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Blu-ray another Betamax - MS Xbox exec

The Xbox 360 will be able to play HD DVD movies, Microsoft's European console business chief, Chris Lewis, has apparently confirmed. "It will give people access to HD DVD," said this week.

Toshiba tweaks Gigabeat P players

Toshiba has updated its Nano-esque Gigabeat P digital music player family, adding an tweaked FM radio, a choice of three new colours and a fancy new face to the player's clock application.
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Oracle CEO gets strategic with Red Hat name calling

Analysis Red Hat chief executive Matthew Szulik has written an open letter to Larry Ellison, essentially accusing Oracle of being a relic of a dying enterprise software age, which has served its own interests rather than those of customers for 30 years.

Something might happen at Sun some day - WSJ

Who says the blockbuster exclusive is dead? With rumors of Scott McNealy taking up a back seat at Sun Microsystems once again making the rounds, the Wall Street Journal armed and dispatched two reporters onto the battlefield.
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Subversion on Demand

Selling open source software is a bit of a problem, Bas Nijjer of CollabNet UK has just told me. Seems this guy comes up to him at a show and says: “So, you’re selling Subversion…” “No, not exactly,” Bas replies, “it’s open source…”
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Sun streaks ahead in open source DRM and CAS

We can see from last week's story on Sun Microsystems DReaM DRM that it is rapidly honing in on a future open source DRM market, with a completely new vision of how DRM should work, and it's running at least six months ahead of schedule by our reckoning.
Faultline, 21 2006
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US consumers pump up Nokia profits

Nokia, the world’s biggest mobile phone maker, announced stronger than expected results for Q1 yesterday.
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'Free' txts a go go

Hotxt, a flat-fee SMS service backed by Dragon's Den entrepreneur Doug Richard, has a rival.
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Newcastle strikes schools IT deal

Newcastle City Council has set up a service organisation to run the provision of IT for some of its schools.
Kablenet, 21 2006
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Climate change outlook clarified

A new dataset revealed today bolsters the scientific consensus on the effect of greenhouse gas emissions.

Seagate readies 750GB desktop hard drive

Seagate is on the verge of announcing a 3.5in desktop hard drive with a capacity of 750GB - increasing the Barracuda 7200.10 line's maximum storage space by 50 per cent. Seagate hasn't formally announced the 750GB model, but it is already beginning to appear on the company's marketing material.

Japan offered micro Mac Mini rival

Japanese consumers will be able to buy one of the world's smallest PCs next month when local vendor Third Wave ships what it calls the Prime Super Mini - a desktop machine smaller than a 12in notebook computer.
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Microsoft and Autodesk infringed patents, jury rules

An entrepreneur has been awarded $133m by a jury in a Texas courtroom after winning his claim that two of his anti-piracy software patents were infringed by Microsoft's Office and Windows XP, and Autodesk's AutoCAD programs.

IO Data preps pricey Blu-ray Disc writers

Storage specialist IO Data has said it will ship internal and external Blu-ray Disc writers in just over a month's time. The company said it will launch the two products in Japan and the US simultaneously.
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PC market continues solid growth

Quarterly figures show global shipments of PCs rose nearly 13 per cent with Dell still leading the way among PC vendors.

Sapphire renames water-cooled graphics card

Sapphire is to rename its water-cooled ATI Radeon X1900 XTX-based video cards. Out goes the 'Blizzard' moniker, replaced by the less appropriate 'Toxic', the graphics card company announced this week. Britney Spears may like it, we guess...

Mobile phone shipments to hit 1bn in 2006

The number of mobile phones shipped worldwide rose by 31 per cent during the first quarter of 2006, according to new figures.
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Enterprise software vendors jump on the Express bandwagon

Two out of four ain't bad. So far, out of the big hitters in the enterprise management space, IBM and BMC have announced 'Express' versions of their products.

RCA HD DVD player due 18 May

The US' second HD DVD player looks set to be a machine from RCA. According to Wal-Mart's website, RCA's HDV500 machine will ship on 18 May, almost a month after Toshiba's HD-A1 and HD-XA1 players launched in the States.
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US sees record jump in e-ad revenues

Online ad revenues in the US jumped 30 per cent in 2005 as spending on online advertising continued to grow at a "healthy rate".

Panasonic to ship Blu-ray writer in June

A Panasonic internal Blu-Ray Disc writer will ship in June, the electronics giant has said, but like the similarly spec'd models announced by IO Data, the LF-MB121JD isn't going to come cheap.
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BOFH: Interview with a CEO

Episode 15 It's late at night and I'm in the CEO's office rifling through his correspondence for evidence of the much-rumoured budget cuts in IT. Apparently, the powers that be have decided that the IT spend isn't reducing as fast as the board would like, so they're just going to hack out a major part of the annual budget and see how we cope with the pain. Or so the document says...

Netgear Wi-Fi Skype phone to ship June?

Netgear's answer to Linksys' CIT200 Skype phone is due to go on sale in two months' time, according to the online supplier the company has chosen to handle pre-orders for the product. Amazon.com's website has the $250 handset down to ship on 30 June.

