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Nintendo DSi's battery life shorter than DS Lite's

It’s emerged that the upcoming Nintendo DSi handheld console won’t sport the same battery life as its predecessor, the DS Lite.
James Sherwood, 03 Oct 2008
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3Tera in virtual Windows server mating call

When 3Tera was launched back in 2004, one of the big buzzwords was utility computing, which had just trumped grid computing as the hot new thing. Today, we have cloud computing, and that's the word so many companies - including 3Tera - are wrapping their marketing efforts around. But 3Tera and its AppLogic virtual infrastructure management tool keep doing what they've always done, even as the buzzwords change.
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Apple royalty skirmish ends in stalemate

Apple's fight against paying songwriters has ended in a stalemate today.
Austin Modine, 03 Oct 2008
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Microsoft gives users six months longer to flee from Vista

Never mind that Microsoft has kicked off a hyped ad campaign to convince the public to buy Windows Vista PCs, - it's also given users more time to switch back to Windows XP.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Oct 2008
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Defrauded punter says 'catflaps' to PayPal marketing stunt

A PayPal marketing gimmick has sparked the ire of an online merchant, who reports he was left out of pocket as a result of fraud involving the online payment service.
John Leyden, 03 Oct 2008
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Credit crunch hitting IT mergers

Spending on technology mergers and acquisitions fell by one third compared to the same three months of last year from $58bn to $37bn.
John Oates, 03 Oct 2008
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Fossett aircraft contains 'minimal' human remains

Investigators probing the crash site of Steve Fossett's Bellanca Super Decathlon - in mountainous terrain near the town of Mammoth Lakes, Mono County, California - have confirmed the wreckage contains "minimal" human remains, but sufficient for DNA identification.
Lester Haines, 03 Oct 2008
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Thomas Crown blagger recruits decoy dupes on internet

A crafty bank robber in America made a Thomas Crown style escape from the scene of his crime by recruiting a crowd of unsuspecting identically-dressed accomplices on the internet.
Lewis Page, 03 Oct 2008
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BT's Phorm small print: It's all your fault

BT subscribers who are invited to take part in its new trial of Phorm's internet monitoring and advertising system will be responsible for telling anyone who uses their computer that they could be being tracked online - whether they opt in or not.
Christopher Williams, 03 Oct 2008
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Sony revamps e-book Reader with reading lamp

Having just released its second-generation e-book reader in the UK, Sony has now introduced the third version in the States.
Tony Smith, 03 Oct 2008
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Finally launched: Nokia's iPhone beater

Nokia has finally launched one of the world's worst kept secrets: its would-be iPhone killer, the Tube.
James Sherwood, 03 Oct 2008
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Thunderbird 3 release has wings clipped

Mozilla has pushed back its development schedule for Thunderbird 3, the next version of its email client. A planned beta of the package will now be described as a third alpha build.
John Leyden, 03 Oct 2008
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Axon tells Infosys to put up or shut up

Axon has told Infosys it needs to increase the £400m offer it made for the firm or risk losing out to a rival bidder.
John Oates, 03 Oct 2008
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Artist to smoke Cobain's ashes

An artist claims to have made a spliff containing the remains of raspy blond grunge genius pin-up martyr Kurt Cobain.
Sarah Bee, 03 Oct 2008
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Venturi shows eight-motor electric sportster

'Leccy TechGallic moteur maker Venturi has taken the wraps off the result of its co-development effort with tyre company Michelin: un sportster electrique avec two motors in each wheel.
Tony Smith, 03 Oct 2008
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Phoenix Lander listens to Mars murmurings

What would you hear if you were on Mars? A slight hiss from whatever wind there might be and then your own death rattle, probably - but the Phoenix Mars Lander is aiming to find out what other sounds the red planet has to offer.
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2008
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Simon Travaglia, 03 Oct 2008
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Nintendo gets chatty with WiiSpeak

Nintendo has been busying itself lately with the launch of the DSi, but the gaming giant hasn’t forgotten the Wii and is planning to launch a console-based communications channel.
James Sherwood, 03 Oct 2008
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Dell Latitude E6400 14in business laptop

ReviewDell supplied us with a Latitude E6400 set up for German use. Appropriate given the laptop's design that seems Teutonic in its slab-like seriousness. The other word it brings to mind is "ThinkPad".
Tony Smith, 03 Oct 2008
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Revealed: How Street View marks its territory

Those of you who might have wondered just how Google maintains its global supremacy in privacy-busting black ops, and prevents usurpers deploying snoopmobile fleets of their own to photograph the entire planet for exposure to the unwashed masses, might be surprised to learn that the method owes little to hi-tech and more to traditional canine techniques to warn off rivals:
Lester Haines, 03 Oct 2008
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Virgin rejects $1m space sex offer

Virgin Galactic has rather churlishly rejected a $1m offer to allow an unnamed company to shoot a zero-grav grumble flick aboard its SpaceShipTwo vehicle - thereby depriving science of crucial research into how humanity might procreate during the very long haul to the nearest Earth-like planet once we've finally screwed this ball of dirt we call home.
Lester Haines, 03 Oct 2008
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BT plots massive Openreach outsourcing deal

ExclusiveBT is secretly considering outsourcing the operation of its heavily regulated and unionised network access division Openreach, sources have told The Register.
Christopher Williams, 03 Oct 2008
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How the fate of the US economy rests on a Dell workstation

