Austar one step closer to Foxtel
Austar shareholders have green lit the proposed merger with Foxtel despite the swirling piracy allegations against Foxtel’s majority stakeholder News Corporation and its former subsidiary NDS.
Oz to review copyright law for digital age
Australia will review its Copyright Act to ensure the they serve the nation in the digital age.
Free CompSci 101 finally launches this month
A free Computer Science 101 course that planned to launch in February 2012 will now launch on 23 April.
China purges coup rumours from social media
Two of China’s biggest social media companies, Tencent and Sina, have reportedly been punished by the government and forced to temporarily suspend comments on their micro-blogging sites, after the authorities clamped down in response to unsubstantiated online rumours of a coup in Beijing last month.
Big Blue to handle SKA's Big Data about Big Bang
Big Blue has been given the ultimate big data gig - collecting and analysing data all the way back to the universe's early history, thanks to a brief from the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) and a €32.9m cheque from the Dutch government. ASTRON and IBM will collaborate on a computer capable of ingesting the expected exabyte a day that will be generated by the Square Kilometer Array (SKA).
Huawei looks to India to spur 4G revenue growth
Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei is looking to ramp up its investment in India to capitalise on the country’s 4G plans, as western markets become increasingly hostile towards the firm.
Chelsio box-o-SSDs does 1.1 million IOPS
Chelsio, a network adapter card supplier, will demo a 1.1 million IOPS SAN array at SNW Dallas.
Bring-your-own-mobe pilot for BlackBerry-shunning council bods
Cambridgeshire county council is to launch a bring your own device (BYOD) pilot, which will allow 50 employees to access corporate resources on their own gadgets.
Analysts see no Oracle hardware-biz recovery on horizon
The road ahead for Oracle's plucky band of hardware resellers in not certain say analysts.
Blighty slaps £100m spending cap on govt IT projects
The coalition's election pledge to cap IT contracts at £100m will become official policy from next month.
Battling remote-control helicopters
Geek Treat of the WeekIf flying a remote control helicopter is no longer enough of a challenge, it’s time to move to the next level and add a little spice to the mix. The Battling Gyro helicopter allows you to do just that by including an ‘attack’ button on the remote control.
Druva adds BYOD crenellations to its data fortress
Druva's inSynch product has been revved to add tablets and smartphones to its existing laptop data protection scheme and bring them all into a uniform enterprise data protection and security scheme.
Are you an ECO POET? Climate science needs YOU
The dividing line between creative writing and climate science - sometimes thin - has been triumphantly dissolved. A new postgraduate course at the University of East Anglia hopes to bring together "researchers in the environmental sciences, philosophy, history and literature to develop new ways of thinking about environmental change and social transitions".
Red Hat: Amazon love 'yes', its own cloud 'no'
Red Hat won’t spin up its own public cloud service but is getting serious with Amazon on OpenShift.
Nokia v Apple nanoSIM format war: Victor will be named next month
Telecoms standards overlord ETSI has postponed its vote on the official tiny SIM design until the end of May - while carefully considers who it can afford to upset the least.
Freeview TV shoved aside for iPad-compatible 4G
Ofcom's latest wheeze for better wireless broadband in the UK is to bump Freeview down into the 600MHz space no one wants, enabling US-compatible LTE for anyone still using a new iPad come 2018.
Tibetan activists' Macs targeted using trojan-laden MS Office files
A string of booby-trapped Microsoft Office files that plant malware in Apple Macs via rarely abused vulnerabilities have been detected in the wild.
UK.gov to unveil reborn, renamed net-snoop plans in Queen's Speech
The Coalition's plans to hugely step up surveillance of the internet aren't new - indeed they date from well before the Coalition - but readers could be forgiven for thinking it's all brand new this morning after a quick look at the national newspapers today.
Sony opens up with comfortable headphone collection
Sony made noise today with its MA series, a new range of headphones with open-backed designs.
Toshiba AT200 Excite
ReviewAt only 7.7mm thick, Toshiba boasts that its new tablet is the slimmest yet and it’s a claim I can’t argue with either. Dubbed the Excite in the US and the rather less exciting AT200 elsewhere, Tosh's slim slab is 0.9mm thinner than the previous title holder, the Samsung Galaxy 10.1. While the Apple iPad 2 seems positively portly measuring up at 1.1mm thicker.
Steve Jobs' death clears way for Ashton Kutcher's role of a lifetime
Foursquare investor, Twitter personality, Rihanna love-interest and actor Ashton Kutcher has been chosen to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic film - titled Jobs.
Limber up for a more dynamic approach to managing change
For most of the past 20 years, the provisioning and daily operations of IT systems has been mainly concerned with specifying the physical components – servers, storage and networking – required to deliver the expected service levels.
Pastebin.com hiring staff to get rid of activists' dumps
Pastebin.com has promised to police content on its site more tightly by hiring staff to delete data dumps and other sensitive information more quickly.
Groupon bungles figures, slides $65m into the red
Discount coupon hawker Groupon has revised its fourth quarter revenue-and-loss statement, heightening concerns about the quality of its financial reporting.
Capita job cuts, offshoring 'driven by expectations', says MD
Capita IT Services (CITS) boss Mark Quartermaine told staff the rapid expansion of the group through acquisition and more recently a slow down in sales led to the redundancy programme.
Adam Sandler's cross-dresser shocker is Razzies stonker
Adam Sandler's cross-dressing "comedy" Jack and Jill made a little bit of movie history over the weekend by scooping all ten Razzies, with the actor sensationally picking up both Worst Actor and Worst Actress awards.
