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Apple to announce Intel 'Switch' - WSJ

Apple Computer will announce its own 'Switch' campaign today, migrating away from the PowerPC architecture that has served it for a decade, the Wall Street Journal reports. The migration will take several years, with the first Intel-based Macs appearing next year, according to briefings Apple has given its partners. Intel CEO Paul Otellini - a house guest of Apple CEO Steve Jobs in the past - may join Jobs on stage at the Apple World Wide Developer Conference later today.
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ICSTIS bars rogue dialler operator

Emergency powers have been used to crack down on an overseas rogue dialler operator ripping off UK punters.
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Sweden takes big stick to file-sharers

Sweden's anti-piracy group Antipiratbyrån (APB) has reported 200 people to the police for breaking copyright laws by exchanging music, games and films online, according to Sweden's The Local.

Dell promises posh PCs

Dell, often promoted as a value PC provider, is pursuing posher punters with the launch of a "luxury" range of computers.
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Scientists closer to Ebola and Marburg vaccines

Researchers in the US and Canada have developed vaccines that protect monkeys against the Ebola and Marburg viruses. Further testing in the next five years will show whether the vaccines can be safe and effective for humans, but the researchers are optimistic. It is the first hint of a vaccine for Marburg virus.
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Ofcom to reject 'mobile price cuts'

Ofcom looks unlikely to force mobile phone operators to cut their prices - for the time-being at least.
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UK would tag all vehicles in road pricing scheme

UK government proposals to introduce pay-as-you-go road charges within 10 years have produced a mixed reaction. The scheme would replace road tax and fuel duty with variable charges for using Britain's roads, with satellite tracking technology used to calculate bills.

Notebooks outsell desktops

US citizens bought more notebook computers than desktop computers for the first time ever last month.

Apple shifts to Intel: what is all the fuss about?

Analysis A number of major news services this weekend forecast that Apple will today announce a staged migration from PowerPC to x86 processors. If it's made, the announcement will take place at the Mac maker's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, certainly the most likely venue for such a revelation since it's addressing the folk who will have to bear the brunt of such a move.
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MBNA 'eyes Egg'

Egg could be in line for a £900m buy-out a year after majority shareholder Prudential decided the UK ebank-cum-credit-card outfit was not for sale.
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Mars rover breaks free of sand trap

The Mars rover Opportunity has finally escaped from the dastardly sand trap that had kept in captive for almost 40 days. The rover got stuck when it tried to cross a ripple-shaped dune in the Meridiani Planum on 26 April, but mission scientists confirmed this weekend that the rover was rolling free once again.

BT IT support provided by ClientLogic - not BT

BT has blamed "crossed wires" for dishing out misleading information about its new IT support service for SMEs.
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Online gamers targeted in Korean MSN hack attack

More details have emerged about a hacking attack that left MSN's South Korean portal booby trapped with password-pinching malware. The attack targeted subscribers to Lineage, an online game with 4m users, largely in Asia. It's unclear how many users were clobbered by the assault. Police and Microsoft specialists have begun an investigation into the attack.
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UK road pricing plan heralds the ID card for cars

The UK Government is to unveil satellite-based 'pay-as-you-go' plans for national motor taxation this week, with a test of the technology due in five to six years, and implementation (if it goes ahead) after the next election. The planned approach seems broadly in line with the conclusions of the Department for Transport's feasibility study on road pricing, published last year, but is being touted as "revenue-neutral", i.e. the overall level of motor taxation will remain the same. Honest.
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Euro PC market to top $90bn

Europe's top 500 PC suppliers sold equipment worth $89bn in 2004 and are on course to break the $90bn barrier this year.
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The Escapist - cybercrime, hackery and sex

Book Review Sex, violence, religion, intrigue, humour, exploding breasts - Check.
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Qualcomm readies Brew for Europe

