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Ubuntu teaser
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Users fawn over Ubuntu's feisty Linux release

Always colorful with its names, Canonical has birthed the server, desktop and education versions of its "Feisty Fawn" Ubuntu Linux.
Ashlee Vance, 16 Apr 2007

Intel to build WiMAX into laptops in 2008

IDF Intel has spilled the beans on 'Montevina', the next-but-one generation of its Centrino mobile platform, due to appear during H1 2008, a year on from 'Santa Rosa', the Centrino update coming next month.
Tony Smith, 16 Apr 2007

Intel to take on Quad FX with 3GHz gaming CPU

IDF Intel's gaming-oriented four-core Core 2 Extreme QX6800 was expected to appear in Q3 but launched last week. So what will happen in Q3? The chip giant will release a faster version, the QX6850, according to motherboard-maker moles.
Tony Smith, 16 Apr 2007

Intel targets '09 for Geneseo

IDF Intel has flagged late 2009 for the likely delivery of its revamped take on PCI Express code-named Geneseo.
Ashlee Vance, 16 Apr 2007

Intel to evolve 'Bearlake' with 'Eaglelake'

IDF Even as Intel's 'Bearlake' chipsets - to ship as the P35, G35, X38 and so on - near release, details have emerged of their successors, codenamed 'Eaglelake' and targeting the chip giant's 45nm dual- and quad-core desktop CPUs.
Tony Smith, 16 Apr 2007

iRiver slims second-gen Clix

iRiver's Clix 2 super-skinny digital media player - it's just 1.3cm thick in the middle, and even less at the edges - has come to the UK.
Tony Smith, 16 Apr 2007
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Intel restyles laptop as wireless fashion accessory

IDF Say hello to Intel's latest portable PC concept: the "metro notebook", an ultra-thin, ultra-light laptop for the ladies. Designed to be carried over the shoulder, the sub-0.7in thick, 1kg device sports an always-on secondary display for fast info updates.
Tony Smith, 16 Apr 2007

Intel confirms gaming Core 2 chip for notebooks

IDF Intel will ship a clock-unlocked gamer-friendly Core 2 Duo mobile processor in the second-half of the year, the company has revealed. Next month's new Core 2 Duos will auto-overclock, it added. But while Quad-core laptop CPUs are coming too, Intel didn't say when.
Tony Smith, 16 Apr 2007
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Ofcom chief on phone rip-offs, Virgin, and Web 2.0

Interview Luke Gibbs, co-founder of the Ofcomwatch blog, conducted an in-depth interview with Ofcom's chief executive Ed Richards last month. You can read the full interview here.
Ofcomwatch, 16 Apr 2007
Warning: slippery road

FastScale weans admins off golden images with speed

This will be hard to believe. Another software company has the cure-all for installing software across a large number of servers.
Ashlee Vance, 16 Apr 2007

Intel expects rapid 'Santa Rosa' ramp

IDF Almost 90 per cent of all the Centrino-branded laptops sold in Q4 will be based on the latest version of Intel's mobile platform, 'Santa Rosa', the chip giant believes.
Tony Smith, 16 Apr 2007
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Asbo-breach octogenarian facing jail

An 81-year-old woman has been told she faces jail for harassing her neighbours and breaching the conditions of her Asbo, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 16 Apr 2007
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Oz teen copyright vigilante dupes YouTube

A 15-year-old Perth teenager persuaded YouTube to pull hundreds of clips by masquerading as an employee of state broadcasting outfit the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 16 Apr 2007
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Five Samsung i600 phones to be won

Register Hardware daily draw You can find out what we thought about Samsung's 3G-connected, Windows Mobile 5-based smart phone, the i600, by reading our review here. And now we've got five of these bad boys to give away... one every day this week.
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Officer jailed for leaking police records to violent criminal

A police officer who improperly accessed a police database and passed individuals' personal details on to a man with a violent criminal record has had his jail term increased to nine months.
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Apr 2007
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When Flex met Apex

Following hard on heels of last week's move into content management, Salesforce.com has joined forces with Adobe to offer a Flex Tool kit for its Apex development platform.
Phil Manchester, 16 Apr 2007
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Mobile phone threat to honeybees

Experts have identified a possible contributory cause of the unexplained and drastic decline in honeybee numbers - mobile phone radiation.
Lester Haines, 16 Apr 2007
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UCD gears up for robot rugby

