iiNet nears million-customer mark
Even in the relatively flat fixed broadband market, it seems there’s still room for growth: iiNet, the ISP claiming Australia's number two position in DSL services, managed to add more than 48,000 new customers in the 2010 financial year, taking total services to 960,000 at the end of the year.
Dell retools for the midmarket
Consumers and governments in the United States and Europe are crimping their spending, but businesses of all sizes are still refreshing their servers, storage, and PCs. As a result, Dell was able to come close to meeting Wall Street's revenue expectations in its second quarter.
Chic USB drive leads double life as personal vibrator
A San Francisco design firm has produced one of the most provocative human-machine interfaces we've seen in some time: a USB drive that doubles as a personal vibrator.
IT admin cops to crippling ex-employer's network
A Georgia IT administrator has pleaded guilty to crippling the computer system of a Japanese pharmaceutical company's US subsidiary several months after his employment there ended.
Google's Android Dev Kit for Dummies™ sent home
Google and MIT have built a new home for App Inventor, the Android-programming-kit-for-non-programmers that was just jettisoned from the Mountain View mothership.
Box o' Flashy virtual machines offered
Startup Astute Networks stores VMware virtual machines on its dedicated ViSX G3 flash SAN – leaving bulk data to be stored on standard drive arrays.
id Software Wolfenstein 3D
Antique Code ShowWith the EDL taking the opportunity to whip up support after the latest riots, it seems a fitting time to resurrect the memory of shooting fascists. Indeed, it must be heartwarming for id Software to know it invented the gaming genre that is now outselling porn: Wolfenstein 3D was the definitive first-person shooter.
Dob in suspect blingy neighbours on Facebook, say cops
Lothian and Borders police has launched a new initiative that allows the public to report suspected criminals, anonymously if they wish, "using facebook or via Bluetooth" or using the Crimestoppers website.
App developer slurped kids' data without consent
A mobile applications developer will be fined $50,000 for allegedly collecting and disclosing children's personal information without parental consent, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has said.
Startup reveals own dominance in flash data caching
VeloBit is a software startup with unique caching software algorithms technology that appears to be better than that of any of its rivals.
Three touts 21.1Mb/s mobile broadband dongle
Three UK is pitching a new 802.11n Wi-Fi enabled mobile broadband dongle, this one with HSPA+ technology on board capable of delivering download speeds of up to 21.1Mb/s.
US robochopper cargo skyhook gets another $47m
The US Army and Marines' ongoing effort to get unmanned robot supply helicopters into service continues, with a further $47m contract award announced yesterday.
Profit-disaster CEO at Blue Coat: I'll get my coat
Blue Coat boss Michael Borman has fallen on his sword following declining sales and profits in fiscal first quarter 2012.
Sony slashes PlayStation 3 prices
Sony today cut the cost of the PlayStation 3, saving precious gaming pennies in the build up to the Chrimble season.
Facebook wannabe rioters cop large helpings of porridge
Two men have been banged up for four years apiece, after unsuccessfully inciting violent disorder on Facebook.
German tap-to-pay telco allies don't need no stinkin' banks
The German arms of Telefonica and Vodafone, along with Deutsche Telekom, have signed an agreement to take their virtual mpass payment platform physical, without the help of the banks.
Angry S Koreans mass-sue Apple over iPhone tracking
Apple is facing legal action from thousands of iPhone users for tracking their movements via their phones' location – and it has already been forced to make one payment on the same issue.
Scottish gov moans over broadband cash handout
The Scottish government isn't happy about the trifling amount of cash UK.gov's culture secretary splashed on the rollout of broadband in that country yesterday.
iPHONE 5 SHOCK! US Apple store 4G kit-fit snapped
A photograph of LTE equipment being fitted in a US Apple store has reinvigorated rumours that the next iPhone will come with 4G technology built in, for AT&T at least.
Sony ballyhoos budget PSP
While the PS Vita lingers on the horizon, Sony is readying a refreshed PlayStation Portable - model E-1000 - for a penny short of £100.
UK sales rankings: HP, Dell up, Acer down, Apple at No. 4
Acer has been knocked further down the rankings of the shrinking UK PC market as it continued to juggle efforts to clear inventory overload with sluggish consumer demand.
