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Neo1973: long-distance contender to Apple and Google?

If you're a developer working with mobile devices few decisions will be more critical than the platform you choose to focus on. With the correct choice, your skills and creativity may pay off both financially and personally when thousands of users enjoy something that you brought into the world.
Oliver Starr, 07 Jan 2008

CES 2008: Complete Coverage

News Round-up The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) brought a bumper harvest of gadgets and goodies to Las Vegas. Here are all of Register Hardware's CES 2008 stories, brought together for your reading and viewing pleasure...
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Samsung enhances Q1 Ultra UMPC performance

CES Samsung has upgraded its Q1 Ultra UMPC, adding 'Premium' to the machine's moniker and boosting the handheld's processing power and its battery capacity.
Tony Smith, 07 Jan 2008

Toshiba remains upbeat about HD DVD

CES Today’s Toshiba press conference at CES saw an unprecedented queue hundreds of metres long as hacks lined up to hear Toshiba's take on Warner Home Video's recent announcement to opt for the Blu-ray format. One UK reporter was even offered $50 for her press pass.
Scott Snowden, 07 Jan 2008
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Samsung spins 128GB SSD

CES Samsung isn't the first manufacturer to take the wraps off a laptop-friendly 500GB hard drive - take a bow, Hitachi - but it did claim today to be the first to announce a 9.5mm-high unit. It also touted a 128GB solid-state drive for notebooks.
Tony Smith, 07 Jan 2008

CES moots move from expensive Las Vegas

CES The organisers of the Consumer Electronics Show - where most forthcoming products are announced for the year - are scouting for a cheaper US city to stage the annual convention, the Las Vegas Sun reports.
Scott Snowden, 07 Jan 2008
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Sony revamps Mylo mobile internet device

CES Sony has revamped its Mylo - My Life Online - internet access handheld, enhancing the Wi-Fi gadget's support for teen-friendly social networking sites and the like of YouTube.
Tony Smith, 07 Jan 2008

Sony ships 11in OLED TV in the US

CES Want the very latest in flat-panel technology? Then book yourself a trip to the States – Sony's just launched its XEL-1 OLED HD TV over here.
Tony Smith, 07 Jan 2008

AmigaOS 5 surfaces... sort of

CES AmigaOS 5 made a covert appearance at an event outside the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), turning up in the guise of a version of Space Invaders running on a Windows Mobile 6-based smartphone.
Tony Smith, 07 Jan 2008
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How to delete your DNA profile

It's a little known fact that it's possible to have your DNA profile removed from the National DNA Database (NDNAD). While the Police have processes to gather and retain DNA samples - they don't yet have a procedure to delete the DNA of innocent members of the public.
David Mery, 07 Jan 2008
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How can I get better browsing with a smartphone?

Most, if not all, smartphones fall short on the web browsing experience as they cannot display minimum 800-pixel-wide pages. How can I improve that experience and still use a compact, pocket-friendly phone that's good for phone calls?
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Chancer! eBays! Yahoo.is!

Ask yourselves this question: how much would you pay for the chance to declare yahoo.is/shite across the internet?
Lester Haines, 07 Jan 2008
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Why do women get plastered at fancy dress parties?

US researchers have admitted they cannot explain why women are more likely than men to get legless at sexually-themed fancy dress parties - a shock finding which is the only known exception to the rule that chaps will invariably sink more alcohol at social gatherings than the ladies.
Lester Haines, 07 Jan 2008
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And when did you you stop beating your CO2 cap?

Reader survey We have received some stick about our latest reader survey that's running over here. The environmental sceptics among you think some of questions are a bit assumptive, and that by simply answering them it could be construed that you take the green argument seriously - a bit like trying to answer yes or no to the question "Have you stopped beating your wife?" without incriminating yourself.
David Tebbutt, 07 Jan 2008
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Intel coughs up EC anti-trust furball

Update Chip giant Intel today filed its response to formal anti-competitive charges leveled by the European Commission.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jan 2008
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Bill Gates gives $10m to probe the universe

Bill Gates has donated $10m to the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) - an 8.4 metre beast boasting the world's largest digital camera designed to capture the entire available night sky every three days, "opening a movie-like window on objects that change or move on rapid timescales".
Lester Haines, 07 Jan 2008
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Sony launches low-price Blu-ray drive

