Restaurant takes the piss, recycles it as fertiliser
A Melbourne restaurant is collecting its patrons' urine and turning it into fertiliser.
Everything you ever wanted to know about private cloud
The idea of cloud computing usually suggests vast server and storage resources delivered by external providers. The benefits, we are told, are legion: you pay only for what you use, you scale up to what you need, procurement costs are minimal, operational overhead reduced, and so on.
SimCity to return after 10-year holiday
Electronic Arts has announced it will bring out the first new version of its iconic game SimCity in a decade, with the new build due out in 2013.
GRAIL lunar orbiters get down to business
NASA reports that its twin Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft in orbit around the Moon have begun sending back data.
Disaster preparation gamified for Oz kids
Australia's Federal Government has released an iOs game, Before the Flood, to teach ten to fifteen year olds what to do when water levels start to rise.
Australia considers national digital archive
Australia's Legal Deposit requirement, which compels publishers to send copies of all books to the National Library, may be extended to digital works.
Inside Sony's Home Entertainment HQ in Japan
FeatureSony is getting back to basics in an effort to revitalise its underperforming TV division. After haemorrhaging cash for eight long years, a fresh management team are betting the farm on new display technologies and a return to core values in order to turn things around.
Lingerie-clad she-devils romp past watchdog
NSFWThe Advertising Standards Authority has rejected a complaint that an Agent Provocateur video featuring a pack of lingerie-clad she-devils menacing another woman is "disturbing and misogynistic".
Top Brit authors turn flamethrowers on barmy IPO
Britain's best-loved storytellers turned their fire on the People's Revolutionary Council of Newport yesterday – otherwise known as the Intellectual Property Office. The IPO wants to use the power of the state to rob authors of the right to see any royalties from sales into education.
Ofcom supremo dreams of filling WORLD'S cracks
Ofcom's chief executive has been telling Brussels about the importance of White Spaces, and how Europe should be leading the shift to dynamic spectrum allocation rather than following behind the Americans.
Crims fall back on old-school cons to avoid anti-fraud tech
Crims are returning to more traditional cheque and telephone banking fraud techniques according to stats from the UK Card Association.
Hands on with the Apple iPad 3
First lookLast night, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the company’s latest tablet. It’s the new iPad, folks. And this year it’s just called "the new iPad", not iPad 3 or iPad HD. To some, it means that 2011’s model, the iPad 2, sounds newer than the latest, 2012 one. But more important than the name, should you buy one?
Proview demands 'new iPad' sales halt in China
Ailing monitor biz Proview has done its best to spoil the third-gen iPad party by ordering Chinese distributors to not sell the shiny new tablet due to Apple’s unresolved trademark dispute with the firm.
Chinese tech firms fingered for military collaboration
The People’s Liberation Army is actively arming and developing its soldiers with advanced information warfare capabilities which would represent a “genuine risk” to US military operations in the event of a conflict, a new report has alleged.
Banks toss $8bn into Facebook's lap ahead of IPO
Facebook has admitted that some of its 845 million accounts might be fake or duplicated user identities, but that doesn't seem to be worrying the banks since they have doubled the social network's loans to $8bn to take care of its market debut.
Sky excludes Android with F1 app
Sky has risked the wrath of F1 fans by revealing there are no plans to launch an Android version of its forthcoming Formula 1 iPad app.
New iPad 4G data connection will only work in America
One of the main new features in Apple's just-announced third iPad is 4G mobile networking: but keen fanbois planning to purchase it should note that the new fondleslab will only be able to achieve 4G connection in North America for the foreseeable future. Even in the States it won't be able to change networks.
Telefonica flashes cash, jangles office keys to lure UK startups
Telefonica will provide offices on Tottenham Court Road to 20 startups, along with funding of up to €50,000 (£41.8k), pushing entrepreneurs to develop ideas, but mostly to make more money.
