Periodic and breathless speculation about when Hulu is going to jump into the Australian market has re-emerged, for the umpteenth time since 2009.
Computer scientists have developed software that hides sensitive data on hard drive, without the use of encryption, by controlling the precise disk locations containing the file's data fragments. The application, which the academic researchers said they would release as open-source software, makes use of steganography, or the ancient art of hiding secret information in plain sight. The technique has long been employed to keep sensitive data out of the hands of adversaries. The use of encryption, by contrast, is easy to detect, tipping off adversaries that a hard drive or other piece of media contains information considered secret.
Who do you believe? Oracle, when it says that Intel will eventually replace the Itanium processor with Xeons, or Intel and its Itanium co-developer HP, when they say there are two more generations of Itaniums coming, and that those processors will be supported for at least a decade.
Android App of the WeekAndroid App of the Week Google’s increasingly powerful translation tools are starting to make the Babel Fish a technical possibility and Communicate is the latest app to make use of them to offer real-time speech translation.
Servers have been virtualized, storage has been virtualized, and now it's the network's turn, thanks to Mellanox Technologies, a maker of chips and switches running the InfiniBand and Ethernet protocols.
AppCentral – a startup based in San Francisco – has released a new incarnation of its platform for operating private mobile app stores within the enterprise. Version 2.0 of the platform can be used with both Apple iOS and Google Android devices.
Developer interest in Android phones and tablets is on the wane – at least a bit – according to a new study.
Sony has come clean with its tablet plans: it will launch a pair of of them, but it's waiting until the autumn to do so. Previously, it pointed to a summer release.
Microsoft has expanded its vulnerability disclosure program to include security bulletins about third-party Windows software as well as its own applications.
Yahoo! has bought television 'check-in' startup IntoNow for an undisclosed sum.
A Californian man staged a dirty protest in a police cell after he was arrested half-naked in a cemetery.
ReviewReview I must confess that I do have have an extraordinary fondness for network attached storage. And when terms like ‘home media’ and ‘cloud edition’ appear on the box, then it certainly gets my attention.
Square is now in the Apple stores, both physical and virtual, putting the banking revolution in a plastic cube in front of a lot more eyes than its competitors.
Software maker Oracle has let go of its chief finance officer, Jeff Epstein, without revealing why the exec had resigned from the company.
Many men are facing a dilemma in the coming days. Thanks to the Royals, a great, great, yawning maw of consecutive weekly Bank Holidays looms large. With enforced downtime, this means a stark choice: either face the family, or retreat to the Garden Shed. To help you make this choice, here are some suggestions.
Orange has the UK exclusive on Motorola's netbook-powering Atrix Android smartphone, the US phone maker has confirmed.
Canny Kiwis were given a Good Friday bonus when a computer system automatically opened a supermarket to all comers.
Boomi – the Pennsylvania-based startup acquired by Dell last year – has released a new version of its flagship AtomSphere service, a so-called "integration cloud" that lets businesses connect various back-end applications running in their own data centers as well as those in the proverbial data-center heavens.
ReviewReview With Ford’s consumer research showing that drivers regard its cars as fun to drive and reliable to own but not particularly hi-tech, it’s playing the technology card heavily with the third-generation Focus. The new car comes loaded with sort of driver assistance kit that just a few years ago would only have been found on a high-end Mercedes.
Network operator Three has added the iPhone 4 to the list of pay-as-you-go smartphones it offers with "all-you-can-eat" mobile broadband.
China's new hotline for reporting of dodgy cartographers has remained silent, with not a single call since being switched on last week.
The death of the mechanical typewriter is upon us, after Godrej & Boyce recently confirmed that the firm's remaining inventory at its production plant in Shirwal, near Pune, had significantly dwindled to just 500 machines.
Pillar has announced a sparkling SPC-1 benchmark, bettering IBM's Storwize V7000. Oddly EMC is not present in SPC-1 results and NetApp's results are 2008 vintage. What's going on?
AnalysisAnalysis In news which will send a cold chill down the necks of fast-jet pilots and air forces around the world, it has been announced that an unmanned "Predator" drone has destroyed a heavy Libyan surface-to-air missile in Tripoli on Sunday.
She may not be full of gizmos like Bond's DB5, nor does she talk like Knight Rider's KITT, yet Chitty Chitty Bang Bang remains one of the most loveable motors in the history of cinema. Which is why collectors will be chuffed to know she's going under the hammer next month.
InterviewInterview Since Windows 7 stabilised its service packs big organisations are moving into upgrade mode.
Veteran ERP vendor Lawson software is being swallowed by acquisitive VC house Golden Gate Capital, the firms announced this morning.
