Super Micro revved up for impending Xeons, Opterons
White-box server and motherboard maker Super Micro is champing at the bit for Intel and Advanced Micro Devices to get their next generation of server processors out of the fabs and into its hands.
UK wants our geeky army
Australian ICT and digital media companies seeking to expand to the UK are being targeted via a new drive from UK Trade & Investment. The body has launched Go UK a business plan competition open to Australian and New Zealand businesses with an interest in crossing the pond.
Consumer Watchdog lambasts Los Angeles over Google Apps
Consumer Watchdog president Jamie Court has given Los Angeles city council members an impassioned speech about the failings of its Google Apps contract, even though the meeting to discuss the issue has been moved to next week.
RIM faces legal action following service outages
RIM has been sued in its home country following the series of outages that hit customers throughout much of the world.
ASX down, blames glitch
Unexplained “technical difficulties” have frozen the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) since shortly after 10am this morning, 27 October.
Orbitsound T12v3 spatial soundbar
ReviewThe popular Orbitsound T12 soundbar has reached its third version. Retailing for the same price as version two, the new edition looks the same externally but there are various improvements inside, including a better subwoofer speaker, higher quality components for the main speaker drivers and an extended volume range.
Insulin pump hack delivers fatal dosage over the air
In a hack fitting of a James Bond movie, a security researcher has devised an attack that hijacks nearby insulin pumps, enabling him to surreptitiously deliver fatal doses to diabetic patients who rely on them.
Cabinet Office on £2m digital talent hunt
The government department charged with running the Civil Service is looking for developers to transform the public sector – and they're prepared to pay £2m to get the best.
Windows XP and iPod: A tale of two birthdays
This week is remarkable for two 10-year computing anniversaries: that of the Apple iPod and of Microsoft's Windows XP.
Credit card companies plan to sell your purchase data to advertisers
Visa Inc and Mastercard Inc are working on a system for delivering online behavioural adverts to consumers based on what they buy in shops, according to media reports.
Sony and Ericsson divorce
Sony is paying €1.05bn in cash to buy out its partner in mobile telephony, though it gets ongoing patent rights and ownership of some key intellectual property as security.
iOS App of the WeekOne of the standout features of the new iPhone 4S is the Siri voice-recognition assistant.
Inside WD's flooded Thai factory
There is an eerie calm inside Western Digital's flooded hard disk drive plant near Bangkok. It has been transformed into a silent lake.
Samsung gets fast-track appeal on Tab injunction
Samsung Electronics has won court approval to fast-track its appeal against the ban on its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.
Telecom World tries to shake off its paper-pushing reputation
ITU Telecom WorldITU Telecom World is the UN's chance to push out the message that broadband internet is a human right, but the now-annual event is also pitching itself as a grown-up version of the increasingly infantile Mobile World Congress.
Crypto boffins uncover rogue task risk on Amazon cloud
Security researchers have unearthed a flaw in Amazon Web Services that created a possible mechanism for hackers to take over control of cloud-based systems and run administrative tasks.
Nokia takes NFC phones to New York subway
Despite eschewing NFC payments in the rest of the world, Nokia will be testing a handset capable of paying for subway tickets in New York, and before the end of 2011.
Sony KDL-40HX723 40in LED 3D TV
ReviewThe KDL-40HX723 is a feature-heavy 40in Freeview HD TV from the posh end of Sony’s 2011 catalogue. While it sells for a tad more than a looky-likey from the brand’s bread and butter EX range, the premium is worth paying if you want to see what Sony’s picture boffins are really capable of.
Virgin Media touts high-speed signups and TiVO
Virgin Media claims half a million people now subscribe to its high speed 30 Mbit/s cable service, with 178,000 on the 50 Mbit/s or 100 Mbit/s plans. The company clawed back 6,300 broadband punters in the third quarter of 2011.
Mozilla delivers Binged-up Firefox browser
Mozilla has released a customised version of Firefox that defaults to Microsoft's Bing.
Price-slashing fails to ignite PlayBook sales
RIM's little-loved fondleslab is failing to get the tills ringing, even after significant price cuts, channel partners have claimed.
Google won't face Oracle in court until next year
The Oracle v Google patent punch-up definitely won't be heard this year, according to a court filing.
China Central TV comes to Freeview
China Central Television is coming to Freeview HD, but not as a broadcast television channel. It will have its own channel number, but it won't be broadcast in the UK or subject to UK broadcast rules.
Groupon will replace 1 in 10 sales staff to ensure growth
Groupon CEO Andrew Mason has told potential IPO investors that the company will be replacing 10 per cent of its sales staff in a push to get better deals from merchants and continue to grow.
Google Maps API now costs $4 per 1,000 requests
Apps and websites that use the Google Maps API will soon have to pay $4 per 1,000 visitors Google announced today.
