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AMD targets Puma 'Centrino beater' at consumers, SMEs

AMD launched its long-awaited Puma laptop platform this morning into an unexpectedly open market after Intel was forced to delay its refreshed Centrino 2 platform.

Ogg-friendly phone, anyone?

I'm looking for a mobile phone handset that has an FM radio and also supports the Ogg Vorbis file format.
Sam Mayne, 04 2008

Intel SSD squeezes into sub-notebook sizes

Intel's new Z-P230 solid state drive (SSD) is positioned as a smaller and lighter replacement for 1.8in hard disk drives in Small, Cheap Computers.
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Crimestoppers learn the joy of text

CrimeStoppers UK, the anonymous snitching service, has begun a trial allowing suspicious members of the public to text in their crime tips. The intention is to get kids to report knife-carrying compatriots.
Bill Ray, 04 2008
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New Microgeneration report - what it actually says

Analysis A new report on possibilities for deployment of low-carbon microgeneration machinery in British homes was published yesterday, and has scored big ink. But most of the coverage has ignored the three main messages of the report.

Intel touts G45 chipset's full Blu-ray support

Computex Intel yesterday formally launched its G45 and G43 integrated chipsets, part of the 'Eaglelake' family. But you'll only get full Blu-ray Disc support with the first of the two, it admitted.
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The great British iPhone mystery

Believe it or not, the iPhone has become a stealth hit over on this Soggy and Septic Isle. But this should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the psychology of the British punter.

Yahoo! sets date for Icahn showdown

Yahoo! will hold its annual general meeting and shareholder vote on Carl Icahn's proposal to replace the board of directors on 1 August.
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Blighty joins killer robot club with Afghan strike

Britain has joined the USA in achievement of a modern-day tech milestone. Both countries have now used killer robots to attack human beings on the battlefield.

Gigabyte intros tablet-style Eee rival

Computex Gigabyte wasn't to be left behind by rivals Asus, MSI and Acer at this year's Computex - it too unveiled a compact laptop based on Intel's just-launched Atom N270 processor.

Boffins build self-replicating replicating machine

If none of the iPhone cases available suit your needs, then why not make your own? It’s possible, say a team of researchers that have designed a printer capable of making almost anything - including more of itself.
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Organised crime law crushes animal rights duo

Four and a half years in jail for “conspiring to interfere with contractual obligations”. That was the sentence handed down to animal rights activist, Sean Kirtley, on Friday, in what is claimed to be the first contested trial under the Serious and Organised Crime Act 2005 (SOCA).

Japan's Softbank signs up for iPhone

It's official: Japanese cellco Softbank will offer Apple's iPhone, the company said today.

HTC slides out Touch Pro

Touchscreen typing isn’t for everybody, so HTC has remodelled its new Touch Diamond handset to create one that also has a slide-out Qwerty keyboard.

UK citizens' portal exposes edit kit interface

Coding errors left the edit kit interface on the UK government's citizens' portal visible last week.
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RSPCA calls for dog chipping

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is calling for compulsory microchipping of dogs and a database of dog owners.

Verbatim 500GB desktop external hard drive

Review The modern model of day-to-day computer use typically consists of a laptop operated in the office, at home and on the move - constantly increasing the need for reliable back-up drives.
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Peter Gabriel cranks his f*ck machine

Updated The Filter wants to be your internet friend. And unlike Facebook, it wants to help you ignore all the morons, self-broadcasters and general noisy bombardment that characterises the modern web experience.
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A quarter of UK adults to go on child protection database

“The death of informality”. That was how Josie Appleton, convenor of the Manifesto Club, described the results of the second government consultation on the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
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Time to move on from Chinook to the real MoD cock-ups

Comment The British government has issued yet another damning report into a famous and long-running Ministry of Defence clusterfuck, the case of the Mark 3 Chinook helicopters. Meanwhile, far more expensive procurement errors - in which the chance to improve matters didn't pass by long ago - continue to be largely ignored.

