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Pentax pours forth four new shooters

Even though PMA - the annual imaging event in Las Vegas - is only one week away, the big players in the photography industry aren't waiting to introduce this year's products, and Pentax is no exception, today launching two DSLRs and two compacts.
Scott Snowden, 24 Jan 2008
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International tradewinds fill Symantec's Q3 sails

Symantec should be thankful for a healthy year's worth of publicized data pratfalls an ocean away. International sales rose 21 per cent in its third fiscal quarter, bolstering a strong quarter for the security software firm and a cheery outlook for Q4.
Austin Modine, 24 Jan 2008
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eBay's CEO throws in the three kitchen towels in a jute bag - $4.99

Ten years of hawking Britney Spears' used undies and Hummel figurines proved enough for Meg Whitman. The eBay CEO today announced her departure plans, as her company dished out solid fourth quarter figures.
Ashlee Vance, 24 Jan 2008
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Sun's JavaFX tools to interop with Adobe

Java mobile & embedded developer day Sun Microsystems is working on interoperability between design tools from Adobe Systems and its upcoming JavaFX tools for application developers building rich application interfaces and rich-internet applications (RIAs).
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jan 2008
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MPAA admits movie piracy study is 29% full of @$#%

A 2005 study by the Motion Picture Association of America claimed that illegal downloads from college students accounted for an enormous 44 per cent of the industry's domestic losses.
Austin Modine, 24 Jan 2008
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Mozilla security chief confirms data leakage bug in Firefox

Mozilla's chief of security has confirmed a vulnerability that could cause fully patched versions of Firefox to expose a user's private data.
Dan Goodin, 24 Jan 2008
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100Mbit/s sewer broadband rollout coming your way

The idea of laying fibre along sewer lines has been sloshing around the networking business for years. Now a UK firm claims today's broadband will seem a trickle compared to the torrents of data it'll soon offer.
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How can I make the most of old CPUs?

I am about to retire a number of PCs at work. I have a half-dozen Compaq desktops, all 1GHz; a similar number of Dell Optiplex GX270 - three at 2.8GHz, two at 2.6GHz - and one 2.8GHz GX280, plus all the memory. Does anyone know of a motherboard that I can use to take a set of these CPUs, either the Compaqs or preferably the Dell, and make either a two or greater processor unit to give some oomph to a home-made media centre/DVR that I shall also be putting other used parts into?
David Agnew, 24 Jan 2008
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Samsung unveils second-gen GX digital SLR

Samsung has followed its GX-10 digital SLR (DSLR) with the GX-20, which is the first DSLR to feature an image sensor manufactured by the South Korean colossus.
James Sherwood, 24 Jan 2008
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Nokia blings up Prism fashion phone with synthetic gem

If you love diamonds and bling, then forget jewellery, because Nokia’s latest Prism handset is apparently the in thing for the design-conscious tech consumer.
James Sherwood, 24 Jan 2008
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Bloke takes missus up the Oxo Tower

NSFW Any reader who has a special date coming up - perhaps a wedding anniversary or other half's birthday - could do worse than consider taking a trip up the Oxo Tower, which comes highly recommended down at Restaurant-Guide.com:
Lester Haines, 24 Jan 2008

Accenture and BAE pull out of ID card project

Updated: The UK ID card project suffered another serious blow today with news that two potential suppliers have pulled out of the procurement process.
John Oates, 24 Jan 2008
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Darling backtracks on CGT

Updated The chancellor Alistair Darling is today expected to make a U-turn over plans to bring a single rate of capital gains tax (CGT) into play, following pressure from small business (SMB) lobby groups that deeply opposed the reform.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jan 2008
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Starbucks mocha clocked at 628 calories

Updated Those among you looking to control your calorie intake would do well to think twice before wrapping your laughing gear round some high street coffees. Consumer group Which? has found that one Starbucks mocha contained no less than 628 calories, or "nearly a third of the recommended daily amount for women and a quarter of that for men".
Lester Haines, 24 Jan 2008