Two years ago Qualcomm’s mobile content aggregation and delivery platform, Brew, was looking like an endangered species, overshadowed by Java tools and under pressure even in its core markets. The CDMA supremo was widely expected to sideline or even drop the technology, but instead, it has put new efforts into it, as this week’s Brew 2005 conference indicated, and is reinventing it in a way that reflects Qualcomm’s changing relationship with its own customer base. In particular, it has a new content delivery system called Delivery One, which can download non-Brew content such as Java applications and supports advanced user interface tools. This will be the critical weapon in trying to infiltrate the European market and challenge Java-based platforms, especially Nokia’s Preminet, in their heartlands.
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WiMAX goes a-roaming

One of the greatest brakes on progress of cellular services was always the slow and painful path to inter-operator roaming. The complex issues surrounding billing, customer ownership and cross-payments continue to plague the roll-out of every new service, including most recently, MMS messaging. If WiMAX is to achieve broad uptake on an international scale, it needs to address roaming at an early stage, and a first step has been taken with the formation of the WiMAX Global Roaming Alliance (WGRA). Such a system, according to its founder, will enable 802.16-based services to stop “striving to make WiMAX appear complementary to 3G” and set themselves up as a direct price/performance challenge.
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Vampire robonurses hunt in packs

Before we begin this latest round-up of "why you're all going to end up working in a Renault factory at the service of the Lizard Army", please accept our apologies for the delay in getting it to the presses.
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Bango to float

Bango - the UK outfit that helps companies flog content via mobile phones - is to float later this month on London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM).

Computer 2000 goes Hightech

Computer 2000, the UK arm of TechData, has signed a deal to distribute Hightech Information Systems range of graphics cards. Hightech was formed in 1987 and specialises in ATI-compatible graphics cards. ®

Red Hat gives Fedora wings

Red Hat is giving more freedom to Fedora - the open source project it supports and sponsors.
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Microsoft pushes mobile advances

Microsoft is making it easier for enterprises to roll out mobile messaging systems based on its technology. The Messaging and Security Features Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0 makes it easier to directly push content, such as updated appointment schedules and email, out to users without deploying third-party middleware.

MS and EU inch towards agreement

Microsoft appears to have gone some way towards avoiding a daily fine of $5m, by agreeing to release information on the inner workings of its operating systems on a royalty-free basis. The European Competition Commission has said it is happy with some of Microsoft's proposals, but will still push for the company to open its protocols to open source developers.
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Sprinting for seconds better than jogging

Sell that Nike stock and buy into EasychairsRUS. Researchers have found that 90 seconds of sprinting delivers the same benefit as an hour’s worth of jogging.
Joe Fay, 06 2005
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Recycle your iPod

Apple US is offering ten per cent discounts to people who bring in their old iPods for recycling when they buy a new one. US customers can take any iPod into one of 100 Apple stores to get 10 per cent off if they buy a new iPod the same day.
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Live 8 getz 1m txts for tikits

More than a million texts have been sent so far by music fans eager to win tickets for next month's Live 8 gig in London's Hyde Park.
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New domains must protect trade marks, says WIPO

A uniform intellectual property protection mechanism should be established to protect trade marks whenever new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) are introduced, according to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
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New Stratus box lends Windows Server speed and strength

Stratus Technologies, a leading maker of super-reliable servers has boosted one of its lower-end systems aimed at running Windows Server 2003.
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Apple pulls the ultimate switch with Intel embrace

Apple has bought into its own ad campaign and become a switcher. As expected, the Mac maker announced today that it will next year start phasing Intel processors into its computer line.

Apple CEO promises two-year Intel conversion

Steve Jobs has committed Apple Computer to an aggressive timetable for porting the Mac architecture to Intel, while promising a smooth transition for developers and ISVs already building applications and services for PowerPC machines.

VMware starts virtual machine club for developers and ISVs

Is virtual machine software development getting you down? Well, buck up, little camper. VMware has an "online virtual infrastructure resource center" (OVIRC) just for you.