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AMD kicks Opterons up a notch

AMD handed Intel a minor slap one day ahead of the Intel Developer Forum by announcing three, speedier versions of its Opteron chip.
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AT&T back together again

Unlike Humpty Dumpty, the United States' former telecomms monopoly looks set to reassemble itself, only 22 years after being broken up by a historic anti-trust action - and less than ten years since Congress permitted the RBOCs, or 'Baby Bells', to merge.

Next-gen video iPod spotted on web

Tantalising photos of what appears to be the video-optimised next-generation iPod have surfaced on the web. Past pictures have been exposed as fakes, but if the new set of shots are hoax images, they're very good ones: they clearly show the device's rumoured virtual UI, including a shot in regular music mode.
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Anti-virus groups fight over Crossover sharing

A virus that spreads from PCs to mobile devices has become the focus of a power play between the anti-virus industry and the relatively young Mobile Anti-virus Research Association, which obtained the only sample of the program.

Microsoft versus EC

Comment I went to a very interesting briefing with Microsoft last week, following up on the EC case documented here. Essentially, to comply with EC requirements the company has documented parts of its Windows Server code that were previously invisible to the outside world, and made this documentation available to its source code licensees.
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Profits and revenues drop at Novell

Software firm Novell saw its profits slump in the first quarter of 2006, but the firm was adamant that it was pleased with its performance.
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Vodafone shares up on Japan sale

Vodafone shares are up almost four per cent this morning after the firm confirmed it is in talks to get rid of Vodafone Japan.
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Yahoo! boosts Freedom of Information awareness

The UK's Cabinet Office is using paid-for search engine placements to promote public awareness of the Freedom of Information Act.
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MSN promises Google-beating search

Microsoft president for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Neil Holloway last week promised that Microsoft's next search engine will be significantly better than Google.
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Oscar winner Clooney takes control of Hamas

We at El Reg would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to George Clooney for his best supporting actor Oscar triumph last night. We're also delighted to congratulate the Hollywood A-lister for, well, read on...

Sony Ericsson reveals Walkman phone speaker

Sony Ericsson has followed Apple and launched a portable speaker system, this time for its Walkman music phone series. The 25W RMS rig - described by the manufacturer as "room filling" - has a pair of 5W stereo speakers backed by a 15W sub-woofer.

Samsung to demo 8GB HDD handset

Samsung will this week unveil a Windows Mobile 5.0-based smart phone that also incorporates an 8GB hard disk, stereo speakers, digital amplifier and the ability to support Bluetooth-connected wireless stereo headphones.
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Pope plugs in to iPod Nano

It's official: computer technology is the future. And, if you've got any doubts about that, ask God's main man on Earth - Pope Benny 16 - cos that's what he said when Vatican staff presented his Pontificateness with a personalised iPod Nano packed with Vatican Radio broadcasts and classical music.

Intel US retail desktop market share plummets

AMD's share of the US retail desktop PC market jumped to a massive 81.5 per cent during the first two months of the year, pushing Intel's share of the market to just 18.5 per cent, researcher NPD Techworld has revealed. Intel's share of the US retail notebook fell to 63 per cent in the same period.

AOL's email tax - charities get reprieve

AOL has said it will continue free delivery of emails from charities and "qualifying non-profits".
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I can't use an iPod, admits Blair

Simple question: would you allow a man who by his own admission cannot use an iPod to:
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LG Blu-ray Disc player to support HD DVD too?

LG has apparently abandoned plans to ship a Blu-ray DIsc player this Spring, and appears instead to be preparing a dual-mode system that incorporates HD DVD support too. So, at any rate, claims a memo allegedly sent by the company's US sales chief to staff last week.
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Reg readers: 'Amazon in Ireland? More like Amazon in liarland!'

