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Don't wait for Apple - upgrade your Intel Mac

There's an upside to Apple's decision to use bog-standard PC chips. Mac owners don't have to wait for the aftermarket to produce custom boards to rev their machines. And they don't have to sit idling in front of roadblocks set up by Apple, either.
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Brocade copies HP and Veritas by buying NuView

Brocade Communications strayed from its switching roots on Monday, announcing the acquisition of software maker NuView. With the purchase, Brocade joins HP and Veritas as companies that have also acquired NuView over the years (more on that later).
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Borland's Delphi goodbye

Stob Stob And it came to pass that the Sons of Kahn, who dwelt in the valley of the Scotts, fell yet again upon interesting times. And their fortune did wax and wane, only with not so much of the wax. And they did bring forth a version of Delphi called '2005'. But the users of Delphi looked upon it with scorn, for it was a …
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Firms 'invisible' to online shoppers

Nearly half of small businesses could be missing out on their share of the growing online market due to poor knowledge of search engines.
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National gun database backfires

Further delays have plagued the project to create the National Firearms Licensing Management System (NFLMS).
Kablenet, 07 2006
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Cisco captures video surveillance firm

Networking giant Cisco has agreed to acquire video surveillance firm SyPixx Networks for $51m in cash and stock. SyPixx markets hardware and software technology that allows analogue video surveillance systems to plug into IP networks. The deal positions Cisco to offer video surveillance technology and enter the physical security market.
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China touts environmental benefits of plastic trees

China has sought to demonstrate its environmental credentials and play down US fears over its economic muscle by pointing out that without it, the traditional American Christmas just wouldn’t happen.
Joe Fay, 07 2006

No fault with over half consumer returns

Over half of electronic kit returned to stores is in full working order, a Dutch researcher has found. The report says the average US consumer gives a new toy 20 minutes to work out, then gives up.

Sony to ship blank Blu-ray Discs this month

Sony's blank-disc division will this month begin shipping rewriteable Blu-ray Discs in Europe. Recordable discs will appear in April, the company said. However, dual-layer versions will not surface until later in the year, it added.
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Council wins computer monitoring lawsuit

Harlow Council has won a High Court action brought against it by a former councillor who claimed that its monitoring of a laptop used by him was unlawful. Lib-Dem Councillor Matthew Shepherd sued after being criticised for allegedly downloading pornographic images.

ATI hires US XGI staffers

ATI hasn't acquired XGI, but it did say yesterday it has bought some of the Taiwanese graphics chip company's US-based staff. It also said it has snapped up Microsynergy, an XGI partner based in Shanghai.

BT gets on the FirstGroup bus

A BT-led consortium has signed a deal to provide bus and train operator FirstGroup with IT services. The £46.9m five year deal will make-over First's communications systems at its 700 UK and 300 North American sites.
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EU privacy experts slam email tracking services

Services that track whether an email has been opened will breach EU data protection laws unless the recipient has given unambiguous consent to the service, according to an opinion from the Article 29 EU Working Party on Data Protection.

Intel spills beans on UMPC

The products are coming on Thursday, 9 March, but Intel is already telling us how we're all going to be using its new ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) platform, now revealed to be "designed to access online media and content on the go".

ICM Computer refit will hit figures

ICM Computer Group said that earnings for the current year will take a hit as it refits a business continuity centre.
Joe Fay, 07 2006

Fujitsu sets eyes on HCI prize

Fujitsu-Seimens computers and Computacenter are launching a new portal for small and medium sized businesses to enable them to implement the government's Home Computing Initiative (HCI). The service will reduce costs by helping managers run HCI schemes online, apparently.
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Jamba puts a frog in Napster

Jamba, the Verisign-owned ringtone vendor, best known for its torturous Crazy Frog tune, is starting an all-you-can-eat download music service in Europe, similar to Napster.
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Five days closer to a Kazaa resolution ... or not?

Well, five days have passed and the appeal by the record companies and Kazaa has been heard. We await a judgment. In the meantime, here are some observations from the appeal.