The global economy is teetering on the brink of disaster.
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Spice up your swim, with music

Let’s face it, swimming lengths in the local pool is boring. So why not liven things up with a splash of music?
James Sherwood, 03 Oct 2008
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Leadtek readies Cell-based video processing card

Graphics card maker Leadtek has demo'd an add-in card equipped with Toshiba's QuadCore HD graphics chip, the Cell-derived part also known as the SpursEngine SE1000.
Tony Smith, 03 Oct 2008
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Sony Ericsson zooms in on cameraphone tech

A Sony Ericsson patent application has been unearthed that describes the firm’s idea for making camera-phones much easier to use.
James Sherwood, 03 Oct 2008
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PC market defies credit crunch

HP topped the pile in the PC market in the second quarter this year, growing by 19.6 per cent and shipping 13.4 million PCs and notebooks.
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2008
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Skype admits Chinese privacy breach

VoIP outfit Skype has admitted that surveillance was carried out on instant messages sent using the service in China, blaming local partner TOM Online for the eavesdropping.
John Leyden, 03 Oct 2008
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Eidos serves up ghoulish gaming treat

With Halloween just around the corner, videogame publisher Eidos has decided to put the frighteners on Wii and DS gamers by launching a ghoulish game.
James Sherwood, 03 Oct 2008

DRM-hating eMusic chief quits

David Pakman, CEO of eMusic, will leave the subscription service at the end of the year. Pakman explained his departure on Monday, and yesterday disclosed that his next destination would be VC firm Venrock.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Oct 2008
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Tri-corders, alpine oxy-pills: Acropocalypse at DARPA

It's been a busy few days for the renowned US military crazytech research bureau, DARPA*. The Pentagon wack-profs have announced plans to develop a new drug which will acclimatise troops to thin mountain air very fast, and unveiled plans to make small, portable magnetic-resonance Tricorder-style scan gizmos. They have also committed an extremely serious acronym crime.
Lewis Page, 03 Oct 2008
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Spam swine break next-gen CAPTCHAs

Spammers have reportedly defeated revised CAPTCHAs from both Google and Microsoft.
John Leyden, 03 Oct 2008
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Reg readers: Distributed software development is hard

Poll resultsThe Reg reader poll run earlier this week as part of our agile development workshop produced a set of results that do not paint a particularly inspiring picture. When asked how distributed software development was managed within organisations, almost half told us things were not that great. About a third gave feedback indicating that they were just about doing okay, but only one in five said things were managed well.
Dale Vile, 03 Oct 2008
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Barclaycard follows Barclays offline

After Barclays customers suffered serious login problems earlier this week, Barclaycard customers are now struggling to use their online service.
John Oates, 03 Oct 2008
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Sega to launch PSP beater in 2009

ExclusiveSega will next year launch a portable media player boasting enough functionality to threaten Sony’s PlayStation Portable, the Register Hardware can exclusively reveal.
James Sherwood, 03 Oct 2008

EMI's Sadville man focuses Incoming Brain

Cheer up, EMI investors. The company's "incoming brain" is focussed on "the niches". That's the inspiring message from EMI's new head of digital strategy, Cory Ondrejka.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Oct 2008
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Commentard completely loses the plot

FoTWThere was time when incoherent rage was directed solely at we poor Reg hacks, long before the days of Democracy 2.0 and our ill-advised decision to allow the hoi polloi to chip their two bits' worth into the hotly-debated topics of the day.
Lester Haines, 03 Oct 2008
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Apple shares plunge after Jobs 'heart attack'

Apple shares fell as much as 5.4 per cent this morning after a report on CNN's "citizen journalist" web site said Steve Jobs had suffered a major heart attack.
Cade Metz, 03 Oct 2008
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Hackers exploit Neosploit to booby trap BBC, US postal service

Cybercrooks have used the latest version of Neosploit to booby-trap an estimated 80,000 legitimate sites with malicious code.
John Leyden, 03 Oct 2008

Sudden outbreak of democracy baffles US pundits

CommentSomething very spooky happened in the United States last week. The chances are you noticed it too, many days before it was reported.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Oct 2008
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Microsoft taints open source CodePlex well

Microsoft is posting code to its much-trumpeted CodePlex open-source projects site using licenses and conditions that go against the principles of open source.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Oct 2008
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Brit, German indicted for stateside satellite TV attacks

A British man and a German man have been indicted by a US federal grand jury for launching a campaign of denial of service attacks against two US-based home satellite television vendors on behalf of a rival company.
Austin Modine, 03 Oct 2008
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Mapping the universe at 30 Terabytes a night

InterviewIt makes for one heck of a project mission statement. Explore the nature of dark matter, chart the Solar System in exhaustive detail, discover and analyze rare objects such as neutron stars and black hole binaries, and map out the structure of the Galaxy.
Matt Stephens, 03 Oct 2008
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HP preps secret iPhone rival

Austin Modine, 03 Oct 2008
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Apple surrenders the Pink (to Microsoft)

And so it has come to this: Microsoft has stooped so low as to filch Apple's codenames.
Cade Metz, 03 Oct 2008
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Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz calls it quits

Austin Modine, 03 Oct 2008

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