Samsung SGH-F700 smartphone

Review With the world and his wife seemingly happy with either Symbian or Windows Mobile running their smartphones, any phone OS newcomer - especially one without an Apple logo slapped on it - has something of a hill to climb.
Alun Taylor, 24 Jan 2008
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Phishing coders hook clueless crooks

Cheapskate fraudsters hoping to run phishing scams for peanuts have themselves been hoodwinked. Security watchers have spotted a free phishing kit containing a hidden backdoor that siphons off stolen credentials from the fraudsters who use the technology.
John Leyden, 24 Jan 2008
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Autothrottle problems suspected in Heathrow 777 crash

Investigators probing last Thursday's Heathrow Boeing 777 crash may be able to glean useful information from six previous engine failures on the type, one of which could prove highly significant in pinpointing the cause of the incident.
Lester Haines, 24 Jan 2008
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HTC to include high-res video support in handsets

HTC has promised to include video acceleration hardware in its future video-centric handsets, which some users may see as a move by the manufacturer to calm a pressure group seeking blood over performance issues with its handsets.
James Sherwood, 24 Jan 2008
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BlackBerry gets fruity with Lotus

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) confirmed yesterday that it plans to offer a free download of IBM's Lotus Connections biz social networking software later this year.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jan 2008

Wii not the way to lose weight

If you’re serious about getting fit then the Wii’s sports games will get you partly there, but they’re no substitute for traditional exercise, according to a group of Canadian students. Duh.
James Sherwood, 24 Jan 2008
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Sun Java update creaks under weight of bug fixes

Sun has pushed out a major update to its Java software package that features scores of bug fixes, including a number of security updates.
John Leyden, 24 Jan 2008
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Dell's slow response to straying data

A Dell customer is complaining to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) after a serious data breach led to his confidential details being posted to the wrong address.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jan 2008
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Translate my website... bitch

Facebook is headed for a problem. In the wacky innovation-lite and revenue-poor world of web 2.0, you have to be able to show your investors and the hordes of "I want to believe" journalists some sort of growth.
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Sony denies $299 PS3 talk

If you’re hoping to bag a cut-price PS3 then Sony has some bad news in store. Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has stated that rumours of a $299 (£150/€210) PS3 are nothing more than wishful thinking.
James Sherwood, 24 Jan 2008
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New Bond movie is Quantum of Solace

Bond 22 is now officially Quantum of Solace, the film's producers announced today.
Lester Haines, 24 Jan 2008

Nokia grabs 40% of phone market for first time

Apple's iPhone may have been the most talked-about handset during the final quarter of 2007, but its sales were dwarfed by the majors in a period that saw Nokia grab more than 40 per cent of the global market, the first time it's done so.
Tony Smith, 24 Jan 2008
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Samsung unveils compact trio

The Samsung digicam production line continues unabated, with the South Korean giant unveiling details of three upcoming models: the i80, i100 and S1060.
James Sherwood, 24 Jan 2008
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DC Comics to kill off Batman?

DC Comics will kill off Batman as one of a "series of cosmological cataclysms" designed to prop up circulation in the face of the increasing newsstand and cinematic domination of rival Marvel.
Lester Haines, 24 Jan 2008
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Canon shows off Spring Collection

This morning in London, Canon showed off its Spring collection for 2008, comprising of 16 new products in total, including four new compact cameras and a new DLSR.
Scott Snowden, 24 Jan 2008
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Estonia fines man for DDoS attacks

Estonia has fined a local man a year's salary for involvement in last April's sustained denial of service attacks against the Baltic nation's critical internet systems.
John Leyden, 24 Jan 2008
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Auntie hops in bed with Murdoch on MySpace

The BBC's commercial tentacle has turned a blind one to the Corporation's past antipathy toward Rupert Murdoch in its hunt for wandering youthful eyeballs. A deal with MySpace, announced today, will see clips from TV shows and web-only videos pumped into the chaotic network worldwide.
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Gizmondo co-founder to revive ill-fated console

Ex-Gizmondo exec Carl Freer is to revive the ill-fated handheld games console, which could be back on sale by May for just $99 if he gets his way.
Tony Smith, 24 Jan 2008
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Is Oracle really the next Microsoft?

