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Open source software still growing up

When it comes to software, "quality" seems to be winning over "free" if Evans Data Corp's latest sampling of the development community's pulse is anything to go by.

ATI RD600 to support three GPUs for science apps?

ATI's RD600 chipset for Intel processors will launch next month, it has been claimed. Whether motherboard makers will back the product now that ATI is on the verge of being subsumed into Intel competitor AMD remains to be seen.
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HP investigation went further than previously thought

Officials at Hewlett-Packard have been asked to testify to the House of Representatives which is investigating the company's media leak investigations. Chairwoman Patricia Dunn and General Counsel Ann Baskins have been asked to testify.
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De Montfort mixes arts and science research cocktail

In a bid to encourage more collaboration between the Arts and Sciences, De Montfort University Leicester is launching a new research institute it says will "defy the traditional boundaries of computer science, digital arts and humanities".

Intel quad-core Core 2 Extreme to ship mid-November?

Intel's quad-core desktop processors will be branded Core 2 Quadro and Core 2 Extreme, Taiwanese motherboard maker moles have alleged. The chip giant's roadmaps have, in the past, indicated that the first quad-core desktop will be an Extreme-branded part.
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Groping your way around the mobile device maze

Mobile Workshop As part of our series of articles on mobile email, this week we’re tackling the subject of the mobile devices themselves. As the actual user interface of a mobile email solution, as well as a potential replacement or substitute of (for some at least) a very personal item, a number of interesting discussion points are raised. We’d like to get your comments and later in the week we’ll do a wrap up and run a mini-survey to close.
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El Reg scuttled by anti-piracy blockade

There's a meeting of the film and music industry's anti-piracy captains in London today.
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Beer trumps satellite comms on the Ionian Sea

Blog Make your choice! What's more important - a cold beer, or a satellite communications system?

Toshiba recalls 340,000 Sony-made batteries

Toshiba has joined Dell and Apple, and asked its customers to send back their Sony-made laptop batteries currently sitting in Dynabook and Satellite machines. The notebook maker's recall extends to some 340,000 customers worldwide.

Nvidia hit with patent infringement lawsuit

Nvidia has been accused of patent infringement. Minneapolis-based Scanner Technologies claims it owns techniques that the GPU maker uses in the manufacture of ball grid array (BGA) chip-pin layouts without its permission. It said the alleged infringement was "willful and deliberate".

Intel readies low-voltage Core 2 Duos

Intel will ship its first Core 2 Duo-derived Celeron M budget notebook processors in Q1 2007, Taiwanese industry sources have claimed. At the same time, the chip giant will offer low-voltage versions of its current 'Merom' line-up, they say.
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Royal Mail launches e-stamps service

The Royal Mail has launched an online service allowing customers to buy and print postage in the comfort of their own homes, Reuters reports.

O2 unwraps latest XDA smart phones in Germany

Carrier O2's German division has announced a pair of new XDA smart phones, both quad-band GSM/GPRS devices with built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, and running Windows Mobile 5.0 on 200MHz Texas Instruments OMAP 850 processors.
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HP shrinks StorageWorks

HP's press office has taken a break from fending off journalists wanting to know why their phone records haven't been pretexted to trumpet some new small and medium enterprise (SME) storage kit.

Intel preps four-chip four-core Xeon Q4 debut

Intel will follow up Q4's quad-core Xeon DP debut with a low-voltage part in Q1 2007, it has emerged. The four-core server processors - codenamed 'Clovertown', will ship as the Xeon 53xx family, reports coming out of Asia claim.
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Most 10-year-olds now packing mobiles

“A generation ago, an 11 or 12-year-old who lost their bus money would have used their own resources to sort it out - now they simply call their parents”
Bill Ray, 19 2006
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Building websites with PHP-Nuke

Building a configurable, flexible and highly interactive community web site from scratch is no mean feat. Get the technical implementation right and you might have a vibrant and active community coalesce around your site. Get it wrong and you’re left with dead web real-estate that’s dressed right but is going nowhere. However, thanks to PHP-Nuke, most of the hard work has been done up front. And, for the would-be community site developer who doesn’t have the time to read manuals, Packt Publishing has even taken the hard work out of figuring what to do post-installation.
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CfH rejects computer failure claims

Connecting for Health (CfH) has hit back at claims that the NHS computer system has almost one "major incident" a day
Kablenet, 19 2006

Gefen 4x4 HDMI Matrix audio-visual interconnect

Review Gefen has announced an HDMI four-by-four crossover unit. Though it can be used as a straightforward HDMI switch for linking multiple players to a single display, it's actually more advanced than that: any of the four inputs can be switched to any of the four outputs...

