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iPass adds T-Mobile and Inmarsat to global network

iPass customers will soon be able to roam onto T-Mobile's UK network using their existing credentials, should they be too far from a Wi-Fi hotspot and wanting faster speeds than a satellite connection can provide.
Bill Ray, 07 2007
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Cisco pumps up the profits

Cisco has had a good quarter, correction, a bloody good quarter, with Q2 net income 40 per cent up on last year to $1.9bn and sales up 20 per cent to $8.4bn. Scientific Atlanta, bought in fiscal Q3 last year, brought in net sales of $639m in this quarter ended January 27.
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IBM hits Lenovo with $123m stock sale shocker

IBM hit Lenovo with a jarring share sale, unloading $123m of stock in the PC maker.

Sun stuns with on-time arrival of Niagara III

Just weeks after posting a profit, Sun Microsystems has dealt out another shocker – a future version of its UltraSPARC T1 chip should arrive on time.

DDoSers bombard Military root server (and more)

At least three DNS root servers, including one maintained by the US Department of Defense, were flooded with data for about 12 hours in an attack that was notable more for its audacity than any noticeable degradation of internet traffic.
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Symantec: Microsoft conflict of interest is damaging internet

RSA Symantec's chief executive has lambasted Microsoft for a dangerous conflict of interest as both the provider of an operating system and seller of software designed to secure its users.

AMD counters Intel with Opterons in all sizes

AMD has grown tired of hearing about Intel's four-core Xeon wonders and so countered today with some faster Opterons and some lower-voltage ones. If you can't beat them with cores, beat them with variety.
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Acer tries to drag up PC ASPs

Acer is looking to buck the laws of the channel this year by driving ASPs up.
Joe Fay, 07 2007
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Samsung settles DRAM price-fixing lawsuit

Samsung will pay $90m to bring to an end lawsuits brought against it by 41 US states as a result of its role in a worldwide DRAM price-fixing cartel. It will also aid the plaintiffs in ongoing legal action against its co-conspirators.
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Cybercrime? Forget it

I would imagine that some reading this would be old enough to remember the hard hitting TV series The Sweeney. Each episode was action packed with crashing and banging as the heroes went from "manor to manor" "spinning drums" and "executing Ws" after showing "their briefs"*.
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Truphone starts talking to Google

Mobile VoIP provider Truphone has teamed up with the Google Talk network to offer customers free calls.
Bill Ray, 07 2007

AMD rolls out top-of-the-line Opterons

AMD has taken the axe to its Opteron processor price list today - and rolled out a stack of low-power server chips into the bargain. It also topped a number of lines with new speed-bump CPUs.

Acer out to push laptop prices up

Acer is looking to buck the laws of the channel this year by driving product prices up. The vendor, which has been the hardware supplier in some of the more spectacular cheap offers from the likes of supermarket giant Tesco, is banking on customers developing a taste for the finer things in life to help it defy PC gravity.
Joe Fay, 07 2007

Asus flows in water-cooled GeForce 8800 GTX

Asus has announced an Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX-based graphics card overclocked from 575MHz to 630MHz thanks to a built-in water cooling system. The new card, which will ship under the AquaTank brand, ships with 768MB of GDDR3, likewise clocked above the standard 1.8GHz effective to 2.06GHz.

Dell denies handheld games console plan

Dell has distanced itself from claims apparently made by one its own executives that it is developing a handheld games console to challenge Sony's PlayStation Portable and Nintendo's DS.
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PHP security from the inside

Stefan Esser is the founder of both the Hardened-PHP Project and the PHP Security Response Team (which he recently left). Federico Biancuzzi discussed with him how the PHP Security Response Team works, why he resigned from it, what features he plans to add to his own hardening patch, the interaction between Apache and PHP, the upcoming "Month of PHP bugs" initiative, and common mistakes in the design of well-known applications such as WordPress.

Love triangle astronaut released on bail

Astronaut Lisa Nowak was released on $25,500 bail after appearing in court in Orlando on charges of attempted first-degree murder, attempted kidnapping, and three other offences.
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PlusNet goofs on passwords

ISP PlusNet is warning customers who use its forums that their passwords could, theoretically, have been accessed by a hacker.

10GBase-T: overheated and out of spec?

Companies touting full TCP offload engines (TOEs) for 10Gig Ethernet are barking up the wrong tree - and worse than that, they do not comply with the specs for 10GBase-T, a chipset supplier has claimed.
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Third letter bomb at DVLA

Updated A letter bomb has exploded at the DVLA headquarters in Swansea.
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US surveillance of soldiers' blogs sparks lawsuit

The US Army is being sued by a privacy group that wants the military to come clean about how it monitors websites and soldiers' blogs for potential military leaks.
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Network operators to create mobile search engine

A consortium of network operators are banding together to back their own mobile internet search, according to The Telegraph.
Bill Ray, 07 2007
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Shuttle XPC X200M mini PC

Review We gave a brief rundown of the Shuttle X200 at the beginning of January and now it's time for a proper look at the new media centre PC. Externally, the X200 is near-identical to the X100HA that we previously reviewed as it uses the same sleek case. So it's still absolutely tiny, with dimensions of 21 x 30 x 6cm.
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Telecom Italia set to launch 'cellular book'

Telecom Italia and Philips subsidiary Polymer Vision - though it's soon to be spun off - will next week launch Readius, the first mobile device with cellular connectivity and a roll-out high-resolution, high-contrast 5in display.

