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NetApp aims at SMBs

NetApp has launched a new SMB storage box, the StoreVault S500, which the company reckons is the first all in one NAS solution accessible for smaller budgets.
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Flu-related flapping begins

The bird flu hysteria-mongering has begun, as a doctor prepares to tell the British Medical Association that preparations for a flu pandemic are "woefully inadequate" and could lead to "1,000 September 11ths".
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Child porn convictions to be reported to banks

Police will be able to pass details of child pornography offenders on to banks so that offenders' credit cards can be revoked.
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Publisher in £80,000 font raid

A publishing firm fell foul of the law by using unlicensed typefaces worth £80,000, according to licensing lobby group the Business Software Alliance (BSA).

Wiltshire eyes up flexible working

The county council has signed a £12m deal to improve its IT services.
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Server vendors prepare for 120W 'Clovertown'

Early indications that Intel's upcoming four-core 'Covertown' server processor will consume up to 120W have been confirmed by sources from within Taiwan's motherboard-manufacturer community. And they claim systems made for the dual-core 'Woodcrest' Xeon have been designed with Clovertown's thermal envelope in mind.
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USB drives pose insider threat

In a recent test of a credit union's network security, consultants working for New York-based security audit firm Secure Network Technologies scattered 20 USB flash drives around the financial group's building.
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Borneo's 'chameleon' snake shows its true colours

Biologists in Borneo have discovered a new species of snake boasting chameleon-like, colour-changing abilities, Reuters reports.
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IBM takes a stab at SMBs

Comment IBM has announced new BladeCentre and server offerings targeting SMBs who are seeking enhanced management capabilities.
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Cisco invests in NeoPath

Comment NeoPath Networks, a startup provider of file storage virtualisation, has announced it received $11m in a funding round that includes Cisco Systems and previous investors August Capital, DCM-Doll Capital Management, and Gabriel Venture Partners.
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Solar simulation right on the money

California scientists have for the first time created a computer simulation that can accurately model the solar corona, or outer atmosphere of the sun.
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Crap website? Try feng shui

Is your website underperforming? Does it lack spiritual balance? Do you have the sneaking suspicion than an inauspicious alignment of html elements may be to blame?

Personal computer failure rates reduce

PCs are more reliable than they used to be, market watcher Gartner has claimed. Desktops and notebooks bought in the period 2003-2004 were more likely to experience hardware failures than those purchased in 2005 and 2006, the researcher said this week.
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Kiwi Telecom to split retail and wholesale operations

Telecom New Zealand (Telecom) has announced plans to create an "independent wholesale operation" in a bid to promote telecoms competition.
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MDM - a strategy for IBM

Comment This is the second article of two stemming from IBM's recent European MDM (master data management) conference. In the first article I discussed how I disagreed (at least in part) with the view of MDM that was put across at that conference. This article concentrates specifically on what IBM is doing in this space.

Symantec turns off on security appliances

Symantec is scaling down its hardware offering by pulling the plug on a range of network security appliances.
Joe Fay, 27 2006

Sony unveils Flash-based UMPC

Sony has extended its Vaio UX ultra-mobile PC line by introducing a model that drops the hard drive in favour of a Flash-based storage unit. There's a catch, of course: the machine's storage capacity is down to 16GB from the 30GB of the HDD-based original.

Toshiba open to re-opening HD DVD/Blu-ray merger talks

Toshiba has once again said it's open to the development of a single, unified next-generation optical disc format to end the battle between the HD DVD format it backs and the Sony-led Blu-ray Disc camp.

Brits offered wireless-stereo PMP

UK retailer Advanced MP3 Players has launched what it reckons is a portable media player capable of "taking on the big boys" - a wireless PMP that never needs to be connected to a host computer and can show movies for eight hours solid.
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EC polishing big stick for Microsoft

The EU looks set to come down hard on Microsoft after deciding the software company has breached the 2004 anti-trust settlement.
Joe Fay, 27 2006
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BT wants more women engineers

Openreach - BT's access services division - has launched a major recruitment drive to tempt more women to become phone engineers.
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Plane pollution worse by 2050

As the Supreme Court weighs into the climate change debate stateside, new research from the UK indicates that aviation will account for five per cent of the world's CO2 emissions by 2050. The industry is currently responsible for only two per cent of global carbon emissions.

