Oz bank takes near-field plunge
Peer-to-peer payments, transfers via Facebook, and support for contactless near-field communications: the Commonwealth Bank has reached for the buzzword book to create a new payment system it hopes will help it ride on the back of huge growth in mobile payments systems.
Appcelerator juices HTML5 support with Particle Cloud buy
Mobile platform developer Appcelerator has added crucial HTML5 talent to its portfolio, with the purchase of developer Particle Cloud.
Mainframes pump up profits at Unisys
Mainframe maker and services provider Unisys continues to improve its financial situation despite the loss of a major contract with the US Transportation Security Agency last fall. The currency exchange rate of the US dollar against other currencies in countries where Unisys does business didn't hurt matters, either.
Android upgraded to be more resistant to hack attacks
The newest version of Google's Android mobile operating system has been upgraded to make it harder for hackers to hijack handsets by exploiting code errors in the underlying code.
TomTom Go Live TopGear Edition
ReviewThe monumental cock-up that saw the BBC grant then withdraw permission for TomTom to use Jeremy Clarkson’s voice in a satnav must have the Dutch navigation wallahs jumping for joy.
EMC supremo succession photo clue
Blocks & Files PhotoIf you are still wondering who is going to be filling EMC CEO Joe Tucci's boots, there is a clue on the storage company's website.
Ofcom to finally yank sat broadband biz off the air
Ofcom has written to the International Telecommunications Union asking it to rescind the spectrum allocation to ICO Satellite after the company's 32-month campaign failed.
Cryptoboffin: Secure boot a boon for spooks' spyware
A leading computer scientist has warned that the latest so-called Trusted Computing proposals may restrict the market for anti-virus and security software.
Android App of the WeekWith its focus on the Gmail app, the Android stock e-mail client is a bit of a red-headed stepchild. It works well enough but it clearly doesn’t feel the love of its creators. That leaves a gap in the Market for a good e-mail client and luckily Android has one: K-9.
Dell intros '14in screen, 13in body' notebook
Dell took the wraps of its compact, "14in display in a 13in body" Inspiron 14z notebook at the IFA consumer electronics show in September, but now it has formally launched the XPS 14z, a skinnier version.
Could a snapshot plug your backup window?
VMworld EuropeTalking with Dmitri Joukovski, product management VP at backup firm Acronis, we were discussing backup and snapshots and I asked whether backup was still the best choice. He turned the conversation around and asked me what is backup?
Scot.gov plots its own superintranet
It has been a while since Scotland had something resembling a national strategy for public sector ICT. In the early 2000s it had the 21st Century Government Unit, and the Modernising Government Fund provided money for workstreams such as data standards, smartcards, a national land and property database, e-procurement and various customer contact initiatives. More recently, although there have been fresh initiatives, there has been no one office to co-ordinate the effort and no national framework for progress.
Updating to Windows Phone 7.5
ReviewJust like Apple iPhone users needn’t own a Mac to sync data and apply updates, Windows Phone 7 users needn’t be reliant on a PC either. To broaden the appeal of Microsoft’s latest handset OS, the company offers a Mac software alternative.
Huawei stuffs LTE into TV bands
While the world's network operators pay billions for 4G radio frequencies, Huawei is calmly testing LTE in the licence-free white space spectrum, though squeezing it into the required mask will be tough.
US carrier smartphone sales slip
Interesting stats have been published by US finance house Morgan Keegan and with then comes a warning for makers of Android handsets: be prepared for a tough Q4.
Acer UK boss Watkins quits
Updated:Acer UK boss Bobby Watkins has quit after a string of disastrous quarters in which the firm's sales collapsed, The Register can reveal.
ARM elbows through chip market with bumper profits
Business is brisk at British chip designer ARM where pre-tax profit and revenue ballooned during the company's third quarter, which ended on 30 September.
Hack reveals Android tablet within Sony e-reader
Sony's latest e-book reader, the Wi-Fi enabled, touchscreen-equipped PRS-T1, is now on sale in the UK for £129, making it one of cheapest big-name Android gadgets out there.
