Cloud 'destroys time' and fracking is great innovation
VMworld 2012Dell supremo Michael Dell, EMC CEO Joe Tucci, NetApp opposite number Tom Georgens, soon-to-be VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and his prececessor Paul Maritz have held court on a CEO-only panel at VMworld, largely reciting the same old stuff about how important it is for CIOs to simplify IT so that sysadmins can be unshackled from management duties and freed to innovate.
Telstra to extend reach of 4G network
Telstra has outlined plans to extend the reach of its 4G network, revealing today it will bathe “approximately two-thirds” 66% of Australia's population in fast wireless in the next ten months.
Shenzhen wage hike causes supply chain jitters
Chinese tech hub and boom town Shenzhen is set to increase the minimum wage of workers there by 13.3 per cent in early 2013, causing a few sweaty palms in the technology supply chain.
Open source author pulls code after GPL abuse
Robert Rosario, the developer behind the open source document management tool Mayan EDMS, has pulled the development code of the software from public repositories. He claims it's being pinched by folks who use it in ways not allowed by the GNU Public Licence.
Arctic ice shrinks to ‘smallest in satellite era’ - NASA
NASA has tossed its coin into the “shrinking Arctice sea ice” kitty with images showing that on August 26, “sea ice dipped to its smallest extent ever recorded in more than three decades of satellite measurements”.
Product RoundupTablets may have taken the wind out of the netbook's sales, and prompted some manufacturers, Dell and Sony among them, to stop selling them, but if you're looking for a small and, crucially, cheap personal computer for the kids, for offspring heading off to college, or just for emailing while travelling, a netbook is well worth considering.
Pay TV giant Hulu becomes victim of its own success
The latest rumour of Hulu CEO Jason Kilar’s imminent departure sounds like a good old silly season story designed to fill the void of empty news pages while people are on vacation. But the fact Hulu has been attracting such rumours while other big hitters in pay TV never seem to get them, itself provides a clue to a story of declining fortunes for the operator.
Visual Studio 2012: 50 Shades of Grey by Microsoft
ReviewMicrosoft offended thousands in April with a preview of its next Visual Studio, a John-Major-inspired, grey affair intended to take Microsoft’s all-encompassing IDE closer to the look of Windows 8.
Police beg for e-forensics team to probe crims' iPads, mobiles
The National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA) said it wants an e-forensics project, aimed at speeding up the examination of ICT used by criminals, to be available to all forces from September.
Violin thrusts vSphere into flash arrays, turns them into servers
Flash array vendor Violin Memory is turning is all-flash arrays into virtualised servers by embedding vSphere in them.
Windows 8 Storage Spaces: Can you trust it with your delicates?
I have been watching a few Storage Spaces discussion threads on Microsoft’s support forums with interest. Storage Spaces is a new way to manage disk storage in Windows 8 and Server 2012. It allows you to create a pool from two or more drives, create virtual drives on them with an option for RAID-like resilience, and add or remove physical drives as needed when drives fail or more storage is needed.
Facebook's new app bazaar 'violates' punters' privacy – lobbyists
Facebook stands accused by a consumer lobby group of breaching Germany's privacy laws with the recent launch of its App Center.
Hong Kong beauties stiffed by hackers' enormous poll attack
Fans are furious after the online voting system to pick the next Miss Hong Kong was demolished by hackers, allegedly. The winner of the much-hyped beauty pageant, held on Sunday, was instead decided by a panel of judges.
Middlesbrough culinary giants battle for parmo supremacy
Middlesbrough culinary giants went head-to-head over the weekend in the World Parmo Competition - a battle to identify just who serves the ultimate local contribution to haute cuisine.
MasterCard beds Everything Everywhere for exclusive pay-by-bonk
MasterCard has signed an exclusive deal to develop a pay-by-wave platform for Everything Everywhere over the next half decade – hopefully one with greater impact than the existing QuickTap service.
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Yahoo!'s shiny new CEO Marissa Mayer has nabbed a former Amazon exec for the job of chief marketing officer at the ailing web firm.
RIP Neil Armstrong: The reluctant American hero
ObituaryNeil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died aged 82 on Saturday after complications from heart surgery.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet review
Remember your first touchscreen? If it was a personal organiser or satnav, chances are it used a pressure-sensitive, resistive screen. If it was a Palm, you probably had a stylus to pick out letters onscreen. The arrival of capacitive screens that responded to human touch certainly made an impression and now account for nearly all smartphone and tablet touchscreens. What was the point of stylus now?
VMware to penetrate OpenStack cloud
NASA and Rackspace spun up OpenStack as an open-source alternative to VMware for spinning up clouds two years ago. Now VMWare has applied to become a full OpenStack member with a decision to be taken at the OpenStack group’s first full board of directors’ meeting today.
