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Yawning public puts convergence on skids - survey

A survey of 3,000 British music buyers should make sobering reading for telecomms executives and label bosses this morning. It shows customers are far more savvy and discerning about the enchantments of the er, 'digital revolution' than vendors and Guardian newspaper interns might hope.
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Midwich rebounds onto NEC distie list

AV distributor Midwich has stuck two fingers up to Acer after signing to sell PCs by rival maker, NEC.
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Vulcan bomber project reaches for the sky

Next year's planned fly past over London to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Falklands war now looks likely to feature a Vulcan bomber after a multi-millionaire intervened with his cheque book to save a restoration project dedicated to getting an example airborne, The Daily Telegraph reports.

World sales sauntered upward in July

World chip sales grew a little in July, with sale up just 1.8 per cent on the previous month's figure, the US Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported this past Friday. Sales for the month total $20.1bn.
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Poetry in slow motion

Stob Thanks to the Beeb's correctly extensive celebrations of Sir John Betjeman's centenary, Betjmania is once more abroad and has conquered everywhere. (Everywhere? Well, as they say in the Asterix books, everywhere except one tiny village...)
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ESA celebrates SMART's lunar smash

Europe's first lunar probe made its crash landing yesterday in the Moon's Lake of Excellence region at 0542 GMT (0642 BST).
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Brazilian traffic warden saws woman in half

Updated Those readers who believe the UK's traffic wardens are the emissaries of Satan should count themselves lucky that they don't live in Rio de Janeiro's Botafogo district - where infractions of local bylaws can have fatal consequences.

Apple to launch movie store, new iPods next week?

Tuesday, 12 September is the big coming out day for Core 2 Duo-based iMacs, new generations of iPod and iPod Nano, and Apple's iTunes Movie store, it has been claimed after Apple began mailing out invites to the media to come along to Cupertino or attend a London-hosted simulcast of the proceedings.
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Sandisk unveils V-mate MPEG-4 recorder

IFA 06 IFA 06 Sandisk has launched its new V-mate MPEG-4 video recorder for mobile devices this weekend at IFA. It allows you to record your favourite TV programs or any other kind of video straight onto a memory card, much like the Neuros MPEG-4 recorder. The V-mate offers the ability to select the playback device and will then …
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TV research to double visible colours

Swiss researchers are developing a colourful new technology that allows televisions to display every hue the human eye can detect.
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Wi-Fi guidance becomes law in California

California legislators have passed a law which will force makers of wireless internet equipment to include guidance on keeping data secure on wireless connections. The law now awaits signature by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Nvidia releases latest driver package

Nvidia has updated its ForceWare 90 drivers. Version 91.47 is now available for download and essentially rolls the company's Quad SLI drivers, previously available separately as ForceWare 91.45, into the standard package. It also adds support or the GeForce 7600 GS AGP and 7100 GS products.
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Intel rolls out Celeron D 360

Intel has added a 3.46GHz processor to its Celeron D chip line up. The 65nm LGA775 part contains 512KB of L2 cache and operates across a 533MHz frontside bus. It supports 64-bit addressing and the execute-disable bit.

T-Mobile unveils MDA Compact III GPS smart phone

IFA 06 HTC's upcoming GPS-equipped navigation phone, codenamed 'Artemis', will ship on the T-Mobile network in Germany, the carrier revealed at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin last week. The device will be offered as the MDA Compact III.
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R.I.P. Steve Irwin

Register readers and hacks were this morning digesting the tragic news of the death of colourful Aussie wildlife presenter Steve Irwin following a stingray attack.
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MySpace punts 'MyTunes', targets Apple

MySpace is to start selling some of its music content, the Murdoch-owned social networking site said on Friday.
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Atlantis countdown resumes

NASA is ramping things up again ahead of the rescheduled launch of the Shuttle Atlantis this Wednesday 6 September.
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ID theft hits home in Canada

Identity thieves posed as home owners in order to sell the rental property of an elderly Canadian immigrant.
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Armageddon website puts apocalypse on hold

Those among you who are increasingly concerned that the end of the world is indeed nigh - as evidenced by natural disaster, war, plague, famine and the increasingly unpredictable behaviour of Naomi Campbell - should rush over to Countdown to Armageddon where you'll find just about everything you ever wanted to know but were too afraid to ask on the imminent Armageddon.
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Mobile email: Let's have a heated debate

Mobile email is now an established business tool. It is hard to find an organisation of any size that hasn't introduced it into at least some part of the business, and momentum has started to gather among smaller companies also. If you're not using it yourself, you'll probably know someone who is.

LG shows off 32in 3D display

IFA 06 3D displays have been long coming, but the models so far have been fairly small in size and have been fairly unimpressive. However, LG showed of a 32in 3D display at IFA in Berlin which did quite a good job of adding to the depth of field.
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Bribes could increase maths intake

The head of an Oxford college has suggested that simple bribery might help boost the numbers of students taking maths at A-level.

Samsung previews updated credit-card phone

IFA 06 Samsung's credit card-sized phone, the P300, is to be updated, Samsung revealed at the IFA consumer electronics show last week. The new version, the P310, ditches its predecessor's pocket-calculator look and boosts the on-board camera to two megapixels.

ATI shows Dell XPS 700 with X1950 XTX CrossFire

IFA 06 Reg Hardware spotted a Dell XPS 700 powered by an ATI X1950 XTX CrossFire setup on ATI’s stand at IFA. Rather interestingly this configuration is not as yet available from Dell and indicates the use of a different motherboard than the Nvidia one in the current XPS 700 systems.

Toshiba unveils Euro HD DVD player line-up

IFA 06 Toshiba will bring its first living room HD DVD player to Europe in November, the company announced late last week. It will follow up the mainstream launch with a higher end model early the following month, the company added.
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To iterate is human

In the previous article, I made the following observation:

US missile defence radar hits stormy seas

The future of the US's much-hyped, $815m Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX) platform is in serious doubt after a raft of sceptics expressed doubts that the sea monster could ever effectively operate in its intended final mooring off Alaska's Aleutian Islands.
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US Marine unearths nukes, cocaine and $25m

The Lads from Lagos have been a little too quiet of late, or at least that part of their operation dedicated to composing new and provocative variations on the 419 email seems to have been on extended vacation.

Sony Ericsson P990i smart phone

Review Announced almost a year ago, Sony Ericsson's flagship smart phone, the P990i, is finally making its way into the shops. Over four generations - the first, a larger device codenamed 'Pamela' never made it to market - the P series has become the single most popular smart phone design in the world, largely because Sony Ericsson succeeded in combining a multi-tasking pen tablet PDA with a phone that felt very natural to use one-handed. This popularity is helped, of course, by Sony Ericsson only making one a year rather than throwing dozens of models at the market, like rivals Nokia, Motorola and Samsung...

Security experts cry foul over Browzar

Security experts are crying foul over a new supposedly secure browser application.
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Space: inspirational, but full of greybeards

The utterly impartial Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC) has published a report outlining how investment in space exploration can encourage youngsters to get into science and improve educational standards and skills.

Nokia to integrate satnav into N-series devices

Nokia last week kicked off its plan to build GPS-based satellite navigation technology onto its N-series "multimedia computer" handsets with the acquisition of German route-planning software developer Gate5.