Facebook flashplodder to appeal against 4-yr cooler stint
One of the men sentenced to four years in jail for attempting to incite disorder on Facebook is to appeal against the decision.
Range Rover Evoque Si4
First LookBy the time the Range Rover Evoque is launched in September, Land Rover expects to be producing one every seven seconds from its Halewood factory, which should leave you in no doubt as to how important Range Rover views its first step into true mainstream motoring.
Sony prices up PlayStation telly for UK
Sony has put a price to its PlayStation TV and confirmed it will come to Blighty this autumn.
Amazon deploys true-blue US gov cloud for secret arms data
Amazon is upping the pressure on both Microsoft and Google in the battle to scoop up cash-strapped government customers into the cloud.
Museum gets free NFC phone-tap exhibit cards from Nokia
The Museum Of London has gone NFC, with tags beside the exhibits providing links to more information as Nokia continues trying to convince us that NFC is something we really want.
ICANN chief Beckstrom says he will go in July 2012
Rod Beckstrom, the president and CEO of domain name industry overseer ICANN, has announced that he will leave the job when his contract expires in July next year.
Scotland Yard Four cleared - on phone-hacking
Erstwhile Met Police commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and his one-time colleagues – John Yates, Andy Hayman and Peter Clarke – have all been cleared of misconduct during an inquiry by the cop watchdog into the phone-hacking scandal at News International.
Explaining the Chocolate Factory's Patent Panic
AnalysisDebate rages on about whether Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility is good for Android, or an expensive mistake for Google, made in a moment of irrational panic. Our columnist Matt Asay thinks it "spells iPhone doom", and he's not alone. John C Dvorak thinks it's "pure genius". This supposes that Google performed a cost-benefit analysis and calculated that the cost of not buying Motorola's phone and set-top box division was greater than $12.5bn.
2nd-hand Popemobile, also used by Neil Armstrong, for sale
A remarkable car which was used by Pope Paul VI during visits to New York and Bogotá and which carried Apollo moon astronauts including Neil Armstrong is to go on sale later this week.
Piles of unshiftable HP fondle-slabs choke Best Buy
Crates of HP fondleslabs are mounting up stateside at Best Buy as it emerged the retailer has shifted less than one-tenth of its 270,000 strong unit order.
Red Hat beta revs KVM hypervisor to 3.0
Commercial Linux distributor Red Hat is kicking out the first beta of its Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 hypervisors for servers and desktops. This brings the free-standing hypervisor up to par with the KVM hypervisor that was embedded in the company's Enterprise Linux 6.1 distro for servers , which came out in May.
Dog fight game bitten with pro-PETA virus
Supporters of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) organisation may have embraced new measures in the fight for animal rights, allegedly releasing a malware-infected version of a dog-fighting app PETA wants banned.
COMET WILL DEFINITELY NOT HIT EARTH – NASA
OMFGRather worryingly, US space agency NASA has out of the blue issued a strident denial that an approaching comet poses any threat to planet Earth.
Nintendo aims to fill stockings with Wii slim
The Nintendo Wii is set for a revamp this Christmas, with an all-new streamlined design.
Android app logs keystrokes using phone movements
Computer scientists have developed an Android app that logs keystrokes using a smartphone's sensors to measure the locations a user taps on the touch screen.
Google Apache mod speeds into outside world
Though Google is loath to open source the foundations of its massive online infrastructure, it does share code for tools at the edge of its network, tools designed to accelerate the actual delivery of web stuff. Mountain View doesn't want Facebook rebuilding the Googlenet. But it is intent on accelerating the web as a whole. Ultimately, this juices the Google bottom line.
Ubuntu erects stairway to VMware code cloud
Ubuntu 11.10 will ship with both the client and server components of Cloud Foundry, the "platform cloud" VMware open sourced this spring.
TelstraClear slams new kiwi download laws
The chief executive of TelstraClear, Allan Freeth, has lashed out against the pending introduction of new file sharing laws in New Zealand, which come into effect September 1.
Hackers breach website for SF transit agency police
Hackers breached the website belonging to a police union and posted sensitive personal information for more than 100 officers who work for a San Francisco regional transit authority.
Google squashes Google Analytics bug
Google has released a fix for Google Analytics that corrects a traffic reporting bug introduced by an update to the service last week.