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ATI lost graphics market share to Nvidia in Q3

Investors who argue that AMD should sell off its ATI discrete graphics operation will take heart from market research published today which shows the chip maker's GPU division saw its market share fall in all segments during Q3.
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Buffalo bullish over skinny scrollwheel mouse

No, it's not Apple's next-generation iPod Shuffle, but add-on maker Buffalo's latest mouse, a slimline 8mm-thick rodent with an iPod-style scrollwheel in place of the more usual vertically placed rotary control. The wheel rotates to control a window's vertical scroll bar, but pressing the left or right edges scrolls …
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Rational desktop tools tweaked for SOA

IBM has announced its Rational Software Delivery Platform 7.0 for desktops, to help developers design and deliver service oriented architectures (SOAs).
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Yahoo! restructures!

Yahoo!'s chief operating officer Daniel Rosenweig and entertainment group head Lloyd Braun are both leaving the company.
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ICSTIS launches a child's guide to premium rate services

ICSTIS, the UK's premium-rate regulator, has launched a site to explain to children how premium-rate services operate, and how to avoid being ripped off.
Bill Ray, 06 2006

Nvidia Quadro FX 3500M debuts in Dell workstation

Nvidia has extended its family of Quadro FX workstation-class mobile graphics chips and already begun supplying the part - the 3500M - to Dell for the PC giant's Precision M90 notebook, the chip maker said yesterday.

Superheroes: protect your hidden HQ by... er... USB

This has to be one of the daftest USB gadgets we've come across: the Secret Base Emergency Button. Plug it in, press the top to open the shutter and reveal the red emergency key, hit that and... your PC shuts down. Yes, but it's the way it shuts down that matters.
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UN reports on dismal state of web accessibility

Ninety-seven per cent of websites fail to achieve a minimum level of accessibility, according to the first ever global web accessibility survey. A new UN convention aims to change that.

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Storage revs up in third quarter

The world’s insatiable appetite for storing compliance data, viral emails and jpegs of Britney helped the external storage market boost revenues another 7 per cent in the third quarter.
Joe Fay, 06 2006
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Christmas decorations scupper Wi-Fi

A new study from AirMagnet has demonstrated that Wi-Fi signal strength can drop by up to 25 per cent when seasonal decorations are in place.
Bill Ray, 06 2006
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Feel as though you've missed the SaaS bandwagon?

Quocirca's changing channels If you're an independent software vendor (ISV) and concerned that you are about to miss the software as a service (SaaS) bandwagon, rest assured there is no shortage of organisations out there ready to lend a hand.

Unpatched Word flaw menaces civilisation

Microsoft has warned of a serious - and as yet unpatched vulnerability - in Word. Hackers (albeit to a limited extent) are exploiting the zero-day flaw in its ubiquitous Office application, Redmond warns.

i-mate roadmap reveals slick quad-band communicator

What has smart-phone seller i-mate got on its product roadmap for the coming months? According to a copy of what's said to the supplier's near-term release schedule, it has a number of interesting handsets in the pipeline, including a slick, black clamshell communicator, the K-Jar.
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Heathrow gets fingerprint scanners

Passengers booked on one of two flights out of Heathrow will be able to skip queues if they hand over fingerprint and other biometric data.

iPod Shuffle sprouts dock-defeating Bud

Top marks to accessory maker Incipio for coming up with a handy adaptor that will allow anyone who owns a second-generation iPod Shuffle to take it travelling without Apple's dock and cables. Dubbed the Bud, the adaptor has a USB port on one end and a special 3.5mm jack on the other ready for data transfer and recharging.

Dell Inspiron 6400 Core 2 Duo laptop

Review With the advent of Intel's Core 2 Duo processors we're at last beginning to see the kind of power and portability that was being claimed, somewhat optimistically, back in the early days of notebook computing. Not one to miss out, Dell has rolled out its Core 2 Duo based Inspiron 6400...

Mobile phones safe to use, says study

A long-term study, carried out by the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology in Denmark and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, has found no increased incidence of cancer among mobile phone users.
Bill Ray, 06 2006

BT gets into transformation game

BT may only have a couple of hundred Welsh people connected to its 21st Century Network, but that hasn't stopped the telco trying to flog its "transformation" expertise to other telcos worldwide.
Joe Fay, 06 2006

Sun accused of copyright fraud

A development tools maker is suing Sun Microsystems, alleging its StorageTek arm has infringed its copyright and defrauded it through misrepresentations in negotiations aimed at settling the dispute.

Romanian hacker disrupts NASA communications

A Romanian hacker has been charged with running amok on more than 150 US government computers.

Windows Trojan masquerades as Vista hack

A week after Windows Vista's official launch hackers have devised their first attack, targeting pirates trying to install illegal copies of Microsoft's operating system.
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Gowers: crack down on pirates

Gordon Brown delivered his last pre-budget report this afternoon, and launched the findings of the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property.
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Brown hits contractors in pre-Budget speech

Gordon Brown has delivered his pre-Budget speech warning of a clampdown on copyright fraud and tax avoidance by managed service, or composite, companies. Managed service companies are used by some contractors as way to reduce tax and National Insurance contributions.

Child catcher handset launched in UK

Paranoid parents can now track their children even if the little dears give the nanny the slip or escape from the loving embrace of the Chelsea tractor. i-Kids is a new handset being launched by Mobiles2Go, along with a service specifically aimed at providing parents with the ability to track their children on demand using an in-built GPS receiver.
Bill Ray, 06 2006
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Novell profitable as revenue drops

Novel expects a drop in revenue for its current, fourth quarter and is predicting a flat 12 months, despite rising Linux sales and a Microsoft sales boost.
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Carphone Warehouse makes up with Vodafone

Just a couple of months after Vodafone announced that Phones4U would get the exclusive right to sell its connections it has back-peddled and will allow CW to sell contract renewals and pre-pay connections.
Bill Ray, 06 2006
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Azul opens 768-core diner with Vega 2

Java crusher Azul Systems has birthed a second generation of hardware and proven that it's a start-up capable of learning lessons.
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Liquid water thrives beneath Mars surface - NASA

NASA today unleashed its "squirting gun" by making bold claims about the presence of very liquid, very flowing water on Mars.
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SCO's web site shows signs of life

Cluster Watch: Day 6 It may have been CEO Darl McBride or attorney David Boies, but someone has stepped up to fix the SCO Group's web site.