Police Federation reiterates demand for 700 MHz spectrum
The Police Federation of Australia has renewed calls for dedicated mobile broadband spectrum for Australia’s public safety agencies, dismissing the telecommunications industry’s suggestion that carrier services could meet their needs.
Windows Phone dev GM splits with Microsoft
Charlie Kindel – the general manager of the Windows Phone Developer Ecosystem and a 21-year Microsoft veteran – is leaving the company for a mystery startup. But he still forbids his kids to use Google.
NBN Co offers start-up rebates for providers
NBN Co, the company building Australia’s National Broadband Network, has responded to concerns that its services price small ISPs out of the market, announcing tariff rebates for capacity charges during the start-up phase.
Sony distribution centre engulfed by fire
Sony Corp's compact discs and DVDs warehouse in Enfield, north London, was on fire throughout the night.
ISP-operated servers alter search results, researchers claim
Search engine requests are being altered to redirect users to specific websites in a "stealthy" system that benefits advertisers, US researchers have claimed.
Blackberry QNX phone details leaked
Images and specifications for the first Blackberry running QNX have surfaced, but if these are accurate then the Blackberry Colt is underpowered, incompatible and doomed from the start.
Videogames caused riots says plod
Blimey, things were heating up in London last night. To hide away from riots indoors and play your favourite videogames won't help, though. In fact according to one policeman, it's part of the problem.
Fake Firefox update bundles Trojan add-on
Scammers are attempting to trick Firefox users into downloading backdoored software via spam emails that supposedly advertise an "update" to the open-source browser.
Groupon sees surge in subscribers, scrubs contentious fiscal metric
Daily deals website Groupon is reportedly set to jack in a controversial accounting metric that it previously considered to be a good way to measure how well the company was performing.
Android App of the WeekNot an app dedicated to the vicissitudes of India’s currency or an equivalent of Grindr for fans of watersports. No, RunPee is an app designed to tell when the best time is to dash out of a cinema auditorium and take a quick tinkle, without missing too much of the action.
Bankers plot telco bypass for payments
The Payments Council has been explaining its plans for a mobile payment platform: one that doesn't leave a cut for the network operators but keeps the revenue for the bankers.
LOHAN team buried under ballockets
We sort of knew we'd rue the day we asked you lot for your suggestions as to how exactly to launch our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) spaceplane, and so it turned out to be, as were were buried under a veritable bucketload of ballockets.
Anobit doubles flash stash
Israeli flash controller startup Anobit has doubled the capacity of its MSP controller and shipped 20 million of the little devils so far.
Dell's first global conference: Where are the EMEA partners?
Dell is staging its first worldwide conference but is inviting only a handful of resellers from EMEA and is not banking on many of them turning up anyway.
Prime Minister recalls holidaying MPs after London riots
Prime Minister David Cameron has recalled Parliament after three nights of rioting, looting and arson on London's streets.
Microsoft UK and axed exec in legal smackdown
Microsoft's former UK enterprise partner director and board member Simon Negus is suing the software giant for wrongful dismissal months after it slapped a writ on him to repay part of a bonus and holiday money.
Italian boffins to robo-grapple space junk
Italian scientists have devised what they reckon is a viable plan to deal with the menace of large chucks of space debris: a robotic satellite which will grapple the junk, attach a propellant kit and dispatch it to a fiery death in the Earth's upper atmosphere.
Sky wins TV riot battle
For years Private Eye has been making fun of 24-hour rolling news, and its pointless obsession with Going Live! It documented how this crept into scheduled bulletins – reporters standing pointlessly in front of empty buildings or roundabouts, where nothing at all was happening. The internet seemed to make rolling 24-hour news almost completely redundant. But now we can see, it all depends how you do it.
Magellan Explorist 710 hiking GPS
ReviewThe Explorist 710 is top of the line in Magellan’s new x10 series of multi-purpose GPS devices and offers preloaded topographical maps, turn-by-turn navigation, geocaching, tracking and a host of other features in one handy robust unit.
Motorola Xoom gets Android 3.1
Motorola has released a UK Android 3.1 update for the Motorola Xoom, activating long-awaited features for early adopters.
