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Australian 'Apple tax' repealed for MacBook Air

Apple's contentious pricing plans, often criticised for producing Australian prices that exceed their US equivalents even when the $AUD/$US exchange rate suggests the opposite should be the case, have turned up some oddities for Apple's new products.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jun 2013

Microsoft announces $499 price tag, new games for Xbox One

Microsoft has used the annual E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles to announce the launch pricing for its new Xbox console and – surprise, surprise – it's UK gamers who will be paying more than anyone else for the kit.
Iain Thomson, 11 Jun 2013
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Apache devs: 'We'll ship no OpenOffice before its time'

Even as the open source LibreOffice productivity suite readies its next major release, the competing Apache OpenOffice project says not to expect it to ship a new version until it's good and ready.
Neil McAllister, 11 Jun 2013

Tim Cook: Android version fragmentation is 'terrible for developers'

Before CEO Tim Cook handed over the iOS 7–introduction chores to other Apple execs at the company's Worldwide Developer Conference, he took a moment to slag Android and its OS fragmentation in an appeal for the hearts and minds of developers.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Jun 2013

BadNews not so bad, says Google

Google has broken its six-week silence on the BadNews malware, telling a US security conference that while it was justified in removing infected apps from Google Play, it had no evidence that BadNews was playing a part in the distribution of SMS-borne frauds.
Richard Chirgwin, 11 Jun 2013

BIND 9 patched against remote crash vuln

Time to get patching, sys admins: ISC (the Internet Systems Consortium) has issued a fix for a BIND 9 denial of service vulnerability.
Richard Chirgwin, 11 Jun 2013
What Linus Torvalds thinks of NVIDIA

Linus Torvalds threatens verbal assault on developers' pets

Linux Lord Linus Torvalds has made another colourful public statement, threatening developers' mothers and hamsters.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jun 2013

VMTurbo brings 'invisible hand' to storage, fabrics, and public clouds

Flush with a $7.5m cash infusion back in early May, VMTurbo is taking its economic scheduling engine, inspired by Adam Smith's "invisible hand", to more clouds and more devices.

US judge revives lawsuit vs Baidu and China

A US judge has revived a potentially significant anti-censorship lawsuit brought by Stateside pro-democracy activists against Chinese search giant Baidu and the People’s Republic of China.
Phil Muncaster, 11 Jun 2013

Chewbacca held up by TSA stormtroopers for having light sabre

The hated stormtroopers of the US Transportation Security Administration earned themselves another little bit of public ire over the weekend, as they briefly held up the actor who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies over concerns that he was tooled up with a light-sabre.
Lewis Page, 11 Jun 2013

Chrome and Firefox are planet-wreckers, IE cuddles dolphins

Every one of us can do their bit to “save the planet”, whatever that means, and Microsoft has jumped aboard that bandwagon by commissioning a new study that investigates just how much electricity browsers consume when running on desktop and notebook computers.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jun 2013

Boffins hide cute kitty behind invisibility shield

VidIt's not going to actually fool everyone, but a China-Singapore partnership has demonstrated an “invisibility cloak” that works with natural light.
Richard Chirgwin, 11 Jun 2013
Airbus A380 lift-off. Picture courtesy of Airbus

Airbus imagines suitcases that find themselves

Airbus has floated a concept it calls “Bag2Go” that it says will make lost luggage a thing of the past.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jun 2013

Which big rack should you splash out on at ISC’13?

HPC blogWhat would you get if you combined the World Cup and March Madness with computer science and HPC? You'd have yourself a cluster-building competition for students, and that’s exactly what’s on the docket beginning 17 June.
Dan Olds, 11 Jun 2013

PM Cameron calls for modern, programmable computers! (We think)

Prime Minister David Cameron has made some baffling remarks on IT in a speech to the G8 Summit calling for greater clarity.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jun 2013
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini

Tech giants' offshore cash-stashing is only ever a delaying tactic

CommentDo companies have a duty to their shareholders to dodge as much tax as possible? Are Google, Apple and Facebook simply following the law as they ought to by shovelling everything through Ireland and Bermuda?
Tim Worstall, 11 Jun 2013
Beagleboard Beaglebone Black

Review: Beagleboard Beaglebone Black

It's nice to see that the broader community of Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Beagleboard Beaglebone users is a friendly and seemingly mature one.
Tony Smith, 11 Jun 2013

