The view from the top of IT with TechWorld Editor Rohan Pearce
Many people in the free software communities are venting their fear today after the news that Microsoft will acquire Skype for more than $8 billion. The most pressing question – will Skype continued to be supported on non-Microsoft operating systems, particularly Linux – remains open to speculation. Hold that thought and let me argue why Microsoft killing non-Windows releases of Skype is the best thing that can happen to open source VoIP.
This week the lovely devs at TechWorld added our twitter feed to the website’s sidebar and all tweets mentioning us are displayed in it.
This week the world was awoken by the news Osama bin Laden had been killed by US forces in Pakistan. The week ain’t over yet and the IT media is already writing about the multitude of online scams that have appeared as a result of bin Laden’s death. That’s opportunism in the Internet age.
In what seems to be a continuous spate of information security breaches this year, Sony has started warning its PlayStation Network subscribers to be aware of possible fraud resulting from a known compromise. And just think last week we were worried about mobile device vendors’ level of privacy intrusion.
I can’t wait for chocolate eggs and rabbits this Easter so is it too much to ask for a little mobile device security and privacy as well? Right now the smartphone security landscape is enough to make you go hopping for cover.
So Cisco has decided to can the Flip HD video device and write down its investment of $US590 million. Is this the first sign of things to come for single-purpose hardware devices?
Amid all the political furore surrounding the resignation of NBN Co’s construction manager, I, like many people, can only hope we get some cabling laid sooner rather than later.
Was I wrong about the NBN Co building up bureaucracy and broadband? What’s $200M between tax payers and government departments? Where's the broadband? Should we even bother asking questions?
Microsoft has instigated legal proceedings against a number of companies that ship android-based devices, much to the disappointment of many of its customers.
Word is spreading that Telstra is set to announce an exclusive distribution agreement for the HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 smartphone. It’s another one for Tesltra’s slow-growing high-end smartphone stable.