Wednesday 31 October 2012

Sauber sign Hulkenberg for 2013

Nico Hulkenberg is to move from Force India to Sauber next season, the Swiss team confirmed on Wednesday. Sauber will announce their second 2013 driver at a later date, leaving Kamui Kobayashi's F1 future uncertain. Hulkenberg won the GP2 Series in 2009, made his Formula One debut with Williams in 2010 and took a pole position - in Brazil - in his maiden year. The 25-year-old German is currently 12th in the drivers' championship

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Toro Rosso retain Ricciardo and Vergne for 2013

Toro Rosso will continue with their current driver line-up of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne for the 2013 season, the Italian team have confirmed. It will be the second year with the Red Bull-backed squad for both men. Australian Ricciardo completed in 11 Grands Prix with HRT in 2011, before moving to Toro Rosso for 2012. His best results this season have been four ninth places, in Melbourne, Spa, Singapore and Korea, and he lies 18th in the drivers table after 17 rounds

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Quarter of Eastern cell towers BLOWN down BY SANDY - FCC

'Save bandwidth, text with a friend', pleads federal boss


Around a quarter of mobile phone towers in the ten East-coast states hit by Hurricane Sandy have been damaged or destroyed, the Federal Communications Commission has said.…




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FIA press conference schedule - Abu Dhabi

Six drivers including McLaren's Jenson Button and Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi face the media in Thursday's session, while on Friday it is the turn of senior team personnel such as Mercedes's Ross Brawn and Ferrari's Pat Fry to answer the questions. The line-up in full

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Historic Lake Geneva tsunami predicts future devastation

Lake Geneva

Geologists have unearthed evidence that a tsunami hit the area which is now Geneva, Switzerland in 563 AD -- a discovery which suggests the region may still be vulnerable to destructive waves.


Historical accounts of the tsunami were already known but analysis of Lake Geneva's sediment using seismic reflection has provided the first geological evidence of the event in the form of a "very strange and different layer".


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Curiosity finds Martian soil to be similar to Hawaii's

Mars Rocknest site

Soil analysis by the Mars rover, Curiosity, has shown that Martian soil is similar to that of Earth's Hawaii.


The comparison came as part of Curiosity's investigation into the mineralogy of soil samples taken from the Rocknest site on Mars after Nasa researchers determined that the soil at that site had not been contaminated by material from Earth.


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Computer vision system tracks child's movements detect autism



A team from the University of Minnesota has developed a computer vision system that can detect behavioural markers for autism in a child's gait, head motion and facial features.


Research on autism spectrum disorder suggests that behavioural markers can be seen late in the first year of life. Detecting autism as early as possible is key to improving the outcome for children. Once detected children can start to learn crucial social skills and patterns of behaviours from as soon as they start to walk and talk. This can prevent difficult behaviours and delayed developmental trajectories from taking hold.


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Apple postpones release of iTunes 11

iTunes

Apple has pushed back the release of iTunes 11 to November.


The updated version of the company's music software was announced in September 2012 and was initially given an October release date but Apple "wanted to take a little extra time to get it right".


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Virgin Media spanked for 'we've already cabled up your house' mailshot

Turned out they simply hadn't


Virgin Media has once again been sent to the headmaster's office for a caning after producing a misleading ad.…




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Telefonica fails in bid to claw back 'flip-flop' 2010 termination charges

Only clean player got taken to the cleaners - that's OK


Ofcom acted properly when setting mobile termination rates - the money one operator must cough to another for terminating a call on its network - the Competition Appeal Tribunal has ruled. The UK's second-largest telco, Telefonica/O2, had appealed to the tribunal over Ofcom's ruling in a dispute between the big Blighty-side mobe players.…




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Sauber sign Hulkenberg for 2013

Nico Hulkenberg is to move from Force India to Sauber next season, the Swiss team confirmed on Wednesday. Sauber will announce their second 2013 driver at a later date, leaving Kamui Kobayashi's F1 future uncertain. Hulkenberg won the GP2 Series in 2009, made his Formula One debut with Williams in 2010 and took a pole position - in Brazil - in his maiden year. The 25-year-old German is currently 12th in the drivers' championship

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Tuesday 30 October 2012

Optus breaks up with Telechoice after ten years

Telcos tighten up ship


Australia’s biggest independently owned mobile phone, internet and telecommunications retailer has been left in the cold after negotiations to renew a ten year retail contract with Optus unexpectedly stalled.…




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TalkTalk to Ofcom: 'Talented, lovely monopolist' BT must be reeled in

Just how superfast can a one-horse race really be?


While broadband minister Ed Vaizey insisted this morning that competition remained active in the dash to grab public sector cash aimed at the deployment of faster fibre networks across Britain, TalkTalk's boss is worried about the lack of rivalry in the business.…




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How to make Ethernet cufflinks

Ethernet cufflinks

Still rocking a T-shirt and hoodie at the hackparty/startup conference/office social? Execute a style pivot and wear cufflinks -- Ethernet cufflinks. Ken Denmead, author of Geek Dad (Viking), explains how.


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Brit 4G live TODAY: At last you can bust your data cap in 5 minutes

In some areas - but we'll sell you a handset regardless


EE's 4G network goes live today, offering a lucky few in eleven cites the chance to exceed their data caps in less than five minutes, while competitors remind us that not all 4G networks are made equal.…




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Vodafone in bed with Gemalto in bonking-for-money transaction

Worldwide deal to provide trust on demand


Gemalto will be providing trusted services for Vodafone's customers around the world, including NFC payments, in a multi-year contract between the two companies.…




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UK's first 4G network, EE, launches today

4G

The UK gets a new mobile network this morning, EE, and with it the country gets access to 4G LTE services for the first time.


