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HAM IN SPAAAAAACE! ISS astronaut contacted by Gloucestershire bloke in garden shed

El Reg - Thu, 06/08/2015 - 10:54am
Sadly, wife hates hobby ‘with a passion’

Radio ham Adrian Lane was able to send his "73" (ham lingo for "best regards") to an American astronaut as the International Space Station passed over Gloucestershire.…

Microsoft increases bug bounty payments as it looks to keep Windows 10 secure

L'Inq - Thu, 06/08/2015 - 10:36am

Bounties for defence doubled

PALE BACKSIDE of lovely Luna flits past in imagery from 1 MILLION miles out

El Reg - Thu, 06/08/2015 - 10:29am
The view from Ell-One

A million miles out in deep space far beyond the Moon's orbit, closer in to the Sun, lies the L-1 Lagrange point. Here sits the DSCOVR spacecraft with its EPIC instrument pointed back at Earth. NASA has just released some EPIC images, showing the moon zipping past in front of Earth.…

MIT "Yolk and Shell" Nanoparticle Promises Longer-Lived Rechargeable Batteries

Slashdot - Thu, 06/08/2015 - 10:22am
jan_jes writes: A new "yolk-and-shell" nanoparticle created by researchers at MIT and Tsinghua University in China could boost the capacity and power of lithium-ion batteries. The researchers have created an electrode made of nanoparticles with a solid shell, and a "yolk" inside that can change size again and again without affecting the shell. The new findings, which use aluminum as the key material for the lithium-ion battery's negative electrode, or anode, are reported in the journal Nature Communications. The use of nanoparticles with an aluminum yolk and a titanium dioxide shell has proven to be "the high-rate champion among high-capacity anodes." The linked article goes into much more detail about the (serendipitous) discovery.

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Apple v Android: Is Windows 10 Mobile a worthy opponent?

L'Inq - Thu, 06/08/2015 - 10:12am

Cast your votes for the best mobile operating system

ISC ’15 Student Cluster Competition: Euro kids answered the calls to arms

El Reg - Thu, 06/08/2015 - 10:04am
Human blood conducts electricity just fine

HPC Blog  Eight countries from five continents sent eleven university student teams to do battle at the recently concluded ISC’15 Student Cluster Competition. If you multiply 8 x 5 x 11, you get 440; a number that has no relevance to this article.…

Apple dodges lawsuit over iMessage bug plaguing Android defectors

L'Inq - Thu, 06/08/2015 - 9:51am

Judge rules case cannot proceed as class action lawsuit

EMC and VMware doing the old in-out shows the board is on the job

El Reg - Thu, 06/08/2015 - 9:31am
Let's not get too excited about buyout rumours

Comment  The finance, storage and virtualisation communities have all been abuzz in recent days, following industry chatter that EMC might buy back the shares in VMware it doesn't already own – or that VMware might buy EMC.…

Icann issues picked encrypted passwords warning

L'Inq - Thu, 06/08/2015 - 9:24am

You're gonna want to pick a pristine password

Testing Motorola's Moto G third-gen mobe: Is it still king of the hill?

El Reg - Thu, 06/08/2015 - 9:04am
Jockeying for position in the mid-range mobe market

Review  It's been relatively easy recommending a SIM-free phone for under £200 for the past couple of years. The decision tree looked like this:…

Brits are obsessed with smartphones and their own faces

L'Inq - Thu, 06/08/2015 - 8:49am

Smartphones overtake laptops as preferred connected device for the first time

We can give servers more memory, claims Diablo. Well, sort of

El Reg - Thu, 06/08/2015 - 8:32am
Flash substitute for DRAM yet to provoke an emotional response

Diablo Technologies has launched its Memory1 flash substitute for DRAM, which, it claims, gives servers more "memory", enabling one server do the work of ten, saving on power, cooling and rack space, and threatening to slash server sales.…

Red Hat prepares for the IoT revolution

L'Inq - Thu, 06/08/2015 - 7:00am

Linux security boss talks security of sensors