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CodeGear bets on Application Factories to transform JBuilder

CodeGear is betting on something called Application Factories to distinguish its Eclipse-based JBuilder developer suite from the rest of the Java tools herd.

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This Old Box You smell that?
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New mobile app to track carbon footprints

Irish mobile operators have welcomed the introduction of a new application to allow mobile users to track their own carbon footprint.
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Bluetooth marketing window could be shut

A window of opportunity for marketing by Bluetooth technology that opened in October could be closed once more, the UK Government has said.

No Fusion illumination for Oracle users

Customers' opinion of Oracle's licensing has hit a new low in the UK while the company's Fusion plans remain a mystery to half of its users - notably developers, who'll be on the sharp end of implementing Fusion-based software.

Laptop power cranks up a gear

There’s never really been a reliable way of losing weight and saving the planet - and certaintly not one that works while you're sat working at your desk. Until now - a Spanish Polytechnic has invented a laptop that runs on a miniature bicycle.

Capita targets SMEs after public sector losses

Capita Group has spat out a bullish 2008 forecast and said private sector deals had pushed up the value of new contracts to £1.89bn for the year, an increase of 38 per cent on 2006.

Intel 'Penryn' Core 2 Extreme QX9770 and X48 chipset

2007's Top Products Intel has been busy sending out a batch of 'Penryn' Core 2 Extreme QX9770 processors to every tech site in the known universe, and if you take a look at some of the reviews that have popped up you’ll spot a common theme. The QX9770 is the first desktop processor to run on a 1600MHz frontside bus (FSB) but right now there are no desktop chipsets that support this new speed.

Blu-ray widens US disc sales lead

Blu-ray Disc player owners bought more discs during the US Thanksgiving holiday period than their HD DVD-owning counterparts did, numbers from market watcher Nielsen VideoScan reveal.
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MI5 warns over China hacking menace

MI5 has warned UK businesses of the threat posed by state-sponsored Chinese hackers. The UK security service has sent an advisory to banks and law firms warning them to guard against attack from "Chinese state organisations".

Sellers price up 8GB Eee PC

Even though the 4GB version of Asus' elfin Eee PC isn't exactly easy to get hold of, some system sellers have started taking advance orders for the as-yet-unreleased 8GB model.
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Home Sec: Tasers could become standard police kit

The UK Home Secretary has said Taser electric shock stunguns "could become standard equipment" for British police officers.

Dell marries WPP in big ads push

Dell has climbed into bed with ad agency WPP in an estimated $100m a year deal that will bring the computer giant's global marketing, advertising, and communications ventures under one group.

Nokia N95 update speeds apps with virtual memory

Nokia has posted a software update for its N95 handset which, it claimed, makes the "multimedia computer" load applications more quickly and play music for three more hours on a single battery charge.
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Facebook founder loses court battle to keep personal data offline

Mark Zuckerberg has been given a taste of his own medicine: his personal information is being plastered all over the web forever.

ID sales sites start loss leader marketing programme

The Information Commissioners' in-tray got a little bigger today as it confirmed it would be investigating a series of ID trading sites unearthed by journalists.
Joe Fay, 03 2007
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Bought some uranium ore? You'll need the anal douche, then

NSFW We're obliged this chilly Monday to reader Arthur Chance for alerting us to the agreeable fact that Amazon.com is doing a nice line in discounted uranium ore.

Best Buy kicks out misbehaving Geek Squaders

A number of porn-obsessed Geek Squaders have come unstuck following a US-wide internal investigation by computer retail giant Best Buy.
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NASA pondering electro-hypersonic jet boosters

NASA will revisit an engineering technique which could solve many of the problems associated with hypersonic flight, according to reports. The research might offer genuinely re-usable space launch vehicles, among other benefits.
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UK justice ministry investigates non-updating of PNC

The UK Justice Secretary has launched a nationwide investigation into how the court system updates the Police National Computer after a review earlier this year threw up flaws in the process.
Joe Fay, 03 2007
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Dear customer: you owe us $211 trillion

Most of us know what it's like to receive one of those "your account is £X overdrawn and unless we get the cash by noon tomorrow we're going to sell your kids for scientific experiments and break your mother's arms and legs" letters, so spare a thought for Joe Martins of Cobb County, Georgia, who was rather surprised to learn that he owed Wachovia Bank a cool $211 trillion - 70 times the entire US federal budget.
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Welcome to the El Reg bumper demographic survey

Long-term Reg aficionados will be aware that roughly once a year we nag you, our beloved readership, into completing a demographic survey the better to understand just who's popping on down to the site, their likes and dislikes, and how we can improve The Register.
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MS Word edit history snares Scottish Labour on donations

Scottish Labour chief Wendy Alexander stands on the shakiest of political ground today after her leadership campaign became further embroiled in the escalating donations scandal over the weekend.
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Public says no to ID cards, No2ID says 'starve the beast!'

