FCC to unleash unlicensed spectrum, relieve 'Wi-Fi traffic jam'
CES 2013The US Federal Commnicatioons Commission has announced plans to open up a chunk of unlicensed spectrum to relieve the "Wi-Fi traffic jam," according to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski.
Just what the world needs: Android in the rice cooker
Less than a fortnight into 2013, we have a candidate for the year’s silliest product: a networked, Android-sporting rice cooker.
Anonymous wants DDoS attacks recognized as speech
The loosely organized hackers of Anonymous don't just launch distributed denial-of-service attacks for the lulz. They do it to send a message, which is why they've petitioned the Obama administration to recognize DDoS as a legal form of protest.
Report: RIM plans six BlackBerry 10 handsets for 2013
CES 2013RIM might not have a stand at CES and it isn't holding any press conferences, but its executives are busy on the floor talking up the handsets coming out at the January 30 launch.
Fireflies donate gut feelings to LED research
Structures that help fireflies produce bright light from their abdominal lanterns have been mimicked in the lab to increase the efficiency of LEDs.
ZTE to launch Mozilla-based phone in Europe in 2013
CES 2013Chinese electronics firm ZTE is ramping up its efforts in support of the Mozilla Foundation's open source Firefox OS for mobile phones, and if all goes well, it could deliver a device targeting European customers as early as this year.
Astronaut yells FIRE ... from SPAAAACE
Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield has posted photos of Australian wildfires taken from orbit on the In ternational Space station. One image is sufficiently detailed that it depicts flames licking at local foliage.
Foxconn calls in the cops over supplier bribes claims
Manufacturing behemoth Foxconn has revealed it is working with police to investigate allegations of bribery against employees suspected of seeking illegal payments from supply chain partners.
Microsoft’s Asia-Pac head goes to post office
Microsoft’s vice-president for Asia-Pacific Tracey Fellows has left the company for Australia Post, the nation’s postal service.
Chinese Twitter Sina Weibo goes bilingual
Attention Twitter: Chinese micro-blogging giant Sina Weibo has just updated its platform to accommodate English speaking users in a move that may well signal international expansion.
Lucky Luczo: Seagate sales will beat expectations
Seagate is expected to shift $3.5bn worth of kit in its second fiscal 2013 quarter ending 31 Dec, 2012, but says it has exceeded that number, providing a revenues figure of at least $3.6bn.
Twitter won't unmask racist Frenchie unless US judge says so
Twitter has told a Paris court it will not name an anonymous French tweeter unless a US judge orders it to do so.
Logicalis: We've found the new FRESH PRINCE OF BERKSHIRE
Logicalis has confirmed that COO Mark Starkey will take over from UK MD Tom Kelly who leaves at the end of next month.
5,000 UK pubs get free Wi-Fi... and they're not even all in London
Punch Taverns, operator of more than 5,000 tenanted and leased pubs in the UK, has signed with The Cloud to put free Wi-Fi in all of them in the hope of promoting a little lunchtime drinking.
Drop that can of sweet pop and grab a coffee - for your sanity's sake
Further proof - were it necessary - that strong unsweetened coffee is the only correct workplace beverage and that sickly imitation pop is the devil's own satanic brew has emerged this week. Boffins in the States have confirmed that sweetened and "diet" drinks are associated with a significantly heightened risk of mental illness, whereas coffee tends to preserve the sanity of the drinker.
A pre-ticked box in web forms should NOT mean consent - EU report
Businesses will not be able to use pre-ticked boxes to gain user consent for the processing of their data under changes proposed by the European Parliament to new EU data protection laws.
Microsoft spin-out floats Azure for open-sourcers
A Microsoft spin-out is trying to tempt open-sourcers to its owner’s cloud with a catalogue of Azure-friendly open code.
Sony PS3 extends lead over Microsoft's Xbox 360 by a cool million
Bad news for Microsoft and Xboxers: in December 2012, Sony shipped sufficient consoles for the number of PS3s the Japanese giant has sold to exceed the volume of 360s Microsoft has sent out by a margin of a million machines.
WD mixes flash-disk cocktail in Vegas, lets clients feel up models
CES 2013WD is sending out samples of its 500GB and 1TB hybrid flash hard disk drives to OEM customers and showcasing them at CES in Las Vegas.
Baby sharks are so HARDCORE they avoid baddies like tiny ninjas
Baby sharks can fool passing predators even before they're born - by freezing on the spot or simply playing dead.
SMART, Micron 960GBs: Safe pair of NANDs or more cloud guff?
CES 2013SMART Storage Systems and chip maker Micron have each launched new solid-state drives at this week's Las Vegas CES event.
Review: HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 handset
It’s hard not to feel a little sorry for HTC. Eighteen months ago it was the darling of smartphone manufacturers having reinvented itself from a maker of unbranded handsets for the likes of O2 to an outfit boasting some of the best Android smartphones around.
The 10 best … Windows Server 2012 features
OpinionMicrosoft's Windows Server 2012 is out. For many systems administrators, the question about this latest iteration of Microsoft's server family is not "What's new?" but "Why care?"
