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'Recalled' Xbox goes bang in Sweden

An Xbox has blown up in a user's face in Sweden, despite the console being fitted with a replacement 'power cord'. In February, Microsoft issued a recall of over 14 million power cords supplied with early Xbox consoles, and sent users a fault interrupter as a replacement. The interrupter has been standard issue on later Xbox units.
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iTunes store 'hole' open again

Less than 48 hours after Apple repelled fair use activists, the iTunes Music Store can be again accessed from any platform, allowing customers to buy music unencumbered by DRM.

EMC: making storage simple for Small.biz

Opinion Over the last few years, storage has risen through the fog that has traditionally obscured much data centre activity. Indeed, today, storage management has such prominence and visibility that it is now seen to be a major focus of corporate attention. In fact, there are few organisations where storage management is not seen to be of strategic importance. The leading storage vendors have all responded to this demand for affordable, robust and secure enterprise storage management solutions.
Tony Lock, 23 2005
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Irish cinemas go all-digital

Ireland is to become the first country in the world to have completely digital cinema.

The rise of the appliance

Comment Data warehouses have always had a problem with performance when it comes to (complex) analytic queries. Data Appliances are the latest answer to this issue. The question is: how well will they fare?
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South Korean swingers in net porn bust

More than 150 South Korean swingers found themselves taking a short break from trans-marital rumpy-pumpy yesterday after police busted the owner and users of a wife-swapping website for alleged violation of pornography laws. The caged libertines are suspected of posting nude photographs of themselves on the "Bubu Plus" website - operated from the southern city of Pusan. It is alleged to have attracted 5,000 paying members purely by word of mouth, Reuters reports.
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Peoplesoft eats at Oracle profits

Profits at database giant Oracle fell in the third quarter to $540m compared to net income of $635m in the same period of last year. Post-acquisition costs related to Peoplesoft are blamed for the fall
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Intel invests in E Ink

Intel has pumped cash into E Ink, the electronic 'ink' technology developer, it was revealed yesterday.
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IBM pays off Compuware

After five weeks in court IBM has agreed to settle all ongoing legal disputes with Compuware. Big Blue is paying the maninframe management software vendor $140m for software licenses and $260m for services over the next four years.
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Amstrad slashes cost of E3 e-mailer

Amstrad is slashing the cost of its E3 e-mailer in a bid to boost sales of the videophone thingamajig.

World chip glut 'over early Q2'

Market watcher iSuppli has signalled the end of the inventory correction phenomenon that plagued the semiconductor industry through the latter half of 2004 and beyond.
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Japanese enable Human Area Network

Japanese company Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) claims to have developed the first viable Human Area Network (HAN) device, enabling fast data transfer between devices using the human body as a conduit.

NPfIT boss prepares to cut failing suppliers

Key suppliers in the NHS' £6.2bn IT project are to be replaced because they are not delivering, according to Richard Granger, director general of the National Programme for IT (NPfIT). Granger would not say which companies are failing, but confirmed that none of the four main local service providers - BT, Accenture, CSC and Fujitsu - is in the danger zone.
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Mayor Ken touts mobile phone plan for the Tube

Commuters on London's Tube network could be able to use mobile phones and wireless internet connections deep underground from 2008 if trials for the technology get the green light.
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Maximizing ASP.NET

Site offer ASP.NET has been perhaps the most popular and widely used part of Microsoft's .NET Framework. Part of the reason for this is that ASP.NET's object-oriented basis provided a lot more power and flexibility for developers. Another contradictory reason is that Microsoft made ASP.NET in such a way that people familiar with previous versions of ASP didn't need to make the jump to object-oriented programming, the way that VB developers did to move to VB.NET. As a result there are a whole lot of ASP.NET developers out there who are only scratching the surface of its potential.

Apple issues nine bug fixes...

Apple this week posted security updates to fix nine security vulnerabilities in its Mac OS X operating system. Both client and server versions of the latest version of its software - Mac OS X v10.3.8 - need patching.

EDS signs MoD contract

EDS has signed the contract to overhaul technology for the UK's Ministry of Defence, after being named as preferred bidder earlier this month.
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Tiscali France sale to be inked next week

Telecom Italia's bid to acquire Tiscali France may not be inked until next week, The Register has learned.
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Inspector Gadget hits Gizmoville

Tech Digest The Register may cover everything most sane people would ever want to know about technology, but for certified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scour Gizmoville for the rest:
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Yahoo! does a Google

Yahoo!'s free email subscribers will get a bigger inbox from late April with storage limits increasing from 250MB to 1GB - the same amount as Google's Gmail subscribers get. The move will take about two weeks to roll out to all users.
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CWU 'shocked and dismayed' at O2 job losses

The Communications Workers Union (CWU) has promised the "strongest possible" response if O2 announces compulsory redundancies as part of the 500 job losses it disclosed yesterday.
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ID theft is inescapable

