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Seagate amazed by its own regulatory compliance

Seagate was pleasantly surprised at how easily its $1.9bn swallowing of Maxtor last year passed regulatory muster.

Sony unveils 'no compromise' sub-notebook

Sony today introduced its latest attempt to make European computer buyers fall in love with sub-notebooks, pitching its 11.1in widescreen Vaio TX3 series of machines as no-compromise ultra-portable PCs.

Rain, missiles and high def TVs

SEK2006 The opening of the 20th SEK conference in Seoul, South Korea, was slightly upstaged by the early arrival of the monsoon season - well, that and the imminent missile tests in North Korea. But at least the rain should keep the rocket on its launch pad.
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Phishing with Rachna Dhamija

Interview Federico Biancuzzi interviews Rachna Dhamija, co-author of the paper "Why Phishing Works" and creator of Dynamic Security Skins. They discuss the human factor, how easy it is to recreate a credible browser window made with images, some new anti-phishing features included in the upcoming version of some popular browsers, and the power of letting a user personalise his interface.

DSGi to flog The Link to O2

DSG International - Dixons to you and me - has confirmed that it is to flog its majority stake in The Link to joint venture partner O2 for around £30m.
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OGCbs strikes IT agreements

OGCbuying.solutions has launched a new framework for IT goods and services.
Kablenet, 21 2006

Sun announces its latest NAS solution

Comment Sun Microsystems has announced the Sun StorageTek 5320 NAS Appliance, the first NAS solution based on the AMD Opteron processor model 252.

Matrox ships four-panel display card

Matrox has begun shipping its four-screen graphics adaptor. The part is pitched at back-to-basics PCs that act as display and input terminals for apps running on a server. It expects the device to appeal to trading rooms and other financial institutions that favour multi-screen rigs.

Creative unveils Zen V Plus

Creative will launch its latest iPod Nano rival in August, the music player maker announced today. It touted the new Flash-based gadget's "funky" black-heavy colour schemes and its 1.5in, 128 x 128 colour OLED screen, ready to display album art, photos and videos.

Ballmer's right hand man waves goodbye to Microsoft

The executive who coordinated Microsoft's anti-Linux campaign has quit the company less than three months after moving to a position revamping MSN's marketing.

Linux kernel goes Niagara

The open source community has rallied to Sun Microsystems' Niagara flag by releasing an updated Linux kernel supporting Niagara.

Mio extends GPS sat nav line-up

Mio today followed up last week's launch of its C210 budget-priced in-car sat nav system with a pair of more sophisticated models, the C510E and C710, both of which will ship with maps for 24 European countries.

Unauthorised apps bigger threat than malware

Mozilla's Firefox 1.0.7 has taken top spot in a list of vulnerable applications likely to be lurking in corporate IT systems released by Bit9.

Asus readies remote-control phone

Asus this week unveiled its latest mobile phones, including a slimline slider that doubles up as a remote control unit. Operating by Bluetooth, the J208 is pitched at business folk, who can use the handset to control presentations and slideshows.
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Dutch MP3 ruling hit by conflict of interest claims

The impartiality of two of the judges who ruled that Dutch website Mp3search.nl broke the law by posting links to copyrighted files has been called into question.
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T-Mobile HSDPA links to go live in August

T-Mobile UK's 'super 3G' high-speed download service will go live on 1 August, the carrier said today. And it pledged to triple the network's performance next year ahead of hitting a whopping 20Mbps by 2011.
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Notes from Seoul

SEK2006 Arriving in a country you've never visited is almost certain to provide some surprises. But Korea surprised me before I'd left Heathrow.
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HP speeds up reorg, scraps operations unit

Mark Hurd sent another shockwave through HP yesterday, when he announced the firm is scrapping its Global Operations organization.
Joe Fay, 21 2006

Opera 9 is go

Opera has unleashed the final version of its new browser today. Opera 9 features built-in support for BitTorrent searches and widgets for desktop dooberries, such as currency converters and World Cup tickers.
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UK gov pleads with retailers for climate change help

The government is calling on consumer electronics retailers to focus on energy efficiency as it struggles to meet its own climate change targets.
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Lycos.com tunes in to net TV

Lycos, Inc. has become the latest web outfit to jump on the internet TV bandwagon after announcing it has teamed up with US-based Permission TV to offer video content to the 25 million or so visitors to Lycos.com and its network of other sites.

World Cup Camera Phone Contest!

Competition The 2006 FIFA World Cup competition is into its second round, and as the pace begins to hot up, we at Reg Hardware reckon it's time to kick off a shooting contest of our own...

MS seeks 'Direct Physics' coder

Microsoft is indeed preparing to produce an API to accelerate games physics calculations, if a help wanted ad posted on the company's website is anything to go by. The software giant is currently seeking a software design engineer to join its "Direct Physics" development team.
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A third of EU citizens lack basic computer skills

More than a third of Europe's population have no basic computer skills, according to data published by the Statistical Office of European Communities.

Samsung moots dual Blu-ray HD DVD player

Samsung may produce a twin-format Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD player later this year after all. The company this week revealed it is "considering" such a "universal" machine, according to a company spokesman.

Insecurity rife in technology, media and telecoms

They might make a living out of IT, but technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) companies are pretty inept when it comes to securing their systems.
Joe Fay, 21 2006
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Coke to close UK music download site

Coca Cola is to close its UK online music download site mycokemusic.com at the end of July because of competition from the likes of Apple's iTunes service.
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Cambridge-MIT comms tie-up gets corporate

The Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI), a joint venture between Cambridge University and MIT, has spun-out one of its cross-pond research groups devoted to working out what the future of the communications industry might look like, as a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee.
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Apple moves on movie downloads

Apple is getting serious about chatting up the Hollywood studios to make movies available for download, according to the news pages of Luvvie publication, Variety.

Nokia N80 3G phone

Review The N80 is Nokia's latest attempt to offer a "does everything" phone. It's also one of the company's first handsets to incorporate Wi-Fi and to take the camera resolution to three megapixels. It's an all-singing, all-dancing phone, and it certainly cuts a dash. But does it hit the right notes?
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US Army pleads for help making robots safe

RoboBiz The US military plans to have a vast robot army in the near future but has yet to come up with a concrete method for ensuring that mindless devices can operate safely alongside brained troops. So, the military has been forced to beg for help.
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Carnegie Mellon's robotics whiz oddly trapped in the past

RoboBiz For the last twenty years, the same robotics story has been written time and again. It goes something like, "The future is here. Robotics has moved from promise to reality and is set to explode as a major money-making field."