EE, which is operated by the parent company of Orange and T-Mobile, has gone live in 11 UK cities, including London, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Sheffield.


4G is the successor to 3G, and according to EE will offer speeds up to five times faster than 3G on its network.


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Apple turns off Siri’s potty mouth

Cupertino fun police bow to Chinese laws


Apple has moved to clean up its digital assistant app Siri in China by deactivating the part of its brain that until recently directed users to the nearest prostitutes.…




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Optus says age of mobile growth is over

Carrier says 'No' to partners as Australia has 'too much distribution capacity'


Optus has declared the age of growing mobile subscriber numbers is over, signalling a revised retail strategy focussed on its own outlets.…




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Lenovo tops China's smartphone market in just six months

Huawei and ZTE left for dead, now to swamp Samsung


Despite launching its first smartphone in the second quarter of 2012, Lenovo is already the top Chinese smartphone company, according to analyst outfit TrendForce.…




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Monday 29 October 2012

NSW drops NBN access bombshell

NBNCo told to climb a tree


The NSW state government , currently under fire over spiralling electricity costs, has broken off negotiations with NBN Co over access to power poles amid claim and counter-claim over price.…




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Ballmer bets 'all in' on Phone 8 and Windows

Claims other smartphone UIs are old or stolen


Steve Ballmer is promising Microsoft is "all in" on the Windows 8 system and took to the stage, along with a mystery celebrity, to push the latest version of Microsoft's smartphone operating system at a launch event in San Francisco.…




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Video: Three minutes with Paola Antonelli at Wired 2012

Paola Antonelli

Paola Antonelli has an incredible breadth of interest -- a useful trait for a senior curator of the New York Museum of Modern Art. She spoke to the audience of Wired 2012 on the future of the city, exploring exciting concepts as to how we can make better use of a space that more and more humans are populating -- coupling her talk with an incredible array of slides and images of cities from around the world.



Wired.co.uk were able to catch up with Antonelli after her talk to find out her views on architecture and design. Watch the video to find out more.


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Video: Three minutes with Scott Belsky at Wired 2012

Scott Belsky

As the CEO of Behance, Scott Belsky was the perfect man to curate Wired 2012's trip to "The Creative Edge" -- a series talks from four creative people and teams that feature on the Behance online portfolio. Belsky introduced the conference to four diverse examples of the kinds of creative projects that dwell on his site; the Lichtfaktor light art company; Diego Stocco, a musician who'll make an instrument out of anything -- even a tree; A Creative Department, whose Wowmum app helps mothers to find child-friendly places in the urban landscape; and the work of Dutch artist Levi van Veluw.


Having finished his slot as guest-curator, Wired.co.uk were able to speak to Belsky about Behance's recent redesign, the effect of the web on creativity and the future of Behance.


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India analysis - Red Bull not quite invincible

Just as in Korea, there was no stopping Sebastian Vettel as he dominated the Indian Grand Prix for the second year in succession in New Delhi on Sunday. Team mate Mark Webber should have followed him home but encountered a KERS problem that enabled Fernando Alonso to split the Red Bulls with a feisty drive to second place for Ferrari. The McLarens should have been in there too

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Greenpeace Clippy calls for clean Microsoft data centres

Greenpeace resurrected Clippy to fight their cause

Microsoft may have retired Clippy five years ago, but on 25 October, the annoying Office icon popped up -- unwanted of course -- at the company's Palo Alto, California retail store.


It's message to Microsoft: use cleaner energy to power your data centres.


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Video: Three minutes with Alexa Meade at Wired 2012

Alexa Meade

US artist Alexa Meade regaled the Wired 2012 audience on the opening day of the conference, explaining how she enjoys "colouring outside the lines". The metaphor is most fitting; rather than creating an image by painting onto a canvas, Meade paints onto her subjects, resulting in works that are both an image and an installation. Some of her artwork is created using less-than-usual materials, such as milk -- a brilliant material for allowing the subject and the background to blur together, but not so helpful once the milk starts to rot.


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Man claiming half ownership of Facebook arrested on fraud charges

Paul Ceglia claims to own half of Facebook

A man claiming to own half of Facebook was arrested at his rural New York home 26 October and charged with a multi-billion-dollar scheme to defraud the social-networking site and its chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg.


Paul Ceglia, of Wellsville, New York, filed a federal lawsuit in 2010, citing documents and a contract between him and Zuckerberg that promised him 50 percent of the social networking site.


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Raikkonen reconfirmed at Lotus for 2013

Kimi Raikkonen is, as expected, set to continue racing with Lotus next year. It follows a successful comeback season for the Finn, who lies third in the championship on the back of six podium finishes and point-scoring results in all but one 2012 round. Raikkonen, world champion with Ferrari in 2007, joined Lotus on a two-year deal last November

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Abu Dhabi preview quotes - Sauber on Yas Marina

After the delights of New Delhi, the Formula One paddock heads rapidly west this week for the 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, round 18 of the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship. With its spectacular setting and unique twilight race, the Yas Marina Circuit is one of the most popular on the calendar, as the teams and drivers explain

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Operators turn UK bonking consortium into Google-killer

Project Oscar tries to make mobile advertising pay


The UK's central clearing house for mobile advertising now has a name, and a logo. But you won't find any mention of NFC, despite that being the original intention of the consortium before its rebrand as Weve, a business-to-business service "primarily aimed at advertisers looking to engage in mobile commerce".…




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NBN set to tap into Asian growth

White paper sees NBN as white knight for Asian stimulation


Australia’s National Broadband Network is being positioned as a key trump card in accelerating economic and technology traction in the Asian markets following the release of government white paper ‘Australia in the Asian Century’.…




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Sunday 28 October 2012

FIA post-race press conference - India

Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (1st), Fernando Alonso (2nd), Mark Webber (3rd) Podium Interviews (conducted by Martin Brundle) Q: Sebastian, did you help design this race track or something? You seem so at home here, as a driver and with your car.

