Hulu eyes Down Under (again)
Periodic and breathless speculation about when Hulu is going to jump into the Australian market has re-emerged, for the umpteenth time since 2009.
Boffins devise way to hide secret data on hard drives
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.
Itanium's future: Users believe Intel, not Oracle
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 WeekGoogle’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.
Mellanox uncloaks SwitchX network switch-hitter
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.
App-stores-in-the-enterprise kit spans Apple iOS and Android
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.
Coder Android tablet love on (a bit of a) wane
Developer interest in Android phones and tablets is on the wane – at least a bit – according to a new study.
Sony unwraps Android 3.0 tablet pair
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.
MS now issuing security advisories about third-party Windows bugs
Microsoft has expanded its vulnerability disclosure program to include security bulletins about third-party Windows software as well as its own applications.
Yahoo! buys! TV-sharing! startup! IntoNow!
Yahoo! has bought television 'check-in' startup IntoNow for an undisclosed sum.
Man arrested wearing hair scrunchie on short and curlies
A Californian man staged a dirty protest in a police cell after he was arrested half-naked in a cemetery.
Iomega Home Media Network Cloud Edition 1TB drive
ReviewI 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.
Apple Square sallies forth from stores
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.
Oracle chief bean-counter mysteriously quits database giant
Software maker Oracle has let go of its chief finance officer, Jeff Epstein, without revealing why the exec had resigned from the company.
Five amazing computers for under £100
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.
Motorola pushes laptop-dock Android phone at Brits
Orange has the UK exclusive on Motorola's netbook-powering Atrix Android smartphone, the US phone maker has confirmed.
Computer glitch opens un-staffed supermarket to happy Kiwis
Canny Kiwis were given a Good Friday bonus when a computer system automatically opened a supermarket to all comers.
Dell waves its Boomi at large back-ends
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.
2011 Ford Focus
ReviewWith 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.
Three adds iPhone 4 to unlimited data package
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.
Chinese mapping hotline stays cold
China's new hotline for reporting of dodgy cartographers has remained silent, with not a single call since being switched on last week.
End of the line for mechanical typewriters
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 pillages SPC-1 benchmark
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?
Airborne killer robot destroys Libyan anti-aircraft missile
AnalysisIn 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.
Vintage flying car offered at auction
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.
Golden Gate swallows up Lawson Software
Veteran ERP vendor Lawson software is being swallowed by acquisitive VC house Golden Gate Capital, the firms announced this morning.
US smartphone market goes Google
Android is now the most popular smartphone operating system in the US, on the basis of the number of folk using it, at least.
Homer talks TomTom through iPhone app
If satnav instructions from Darth Vader were beginning to tire, why not opt for some Homer Simpson instead?
Google and Facebook tool up for coupons fight
Google has chosen Oregon as its initial theatre of operations for its long-awaited response to Groupon.
Force10 cranks Ethernet switches to 40 Gigabits
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.
China gently chides Baidu over deep-linking MP3 naughtiness
China's most popular search engine has had its wrist slapped by Beijing officials for allegedly providing illegal music downloads via its MP3 service.
'Anti alpha' mirror-matter made from gold in atomsmasher
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.
Amazon algorithms price bio book at over $23m
An algorithmically induced pricing spiral drove up the price for a popular biology reference work on Amazon.com to an astronomical $23.7m.
IBM bumps up dividend – again
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.
Boffins pull plug on SETI alien-seeking antenna array
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.
Dropbox snuffs open code that bypassed file-sharing controls
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 Nebula cloud spans nine space centers
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.
Cops raid man whose Wi-Fi was used to download child porn
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.
Amazon: Some data won't be recovered after cloud outage
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.
Freebie SMS day for suffering Vodafone customers
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.
User data stolen in Sony PlayStation Network hack attack
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.
Feds finger China in wire fraud
The FBI has issued an alert warning that money obtained by phishing is being transferred to trade companies in China.
Amazon refudiates Apple 'app store' trademark suit
Amazon is fighting back against an Apple lawsuit that charged the mega-etailer with using the term "App Store" without proper Cupertinian consent.
Note to Mozilla: We don't get the Firefox billboards
Open...and ShutAlthough 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.