Nine charged with massive VAT fraud

Following raids and ten arrests yesterday, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs is charging nine people with cheating the public revenue.
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ID theft fears as VA loses another hard disc

A hard drive containing the personal data of up to 48,000 veterans is missing, presumed stolen, the Department of Veterans Affairs admitted last week.
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Norwegian regulator gives Steve Jobs cool response

The Norwegian Consumer Council, which complains Apple and its iTunes music store acts illegally under Norwegian law, has reacted cautiously to Steve Jobs' letter calling for an end to Digital Rights Management.
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Replace your broken biometric passport? Just say no...

Analysis Widespread reports (proving at least that the press and opposition parties can speed read executive summaries) damn the Identity & Passport Service for only securing a two year warranty for a product with a ten year lifespan. Ah, but that's by no means the only thing about the project that's broken.
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eBay in gearbox sex doll snap shocker

NSFW Any reader looking for a second-hand "Ford/Westfield/locost/kitcar type 9 gearbox" with a bit a added va-va-voom is advised to get down sharpish to this eBay auction where there's one available right now complete with "standard ratios, short nose" and "shortened gear lever included".
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Amazon unboxes films for TiVo

US TiVo users will soon be able to download films direct to their TiVo box for viewing on their TV, using the Amazon Unbox service.
Bill Ray, 07 2007

PC World in non-misleading TV ad shocker

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected complaints against a PC World laptop advert which claimed the technology on offer was "pretty much future-proof".
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Met Office crashes at mention of snow

Hot on the heels of the recent Southern Railway website debacle - where inclement weather provoked a rush of information-seeking commuters to the company's online information resource, thereby instantly derailing it - we're delighted to report that just the threat of some white stuff falling from the sky has buried the Met Office. The weather-botherers' site currently offers:

LG shows Shine in Europe

LG launched its Shine metal-cased slider phone in Europe today, though the handset began shipping to mobile phone networks and retailers on Monday. The Chocolate follow-up's key features: a shiny 2.2in, 262,144-colour, 240 x 320 display and a cylindrical scroll control.
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IPTV: Creating a flexible network core

"There's nothing decent on TV," is a common refrain in our house. Even though we have heeded the BBC adverts and invested in some Freeview boxes, it seems that even increasing the available channels from five to roughly 50 does not guarantee a cosy evening in front of the box. It wasn't much different when we lived in America, except that baseball was on most evenings; however, I am in a minority in my family being a fan of the sport.
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MGM floored over Wargames.com

The owner of Wargames.com - a website dedicated to selling, well, wargames - has won the right to retain the domain name despite the best attempts of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to wrest it from him.
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Vodafone moves into MySpace

Social networking site MySpace will be exclusively available through Vodafone Live!, the companies announced today.
Bill Ray, 07 2007
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Austrian police bust international child abuse ring

Austrian investigators have uncovered a child porn network involving an estimated 2,360 suspects in 77 countries.

OCZ goes for gold

Memory specialist OCZ has announced its latest gamer-oriented memory module pack: a pair of 2GB DIMMs clocked at 800MHz and offering latency ratings of 5-5-5-18, ready for dual-channel configurations.
Hard Reg, 07 2007
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Letter bombs: an expert writes

Analysis Bomb-disposal operators quite like letter bombs, or "postals" as they are known in the trade. A postal device – especially if it's in an actual letter, as opposed to a parcel – is usually not very powerful. Even unprotected civilians are seldom killed by postals, and an operator in full armour can feel fairly relaxed when dealing with one.

Nintendo patents games console phone

Forget about the iPhone, does anyone fancy an nPhone? Yes, Nintendo has successfully patented a handset design that incorporates not only all the usual phone buttons but also a trio of game controller keys too.
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Firefox popup exploit allows file snooping

A vulnerability in Firefox's popup blocker software creates a means to read files from affected systems, security researchers warn.

EMC tries to appease investors with VMware IPO

EMC will set its VMware subsidiary somewhat free via an IPO (initial public offering).
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Nokia goes Communicator crazy

Under fire from financial analysts for the tepid performance of its Enterprise group, Nokia is set to add two new products to its business range and revamp its hit communicator, the E61.
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UK to jail data thieves for two years

People who steal personal data in the UK will face up to two years' jail, the Government announced today.