Website FAIL flings freebies at Kiwi punters
The Australian tech retailer Dick Smith unexpectedly gave its New Zealand online customers a massive discount when its ecommerce system failed and allowed transactions to be processed for zero dollars.
Quickflix hires another ex-Telstra exec
Quickflix has made its second high profile appointment in less than a week, snaring the former director of Telstra Media, Chris Taylor as its new CEO.
ACCC calls for input on wholesale rules
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is pushing on with its frenzy of National Broadband Network-related activity with a consultation paper looking at the question of discrimination between wholesale customers.
Data centres become carbon tax scare-story
Given that the IT business swallows nearly three percent of Australia’s power output, it’s hardly surprising that the industry is viewing the country’s coming carbon tax with some trepidation.
IBM heaves new System z minis at mainframe shops
In the hope of continuing the System z upgrade boom that started last summer, Big Blue has rounded out its lineup with a midrange – what IBM calls "Business Class" – mainframe, the System zEnterprise 114.
Contour GPS Bluetooth camcorder
ReviewContour has been making a lot of noise recently about the new wireless viewfinder feature for its HD range of helmet cameras. With these units being necessarily small, the idea is that the viewfinder bulk is taken care of by using your phone's display, with a Bluetooth connection streaming the pics and video. Simply download a free app and you're all set.
UK court dishes out 13 years' porridge to e-fraudsters
Three fraudsters have been jailed for a combined total of 13 years and six months over their involvement in a sophisticated phishing fraud against UK and international banks.
Putting the Square Kilometre Array on a Cloud
By now, you may have heard of the Square Kilometre Array: it is to be the world’s biggest radio telescope, assembled from 3,000 15-meter dishes into a collecting area of, yes, one square kilometer.
ISS and Atlantis crews face 'daunting' box-shifting job
The combined crews of the International Space Station and space shuttle Atlantis are facing a "daunting" box-shifting job, following the successful transfer of the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module from the space shuttle's cargo bay to the orbiting outpost's Harmony node.
Over 900 police staff caught misusing databases
More than 900 police personnel were disciplined for unlawful data protection practices in the past three years, privacy campaigners have said.
Go Daddy no-no means No Daddy is no-go
Go Daddy has managed to effectively gag its fiercest critics by acquiring and then shutting down the high-ranking Go Daddy gripe site: NoDaddy.com.
Android App of the WeekDinner Spinner is a classic example of the slick and inventive apps that have made the iOS App Store what it is today. It’s also a good example of the way those same apps are now migrating to Android.
Assange™ in court to fight extradition order
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange™ arrived at London's High Court this morning to begin his challenge against an extradition order that relates to allegations of rape and sexual molestation brought by two women in Sweden.
Brussels acts to ensure arrival of new, unknown legal highs
The European Commission is promising tighter rules on 'legal highs' despite surveys indicating that most people think such action should be based on medical evidence.
MS to WinXP diehards: Just under 3 more years' support
Microsoft continued its campaign yesterday to convince stuck-in-the-mud Windows XP customers to upgrade to Windows 7, the company's current operating system.
Computacenter Germany pips UK operation in growth stakes
Computacenter's (CC) UK operation fell under the shadow of its German counterpart – for the first time in history – during H1 following steep declines in product reselling.
'Being cyber-stalked is as bad as being raped, or in a war'
A new survey into the phenomenon of cyber-stalking has made the remarkable claim that many victims of online or other electronic harassment suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in very much the same way as soldiers who have been in combat or people who have been raped.
Sunday Times accused of blagging Gordon Brown's records
News International journalists from multiple papers persistently tried to get gossip on the former prime minister Gordon Brown by "blagging" access to his bank account, legal documents and even his son's medical records, it has been alleged.
Sony pitches portable HDD for TVs, PS3
Sony took the wraps off an external hard drive this morning. The spec's nowt to get excited about - USB 3.0, 500GB capacity - but here's a unit being pitched not at PCs but at PS3s, camcorders and tellies.
'I caught a virus from Murdoch's organ' – famous secret hooker
Two prominent sex bloggers suspect the Rupert Murdoch owned Sunday Times of hacking into their computers using Trojan horse malware. The fears are not based on any hard evidence but are nonetheless sure to add further grist to the mill of the escalating News International hacking scandal.
