‘Hacked’ boy’s Facebook page: 4000 respond to open house party

Queensland Police have issued a warning about social network security after a teenager’s Facebook site was hacked and thousands of people responded to an open house party.

Police were told about the situation by Twitter and contacted the South Brisbane family who said they were not holding a party this weekend and were unaware their teenage son’s Facebook site had been tampered with.… Read more --->

Demand for data anytime, anywhere

AS smartphones, with their promise of computing abilities, lure consumers into mobile data, the rate of information travelling over mobile networks has grown hugely.

Such is the rate of growth that broadband equipment maker Cisco has forecast Australian monthly mobile data traffic will surge 32-fold between 2010 and 2015 to hit 148,705 terabytes, equivalent to 410 million text messages, as consumers flock to the convenience of always-on, anywhere, mobile devices including smartphones and tablet computers such as the iPad.… Read more --->

How to set up Gmail as your universal email inbox

Struggling to manage multiple email accounts? Here’s how to get your Gmail into your desktop email client, and send email from any of your email accounts.

Gmail is amazingly powerful. It can gather all your email together, whether it’s webmail, POP3 mail or even other Gmail accounts, but more importantly, you can send from any email account you use through the Gmail interface.… Read more --->

Telcos urged to get smart as mobile usage explodes

Australians are consuming so much video and internet on their smartphones that mobile data usage is forecast to grow 32-fold from 2010 to 2015, according to the world’s largest provider of network equipment, Cisco Systems.

But as people look to use their smartphones for everything they could do on a PC, it remains to be seen whether the telcos’ networks will hold up.… Read more --->

Google topples Nokia from smartphones top spot

Google’s Android dethroned Nokia’s Symbian as the global leader in smartphone software during the last quarter of 2010, ending a reign that began with the birth of the industry a decade ago.

The reshuffle underscores how quickly Google, which offers its software to phone makers for free, has raced to the top of the smartphone market ahead of Apple’s rapid ascension.… Read more --->

900m Internet Explorer users vulnerable to data-stealing hack

Microsoft has warned that the 900 million users of its Internet Explorer browser are at risk of having their computers hijacked and their personal information stolen by hackers.

The company has yet to develop a permanent fix for the security hole but users are being told to apply a temporary fix that prevents hackers from exploiting a hole to install malicious scripts.… Read more --->