i3 touts sewer as NBN saviour
The i3 Group, this year dumped from building a fibre network in Brisbane, is back on the sales trail in Australia. The company has claimed that using utility ducts could slash 60 pecent off the deployment costs of the NBN and reduce deployment times by 50 percent.
LinkedIn cookie vulnerable, claims researcher
Fresh from an IPO in which its bankers sent millions to pre-float insiders by low-balling its price, LinkedIn has been accused of slack security by Indian security Rishi Narang.
Telstra turns on 4G
The race to deploy 4G services in Australia (whether or not 4G truly exists) continues, with Telstra claiming first place.
Google borgs fledgling price comparison site
Google has acquired SparkBuy, a less-than-year-old price comparison site that was officially still in beta.
Citrix nabs Kaviza for skinny VDI
Citrix Systems has acquired Kaviza. a two-year-old startup with expertise in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) virtualization for Windows desktops. Kaviza was founded by some techies out of HP Labs, and Citrix was its Series A venture funding partner.
Exploited Hotmail bug stole email without warning
Microsoft has patched a bug in its Hotmail email service that attackers were exploiting to silently steal confidential correspondences and user contacts from unsuspecting victims.
Platform gets graphic with HPC cluster manager
Not everybody who needs to build a cluster wants to be a Linux expert. And that is why Platform Computing has slapped an all-encompassing Web-based graphical user interface onto the 3 release of its Platform HPC cluster management tool.
PlayStation Network breach will cost Sony $171m
The cost of a criminal intrusion that exposed sensitive data for more than 100 million Sony customers and resulted in a 23-day closure of the PlayStation Network will cost the company at least $171 million, executives said.
Digital Stream DPS-1000 BBC iPlayer set-top box
ReviewIt won't be long before all HDTVs incorporate BBC iPlayer, video-on-demand services like Lovefilm and Blinkbox, and the playback of content stored on USB- or local network-connected drives.
Catch of the Day hauls A$80m
James Packer's renewed interest in the tech space has netted local online deal pioneers Gabby and Hezi Leibovich A$80 million for their Catch of the Day and group buying offshoot Scoopon sites.
Android App of the WeekShunting large volumes of data from my phone isn’t something I usually need to do, but when the need arises SendSpace is an effective way of uploading large files for others to download.
Twitter buys Tweetdeck for $40m – report
Microblogging service Twitter has reportedly purchased Tweetdeck, a client platform popular among Tweeters, for $40m. The deal has not yet been confirmed by the companies, but CNN – without naming its sources – reports that papers were signed yesterday.
Judgment Day prophet resets doomsday clock
California preacher Harold Camping is unrepentant following his second unsuccessful attempt to predict Judgment Day, and now says true believers should pack their bags for ascension to heaven on 21 October.
Steve Ballmer window-dresses Windows 8
Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer confirmed yesterday that the company's "next generation of Windows systems" will be released in 2012.
Isilon and a question of Big Data
InterviewXiotech technology VP Rob Peglar has moved to Isilon, now an EMC business, to become chief technology officer (CTO) for the Americas.
Service Birmingham offshores IT jobs
Service Birmingham, the joint venture with Capita that provides services for the UK's largest council, has confirmed that it plans to outsource a number of IT functions to India.
ExaGrid stuffs dedupe boost into hot new box
ExaGrid has boosted its deduplication performance by 30 per cent with a new box.
Data General's Tom West dies
ObitTom West, who created Data General's Eclipse 32-bit mini and was immortalised in Tracy Kidder's Pulitzer Prize-winning book Soul Of A New Machine, has died.
Making English injunctions apply in Scotland will be easy – expert
Extending English injunctions to Scotland would be a "small step" that could result in Scottish publishers facing contempt of court charges, according to one legal expert.
ISS 'nauts touch down in Kazakhstan
The International Space Station's Expedition 27 came to an end yesterday as Dmitry Kondratyev, Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli (pictured left to right, below) departed the orbiting outpost after 157 days in space.
Windows on the Desktop? There's a group policy for that
Desktops are important and need managing with the same care as servers. If you are using Windows many of the tools you need are built into Active Directory, which lets you define individual users and computers along with their roles and the groups they fall into.
Fracking fears are 'hot air': MPs
A Parliamentary enquiry into shale gas exploration in the UK has decided it should be regulated, but not banned. Many of the safety concerns were overblown and, in the words of the Greener-than-thou select committee chairman Tim Yeo MP: "Hot air".
Foxconn closes iPad factory after explosion deaths
Part of a Foxconn factory that produces Apple's iPad device has been closed, after three workers at the plant were killed in an explosion blamed on combustible dust in a duct last Friday.
Osama alive scam snowballs on Twitter
Fraudsters wasted little time running scams based on the death of Osama bin Laden, so it's no big surprise that they are now running cons based on the conspiracy theory that the former head of al Qaida is alive.
Ofcom pricks Shard's 'biggest erection' boast
Ofcom, the UK's telecommunications regulator, has told the company raising London's latest erection, the Shard, that two of the country's tallest TV transmission masts stand more proudly skyward than the so-called "vertical city" does.
Sony brings multi-gadget gaming to PSP and PS3
Sony is launching a PSP Remaster series, porting selected PSP titles to the PS3, some with support for stereoscopic 3D, and upgraded to HD.
Much better wireless power transmission possible - boffins
Engineering boffins in the States say they're on the track of a method to hugely improve the transmission of electrical power without wires.