Union enraged by secret driverless Tube plan
Unionists are up in arms today after a report showed Transport for London (TfL) investigated new technologies that would have led to job cuts.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Android smartphone
ReviewSmartphones seem to be getting bigger and bigger, but among the recent models from Sony Ericsson is the Xperia Ray, a slim and stylish Android 2.3 device with a sharp 3.3in widescreen. It also sports a well-featured 8Mp camera with 720p HD video recording and a host of other handy functions at a mid-range price.
London Comic Con kicks off Saturday
SF, comics and videogames fans, don't forget that London Comic Con takes place this weekend at the Capital's Excel centre.
BT cable ballsup hooks up punters to wrong numbers
Several BT phone customers in Surrey ended up fielding calls from strangers after engineers screwed up while rewiring their cables.
Father-of-three attacked teen after Call of Duty jibes
An angry gamer has avoided jail for attacking a teenager who mocked his online gaming skills after he was gunned down in Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops.
RM chief exec Sweeney steps down
RM chief Terry Sweeney is stepping down amid a company-wide restructure after 13 years of service at the education supplier.
Apple shouldn't bother with TV...
AnalysisCan nobody rid of us the barefoot CEO? He may be gone, but Steve Jobs continues to manipulate the press from the beyond – this time through his biographer, Walter Isaacson. The Steve Jobs biography launches the hype for Apple's next great product, a TV.
Top general warns of cyberspy menace to UK biz
A senior general has said that cyberattacks represent the biggest threat to national security, warning that British firms routinely lose commercially sensitive information to overseas rivals as the result of hacking.
Groupon sues ex-sales heads for defection to Google
Soon-to-go-public online voucher site Groupon has thrown sueballs at two former workers of the company, over claims that the ex-sales managers had taken trade secrets to their new employer Google.
SAN-banner scores $25m from ex-Sunner
Khosla Ventures, the private equity fund set up by Sun Microsystems cofounder Vinod Khosla, is kicking in a hefty chunk of dough in the second round of funding for cloud appliance maker Nutanix.
Web czar: 'Drag your nan online'
The UK's digital champion Martha Lane Fox has launched a campaign to get the 30 million people in the country who use the internet to help the 8.7 million who still haven't gone online onto the web in the free hour when the clocks change.
Fusion-io hires ex-TMS president
StorageSearch has revealed that Fusion-io has hired a 10-year TMS veteran as its senior director for product management.
Survey: Future IT guys will 'crowd-source' to fix stuff
Dell and Intel expect that crowd-sourcing will be a challenge that IT managers and chief information officers will have to meet in the next 10 to 15 years. Businesses will want to do it, and IT managers will have to work out how deliver it, they predict in a survey about IT in the workplace commissioned from research group TMS.
What flash needs is a little TLC
CommentThe breakthrough when flash becomes affordable is thought by many people to be TLC (triple-level cell) – 3-bit multi-level cell NAND – which adds a third more capacity to flash cells. But how far are we with TLC implementation, and when will we see it in mainstream IT?
Jaguar recalls over 17,600 X-types in the UK
Luxury car manufacturer Jaguar was left with egg on its face this week after a glitch in its cruise control code forced it to recall 17,678 vehicles in the UK.
Israeli gov nabs 6 for leaking population register
An employee of the Israeli Social Affairs Ministry has been arrested on suspicion of copying the personal details of nine million citizens listed in the population registry, according to the Justice Ministry.
No licence required: Ofcom sets bandwidth bundle free
Ofcom has proposed removing licence requirements from a handful of frequency bands, releasing microwave links and short-range radios, not to mention personal locator beacons, from the licensing burden.
5 SECONDS to bypass an iPad 2 password
VideoThe password protection of an iPad 2 running iOS 5 can be circumvented in less than five seconds with just three simple steps.
Rockstar officially announces Grand Theft Auto V
Developer Rockstar has officially announced work has begun on Grand Theft Auto V. A debut trailer is expected next week.
Cisco chief's package shrinks 65 per cent
Cisco chief John Chambers' total direct remuneration package slumped 65 per cent in fiscal 2011 to a mere $6.625m (£4.14m), according to an SEC filing.