IBM shines light on terabit-per-second optical chip
Need to get a lot of data - and I mean a lot of data - around your system? Look no further than this new chip from IBM: a part capable of shifting one trillion bits every second.
Web 2.0 cash wad surge spunked on telly ads in UK
TV advert spending went up in the UK last year, fuelled partly by telly slots bought by web firms that mostly make their money from online advertising.
Anonymous takes down Vatican website
Italian hackers affiliated with hacktivist collective Anonymous pushed the Vatican's website offline last night. The hack was in "retribution" for the child abuse scandals in the Catholic Church and Vatican-endorsed acts going back thousands of years, the group claimed in a message.
Virgin TiVo iPad app out in September
Virgin Media will finally release its long-promised TiVo-tapping app for the iPad in September, the cableco's CEO has revealed.
SUPERCOMPUTER vs your computer in bang-for-buck battle
HPC blogA couple of weeks ago I posted a blog here (Exascale by 2018: Crazy...or possible?) that looked at how long it took the industry to hit noteworthy HPC milestones. Chatter in the comments section (aside from the guy who assailed me for a typo, and for not explicitly calling out ‘per second’ denotations) discussed what these massive systems do and why they’re necessary.
NASA to blast 5 rockets in 5 min in jet stream test
NASA is planning to light up the night sky in the next month, sending five rockets at the same time to the edge of space to find out more about the jet stream winds that circle the planet.
Netflix lets Apple TV owners subscribe on screen
When Apple ships the new Apple TV on 16 March, owners of the small set-top box will be able to sign up for Netflix on screen and pay for the subscription streaming service through their iTunes account.
Sky has lots in Store for Anytime+
Sky has veered away from the Box Office setup, integrating it into a new Sky Store within the company's video on-demand service, Anytime+.
SOPA poked an angry bear and set it loose on the net
InterviewI'm not defending greedy bastard corporations, says author Rob Levine, and you don't have to either. But we need something better than a broken digital economy.
PlayStation Network to be flooded with freemium games
The PlayStation Network may soon be awash with free-to-play games, after Sony announced its interest in the freemium approach and keenness to tap into the casual games market.
Stratfor email hackers were tricked into using Feds' server
WikiLeaks – and Julian Assange – could get caught up in the investigation into the LulzSec takedown saga because it published the internal emails of Stratfor, the private global intelligence firm that was attacked by Anonymous hackers, it has emerged.
New iPad: Crack open your wallets, fanbois, here's what it'll cost
The new iPad that was revealed to feverish fanbois last night in San Fran will be on UK shelves in about a week's time - 16 March. Yes, Brits, you can pre-order one now, or grab a sleeping bag and start making your way to Regent Street.
Pollster charts rise and rise of the e-book reader
Nearly a third of adults in the US now read books on a tablet or e-book readers.
Job-seeking IT pro? Head for China
China’s explosive economic growth has led to a boom in job opportunities for ex-pat IT managers who fancy a new challenge, although the market remains intolerant of those without the requisite language skills or cultural know-how, according to a leading recruiter.
Orange 3G data network goes titsup
Some Orange customers are without data at the moment as a network fault of some sort has knocked out 3G across the country - and the cause isn't known.
MYSTERY programming language found in Duqu
Security researchers are appealing for help after discovering that part of the Duqu Trojan was written in an unknown programming language.
Huawei erects channel flag in Europe
Huawei Enterprise aims to accredit a large army of foot soldiers after taking the covers off a channel programme and IT pro training camp.
World's Raspberry Pi supply jammed in factory blunder
Shipments of the long-awaited and heavily fought over Raspberry Pi boards could be delayed thanks to a manufacturing cock-up.
US Justice Department threatens Apple and publishers with court battle
The US Justice Department has warned Apple and five big publishing houses that they may be seeing the inside of a courtroom for allegedly inflating the prices of ebooks if they can't settle the issue between themselves.
Commtech Distribution to set up UK beachhead
Channel vet Mark Walker is to front Irish wholesaler Commtech Distribution's expansion into the UK.
