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Sonnet intros Firewire+USB, 12-in-1 card reader ExpressCards

Mac accessory specialist Sonnet Technologies has rolled out a pair of ExpressCard add-ins: a 12-in-one memory card reader for one, and a USB 2 and Firewire port adaptor for the other.
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2007
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UK IP office offers trade mark guidance

The UK Intellectual Property Office will be offering advice and practical help on forthcoming changes to the Trade Marks Act in a series of events being held around the country in September.
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Aug 2007
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Apple readies Mac OS X-based iPods?

Apple's iPod line-up will be revamped next month, it has been claimed, and the biggest change of all will be the replacement of the players' operating system with a version of Mac OS X, as per the iPhone.
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2007
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Tidal power project fails to start on schedule

The UK's first working tidal power project, which was supposed to begin construction this week, has suffered a delay.
Lewis Page, 23 Aug 2007
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Foxy Brown hauled off to jail

Foxy Brown is today languishing in jail after a Manhattan judge yesterday revoked her probation for "violating the terms of her release" following an alleged BlackBerry assault on a neighbour, Yahoo! reports.
Lester Haines, 23 Aug 2007
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Wrinkly, faulty geology uncovered on the moon

High resolution images sent back by ESA's SMART-1 lunar probe are helping scientists piece together the geological and volcanic history of the Moon.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Aug 2007
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Stolen satnav guides thieves to owner's home

Police have warned drivers not to leave their journey home programmed into their satnav systems following the theft of a device from a car at Alton Towers theme park which directed ne'er-do-wells to the owner's Shropshire home where they promptly made off with a £20k Saab convertible.
Lester Haines, 23 Aug 2007
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Microsoft and Nokia team up for Windows Live

Nokia, in conjunction with Microsoft, has released a version of Windows Live for its Series 60 handsets, with Series 40 to follow next year.
Bill Ray, 23 Aug 2007
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Intel shakes up multi-core chip branding

So farewell then, Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad: come 1 January 2008 you will be no more, leaked Intel presentation slides reveal. The Centrino Duo and Pro brands are out too, it seems.
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2007
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Astronauts bring space-grown bugs home

The crew of the space shuttle Endeavour has arrived back on Earth safe and sound, but not alone. The astronauts have brought a raging case of strep with them.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Aug 2007
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Sony intros smallest 'high-zoom' digital SLR-alike

Sony's Cyber-shot digital camera range shows no signs of expanding - at least in physical dimensions that is. The H3 is the manufacturer's smallest ever digicam with a 10x optical zoom, but packs in an 8.1-megapixel lens and an output mode to display images on HD Ready displays.
James Sherwood, 23 Aug 2007
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Sony unveils PlayTV telly tuner for PS3

Sony has unveiled its forecast TV tuner for the PlayStation 3, enabling users in Europe to record and watch digital TV on their games console, Sky+ style.
Scott Snowden, 23 Aug 2007
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Ofcom: the internet is for coffin dodgers and girls

The unstoppable rise of the internet as the umbrella medium for communications and entertainment is gathering steam, according to Ofcom's annual industry report.

Toshiba to launch 32GB SDHC card next year

Toshiba has announced what it claims - and it certainly looks that way from where we're sitting - is the world's first 32GB SDHC memory card. The catch: you'll have to wait until January 2008 for it.
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2007
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Seagate to start shifting SSDs

The CEO of hard disk drive (HDD) maker Seagate Technology has declared the firm's intention to enter the Flash memory market. Bill Watkins said in an interview with CNET that Seagate will begin shifting solid-state drives (SSD) based on Flash memory chip technology from next year.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2007
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Hackers prowl for Trend Micro vuln

Hackers have begun actively scanning for recently announced vulnerabilities in Trend Micro's ServerProtect product.
John Leyden, 23 Aug 2007
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Sony claims cameras able to 'see for smiles'

Researchers in Sony's digital camera labs must be suffering from aching jaws after developing its new Cyber-shot T200 and T70 cameras. The new snappers sport a smile mode that recognises grinning subjects and then automatically takes a shot, ensuring your album will only feature pearly white choppers from now on.
James Sherwood, 23 Aug 2007
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3 confirms tenner-a-month data deal

Table of 3's mobile broadband tariffs, to be launched on 3 September. UK mobile operator 3 has officially disclosed details of its new tenner-a-month data deal for laptop users. Our story on Monday prompted punters to call the 3 sales line, only to be answered by reps who didn't know anything about it as the new tariffs had …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Aug 2007

August is great for holidays but it's no damn good for song titles

If you look it up on Wikipedia - the great reference source for people who can't be bothered trying to learn about anything - you'll find there's very little of interest about August. That's probably why so many people go on holiday during the month.
Billy MacInnes, 23 Aug 2007
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Egg.com server cracks

Updated Online banking service Egg.com is currently unavailable to its customers and the firm is pointing the finger of blame at telecoms provider Cable and Wireless (C&W).
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2007

Intel said to have roadmapped 11 mobile Penryn processors

Intel will launch five 45nm laptop processors based on its 'Penryn' chip design it has been claimed, with a further three coming when the chip giant introduces the next generation of Centrino, codenamed 'Montevina'.
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2007
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PlusNet blasts email into blackhole (again)

PlusNet, the terminally scatterbrained ISP, has permanently deleted customers' email again after it bungled the installation of an anti-spam appliance, it admitted this morning.
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Enceladus' icy threat to Cassini

The Cassini spacecraft could be at risk of damage when it makes its next closest approach to the moon Enceladus.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Aug 2007
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Is US Army ordering robot spy blimp?