Android is now the most popular smartphone operating system in the US, on the basis of the number of folk using it, at least.
If satnav instructions from Darth Vader were beginning to tire, why not opt for some Homer Simpson instead?
Google has chosen Oregon as its initial theatre of operations for its long-awaited response to Groupon. The search giant's push into the home of the world's biggest fungus comes as Facebook preps its own coupon assault on five US cities.
The race to sell 40 Gigabit Ethernet switches for data center backbones and high-speed networks has begun, and Force10 Networks is getting out there early to stake its claims.
Episode 96Episode 96 Oh Hello. Tune into some podcast magic from the Infosmack team, with hosts Greg Knieriemen and Marc Farley with the Diva of Disruptive Technologies, Christina Weil.
China's most popular search engine has had its wrist slapped by Beijing officials for allegedly providing illegal music downloads via its MP3 service.
Allied international boffins are exceedingly chuffed this week to announce a recordbreaking reverse-alchemy triumph: gold has been turned into extra hefty nega-helium antimatter by using an enormously powerful atom smasher.
An algorithmically induced pricing spiral drove up the price for a popular biology reference work on Amazon.com to an astronomical $23.7m.
IBM, the original IT darling of the New York Stock Exchange, has once again boosted its cash dividend and piled up billions more cash to run down to the exchange to buy back its own shares.
The SETI Institute has put its renowned Allen Telescope Array into hibernation because it doesn't have the money to run the giant cluster of radio dishes that search the heavens for extraterrestrial life. The shuttering of the ATA was disclosed on Friday by scientists who said the project was unable to find the $5m infusion it needed to operate over the next two years. Franck Marchis – who works with SETI and the University of California at Berkeley, which oversees day-to-day operations at ATA – said activities at the Hat Creek Observatory, where the project is located, have already been suspended.
Dropbox – the San Francisco startup that offers a free service for sharing files over the net – has suppressed a fledgling open source project that lets anyone use the service outside of its control, saying the project exposed Dropbox's proprietary protocol and could be used for piracy.
NASA's Nebula project – an Amazon-like "infrastructure cloud" for use within the federal government – is now being used across nine NASA centers, including the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and its headquarters in Washington.
A man recently found a swarm of armed federal agents descending on his Buffalo, New York, home after a neighbor accessed his open Wi-Fi network and used it to download child pornography. The account, included in a recently published article from the Associated Press, is one of several demonstrating the unintended consequences that come when computer users don't take measures to restrict use of their wireless networks.
Amazon says that about 0.07 per cent of the EBS storage volumes in the East Region of its infrastructure cloud are not "fully recoverable" following the extended outage that hit the service last Thursday.
Vodafone has offered beleaguered Australian customers 12 hours of free text messaging as compensation for a network outage over Easter, the latest in a series of service outages. In a message on the company blog the carrier said: “We apologise for the technical fault that occurred yesterday and resulted in many customers experiencing difficulties in sending and receiving text messages. We know how important it is for you to remain in touch with your family and friends, so we will be offering a free SMS day to all Vodafone customers on Sunday, 1st May (8am-8.00pm AEST).” Ironically, Vodafone customers already enjoy free text messaging under both ‘unlimited’ and cap plans - a fact immediately seized upon by customers who have posted another raft of irate responses on the company blog. "Nice empty attempt to make yourselves look good! most people are on caps so the supposed free day means jack all!! do you really think customers are that stupid? nice!!", reflected the general response. Meanwhile, The Australian reports that the proposed class action against Vodafone Australia, instigated in January by law firm Piper Alderman, over poor network performance has doubled in claimants to more than 22,000. ®
Sony is warning its millions of PlayStation Network (PSN) users to watch out for identity-theft scams after hackers breached its security and plundered the user names, passwords, addresses, birth dates, and other information used to register accounts. The stolen information may also include payment-card data, purchase history, billing addresses, and security answers used to change passwords, Sony said on Tuesday. The company plans to keep the hacked system offline for the time being, and to restore services gradually. The advisory also applies to users of Sony's related Qriocity network.
The FBI has issued an alert warning that money obtained by phishing is being transferred to trade companies in China.
Amazon is fighting back against an Apple lawsuit that charged the mega-etailer with using the term "App Store" without proper Cupertinian consent.
Open...and ShutOpen...and Shut Although people often contribute to charities because "it's the right thing to do," they rarely give to businesses on this basis. That's why it's strange to see industries turn to "guilt trips as business models," as GigaOm's Matthew Ingram terms newspapers' recent business-model experiments.
Business was not as smooth as it could have been in the third quarter of fiscal 2011 for Super Micro, a supplier of both motherboards and complete systems, and a bellwether of sorts for the server racket.