Crocodoc tries to take bite out of Adobe dominance
Crocodoc is looking to take a big chunk out of Adobe's market share with an HTML5 viewing and annotation system for PDFs and Office documents that eliminates plug-ins or vulnerable software.
Computer prices down 8.1% per year … since 1984
The price Australian consumers pay for audio visual and computing products has fallen an average of 8.1% every year since 1984, according to the new AMP.NATSEM Income Report.
Mystery as Google offloads SketchUp 3D drawing tool
Google has decided that the 3D modelling business is non-core and has sold its SketchUp tool to spatial specialist Trimble.
Moon at annual perigee this weekend
If you stumble out of the pub this weekend and the moon appears unusually large, there's no need to swear off the strong stuff.
ARM creators Sophie Wilson and Steve Furber
Unsung Heroes of TechBack in the late 1970s you wouldn't have guessed that this shy young Cambridge maths student named Wilson would be the seed for what has now become the hottest-selling microprocessor in the world.
Chinese feel pressure to work longer hours
The average Chinese worker spends eight hours and forty minutes a day exchanging their labour for currency, and 30% work for at least ten hours, according to a new study by the nation's Institute of Social Science, together with Peking University and recruitment agency Zhaopin.com.
UK plc 'needs a chief engineer' - also a chief social scientist
Britain should appoint an official chief engineer to ensure technical talent lurking within the civil service is put to best use, according to a new report.
Hitachi GST to demo first 12Gbit/s SAS SSD
Hitachi GST has announced that it will soon demonstrate the industry's first 12Gbit/s SAS interface solid state drive.
ICO mulls stiffer probe into Google Street View Wi-Fi slurp
The UK's data protection watchdog may still take enforcement action against Google over its unlawful collection of personal information from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks following the recent publication of a US regulator's report into the matter.
Teradata gobbles eCircle to biggen digi-marketing message blast
Data warehousing giant Teradata has been building up its application portfolio ahead of its acquisition of Aprimo in late 2010, and now it is fleshing out its app stack by snapping up eCircle, the largest provider of digital messaging software in Europe.
Public sector exempted from swingeing Microsoft UK price hike
The British government will not feel the squeeze of Microsoft price rises on volume licensing when the three-year Public Sector Agreement (PSA)12 launches on 1 July, The Register can reveal.
TLC flash gets tender loving care from DensBits boffinry
Israeli upstart DensBits says it can make short-life TLC flash run longer than some long-life MLC rivals because of its fancy adaptive controller tech.
Sony outs its first Ultrabook
Say hello to Sony's first Ultrabook - though it's not the Japanese giant's first oh-so-skinny compact laptop. Remember: Ultrabook is not a category, just an Intel brandname.
REVEALED: Samsung Galaxy S III is a PHONE
Samsung formally unveils its Galaxy S III device later this week, but already the blogosphere is alive with rumours that the gadget will be some sort of phone.
'Oppressive' UK copyright law: More cobblers from IP quangos
AnalysisA new report by intellectual property campaigners has again put the UK on the naughty step.
Nokia's 41Mp cameraphone shoots towards retail
Nokia focused attention on its PureView range this morning and announced that the first of its 41Mp cameraphones will shoot onto shelves this month.
Dinosaurs were DRAINED of blood by GIGANTIC HORROR FLEAS
As if impending extinction wasn't enough, dinosaurs were also plagued by giant mega-fleas that impaled their soft underbellies and feasted on their blood.
GCSE, A-level science exams ARE dumbed down - watchdog
Questions expecting short answers and the use of multiple choice have made biology and chemistry exams easier in the UK, according to assessment assessor Ofqual.
Dell sneaks out Ivy Bridge special edition Inspirons
Dell's Singapore operation has outed a "special edition" Inspiron 15R equipped with an Ivy Bridge processor.
Systemax profits tumble as US punters keep wallets closed
Systemax CEO Richard Leeds said he's disappointed by calendar Q1 numbers as profits fell by almost 50 per cent due to flagging US consumer electronics sales.
Barnes & Noble plans instore NFC Nook-book bonk-buying
B&N's CEO reckons NFC will be the glue to holds the disparate parts of the business together, with the help of Microsoft's money and a following wind.
Total War Battles: Shogun
iGamerFor fans of the PC series, the first hour of Total War Battles: Shogun - on iOS but coming soon to Android - will be defined purely by what's missing.
RIM shares take a bath after uninspiring BlackBerry 10 unwrap
Investors were less than impressed with Research in Motion's demo of its new BlackBerry 10 operating system and the developer tools to go with it, sending shares sliding by 5.76 per cent.