Microsoft tech turns any object into a touchscreen
Microsoft's research team has revealed a shoulder-mounted projector-cum-detector that can turn any surface in front of you into a gesture-sensitive display.
Elgato's Thunderbolt SSD goes on sale
TV tuner specialist Elgato's surprise foray into storage goes on sale this week.
SECRET of the flashing Amazon jungle Drobo EXPLAINED
Drobo, the stylish desktop and small rackable storage box supplier, is finally adding flash drives to its rack-mounted box plus Amazon cloud storage for backup.
3D: 10% of LCD TVs in 2011, 25% in 2012
Still think 3D TVs are popular? We hate to say it, but only ten per cent of LCD TV panels that shipped in 2011 were 3D capable.
Cisco outs third gen UCS blades and racks
When Intel launched its "transformational" "Nehalem-EP" Xeon 5500 processors for two-socket boxes three years ago, Cisco Systems picked that moment to jump into the server racket and got pole position on the announcements. It's three years on now and while Cisco is not yet a tier-one server maker, it has built a business with a $1.3bn annual run rate and now 11,000 customers and has to be taken seriously. And, it can lay back a day or two and wait for the roar to die down about a new Intel processor to talk about its new machines that make use of it.
Titanic director James Cameron prepares for deep sea dive
James Cameron, the man behind water-logged blockbusters like Titanic and The Abyss, has announced his intention to dive alone to the deepest point in the ocean in the next few weeks and bring back some of the alien creatures that live there.
Lenovo recalls 160,000 all-in-one PCs after blaze warning
Lenovo wants punters to send back a grand total of 160,000 ThinkCentre all-in-one desktop PCs because the machines' power supplies might overheat and burst into flames.
'The new iPad' selling out at AT&T
If you're planning to preorder your "The new iPad", you better get cracking – some models of Apple's revamped "magical and revolutionary" fondleslab are already on backorder.
Tim Cook's post-PC iPad domination dream crushed by reality
Despite Tim Cook's declaration that we live in a post-PC world as he presented the new iPad to the world, analysts at Gartner forecast that demand for PCs will accelerate in the next two years.
Microsoft rolls over as Uniloc wins decade-long war
Uniloc, the Australian software developer that has been embroiled in a decade long legal battle with Microsoft over copyright infringement, has reached settlement terms with its bete noir.
NOAA picks IBM for supercomputer storm chasing
UpdatedThe server executives at Big Blue are probably breathing a bit easier now that the company managed to survive a competitive bidding process on a monster supercomputer contract at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the climate modeling arm of the US Department of Commerce. As a result, IBM has the potential to reap $502m in rewards building and supporting supercomputers for NOAA through 2021, if all the contract provisions are extended and activated.
Solar storm arrives, nobody notices
If you notice the complete absence of global catastrophe, it’s because the solar storm that arrived after this week’s series of eruptions from the Sun only struck the Earth a glancing blow.
Microsoft talking turkey with OnLive over Office to iPad
Microsoft has said it is "actively engaged" in discussions over licensing terms with OnLive over its service streaming Office to iPads.
NICTA mines for hot rocks
Drills are set to be dumped for sophisticated data analytics in a $AU5 million initiative featuring geothermal university experts from across four states working with Australian research facility NICTA, in the pursuit of geothermal energy targets.
NASA: The future of space is public/private partnerships
The future of space exploration is going to be dependent on a mix of public and private money, and it's likely that the first Mars colonization missions will be commercial operations.
Flying Spaghetti Monster's works spotted in space
Astrophysicists have found that galaxies can produce tails of “filamentary structures” with a noodle-like appearance.
Apple to Google Maps: ‘Get lost’
Thanks heavens it’s only for photo-tagging: Apple has tossed yet another gauntlet onto the ground in its ongoing spat with Google, dropping Google Maps out of iPhoto for iOS and opting for OpenStreetMap instead.