Jobs made a lasting impact on the tech industry
Stories by Rohan Pearce
A wave of tributes has greeted the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
One of to features of Amazon's recently announced Kindle Fire tablet drawing attention is its WebKit-based 'Silk' Web browser. What makes Silk different from most browsers is its 'split browser' approach: Putting together complicated Web pages in Amazon's Cloud infrastructure before downloading the end result to the browser.
The first thing you notice about vividwireless' portable ViViFi modem is just how cute it is. I had to wrest the diminutive device away from the CIO editor, who was sitting at her cubicle caressing it and making vaguely Gollum-esque noises. The modem looks vaguely like an Oreo, if the biscuit parts were removed and if Oreos were square, made out of plastic and designed by Apple. So perhaps the best way to describe the modem is: It's not like an Oreo.
Oh yawn, another 3D product. Seriously, do people really care about 3D TVs? You want to watch some blue-alien-filled B-grade trash with an A++ budget? Your call, buddy.
Nokia's N9 -- its first phone to run the MeeGo operating system -- will be available on all Australian networks, as well as retailers including Harvey Norman, Dick Smith and JB Hi-Fi.
Michael S. Hart, the founder of Project Gutenberg passed away on 6 September. Hart, born in 1947, started Project Gutenberg in 1971 with the digitisation of the US Declaration of Independence, which Hart made available to other computer users at the University of Illinois.
Nokia's high-end, Linux-based N9 smartphone will be available on all Australian networks as well from as major retailers.
Creating an operating system is an ambitious project. Even putting together an OS based on Linux or BSD takes an enormous amount of effort (and talent!) But creating an OS from scratch -- especially one that disregards some of what may loosely be termed 'conventional wisdom' -- is probably not something most developers would attempt.
Techworld Australia caught up with lead Syllable developer Kaj de Vos to talk about the operating system and its philosophy.
There are a lot of things about Google's Android operating system that appeal to geeks. It's open source, it offers a lot of flexibility when it comes to customising your handset, and, despite not yet matching the iPhone when it comes to the number of apps available, the Android Market continues to grow.
Anybody who has even a passing familiarity with IT — and even most who don't — encounters open source software on a daily basis. Whether it's Mozilla's Firefox Web browser, the Apache HTTP Server, which powers most of the world's Web sites, or Google's Android mobile platform, open source software has gone from being solely the domain of geeks to part of many people's everyday life — and it's become big business.
Mantra is an open source, browser-based framework for penetration testing and security assessments. It's based on Mozilla's Firefox Web browser, so it's cross-platform, and it's part of the Open Web Application Security Project -- OWASP.
It seems that as yet there is no agreed upon acronym for Ubuntu-based Linux distributions -- Yet Another Ubuntu Derivative (YAUD), perhaps? Along with the 'regular' Ubuntu-derived distros -- Kubuntu and Xubuntu, for example -- you can get all manner of niche distros.
Today is World IPv6 Day -- a 24-hour window for organisations to test out Internet Protocol v6, the successor to the old IPv4 addressing system.