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HP makes things personal again in Q3

In a world of financial doom and gloom, sales of PCs are offering a glimmer of light. Don't believe us? Just look at Hewlett-Packard, which on Tuesday reported a third-quarter profit that beat Wall Street expectations and forecast healthy sales in the current period.

Intel's Atom laptots 'are here'

IDF Intel gave its increasingly crowded mobile chip range an airing at IDF Tuesday, showing systems running on its mobile quad-core chips and on the 'Calpella' platform due to launch next year.
Joe Fay, 20 2008

Big UK resellers confident despite world's gloom

Customer demand for virtualisation, security and unified communication technologies has helped large UK resellers outgrow the European IT market over the past year.
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The robot at the border: UK bets big on face scanning

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is taking risks with public safety, whilst simultaneously condemning thousands of airline passengers to long delays this winter. That is the fear expressed by a spokesperson for the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), in reaction to government plans to test new face recognition software at airports.

Intel lets slip first dual-core Atom

IDF Intel has quietly introduced its first dual-core Atom processor, the 330, and a new motherboard to go with it.

PS4 and Xbox 720 due by 2012, says Crysis firm

The president of game developer Crytek has predicted that the successors to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will appear within the next three to four years.

Sqweeze your way to Wii fitness

Many gamers claim that the Wii makes them fitter. But now an add-on’s in development that promises you the pecs you've always dreamed of.
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UK MoD tries to resell surplus Eurofighters to India, Japan

Analysis Reports indicate that British officials have been in talks with several far-flung nations with a view to offloading scores of enormously expensive Eurofighter jets which the MoD has ordered but cannot pay for - or even use.

Another day, another iPhone fix

Version 2.0.2 of firmware for Apple's iPhone was made available yesterday, offering improvements on 3G reception for some, but not fixing the crashing applications Steve is promising to sort by September.
Bill Ray, 20 2008
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US, EU tech trade row gets serious

The US has made a formal request for the World Trade Organisation to review technology import definitions which it accuses the EU of using for protectionist purposes.
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'Why not try nude female midgets?' says Microsoft Adcenter

Microsoft Adcenter helpfully sent me a link to lists of low-cost keywords I could advertise on, categorised by sector, to “unlock new customers”. I had a quick look through the ’sport and rec’ list. Here is a small sample:
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Old timers rattle zimmers at 'Elderly Persons' sign

Campaigning old timers organisation Age Concern is demanding the scrapping of the "Elderly Persons" road sign, which suggests that advanced years come at the price of a hunched back and a hobble to the shops propped up on a walking stick.

Olympus mounts 7x optical zoom snapper

Olympus has expanded its Mju range by unveiling a snapper with a sumptuous 7x optical zoom.
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Downing Street rejects 'Clarkson for PM' petition

Having given due consideration to an e-petition demanding that Gordo stand down and make way for Jeremy Clarkson as PM - a campaign which attracted an impressive 49,447 signatures - Downing Street has posted a response on its YouTube channel:

IBM wraps fat tentacles around fluffy clouds

IBM will splash $300m on 13 new data centres in 10 countries in its latest bid to fluff up cloud computing.
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Puerto Rican corpse stands for three-day wake

A murdered Puerto Rican man who always insisted he'd like to spend his own wake on foot has been granted his wish after grieving relatives propped him in a corner of his house for three days while they said their goodbyes.

BlackBerry clamshell pair leaked online

Details of the first BlackBerry clamshell format phones have appeared online, following a mistake made by online retailer Expansys.

Sony Ericsson Walkman W760i 3G sliderphone

Review A bit more where-it’s-at functionality has been added into the mix with the W760i - alongside a typical spread of music mobile features, Sony Ericsson has introduced integrated A-GPS for the first time.

Flip Ultra

Video Review Today, we're checking out The Flip, a point-and-shoot video recorder for the YouTube generation.

Satnav turtle locates cannabis stash

A turtle with a GPS tracker attached to its shell has accidentally stumbled across a teenager’s secret horde of cannabis plants.
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Googlephone security team seeks bug hunters

Google's Android security team has appealed to bug hunters to help it iron out flaws in the platform.
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Bell Micro touts Emulex 8Gb/s Fibre Channel HBAs

You've read the headline - it's a 'significant' product, according to Bell Micro, the storage distie, which is making new 8Gb/s Fibre Channel HBAs available in Europe. Compared with the earlier 4Gb/s configurations, the new models offer more headroom to 'consolidate more resources, free up servers and reduce procurement and management costs." And that is good for virtualizing servers.
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MoD announces 'Grand Challenge' tech-prize winner

Analysis The MoD has now announced the winner of its "Grand Challenge" technology competition, which ended yesterday. The winning Team Stellar used a ground-crawling robot and two flying ones to unmask a range of likely urban-combat threats.
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US police radios killing trees

The relaxed attitude to spectrum use in the USA has come under pressure as a new police radio system in Dallas is interfering with an automated sprinkler system 30 miles away, resulting in brown lawns and dead trees in Plano.
Bill Ray, 20 2008
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Lords call for variable VAT to cut landfill

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has said the government should do more to encourage businesses to recycle and reduce waste and take the focus away from householders.

