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HTC's Touch Diamond is all-white

HTC has announced three phones yesterday: the Touch HD, the Touch 3G and the Touch Viva. But it rounded the day off by adding a fresh lick of paint to one of its older phones.
James Sherwood, 17 Sep 2008
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US retailer Forever 21 hit by payment card breach

Almost 99,000 payment cards used by people shopping at Forever 21 stores may have been lifted over a four-year period by people linked to the heist of 45.6 million payment cards from customers from stores owned by TJX Companies.
Dan Goodin, 17 Sep 2008
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Mobes & pheasants litter London's black cabs

The back of a London cab remains one of the most frequent places for anxious or absent-minded travellers to mislay their mobile.
John Leyden, 17 Sep 2008
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Samsung turns hostile on SanDisk

Samsung has made a $5.85bn all-cash hostile takeover offer for SanDisk and is waiting for other potential bidders to come out of the woodwork. Toshiba and Seagate are obvious candidates for a bidding war.
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2008
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Snappy snapping, the Casio way

A high frame rate ensures the capture of fast-moving images that cameras with slower frame rates simply blur out. So Casio has expanded its Exilim range with a super speedy snapper.
James Sherwood, 17 Sep 2008
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Media standard backers attempt Apple-less solo run

Computer and entertainment companies have announced a plan to standardise video and music files so that they play on any device. The ambitious plan has not been backed by the dominant force in digital downloads, Apple.
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Sep 2008
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No pr0n surfing for Qantas A380 passengers

There's some disappointing news today for passengers who were hoping to indulge in a bit of light smut surfing aboard Qantas A380s when the superjumbos enter service with the Oz airline next month - the company has pulled the plug on live net access and will instead offer merely "cached internet content" and access to web-based email and chat.
Lester Haines, 17 Sep 2008
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12th century thinking haunts digital music

British digital music company 7Digital claimed a coup yesterday by becoming the first online music store to carry DRM-free catalog from the "Big Four" major record labels. Calling it a coup is misleading, however. It's really further confirmation that the top of the music business is run along feudal lines: closer to the 12th century than the 21st.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Sep 2008
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US Congress votes for some offshore oil relaxations

The US Congress has voted to end America's ban on offshore oil and gas drilling in the face of rising petrol prices. However the White House is resisting the Democrats' energy package, saying it will stifle the oil industry.
Lewis Page, 17 Sep 2008
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Confirmed: Android to land on T-Mobile next week

The T-Mobile and Android fog has finally been lifted, because the network operator’s confirmed that it’ll showcase an HTC handset running on the Google platform next week.
James Sherwood, 17 Sep 2008
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Royal Society says goodbye to creationism row vicar

The Royal Society has parted company with Professor Michael Reiss following the furore over the reverend slash biologist’s recent comments on how science teachers should tackle creationism in the classroom.
Joe Fay, 17 Sep 2008
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Oz woman sold mobe with preloaded smut

A Cairns university student got a bit of a shock when she popped into Dick Smith Electronics to buy a new mobe - the device contained 49 images of an extremely intimate nature.
Lester Haines, 17 Sep 2008
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Artemis Fowl scribe to pen sixth Hitchhiker's novel

Fans of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy are likely to react strongly to the announcement that Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer has been given the green light to write a sixth book in the series - 16 years after the release of Mostly Harmless.
Lester Haines, 17 Sep 2008
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Microsoft makes another play for UK schools

Microsoft yesterday made a strategic move to draw a line under a fiery spat with the UK's education technology agency over the software multinational's attempts to get Office 2007 into British classrooms.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Sep 2008
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Kodak launch world's first wireless OLED frame

Updated Kodak has unveiled what it claims to be the world’s first digital wireless picture frame with an OLED display.
James Sherwood, 17 Sep 2008
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Adobe raises guidance amid market turmoil

Adobe Systems saw Q3 quarterly profit drop seven per cent as revenue climbed four per cent.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Sep 2008
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Android springs to life next week