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First vertical farm opens in Singapore

Vertical Farm

The first commercial-scale vertical farm has opened in the tiny, densely-populated city of Singapore, with the aim of decreasing dependence on food imports


Singapore, which lies at the end of the Malay Peninsula, is just 710 square kilometres, almost all of which is city. That leaves little space to grow vegetables. As a result, the city currently only produces seven percent of its vegetables locally, forcing it to buy from other countries.


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British Intelligence Officer Exam brings back the text adventure

BIOE

Game design company Hide & Seek were asked by Sony to create a web game to tie in with the release of the latest Bond movie, Skyfall. They made a text adventure.


The British Intelligence Officer Exam puts you in the boots of an agent handler assisting an operative in the field. You're given five scenarios and asked to help out a field agent in trouble. You do that with old-school text commands: "What can you see?", "Open the gate", and so on.


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Race - selected team and driver quotes

Mercedes' Michael Schumacher and Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne on their first-lap collision; HRT's Pedro de la Rosa on his brake issues; Sauber's Sergio Perez on his mid-race puncture and subsequent retirement; Red Bull's Mark Webber on his KERS problems and his team mate Sebastian Vettel on claiming a four successive victory. All the drivers and senior team personnel report back on Sunday's action…

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Race - Vettel wins in New Delhi as Alonso limits the damage

Sebastian Vettel was never remotely challenged in the second Indian Grand Prix on Sunday, winning it even more easily than he did the first a year ago. Once he'd shrugged off a half challenge from Red Bull team mate Mark Webber in the first corner, he controlled the race and won it as he pleased. It was his fourth consecutive victory, and the first time since Ayrton Senna in 1989 that a driver has led every lap for three races in a row.

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Saturday 27 October 2012

Nasa building deep-space habitat from spare ISS parts

Deep Space Habitat

Deep space engineers at the Marshall Space Flight Centre in Texas are putting together a prototype of a deep space station from scrap parts of the ISS.


The Deep Space Habitat project is an attempt to work out optimum size of capsule, equipment and resources to send outside of the Earth-Moon system and into deep space. That could be to Mars, to an asteroid, or even to one of the solar system's many Lagrangian points.


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Adblock Plus extension now permits 'acceptable ads'

Block

Enormously popular website advert blocking extension Adblock Plus has changed its default settings to permit less annoying ads.


"Starting with Adblock Plus 2.0 you can allow some of the advertising that is considered not annoying," explains the team behind the extension on their website. "By doing this you support websites that rely on advertising but choose to do it in a non-intrusive way."


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FIA post-qualifying press conference - India

Drivers: 1 - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing); 1 - Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing); 3 - Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) Q: Sebastian, you've had a fantastic weekend so far: fastest in all three practice sessions and now on pole position: it couldn't be a better start to your championship bid could it?

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Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes

Caterham's Heikki Kovalainen on spinning out of the action at the end of Q1; Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne on getting eliminated in Q1; Force India's Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg on failing to make it into the top-ten shootout at their team's all-important home race; McLaren's Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton on finally feeling they have got to grips with the Pirellis; and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber on locking out the front row for the third race in succession. All 24 drivers and senior team personnel report back on Saturday...

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Qualifying - Vettel edges Webber for Red Bull lockout

Sebastian Vettel made it a little difficult for himself on Saturday in India after his first run in the final qualifying session was spoiled by an oversteer slide in Turn Seven, but the world champion duly took yet another pole position for Red Bull with his subsequent run of 1m 25.283s. Team mate Mark Webber's first run time of 1m 25.327s held up for second, but McLaren were closer than might have been expected after FP3 with Lewis Hamilton improving to third on 1m 25.544s from Jenson Button on 1m 25.659s.

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Final practice - Vettel top as battle intensifies

The times tightened up again in Saturday's final practice session for the 2012 Formula 1 Airtel Indian Grand Prix, as everybody did their best on low fuel loads on the soft Pirelli tyres. Sebastian Vettel was still the fastest man for Red Bull, with 1m 25.842s, but he finished the hour-long run only 0.192s ahead of Jenson Button's McLaren

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Friday 26 October 2012

Tumblr and Google App Engine down as US traffic plummets

The sky is falling!


There are a fair few people cursing their displays and tablets this morning after a series of outages took down Google's App Engine, as well as the Tumblr blogging site and a host of smaller operators.…




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Video: Three minutes with Imogen Heap at Wired 2012

Imogen Heap

There was a hushed silence when Imogen Heap took to the stage at Wired 2012 -- no one wanted to miss one ethereal note generated by the musician and her incredible gesture technology gloves and body suit. Demonstrating the different sounds, effects and styles she could control and achieve with the suit -- including a haunting echo effect as she swung her arms into the air, singing -- Heap had the whole room mesmerised. We caught up with the Grammy award-winning artist afterwards to find out what it was like collaborating with Toronto DJ Deadmau5, what she thinks the biggest problem facing the music industry is and what artists are exciting her now.


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Video: Three minutes with Emma Mulqueeny at Wired 2012

Emma Mulqueeny

It's "social suicide" for a girl and you join a computer club so we should start teaching kids to code at age seven or eight, says Wired 100 member Emma Mulqueeny, who we caught up with at Wired 2012.


The co-founder of Coding for Kids and leader of Rewired State and Young Rewired State, spoke of the challenges facing schools in getting girls to feel IT and coding is something they can feel confident in pursuing -- and some solutions educators could adopt to move things forward.


