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PowerColor ATI Radeon X1950 Pro

Review ATI's Radeon X1950 XTX proved to be an excellent performer, but the price tag was high, which put it out of reach for most of us. Today, ATI launches the X1950 Pro, a cut down version of the X1950 XTX. It comes in at an amazing price point and it's also got a couple of new features, in particular internal CrossFire connectors. But can it match its predecessor's performance? We tested PowerColor's X1950 Pro board to find out...
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US DoJ SRAM probe takes in Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi has become the third company to confess it has been approached by the US Department of Justice regarding the anti-trust agency's investigation into the US SRAM market. The DoJ has itself yet to confirm it is looking into the SRAM business, or why.
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Swiss banks broke privacy laws over SWIFT transfers: data chief

Swiss banks broke the law by passing customer bank details to US authorities, Switzerland's top data protection official has said. The banks should have told customers that international transaction company SWIFT was passing details to the US, he said.
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Irish chip firm secures $8.2m outlay

Microchip design company RedMere Technology has secured venture capital investment to fund research into chipsets for high definition TVs.

Transcend touts fastest SDHC card

Taiwan's Transcend has launched what appears to be the world's first Class 6 SDHC device, less than a month after rival Elecom began touting the first ever Class 4 high-capacity SD 2.0 memory card. The 4GB card has a guaranteed speed of up to 6MBps - hence Class 6. The base level is Class 2 - 2MBps. The part goes on sale next month. Of course, to make the most of the Transcend card, you'll need a Class 6-capable card reader, but that's another story... ®
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£1bn of OGC business up for grabs

The government is looking for suppliers of integrated systems to help with its efficiency and transformation programmes
Kablenet, 17 2006

HDD stackers offered stackable 'naked' 3.5in drive case

Following the trend of stacking internal hard drives externally? Japanese storage accessory specialist Century may have come up with a system to make stacking more simple. Dubbed the Naked Lunch Box - whether in homage to William Burroughs, or because the unit's see-through isn't clear - it's a plastic casing for 3.5in HDDs that doubles up as a stacking tool and a carry case, the company claimed.

3G Motorola Q smart phone to ship as the 'Q Pro'?

Motorola announced it was working on a 3G UMTS version of its Q Windows Mobile-based smart phone way back in February this year. It promised to ship the product in Q4. So why are smart-phone watchers getting into such a fuss about the Motorola Q Pro?
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Orange broadband is down and out

Updated: Orange Broadband went down yesterday leaving customers with no access.

Europe's banks Target payments upgrade

When the Euro was created, the European banks had to create a real-time payments settlement system to handle it. Not unnaturally, this was built on top of the existing systems. Now, however, they're upgrading it to a new system that turns those decentralised systems into a single centralised one.
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RIAA drops file sharing case

The Recording Industry Ass. of America has dropped a case against Paul Wilke who was accused of sharing music files over a peer-to-peer network.
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iSoft predicts fall in revenue and offers itself for sale

Troubled health provider iSoft is up for sale and expects revenues to fall between 10 and 15 per cent for the year.

Sony begins Vaio battery recall

Sony has announced details of the Vaio laptop battery recall it admitted last month it was going to initiate. And Toshiba has indicated it may sue the Japanese giant in order to gain recompense for any damage it alleges may have been done to its brand by its own battery recall.

Sun touts boxed-up data centres

Sun has looked to the future and has, we assume, seen that it is metal, and box-shaped.
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EU mulls RFID privacy laws

Concern about the privacy implications of using RFID tags need to be overcome if the technology is to gain public acceptance, according to a new EU study.
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The keys to mobile success

Mobile workshop roundup As many of you will have noticed, we have been running an online workshop on the site over the past month or so gathering reader views on the way things are unfolding in the mobile space.
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TV causes autism - study

Researchers at Cornell University and Purdue University have claim to have found a link between childhood TV watching and autism, confirming what everyone had already surmised.

Vodafone to serve up LG's 3G Chocolate phone

Vodafone will bring the 3G version of LG's Chocolate slider phone to the UK this Christmas, the carrier revealed yesterday. The KU800 will join LG's low-end 3G clamshell phone the L600V as the first two LG handsets the network has offered to UK buyers.
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Be-ez parades autumn collection MacBook cases

Shiny white Apple MacBook now in your possession? Want to keep it spotless and safe from scratches? Of course you do, and a slip-case is just the thing. French laptop bag designer Be-ez has extended its LArobe range of zip-up slip-cases for MacBooks and MacBook Pros with a trio of "autumn colours": purple, khaki and blue. …
Hard Reg, 17 2006

Nvidia rooted by Linux graphics bug

Updated Security researchers have published an exploit that highlights a long-standing security bug in Nvidia graphic drivers for Linux. Nvidia Driver For Linux v8774 and v8762 are subject to a buffer overflow bug that creates a means for hackers to inject hostile code as root. The bug might be exploited locally or remotely, providing malicious hackers are able to trick users into visiting a maliciously-constructed website.

Fayrewood flogs UMD

Distie Fayrewood is selling UMD, part of its Niche Distribution division, to Italian firm Esprinet for €79m.

Slingbox to get Symbian smart-phone playback app

Slingbox TV-over-the-net maker Sling Media today confirmed that it is indeed working on a version of its SlingPlayer application for Symbian-based handsets. The software is scheduled to ship by the end of the year.

