turning activist in the lead up to the Federal Government’s final determination on the pricing for retaining their 800MHz mobile licences.
Natalie Apostolou, 04 Jan 2012

Lunar mineral turns up in Oz

Until now, the mineral tranquillityite – consisting of iron, zirconium, yttrium, titanium, silicon and oxygen, and almost completely useless – has only been observed in rocks brought back from the glory days of the moon landings. Now, a team of scientists in Western Australia has found it for the first time in Earthbound samples.
Richard Chirgwin, 04 Jan 2012

New CEO Rometty tweaks IBM exec lineup

Ginni Rometty was tapped to be IBM's president and CEO last October and took the reins from Sam Palmisano, still the company's chairman, on January 1.
Someone demanding freedom of speech

Civil society NGOs under threat, says Access

Attacks on the freedom-of-speech community worldwide seemed to grow in 2011, according to umbrella organization Access.
Richard Chirgwin, 04 Jan 2012

Quickflix bolstered by streaming

Quickflix’s move to digital streaming in December has sparked 10 percent of its subscribers to choose streaming as part of their package.
Natalie Apostolou, 04 Jan 2012

Study finds piracy withering against legal alternatives

A study has found that people are perfectly prepared to pay for online content, provided that the alternatives aren’t too harsh.
Iain Thomson, 04 Jan 2012

PayPal dispute ends in 'violin destruction'

Like just about every collectable, violins are subject to fakery and claims of fakery – something that a person claiming to be a seller on the site alleges has led to the destruction of what the poster claims was a $2,500 instrument in a PayPal dispute.
Richard Chirgwin, 04 Jan 2012

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