T-Mobile has been sending out press invitations to the launch of its Android-powered handset, confirming that all will be revealed on Tuesday next week.
Bill Ray, 17 Sep 2008
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BenQ W500 projector

Review An entry-level 720p projector will give you a huge display that’s great for gaming and TV. BenQ’s W500 sits just above that price point and delivers some improvements in image quality.
Paul Monckton, 17 Sep 2008
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Wunderkind starts robot-buster weapons firm

Famed dotcom 1.0 teen millionaire Ben Way has started a company specialising in anti-robot weaponry. Way foresees lucrative business opportunities in suppressing the inevitable rogue killbots and machine rebellions to be expected in coming years.
Lewis Page, 17 Sep 2008
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Iomega launches sexy MacBook Air storage

If you’ve splashed out on a MacBook Air and eaten up all the on-board storage already, then you need a storage solution that’s sleek, sophisticated and – above all else – silver.
James Sherwood, 17 Sep 2008
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Peak oil: postponed

Interview Interview Oil supplies will actually last for far longer than our politicians think, the scaremongers fear, and the oil companies tell us. So says Dr Richard Pike, head of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and someone who isn’t afraid to stir controversy. Whither, then, Peak Oil?
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Sep 2008
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Pope watched over by flying robots during Lourdes visit

All good Catholics are well aware that the Pope walks this sinful Earth safe in the knowledge that he has robust heavenly backup. More literal-minded believers might contend that such support, in the event of any worldly dispute turning ugly, could easily include unsleeping winged guardians that do not age or die as mortals do.
Lewis Page, 17 Sep 2008
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Paedo case expert Jim Bates arrested on child porn charge

Early last Thursday, police in Market Harborough and Rugby arrested two forensics experts, Jim Bates and Chris Magee, on charges of "conspiracy to possess indecent images of children". Jim Bates has frequently given testimony in computer forensic and child pornography cases, and had been working on a case along with Magee, who is a director of Cyber Forensics.
Jane Fae , 17 Sep 2008
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Big Brother tracking comes to Second Life

Students at the University of Arkansas have created a couple of full-sized hospitals inside Second Life to experiment with the use of RFID tagging in medical environments, and ride on flying cats.
Bill Ray, 17 Sep 2008
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Fancy a shattering ORG45M for £150k?

A UK number plate dealer is offering drivers the chance to enjoy an ORG 45M for a cool £150k, or get their hands on a hot PEN 15 for a mere £99,995.
Lester Haines, 17 Sep 2008
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Tiny tots trial touchscreen tech

Durham University researchers have received £1.5m in funding for a project that aims to replace classroom desks with interactive tables.
James Sherwood, 17 Sep 2008
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US tech spending growth to drop in 2009

IT sales in the US will take a hit from the economic turmoil currently rumbling through Wall Street in 2009, according to research firm Forrester.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Sep 2008
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Sky drops download limit and tops satisfaction poll

Updated Sky has dropped gigabyte download restrictions on its "Max" package in order to offer unlimited broadband without any "fair use policy" chicanery.

Epilepsy tests delay PS3 videogame launch

An executive behind the latest addition to the Wipeout videogame franchise has admitted that launch of the latest title has been delayed because it failed a routine epilepsy screening test.
James Sherwood, 17 Sep 2008
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BT lobbies Welsh Assembly for superfast broadband subsidies

BT chairman Sir Michael Rake went to the Welsh Assembly on Monday, to glad-hand politicos and lobby for local government cash for deploying fibre in the pricipality.
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Cambridge tech boss rips gov over innovation cash

The head of one of the UK's top innovation centres has predicted a future for British citizens as impoverished peasants, painted blue and dancing for tourists because funding for high tech innovation has been pulled.
Guy Kewney, 17 Sep 2008
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Yes! It's the USB Flash drive bottle opener!