Euro report slates wireless comms, recommends smoke and mirrors
CommentA Council of Europe committee has given voice to various trick cyclists and concluded that rural schools should be cut off from the internet, and that heliographs are the mobile technology of the future.
BT cheerfully admits snooping on customer LANs
BT reserves, and makes use of, the right to remotely detect all devices connected to LANs owned by its broadband customers – for their own good, of course.
Ofnuke: UK is not Japan
So that's that, then. The UK's nuclear safety watchdog last week published a list of recommendations following the Fukushima accident. It received rather less press than the hysterical reports from Japan.
Modern Warfare 3 teaser trailer reveals terror on the tube
Activision has released the first full length trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, confirming rumours that the game will be set in familiar cities such as London and New York.
WTF is... 4G
The great thing about standards, as some wit once said, is that there are so many to choose from. Mobile phones are afflicted worse than most technology – a multiplicity of standards, nested within one another like a messy set of Russian dolls filled with alphabet soup.
LinkedIn slashes cookie lifespan after research exposes security flaws
LinkedIn said it would reduce the persistence of cookies it uses to identify users of the business-focused social networking site following the discovery of security issues with the site that create a possible means for fraudsters to hijack profiles.
ESA: British Skylon spaceplane seems perfectly possible
Good news for spaceplane fanciers today, as a new report issued by the European Space Agency (ESA) says that "no impediments or critical items have been identified" which could block continuing development of the radical British-designed "Skylon" orbital craft.
€1bn handout from the EU targets ambient nagware and robot pets
The EU is throwing an eye-watering €1bn of public funds to bankroll some of the most whimsical technology projects ever envisaged – for a decade. A shortlist of six applicants includes talking pet robots, and ambient low-power sensors that provide health tips and "emotional" advice.
SNIA specifies SSD performance test
The SNIA has devised a test spec for solid state drives that tests both their initial state and their later sustained performance. Will the SSD manufacturers use it and reveal their performance drop-off?
Sarko to Schmidt & co: 'You can't escape' net regulation
French president Nicolas Sarkozy, whose country has the G8 presidency this year, called for greater regulation of the internet today.
Freebie Blackhole exploit kit appears on file-sharing websites
A free version of the Blackhole exploit kit has appeared online in a development that radically reduces the entry-level costs of getting into cybercrime.
Student books Vegas trip with Twitter mood detection app
Ben Waine, a self described "student ninja” who scooped first prize at the PHP Benelux Azure coding contest on May 21, has announced his victory on Twitter in a fittingly dignified and restrained manner:
MS announces Windows Phone 7.1
It's official: Windows Phone 7.1 - aka 'Mango' - will be out in the autumn.
Microsoft to up stereo 3D rendering on Xbox 360
Microsoft is set to introduce higher-resolution stereoscopic 3D to the Xbox 360 this year.
Dell intros world's thinnest 15in
Dell has taken the wraps of a 15in Sandy Bridge-based notebook that, it claims, is the "thinnest 15in PC on the planet".
US and Russian smallpox stocks spared the chop
The US and Russia have secured themselves another three years to carry out vital research into the smallpox virus, after the World Health Organization's (WHO) annual shindig rejected calls for the immediate destruction of the countries' variola stockpiles.
Competition Czar weighs into copyright, trademarks
The European Commission has published its blueprint on IP, in a document with suggestions for orphan works, music licensing, trademarks, counterfeiting and online liabilities.
Super Micro whiteboxes Ethernet switches
If you're willing to go to whitebox server maker Super Micro for your motherboards and complete systems, then you're probably willing to consider going all the way and get your network adapters and switches from the company as well. That seems to be the thinking at Super Micro, as the company punts three Ethernet switches.
Engineering student cracks major riddle of the universe
An engineering undergraduate in Australia has made a major step forward in solving one of the greatest riddles of the universe: that is, where most of it is.
Microsoft squeezes out Windows Phone Mango details
Microsoft's next update to Windows Phone ties handsets even more tightly into the company's online services while stitching together Facebook with Redmond's email and instant messaging.
Cray XK6 super mates Opterons with Nvidia GPU workhorses
Supercomputer maker Cray has finally jumped on the GPU coprocessor bandwagon, and it looks like someone is going to have to hitch Belgian draft horses to that wagon and reinforce its axles once the XK6 hybrid super starts shipping in the fall.
Opera rolls new Mini onto iPhone and iPad
Opera has released a new version of its Opera Mini browser for the iPhone and the iPad, claiming "faster and smoother" pan and zoom and offering new buttons for sharing links via services such as Twitter and Facebook.
New hack on Comodo reseller exposes private data
Yet another official reseller of SSL certificate authority Comodo has suffered a security breach that allowed attackers to gain unauthorized access to data.
Dear Dell and Microsoft: You're not Apple
Open...and ShutDell has always been a first-class choice for budget-minded CIOs. The company grew to prominence by shaving everything – including R&D costs – from the bill of materials for its utilitarian, corporate machines. Today, despite four years of attempts to invigorate its brand with consumers, Dell remains a consumer-computing laggard, even as its enterprise business has revived.
Apple iPhone police approve 500,000th app
Love it or loathe it, Apple's iOS App Store is a roaring success – so much so that its App Store Police have just approved their 500,000th app.
Fedora 15: More than just a pretty interface
ReviewThe Red Hat–backed Fedora Project has released the latest version of its Linux-based operating system, Fedora 15, into the wild.
Google opens tiny window onto Baltic Sea-cooled data center
Google has released a video showing off the sea water–based cooling system used by its new data center on the southern coast of Finland.