Centerprise opts out of Elonex bidding

Centerprise has passed on the opportunity to buy fellow British PC manufacturer Elonex Plc out of adminstration.

Oz censor offs Reservoir Dogs game

Australia has effectively banned Eidos' upcoming Reservoir Dogs game. The nation's Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC), which vets all movie, video and game releases, has not granted the title a certificate, and the game can't be sold without one.
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German T-shirt hawker set to sue bear hunter

An enterprising German businessman says he will sue the hunter who killed Bruno the bear, now his souvenir T-shirt racket has been shot down too.

World Cup Camera Phone Contest Gallery

Competition Welcome to the Reg Hardware World Cup Camera Phone Contest winners gallery. We'll be posting all the winning entries here every day throughout the remainder of the 2006 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament...
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Microsoft talks unified comms for Office 2007

Microsoft has announced integrated software intended to turn the upcoming Office 2007 into a platform for unified voice, email, IM and video communications.
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Sony, Samsung LCD JV 'to build 8G plant'

Sony and Samsung's LCD partnership will extend to the eighth-generation panels after the pair agreed to put up the cash for a new plant in South Korea, it has been claimed.
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Building cohesion into programming

There are many reasons for getting cohesive.
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Computer Software Group buys Laserform (the company)

Computer Software Group (CS Group), the acquisitive VAR, has bought its second software-for-lawfirms specialist.

Nortel to axe 1,100 jobs

Nortel is to axe 1,100 jobs as part of a range of measures to cut costs and increase productivity. The telecoms equipment maker didn't specify where the axe would fall except to say that the job cuts would be made "globally".
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Bird flu triggers gameplaying apocalypse

Letters Let's kick off today with the utter silliness that surrounds the video game, Left Behind. Regular readers will remember, perhaps, that allegations were floating around that the game contains code that sends information about the player back to the company promoting it. This seemed perfectly in keeping with what many of you expect from the religious far-right:
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Belgium adopts open office doc format

Belgium has become the first country to mandate the use of the OpenDocument format (ODF) for office files, albeit tentatively.
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Police hold three in spam Trojan bust

Police in Finland and the UK this morning arrested three alleged members of a group dubbed "MOOP" suspected of delivering trojans via spam emails to gain access to confidential information stored on "thousands" of corporate machines, the Metropolitan Police's Computer Crime Unit has confirmed.
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Gravity wave detector is go

A key prediction of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity is set to be tested, as a German/UK research group powers up its gravitational wave detector GEO600 for an 18-month stint of continual operation.

HP gives new blades a clustered makeover

The high performance computing (HPC) crowd should be pleased to see HP making the most of its new blade server line. HP today unveiled its latest take on the cluster-in-a-can concept with a blade hardware and software pairing aimed at researchers and large businesses.
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Take Two subpoenaed for GTA clandestosmut

Take Two Interactive, the publisher behind the Grand Theft Auto series, has been ordered to hand over documents by New York District Attorneys.

Desktop Linux relies on the kindness of strangers

An OSDL project to simplify porting and integration of applications with Linux desktops is gambling on support from Linux distros and other community standards efforts.

Intel sells XScale business to Marvell for $600m

Intel is to flog off its XScale processor operation, the chip giant said today. The move paves the way for it to push low-power x86 CPUs at mobile phone and PDA makers. The buyer is comms chip company Marvell Technology Group, which is paying $600m cash for the product line and taking on "certain liabilities".
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AT&T launches IPTV

AT&T has at last launched its delayed internet-based TV service - but only in San Antonio, Texas. Verizon took its own baby steps into IPTV last autumn, also choosing Texas for the launch of its own offering, called Fios TV. AT&T, in its previous incarnation as SBC, had originally scheduled the launch of IPTV for Q4 2005. A comprehensive roll out won't now take place until next year.

Jobs to unleash Leopard on Microsoft

Steve Jobs will use Apple's annual developer conference for a second time as a launch pad to exploit Microsoft's discomfort over further delays to Windows Vista.
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Cisco doubles up on Infiniband gear

Cisco Systems has spruced up its line of Infiniband switches with a bandwidth double-up and new management software links that let customers control both Ethernet and Infiniband switches from one spot.

IBM and HP the most loved x86 server vendors of all - study

In the good old days, IBM workers would crack open their songbooks and sing about the wonders of Big Blue. These days IBM's x86 server customers are the ones humming away with pride, according to a new study from the Gabriel Consulting Group (GCG).