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IBM price deal offered to Mercury and Borland users

IBM is making a play for customers troubled by the acquisition and spinout machinations of rivals Hewlett-Packard Co and Borland Software.
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Mobile 'impulse downloading' plays live in the new year

Mobile radio listeners will be able to download tracks as as they hear them from early next year. Radio production outfit UBC and Heart FM will roll out downloads via DAB in beta form this year, with a full commercial launch in Q1 2007.
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Virus infections drop, spam on the up

The number of viruses hitting Irish inboxes has fallen but spam continues to rise, according to figures from IE Internet.
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Chip sales enjoy record growth in August

Global chip sales soared to $20.5bn in August, a new monthly record, according to data from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
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Been in a plane crash? The BBC can help

Those among you looking for some top tips on how to survive an air crash could do worse than consult the Beeb's handy guide.
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Council contains killer pear tree menace

Worcester council has moved with lightning speed to protect citizens from killer pear trees, The Sun reports.

Google's Schmidt talks to the Tories

Eric Schmidt was welcomed to the Tory party conference in Bournemouth yesterday.
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Oh my Word

Stob Microsoft Office Word is a candidate for the world's favourite program, provided you accept BA's use of "favourite" as a synonym for "ubiquitous" (me neither).

PS3 overheating claim rattles investors

Sony's demo PlayStation 3 consoles on display at last month's Tokyo Games Show were plagued by numerous reset-requiring crashes, it has been alleged. The claim has prompted fears the machine may not be ready for prime-time when it ships into the US and Japan later this year.
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T-Mobile offers coverage checks

T-Mobile has today extended its Street Check service to instore facilities, allowing staff to ensure that a customer will be able to get decent coverage before buying a phone.
Bill Ray, 04 2006
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Third A380 delay tests airlines' patience

The patience of airlines waiting to get their hands on the Airbus A380 is beginning to wear thin following an announcement yesterday that just one example of the "Superjumbo" would be delivered in 2007, as opposed to the nine previously promised by Airbus parent company EADS.

Intel likely to face EC charges

The European Competition Commission is likely to press formal charges against chip giant Intel.
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Hormel loses bid for spam trademark

The company behind spicy luncheon meat SPAM has failed in an attempt to register Europe-wide trademarks asserting its right over the term "spam" in relation to unsolicited bulk email.

Creative pitches MP3-enhancing sound dongle

Creative yesterday said it plans to offer an external sound module incorporating its X-Fi audio enhancement system, a technology it claims can make even lossy compressed audio formats like MP3 and AAC sound better than the CDs they were ripped from - and, indeed, the studios they were recorded in.

Admin password security 'abysmal'

Half of all enterprises have more administrative passwords than those attached to ordinary user accounts. Many (42 per cent) of these privileged passwords are never changed, according to a survey.
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Sell your personal data and receive tax cuts

The leader of Bracknell Forest BC has suggested people who allow their data to be sold to marketing firms could receive council tax cuts.
Kablenet, 04 2006
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Dr Who Tardis on eBay

Tech Digest From the makers of Tech Digest, Shiny Shiny, eBay blog Bayraider and the cool new blog for blokes Brandish.
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HP whips out its Bulgarian airbags

HP is currently running a campaign in the Netherlands to tempt punters to trade in their old printer for a new, shiny model.

IO Data reveals second Nvidia GPU with HDCP

Japanese add-in maker IO Data will this month ship an graphics card based on Nvidia's GeForce 7600 GS, this time with support for the HDCP anti-piracy technology. Alas, there's no HDMI connector to go with it.

Logitech turns wireless stereo 'phones up to 11

Logitech will this month ship its second-generation Bluetooth-based wireless stereo headphones in the UK, the mouse maker announced this week and pitching the redesigned set not only at owners of iPods or other MP3 players, but also at computer users.
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PC World wants to take over your living room

PC World will roll out its Connected Home service to seven stores between now and Christmas as it looks to capitalise on consumers’ insatiable appetite for high-end, bowel-looseningly loud home media systems.
Joe Fay, 04 2006

Fujitsu wants 287,000 Sony batteries back

Fujitsu has become the latest notebook computer manufacturer to ask its customers to send back batteries made by Sony. Acer may be about to do the same.
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Digital music awards honours MySpace influence

Reg goes ligging Trendy Camden venue...check. Silly haircuts and spectacles...check, check. Suspiciously long queue for the disabled toilets...check. Lots of bellowing about how great everything is...MASSIVE CHECK.
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USB hamster wheel targets keyboard hammerers

What can we say that the headline doesn't? It's a hamster wheel. It connects to a spare USB port. Plug it and and watch that furry sucker run for dear life. Round and round. The clever bit - Hammy matches his pace to your typing speed. The faster your fingers, the quicker the hamster's pace. In short, we have at long last a …
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Convergence: How far you gonna go?