Netflix Europe debut set for January 2012
Netflix's long-awaited European debut may have been scheduled for January 2012, if claims from Spain are to be believed.
Cisco may slash 10,000 jobs
Cisco may be bigger and bolder in its cost-cutting plans than first anticipated: it has been revealed the firm is getting rid of close to 10,000 staff worldwide.
HP TouchSmart 610 touchscreen all-in-one PC
ReviewThis is going to be good. I reviewed the first TouchSmart 600 all-in-one home desktop computer in January 2010, and loved it, frankly. I fondly remember Reg Hardware readers expressing their admiration for my gushing praise at the time... That was sarcasm. Enough, I’m over it.
'Unconvincing' Met top cop Yates: My phone was hacked
John Yates, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner, claimed today at a parliamentary hearing into the ongoing phone-tapping allegations against News International publications that his voicemail had been illegally intercepted too.
Zycko flogged to management team
Zycko group managing director Nick Moglia has spearheaded a management buy-out of the networking and comms distributor from founder Rory Sweet.
Citrix swallows OpenStack ally Cloud.com
Citrix Systems has purchased Silicon Valley startup Cloud.com as part of its effort to help customers build, deploy, and manage Amazon-style "infrastructure clouds".
'Meltdown Monday' Anonymous hackers leak military mails
Anonymous uploaded 90,000 military email address and associated password hashes onto a file-sharing network on Monday as part of an operation it christening Military Meltdown Monday.
US Marine gets date with Meg Griffin on YouTube
A US Marine serving in Afghanistan has successfully obtained a date with Hollywood star Mila Kunis by asking her out in a YouTube video.
Hunt splashes £56.9m broadband cash on Wales
Wales has won broadband funds of £56.9m from the Coalition's £530m investment pot, following a successful bid for the cash from the Welsh Assembly.
Elpida aims to issue $1bn of paper to fund re-tooling
Elpida needs to raise nearly one billion dollars to fund a transition into making memory for smartphones and tablet PCs, relying less on PC DRAM in the future. Revenues from DRAM have fallen short of what's needed and Elpida will issue new shares and convertible bonds to pay for the direction change.
McAfee head vanishes, replaced by two more
McAfee has decided that it needs two presidents – namely Michael DeCesare and Todd Gebhert – to replace David DeWalt, who is quitting the firm.
Interwebs IDE hits the mother Node
Cloud9 – a startup offering developers an IDE that runs entirely on the web – has announced that its creation now plugs directly into the Node.js service run by Node chief steward Joyent.
BlackBerry-style LG Android phone outed
Why does slapping a BlackBerry-style micro Qwerty keyboard make a smartphone professional? It doesn't, but vendors continue to pitch handsets that way, the latest being LG.
Heat sink breakthrough threatens ventblockers
A US government lab has opened for licensing a novel way of improving the cooling technology used in everything from CPU and GPU coolers to air-conditioning units: make the fan the heat sink, and the heat sink the fan.
VMware launches vSphere 5 into the clear blue sky
VMware has unveiled the latest version of its vSphere hypervisor – vSphere 5 – along with a suite of additional technologies for building what the world insists on calling "infrastructure clouds".
Microsoft: HP, eBay polishing Azure cloud-in-a-box (honest)
WPC 2010A year after they were announced and six months after they were to be delivered, Microsoft has offered a fleeting glimpse of its Windows Azure cloud-in-a-box appliance parnerships with HP and eBay.
NASA 'nauts wrap last spacewalk of shuttle era
NASA 'nauts Mike Fossum and Ron Garan have wrapped the last spacewalk of the shuttle era, during which they successfully stowed a clapped-out International Space Station ammonia pump in Atlantis's cargo bay.
Ruby daddy Matsumoto joins Heroku Rails crusade
Ruby creator Yukihiro Matsumoto has joined Heroku, the San Francisco outfit that cut its teeth with an online service for building, deploying, and readily scaling Ruby on Rails applications.
HTC 'dismayed' by Apple's bizarre patent allegations
HTC has snapped back at Apple's second patent-infringement complaint over the Taiwanese manufacturer's Android-based smartphones and tablets.