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Medic-oriented 'Swiss Army knife' phone uncovered

A handset described as the Swiss Army knife of mobiles will go on sale next year, able to handle everything from telephone calls to medical emergencies.
James Sherwood, 20 Nov 2008
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Inside Microsoft's 'New Xbox Experience'

Microsoft released the anticipated face-lift for its Xbox 360 game console and online service today, dubbed the New Xbox Experience (or NXE).
Austin Modine, 20 Nov 2008
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Employees sue for unpaid Windows Vista overtime

Windows Vista is in more legal hot water and this time the ones getting wet are the companies who've rolled out the operating system, not Microsoft.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Nov 2008
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Congratulations, Barack — Now fix your websites

President elect Barack Obama’s embrace of online video and social networking may have propelled him to victory, but unless he’s careful, his administration could be brought down by the same sloppy security problems that have plagued MySpace, Facebook, and dozens of other Web 2.0 properties.
Dan Goodin, 20 Nov 2008
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NASA readies remodeled ISS ENose

NASA astronauts aboard Endeavour's STS-126 mission will soon be testing the space agency's latest generation of "electronic nose," designed to monitor the International Space Station's crew cabin for harmful chemicals.
Austin Modine, 20 Nov 2008
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Firefox millions - only 12 per cent Google free

In 2007, the Mozilla Foundation received 88 per cent of its revenue from a certain Mountain View sugar daddy. And thanks to its longstanding Google dependence, the organization is facing an IRS audit and questions over its tax exempt status.
Cade Metz, 20 Nov 2008
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The madness of 'king cores

Opinion Intel is pumping up its virility through proxies like Michael Dell reminding us of an 80-core chip future. It's impressive, but Intel is a company obsessed to distraction with Moore's Law. It's like watching a crack addict do anything to get the next hit, a doubling of processor performance every 18 months, whatever it takes, in Intel's case.
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2008
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BlackBerry Javelin to spear RIM's Bold and Curve?

BlackBerry Bold and Curve owners had better watch out, because Research in Motion has thrown a sharp new rival into the mix.
James Sherwood, 20 Nov 2008

Asus Eee PC S101 luxury netbook

Review Asus pretty much started the whole Small, Cheap Computer ball rolling with its first Eee PC just over a year ago. But now there are hundreds of the darn things, from every manufacturer imaginable, so how does Asus ensure it stays at the forefront of the market?
Will Head, 20 Nov 2008
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Nuke boffins plan Penguin petaflop cluster

America's Lawrence Livermore nuclear bomb lab has teamed up with open-source computing heavyweights to build the next generation of Linux superclusters, ultimately scaling into the petaflop range. The project has been dubbed "Hyperion".
Lewis Page, 20 Nov 2008
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Ballmer: We're so over Yahoo!

Steve Ballmer has said again that Microsoft has got over its infatuation with Yahoo! and has moved on.
John Oates, 20 Nov 2008
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Scientists ponder mysterious source of cosmic rays

Scientists are pondering the possible source of an "unexpected surplus of cosmic ray electrons at very high energy", and suggest they're either pouring out of an exotic object relatively close to Earth or represent the fall-out from the annihilation of theoretical particles comprising dark matter.
Lester Haines, 20 Nov 2008
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Trademark owner loses domain name claim against unauthorised reseller

Dealers and resellers can use a manufacturer's trademark as a domain name even when their sales are not authorised by the manufacturer, an arbitration panel has ruled.
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Nov 2008
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Google torches own brand Sadville

Could it be there isn't a pot of gold at the end of the Sadville rainbow? Google doesn't think there is, and will shutter its "virtual world" Lively after less than six months.

MacBook buyers bite Apple over copy protection cock-up

Analysis Apple's decision to adopt the DisplayPort digital monitor connector is pissing off punters, all thanks to the technology's incorporation of a copyright protection mechanism.
Tony Smith, 20 Nov 2008
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Beeb reprieves Xmas Top of the Pops

The BBC has quite righty done a U-turn on its shock decision to can the Top of the Pops Xmas special, and viewers will now be able to enjoy Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates presenting the traditional count-down to the Yule number one.
Lester Haines, 20 Nov 2008
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Lords debate Climate Bill, carbon racket

The government's climate minister in the House of Lords dropped a clanger on Monday evening, when he claimed that the polar ice caps were melting at a record rate.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Nov 2008
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GTA IV extra game download details emerge

Juicy snippets regarding the upcoming downloadable content (DLC) for Grand Theft Auto: IV have emerged online, including the add-on’s basic storyline, a profile of the central character and the title’s potential release date.
James Sherwood, 20 Nov 2008
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Cybercrooks making easy money from virtual worlds