China poised to pinch US spam crown

China is closing in on the USA at the top of a league of spam relaying countries. According to statistics from security firm Sophos, compiled in the first three months of 2006, China (including Hong Kong) originated 21.9 per cent of the junk mail messages captured in its spam traps compared to 23.1 per cent for the US.
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Rivals want to invest in Australia's broadband network

Some of Australia's top telecoms companies want to club together with incumbent Telstra to invest in upgrading the nation's broadband network.

HTC 'Star Trek' to lift off on 10 May

HTC's 'Star Trek' handset - the Taiwanese smart-phone maker's answer to Motorola's Razr - will ship in the UK on Wednesday, 10 May, as the Qtek 8500. At least, that's what UK supplier Expansys' website says, which is offering the phone on pre-order for £360.

Dimension Data share deal

R&V Technology Holdings Limited has cashed in chips worth 12.3 per cent of Dimension Data.
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Probe reveals three ages of Mars

Europe's Mars Express probe has revealed new insights into the history of water on the Red Planet. The work is key to understanding the likelihood of there having been life on Mars.
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419ers one digit short of a conspiracy theory

Our illuminating piece yesterday on the figure 420 stirred a certain feeling of unease among some Reg hacks who noticed a chilling sequential relationship between this new number of the beast and Nigeria's favourite numeral: 419.
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Scots founded first cybercafe in 1751

We have no doubt that there are those among you from the UK and the US who can bang on until the cows come home as to who exactly opened the world's first cybercafe, but we're about to put an end to this debate once and for all:

HP Compaq nx6125 biometric laptop

Review With IBM gone from the business notebook market, the old ThinkPad cachet is changing, and this seem to be an opportunity HP is trying to cash in on with its Compaq nx6125 range of ThinkPad look alikes. But it's only at first glance that the nx6125 could be mistaken for a ThinkPad - there are some major differences. The most obvious one is the AMD Turion 64 sticker, a first on an HP business laptop and not something you'd have found in a ThinkPad...
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German court rules moderators liable for forum comments

A Hamburg court has ruled that moderators of internet forums are liable for content posted on their sites.
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Testing assumptions and the big stack

Like a number of other major vendors, Oracle is now positioning itself to offer enterprises as much of the infrastructure 'stack' of technology and services as possible.
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Adult film industry trials burnable content

NSFW A leading US provider of hard-core porn plans to sell downloadable films that customers can turn into DVDs and watch on their TVs. Vivid reckons the approach will increase online sales by attracting punters who'd rather knock one off while watching TV rather than staring at a computer screen.
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Switching LLU ISPs to be made easier

A new system is due to be introduced by the end of June that should make it easier for broadband users to switch providers.
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Virus writers get into cyber-extortion

Incidence of cyber-blackmail attempts rose during the first three months of this year. Malicious hackers are moving away from 'stealth use' of infected computers - stealing personal data, using infected computers as part of zombie networks - to direct blackmailing of victims, according to a new report from Kaspersky Lab.
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Readers battle botnets for control of planet Earth

Letters The focus of today's letters is botnets: the threat they represent to the future happiness of our children, and how they can, and must, be stopped. The following pretty well represents a cross section of opinion on the matter, starting with your thoughts on the cunning "let's block port 25" plan:
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Trekkies to enjoy 11th Star Trek film

The Star Trek franchise will get a shot in the arm following last year's cancellation of spin-off TV series Enterprise with an eleventh cinema outing for the Starfleet chaps and chappesses.

IBM boffins develop new, stronger name for x86 servers

IBM has done some spring cleaning with its x86 servers. It has rolled out a new brand for the servers, officially given Itanium the boot and welcomed Opteron to its core product line.
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What the hell has happened to you cretinous journalists?

FoTW We do like a good flame down here at Vulture Central - especially when it fulfils all of the criteria for a classic. This one, we have to say, has it in spades:
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CASE becomes ALM and consolidates

Comment Ever since Rational got three development automation gurus in the same room to agree on UML (Unified Modelling Language) and put an end to those pointless arguments about what shape the boxes in an analysis/design model should be, what used to be called CASE (Computer Aided Software Engineering) has been on a bit of a roll.

Vendors left waiting on ID scheme details

Just three weeks after overcoming opposition to ID cards in the House of Lords, the Home Office has already published a "10 year plan" for implementing the scheme.
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Your Nokia phone catches the dog raiding the dustbin

You leave your Nokia smartphone casually lying somewhere - like, watching the unattended dinner on the table - and when you suspect the culprit is there, you send a text to the phone. And it takes a picture!

IP telephony goes mainstream

Small and medium sized enterprises are warming to hosted IP telephony services. Frost & Sullivan (F&S) reports that the North American enterprise IP Telephony end point market hit revenues of $822.8m last year. It estimates that revenues will reach $2.44bn in 2012.

Start-up could kick Opteron into overdrive

Exclusive The 2002 film Death to Smoochy reminds us that "friends come in all sizes." AMD executives must embrace this observation on a daily basis, especially when a company such as DRC Computer appears.
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People more drunk at weekends, researchers discover

It's open season on Wikipedia these days. The project's culture of hatred for experts and expertise has become the subject of widespread ridicule. Nick Carr christened it "the cult of the amateur".