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FIA Friday press conference - India

Team representatives - Eric Boullier (Lotus), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber), Cyril Abiteboul (Caterham), Martin Whitmarsh (McLaren), Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing), Stefano Domenicali (Ferrari). Q: First a question to all of you: I believe you have had several occasions to discuss your team's future in Formula One

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Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes

Red Bull dominated the opening day in India, with Sebastian Vettel setting the benchmark in both Practice One and Two. The drivers and senior team personnel report on the early running in New Delhi…

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Practice Two - Red Bull dominate in New Delhi

Red Bull began to tighten their grip on the Indian Grand Prix on Friday afternoon, as Sebastian Vettel finished FP2 at the Buddh International Circuit 0.118s clear of team mate Mark Webber, who was in turn 0.599s ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. This session was perhaps less instructive than FP1, as some teams spent more time honing long-distance set-ups, but the signs are it could be hard to beat the cars from Milton Keynes

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Inventor sues Google Wallet over NFC loyalty patent

More than one billygoat headed across that bridge, though


Loyalty scheme pioneer Peter Sprogis is taking Google to court, claiming that the search engine's NFC Wallet infringes his 2007 patent on adding loyalty to pay-by-bonk apps.…




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Video: Three minutes with Raphael Pirker at Wired 2012



Raphael Pirker's company Team Black Sheep attaches cameras to drones to gain a different perspective of cities with beautiful aerial shots. The Wired 2012 delegation were surprised to discover that they too were filmed by a drone as they walked into The Brewery conference venue.


On stage, Pirker showed stunning close-up footage of Big Ben's clock face, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and the Gherkin as well as some peeved policemen who put an end to their aerial fun.


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Practice One - Vettel takes charge for Red Bull in India

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel emerged fastest from a gripping first practice session here at the Buddh International Circuit on Friday morning, as the advantage went back and forth between Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari, with Mercedes chasing hard. McLaren set the pace initially, first with Lewis Hamilton, then with Jenson Button, with Mercedes' Nico Rosberg keeping them honest. Soon Felipe Massa joined in for Ferrari, before Michael Schumacher went fastest for Mercedes by just 0.086s from Button just before the first hour was up.

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Gutierrez to fill in for unwell Perez in Practice One

Gutierrez to fill in for unwell Perez in Practice One Sauber's reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez will take part in Friday's opening practice session for the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International, in place of the unwell Sergio Perez. The team decided it was best to allow Perez more time to recover from his illness ahead of the rest of the race weekend. Twenty one year-old Gutierrez became the Swiss team's reserve driver back in 2011 and has already tested for the team on four occasions. This morning's session will be his first competitive outing for the squad. It's hoped that elder Mexican Perez will be sufficiently recovered to take over the car for this afternoon's second session.

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Can a new TCP scheme give wireless a 16-fold boost?

Understanding MIT’s latest save-the-wireless-world technology


A group of MIT researchers is touting a change to TCP – the transmission control protocol – that it says can yield sixteenfold and better improvements in performance in lossy networks.…




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Thursday 25 October 2012

Consumer group urges Aussies to spoof IP addresses

Legally dodgy, but great for the hip pocket given down under price premium


The official organ of the Australian Consumers Association (ACA), the nation's main consumer lobby group, has offered advice on how Australians can avoid geo-blocking regimes.…




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NBN Co awards satellite station contracts to locals

Ten sites for regional satellites ready to roll


NBN Co has selected two local Australian construction companies, Perkins and Cockram, to build ten satellite ground stations for its regional broadband deployment.…




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Video: Three minutes with Greg Asner at Wired 2012



On stage at Wired 2012, Greg Asner talked about the fact that most existing Earth observation tools do not provide the richness of data needed to understand the impact that humans are having on Earth.


Asner and his team at the Carnegie Institution for Science have been building a system that analyses the surface of our planet in much richer detail. Once off stage, Wired.co.uk grabbed him for a few minutes to ask whether the environment is doomed, how technology has changed the way he studies ecosystems, and the challenging of motivating behavioural change around climate change.


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Video: Three minutes with David Karp at Wired 2012

David Karp

Wired 2012 saw David Karp, the founder of Tumblr (which is about to crest 80 million blogs), interviewed by Wired's Tom Cheshire. The youthful founder, visiting from New York, treated the audience to his view on blogs, technology and modelling. Karp also shared his insights of Tumblr's early days, recounting the first meetups that the site hosted for its users and the difficult challenge of balancing advertising on an altogether user-controlled site.



After speaking on the main stage, Wired.co.uk were able to ask Karp about his thoughts on overhyped trends, exciting startups and his reputation as a "bit of a playboy".


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Video: Three minutes with Michael Acton Smith at Wired 2012

Michael Acton Smith

Michael Acton Smith was one of the most energetic speakers on the opening morning of Wired 2012. The Mind Candy founder spoke about his failed project Perplex City, and his huge hit Moshi Monsters -- which is now a multi-million pound empire, with toys, books, a cartoon and a movie being planned for 2013.



After Acton Smith came off stage, Wired.co.uk was able to grab a chat with him.


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Video: Three minutes with Rohan Silva at Wired 2012

Rohan Silva

Away from the hustle and bustle of the main stage, Wired.co.uk was able to speak to some of the guests of Wired 2012. Our camera crew were able to pick the mind of Rohan Silva, a senior policy advisor at 10 Downing Street.



Silva works across all areas of government policy, but has a particular passion for technology and innovation. He has been a key advisor in the use of crowdsourcing models to generate ideas and open up the government's decision making process, as well as being an advisor on the harnessing of open data and government transparency to drive social and economic innovation. For an insight into the work of this truly Wired policy advisor, check out the video.