Medion brings Berlitz City Guides to sat nav trio

Medion today widened its route-planning hardware line-up with three widescreen sat nav units ready for the bamboozled, unwilling-to-ask-for-dircections motorist in your life. The three models all incorporate Berlitz city guides to provide useful travel information typically missing from maps and places-of-interest lists.
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Galactic collision captured in stunning detail

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have snapped the most detailed image ever of a pair of colliding galaxies, known as the Antenna galaxy.
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BenQ models 'world's thinnest' 7Mp compact digicam

BenQ has popped a flash on what it claims is the world's slimmest seven megapixel digital camera. The BenQ X720 is a mere 1.3cm front to back, excluding, of course, the extending Pentax lens mechanism with its 3x optical zoom facility.

Sony Ericsson to bring LocationFree TV to P990i

Sony Ericsson is to ship a version of Sony's LocationFree TV-over-the-net software for its P990i 3G UMTS-equipped smart phone, the handset maker said today.

EMC's profit drops, along with the spirits of 1,250 staff

Despite strong third quarter storage and software sales, EMC plans to do away with 1,250 staff over the next year.

Samsung Flash drives win WHQL thumbs-up

It's official - Samsung's Solid-State Disk (SSD) products are Windows compatible. Yes, the South Korean giant's three Flash-based hard drives - two 32GB models and a 16GB unit - have passed Microsoft's WHQL certification, the manufacturer said today.
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Europe's mobile operators flex their muscles

Phones4U's announcement that it will be only independent retailer to sell Vodafone contracts has had an immediate impact on the whole mobile phone retail business.
Bill Ray, 17 2006
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E-passport launched in Ireland

Ireland has launched its e-passport, just days ahead of a US deadline to bring in biometric passports or risk being booted from the visa waiver scheme.
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Carphone Warehouse takes on eBay

Second-hand phones are dime a dozen, and while the trade in second-hand handsets might not be good for manufacturers, it is good for network operators who see greater deployment of advanced handsets as driving new revenue opportunities.
Bill Ray, 17 2006
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Boffins brew up new element

Russian and American scientists yesterday announced they'd "discovered" a new superheavy element - 118, aka ununoctium.
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MPs condemn school fingerprinting

Shadow ministers for the Libdems and Conservatives have condemned schools that fingerprint children.

Mac OS X 10.5 to support HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc?

Apple may be preparing to support not only Blu-ray Disc but also HD DVD, it has emerged. The next major relase of the Mac OS X operating system, 'Leopard' may allow users to play and burn both types of high-definition media - making it a sort of Hi-Def Leppard, we suppose... oh well... - it has be claimed.

Linux-on-Mac team to ship PS3 release

Terra Soft Solutions is to port its PowerPC-based Yellow Dog Linux distribution over to the PlayStation 3, the company claimed today. PS3 support will come courtesy of YDL 5.0, which is due to ship mid-November - as is the PS3.
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Comets, free range info and Reuters' Second Life

Letters We have LOTS of silly letters this week, but a few sensible ones too. Let's get straight to the important stuff, so we can finish off with the daftness for dessert.
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Nokia announces S60 challenge winners

Nokia has announced the winners of its annual developer's challenge competition.
Bill Ray, 17 2006

MacBook Pro bites Man... allegedly

MacBook Pro owner Alfredo Melloni maintains his two-month-old 15in-screen notebook runs so hot it has burned his hands. He's posted piccies of his poached palms on the web and claims to have had the alleged injury verified by his doctor.
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Smartphones - cement or compost?

Symbian Show Symbian CEO played footsie with hubris when he predicted the end of the PC today. Nigel Clifford was speaking at a press conference at Symbian's Smartphone Show held in the London's docklands today and tomorrow.

Microsoft promises to give away key virtualization spec

Hoping to up interest in its virtualization wares, Microsoft today freed up one of its key specifications used to manipulate virtual servers and applications.

US Defense Department pays $440m for HP's 'special services'

Nothing says, "We're reading your every word and listening to your every phone call" better than a $440m deal between HP and the US Department of Defense.

Microsoft goes R&D crazy, gets caught in analyst headlights

Microsoft is spending $1.3bn more than previously announced to take on internet rivals Google and Yahoo!.
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E2E: even better than sliced bread?

Comment E2E Technologies, which stands for 'end-to-end', is a Swiss company in the application integration space and is not to be confused with either e2e Media, which is a marketing company, or E2E, which is a UK government educational initiative.
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Record industry uploads 8,000 lawsuits

A recording industry lobby group has launched 8,000 new cases alleging illegal file sharing all over the world but none of them is British because the UK lobby group is focusing on its negotiations with internet service providers.
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Yahoo! not! satisfied! with! Q3!

Yahoo! today pumped out its Q3s and promptly said it was "not satisfied" with its performance. $158.5m net income (Q3 05: $253.7m) on $1.121bn net revenues, 20 per cent higher than Q3 '05.

Intel beats Street by country mile

Price cuts and inventory write-offs hit Intel's bottom line in Q3 with net income falling 35 per cent year on year to $1.3bn on revenues down 12 per cent.
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Software and taxes fuel IBM's big Q3

Money talks, but for IBM it's software - and the odd tax adjustment - that walks. IBM recorded a 46.5 per cent growth in net income to $2.22bn on revenue up 5.1 per cent to $22.6bn, and earnings per diluted share of $1.45, compared to $0.94, for the third quarter ended September 30. IBM beat analyst expectations of $22.08bn revenue and $1.35 EPS.