Obama-Chinese premier summit achieves little on cyber-security

AnalysisA summit meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama last week due to tackle the issue of cyber espionage failed to result in any agreement, perhaps partially because it was overshadowed by controversy over the NSA's controversial PRISM surveillance programme.
John Leyden, 11 Jun 2013

Want a fast, private Wi-Fi channel? Fine, go fight the regulators

Ruckus Wireless has been helping satellite comms biz Globalstar prove that its model for a privately licensed Wi-Fi channel is technically perfect, even if it remains legislatively difficult.
Bill Ray, 11 Jun 2013

We'll miss SEC financials deadline, says accounts-blundering Tech Data

Tech Data has warned it will fail to report its fiscal first-quarter financial numbers to the US Securities and Exchange Commission on time due to a continuing investigation into its accounting errors.
Paul Kunert, 11 Jun 2013

Techies finger Bradley Manning for US secret files database breach

Forensic experts have testified to a military court that they traced breaches of the US government’s secret intelligence database back to Pfc Bradley Manning - who is on trial for leaking classified files to whistleblower website Wikileaks.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 11 Jun 2013

Cold, dead hands of Steve Jobs slip from iPhones: The Cult of Ive is upon us

OpinionDespite including the biggest changes to an Apple line since the iPhone launch, the fruity giant's iOS 7 is basically a series of odds-and-ends first seen on competitors' devices - and glossed with some Cupertino sparkle to make it shine.
Bill Ray, 11 Jun 2013

1-in-10 e-tomes 'are self-published'... most are 'rubbish' says book ed

Self-published ebooks now account for 12 per cent of the entire digital book market, according to new research, and also have up to a fifth of the genre fiction market.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 11 Jun 2013
Buffalo DDR2

Buffalo herds DDR3 RAMs into DriveStation's spinning rust corrals

Storage hardware maker Buffalo has given its latest drives a hefty DDR3 RAM cache boost, putting them on par with flash memory's data access times, they claim.
Chris Mellor, 11 Jun 2013

NSA PRISM deepthroat VANISHES as pole-dance lover cries into keyboard

VideoWhistleblower Edward Snowden, who blew the lid off the US government's massive internet surveillance project PRISM, has vanished from his Hong Kong hideout.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Jun 2013

Yes, maybe we should keep hackers in the clink for YEARS, mulls EU

The EU is pushing through a directive calling for harsher criminal penalties against convicted hackers.
John Leyden, 11 Jun 2013

Online music world on iRadio: Apple, imagine our concern

Leading figures in the online music industry have cast doubt on Apple's claims that its new streaming iRadio service will revolutionise the way fanbois listen to songs.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Jun 2013
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Comparex posts single-digit margin returns for fiscal '13

Slogging it out in the licensing sales game is a tough business. Scale is a requisite to compensate for thinning margins, and vendors are constantly chopping away at back-end fees.
Paul Kunert, 11 Jun 2013

Magpie Apple plunders the competition for cosmetics, as egos run wild

CommentIf you're an AAPL shareholder, there are reasons to be deeply troubled by last night's WWDC announcements of new Macs, OS X 10.9 and iOS 7.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jun 2013

UK.gov's £530m bumpkin broadband rollout: 'Train crash waiting to happen'

The UK government's ploughing of taxpayers' cash into deploying countryside broadband networks has been branded a "train crash waiting to happen".
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Jun 2013

KEEP CALM and Carry On: PRISM itself is not a big deal

AnalysisPRISM, the top secret US National Security Agency web communications and user data collection program revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden last Friday, and targeted on nine top US web service providers, would seem unlikely to be the total, tyrannical surveillance behemoth reporters first assumed.
Duncan Campbell, 11 Jun 2013
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VMware sucks server and app logs into vCenter control freak

Server virtualization juggernaut and cloud builder and parts supplier VMware is bolting more capabilities onto its vCenter management tools with the launch of a new module called Log Insight.