Kit left on stand-by costs gadget fans dearly, report claims

If you live by yourself in a small flat but your monthly electricity bills still top £100, then it could be your love of games consoles that’s dragging you into debt, it has been alleged.

Blu-ray movie sales gathering momentum

Film fans are steadily heeding the hi-def message. Some 11m Blu-ray Disc movie titles have been bought so far, according to the latest sales stats.
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EU security agency warns over insecure printing

Reckless printing isn't just creating a huge carbon footprint by turning forests into the contents of landfill sites via office rubbish bins. Running off copies of documents also creates a forgotten security risk, according to ENISA, the European Network and Information Security Agency.
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100,000 sign for BT Fon wi-fi love-in

100,000 punters have signed up to BT's Wi-Fi love-in, sharing their home connectivity in exchange for having access to everyone else's, enabling the operator to call itself the world's largest Wi-Fi community.
Bill Ray, 04 2008
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Hacker demos Symbian security switch off

A Spanish hacker has found a way to bypass Symbian's security model, theoretically allowing an unsigned application full access to a S60 phone even on third edition handsets.
Bill Ray, 04 2008
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Hummer glummer on high oil price bummer

General Motors has revealed it is planning to offload its iconic Hummer business, because sales of the tank-like range of SUVs and trucks are, well, tanking.

Brits get iTunes movie downloads, rentals

Apple has finally allowed UK iTunes users to buy or rent SD oldies and HD blockbusters.

Sanyo's waterproof camcorder makes a splash

Something - or someone - has made Sanyo wet. Because the manufacturer's launched what it claims is the world’s first waterproof camcorder.

Security bug in HP support app aids hackers

A customer support application that comes bundled with HP PCs have been found to harbour multiple security vulnerabilities.
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Verizon sends text messages to the big screen

Verizon will be asking moviegoers about their music preferences and posting their responses up on the cinema screen as part of a new pre-movie advertisement.
Bill Ray, 04 2008
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DARPA awards 'Deep Green' battle-computer cash

Arms globocorp BAE Systems has won a contract to develop a thinking battle computer able to "help" human commanders directing US forces in the wars of tomorrow.

Scottish ex-Moto chip factory to close

Chip maker Freescale will close its Scottish plant with the loss of hundreds of jobs, after failing to find a buyer for the facility.

Klipsch targets headphones at big ears

Headphone manufacturer Klipsch has turned its attention to large-lugged music fans and designed a larger-than-normal pair of in-ear cans.
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Google takes another bite out of NASA with 42-acre research center

Google has clinched a $146m lease with NASA's research park in Mountain View, California to develop a 42-acre technology campus on the space agency's land.
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World+dog ignores Sweden's Draconian wiretap bill

Sweden is on the verge of passing a far-reaching wiretapping program that would greatly expand the government's spying capabilities by permitting it to monitor all email and telephone traffic coming in and out of the country.

Gates threatens to buy millions and millions of servers for Microsoft

Say what you will about Bill Gates. The man is consistent.
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Canonical rejiggers Ubuntu for laptots

Canonical, the corporate sugar-daddy of Ubuntu, is unveiling a new version of the operating system designed specifically for the now en vogue market of ultra low-cost laptops.
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Boffins prove the existence of jet-setters

According to researchers at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, most people rarely venture more than a few miles from home. And these researchers know what they're talking about. Two years ago, in some unnamed country outside the US, they acquired six months of cell phone records describing the daily movements of more than 100,000 people.
Cade Metz, 04 2008

Windows veteran jumps to second Silverlight

TechEd 2008 Veteran Microsoft ISV partner Infragistics is taking an early lead on Silverlight 2, Microsoft’s emerging cross-browser media plug-in.

EMC lobbying dollars reached $730,000 in first quarter

EMC has been spending a pretty penny to lobby the US government in the first quarter. The storage vendor disclosed it payed out $730,000 wooing Washington in only three months — a personal record since it began disclosing its lobbying activities.