Surprise! Sprint denounces AT&T-Mobile deal
In a move that will surprise absolutely no one, Sprint Nextel has officially announced its opposition to AT&T's proposed purchase of T-Mobile.
South Brisbane residents to get FTTP ahead of NBN
Telstra customers – and ISPs – in a Southern Brisbane exchange will get a taste of the NBN world not from NBN Co, but from Telstra.
IBM in A$200M broadband network win
Australia's NBN Co chief Mike Quigley has announced that IBM will be the prime systems integrator for its business support systems / operational support systems (BSS / OSS) project.
Google's 'clean' Linux headers: Are they really that dirty?
The trouble with open source is that most coders aren't lawyers and most lawyers aren't coders. And even if everyone did wear both hats, there would still be ample room for disagreement. The law, you must remember, is subjective.
Android App of the WeekA good news aggregator should to be able to pull information from a broad range of sources, present it in a clear and easily navigable format, and make it as easy as pie to find, add, remove and edit feeds.
Amazon jumps the gun on free clouds
Amazon has got in first with an online music storage service, or "Cloud Drive" as the bookseller puts it.
Pay-by-mobile plan taps up UK consumers
Britan got a new pay as you go mobile provider this morning, which will put paying for things other than mobile service at the centre of its business model.
Three strikes ID fraudster jailed for 16 years
A recidivist ID theft fraudster who used a people search website to verify the authenticity of stolen social security credentials has been jailed for more than 16 years.
Sony Ericsson sanctions smartphone boot loader unlocking
Sony Ericsson is to allow "advanced" Android coders to unlock the boot loader built into its latest smartphones.
Microsoft man riles update-hungry Windows Phone 7 users
Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore has been forced to apologise after making light of the plight suffered by Windows Phone 7 users who've had to wait several days for the latest OS update.
ViewSonic tempts with buy-to-try tablet deal
ViewSonic is to let punters try out its 7in Android tablet for free.
Junk mail down 1/3 since Rustock botnet takedown
Global spam volumes dropped by a third following the takedown of the infamous Rustock botnet earlier this month, according to MessageLabs.
McAfee site crawling with scripting bugs say researchers
Flaws on McAfee's website leave it vulnerable to cross-site scripting and other attacks, security researchers warn.
O2 tariff rejig bundles tethering with data
O2 has revamped its pay monthly mobile phone package structure, adding a one-year contract option for existing customers.
Judge hands BlueBeat.com $1m bill for Beatles downloads
A California website that claimed its "psycho-acoustic simulation" technology meant it could sell Beatles downloads has been ordered to cough up $950,000 to EMI.
Council loses £2.5m claim against Big Blue
Southwark Council's claim for £2.5m in damages from IBM for supposedly faulty software has been dismissed.
Take-Two talent call betrays Grand Theft Auto V
The scene is set and the inevitable is upon us. Yes, Grand Theft Auto V is in production and ready for an announcement soon, we think.
Handy radiation checker comes to iPhone
iPhone users can now download a free iPhone app to tell them what local radiation levels are, in case they've not got enough to worry about.
HTC Incredible S Android smartphone
ReviewThe Incredible S is latest in HTC’s extensive line of Android handsets. It runs version 2.2 of the OS, includes a 1GHz processor, 8Mp camera and lots of clever tricks, but despite its distinctive rubbery look, it isn’t hugely different from its siblings. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, since it’s still got plenty going for it.
Back to the nano-mechanical future
Edinburgh researchers and others have devised a way to use nano-cantilevers to charge carbon nanotube transistors with binary values faster and more power-efficiently than NAND cells get charged. Once again the scientists raise the possibility of their invention replacing flash, as many have done before.
US Navy to field full-on robot war-jets as soon as 2018
The US Navy has indicated that it would like to have unmanned, robotic spyplane/bombers operating from its aircraft carriers "in the 2018 timeframe", which suggests that flying kill-robots will soon be in the same league as the most powerful manned combat aircraft.
Exploiting the mainframe for new workload requirements
IT architects and CIOs have a number of factors to take into consideration when it comes to selecting where to run workloads and how to design systems for efficient operations over extended periods of time.
