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ONStor's virtual NAS for SAN convergence

With Fibre Channel now mature, and the storage winner everywhere but the low end, NAS is now more of an island than SAN ever was. So says Peter Tarrant, marketing VP at NAS-on-SAN developer ONStor, which has just brought its SANfiler systems to the UK.
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Napster opens Canadian outpost

Napster rolled out its online music service out to Canadian consumers yesterday, announcing an exclusive, "multi-year" tie-in with Molson to provide the brewer with song downloads.
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NHS workers trial hi-tech panic buttons

UK health service workers are to be tagged with electronic tracking devices in a pilot scheme designed to promote the safety of NHS staff who regularly work on their own, such as district nurses.
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Broadband killed the TV star

European TV broadcasters are losing viewers to the Web, a medium they must embrace as broadband roll out presses on.

Call centre company gets £2m boost

It was five years ago today... These days, offshoring British call centres to India is a contentious issue. Back in the last century, the home-grown, phone-based customer services operative was "the backbone of UK economic prosperity". No, really:
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Hardware vendors descend on Taipei

Computex Preview The annual hardware-fest that its Computex kicks off in Taipei next week, with local players, major and minor, and multinational operations coming together to demo their latest products across a diverse array of market segments.
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AMD targets low-end Athlon 64s at new markets

AMD is preparing a low-cost Athlon 64 chip, the 2600+, it has emerged.

BT wins Suffolk e-gov contract

BT has won a ten-year contract to set up and manage the online services for Suffolk county council and Mid Suffolk district council. The deal covers public access, and behind-the scenes infrastructure.
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Canadian, 16, on Randex worm rap

Canadian police have charged a 16 year-old youth with writing and distributing the damaging computer worm Randex.
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Danish IT firm gives workers free Net porn

Forget luncheon vouchers, Danish IT outfit LL Media has set a new benchmark in worker welfare by handing its workers free subscriptions to Net porn sites. The company hopes that the freebies will stop randy Scandinavian employees from accessing Web smut while at work.
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SiS churns out PCI Express parts

SiS has begun volume production of its PCI Express South Bridge chip, the SiS965L, Taiwanese sources claim.
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Apple Euro music licence win signals mid-June launch?

Apple could be ready to launch its iTunes Music Store (ITMS) in Europe by the middle of June, sources said to be familiar with the company's plans have claimed.

Cisco outs really big router

Cisco marked its 20th birthday this week by unveiling a new router platform for telecoms firms.
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Boffins trumpet horn shaped universe

Researchers in Germany have been looking carefully at the after glow of the big bang and have decided that the universe is shaped like a trumpet bell, or as some would have it, the Eiffel Tower. And in a twist of fate that will have Star Trek fans in a state of near apoplectic glee, the particular topology that best fits the observations is called Picard.
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Sony to ship portable video, MP3 player next month

Reg Kit Watch Having admitted this week that Apple beat it to offering the "Walkman of the 21st Century", Sony is fiercely fighting back to recapture the title.
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Cingular kicks off 3G trial in Atlanta

Cingular Wireless is to trial 3G services in Atlanta and has selected Lucent to provide the networking equipment.
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Dixons buys MicroWarehouse UK

Dixons Stores Group subsidiary PC World Business has bought MicroWarehouse UK, one of Europe's longest-established direct resellers, from its US parent, MicroWarehouse, inc.
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Windows worms tax ISPs

Computer worms will cost European ISPs an estimated €123m this year, according to a study by Sandvine. The Net traffic management firm says its study shows attacks on European service providers are now a daily occurrence.
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Boffins build room-temperature nano transistor

A collaboration between German and US scientists has yielded a single-electron transistor with a vibrating silicon arm 200 nanometres long, just tens of nanometres across, and tipped with gold.
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Apple posts Mac OS X update

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.3.4, the latest Panther update.
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Xerox to fight patent validity ruling

Xerox is to appeal against a US District Court ruling that this week declared invalid a text-entry patent it holds and used to sue PalmOne in 1997.
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UK scientists seek silent aircraft

Today saw the launch of an ambitious £2.5m, three-year project led by Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI) - the Silent Aircraft Initiative (SAI). Its plan is pretty simple: to produce aircraft "whose noise emissions would barely be heard above the background noise level in a typical built-up area".
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NTT DoCoMo flees 3 UK

NTT DoComo is offloading its 20 per cent share of 3 UK to majority owner Hutchison Wampoa for £120m ($218m).
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Taiwanese engineer 'assisted Chinese hackers'

Are international law enforcement authorities finally mounting a concerted clamp-down on virus writers? A Taiwanese computer engineer was arrested on cyber-crime charges today following the arrest of a teenage virus writing suspect in Canada and the capture of two alleged VXers in Germany earlier this month.