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A hard drive smaller than an inch

CES With solid state memory reaching the gigabyte base line, Toshiba has unveiled a tiny hard disk that's smaller than an inch. The 0.8 inch hard drive - that's about the width and thickness of an MMC or SD card - will come in 2GB and 4GB sizes, spins at 3600 rpm, and will ship in volume this Fall.
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Verizon trumps Wi-Fi with 500 k/bits nationwide

CES Stateside CDMA carrier Verizon is breaking open the piggybank to roll out its high speed cellphone service nationwide this year. CEO Ivan Seidenberg made the announcement at the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
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Yahoo! and Philips in Streamium TV

CES Yahoo! is to provide much of the content of Streamium TV, which was introduced this week by Philips at the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Through a broadband connection, Philips allows consumers to access video and audio content, as well as images through a wireless or wired Ethernet connection from a PC or Internet service.
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Misco pulls plug on Scotland

Fifty jobs have been lost in Greenock following the closure of the Scottish sales office of Misco.
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Dell in front line of War on Terror™

We're relieved to report today that al-Qaeda will not be sourcing PDAs online from US websites, well not from Dell at least.
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Intel takes Centrino to consumer electronics

The main thrust of Intel’s chip push will be focused on the consumer market this year and this week saw president Paul Otellini setting out the chipmaker’s stall in a keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
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Apple claims storage price lead

Apple this week claimed it has leapfrogged the price performance of storage systems from Sun, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and EMC and is offering its new RAID storage subsystem for Windows and Linux as well as the native Mac Unix OS.
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Motorola shows new spirit of innovation

All eyes will be on Motorola to see whether it can make 2004 a recovery year under its new CEO Ed Zander. Zander himself has been low key so far, keen not to over-inflate expectations of a turnaround that is sure to be prolonged and painful. But the world’s second largest cellphone maker started the year with some interesting moves that, while small in themselves, may point to a new culture of innovation and ideas that is badly needed.
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Gov.uk fails to communicate with e-citizens

The Government's big idea to deliver its services digitally has once again taken a thumping after a report found that many of the Government's Web sites are muddled and confusing.
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Broadcom jumping the gun with pre-standard 802.11n?

Broadcom looks set to release pre-standard silicon based on the emerging 802.11n fast Wi-Fi standard, aiming to repeat its successful gamble on early release of 802.11g products last year. Meanwhile, GlobespanVirata (GSV) is the latest Wi-Fi chipmaker to pre-empt 802.11n by releasing ‘standards-plus’ products that turbocharge 54Mbps 802.11g to achieve higher data rates.
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CAN-SPAM means we can spam

A miniscule proportion of unsolicited commercial email complies with US Federal anti-spam laws introduced this month, according to a survey published yesterday.
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Lamo pleads guilty to NY Times hack

Hacker Adrian Lamo plead guilty Thursday to federal computer crime charges arising from his 2002 intrusion into the New York Time internal network, and faces a likely six to twelve months in custody when he's sentenced in April.

So why did Pervasive acquire Data Junction?

Pervasive last month acquired Data Junction. The question is: why (asks Phil Howard of Bloor Research)?.
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T-Mobile waives £8,000 stolen mobile bill

News of the British couple who had their mobile phone stolen on holiday, and subsequently faced a phone bill for GBP8,000, highlights the risk to both mobile phone users and operators associated with mobile roaming. But more could be done to avert the risk posed by phone fraudsters.
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Woman gets ‘tits out’ online for charity

A Somerset woman is getting her "tits out" to raise money for a multiple sclerosis (MS) charity.
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Park and pay by mobile comes to London

Drivers in the south London area of Putney will soon be able to pay their parking fees by mobile phone.

UK.gov claws deeper discounts from Oracle

The British government's Oracle bill should come down, following the renegotiation of licence terms with the enterprise database vendor.
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And now we are One. Many unhappy returns to SoBig

Today is the first anniverary of Sobig, the worm family which produced such misery for email users last year.
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Real and IBM form media software link

CES Real Networks and IBM have decided to combine parts of their software lines to make it easier for customers to deliver digital content to a variety of devices.
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Pocket-sized PC has PowerBook pedigree

CES It's almost two years since we wrote about OQO's pocket-sized PC. In the twenty months that have elapsed since it 'debuted' at The Register, the OQO was a no show. But in the meantime the 'Ultra Personal' - now slated to appear later this year - has morphed into something much more usable.