SingTel restructures to bypass Apple, Google
UpdatedSingaporean telco giant SingTel has restructured into three units: one for consumers, another for enterprise IT and a third that takes it into Yahoo! punctuation territory with the moniker “Digital L!fe”. The company, one of the largest mobile operators in the world, is currently on an aggressive expansion drive into ICT services, and is developing mobile applications, content and advertising services under the Digital L!fe brand.
Oz says 41 hits a day turn bloggers into publishers
Bloggers whose online scrawling earns just 41 page impressions a day could be forced to apologise to those they wrong on their sites and issue corrections, under a proposed new model of media regulation for Australia.
It never ends: TV exposé tags new Android privacy howler
The UK’s Channel 4 News has dropped a fresh load of privacy grief in Larry’s lap, with an expose into the way advertisers hitch-hike on apps’ permissions.
Brits trapped in confusing council website labyrinths - survey
Too few council websites are sufficiently focused on the top tasks that are of most interest to their users, according to an annual report by Socitm.
Unlawful tweets could land Twitter in Blighty's dock
OpinionTwitter could be liable in the UK for unlawful comments you make in tweets. If that seems unfair or far-fetched, a quick glance southwards at a case in Australia outlines how Twitter could end up on the hook for users' illegal actions.
A sysadmin in telco hell
At the best of times, telecommunications is a complicated field to navigate. Putting aside the technical difficulties of creating and maintaining a modern telecommunications system, customer support and regulatory compliance can be challenging burdens for organisations of any size to cope with. Even with the best and brightest minds on your staff, errors occurring at layers eight through ten of the OSI model can and do occur.
Desaia Beat Box Bluetooth speaker
Geek Treat of the WeekThis is your chance to get your own back on those annoying teenagers who huddle at the back of the bus and play music through the god-awful tinny speakers on their mobile phones.
Intel runs three Ivy Bridge fabs ragged for April blast off
Intel is stepping up production of its much-anticipated Ivy Bridge processors for an official launch as early as next month - but is adjusting its numbers to meet increased demand from Ultrabook vendors.
Sony to ship passive 3D, OLED TVs in 2013
Sony is to release a passive 3D TV, and will follow it with OLED televisions next year, Reg Hardware has learned.
China aims its most powerful rocket ever AT THE MOON
China has taken a step closer to manned Moon and deep space expeditions with boffins completing vital research on a new heavy-thrust carrier rocket - which is designed to be more powerful than anything the country has previously blasted into the skies.
SeaMicro acquisition: A game-changer for AMD
BlogAMD’s sudden purchase of SeaMicro came out of the blue on Wednesday afternoon (West Coast US time) and was followed by a conference call with CEO Rory Read, SeaMicro co-founder Andrew Feldman and Lisa Su, AMD’s newly dubbed head of Global Business Units. This is a purchase that has the potential to put AMD back into the forefront of server technology – a place it hasn’t visited since the early Opteron years.
Lithuania rules beer brewing 'vitally essential' to life
A Lithuanian court has ruled that the brewing of Carlsberg lager is a "vitally essential" activity, thereby depriving the Danish beer monolith's workers the right to strike.
Jelly Bean confirmed as Android names get sweeter
Asus has confirmed that the next major version of Google's smartphone OS will indeed be called "Jelly Bean".
Chinese Facebook clone bags Windows 8 social app first
Facebook copycat Renren has announced it will make the first social networking app for Microsoft's Windows 8 app store.
SHOCK: RIM PlayBook outsells Apple iPad
Canadian gadget emporium Future Shop sold more BlackBerry PlayBooks than iPads last week, indicating the end of Apple's dominance or at least lending some succour to RIM's investors.
Star Wars visionary becomes one with the Force
Star Wars conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie, whose paintings were the force behind much of the film series' design, has popped his clogs at the age of 82.
Atari Pong at 40: Alcorn talks plastics, pirates and square balls
InterviewThe phrase "Once you're lucky, twice you're good" should be applied to Allan "Al" Alcorn, the engineer behind Pong, the world's first successful computer arcade game which celebrates its 40th birthday this year.
Compaq UK founder Joe McNally has died
Compaq UK and Ireland founder Joe McNally has passed away after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 69.
Space FIREBALL over Blighty sparks hunt for rich meteorite
Astronomers are searching for a highly expensive fist-sized meteorite that lit up the skies over Blighty on Saturday night. The fireball plunged to the ground somewhere in Devon, Normandy or in the Bay of Biscay - sparking fears of a downed aeroplane or missile attack.
Senator demands FTC iPhone, Android photo privacy probe
The Federal Trade Commission has been urged by a US senator to probe allegations that apps installed on Apple and Google Android mobile handsets slurp users' private photos and contacts without first gaining the consent of the customer.
Two Brits in court over Michael Jackson back catalogue hack
Two British men have denied hacking into Sony's systems and downloading 50,000 files covering Michael Jackson's entire back catalogue - including unreleased songs.
