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'Australia's so big freight costs are high' claims don't add up

One of the fallback positions of IT vendors defending their high Australian prices has been to remind Australia that shipping and transport are expensive here. So, ever your servant – and confronted with the kind of slow-news-day syndrome that can happen only when America is still busy trying to identify which stories were April …

China 'in discussions' about high-speed rail lines to London, Germany – and the US

Chinese officials have outlined a massive – no, that's an understatement; make that mind-bogglingly Brobdingnagian – vision of a globe-girdling high-speed rail network that would have as one of its legs a line that would run from northern China up through Russia, under the North Pacific, through Alaska, then Canada, and finally …
Rik Myslewski, 09 May 2014

Greenwald alleges NSA tampers with routers to plant backdoors

Glenn Greenwald, the journalist responsible for funnelling many of Edward Snowden's revelations to the world, has penned a book in which he alleges the NSA intercepts routers before US manufacturers can export them, in order to implant backdoors. Excerpted by The Guardian, Greenwald's tome No Place to Hide alleges the following …
Simon Sharwood, 13 May 2014
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You've made the product, now get it to the customers

Logistics may not seem as sexy as, say, R&D or social-media marketing – but messing it up could easily ruin your business. There are several things SMEs should think about when planning the part of their business that gets products out to customers. Far too many companies miss out this key part of the business equation, warns …
Robin Birtstone, 02 Jun 2014
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'Huge airships to carry freight starting 10 years from now'

The long-touted idea of using airships to replace cargo aircraft is in the news again, courtesy of former head government boffin Professor Sir David King, who says "this is something I believe is going to happen". The 'Aeroscraft' concept 'Fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and other foreign luxuries' will arrive like this. …
Lewis Page, 02 Jul 2010
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Googorola now shipping 100,000 Moto X phones a week... from TEXAS

Motorola is now shipping 100,000 of its flagship Moto X phones a week from its factory near Dallas, Texas. Chief exec Dennis Woodside said in an interview that the Texas manufacturing facility, operated by contractor Flextronics, was capable of producing tens of millions of phones a year, but expansion would depend on demand. " …

Facebook to get IN YOUR FACE with video ads

Facebook has signalled it will become more annoying, by letting The Wall Street Journal know video ads are coming to the social network quite soon now. The Journal's report says Facebook has been on the cusp of introducing video ads for months now, but has been held back by valiant champion-of-the-users Mark Zuckerberg's …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Aug 2013

100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

Google may have underestimated the difficulty of driving in Europe, and yesterday’s announcement about its driverless cars is evidence that it has. A photo of the new Google self-driving car But Mr Insurance man, the Google Noddy Car bumped me! Mountain View's Chocolate Factory unveiled a very Willy Wonka-esque two-seat …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 May 2014
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Tech policy battle: Australian Industry Group vs. Information Industries Association

Two big lobby groups have just released their visions for Australia's future economy, and agree on the need for reform that will help Australia's technology sector to improve its performance. Let's start with business lobby group The Australian Industry Group (AIG), which this morning published its 10 point plan for a strong and …
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Packer gets into cloud shopping

Brisbane e-commerce and cloud-based logistics start-up Temando Shipping has received a cash injection from James Packer’s investment vehicle Ellerston Capital. Co-founder and managing director of Temando, Carl Hartmann, created the company to take advantage of the online shopping boom. With a digital media background at Fairfax …
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MPs: Ancient UK Border Force systems let GANGSTERS into Blighty

The UK Border Force relies on a 20 year old IT system which is on the verge of collapse to secure Britain's borders, a government report has revealed. The warning is contained in a report imaginatively called "The Border Force: securing the border" produced by the Public Accounts Committee. It found that private jets were being …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Dec 2013
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ROBOT COW teaches Saudi kids where milk comes from

A farmer from Tayside has sent a plastic robot cow to the Middle East in a bid to educate Saudi children about where milk comes from (from robot cows, perhaps? -Ed). Kenny Farquharson describes himself as a "plastic farmer" and builds life size beasts to show children how nature works. His latest creation - a fully milkable …
Jasper Hamill, 12 Jun 2013
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How I nearly sold rocket windows to the crazy North Koreans

