New Yorker sues Apple: 'Misleading and deceptive' Siri ads
A New York man has filed a class-action suit alleging that Apple's adverts and claims about its Siri voice-activated info system are bunk, guff, bosh, and bull – and no, that's not the name of the law firm he has hired.
Anchors away for Aus web hosties
Australian hosting outfit Anchor has expanded to the US to service Australian companies with a growing US customer base.
CEO takes leave of Sensis
Telstra's directory business, Sensis, has parted ways with CEO Bruce Akhurst.
Halo friends frag harder, longer
Playing Halo with or against close friends means more kills, according to a new study titled Friends FTW! Friendship and competition in Halo: Reach by US researchers Winter Mason and Aaron Clauset.
Microsoft wants super-sensitive finger strokes
Microsoft says today's touch screens have latency of 100 milliseconds between a finger hitting the glass and the image on the screen changing. At that speed, says Paul Dietz, Assistant Director of Microsoft Applied Sciences, fingers have moved ten centimetres and the “analogy of moving a real physical object breaks down.”
IT pros lack recent skills
46% of IT workers struggle to keep their skills up to date with new technology, according to CompTIA, a non-profit trade association advancing the global interests of information technology professionals.
China's online video giants shake hands on $1bn deal
Chinese online video giants Youku and Tudou have announced they are to merge in a billion dollar deal which should see the two finally put their well publicised courtroom battles behind them.
Asian PC market slowed by HDD misery
Hard disk drive production levels may be reaching full capacity again after the widespread flooding in Thailand last year but the PC market in south east Asia is likely to be disrupted for some time to come after taking a severe knock in the last quarter, according to IDC.
SanDisk Extreme 120GB SSD
ReviewAnother week and yet another new range of Sandforce controlled drives has been pitched into battle in an already crowded market place. Still, here’s hoping the increased competition will impact on prices. Arriving hard on the heels of Intel’s new 520 range reviewed recently, is the Extreme series from flash memory experts SanDisk – the company’s second generation of consumer drives using a Sandforce controller.
Report: UK falls behind as smart meters rolled out across Europe
The number of smart meters installed in European homes is likely to "accelerate swiftly" over the next three years, according to research published by a provider of the technology.
ICT for Highlands and Islands fire and rescue 'inadequate'
Highlands and Islands fire and rescue service's ICT infrastructure is inadequate and requires significant investment to be effective, says an Audit Scotland report on behalf of the Accounts Commission.
China's soft censors clamp down on micro blogs
New research by a US university has shone a little more light on the murky world of Chinese web censorship to tell us that, yes, home grown social media is policed pretty damn effectively in the People’s Republic.
iPlayer repeat fees threaten BBC earthquake
AnalysisIs it fair to ask people to pay a second time for media they've already paid for? Or is it fair to charge people for media they never use - and send them to prison if they decline to pay? Of these two injustices, which is the greater?
Just like a real computer: Android gets Android IDE
Android developers can now hack code on the move with the beta release of AIDE, the Android developer kit which runs on an Android device to create Android applications.
TuneIn Radio Pro
Android App of the WeekI stumbled across TuneIn while reviewing the Archos 35 Home Connect - it’s preinstalled as that device’s main radio portal - and since that chance encounter it has ended up on all my Android devices.
Microsoft hikes SQL Server 2012 price 'by 20 per cent'
Microsoft will hike licensing prices for the soon-to-launch SQL Server 2012 Enterprise edition by an average of 20 per cent, resellers have claimed.
Microsoft shakes SQL Server 2012's business end at big data
ReviewThose not in “Denali Denial” will be interested in SQL Server 2012, which has just been unwrapped and is currently being delivered to manufacturers.
Tim Cook scoffs $11m slice of warm Apple pie
Tim Cook took advantage of some of his oodles of Apple stock over the end of last week, taking possession of 37,500 shares and converting them to cash.
West Yorkshire Gay Police Association in email list leak FAIL
The Information Commissioner's Office is looking into an alleged breach of the Data Protection Act after the West Yorkshire branch of the Gay Police Association (WYGPA) mistakenly leaked names and email addresses to around 100 people signed up to an LGBT mailing list.
Big biz nuts about iPad, says researcher
Think tablets are just for folk at home? Think again. New research suggests big business is becoming increasingly keen on the iPad.
Samsung Galaxy S II punters get a lick of Ice Cream Sarnie
Samsung has started upgrading its handsets, with the Galaxy S II getting Ice Cream Sandwich. The aging Galaxy S, meanwhile, will be upgraded to Gingerbread with extra bits.
Sony intros Xperia Sola with no-need-to-touch screen
Sony today introduced an Android smartphone, the Xperia Sola, that you can can control without touching.
Computacenter's Euro ops outshine sluggish UK biz
Computacenter saw UK revenues slip in 2011, but strong growth in its European operations boosted revenues overall and underpin a bullish forecast for 2012.
DLNA blesses HomePlug Ethernet-over-mains tech
The Digital Living Network Alliance, the organisation behind the DLNA media streaming standard, has given the thumbs-up to powerline networking.
