7th May 2012 Archive


China shoots for 800 million web users by 2015

The Chinese government is hoping to close the country’s digital divide further by bringing a whopping 800 million of its citizens online by 2015, according to its latest pronouncement.
Samsung LE52M87 - "Frontline" image copyright ABC

ABC seeks help for digital content sharing plans

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is seeking “ … business consultancy services for transition of file based content ...”.

US, Australia may share SmartGates

Years of experience sharing intelligence data about airline passengers has given the USAand Australia confidence to put the data to work as a queue-buster, after the nations announced they would explore expedited access to immigration services in their respective airports.

Indian callers could see bills DOUBLE after spectrum auction chaos

Mobile phone bills in India could double if the government agrees to new regulatory proposals for upcoming 2G spectrum auctions, the country’s major operators have warned.
WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo 4TB

WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo

Geek Treat of the Week The My Book Thunderbolt Duo contains two Western Digital 2TB or 3TB Caviar Green drives in its now familiar hardback-style silver chassis.

RIM’s Wake Up is a mini-manifesto

RIM’s controversial attempt to Wake Up Australia to the wonders of its products has been revealed.
Philips HMP2000 HD networked media player

Philips HMP2000 HD Media Player

Review Philips describes its new HMP2000 as a ‘smart media box’, along the lines of rivals such as the AppleTV and Western Digital’s WDTV Live. However, it would probably be more accurate to describe it as a Netflix box, since Netflix is clearly its primary raison d’être.
The Register breaking news

US gov boffins achieve speeds FASTER THAN LIGHT

Scientists working in a US government laboratory say they have managed to transmit a signal from point to point faster than the speed of light in a vacuum - in a development apparently violating the laws of physics.
Flemming Apple Superbowl critique

Fanbois froth as Apple claims 'iPhone5.com' rights

Apple has filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Association against the owners of the domain name "iphone5.com", but devotees of the site to which that name links are not giving up without a fight.
Relative yearly sales statistics for Apple's Mac versus its iOS products

Apple updates iOS, mum on Wi-Fi, battery fixes

Apple has released an update to its iOS mobile operating system, version 5.1.1, which it claims remove some bugs and improves reliability of some options, but which does not address the wireless connectivity problems – well, at least not overtly – that have had some fanbois fuming.

Dinosaur flatulence may have warmed Earth

Giant herbivorous dinosaurs may have emitted sufficient methane to warm the Mesozoic  climate, according to a new paper in Current Biology.
Members of Poland's Ruch Palikota protest their country's signing of ACTA

'ACTA is dead,' says Europe's digital doyenne

The European Commission's VP for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes has signaled that the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is dead, and the world's copyright industry will have to change to suit people, rather than vice versa.

Partial victory for Oracle in Java case

After deliberating over the weekend, the jury in the Oracle v. Google Java-copyright trial has returned a partial victory for Larry Ellison's crew.

IEEE commits Wi-Fi refresh to standard

Wi-Fi standards have received a refresh that formalizes various technologies developed in the last four years under the IEEE’s standards processes.
T-Mobile US' MDA and SDA smart phones

VCs back P2P game booster

An advanced peer-to-peer networking technology, Scalify, developed over four years at National ICT Australia (NICTA) has secured $2million in VC funding as it ramps up its commercialisation.

Groupon CEO plans to 'reinvent local commerce ecosystem'

In an open letter to shareholders Groupon CEO Andrew Mason has outlined plans to take the firm into local ecommerce services with a series of products designed to expand beyond its core business.

Intelligence a genetic mistake

It’s not quite the “key to intelligence”, but a study published in the journal Cell at least offers a hint to how human brains changed post-hominid: a miscopied gene that seems to let the brain form more connections, faster.