Wireless charger posse smacks down rival in EXPLICIT video
VidThe Alliance for Wireless Power has approved its own standard and is promising products soon in the hope that its superior technology will help it fight back against rival Qi's first-to-market advantage.
Google's Schmidt: I squeezed Norks to lift web blockade
Google chairman Eric Schmidt ended his controversial visit to North Korea by declaring he urged the secretive state to embrace the "free and open internet".
Not Cool, man: Potent new hacking toolkit costs crooks $10k a month
The brains behind the Blackhole Exploit Kit is using profits from the hacking toolbox to buy up security exploits and create a far more formidable product.
Review: HP ENVY x2 Windows 8 convertible
The flourishing market for tablet computers has left people wanting more. Those using tablets at work invariably end up buying a keyboard and regularly curse the limitations of a mobile operating system. Those using a Windows laptop at work often wish they could occasionally dispense with the keyboard for convenient touchscreen, hand-held use.
Woohoo! UK IT channel insolvencies plunge to pre-credit-crunch levels
Insolvencies in Britain's IT distribution channel have plummeted to pre-global economy meltdown levels according to credit reference agency Graydon UK.
2e2 investors pull in bigshot beancounters to pore over books
2e2's financial backers have brought several seasoned beancounters into the debt-laden business, The Channel can reveal.
Ruby off the Rails: Enormo security hole puts 240k sites at risk
Popular programming framework Ruby on Rails has two critical security vulnerabilities - one allowing anyone to execute commands on the servers running affected web apps.
Yahoo! Mail! offers! HTTPS! amid! account! hijack! spree!
VidYahoo! is now offering to encrypt its webmail service with HTTPS for security-conscious users. Meanwhile, an exploit that allowed anyone to hijack Yahoo! Mail accounts if victims clicked on a link was being flogged to cybercrims for $700.
Manning was 'illegally punished', will get 112 days lopped off any sentence
US Army private Bradley Manning, who is accused of "aiding the enemy" by allegedly handing over classified Army documents to Wikileaks, will get 112 days cut from any prison sentence he could get if he's convicted on the charges. This is after a military judge ruled that Manning had been "illegally punished" in a Marine Corps brig.
Report: Tablets to outsell ALL PCs by 2016
It was claimed by one market watcher this week that tablets will outsell notebook computers during 2013. By 2016, says another, slates’ share of the PC market will have surpassed all other devices combined.
Dell, Intel and pal pump $10m into OpenStack biz Mirantis
Michael Dell’s computer giant, Intel and WestSummit have joined forces to inject a new open-source cloud vendor with $10m so that the startup can develop and sell its delayed OpenStack public cloud.
Kill that Java plugin now! New 0-day exploit running wild online
A new Java zero-day security vulnerability is already being actively exploited to compromise PCs. The best way to defend against the attacks is to disable any Java browser plugins on your systems.
Hunt is on for Jupiter-sized HIDDEN planets stuffed between star's belts
Astrophysicists have clapped their eyes on what seems to be a massive inner and outer asteroid belt hugging the Vega star.
IBM tops chart for churning out patents for the 20TH TIME
It may be arguable whether patents are desirable or over-prescribed in the high tech industry, but there is no doubt that companies use patents as competitive – and anticompetitive – weapons, and therefore they have a huge value. Applying for and receiving lots of patents, then, can be seen as an insurance policy against lawsuits as well as a means to generate them, just as much as they are an indicator of inventiveness.
Amazon puts up CD rack in the cloud, unearths your OLD stuff too
Amazon's cloudy music service is filling up with every CD you ever bought, ready to play back on as many as 10 approved devices along with your MP3 collection.
Hybrid flash array maker Starboard bags biz trio
Starboard Storage is taking on three experienced execs to help it grow. Starboard, the re-named and re-energised Reldata, punts a hybrid flash+disk unified file and iSCSI-accessed storage array and has recruited:
SAP claims speeds record with HANA Business Suite revolution
SAP has announced a new version of its Business Suite that offers blindingly fast database reporting via HANA with the goal of three-second response times to transactional queries.
All your audio, video kit is about to become OBSOLETE
CES 2013Although much of the audio and video technology packed into CES 2013's 1.9 million square feet of exhibition space is indeed impressive, one panelist at an emerging-technology conference session channeled a little 1974 BTO, essentially telling his audience that "You ain't seen nothin' yet."
Cray beats out SGI at German HPC consortium
The Höchstleistungsrechnen is going to have a different brand name and architecture on it at the Norddeutschem Verbund für Hoch- und Höchstleistungsrechnen (HLRN) supercomputing alliance in Northern Germany, now that Cray has beat out SGI for a big bad box that will have a peak theoretical performance in excess of 2 petaflops.
Latest exoplanet discovery is a virtual CLONE of Earth
Astroboffins poring through data from NASA's Kepler telescope have spotted what they think might be the most Earth-like planet yet discovered.
Technology, bushfires and AM radio
As Australia's heat-wave returns, I’ll be in the Blue Mountains in NSW, surrounded by eight hectares – around 20 acres – of mostly uncleared bush, contemplating both the benefits and shortcomings of modern emergency services communications.