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HP's head swells as inkjet speed increases

HP is to launch a super-fast inkjet colour printer for the business market in the Spring. The company has also extended and upgraded its current product lines with six new printers.
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California AG shows five the HP way to felony charges

California's Attorney General has hit five people tied to HP's spy probe with felony charges.
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Vodafone's BlackBerry customers in a jam

Vodafone's BlackBerry customers have been forced to collect all their email on their BlackBerries after an upgrade last weekend (September 23/24) put the web email service out of action.
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DataCore plays a SANmelody for smaller SANs

DataCore says a new entry level version of its SANmelody iSCSI storage software can turn a basic x86 server into a virtualised IP-based SAN, with features such as automated thin-provisioning and reuse of spare disk capacity.
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The policy is...get some

Further indications that the coming upgrades of the major business applications such as SAP and Oracle could cause unsuspecting IT managers more problems than they have planned for, first noted here, have come from SOA Software.
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Widespread growth likely in global ICT sector

Heady days of 20 and 30 per cent growth in the 1990s remains unlikely, but the worldwide ICT sector is expected to grow a vigorous six per cent in 2006, according to a new report.
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Mozilla flaws more joke than jeopardy

Two presenters razzed developers of the open source Mozilla browser this weekend at the ToorCon hacking convention in San Diego with claims that the browser's Javascript implementation is flawed, but the lecture appears to have been more stand-up comedy routine than substantiative research.

Mag names Mac Pro 'fastest PC in UK'

Apple's four-core Intel-based Mac Pro desktop has been named the UK's fastest PC after it was lined up against a top-of-the-line Windows machine by British magazine PC Pro.
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US rattles sabre at North Korea

The US has warned North Korea that it can have nuclear weapons or it can have a future - "but it cannot have them both", the BBC reports.

BT + HP + PepsiCo = $$$

The alliance between BT and HP, which was fanfared earlier this year with a huge inhouse press seminar in Venice, was supposed (at the time) to be simply a way of selling IMS (IP multimedia subsystem) to desperate mobile telcos - so it's quite a surprise to find a big contract announced with Pepsico.

REALbasic 2006 gets Mac Universal binary support

REAL Software has begun shipping REALbasic 2006 Release 4, offering developers targetting the Mac platform the opportunity to create apps ready to run natively on both PowerPC- and Intel-based boxes by selecting a single checkbox.

Bill and Ballmer's bonuses shrink

Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer saw their salaries go up slightly, but watched their bonuses shrink by $50,000 in 2006.

Nvidia stock jumps on Intel takeover rumour

If your arch-rival buys one of two highly competitive graphics chip companies, what else can you do but acquire the other GPU maker? That's exactly what it was yesterday claimed Intel would do: snap up Nvidia after AMD's move to acquire ATI.

Vendor unveils USB Serial-ATA dongle

Japanese storage specialist Novac has figured out an easy way to connect eSATA drives to PCs without a suitable port: a USB-connected adaptor dongle.

Dolphins, dinghies and underground water levels

Ionian Blog Inmarsat now working nicely, thank you. A little longer on deck, and I will be too, but right now I'm a little queasy...and no, it's not the dolphins that are to blame. I only wish the cook was being a little less smug!
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Hubble spies more extra-solar planets

The Hubble Space Telescope has spied sixteen candidate extra-solar planets during a survey of 180,000 stars in the central bulge of the Milky Way galaxy. The findings suggest there could be as many as six billion Jupiter-sized planets in our galaxy.

AMD to conjure a constellation of K8L desktop chips

AMD's stellar codename sequence for its upcoming K8L desktop processor family continues with 'Antares', 'Arcturus' and 'Spica', reports coming out of Taiwan allege. These chips will join 'Altair', which we reported on earlier this week, in AMD's constellation of next-generation 65nm processors.

MS builds tougher piracy protection into Vista

Microsoft has announced plans to tighten up anti-piracy features in its forthcoming operating systems Windows Vista and Windows Server "Longhorn".
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Prof. Wendy Hall receives Borg award

Professor Wendy Hall, head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, will today receive the Anita Borg Award for Technical Leadership at a ceremony in San Diego.

Nvidia to make quantum leap with GeForce 8800?

Nvidia will initially launch two graphics boards based on its next-generation 'G80' GPU when the graphics chip maker brings the product to market in the middle of November, it has been claimed. The boards may also be the first to tout a new physics processing system.
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X Prize punts cash for medical breakthrough

A $10m carrot is being dangled at biotech firms to encourage them to redouble efforts to make genome sequencing available to individuals.
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Nokia jazzes up 5500 Sport jogger phone

Nokia has announced its latest Music Edition handset - this time a version of the 5500 Sport the company launched in May this year. The new model features a revised colour scheme and bundles a 512MB Micro SD card for song storage. Nokia has also put "a fitness carrying strap, bicycle holder and sports headset" in the box. The …
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Crystal balls with HP

Following on from the formal launch earlier this month of the latest version of its Integrity Servers equipped with dual-core Montecito processors, HP put on a users' bash in London to drum up business from both existing and new customers.

Microsoft will police licenses through SMS

Microsoft is beefing up policing for Windows licensing after going back to the drawing board on its asset management strategy.