Faster, higher, more intuitive. It's not quite the Olympics, but the third annual Siemens Roborugby tournament promises a fresh approach to engineers' education.
Emmet Ryan, 16 Apr 2007
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Human error to blame for demise of Mars orbiter

Human error was the most likely cause of the loss of the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft. That is the conclusion of NASA's preliminary investigation into the disappearance of the craft, which lapsed into radio silence late in 2006.
Lucy Sherriff, 16 Apr 2007
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Nokia's Qualcomm patent licence expires

A patent licensing agreement between Nokia and Qualcomm has expired without being renewed. The agreement is the subject of legal action in the US and Europe.
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Apr 2007
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Belkin 802.11n hub to link up USB add-ons remotely

Belkin plans to make it even easier to access ordinary add-ons like iPods, printers, memory card readers, Flash keys and disk drives over wireless networks. This summer, it will release its Network USB Hub, a five-port box with an 802.11n connection.
Tony Smith, 16 Apr 2007
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UK kids' table manners a national disgrace

It's official: the UK's children are ill-mannered and ill-disciplined brats with a shocking disregard for proper table manners, The Telegraph reports.
Lester Haines, 16 Apr 2007

Missing the PowerPoint of public speaking

Column The oxymoron "interesting PowerPoint presentation" was offered as a small witticism a few months back. I thought it was good, and shared it with a friend, who reacted angrily: "Blame the workman, not the tools," he said. Frankly, (I told him) I disagree. Powerpoint inherently ruins a presentation in 95 per cent of cases.
Guy Kewney, 16 Apr 2007

PNY pre-announces Nvidia GeForce 8600

Graphics card maker PNY has confirmed that Nvidia is about to launch the GeForce 8600 GT graphics chip, pledging today to ship a card based on the not-yet-official GPU tomorrow.
Tony Smith, 16 Apr 2007
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Is the relational database now a commodity?

Reg Reader Workshop For those of us who were around in the industry during the mid to late 80s, it is interesting to think back to a time when vendors of relational database management systems (RDBMS) were struggling to be taken seriously.
Dale Vile, 16 Apr 2007
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Neuromancing the law

Column According to the Information Commissioner we are now waking up to find ourselves in a surveillance society. But what is a surveillance society?
Amber Marks, 16 Apr 2007
Pacman

Ravenous LogLogic ready to eat all your data

Congratulations go out to LogLogic for continuing to put as exciting a spin as possible on one of an administrator's most mundane tasks – log management.
Ashlee Vance, 16 Apr 2007
Windows Vista teaser
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Notes on Vista forensics

In part one of this series we looked at the different editions of Vista available and discussed the various encryption and backup features which might be of interest to forensic examiners.
Jamie Morris, 16 Apr 2007
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Grange Hill TV firm's website exposes CV details

Lime Pictures, the television production company behind teen dramas Hollyoaks and Grange Hill is currently displaying a prospective employee's personal details on its website.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Apr 2007
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Go green with a double-glazing mortgage, say Lib Dems

The Liberal Democrats have outlined their plans for so called energy mortgages: special loans for home owners that would help pay for improvements to make their homes more energy efficient.
Lucy Sherriff, 16 Apr 2007
Adobe
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Adobe talks up next media player

Adobe says the next version of its media player will allow users to watch video stored on their machines as well as that streamed online.
John Oates, 16 Apr 2007
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Evesham plugs NetApp into storage gaps

Channel reseller Evesham has hopped on board NetApp's partner program in a bid to fill holes in its storage offering.
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Broadband Britain risks life in slow lane - report

A year long study into Britain's broadband has warned that the country risks falling behind the rest of the world.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Apr 2007
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Zombies infiltrate US military networks

Security researchers have traced spam-sending botnet clients back to networks run by the US military.
John Leyden, 16 Apr 2007
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Self-combusting toilets menace Japan

RoTM We're not sure if "Japan's leading toilet manufacturer" Toto builds city centre cyberloos for the UK market, but its domestic products have evidently fallen under the control of the Lizard Alliance.
Lester Haines, 16 Apr 2007
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From on-premises to on-demand

