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Intel single-core 'Silverthorne' to sport HyperThreading

Intel has spilled a few more beans about 'Silverthorne', its upcoming 45nm processor for UMPCs and mobile internet devices (MIDs). It's a single-core part that implements HyperThreading (HT) ahead of the technology's implementation later this year in 'Nehalem' next-gen CPUs.
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Are your staff adequately trained?

Reg Tech Panel Reg Tech Panel An interesting finding emerged from a recent Reg reader study. It concerns a cause and effect that is pretty obvious once it is highlighted. Put simply, IT departments operate much more smoothly and efficiently if IT staff are adequately trained.
Dale Vile, 04 2008

Asus reschedules 8GB Eee PC to Q2, moles claim

Waiting for the 8GB Eee PC? Then you're going to have to wait a little longer - until April at least, it has been alleged, thanks to problems Asus is having getting the machine out of the door.
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Pentagon pundits demand sensible raygun research

A Pentagon science-advisory panel's report on the near-term prospects for American raygun weapons has declared that energy-beam blasters would be pretty handy but difficult to make.
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Microhoo! marriage hits Google salaries hard

Pity if you will poor old Google, which last week suffered a terrible shock when it discovered that a possible unholy alliance of Microsoft and Yahoo! might challenge its bid to control the known universe.

Intel makes MacBook Air processor available to all

The reduced-size 65nm Core 2 Duo designed by Intel and incorporated inside Apple's super-slim MacBook Air is available for other computer makers to buy, the chip company confirmed last week.
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Straw launches inquiry into Muslim MP bugging case

Justice Minister Jack Straw has ordered an inquiry over allegations that the security services bugged a British MP visting a constituent in prison.

Blu-ray winning in Europe

Europeans together own more than 55,000 HD DVD players and Xbox 360 add-on drives, it has emerged, but that total pales beside the number of PlayStation 3s sold over here: 750,000.
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Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! play pots-and-kettles 2.0

!!!!! Microsoft and Google engaged in skirmishing by statement this weekend as they began what is likely to be a rancorous, drawn-out battle over the future of Yahoo!.

LG unveils unveiling of slimline sliderphone

LG is building up the hype for its latest handset by announcing that it will... er... announce the phone at next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Sage holds line on Q1 trading

Accounting software maker Sage Group said today it remains on target to hit market expectations, but admitted that organic growth looks set to slow for the year ahead.
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Air pollution driving midweek rain

NASA has determined that air pollution provokes wetter weekdays and drier weekends in the southeastern US, with peak rainfall occuring late on Thursdays provoked by increased levels of airborne particles.

Slim’n’light PS3 en-route?

Sony is preparing a slimmer version of the chunky PlayStation 3, it has been claimed, a move that would match what's it's already done with the PSone, PS2 and PSP.

Old aircraft artefacts become office accessories

Motoart, the company behind retro aeroplane furniture like the C-130 Hercules wing conference table, the Boeing 727 engine cowling valet desk and the MK-84 bomb casing ten-gallon fish tank, are proud to present the B-52 Stratofortress ejection seat office chair.
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Yahoo! tunes! out! of! music! subscription!

Yahoo! is taking some time out from worrying about what it's like to be a Microsoft tentacle to offload its damp squib music subscription service.

AMD ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 dual-GPU graphics card

Review Everything about the Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 graphics card is big, including the model name, so we’re going to stick to calling it the X2 here.
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Ofgem, MoD attack pricey terror-friendly windmills

Britain's fledgling wind power industry has suffered blows from two directions over the weekend. The energy regulator, Ofgem, has attacked the system of subsidies given to wind-farm operators, saying it channels excessive profits to owners and does little to stimulate new build. On top of this, the ministry of defence (MoD) has said that wind farms cause unacceptable gaps in radar coverage, to the extent of leaving Blighty vulnerable to 9/11 style airborne attacks.
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Fraud cases breached £1bn level in 2007

Organised gangs pushed the value of fraud to a 12-year high last year, with the UK government being the largest victim of their criminal activities, according to a new survey.
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HK star in rumpy pumpy piccy rumpus

A Hong Kong actor's already interesting love life has been further complicated after pictures of the star cavorting with several starlets appeared on the net.

China to get Windows Mobile 6 'iPhone'

Want an iPhone that runs Windows Mobile 6? China's the place to go. There you can pick up the T32, a handset that's almost identical to Apple's handset, with a few (minor?) differences.

Sony Ericsson ponders detachable-screen clamshell

Documents filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office by Sony Ericsson have revealed designs for a handset with a display that’s able to detach from the keypad and twist in numerous ways.

DS Lite dock debuts

If you’re confused by cables whilst trying to charge your numerous gadgets, then help is at hand, for DS Lite console owners at least.
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A380 superjumbo in natural-gas powered test flight

The world's largest passenger airliner, the Airbus A380, has successfully made a test flight using synthetic jet fuel partly made from natural gas. The test is the latest step in moves by airliner builders and operators to diversify the sources of their fuel supplies.

