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Nokia makes stealth moves on your living room

Only two consumer electronics companies on the planet really matter.
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Analysts cheer AMD, Dell and Microsoft as x86-64-bit winners

AMD, Dell and Microsoft have the most to gain from a large scale move to 64-bit extensions technology, according to analyst firm Illuminata.
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HP re-elects ‘AWOL’ Disney man

California's influential public employees' pension fund CalPERS flexed its muscles again today, but failed in its bid to shake up the Hewlett Packard board. A statement by the United States' largest pension fund decision that it had "lost complete confidence" in Disney CEO Michael Eisner was instrumental in the recent decision to strip him of his Chairman role.
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Six months to get wireless rail travel free from Virgin

If you know the right person, you can spend huge sums of money on expensive wireless Internet access at railway stations in the UK. Or, for the next six months, at least, you can piggyback free on the ReadyToSurf network in Virgin Trains lounges.
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S3 preps native PCI Express graphics chips

S3 Graphics, VIA's imaging accelerator division, today unveiled its pitch for the hearts and minds of PCI Express-equipped PCs: the GammaChrome chip family.
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US tells China to drop chip sales tax – or else

The US government has warned China that it must drop its 17 per cent tax on chip sales, or face the consequences. A formal complaint to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) could come in the next few days.
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SiS goes PCI Express for Pentium 4, Athlon 64 FX

SiS has begun sampling its first PCI Express-based North Bridge chips for AMD's Athlon 64 FX chip and Intel's Pentium 4.
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AMD rolls out faster low-power Athlon XP-M

AMD yesterday announced it had begun shipping its latest 32-bit mobile Athlon processor, the XP-M 2100+.
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Nokia, Sony, Philips tout connectivity Utopia

CeBIT Nokia, Philips and Sony have formed an alliance to promote an RFID-based communications standard. The idea is that Near Field Communications (NFC) technology will allow people to access content and services and transfer data just by touching a smart object, or by bringing two devices close together.

Sony readies Q2 dual-layer DVD+R drive debut

Reg Kit Watch Sony will ship its first dual-layer DVD+R recorders next June, the consumer electronics giant said yesterday.
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Eight-day BT email snag sorted

BT has been forced to halt the migration of punters to its new BT Yahoo! platform after being hit by an email glitch.
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Nvidia next-gen chip ‘to launch 13 April’

Nvidia will unveil its next-generation graphics chip - almost certainly the long-awaited NV40 - on 13 April.
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Reg Readers' Gallery back from the dead

Cash'n'Carrion We here at El Reg merchandising tentacle Cash'n'Carrion have decided, amid a fanfare of trumpets no doubt, to ressurect the almost-legendary Readers' Gallery.

UK VoIP sector gets trade body

The UK's fast-emerging Internet telephony industry has set up its own trade association to promote and represent the needs of the sector.
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Go Daddy broadens its domain

Go Daddy Software is getting into the SSL web server certificate business, with a cut-price offering it hopes will let it do to the SSL market what it did for the domain names market - grow fast at the expense of the incumbents. But gaining market share isn't all down to price.

The value of PC real estate

The dominant position that Microsoft software occupies on the desktop has long been a major source of competitive advantage to Microsoft. Not only does it ensure that users of Microsoft software are familiar with the look and feel of the Microsoft interface but it also has provided a launch point for their entry into server systems, writes Bloor Research analyst Martin Langham.
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Web services watchdogs

Web services will only become the norm if the users can be assured a level of service. They will not be deployed in earnest unless the operations department is confident that they can provide this level of service, writes Bloor Research analyst Peter Abrahams.
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CeBIT 2004: Gadgets galore

Wander the 27 halls of CeBIT this week and you will be able to enjoy hundreds of unique gadgets that you may never see again - simply because they are surely too odd to gain a foothold in the market.
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Latest Bagle worms spread on auto-pilot

The Bagle virus saga takes a new twist today with four new members of the worm family. Bagle-Q and its three new siblings use an unusual method of infection in an attempt to bypass AV protection at email gateways. Each of the four viruses infect only Windows PCs. Bagle-Q is the more widely spread of the four.
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Novell announces SuSE Linux 9.1

Novell today lifted the veil on some of the features that will come with the next major revamp of SuSE Linux - version 9.1 - due out in May.
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MS, partners tout Portable Media Center ‘iPod killer’

Analysis Microsoft launched its 'Windows for iPods' platform over a year ago - as Media2Go - but this week it began demonstrating the technology in earnest at CeBIT, backed by devices from hardware partners Creative and iRiver.
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MS exec lists joys of high prices, vast margins to top investor

Smoking emails return to haunt Microsoft this week with the Minnesota overcharging lawsuit, which commenced on Monday. The court's exhibit vault was at time of writing disappointingly empty, but its mere existence shows willing, so check it early and often. And we have a taster of things to come in the shape of senior MS exec Jeff Raikes in full-on robber baron mode, describing a business with profit margins of 90 per cent plus that can only get better.
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419ers form phat rap crew

There is evidence that - having seen the error of their ways - Nigerian 419ers have decided to seek more legitimate forms of employment.
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Microsoft – EC talks fail

Microsoft today confirmed that settlement negotiations with the European Commission have ended in deadlock. The company is dropping heavy hints that it will go to court to appeal any decision.
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Punters flock to 3 UK

Mobilephoneco 3 has around 361,000 punters in the UK, after adding 151,000 new subscribers since the middle of December.
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Inside Philips' CeBIT cornucopia

Philips has used CeBIT to launch its new KeyRing 019 USB stick camcorder, which it claims is the world's most compact, wearable product for capturing digital video and photographs. Oh yes, and carrying music and data. The KeyRing 019 (seen in photo on left) is capable of up to 25 minutes of continuous video recording, or can …
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NASA pulls off mindreading act

NASA boffins have pulled off a seemingly impressive feat - reading words which have not actually been spoken.
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T-Mobile goes live with 3G in May

T-Mobile will begin selling 3G data services in the UK, Germany and Austria in May. This will be offered under the TM3 brand, T-Mobile's attempt to create a unified multimedia network comprising GPRS and WLAN connections as well as 3G links.
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T-Mobile to charge Wi-Fi access to phone bills

T-Mobile today offered what it claimed was a "simplified" and "standardised" pricing structure for its Wi-Fi hotspots that introduces direct billing for the company's mobile phone subscribers.
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Fraudsters prey on apathetic Brits

An apathetic and careless approach to finances by some British consumers is making fraud far easier.
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Half of UK homes have a PC

More than half of UK homes has a PC, according to the latest Government stats.
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CeBIT: the handset fan's heaven

CeBIT: Mobile handset fans must get a real kick out of CeBIT. Seems like everyone saves up their new kit to launch at the show, and then they throw in a few extra bells and whistles for good measure.
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Software hunts for Net paedos

Software agents that mimic the behaviour of real children are been used to detect paedophile grooming behaviour on the Internet.
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IT workers demand greater work flexibility

IT workers want more flexible working patterns to help improve their work-life balance.
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Can I have an email quickie? – Phoenix says, ‘Yes’

Phoenix Technologies this week has kicked off what will prove to be a protracted battle to own the PC before the OS loads with a new version of its FirstWare Assistant software that gives customers easy access to email.