IT'S OFFICIAL: Hipster era is OVER – sorry, beanie boiz...
An automated telephone survey organization based in Raleigh, North Carolina, apparently having nothing better to do or merely seeking publicity – in this case, successfully – put its finger on the pulse of public sentiment and discovered, as they headlined their results, "Americans So Over Hipsters."
Google abruptly shuts down search-by-SMS portal
Without warning, Google has shut down the gateway that allowed mobile users to access its search engine via SMS text, effectively cutting off from the service customers who lack data plans.
Government admits seizing two months of AP phone records
The Associated Press reports that government investigators seized two months' worth of telephone records from its staff last year and hid that fact until now.
Google pools cloud storage
Google has changed its approach to cloud storage, with individuals and business users of its apps now offered a pool of storage rather than silos dedicated to different services.
India to battle Maoists with more mobiles
The Indian government is looking to build nearly 3,000 mobile towers in areas across the country without coverage, in a Rs. 30 billion (£358m) bid to tackle left wing extremism.
You want to put 3D gun designs on the web? You'll need a 2D printer
CommentMuch fun has been had over the Liberator, the 3D printed plastic gun.
BSA targets Indonesian pirates
In a sign of Indonesia’s increasing importance as a market for Western technology vendors, anti-piracy body the Business Software Alliance has teamed up with local police to bust numerous firms found to be running illegal copies of well-known software.
Drone to deliver beer-as-a-service
Organisers of South Africa's OppiKoppi Music Festival are promising attendees the chance to order a beer and have it parachuted out of a drone and into the campground.
Torvalds unveils first Linux 3.10 release candidate
The first release candidate for version 3.10 of the Linux Kernel is upon us.
Esteem Systems bosses ponder selling themselves
Top brass at mid-market channel player Esteem Systems are reviewing future options and may again begin a formal process aimed at selling the operation.
Windows 8 'sales' barely half as good as Microsoft claims
Microsoft claimed last week that it's made '100 million' Windows 8 sales and the claim has been widely repeated. But channel feedback and the experience on the ground point to a very different picture.
Borked your iDevice? Pay EVEN MORE to have it fixed by Applecare
Cupertino is reportedly planning changes to Applecare with a move towards shop-based iDevice repairs and a lucrative subscription service scheme.
You thought only Google dodges UK taxes? So do all the Brit firms
Big British-based tech firms like Autonomy and BSkyB have subsidiaries in onshore and offshore tax havens, and avoid paying taxes in much the same way as has been highlighted in the case of US firms Google and Amazon.
Hm, disk drive maker, what's that smell lingering around you?
The disk drive vendors have been utterly screwed by mismanaging the disruptive force of solid state drives: that's the view of Mike Shapiro - lately a storage bigshot at Sun and Oracle.
Dell's enterprise biz: Can you beat HP without being HP?
The head of Dell’s enterprise business last week claimed the firm was on track to take the number one spot in the x86 server market this year, kicking out incumbent HP.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield's Space Oddity ends in Kazakhstan
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is back on Earth following a 144-day stay aboard the International Space Station, which ended on a high note when the crooning spaceman released an impressive high-altitude version of David Bowie's Space Oddity.
Android is a mess and needs sprucing up, admits chief
CommentAndroid looks unstoppable, and it's a mess. The first fact tends to eclipse the second observation, but Android's new supremo diplomatically acknowledges as much in an interview.
Intel Centerton server-class Atoms: How low can you go?
ReviewIn late 2012 Intel launched Centerton: the first in its new line of Atom-based server processors. Hoping to cut ARM's invasion of the data centre off at the pass, these low-power CPUs are targeted at an emerging "Metal as a Service" movement that sees a return of unique workloads to individual processors.
Who is Samsung trying to kid? There will NEVER be a 5G network
AnalysisThere will almost certainly never be a "5G" mobile broadband network, but that hasn't stopped Samsung using the trendy moniker to describe its 1Gbit-per-second wireless experiments.
Mystery Sony big-screen ereader to sport E Ink bender
E Ink reckons its "Mobius" flexible epaper screen will be the first of its kind to go into mass production, an event the company claims will take place some time later this year.
EMC hits flash leader Fusion-io where it hurts: Low-cost server cards
Storage, virtualisation, info and cloud giant EMC is set to widen its attack on server flash card leader Fusion-io by releasing a low-cost flash card for hyper-scale data centres.
'WikiLeaks of financial data' prompts worldwide hunt for tax evaders
A cache of data amounting to a whopping 400 gigabytes of information leaked by bank insiders has triggered an offshore tax evasion investigation across the United States, the UK and Australia.
Foundem urges Brussels: REJECT Google's search biz offer
UK-based price-comparison site Foundem has urged competition officials in Brussels to reject Google's formal offer of concessions, which is intended to address the ad giant's alleged abuse of dominance in Europe's search market.
Micro P parent does it AGAIN, kicks recession in nackers
DCC Sercom, parent of Brit IT distie Micro P and games console wholesaler Gem, has again laughed in the face of a flatlining local economy.
Sun lets loose with THREE record eruptions in 24 hours
The Sun looks like it's ramping up to its expected solar maximum this year, after it let loose three X-class solar flares in just 24 hours.
Full metal jacket: Nokia launches new Lumia 925
Nokia tweaked the top of its range with a new 4G Windows 8 model today.
