The European Space Agency (ESA) is to start using 3D printing methods to create metal parts for rockets, jets and potentially even nuclear fusion reactors. According to the ESA, the parts will be able to withstand heat of up to 3,000° Celsius (5,432° Fahrenheit) and will cut down on materials waste. “Our ultimate aim is to print a satellite in a single piece,” said ESA new materials and energy research chief David Jarvis.
The Japanese firms have acquired a 51 percent stake in Supercell, which pulls in millions each day through in-game purchases. Supercell now wants to become the “first truly global games company.” Read more »
This particular mass surveillance activity only takes place outside the U.S., according to a Washington Post scoop, but it does still involve the collection of many Americans’ contacts lists for services including Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail and Facebook. Read more »
The tech firm will next year have a retail chief for the first time since October 2012, when the less-than-successful John Browett was booted out. Read more »
In an echo of Brazil’s push for greater online autonomy, Deutsche Telekom has proposed keeping German internet traffic within German borders, wherever possible. That’s not going to protect much, though. Read more »
The Israeli firm helps users cut down on their mobile data consumption without using fewer services — a feature that will be critical in Facebook’s mission of connecting more people in the developing world. Read more »
The British telecoms giant has paid $7.7 billion for 76.57 percent of Kabel Deutschland’s share capital, making it a much stronger rival to Deutsche Telekom. Read more »
With its international headquarters in Luxembourg for tax purposes, Skype apparently now finds the little duchy’s privacy officials on its back over allegations of NSA collusion, following a complaint by activists. Read more »
Customers of an Asda store will soon be able to buy figurines of themselves. With big chains standing to gain a lot from the rise of 3D printing, it’s no surprise to see the firm tentatively piloting the technology. Read more »
An Estonian court did not violate a local news site’s right to free expression by holding it liable for offensive anonymous comments made under one of its stories, the ECHR has ruled. Read more »
OpenStack may be on the rise, but its competitors often point to the complexity of setting it up. Ubuntu Server 13.10, due out next week, aims to eliminate that concern through the introduction of so-called charm bundles. Read more »
The Spanish carrier group and the Japanese equipment maker NEC have begun a pilot program in Brazil, where many of the complex routing functions are being virtualized out of the set-top box and into the network. Read more »
The carriers are likely to end up paying millions more each year for their 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum, reflecting the fact that this spectrum can now be reused for 3G and 4G, not just voice and SMS. Read more »
Tim Berners-Lee suggests that allowing content protection mechanisms into the HTML5 web standard may be necessary in order to help web standards fight back against the rise of proprietary platforms. But is that tradeoff worth making? Read more »
Version 1.1 of Mozilla’s web-centric smartphone platform adds major features such as push notifications and browser downloads. But will this be enough to see signed-up manufacturers such as Huawei and LG actually produce Firefox OS phones? Read more »
The cuts are intended to save on costs, but also to help Alcatel-Lucent transition from something of a networking generalist to a specialist in IP networking and “ultra-broadband” access. Read more »
The United Kingdom isn’t much of a manufacturing hub these days, except for… computers? Yes, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, which makes ultra-cheap computers for educational purposes, has built more than a million of the things in the UK over the last year (following a few months’ production in China). Some 1.75 million units have now been sold and, with partners such as Google continuing to join in the fun, the platform continues to become more useful.
An unofficial app removes the region lock on Samsung’s European Note 3 by clearing a blacklist — and we still don’t know why Samsung put the blacklist there in the first place. Read more »
An activist alliance called Privacy not Prism wants the European Court of Human Rights to bring effective oversight to British spies’ global surveillance activities. Its crowdfunding campaign for covering legal costs hit its target in two days. Read more »
The tool, developed internally at SoundCloud and open-sourced on Monday, aims to help large community-driven web services identify spammy followers and contributors and make it so they’re “shouting into the wind.” Read more »
The iBox, one of eight finalists for GigaOM’s Mobilize Product Showcase, is designed to help manufacturers understand what connectivity can add to their products and analyze the kinds of data the internet of things will churn out. Read more »
The German company, which works with scientists who developed a technique for modelling the way in which users looks at websites and emails, intends to apply its technology to new areas. Read more »
As we reported earlier this year, the UK is planning extensive trials of so-called white space connectivity – using the spectral buffer zones between TV channels in order to carry broadband and machine-to-machine communications. The regulator Ofcom has now named the 6-month trial’s participants, which range from Google and Microsoft to BT, white space radio pioneer Neul and .uk domain name registry Nominet.
