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UK SMEs clueless about VoIP

Three quarters of managers in UK small businesses (SMEs) haven't the foggiest idea about VoIP, according to research from internet telephony outfit Inclarity.
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IDC forecasts internet video surge

The US is on the verge of a boom in internet video services, fuelled by an increase in the amount of premium content made available online, according to a new report from IDC. The analysts predict that the services will generate over $1.7bn in revenue by 2010.
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Info commissioner issues guidance on database trading

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published a guidance note advising businesses on how to comply with the Data Protection Act when buying and selling databases containing customers' confidential information.
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Anticipation grows for Carphone 'free' broadband offer

The Carphone Warehouse is expected to confirm plans to offer cut price broadband when it publishes its trading update tomorrow.
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Google buys Orion algorithm

Google has bought an algorithm from an Israeli student studying in Australia.
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Uranus has a dusty blue ring

Scientists have found that a new ring of debris found orbiting Uranus is blue. The ring has a small moon in it called Mab, thought to be the source of the particles, and is “strikingly similar” to Saturn's outer ring.

AMD raises Athlon 64 prices

AMD appears to be playing down the availability of its Opteron 1xx series, at least for now. The chip maker today unveiled Opteron price adjustments which relegate the 1xx CPUs' presence on its public price list to mere 'call for details' status.
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Council website usage on the up

A survey of local authority websites across the UK shows that for 2005, visits rose by 40 per cent compared with the same period the previous year.
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Telstra sale decided this month

Australia is to decide later this month whether or not to sell its remaining stake in national telco Telstra.

iMac boots Windows Vista, survives to tell tale

Windows Vista has been booted on an iMac, according to a poster on the OSx86 Project forum yesterday. Previous attempts to install and run Vista - currently available in pre-release form - have been unsuccessful.
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Publican receives £600k BT phone bill

BT claims human error was to blame after a publican from West Sussex received a phone bill for an eye-watering £616,776.
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Ex-Gizmondo exec arrested in California

Malibu police arrested former Gizmondo executive Stefan Eriksson this weekend almost two months after his $1m red Ferrari Enzo was totalled in a smash on the Pacific Coast Highway. Two other sportscars, including a second black Enzo, were taken from his home and impounded.
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BT inks rock concert TV deal

BT isn't due to unveil its much hyped TV service until autumn, but it's still managing to string out a series of announcements about content deals. Still, it beats contemplating what might happen if Carphone really does kick off a broadband price war.

O2 unveils Wi-Fi smart phone

UK mobile phone network O2 has formally launched its XDA IQ smart phone, as exclusively revealed by Reg Hardware last month. The IQ incorporates a quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS radio with EDGE support. The phone also has Bluetooth 1.2 and 802.11b Wi-Fi wireless connectivity on board.
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Heads spy on teachers

Teachers are preparing to protest against surveillance cameras and microphones that are being installed in classrooms across the UK.
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Nintendo vs Sony

Who exactly is winning the handheld wars? Sony says it is, and Nintendo says it is. Sony says the PSP is selling faster, from launch, than the PSOne or PS2. The PSP is selling neck-and-neck in the US and Europe with Nintendo's DS. In Japan, however, the DS is clearly trouncing the PSP. Whatever the reality is of who is edging out who, Sony's learning some tough lessons in the handheld market. For the first time in a while it isn't a clear market leader. And, worse, not only are the fanboys not with Sony, but key software corporations aren't either.

ATI SB600 South Bridge to debut in May

ATI will unveil its long-awaited SB600 South Bridge chip next month, a senior company executive has revealed. The product is set to help the company limit its dependency on its South Bridge-chip partner ULi, now owned by ATI's arch-rival, Nvidia.
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Science lines creationism up for a chinning

Tomorrow evening sees a high-profile counter-punch by the Royal Society against creationists. Leading genetics professor Steve Jones will deliver an unambiguous defence of Darwin's theory, “Why Creationism is Wrong and Evolution is Right” at the learned society's London HQ.
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Sudoku used as bait for adware download

It's common practice for hackers to attempt to trick users into visiting maliciously constructed websites by offering either warez or smut. These pages are designed to exploit various software vulnerabilities in order to install malware onto victims' machines.
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Her Maj sent first email in 1976

The Queen sent her first email in 1976, Her Maj's official website has revealed.

