Can virtual reality headgear ever go mainstream?

Andreessen Horowitz, the ScarJo of venture firms, has just put $75 million into Oculus Rift to help the company take its technology mainstream. But, 3D isn't really taking off, and has never really taken off, beyond short term hype.

G.fast standard makes copper all fiber optical-y

The ITU has standardised G.fast, a broadband technology capable of achieving download speeds of up to 1Gbps over copper telephone wire.

Bots overrunning human traffic on the Internet

Beancounters at the security outfit Incapsula have added up all their numbers and divided by their shoe size and worked out that 61.5 percent of all website traffic is now generated by bots.

lZBOX Nano ID46 is a $324 Haswell mini-PC

Zotac has debuted the ZBOX Nano ID67, an uber-mini PC equipped with an Intel Core i3-4010U Haswell dual-core processor and a base $324 price tag.

Google buys Apple stuff but Apple doesn't buy Google stuff

Google has decided that it is best to have security by obscurity and has invested in shedloads of expensive Macs.

FreeBSD doesn't trust Intel and Via processors

FreeBSD operating system developers have decided that they will no longer allow users to trust processors manufactured by Intel and Via to provide random numbers.

Rambus and Micron settle after 12 years of litigation

Chipmaker Micron and the former chip designer turned patent troll Rambus have finally ended a 12 year court battle.

NSA forces novelist to scrap book

A Scottish sci-fi writer has cancelled the last installment in a trilogy about high-tech government spying after discovering that the NSA has been doing exactly what he described in his books.

Dell debuts first Chromebook

Dell has introduced its first Chromebook, a web-centric laptop targeted at the education market. The Dell Chromebook 11 features an 11.6-inch display (1366 x 768 pixel), along with an Intel Haswell Celeron 2955U processor.

Report: Ubuntu smartphones are on the way

Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth has reportedly confirmed that the first Ubuntu phones will be arriving in 2014.

LG G Pad 8.3 first Google Play Edition tablet

This  is, apparently, Google’s first Android Open Source Project (AOSP) tablet  and will feature Android 4.4, KitKat. The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition will be available for purchase starting today in the United States on Google Play. 

4chan Xbox One hack bogus and destructive

A hack for the Xbox One, which claims to make Xbox 360 games playable on the new system, is a prank which breaks the console.

Samsung's censorship of damaging video backfires

Samsung hoped to suppress the news that one of its S4 phones caught fire and has created for itself a PR nightmare.

Sino-hackers go all NSA and shizzle on Europeans

Chinese hackers eavesdropped on the computers of five European foreign ministries before last September's G20 Summit, which was dominated by the Syrian crisis.

This Android app stops you being tracked in public

AVG, best known for its security software applications, has added WiFi Do Not Track (DNT) to is Android PirvacyFix app. This will kill all those comments about "Minority Report" and we are happy about anything that will stop people trying to sell us crap we don't want based on erroneous information that they've gotten through nefarious means. Suck it, retailers!

Samsung’s 1TB SSD weighs in at 8.5 grams

Samsung has introduced a 1TB mSATA solid state drive (SSD) that weighs in at a scant 8.5 grams and measures approximately 3.85mm (0.15 inches) thick.

NSA not feelin' the love from Obama

Morale at the US spook agency the NSA has plummeted, according to an officialish survey.

Early glimpse of the Asus Padfone Mini

Asus is all set to launch its mini phone/tablet hybrid later this week. However, pictures of the Asus Padfone Mini are already circulating online and can be viewed below.

Headline: $99 Dell Venue 8 Pro. Truth: more like $199.

The great thing about Internet content is that it is superficial and if you dig deeper you'll find that it ain't what you think it is. Unless it is pictures of cute cats. No one gets that wrong. So, beware all those headlines about bargain Windows tablets.

Microchips can't get much cheaper despite Moore's Law

Broadcom Chairman and CTO Henry Samueli  has warned that Moore's Law is breaking down and is not making chips cheaper these days.