Daily Cuppa: Huawei on ASX, Lenovo stops buying, Symantec source code leak

A quarter of tablet owners use the device as primary computer, Telia won't force customers to pay for VoIP, and Sony has invested big in Olympus.
Written by Spandas Lui, Contributor

Hump Day-itis can only be cured with a steaming hot cup of tech news, it is known. So please drink up.

Chinese communications vendor Huawei wants to be listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) within the next 10 years. Huawei has had its disagreement with the Australian government after it was banned from tendering for National Broadband Network (NBN) contracts but it still sees a good future in the country.

It is still hopeful that it can be involved in tendering for NBN supply contracts in the future.

Another Chinese company, PC and notebook vendor Lenovo, has said that it will stop acquiring hardware companies to focus on software and IT services. The chairman of Lenovo's parent company Legend Holdings, Liu Chuanzhi, also squashed rumours that it is snapping up HP's PC division.

It looks like the source code from Symantec's Norton Utilities 2006 has been leaked on the Pirate Bay, and it may be the work of Anonymous.

A message from Anonymous' Twitter account asked Symantec to stop making "s****y" security software, as it is "killing [users'] CPUs."

Apparently, a quarter of tablet owners now use the mobile device as their primary computer. The information is based off an infographic by OnlineClasses.org. This is yet another blow to PC sales.

British Telecom (BT) has revealed 163 new fibre exchanges as part of its £2.5 billion rollout of primarily fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology. This means that 1 million more homes will be getting super-fast broadband in the UK.

Over in Sweden, mobile operator Telia has backed away from the idea of forcing users to pay for using mobile voice over internet protocol (VoIP), or go without it. Telia made its intentions public in March, but has now said that "customers will be able to continue Skyping and using other mobile IP telephony services just like today."

MIT researchers have built a wearable piece of gear that maps buildings in real time using Microsoft Kinect, a laser range finder, and a laptop. The Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) gear is still a prototype, and is designed to aid fire fighters and emergency-response personnel.

US office supply retailer Staples is stepping up its mobile game, making e-commerce investments and closing down some of its physical stores. This is a strategy that has already been employed by other big retailers, such as Best Buy.

In Japan, Sony is planning to invest 50 billion yen (US$642 million) in beleaguered camera vendor Olympus to become its biggest shareholder. Last year, several Olympus executives were caught up in an accounting scandal.

Editorial standards