The gobbling-up by Oracle of BEA, the last significantly-sized independent middleware vendor, is another sign of the trend we are seeing towards increasing consolidation in the IT industry. It leads to obvious questions about customer choice, disruption, and protection of investment that will sound very familiar to those …
Dale Vile, 24 Jan 2008
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Will you go 'Radio Ga Ga' over Sony Ericsson's FM handsets?

Wacky is probably the best adjective to describe the design of Sony Ericsson’s latest handset: the R306.
James Sherwood, 24 Jan 2008
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Virus writers charged with copyright violation

Japan has arrested its first suspected virus writers, but in a strange twist the three suspected creators and distributors of a strain of P2P malware have been charged with copyright violation, in an arrest that recalls Al Capone's prosecution for tax evasion.
John Leyden, 24 Jan 2008
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Tax deadline strike cancelled

A civil service strike which would have thrown the UK's tax service into chaos has been put on ice.
John Oates, 24 Jan 2008
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IBM hands server tech to Lenovo

Tech giant IBM has inked a licensing agreement with Lenovo that will see the Chinese computer vendor making and selling a range of x86 servers.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jan 2008
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Virgin Media trashes patent infringement accusations

Virgin Media has slammed a High Court patent infringement lawsuit brought by the firm behind the massive US TV Guide franchise as an act of "flagrant opportunism".
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Sharp bursts its seams with 20 HD TVs

Sharp has reasserted its presence in the LCD TV market by unveiling three new telly ranges, totalling 20 sets in all, one series of which it claims is the industry’s thinnest so far.
James Sherwood, 24 Jan 2008
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Database gurus slammed for Google post

A database pioneer and honored computer science professor have come under heavy fire for issuing a strong critique of Google's MapReduce technology for processing large unstructured databases.
Phil Manchester, 24 Jan 2008
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On Philip Pullman's grim eco-fantasy

In a new book published this week, author Philip Pullman looked back with nostalgia at post-war austerity - and advocated the state cutting off your power as soon as you exceed your Carbon Ration. He also expressed his hope that Polar Bears would kill and eat lots of humans.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jan 2008
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Employee's silent rampage wipes out $2.5m worth of data

A Florida woman who believed she was about to get fired has been accused of deleting $2.5m worth of computer files to seek revenge on her employer.
Dan Goodin, 24 Jan 2008
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Inside the Windows 2008 stack experience

Project Watch: Microsoft 2008 Register Developer regular Mark Whitehorn is rolling out a significant new IT project. This has, at its heart, a database of around 1TB and is ultimately expected to support several thousand users.
Mark Whitehorn, 24 Jan 2008
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FTC squelches Ethernet patent squatter's price hike

The US Federal Trade Commission is barring a patent-squatting firm from raising its royalty rates for a now-standard Ethernet technology.
Austin Modine, 24 Jan 2008
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Sun's war against clarity and business continues

Comment The problem with the Particpation Age, as Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz describes the current state of internet affairs, is that everyone thinks it a good idea to participate.
Ashlee Vance, 24 Jan 2008

Sun shrugs off product slip in Q2

Despite falling product revenue, Sun Microsystems posted decent enough second quarter results.
Ashlee Vance, 24 Jan 2008

Microsoft rides PCs and Xboxen to rich Q2

Microsoft reported fiscal second-quarter earnings that surpassed Wall Street's already lofty expectations, as sales of PCs and Xboxes soared. The company also forecast future results that met or beat analysts' outlook.
Dan Goodin, 24 Jan 2008
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Juniper finds the black in fiscal '07

In brief Juniper Networks accountants were able to toss out their red pens for fiscal 2007. This year's charges didn't get the better of them. The network equipment maker's Q4 profit was up 73 per cent based on — what else — telecoms companies looking for new gear to expand their internet tubes.
Austin Modine, 24 Jan 2008