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UK government to team with the Open University to teach cyber security

L'Inq - Mon, 30/06/2014 - 4:17pm

Will aim to educate 200,000 people

Boston Trying Out Solar-Powered "Smart Benches" In Parks

Slashdot - Mon, 30/06/2014 - 4:02pm
An anonymous reader writes Through a partnership with a MIT Media Lab spinoff, Changing Environments, Boston has announced that it will install solar-powered benches in several of its parks that allow you to charge your cell phone. The bench has a USB outlet, and also collects and shares a wide range of data, including location-based information, as well as air quality and noise-levels. "Your cell phone doesn't just make phone calls, why should our benches just be seats?" said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "We are fortunate to have talented entrepreneurs and makers in Boston thinking creatively about sustainability and the next generation of amenities for our residents."

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QLogic exec chairman HK Desai dies aged 68

El Reg - Mon, 30/06/2014 - 4:01pm
Storage chief passes away after 19 years at the top

Storage firm QLogic has lost its guiding light. The company's chairman, HK Desai, died after suffering a "sudden cardiac arrest" on 10 June.…

Robotics Mission 2014: Would you trust a robot like you would your computer?

Thinq - Mon, 30/06/2014 - 3:46pm

Our computers, tablets and mobiles have become vulnerable due to the nefarious side of the Internet, affecting the reliability and safety of such devices. But what about robots? Are they safe?

Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/06/30/robotics-mission-2014-would-you-trust-a-robot-like-you-would-your-computer/

You WON'T spend as much on IT in 2014 as we thought - Gartner

El Reg - Mon, 30/06/2014 - 3:42pm
Growing competition, lack of differentiation lead to dip

Global spending on IT is not growing as much as anticipated, according to Gartner.…

Google kills its successful social network. Yes, we mean Orkut

El Reg - Mon, 30/06/2014 - 3:24pm
Não, obrigado... a good time to bury bad news in Brazil and India

Google is killing off Orkut, the web giant's original and arguably most successful social network, which remains popular in Brazil and India but never really gained traction in the West.…

Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

Slashdot - Mon, 30/06/2014 - 3:14pm
An anonymous reader writes in with this story explaining the contentious history between Google and Detroit automakers over the future of self-driving cars. In 2012, a small team of Google Inc engineers and business staffers met with several of the world's largest car makers, to discuss partnerships to build self-driving cars. In one meeting, both sides were enthusiastic about the futuristic technology, yet it soon became clear that they would not be working together. The Internet search company and the automaker disagreed on almost every point, from car capabilities and time needed to get it to market to extent of collaboration. It was as if the two were "talking a different language," recalls one person who was present. As Google expands beyond Web search and seeks a foothold in the automotive market, the company's eagerness has begun to reek of arrogance to some in Detroit, who see danger as well as promise in Silicon Valley.

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And now for someone completely brilliant: Stephen Hawking to join Monty Python on stage

El Reg - Mon, 30/06/2014 - 3:03pm
He's not a physicist, he's a very naughty boy

Renowned physicist and boffin of the highest order Stephen Hawking is to join famous 1970s British surrealist comedy group Monty Python on stage in the comedians' first live show in decades.…

Lumia 930 release date, price, specs and availability

L'Inq - Mon, 30/06/2014 - 2:54pm

Everything you need to know about Nokia's Windows Phone 8.1 flagship smartphone

LXQt Now Has Full Qt5 Support

Phoronix - Mon, 30/06/2014 - 2:49pm
The "LXQt" desktop that's a Qt version of the lightweight LXDE desktop can now be compiled using Qt5 where as previously there were still Qt4 dependencies...

Silent Circle’s 'surveillance-proof' Blackphone starts shipping

L'Inq - Mon, 30/06/2014 - 2:33pm

The first batch of handsets are 'completely sold out'

Cambridge Team Breaks Superconductor World Record

Slashdot - Mon, 30/06/2014 - 2:25pm
An anonymous reader writes University of Cambridge scientists have broken a decade-old superconducting record by packing a 17.6 Tesla magnetic field into a golf ball-sized hunk of crystal — equivalent to about three tons of force. From the Cambridge announcement: "A world record that has stood for more than a decade has been broken by a team led by University of Cambridge engineers, harnessing the equivalent of three tonnes of force inside a golf ball-sized sample of material that is normally as brittle as fine china. The Cambridge researchers managed to 'trap' a magnetic field with a strength of 17.6 Tesla — roughly 100 times stronger than the field generated by a typical fridge magnet — in a high temperature gadolinium barium copper oxide (GdBCO) superconductor, beating the previous record by 0.4 Tesla."

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Rare HPC beauties unveiled: Quivering racks, Lustre clusters and the tiers of a Cray

El Reg - Mon, 30/06/2014 - 2:24pm
It's all getting a bit terafloppy in Deutschland

ISC Leipzig  The International Supercomputer Show in Leipzig, Germany, was full of fascinating things at the high-end grunt front of the computing business. Here's what attracted this roving hack's eye.…

343 Industries job listing hints at fresh Halo title

L'Inq - Mon, 30/06/2014 - 2:02pm

A Master Chief mystery in the making

Samsung admits its Chinese factories STILL 'unsafe', violate laws

El Reg - Mon, 30/06/2014 - 2:02pm
Another yearly audit, another catalogue of labour abuses

Samsung has admitted that its Chinese suppliers are still guilty of legal and safety violations, despite its repeated promises to clean up its factories.…

Microsoft to roll out Windows Phone 8.1 at beginning of July

L'Inq - Mon, 30/06/2014 - 1:39pm

Also accidentally reveals that folder support is coming

Julian Assange Plans Modeling Debut At London Fashion Show

Slashdot - Mon, 30/06/2014 - 1:38pm
An anonymous reader writes with news about a possible new direction for Julian Assange. Julian Assange is expected to make his London Fashion Week debut this September. The Australian WikiLeaks founder will reportedly model for Vivienne Westwood’s son, Ben Westwood, at a fashion show staged at the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he has been seeking refuge for the past two years. He is avoiding extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over claims of sex offences. “Julian’s been in the embassy for two years and it’s important that he doesn’t slip into obscurity,” said Ben Westwood. “I want to highlight Julian Assange’s plight. What happened to him is totally unfair.”

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Shrew'd boffins spot TINY ELEPHANT species

El Reg - Mon, 30/06/2014 - 1:36pm
Mini-Dumbo critter certainly looks the part

Take a look at this critter. No, it's not a mouse, it's not a rodent at all ... This creature is more closely related to an elephant than a shrew.…

Galaxy S5 Mini with Android 4.4 Kitkat set for 'mid-July' release

L'Inq - Mon, 30/06/2014 - 1:17pm

Sources claim it won't be as 'mid-range' as last year's offering

Fear not, posh tech tarts! Selfridges' Apple concession still open despite selloff

El Reg - Mon, 30/06/2014 - 1:15pm
Square Group sells retail outlet to CompuB

The Apple retail concession in posh London department store Selfridges has been sold to Ireland's largest Apple Premium Reseller, giving it a ready-made route into the wallets of rich Arabs the wealthy elite.…

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