Samsung, carriers tout first Tizen mobes for late 2013
TDC2013You could be forgiven for thinking there's not much going on with Tizen, the Linux Foundation's open source mobile OS. It's been two years since the project was launched and there still are no Tizen devices on the market. But that's about to change – and there has been a lot happening behind the scenes, as well.
Googorola loses bid to ban US Xbox sales after ITC slapdown
The International Trade Commission (ITC) has denied an attempt by Google to impose a US-wide sales ban on Microsoft's Xbox by rejecting the claim that might have cost Redmond $US4bn in royalties.
Oz shared services collapse looks bad for NetApp
Opponents of shared IT services in government have a new case study they can point to, and NetApp's busy executives have another tricky item to consider after a major Australian shared services organisation failed.
STROKE this mouse to make apps POP, says Microsoft
Microsoft has unveiled two mice that for the first time pack a button that sends users straight to the Windows 8 Start screen, the unloved abode of The interface Formerly Known As Metro (TIFKAM).
SoftBank gives Washington veto over Sprint board job
Japanese company SoftBank, currently wrapping a deal to buy 70 per cent of US mobile carrier Sprint, has taken the unusual step of giving the US government veto power over one member to be elected to the board of its acquisition target.
Peak Facebook: British users lose their Liking for Zuck's ad empire
Facebook's popularity is slumping in the UK as users become fed up with being bombarded with advertising, a YouGov survey has revealed.
'Catastrophic failure' of 3D-printed gun in Oz Police test
The New South Wales Police Force, guardians of Australia's most-populous state, have gotten themselves into a panic over the Liberator, the 3D-printable pistol.
US Senator introduces 'Patent Abuse Reduction Act'
US Senator John Cornyn, who represents Texas, has introduced the “Patent Abuse Reduction Act of 2013”.
China’s state-run rags brand Mars One mission a scam
Chinese state-run media has branded the Mars One mission designed to land successful applicants on the Red Planet in 2023 a “hoax” and probable “scam”, in what appears to be a co-ordinated attempt to undermine the non-profit behind the project.
INSIDE GCHQ: Welcome to Cheltenham's cottage industry
Geek's Guide to BritainFor staff at the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham, there’s an air of Fight Club about the place. The first rule about GCHQ is you don’t talk about GCHQ.
Grim outlook for Big Storage as revenues dip across board
Mainstream storage vendors seem to be in trouble as Dell, HP and IBM's storage revenues have tanked over the past two years.
'Google IS a capitalist country... er, company'
QuoTWThis was the week when the tax row shifted into high gear, with politicos on both sides of the pond railing at Google and Apple, while respective chiefs Eric Schmidt and Tim Cook presented defences that amounted to yelling "If you don't like it, you fix it" and running away.
Did Kim Dotcom invent 2-factor authentication? Er, not exactly...
Twitter is the latest major web service to beef up its security two-factor authentication (2FA). The security feature is a pretty simple and effective approach - and one the notorious Mega kingpin Kim Dotcom claims today to have invented back in the '90s.
Internet advertising giant (Google) 'mulls' map app Waze gobble
Ad giant Google is also considering snapping up mapping software firm Waze, which could spark a bidding war with Facebook over the business.
Is the next-gen console war already One?
Game TheoryHow else to start a Game Theory column other than with the Xbox One? With the dust starting to settle on news reports, I’ve gone for a rather more devil’s advocate approach to Microsoft’s unveiling. There’s also room for a review of Metro: Last Light, and a quick look at the splendid The Last of Us to whet the appetite for next month’s release.
Woolwich beheading sparks call to REVIVE UK Snoopers' Charter
Nick Clegg has been warned that his opposition to the controversial Communications Data Bill could leave Britain "at risk" after a soldier was beheaded in Woolwich, London.
Microsoft exposes green users' privates in web quiz snafu
Microsoft has plugged a flaw in its Greener IT Challenge website that leaked the names and email addresses of users who took a quiz on the site.
4G LTE: Good for tweets and watching Dr Who. Crap at saving lives
Critical Communications WorldHigh-speed mobile broadband standard LTE, the preferred 4G technology around the world, isn't good enough for critical networks and won't be up to scratch until at least 2018.
Feds slam hacker-friendly backdoors in jalopy, grub factories
Security researchers have uncovered hard-coded user accounts that could act as backdoors into food, car, and agricultural production systems across the world.
Curse you, old person, for inventing computers!
Something for the Weekend, Sir?Since being allowed back into public places without causing the skin of those nearby to melt or for Jurassic sealife to shuffle out of the Pacific and sneeze fire at Tokyo Tower, Half Life Wife has enjoyed several evenings out at the theatre with yours truly.
Hey, you, dev. What do you mean, storage is BORING?
