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Sony US yanks 20GB PlayStation 3

It's official: Sony has canned the 20GB PlayStation 3, a version of the console never seen in the UK, Europe and PAL territories, but released in the US and Japan.
Tony Smith, 12 Apr 2007
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Shuttle debuts firey hued, liquid cooled gaming PC

Small form-factor PC specialist Shuttle has introduced its first liquid-cooled system, launching the flame-coloured performance box in Japan as the limited edition SDXi 1337 series.
Tony Smith, 12 Apr 2007
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Ebuyer caught pinching content again

Ebuyer has again been caught stealing content from rival websites.
John Oates, 12 Apr 2007

Orange unpeels Samsung BlackBerry-esque i600

Orange will be bringing Samsung's Windows Mobile-based BlackBerry-like i600 smart phone to the UK and France, the carrier's website has revealed. It'll arrive toward the end of this month, others have claimed.
Tony Smith, 12 Apr 2007

Intel Core 2 Celerons benchmarked

Intel's upcoming Core 2-derived single-core 65nm Celeron 400 series looks set to give comparably clocked AMD Athlon 64 processors a run for their money, if pre-release benchmarks posted on the net are to be believed.
Tony Smith, 12 Apr 2007
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Hitachi Consulting acquires Impact Plus

Hitachi Consulting has expanded its reach into the European services and solutions market with the acquisition of UK-based IT consulting firm Impact Plus.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Apr 2007
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Finisar unwraps cure for SAN fabric blindness

Network test and measurement specialist Finisar has introduced a protocol analyser for 8Gig Fibre Channel, aimed both at SAN equipment developers and integrators, and large enterprise users.
Bryan Betts, 12 Apr 2007
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Government predicts one third of people will resist ID checks

One in three people will resist identity checks according to Government figures. The just-released statistics predict a widespread revolt over identity cards, but the Home Office has dismissed the figures as irrelevant and out of date.
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 Apr 2007
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Overlooking tradeoffs could kill your project

One of our readers, Bill Nicholls, has just written in with a comment on my "Housebuilding as a metaphor for software development" blog.
David Norfolk, 12 Apr 2007
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Trading Standards officers become copyright enforcers

Trading Standards officers are now empowered to enter premises and seize goods and documents they believe to be involved in copyright infringement, now that changes to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act have come into force.
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 Apr 2007

Nintendo upgrades Wii web browser

Nintendo has rolled out a smarter version of its Wii games console's Internet Channel, offering the application - based on the Opera web browser - to Net-connected Wii owners free of charge until 30 June.
Tony Smith, 12 Apr 2007

Samsung 10.9mm skinny phone slips into Europe

Samsung has launched its Ultra Edition II 10.9 - more prosiacally also known as the SGH-U600 - in Europe - for a second time. It first showed the 10.9mm-thick slider phone back in February at the 3GSM show.
Tony Smith, 12 Apr 2007

Dell and Adobe UK look for their calculators

Dell makes the channel feel good Good news for the channel, Dell had another bad week. As if being ticked off by Nasdaq for not handing in regulatory filings for its past fiscal year wasn't bad enough, the direct vendor also had a bad fourth quarter in laptop sales. Shipments fell 1.5 per cent from the third quarter to 3.52 …
Billy MacInnes, 12 Apr 2007
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EU poised for vote on roaming cap

The EU committee on Industry, Research and Energy is to vote this morning on a proposal to cap the amount network operators can charge for roaming within the EU, potentially reducing the cost of roaming by 70 per cent.
Bill Ray, 12 Apr 2007
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ATM blagger cuffed after artificial leg falls off

A would-be ATM blagger was cuffed after losing his artificial leg during a police pursuit - thereby depriving him of the full complement of limbs required to show officers a clean set of heels.
Lester Haines, 12 Apr 2007
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NHS patient site set for summer launch

A new patient choice website, including patient reviews of hospitals, has been announced by health secretary Patricia Hewitt.
Kablenet, 12 Apr 2007

Big Blue boffins build 3D chip stack tech

IBM is bidding to become the NCP of semiconductors with a multi-storey chip technology that it hopes will allow CPUs to be stacked with memory, specialised processing cores and other components one on top of the other.
Tony Smith, 12 Apr 2007
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Thai king pardons spray-painting Swiss man

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej has pardoned the Swiss man sentenced to 10 years' jail for defacing images of the revered monarch, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 12 Apr 2007
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Opera brings 'speed dial' to browsers

Brief Browser maker Opera has added a "speed dial" feature to the latest version of its browser, allowing surfers to gain ready access to their favourite sites more easily.
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2007

Update opens 'hidden' GPS on HTC P3600

HTC's P3600 PDA phone has a secret: it's got a built-in GPS receiver. And thanks to a newly posted system software update, this previously hidden facility been activated.
Tony Smith, 12 Apr 2007
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LeftHand takes iSCSI to 10Gig

LeftHand Networks has IP-based SANs running over 10Gig Ethernet and is touting these as proof that iSCSI is finally ready for large enterprises to use.
Bryan Betts, 12 Apr 2007
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EU data protection chief slams police data sharing treaty

The European Commission, pushed by the European Council, neglected its statutory obligation to ensure its initiatives are democratically accountable, transparent, and planned wisely, when considering plans for police data sharing the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said yesterday.
Mark Ballard, 12 Apr 2007
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US border patrol tests 98-foot networked radar towers

American border guards will soon deploy 98-foot-tall radar surveillance masts with built-in wireless networking in a bid to prevent the Land of the Free being overrun by huddled masses of Mexicans (and perhaps Canadians) intent on entering the US illegally and working hard for very little money.
Lewis Page, 12 Apr 2007
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NASA plans mission to sweep away cloud mysteries

