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Microsoft promises bright, complex virtualization future

Microsoft appears to have done the improbable and pushed forward the release of its revamped server virtualization software.

AMD Socket AM2, Athlon 64 FX-62

Review Today, AMD is launching two major new products: its Socket AM2 interconnect and a faster Athlon 64 FX to go with it. A little bit later on today we'll see Nvidia's new nForce 500 series of chipsets, but let's start with AMD, as this is really its day and not Nvidia's - no matter how important a partner it is. Besides, Nvidia's new toys have a later NDA, ahem. For AMD, the year's biggest open secret has become official: it's supporting DDR 2 SDRAM...
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Seagate to lay off 6,000 workers

Seagate is now the proud owner of Maxtor, but it doesn't expect to have brought the two hard disk drive operations together until next year. In the meantime, it will rid itself of half of Maxtor's worldwide workforce of 12,000 employees.

AMD extends Athlon 64 CPU lines

AMD has launched its Socket AM2 desktop processors, among them the forecast Athlon 64 X2 5000+ and the X2 4000+ clocked at 2.6GHz and 2.0GHz, respectively, and priced at $696 and $328. It also introduced the $1,031, 2.8GHz Athlon 64 FX-62, and the $343, 2.4GHz Athlon 64 400+.
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Thirty seven build runs later...

Imagine Cup It occurred to us that we should put more technology related stuff in our Reg Developer blogs, after all that's what really interests us and probably what interests you too.
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HP sweeties for pet partners

HP has announced a sweetener for some of its most favoured resellers across Europe with some rejigging of its partner programme.
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Sky vs Telewest HD showdown

Tech Digest Yesterday I took delivery of my Sky HD box and naturally spent the rest of the day watching Star Wars Revenge of the Sith (it is better in HD honest) and animals mauling each other on the National Geographic HD channel.
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Microsoft loses South Korea appeal

The South Korean Fair Trade Commission has rejected Microsoft's objection to last year's ruling that it is guilty of anti-competitive behaviour.

Intel ships dual-core Xeon DP 5000 series

Updated Intel has begun shipping 'Dempsey', its Xeon DP 5000 series of dual-core server processors equipped with 4MB of cache and sporting Intel's new LGA-771 interconnect. The processors were first shown in public almost a year ago and come a month before the next-generation architecture Xeon - aka 'Woodcrest' - is due to launch.
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Scottish nationalists on privacy rap

The Information Commissioner has given the Scottish National Party (SNP) an official reprimand for using Sir Sean Connery to violate the privacy of its constituents with a plea for their votes in the 2005 general election.

Samsung to sell PCs with Flash drives next month

Samsung will early next month ship the first notebook PC and the first ultra-mobile PC fitted with 32GB of solid-state NAND Flash storage instead of a regular hard disk drive, the company announced today.
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Tech companies fingered by SEC share option probe

Juniper Networks and Openwave Systems have said they have been contacted by regulators investigating alleged abuse of share options back in the heady days of dotcom lunacy.

Sage smashes into China

Acquisition addict Sage has made clear its intentions in the far east with a brace of purchases. It now owns a £7m majority shareholding in top Malaysian SME software vendor UBS, and has snaffled a Chinese distributor for an undisclosed sum.

Administrators go in at Supanet

Administrators have been called in to Burnley-based ISP Supanet Ltd.

VIA touts own chipsets' Socket AM2 suitability

VIA pipped Nvidia to the post today by announcing the first chipsets to support AMD's Socket AM2 platform, though most motherboards launched today appear to be based on the as-yet-unannounced - officially anyway - Nvidia nForce 500 series.
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Chinese media culls undesirable characters

Foreign students of Chinese will be relieved to learn that an understanding of most of the content of the country's media will require a working knowledge of just 900 characters out of the roughly 50,000 individual pictographs available, Reuters reports.
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BSA urges government to fight software pirates

More than a quarter (27 per cent) of PC software used in the UK is illegal, according to a survey by the Business Software Alliance (BSA). The latest edition of the industry organisation's Global Piracy Study shows the rate of illegal software in Britain is unchanged from 2004.

Sony 'unlikely' to offer 20GB PS3 in UK

British buyers may only be offered the 60GB version of Sony's PlayStation 3, a senior company official has suggested. If so, the comments from the head of Sony Computer Entertainment's UK operation, Ray Maguire, appear to confirm speculation that the 20GB PS3 will not be released here officially.

