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Borland defines what apps require

DefineIT is the latest tool to come out of Borland's move away from being a developer tools company and into a software services, management and support company.
Ian Murphy, 11 Aug 2006
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10 Ways to make yourself a YouTube Star

Top 10s brought to you by Britain's leading gadgets blog Tech Digest and gadget review blog TechReviews
Tech Digest, 11 Aug 2006
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Red Hat ramps up JBoss support

Red Hat is on an engineer recruitment spree to boost the support operation for JBoss and drive measured growth for its open source applications business.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Aug 2006
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Peaceniks take on Rockstar in violent games row

Campaigners against thuggery have revived their campaign for a computer game depicting child-on-child violence to be banned in time for Christmas.
Mark Ballard, 11 Aug 2006
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Orange broadband punters left stranded for weeks

It seems Orange, formerly Wanadoo, is still having problems with its local loop unbundling. The Register has learned that a number of Orange's Broadband customers have at best patchy access to their services, with some being cut off for literally weeks at a time.
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Aug 2006

Apple's MacBook to get an early Merom upgrade?

Apple will not only ship Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pro notebooks next month, but also versions of its consumer-oriented MacBook fitted with Intel's latest mobile processor - and its first 64-bit laptop chip - Asian reports have claimed.
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2006

Nvidia probes executive stock option practices

Nvidia announced last night it had received record quarterly revenues during Q2 FY2007, which ended 30 July 2006. However, the statement was overshadowed by the company's revelation that it has begun to investigate stock options it has offered to staff since it went public in 1999.
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2006
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Breaking phones, banned laptops and scary slang

Letters There is an obvious place to start this week, and that is with the madness that has overtaken UK airports following claims frm the police, home office et al that a terror plot has been foiled. We say 'claims', because much as we'd love to believe everything the government is telling us (no, really) we can still remember the Ricin incident, and have not forgotten about Forest Gate either.
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Aug 2006
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Big Brother investigated for housemate's insertion

Forget pop bottles filled with liquid dynamite on aeroplanes, the explosive situation which really has the nation talking has really blown up. ICSTIS has confirmed it will launch a formal investigation into Big Brother's voting operation.

Vodafone readies 'super 3G' handset

Vodafone is preparing to follow Orange and T-Mobile with an own-brand version of the HTC TyTN keyboard-equipped, HSDPA-enabled, Windows Mobile-based 3G handset. The Vodafone version is dubbed the v1605, according to the carrier's website.
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2006
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US kids subjected to more online porn

While US children are less likely to encounter sexual predators online than in 2000, they are increasingly being exposed to sexual material while surfing the net
Charlie Taylor, 11 Aug 2006
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Florida laptop loss sparks ID theft fears

The theft of a laptop containing the unencrypted personal details of 133,000 Florida residents has sparked a major security alert. The PC was stolen from the car of a worker at Florida’s Department of Transportation, making it the latest in a spate of US organisations airing the private credentials of individuals in public.
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2006
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Betonsports retreats from US

Betonsports Plc has decided to shut down its US operation, which accounts for around three quarters of its business. The London-listed firm has axed 800 workes in Costa Rica and Antigua, where it ran the US service from.

Apple's other Duo-branded laptop

Forgotten Tech Even as Apple appears to be preparing to adopt Intel's Core 2 Duo mobile microprocessor, let's not forget the Mac maker's earliest portable computing products with the Duo brand: the PowerBook Duo 210, 230 and 270c.
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2006
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Laptops grounded for good? Let's head to the Anger bar

If you thought we were entering the dog days of summer, you were wrong. If you thought you were going to go on your summer holidays, you were also wrong.
Joe Fay, 11 Aug 2006

Arctic goes cold on Fusion Supporter

Swiss cooler maker Arctic Cooling this week said it wouldn't offering its Fusion Supporter voltage peak suppressor after all. The product, hyped at CeBIT in March this year and later at Computex Taipei, actually delivers "no value" to end-users, and had "no market potential", the company admitted today.
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2006
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What are zombie behaviours?

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Stephen Juan, 11 Aug 2006
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Is it possible to swallow while standing on your head?

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Stephen Juan, 11 Aug 2006
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Why do women have smaller feet?

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Stephen Juan, 11 Aug 2006
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What is the use of the hymen?

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Stephen Juan, 11 Aug 2006

Firm offers ExpressCard adaptor add-in for desktops

Japanese desktop PC owners can now try out all the ExpressCard 54 devices still unvailable to many notebook owners, courtesy of local firm Kuroutoshikou. Its Excard-LPCIE is a low-profile PCI Express x1 add-in board with an ExpressCard 54 slot. There's a USB 2.0 port on board for good measure.
Hard Reg, 11 Aug 2006
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IBM PC celebrates silver anniversary

Nostalgia The IBM compatible PC turns 25 this weekend.
Joe Fay, 11 Aug 2006
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Ruby on Rails derailed by URL glitch

Developers are being urged to update their Ruby on Rails software following the discovery of a potentially serious security vulnerability. Ruby on Rails is a popular open source framework for developing database-backed web applications. Users are urged to update to version 1.1.6 of the software after checking that this upgrade is compatible with other software they may have installed.
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2006
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Tiscali eyes Homechoice for IPTV

European ISP Tiscali is in talks to acquire the British IPTV service Homechoice, according to reports.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Aug 2006
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Sun takes Storagetek modular

Another day, another SMB storage launch. This time from Sun, which is hawking its new StorageTek modular storage family and its first two representatives, the 6140 and 6540 arrays.
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V21 takes the Biscit

ISP V21 and Biscit are to merge in a plan to take on the big boys for a slice of the converged broadband and VoIP market.
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Abit on the side for Target

Target Components has won UK wholesaling rights for Abit, the upmarket mobo maker.
Team Register, 11 Aug 2006
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Samsung shows off model mobiles, mobile models

Samsung today showed off its latest slimline mobile models. They were presented in a range of alluring designs tailored, the company indicated, to appeal not only to Asian but also to European and American consumers. Oh, some phones were demo'd too, apparently... ®
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Imagine Italy winning

Well, the judges have spoken and the results are in, and the winners of this year’s Imagine Cup are….Italy.
Martin Banks, 11 Aug 2006
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Apple to delay quarterly results filing

Apple has told the US Securities and Exchange Commission it will miss the deadline for filing its most recent set of quarterly financial figures. The admission follows last week's revelation that the company will "likely" restate its numbers for the past 15 quarters.
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2006

BBC journo 'reveals' BBC DAB-on-iPod plan

Someone at the BBC has told someone else at the same organisation that the company is considering offering an add-on digital radio for iPods. Or maybe cars. Or maybe other devices. Staffer A could not tell staffer B when the gizmo will ship, how much it might cost, or whether it will be offered in black, white or both.
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2006
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Industry group defends e-passports

A demonstration that the chips on upcoming electronic passports can be cloned does not add up to a threat to either border security or citizen privacy, according to an industry group backing the development of the technology. The Smart Card Alliance argues that e-passports planned for the US rely on multiple layers of security.
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2006

Aigo ships conical omnisphere MP3 player

Korean MP3 player maker Aigo has begun offering the Omnisphere F529, a conical digital music player with built in amplification and multi-directional sound. Joining it in the bizarre design department is Naf Naf's almost spherical CD player, the Hyp.

Cisco's mushy 'spin-in' deals undermine acquisition heroics

Analysis Forget trying to win the lotto. What you really want to do is sign up for Cisco CEO John Chambers' long-term "spin-in" plan.
Ashlee Vance, 11 Aug 2006