bennyboy64 writes: On the eve of the launch of the Apple iPad internationally, Australian PC manufacturer Pioneer has revealed plans to launch an Android-based competitor, reports ZDNet. Pioneer issued a release this week stating it would launch its DreamBook ePad 7. The company has billed the tablet as 'a revolutionary iPad-style mobile computer' at the Computex trade fair in Taiwan, which runs from the 1 to 5 June.
bennyboy64 writes: Two prominent women in the Australian IT industry are in a bitter dispute over the ownership of the trademark 'geekgirl'. A woman attempting to use 'geekgirl' on Twitter told ZDNet women had been advised by the trademark owner to stop doing so since she owned the trademark for the word.'She noted her trademark and asked me to stop calling myself a 'geekgirl' in general conversation and to cease using the hashtag '#geekgirl' on Twitter,' IT consultant Kate Carruthers said.
bennyboy64 writes: Google "screwed up" by accidentally gathering private wireless data while taking pictures for its "Street View" mapping service, co-founder Sergey Brin said on Wednesday. "We screwed up," Brin told reporters on the opening day of a Google conference for software developers. "I'm not going to make any excuses about it."
bennyboy64 writes: Pioneer of public-key cryptography Whitfield Diffie doesn't trust Apple to keep attackers from taking control of his webcam, it was revealed at a recent security conference. At the conference, Diffie had a piece of tape over his Apple MacBook's built-in webcam. When asked why, he answered it was the most effective protection against prying eyes.
bennyboy64 writes: Smartphones that offer the ability to 'remote wipe' are great for when your device goes missing and you want to delete your data so that someone else can't look at it, but not so great for the United States Secret Service, ZDNet reports. The ability to 'remote wipe' some smartphones such as BlackBerry and iPhone was causing havoc for law enforcement agencies, according to USSS special agent Andy Kearns, speaking on mobile phone forensics at a security conference in Australia.
bennyboy64 writes: The former chief information security officer (CISO) for the US state of Pennsylvania, Bob Maley, today confirmed rumours at the AusCERT 2010 security conference in Australia that he was put out of a job for disclosing information about a security incident at another conference earlier in the year, ZDNet reports. In March, SC Magazine reported Maley as being let go following an appearance at the RSA Conference in the United States.
bennyboy64 writes: A court decision ruling that the supply of software through a digital download mechanism is not a supply of 'goods' has been upheld in the Supreme Court of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia, setting a precedent that software downloaded via the internet is not protected by the Sale of Goods Act, reports ZDNet. It's a court decision that lawyer Patrick Gunning said attorneys had been waiting to have clarified for some time. What this meant was that "people who purchase software will have more legal rights if they buy over the counter rather than downloading", Gunning said.