Sony confirms investigation into warehouse blaze is underway
Sony has confirmed that the huge blaze at its Digital Audio Disc Corporation (DADC) distribution centre in Enfield, north London, last night is being investigated by police.
Peaches Geldof explains Kubrick's 2001
Peaches Geldof is taking a bit of a shoeing down at Twitter for cracking one of the great conundrums of our time in 140 characters or less – just WTF Stanley Kubrick's 2001 is all about.
Skytap adds orchestration to dev/test cloud
Skytap, the lab automation cloud maker funded in part by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is adding features to its eponymous tool to make it more useful for companies wrestling with deploying applications on public and private clouds.
French mobile femtocells vulnerable to rogue base station hack
Security researchers have detailed further flaws in the femtocell base station technology supplied by mobile carriers to consumers and small businesses as a means to improve 3G mobile connectivity in buildings by taking advantage of existing broadband connections.
Hitachi GST flash stash speed dash
What a turn up for the books: Hitachi GST has just introduced a multi-level cell SSD that's faster – not slower – than its single level cell product. It's also cheaper, but that's expected.
Tottenham MP calls for BlackBerry Messenging suspension
Tottenham MP David Lammy has called on RIM to shut down its BlackBerry Messenger service overnight, to prevent rioters using the closed network to coordinate gatherings.
BlackBerry Messenger archives open for inspection
Messages passing through the BlackBerry Messenger system are almost certainly already under examination by the police, who need neither warrants nor ministerial permission to search them for evidence.
Foreign Office trials emergency text service
Without a trace of irony, the UK foreign office has today launched a text-alert service for overseas travellers, warning them of potential unrest so they can hurry home to the safety of the UK.
Hackers claim to have cracked Norway mass-murderer's email
A hacking group claims to have broken into two email accounts maintained by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, the far-right extremist who killed more than 70 people in attacks that shocked the world last month.
Reusable e-paper rolled out
Green-tastic boffs have created rewritable e-paper with a 300dpi resolution that needs no power to be viewed.
Dunkin' Donuts waitress offers additional dunkin'
A 29-year-old Dunkin' Donuts night shift waitress has been cuffed for offering clients a bit of additional dunkin', according to New Jersey's Daily Record.
PS3 controller makes move on Android games
Android gamers can now benefit from using a PlayStation 3 control pad on many of their favourite mobile games and apps.
BlackBerry blog hacked with riot-related threats
RIM's corporate blog has been defaced with threats as part of a protest against the BlackBerry maker's plans to hand over information on London rioters to the police.
Xpress yourself: Quark sold to M&A outfit
Desktop publishing software maker Quark has been acquired by Platinum Equity for an undisclosed sum.
Samsung Smart Hub adds Freeview+ HD DVR
Samsung has unveiled the BD-DT7800 Freeview HD recorder as the latest addition to its Smart Hub AV range, with this model able to function as a digital media server.
Citigroup hit with another data leak
Citigroup's Japanese credit card unit said personal information for more than 92,000 of its customers was illegally sold to a third party.
Apple blocks sale of Samsung's Android fondleslab across EU
Apple has won a preliminary injunction blocking the sale of Samsung's Android-based Galaxy Tab fondleslab across almost all of the European Union.
IE, Windows server bugs likely to be exploited soon
Microsoft has released 13 updates that patch security holes in a wide range of its software offerings, including vulnerabilities rated critical in its Internet Explorer browser and Windows server operating systems.
Neurogaming set to be launched by Disney
Cyberpunk futurist gaming fantasies are getting closer to commercial reality courtesy of Walt Disney’s research labs.
Old Republic parallel imports okay, says BioWare
Gamers in Australia have been reassured that they’ll be able to log into Star Wars: The Old Republic server ahead of the game’s official Australian ship date.
SQL survives murder attempt by mutant stepchild
Open...and ShutSilicon Valley likes nothing more than to fetish the Next Big Technology Trend, be it cloud or NoSQL or scripting languages. The problem is that the real world moves much more slowly, and has very different considerations fueling its technology decisions. Perhaps nowhere is this clearer than in the technology media's infatuation with NoSQL, even as the world plods along with SQL.