If you're strapped for cash following Christmas, Sony has unveiled a sub-$200 (£100/€135) internal BD-Rom drive which could help you recover from the festive season by staying in and watching Blu-ray movies on your PC.
James Sherwood, 07 Jan 2008
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US regulator raises Dreamliner hacker risk fear

Regulators have expressed concern that Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet may be vulnerable to hacker attack.
John Leyden, 07 Jan 2008

Samsung ML-1630 laser printer

Unwired Video Review When you think of laser printers you don’t exactly think ’sleek and sexy’ - more like ‘beige and bulky’. But this new model from Samsung, the ML1630, is something that’s really quite different.
Wil Harris, 07 Jan 2008
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2007 worst ever year for data protection

Last year was the worst ever for data losses in the UK, with almost 37 million people having their private data compromised.
John Oates, 07 Jan 2008
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Radiohead top UK album chart

Radiohead's In Rainbows has climbed straight to the top of the UK album chart in the week following its physical release on CD and vinyl, apparently proving frontman Thom Yorke right in his assertion that fans want a tangible "object".
Lester Haines, 07 Jan 2008
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Oz drafts 'batter an orphaned roo' guidelines

Oz animal protection groups are none too impressed by a draft government guide to disposing of young kangaroos (joeys) by either "forcefully swinging" their heads against a vehicle towbar or blasting them with a shotgun, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 07 Jan 2008
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US trade body probes IBM patent grumble

IBM's infringement complaint about some Asustek Computer products will be investigated by the US International Trade Commission (ITC).
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jan 2008
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Microsoft pleads ignorance on 'one interweb per child' pork barrel

Microsoft says it doesn't know anything about the government's plan to deliver home broadband to every child in the country, despite claims from the schools minister that he is putting pressure on it to drop prices.
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Gates kicks off farewell tour in Vegas

Bill Gates took the stage at CES last night to sing the first notes in a swan song that promises to eclipse even Tony Blair’s long goodbye.
Joe Fay, 07 Jan 2008
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Solar Cycle 24 is go: Official

Scientists are poised to confirm that a "modest knot" of high-latitude, reversed-polarity magnetism spotted last December on the Sun has become a full-blown sunspot heralding the beginning of Solar Cycle 24:
Lester Haines, 07 Jan 2008
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Logitech touts armchair keyboard

CES If you’re into all things sofa-based, then a miniature wireless keyboard from Logitech that bridges the gap between PC and TV should have your fingers tapping with excitement.
James Sherwood, 07 Jan 2008
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Clarkson's 'steal my ID' stunt backfires

Gobby TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been forced to reverse his position after he lost money after publishing his bank account details in a newspaper column.
John Leyden, 07 Jan 2008

BT Vision targets Xbox gamers for growth

BT is hoping to put a rocket up its slow-starting broadband TV service Vision, by making its movie and TV rentals available on demand to the UK's Xbox 360 owners.
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Logitech touts Harmony One remote control

CES Logitech has expanded its universal remote control range and launched the Harmony One universal commander, sorry, remote.
James Sherwood, 07 Jan 2008
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Yahoo! joins rush to get widgets onto mobile phones

Yahoo! has announced its intention to support third-party widgets on its mobile platform, promising platform independence and rapid development. The announcement came in a presentation at the CES event, currently taking place in Las Vegas.
Bill Ray, 07 Jan 2008
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Academics kick off nuclear power war of words

The anti-nuclear movement has fired an opening shot in the UK energy-policy debate, ahead of expected Parliamentary announcements from the Brown government this week.
Lewis Page, 07 Jan 2008
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Home turbines can't light a candle

Domestic "microwind" turbines, recently championed as "power from the people" by opposition leader David Cameron, are about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Jan 2008
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One loves the Wii

There’s nothing like a royal crest to give your product that certain je ne sais quoi, and Nintendo’s Wii console has finally got one - sort of.
James Sherwood, 07 Jan 2008
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Blair's transport minister working for traffic-data firm

