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Mozilla floats fondleslab-ready Firefox for Win 8

The Mozilla Foundation has made available a preview release of a version of its Firefox browser that has been re-engineered to run as both a desktop application and a Windows Store app for Windows 8's new, fondleslab-friendly Start Screen.
Neil McAllister, 05 Oct 2012

Drinking too much coffee can MAKE YOU BLIND

According to a new study, drinking more than three cups of coffee per day has been shown to correlate with an increased risk of developing glaucoma, which can lead to vision loss or blindness.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Oct 2012
Microsoft Surface tablets

Microsoft plans midnight launch for Surface

Say what you like about Microsoft, but the company has never lacked chutzpah.
Iain Thomson, 05 Oct 2012

New questions raised over Kim Dotcom snooping

The slow-motion train wreck of the Megaupload investigation rumbles on, with a new report alleging Kim Dotcom’s Internet connection showed signs of interference earlier than New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau had admitted.
Richard Chirgwin, 05 Oct 2012
The Antikythera Mechanism

Archaeologists resume Antikythera Mechanism hunt

Scientists from the USA and Greece have returned to the site where, in 1901, a device widely regarded as the world’s first computing mechanism was found, in the hope that similar devices can be found.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Oct 2012
IBM ThinkPad 700C

Happy 20th Birthday, IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad

The ThinkPad is 20 today. Sort of. Launched by IBM and now made by Lenovo, the familiar black-clad, red-nippled laptop family quickly established itself as an icon, in many ways re-establishing Big Blue's reputation as a PC maker after years in the shadow of the clone manufacturers.
Tony Smith, 05 Oct 2012
ASKAP from the air

New telescope tipped to spot 700,000 galaxies

“Please don’t attempt to interact with native wildlife … or collect flowers or stones” seems an odd thing to hear at the launch of a radio telescope, but those words were intoned today at the ribbon-cutting function for the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) and Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO).
Simon Sharwood, 05 Oct 2012
New Zealand Auction site Wheedle apologises for being down

Security mess sends Kiwi auction site titsup in two days

A New Zealand auction website has shut after just a day, thanks to IT professionals who noticed extraordinarily relaxed security operations.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Oct 2012

Google Wallet: Rub our button, cough 15p for quick read

A new scheme launched by Google is allowing internet users to pay to access content on individual pages on websites.
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 Oct 2012
Nokia 808 PureView 41Mp camphone

Just how good is Nokia's PureView 41Mp camera tech?

When I first learnt about Nokia's 808 PureView phone featuring a 41Mp camera, I thought I'd either misread the specs or I'd somehow stepped into the future. A forty one megapixel camphone – WTF? Not even professional DSLRs showcase such a high resolution.
Catherine Monfils, 05 Oct 2012

GCHQ boss: Crypto-genius Turing brought tech to British spooks

The director of GCHQ Iain Lobban credited Alan Turing with bringing technology to Brit spooks in a speech marking 100 years since the late mathematician's birth.
Anna Leach, 05 Oct 2012

Inside the real-world Double-O section of Her Majesty's Secret Service

Bond on FilmThanks to the books and films we all know a lot about James Bond 007. We also know a little about the group he supposedly belongs to, the "Double-O agents" of "Her Majesty's Secret Service" - the only British secret agents with a licence to kill. But just how realistic is the idea? Does anything like the Double-O section really exist in the secret bureaucracies of the British government? If it does, how would you get a job in it?
Lewis Page, 05 Oct 2012

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.
John Leyden, 05 Oct 2012
Sony Tablet S

Sony suspends slate sales

Sony has put the brakes on shipments of its Android-based Xperia tablets, the company admitted today, after the Android slab sprung a leak.
Tony Smith, 05 Oct 2012

Experts troll 'biggest security mag in the world' with DICKish submission

UpdatedSecurity researchers have taken revenge on a publishing outlet that spams them with requests to write unpaid articles – by using a bogus submission to satirise the outlet's low editorial standards.
John Leyden, 05 Oct 2012