Transmeta begins second year working for Sony

Transmeta is once again working for Sony and Microsoft. The processor power-reduction technology specialist said it would once again provide design and engineering services to Sony, which licensed Transmeta's LongRun 2 anti-leakage process in January 2005, leading to a two-year services deal being signed in March 2005.
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Faults system blamed for Wanadoo LLU woes

Wanadoo UK's faults system is being blamed for leaving some of its customers without broadband for weeks on end. The ISP is currently moving thousands of users to its local loop unbundling (LLU) network, but it admits some migrations are not going ahead as planned.

Horizon buys SAP house

Horizon Technology has bought fellow Irish outfit Enterprise Process Consulting (EPC), a SAP consulting firm.
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Granny floors intruder with TV karate moves

We've said it before and we'll say it again: what on Earth is happening to the world's pensioners? Time was, your dear old grandpa would be sitting in a fireside chair, dispensing wisdom and Werther's Originals in equal measure while wrapped in a tartan travelling rug, faithful Labrador asleep at his beslippered feet.
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MoD opens doors on counter-terrorism lab

The UK government has opened the doors on its new Counter-Terrorism Science and Technology Centre. The MOD said it would provide a “one-stop shop” for technical responses to attacks.
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Red Hat buys JBoss

Linux distributor Red Hat has bought open source middleware firm JBoss for $350m.

Orange SPV M600 PDA phone

Review I’m going to go out on a limb here: the SPV M600 from Orange is the best Windows Mobile smart phone I have ever used. It’s not perfect - that would be an overstatement - but if you’re after a smart phone with PDA functionality, the SPV M600 is the one to get. It’s way ahead of Orange's SPV M500 when it comes to functionality, and the upgrade to Windows Mobile 5 has made a huge improvement too...
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Terminator 4 is go - with or without Arnie

The producer of Terminator 4 - slated to begin production in Australia next year - has said the project will certainly go ahead, whether Arnold Schwarzenegger can make a cameo appearance or not.
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Hidden warranties in open source software

Companies using open source software may have more rights than they think. Distributors rarely include warranties in open source licences - but English law might decide otherwise, according to a technology lawyer in Leeds.
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Air France says 'oui' to in-flight text messaging

Air France is to allow passengers to use their mobile phones once airborne on certain flights, though only for text messaging and data applications, the airline announced last week - voice calls will be interdit for the time being.
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Man clobbered with £126 trillion phone bill

Publican Jack Harding got the shock of his life when he received his monthly phone bill from BT demanding more than £616,000.
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HSBC joins Morse's mobile ATM network

Consulting, technology and support company Morse has told the Stock Exchange that HSBC and First Direct are the first banks to join the firm's mobile ATM network MoniLink.
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Band hope ringtone will get them to Number One

Mobile music might mean irritating ringtones to you, but an Italian band is hoping a deal with mobile network 3 will be enough to get them into the charts.

Logitech unrolls cylindrical iPod-friendly speaker unit

Logitech will next month fill out its iPod-oriented portable speaker line-up with a mid-range set designed to provide up to ten hours' playing time using four AA batteries, though it's bundled with an AC adaptor for on-shelf playback too.
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Databases in academia

Last week I was at Cambridge, learning what Henslow taught Darwin (Kohn, Murrell, Parker and Whitehorn, Nature, vol. 436, 4 August 2005, p643 – available online if you subscribe/register).
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CSC UK bodycount to hit 1200

Following Computer Science Corporations's (CSC) announcement last week that it would be slashing 5,000 jobs, mainly in Europe, a Reg reader has forwarded us a company email that went round on Friday.
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Fear sells. Read the report

Infosec blog The Infosecurity Europe show is almost upon us again. I've personally attended the show every year since 1997, man and boy, making this year's event my tenth attendance.

IBM bakes security into chips

In brief IBM has developed a technology - dubbed Secure Blue - that's designed to increase the security of consumer products, medical devices, defence systems and digital media. The technology protects the confidentiality and integrity of data on a device using encryption. IBM plans to license the technology, which is optimised for low-cost, relatively low performance electronic devices such as mobile phones and PDAs as well as helping to manufacture devices featuring the technology on behalf of clients.
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'Red Hat wraps Linux in sh*t,' says new exec

With the sale of his company JBoss to Red Hat, Marc Fleury will be going to work for an open source pretender that has never done much in the way of innovation. Or, at least that's what Fleury used to think.