Android malware attacks show perils of Google openness
This week's discovery of malware that hijacked tens of thousands of Android cellphones shows the pitfalls of Google's decision to make the operating system the Wikipedia of mobile platforms that offers apps written by virtually anyone.
AFP terrifies MPs with ‘net pr0n tales
According to a story in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Federal Police has warned a group of Australian parliamentarians that the country’s planned National Broadband Network (NBN) will “make it harder” for them to “track people downloading and sharing child pornography”.
Oz bloggers get shield protection
The Australian Senate has passed legislation that would afford the same protection to bloggers, independent media and “citizen journalists” as is enjoyed by journalists.
Google ends Chrome hardware acceleration on 'old drivers'
Google has disabled Chrome hardware acceleration for systems with certain "older" graphics drivers, after noticing that such systems caused an unusual number of crashes.
From messiah to pariah: The death of open source on mobile
Open...and ShutOpen source has gone from pariah to messiah in the past decade, but it has yet to find a place at the mobile table, and risks being rendered obsolete.
Olympus PEN E-PL2 Micro Four-Thirds camera
ReviewWhen the original Olympus PEN E-P1 came out in 2009 it arguably marked the start of a revolution. Its mirrorless design meant that it was far smaller than a DSLR, yet its relatively large sensor meant it took considerably better quality images than compact cameras; besides that, its retro Japanese styling also made it a far more tempting proposition for consumers everywhere.
Sage Pay, down and out yet again
Online payment system Sage Pay is unavailable again today despite limping briefly back online yesterday.
China plays follow the phone
China is planning to monitor population flow by tracking mobile phones, in the interests of traffic management, though more nefarious motivations do suggest themselves.
Intel re-invents its mainstream SSD
Intel has announced a 510 solid state drive (SSD) line that greatly increases the read/write bandwidth, but has lower IOPS numbers compared to its existing X25-M SSD products.
March Patch Tuesday leaves IE unpatched for Pwn2Own hackers
Microsoft – unlike its browser rivals – will not be patching Internet Explorer before the upcoming Pwn2Own hacking contest next week.
Microsoft's new 'Bing deals' fails to support Windows Phone 7
Microsoft launched a Groupon-like site dubbed 'Bing deals' that works on desktops, Apple's iPhone and Google's Android device but not on Redmond's own Windows Phone 7.
Half a million Germans rally in support of 'Baron von Googleberg'
A huge online campaign has rallied in support of former German defence minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, who resigned on Tuesday after being stripped of his PhD for plagiarising large sections of his thesis.
German railways merge NFC networks
Frankfurt's regional travel authority is to merge its NFC infrastructure with the national rail operator, creating an interoperable network for travelling across Germany with a tap of the phone.
Kentucky man denies drunk driving, blames blow job
A Kentucky man who was arrested for DUI has said his erratic driving was less to do with alcohol and more to do with the oral sex he was receiving from his passenger at the time.
Sinclair ZX81: 30 years old
Tomorrow, 5 March 2011, marks the 30th anniversary of the arrival of the machine that did more to awaken ordinary Britons to the possibilities offered by home computing: the Sinclair ZX81.
British biz roasts Hargreaves' 'Google Review'
The Google Review – or to give its official title, The Intellectual Property Office's Independent Review of IP and Growth – has come under a sustained fire. It is the last day of submissions before Hargreaves and his team of five experts go away and ponder. The initiative was created as part of Cameron's "Shoreditch Roundabout" speech in November, where he described the gap-year Nathan Barleys who do "something in social media" as the future of the British economy.
Microsoft tablet OS to see light of day in 'autumn 2012'
Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer was given a gentle kick up the backside late last year by the company's board, after he failed to move quickly enough against Apple’s iPad and lost market share in the mobile phone and tablet biz.
Olympus touts cameras with dual image processors
Olympus has debuted a few flashy cameras, one that's crushproof, and a couple with dual image processors which take shots while simultaneously capturing HD footage.
Locked iPhones still got their ears on
The iPhone passcode has never been particularly secure, but now it seems that a locked handset will respond to a good talking-to, unless the user remembers to opt out.
THQ brings the uDraw GameTablet to Blighty
Hands OnToday sees the UK launch of THQ's uDraw GameTablet, a fresh way for kids and families to interact with their Nintendo Wii console.
Parliament's expenses body spent £2.2m on IT
The newly minted Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has spent £2.2m on IT to get itself up and running, a commons answer revealed yesterday.
