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Best Buy bags Liz Claiborne for designer kit cases

US retailer Best Buy is attempting to tone down its blokey image and embrace its feminine side with a line of femme-friendly iPod, phone, camera and laptop cases styled by fashion house Liz Claiborne.
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Helio, Samsung sculpt 11mm thick handset

Look down in shame, all you fatty clamshells, sliders and candybars because US virtual network operator Helio has launched the Fin, an ultra-slim handset that's a minuscule 1.1cm thick and packs plenty of features into its Size-0 magnesium body.
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Sun and IBM promise operating system surprise

Sun Microsystems and IBM look set to hold a whopper of a press conference tomorrow with CEO Jonathan Schwartz and IBM's systems chief Bill Zeitler all geared up to talk.
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Apple 'retires' AppleWorks

Apple has finally put its venerable AppleWorks integrated productivity software application - a package it hasn't updated for more than three years - out to pasture.

Boffins chill chip with ion wind

Scientists at Indiana's Purdue University have worked out to significantly increase the efficiency of kit designed to keep toasty microprocessors cool by zapping the air above the chip with a thousand Volts.
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Laptop part shortage to push up prices?

Notebooks could become more expensive to buy through the rest of the year if claims that key components are in short supply prove true. Among the laptop parts said to be hard to find: display panels, battery cells, DVD drives and motherboards.
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Web system sounds health alerts

A new medical intelligence system has been developed to update European health authorities on public health threats.
Kablenet, 16 2007
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iTuneski boss escapes the gulag

The former owner of buccaneering music download site AllofMP3.com was cleared of copyright violation charges by a court in Moscow yesterday.
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Skype comes to the iPhone

iPhone fans are set have their wish granted, with the news that a German firm has developed an application that brings Skype functionality to the device.
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Email has workers tearing their hair out

Technology is an increasing source of stress to employees, according to recently published research, which said one third of workers were caused stress by email.
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NASA delays decision over Shuttle repair

NASA has put off making a decision about repairing a hole in the insulation under the space shuttle's wing until tomorrow, according to reports.
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What tricks is the BBC up to with Microsoft?

End game The BBC iPlayer has been a hot topic on everyone's lips. It's late, doesn't work very well yet, presents some ISPs with big economic problems, and is limited to Windows XP users running Internet Explorer.
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Omego launches kiddie-friendly handset

Omego's kids handset has hit UK streets, allowing parents to control the numbers their children can dial.
Bill Ray, 16 2007
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Google gags Facebook code leaker

Google's legal Luftwaffe has swooped on Facebook's behalf to shoot down an anonymous blog which posted two sections of source code leaked by the social network utility.
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Jason Bourne disses James Bond

Matt Damon yesterday used the London premiere of The Bourne Ultimatum to roundly dismiss James Bond as a Martini-sipping imperialist misogynist, the BBC reports.

Ubuntu unplugs compromised servers

Ubuntu had to shut down five of its eight production servers last week after realising the poorly maintained systems were compromised to such an extent they had become a source of attacks against other systems.
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'Grim reaper' dog senses nursing home deaths

It appears it's not just cats who have the gift of sensing when old timers are about to pop their clogs. Hot on the paws of Oscar, the Rhode Island feline who spookily holds death-bed vigils for residents at Providence's Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, comes news of Scamp - the Ohio grim reaper canine who similarly haunts the bedsides of the ailing.
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NASA issues Constellation/Ares enviro-impact estimate

Ares 1 - the Shuttle replacement NASA's plans for the system which will replace the Space Shuttle have continued to move forward. Last week, the space agency inked a deal for solid-fuelled test rockets. Now it has issued an assessment of the environmental impact which will result from the entire "Constellation" programme. …
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LCD will dominate display market by 2011

If you’re thinking of buying a plasma display, or already own one, then it seems you could be in a minority by 2011. Analyst In-Stat has predicted that within four years LCD displays will account for almost 75 per cent of the market, while plasma will only take home around 15 per cent.
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Streaking star leaves sweeping tail in its wake

Updated A space-based observatory has captured images of a 13 light-year long tail stretching out behind a well known red-giant star, Mira.

Virtualisation all the rage but Peterborough's so real it's dangerous

There's no doubt about it, we're living in a virtualised world. Anyone disinclined to believe it only needed to look at VMWare's IPO, covered in entertaining detail by El Reg's Ashlee Vance.
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China jails 'subversive' net dissident

China today jailed a "dissident" net author for four years on charges of "inciting to subvert state power", Reuters reports.
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In the beginning, there was the flowchart...

