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Google tried to buy music giant Spotify

Google reportedly tried to buy popular music streaming service Spotify late last year, but the talks broke down and the deal didn't go through.

By Sharon Gaudin | 24 July, 2014 03:40

Tags: Google, Spotify, consumer electronics, wall street journal, Internet Search, internet, Personal Technology, mobile apps, search engines, Apple

Pebble: Next-gen wearables will require new tech, also your personal data

One of the most successful purveyors of wearable technology says that there are technical hurdles -- as well as philosophical ones -- to be overcome before the next generation of devices can emerge.

By Jon Gold | 24 July, 2014 03:38

Tags: Pebble, Wearable Device, Apple, Networking, wireless, wall street journal

Seagate wireless drive can now stream to Roku set-top box

Seagate announced today Roku set-top boxes will now have a channel to connect to Wireless Plus hard drives for streaming movies, music and photos stored on the drives.

By Lucas Mearian | 24 July, 2014 02:34

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Data storage, Networking, computerworld, wireless, internet, Roku, mobile, Seagate Technology

Is Sony's Walkman set to make a comeback?

Sony is making a push to sell high-definition music players, and 35 years after being launched its Walkman is making a small comeback.

By Lucas Mearian | 24 July, 2014 01:21

Tags: web apps, Mobile/Wireless, Networking, wireless, computerworld, wall street journal, sony, Personal Technology, X1, mobile, consumer electronics

Telstra to kill 2G services

Telstra will shut down its GSM network by the end of 2016, the telco's group managing director of networks has revealed.

By Rohan Pearce | 23 July, 2014 13:16

Tags: telecoms, mobility, mobile phones, smartphones, Telstra, Telecommunications

Juniper jettisons mobile security business

Juniper Networks has divested its mobile security product line, selling the assets to a private equity firm for $250 million.

By Jim Duffy | 23 July, 2014 08:07

Tags: divestiture, quarterly earnings report, security, juniper, mobile security, juniper networks

Small cell device tech set to connect workplace Wi-Fi with 3G and LTE

Cisco says small cell technology is primed for explosive growth as it plans to connect 3G and LTE cellular networks to Wi-Fi access points that are already widely deployed in many enterprise facilities.

By Matt Hamblen | 23 July, 2014 04:47

Tags: Ericsson, Mobile/Wireless, Networking, at&t, qualcomm, Nokia, None, wireless, mobile, wireless networking

IEEE forms 25G Ethernet study group

On the heels of the formation of a vendor consortium to promote the need, the IEEE this week said it will explore standardization of 25Gbps Ethernet.

By Jim Duffy | 23 July, 2014 03:56

Tags: Ethernet, Configuration / maintenance, EE, Ethernet Switch, 25GB Ethernet, hardware systems, cisco, Data Center

Verizon revenue rises steadily, driven by wireless service growth

Record numbers of new tablet users, and the first rise in fixed-line revenue in seven years, drove Verizon Communications' second-quarter revenue up 5.7 percent year on year, it reported Tuesday.

By Peter Sayer | 22 July, 2014 23:59

Tags: business issues, telecommunication, financial results, Verizon Communications

'Nadella Effect' makes Ballmer $US2.8bn richer

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's 'devices and services' strategy may be in tatters, discarded by his successor, Satya Nadella, but Ballmer must be smiling all the way to the bank.

By Gregg Keizer | 22 July, 2014 21:12

Tags: management, IT industry, Networking, Microsoft, beca, CIO role, IT Leadership, IT management

AirMagnet Wi-Fi security tool takes aim at drones

In its quest to help enterprises seek out and neutralize all threats to their Wi-Fi networks, AirMagnet is now looking to the skies.

By Stephen Lawson | 22 July, 2014 10:59

Tags: Fluke Networks, consumer electronics, security, Networking, airmagnet, wireless, WLANs / Wi-Fi

NBN Co launches stop-gap satellite service

NBN Co has begun accepting registrations for its subsidised satellite broadband service. The new service is designed to connect the 9000 households and businesses in remote areas of Australia that are currently unable to access NBN Co’s Interim Satellite Service.

By Rohan Pearce | 22 July, 2014 10:15

Tags: national broadband network, nbn co, National Broadband Network (NBN), Long Term Satellite Service

Google may bring Wi-Fi to New York City pay phones

Google may be among the hopefuls vying to turn the New York City phone booths of the past into "communication points" of the future with free Wi-Fi and cellphone charging.

By Stephen Lawson | 22 July, 2014 08:13

Tags: telephony, Government use of IT, Google, telecommunication, Networking, wireless, WLANs / Wi-Fi, government

Open Wireless Router firmware aims for better router security, network performance

Advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation wants to address the poor security track record of home routers with a new firmware project that will encourage users to share their Internet connection publicly by setting up guest Wi-Fi networks.

By Lucian Constantin | 22 July, 2014 03:58

Tags: networking hardware, online safety, security, Networking, routers, Exploits / vulnerabilities, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Independent Security Evaluators

Verizon amps FiOS upload speeds for all residential customers

Previously, FiOS service tiers offered upload speeds of anywhere from one-half to one-fifth of the advertised download speed. The new scheme will see those equalized -- so entry-level consumers with 15Mbps download connections will get 15Mbps upload speeds as well, as opposed to the 5Mbps they currently receive.

By Jon Gold | 22 July, 2014 03:18

Tags: Microsoft, Verizon FioS, service providers, internet, Internet service providers

Cisco enterprise controller going through paces

Cisco is adding its APIC Enterprise Module, an enterprise controller for its programmable Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), to its software development community to ready it for general release.

By Jim Duffy | 22 July, 2014 02:11

Tags: Cisco Systems, SDN, Networking, cisco

Data retention: iiNet raises spectre of ‘surveillance tax’ for ISP customers

Internet service provider iiNet has hit out at confirmation that the government is actively considering a mandatory data retention scheme under which ISPs and telcos may be forced to keep records on their customers’ online activities.

By Rohan Pearce | 21 July, 2014 13:57

Tags: civil liberties, George Brandis, security, data retention, Steve Dalby, iiNet, privacy

MIT invention to speed up data centers should cheer developers

A breakthrough by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could change the way Web and mobile apps are written and help companies like Facebook keep the cat videos coming.

By Stephen Lawson | 19 July, 2014 06:23

Tags: Networking, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cisco, Microsoft chasing clouds

Cisco has expanded its data center arrangement with Microsoft with a multiyear sales and go-to-market effort for integrated products. The deal builds upon one agreed to 15 months ago, when the two companies combined cloud offerings under their respective Cisco Unified Data Center and Microsoft Fast Track 3.0 architectures.

By Jim Duffy | 19 July, 2014 06:15

Tags: Windows 2012 Server, ucs, Configuration / maintenance, azure, cisco, hardware systems, internet, cloud computing, Data Center, Cisco Subnet, Cloud, Microsoft

Home router security to be tested in upcoming hacking contest

Researchers are gearing up to hack an array of different home routers during a contest next month at the Defcon 22 security conference.

By Lucian Constantin | 19 July, 2014 02:07

Tags: intrusion, online safety, security, Networking, routers, Exploits / vulnerabilities, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Independent Security Evaluators, networking hardware

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