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FIA Thursday press conference - India

Drivers - Heikki Kovalainen (Caterham), Bruno Senna (Williams), Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso), Narain Karthikeyan (HRT), Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus), Nico Hulkenberg (Force India). Q: Gentlemen, your thoughts on India? Some of you have been here before, some of you haven't, so your thoughts on what you've experienced so far and what you've seen so far and what you think of the country and what you think of the circuit

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Kaltenborn inaugurates F1 in Schools™ India

The world's largest educational initiative, the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge, currently running in over 40 countries, launched in India on Thursday, as Monisha Kaltenborn, Sauber team principal and a global patron of F1 in Schools, inaugurated the multi-disciplinary school programme in her home country ahead of this weekend's 2012 Formula 1 Airtel Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi

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Van der Garde, Rossi for Caterham young driver test

Caterham are to field their reserve and test drivers Giedo van der Garde and Alexander Rossi at the forthcoming young driver test in Abu Dhabi, taking place at the Yas Marina Circuit from November 6-8. Reserve Van der Garde, 27, will be in the car for days one and two, with 21-year-old tester Rossi taking over for day three. Van der Garde, who gets his fourth Friday practice outing with Caterham in India this weekend, has had a strong year in GP2 with Caterham Racing

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Marussia hand Chilton Abu Dhabi practice chance

Marussia are to give their recently-signed reserve driver Max Chilton the chance to demonstrate his potential in a race weekend environment by taking part in opening practice at next weekend's 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Chilton will drive alongside Timo Glock, taking over car number 25 for the full morning session, with Charles Pic resuming normal driving

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Wednesday 24 October 2012

Mortara, Valsecchi, Prost land Lotus test outings

Edoardo Mortara and Davide Valsecchi will join the previously announced Nicolas Prost for Lotus's Abu Dhabi young driver test, which will take place following the 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit next month. Swiss-born Mortara, who now holds dual French and Italian nationality, is the only driver to have won the Macau Grand Prix twice

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McLaren expecting intense end to season

McLaren are predicting no let-up in the intensity of the 2012 development race over the final four races, thanks to the closeness of the competition between the top teams and the fact that any performance gains can almost certainly be utilised next season. “It's not a big a decision to decide to continuing developing the 2012 car,” said sporting director Sam Michael

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FIA press conference schedule - India

Expect plenty of talk about 2013 driver berths on Thursday in New Delhi as several men without confirmed plans for next season face the press, while on Friday the future of Formula One racing in general will no doubt be under discussion as top team bosses field the questions. The line-up in full

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Businesses may skip Windows 8

Offices may skip Windows 8

When Microsoft launches Windows 8 on 26 October, it's hoping to lure both consumers and businesses to use its live-tile operating system. While it remains to be seen whether consumers will be lining up to buy it, one thing is clear -- most businesses, large and small, aren't going to bother. Businesses looking to upgrade their systems now that Microsoft's support for XP is disappearing will overwhelmingly choose Windows 7, experts say. In fact, most companies have already picked Windows 7 and have no plans to upgrade to Windows 8.


Though users haven't been able to buy the operating system since October 2010, XP has been the favourite for enterprises all over the world. It's found on many corporate computers because it's stable, secure, not hard to use, and compatible with a laundry list of applications. But we've known that Microsoft wouldn't support the OS forever, and after mainstream XP support was cut off in 2009, the company announced earlier this year that it will end extended support for XP in April 2014. That's left businesses and their IT departments to decide which next flavour of Windows is right for them.


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Toro Rosso to test Razia and Cecotto Jr in Abu Dhabi

Toro Rosso will run 2012 GP2 runner-up Luiz Razia and Venezuelan hopeful Johnny Cecotto Junior in next month's young driver test at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina circuit. Razia, 23, will pilot the STR7 on Tuesday, November 6 and Thursday, November 8, with Cecotto, also 23, at the wheel on Wednesday, November 7

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Ferrari promise 'aggressive development' for final four races

With Fernando Alonso having lost his championship lead to Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel at the last round, Ferrari go into this weekend's 2012 Formula 1 Airtel Indian Grand Prix on the back foot after recent updates to the F2012 failed to bring the expected performance gains. However, the Italian team are confident they can recover from their related wind tunnel problems and have promised Alonso car improvements at each of 2012's remaining four races

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Hands-on with the iPad mini

iPad mini

Apple finally announced the iPad's little brother on 23 October, the much-rumoured iPad mini. Despite the "cute" connotation associated with things dubbed mini, I wouldn't call it cute: the iPad mini makes for a decidedly polished and attractive 8-inch tablet.


The iPad mini measures in with a 7.9-inch, 1024 x 768 resolution display and is only 7.2 mm thick. The display, although not Retina quality, still looks bright and crisp, but those accustomed to a Retina display iPad or MacBook Pro may find fault here.


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Lenovo snaps up ex-Moto staff in mobile push

Scores defect to Chinese PC giant


In a sign of its growing ambition in the mobile device space, Lenovo has recruited scores of ex-Motorola employees made redundant after Google’s decision to close down the firm’s R&D plant in Nanjing.…




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Tuesday 23 October 2012

Apple announces 13-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro

New macbooks

Apple has announced an update to its popular 13-inch MacBook Pro, which now includes a high-resolution Retina Display running at 2,560x1,600 pixels.


The machine is lighter and significantly thinner, by 20 percent, than the previous 13-inch model. This is aided by the lack of an optical drive, which Apple has removed.


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Songkick Detour lets music fans pull artists to their cities via crowdfunding



Songkick -- the London-based online database for music events -- has developed a project called Detour, which allows music fans to draw their favourite artists to their city through crowdfunding. After trialling the approach with artists including Hot Chip and Tycho, Songkick is now working with Andrew Bird to plan his entire tour of South America.