Online gamers have become a soft target for cybercrime, with three in 10 users reporting the loss of items of virtual property through fraud.
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2008
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Packard Bell readies latest EasyNote

Packard Bell has launched another EasyNote notebook, which this time around is targeted at users with a weakness for phrases like “limited edition,” “slim” and “stylish”.
James Sherwood, 20 Nov 2008
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Carbon Cult: Ban flushing toilets

Australians could face 'pay as you dump' charges as part of a Toilet Tax. It's all in the name of "sustainability" - and part of a growing eco-movement to replace flushing conveniences with smelly and unhealthy inconvenience.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Nov 2008
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The Pope predicted economic Armageddon back in 1985

Pope Benedict predicted the current economic apocolypse back in 1985, an Italian politician has declared, suggesting that the Vatican may be the one global institution likely to make a killing out of Mammon's downfall.
Joe Fay, 20 Nov 2008
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Capita takeover faces monopoly investigation

Capita's £78m takeover of IBS Opensystems Software has been referred to the Competition Commission.
John Oates, 20 Nov 2008

Formula One kinetic energy recovery rigs debut

Formula One Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) are becoming like London buses – nothing for weeks then two come along together.
Alun Taylor, 20 Nov 2008
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MPs declare their ignorance on the web

Comment The times, they may be changing on the internet, but if our Parliament has anything to do with it, that change is unlikely to be for the better. The problem is that far too many MPs not only don’t get it when it comes to the net, they actively bask in their ignorance of new technology.
Jane Fae , 20 Nov 2008
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Enter the Dragon N96: Bruce Lee phone spied online

Toughened mobiles for building site workers are nothing new, but most lack any juicy features like a camera or 3G. So Nokia’s created what’s possibly the 'ardest fully-featured mobile yet: the Bruce Lee edition N96.
James Sherwood, 20 Nov 2008

Logitech Squeezebox Boom wireless music player

Review Logitech's Squeezebox Duet network music player doesn't really have any faults but if you absolutely had to come up with an Achilles' Heel it would be the need for an amplified stereo system for it to play through. Not an issue if you only want music in one room, but more of a problem if you want tunes all around the house.
Alun Taylor, 20 Nov 2008
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Ofcom claims UK leads on digital communications

Ofcom has published the third of their annual reports comparing the UK digital communications industry to those found in nearby countries, and concludes that we're the most advanced - though the Irish make more mobile calls and the Americans watch more TV.
Bill Ray, 20 Nov 2008
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How are you future proofing your IT?

Mini Poll Following on from the discussion of legacy systems and platforms occurring as part of our platform optimisation workshop here, we're trying to work out the best way to avoid having your expensive IT systems degrading to legacy status. So, if you have a couple of spare minutes, let's have your views on this in our mini-poll below:
Jon Collins, 20 Nov 2008
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BNP list hunters bring down Wikileaks

The Wikileaks website struggled to stay online yesterday because of thousands of people looking for the leaked BNP membership list.
John Oates, 20 Nov 2008
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US Army bans USB devices to contain worm

The US Army has reportedly suspended the use of USB and removable media devices after a worm began spreading across its network.
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2008
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US, UK deploy manned unmanned aircraft to save bandwidth

Bandwidth-starved military spyplane chiefs are resorting to the use of humans as airborne data-processing nodes, according to reports. Difficulties in deployment of unmanned robot surveillance craft have led to the purchase of basic civilian planes for use in intelligence work above Iraq and Afghanistan.
Lewis Page, 20 Nov 2008
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How to destroy the music business

Analysis Put yourself in these hypothetical shoes for a moment. My goal is to make as much money as possible by doing as little work as possible. I have no creative talent except for generating and recycling marketing buzzwords. I have no technical knowledge or ability - but I can get my head around a Twitter feed. It doesn't sound promising, but you'll want in, I promise.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Nov 2008
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T-Mobile leaves 300,000 disconnected

300,000 UK T-Mobile customers had a quiet morning as they were unable to make or receive calls thanks to a database snafu that forced the operator to restore from backups - a process which is still in progress.
Bill Ray, 20 Nov 2008
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UK.gov tells domain industry to get its house in order

A day after Nominet decided to sue one of its own directors, a senior civil servant warned that the domain industry must be better behaved to avoid government intervention.
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Lewis Hamilton mulls riding Virgin

Formula 1 champ Lewis Hamilton is planning to stump a cool £625,000 for five seats on a Virgin Galactic flight, according to the Evening Standard.
Lester Haines, 20 Nov 2008
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Mac-friendly external hard drives launched