A reassuringly cynical bunch, Register readers. No sooner had we reported Amazon's plans to shift customer services operations from Slough to 2005 European Capital of Culture Cork for the 'superior language skills', than the Doubting Thomas SWAT team rocked up with a whole pitcher full of scorn.
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Email worm threatens lawsuit against victims

The latest version of the Bagle mass mailer worm attempts to threaten potential victims by posing as a lawsuit against the recipient.
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eBay wins against opticians

The General Optical Council declined to present evidence today at the opening of its case against eBay for "aiding and abetting" illegal contact lens sales so all charges against the auction house were dismissed.

US man faces IRC Trojan charges

A US man has been charged with releasing Trojan horse malware onto an IRC channel. Richard Honour, 30, from Washington state, is accused of using unnamed malware on a chat room called DarkMyst in an attempt to obtain confidential banking and identity information, The Seattle Post reports.
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Cruise and Hilton triumph at Razzies

Paris Hilton may have been secretly gutted for her failure to earn an Oscar nomination for a stunning performance in House of Wax, but the highly-talented heiress is surely beside herself with joy to have secured a coveted Razzie just hours earlier - the Oscar antidote celebrating all that is truly diabolical in film.

Sony beefs up Bravia LCD TV line

Sony today unveiled a range of Bravia LCD TVs, pitching the pricey but skinny alternative to standard CRT tellies. All but one of the new models sport seventh-generation LCDs with wide viewing angles and souped up backlights to deliver more realistic colour, Sony said.
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NBC wraps arms round iVillage

Media giant NBC is hoping to boost its appeal to the ladies by paying $600m for iVillage, the “online destination” aimed at woman.
Joe Fay, 06 2006
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Wild ride over for Google?

TechScape Bill Gates was recently quoted as saying that Google's honeymoon is coming to an end.
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Beer combats heart disease: official

More good news for those of you who like a swift pint or two: beer doesn't just fight cancer and make you clever but also blocks "interferon-gamma-induced chemical processes".
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Flypast honours Spitfire maiden flight

Five Spitfires yesterday took off from Southampton International Airport - formerly Eastleigh airfield - to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Spit's maiden flight, the BBC reports.
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Couple microwave urine-filled fake penis

Here's a cautionary tale if you're a woman planning to use a fake penis filled with someone else's urine to pass a drugs test as part of a job application: don't take it to the local convenience store and ask the clerk to microwave it "so the urine inside would be body-temperature and fool those giving the drug test".
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Cybercrooks spur anti-virus market growth

The anti-virus market will grow to reach $7.49bn by 2012, according to market analyst Frost & Sullivan (F&S). Last year, the market was worth $3.27bn.
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Lords fights back on compulsory IDs

Tories in the House of Lords are hoping to throw out the Labour government's proposals for compulsory ID cards this afternoon - in part by pointing to Labour's manifesto commitments.
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China delays space walk for six months

China's planned space walk mission has been put back by six months and will not now take place until 2008.

Olympus E-500/EVOLT E-500 8mp digital SLR

Review The E-500, announced in September 2005, was the third E-series digital SLR from Olympus; the fourth, the E-330, was announced in January 2006. The E-500 offers eight megapixel resolution and employs a 'FourThirds' mount which can accommodate an increasing range of lenses...
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Orange puts the squeeze on customers

Orange is to overhaul its pay monthly tariffs and services as of 1 April.

No backdoor for Vista - MS

Microsoft developers have stepped forward to dismiss suggestions that the next versions of Windows might feature backdoor features to allow police access to encrypted files which might other be impossible to access.
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PathScale takes Infiniband cluster booster to Xeon

Networking start-up PathScale is escaping the shackles of the Opteron market with a new version of its Infiniband adapter that slots into Xeon-based servers.
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OK, RIM. How about that 'public interest' audit?

Opinion No one expects advertising to represent anything other than a glossy fantasy, but a TV campaign now running in the United States ought to win some kind of award for its disconnection with reality.

Cassatt calls for shift from Java manual to an automatic

Software start-up Cassatt has slotted a new Java software management product into its virtualization line. The Collage Web Automation Module (WAM) marks the company's attempt to give customers greater control over the performance of their Java applications, allowing them to cut down on the number of servers needed to run Java code.