Nvidia delays GeForce 7950 GX2 debut?

Nvidia is not unveiling its anticipated GeForce 7950 GX2 graphics chip until early June and the start of the Computex trade show in Taipei, an online report citing communications made by the GPU company to its distributors has claimed.

Judge approves Sony rootkit settlement

Federal courts have decided the penalty Sony BMG must suffer for exposing thousands of music fans' computers to hackers with dodgy DRM software last year. District court judge Naomi Reice Buchwald granted final approval for a settlement yesterday.

Intel inks out India PC plans

Paul Otellini, president and CEO of Intel, used a visit to India to add details to the firm's plan to sell a lower priced PC in the country.
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Execs back $2.4bn Eircom buy-out

The former head of BT's giant retail business in the UK is set to take a top job at Eircom after the Irish incumbent announced today that it is backing a $2.4bn (£1.64bn) bid for the business.
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Phones4u wins passing off appeal against phone4u

An online seller of mobile phones did not infringe the trademark of John Caudwell's Phones4u chain when it used the domain name phone4u.co.uk, according to the Court of Appeal. But Friday's judgment concluded that there was passing off.

US veterans' data exposed after burglary

A PC containing the personal details of as many as 26.5m US veterans has been stolen from the home of a worker at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), sparking a major security alert.

ATI unveils SB600 South Bridge

ATI has announced its anticipated South Bridge chip, the SB600, the chipset component designed to limit the company's dependence on ULi, the chip maker now owned by ATI's arch-rival, Nvidia.

Nvidia nForce 500 Socket AM2 chipset series

Preview Earlier today, AMD launched a range of new processors based on its Socket AM2 processor interconnect. Nvidia has launched a range of new chipsets to go with AMD's Socket AM2 CPUs and it's an impressive line-up. So far there has been no news about any new chipsets from ATI, although the RD580 chipset is already prepared for the AM2 platform...
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EMI profits up on iPod factor

EMI is crediting downloads for a 13 per cent increase in profits despite falling sales of physical products.
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Scientists build caramel-powered margarine-making fuel cell

Scientists from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have found that waste from confectionery production could be used to produce useful amounts of hydrogen for electricity generation. The feasibility study used sugar-rich waste from a Cadbury's factory to power a fuel cell.
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ATI provides pointer to Intel's 'Allendale'

ATI has confirmed that Intel is preparing a processor codenamed 'Allendale' in the 'Conroe' timeframe, though its reference, tucked into a description of its SB600 South Bridge, to the new chip provides no clue as to the part's features.
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Staff at 4uBusiness 'leaving in droves'

Staff at 4uBusiness have been warned they face job losses following a decision to merge the business with Phones4u, both of which are owned by telecoms entrepreneur John Caudwell.
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World's most expensive mobile number is 666 6666

The world's most expensive phone number was auctioned for charity yesterday in Qatar.

PGP creator offers VoIP crypto to Windows users

Philip Zimmermann, best known as the developer of the Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) encryption algorithm, has released a new public beta of a software package designed to encrypt VoIP calls.
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JavaCC: Don't talk back

In many cases, with the advent of XML, if data must be exchanged, or information read, a simple solution is to mark that document up using XML and then parse it using an XML parser.
John Hunt, 23 2006
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Vodafone gives corporate merry go-round a spin

Vodafone is to fiddle with its top brass this summer. Paul Hazen, the firm's deputy chairman and top non-executive member of the board will retire to be replaced by a promoted John Buchanan.

HP renews Xeon server charge

HP has welcomed Intel's new dual-core server chips with open arms. The company today refreshed the Xeon portion of its ProLiant server line by adding the latest processors from Intel and a host of other advances that give customers more storage and management options.
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Kazaa's P2P libel suit threatens to mute Canadians

Valley Justice A fresh lawsuit making its way through Canadian courts threatens to result in severe restrictions being placed on what internet users can post to message boards. It just might enhance corporate abilities to strong-arm ISPs and authors, too.
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Lean, mean Intel hands out race cars to the press

Intel claims to be all about fat trimming these days. So why the heck is it sending race cars to reporters?
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The Novelist vs The Futurologist

Competition Little has been heard of new economy prophet Kevin Kelly in the more recent era of hedge funds and the Enron trial. The world doesn't seem to be as receptive to futurists as it was in the 1990s, and here's an instructional tale why. Budding futurologists take note: the story contains one very important mistake you must never, ever repeat.