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NBN set to tap into Asian growth

Australia’s National Broadband Network is being positioned as a key trump card in accelerating economic and technology traction in the Asian markets following the release of government white paper ‘Australia in the Asian Century’.
Natalie Apostolou, 29 Oct 2012

EC tells Euro rebels: Hike up your ebook tax to 15%, or else

Luxembourg and France must stop applying a reduced VAT rate to electronic books because doing so distorts competition across the rest of the EU and is in breach of EU tax laws, the European Commission has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 29 Oct 2012
Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid car

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid car review

Extended electric-only driving range has been a long time coming to hybrid cars but with the arrival of the Vauxhall Ampera and now Toyota’s Prius Plug-in the breed may finally shake off the reputation of vehicles that only exist because Americans don’t like diesels.
Alun Taylor, 29 Oct 2012

Operators turn UK bonking consortium into Google-killer

The UK's central clearing house for mobile advertising now has a name, and a logo. But you won't find any mention of NFC, despite that being the original intention of the consortium before its rebrand as Weve, a business-to-business service "primarily aimed at advertisers looking to engage in mobile commerce".
Bill Ray, 29 Oct 2012

Bond's Walther PPK goes digital: A civilized gun updated

Bond on FilmIt's the details that embellish James Bond's character: the martini, the Aston Martin, the Walther PPK.

Premature balloon burst thwarts US paper spaceplane attempt

The University of Southern Indiana has failed to wrest the highest launch of a paper plane crown from our Vulture 1 spaceplane, after suffering premature balloon burst.
Lester Haines, 29 Oct 2012
Philips Hue app screen

Philips eyes trendy homemakers for app-controlled e-lights

Apple fans eager “to start experiencing light in a completely new way” - yes, that’s exactly what it says here - will soon be able to to do so courtesy of Philips.
Tony Smith, 29 Oct 2012

Granny upstages Microsoft, storms stage at Surface launch

VidThe big launch of Microsoft’s Surface slab got off to an inauspicious start in Beijing after an elderly couple invaded the stage in an attempt to halt proceedings.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Oct 2012

Petition for Alan Turing on £10 note breaks 20,000 signatures

A petition to get British wartime crypto-boffin Alan Turing on the next ten-pound note has broken 20,000 signatures on the government's e-petition site.
Anna Leach, 29 Oct 2012

Alienware assimilates Dell FROM THE INSIDE!

Gaming notebooks are a secret hobby of mine. I don't actually game that much – even my wife logs more hours than I do – but gaming notebooks are the only way to get the best of the best in a luggable form factor. Alienware is the name to beat in this space, but I've always wondered how they managed to survive the Dell acquisition.
Trevor Pott, 29 Oct 2012
Windows 7 start screen

Microsoft aims to herd 70% of enterprise onto Windows 7 by mid-2013

ExclusiveMicrosoft has set an aggressive target of 70 per cent of enterprise PCs running Windows 7 by the summer of 2013.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Oct 2012
Great Wall of China

China tosses New York Times into shredder in family fortunes row

China’s censors have blocked the New York Times website after the paper ran a story alleging relatives of outgoing prime minister Wen Jiabao amassed a $2.7bn fortune.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Oct 2012
SmartGlass for Android

Xbox SmartGlass hits Android ahead of schedule

Microsoft published the Xbox SmartGlass app for Android this weekend, giving those on Google's OS access before Windows Phone 8 even hits the market.
Caleb Cox, 29 Oct 2012
GTA: Vice City

Rockstar unloads Vice City for smartphones

Rockstar Games is celebrating the tenth anniversary of PS2 classic Grand Theft Auto: Vice City by releasing it on mobile platforms.
Caleb Cox, 29 Oct 2012

SpaceX Dragon podule back from ISS, successful Pacific splashdown

The SpaceX Dragon splashed down in the Pacific yesterday, marking the end of a mostly successful first contracted trip to the International Space Station.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 29 Oct 2012

Hurricane Sandy blows away Google Nexus launch in New York

Incoming storm Hurricane Sandy has forced Google to cancel its latest event in New York and closed the country's stock exchanges.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 29 Oct 2012

Jimmy Savile ringtones still selling like hot cakes on iTunes

The theme tune to Jimmy Savile's Jim'll Fix It is one of the top selling iPhone ringtones.
Anna Leach, 29 Oct 2012

iPhone owners sue Apple for locking Jesus mobe to AT&T

A new attack from disgruntled iPhone users is putting Apple in the dock for locking iPhones to AT&T's network, claiming that such a lock is illegally anti-competitive.
Bill Ray, 29 Oct 2012

Valve taps testers for Linux Steam

Valve is seeking participants for its Steam for Linux beta test and has asked experienced users of the open source platform to apply.
Caleb Cox, 29 Oct 2012

Hackers deface 'sinful' French Euromillions site

Hackers sprayed digital graffiti on the French Euromillions website over the weekend as part of a protest against the "sin" of gambling.
John Leyden, 29 Oct 2012

