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TorrentSpy shuts doors to America

Unwilling to compromise the privacy of its users, TorrentSpy has shut its doors to American file sharers. The move came just hours before a U.S. judge denied an appeal from the company, insisting - once again - that it turn over server logs detailing user behavior.
Cade Metz, 28 2007
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Gear6 satiates hungry apps with 500GB RAM monster

Gear6 fits into that elite, blissful class of start-ups that have an easy to digest premise and infrastructure-friendly gear.
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The Return of iTuneski

Little more than a month after it collapsed under pressure from several superpowers of the Western world - including the US government and three major record labels - Russia's AllOfMP3 is making a comeback.
Cade Metz, 28 2007
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As US threatens to trash GATS, Antigua responds

Little Antigua just can't be bullied. Like the weakling in some Hollywood teen summer flick, the tiny island nation keeps coming back.

SanDisk targets iPod Shuffle with Clip music player

SanDisk's new Sansa Clip may lack the iPod Shuffle's cool metal casing, but this diminutive digital music player does pack an OLED screen, a mic and an FM radio, all missing from the Apple product.

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Reg Technology Panel Work. Unless you're a land-owning toff or an obscenely overpaid Register reporter, we all at some stage have to knuckle down and do some, albeit with varying degrees of resentment and cack-handedness.
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Nashville strippers finger net forger

A Tennessee man who downloaded an image of a $100 bill from the internet, printed himself some instant cash and proceeded directly to a Nashville strip joint was cuffed after suspicious staff called in the cops, AP reports.
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Restored Dam Busters fly again

Film buffs across the UK will next week be able to enjoy a big-screen outing for a digitally restored version of classic 1954 movie The Dam Busters.

Manhunt 2 tweaked to beat US sales ban

Ultra-violent videogame Manhunt 2 has beaten the ban and will hit store shelves in the US at Halloween, publisher Take-Two Interactive has said.
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Public info office throws out data reuse complaint

A company has lost its fight to gain access to data about public services in Milton Keynes for use on its website.
Kablenet, 28 2007
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Power corrupts, says workplace bullying survey

Two-thirds of UK managers believe that lack of management skills is the major factor contributing to bullying at work, according to new research. Misuse of power was listed as the most prolific type of bullying used within the workplace.

Sun pushes integration with UltraSPARC T2

Sun has announced the UltraSPARC T2, which it has dubbed the world's fastest commodity microprocessor.
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Google Germany slammed for Neo-Nazi YouTube clips

The German public broadcaster has decided to "do a Panorama" by highlighting YouTube's hosting of Neo-Nazi clips and World War II propaganda films.
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Tropics getting extra rainy, NASA boffins say

This summer was a bit of a washout for the UK*, but globally, rainfall levels have stayed roughly the same for the last thirty years. But NASA researchers now say they have good evidence that the tropics are getting wetter, with more rain falling over the oceans, than on land.
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Hi-Media snaps up Fotolog

Fotolog has joined the long list of photo-sharing social [cough] networking websites to be snapped up by a media company hungry for a slice of the Web 2.0 pie.

Vodafone cranks up 3G data rates for autumn

Vodafone will be pushing its HSDPA network to a possible 7.2Mb/sec download speed and introducing HSUPA to increase uploading to a possible 1.44Mb/sec, during the autumn as it tries to boost corporate data usage.
Bill Ray, 28 2007

EnGenius SI-680H Wi-Fi VoIP phone

Review VoIP may be revolutionising the telecoms industry by allowing us to make free calls with little more than a broadband connection and computer, but it's also tying us to our PCs. If you'd rather spend more time talking than being tied to a machine, a Wi-Fi phone like the EnGenius SI-680H will help you cut the cord.
Will Head, 28 2007
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Chinese tech firm flirts with Seagate

Updated Rumours are circulating in the heady world of hard disk drives (HDDs) that a Chinese tech firm wants to buy Seagate Technology.
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Finns dominate mobile-chucking contest

Finn Tommi Huotari took gold at the eighth Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships in Savonlinna over the weekend by projecting his device a creditable 2.77 Campbells, or 89.62 metres in old money.

Sony integrates 'super 3G' into laptops

Sony has upgraded six Vaio notebooks to include High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) connectivity. It claims the SZ6 and TZ20 series, which consist of six notebooks in all, will eventually provide users with download speeds of up to 7.2Mbps while on the move.
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Shattered teens subsisting on 'junk sleep'

Researchers have fingered electronic gadgets as the primary cause of the UK's kids simply not getting enough kip, the BBC reports.

Buffalo flies the flag for Blu-ray format

Buffalo appears to be throwing its weight behind Blu-ray Disc, sort of. The manufacturer has announced that it plans to release a drive capable of reading both Blu-ray and HD DVD, but which is only able to write to discs in the Blu-ray HD format.
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Boffins bend space and time to measure neutron star

Astronomers have caught three neutron stars in the act of distorting space-time, just as Einstein predicted. Bendy space-time has been seen around black holes before, but this is the first time astronomers have seen it around any other body.