Nike+ iPhone app uncovered

Nike looks set to capitalise on its partnership with Apple by launching a workout application for the iPhone - if leaked images are to be believed.
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Cloud computing lets Feds read your email

When the new iPhone 3G went on sale last week, I was sorely tempted to wait in line for one. (I didn't - no patience.)
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Microsoft slaps another $100m on Novell interop pile

Microsoft plans to cough up $100m in additional subs to software rival Novell with the payment being made no later than 1 November, the odd couple confirmed today.
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Fart-lighting youth in petrol can mishap

A 12-year-old Tipton lad has demonstrated why it's a really bad idea to light your own farts in close proximity to a can of petrol, after he did just that and ended up with 18 per cent burns to his thumb and the backs of his legs.
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Boeing gets new raygun-on-a-lorry contract

US arms'n'aerospace titan Boeing is pleased to announce that it has won a further US Army contract to work on its monster truck with a frikkin lazor beam on it project.
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UK.gov loses 29 million personal records

UK government departments have managed to leak a total of 29 million personal records over a single year.
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Philippine troops battle rampaging MILFs

Ok, we apologise: Not only has this story got no IT angle, but it's not even a story at all, just a feeble excuse to run an extravagantly silly headline.
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Watchdog hits 070 swindlers with big fine

Regulators today signalled a crackdown on scammers who use 070 numbers to con people into calling premium lines in the belief they will be charged at the normal mobile rate.

Archos revamps PMP line-up

Archos has unveiled three state-of-the-art portable media players so rich with features that it’s branded the trio “internet media tablets”.
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Google flicks pennies down geothermal well

Google, the company which has conscripted everyone on the internet to be its Web 2.0 free-content providers, has decided to give something back. The firm will spend $10m - almost a thousandth of a year's ad revenues - to kickstart geothermal power.
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Wireless browsers shut out of the Olympics

Mobile broadband over 3G may be able to offer speeds to compete with ADSL, but it can't offer access to the Olympics - at least not from the BBC, who are blocking mobile users from video streams of the event to comply with IOC rulings.
Bill Ray, 20 2008

Palm launches £399 Treo Pro

It's only a day later than anticipated, but Palm has now launched the Treo Pro. Available SIM-free or from Vodafone, the new-look smartphone is somewhere between the Centro and the iPhone 3G.

Dell 'tattoos' Studio notebooks

Dell has had a flash of artistic inspiration; five "bold and contemporary" designs were crafted by urban artist Mike 'Emperor' Ming and feature on the Studio 15 and Studio 17 laptops.
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YouTube pros cash in on deaths with fake vids

Last Sunday morning in Toronto there was a huge explosion at a propane storage depot which resulted in two deaths and 12,000 people being evacuated.

Vibrating button said to 'improve posture'

If you’re hunched over the desk as you read this story then, ironically, this article could save your spine. That’s because it’s about a gadget that’s claimed to improve your posture.
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Debian delivers FreeRunner open-phone package

Olympics aside, summer 2008 will be remembered for at least two other reasons. It will be seen as a time when the noise over Linux as a platform for mobile devices reached a crescendo. Second: it marked Debian's fifteenth anniversary.

Netbooks to steer mobile PC demand ahead of curve, claims Intel

IDF Worldwide shipments of mobile computers will match those of desktops this year - and it's all thanks to the Asus Eee PC and its ilk.
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Copyright lawyers accuse 25,000 UK videogame filesharers

The copyright ambulance-chasers at Davenport Lyons have a High Court order demanding 25,000 UK ISP subscribers' names and addresses, it emerged today.

Google App Engine comes under Hyperic scrutiny

With cloud services losing their 24x7 luster, Hyperic is today expected to step up with its second service probing for potential weaknesses.
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UK bank chief stung in ID theft scam

Updated Identity fraudsters have claimed the prize scalp of the chief exec of HBOS bank.
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Microsoft's IE 8 puts giant web hole on notice

Engineers in Microsoft's Internet Explorer group are devising a new means to stamp out one of the web's biggest security banes: attacks that steal email, bank account credentials and other sensitive information by injecting malicious code into trusted websites.

Intel stuffs Nehalem chips with joy

IDF Intel has tick-tocked itself into a frenzy about its upcoming line of multi-core fancies now being discussed under the "Nehalem" code-name.
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Otto Z. Stern possibly dead at 57

And Ninthly Friends, fans, tireless proles who hope for just a taste of all I've enjoyed - I must bid you "goodbye" or at least "see you later."
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Intel and Yahoo! go TV ad mad

Intel blinked its square eyes again today, when it unveiled a tie-up with Yahoo! to make another stab at connecting the TV and internet.
Joe Fay, 20 2008
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Microsoft to protect furtive web searches

Microsoft's been accused of many things in its time, but guardian of porn hunters has never been one. That could change with Internet Explorer 8, however.

Intel hands out rose tinted polarizing glasses to chip geeks

IDF Intel just can’t get the stars out of its eyes this week. Hollywood uber cartoon geek Jeffrey Katzenberg took to the stage at IDF Wednesday to plug the deal the two signed barely a month ago.
Joe Fay, 20 2008