The North Koreans are rattling the war drums and claiming that they're about to drop the odd bomb on either South Korea or the US (and possibly Japan as well). And so El Reg asks the resident metals wide-boy (me) to explain it all to you, something that might seem odd until you realise quite how wide this boy is. For I've some …
Tim Worstall, 05 Apr 2013
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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. The word “ecosystem” gets overused a bit, but seems worth using to describe Bag2Go, which needs special luggage with embedded RFIDs. Those willing to pay for that privilege are then expected to use an app while they pack, the …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jun 2013
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Texas students hijack superyacht with GPS-spoofing luggage

Students from the University of Texas successfully piloted an $80m superyacht sailing 30 miles offshore in the Mediterranean Sea by overriding the ship's GPS signals without any alarms being raised. The team, led by assistant professor Todd Humphreys from UT Austin's department of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jul 2013
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Work in the tech industry? The Ukraine WAR is coming to YOU

Anyone in tech who thinks that the conflict in Ukraine - which has been smoldering since the end of 2013 - is not their business should think again. At the weekend Russia was given one week by European Union chiefs to reverse course in the Ukraine or face new sanctions. Russia has been accused of interfering in Ukraine, …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Sep 2014
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Nigerian freight forwarding scam hits UK

Small businesses have launched a fight back against fraud through a Web site which provides early warning alerts about credit card scams. Early Warning, whose service is free to join for online merchants, collates warnings and provides detailed information on risks to e-tailers. The service is important the prevalence of credit …
John Leyden, 04 Oct 2002
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UK.gov's e-Borders zombie still lurks under the English Channel

“The UK government has made a commitment to reintroduce exit checks by 2015. The Home Office will deliver on this commitment,” said the Home Office in July. Actually, it probably won’t, replied deputy prime minister Nick Clegg. Home secretary Theresa May told Parliament’s home affairs committee in April that exit checks were …
SA Mathieson, 24 Sep 2013
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Contract can be formed by company's actions, High Court rules

The actions of two companies can lead to a binding contract being formed even if there is a mistake in the terms of the contract itself, the High Court has ruled. The High Court determined that a contract had existed between Statoil ASA and TTMI Sari because Statoil had paid TTMI for delivering its freight – even though there …
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 May 2011
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CTO's man at VMware whistles an 'appy tune

VMware's chief technology officer, global field, Paul Strong, says the company's next frontier is simplifying management of applications. Strong came to VMware three years after stints at eBay and Sun. Speaking to The Reg in Sydney today, Strong said his role means ensuring innovation doesn't happen in an “ivory tower” but …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jun 2013
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Wacky racers – The Reg's guide to 2013's Solar Challengers

The World Solar Challenge kicks off today, with 36 solely-solar-powered cars about to attempt a 3,000km journey across Australia from the northern city of Darwin to Adelaide in the south. The Reg is following the race – and making some odd side trips you'll learn about soon – but with the cars on the starting line we felt it …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Oct 2013
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Marketing told us: 'Justin Bieber is a fad. He’s not going to last.' – Company formerly known as RIM

This was the week when former senior BlackBerry bod Vincent Washington claimed the Canadian company turned down an offer from Justin Bieber to be the firm's brand ambassador back at the peak of its popularity. He said: One thing we missed out on was that Justin Bieber wanted to rep BlackBerry. He said: 'Give me $200,000 and 20 …
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London Olympics journey planner crash effort launched

Transport for London (TfL) is running a high-speed procurement of a freight journey planner for the Olympic Games, with a tender in the Official Journal of the European Union, marked as an accelerated procedure and deemed "time-critical". The tender notice for a web-based system and interactive map application specifies just …
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ICANN under fire as Verisign warns of rushed domain-name expansion

ICANN's big generic top-level domain (gTLD) rollout, planned for April 23, needs to be delayed because the system isn't ready, Verisign and others are warning – and ICANN itself has told The Register that the first gTLD domains won't come online until at least August. "April is a launch date in the sense that it's a public …
Iain Thomson, 02 Apr 2013
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Courier mishap sends woman's corpse to shopping club

A mix-up at a freight forwarding firm meant a dead woman's torso was diverted from a research facility in Florida and shipped to a wholesale shopping club in Massachusetts instead. Staff at the headquarters of BJ's Wholessales Club's HQ in Westborough, Mass, were initially unconcerned when the comparatively large package turned …
Joe Fay, 23 Apr 2012
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Resellers and customers frustrated by botched Oracle deliveries