Quocirca's changing channels It can be hard to gauge the true take up of on-demand application services, an alternative way to take delivery of business applications whereby they are accessed online rather than installed and managed on-premises.
Bob Tarzey, 16 Apr 2007
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Savastore becomes, er, Saverstore

UK-based Savastore.com has quietly re-opened its doors with a slightly different blink-and-you'll-miss-it name of Saverstore.com.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Apr 2007
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Short measures cost UK boozers £481m

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) today released sobering figures showing that a quarter of all pints served in the UK contain less than 95 per cent of a full measure - at an estimated annual cost of £481m to punters.
Lester Haines, 16 Apr 2007
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Aperture brings back capacity planning

Data centre managers can now forecast not only their future need for power, space, and cooling, but what effect hardware swaps and changes will have, claimed Aperture Technologies as it added a capacity planning app to its Vista infrastructure management suite.
Bryan Betts, 16 Apr 2007
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Boltblue exits broadband for ringtone market

Shrinking ISP Boltblue has told its remaining customers it will hightail out of broadband to concentrate on selling ringtones and other "mobile entertainment products".
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Skype IM malware smut surfaces

Skype's Instant messaging client has once again been misused as a vector to spread malware.
John Leyden, 16 Apr 2007
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EMI and Warner tout camera phone software

EMI Music and Atlantic Records UK (a division of Warner Music) have teamed up with mobile content provider ShoZu, in separate deals, to enable some artists to instantly upload live video footage and photographs from their phones onto social networking websites.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Apr 2007
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Hormonally challenged teens refrain from abstinence

Teenagers will not refrain from having sex, even if you spend a billion dollars trying to persuade them to keep their trousers zipped and chastity belts locked.
Lucy Sherriff, 16 Apr 2007
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500 dead in Hungarian motorway lapine bloodbath

Motorists travelling on the Hungarian M1 motorway between Budapest and Vienna have been diverted onto alternative routes after a high-speed crash claimed the lives of 500 rabbits, The Telegraph reports.
Lester Haines, 16 Apr 2007
Evesham Alqemi 26” LCD TV
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Evesham plugs 26in LCD HDTV into Alqemi range

Evesham is continuing to advance its popular range of High Definition TVs with the addition of a new 26in LCD to its existing Alqemi selection. It comes with a native resolution of 1366 x 768 and is ready for 720p HD video.
Scott Snowden, 16 Apr 2007
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Vonage admits it can't avoid Verizon patents

Vonage has admitted that it has no technical work-around to avoid infringing Verizon's patents on key VoIP techniques, putting the future of the company, and other VoIP providers in the US, in doubt.
Bill Ray, 16 Apr 2007
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Microsoft unhappy with Google DoubleClick marriage

Microsoft is calling for regulator action to stop Google and DoubleClick merging, saying the deal would be anti-competitive if it went through.
John Oates, 16 Apr 2007
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Electronic voting under legal scrutiny in the US

Voting activists have been given the go ahead to proceed with a legal challenge to the certification of the touch-screen voting machines used in 57 of Pennsylvania's counties.
Lucy Sherriff, 16 Apr 2007
Handcuffs

US teen jailed for school's daylight-saving cock-up

A Pennsylvania student was held in jail for 12 days after a bomb threat recorded by a school hot line service was wrongly attributed to him, Fox News reports.
Lester Haines, 16 Apr 2007
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Europe wants to civilise US terror war

Emissaries from the European Parliament arrived in Washington today with a message of restraint and fairplay for US crusaders in the "war on terror".
Mark Ballard, 16 Apr 2007
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CA mulls suing co-founder Wang over accounting fraud

CA may pursue its co-founder, Charles Wang, for damages resulting from a $2.2bn accounting scandal following the publication of internal report that alleges Wang "directed and participated" in a scheme to artificially inflate the software firm's stock price.
John Leyden, 16 Apr 2007
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NASA appeals to science nuts, dancehall ravers

Maybe it was a shared love of science that lit the faces of those attending the NASA party commemorating the first human spaceflight. But maybe it was just the alcohol and freaky-deeky psychedelic light shows. It's hard to tell when you're blotto.
Austin Modine, 16 Apr 2007
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Nokia seeks lost Marble widgets

Comment If you heard an unearthly groan coming from your IT department today, the following news may be responsible. Nokia today revealed that it was bringing the security and stability of Web 2.0 to its mobile handsets.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Apr 2007