New poll says Assange could win Australian Senate seat
Julian Assange's bid for a seat in Australia's Senate may not be just a stunt, with a new poll revealing 26 per cent of Australians consider themselves “likely” to vote for the Leaker-In-Chief.
Spies catch Acer's Windows 8-incher before it hides
Acer will be the first of Microsoft's hardware partners to release a small-screened tablet running Windows 8, if photos purportedly leaked from the PC maker are any indication.
US Air Force beats off competition in NSA hacking fight
A four-day hacking competition run by the National Security Agency (NSA) to find the top military system designers and administrators has awarded the 13th annual Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX) prize to a team from the US Air Force Academy.
Voda wants NBN access to boost regional 4G spread
Vodafone has said it's hoping that the rollout of the National Broadband Network will give it the chance to improve country mobile services.
Java still vulnerable despite recent patches
Just days after the latest fix, another Java vulnerability has emerged.
Lenovo's mobile push stalls in China
Lenovo's emergence as a smartphone player has stalled in China, where Samsung is eating everyone else alive, as indeed it is also doing around the world.
Chinese IEEE members want MAC control for cognitive radio
For those in the mood for deep wireless communication geekery, a group of Chinese researchers has released a proposed protocol for MAC layer behaviour of cognitive radio systems.
Nudge nudge, wink wink interface may drive Google Glass
The user interface for Google's forthcoming tech specs, aka Google Glass, may feature a two-fingered salute and a wink.
AMD pins future growth to embedded marketplace
AMD has announced a new range chips for embedded devices, and said it hopes that 20 per cent of its revenues in Q4 2013 will come from that market, rather than the 5 per cent currently.
BlackBerry OS 10.1 leaks its secret goo over all the web
A work-in-progress build of the next BlackBerry OS, version 10.1, has leaked onto the interwebs.
Array makers, what's that noise? It's the hungry Amazonian horde
Blocks and FilesStorage in the cloud is going to start stripping legacy storage suppliers of their value and prompt an era of vertical disintegration in the storage business.
Firewall tech pioneer Gil Shwed: Former teen sysadmin on today's infosec biz
FeatureTwenty years after the technology behind FireWall-1 was first developed, the teenage coding prodigy who founded Check Point says that "IT security is [still] very hot".
Diagnostics tools ARE useful, but more for the vendor than me
StoragebodIt never ceases to amaze me that vendors believe that they can charge an additional fee for something which makes their product work properly, as it should have done in the first place.
Weak iPad, iPhone demand hits LG Display in the wallet
LG Display's profits have been hit by falling demand from Apple, forcing the firm to turn in its smallest profit since clawing its way out of debt in Q2 2012.
Big money in Big Data: SGI debuts petabyte-juggling archiving tool
The tidal wave that is unstructured file-based data is lumbering towards data centres. SGI is hoping the Big Data trend means that file access storage will become a hot property.
Retailers: You could get the chance to TEAR UP Penguin ebook contracts
Retailers could be offered the chance to terminate some agreements formed with Penguin over the sale of electronic books as part of the UK publishing company's bid to resolve European Commission concerns about the nature of those agreements.
Sord drawn: The story of the M5 micro
ArchaeologicIt took Japanese micro maker Sord more than six months to launch its M5 home computer in the UK, but in April 1983, the company said the Z80A-based machine would finally go on sale during the following month - half a year after it was originally scheduled to arrive over here.
You got your Tintri hat, beermat and cat: But what does it all mean?
Hands-onVirtual storage upstart Tintri is a great example of a company I would never normally care about: when it comes to storage area networks (SANs) these folks are building the data vault equivalent of Falcon 9 rockets while I'm scraping together spare change for a Vespa.
Astute: Hey small biz, you too can afford speedy flashy goodness
Astute has announced a lower-cost MLC flash version of its ViSX flash-based storage accelerator, saying it's good for small and medium enterprises because it costs about the same as the disk drive arrays they're buying on a $/GB basis.
8 in 10 small UK firms hacked last year - at £65k a pop: Report
Infosec 2013Over 80 per cent of small businesses in the UK suffered a computer security breach last year, according to new government research. And the proportion of large firms that reported attacks has reached a whopping 93 per cent.
Privacy crusaders: ISPs in 'conspiracy of silence' over Snoop Charter
Well-known pro-privacy organisations in the UK have accused internet providers of failing to respond sufficiently critically to the government's plans to massively increase surveillance of Brits' online activity.
CFO warns IBM's 'underperforming' storage crew: We'll take 'substantial action'
AnalysisIBM's first quarter 2013 results were disappointing, and if you're in storage and servers at Big Blue, it appears the numbers guys are focusing on some of your product lines. In the earnings call, CFO Mark Loughridge said: "There are parts of our business that are in transition or have been under-performing like elements of our Power x and storage product lines that showed disappointing performance in the first quarter. Here we’re going to take substantial actions."
Google's teeny UK tax bill 'just not right', thunders senior MP
Top Labour MP Margaret Hodge has told The Register that it's "just not right" for Google to get away with paying so little corporation tax in the UK.