March 2005 might make history as the apex of identity theft disclosures. Privacy invasion outfit ChoicePoint, payroll handler PayMaxx, Bank of America, Lexis Nexis, several universities, and a large shoe retailer called DSW all lost control of sensitive data concerning millions of people.
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Beauty queen sues 59 over net sex romp

Former Miss West Virginia Allison Williams is taking the big stick to 59 defendants for allegedly selling a fake sex video of her on the internet. The video - punted via websites showing the real Ms Williams in beauty queen regalia - claims to show the law school student engaged in sex acts in a news truck during a stint as a news reporter.
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Symbian Trojan attacks anti-virus protection

Malware authors have created a Trojan that targets Symbian smart phones and attempts to remove any anti-virus protection it finds. The Drever-C Trojan attacks mobile anti-virus packages from F-Secure, Kaspersky and Simworks running on Symbian devices. Targeting security protection is common in mainstream Windows PC malware but this is a recent innovation for mobile viruses.
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NASA catches light from another planet

Scientists working with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have directly observed light from a known extra-solar planet. The US space agency has hailed the breakthrough as the beginning of a "new age" in planetary science.
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True stories from under the bar table - the Kazaa case concludes

Eye Witness Yawn … 8.30 in the morning … double yawn … didn’t really want to be here. Sydney was blowing a gust and the rain was pounding down. It was March but you would’ve thought it was July (that’s winter for those who are planning a summer holiday in Oz).
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Novell buys Tally Systems

Novell is buying Tally Systems, a small software company from Lebanon, NH for an undisclosed sum. The company is to integrate Tally’s IT asset management software into Zenworks, its systems management suite.
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O2 gets protective over 'bubbles'

O2 is threatening legal action against UK telco Liquid Telecom for using bubbles and the colour blue in its ads.

Drive-by Trojans exploit browser flaws

Analysis Trojans - malicious programs that pose as benign apps - are usurping network worms to become the greatest malware menace. Sixteen of the 50 most frequent malicious code sightings reported to Symantec in the second half of 2004 were Trojans. In the first six months of last year, Trojans accounted for just eight of the top 50 malicious code reports.
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Scientists complain of industrial meddling in research

More than one in ten scientists working in the UK have been asked by private sector backers to tailor the conclusions of their research. Women are more likely to be asked than men, with 15 per cent saying they've been asked to alter their work, either to suit the funder's preferred outcome, to discourage publication of results or to win further research contracts.
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Broadband gods smile on Telewest

Broadband continues to boom for Telewest which recorded one of its "best ever" quarters for broadband sign-ups at the end of 2004. And the signs are that the beginning of 2005 is also set to be a cracker as more and more households jump on the broadband bandwagon.
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US admits GM crop cock-up

A US biotech company has admitted that several hundred tonnes of non-approved GM corn produced from its seed have been sold over the past four years. The Bt10 seed was planted accidently instead of the Bt11 variety. Although developer Syngenta says that its admission of the error to US regulators last year confirms that monitoring procedures are effective, critics claim the opposite.
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Vonage expands UK service

Voice over Internet Protocol(VoIP) provider Vonage is expanding services to 100 cities in the UK, including Leeds, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Preston and Salisbury.
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Sendo reports Ericsson to EC, Ericsson sues Sendo....

Ericsson is taking legal action against UK handset maker Sendo for allegedly infringing patents it owns on GSM and GPRS technology.
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Watch out, there be scammers about, warns watchdog

Rogue operators are looking to use the long holiday weekend to rip-off UK punters, according to phone watchdog ICSTIS.
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iVoice files patent on bouncing grannies

It's fair to say that speech recognition outfit iVoice is not afraid of growing its product portfolio in new and unexpected directions. In this case, though, it has gone off at such a tangent that we wonder just what exactly is going on down at the company's R&D department*.

DoH broadens technology choice for GPs

GPs in England are to get a wider choice of computer systems, under new plans announced today by the Department of Health. The range of available suppliers has been extended to include approved partners of the government-appointed Local Service Providers.
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NASA gives thumbs up to new Shuttle missions

NASA says that its plans to return to flight are on track for a May launch, confirming that all of the criteria for a new mission have now been met.

IDC crimps PC forecasts, cites US outlook

IDC has lowered forecasts for world PC sales in 2005, citing a cautious outlook in the US and delayed recovery in Japan for the adjustment.
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BMC snags OpenNetwork for $18m

BMC Software has bought OpenNetwork, a privately owned web access management and single sign on (SSO) firm, for $180m cash. BMC will add OpenNetwork's browser-based authentication and authorisation products for web-based applications to its identity management suite.
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Xbox safety: the cable and the damage done

Letters Last month Microsoft recalled 14 million Xbox cables - which isolate, rather than fix a problem with early versions of the console. The problem is inside the Xbox and these consoles still present a clear safety threat - in Sweden, an Xbox fitted with the replacement cable exploded in its owners face.