There have been various announcements coming out of the communications industry lately from services providers offering to sell us core complete packages that solve more of our communication needs. We are talking here about services that bring together various elements of voice, data, fixed, wireless, and so on.
Dale Vile, 04 2006

Russian bookmaker hackers jailed for eight years

Three Russian hackers convicted of running denial of service attacks against UK bookies have each been sentenced to eight years imprisonment and fined $3,700.
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Russians turn off vodka smuggling pipeline

Russian customs officers have unearthed a mile-long pipeline through which ingenious smugglers were pumping home-made vodka to Latvia, Ananova reports.
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Mobile telly is different

Traditional broadcasters need to understand that mobile TV is not just another channel but must be used differently if they are to get to grips with the new market.
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Broadcast treaty needs sounding out, says WIPO

A controversial broadcast copyright treaty opposed by podcasters and internet broadcasters has been dealt a blow by the General Assembly of the body behind it.
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O2 changes Ts&Cs to allow call data sharing

O2 has changed its terms and conditions to allow it to share "...the date, duration, time and cost of such communications and the location of your mobile phone".
Bill Ray, 04 2006

Supermicro PDSBA G965-based mobo

Review Intel's G965 chipset has finally arrived, and the perhaps unlikely mobo maker to have the first product based on it is Supermicro, better known for its server boards. The rather un-fetchingly named PDSBA is also Supermicro's first Core 2 Duo-enabled motherboard. It's also the first mobo we've come across that doesn't support IDE. So unless you've got a SATA optical drive, you might run into some interesting problems...
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Nicaragua to dig Atlantic-Pacific canal

Nicaraguan president Enrique Bolaños has called for international backing for a Nicargua canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific which, he says, is "needed for the rise in world shipping".

IBM makes mainframes simpler

Big Blue has announced a five year plan for making mainframes easier to use.
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Lightning destroys evidence in Swedish file sharing case

Swedish authorities have dropped the charges they brought against the Karlskrona (Sweden) municipality head of culture, who last year openly admitted to file sharing and encouraged others to follow.
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Forensics wield new DNA weapon

The Forensic Science Service (FSS) is piloting a DNA technique it says could lead to countless unsolved criminal investigations being reopened.

D-Link preps GSM/Wi-Fi network-hopping handset

D-Link will ship its first dual-mode mobile phone next year, the networking kit company announced this week. The handset, called the V-Click, combines tri-band GSM/GPRS cellular connectivity with Wi-Fi access.

Skype patches Mac OS X flaw

Skype has released an update for its Mac software following the discovery of a security vulnerability that created a means to compromise Apple PCs running the popular IP telephony application.
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Chemistry Nobel goes to Stanford DNA man

A Stanford structural biologist has followed in his father's footsteps by bagging a Nobel Prize. Roger Kornberg was awarded the medal today for his work revealing some of the molecular jiggery-pokery which turns information held by DNA into functioning proteins.
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Two arrested in internet arms sales investigation

Two men have been arrested after more than 40 police officers raided two addresses in Kent early this morning. Police were supported by officials from the Ministry of Defence.

HP hunts for printer consultants

HP is putting its mouth where its money is by offering 2,300 of its key account customers a printer consultancy service.

Social networkers risk losing their identities

Many adult users of social network sites such as MySpace and Facebook expose themselves to risk from identity thieves and hackers, according to a new US study.

VMware does 64-bits in full

VMware has embraced the world of 64-bit computing via a pair of point releases to its flagship products.

Ex-IBMer to direct Red Hat's US channel

Red Hat has brought in some big-blue muscle power in a strategy to expand and consolidate its worldwide channel.
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Serena snaffles Pacific Edge

“There have not been good ways to manage (applications) change across the enterprise. It is still usually managed within individual silos and individual changes are usually made using different tools, which means that changes can clash with each other.” So said Serena president and CEO, Mark Woodward, while in London last week.

Microsoft keelhauls customers in WGA snafu

Some, or maybe many, Microsoft volume license customers were told on Monday and Tuesday that their PCs were running pirated software.
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Skype founders turn on net TV service

Those guys behind Kazaa and Skype have started accepting signups for a peer to peer video streaming service they say will deliver high quality full screen TV across the net.
Joe Fay, 04 2006
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European Central Bank wants EU protection from US

The European Central Bank has put its weight behind transatlantic talks that the EU hopes will secure the privacy of European citizens from the prying eyes of US anti-terrorist investigators.

HP spent at least $375,000 on self-destruction

Recovering stolen laptops from Italy - $9,668. Consulting an investigative reporter - $7,312. Having a spy scandal erase decades of hard work building up your reputation, while eroding your board of directors and forcing your CEO to testify in front of Congress - priceless. Or rather about $375,000.
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Calif. to indict Dunn, four more over HP spy scandal

Patricia Dunn, the former chairman of HP, and four others are to face charges over The great HP Pretexting Fiasco.
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EMC sweetens Office 2007

EMC is cosying up to Microsoft - or is it the other way around? The pair have ensured that as yet unlaunched Office 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007 can natively access EMC's Documentum ECM software.
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Reprieve for Ireland's Smart Telecom customers

The 45,000 disconnected Smart Telecom customers should have some phone services returned within three days following 'intensive discussions' between Eircom and telecoms regulator ComReg.
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Apple options review claims Anderson's scalp

The fall-out over the All-American Stock Options Scam continues, with Apple's former chief financial officer, Fred Anderson, resigning today from the board.