Trial for T5 mandatory biometrics kicks off at Heathrow

Quietly on Friday, Heathrow Airport recruited quantities of involuntary lab rats to test fingerprint-based security/traffic control system planned for Terminal 5. The luckless pioneers were selected at Terminal 1, where biometrics are now being deducted from any domestic passengers wishing to visit the international lounge.
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Brits can't distinguish history from the TV listings

Chronologically-challenged Brits think that Robin Hood, Biggles and Sherlock Holmes were real people while questioning whether the likes of Winston Churchill, Montgomery of Alamein and Mahatma Gandhi ever walked this Earth.
Joe Fay, 04 2008

Teen-mum flick gets filmgoers hungry for hamburger phone

Companies like Apple and Sony have known for years that movie product placement translates into big bucks. The latest such placement is...a hamburger phone, which features in new teens-up-the-duff movie Juno.
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Moto to get ASBO?

Analysis Motorola's share price rose ten per cent after the company issued a statement saying it may sell or spin out its mobile phone business.

Can my Mac run Windows apps?

I have a Mac Cube 10.4.11, 1.5GHz Intel Core Solo, 512 MB and need to access my PC at work. Does my Mac have enough memory for Bootcamp to be successful?
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Acer shakes up exec team after Packard Bell buy

Acer has made a number of senior management changes as the Taiwan-based firm deepens its computer manufacturing footprint following the completed purchase of Packard Bell.
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Pod slurping licks a*se antlers to claim Oz word of the year

The powers that be down at the Macquarie Dictionary have voted "pod slurping" as Oz word of the year 2007.

MS bundles Vista SP1 and Server 2008 out the door

Microsoft this morning released Service Pack 1 for Vista and Windows Server 2008 to manufacturers.
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HMRC lifts fine threat for late tax filers

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs will not fine anyone who got their tax filed over the weekend - even though they missed the official, extended deadline.

Cigarette ash proves a drag for Nintendo's Wii

Everyone knows smoking's bad for you, but, until now, we didn’t know if it was also detrimental to the health of games consoles. Nintendo’s claiming that a build-up of tobacco is partly to blame for recent complaints about the quality of gameplay in Super Smash Bros Brawl.
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BitTorrent admin's police bail extended (again)

Cleveland police have extended the bail granted to the former administrator of an alleged music piracy site for a second time, in a bid to collect more evidence for a case that could mark a watershed for UK internet law.
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Remembering the Coleco Adam

This Old Box Technology product failures will always have a special spot in my heart. Perhaps it's comforting to know even when a team of seemingly talented and intelligent people put their heads together — it sometimes only results in a painful, coconut-like thud in the center of the huddle.
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IPv6 roots planted on the net

Monday marks a red-letter day for the internet, with the introduction of services that allow IPv6-based IP addresses to translated into domain names and vice versa.

Easy iPhone unlocking for $30?

Online retailer Brando has begun selling a SIM card-sized device that it claims unlocks Apple’s iPhone for use on any network, without the need for any complicated software or soldering iron surgery.
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Straw: Police can bug MPs without asking Cabinet

The UK Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, told MPs today that the alleged bugging of a prominent Muslim MP's conversations with a constituent had not been authorised by the cabinet.
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MySpace to throw out code

If all goes well then MySpace will open its platform to developers on Tuesday, in keeping with plans announced last October. Details are vague but the youf social networking arm of Rupert Murdoch's media empire has at least confirmed the platform will support Google's OpenSocial interface.
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PostgreSQL packs record punch

The latest release of open source database PostgreSQL hit Monday, packing a claimed record number of new and improved features. That means 280 patches.

Dell quick to ship first EqualLogic box

Dell is already punting its first EqualLogic storage array, just a few days after it closed the $1.4bn acquisition of the iSCSI storage specialist.

Microsoft forgers get jail time in Taiwan

A counterfeiting operation that Microsoft claims was responsible for 90 per cent of faked Microsoft software has been sent up the river in Taiwan.
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Hollywood writers abandon Hollywood for web

Unhappy with the way they've been treated by Hollywood's old school film and television producers, more than a few big name American movie and TV writers are bootstrapping startups in an effort to distribute their own material. And naturally, they plan on distributing via the web.
Cade Metz, 04 2008

ClearSpeed clears out staff

Floating point specialist ClearSpeed has been wounded by the subprime/credit crunch meltdown. The company has laid off a large chunk of workers to save costs, as its financial services clients abandon new projects.

Sun aims for '09 with Rock boxes

Exclusive Servers based on Sun Microsystems' Rock processor will now arrive in the second half of 2009, The Register can confirm.