Detour works a little like a Kickstarter for live music. Bands announce they want to tour a certain country or continent. Then fans in different cities pledge to buy tickets (with credit card preauthorisation) to see that band if they come to their city. If there is enough fan interest, the band will make sure it visits that city as part of its tour and books the right-sized venue.


Songkick's co-founder and CEO Ian Hogarth says that the idea for Detour stems from when he was growing up in London and was obsessed with US hip hop. "It was so frustrating how rarely the groups that my friends and I obsessed over would come to London. We'd leave messages on MySpace pages to tell them we were out there, but those messages would get lost in the ether."


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Nokia flings low-end Lumia at developing world

WinPho 7.5 for all


Nokia has officially unveiled the Lumia 510, a budget Windows Phone handset unlikely to excite enthusiasts of the latest tech.…




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Everything Everywhere prices up UK 4G

Big-ticket speeding


Everything Everywhere has announced what it will charge for 4G mobile broadband today. Prices for the snappy connection starting at £36 a month.…




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Mobile network EE reveals UK's first 4G prices, neglects unlimited data

4G

Britain's forthcoming 4G mobile network, EE, has revealed its price plans to Wired.co.uk ahead of its launch on 30 October.


The company has aimed to make price plans simple, although despite faster download speeds 4G offers, EE has opted not to offer unlimited data plans to take advantage of that.


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Hong Kong's lucky mobile number hawkers revealed

Superstitious Chinese snap up auspicious digits


It takes just a few minutes and a handful of metro stops to travel from Hong Kong Island to the Kowloon neighbourhood Sham Shui Po (SSP), but the journey takes you to a different world.…




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Samsung quits as Apple LCD supplier

Blames prices, not lawsuits


Samsung Display has announced that its LCDs will no longer be part of the Apple ecosystem.…




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Monday 22 October 2012

Making Raspberry Pi: an interview with Eben Upton



"What would kill me, what would absolutely break my heart, is if somebody came along and killed the Pi with a closed platform system."


For Eben Upton, co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, closed platforms are the root cause of a major skills shortage that's paralysing the UK computer programming industry. A closed platform Pi rival would kill everything his charity is hoping to achieve.


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BT and Virgin sue over £10m state-funded Birmingham broadband

Telcos: 'New broadband service is a dangerous precedent'


BT and Virgin Media have thrown another legal block in front of a £10m investment in Birmingham's broadband infrastructure.…




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Speaking at Wired 2012: Lynn Vale

Ekso Bionics

Lynn Vale is a physiotherapist specialising in neurology, spinal cord injuries and rehabilitation. Working at Ekso Bionics, Vale helps spinal cord injury patients and people with other neurological disorders to walk again with the help of their exoskeleton, the Ekso.


Formed in 2005, the then Berkeley ExoWorks began revolutionising the field of bionic exoskeletons to augment human mobility and capability. It's first models of exoskeleton legs allowed users to carry huge loads up slopes and stairs, aiding hikers and soldiers in lifting work.


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Red Bull tests for Da Costa, Frijns in Abu Dhabi

Red Bull have confirmed that their line-up for the young driver test at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina circuit from November 6-8 will be Portugal's Antonio Felix da Costa and Dutchman Robin Frijns. Da Costa, 21, is a Red Bull Junior team member and finished third in the 2012 GP3 Series

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Name the Wired.co.uk Podcast anniversary beer!

Like Beer

We're very excited to be fast approaching the 100th episode of the Wired.co.uk Podcast. To help us celebrate, London's Meantime Brewing Company is producing a very special beer for us -- and you get to help name it.


We're looking for some creative suggestions on the theme of fantasy and science, geek culture and technology. We want the name to stand out and be in line with the kinds of stories Wired concerns itself with on a daily and monthly basis.


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Hublot unveils the F1™ King Power Austin

To mark the return of Formula One racing to America next month with the 2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Austin's all-new Circuit of The Americas, Hublot, the official watchmaker of Formula 1, has decided to introduce a special watch, the aptly-named F1 King Power Austin, available as a limited edition of just 250 numbered pieces

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Andretti opens Circuit of The Americas

The all-new Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin began the final countdown to the 2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix on Sunday, when 1978 F1 world champion Mario Andretti officially opened the Texas venue in a 'First Lap Ceremony' featuring a collection of celebrity drivers, local dignitaries and VIP clients

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British sheep falling behind Continental sheep in broadbaaaand race

Naughty Siri breaks law by listing Chinese escorts

Siri, am I going to jail for a very, very long time?


Voice-activated digital assistant Siri has discovered a rebellious streak which could put it on collision course with the Chinese authorities, after appearing to answer user requests on where to find pornography and prostitutes.…




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Researchers find not all EC2 instances are created equal

Different Xeon and Opteron CPUs sold under same name


Researchers from Deutsch Telekom Laboratories and Finland's Aalto University have claimed it is possible to detect the CPUs of servers powering at Amazon Web Services' (AWS') Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), and that the fact the cloudy giant uses different kit in different places means users can select more powerful servers at the same cost charged for lesser hardware.…






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Alcatel Lucent battles unions in bid to slash 5,500 jobs

Low cost threat from China looms large


Ailing telecoms kit maker Alcatel Lucent is facing a typically robust response from French unions as it tries to slash costs, and over 5,000 jobs, in a bid to compete better - especially against low-cost rivals from China.…




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Samsung's Japanese iPhone block bid fails

Fruity phone remains on sale in Japan as court dismisses patent infringement claims


Apple’s global patent dispute with Samsung took another twist at the weekend after it was revealed a Tokyo court rejected a request by the Korean electronics giant for an injunction to stop all iPhone sales in Japan.…




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Sunday 21 October 2012

Google touts map APIs for enterprise

Your very own travelling salesman


Google has announced two new APIs to its Google Maps service, designed to allow enterprises build their own location-enabled applications.…




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Stackable 'reaction housing' is architecture for emergencies

Miniature houses that can be carried on a cargo ship could provide shelter in disaster situations.


