When browsers overstay their welcome they not only become a security concern, but they also make cross-browser compatibility a tall order for web developers. In recent times, silent updates have emerged as an effective means of tackling this problem. Recently, Microsoft too jumped on the silent update bandwagon. While the move seems to be yielding the desired result where IE8 is concerned—IE9 is gaining market share at the expense of IE8—it has had little or no effect on IE6 and IE7. An Australian online retailer is so frustrated with all this that it has decided to take things in its own hands.
Samsung has apparently gotten all its legal ducks in a row and has fired back at the recent court ruling that banned the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from sale in the land down under. The court found that the Galaxy Tab likely infringed on Apple’s patents, and barred Samsung from selling the device until the case could be heard next year. Lawyers for Samsung in Australia have filed an appeal of the temporary injunction, saying the judge in the case misunderstood the basic facts of the case and called the ruling “grossly unjust.” Snap.
The patent battle between Apple and Samsung rages on around the world. Just as Samsung announced that it was going to begin selling modified smartphones in Netherlands in order to avoid a sales ban there, it suffered yet another setback, this time in Australia. Details await you after the jump.
While we’re talking patent trolling, let’s talk about the global Apple-Samsung battle. Apple has been suing Samsung in courts around the world, claiming that the design of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 rips Apple’s patented design of the iPad, which consists of, um, a rectangle with a screen on one face. How they got a patent for that is beyond us, but that template has prompted judges in Australia and other countries to block sales of the Galaxy Tab until the case is decided. Samsung’s getting pretty fed up with it all, and it today, it threatened to withdraw from Australia altogether if the injunction wasn’t lifted soon.
The South Australian government is introducing legislation that would make it illegal to post violent or degrading images on the Internet, according to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald. Having seen so many similar outcries before -- though usually associated with violent videogames -- you would think that Australia's jumping on the bandwagon that such images might turn today's youth into walking clones of in-game bad guys, but that's not the reason Australia is proposing such a drastic measure.
A new study reveals that the land down under is overflowing with illicit downloaders. Some 5 million Aussie scallywags pillaged television shows, music, and other online content that supposedly cost the related industries a combined $900 million. That number will rise into the billions in just a few short years.
Those of you holding your breath for the Nintendo 3DS will have to do so until late February or March (depending on which part of the world you call home). Nintendo has confirmed the launch date of the 3DS and also revealed its price. The handheld will debut first in Japan on February 26, 2011 and then go on to launch in Europe, Australia and the U.S the following month.
The autostereoscopic successor to the Nintendo DS will cost ¥25,000 (US$298), according to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. He made the announcement at a press event in Japan. The hardware package will include a Nintendo 3DS hardware unit, recharging cradle, AC adapter, 3DS stylus, 2GB SD memory card and 6 AR Cards (used for games with AR technologies). The complete 3DS spec list is available here.
Australians who plan to traverse the Web better make sure they have antivirus and firewall software installed on their PCs, because if they don't, they risk being cut off from the Internet. And if they do manage to get an infection, they can expect their ISPs to disconnect service until they can prove a clean bill of health.
These recommendations come as part of a new plan being kicked around Australia's House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications. In a report titled "Hackers, Fraudsters, and Botnets: Tackling the Problem of Cyber Crime," the committee spent 260 pages outlining 34 recommendations on how to deal with the growing threat of cyber crime, everything from the above scenario to holding companies financially responsible who release IT products with security vulnerabilities.
"In the past decade, cyber crime has grown from the nuisance of the cyber smart hacker into an organized transnational crime committed for vast profit and often with devastating consequences for its victims," said committee chair Belinda Neal.
Is Australia's House of Representatives on to something here, or are they off their rocker? Hit the jump and sound off.
Australians have traditionally had to deal with pretty oppressive prices and bandwidth caps, but the government is looking to break up the monopoly, and bring true broadband to the masses. The $43 billion national project includes the $11 billion it will cost to buy out Telstra, the current landline and copper network operator, as well as the additional funds needed to roll out a fiber network.
The deal is still subject to regulatory approval, but pending this our friends over in Australia can expect to see speeds of up to 100Mbps to the home, and perhaps ditch some of the stingy bandwidth caps that government sees as holding back innovation. It's normal to feel cheated when Comcast teases you with a 250GB cap, but imagine if you had to contend with 10-20GB caps for the same price your paying today.
If the deal goes through Telstra won't be competing for wired customers anymore, but rumor has it they have been promised an opportunity to bid on some pretty valuable wireless spectrum as a trade off.
It looks like the government might actually be keeping its word for a change, consider us impressed.
Traveling to Australia this summer? If so, be prepared to have your laptops and mobile phones searched for pornography, a spokeswoman for the Australian sex industry says.
According to Fiona Patten, president of the Australian Sex Party, a new question now appears on Incoming Passenger Cards asking people if they're toting around "pornography." But that isn't all - apparently Australian officials have the right to examine your electronic gadgets for illicit material.
"Is it fair that customs officers rummage through someone's luggage and pull out a legal men's magazine or a lesbian journal in front of their children or their mother-in-law?" Patten said. "If you and your partner have filmed or photographed yourselves making love in an exotic destination or even taking a bath, you will have to answer 'Yes' to the question or you will be breaking the law."
If it's any consolation, a spokesman for Australia's customs officials said officers have been been trained to use "tact and discretion" when dealing with passengers. By why search for porn in the first place?
"Including an express reference to pornography is intended to enhance the interception of prohibited pornography at the border, by making passengers aware that some forms of pornography may be a prohibited import," the spokesman said.