holy_calamity writes: Nuclear powered space probes like Pioneer have "nuclear batteries" that (very inefficiently) convert heat from decaying isotopes into electricity. US researchers think a new material that converts radiation into power instead could make nuclear batteries 20 times more efficient. Unfortunately they will likely be non user replaceable.
IanW writes: "One of the world's most-used pirate film websites has been closed after providing links to illegal versions of major Hollywood hits and TV shows. The arrest and the closure of the site — www.tv-links.co.uk — came during an operation by officers from Gloucestershire County Council trading standards in conjunction with investigators from Fact and Gloucestershire Police."
tgacid writes: "Using public wi-fi hotspots has got much riskier as security experts unveil tools that nab login data over the air.
Demonstrated at the Black Hat hacker conference in Las Vegas, these new tools make it far easier to steal account details. Identifying files called cookies are stolen in the attack which let hackers pose as their victim. This gives attackers access to mail messages or the page someone maintains on sites such as MySpace or Facebook."
hhavensteincw writes: "Details of Microsoft's answer to Google's Analytics have leaked online. Screenshots have been posted on the Net of the new "Gatineau" Web analytics tool that Microsoft now says (http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?co mmand=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyId=9&articleId=9027 638&intsrc=hm_topic) will be available in beta this summer. In a blog post, Microsoft's Ian Thomas also reveals that Microsoft will use Live ID(formerly Microsoft Passport) profiles to get its demographic data."
Tijaska writes "Mobile devices are becoming more capable all the time, but their small screens and keyboards limit their usefulness. This article shows ways in which five buttons located on the edges of a mobile could be used in combinations to generate 325 or many more different characters, making a full-sized keyboard unnecessary. If that sounds like a tall story, remember the case of the retired 93 year old telegraph operator who used a Morse key to send a text message faster than a teenager could send it via mobile phone (see here)."