NBN Co lights up on mainland
Australia’s controversial national broadband network took one small step towards actual deployment with the click of a specially-constructed media-stunt red button officially activating the first mainland site in Armidale, NSW yesterday.
Iran accused of hacking nuke inspectors' phones, PCs
United Nations nuclear officials are investigating reports that Iranian spies may have hacked agency phones and laptops that were left unattended during a recent inspection of that country's uranium enrichment facilities, the Associated Press reported.
Sleazy Aussie 'hot babes' network goes MIA
Full blooded, empty-headed, time-rich, girlfriend-poor Aussie blokes, including a trio of North Melbourne footballers, are suffering a savage attack from media and the public over their membership to an exclusive mens-only Facebook group called "the Brocial Network".
‘We’ll get to the bottom of this’ – HP boss
Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker has promised to ferret out those who leaked the memos telling the world the company is in tough times. The memos had warned employees to “watch every penny” and raised concerns of likely layoffs.
Microsoft calls Intel's Windows 8 comments 'inaccurate'
Microsoft has said that recent comments from Intel software chief Renée James on the next version of Windows were "factually inaccurate and unfortunately misleading."
Sony Vaio VPCF21Z1E 16in laptop
ReviewImagine my joy when asked to try out a 3D entertainment centre built into a Sony Vaio notebook. Imagine my disappointment, then, when I discover that the notebook in question is actually too big to fit in my notebook bag.
HDS fixin' to bring out common storage platform
El Reg understands that Hitachi Data Systems wants to move to having a single storage platform that can cover both high-end and mid-range storage needs.
PARIS team to tackle the ultimate post-pint snack
The Register's Paper Aircraft Released Into Space team has been at a bit of loose end since last October, when our Vulture 1 aircraft went down in history as the greatest ever paper plane launch in the history of the known world.
iOS App of the WeekI’ve been reading a lot about Wolfram Alpha recently, and although you can access this self-styled "computational knowledge engine" directly from the Wolfram website it works well as a self-contained app. Just don’t call it a search engine – they don’t like that.
Amazon US offers gift cards, free shipment for your e-junk
Amazon has launched an online junk shop which allows people to trade electronic goods in exchange for gift cards.
Google's Egypt hero: Tech biz, keep out of Arab politics
The Google marketing manager who became a hero during the Egyptian revolution warned Western governments and companies to butt out of the region's politics at a privacy conference in London yesterday.
Which kind of cloud database is right for you?
Deep DiveIn the second of two articles about cloud-based data storage, the focus is on the options available and how to decide on one approach rather than the other. (Part 1 is here).
Powerline network radio interference debated in Commons
AnalysisInterference from PLT was debated in the UK Commons last night. At least an attempt was made to do so: the BIS minister preferred instead to ignore the questions and focus on the bearded minority.
PS3s overheat after firmware update
Rockstar has turned the heat up on Sony's PlayStation 3 again last night, after a forum post by one of its reps claimed the latest PS3 firmware update, version 3.61, is to blame for reports of older PS3 models overheating and uncontrollably shutting down.
Mumsnet founder: Our members are 'very keen' on PORN ...
Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts piled back into the net-nannying debate yesterday, calling on ISPs to do more to guard their youngest customers while confirming that many of her readers are themselves avid smut fans.
Why are Microsoft and Intel slapping and pulling hair?
AnalysisFor all the cloudy proclamations Microsoft's boss Steve Ballmer has been making of late, the company's bread 'n' butter products remain on the desktop. And that's a fact that Intel, whose lengthy and prosperous partnership with Redmond recently took a major knock, knows only too well.
Apple App Store apps are often old, vulnerable versions
Apple is publishing outdated software packages, subject to critical security vulnerabilities in some cases, through its App Store.
Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer set to sniff out strangelets
The crews of space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station have completed the installation of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS, or AMS-02) – the $2bn piece of kit designed to "advance knowledge of the universe and lead to the understanding of the universe's origin by searching for antimatter, dark matter and measuring cosmic rays".
Your PC, our problem
You can tell the difference between business laptops and consumer laptops pretty easily. Not by the specifications, or the price - as USB 3 and hard drive protection become common, often the only visible difference is whether it comes with a fingerprint scanner.
Identity and Passport Service loses its website
The Identity and Passport Service disappeared this morning – it has been absorbed into the Home Office's main site.
