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Dollar surge helps software vendors soak customers

AnalysisUS software vendors are jacking up their price lists in Europe, and are blaming the weak dollar for the hike.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Aug 2008
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Steady as she goes at DiData

Dimension Data today issued an upbeat interim management statement for the period 1 April to 18 August. 18. The reseller giant experienced “good demand”, achieved gross margin stability, kept a lid on costs and maintained a sold net cash position.
Team Register, 18 Aug 2008

U2 tracks disappear from YouTube

A Dutch U2 fan on holiday in France overheard, and recorded, four tracks from the new U2 album and stuck them on YouTube.
John Oates, 18 Aug 2008
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HP offers gov half-price printers

HP and OGCbuying.solutions, the government's procurement body, have done a deal for half-price printers.
John Oates, 18 Aug 2008

MoJ admits data breaches affecting 45,000

The Ministry of Justice has reported eight data breach incidents affecting around 45,000 people.
Kablenet, 18 Aug 2008

AMD's 'Fusion' not a native CPU+GPU design

AMD's first 'Fusion' processor isn't due until mid-2009, but specs are leaking out. Given how AMD has touted its 'native' multi-core designs, AMD's next-gen part isn't as integrated as you'd expect
Tony Smith, 18 Aug 2008

Road Pricing 2.0 is two years away

The government's "Managed Motorway" re-badged road-pricing scheme seems to be taking on more shape, with reports indicating that technical elements of it will commence testing from 2010.
Lewis Page, 18 Aug 2008

National DNA database grows on the genes of the innocent

Almost 600,000 genetic profiles taken from innocent people have helped swell the National DNA Database to cover about seven per cent of the UK population.
Christopher Williams, 18 Aug 2008

Intel roadmaps hi-speed SSDs

Intel is preparing solid-state drives with sustained read and write speeds of 240MB/s and 70MB/s, respectively.
Tony Smith, 18 Aug 2008

AMD hits Intel with Shanghai surprise

AMD plans to dish up a server platform based on a new chipset in the first half of 2009 - meanwhile, its 45 nanometre Shanghai processor will be released in the fourth quarter of this year.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Aug 2008

Acer Aspire One A110

ReviewIt was all so simple at the start of the year. You wanted a Small, Cheap Computer™, you bought an Asus EeePC 701. Now we have a plethora of SCCs to choose from - and Dell has still to get in on the act.
Alun Taylor, 18 Aug 2008
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Cisco plugs online meeting bug

Cisco has plugged a buffer overflow flaw involving its popular WebEx online meeting client.
John Leyden, 18 Aug 2008

Sony Walkman revamp details leaked online

Sony looks set to launch a fresh assault on the iPod, because pictures and specifications of the electronics giant’s latest Walkman MP3 players have appeared on the web.
James Sherwood, 18 Aug 2008

Ten of the Best... Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

Round-upThe first Bluetooth headsets were simple mono devices, however as handsets developed into advanced accessories that can play music and video, so headsets have started to develop too.
Cliff Joseph, 18 Aug 2008

Qualcomm: Interview with a cellular vampire

AnalysisThe 1976 Anne Rice novel Interview with the Vampire which showed the a sympathetic and softer side of the vampire and which uncovered both the mind-numbing ennui of being immortal and the complete lack of a sense of belonging, and other disadvantages to being uniquely powerful and yet disliked, was the first image that struck us while listening to Qualcomm’s analyst relations conference the week before we took our summer break.
Faultline, 18 Aug 2008

Rude Tintin pulls out

A salacious Spanish reinterpretation of a Tintin story has been yanked from bookshops as a yucky stain on the comic book character.
Sarah Bee, 18 Aug 2008

Yes! It's the iPhone 3G telescope!

The iPhone 3G’s camera zoom is, well, non-existent. So online retailer Brando has unveiled a telescope for star-gazing Apple fanatics.
James Sherwood, 18 Aug 2008

Dell cloud computing™ denied

Dell has lost its bid to trademark the widely-used term “cloud computing”.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Aug 2008

MoD judges clone-drone deathmatch

CommentThe UK Ministry of Defence expects to announce the winner of its "Grand Challenge" urban-warfare robotics competition tomorrow. The last three days have seen the contending droids - those which came up to the start line in a serviceable condition, anyway - battling it out for the title in a purpose-built small town used by the British forces to practice city fighting.
Lewis Page, 18 Aug 2008

Pandora prepares to join titsup.com club

This weekend saw a cry for help from personalised web radio outfit Pandora. It blubbed that music industry royalties are too high for it to survive on meagre web 2.0 advertising revenues.
Christopher Williams, 18 Aug 2008

Psychologists give gaming the thumbs up

A trio of psychology reports examining the benefits of videogames have unanimously concluded that some titles can have positive effects on their players.
James Sherwood, 18 Aug 2008

Knight Rider satnav delivery wobbles off course

Michael and KITT have suffered a setback that’s prevented the Knight Rider-themed satnav from hitting the shops on time.
James Sherwood, 18 Aug 2008

Ofcom steps up the power for unlicensed broadcasting

UK regulator Ofcom has published a consultation on increasing the limits on broadcasting above 10GHz, claiming that at such high frequencies the range is so small it's not going to bother anyone anyway.
Bill Ray, 18 Aug 2008
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Microsoft's Vista push probed by Fair Trade Commission

The Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission is investigating a complaint against Microsoft made by the Taiwanese Consumer Foundation, which claims the company is effectively using its monopoly to force sales of Vista.
John Oates, 18 Aug 2008

Librarian of child abuse networking site jailed indefinitely

A UK man who ran an online child abuse image library that served as a meeting place for paedophiles was jailed indefinitely on Monday.
John Leyden, 18 Aug 2008

HTC Dream sails through FCC tests

Production of the first mobile to use Google’s Android platform has taken a step forward, following the US Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) approval of HTC’s Dream handset. The Wi-Fi Alliance has given it the thumbs-up too.
James Sherwood, 18 Aug 2008
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Tech sector burnt by biz confidence meltdown

Finance professionals’ confidence in the IT sector is slipping as UK businesses face the toughest trading environment since the early 1990s, according to a new report.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Aug 2008

Three found guilty of web extremism plot

Three British Muslims face prison after a jury at Blackfriars Crown Court in London today found them guilty of involvement in an online plot to spread jihadism.
Christopher Williams, 18 Aug 2008

Pirated movie downloads offered as Zango sweetener

Zango affiliates are offering gateway access to pirated films, including the Hollywood blockbuster The Dark Knight, in a bid to induce users into accepting adware.
John Leyden, 18 Aug 2008

Microsoft Silverlight: 10 reasons to love it, 10 reasons to hate it

A year or so ago I wrote a post called Adobe AIR: 10 reasons to love it, 10 reasons to hate it. Here’s the same kind of list for Microsoft’s Silverlight, based on the forthcoming Silverlight 2.0 rather than the current version. The items are not in any kind of order - they also reflect my interest in application development rather than design. It is not a definitive list, so there are many more points you could make - by all means comment - and it will be interesting to have another look a year from now when the real thing has been out for a while.
Tim Anderson, 18 Aug 2008

'Malvertizement' epidemic visits house of Newsweek.com

Newsweek.com is one of several high-profile websites suspected of running rogue banner advertisements that try to trick visitors into installing fraudulent anti-malware programs, security researchers warn.
Dan Goodin, 18 Aug 2008

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