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CSIRO sourcing hardware for Pawsey SKA supercomputing environment

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has announced that it will shortly move toward the procurement phase of its multi-stage petascale and real-time supercomputing Pawsey Centre project.

By Tim Lohman | 18 May, 2011 09:53

Tags: CSIRO, Pawsey High Performance Computing Centre, SKA, supercomputing, ASKAP

Working with Julian Assange - AusCERT 2011

ABC journalist Andrew Fowler has discussed his interactions with WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange at the AusCERT conference on the Gold Coast.

By Lisa Banks | 18 May, 2011 12:28

Tags: Andrew Fowler, Julian Assange, wikileaks, auscert 2011

Apple and Google to face another Senate privacy hearing

Barely a week after sending its vice president of software, Bud Tribble, to Capitol Hill for a hearing about location data, Apple is due back before the Senate again. This time around, Apple is sending Catherine A. Novelli, its vice president for worldwide government affairs; the topic for the May 19 hearing is Consumer Privacy and Protection in the Mobile Marketplace.

By Lex Friedman | 18 May, 2011 00:35

Tags: Apple, Google, security, software, mobile, privacy

Dell teases MacBook Air rival with Facebook video

Dell has teased its upcoming XPS 15z ultra-thin laptop on Facebook, posting photos and a video to pique consumer interest. The 15.6-inch laptop sports a slim and streamlined design and, like the late Dell Adamo, is meant to take on the MacBook Air.

By Melanie Pinola | 18 May, 2011 00:49

Tags: mac laptop, Dell, Apple, ultraportable laptop, hardware systems, mini laptop, laptops, intel, Facebook

Amazon quad-core tablet rumoured for 2011

Amazon plans to release two new Android tablets before the end of 2011, including one with NVIDIA's forthcoming mobile quad-core chip, according to online rumors. Amazon is purportedly planning an entry-level tablet, codenamed "Coyote," with a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip. The other slate, dubbed "Hollywood," will sport the new "Kal-El" quad-core mobile chip. There are no rumors about screen sizes, storage capacity or other specs for Amazon's purported tablets, according to Boy Genius Report.

By Ian Paul | 18 May, 2011 02:03

Tags: tablet PC, Apple, consumer electronics, amazon.com, Phones, Android, tablets

Social media shares more marketing budget: Survey

A new survey indicates more traditional business marketing money is being spent on social media activities, including using the public services to build customer relationships, not just to drum up publicity.

By Rodney Gedda | 18 May, 2011 10:58

Tags: marketing, nielsen, digital marketing, surveys, social media, Community Engine

Skills shortage as Aussie gaming industry booms

Australians are expected to spend $5.8 billion on computer and online games over the next four years however a lack of locally available skills available to the country's gaming industry could see it miss out on this boom.

By Chloe Herrick | 18 May, 2011 10:59

Tags: software development, jobs, gaming, Queensland University of Technology, careers, skills

Microsoft: One in 14 downloads is malicious

The next time a website says to download new software to view a movie or fix a problem, think twice. There's a pretty good chance that the program is malicious.

By Robert McMillan | 18 May, 2011 10:25

Tags: Microsoft, security

Intel pledges to rejuvenate the PC

While much of the innovation these days seems to be happening in smartphones and tablets, Intel says big improvements lie ahead for the trusty PC.

By James Niccolai | 18 May, 2011 09:36

Tags: hardware systems, desktop pcs, laptops, intel

Bing, Facebook deepen ties, threaten Google +1

Microsoft has unveiled a deeper conglomerate of Bing and Facebook that harvests the power of the social Web, one year after forming a partnership to take "social search" to the next level.

By Brennon Slattery | 18 May, 2011 03:14

Tags: search, Internet-based applications and services, Google, Microsoft, twitter, social networks, social media, internet, search engines, Facebook

Ex-hacker comments on how PSN attack may have gone down

The PlayStation Network is back up for most gamers around the world, but Sony has yet to give an explanation as to why and how the attack brought down the service for over a month.

By PC World Staff | 18 May, 2011 08:30

Tags: security, data breach, games, sony

Apple's rumoured product reveal: 5 predictions

Out of nowhere, Apple is rumored to reveal a new product over the weekend, sending Apple Stores into lockdown mode on Saturday night to prepare.

By Jared Newman | 18 May, 2011 05:25

Tags: mac laptops, telecommunication, consumer electronics, hardware systems, laptops, mobile, cloud computing, apple ipod, internet, Apple

FetchTV adopts WebKit, goes open source

Australian internet protocol television (IPTV) offering FetchTV is set to adopt YouTube and ABC iView streaming in coming months as part of the startup’s switch to open source protocols.

By James Hutchinson | 18 May, 2011 08:30

Tags: IPTV, ABC iView, Scott Lorson, FetchTV

Intel says 'Medfield' smartphone coming early next year

Intel on Tuesday showed a prototype smartphone based on its low-power Medfield processor and said Intel-based phones from "major players" would be in the market next year.

By James Niccolai | 18 May, 2011 08:06

Tags: consumer electronics, smartphones, Phones, Components, processors, intel

Microsoft regearing .Net for easy concurrency

Microsoft is building two new additions to its .Net framework that should make it much easier for programmers to utilize all the cores of a multicore processor.

By Joab Jackson | 18 May, 2011 07:38

Tags: Development tools, application development, Web services development, Languages and standards, TECH ED, Microsoft, software

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