Intel chums up with Huawei for Oriental style flexible 4G push
Intel will set up an interoperability testing site in China, with local firm Huawei, to ensure its TD-LTE kit will work properly even if no-one seems very interested in using it.
Black Ops II to take gamers to open worlds... and destroy them
While confirmation that Call of Duty will return this year with Black Ops II is far from surprising, the fact that developer Treyarch's sequel will be set in the future with a non-linear storyline might refresh the franchise.
Rowdy clusters put to the grindstone by Grid Engine 8.1
The advent of virtualized and cloudy infrastructure has not diminished the need for scheduling software like Grid Engine. It's obvious just how necessary such schedulers are for orchestrating and aggregating capacity of server computing pools.
Fanboys excited by ancient Google Qwerty Nexus plan
Claims that Google is to revive smartphones with physical Qwerty keyboards - a rumour based on a patent that shows designs for just an Android handset with a slide-out keyboard - appear unfounded, after closer inspection of the documents show it was actually filed half a decade ago.
The Ethernet Alliance is thinking fast
Make no mistake: the flood of data flowing across networks today will grow into several Niagaras. We can foresee zettabytes of information crossing the internet – and the lion's share will flow via Ethernet links.
Facebook IPO: The date is set, Zuckerberg casts the dice at last
Facebook's IPO is finally shaping up with the likely start of trading slated for May 18 after a roadshow starting next Monday.
Microsoft's Twilio VoIP cloud deal buffs Apple and Amazon
Despite owning loss-making voice chat biz Skype, Microsoft is cuddling up to the Amazon-friendly Twilio to float a Windows Azure-powered communications hub.
Publishers' club lauds UK e-book sales surge
Brits are buying more e-books than ever before. Sales of digital tomes in 2011 leapt 366 per cent over 2010's total, the Publishers Association said today.
HP elbows Apple off global PC throne
Apple's rise to the summit of the global personal computer market at the end of last year was short lived: HP has regained the top spot in Q1, Canalys figures reveal.
Kaspersky: Apple security is like Microsoft's in 2002
Apple customers are more at risk from malware now because of their misconception that their iDevices and Macs are secure and because of Apple's poor attitude to security, according to experts.
Spotify dances onto iPad
Spotify has pushed its music platform onto Apple's iPad. The new app, specifically designed for tablet use, takes things up a notch from what is currently available through the iPhone and other smartphone versions.
OCZ flexes its Flash guns, predicts further embulgement ahead
It must be doing something right; flash storage supplier OCZ increased annual revenues 92 per cent in its latest financial year and expects 80 per cent growth next year. What about profits? Moving on ….
Facebook button triggers tidal wave of human organs
Thousands of Facebook users packed with fresh, reusable organs have signed up to the organ donor lists in the US and the UK.
Nokia cries patent 'Havoc!', unleashes dogs of law on two continents
Nokia has filed suit against HTC, Research in Motion and Viewsonic in two different countries all in one day.
Google finally wins DoI cloud apps contract
Google has snatched victory from the jaws of defeat by winning the US Department of the Interior (DoI) contract for its Apps for Government platform, after Microsoft had snaffled the original deal.
CPU and RAM hogs overstaying their welcome? Here's a fix
HPC BlogMulticore processors drive everything these days from the biggest HPC cluster to the lowliest tablet – even smartphones. While parallel programming has come quite a way, there are still many apps that aren’t well-behaved at all.
VMware gussies up View and Horizon post-PC virty tools
Server virtualization juggernaut VMware pretty much owns the hypervisor and management tools market for enterprise data centers on x86 iron, but if it wants to keep parent EMC and therefore Wall Street happy, it can't rely on servers alone.
Apple blocking Dropbox SDK over in-app buying
Developers using the latest Dropbox cloud storage SDK have been having applications rejected from Apple after Cupertino apparently decided that its terms and conditions have been breached.
Facebook unfriends 19-inch data center racks
Social media giant Facebook had built precisely one data center in its short life, the one in Prineville, Oregon, before it had had enough of an industry standard that was part of the railroad infrastructure and then the telephone infrastructure build outs and bubbles: The 19-inch rack for mounting electronic equipment.
Optus hangs up on 750 staff
Optus is slashing 750 positions over the next few months as part of a significant business restructure.
NZ erupts over Dotcom corruption accusations
As the court cases grind on over Kim Dotcom’s possible extradition and his efforts to regain his computers, New Zealand is now agog at his political donations.
In-house social media struggles in local government
Two Australian local government organisations have found that adding an internal social media tool creates one communications tool too many, and have abandoned trials of enterprise social network Yammer as a result of their experiences.