Stone shatters kid Rock: Gamers not as flush as they used to be

Stone Group has killed off the Rock Group operation, which built hefty gaming laptops and notebooks, claiming it saw "no potential" in its future.
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2012
Surface in profile

Pre-ordered a Microsoft Surface? So SORRY it's late, have a voucher

Microsoft is dishing out vouchers to disgruntled Surface customers burned by delays and confusion over shipments of their pre-ordered fondletops.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Oct 2012
Oak Ridge Titan logo

Oak Ridge lab: Behold, I Am TITAN, hear my 20 petaflop ROAR

Oak Ridge National Laboratories is really eager to talk about the "Titan" supercomputer, which weighs in at more than 20 petaflops of performance and which has just been activated this month. In fact it's too eager to wait until the SC12 supercomputing trade show in November to give out all the feeds and speeds. Cray and Nvidia, which want to sell baby clones of Titan as fast as they can, are similarly impatient. And so, with Titan actually up and running, they are unveiling Titan super now rather than later.

Google Nexus 4 flips finger at Sandy, appears on YouTube

Google was to have launched the LG-made Nexus 4 smartphone today, but with Hurricane Sandy shutting down the advertising giant’s planned New York announcement, it has been left to Sweden’s Three network - it has been claimed - to reveal the handset in all its glory.
Hard Reg, 29 Oct 2012
Hurricane Sandy map

Hurricane Sandy starts to hit IT providers

Hurricane Sandy's knock-on effects have begun as IT support staff on the Eastern seaboard of the US are evacuated.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 29 Oct 2012

Publishing giants borg into Random Penguin ... But can it see off Amazon?

Venerable publishing house Penguin will merge with Random House to create the world's largest book publisher.
Anna Leach, 29 Oct 2012

Hackers crack Texan bank, Experian credit records come flooding out

Hackers managed to get login credentials for Experian's credit scoring reports after they broke into the systems of Abilene Telco Federal Credit Union last year, it has emerged.
John Leyden, 29 Oct 2012

Who were the SECRET 28 who ended all climate debate at the BBC?

Far from the Jimmy Savile scandal, the director of BBC News Helen Boaden took the witness stand in London today.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Oct 2012
Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

Google goes ahead, unveils Nexus 4 and 10

Google didn’t wait: it has just outed the Nexus 7 with 32GB of storage and the Samsung-made Nexus 10.
Tony Smith, 29 Oct 2012
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Huawei gets US gov nod to supply Clearwire network

There was some good news for Huawei in its ongoing tussle with US lawmakers after wireless broadband provider Clearwire said it had received government approval to upgrade its network using kit from the Chinese tech giant.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Oct 2012
LTO-2 tape cartridge

BridgeSTOR: They called us mad, but we've put deduped data on TAPE!

Tape SummitBridgeSTOR has announced it will store deduplicated data on tape, a medium considered totally unsuitable for deduplication by everybody else.
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2012

Microsoft Surface popped open, poked, prodded

TeardownThe teardown-happy folks at iFixit have taken their Torx wrenches and spudgers to Microsoft's new Surface notebook tablet, but found few surprises inside.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Oct 2012

Ballmer bets 'all in' on Phone 8 and Windows

Steve Ballmer is promising Microsoft is "all in" on the Windows 8 system and took to the stage, along with a mystery celebrity, to push the latest version of Microsoft's smartphone operating system at a launch event in San Francisco.
Iain Thomson, 29 Oct 2012

Vodafone Oz slims down as customers flee

Vodafone Australia is to shed an estimated 500 staff as it continues to leak customers and struggle with network quality issues.
Natalie Apostolou, 29 Oct 2012

NSW drops NBN access bombshell

The NSW state government , currently under fire over spiralling electricity costs, has broken off negotiations with NBN Co over access to power poles amid claim and counter-claim over price.
Richard Chirgwin, 29 Oct 2012

IT price inquiry chair threatens to throw book at Aus vendors

Major IT vendors are trying the patience of both sides of politics, with both the chair and deputy chair of the parliamentary IT price inquiry complaining that vendors are hiding behind their union lobbying organisation rather than dealing directly with the inquiry.
Richard Chirgwin, 29 Oct 2012
Apple iOS 6 Maps

Apple exec behind Maps and Siri to exit One Infinite Loop

"Siri, is the iOS Map app bad enough to cost me my job?"
Simon Sharwood, 29 Oct 2012

Steve Jobs' Apple-powered yacht makes belated first trip

A custom yacht designed by Steve Jobs, dubbed Venus, has set sail just a year after the Apple founder's death.
Iain Thomson, 29 Oct 2012

Light ties itself in knots - spontaneously

It’s not only possible to get light to tie itself in knots: given the right conditions, it will do so spontaneously, according to a paper published last week in Nature.
Richard Chirgwin, 29 Oct 2012

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