Amazon coughs millions for Liquavista screen tech while workers strike
Amazon has nabbed screen tech firm Liquavista from Samsung, potentially for its use in building a colour ereader, while its workers go on strike in Germany.
CIA ups stake in database-as-a-service firm
The CIA has maintained its influence over Cloudant by upping its investment in the database-as-a-service firm.
Frenchie bean-counters sweet-talked into slipping on Trojans
Crooks hoping to empty company bank accounts are calling up the firms' bean-counters to chase invoices packed with hidden malware.
Dell committee to Icahn: Show us the money
Dell's special committee has asked Carl Icahn and his investment partner Southeastern Asset Management for a bit more info on their plan to thwart Mike Dell's bid to take the firm private, while Icahn suggests himself for the board.
Azlan enters EMC channel in stealth mode
Azlan wants to slip quietly into EMC's partner base without making any waves for existing distributors, well almost.
Vodafone gets surprise £2.1bn dividend from Verizon Wireless
US cell network Verizon Wireless will pay out a shareholder dividend this year - and as there are only two shareholders, the $7bn (£4.5bn) divvy will be split between, er, Verizon and Vodafone.
BlackBerry's Q5 QWERTY gets flirty with buy-curious teens
BlackBerry's new Q5 QWERTY smartphone was revealed today as "youthful and fun", rather distancing the device from its pinstripe pocket-dwelling siblings, the Q10 and Z10.
Rackspace does tech support for popular languages on its cloud
Rackspace Hosting has spent the past six months putting together a set of officially sanctioned software development kits and runtime environments for popular programming languages to run on its eponymous infrastructure cloud, and now it is ready to offer tech support for those SDKs when companies deploy applications on the Rackspace Cloud.
Microsoft: YES! You can have your desktop back again for FREE!
Microsoft has confirmed that it will issue its Blue update to Windows 8 without charge, with first code scheduled at the company’s Build conference starting on June 26.
BlackBerry and Apple pie this summer. Or BBM-onna-Droid
BlackBerry's hugely popular social-network-in-hardware BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) will be available on iPhone and Android for free from this summer.
Apple adds Galaxy S 4 to Samsung patent suit
Apple has ratcheted-up its patent-infringment attack on Samsung, asking the US District Court of California to add Sammy's new smartphone flagship, the Galaxy S 4, to the list of products that Apple alleges violate its patents.
New Lumia 925: This, loyalists, is the BIG ONE you've waited for
Hands-onToday, Nokia launched its best smartphone to date: the Lumia 925.
Judge orders redacted Aaron Swartz prosecution docs to be revealed
A US judge has ordered that documents from the criminal hacking case against internet activist Aaron Swartz should be unsealed, after they've been redacted by MIT and JSTOR.
Dell files suit accusing Hitachi and pals of 'price-fixing conspiracy'
Dell has filed a lawsuit alleging that six suppliers which manufactured the optical drives used in its computers had illegally agreed to set the components' prices.
Marlinspike: Saudi mobe network tried to recruit me to sniff citizens' privates
Claims that a Saudi mobile network is attempting to spy on citizens emerged after the telco apparently tried to recruit top cryptographer Moxie Marlinspike - who promptly went public.
Microsoft: Next WinPhone 8 update to arrive this summer
We still don't know for sure what changes will arrive in Windows 8.1, the big OS update that's expected to ship as a preview in late June, but Microsoft has begun teasing a few details of the next update to Windows Phone 8.
Engine Yard plugs PHP into its platform-as-a-service
Oracle-backed Engine Yard has added support for PHP apps to its platform cloud as the company tries to maintain feature parity against bigger companies with better infrastructure.
Google adds Atari Easter Egg for Breakout's birthday
Google has added a playable version of the early Atari game Breakout to its Image Search system to celebrate the game's 37th birthday.
Budget could mean more paperwork for contractors
Australia's 2013/2014 budget could mean extra work for IT contractors.
Video services chug half of US net capacity
Video services Netflix and YouTube consume nearly half of US internet capacity at peak times, demonstrating the massive scale of Amazon and Google's infrastructure clouds, but causing us to ask 'whither Microsoft?'
Too much infosec regulation undermines security, warns NAB
More prescriptive regulation of the security posture in industry sectors like banking could have the paradoxical impact of reducing security, according to Andrew Dell, head of IT security services at the National Australia Bank.
Top guns doomed as US Navy demos first carrier-launched drone
The US Navy has successfully completed the first carrier launch of its unmanned X47B drone, a programmable stealth strike aircraft with a range of 2,100 miles and the skills to allow automatic in-flight refueling, which could give it global reach.
Watch out, Nokia: Global mobile phone sales slowing
It seems as though hardly a month goes by without the launch of some flashy new mobile phone. Yet according to new figures from Gartner, overall mobile sales are slowing throughout most of the world, which could mean trouble ahead for some vendors – particularly Nokia.
IBM to push Linux apps on Power iron in China, then elsewhere
IBM is opening a Power Systems Linux Center in Beijing, China, in the hopes of getting more local ISVs interested in its Power Systems iron and luring them away from x86-based systems. With the Power Systems business taking it on the chin in IBM's first quarter – revenues fell 32 per cent compared to a year ago – you can bet that Big Blue is trying to light a fire under its Linux-on-Power efforts.