NASA is planning a new mission to probe mysterious ice clouds that hover around our atmosphere at the edge of space. The Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) spacecraft aims to help researchers understand how the clouds form and explain recent changes in their formation patterns.
Lucy Sherriff, 12 Apr 2007

Enormo remote ends lost-under-sofa misery

And now the ultimate remote control not only for folk fed up with having to use different ones for all their audio-visual kit, but also for anyone who's ever lost one. Enter the Jumbo Remote, a control that's takes up more space than a sheet of paper.
Tony Smith, 12 Apr 2007
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Loose mouth and loose change - $5 tip leads to terror finance rap

In the terror case against Hassan Abujihaad, formerly known as Paul R. Hall - sailor on the destroyer Benfold, the US government has another mangy cat in the GWOT.
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Kurt Vonnegut dies at 84

Writer Kurt Vonnegut died yesterday at 84 as a result of brain injuries suffered in a fall at his Manhattan home, news agencies report.
Lester Haines, 12 Apr 2007
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Peak perfects retractable USB Flash drive

Sick of losing the caps of the end of your USB Flash drives? Peripheral maker Peak has the answer: a drive with a slide-over cover.
Tony Smith, 12 Apr 2007
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Amazon pushes sex toys to random punters

A pre-Easter email from marketing bods at Amazon.co.uk raised the hackles of one Reg reader with its subject line: "Bonking like a Spring Bunny? Rampant Rabbits from £17.50 at Amazon.co.uk."
John Oates, 12 Apr 2007
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Sage buys Swiss biz management firm

Geordie accounts specialist Sage is paying £7.5m in cash for a Swiss enterprise management company.
John Oates, 12 Apr 2007
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Ofcom consults on unlicensed radio

UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has published a consultation document which suggests expanding the use of unlicensed spectrum in frequencies over 40GHz, and for low-power technologies including ultra-wideband, and is looking for feedback before 21 June.
Bill Ray, 12 Apr 2007
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EFF takes up arms against Euro copyright move

The European wing of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has taken on the might of the European Commission by beginning its opposition to IPRED2, the proposed new directive that aims to harmonise European copyright laws.
Lucy Sherriff, 12 Apr 2007
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Sony Walkman NW-A800 media player

Review Sony used to be synonymous with portable entertainment: its Walkman range was the brand that all products aspired to. After losing ground with the digital generation Sony is out to mount a comeback with the NW-A800 - its first Walkman that can handle both audio and video playback on the go.
Will Head, 12 Apr 2007
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Naomi Campbell MTV 'Minion' show canned

There is growing confusion surrounding a planned Naomi Campbell MTV show called The Minion in which the battling Streatham clotheshorse was to have sought out a new personal assistant.
Lester Haines, 12 Apr 2007

T-Mobile 'all white' with blanched BlackBerry Pearl

T-Mobile UK is about to add Research in Motion's white BlackBerry Pearl to its roster of smart phones, the carrier announced today.
Tony Smith, 12 Apr 2007
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HP claims latest printer a record-breaker

Ink-based printers are now capable of matching the fast throughput speeds of colour laser printers as HP adds the Edgeline range to its portfolio.
Eric Doyle, 12 Apr 2007
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India tests intermediate-range missile

The Indian government claims it has significantly increased its nuclear delivery capability, with a successful test today of the uprated Agni-III ballistic missile.
Lewis Page, 12 Apr 2007
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Phew! Tila Tequila isn't the future of music

Reg readers, like Reg writers, can rarely agree on anything. But one thing that probably unites us all is the future of the big record company.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Apr 2007
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Microsoft begins virtualization software delays

Microsoft has delayed the beta release of its future server virtualization software. But fear not, intrepid server administrators, the final release of the software – code-named “Viridian” - remains on schedule for release in an update to Longhorn Server.
Ashlee Vance, 12 Apr 2007
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Technorati stung by ad-friendly vibe

Technorati has announced its first acquisition in a deal giving publishers and advertisers fresh ways to make money from social networks and media.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Apr 2007
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Woman claims Geek Squader tried to film her in the shower

An engineer from Geek Squad apparently managed to leave his mobile phone in the bathroom while his customer took a shower, and would have got away with it if she hadn't spotted the handset blinking at her from the basin.
Bill Ray, 12 Apr 2007
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How much do security breaches cost anyway?

Information security breaches cost anywhere between $90 to $305 per lost record, according to a new study by Forrester Research.
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2007
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Red Hat fattens pork pie

Red Hat has sealed a potentially lucrative marketing and technology deal that could see its open source and Linux software land in more government and defense locations.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Apr 2007
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Demo neuters antiphishing measure

In the unlikely event readers needed another reason to doubt the efficacy of the sitekeys that Bank of America, Yahoo! and others claim make their sites more secure, a muck-raking hacker has demonstrated a simple means of thwarting the measure.
Dan Goodin, 12 Apr 2007

Apple delays Leopard for your own good

Apple Computer has delayed the highly anticipated release of Leopard - aka Mac OS X 10.5 - by four months so it can devote developers and QA resources to its other labor of love, the iPhone. That slates the unleashing of Leopard for October instead of early June at Apple's developers conference.
Dan Goodin, 12 Apr 2007
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Kepler telescope primed to search for earth-like planets

Space: It's huge.
Austin Modine, 12 Apr 2007
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Wanna copy of Windows XP next year? Forget it

Microsoft is sticking to its timetable for withdrawing Windows XP, despite mounting proof most users are postponing their Windows Vista upgrade.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Apr 2007