The Reaction Housing System consists of a series of tiny units known as "Exos", which can house four people each. They include all the elements that you need in a home -- sewage, lighting, water and climate control.


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Transforming hexapod robot walks like a spider, rolls like a ball

Norwegian engineer Kåre Halvorsen has built a robot that has multiple perambulation options. It can walk over rough terrain like an insect, or roll around like a ball. He calls it a "morphing hexapod".


The spherical robot's body is divided up into 12 parts. Each can be pushed out at will, allowing the bot some freedom in its movement. It's built from a Toys-R-Us globe that Halvorsen took about with a hacksaw.


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Saturday 20 October 2012

First horror movie shot in Antarctica

South of Sanity

The first fictional feature film, a horror movie titled South of Sanity, has been shot in Antarctica by a documentary-maker working in a research base.


South of Sanity was shot entirely in Antarctica and the cast and crew were made up of other workers on the research base. It follows 14 staff at a base in the Antarctic as they're being stalked by a murderer.


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Rogue geoengineer creates massive Pacific plankton bloom

Algae

An American businessman is under fire after dumping 100 tonnes of iron sulphate into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Canada under the guise of a geoengineering experiment.


Russ George, who claims to be the world's leading "champion" of geoengineering, created an artificial plankton bloom around 10,000 square kilometres across -- so large it was visible from space. His hope was that the plankton would absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, die, and then sink to the sea bed.


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Friday 19 October 2012

Book of photos taken by F1™ drivers goes on sale

Zoom: Through the Eyes of Formula 1, the first ever book of photographs taken by the stars of a sport, will be released worldwide later this month. The book contains photographs which were taken by every Formula One driver and team boss and were sold in aid of London's Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity (GOSHCC)

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Climate change could give oceans dinosaur-era acoustics

Pterosaur flying over water

Acidification due to global warming could lead to oceans with similar acoustic properties to those experienced by the dinosaurs of the Cretaceous period.


According to a presentation given by acoustics researchers David G Browning and Peter M Scheifele as part of the 164th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America changes to the baseline acidity of the world's oceans due to global warming will have a negative effect on the absorption of low frequency sounds.


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Speaking at Wired 2012: Keren Elazari

Internet security

Born and Raised in Tel Aviv, Keren Elazari has been a key member of the Israeli cyber security and hacking scene for more than 10 years. Since 2000, Elazari has been employed with leading Israeli security firms, government organizations, Big 4 and Fortune 500 companies.


Elazari holds a CISSP security certification, a BA in History and Philosophy of Science and is studying towards an MA in Security Studies from Tel Aviv University. More recently, Elazari took the position of Singularity University's Security Teaching Fellow.


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Heirs of Superman artist fail to reclaim copyright

Man of Steel

It took two years of court wrangling, but ultimately DC Comics found the legal kryptonite to shut down an attempt by the heirs of a Superman co-creator to recapture rights to the heroic character. Because of an agreement they signed in 1992, the family of artist Joe Shuster won't be able to claim the "Man of Steel" as their own.


The Superman battle is one of the most closely-watched battles over copyright "termination," a process through which artists can take back the rights to their old works. Such termination notices are allowed by US Congress as part of the 1976 Copyright Act, and Shuster's heirs hoped the law would allow them to take back the character that he and writer Jerry Siegel created in 1938.


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MySpace was a digital crafts cupboard

Arts crafts

MySpace allowed for people to express themselves through craft, and other digital platforms should follow suit, argued Hannah Donovan from This Is My Jam, speaking at Playful 2012.


She described how craft and music have always been inextricably linked as people have used music to identify themselves as belonging to a particular tribe, with customised clothes, memorabilia and imagery. "This sort of crafting is a dialogue between fans and bands," she said.


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Wired.co.uk Podcast 98: With Patrick Moore, Brian May, Chris Lintott

Wired podcast

This week we welcome Sir Patrick Moore, astrophysicist and Queen guitarist Brian May, and professional astronomer Chris Lintott onto the show to talk space. We also discuss the wider week in Wired news.


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Google launches £229 Chromebook

Google's latest Chromebook

Google laid out the next step of its Chromebook effort on 18 October by introducing a thin, light, Samsung-built laptop attached to a killer number -- £229.


"It's the best laptop that's ever been designed at this price," said Sundar Pichai, who oversees Google's Chrome browser, OS and product teams. "We assume that you have a Windows machine in your home, or maybe a Mac. This isn't built to replace those machines but instead be an additional computer." The same way a tablet or smartphone are for many today.


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Mega rises from Megaupload's ashes

Mega

They've been indicted by the US government for conspiracy and briefly thrown in jail, but Kim Dotcom and his partners in the digital storage locker Megaupload have no intention of quitting the online marketplace.


Instead the co-defendants plan to introduce a much-anticipated new technology later this year that will allow users to once again upload, store, and share large data files, albeit by different rules. They revealed details of the new service exclusively to Wired.com.


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Pirelli 'fully ready' for Austin debut

Formula One tyre suppliers Pirelli say they are well prepared for next month's 2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix thanks to simulation work with data obtained from a visit to Austin's all-new Circuit of The Americas (COTA) during its construction. The Texas venue will be officially opened this weekend

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India preview quotes - HRT, Sauber on New Delhi

Last season the Indian round arrived on the calendar with a bang. Drawing universal praise from the paddock, the Buddh International Circuit offers challenging gradient changes, two ample straights, an interesting mix of corners and seating for around 130,000 cheering fans. What's not to like?