Stob Stob Those who can, do. Those who can't, make those who can draw a picture My first effort in instructing computers, about 30 years ago, was drawing a flowchart. Here it is as I remember it, albeit without the smears and crossings-out with which my 14-year-old self doubtless decorated the original.
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ISP panicked by MS Patch Tuesday

ISP group 186K has blamed potential congestion on its network this week on bandwidth being swallowed by Microsoft's monthly security patch update.
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US airforce in $500m push for better jet turbines

The US air force's push to produce revolutionary new jet engines is now fully underway, with the announcement of substantial demonstrator contracts.
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Skype hangs up on users

Updated: Skype's peer-to-peer technology appears to be to blame for a large-scale network outage, with users around the world experiencing connection problems.
Bill Ray, 16 2007
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UK private eyes invite public into forum

UK private eyes are setting up an online forum designed to dispel myths about the profession.
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A-Level figures hint at physics recovery

It is summer, and the newspapers are full of the inevitable pictures of happy blonde teenage girls celebrating their A-level results.
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Tube still lacks emergency comms

Two years after the 7 July bombings police radios still fail to work in the underground, a London Assembly committee said.
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Sky offers goals on the go

Broadcaster Sky has revamped its Mobile TV service and is offering users live streams of its primary sports channels. The addition of Sky Sports channels one, two and three means fans of the Gooners, Red Devils or even the Blues will now be able to watch live football on their handsets.
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Dominos trns 2 txt

Dominos UK has launched a text-ordering service, for those who find phoning for pizza too much trouble.
Bill Ray, 16 2007
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Foxy Brown cuffed on Blackberry assault rap

Rapstress Foxy Brown has confirmed the BlackBerry as bitchslap assault weapon of choice by earning herself a cuffing for allegedly (hand)setting about a woman with the popular mobile device, AP reports.
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An inconvenient update

Comment Last week, statistician and amateur meteorologist Steve McIntyre notified NASA of an error in its climate data. The results of the hasty correction mean that as far as the US is concerned, 1998 is no longer the hottest year on record. 1934 is.
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Benioff tags Ellison for SAP smackdown

SAP has a new tormentor: Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, who's taken over from Oracle's Larry Ellison as chief abuser while announcing financial results.
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Second security breach hits Pfizer

Personal details of workers at pharmaceutical giant Pfizer have been exposed to potential theft for the second time in two months.
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Who'll win the webcasting war?

Column On March 20, 2007, The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), a three judge panel appointed by the Librarian of Congress whose mission it is to determine rates and terms for copyright statutory licenses, shocked the webcasting community by announcing dramatically higher rates for use of recorded music by large commercial and small webcasters alike.
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Sony VAIO VGC-RM1N HD workstation

Review HD video may be the standard of choice, but the downside of those beautifully composed and shot HD home movies is how to edit them off the HD camcorder so they can be stored somewhere more convenient than the camcorder itself.
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'Law and Order' cop accused of child porn possession

The actor who played a hard-nosed cop who cracked down on sexual deviants on prime-time TV has pleaded not guilty after authorities said they found 180 images of child porn on his PC. The offensive photos were allegedly found after the actor, Albert Insinnia, took his PC to a Best Buy in New Jersey for repair, NorthJersey.com …
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Chinese firm claims World of Warcraft stole its fonts

A Chinese company is suing the developer behind one of the world's biggest games over a claim that the World of Warcraft (WoW) game used its fonts without permission. The suit could be worth $13.2m.
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Chinese couple give birth to @ symbol

The world is atwitter over a report that a Chinese couple hopes to name their baby after an email address - but the tale sounds awfully familiar to The Reg.
Cade Metz, 16 2007
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TJX takes $118m hit over massive security breach

TJX, the American retail giant, has set aside $118m to cover costs and potential liability arising from a security breach to its database systems.
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Yahoo! Messenger! users! face! attack! by! video!

Yahoo Messenger users beware: Your mother was right when she told you not to chat with strangers. A newly discovered zero-day vulnerability in the widely-used chat program proves this was sound advice.
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IBM embraces - wtf - Sun's Solaris across x86 server line

Sun Microsystems has nailed its biggest Solaris x86 win to date by lining up IBM as a firm backer of the operating system.

Is VMware too close to Linux?

Maybe you've heard of VMware. You know, EMC's baby, huge IPO, Bloomberg called it the hottest tech stock since Google in 2004, drove a member of our staff mad?
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Novell won't pull a SCO

Yes, a judge has confirmed that Novell owns the copyrights to the Unix operating system, but that doesn't mean the company plans to start suing people for using Linux. It will leave such behavior to companies that don't own the copyrights. Like SCO.
Cade Metz, 16 2007

Dell accountants spank themselves

Dell has released the results of its internal accounting probe today, stemming from allegations they mis-dated earnings or backdated share options to reach their financial goals.
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PCs, ink, servers - just about everything boosts HP's Q3

HP did its double-digit thing during the third quarter with software and PC gains boosting the bottom line.
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IBM and PwC settle kickback charges

IBM and accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers have agreed to pay a total of about $5.3m to settle allegations that they gave illegal kickbacks to reel in contracts with US government agencies.