Welcome to this weeks edition of 'Stephen's Tech News' - By now, you all know that this is a selection of my favorite news stories from across the globe, and are placed in no particular order. Anyway, I hope you are all as interested in them as I am!
A week off the grid and in touch with energy
There's nothing like living off-grid for a while to make you aware of your environmental and energy footprint. During a family vacation to Belize last week, I got a flavor for what's needed to function, albeit at a leisurely pace, when you're far beyond the reach of power lines.
This was a special trip, mostly paid for by....Read More...Microsoft demos game across PC, mobile, and console platforms
Whoa. During the keynote presentation at TechEd Middle East in Dubai, Microsoft's Eric Rudder played the same Indiana Jones-ish game on a Windows computer, a Windows Phone 7 phone, and an Xbox 360. Gaming is about to get really ubiquitous.
Not only is the game itself playable on all three platforms, but the...Read More...Robot avatar MeBot gives you wriggling bug body
In the future, all business meetings will be conducted by telepresence robots--on-site avatar machines that will take care of the boring business of earning a living while we sit back at home sipping lattes and generally enjoying our 300-year lifespans.
(Credit: Sigurdur Orn)
Even if you don't believe telepresence robots are going to eliminate the need to get out of bed in the morning, it's hard to...Read More...Some Newegg Customers Received Fake Intel Core i7s
Several readers have mentioned the strange goods that some customers received from Newegg in place of the Intel Core i7 920 processor they ordered. Word on the problem first surfaced on TribalWar on Thursday evening. Newegg still hasn't...Read More...Steve Jobs: The Agony and the Ecstasy
A new play about tight-ship-running Apple CEO Steve Jobs is set to be staged at California's Berkeley Theatre early next year, penned by one of America's leading playwrights.
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs is to...Read More...10 high tech cars to tear up the tarmac
Car technology is advancing quickly - partly to save the auto industry from imminent collapse, but also because tech innovations can help save lives on the road.
Besides, why not make your morning commute just a notch easier? These ten vehicles offer something new and innovative...Read MoreChile Earthquake May Have Shortened Days on Earth
he massive 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile may have changed the entire Earth's rotation and shortened the length of days on our planet, a NASA scientist said Monday.
The quake, the seventh strongest earthquake in recorded history, hit Chile Saturday and should have...Read More...UK next-gen broadband gets funding body
Two major upgrades to the UK's broadband infrastructure have moved closer with the creation of an organisation which will allocate funding for the work.
On Thursday, the government launched Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), which will allocate funds for the two major schemes: the universal service commitment and next-generation broadband. The universal service commitment will ensure...Read More...Spamhaus: Microsoft's botnet cull had little effect
Microsoft's takedown of the Waledac botnet has not been effective, according to some security researchers.
The throttling of Waledac, which Microsoft claimed to have achieved by means of legal action last week, has led to no appreciable reduction of junk mail coming from the botnet, anti-spam organisation Spamhaus told ZDNet UK on Tuesday.
"The amount of spam coming from...Read More...ISPs attack 'misguided' site-blocking plan
The ISP Association has said it is outraged at an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill that would let copyright holders force ISPs to block websites accused of unlawfully giving access to copyrighted material.
In a statement on Thursday, ISPA said Amendment 120a, passed in the House of Lords on Tuesday, was "hastily constructed and...Read More...
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