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Forensics reaches into the future

We began researching this piece long before the recent murders in Suffolk. That horror has served to remind us that forensic technologies are now often the first thought in any criminal investigation. The shiny power of DNA technology is in no doubt, but are we in danger of being dazzled by it?

Software's unfinished business for 2007

2006 in review 2006 was an important year for enterprise software and developer tools. The computing old guard trudged on with product updates, marketing hype, and the spinning of political schemes. New challengers, meanwhile, gained traction and credibility. We identify the big events and trends of 2006 that will reverberate for the next year, and look at how they will play out.
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Scottish youths pelt Santa with mince pies

Health and Safety officials in a Scottish shopping centre were forced to issue their Santa with a hard hat after youths pelted the poor old boy with mince pies, the Daily Telegraph reports.
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Taiwan earthquake shakes internet

An undersea earthquake off the coast of Taiwan on Boxing day severely disrupted communications across east Asia by damaging cables.
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Oz military to battle cane toads

An Australian environmental group has asked the military to intervene in a last-ditch attempt to stop the inexorable advance of the cane toad on Darwin, Reuters reports.
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Woman felled by dolphin attack

RZSL A woman aboard a small pleasure cruiser was seriously injured yesterday by a dolphin which leapt into the craft off the coast of New Zealand.
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Sharon Stone stuffed in 2006 movie turkey list

Sharon Stone's legendary charms failed to wow the movie crowds during 2006, with Basic Instinct 2 taking just $5m at the domestic box office, Variety reports. Given that the movie cost $70m to make, it rated as the biggest flop of the year.

Windows DRM is the 'longest suicide note in history'

Copy-protection features in Windows Vista make the operating system more bloated while giving few benefits to end users, according to a new security paper.
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Xmas malware frenzy

Hackers are shamelessly exploiting the festive season to spread malware.
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BLOG - RTFM - and why not?

My central heating chose to pack up on Xmas Eve, as it does, and this nice man from British Gas came round to fix it. [As an aside, even in Midwinter, you don't actually need central heating, especially these days when winters aren't so cold - we're not actually freezing. Which is worth remembering, since central heating is probably a major contributor to global warming - woolly jumpers are OK, which gives us a nice warm feeling; even if all the wood we're now burning is more problematic.]
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Enemies dig in for WiMAX-on-cell phone trench war

Column As the WiMax hype machine moves into high gear ahead of next month's 802.20 working group meeting in London, UK, workers on the various wireless standards are anxious to calm down negative reports about the problems they might have on making this family of wireless work in true mobile fashion.

Apple fixes first-gen iPod Shuffle DRM playback glitch?

Apple has updated a software repair tool for its first-generation iPod Shuffle that is said to now allow the Flash-based music player to work correctly with songs downloaded from the company's own online music shop.

AMD to ship Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 'next quarter'

AMD will ship the Athlon 64 X2 6000+ and release the single-core Athlon 64 4000+ next quarter, it has been claimed. Both with be the last current-generation chips, allowing AMD to focus on its next-generation architecture, due to launch in Q3.

Samsung launches HSDPA slider phone... again

Samsung has launched its ultra-thin 'super 3G' slider phone in Europe for the second time this year, having first touted the 13.8mm thick handset back in August this year. It's Samsung's first phone with Google search and Mail pre-installed.
Hard Reg, 27 2006