Data from meta-analysis firm eMarketer suggests tablet penetration in the UK is lower than that in the U.S., but still higher than that in other key European countries. Read more »
Apple has resumed its push email services in Germany, having won an interim court decision allowing it to do so. In early 2012, Motorola won and enforced an injunction against Apple’s push email services, based on patent infringement. Read more »
The new release is the first to explicitly take Abiquo past its enterprise roots, as the company is now also pitching to service providers who want to serve hybrid-curious enterprises. Read more »
Europe’s competition chief thinks Google’s latest settlement proposals are better than their predecessors, so — unless rivals such as Microsoft find hidden loopholes — a deal should follow next spring. Read more »
Figures from Kantar Worldpanel show Microsoft’s smartphone platform is on the rise in key EU markets, where 7 out of every 10 smartphones sold carry Android. Read more »
The French firm’s app, which lets users test and upload cellular and Wi-Fi coverage and performance, now feeds back speed data as well as coverage maps to its community. Read more »
Thankfully, it seems augmented reality may be useful for more than animated ads and other marketing gimmicks. Read more »
The secure communications firm will bring in default replacements for widely-used encryption standards that came out of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). However, at least one security expert thinks this may be “a trifle of an overreaction.” Read more »
Samsung is still on the hook in the EU over antitrust concerns – regulators there reckon that if you’ve agreed to license standards-essential patents to competitors at a fair rate, and a competitor is willing to pay that rate, you can’t then use the patents as legal weapons against them, as Samsung did to Apple. On Friday, EU competition chief Joaquin Almunia said Samsung has now sent him “a set of commitments seeking to address our concerns,” and he will “market test” those proposals over the coming weeks.
Roamers can relax — Samsung says buyers of its top-selling handsets can freely use SIM cards from foreign regions, as long as they activate the device using a SIM from their home region or with the assistance of a service partner. Read more »
People buying the unlocked Galaxy Note 3 in regions such as Europe or North America will not be able to use a SIM card from another region in it, meaning they will have to pay exorbitant roaming fees if they travel outside the region. Read more »
German researchers have come up with a cheap way to spray gas sensors, based on a relatively new material, onto thin film. If health fears are cleared, this could result in smart food packaging — perhaps with sprayed-on radio antennas, too. Read more »
Big tech firms want to make sure that a soon-to-launch unified European patent system doesn’t let trolls game the system on a wide scale, so they’ve asked for modifications to the rules of the new EU patent court. Read more »
The cloud stack may lack an OpenStack-style marketing push, but its first global conference in Berlin this week has been full of stories of successful, interesting deployments by the likes of Akamai, Fermilab and the Santander Group. Read more »
Many people in Finland are feeling understandably sore at the sale of Nokia’s venerable handset division to Microsoft, and this won’t help quell the conspiracy theories. Nokia previously said outgoing CEO Stephen Elop had a similar bonus structure to that of his predecessor, but on Tuesday it emerged that Elop’s contract included a “change of control” clause that helped him net $25 million on the way out. There was effectively a built-in incentive for Elop to see the share price fall and then have to sell off the handset business.
The Spanish Wi-Fi sharing community has scored what it suggests will be the first of multiple carrier deals in the U.S., giving its members access to AT&T’s 30,000 hotspots around the country. Read more »
The reported move will give people in a new free-trade zone access to currently-banned services such as Facebook and Twitter, while also allowing foreign telcos to apply for licenses to provide internet services locally. Read more »