Earth escapes obliteration by comet
NASA has released another statement on Comet Elenin, the totally insignificant comet it keeps giving out statements about, to say that it has broken up into "smaller, even less significant, chunks of dust and ice".
Google splurges $1.5bn on acquisitions in nine months
Google has managed to spend around $1.5bn on acquisitions in the last nine months, including $265m in the month of September alone, according to a regulatory filing.
Privacy warning as cops lean on domain registrars
Internet policy experts have warned about possible threats to privacy and an increased risk of police domain name seizures after domain firms were pressured into overhauling how they do business.
Crescent Electronics proposes CVA
E-tailer Crescent Electronics is putting together a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) with business advisory ChannelMoney.
Acer execs play musical chairs
Acer is shuffling the chairs on its exec deck with EMEA president Walter Deppeler moving to become chief marketing officer, and head of the China operations Oliver Ahrens replacing him.
Cops find hackers' phone in NOTW office
Police have discovered the existence of a mobile phone known as "the Hub" which was used by News of The World journalists to hack over 1,000 voicemails between 2004 and 2006, according to The Independent.
Porsche finds top gear with BlackBerry design
RIM gave BlackBerry a lap of honour this week, announcing the speedy arrival of a smartphone crafted collaboratively with Porsche Design.
Machine translation cracks 18th century occult cipher
Statistical translation techniques have been successfully applied to decode an 18th century document written using an encryption scheme that has baffled scholars for decades.
Scrambling for spectrum: What to do when we run out
ITU Telecom WorldThe lack of radio spectrum is probably the most debated subject amongst the delegates at the ITU's annual talking shop, with the military, emergency services and broadcast TV all in the firing line as punters want more data.
Google indoor Streetview images go live
Google's cameras on sticks will be peering inside buildings starting from now as they start to incorporate the inside of shops and commercial properties onto Google Streetview.
Respect your BOFH or watch your small biz fail
Small and medium manufacturing businesses that don't put IT high up in their strategy decisions are scuppering their chances of success, according to a new study.
Europe is computer biz disaster zone, says Avnet
Avnet's top line growth stalled in Q1 largely due to the testing macroeconomic landscape in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) after seven consecutive quarters of increases.
OpenLogic floats multi-language custom cloud service
OpenLogic has launched a platform-as-a-service dubbed CloudSwing, which it is touting as the most flexible yet for the enterprise developer.
As iPhone 4S battery suckage spreads, fixes appear
Ever since the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 were released earlier this month, early adopters have flooded the web with complaints about reduced battery life and overheating handsets. But now a few solutions have emerged from multiple sources – but not from Apple, unfortunately.
Apple sending sun-juiced iPads to rural Zimbabwe
UpdatedIf you want a solar-powered iPad 2 with a pico projector, get a job as a school teacher in Zimbabwe, where Apple has entered into a joint venture with the Mugabe government to supply such setups to rural schools.
(At least) 4 web authentication authorities breached since June
At least four web authentication authorities have reported being compromised in as many months, according to research from the Electronic Frontier Foundation that renews serious questions about a technology millions of websites rely on to remain secure.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes first commercial flight
The first commercial flight of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner passenger jet has touched down safely and on time at Hong Kong, a little over three years after it was due to arrive.
AMD beats analysts' bets with profitable quarter
AMD beat the Street when reporting its financial results for the third quarter of 2011, with earnings per share of 13¢ on revenues of $1.69bn.
Datacom, Revera expanding NZ cloud
Datacom is to build a new data centre after sharing a New Zealand government contract with IBM and Revera.
Friends join Facebook's Open Compute project
Open Compute SummitBack in April, when Facebook opened up its Prineville, Oregon data center, it really opened it up.
Southern Cross Cable ramps up network
New Zealand cable outfit Southern Cross Cable Networks has secured vendor Ciena for the expansion of its subsea cable network infrastructure.
HP flip-flops on sale of Personal Systems Group
Meg Whitman, who in September replaced the deposed Leo Apotheker as president and CEO of HP, has decided that “exploring options” for the company’s PC business will not, after all, involve selling the division.
Fact check clears Czech in botnet case
Microsoft has announced that it’s dropped dotFREE from its ongoing lawsuit over the Kelihos botnet.
Facebook triple stuffs Swedish data center
Open Compute SummitIn concert with the launch of the Open Compute Foundation on Thursday in New York, social media giant Facebook announced it is building a data center in Sweden close to the Arctic Circle, its first outside of the United States.
Urban legend nips iiNet 'subliminal' campaign
Australian ISP iiNet has pulled a TV advertising campaign after its two-frame “Easter egg” fell foul of this country’s advertising rules.
AMD CEO vows 'maniacal' chip-baking fix
AMD's newish president and CEO fairly flaggelated himself for his company's failure in execution during its last quarter, a failure that caused Intel's only real competition to do the unthinkable: leave money on the table.