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Intel shrugs off Intergraph for strong Q1

Intel pulled out a solid first quarter despite taking hits for legal costs and a slowdown in processor sales.
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Unix fiends attack universities

A number of research institutions and high performance computing hubs have come under attack with software miscreants performing "sophisticated" attacks on Solaris and Linux boxes.
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Foreign workers dominate Dell

Dell is doing its part to create jobs in the US, but it's doing an even better job creating jobs overseas.
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Apple speeds budget Mac

Apple has speed-bumped the bargain basement Macintosh originally aimed at schools. The eMac was last refreshed in May 2003. Both new models of the CRT eMac now feature 1.25GHz G4 processors, up from 1Ghz, and improved graphics cards with ATI's Radeon 9200 superseding the 7500 card.
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Apple ups eMac spec, cuts prices

Apple updated its CRT-based all-in-one desktop, the eMac, yesterday, bumping up the machine's specs. and knocking up to £150 and $100 off the price while it was at it.

IBM buys disaster recovery biz

IBM has bought Schlumberger's business continuity division for an undisclosed sum. The deal gives IBM 40 new recovery sites and an extra 10, 000 seats in Europe and the US. Schlumberger Business Continuity Services (SBCS) has long-term contracts with 750 clients. Terms of the deal were not given.
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UK gov's IT CIO is dumb idea, says likely appointee

The government's appointment of an IT chief is flawed, according to the man most observers see as the front runner for the job.
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Sony preps slimline 5mp digicam

Reg Kit Watch Sony will ship is latest ultra-slim five-megapixel digicam in Japan on 29 April, the consumer electronics giant said today.
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Offshore analysts speak with forked tongue

As the political backlash over the wholesale movement of IT services and business process outsourcing jobs to cheaper labor markets gathers pace, those with the most to gain from offshoring are keeping very quiet. Many companies considering an offshore strategy are very reticent to reveal their plans because they are wary of a backlash from consumers and their soon-to-be-redundant workforce...
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IBM sells off low-end PowerPC chips

IBM last night sold two of its PowerPC processor lines and a licence for the PowerPC instruction set to Applied Micro Circuits for $227m in cash and a renewed foundry commitment.
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Nokia launches N-Gage QD

It's official, folks. Nokia today unveiled the 'N-Gage 2' - officially called the N-Gage QD - as expected.
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Disabled web access is 'being ignored'

A study of 1,000 websites across the UK today revealed not only that most organisations breach guidelines on making sites accessible to disabled users and risk legal action under disability discrimination laws, but that the guidelines themselves may be inadequate.
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RM wins £20m Newham gig

RM has been appointed preferred bidder for a £20m, eight-year contract with Newham education authority. The project covers 140 classrooms in 30 schools in the London borough.
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Germans top World text league

Europe in Brief Germans have been crowned world-texting champions. A survey by the Global System for Mobile Communication recently showed that Germans send a whopping 200m messages a day, nearly three times as many as the Finns (75m) or Britons (70m).
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Apple must fight Apple in UK - judge

Apple Computer's legal battle with the Beatles' Apple Corporation will be heard in the British High Court, the presiding judge ruled last week.
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MS score card: four patches, 20 vulns, heaps of trouble

Spring is a time for growth. And Microsoft has taken this maxim to heart by releasing an unprecedented number of security fixes on the same day. Yesterday it released four security patches to protect Windows users against 20 security vulnerabilities. Eight vulns are critical.
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Ilkka Raiskinen on N-Gage, and more

Interview As Finnish mobile communications giant Nokia unveils the second generation of N-Gage hardware, GI.biz's Rob Fahey speaks to Nokia's head of games, Ilkka Raiskinen, about the company's plans for the future - and lessons from the past year.
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IT vendors talk rubbish: official

IT and telecoms vendors have pulled off an impressive feat: beating lawyers and even PR operatives in the art of obfuscation.
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102 UK kids saved from paedos

UK police reckon they have saved more than 100 children from abuse during a two-year investigation into users of paedophile websites.
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Lindows throws in the tow - l

Linux distributor Lindows is changing the name of its operating system to Linspire. The company hopes "this puts a halt on the international lawsuits."
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Nvidia rolls out GeForce 6800

Nvidia today launched its latest top-of-the-range graphics chip, the GeForce 6800, largely as expected.
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SEXUALLY-EXPLICIT: FTC labels porno spam

The US Federal Trade Commission is to enforce the labelling of spam containing pornographic content.
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Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

Review After the arguably disappointing GeForce FX family of products, Nvidia has launched its latest graphics chip, which has been the subject of rumours from all corners of the world over the past few weeks. But now it's finally here and it's officially called the GeForce 6800. That's it, no fancy moniker in front of the numbers this time, just plain old 6800. But this time Nvidia has a product that will blow your socks off and no, I don't just mean a noisy fan this time around, I'm talking about the quality of the graphics and the outlandish performance, writes Lars-Göran Nilsson
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9/11 'entrepreneur' on fraud rap

A Californian man who claimed to be developing post-9/11 face recognition system has been arrested by Feds probing allegations of fraud.
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Microsoft: May expectations for Longhorn

Microsoft is expected to deliver its first draft of the delayed Longhorn OS next month, with some of its ambitious sub-system features trimmed down. If Longhorn is not ready in time for May's WinHEC hardware conference, Microsoft could lose goodwill from OEMs, developers and customers.
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AMD mocks the Street with bumper Q1

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) surged past analyst expectations in its first quarter with strong sales across the board helping it post a profit for the second quarter in a row.