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Lotus and Andretti to be first around Circuit of The Americas

Lotus will have the honour of being the first Formula One team to take to the new Circuit of the Americas (COTA) this weekend when the track in Austin, Texas launches ahead of November's 2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. American racing legend Mario Andretti, actor Patrick Dempsey and Lotus's third driver Jerome D'Ambrosio will all complete demonstration runs behind the wheel of the team's 2010 F1 challenger, the R30, during the circuit's Official Opening Ceremony on Sunday October 21.

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Majority of humans still don't have a mobile

Hello? HELLO?


The world still has some way to go before it is fully mobile, with global subscriber penetration standing at just 45 per cent despite the huge strides made in countries such as China and India, according to a new report from industry body The GSMA.…




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New Oz road rules forbid touching mobes

Can we cash in on the hands free rules, Siri?


Motorists in Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, will not be permitted to even touch their mobile phones while their car engine is running, under new laws to take effect on November 1st.…




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Alt root provider suing ICANN over dot-Web

ION has wanted the gTLD since 2000


A company called Image Online Design is suing ICANN over rights to the .Web gTLD, to try and prevent the Internet names administrator from giving the domain to anybody else.…




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Thursday 18 October 2012

Outback Communities Authority plans NBN extension

Plans to scope privately-funded satellite alternative for 8% of Australia


The Outback Communities Authority (OCA), a government agency that provides services to remote areas in the Australian State of South Australia, will shortly endorse a strategy to build a wireless network for remote areas of the State.…




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Bachetta makes F1™ debut for Williams

Thursday saw recently crowned Formula Two champion Luciano Bachetta get his first taste of Formula One power when he tested for Williams at the UK's Silverstone circuit. Bachetta's drive - part of his prize for winning the F2 title - also qualified the Briton for the FIA Super License required for F1 competition. "Today's gone very well for me,” he said afterwards

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Mysterious Martian particles to be analysed by Curiosity's on-board lab

Bright particles on Mars

Nasa has instructed its Curiosity rover to analyse Martian soil containing bright particles after deciding the material was native to Mars.


Scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in charge of the Curiosity mission had initially discarded samples from the Rocknest site containing the particles thinking they originated from Earth -- debris from either the rover itself or the spacecraft -- and would contaminate the rover's sample-processing mechanism.


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Nokia earnings pain masks intact war chest, brewing counterattack

And don't forget the dumbphone sector either


Nokia reported another painful quarter today and warned of more to come. The Finnish phone giant reported sales were down 19 per cent year-on-year to €7.2bn for Q3, with an operating loss of €576m. On the positive side the war chest of net cash is unperturbed at €3.6bn, and Nokia's networks division and feature phones did well.…




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Outfit which will save your Freeview TV from 4G interference stands up

Hurray, 4G signal! Boo, the telly doesn't work! Call DMSL


The UK's mobile networks, in agreement with Ofcom and the Ministry of Fun, have set up a company to spend the £180m assigned to make sure that Freeview reception isn't knocked off the air by 4G.…




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Ofcom probe into telcos jacking-up charges halfway through contracts

You only thought you had a good deal


Mid-contract price rises implemented by telcos are currently being scrutinised by Blighty's communications regulator Ofcom, after it found a number of problems with customer subscriptions to landline, broadband and mobile services.…




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Sauber to test Gutierrez and Frijns in Abu Dhabi

Sauber have announced that reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez and Dutch hopeful Robin Frijns will form the line-up for the team's young driver test at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina circuit next month in the week following the 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Frijns will be driving on Tuesday, November 6, the first day of testing. The 21-year-old won the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup in 2011

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Caltech shrinks optical accelerometers

A light alternative to tracking mobes


The practical limit to tracking a smartphone-owner’s movements in real time – beneath the resolution of GPS and associated location-tracking technologies – is the sensitivity of the motion sensor. Researchers at Caltech say they’ve taken a step towards very fine motion sensors, using nano-scale waveguides.…




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Wednesday 17 October 2012

Facebook opens mobile apps advertising for all

Expect more news feed spam ads


Facebook is looking to make more money from its mobile users by opening up their smartphones to application developers looking to make a sale.…




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Pirate Bay moves to the cloud to confound copyright cops

Police left with very to seize


The Pirate Bay went down for about five minutes on Tuesday night as the group retired almost all of its servers and shifted onto the cloud.…






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Biologists discover that honeybees can bite as well as sting

Bite of the honeybee

Float like a butterfly, bite like a bee. Strange though it may sound, a team of biologists has discovered that the humble honeybee has an additional weapon to the sting in its tail: for those targets that are too small to be stung, the honeybee can deliver a paralysing bite. All the more intriguing, the 2-heptanone (2-H) the honeybee emits when it employs its mandibles could be used as a local anaesthetic in human and veterinary medicine.


Biologists have mused over the bite of the honeybee before, suggesting that it might use 2-H as an alarm pheromone, calling on soldier and guard bees to attack any intruders, or as a way of chemically tagging areas for foraging bees to revisit. The study, conducted by a team of biologists from Greek and French universities, discovered that 2-H actually acts as an anaesthetic in small arthropods, such as wax moth larva and varroa mites, which can infiltrate beehives and eat wax and pollen. As the invaders are too small to sting, the honeybee delivers a bite that can paralyse them for up to nine minutes, allowing them to be ejected from the hive.


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O2 kicks out Ericsson server for breaking its network

No third strike for dodgy database


Ericsson's Centralized User Database has been fingered by O2 for a second network outage which hit the operator last week, and will thus be given the boot despite the £10m cost of a replacement.…




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