Harvester garners iFans with first UK Passbook e-voucher

Harvester, the Mitchells & Butlers-owned Berni Inn de nos jours, is offering iPhone fans a fiver off a £30 bill if they turn up at one of the branded restaurants with a handset running iOS 6 and at least one other person, and do so before 20 October.
Tony Smith, 05 Oct 2012
The staff and owners of The Horn celebrate their win. Pic: The Courier

Perth porkfest crowned ULTIMATE BACON SARNIE

It's official: "The A90 Behemoth" is the ultimate bacon sarnie, according to our pork-loving gourmet readers.
Lester Haines, 05 Oct 2012
John Chambers addicted to video

Frontrunners emerge in sprint for Cisco's CEO crown

Last month, Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers indicated he was mulling over a succession plan for when the 63-year-old veteran chief retires from the networking giant.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Oct 2012

Microsoft puts Patch Tuesday on a diet, fixes Office flaw

Microsoft is planning a light October edition of its regular Patch Tuesday updates next week that focuses on Office flaws and features just one critical patch.
John Leyden, 05 Oct 2012

'X Factor for tech is going to be OUTTA THIS WORLD'

QuoTWThis was the week when the unexpected and the completely incredible happened all at once - Apple apologised for its craptastic Maps app in iOS 6.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 05 Oct 2012

Will you soon be fingering your seven-incher?

Something for the Weekend, Sir?The mill that grinds out iPad Mini launch rumours was hit by a hurricane this week, its normally creaking sails thrashing like helicopter blades.
Alistair Dabbs, 05 Oct 2012

Prehistoric-super-tooth dentists drill DIAMONDS into duck-billed 'saur riddle

Some dentistry work on a 70-million-year-old tooth has provided an insight into the evolutionary success of duck-billed dinosaurs.
Anna Leach, 05 Oct 2012

4K vs OLED: and the winner is...

How will television makers persuade punters to buy a new set now we all - well, most of us - have 1080p sets with internet access? We’ve already seen that 3D isn’t going to do it, but now two new alternative upgrade-driving technology are emerging - OLED and 4K - and they two are re-establishing an old battle line between manufacturers.
Tony Smith, 05 Oct 2012
Cloud security

Microsoft beefs up cloud login security in PhoneFactor gobble

Microsoft has bought PhoneFactor, the maker of software that allows punters to securely identify themselves to computer systems using their mobiles. Terms of the deal, announced yesterday, were undisclosed.
John Leyden, 05 Oct 2012
High-altitude snap from Dave Akerman's Cloud 7 payload

Gartner has its head in the clouds - and its numbers are WRONG

Open ... and ShutGartner analyst Frank Ridder recently opined that "the number of cloud offering[s] is not at all at a satisfactory level today."
Matt Asay, 05 Oct 2012
Motörheadphönes Iron Fist

Motörheadphönes ears-in review

ReviewIt’s tempting to see the new line of Motörhead phones - sorry, phönes - as just another entry in the growing list of celebrity branded audio gear triggered by the rise of Dr Dre’s Beats line.
Tony Smith, 05 Oct 2012

Samsung expects whopping $7.3bn profit from mobes

Samsung reckons it's in line for a record quarterly operating profit after Apple's reduced orders for chips and screens seem to have failed to make a dent in the South Korean business.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 05 Oct 2012

Stone Computers sales catch cold as public sector keeps sneezing

Staffordshire-based PC builder Stone Computers ground out a profit in calendar 2011 as it chopped admin expenses to offset the general market decline in public sector IT spending.
Paul Kunert, 05 Oct 2012

Watch out, Martians! Curiosity to scoop its first soil sample

Mars rover Curiosity has rolled up to Rocknest and is getting ready to scoop its first soil sample, which is key to figuring out if microbial life ever existed on the Red Planet.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 05 Oct 2012
Wallendas on bikes

Social Bikes inks deal with AT&T to stalk pedal-pushers

VidAT&T will be providing connectivity to push bikes from Social Bikes, enabling bike-share schemes to operate without dedicated big racks by tracking every mile peddled.
Bill Ray, 05 Oct 2012
Square contactless Reader

The tips stop here: Starbucks to take Square Wallet payments

Starbucks coffee shops in America, all 7,000 of them, will start accepting payments from Square's Wallet next month, but they'll be no tipping until 2013.
Bill Ray, 05 Oct 2012
LED bulb

