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Empower runs out of gas

Mobile messaging software company Empower Interactive Group has gone into administration. The company's SMS and MMS software is used by several mobile operators, including Orange UK, Wind in Italy, Singapore's Starhub, and Etisalat in the UAE.

Nike + iPod poses threat to personal security

One of this year's must-have gadgets for music-crazy runners is a security nightmare that could help someone track your movements with relative ease, according to researchers at the University of Washington.
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Yahoo! joins Amazon in literary Google snub

Yahoo! has refused to provide Google with details of its book digitising programme that Google believes could help it to defend itself in a lawsuit. Amazon.com has already turned down a similar request.

Apple iPhone to have two batteries, no network ties?

Apple's upcoming iPhone will go on sale next month with two memory capacities and no ties to a specific network, it has been claimed. The 'small as s**t' handset is based on a slider form-factor, it's said - presumably to better match the iPod design ethos.

Spam: now made in China

The politics of unwanted email is changing with China set to overtake the US any day now as the originator of most Irish inbox clutter.
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Firms must adapt to Generation Y workforce

Irish companies are unprepared for the technology demands of their younger workforce or their customers, according to a new report.
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Bubbly meteor hints at seeds of life

Scientists have found evidence that the seeds of life may indeed have fallen from the sky.

Nintendo Wii starting to ship to UK buyers?

Nintendo's Wii console may already be en route to some European pre-order customers ahead of this coming Friday's launch day, even as - surprise, surprise - the new games machine sold out in Japan following its launch there this weekend.

Public bodies face disability law change

The UK's 45,000 public bodies face a fundamental change to the way they operate with the arrival of new disability legislation, which came into force today.
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Samsung intros Ultra Edition media phones

Samsung today extended its Ultra Edition line of handsets with a trio of phones pitched at specific usage models: the Ultra Music F300, the Ultra Video F500 and the Ultra Messaging i600, the latter a 3G handset that supports HSDPA-accelerated downloads.

Sony says battery burn-out probe should have been quicker

Sony has admitted it could have moved "more quickly" to tackle the burning battery bug that hit two of the company's biggest power-pack customers, Dell and Apple, and prompted many others to recall Sony-made lithium-ion batteries.

Toshiba touts slimline business phone

Toshiba's TS32 isn't the thinnest of candybar mobile phones, but at 10.3mm thick it comes very close. Launched today, the tri-band GSM/GPRS handset sports a 1.9in, 176 x 200, 262,144-colour display, Bluetooth 1.2 and a 1.3 megapixel camera.
Hard Reg, 04 2006
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The War on Terror claims doughnuts

Airport security is a serious business, but why was a Reg reader refused a Krispy Kreme doughnut at Heathrow airport?
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Bath researchers gas up green cars

Researchers at Bath University have developed a new hydrogen storage technique they think could pave the way for greener cars.

Logicalis seals CSF Solutions deal

Logicalis UK has upped its stake in the market for big old iron by snapping up CSF Solutions.
Joe Fay, 04 2006
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Yuletide Weblog roundup

Stob Ah, Christmas! When pubs fill up with inexperienced drinkers to the disapproval of regular sots, when lunchtime turkey sarnies get a blob of cranberry jam and are relaunched as 'Christmas dinner flavour' for a 40p premium, and when the moneyed middle-classes are not ashamed to be seen shopping at Woolworth's.
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Alcatel and Microsoft say 'business as usual' despite patent spat

Analysis The legal action uncovered this week between Microsoft and Alcatel is seen by many as sounding the death knell to their cosy carve up of the IPTV market among global tier one telcos.
Faultline, 04 2006
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How long until the mobile is the heart of entertainment?

Comment When we first began thinking of the mobile phone as "our identity" it became obvious overnight that it was the most personal and handy portal for all entertainment services. But how long will it take until that eventuality comes about.
Faultline, 04 2006
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BT Vision is go

BT said it expects to sign up hundreds of thousands of subscribers for its Vision TV over broadband service within the year, with two to three million subscribing in the medium term.
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Auditors cast shadow on NASA's moon budget

NASA is under increasing pressure from government auditors to rein in its budget for getting astronauts back to the moon.
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AMD in chip top 10 for first time

AMD can kiss goodbye to its scrappy underdog status after forcing its way into the world chip rankings top 10 for the first time.
Joe Fay, 04 2006

Bargain: PC World flogging itself for £30

It seems PC World management have had enough of Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) raps and investigations that say they can't fix computers, and have decided to jump ship before the going gets any tougher.
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Yahoo! and Reuters want your phone pics

Yahoo! and Reuters are creating a website to collect video and photos taken by readers.

E-Ten Glofiish X500 GPS smart phone

Review You're about to launch your latest all-in-one Windows Mobile 5.0 device but need it to stand out from the plethora of similar PDAs and handhelds. What do you do? Simple, give it a quirky brand name and then tout it as the world's thinnest GPS and Wi-Fi enabled Pocket PC phone...
Wes White, 04 2006
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Telabria goes titsup, takes down So Broadband

Kent-based wireless ISP Telabria Ltd has called in the liquidators and has begun selling off its network assets.

Symantec customers stranded by renewals glitch

Updated Symantec's integration with Veritas in the UK has run into computer problems, leaving many Symantec customers unable to renew their corporate anti-virus licenses and large numbers of computers unprotected.
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Movie studios prep Fraud II for the holidays

Silicon Justice The Motion Picture Association of America have been some busy pigopolists as of late.

SCO's clusters crippled by missing 'ING'

The poor SCO Group can't get much right these days, including keeping its high availability clusters highly available.
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OSDL fires staff to help it focus

Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) has declared a change in priorities, deciding to focus less on employment and more on legal issues.