Europe rules against general passenger data slurp
The European Data Protection Supervisor has taken a view against Passenger Name Record transfers, which obliges airlines to hand over the personal data they hold on every passenger entering or leaving the European Union.
Platform wants to out-map, out-reduce Hadoop
Chewing on big data using the MapReduce protocol, and the open source Hadoop stack that implements it, is all the rage these days. But there is more than one way to stuff an elephant.
Praying for meltdown: The media and the nukes
CommentSensationalism has always been part of the popular media - but Fukushima is a telling and troubling sign of how much the media has changed in fifty years: from an era of scientific optimism to one where it inhabits a world of fantasy - creating a real-time Hollywood disaster movie with a moralising, chivvying message.
Chilean clock-cooking could cause computer chaos
In what promises to provoke an entertaining IT apocalypse, the Chilean government has decided to postpone the end of daylight saving time by five weeks.
Nokia lobs more patent claims at Apple
Nokia has responded to Friday's ITC determination by filing another complaint against Apple, this time citing seven new patents and again calling for an import ban on Cupertino's products.
Europe to get space radiation-storm warning service
International boffins are meeting in Blighty today with the aim of setting up a European solar radiation-storm warning service. With the Sun expected to belch forth increasing amounts of bad "space weather" in coming years, the scientists warn that billions of pounds' worth of damage could be done to satellites in orbit.
Citrix sprinkles apps magic on SQL, NoSQL data
Native support for SQL and NoSQL has been added to Citrix Systems' NetScaler, which until now had specialized in high-availability only for applications.
Artificial leaf produces electricity through photosynthesis
A synthetic leaf has been created that mimics the photosynthesis process, converting sunlight and water into a source of electrical energy.
Google suffers further Chinese setback
Chinese super-portal Sina has dropped Google's search box from its website and is using its own search service instead.
Mystery hack pwns Australian government
Parliamentary computers of the Australian prime minister, Julia Gillard, and other ministers may have been hacked, according to Australian media reports.
Apple plays whack-a-dev after WWDC sellout
Apple has kicked off a game of worldwide whack-a-dev after tickets for its WorldWide Developer Conference started popping up on eBay and other classified sites.
Cisco eats newScale for cloud control
Cisco Systems wants to run your cloud, but you will end up doing most of the work thanks to its acquisition today of newScale.
Google goes Instant with Commerce Search
Google has released a new version of Google Commerce Search – a hosted service that drives site search for online retailers – adding the sort of "realtime" search suggestions you'll find on Google's primary web search engine.
Nintendo 3DS contains £60 in bits
Nintendo's 3DS may set customers back £200 in many places, but it only contains 60 quid's worth of parts, apparently.
Mozilla debuts Firefox 4 for Android
Mozilla has officially released its Android incarnation of Firefox 4. And for those of you who still care about such things, the open source outfit has also released a version for Maemo.
Beyond $1bn: Why Red Hat is a one off
Open...and ShutSome of the industry's smartest prognosticators, like Redmonk's Stephen O'Grady and inveterate free software advocate Glyn Moody, have questioned the likelihood of a billion-dollar open-source software vendor.
Oracle to munch ERP competitor?
Larry Ellison may be about to gobble up one of his competitors, Lawson, an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software vendor headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
New York vows review of AT&T deal
New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman has announced that his office will carry out a thorough review of AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA.
Firefox 4 for Android shuns ARMv6 phones
Mozilla's Android incarnation of Firefox 4 does not run on devices using the older ARMv6 processor, and it does not support Adobe Flash.
Foxtel calls on wisdom of the clouds
Foxtel is fighting back after a self confessed “dreary” 18 month subscriber slump with a fresh IP centric set top box attack. Australia’s biggest PayTV provider conceded that the free to air channel’s Freeview offering and new IPTV providers had taken their toll on the Foxtel model.
Sensis plans digital come back
Telstra’s advertising and directories arm Sensis is back on the acquisition trail as it plots a digitally focused resurgence. "Reports of our death are exaggerated," declared Sensis CEO Bruce Akhurst at an analyst briefing.
Carriers vs cops: Australia's spectrum conundrum
Australia, like other countries subsidising the broadcast and consumer electronics industries rolling out digital TV, is now preparing to auction the old analogue TV spectrum for the best price possible.