LG claims DVD optical rewriters are sexy

The IT crowd has known for years that DVD drives can be sexy, and now LG is looking to push this message out to fashion-conscious consumers. It has developed two external drives that, it claims, blend portable functionality with a dash of style and, ahem, sex appeal.
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Your one-stop shop for Photoshop

Books Photoshop Creative Suite 3 (CS3) is the latest instalment from the hugely popular image manipulation program by Adobe Systems. Photoshop has been the market leader in this field for a number of years and this latest version, CS3, is the 10th iteration. The 3 main components for improvement, as marketed by Adobe themselves, are that CS3 will "work more productively, edit with unrivalled power, and composite with breakthrough tools." Sound enough reason for any Photoshop user to find out how best to get the most out of the program. Well, look no further! We here at Register Books have compiled 6 reviews that will guide you through the best ways to do this. As usual, a massive 40 per cent* discount is available on all the titles.
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Old timers boozing themslves into oblivion

British old timers are eschewing the delights of a nice cup of tea in favour of a drop of the hard stuff, an alcohol abuse expert has claimed.

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HTC slides out TyTN II 'super 3G' smartphone

Smartphone specialist HTC has revamped its TyTN handset, packing in not only Windows Mobile 6 but integrating support for high-speed 3G downloads and a GPS receiver.
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Thieves swipe biker's prosthetic hand

A disabled biker who left his prosthetic hand gripped to the handlebars of his Suzuki faces a bill for £450 for a new mitt after thieves made off with the original, the Sun reports.

Sony preps HD-ready Vaio all-in-one iMac-alike

The latest model in Sony's L series of all-in-in desktop Vaio PCs is the first machine in the line to feature not only a Blu-ray Disc drive but also a TV tuner capable of receiving HD programming.
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New underclass dossing in Japan's net cafes

Japan's health and welfare ministry says it has identified 5,400 "Net cafe refugees" - a new underclass driven by hard times to doss down in 24-hour cybercafes, the Telegraph reports.
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Aussie gov anti-porn filter 'useless', says teen

The anti-pornography filtering software dished out by the Australian government at a cost of AUS$84m has been broken in minutes by a teenager, according to reports.
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Ex-astronaut offers apologies, Huggies to 'love-rival'

Lisa Nowak, the former NASA astronaut now most famous for facing changes of attempted kidnapping, and accusations of nappy-wearing, has apologised to the woman she is accused of attacking.
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AT&T turns screws on iPhone unlocker

UniquePhones has pulled its iPhone unlocking service after receiving calls from lawyers claiming to represent AT&T and threatening to sue the Belfast-based firm for copyright infringement and illegal software dissemination.
Bill Ray, 28 2007

HP writes big fat cheque for 'Print 2.0' ad jamboree

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is bigging up its web-based printer offerings in a pricey $300m marketing campaign.

Crytek names Crysis demo release day

Eagerly anticipated first-person shooter Crysis will debut in a single-player demo form on 25 September, the company's developer, Crytek, has revealed.
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Orange sulks at Nokia

Nokia's share price fell today after Orange threw a spoiler at the Finnish handset giant. In London tomorrow, Nokia is expected to unveil its digital media and gaming strategies - as well as new hardware to support them - in the first major event since the company abolished its Multimedia and Enterprise business units in a June re-organisation.
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Light sabre on cargo manifest for next Shuttle mission

Star Wars is 30 years old, and Hollywood props cupboards are full of useless (but very cool) old tat. What better way to highlight both these facts than to announce that the original "light sabre" from the Star Wars movies, as wielded by Mark Hamill, is to be sent to space on board the next space shuttle mission.

Amimon ships wireless HDMI chipset

Your next TV and DVD player may prove capable of connecting wirelessly, according to chip manufacturer Amimon. The company has just started shipping a chipset based on its Wireless High-Definition Interface (WHDI) standard, that allows wireless streams of uncompressed HD video and audio to be broadcast around your home.

Wii tops US July console sales chart

Nintendo shifted 425,000 Wii consoles in the US in July, 11.3 per cent more than it did in June and way more than Microsoft and Sony together managed with the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, the latest market stats reveal.

IBM does iSCSI storage on the cheap

The latest wave of data center virtualization has made the iSCSI protocol an increasingly appealing prospect for the SMB market, and naturally vendors are obliging customers with fresh gear.
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Yahoo! seeks dismissal of China human rights lawsuit

Yahoo! has asked a US court to dismiss a lawsuit accusing it of "aiding and abetting" acts of torture and other human rights abuses against Chinese dissidents. The company handed over information about its users to the Chinese government, which led to the arrests of the dissidents.
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Hey Mr Policeman - this car is stolen!

I’m sure you’ve heard that old joke which contrasts the development of the car with the astonishing rate of progress in digital electronics. The story goes that if automobile technology had advanced at the same pace as desktop computers in the last couple of decades, we’d all be driving cars that can circle the globe on a teaspoon of petrol, get us to Sydney and back in five minutes flat, and so on and so forth…
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Pesky hack divulges Intel's 'Project Copy Hypertransport'

Intel's plan to unveil its copy of AMD's Hypertransport technology at next month's Intel Developer Forum (IDF) has been spoiled by a rather thorough analyst.
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Seagate raises financial outlook

In brief Disk drive behemoth Seagate is giving a notably large bump to its fiscal first quarter revenue forecast today, citing strong demand, favorably high prices and a better product mix.