Stephen Ladyman, the former UK transport minister, is now working as an adviser to a traffic-data company.
Lewis Page, 07 Jan 2008
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US laws restrict computer forensics to gumshoes

More US states are moving towards laws that limit computer forensics work to those with Private Investigator licences, or people contracted to work for licensed investigative agencies.
John Leyden, 07 Jan 2008
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Naomi Campbell chews fat with Hugo Chavez

Battling Streatham clotheshorse Naomi Campbell has quite magnificently conducted an interview with Venezuelan prez Hugo Chavez, in which the latter predictably railed against the US and concluded that Camilla Duchess of Cornwall is "not as attractive" as the sainted Diana, Queen of Hearts™.
Lester Haines, 07 Jan 2008
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Nature sticks entire archive online

Science journal Nature has completed the digitisation of its entire archive by making available material from 1869's volume 1, issue 1 to 1949 as the final step in its five-year online deployment plan.
Lester Haines, 07 Jan 2008
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Carphone Warehouse shares rally with buyout rumours

Shares in Carphone Warehouse closed up 2.6 per cent on Friday after rumours that Vodafone were looking to acquire the company surfaced. The recovery made up for the drop on Thursday when sometime competitor DSG International issued a profit warning, the combination putting CPW shares about where they were last week.
Bill Ray, 07 Jan 2008
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'First' iPhone Trojan rolls into town

Hackers have created Trojan horse malware targeted at Apple's much-hyped iPhone device.
John Leyden, 07 Jan 2008
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Xerox boss says credit crisis could crunch IT budgets

Xerox has become the latest established IT company to join a chorus of complaints about how the credit crisis has begun to rock spending in the tech sector.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jan 2008
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Belkin wireless HDMI box spied at CES

CES Belkin's experimentation with running HDMI connections wirelessly will finally bear fruit this coming summer when the accessory maker ships FlyWire, a wireless video connectivity box for HD TVs.
Tony Smith, 07 Jan 2008
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Sony drives back into sat navs

Sony has found its way back into the sat nav market and unveiled two GPS devices which it claims offer an extra position finder over established GPS technology.
James Sherwood, 07 Jan 2008
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Eclipse gets Fishy on SOA

The Eclipse Foundation's plan to push ahead with a Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) run-time framework later this year marks an interesting change of direction for the industry group.
Phil Manchester, 07 Jan 2008
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Linksys ships sleek Wi-Fi routers, ExpressCard

CES How do you make a wireless router more consumer friendly? You stick it in a sleek, shiny casing. That's Linksys approach if its latest offerings are anything to go by.
Tony Smith, 07 Jan 2008
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GorillaPod guys slide out boom-equipped Bluetooth headset

CES Here's Zivio, the upcoming Bluetooth headset from Joby, the company that brought you to GorillaPod bendy holder-cum-tripod for digicam's. It not only looks swish, but it's light, compact and incorporates a novel pull-out microphone boom.
Tony Smith, 07 Jan 2008
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Napster looks to de-tether downloads

Napster will once again deal in the scourge that are MP3s now that the major record labels have decided that MP3s are not evil but rather their future.
Ashlee Vance, 07 Jan 2008
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Hitachi picks up Brocade's file virtualization suite

Brocade has cut a deal with Hitachi Data Systems to vend its storage management wares.
Austin Modine, 07 Jan 2008
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Sears sued for website that leaked customer purchases

Sears Roebuck and Co. is taking more flack from privacy advocates who say the retailer's websites don't adequately protect customer privacy.
Dan Goodin, 07 Jan 2008
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Wikia unsheathes antidote to 'unhealthy' Google

Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales has brought the Wikipedia ethos to his very own internet search engine. But he insists it will be far more trustworthy than search sites offered by Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft.
Cade Metz, 07 Jan 2008
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Sling reschedules, redesigns SlingCatcher

CES Sling Media has finally named the date when it will ship SlingCatcher, the SlingPlayer-for-TVs box it announced at last year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
Tony Smith, 07 Jan 2008
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Stay ahead of Web 2.0 worms

Think you've protected your web applications from cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities? The odds are against you. Roughly 90 per cent of web applications have this problem, and it's getting worse as web applications and web services share more and more data.
Jeff Williams, 07 Jan 2008