Virgin says unlimited music downloads 'outdated'
Anyone remember Virgin's great unlimited MP3 music service? You can be forgiven for looking stumped. The day before the Carter Report was published in the Summer of 2009 – the report that became the basis of the Digital Economy Act – Virgin and Universal announced they'd be offering unlimited DRM-free MP3 downloads for the price of "a couple of albums per month".
iDect iHome Android phone
ReviewAs well as smartphones and tablets Google’s Android operating system has started cropping up in media players, ski goggles, car stereos and even headphones, so it’s perhaps not too surprising that it’s now turned up in the humble landline home phone.
Nexenta: The fastest-growing storage start-up ever?
CeBIT:Nexenta is the fastest-growing storage start-up ever, based on customer growth, according to its sales and marketing veep, Jon Ash – faster even than NetApp in its early days.
Phantom Menace to be released in 3D next Feb
Reviled Star Wars prequel Episode I: The Phantom Menace, reproduced in 3D for some reason, now has an official release date.
Courtney Love coughs up $430k in Twitter rant settlement
Hole singer Courtney Love has settled a lawsuit with fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir in Los Angeles.
Commission clears Hollywood studios after U-turn
The European Commission has ended an investigation into the major Hollywood studios after they changed contract provisions on installing digital kit at cinemas.
O2 tries to explain its new prudish nature
O2 has been busy explaining to customers why it's come over all prudish, and why they shouldn't worry about spending a little money to prove their age.
Samsung admits iPad 2 will be tough to beat
A Samsung executive has admitted that beating the iPad 2's skinniness will be a challenge.
South Korea blitzed by DDoSers
Multiple South Korean government websites have come under fire from a concerted denial of service attack.
Microsoft blows Windows Phone update, again
Samsung users who held off updating after hearing about the problems last time are being told to hold off again as the fixed fix isn't really fixed at all.
Turkey bans Google Blogger over pirated football feeds
A court has banned Google's Blogger service in Turkey over a row about pirated football feeds.
Street View Terminator warps into Dublin
We all know that Google's Street View has transdimensional capabilities, as well as the power to create space/time feedback loops, so it should come as no surprise that the Great Satan of Mountain View will in the future give staff at its all-seeing eye Terminator-style time travel abilities.
Credit card squeeze looms for pirate music sites
It isn't just Wikileaks that's being squeezed by credit card companies - pirate music sites are also feeling the pinch.
Sony readies official PS Move support for PCs
Sony has paved the way for developers to use its PlayStation Move technology as an input device, with the launch of an official SDK.
NASA's Glory climate-data sat crashes into Pacific on launch
A NASA satellite intended to bring some hard facts to the climate-change debate has crashed into the sea after lifting off from California and failing to separate from its booster rocket.
Game developer says piracy is not theft
The creator of Minecraft believes piracy can't be considered theft and that smart games developers should view people who pirate games as potential customers.
Microsoft rallies IE6 death squads
Microsoft has launched a fresh campaign to eradicate Internet Explorer 6 from the web.
Patent attack on Google open codec faces 'antitrust probe'
The US Department of Justice is investigating MPEG-LA – the patent pool organization backed by Apple, Microsoft, and others – over the organization's effort to undermine the royalty-free V8 codec Google introduced last year, according to a report citing people familiar with the matter.
Ex-UK spy boss says WikiLeaks sparked Egyptian revolution
The former head of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service has credited WikiLeaks and other secret-spilling sites with sparking the revolutions sweeping the Middle East.
HP uncloaks wristwatch 'aggregation point'
UpdatedIn possibly the vaguest demo in recorded history, HP has revealed a futuristic connectivity device designed to be the centerpiece of your personal connectivity.
Apple: If you're under 17, you can't use Opera
Apple has allowed Opera's desktop browser into its new Mac App Store, but it has decreed that no one under 17 years old can download the thing.
Tas magistrate finds legal book of filth illegal on computer
You can’t invent cases as strange as this: a book that is not only legal, but can be borrowed from various Australian libraries* can, in digital form, land the owner with a child porn conviction.
Libya's internet goes dark as upheaval spreads
As violence escalated against people protesting Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, internet traffic flowing in and out of the African nation dropped to zero, making it impossible to send communications over its borders.
Red Hat: 'Yes, we undercut Oracle with hidden Linux patches'
Red Hat has changed the way it distributes Enterprise Linux kernel code in an effort to prevent Oracle and Novell from stealing its customers, making it more difficult for these competitors to understand which patches have been applied where.