Larry Ellison takes a bath on San Fran mansion
Oracle boss Larry Ellison is set to lose $4m on a Bay Area property in Woodside, south of San Francisco.
3M combines camcorder, projector
Tech company 3M has unveiled a mini mobile projector and digital camera combo, ideal for holiday-makers to share their naff collection of moments with friends and family without the need for a separate device.
Riverbed lets loose Stingray virty appliances
In the wake of its acquisitions of Zeus Technology and Aptimize back in July, WAN optimization appliance maker Riverbed Technology has tweaked three software appliances for speeding up and securing cloudy applications to complement its Steelhead appliances.
Tweens would miss web and mobes more than TV
For the first time ever, 12- to 15-year-olds in the UK would miss their mobile and the internet more than they would miss watching the telly.
3D tape backup biz taps Mr StorageTek
The guy who guided StorageTek when it developed and shipped its StreamLine tape library, who persevered through Sun's ownership of StorageTek, and then wound up in Oracle, which depends on StreamLine to this day for tape credibility, has finally taken a hike. He's joined SpectraLogic.
Big Blue gives Big Sam big bags of cash
IBM's board of directors wants to give the company's top brass plenty of maneuvering room to engineer the earnings per share growth that they have promised Wall Street, and therefore has authorized the company to spend an additional $7bn on stock buybacks.
Arrays take on servers in storage smackdown
CommentThere is a battle going on behind the scenes over the location of storage's soul: the controller hardware and software. Oracle, Dell, EMC and VMware want it to be in the server, while NetApp and HDS want it to be in the array, an array operating with servers but distinct from them.
Japan's Parliament, defense contractor, pierced by hackers
Sensitive data belonging to 480 lawmakers and their staff may have been exposed for more than a month, after computers in Japan's Parliament were infected by malware, it was widely reported on Tuesday.
VI and Brocade in SAN-monitoring DEATH MATCH!
Virtual Instruments' former partner Brocade is "trying to put VI out of business" VI's marketing VP Len Rosenthal says, as a private disagreement becomes a messy and public dispute.
RIM links with Microsoft for cloud services
RIM has begun a beta of BlackBerry Business Cloud Services, a system designed to manage its users' devices remotely and allow access to Microsoft Office 365 applications online.
US decommissions massive Cold War nuke
The US has begun decommissioning its last B53 bomb, one of the largest thermonuclear devices ever built for its Cold War arsenal.
Uncrackable quantum crypto undermined by new attack
Hopes of building an uncrackable cryptographic system using quantum mechanics have been called into question, after scientists devised a way to cheat a test used to detect secret keys that have been intercepted.
Schooner adds asynch replication to MySQL appliance
Schooner Information Technology, which makes a line of virtual machine appliances that goose the performance of MySQL databases and Memcached web cache programs by using CPU threads, cores and solid state disks in modern x86-based servers, has tweaked its MySQL appliance to give it better disaster recovery.
ACCC to NBN Co: 'get cracking'
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has threatened to step in with price regulation if it thinks that NBN Co, the company building the country's National Broadband Network, is moving too slowly.
IBM names Ginni Rometty prez and CEO
The suspense over who is going to run Big Blue after Sam Palmisano retires has ended.
Oz consumer watchdog makes beeline for Smurf game
It’s hard for the games business to get a look-in when the competition includes cosmetic-only car roof rails, an insurance industry that redefines “flood” to dodge claims, and snake-oil slimming products. However, Beeline Interactive has managed a placing in Choice’s annual Shonky Awards.
Google exec: 'Corporations ignore human rights'
Google's director of public policy doesn't think that companies are doing enough to promote human rights around the globe, and that cozying up to repressive governments is bad business.
Krebs nabs ‘RSA attack’ list
When RSA’s network security was breached earlier this year, the result wasn’t only the replacement of its SecurID tokens all over the world.
Monash Uni gets neuromancer lab for marketing boffins
Eye tracking and brain tracking simulation technologies feature in a new behavioural laboratory launched by Monash University to promote cross platform research.