No2ID has launched a new campaign of civil disobedience* against ID cards, as a new poll shows that for the first time, opponents of the cards outnumber supporters. The poll - carried out by YouGov for the Daily Telegraph, shows 48 per cent against versus 43 per cent for.

Apple iPhones offered up for hire

Want to try out Apple's iPhone but are put off by the price? Hop over to German company Erento's UK site and you'll be able to rent one. Though at £29 a day, it's almost as pricey a proposition as a purchase.

Mozilla rubbishes IE Firefox security study

Mozilla developers have hit back at a Microsoft study that suggests Internet Explorer is more secure than Firefox.
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Galileo funding finally agreed

The transport ministers of the European Union nations managed to reach agreement regarding the Galileo sat nav project on Friday, following Byzantine porkbarrel manoeuvres and an eleventh-hour spanner in the works from Spain. Galileo is now fully funded and can move forward.

Gibson plugs in self-tuning roboguitar

Legendary guitar manufacturer Gibson is reporting plenty of interest in its self-tuning Robot Guitar.
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Microsoft's sex-obsessed RoboSanta spouts filth at children

Updated Disturbing news has reached our Yuletide youthful innocence bunker that Microsoft's new artificial intelligence-powered Santa bot is subjecting the world's children to an unprecendented torrent of filth.

Samsung readies 'fastest' graphics memory

Samsung will next year put GDDR 5 into mass production, it said today after announcing 6Gb/s 512Mb chips based on the graphics memory spec.

Microsoft wireless keyboards crypto cracked

Security researchers have cracked the rudimentary encryption used in a range of popular wireless keyboards.
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Beeb coughs to Panorama WiFi-scare travesty

The BBC has admitted that the infamous Panorama programme in which Beeb investigators boosted public hysteria regarding health dangers around Wi-Fi in schools was "misleading". The BBC's Editorial Complaints Unit (ECU) found against Panorama chiefs in a recent ruling.

LiveJournal flogged to Russians

San Francisco blogware firm Six Apart has offloaded LiveJournal, the fiesty community it bought only two years ago, to the Russian media group SUP.
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Pedophile gets 110 years in MySpace extortion scheme

A 33-year-old North Carolina man has been sentenced to 110 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges that he terrorized more than 100 underage girls by hacking into MySpace accounts and extorting nude pictures from them.
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XBRL could learn from XML's success - Bray

Supporters of extensible business reporting language (XBRL), the proposed standard for electronic filing of financial information, need to learn lessons from the development of the Web if they want to promote it successfully.

Google officially quashes PageRank passing

Google has officially proclaimed that it doesn't like webmasters trying to hawk their lofty PageRank status to other sites.
Cade Metz, 03 2007
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What’s in a name, asks Bodog founder Calvin Ayre

The strange and underreported case of 1st Technology v. Bodog continued its legal sojourn this week with another response by 1st Technology to the gambling giant's continued claims of ownership to its one-time domains, such as Bodog.com.
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IT departments poised to fly past airlines on CO2 emissions

Carbon emissions from computing looks set to overtake aviation, a UK environmental charity claimed today.

LogLogic eyes new CEO Sueltz as IPO propeller

Seasoned software whiz Pat Suetlz has turned up as LogLogic's new CEO.

TJX agrees to pay banks $41m to cover Visa losses

TJX, the US retailing giant, has agreed to reimburse banks nearly $41m in losses stemming from the theft of as many as 100 million credit- and debit-card accounts in the world's largest data breach.
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Activision and Vivendi Games merge into Activision Blizzard

Early Sunday, a surprising and still yet-to-be-approved merger between Activision and Vivendi Games was announced.