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MySQL close to SAP certification

MySQL AB is inching closer to certification with SAP's mighty business applications suite, nearly three years after the companies first united.
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UK punters avoid VoIP in droves

Half of UK consumers are aware of VoIP, but take-up of internet telephony remains low, according to Ofcom.

Apple end-of-lifes G4 Mac Mini

With yesterday's introduction of Intel-based Mac Minis, Apple quietly killed off its PowerPC-based predecessor. The G4-based Minis have gone from Apple's online stores, leaving just the Power Mac G5 and the 20in iMac G5 as the remaining legacy desktops.
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Napster blames Microsoft shortfalls for its problems

Struggling music subscription service Napster is blaming Microsoft for its problems.
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ICANN approves dotcom contract

ICANN has approved a controversial dotcom contract that will see VeriSign handed control of the internet's most famous product forever.

'World's smallest' Windows phone to debut next month

Malaysian phone maker Fifth Media has announced what it claims is the world's smallest Windows Mobile 5 smart phone. The compact handset's profile measures 11.3 x 4.9, but it's 2.1cm thick. It squeezes in quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE connectivity, along with Bluetooth 1.2 and 802.11b Wi-Fi.
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Managing the RFID opportunity

The use of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags is becoming a hot topic for developers and business (visit the independent - sponsored by both the UK Government and commercial organisations - UK RFID Centre here).

Moto touts salmon SLVR

The public's passion for all things pink has found a new outlet: a salmon-hued version of Motorola's SLVR phone. A sibling of the better-known L7, the rose-tinted release - to be offered exclusively through UK retail chain Carphone Warehouse, it seems - is the L6.

HP-OuterBay merger shows market nous

Comment From where I've been sitting, HP has never had the best track record in enterprise software. The next 'e' never was e-services, and HP has acquired many a product only to let it wither on the vine - Bluestone was a prime example. Meanwhile, the company has struggled to bring together its OpenView service management portfolio with Compaq's Insight Manager systems management tools, to present a coherent portfolio. Is it any wonder then that we've seen considerable erosion of HP's credibility as it tries to sell software into the enterprise.
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Colon family in exploding toilet ordeal

A family from Charlotte, North Carolina, is currently engaged in a stand-off with the local utilities company over who is responsible for cleaning up the aftermath of a toilet explosion which has forced them from their home.
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Four plead guilty in US piracy case

Four US citizens have pleaded guilty to piracy charges following an investigation by the Department of Justice.
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Lip-reading footie fans spot racial abuse

Police are looking into an allegation that a Liverpool player racially abused a Manchester United team member during the two teams' clash at Old Trafford on 22 January, the BBC reports.
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Provocative paperbacks from chez Reg

Cash'n'Carrion Couldn't resist this little gem to kick things off: "People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like." - Abraham Lincoln.

ECS touts eco-friendly, Viiv-benign mobo

Want to build your own Viiv system? Elitegroup (ECS) has the motherboard, at least: its RoHS-compliant 945G-M3, which it has just begun shipping in the UK, the Taiwanese supplier said today.

JVC tunes in to mid-size LCD HDTVs

JVC today unwrapped a pair of LCD TVs with integrated digital tuners. It pitched the products' inclusion not only of twin HDMI ports, but also their support for the HDCP copy-protection system. And JVC lauded the screens' bass-boosting sound systems and picture enhancement technology, too.

MS boffins develop foot-powered interface

Microsoft boffins are working on a foot powered user interface as an alternative or adjunct to computer mice.
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Bird flu: your painful death not inevitable

A leading virus expert has said that anyone claiming a human pandemic of bird flu is inevitable "is saying more than they can possibly know".
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'Fake' emails MP hits reply

The Conservative MP caught rigging his popularity rating by sending emails to himself was told to do so by the website that shopped him, the MP's spokesman has claimed.

Opposition to AOL's 'email tax' grows

More than 50 organisations are joining forces to protest against AOL's plan to start charging for email.

Feed your PC free-to-air satellite TV

AVerMedia has begun shipping just the card you need to connector your computer to freebie satellite TV channels. Its DVB-S Pro PCI card hooks up to your reception dish and get the kind of PVR and programme archiving features you don't get from the standard FreeSat box.

TomTom redesigns Go in-car GPS kit

Dutch satellite navigation specialist TomTom today said it will ship an updated TomTom Go range of in-car route-planning devices on 1 April. No fooling, the new 510, 710 and 910 models will feature a "world first" 4in screen, "greatly improved" GPS performance and a new computer dock.
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UK parents to get online check of 8m child workers records

The UK Government today announces plans for a massive data, security and privacy own goal, in the shape of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill. The Bill, which is intended to widen and centralise the vetting of people working with children (approximately 8 million individuals), will allow (indeed, compel) employers, including parents hiring nannies and childminders, to check the records of potential employees online.

