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Trojan blitz poses as credit card warning

UK businesses faced a barrage of 115,000 emails containing a new Trojan on Friday, 22 January before anti-virus vendors scrambled out an update, according to email filtering firm BlackSpider Technologies.
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Fight Club nasties flood Google Video

Anticipation ran high when Google announced it would be throwing its mighty clusters open, to host all the world's video. What a potent combination. Surely it would only be a matter of time before 'Big Media' crumbled, taking with it the tyrannical copyright regime, as a new wave of technologically-empowered citizens demonstrated their emergent, peer-to-peer creativity?
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China takes own path to 3G

China will follow its own standards for next generation phone networks. The Ministry of Information Industry (MII) released specifications for TD-SCDMA for 3G mobile networks on Friday.

AMD takes axe to Athlon 64 X2, Turion, Sempron prices

AMD has made price cuts across key processor lines, knocking up to 32.6 per cent off what it charges for mobile and desktop dual-core CPUs. It also introduced a new Mobile Sempron part.

ATI Radeon X1900 XTX goes on sale in Japan

Boards based on the as-yet-unannounced Radeon X1900 XTX graphics chip went on sale in Japan this weekend, confirming past claims that ATI will launch its next-generation R580 GPU this week.
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Designing for Small Screens

Book review I can remember when "real programmers" didn't worry to much about the user interface (UI) to their systems: if all the fields in the database were on a screen somewhere, the users could count themselves lucky and were expected to be grateful! This attitude is changing - and is just unworkable when designing for the small screens and advanced interaction elements in mobile phones and the like.
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Carphone does music download deal

Carphone Warehouse has signed up Ki Bi Mobile Technologies to provide mobile music content cards.
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O2 chalks up 27m mobile punters

O2 - the UK cellco that's about to be swallowed by Spain's Telefonica for £18bn - signed up 1.75m new punters in the last three months taking the total number of customers to almost 27.5m.
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Flying car captured on Google Earth

Here's a question for you: what have the Nazi wartime test facility at Peenemunde and the Australian city of Perth got in common? Well, the first thing (and just about the only thing, truth be told) which springs to mind is that they are both next to large bodies of water. This is useful if you're going to test things which might go bang. Like V-2 rockets and - wait for it - flying cars:
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Plan B from Petty France - the other UK ID card

Analysis The UK is to go ahead with a biometric-backed system of ID verification this year, whether or not the ID Cards Bill is passed by parliament. The 'Plan B', which is going ahead under the auspices of the Passport Office and which does not require parliamentary approval, was touched on by Home Office Minister Baroness Scotland during the recent House of Lords debate ID cards debate.
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Civil service mulls move to India

British social benefits claimants may soon have their telephone enquiries handled by call centres in India, according to The Guardian.

T-Mobile to conjure up HTC Wizard smart phone in US

T-Mobile will next month ship its MDA - better known in Europe as the MDA Vario - and SDA - aka the SDA II - smart phones in the US.
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Using IT for business satisfaction

Comment How does your IT department define success?
Dale Vile, 23 2006
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The Big Reg 'Spot the Demographic' Survey

Survey Those of you who are thoroughly tired of the distant sound of the IT barometer being tapped as our survey department strives to gauge the current air pressure of the IT world will be delighted to learn that this month's Reg survey is something a bit different - it's all about you, our beloved readers.
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Digital music to cover lost CD sales

Digital music will make up a quarter of the music industry's sales within four years, according to Eric Nicoli, the chairman of music giant EMI. But don't look to subscription services, such as Napster and RealNetworks' Rhapsody, to deliver the growth, he says .
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Be secures investment for high speed roll-out

Be - the upstart broadband ISP that claims to offer punters speeds of up to 24 meg - has received financial backing to help fund the roll-out of its high speed internet service.
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Rexx - the practical programming language

Comment What is it with old languages? I only have to mention REXX while talking about Mumps and someone (the sort of person who remembers that the original, circa 1970-80, MUMPS was actually a O/S, language and integrated DBMS all in one – I can relate to that, perhaps why I like iSeries too) jumps up to say how much they liked it.
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Russians arrest one in James Bond rock scandal

Readers who are fans of the old school of espionage - where blokes called Smiley directed chaps in thick overcoats to dead letter drops and nuclear scientists were brought in from the cold through the Iron Curtain in the boots of Trabants - have undoubtedly been following the tremendous tale of the spying Brit diplomats and their amazing magic spy rock.
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Google crushes Apple in battle of the brands

Google has knocked Apple off the top of a list of the world's most influential brands in 2005, doing unto the iPod maker what it did to the Internet advertising company in 2004.