The US Army seems to be moving to acquire a robotic spy blimp, able to float high in the sky for lengthy periods and monitor activities on the ground below.
Lewis Page, 23 Aug 2007
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Google enjoys summer of mobility

Google's vice president of search products, Marissa Mayer, has revealed a jump in mobile access to Google's services during May and June; a time when traffic usually drops off as users go on holiday.
Bill Ray, 23 Aug 2007
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AOL ID thief faces 7 years

A 23 year-old faces up to seven years imprisonment after pleading guilty to targeting AOL members via an elaborate and long running phishing scam.
John Leyden, 23 Aug 2007
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SAP to show some A1S at last

After much talk, and with expectations growing, SAP has pledged a long awaited, "comprehensive update" on its planned A1S on-demand applications suite.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Aug 2007
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Broadband over power turns on both sides of the Atlantic

Sending broadband signals over electricity cable has always confused people.
Faultline, 23 Aug 2007
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Xbox 360 Halo 3 kick-ass console priced

Amid the increasing interest in the Xbox 360 Elite UK launch tomorrow, pricing details and technical specifications for the Halo 3 special edition console - first seen back in July - have finally been released.
Scott Snowden, 23 Aug 2007
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Motorola tunes up the Q

Motorola has unveiled its latest handset Q-series handset, the Q Music 9m. The handset is a fusion of Treo and Blackberry looks, and an update to its original Q model targeted directly at mobile music lovers looking for plenty of storage and multimedia capabilities.
James Sherwood, 23 Aug 2007
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Yoga rug gets hi-tech overhaul

There aren't many - or even any - yoga-buffs at Register Hardware. We always thought it pushed us too far outside of our IT comfort zone - until now. A design concept for a 21st Century yoga mat has been created, incorporating music, video and even conferencing facilities - but no mini-bar.
James Sherwood, 23 Aug 2007
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Eclipse's audio kit promises 'unstylish' music

The key to designing a stylish desktop speaker system is to not even consider style in the design. Apparently. So says manufacturer Eclipse, which claims there's no "styling" in its latest rig, only functionality.
James Sherwood, 23 Aug 2007
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Cargo Cult Communicator stalls on runway

Production of Nokia's troubled E90 "Communicator" has been halted, the company has confirmed to Dutch trade paper Telecom.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Aug 2007
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Hotmail hack punts person in peril scam

The Lads from Lagos have apparently expanded their repertoire to incorporate hacking into Hotmail accounts.
John Leyden, 23 Aug 2007
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EC accuses Rambus of 'patent ambush'

The European Commission has confirmed formal "patent ambush" charges against US memory chip designer Rambus.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2007
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Sun boots workstation roots in favor of JAVA ticker

In a rather odd marketing ploy, Sun Microsystems will change its ticker symbol from SUNW to JAVA.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Aug 2007

VIA shows 1W x86 CPU

VIA has pledged to provide a version of its Eden x86-compatible processor that consumes just 1W when running flat out at 500MHz. Idling, the chip eats up a tenth of that total, making it what VIA claimed was "the world's most power-efficient x86 CPU".
Hard Reg, 23 Aug 2007
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Datanet downed by power outage

Datanet, the UK business ISP, suffered a power outage in of its server racks this morning which crocked its customers' internet access and email for most of the day.
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DARPA looking to kickstart raygun tech

Rayguns are, um, on fire lately, with the US Army dishing out early contracts in its monster truck laser cannon race, Boeing planning a rather unimpressive blaster-equipped Humvee and the famous American nuke-toasting jumbo jet continuing to make headlines. Now the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Pentagon war-nerd bureau which loves nothing better than a long shot, has joined in.
Lewis Page, 23 Aug 2007
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Ingres breaks ice with JasperSoft

Ingres has rolled out its first software appliance using the Icebreaker open source chimera developed with start-up rPath.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Aug 2007
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Yahoo! Buys! German! Mobile! Ad! Company!

In the ongoing war for online ad dollars, Yahoo! has acquired Actionality, a German firm that specializes in mobile advertising.
Cade Metz, 23 Aug 2007
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A wardriving we will go!

One in three mobile workers worldwide routinely hijack wireless connections, according to a survey commissioned by the US National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Cisco.
John Leyden, 23 Aug 2007
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Dell makes headway in server market

Dell regained a healthy chunk of the server market according to the analysts at IDC, suggesting "the new Dell" push has taken a foothold.
Austin Modine, 23 Aug 2007
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NSA surveillance and the dream police

Memories are very personal things, over which we feel an intimate sense of ownership. Some people, such as spies, are sworn to secrecy over this or that incident, but, as one event or another washes over us, we typically aren't responsible one way or another for them. They are the historical cloth out of which we are cut. They are what makes us who we are.
Burke Hansen, 23 Aug 2007
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Monster.com torpedoes rogue server as malware scam rolls on

Trying to contain damage amid reports that con artists are targeting online job sites, Monster Worldwide has shut down a rogue server that was siphoning personal information from the resumes of job seekers. The disclosure came amid new details of a Trojan that's amassed personal information on hundreds of thousands of people.
Dan Goodin, 23 Aug 2007
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Vonage attacked by defunct rival

It's a bit like fending off a house fly while you're locked in mortal combat with Godzilla.
Cade Metz, 23 Aug 2007
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Brocade Q3 profits down 56 per cent

Brocade's third quarter profits were down 56 per cent over last year, as the company coffers continue to be pounded by the purchase of McData and further compounded by hefty legal fees.
Austin Modine, 23 Aug 2007

Will VMware's sales double forever?

Analysis My friends in the financial industry keep lobbing the same question - how long can VMware keep up its growth? The answer to that query revolves around Microsoft and how competent it decides to be.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Aug 2007