Storage firm G-Technology has launched a four-strong range of Mac-friendly external hard drives, each cast from "aircraft grade" aluminium.
James Sherwood, 20 Nov 2008
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Kids blame technology for homework hand-in failures

‘My dog ate it’, ‘I left it on the bus’, and ‘someone stole it’ – they were the classic excuses in our day for not handing in homework. But modern youth are increasingly blaming absent homework on technology, a survey’s revealed.
James Sherwood, 20 Nov 2008
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Scots vote out ID cards

The Scottish Parliament has voted against the government's proposed ID cards, in a gesture of Pythonian futility.
John Oates, 20 Nov 2008
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Heidemarie 'Toolbag' Piper set for second spacewalk

Endeavour mission specialists Shane Kimbrough and Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper are getting ready for the second mission STS-126 spacewalk outside the International Space Station this afternoon, scheduled to get under way at 18:45 GMT.
Lester Haines, 20 Nov 2008
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Project Hyperion: A super testbed for HPC apps and hardware

SC08 When it comes to parallel supercomputing, and indeed any kind of parallel processing, the hardware is the easy part. The systems software, including a tuned software stack and middleware for managing data, visualization applications for turning datasets into something human beings can use to make decisions or understand some phenomenon, is a bit trickier.
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Gamers voice NXE woes

The New Xbox Experience (NXE) has barely been out for 24 hours, but gamers have already claimed that it’s messing with their consoles. Some have even said the update’s caused the dreaded Red Ring of Death (RRoD) to rear its ugly head once more.
James Sherwood, 20 Nov 2008
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Sun adds Query Analyzer to MySQL

In brief Sun Microsystems has added a query analysis tool to MySQL, but for paying customers only.
Austin Modine, 20 Nov 2008
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SGI preps supers for future Intel chips

SC08 Architectures can change quickly in the supercomputing space, and slow-moving vendors can get left behind or at least find themselves out of step with the next big wave of sales in the HPC area. This has happened in the past with Silicon Graphics, and the company is determined to not let it happen again.
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Google - the world's first firewalled monopoly

Antitrust 2.0 Why did Google leave outgoing Yahoo! chief executive Jerry Yang heartbroken at the search engine altar? If you believe the words chief ad broker and CEO Eric Schmidt funneled through The New York Times, Google chafed at the prospect of winning a Department of Justice (DoJ) antitrust suit.
Cade Metz, 20 Nov 2008
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Hitachi GST spots oyster, seeks HDD pearls

Comment When you are recovering from a long period of hard times and light appears at the end of the tunnel and gets closer and closer until you emerge into glorious daylight, you get a spring in your step and start making plans. Now you're back on your feet, the world becomes an oyster again, and you go off in different directions pursuing pearls. That's the feeling I get talking to Hitachi GST.
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2008
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Agilistas are to architects as Neo is to...

QCon 2009 Agile development practices may be growing in popularity among developers, but agilistas aren't getting much love from software architects.
John K Waters, 20 Nov 2008
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eHarmony settles over same-sex dating

Online dating service eHarmony.com has agreed to create a new website for matching same-sex couples, as part of discrimination settlement with New Jersey's Civil Rights Division.
Austin Modine, 20 Nov 2008
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Phisher-besieged PayPal sends users faux log-in page

PayPal, the online payment service that is a major target of phishers, has been caught sending customer emails that confuse its own login page with a third-party landing site that offers spyware protection and a bevy of other products.
Dan Goodin, 20 Nov 2008
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Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 planned for 2009

The "standards-compatible" next edition of Internet Explorer has been bumped into 2009 by Microsoft.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Nov 2008
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SGI shows off Molecule concept machine

While supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics was showing off its existing Altix lines of Xeon and Itanium servers at the SC08 supercomputing show in Austin, Texas, this week, the most interesting thing the company touted was not yet a real computer, but a concept system, called Molecule.
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Regulators back Bell Canada choking indie ISP traffic

Canada's telecom regulators gave Bell Canada the OK to throttle peer-to-peer Internet traffic on pipes it leases to third-party ISPs.
Austin Modine, 20 Nov 2008
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Dell profits take (small) hit in Q3

If you were looking for some good news out of Dell today as it reported its fiscal 2009 third quarter financial results, you will probably be disappointed. But not as much as you might think. That's good news of a sort considering the miserable week the global economy is having.
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Company sues Facebook over somethingorother

An Ohio-based technology company is suing Facebook for patent infringement, claiming it invented the platform the insanely popular social networking site uses to store and manage information.
Austin Modine, 20 Nov 2008