StoragebodMany years ago, as an entry-level systems programmer, I decided there were two teams that I was never going to join: the test team and the storage team - because they were boring.*
Paul Allen buys lovingly restored vintage V-2 Nazi ballistic missile
Ex-Microsoft gazillionaire Paul Allen has acquired a V2 rocket for his Flying Heritage Collection.
Daft tweet by Speaker Bercow's loquacious wife DID libel lord
Sally Bercow, the wife of Commons Speaker John Bercow, libelled a peer in her infamous "innocent face" tweet, a judge ruled today.
Open wide, Google: Here comes an advertising antitrust probe
Ad giant Google is facing an antitrust probe intended to establish whether it exploits its dominance in the advertising trade to steer customers away from rivals' products.
BBC suspends CTO after £100m is wasted on doomed IT system
The BBC has suspended its chief technology officer on full pay - after it spunked almost £100m on a "tapeless" digital content management system that didn't deliver.
ServiceKey, Oracle end 'grey market' code spat without bloodshed
US managed services provider ServiceKey has walked away from legal action brought by Oracle over an alleged "grey market conspiracy" without having to cough a bean in compensation.
Jumping on the ethernet bandwagon? You should!
Like many technologies making waves in the industry today, 10Gbps Ethernet has actually been with us for quite a long time. It was first introduced around a decade ago but, to be honest, it had jumped the gun a little because back then there were no real drivers for its adoption.
Judge: Evidence will likely show Apple DID fix ebook prices
The US judge who will decide the ebook price fixing case has suggested the government will be able to show that Apple was part of the conspiracy, before the trial has even begun.
Westcon bidding farewell to chief bean counter
Westcon has waved goodbye to long serving chief abacus stroker John O'Malley who resigned after nearly 14 years service
Security Twitteratti: Twitter's 2FA does sweet FA for biz
Security-watchers don't appear overly impressed with Twitter's introduction of two-factor authentication (2FA) to its service.
Total Computer Networks latest to cock a snook at downturn
Total Computer Networks (TCN) booked another double-digit sales hike in calendar 2012 on the back of a surge in consolidation projects from mid-market customers.
World's richest hobo (Apple) has worked 'tax-free' in Ireland since '80s
Apple has been operating practically tax-free in Ireland since 1980, a former exec has claimed.
Computacenter: We've so much cash we're GIVING AWAY MEELLIONS
One of Europe's largest resellers, London-based Computacenter, has helped investors get the Bank Holiday weekend off to a good start by confirming plans to return £75m to them.
Investor Icahn needs a loan of $7bn to tick off Mike Dell
Activist investor Carl Icahn will need as much as $7bn to carry off his plan to pull Dell out from under Mike Dell's nose, banking sources have said.
Wikileaks leaks documentary script about Wikileaks
Wikileaks has released a transcript of a documentary about its history so it can add notes to each section saying "Wrong!", a day before the film debuts.
Industry execs: Network admins an endangered species
Ethernet SummitIf you are a network administrator, be aware that there are a lot of industry movers and shakers who want to put you out of a job.
Reports: New Xbox could DOOM second-hand games market
UpdatedMicrosoft has been quite cagey about its plans for games licensing on the new Xbox One, but multiple reports now suggest there's going to be very little incentive for a second-hand games market anymore, and buyers could get stung with extra charges.
Now it gets serious: Fracking could RUIN BEER
The extraction of oil and gas by means of hydraulic fracturing – aka "fracking" – has ignited a firestorm of controvery over its possible risks, but a new report hands a powerful weapon to its opponents: fracking may harm German beer.
Amazon expands Appstore reach, gives devs more user data
Looking to woo more app publishers to its Android Appstore and away from Google Play, Amazon has announced new tools that allow developers to track user engagement with their apps.
Microsoft caves to Google, pulls YouTube app from WinPhone Store
Microsoft will remove its revamped YouTube app for Windows Phone 8 from its store and revert to the earlier version until such time as it can meet all of Google's requirements for the app, advertising included.
AT&T adds 61¢ 'Mobility Administrative Fee' for users
US subscribers to AT&T's mobile network are getting an extra 61¢ "Mobility Administrative Fee" on their bills beginning in May.
SAP shuffles execs to chase cloud success
It is time for musical chairs at SAP, and the desire to ramp-up products that run on the cloud and sell more of them is calling the tune to which the executives are dancing.
Internet cafés declared 'illegal businesses' in Ohio
Having solved all of the state's other problems, the Ohio legislature has passed a bill outlawing that most foul of societal ills: the internet café.
Experts: Network security deteriorating, privacy a lost cause
Ethernet SummitInternet and network security is bad, and it's going to get worse before it gets better. To make it better, CIOs and IT admins need to rethink the way that they approach protecting their networks from hackers and other miscreants.