US civil rights leader Jesse Jackson has called on the government to investigate the tech industry’s lack of diversity.
Jackson told USA Today that the government has a role to play” in ensuring that women and minorities are fairly represented in the tech workforce. more»
Yifei Chai, a student at the Imperial College London, has worked out how to use virtual reality and 3D modelling hardware to “possess” another person.
Chai’s method does not involve vomit or turning heads, or even an invocation to the Prince of Darkness. more»
The Silent Power PC has swapped its noisy electric fans in favour of a copper afro.
In place of a conventional fan, the unit uses an open-air metal foam heatsink that boasts an enormous surface area thanks to the open-weave filaments of copper. more»
Samsung reported its worst quarterly profit in two years and moaned about uncertain earnings prospects for its key handset business.
The fact it gave such a doomed profits prophecy and kept its interim dividend unchanged from last year, put the shares of the outfit on track for their worst fall in nearly eight months. more»
One of the last refuges of dissidents in oppressive regimes has been taken down by hacker agencies working for the US government.
The Tor system, which was often the only way that dissidents could communicate in repressive regimes or that whistle blowers could leak their information, warned that many of its users might have been identified by government-funded researchers. more»
A four year-old hole in a critical part of Google’s Android OS could leave mobile devices that use it susceptible to attack.
Researchers at the firm Bluebox Security said that Android verifies mobile applications using the Apache Harmony module. This module has a flaw in it. more»
John Romero, best known for his on Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake says that consoles are being killed off by PCs and mobile consoles.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, Romero said that free-to-play is shaking up the industry. more»
A 24 year old managed to scam the fruity cargo cult Apple more than 42 times – at least in Florida.
The Tampa Bay Times said that Sharron Laverne Parrish tricked Apple Store employees in 16 states starting around December 2012 into accepting fake authorisation codes to buy $309,768 worth of Apple goods. more»
Applied Micro Circuits has begun shipping a new kind of low-power server chip that might cause its rival Intel a headache in the data centre business.
Applied Micro Circuits announced it is shipping its new X-Gene “microserver” 64-bit chips, made with ARM designs. more»
Apple and Samsung’s European bottom lines are being kicked by a surge of interest in local smartphones.
A report from Netbiscuits suggests that customers are becoming increasingly frustrated at the mobile market monoculture and Apple and Samsung are experiencing their first major challenge from disruptive European vendors. more»
Intel’s new business building custom chips for punters who build their own servers appears to have been gaining some momentum.
Last year, Intel started offering custom chip designs to Facebook and eBay and now it has managed to get Oracle signed up. more»
Samsung’s plans to get its Tizen phone into the shops have been delayed, with the initial planned third quarter launch in Russia abandoned.
The Korean electronics maker had been hoping that Tizen would cut its dependency on Android.
The phone was supposed to be tried out in Russia sometime in the third quarter, but Samsung said it needed more time to enhance the “Tizen ecosystem.”
This comes as no real surprise as there had been rumblings at a recent Tizen developer’ conference two weeks ago, but this was put down to a dodgy fish supper. more»
Hackers have worked out a way to break into Amazon’s cloud and install DDoS malware.
The hole is thanks to a vulnerability in distributed search engine software Elasticsearch which is a popular open-source search engine server. The software was developed in Java that allows applications to perform full-text search for various types of documents through a REST API (representational state transfer application programming interface). more»
For a while we had been wondering what Microsoft was doing with its Nokia purchase. For the last week, Vole has been doing its best to slim down the former maker of rubber boots, but there did not seem to be much logic to it. more»
It seems that after claiming the rump of Qualcomm, the Chinese antitrust regulators want to take a bite out of Microsoft.
Apparently representatives from China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce (SAIC) popped in for a quiet chat to the Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. more»