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Eclipse projects squeeze into record Summer fun pack

The Eclipse Foundation's annual code blitz - this year under the name Ganymede - kicks off at the end of this month with 24 Eclipse projects co-ordinating their new releases.
Phil Manchester, 16 Jun 2008

Discovery glides home safely

Space shuttle Discovery returned to Earth on Saturday, touching down at 15:15 GMT at the Kennedy Space Center at the end of a successful 14-day jaunt to the International Space Station.
Lester Haines, 16 Jun 2008

NY street-cleaning truck swallows dog

New York dog owner Robert Machin has described himself as "devastated" after a street cleaning truck made short work of one of his two Boston terriers, sucking the unfortunate mutt into its rotating brush mechanism, the New York Daily News reports.
Lester Haines, 16 Jun 2008

Californian boffins find Elixir of Eternal Youth

Mouse-molesting boffins in California have used biochemical signals to rejuvenate elderly, knackered bodily tissues in a fashion normally only achievable by youngsters. However, the scientists insist that they have not yet achieved an immortality drug, and if they had it would only be for mice.
Lewis Page, 16 Jun 2008

RM relaunches Eee PC 900 as miniBook

UK education computing specialist RM - the firm formerly known as Research Machines - has announced its version of the Asus Eee PC 900. It'll sell the machine to schools for a mere £285 for the Windows XP model.
Tony Smith, 16 Jun 2008

Day dawns for Pentagon hacker Lords appeal

It's D-Day for accused Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon. Five law Lords are due to consider his appeal against extradition to the US in a hearing due to commence at 1100 BST on Monday.
John Leyden, 16 Jun 2008
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Red Hat promises delayed JBoss 'worth the wait'

Red Hat has committed to delivering the delayed next edition of JBoss in the "next several" quarters, promising the wait will be worth it.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jun 2008

Stunned commuter finds more secret papers on train

Whitehall was left combing its season ticket loan records this weekend as another set of top secret papers did the rounds of the 5.45pm from Waterloo.
Joe Fay, 16 Jun 2008

House of Lords hits YouTube

The House of Lords has released a series of short films on YouTube to explain its work.
Kablenet, 16 Jun 2008

Cambridge woman in £90m 'leccy bill shocker

A Cambridge woman got a bit of a shock on Saturday morning when a bill from 'leccy outfit Npower landed on her doormat demanding an impressive £90,454,217, the Cambridge News reports.
Lester Haines, 16 Jun 2008

Intel roadmaps 3.2GHz desktop 'Nehalem' CPUs

Intel will introduce a trio of desktop processors based on its next-gen 'Nehalem' architecture in Q4, the latest whispers from Asian motherboard-maker moles allege.
Tony Smith, 16 Jun 2008

Sony designing break-apart PS3 controller?

Have you ever broken your console’s controller into two because you were shot by virtual snipers just before completing a gruelling videogame? If so, Sony may have the answer: it’s rumoured that the electronics giant’s set to unveil a two section controller for the PlayStation 3.
James Sherwood, 16 Jun 2008

Reding would OK charges to receive mobile calls

EU commissioner Viviane Reding would let mobile operators charge subscribers to receive calls as part of her effort to overhaul the European telecoms sector.
Joe Fay, 16 Jun 2008
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Software houses must declare patents in standard-setting process: Commission

Software companies involved in setting technical standards should be forced to declare their intellectual property in the area and fix maximum fees for the standard's use of it before the standard is set, according to the European Commission.
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Jun 2008

Motion-sensing gaming phone pics surface

A picture has emerged of an upcoming phone from Sony Ericsson, which is quickly becoming dubbed a gaming handset because of the talker’s integrated accelerometer.
James Sherwood, 16 Jun 2008

Business failures to rocket as growth nosedives

UK economic growth will soon slow to its lowest level since 1992, while a drop in consumer confidence combined with a hike in costs could signal a near 20 per cent rise in businesses going bust, two new reports have warned.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Jun 2008

80% want legal P2P - survey

A fascinating survey of music consumption conducted for British Music Rights has good and bad news for the beleaguered music business.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Jun 2008

Microsoft ga ga over Goo-Hoo! deal

Microsoft kicked off a campaign on Friday against the advertising collaboration deal struck between Google and Yahoo!, Reuters reports.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Jun 2008

'Humvee of the Skies' robot air-car design unveiled

A company in Colorado says it will build a miraculous flying robot Humvee, able to hover in midair or zoom along at up to 450 mph. The "Hummer of the Sky™" could be used to resupply US troops with ammo, food etc during battles - or, naturally, it could be tooled up with an array of deadly weaponry and join in itself.
Lewis Page, 16 Jun 2008

SanDisk Sansa Fuze

ReviewEven though SanDisk tells us the future of MP3 players is devoid of built-in storage...the future isn't here yet. The new Fuze player slots into the Sansa range and comes with either 2, 4 or 8GB of internal memory.
Alun Taylor, 16 Jun 2008

