iiNet wins High Court trial
UpdatedBig Content has lost its appeal against the Federal Court's decision that iiNet did not infringe copyright when it ignored allegations of theft by its customers sent to it by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT).
Curtin Uni app comp goes national
Western Australia’s Curtin University has launched a national app competition that follows on from a successful local competition held last year.
How iiNet beat Big Content
The High Court's decision to dismiss Big Content's appeal of the Federal Court's decision absolving iiNet of copyright infringement relies, in part, on inadequacies in Australia's Copyright Act that may need to be dealt with by Australia's Parliament.
Microsoft CRM to go browser and mobile OS agnostic
Just weeks after Microsoft revealed SharePoint is now, and will forever be, more friendly to browsers other than Internet Explorer, the company has revealed that another of its enterprise applications will soon play nicely with others.
ISPs facing global clamp down on piracy
Aussie ISP iiNET might have won the battle in a High Court ruling today but the war internationally is swinging in the favour of the copyright holders, with service providers facing increasing pressure to act on notifications of infringement, according to one legal expert.
Lytro light field camera
ReviewSince before the days of Fox Talbot, cameras have worked like the human eye. A lens focuses an image on a plane, be it a retina, silver halide or electronic sensors. The Lytro is different
Intel to ship 30 MILLION Ultrabooks in 2012 - report
Intel has reportedly estimated that Ultrabook shipments will not exceed 30 million in 2012, a figure which could be some way lower than the one bandied about by CEO Paul Otellini, who predicted that 40 per cent of consumer notebooks would be Ultrabooks by the end of the year.
Just NINE per cent of Asia Pac operators have commercial 4G
Asia Pacific mobile operators have caught up their rivals in North America and Europe but only nine per cent have commercial 4G LTE networks up and running, according to new research from analyst ABI Research.
Stray SMS leads to aborted landing
On May 27th, 2010, as an A310 flying from Darwin to Singapore descended to just 500 feet above terra firma, crew noticed the craft was not ready to land.
Killers laugh in face of death penalty threat, say US experts
Researchers have concluded there's no concrete evidence that the death penalty has any effect on homicide rates in the United States.
Three questions Fusion-io's rivals face after flash API bombshell
Happy days are coming for the denizens of data centre technology areas. Applications are going to get such an incredible speed boost that they will become jet-propelled, turbo-charged, super-charged. The average app will virtually be able to stop doing disk I/O ever again... well, for most things.
Channel bites Apple's hand off for any old iPads in Q1
Apple sales via independent distributors across Western Europe soared 42 per cent in Q1, figures from channel analyst Context reveal.
Top UK.gov CIOs dealt string of pay cuts and freezes
A number of major Whitehall departments have slashed their CIO salaries since 2008, according to central government figures.
Norwich FC scores own goal in net kit leak
Norwich City FC has apologised for its thuggish response to a teenage fan who grabbed pictures of the the football team's new strip from its own website.
Accessory of the WeekThe hackneyed old cliché about the iPad being a consumption device was long blown out of the water. The Apple tablet is used by creative professionals for a variety of tasks, but one group who who have been drawn to it more than most are musicians.
NetApp dips a toe into Flash Pool
NetApp has revealed plans to enhance its flash offerings and offer a single tier, flash cached array design with a sexy new name. Remember Hybrid Aggregates? They have become Flash Pools.
Sony Xperia P glows for advance orders
Sony's second addition to its NXT range of smartphones - the Xperia P - has gone up for pre-order in the UK with a price tag of £330.
Battlefield Earth ruled worst film EVER
It's official: Battlefield Earth is the worst film ever according to our beloved moviegoing readers.
Microsoft seeks Skype for Xbox engineering gang
Microsoft's plans to bring Skype to the Xbox appear well underway, if job postings for positions in a new "Skype Xbox Engineering Team" are anything to go by.
'Searching staff emails would be time-consuming'
QuotwThis was the week when the details of Facebook's acquisition of revenueless app firm Instagram – for $1bn – emerged.
Apple, Google and Intel to face angry ex-IT workers in court
A US judge has ruled that Apple, Google, Intel and other firms have to face their former employees in court in an antitrust lawsuit that alleges the firms conspired to keep wages down by stifling competition.
New tech revolution: Small biz begins to lock out industry giants
Sysadmin blogSoftware as a Service (SaaS) combined with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)-style technologies promise to free us from vendor lock-in once and for all. The consumerisation of IT, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and hybrid cloud-based applications are additional marketing buzzwords relevant to this discussion.
Nvidia: phone GPUs to outplay current consoles by 2014
The smartphone killed the PDA, the MP3 player and the PMP - will it kill the games console next?
Everything Everywhere begs Blighty to back 4G push
ExclusiveEverything Everywhere is planning a "grassroots" lobbying campaign for 4G infrastructure, but sadly 4G Britain hasn't the space to say who's funding it, or who stands to gain most from its success.
What kind of LOSER sits in front of a PC...
Something for the Weekend, Sir?I have just wasted half a day at the London Book Fair, hoping to discover some new e-book readers with a view to reviewing them for El Reg.