LaCie Rugged 80GB portable hard drive

Exclusive Review LaCie was one of the first hard drive vendors to offer truly mobile products: compact external drives powered by the host computer so the only accessory you need is the connector cable. The down sides have always been a higher price than desktop, mains-powered parts, and usually lower capacities and speeds. But for many users - and not just notebook owners - the minimalism of mobile drives has proved compelling...

ATI unveils Mobility Radeon X1800, X1800 XT

ATI has just unveiled its new Mobility Radeon X1800 and X1800 XT notebook-oriented graphics chips, both fabbed at 90nm and incorporating more than 312m transistors, used to provided respectively 12 and 16 Shader Model 3.0 pixel shaders and eight vertex shaders.
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LearnDirect 'could do better'

The company established by the government to deliver e-learning is making some progress, but is still failing to reach groups with the lowest skills levels, according to MPs.
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Zombie PCs menace mankind

Cybercrooks are developing more sophisticated techniques to steal confidential data. According to the latest edition of Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report, malicious hackers are increasingly using bot-networks, modular malicious code and targeted attacks on web applications and web browsers to carry out cyber raids.
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Hearst Group calls the NetDoctor

Media mammoth Hearst Group is buying UK consumer health site NetDoctor. Since launching in 2000, NetDoctor has become the leading private UK site for information on topics such as diet, erectile dysfunction, and bladder weakness. It claims 2m readers a month.

Horizon delays results

Horizon Technology Group is knocking back its 2005 earnings announcement by a week. It will now spill the bean(counter)s on 16 March.
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Russian pensioner set to take bonk mags to the grave

A pensioner with a dicky ticker has made plans to be buried with his collection of top-shelf filth, Russian daily newspaper Utro has reported.
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MS denies helping Beijing nail cyberdissident

Microsoft has denied helping Chinese authorities obtain evidence against a local journalist charged with sending "subversive" emails from a Hotmail account. Li Yuanlong, 45, is accused of sending opinion pieces that "fabricated, distorted and exaggerated facts, incited to subvert the state and sought to overthrow the socialist system" under the pseudonyms "Night Wolf" or "Wolf Howling in the Night", and using MSN Hotmail accounts.
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Loch Ness monster actually circus elephant

The good burghers of Loch Ness and its environs will doubtless be delighted to learn that the legendary monster on which the region's entire economy is based was probably nothing more than a circus elephant taking a dip.

Citibank reissues cards after fraudulent withdrawals

Fraudulent cash withdrawls have prompted Citibank to re-issue an unspecified number of credit and debit cards. The bank has also blocked PIN-based transactions of Citi-branded MasterCard cards in the UK, Russia and Canada to protect customer accounts.
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'Fascist' ID database worries Lords

The House of Lords called upon the ancient liberties enshrined in British common law last night when it ping-ponged the ID Cards bill back to the House of Commons.
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Lala - a P2P NetFlix for swapping CDs

Exclusive A new Valley-based start up is updating the old idea of a swap meet for music fans. LaLa.com provides a site where you can find and trade legitimate CDs with other members. LaLa gives you a stack of cases and envelopes, and each CD you acquire from other members costs you $1, plus postage. That's as much, the company points out, as a single DRM-encumbered, low bitrate song from Apple's online music "store". And somewhat less than the price of a ringtone.
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Indians lament UK border controls

The British government's proposed immigration controls could restrict international trade, India's IT trade lobby has warned.
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AT&T 'overpaying' for BellSouth - S&P

Standard and Poor's has downgraded its rating of AT&T to 'sell', following the US telecom firm's proposed $67bn acquisition of BellSouth. The credit rating agency says the deal has its merits - but AT&T is paying too much.

Intel's new 'Core' could gore AMD

IDF Intel today worked hard to convince anyone who would listen that AMD's performance advantage has come to an end. A new processor architecture stretching across its mobile, desktop and server lines will deliver better overall performance and better performance per watt than AMD's rival products. And this performance edge is coming "sooner than you think."
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Intel puts on multi-core peep show

IDF Intel's main revelation of a new chip architecture stole the show on the first day of IDF. The chip beasty, however, did dish out a couple more tidbits that will interest the enterprise crowd.