Glastonbury Festival forecast: very windy, hopes Orange

Orange is expanding its methods for eco-friendly phone power with the trial of a wind-powered recharge tent at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
James Sherwood, 16 Jun 2008
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Quantum crypto targeted in attack of the clones

Japanese researchers have put another dent in Quantum cryptograpy's reputation as the final word in secure communications.
John Leyden, 16 Jun 2008

Nvidia launches GTX 200 series GPUs

Nvidia today rolled out its next-generation 200-series GPUs, the GeForce GTX 260 and GTX 280.
Austin Modine, 16 Jun 2008

Blu-ray ramp beats DVD up-take in Europe

More Western Europeans own Blu-ray Disc players in the format's third year of availability than owned DVD players at the same stage in that technology's development.
Tony Smith, 16 Jun 2008

Leaked BlackBerry clamshell pics kickstart rumours

More images of the first clamshell BlackBerry have been unfolded online, showing the phone from almost every direction – including the inside.
James Sherwood, 16 Jun 2008

Koreans develop smelly, blushing penguin-droid

Government boffins in Korea have perfected a cutting-edge robot which is able to give off smells as part of a panoply of human-style interaction technologies. Apparently the aroma interface kit is now ready for commercialisation.
Lewis Page, 16 Jun 2008

Motorola slashes R&D lab by half

Motorola Labs is to shrink by half as the company struggles to cut costs by laying off 150 researchers and transferring 180 to elsewhere within the company.
Bill Ray, 16 Jun 2008

T-Mobile points to cut-price PAYG 3G iPhone

T-Mobile is to offer Germans Apple's 3G iPhone for just €1 ($1.54/£0.79) - provided they sign up for a new €69-a-month contract.
Tony Smith, 16 Jun 2008

The iPhone - yours for €1

Germany's T-Mobile is to sell Apple's new 3G iPhone for as little as €1.
Jan Libbenga, 16 Jun 2008

Davis faces North Korean victory margin in civil liberty vote

David Davis’ one man campaign to halt the UK’s drift into Big Brotherdom took a dive today as it emerged that the biggest brother of them all will not now campaign against him in a by-election.
Joe Fay, 16 Jun 2008

Samsung unveils eco handset duo

Samsung is on a mission to keep our planet clean, and it’s starting at base-camp by launching two mobile phones that it claims are more environmentally friendly than the average handset.
James Sherwood, 16 Jun 2008

JVC punts dual-format camcorders

JVC has unveiled three new HD camcorders, two of which the company claims are the world’s first camcorders capable of recording in both AVCHD and MPEG 2 formats.
James Sherwood, 16 Jun 2008
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HP dishes 24 hour party people blade

When HP talks about "blade everything", it means freaking everything. The hardware maker has pumped out a blade server running its NonStop operating system and software of all things.
Ashlee Vance, 16 Jun 2008
Cat-5 dog lead

Dog collared with Cat-5 cable

If you're a geek with a penchant for pets of the canine kind, here's the accessory for you: a dog lead made out of Cat-5 cable.
Nick Hawkesmoor, 16 Jun 2008
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Spinal Tap's Tufnel gets new Honda hydrogen car

Japanese motor mammoth Honda has announced "production commencement" for its new hydrogen fuel-cell car, the FCX Clarity.
Lewis Page, 16 Jun 2008

Pentagon hacker vows to take extradition fight to Europe

Gary McKinnon's legal team said they will take their fight against his extradition all the way to the European Court of Human Rights on Monday, as the highest court in England began deliberations on whether to turn him over to US authorities.
Christopher Williams, 16 Jun 2008

Nvidia blows out Moore’s Law with fresh Tesla

Nvidia pitches its Tesla hardware as a magical solution for the world’s toughest computing problems. Just move your code that runs well across many processors over to the Tesla boards, and Shazam!. You enjoy sometimes 400 per cent improvements in overall performance.
Ashlee Vance, 16 Jun 2008

AT&T brainstorms Time Warner-like bandwidth cap

Like Time Warner Cable and Comcast, AT&T is mulling overage charges for American bandwidth lovers.
Cade Metz, 16 Jun 2008

Outsiders get a crack at eBay's Selling Manager

eBay is throwing open its Selling Manager tool to external developers building high-volume businesses based on its online platform.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jun 2008
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Dell thinks small with 2.5-inch SAS storage sidecar

Far less glamorous then bleeding edge solid state drives, small form-factor SAS disks are, all the same, making tracks in corporate storage systems.
Austin Modine, 16 Jun 2008

Malware not man blamed in child abuse download case

A Department of Industrial Accidents investigator has been cleared of child porn possession charges after a forensic investigation revealed that malware was to blame for depraved smut on his company laptop.
John Leyden, 16 Jun 2008

Info on missing White House emails to remain missing

A federal district court judge in Washington D.C. just dealt a setback to an organization looking for answers about missing White House emails.
Kevin Fayle, 16 Jun 2008

Intel quad-core Xeon server virtualization score booted by VMware

AMD's quad-core Opteron chip has silently topped Intel's similarly endowed Xeon processor as the leader of VMware's server virtualization performance benchmark.
Austin Modine, 16 Jun 2008

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