Vonage calls up USB key phone

VoIP telephony company Vonage has launched its V-Phone USB calling kit in the UK. It's the size of a Flash drive - there's 250MB of free storage space on there - but also includes all you need to use your Vonage account on any PC, anywhere.
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'Bloggers do not have original thought between them'

Tech Digest Oh how I love the Daily Mail. What a splendid newspaper. No, really. Its online offering is now very good to the point where a US-exiled liberal friend of mine confessed to me the other day that after the Gruniard, it is his first online stop for UK news.

AMD said to have approved foundry's 65nm fab

Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor looks set to continue its foundry partnership with AMD into the 65nm era, if industry-insider claims that the chip maker has validated Chartered's 65nm production facility.

A compromise in European patenting debate?

A week ahead of the European Parliament's vote on the European Patent Litigation Agreement (EPLA), the three major groups of MEPs that had been opposing the EPLA have unexpectedly reached a compromise agreement that means they will instead vote for the proposal.
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Tesco self-scan tills 'open to card fraud'

Security shortcomings involving Tesco self-service tills make it easier for crooks to pay for groceries using stolen credit or debit cards, according to UK consumer group Which?.

AOpen touts 'speed-limit breaking' 18x DVD writer

AOpen today announced its first DVD burner capable of writing DVD±R media at 18x speed. It will also read and write DVD-RAMs at 12x. A sort of 18, 12 overture perhaps? Oh well. According to AOpen, it's "a new limit of optical disk drive".
Hard Reg, 05 2006
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Researchers find link between teeth and memory loss

There may be more meaning to the word "wisdom teeth" then previously thought. Dentists, psychologists and neurologists in Stockholm and Umeå in Sweden and Tromsø have been trying to determine why there is a link between tooth loss and memory loss.
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Big Brother voting ruled misleading

Premium rate regulator ICSTIS has ordered Big Brother's phone and text lines to pay for the cost of its investigation, which today found misled voters over the reentry of an evicted housemate.
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Top Gear back on the road

Filming has resumed on Top Gear 15 days after presenter Richard Hammond pranged a 300mph jet-powered dragster, the BBC has confirmed.
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German police hunt runaway breast implant patient

NSFW German police are hunting a quartet of surgically-enhanced women who legged it without paying for their treatment, Bild reports.

UK consumers are Europe's top tech spenders

Brits spend more on consumer electronics than any nation in Europe, market watcher GfK has claimed. Together, we have spent £16.8bn ($31.7bn) on high-tech toys this year. Every UK household has spent, on average, £325 ($612) this year on gizmos, gadgets and assorted electronic equipment - £42 ($81) more than their nearest rivals, the Swiss.

Indian data theft 'exposed'

A man in India offered to sell the front man of a Channel 4 sting operation the credit card details of 200,000 people, the programme Dispatches will reveal tonight.
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2006: journos' year of living dangerously

2006 has so far proved the "deadliest on record" for journalists worldwide, the Guardian reports.

Apple admits iPod Nano colours may 'change over time'

Just when you thought the new metal-made iPod Nano marked an end to screen scratches, there's another threat to the diminutive music player's colorful good looks - and this time Apple's admitted it up front.
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Rigby sets stage for SCH dynasty

Specialist Computer Holdings (SCH) boss Sir Peter Rigby has put his eldest son James in charge of the British business, fueling speculation that he is being lined up for the top job when his dad retires.
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Arnie terminates RFID bill

Legislative proposals to regulate government use of RFID technology in California have been vetoed by state governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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US judges rule on warrantless surveillance

A US appeals court has allowed the government to continue its controversial warrantless surveillance program pending a full review of a ruling by a lower court that the practice is unconstitutional.

HP's 'ethics' chief emerges as spy scandal star

On September 6 - Carly Fiorina's birthday - investigators involved in the HP spy scandal could hear the butcher's footsteps. Quite a few people would be sacrificed because of the public relations mess, and those closest to the probe would likely be cut across the neck first.
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Play chess on your nearest e-voting machine

IT professionals in the Netherlands have demonstrated that the type of e-voting machines chosen by the Irish government for election counts can be secretly hacked.
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Microsoft blesses Datacenter users with limitless OS copies

Microsoft, of all companies, continues to lead the way with free and loose licensing terms around server virtualization software and multi-core processors.
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SOA software guy from Sun walks up to The Reg and says ...

Rich Green, Sun Microsystems' new software chief, thinks his rivals are "hung up" on service oriented architectures (SOA), and are failing to grasp the bigger picture.
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Bugging offices is not a crime (in UK)

Bugging offices in the UK is not a criminal offence, according to surveillance and legal experts speaking to OUT-LAW radio. While recording a phone conversation is a criminal offence, someone could place a recording device in an office legally, they said.
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Micro pretexter makes micro payment to FTC

A tiny business that sold consumers phone records and records of credit card accounts over the Internet is very sorry and promises not to do it again. And no more pretexting, either.
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RIM boss buys Pittsburgh Penguins

Jim Balsillie, head of Research in Motion, the Canadian BlackBerry maker, has bought an NHL ice hockey team, the Pittsburgh Penguins.