UK ISPs crippled by undersea cable snap
UpdatedA major internet routing outage struck UK telcos over the bank holiday weekend - knackering access to the World of Warcraft website*, the BBC, Amazon, Facebook and other sites for more than 24 hours.
Mars rover harangues empty landscape with loudhailer
AudioCuriosity, the nuclear-powered laser raygun rover recently landed on the surface of Mars by NASA, has begun shouting propaganda messages from Earth at the apparently empty desert which it is currently patrolling.
LG first to flaunt quad-core Qualcomm smartie
LG today officially unveiled the Optimus G, the first 4G smartphone to utilise a Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor.
Apple demands a quickie, aims its torpedo at 8 Samsung mobes
Apple is seeking quick bans on eight of Samsung's phones after beating the South Korean firm to a bloody pulp in its US patent super-trial. Yet legal experts are unsure the verdict can hold up.
Official: Google's brazen domination of Earth nearly complete
The word “google” is the top domain name on the internet, in terms of registrations, according to new research.
VMware: Our monster will eat servers, belch clouds, excrete profit
VMworld 2012The scribbled Monster VM logo that server virtualization and cloudy wannabe VMware started using last year as a joke may be the most appropriate and honest emblem that any IT vendor has pulled from its cosmic ether.
Queen of WorldPay cash-machine scam sent down for 2.5 years
A Nigerian woman has been jailed for two-and-a-half years in the US after she was found responsible for playing a key role in the infamous $9m WorldPay payment card scam back in 2008.
Why the Apple-Samsung verdict is good for you, your kids and tech
AnalysisRelax, everyone. While the patent system is far from perfect, a remarkably common-sense jury decision last week in the Apple-Samsung trial has clarified that patents are the "lifeblood of business", as inventor James Dyson calls it.
1 MILLION accounts leaked in megahack on banks, websites
Hacker collective Team GhostShell leaked a cache of more than one million user account records from 100 websites over the weekend.
Bluetooth 4 pulls on pair of profiles, hits the track
Two new Bluetooth profiles will measure how fast the user is running or peddling, creating interoperability, but are also aimed at proving that the standard isn't slowing down.
IBM embiggens iron with System zEnterprise EC12 mainframe
Hot ChipsThe systems business is largely dominated by x86-based machinery these days, but Big Blue's mainframe unit is hanging in there after five decades and is still a bit of a mint.
Tech disties and telcos lock horns in cloud death match
The friction and competitiveness between IT distributors and the telecommunications vendors in the new cloud-based world is becoming apparent.
Didn't know THAT could go in THERE: EMC dedupes server flash
EMC is adding to its server flash cache arsenal by adding deduplication to its VFCache product, thus enabling it to hold more data, as well as adding a larger capacity card, and making VFCache interoperable with vMotion. According to EMC, this is the first time deduplication has been used in server flash caches.
Nokia, Moto, Sony phone wing of Foxconn is soaked in red
Shares in Foxconn International Holdings slumped nearly 8 per cent today after the kitmaker reported a whopping loss for the first half of the year.
Watchdog probes rules for naughty mobe fondling on flights
US regulators are going to look into the rules that stop passengers using their "interfering" electronic gizmos on aeroplanes.
VMware sees multi-device future on Horizon
VMworld 2012VMware has inched its vision of mobile computing forward, releasing an Alpha of a new product called the Horizon Suite that it hopes will make it easier to share apps and data among many devices.
Lexmark dumps inkjet arm, sacks 1,700
Lexmark is to shut down its inkjet printing manufacturing and research operations, although it will continue to support and supply existing hardware and is keeping its laser printing division.
UKNova drops torrents after threats from FACT
UKNova, a torrent indexing site for British TV and radio, has announced it is shutting up shop after threats of legal action from the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT).
Firefox 15 offers fewer leaks, more frags
Another month, another Firefox update. But although Mozilla's breakneck release pace can be bewildering for some users, new Firefox versions continue to bring performance, stability, and security improvements – and in the case of the newly released Firefox 15, some nice goodies for gamers.
Dr Who shoves BitTorrent in the Tardis
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) will stream the new series of Dr Who mere seconds after it finishes airing in the UK, in an effort to stop avid fans downloading the show.
'Intel made more virty cash than VMware'
VMworld 2012Cisco and other networking hardware vendors needn't fear VMware's acquisition of virtual networking company Nicira, because they'll end up selling mountains of virtualisation-friendly kit.
NYT fights back against links-in-texts patent
A patent covering sending HTML links in text messages is to get a legal workout, with the New York Times telling the patent holder “see you in court”.