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ARM finds friends for mobile Linux

ARM today flexed its mobile muscle by revealing a fairly broad coalition focused on developing a version of Linux well-suited for future smart phones.
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Microsoft targets developers with 'open' license

Microsoft is continuing its hesitant slide towards open source by releasing .NET code under a look-but-don't touch license.

IBM and HP objects of x86 server customer desire

Customers still have a crush on IBM and Hewlett-Packard as x86 server vendors while Sun Microsystems and Dell continue to receive lukewarm satisfaction, according to a new survey.

Singing in the shower goes high-tech

Everyone enjoys a singsong in the shower, so it makes sense to have your favourite tunes to hand. Thankfully, Japan's Noritz Electronics Technology has created a futuristic-looking MP3 player, dubbed the Juketower, which promises to provide audio entertainment during your daily scrub.
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Mtas put on hold until 2009

The centralised computer system intended to handle the recruitment of junior doctors will not be used next year.
Kablenet, 04 2007
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Will Bungie jump from Microsoft?

Could one of the games industry's most effective partnerships be about to do a Disney/Pixar and split?
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Harvard boffins brew up chilli-based anaesthetic

American boffins reckon an anaesthetic based on chilli peppers could allow patients to undergo operations while fully conscious.
Joe Fay, 04 2007
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German watchdog opposes Google purchase of DoubleClick

The proposed $3.1bn merger of search giant Google and online advertising company DoubleClick would lead to "a massive violation of data privacy rights", a German privacy watchdog has warned.
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Teeny tiny ozone hole for 2007

In 2006, the ozone layer took a real beating, and a hole formed that was of truly epic proportions. It was a record-breaking hole, caused by some 40 million tonnes of the protective layer going AWOL.
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Fifty years since Sputnik

Fifty years ago today the space age was truly born, as Sputnik sent back its first signals from orbit. Half a century ago, the Soviets launched what would be our first artificial satellite, and set in motion a revolution of technology.
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China Mobile connects top of the world

China Mobile has asked Huawei, wannabe owners of 3Com, to install a GSM base station 6,500 metres up Mount Everest. This will create a cell which will cover the main route to the summit.
Bill Ray, 04 2007
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Late, fast and pricey: O2 broadband is go

O2 has released details of its imminent broadband service after packages and pricing were leaked on the internet.

iLuv rolls out iPod-enabled portable DVD player

Updated iLuv has put its heart and soul into mobile movie watching with a portable viewer that also integrates an iPod docking station.

Apple TV 160GB media player

Review Over the past couple of years we've tried at least four different media extenders from Buffalo, D-Link and Pinnacle in an attempt to send AVI movie files from a PC to a TV. The PC is in a home office box, and the TV is in the living room, and all we want to do is watch recorded American TV shows on the big screen.

UK start-up tackles PIN fraud with patterns

We all know that the weakest link in almost any security system is the user. We puny humans are prone to errors, and so we tend to write down complicated passwords, or choose ones which are stupidly easy to guess.
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Apple patches Windows QuickTime bug

Windows users of QuickTime, Apple's popular media player software, need to apply an update following the discovery of a serious security bug.
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MasterCard caught with pants down twice

Cash credit giant MasterCard has had a week racked with technical problems.
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MIT touts new mind-to-machine algorithm

Boffins at MIT are getting ever closer to a direct mind-to-machine link that would translate a person's thoughts into instructions for a machine. The university is developing the technology so a paralysed person might be able to operate a prosthetic purely by using their mind.

Popping the question the 21st century way

Gone are the days of candle-lit dinners, Eiffel Tower proposals, and sinking to one's knee. American manufacturer Euri has created the ultimate timesaver for loved-up businessmen. Just pop an engagement ring into the Euricase, record a video, and let a built-in LCD screen do the hard work without you.
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Schools chief pushes Big Brother out of dinner line

The government has told head teachers to lighten up after one British school told children in the dinner queue that if they didn't give their fingerprints they wouldn't get any food.

Microsoft's OS won't die while Palm's doesn't want to be born

It's still a while until Halloween, but the undead walk among us and some of them are getting a new lease of life. Windows XP has been given an extra five months of sales life, until the end of June 2008, after the relative failure of its successor Vista to excite the masses into parting with large amounts of cash for another Microsoft operating system.
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BT aims to make UK a Wi-Fi kibbutz

BT unveiled ambitious plans today to create the world's most extensive Wi-Fi network by persuading consumers to share access to their home router.

You want to learn about Ubuntu?

Ubuntu is the free Linux-based operating system designed with frequent updating in mind.