Matrix Communications preps distie sale

Matrix Communications Group confirmed today that its distribution business may be up for sale. A decision is due within weeks, the company added.
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IPTV and VoD: the great content adventure

Industry comment "The problem is that they want the world, but they don’t want to pay for it", said the BBC executive sitting opposite me, sipping on his cappuccino. "They are all knocking on our door wanting all our content for free, and it’s so difficult when they don’t understand the costs involved and how this industry operates."
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iMesh signs MusicNet for legal P2P downloads

P2P software company iMesh has signed digital music distributor MusicNet to supply it with songs as it attempts to transform its service into something the content industries will be happy with.
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Mobile ads to pay for free texting

Mobile phone users are being offered the chance to send text messages for free in return for viewing ads on their phones.
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Qinetiq named as nation mourns end of whale's flotation

Fate can be a dreadful thing. Gravy train... er, defence contractor Qinetiq is poised to float with uncountable squillions expected for all concerned, and - purely coincidentally - the marketing bunnies have been busy over the past year or twain enhancing the outfit's imagery as a purveyor of shiny high tech Q-type secret weaponry. But now - argh! - could it be planet-despoiling wildlife-terminating whale depth-charging Q-type weaponry?
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El Reg launches Reg Hardware

Site News The Register has launched a sister publication pitched at the global consumer community of computer enthusiasts and gadget lovers.
T-Mobile US' MDA and SDA smart phones

It's like The Register - only harder

Welcome to Reg Hardware, the new website devoted to everything from computers to communicators, gadgets to games consoles.
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Anti-scam website forced offline

A website set up to warn UK companies about an international business directory scam has been pulled by hosting company Server Center after legal threats.
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Internet boss arrested as Livedoor probe continues

The head of Livedoor Co. has been arrested along with three other execs amid allegations that the Japanese internet company spread false financial information.
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Wally rescue team faces £300 parking fines

BUNGLING, heartless traffic wardens slapped £300 worth of FINES onto marine RESCUERS while they battled for DAYS to rescue tragic whale WALLY from the icy THAMES, we can almost exclusively reveal.
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Claranet punters hit by DSL downtime

Claranet has been busy trying to restore its broadband service today after part of its broadband platform was floored following an overnight upgrade.

New Time owners start direct sales

The Time moniker is back on PCs in the UK, over six months after former flag carrier Granville Technology Ltd collapsed.

ZyXEL PL-100 Powerline Ethernet adaptor

Review You can't beat a wireless network for true ad hoc connectivity. But like so many things in life, there's a catch - several, in fact. Depending on the construction of the building you inhabit, there may be areas where you can't get a signal. If, like me, you live in a neighbourhood stuffed with 802.11b and 802.11g networks, you can find them interfering with each other, limiting the available bandwidth. And then you've still got to ensure your WLAN's as safe as it can be from snoopers.

Gizmondo Europe files for administration

UK-based Gizmondo Europe (GE) has decided to enter into administration, the UK's closest equivalent of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
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Police store DNA records of 24,000 innocent kids

The British newspapers have been getting in a tizz over a Police database of DNA samples.

Fear of fraud hampers UK online banking

The UK's Financial Services Authority (FSA) has warned banks that they must do more to help consumers to deal with online banking fraud, warning that consumer confidence in internet banking is currently very fragile.

Intel Macs only one fourth, not four times faster - report

Comment Don't say we didn't warn you. But when the world's last great computer company decided to tie its fortunes to the world's slowest chip company, the reality was never going to match the hype.