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best ones, and TrekStor’s USB Flash drive with integrated bottle opener is sure to win acclaim from storage geeks and boozers alike.
James Sherwood, 17 Sep 2008
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American girls love to talk: Official

A new study of US teenagers puts mobile phones into the hands of 91 per cent of 17-year-old girls, while only 78 per cent of their male compatriots can make a mobile call.
Bill Ray, 17 Sep 2008
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Kings of Leon to freetards: Y'all are trash

Ahead of the launch of their fourth album next week, bogo-hillbilly, hipster-sensitive, indie-rock brotherhood Kings of Leon have hit out at freetards for failing to repay them for their toil.
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Canon devlop anti-reflective coating

Lens boffins at Canon have developed a lens coating that it’s claimed minimises ghosting and flare caused by reflected light.
James Sherwood, 17 Sep 2008
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Nortel forced to reforecast, put unit on block

It’s back to the future at Nortel, with the company forced to tell investors it was scaling back its third forecasts amid a “sustained and expanding economic downturn”.
Joe Fay, 17 Sep 2008

Axon takes 100mpg wonder car for a spin

It's just a car. it's called Axon, and it's just a car. It has a petrol engine, four wheels. So why is it supposed to be the greenest breakthrough in the automotive sector?
Guy Kewney, 17 Sep 2008
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4GB fourth-gen iPod Nano confirmed

Exclusive Apple has confirmed the existence of a 4GB fourth-generation iPod Nano, following the appearance of mysterious pictures online.
James Sherwood, 17 Sep 2008
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Touchscreen BlackBerry details leaked

Details of the BlackBerry Storm have been leaked around the internet, apparently coming from internal documents and one video presentation, showing how RIM plans to take on the iPhone.
Bill Ray, 17 Sep 2008
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IBM rolls up (discounted) AIX Enterprise Edition

IBM is trying to make it easier for customers to manage complex, virtualized AIX servers and has therefore created a new variant of its AIX 6.1 platform - dubbed Enterprise Edition - that includes AIX add-ons and separately sold Tivoli systems management programs. It's all rolled up into a single instance - and with a discount too.

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It's just a car. it's called Axon, and it's just a car. It has a petrol engine, four wheels. So why is it supposed to be the greenest breakthrough in the automotive sector? Here's what it looks like...

'Very quiet' Jaguar prototype points to hybrid drive?

'Leccy Tech Is Jaguar developing an electric car, or a hybrid? It seems that way, if claims that a new XK has been seen speeding around Germany's Nürburgring - but not heard, apparently.
Tony Smith, 17 Sep 2008
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AMD unimpressed with Intel six shooter

As you might expect, Advanced Micro Devices is keeping its chin up amid the ticktocking it's taking from rival Intel in the server space. This week's launch of the six-core "Dunnington" Xeon MP processors - which plug into four-socket and larger machines - made a lot of noise for Intel and its partners, but AMD wants you to be realistic about the prospects for processors in this part of the server space.
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Anonymous hacks Sarah Palin's Yahoo! account

Members of Anonymous - that sprawling group of online rabble-rousers best known for taking on the Church of Scientology - have apparently hacked into a Yahoo! email account belonging to Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Cade Metz, 17 Sep 2008
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Securing the world against terrorists, scammers, and thugs

An information technology employee for one of the world's top stock brokerages is let go, but before he leaves, he plants a logic bomb that knocks 3,000 of the firm's workstations offline.
Dan Goodin, 17 Sep 2008
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Bill seeks guidelines for US laptop searches

US border agents can still snatch and search your laptop, mobile phone, or hard drive without reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing. But a bill introduced in Congress last week may enforce some guidelines on how the inspection is done.
Austin Modine, 17 Sep 2008
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Watchdog: US Computer Emergency Readiness Team isn't ready

A government watchdog agency has taken the US Department of Homeland Security to task for failing to adequately protect the nation's critical computer networks in a report that singles out the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team.
Dan Goodin, 17 Sep 2008