Oracle resellers are counting the cost of frequent instances of botched logistics. According to sources at several large dealers, four to six week lead times are unreliable, and deliveries are being made to the wrong addresses by the freight forwarding company. Two months can elapse from the first product arriving and complete …
Paul Kunert, 03 Jun 2011
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Police mistake reveals plan for Assange's Embassy capture

A fairly basic security slip has showed just how far the British police are preparing to go to make sure Julian Assange doesn't leaving the UK without getting his collar felt. Photo of police plan Police plan caught by snapper (click to enlarge) Credit: PA "Action required – Assange to be arrested under all circumstances …
Iain Thomson, 24 Aug 2012
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Playstation phone postponed for some punters

Tomorrow's launch date of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is in doubt after Vodafone joined O2 to postpone the so-called Playstation phone's release. Last night, Vodafone told customers who had pre-ordered the handset to confirm the phones couldn't be sent out on 1 April due to a supply hitch. This will come as a blow to punters …
Caleb Cox, 31 Mar 2011
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Systemax suffers sales shrinkage in Q4

Systemax's sales growth engine ran out of steam in calendar Q4 with a resurgent B2B division unable to offset double digit declines in consumer operations. The US parent of the WStore and Misco reseller brands filed numbers late last night with revenues dipping 3 per cent to $978m (£613.6m), but operating profit edged up 3.7 per …
Paul Kunert, 29 Feb 2012

How many apps does it take to back up your data?

What is the better approach to backups: a single service that can back up everything on your network or a collection of applications for backing up different items? Over the course of my career I have been on both sides of this argument and I am still not convinced either is right. Now a pending network upgrade has forced me to …
Trevor Pott, 23 Sep 2013
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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. "It's much better analytics, between ten and ten thousand times faster. I'm not bragging here that we achieved up to 250,000 times faster because …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jan 2013

'Not even Santa could save Microsoft's Windows 8'

Once upon a time any problem at Microsoft could be magically resolved with a new Windows release. Since Windows Vista, however, that formula hasn't worked. In fact, according to new sales data from NPD Group, it may be getting worse. In late 2012, departing Microsoft board member Reed Hastings called Microsoft's Surface tablet " …
Matt Asay, 08 Jan 2013
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UK: 'We're legally bound to arrest Mr Assange'

The UK's Foreign Secretary has refused to rule out storming the Ecuadorian embassy to arrest Julian Assange and pack him off to Sweden. On Tuesday, The Right Honourable William Jefferson Hague met with the vice president of Ecuador over the Assange issue. When questioned about it by the BBC on Wednesday, Hague described the …
Iain Thomson, 30 Aug 2012
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Wales relaunches bilingual online traffic info service

The Welsh government has relaunched Traffic Wales, its online traffic management and information service, with new features aimed at helping motorists plan their journeys. Among the new features on the revamped bilingual website are a calendar to view planned roadworks or events and a freight section aimed at road hauliers. …
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Elonex to set up tech fab in Coleshill, create 400 jobs

Elonex is importing manufacturing equipment from China to a facility based in Coleshill, just outside Birmingham, in order to assemble tech products locally. The move has been subsidised by a £2m government grant, a £6m government-guaranteed banking facility and £2m from Elonex shareholders. The 140,000 ft2 production and R&D …
Paul Kunert, 17 Feb 2012
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AT&T plan: Let content providers pay your bandwidth bill

AT&T is developing a plan that would allow mobile-application developers and content providers to pay for the wireless bandwidth required to use their apps or downlload their content. "A feature that we're hoping to have out sometime next year is the equivalent of 800 numbers that would say, if you take this app, this app will …
Rik Myslewski, 28 Feb 2012
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Kremlin green lights Siberia-Alaska tunnel

In a couple of decades, you may be able to board a train at London's St Pancras Station, chug through the Chunnel traveling east, and – eventually – end up at New York City's Grand Central Station, having never disembarked. Yes, that 65-mile tunnel under the Bering Strait separating Siberia and Alaska, first proposed in 2007, is …
Rik Myslewski, 24 Aug 2011
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Younger generation taking 'sledgehammer' to security

The new generation of "digital natives" coming into the workplace is going to blow apart existing security practices, Symantec's CEO Enrique Salem warns. In his keynote speech on Tuesday at the RSA 2012 conference in San Francisco, Salem said that the current young generation, born in the 1990s, has a radically different …
Iain Thomson, 28 Feb 2012
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Japan 'quake hits PSP2 launch?