AOL sues mystery phishers for $18m

AOL filed three civil lawsuits against several major phishing gangs on Tuesday as part of the ISP's wider fight against identity theft scams and other internet security threats.

ATI unwraps dual x16 CrossFire Xpress 3200

ATI has announced its Radeon CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset, as anticipated, with its support for twin PCI Express x16 slots for CrossFire configurations - the first single-chip North Bridge to do so - and provision of "unprecedented overclocking capabilities".
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IPTV: killer apps and dead horses

Industry comment Time and time again, industry talk comes back to what the one "killer app" will be for IPTV as a platform. Most assume it will be video-on-demand (VoD), as the historical business case has always rested on the fact that consumers love being able to have video whenever they want it, and it allows full VCR-like functionality over the network, which includes fast-forward (or ‘seek’). Fast-forward allows a viewer to skip ads, scan past what they’ve seen before and flick through material in a very efficient way. While this does put additional strain on video servers, technology is now emerging to counterbalance this.
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Flying China saucer

A Beijing scientist has developed the country's first flying saucer, Chinese news agency Xinhau reports. The solar-powered nuisance (pictured right) will be ready to take to skies within two years. Professor Yan Lei of Peking University described his creation: "Unlike conventional aerocraft, which rely on high-speed movement …

Serco results grow

Services giant Serco, which bought ITNET last year, managed to bring in £2.26bn in revenues - up 38 per cent - in the year ended 31 December 2005.
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Suicide prompts South Korea mobile data cap

The suicide of a young South Korean boy who racked up a huge phone bill playing games on his mobile has prompted local operators into revising their call plans. The unnamed 16 year-old student from the south western Korean town of Iksan toped himself on 15 February after running up a bill of 3.7m Won ($3,830), according to local police.
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Driven to test-action

Comment Test-Driven Development (TDD) has increased in popularity both as a practice and as a term. Although there is a strong association with Extreme Programming, more generally there is a certain set of practices that can be honed in on and applied across various development models.
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Fore-get space exploration

Never let it be said that the space programme is a waste of time and money.
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Online CD sellers may lose offshore haven

The States of Jersey has given CD sellers who have set up on the island in order to avoid VAT a year to close up and leave.
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NASA plans three shuttle launches this year

The beleaguered NASA shuttle programme has received a boost today as a spruced up fuel tank arrived at Kennedy Space Centre by sea from New Orleans. Engineers are now buoyant about prospects. Barring further trouble, the space agency plans to get Discovery orbit-bound by the end of May. In a press conference on Tuesday, …

LogicaCMG revives in 2005

Britain and the Netherlands delivered a bumper year for LogicaCMG in 2005, as it also benefitted from its IT workshops on the Indian sub-continent.
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Sting nets two spam scam suspects

The US secret service has arrested two men over accusations that they sent massive quantities of spam emails to more than 1.2m AOL subscribers. Todd Moeller (AKA Trill), of New Jersey, and his business partner Adam Vitale (AKA Batch1), 25, of Florida, were busted after agents used an informant to hire the duo to spamvertise a computer security product.
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Access and authentication: the big Reg survey

Reg Reader Studies Regular participants of our Reg reader surveys will know that the titles which head our light tappings upon the IT barometer are not the stuff of literary legend. Sadly, this month's effort is not much better - "Access and Authentication Technologies: Issues, practicalities and solutions" - but this pot-chilling effort should not put you off chipping your two bits' worth in to our latest probe.
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Songwriters to blame for digital music's pothole

DMF Jonathan Potter, head of the trade group DiMA which represents the big digital music download services, says greedy publishers are a roadblock to business, and could hand the illegal P2P networks ultimate victory.

ATI CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset

Review The ATI CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset has been a long time coming, but the bad news is that ATI is only halfway there. The CrossFire Xpress 3200 PCI Express bridge is ready and working, but ATI is still working on its new SB600 South Bridge. However, this isn’t too much of an issue for the time being at least, since most of ATI’s board partners have decided to use the ULi (or is that Nvidia?) M1575 South Bridge for now.

Olive works 400GB into Opus digital music centre

Olive has announced the latest version of its latest high-end digital music separate, this time called the Opus and equipped with a 400GB hard drive - enough, the company claims, to hold 660 uncompressed CDs, 1,100 ripped using lossless compression, or 7,230 albums ripped to 128KBps MP3 files.
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BEA fires up for Fuego

BEA Systems has splashed out $87.5m for Fuego, a business process management specialist, in a push into service oriented architectures (SOAs).
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Universal music chief blasts Slashdot

DMF The president of Universal Music Group's digital division, Larry Kenswil, dipped into Slashdot to illustrate the kind of laggards who are holding up progress in digital music.
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Oracle opens embedded business unit

Oracle has opened an embedded systems unit serving Asia Pacific and Japan while simultaneously ramping up its capabilities with Sleepycat Software and its own small-footprint database.