Turn off the mic: Nokia gets injunction on 'key' HTC One component
Nokia has said it bagged a court injunction in Amsterdam that effectively prevents HTC from using the microphones that are a "key" component of its HTC One smartphone.
Peak Apple: First 'profit slip' in a decade - and, boy, it's gonna be BIG
Apple will reveal its first profit fall in a decade when it unveils its quarterly earnings later today, analysts say.
Review: Nokia Lumia 720
Nokia completed its Windows 8 range with two new models recently, including this midrange offering the 720. With a choice of five Lumias it's now clearer to see what Nokia hopes to achieve.
UK's dead monster iPad gumble-maker COMES BACK TO LIFE
It's been quite a post-Easter week for the Brit firm behind iPhone and iPad accessories maker GEAR4: it went into administration, axed most of its UK workforce, and has risen again in Hong Kong.
Data centre networks are getting flatter and fitter
We have all come across the traditional corporate network with three distinct layers: the core layer dealing with heavy-duty switching and routing, which runs on socking big switches and routers; the distribution layer dealing with lighter (but still intelligent) tasks such as packet filtering and some routing; and the access layer, which does little more than provide a bunch of ports for your servers and other endpoint devices to connect to.
Make cool shows, make money: Netflix's SHOCKING TV strategy
Netflix added 2 million US subscribers and made a profit of $2.69m (£1.77m) in the first quarter of 2013, buoyed by its critically acclaimed exclusive drama House of Cards.
Verizon: 96 PER CENT of state-backed cyber-spying traced to China
Spooks carrying out state-sponsored cyber-espionage were responsible for one in five data breaches last year, researchers have claimed.
Nvidia Tesla bigwig: Why you REALLY won't need x86 chips soon
InterviewLife is what happens when you are trying to do other things, as the old saying goes.
Apple fanbois' accidental bonking ruled too obvious by watchdog
A US trade watchdog says Apple iPhones do not infringe a patent that described the detection of fanbois accidentally touching the screen.
Crypto guru: Don't blame users, get coders security training instead
Infosec 2013Experts on both sides of the vendor-customer divide in the UK and a US cryptographer are at odds over whether or not security training is a waste of time.
Twitter signs ad deal for MEELLIONS with marketing bods
Twitter is well on its way to becoming an advertising giant after signing one of its biggest deals so far with media agency Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG).
CISPA row: Slurped citizen data is ENORMO HACK TARGET - infosec boss
The ability to identify common patterns in real-world attacks makes crowd-sourcing threat intelligence extremely useful, according to a study from security tools firm Imperva.
Yelling at mobes while driving just as bad as texting
Using voice-to-text tech to send messages while driving is just as dangerous as regular texting, a new study has found.
Mellanox adds VM-flitting to ConnectX-3 server adapters
Switch and adapter maker Mellanox Technologies added support for virtual LAN overlays to its Ethernet switches late last year and now it is building in support for the two primary overlays into its ConnectX-3 server adapters to match.
White House backs US web sales tax - eBay hits panic alarm
The White House has backed a bill that would give US states the ability to demand sales tax from online retailers, while the Senate clears the law for formal voting.
Huawei: 'We're not interested in US market'
Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei has revised its enterprise sales projections downward after admitting that it has given up on plans to expand into the US market.
Salesforce: Internet of Things is 'third wave of computing'
Salesforce is desperate for more of the world to get wired up with little sensors, so it can get at this data and hook it into its suite of technologies, then sell companies on the benefits of an increasingly data-led sales strategy.
Hacked AP tweet claiming White House explosion causes Dow dip
A group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army is claiming that it successfully hacked the official Twitter account of the Associated Press and is responsible for a tweet that briefly wiped billions off the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Tuesday.
Human rights groups rally humanity against killer robots
An international coalition of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) has formed the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, a lobbying organization aimed at securing a worldwide ban on fully autonomous weapons.
Facebook plans vast data center in Iowa
Facebook's fourth gigantic data center will be in Iowa, a state already favored by major infrastructure operators due to its renewable utility options.
Apple beats revenue estimates but margins are falling
Apple has beaten some of the gloomier analyst expectations in its second quarter's results filing, with revenues of $43.6bn for the quarter generating $9.5bn in profits. But margins are falling and the company warned that next quarter it may clear only $33.5bn to $35.5bn in revenues – its biggest fall in a decade.
First batch of Firefox OS phones sells out in hours
The first batch of phones based on the Mozilla Foundation's open source Firefox OS has sold out, mere hours after they were announced for sale.
VMware profits flat-line even as services revenues grow
Say what you will about VMware, but it has been brilliant about extracting the most amount of profit possible out of what used to be a virtual monopoly on x86 server virtualization in the data center. But competition from Microsoft and various open source alternatives, particularly the OpenStack-KVM combo, is putting the squeeze on Virtzilla's profits.
Oz broadband speeds collapsed in 2012
Akamai's State of the Internet report reveals a sharp slowdown in Australian Internet download speeds to the end of 2012.
Australian Federal Police claim arrest of 'LulzSec leader'
UpdatedThe Australian Federal Police (AFP) has arrested a man described "a self-proclaimed leader of the group ‘Lulz Security’ (Lulzsec), a computer hacking group that has existed since 2011."