As we inch towards the first weekend of spring, here's a rare treat for those who enjoy the prehistory of IT.You may already know that IBM invented the hard disk in 1956 with RAMAC, a wardrobe-sized 5MB behemoth.
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Apple didn't call out the new iPad's most striking internal feature during the launch, but from an engineering viewpoint it is extraordinary for one standout component.Teardowns reveal that the battery capacity has been doubled to more than 40 watt-hours.
The Mayor of London's office announced on Tuesday that many London Underground stations will get Wi-Fi access in summer 2012 through a deal with Virgin Media. More than 80 stations will have the service in the summer, with up to 120 stations in total connected by the end of 2012.
Yahoo has filed a complaint in the San Jose courts against Facebook, saying that the social media company is infringing ten of Yahoo's patents covering areas around advertising, user actions, privacy and click fraud prevention.The issue first came to light in February, when Yahoo told the New York Times that it was seeking a licensing deal with Facebook over "ten to twenty" of Yahoo's 1000-plus patent collection.
The predicted impact on the Earth of the Sun's recent energetic Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) happened on Thursday at 1100 GMT, the American National Weather Service's Space Weather Center has reported."The coronal mass ejection (CME) associated with the R3 (Strong) Radio Blackout event from 0024 UTC March 7 (7:24 p.
By the time you read this, you'll already have decided what you think of the iPad 3 - or iPad, as Apple calls it. Apple says that it "reinvents the category", using the following adjectives in the first four paragraphs of its press release alone: stunning, amazing, amazing, amazing, unbelievable, incredible, unbelievable, incomparable, powerful, incredible, superb, stunning, incredible.
It's hard to say what's happened to Steorn, Irish inventors of Orbo, once claimed to be an over-unity generator that broke the laws of physics but now barely worthy of couple of fuzzy paragraphs on the web site.You can, however, enjoy their latest device - a water heater called Heptaheat.
"So, Rupert," said the company. "Twenty years on the job.
Graphene, the 21st century's most promising new material, has acquired yet another entry in its burgeoning CV.A team led by graphene co-discoverer Professor Sir Andrew Geim at the University of Manchester has demonstrated that thin films of graphene oxide are impermeable to most gases and liquids, but extremely permeable to water.
St Helena is more pub quiz answer than reality to most people. A speck of land in the South Atlantic midway between Africa and South America, it's Britain's second oldest extant colony after Bermuda and home to around 4000 people and one bishop.
Japanese telco NTT has built a prototype of what it calls the world's smallest full-coverage 60GHz wireless networking module. Able to operate on four 2.
Virgin Media customers across the UK lost some or all of phone, broadband and television service for three hours on Tuesday evening due to an unspecified routing fault.The company has not said how many of its five million customers were affected during the outage, which lasted from 17:00 to around 20:00, but it did apologise in a statement, saying: "Our customers may have experienced some problems getting online yesterday evening.
Many countries consider internet access numbers to be a good measure of how up-to-date their citizens and industry are, with higher penetration rates signalling good things. Dig down into the figures, though, and you can find some peculiar numbers that may or may not say more about their geography than plain old economics .
Jerry Yang has left Yahoo, the company he co-founded in 1995. In a statement issued by Yahoo on Monday, Scott Thompson, CEO of Yahoo, said "Jerry leaves behind a legacy of innovation and customer focus for this iconic brand".
Crowdsourced online encyclopedia Wikipedia is to 'blackout' its English language service for 24 hours on Wednesday in protest at proposed internet control laws SOPA and PIPA currently before the American government. The blackout will run from midnight to midnight Eastern Standard Time; from 5am Wednesday to 5am Thursday in the UK.