'Never seen before' Fraunhofer wireless breakthrough... seen before

Pity Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute. The research organisation best known for devising the MP3 music format seems to be running short of projects to puff.
Tony Smith, 05 Oct 2012

LOHAN plugs into some hot LiPo treatment

We turned up the heat a little this week at the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) headquarters, with the first test of our space-grade Polyimide Thermofoil flexible heater, intended to keep the Vulture 2 spaceplane's rocket motor nice and toasty as it it ascends into the stratosphere.
Lester Haines, 05 Oct 2012

Steve Jobs is STILL DEAD

Visitors to Apple's online shop were today reminded that Steve Jobs remains dead.
Anna Leach, 05 Oct 2012

Facebook IPOcalypse cases: One lawsuit to end them All

The 57 different cases against Facebook or the NASDAQ over the free-content ad firm's disastrous IPO have all been mashed up into one uber-lawsuit to be heard in New York.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 05 Oct 2012

Democrat candidate attacked by GOP for being stabby assassin ORC

US Republicans are completely out of touch with, er, virtual reality - it would seem - after a Maine state senate candidate was outed by Republicans for being a sweary orc badass in the online game World of Warcraft.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Oct 2012

Google-Moto slips out of Microsoft's grapple in German court wrestle

Googorola has scored another win against Microsoft in Germany, as a Mannheim court decided that the ads'n'mobes conglom didn't infringe on one of Redmond's patents.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 05 Oct 2012

US unemployment dips below 8 per cent, but IT sector takes a hit

The economy in the United States added as many jobs as economists had been expecting and President Obama had been no doubt praying for, and the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 per cent, the first time it has been below 8 per cent since the current Great Recession began in December 2007.

Feds charge US firm with smuggling illegal military tech to Russia

Key personnel in a Texas-based electronics firm are among 11 people arrested over an alleged conspiracy to smuggle advanced microelectronics from the US to Russia.
John Leyden, 05 Oct 2012

Pilfering sysadmin gets four years and $2.3m fine for kit theft

A former Verizon network engineer is beginning a four-year jail term after being sentenced for scamming Cisco and Verizon out of millions of dollars worth of kit and fencing it through the reseller community.
Iain Thomson, 05 Oct 2012

Oracle, Google limber up for round two in their Android Java bout

Oracle has launched an appeal after its legal action over the use of Java in Google's Android operating system fell flat. Not to be outdone, Google is also appealing against part of the trial's outcome.
Gavin Clarke, 05 Oct 2012

Microsoft spruces up crap apps in early Win8 update

When Reg contributor Tim Anderson reviewed Windows 8 in August, he described the built-in Metro Modern UI Windows Store apps that ship with the OS as being "a bit rubbish." Microsoft must have agreed, because it's already planning to deliver updates for at least 13 of those apps, most of which should ship before Windows 8 even hits retail stores.
Neil McAllister, 05 Oct 2012
British soldiers model the new MTP (left and right) and existing desert kit (centre). Credit: British Army

Google trains Army's information Top Guns in data skills

The US Navy may have its Top Gun training school, but now the Army is sending its best of the best at systems management to a similar program at Google, to get training in industrial management tactics, techniques, and procedures.
Iain Thomson, 05 Oct 2012

Astroboffins to search for mega-massive alien power plants

A team of alien-hunting astroboffins has been awarded a grant to search the sky for immense engineering feats that would reveal the existence of astral civilizations far, far more advanced than us puny humans.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Oct 2012

Not so fast, T-Mobile: Sprint may bid for MetroPCS

Reports that US mobile carriers T-Mobile and MetroPCS are headed for a merger may be premature if rival carrier Sprint Nextel is close to making a counter-bid, as sources claim.
Neil McAllister, 05 Oct 2012

ReDigi fights for right to sell used digital music

A New York court is hearing legal arguments that will decide if there can be a legal market in second-hand digital music, an idea strongly opposed by record companies.
Iain Thomson, 05 Oct 2012

LASER STRIKES against US planes on the rise

The next time you find yourself on an airline flight coming in for a landing, consider this: at that very moment, someone on the ground could be training a handheld laser at your aircraft's cockpit.
Neil McAllister, 05 Oct 2012

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