No more 'rip-off' IT disasters – UK.gov will be too busy tweeting
Blighty's government has promised that its new "digital by default" campaign will put a stop to billion-pound IT catastrophes that have dogged the public sector for years.
Analyst: 'revolutionary, compelling' iPhone 5 out in October
Apple's iPhone 5 will be out in October and sport a "revolutionary" industrial design. That, plus 4G LTE connectivity courtesy of 28nm Qualcomm chippery, will make the handset a "compelling upgrade".
Biologists create synthetic DNA capable of EVOLUTION
Synthetic DNA and RNA has been shown to be capable of evolving in the lab, carrying hereditary traits with it.
Rapidshare tells world+dog: Stop PIRACY now!
Rapidshare wants to lose its notoriety as a haven for copyright infringement – and become a legitimate cloud service. The cyberlocker’s chief lawyer Daniel Raimer has written a four-page "anti-piracy manifesto" and hopes this will head off stronger laws that will make legitimate takedowns of infringing websites easier.
Mellanox rides the Xeon E5 wave
Switch and server adapter card maker Mellanox Technologies is surfing on two upgrade waves: Its own shift to faster InfiniBand and Ethernet products and Intel's launch of the Xeon E5-2600 processors, which came out in early March.
Home Office 'technologically clueless' on web super-snoop law
Scrambling for Safety 2012Computer experts, politicos, civil liberty campaigners and even a retired top cop universally agreed yesterday that the Home Office's real-time mass internet surveillance plan demonstrated just how "clueless" Theresa May's govt department is on implementing such a system.
2,500 copycat hack attempts on abortion provider site – report
Five weeks after a man was cuffed by police for swiping around 10,000 records of women who registered with British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), the site remains under sustained hack attempts, the BBC reports.
Public IT supplier frameworks aren't baffling – gov organ
Government Procurement Services (GPS) has defended the matrix of monolithic public sector IT purchasing frameworks, claiming purse-holders will figure out where to spend taxpayers' cash.
Nanodot memory smashes RAM, sets new speed record
Boffins in Taiwan and the University of California predict that nanoscale CMOS memory could soon be on its way after research showed nanodot memory operating 10 to 100 times faster than current RAM. The electro-optics researchers also emphasised that they had used materials that are compatible with mainstream integrated circuit technologies...
Behind Facebook's $1bn Instagram antitrust dodge
Open ... and ShutApparently it's wrong to dominate the market for free search and free web browsers, but it's perfectly fine to dominate the market for photo sharing. That seems to be the lesson from the curious silence from antitrust authorities on Facebook's proposed $1bn acquisition of Instagram.
Ten... mad materials made into tech
Whether they're attempting to increase durability, lower production costs or simply impress with aesthetics, manufacturers are always looking for new materials to build their tech with.
Hamburg court: Google must police YouTube content
German composers and music publishers' society GEMA has notched a copyright victory in its long-running dispute with Google. A Hamburg court ruled that The Chocolate Factory is responsible for what it publishes, and may need to install filters on uploaded video material.
Qualcomm runs out of chips as punters wolf down SnapDragons
Qualcomm can't make its Snapdragon chips fast enough, forcing some companies to consider alternatives while waiting for supplies of the 28nm powerhouse.
'I'm no visionary': Torvalds up for $1.3m life-changing gong
Open-source poster child Linus Torvalds, who kickstarted development of the Linux operating system kernel, has been nominated for the €1m Millennium Technology Prize - but says he's "no visionary" and is surprised Linux has been so successful.
Nokia's older mobes infringe IPCom patent – court
Nokia has lost a patent dispute with intellectual property firm IPCom in the Mannheim regional court in Germany.
Oracle v Google round-up: The show so far
After years of waiting for the contenders to open fire, the Oracle-Google shooting match is now on, and the bullets are pretty expensive. The opening salvos have landed, so let's take stock.
Ubuntu signs HP as heavy-metal support act
Canonical's cloudy ambitions and Metal-as-a-Service vision for Ubuntu have landed the muscular backing of Hewlett-Packard.
Oracle pops cork as cut-price ZFS array creams NetApp rival
An Oracle ZFS 7420 storage array provides 40 per cent more performance than a NetApp FAS6240 at a $700,000 lower price point.
Anonymous crashes Formula One site over Bahrain protests
Hackers claiming to be from Anonymous have taken down the official Formula One website as protests grow over this weekend's controversial Grand Prix in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Sandisk's revs circle drain as mobile flash demand drops
We thought flash demand was booming, but flash supplier Sandisk's quarterly revenue has dropped to its lowest point in seven quarters after price drops and demand falls. It expects the next quarter to be even worse.
Workers' comp covers sex-related injuries, judge rules
Injuries sustained while having sex on a work trip are covered by workers' compensation, an Australian federal judge has ruled.
Apple claims Aussie 3G is so good it's 4G
Apple has hit back at claims it misled Australian buyers of "the new iPad" with the unusual defense that Australia's 3G networks are so fast they are in fact 4G in all but name.