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HP's boardroom witch hunt causes two directors to leave

Put the cheery comeback stories on hold. HP has a boardroom scandal that deserves some attention.

Windows Vista pricing favors PC upgrades

Microsoft has published pricing for Windows Vista - and things are looking up for PC manufacturers hoping consumers will start buying shiny new Vista-ready computers.
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European chip sales bounce back

European microchip sales recover slightly in July but still lag behind the global average, according to the latest figures.

BoI to refund phishing victims

Bank of Ireland has agreed to compensate victims of a recent phishing scam, backtracking from its earlier position.
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Developers voting for Eclipse RCP

An open source, cross-platform desktop architecture from Eclipse is enjoying a surge of interest among developers according to an Evans Data Corp poll.
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Landmine detection company set to explode!

The content of pump and dump emails is not usually considered worthy of attention down here at Vulture Central, lacking as it does the creative va-va-voom of a well-crafted 419 missive, but this one caught our eye:
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A quarter of Russians have sex while driving

Startling research aimed at determining why Russians are among the worse drivers in Europe has revealed that it can be largely attributed to a penchant for getting their ends away while behind the wheel, Mosnews reports.
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Tell the EC about surveillance

The European Commission has opened a public consultation on the use of surveillance technology in civil society.

Core Windows architect crawls clear of Vista

One of the architects of Windows Vista is leaving Microsoft weeks after it emerged he would be re-assigned once the delayed operating system is launched.
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Captain Kirk bottles free space trip

William Shatner has turned down a free trip into space because it's "not my idea of a good time", as the actor explained to UK tabloid The Sun.
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Symbian phones targeted as carriers for Windows worm

Anti-virus company F-Secure has posted details of a Windows virus which can use a Symbian handset to transport itself between systems. The Mobler worm infects a Windows system, hides the Windows folder and sets about copying itself into different directories and on to any removable media available.
Bill Ray, 06 2006

Sony delays PS3

The Sony press release says it all rather concisely: ‘Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Announces New March 2007 date for European Launch of Playstation 3."

Faulty CA update crashes Win 2003 servers

A faulty signature update to CA's antivirus software created headaches for sys admins last week after the software falsely identified a Windows 2003 component as malware.
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Pro-Israel lobby targets BBC online poll

BBC History Magazine was forced to remove an online poll after it was targeted by a project aimed at influencing internet opinion in Israel's favour.
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Google opens news archive

If you ever suspected that the old days weren't quite as great as old folk reckon, or that the cock and bull stories told by politicians haven't changed one jot in two hundred years, you now have the means to find out without getting off your lazy backside and going to the library.
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Apple mobile due early 2007, analyst claims

Analysts are predicting that Apple will launch a mobile phone in the first half of 2007.
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UK immigrants beaten back by ice

Humans failed to colonise Britain seven times before they finally settled, according to the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain Project. The five year scientific effort has re-examined a heap of data from fossils and flint tools.
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Vodafone welcomes back old friend

Vodafone have appointed Vittorio Colao as its new Chief Executive for Europe.
Bill Ray, 06 2006

Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe

Review First up in a series of Core 2 Duo motherboard reviews from Reg Hardware comes the TForce P965 Deluxe from former mid-table manufacturer Biostar, a company now working hard at getting their enthusiast oriented and overclocking-friendly T-series motherboards noticed by the DIY performance builder.

Creative launches Live! Cam Voice webcam

Creative has launched a new webcam, and ominously the Creative Live! Cam Voice, which is the 13th model in its extensive range and the ninth to use that blasted exclamation mark after the word ‘Live’.

Nvidia launches GeForce 7950 GT and 7900 GS chips

Nvidia has launched two new versions of its mighty GeForce 7900 graphics chip with the GeForce 7900 GS going on sale immediately and the GeForce 7950 GT hitting the shops on 14 September.
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Bank robber exposed by exploding trousers

A bank robber who made off with a wad of cash from an Orlando bank last Friday had his collar felt after his trousers exploded as he attempted to make good his escape, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
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Phishing attack targets Spanish mobiles

A mass mailing worm that attempts to trick users into downloading malware in response to bogus text messages is spreading in Spain.
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Jail for speed camera attack motorist

A man caught speeding by a Watchman camera in Hyde, Greater Manchester, decided he'd attempt to destroy the evidence by blowing up the offending device with thermite, the BBC reports.

Samsung SGH-i600 Smartphone

Samsung was showing its SGH-i600 Smartphone at IFA 2006 and judging by what we’ve seen, RIM should be afraid for the popularity of its beloved Blackberry.
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Free mobile maps for smart phones

The most useful place for a map is in the pocket, but anyone who has tried to navigate using a web-based mapping application on a mobile phone will know that it is a lot easier to ask for directions, or just wander around at random.
Bill Ray, 06 2006
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El Reg sings Opera on your mobile

Site offer The Register and Opera have teamed up to offer you, our beloved readers, an easy way to get online through their mobile phone, viz: Opera Mini, Opera's java-based mobile browser.

New iMacs - 24-inch screen

Apple has announced that its iMac range now exclusively uses the Intel Core 2 Duo processor and it’s celebrating the happy occasion by adding a 24in widescreen iMac to the existing 17 and 20in models.

Pump-and-dump spammers shift tactics

Pump-and-dump spammers are refining their tactics and marketing techniques in an attempt to drum up new business.
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Misanthropy 2.0

Competition results So, to some unfinished business.
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HP admits to spy op, lawyers dig in

HP today divulged some of the grimy details behind its boardroom mole hunting operation.
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Doerr closes on Sun

Sun Microsystems will soon lose the direct touch of one its staunchest allies when John Doerr leaves the company's board.

Microsoft and Cisco collaborate on security

Microsoft and Cisco Systems have detailed plans for interoperability between systems designed to enforce security policies on Windows PCs and servers.
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Sun gets hooks into JBoss

Sun Microsystems is hoping to leverage the popularity of Red Hat's JBoss, with software making it easier to use NetBeans with the application server.