2012 was US's hottest year on record

Last year was the ninth warmest since 1880, say NASA scientists, and the warmest recorded by far for the continental US.

Windows 8 uncertainty blamed for decline in PC sales

For the first time in five years, PC shipments over the holiday shopping season were lower than the year before - and IDC is blaming Windows 8.

2012 was US's hottest year on record

Last year was the warmest on record for the contiguous United States, say NOAA scientists, with an average temperature of 55.3°F - 3.2°F above the 20th century average, and 1.0°F above 1998, the previous warmest year.

Samsung beats Nokia as top cellphone brand

After 14 years as the world's best-selling phone brand, Nokia has finally slipped from the top spot. Samsung's taken over, with its market share hitting 29 percent, up from 24 percent last year.

What the world searched for in 2012

Google's published its list of the most-searched terms of 2012, showing the world to be particularly interested in Whitney Houston, Gangnam Style and Hurricane Sandy.

Election, iPhone 5 and Kim Kardashian top Yahoo searches

Yahoo has released its list of the most-searched terms for the year. The  list reveals that, unsurprisingly, we've been very interested in the US election - but have relaxed by following the Kardashians and dreaming of an iPhone 5.

New Mayan 2012 text is 'political, not prophetic'

New evidence has been found that the Mayan calendar ended on 21 December this year - but gives no indication that the Maya expected the world to end then too.

Mayan calendar contradicts 2012 apocalypse

Archaeologists say they've found the oldest Mayan calendar yet - and in what will be a bit of a blow for anyone that's already sold their house and taken to the hills, it runs well past 2012.

Betelgeuse exploding next year? Don't bet on it

The more gullible amongst us - or just possibly the better-prepared - are rushing out to buy sunglasses in the belief that the Earth is shortly to have 'two suns'.

Tampa runway change fuels fears of Armageddon

Conspiracy theorists are having a field day with the news that Tampa Airport has changed the designation of one of its runways because the Earth's magnetic pole has shifted slightly.

NASA lists most ludicrous sci-fi movies

2012 was the worst science fiction movie ever, say NASA scientists fed up with having to explain that, no, the world isn't really going to end next year.