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Hands on with Samsung's HSDPA mobile

CES One of the most interesting exhibits in the whole of CES, from a UK perspective at least, is the HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Data Packet Access) mobile phone from Samsung. The SGH-ZX20 is a clamshell mobile that will be able to take advantage of the much faster data speeds (up to 3.6Mbps compared to 384kbps of 3G) of the new format.

Sage buys into US (again)

UK accounts specialist Sage is paying £184m for Verus Financial Management which provides online payment services for small and medium-sized businesses in the US.
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DSGi heads north to Finland

DSG international (DSGi) - the high street electricals outfit behind the likes of Dixons, Currys and PC World - is continuing to splash cash on its ambitious European expansion plans.
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Osama bin Laden banned from orbit

The US Federal Aviation Authority has responded to the possible threat of terrorist exploitation of the burgeoning space tourism business by drafting some proposed regs to ensure Ossie bin Laden and his mates don't book themselves aboard Virgin Galactic.
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TV to iPod, PSP conversion tools spill onto the market

It’s been difficult to predict how Apple will continue to develop the video iPod, given that it had such a poor start in signing up so little content for the device.
Faultline, 09 2006
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Collection for anti-RIAA case

An online news service is collecting money for Patricia Santangelo's defence fund - the New York woman who is defending herself against a lawsuit from the Recording Industry Ass. of America(RIAA).
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TechnoDepot does Sudoku - in hex

Cash'n'Carrion The new Cash'n'Carrion Reg merchandising shop is now up and fully functioning and - as a prelude to a Spring burst of e-commerce activity - we're delighted to announce the arrival of a new TechnoDepot t-shirt.

Seagate preps Iomega, iVDR killer

CES Watch out, Iomega - Seagate has you in its sights. The hard drive giant used the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to sound out the industry on a scheme to create a new removable hard disk drive standard.
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Stakes raised in NTL - Virgin Mobile bid talks

There's still little sign of a breakthrough in the stalemate surrounding NTL's bid to buy Virgin Mobile. The Sunday Telegraph reports that the cellco's institutional shareholders are playing hard to get and want the firm to hold out for 400p a share.
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AOL agrees to settle 'wrongful billing' lawsuit

AOL has agreed to cough up as much as $25m to settle a class action lawsuit that alleged the giant ISP "wrongfully billed consumers".
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Google Earth menaced by WW2 bomber

The results of our Google Earth black helicopter competition last year proved just how eagled-eyed you lot were when it came to virtual planespotting, but here's one you missed, and a real blast from the past it is too:
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We can all be Big Brother now

You've read the book and seen the film. Now you too can oppress the proletariat - and for only £3.50 per week!

Apple online store blacklists innocent Channel Islanders

Apple UK has confirmed it is turning down orders from residents of the Channel Islands made through its online store while it considers opening a dedicated site serving the small islands in the English Channel quite near France.
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Digital camera sales boost Jessops Xmas sales

Yet another surge in demand for digital cameras helped boost sales at Jessops, the high street photographic retailer revealed today.
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Vodafone and Sony gang up on your ears

Vodafone and Sony are teaming up to provide a radio service for mobile phones which they claim will offer truly personalised music.

Becta reviews UK schools for Microsoft 'lock-in'

The government agency leading implementation of the Department for Education and Skills' e-strategy has launched two reviews of schools' use of ICT.
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Hands on with Java XML filter pipelines

In this tutorial we will step through this little understood area of XML processing. Java XML Filters are part of the SAX API for XML processing.
John Hunt, 09 2006
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BDE plans more Sage acquisitions

Mid-market Sage reseller BDE Group has lined up a credit line for more acquisitions in 2005, with an anticipated budget of £5m.
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Government minister beats workers with pistol

Armenian culture minister Ovik Oveyan was inexplicably sacked last week after steaming into the main offices of the country's Armenskiye Electroseti electricity company and pistol whipping two workers.
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Handheld porn not just for Christmas

Parents with nothing better to worry about post-Christmas are advised that "One of This Season's Most Popular Gifts May Expose Children to Pornography".
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MCI airbrushed as Verizon takeover completed

The MCI name is being airbrushed and replaced instead by a new logo following the completion of its takeover by US telco Verizon. After ten months of wrangling Verizon has finally completed its acquisition of MCI - the US telco formerly known as WorldCom most noted for being at the centre of an $11bn accounting scandal.
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EMC adds consultants with Internosis buy

EMC has snapped up Maryland-based storage consultancy Internosis Inc just days after announcing it would part company with 1,000 existing staff this year.
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Security flaws on the rise, questions remain

After three years of modest or no gains, the number of publicly reported vulnerabilities jumped in 2005, boosted by easy-to-find bugs in web applications. Yet, questions remain about the value of analyzing current databases, whose data rarely correlates easily.

Five million Brits duped by scams, says Which?

Five million UK adults have fallen victim to a series of moneymaking frauds, such as premium-rate prize scams, work-from-home schemes and Nigerian 419 email scams, according to research published by consumer watchdog Which?.