How to choose the right screen size
How big is big enough? It’s a question many of us have asked, as we cruise the aisles of Currys or John Lewis, looking for a new TV. It’s all too easy to be seduced by a special offer, or by extra features like net connectivity, and end up with a TV that’s larger than you anticipated.
Cabinet Office outlines gov-portal 'ID assurance' plans
Government departments will begin testing a first prototype of the Coalition's new identity assurance model for its entire online public services space in October this year.
Desktop virt: Licence to bamboozle?
Desktop VirtualisationDesktop virtualisation presents many technical choices but they could turn out to be the easy bit. Licensing the software is where it all gets difficult, especially when the software is Microsoft Windows.
Logitech outs tablet add-ons
Logitech has outed a couple of tablet-centric accessories: one a rebadged Zagg iPad case - the metal one with the built-in keyboard - and a separate keyboard-stand combo, the Logitech Tablet Keyboard.
Microsoft blames old update for Xbox 360 issue
Microsoft has responded to yesterday's reports that the forthcoming firmware update could cause games to stop working, claiming the issue is related to a previous update instead.
O2 money-phone set to go live this year
O2 will be working with Wave Crest, FIS, Intelligent Environments and Visa Europe to get its O2 Money product into a mobile phone before the end of 2011.
Stuxnet-style SCADA attack kept quiet after US gov tests
Security researchers decided to cancel a planned demonstration of security holes in industrial control systems from Siemens following requests from the German manufacturer and a security response team.
Coder claims logs show WebOS netbook in pipe
One WebOS developer has claimed to have found proof that HP is working on a WebOS-based tablet.
Microsoft fails to turn punters on to WinPho 7
Microsoft and its hardware partners shifted a mere 1.6m Windows Phone 7 handsets during the first three months of 2011.
Interstellar space 'full of Jupiter-size orphan planets'
A team of astronomers has identified a novel new kind of galactic wanderer - lone, Jupiter-sized planets expelled from forming solar systems and drifting in the empty void between the stars.
Is Quantum shopping itself around?
CommentQuantum's full year and fourth quarter results came in pretty much as expected, but they do position the storage company for interesting possibilities and Motley Fool picked up on one of those; a NetApp acquisition of Quantum.
Eight New Yorkers sue Baidu for $16m
Baidu is being sued by eight New York residents, who filed a lawsuit yesterday against the company accusing the search engine of censoring internet information in collusion with the People's Republic.
Amazon heralds unstoppable rise of the e-book
E-books are now outselling hardbacks and paperbacks combined, Amazon.com claimed today.
Schmidt explains the Google way to self-erasure
Google bent over backwards yesterday to show that it has learned its lessons and is really finally taking individuals' concerns over privacy seriously. Honestly.
Tablet PCs bashed but not beaten by media tablets
Fans of old-style tilt'n'swivel screen tablets will undoubtedly be disheartened to hear from market watcher iSuppli that their favoured form of fondleslab will be massively outshipped by iPad-style stuff in the years to come.
Snort team aim to scent malformed email attachments
InterviewThe developers behind Snort, the open source intrusion detection system, are pushing ahead with a project to develop a system for detecting malformed documents in a bid to provide early warnings about targeted attacks.
RHEL 6.1 lays foundation for future servers
Commercial Linux distributor Red Hat has moved the 6.1 release of its Enterprise Linux from beta to prime time.
Simply viewing Apple kit provokes religious euphoria
A team of British neuroscientists has confirmed what IT atheists have known for years - that the brains of Jobsian cult members respond to the sight of Apple products in much the same way that religious believers respond to religious imagery.
Mickos: Amazon and Eucalyptus still rule the cloud
Nobody said running a cloud startup was going to be easy. But surely, it was never supposed to be this hard.
Eureka! Google breakthrough makes SSL less painful
Google researchers say they've devised a way to significantly reduce the time it takes websites to establish encrypted connections with end-user browsers, a breakthrough that could make it less painful for many services to offer the security feature.
US admiral reveals safety plan for Zombie Apocalypse
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a report on how to prepare for the zombie apocalypse.
Schmidt: 'Elites' not 'common men' fret over net privacy
In the end, Eric Schmidt can't help but undermine his own defense of Google's data collection and retention policies.
Kaspersky wants Interpol for the web
The world needs an Internet Interpol, as well as enforceable online identities and an “Internet passport”, Eugene Kaspersky has told the AusCERT 2011 conference this week.
FTC, Canada bust internet scammers
Working with Canadian law enforcement, the Federal Trade Commission is trying to shut down a Canadian-based online scam it says is worth US$450 million.