Hello? You'll never guess where I am ... I'm under a ferry
Channel Tunnel passengers will be able to continue chatting unabated while being whisked along 45 metres below the seabed, just in time for the 2012 Olympics.
Sony offers gamers a part in the Uncharted saga
Sony has launched a competition in which you can try to win a trip to the Naughty Dog studios in Los Angles where you'll create your own own multiplayer character for Uncharted.
Is Google liable for unlawful web graffiti on its walls?
Europe's highest court has been asked to make clear whether or not it is Google's responsibility to remove data from its search engine index and news aggregator if it hadn't produced that material itself.
No 10 develops Terminator iPad app 'to fire ministers'
No 10 is developing a custom-made iPad app for the Prime Minister that will help him fire ministers, according to a Tory insider.
Stinky alligator drama is App Store's 25 billionth download
More than 25 billion apps have been downloaded from Apple's App Store since 2008, the company announced today. A Chinese fan called Chunli Fu, of Qingdao, made the milestone download and earned a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card as a result.
NASA lost 'full control' to hackers, pwned 13 times last year
Cybercrooks broke into NASA's computer systems 13 times last year gaining "full functional control" of important systems in the worse cases, according to the testimony before the US Congress by the space agency's inspector general.
Western Digital gets China's nod to gobble Hitachi GST
Western Digital has gained China's approval for its Hitachi GST acquisition, but the integration of the two cannot take place for two years.
China Mobile hooks 15 million iPhones to 2G
China Mobile now has 15 million iPhone users on its network, despite its customers being limited to 2G connections and the handset only having been on sale since August last year.
IT channel swamped with cash from bargain-hunting small biz
The IT channel tweaked the nose of the recession during January with UK disties transacting £525m worth of tech sales, according to stats from bean counter Context.
Cash-strapped graduates sell their own faces
A couple of cash-strapped graduates are well on their way to paying off £50k in university fees after offering their faces as advertising space.
IDC Storage Tracker: NetApp is losing market share
IDC's quarterly Storage Tracker shows NetApp losing market share in disk storage sales for the third straight quarter while EMC rises like a rocket.
Microsoft finally rolls out small biz badge for resellers
Microsoft's small biz competency will be rolled out in June – almost two years after the revamped Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) hit the channel.
German court tosses out Samsung AND Apple patent sueballs
Friday saw two new rulings in the ongoing Apple v Samsung patent squabble in Germany.
GitHub reinstates Russian who hacked site to expose flaw
GitHub has reinstated the account of a Russian software developer who discovered a series of security flaws involving the code repository that he eventually shamed the site into fixing over the weekend.
Dev spits out new spin of 'Protesters' Twitter'
The new owner of the anonymous, proximity-based messaging app used by punters at the Occupy protest last summer has dropped an updated version of the iOS app. BetaWorks, which picked up the social media app in December last year, is planning an unveil next week at hipster tech carnival SXSW.
AOL joins advertiser exodus from Rush Limbaugh
AOL has joined the growing band of companies who are dumping their advertising with US radio shock-jock Rush Limbaugh over his comments in the "slutgate" saga.
Clouds push Linux server sales in Q4
For hyperscale data center operators, the server is the business and there is no such thing as deferring purchases of new gear so long as there is growing customer demand for information.
FCC denies DISH a fast-track waiver for grounded network
DISH Network has been refused an immediate waiver to let it build a ground network using its satellite frequencies, as the FCC wants to consult until after Obama is re-elected.
AMD uncloaks (more) next-generation graphics cards
AMD has released a pair of new graphics cards based on its 28-nanometer "Graphics Core Next" (GCN) architecture, humbly dubbing them as being "engineered for supremacy."
NBN Co awards Geomatic Tech with three-year deal
Spatial technology specialists Geomatic Technologie has secured a multi-million dollar, three year contract with NBN Co.
Yet another iPhone patent lawsuit
A Luxembourg company called Core Wireless has launched a patent lawsuit against Apple, claiming that its patents, which cover communication protocols, are breached by any device that uses 2G, 3G or 4G standards.
Microsoft: Cloud will fluff 14 million jobs by 2015
A study commissioned by Microsoft reckons that global cloud services will generate nearly 14 million jobs between 2011 and 2015, and that "IT innovation created by cloud computing" could produce $1.1 trillion in new annual revenues by 2015.
Start-ups get tech boost from serial entrepreneur
Australian software entrepreneur Philip Weinman has ploughed his expertise and some cash into Deasil Management, a company that invests in start-ups, existing private companies and under-performing, under-valued ASX-listed public companies.
Robot NIGHTMARE sets new leggy-bot speed record
VideoThe ever-inventive mad scientists at the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has released a video of its Cheetah quadrupedal robot, showing how it's now the fastest mechanical beast on four legs.
Stolen iPad leads to 780lb crystal meth seizure
Silicon Valley police tracking down a stolen iPad have made a massive drug bust resulting from rank stupidity by the thieves.