The launch of Sony's upcoming PlayStation portable, the NGP, is to be pushed back, in the wake of last month's catastrophic tsunami in Japan. The NGP was originally scheduled to ship in November 2011, but Jack Tretton, president of SCEE in America, now says the handheld may not arrive in time for the Christmas shopping season. …
Caleb Cox, 05 Apr 2011
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Mobile tech destroys the case for the HS2 £multi-beellion train set

Finally people seem to be waking up to the dog's breakfast which is the economic case for the proposed High Speed Two London-Birmingham rail link. You know, this lovely train set that the politicians want to plonk down in the middle of England. I've never quite been sure why it is that politicians love such train sets: most of …
Tim Worstall, 16 May 2013
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Acer bids to raise prices after levelling inventory mountain

Acer has said it expects ASPs to continue to climb this year as the market shifts to ultrabooks – even as the vendor finally levels the inventory mountain that bedevilled it last year. The shock discovery of "abnormalities" in inventory stored in freight forwarders' warehouses led to a massive shakeup at the firm. A "sales …
Joe Fay, 25 Jan 2012
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Web scam-busting trio thwarted by mystery DDoS rocket

A bunch of anti-scam sites was knocked offline last week by fierce and apparently well-organised distributed denial of service attacks. The sites - 419eater.com, scamwarners.com and aa419.org (Artists Against 419) - were swamped with junk traffic for several days. During the attack the sites' administrators turned to blogs, …
John Leyden, 12 Dec 2011
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Acer turns to trains for imports

PC vendors may be finally bowing to pressure to build more flexibility into the supply chain amid reports that Acer is to start shipping PCs by train. Forty carriers are already en route to Europe. Disties have been calling for alternative transportation techniques following the growing mountain of notebooks in the region caused …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2011
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Western Digital edges ahead of Seagate

Western Digital, encountering the same adverse headwinds as Seagate, has emerged ahead. In its fourth quarter (Q4) of fiscal 2011, WD reported revenues of $2.4bn, marginally above Q4 2010's $2.38bn. Net income fell from Q4 2010's $265m to $158m, hindered by $35m of costs associated with the Hitachi GST acquisition. For the full …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2011
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Acer unleashes account managers on corporate customers

Acer will capitalise on its Olympics prominence this year by ratcheting up its SMB channel and setting an end-user sales team on the UK's biggest companies. The vendor will launch a revamped partner portal in the next few months as it looks to strengthen its contacts: about 2,000 dealers will target the SMB space and up the …
Joe Fay, 25 Jan 2012
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The amazing shipping container: How it changed the world

Keith Tantlinger has just died. He's someone you almost certainly haven't heard of and someone who – along with Malcolm McLean (no, not McLaren) – changed our world to the extent that it would have been almost unrecognisable to our forefathers. They also – if you want to squint at it – made the European Union redundant six …
Tim Worstall, 19 Sep 2011
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Acer writes off $150m as audit finds 'abnormalities'

Acer CEO and Chairman JT Wang has relinquished his remuneration package including bonuses from 2010 after the firm unearthed "abnormalities" in channel inventory across EMEA that will cost it US $150m (£91m) to write off. The Taiwanese giant will also cut board directors' pay packages by 50 per cent, ask staff to take a 40 per …
Paul Kunert, 01 Jun 2011

Broadband a climate champion: ITU

The ITU’s Broadband Commission report, The Broadband Bridge: Linking ICT with Climate Action, is a good piece of advocacy – but can its prescriptions work? The premise of the report is simple enough: the Copenhagen Accord seeks a capping of emissions at 44 gigatonnes of CO2 by 2020, but that’s unlikely to be achieved. There’s a …
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Sony BDP-S185 Blu-ray player

IPTV Week logo The BDP-S185 is the latest entry-level player in Sony's standalone Blu-ray range. It’s also the smallest and lightest model, at a mere 290mm wide and 1.15kg. With these reduced dimensions, comes a similarly diminished specification: the player isn’t DLNA compliant and can’t stream content across a network. …
Steve May, 27 Jan 2012
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Microsoft wins big in Chinese piracy lawsuit

Microsoft has won its first major court battle against the use of unlicensed software by Chinese corporations - but the company it vanquished plans to fight back. The amount of damages that the Shanghai court awarded Redmond may be small - 2.17m yuan, or $318,000 - but the precedent is large. "This is the first case in which …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Apr 2010