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Sun makes Java mobile triple play

Sun Microsystems is today expected to launch a media platform targeting consumer devices, pitting itself against Microsoft, Apple, and Adobe Systems.

Who do you think you are?

Computers, Freedom and Privacy At the beginning of the last day of the ACM conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy I thought I knew who I was. Now, after a couple of panels on identity management, I'm less sure.

Corporate wireless and alphabet soup

Column It's always been a bit of a mystery to the average corporate PC user: why, if Wi-Fi runs at nearly 60 megabits per second, can you still plug several Wi-Fi access points into a 100 megabit Ethernet socket and drive it from your 8 megabit broadband ADSL router?
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Currys to cease stocking cassettes

The end of the road for cassette tapes has been widely heralded as Currys, the UK high street electrical heayweight, announced today that it will no longer be dealing in the classic storage format.
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EU postpones roaming cap decision

The Brussels vote on capping mobile phone roaming charges has been postponed until the next plenary session, scheduled for 21 to 24 May.
Bill Ray, 08 2007
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Up for the count

Comment I recorded the interiors, exteriors, and ballot boxes (etc) for about seven polling stations on Thursday; one further refused me permission to photograph out of caution, specifically in case the public would be upset by the photography. Fair enough: I'd certainly rather election officials err on the side of safety.
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Premium rate TV quizzes subject to new, strict rules

Callers to television programmes which use premium rate phone lines must now be told how many others are calling the programme and must be told when their charges reach £10 in a single day.
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Aussies make offer for iSoft

iSoft shares are up over six per cent this morning on news that it could be taken over by Australian health specialist IBA Healthcare.
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MS launches 'unlimited potential' campaign

Comment Microsoft has announced its Unlimited Potential campaign - with a sub headline of "The Next Five Billion". This number points to the number of people as yet untouched by general computer technology, with only around 1.2 billion people on the planet currently having such technology available to them.
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Virgin throttles national cable network

Virgin Media has quietly rolled out bandwidth throttling nationwide, after successful technical trials in the North West, which the ISP says means a group of heavy users will sacrifice high speeds for the benefit of the majority.
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EU funding to save Galileo?

Stalled Euro sat-nav project Galileo could be set to receive more extensive backing from the European Union (EU) in order to get it moving again.
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Eighties throwback worm spreads via memory sticks

Miscreants have created a strain of malware which uses memory sticks as a vector for infection.

SlouchPod gaming chair

Exclusive Review If your home entertainment system is almost complete - Sky Plus is set, the games console is comfortable and the HD DVD player is in place - but getting down to an hour or two of some serious gameplay means rearranging the furniture, then the aptly named SlouchPod could be the solution.
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Oregon boy in double spider ear blockage horror

A doctor in Oregon flushed out the aching lughole of a nine-year-old boy to find two spiders had set up home inside his ear canal.
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Sage makes British buy

Accountancy and small business specialist Sage has bought UK firm Snowdrop Systems Limited.

Pioneer pitches cut-price Blu-ray Disc drive

Pioneer has launched its bid to dominate the Blu-ray Disc drive business with a drive set to retail for just €250 ($340/£170) including taxes. The catch: it's a read-only drive, at least as far as HD media go.
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RFID mirror automatically insults your fashion sense

Not content with tracking our children and getting under the skin of cattle; RFID readers are now being embedded in mirrors so the changing room can insult your selection of outfits as you try them on.
Bill Ray, 08 2007

Glastonbury data all at See

See Tickets, the booking firm at the centre of the Latitude festival spam outrage, has admitted that an "error of judgement" led to data on applications for Glastonbury tickets being carelessly shared.
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Moduslink blames OEMs for Vista upgrade delays

ModusLink has said it regrets the lengthy delay experienced by customers awaiting Vista upgrades, but has pointed the finger of blame squarely at PC manufacturers.

Nvidia guns for integrated GPUs with $50 GeForce 7 board

Nvidia has rolled out its latest entry-level graphics chip, a GeForce 7 series product it hopes will win business back PC vendors choosing to stick with GPUs integrated into chipsets, and to persuade punters with low-cost PCs to do the same.
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BAE puffs troubled submarines, Spanish export order

BAE Systems, the UK's principal arms firm, is having a good media week in its submarine-building incarnation.

Apple LED backlight order points to MacBook Pro make-over?

Apple's anticipated line of displays fitted with LED backlights could be turned on sooner than expected: next month, if testimony from industry insiders is to be believed, and quite possibly for an update to the 15in MacBook Pro laptop, we'd add.
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Russian teacher fined for MS piracy

A Russian headteacher has been fined half a month's wages after being controversially found guilty of buying school PCs that ran unauthorised copies of Microsoft software.
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YouTube under fire from footballers, Thailand

The UK's Premier League is suing YouTube for showing clips of football matches.
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Yahoo! launches! mobile! search!

Last week Yahoo!'s new mobile search, oneSearch, was launched, promising a "...unique and revolutionary mobile internet search facility". It's not easy to see how presenting a list of internet sites can be made unique and revolutionary, but Yahoo! has made the attempt, with some success.
Bill Ray, 08 2007

HP raises outlook

HP has found another billion dollars of sales and another seven pennies profit a share to boost forecast figures for its second quarter financial results.

Sony Ericsson waxes lyrical over 'nature-inspired' handset

Inspired by its "design team's love for the materials and colours found in the natural world", purple prose merchant and occasional phone supplier Sony Ericsson has thrust a new, gold-coloured slider, the S500, on the unsuspecting American phone-buying public.

Yahoo! Shouldn't! Sell! To! Microsoft?

Analysis As The New York Post's "Microsoft eyes search giant in proposed takeover" splash rapidly evaporated over the weekend, you couldn't help but muster some sympathy for the seemingly confused Yahoo!.
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Cerf seeks acolytes to carry the ICANN torch

Internet legend and ICANN Chairman Vint Cerf is finally hanging up his spurs, according to ICANN’s website.

Buttons and sliders go wild with Sun's Java FX

JavaOne Sun Microsystems has jumped in headfirst into Web 2.0, urging developers to change the world with cell phones and online services powered by its Java software.

RapidMind lets old dogs code for Cell and GPGPUs

Some people in the software industry say coders will fail miserably at writing multi-threaded applications capable of running on multi-core graphics processors, accelerators and x86 chips. RapidMind couldn't agree more with such cynicism.
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Feds to treat bloggers as journos?

Try not to get your hopes up too much, Blogosphere, but twin bills introduced in the US House and Senate recently could make all your wildest federal reporter shield dreams come true.

Dell reinvents the cardboard box

Dell will revitalize its server business by, er, shifting fewer boxes.

Rackable and Supermicro settle over server IP

Low-cost server makers Rackable Systems and Supermicro have settled a patent dispute over system designs.