Small Glass Disc Could Store Massive Amount of Data “For Eternity”

Researchers say they could put the text of every book every written onto a single glass disc that will outlive the human race. But hopefully they’ll find some more practical uses. The University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre believe the disks could be a way of archiving large collections of data in a theoretically permanent […]

Apple Defies Court Order On Encrypted iPhone

Apple has vowed to defy a court order to give the FBI access to files on a phone owned by one of the San Bernadino shooters. Tim Cook says that the move would threaten the security of all customers. The order involves the phone of Syed Rizwan Farook, which the FBI believes could house information […]

ZX Spectrum Returns As Handheld Console

The ZX Spectrum is being relaunched as a handheld games console, shipping with 1,000 games built in. The Vega+, currently on crowdfunding site Indiegogo, is a follow-up to the ZX Spectrum Vega released just over a year ago. Whereas that was a plug-in controller to work with a TV set, the Vega+ is a fully-contained […]

Thingmaker Becomes 3D Printer

1960s toy the “Thingmaker” is getting a revamp for 21st century technology. What was once a set of molds for making gloopy replicas is now a 3D printer for kids. Mattel has relaunched the range, which was originally used to make everything from Creepy Crawlers to characters from Peanuts. It involved pouring a liquid plastic […]

Handheld Devices Could Track Location To The Centimeter

Researchers have successfully tested a way to get GPS accurate to a matter of centimeters in handheld devices. It could be a key part of driverless vehicle technology. The University of California team refined an existing approach which previously needed the type of computers that have their own room. They were trying to overcome the […]

Federal Law Would Ban Mandatory Smartphone Backdoors

Attempts by two states to weaken the encryption available on smartphones could be blocked by a federal law. The measure would stop laws which could mean a major redesign of many high-profile handsets As we’ve previously covered, state legislators in New York and California are both considering suspiciously similarly worded bills on the matter. Both […]

Is This The World’s Hardest Puzzle Series?

A puzzle in the Christmas card sent out by a British spy chief has successfully flummoxed around 600,000 people. The card turned out to be part of a five-stage challenge that only three people came even close to finishing. It was the work of Robert Hannigan, the director of GCHQ. That’s the United Kingdom’s communications […]

Malware Museum Celebrates Destructive Sprites

80s and 90s computer nostalgia is usually about floppy disks and waggling joysticks, but one virtual “museum” is celebrating a less savory aspect of the era: early MS-DOS malware. The collection is part of the Internet Archive, which aims to preserve web pages and other computer media for posterity. Archivist Jason Scott has selected 79 […]

Google’s Go Computer Steps Up In Competition

Google’s Go-playing software is to take on one of the world’s best players. The match, to be shown live on YouTube, follows the software beating a professional player for the first time. The software, dubbed AlphaGo, is to take on Lee Sedol. Although the game doesn’t have a single undisputed world championship, Sedol is often […]

GPS Glitch Causes Problems

A fleet of GPS satellites broadcasted the wrong time for several hours last week thanks to a software mistake. It caused problems with telecommunications and digital radio, but could have been much more serious. The problem appears to have started during the decommissioning process of a US Air Force satellite named SVN 23. It seems […]

Google To Warn Of Bogus Download Buttons

Google is to start warning users when a “download” button on a website might be a malware trick. Let’s hope it means less work for those of us who act as IT support, for work, friends or family. Bogus download buttons will be particularly familiar to anyone who has searched for software download sites, often […]

USB Cable Devotee Finds Worst. Cable. Ever.

A Google engineer with something of an obsession with USB Type-C cables has finally paid the price. Benson Leung seriously damaged his laptop during his latest review. Leung had become something of a cult hero for his online reviews of the cables. While most consumer reviews of a USB cable or adaptor are inherently limited […]