Bill Gates slurps bigger share of Olympics bungle-boys G4S

Bill Gates has bought a larger share of G4S, a private security giant that was widely criticised for its London Olympics blunders.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Jun 2013
HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450

What's HP got under wraps? Looks awfully flash and tape shaped

HP DiscoverHP is indulging in a storage product-fest orgy at HP Discover in Las Vegas with an all-flash 3PAR, deduping VSA software, refreshed backup software, and a new tape library.
Chris Mellor, 11 Jun 2013

Compusys founder Sam Kazerounian returns to channel

Channel veteran Sam Kazerounian has climbed back on the daily treadmill after breaking his self imposed employment exile to become MD at Centreprise.
Paul Kunert, 11 Jun 2013

China's second woman 'naut blasts off for coupling in HEAVEN

China has sent its second woman taikonaut into space on a mission that will light the way to a permanent Chinese base in orbit.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Jun 2013

Google gobbles map app Waze

Google has acquired crowd-sourced map app Waze, and the company behind it.
Jack Clark, 11 Jun 2013
Nerd plus dollar, photo via Shutterstock

SoftBank sweetens Sprint bid by over $1bn

Japanese carrier SoftBank has sweetened its deal for US phone firm Sprint by over a billion dollars just two days before shareholders were due to vote on the offer, making the board very happy – but delaying the final merger decision.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 11 Jun 2013

AMD announces 'world's first commercially available 5GHz CPU'

UpdatedAMD has announced what it dubs "the world's first commercially available 5GHz CPU," the FX-9590.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Jun 2013
HP CEO Meg Whitman at Discover 2012

HP adds 'Haswell' Xeon E3s to entry ProLiant servers

CEO Meg Whitman said last month that HP knew it has some competitive weakness at the low-end of its x86 server line that rivals were exploiting, and at its Discover customer and partner shindig in Las Vegas this week, the company is rolling out three new entry servers that will help the company compete better against a very aggressive Dell.

Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

UpdatedMicrosoft may not have been listening to the rumbling of discontent over some of the new "features" coming with Xbox One, but Sony certainly has.
Iain Thomson, 11 Jun 2013

Dell goes for riches in niches with Gov Cloud

After fleeing the public cloud infrastructure market, Dell is back with a suite of "government cloud" products – but it won't start competing with Amazon's own GovCloud until 2014.
Jack Clark, 11 Jun 2013

Crusading lawmen want more details on Apple's iOS 7 'Activation Lock'

The New York State attorney general and San Francisco district attorney are in a wait-and-see mode as to whether Apple's "Activation Lock" theft-deterrent feature in iOS 7 will satisfy their call for smartphone manufacturers to make their devices less attractive to thieves.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Jun 2013
An Amazon Coin

Amazon SLASHES hosted database prices

Just a week after the service became generally available, Amazon has slashed the cost of running databases in its cloud by as much as 27 per cent, putting pressure on rivals to do the same.
Jack Clark, 11 Jun 2013
Screenshot from DARPA's ACTUV game. Credit: DARPA/Sonalysts

Cray cracks Oz military for super simulating silent subs

Cray has strolled off with a $AU2.27 million contract to provide a supercomputer to the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO).
Richard Chirgwin, 11 Jun 2013
Sennheiser SKM 900 wireless microphone

Wireless mics to clear Oz 4G bands by end 2014

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has begun the groundwork for clearing wireless microphones out of the 700 MHz band, and hopes to get its new technical standard adopted by October this year.
Richard Chirgwin, 11 Jun 2013

Report: Cloud could slash biz software energy use by 87%

If every US company would shift its core business-software applications from in-house equipment to the cloud, the amount of energy used by that software could be reduced by as much as 87 per cent, a new study claims.
Neil McAllister, 11 Jun 2013
Concert tickets Creative Commons licence by flickr user NZ Hamstar http://www.flickr.com/photos/16982169@N03/

Ticketmaster warns phishers using tickets as bait

Australian online ticketing service Tickemaster has been hit by a phishing raid that has defeated Spam filters.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jun 2013

Google inflates BigQuery AaaS

Google has expanded its BigQuery analytics-as-a-service product via price cuts, new features, and more sophisticated commands.
Jack Clark, 11 Jun 2013
The new Power7+ entry and midrange: Power 710/730 racker, Power 720/740 racker, Power 720 tower, and Power 750/760 racker

IBM to port KVM hypervisor to Power-Linux iron

IBM announced at the Red Hat Summit in Boston this Tuesday that it will support the KVM hypervisor on its PowerLinux machines to help boost its competitive position against x86 iron.

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