Stories by Liz Tay

P2P file transfers get speed boost

New peer-to-peer (P2P) technology has been designed to speed file transfers through the sharing of non-identical files. The system promises to make online file sharing up to five times faster, and could potentially add to the efficiency of software updates and data transfers to and from portable storage devices.

Goodbye etch, hello lenny

The long-anticipated Debian 4.0 may only just have made its debut this week, but it's never too soon for the developer community to be making plans for its successor.

Lithium Ion batteries to yield longer recharge times

The commonly-used Lithium Ion (Li-ion) battery of today is undergoing a facelift that researchers expect will deliver more usage between charges, and shorter charge/discharge times, to mobile consumers within the next five years.

ICT an industry of opportunities for AIIA CEO

Now is a good time to be in the ICT industry, but there is still more to be done for the industry to enjoy continued growth and success in Australia, says Sheryl Moon, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Information Industry Association.

Blogger spat rages over Sierra 'death threats'

Tech writer and prominent blogger Kathy Sierra announced on Monday that she would be suspending her blog and cancelling her scheduled presentations at the ETech Conference because of online threats of violence made against her.

Sugar-fuelled battery soon to juice up portable electronics

Fuel cell technology that is currently in development boasts the ability of extracting energy from virtually any sugar source to power portable electronics like cellular phones, laptops, and sensors. The new technology is expected to be biodegradable, environmentally friendly and more energy efficient than current options, providing a green alternative to current Lithium-ion batteries.

Researchers spin out smaller electronics than ever before

A research team of electrical and computer engineers in the U.S. is taking a new approach to electronics that harnesses the spin of an electron to store and process information. Dubbed 'spintronics', the new technology is expected to one day form a basis for the development of smaller, smarter, faster devices.

New recruitment model to change contractor relationships

A new recruitment model seeks to address the growing market for IT contractors in Australia by lowering recruitment costs for employers, and improving the traditionally cagey relationship between the agency and contract employees.

Bounty hunters sought to recruit staff

A new online recruitment board is offering cash rewards of up to $10,000 to users who successfully refer friends, family members or other contacts for advertised job vacancies.

PS3 withstands hack challenge

There was only one winner of an international challenge that offered a PlayStation 3 to any hacker able to attack it: Sony. Over the two-month-long competition, the PlayStation 3 was able to withstand numerous attempts by hackers worldwide, proving to the competition organiser its potential use as a server.