Panasonic CF-53 Toughbook 14in rugged laptop
ReviewSkinny Ultrabooks may be getting all the press at the moment but what it you want a laptop that will withstand the knocks, drops and tribulations of use on the road and in the great outdoors rather than the board-room? Panasonic’s semi-rugged CF-53 Toughbook may be just the ticket.
iPad 3 benchmarked
The iPad 3 does indeed contain 1GB of memory and sports a processor clocked at 1GHz, it has been claimed.
Top DARPA bomb boffin in explosive move to Google
Google has reportedly poached DARPA chief Dr Regina Dugan, who will apparently shortly be joining the Chocolate Factory as a top exec.
Capcom to unleash zombies onto UK streets
Capcom will bring a zombie outbreak to the streets of the UK this month with the release of a free augmented reality app in which gamers must track down and eradicate the undead.
CBS supremo: Apple TV is still dead to me, just like ...
The CEO of broadcasting company CBS made Steve Jobs furious by telling him that he knew more about the "television business" than him. Jobs apparently blew up at brodcast exec Leslie Moonves because he had refused to sign up to a content agreement for Apple TV.
Phone-hack cops nab six 'including Prime Ministerial horse lender'
Officers arrested five men and one woman this morning in a coordinated swoop relating to the Met's probe into alleged phone-hacking at Rupert Murdoch-owned News International.
Apple, Motorola Mobility held patent war peace summit
Apple and Motorola Mobility held peace talks at the end of last year to end their patent row with a cross-licensing agreement, according to an EU document.
Blighty's pay-by-bonk gang goes cap in hand to Euro watchdog
In the United States, the ISIS platform for NFC apps finally has a logo and is preparing itself for launch, while the UK equivalent – Project Oscar – is off to Europe for competition approval.
Apple to kick start 'iTV' production in Q2
Apple will start punching out 2-5m so-called 'iTVs' during the latter part of Q2, one financial analyst has forecast.
Dell splashes cash on SonicWall's powerful firewall erections
UpdatedJohn Swainson, president of Dell Software, took control of the giant's nascent software business last week and has moved fast, using the Dell checkbook to snap up SonicWall – a firewall and threat-management software and appliance maker – for an undisclosed sum.
Sony shines light on A57 single-lens translucent snapper
Sony has unveiled the Alpha 57, a 16Mp single lens translucent camera, which boasts 12fps shooting speeds and a 15-point AF system.
TalkTalk takes broadband to 80Mbps
TalkTalk has doubled its broadband speed, offering customers up to 80Mbps through a new fibre optic setup.
Google bod: Fast net 'absolutely CRITICAL' to UK future
Digital LondonGoogle is championing the need for improved fixed and mobile internet access while flying the flag for British small businesses online.
Jester hacker brags of mobe attack on Anonymous, baby-kisser
A hacker known as The Jester claims to have siphoned personal information from prominent members of Anonymous, a US politician and other assorted "enemies" after running a mobile malware-based attack that relied on the curiosity of his intended victims. The raid is unconfirmed.
Everything Everywhere grabs UK 4G wheel, rivals thrown off bus
Everything Everywhere will be allowed to deploy 4G this year, at 1800MHz, while the other UK operators will just have to stand in line for next year's auction.
Could tiny ebooks really upset the mighty Apple cart?
AnalysisYou wouldn't think that Apple had any problems right now. Its share price is so grossly high that it is ranked as the most valuable company in the world. Fans will queue up in their thousands for the chance to buy its latest iDevice – the new iPad – so much so that there won't be anywhere nearly enough devices in stock to satisfy demand on launch day.
Finders of lost mobes can't resist staring at privates
A Symantec-sponsored experiment has discovered that people who find lost smartphones* almost invariably attempt to have a sneaky peek at their owners' data.
Lords say data roaming costs 'unacceptably high'
The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on the Internal Market, Energy and Transport has said that Britons are paying too much to use smartphones for data when traveling to other European countries.
Atari pings Pong Apple champion wannabes
Atari founder Nolan Bushnell will judge entrants in a $100,000 competition to bring iconic ball-fondling game Pong to Apple iGadgets.
UK Home Secretary approves TVShack's O'Dwyer extradition
Blighty's Home Secretary Theresa May has approved the extradition of Richard O'Dwyer to the US on charges of copyright infringement stemming from his TVShack website.
Apple patches steaming heap of Safari bugs
Tech industry climbs out of Silicon Valley, moves abroad
Open... and ShutSilicon Valley may well be the center of the technology universe, but it's no longer the locus for technology jobs.
CSIRO: warming up to five degrees by 2070
Even an La Niña event and cool weather in Australia in 2010 and 2011 haven’t reversed the overall long-term trend to a warmer globe, according to Australia’s latest State of the Climate report.
EC researchers demo multi-gigabit fibre-to-the-home
European Commission-funded researchers have declared a high speed broadband research project a success, stating that the “Sardana” project (Scalable Advanced Ring-based Passive Dense Network Architecture) has demonstrated the feasibility and robustness of 10 Gbps fibre-to-the-home networks.
Oracle revs home-tweaked Linux kernel to 2.0
Software giant Oracle has gussied up the second iteration of its own kernel for Ellison's Enterprise Linux distro, dissing Red Hat's own tweak on the mainstream Linux 3.0 kernel.