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Freeview will push UK DVRs as Playback devices

The UK has had its TV services changed forever by the early introduction of a 30 channel digital terrestrial service called Freeview, which has driven over eight million customers in two and a half years, and now that service will come out with a Digital Video Recorder specification using the Freeview Playback brand.
Faultline, 26 2006
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Italy to get mobile TV in time for World Cup

This week, Silvio Berlusconi's Italian broadcasting empire Mediaset and Europa TV finalised their agreement, set at the end of last year, to sell broadcasting infrastructure and spectrum for the Mediaset imminent launch of a DVB-H network.
Faultline, 26 2006
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BEA to go organic on SOA tools

After a string of middleware and tools acquisitions, BEA Systems expects to build its own SOA composition environment for the fledgling AquaLogic product line.
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The myths and legends of the holy land of the database

The database world has more myths and legends than the court of King Arthur. The current myths tend to be less about dragons and dungeons and more about features and performance, such as:
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Microsoft Identity workshop

I've just been at a Microsoft Identity Workshop - Exploring Digital Identity. It was a good rough and tumble session, with a lot of the (pretty well-informed) attendees asking some searching questions.
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Red Hat leans on JBoss for middleware

Red Hat is to junk its application server in favour of a competing offering from its latest acquisition, JBoss.
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Berners-Lee applies Web 2.0 to improve accessibility

Accessibility seminars often begin with a quote by Tim Berners-Lee: "The power of the web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect." It's an old quote, but the web's inventor offered fresh ideas yesterday.

Intel to push Core 2 CPUs across the board

Intel's upcoming 'Conroe'-based Extreme Edition Core 2 Duo processor will ship with the model number X6800, it has emerged, courtesy of the latest roadmap leak from the chip giant. And it will be pushing the Core 2 series at the same price as current Pentium processors.
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z9 BC: A mainframe for the mid tier

IBM recently announced details of the IBM System z9 BC. The new platform is designed with all of the key characteristics with which the mainframe is deservedly associated: namely reliability, security, availability, and flexible virtualisation.
Tony Lock, 26 2006
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SOCA saves UK high-tech crime unit - offline

Concerns that the work of the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) could be lost in the transfer process to SOCA, the newly formed Serious Organised Crime Agency, are clearly misplaced, if an answer to a Parliamentary question earlier this week is to be believed.
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So there is 'community'

One of the strong undercurrents to be heard at the recent JavaOne conference in San Francisco is to be broadly welcomed. It hinged around the use of the word `community’.
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For you, Tommy, ze warez is over

Letters Filesharers beware: the German authorities this week kicked in a few doors as part of the ongoing war against the illegal dissemination of music. For you, Tommy, ze warez is over:

Dell launches XPS 700 gaming rig in UK

Dell has begun offering its new gaming-oriented PC design to European buyers, branding the machine the XPS 700 and equipping it with a top-end Pentium Extreme Edition processor and a pair of Nvidia GeForce 7900 GS SLI graphics cards.
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BOFH: Blast from the past

Episode 18 Episode 18 "That's...odd..." the PFY says early one morning, looking at his screen distractedly. "What's odd?" I ask, coming to the point quickly so that I can get back to recounting the story about myself, some raspberry vodka and a handful of female reps from an anti-virus show booth... "The Financials Database - it's just …

Danger Hiptop 3 pic pops up on web

No one knows the spec - well, anyone who does isn't saying - but pictures of Danger's eagerly anticipated Hiptop 3, more likely to ship as the T-Mobile Sidekick III, are slowly starting to appear.
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Do our ears grow longer with age?

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Do we still remove the appendix as often as we used to?

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HD DVD to incorporate region-coding restrictions

HD DVD is to get region coding after all, if the DVD Forum, the industry organisation that maintains the DVD format, has its way. This week, the Forum decided to put in place a team to create a region-coding scheme for the next-generation optical disc technology.
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Dell Googles itself

Dell broke the heart of another long time amour this week, ditching Microsoft in favour of Google as the pre-installed search engine on its machines.
Joe Fay, 26 2006
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Cambodia bans 3G phones

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has responded to a complaint from his wife that she'd received pornography on her 3G mobile in a manner befitting his Khmer Rouge past - by banning the technology altogether.

3M Laptop Privacy anti-peek filter

Review Mac owners peeved that Apple has only just introduced glossy notebook displays - products the rest of the laptop industry have long since adopted - have a saviour, of sorts, in the Post-it company 3M. So too do notebook users fed up of folk peering over their shoulders to sneak a peek at their screens. 3M has solved both problems with a new line of LCD privacy filters...
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Mobiles now the target for developers

When it comes to targeting the highest of high volume applications markets, developers have now only one place to look, according to Rob Shaddock, corporate vice president and chief technology officer of Motorola. That place is the mobile phone and its growing range of expanded derivatives.
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Network equipment - get surveyed, win 60Gb iPod Video!

Reader survey We're running a special survey this week for all those of you who like to get down and dirty with network equipment and would also like the chance to win a 60Gb iPod Video: the "Network Equipment 60Gb iPod Video Prize Draw Survey", as we've rather brilliantly decided to call it.
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Invisibility cloak moves a step closer

After generations of being effectively invisible to the opposite sex, physicists have finally laid down blueprints for a functioning invisibility cloak. Light or other electromagnetic radiation could be bent around objects covered in exotic materials, making it appear as though they aren't there, a team reports in Science Express.

LG touts 4x Blu-ray Disc recorder

LG has announced what may be the world's first Blu-ray Disc recorder to run at 4x speeds. The catch: it doesn't support dual-layer, 50GB media, only single-layer, 25GB discs.
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Ofcom chief exec to quit

Comment Stephen Carter is to stand down as chief exec of Ofcom after more than three years in the job.
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Viewers 'confused' by HDTV

TV viewers are confused about high definition TV (HDTV) with one in five not realising they need to buy an HD ready TV set to receive the crystal clear pictures.
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eBayer driven to edge by email quippery

It's a simple enough prospect: you've got a second-hand silver Ford Galaxy Ghia automatic you want to offload, so where better to get rid of it than on eBay? Here's the plan - set up auction, post nice pictures, include full details and wait for the bids to roll in.
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World Cup and 24 in red button face-off

Geek TV What's bigger than Tom Cruise's ego and scarier than Gillian McKeith on X Factor: Battle of the Stars? Your Summer 2006 TV To-Do list.
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Symantec coughs to security hole in its AV software

Symantec disclosed this week that researchers have discovered a software vulnerability that could allow hackers to take remote control of a PC and that it is working to verify the hole and provide a patch.
Joe Fay, 26 2006
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Web 2.0 opens can of worms for Cork

American technical publishers O'Reilly Media has formally requested Irish non-profit group IT@Cork not to call an upcoming discussion "Web 2.0".
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Bichard reports widespread errors in Police data

Almost half of all police forces that have have been audited by the police database team of HM Inspectorate of Constabulary have been pulled up for duff data management, said the third report of the Bichard enquiry yesterday.