Coders' 'lives sucked out' by black-and-white Visual Studio 11
Windows software developers have given a thumbs down to the black-and-white Metro-style Visual Studio 2011 and sent Microsoft back to the drawing board - preferably one with coloured pencils.
Big Blue preps 'next gen' machines that manage themselves
IBM is getting ready to launch a new server platform, known internally as the "Next Generation Platform" and also known by that moniker in discussions with business partners that have been briefed over several weeks.
Vodafone deputy chairman to quit amid CWW rows – report
Vodafone's deputy chairman Sir John Buchanan is reportedly exiting the company after taking up a chairmanship post at Cambridge-based semiconductor firm ARM.
No-strings nookie radar tugged offline in stalking backlash
Russian developers have hit back at claims that their Foursquare app Girls Around Me was a creepy tool for anonymous stalkers.
Check Point in domain expiry snafu
Security giant Check Point failed to renew its dot-com domain name on time over the weekend.
What does the Titanic's sinking tell us about modern science?
AnalysisTons more mouldering bilge scooped from the wreck of RMS Titanic has hit the science news this week: it tells us nothing of note about the liner's sinking, but it does tell us quite a lot about the state of scientific publishing.
Dell's bespoke server unit pushes over $1bn of tin
It has been five years since Forrest Norrod and his colleagues at Dell drew up the first custom server design on a napkin at a bar at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas, getting the server maker into the tailoring business. Dell now custom fits servers for very precise workloads and can cater to the tight data center power and cooling requirements found at hyperscale web operators.
Qualcomm's S4 chip set to shrink laptops further
Qualcomm is readying its own quad-core Snapdragon S4 chips for super lightweight laptops, which will go head to head with Intel's next batch of Ultrabooks due later this year.
Visa dumps Global Payments after it flashed 1.5m US card numbers
Visa has dropped Global Payments from its list of approved service providers after a security breach at the firm exposed 1.5 million US card numbers.
Internet Explorer nibbles browser rivals, swells by 1%
Internet Explorer's share of the browser market went up last month, by 0.99 per cent, according to new data from Net Market Share. Microsoft's slow claw-back of market share from its rivals puts Internet Explorer's global market share at 53.83 per cent, saving it from plunging below the 50 per cent mark and marking an overall net gain of 1.2 per cent in the past five months.
Mac Java hole exploited by wild Flashback Trojan strain
Security watchers have discovered a strain of Mac-specific malware that exploits an unpatched vulnerability in Java.
Terrafugia flies first prototype: Flying cars 'within a year'
The much-delayed street-legal flying car from US firm Terrafugia has passed another milestone on its long road to mass production: a successful flight from an airport.
Thin-client giant Wyse gobbled by Dell
PC and server maker Dell never made a machine that needed a dumb terminal, but it does make servers that could end up driving the 21st century equivalent: the thin client served up a virtual desktop over the internet. That is why Dell has shelled out an undisclosed sum to snap up Wyse Technologies, the volume shipper of thin clients.
Ice Cream Sandwich gives Android mobes brainfreeze – Sony
Sony says its customers should avoid upgrading their Android devices to Ice Cream Sandwich, adding that many of them won't get the option anyway.
HTC sues fans for premature unboxing
HTC is attempting to sue an HTC fansite for unpacking - 'unboxing', as The Kids calls it - the company's forthcoming flagship smartphone, the One X, on camera.
Microsoft withdraws software silos from Germany in patent war
Microsoft is moving its European distribution centre out of Germany and into The Netherlands to protect itself from patent machinations in the German courts.
Proview snatched from liquidators' jaws to pursue iPad fight
Ailing monitor biz Proview has a green light to pursue its long-running dispute with Apple over the IPAD trademark after a Shenzhen court rejected a request from one of its creditors to liquidate the company.
Violin Memory flashes $50m wad from SAP
Flash array start-up Violin Memory has gained business software powerhouse SAP as an investor.
Parents shocked by priestly PowerPoint pr0n
Parents in Northern Ireland were shocked when a priest's PowerPoint presentation in preparation for their children's First Holy Communion displayed gay pornography.
Apple relents, doubles EU warranty (sort of)
Apple has quietly updated their warranty coverage in the European Union, extending it to two years as required by EU law.
Net access restrictions lifted for ‘Megaupload four’
As the “Megupload conspiracy” case grinds on, a New Zealand District Court judge has reinstated Internet access to the four key co-accused, Matthias Ortmann, Finn Batato, Bram van der Kolk and Kim Dotcom.
Google, Oracle settlement talks fail, trial to begin April 16
After nearly 20 months of private settlement talks, public posturing, and legal jousting, Oracle America, Inc. v. Google, Inc. will finally go to trial over Oracle's assertion that Page & Co.'s Android infringes upon Ellison & Co.'s Java patents and copyrights.
Fujitsu fires up first petaflopper PrimeHPC FX10
IT conglomerate Fujitsu has fired up the first installation of its PrimeHPC FX10 massively parallel Sparc-based supercomputer, a machine called Oakleaf-FX that weighs in at 1.13 petaflops of peak raw performance.
Scientists refine smart self-assembling building blocks
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say they have shown how to code smart substances that can automatically copy an object and reproduce it.
Neutrino mass, dark energy measurements refined
The pattern of galactic clusters in the early Universe is helping to reveal the secrets of the neutrino.