Sage partners worry about falling into Line

Sage has sought to assure its channel partners following concerns about the software accounting firm's decision to quietly give its MMS application for SMEs a makeover by dropping the name and integrating it into the Line 200 suite.
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O2 lurches into MySpace

O2 is offering customers access to their MySpace accounts, only eight months after Vodafone announced its exclusive with the Murdoch-owned portal.
Bill Ray, 04 2007
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'It's Britney, bitch' riding high again

Oh, Britney would you look at that, a ray of sunshine has finally hit your otherwise beleaguered pop career.

Police cuff 77 in fake cheque crackdown

More than $2.1bn in counterfeit cheques destined for the US have been seized and 77 arrests made in Netherlands, Nigeria and Canada as part of an international crackdown on cheque fraud scams.

Nintendo leads DS gamers up the garden path

Nintendo could be barking up the wrong tree with this one, but it’s trying to brand itself as an eco-friendly computer games company nonetheless. The company’s released a game for the DS handheld console that urges gamers to play with flowers and break-dance.
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Manchester Uni wins radio telescope HQ

The University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics has been chosen as the headquarters for the next generation radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

Intel shares drop on price war warning

Shares in a number of leading chip makers have slumped after Morgan Stanley warned investors about a possible price war in the sector.
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S60 users go Wiiiiiii

Just when you think you've got a phone that does everything, someone comes along and adds a feature you never even knew you needed.
Bill Ray, 04 2007
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Scientist punts anti-snoring pillow

A German boffin has invented a computerised pillow which he claims will put a stop to snoring.
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Israel suspected of 'hacking' Syrian air defences

Questions are mounting over how Israeli planes were able to sneak past Syria's defences and bomb a "strategic target" in the country last month.
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Australian court rings to the sound of satisfaction

A visitor to Australia's Ipswich Magistrates court was seen desperately scrabbling for his phone as it moaned in satisfaction on receipt of a call, according to reports from Ananova.
Bill Ray, 04 2007
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eBay boots off Skype rival

eBay, still smarting from Monday's $1.43bn admission of Skype's failure, last night deleted auctions that carried click-to-call buttons for VoIP rival Jajah.

Universal goes online to win HD DVD votes

Universal has announced a series of new interactive features for HD DVDs. It claims the new internet infrastructure allows users to take advantage of web-enabled HD DVD players, and sounds strikingly similar to the BD Live facility for Blu-ray.

Portrait of an (alleged) cyber bully as a young man

Late in the evening of February 13, Paul and Robin Laudanski were planning the following day's Valentine's celebration when they received word that CastleCops, the volunteer security website they run, was under assault.
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EMC buys into online backup via Berkeley Data Systems

Storage giant EMC branched further into the security market with the acquisition of on-line backup firm Berkeley Data Systems. Financial terms of the deal, officially announced Thursday, were undisclosed but a suggested price tag of $76m was cited when rumors of the pending union first surfaced a fortnight ago.

IBM attacks HP's dwarf blade with muffler

IBM has joined HP in the race to flog short, stumpy blade servers at small- to medium-sized businesses.
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Oz watchdog sticks to its Google-attacking guns

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has dropped its legal action against two Google subsidiaries, but the protector of the Aussie people vows to continue its fight against the search giant's Mountain View mother ship.
Cade Metz, 04 2007
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Ubuntu chief bids for prima-donna status

Radio Reg I'd like to live in a tub of cream cheese icing. Sadly, that's not an option for me. It is, however, an option for Canonical/Ubuntu head Mark Shuttleworth. The open source advocate has plenty of cash - enough cash to build a breathing apparatus and waste removal system for a man-sized icing pool.

Gartner: no relief for data center costs

The future holds no comfort for data centers aching over energy consumption and floor space, predicts Gartner.

Sun hypes new hypervisor and virtualization console

Prowling the x86 server warpath, Sun today revealed its roadmap of products set to bring the company fully into the virtualization brouhaha.
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Facebook 'friend request' lands UK man in jail

A man who joined Facebook to look at his friend's wedding pics, was sent to jail after the site automatically sent a "friend request" message to his estranged wife.
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OpenSUSE 10.3 opens for business

Another day, another Linux distro point revision. Honours this time go to OpenSUSE, available now in version 10.3 for free download at www.opensuse.org.

And now for something completely different: Good news on spam

In the ever-escalating world of cyber insecurity, it's rare to find good news. And yet the Security and Exchange Commission on Thursday did just that as it reviewed data showing stock-touting junk mail has dropped significantly since a tough anti-spam campaign kicked off in March.