Sony to take Apple's MacBook laptop head on

Sony has rolled out its latest Core Duo-based consumer-friendly notebook, a compact unit with a footprint the size of an A4 sheet of paper, a 15.4in widescreen display and more than a hint of the Apple MacBook about it.

MSI declares CrossFire on Intel P965 chipset 'first'

MSI has managed to get Intel's P965 chipset to support ATI's CrossFire, enabling the system on its P965 Platinum motherboard - an industry first, the company claimed today. So far, the multi-GPU technology has been limited to ATI's own chipsets and to Intel's 975X chipset.
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Google News to appeal Belgian copyright decision

Google will challenge a Belgian court ruling against Google News, worried the judgement might set a precedent which could impinge on its role as a content aggregator and the online advertising sold on the back of it.
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10Gig Fibre Channel is dead, says Emulex

Attempts to converge data networking and storage networking on a single 10Gig physical base have failed, according to a veep at at SAN technology supplier Emulex.
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Moto buys Symbol Tech

Motorola is acquiring industrial mobile-device specialist Symbol in a cash deal worth almost $4bn.
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Satellite broadband users left high and dry again?

Users of the Ouranous satellite broadband service found themselves cut off last Wednesday without explanation or warning. Ouranous took on many of Aramiska’s customers when that company unplugged itself in January.
Bill Ray, 19 2006

Compel takes solutions to new heights

Compel has increased the "value-quotient" of its solutions as part of a strategy to do more high-margin business.
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Space, Segways and biostratification

Letters eDonkey got its, er, ass kicked in the New York courts last week. And the RIAA owns its front page. And any visitor's IP addresses, it reckons. So, what to do, for the determined downloader?
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MX-Sweep creates new jobs in Trim

Irish e-security firm MX-Sweep is to create 10 new jobs as it positions itself to expand in both the Irish and international markets.
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Information Commissioner rules Ofcom must share data

Comms regulator Ofcom is squaring up against fellow regulatocrats at the Information Commissioner's Office over just how much Britons should be allowed to know about their local cell phone base stations.
Bill Ray, 19 2006
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Astronomers ID earliest recorded supernova

Astronomers think they have identified the remains of the first ever supernova recorded by people on Earth.
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EU denies Vista vendetta

The European Commission has hit back at suggestions it has got it in for Microsoft over security features built into the heavily-delayed Windows Vista.
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KPN scoops up Tiscali's Dutch biz for €255m

Tiscali has sold its Netherlands subsidiary to KPN for €255m.
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Business Objects buys ALG

Comment Business Objects is buying ALG, which may be better known to some readers as Armstrong-Laing (I never quite understood the rationale behind changing the name, especially as ALG was likely to be confused with ASG but that's another story). Anyway, ALG is one of the leaders in the market for activity-based costing (ABC) and management (ABM). Indeed, it was probably the leading pure play vendor in this field.
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Terrorism no excuse for privacy breaches, says EU regulator

Terrorism and organised crime should not be used as excuses for passing laws which undermine people's privacy and data protection rights, according to the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS). Existing laws do not need changed, he said.
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Microsoft enters 'Soapbox' derby

In the US a soapbox derby is a go-kart race, and with Microsoft's launch of its Soapbox video service it's certainly racing to catch up with YouTube.

Microsoft sets attack dogs on 20 'illegal' dealers

Microsoft today revealed lawsuits in nine US states against 20 resellers accused of selling counterfeit software or engaging in hard-disk loading.

New technology is scary, says Cisco CTO

New technology such as Windows Vista and IP v6 may solve some security problems but will bring new security threats as well, according to a senior Cisco security expert.
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Q3 doubts torpedo Yahoo! shares

A little excitement in the US markets today, what with a military coup in Thailand and Yahoo! sharing its concern over advertising revenues in Q3.

Pre-AMD, ATI preps novel server charge

Even before its merger with AMD closes, ATI plans to charge the server market with a new type of graphics product that could shake up the high performance computing scene. Advocates of ATI's technology say it could create a lucrative new revenue stream for the company and add some weight to the ATI/AMD marriage.
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Sprint dons Mobile Armor for security gig

Sprint claims it is the first US cellco to deliver end-to-end wireless security for enterprise customers.