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Vuzix iWear AV230 XL video glasses

Review Today, we're looking at - literally - the Vuzix AV230 XL headset, a set of video specs that create a picture that's the equivalent of a 44in screen 2.7m away. Yet the goggles are small and light enough they'll slip into your pocket, begging the question – is that a 44in telly in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me?
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IBM gets damages for Plasmon poaching

IBM is receiving undisclosed damages after it and Plasmon CEO Steve Murphy settled a dispute about Plasmon's apparent poaching of ex-Softek employees working for IBM.
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VAT fraudster must repay £26m

A convicted VAT fraudster has been ordered to pay Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs £26m or serve an extra ten years in prison.
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IBM authorizes OpenSolaris on mainframes

A month ago, Sine Nomine Associates, the mainframe consultancy that has done most of the porting work on the "Sirius" variant of Solaris Unix to IBM's mainframe platform, said that the code was available for people to try out on the OpenSolaris project site. And now IBM has come around to actually authorize the use of OpenSolaris on its z/VM partitioning software for mainframes.
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Home Office to hand out more Tasers to police

The Home Office has announced plans to issue Taser electric stunguns much more widely across the police services of England and Wales. Once plans are complete, approximately 20 per cent of officers south of the border will be authorised to carry the weapons.
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DWP shaves £50m off major projects

The Department for Work and Pensions has cut 3.1 per cent from the cost of nine of its largest IT programmes since March.
Kablenet, 24 2008
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Verizon sacks Obama snoopers

Verizon Wireless has sacked the workers who had a cheeky look at president-elect Barack Obama's mobile phone records.
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RM profits dip in 'resilient' market

RM saw profit drop by nearly £3m for the year ended 30 September 2008, but the company said its results were in line with expectations for the year.
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Welcome to the world of collaboration by stealth

You know what it's like, some some bright spark from da management decides that "more effective collaboration is needed"? Whose door do they knock on first?
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Samsung demos amazing folding phone

A video has appeared online of what’s claimed to be an OLED display able to fold itself in half to become a mobile phone.
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Palm purges staff, chops products

Palm is laying off up to ten per cent of its staff and cutting some product offerings as the company faces increasing competition in the smartphone market.
Bill Ray, 24 2008
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US couple sue over McNudes

A US woman who sent some nude snaps of herself to her hubby's mobe got a nasty shock when they turned up online - complete with her name, address and telephone number.
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Domain hijack fears over Gmail exploit

A Gmail exploit which might be abused to allow domain hijacking has reared its ugly head once more.

Honda whips out fuel-cell sci-fi style sportster

Honda surprised everyone by whipping the dust cover off of its FC Sport Design Study fuel-cell concept car at the 'subdued' Los Angeles Motor Show last week.
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Spin-down Copan spins itself down some

Comment Persistent data storage supplier Copan is downsizing with staff layoffs, unpaid leave and staff paycuts.
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ISS urinal/drinks-machine combo still buggy

Tanks aboard the International Space Station are filling up fast with urine, according to reports, as efforts to repair the orbital outpost's troublesome piss-recycling plant over the weekend failed.
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Small biz demands some relief from Darling

Alistair Darling's much-leaked cut in VAT from 17.5 per cent to 15 per cent has been welcomed by the small business community - although there are worries about how it will be implemented.
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Phoenix IT sucks up the recession

Phoenix IT has managed good growth across its whole business in the last six months and although it's seen some impact from the economic crisis its order book is still looking good.

Nokia to become virtual network for Vertu

Nokia will this month announce its intention to launch a network services division in 2009, it has been claimed.
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US rolls out 'Vicinity RFID' to check IDs in moving vehicles

RFID technology that allows the remote identification of travellers in moving vehicles is being rolled out at US land border crossings this month. Crossing points with Canada at Blaine, and with Mexico at Nogales, came online last week, with Buffalo, Detroit and San Ysidro to follow, and a total of 39 planned.
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Will Microsoft spin its way into the cloud with Kumo?

Microsoft has sown confusion across the blogosphere after it registered the domain name Kumo.com and redirected it to several Windows Live servers late last week.
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Software update nobbles Sky+ boxes

Updated A software update to Sky+ set-top boxes has left subscribers frozen out of the planner system, leaving them unable to record shows.
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Virtualization: A quick reality check

Last week we talked about what lies around the corner in virtualization land. Many indicators suggest a quick reality check is in order.
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Jerry Yang - Slugworth to Google's Willy Wonka

Fail and You Yahoo! Ever since Wonka's Chocolate Factory in Mountain View started serving queries, it has been a living monument to the failure of Sunnyvale's Slugworth - and just about everything that has gone wrong can be blamed on Jerry Yang.
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Shuttle SG45H7

Review In appearance, the Shuttle SG45H7 is very similar to the SN68PTG6 that we reviewed earlier this year. But, under the skin, it could hardly be more different.
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Social workers sacked over Gary Glitter email

Fifteen social workers from South Lanarkshire Council have been given their marching orders for circulating an email featuring a picture of convicted paedophile Gary Glitter "carrying a bag with a child's head superimposed on it", Sky reports.
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Parallels 4 users want their money back

Updated Parallels v4.0, billed as speeding Windows virtualisation on Macs, has been slated by some users for slowing their systems to a crawl instead. Some are demanding their money back.
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When does a system become legacy?

Last time we were interested in understanding a bit more about the state of our IT systems, and whether we were being held back by what we could loosely term 'legacy'. Perhaps a trickier question to answer however, is how we decide whether a system is legacy or not.
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Booming cybercrime economy sucks in recruits

The underground economy is booming even as the rest of the economy lurches towards recession, according to a new study by Symantec.
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Net pedants dismantle Quantum of Solace

They did it to Casino Royale and now the net pedants have moved with lightning speed to finger the howlers which blight latest Bond outing Quantum of Solace.
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YouTube virals must play by US ad rules

Advertising claims made in videos on YouTube are subject to the same standards of truth and accuracy as ads that appear in traditional media, according to a US advertising watchdog. Such ads can escape the UK regulator's remit, though.
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Ballmer's bid to swerve 'Vista Capable' row comes unstuck

MS CEO Steve Ballmer has been ordered by a federal judge to testify in a class action lawsuit over the ongoing “Vista Capable” debacle.

The Netbook Newbie's Guide to Linux

Episode Three Considering that Linux netbooks are designed to present a simplified interface that can be used by complete newbies, it's amazing how buzzy hackers have become about them. Even people who wouldn't consider themselves hardcore techies love to tinker under these machines' hoods.
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Tech firms too slow to go green, says Greenpeace

Nintendo and Microsoft have once again failed to find favour with eco-watcher Greenpeace, both scoring the lowest marks in the NGO's latest Guide to Greener Electronics report.
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Sun readies entry Sparc T2 kicker

The details are a bit sketchy, but server maker Sun Microsystems is apparently getting ready to launch a rejiggered version of its Sparc T2 server platform that will implement an external network interface instead of using the on-chip (and very fast) networking in original Sparc T2 servers.
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Darling's budget targets small business

Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling's pre-Budget report promised more help for small businesses in order to make sure the first recession of the new millennium "is slower and shallower".
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Tories, retail ISVs decry Darling's VAT cut

George Osborne has described Alistair Darling's pre-budget report as the largest ever borrowing by a British government and leaving a tax bombshell timed to explode as the economy recovers.
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Indonesian HIV/AIDS patients face microchip tagging

A controversial bill requiring some HIV/AIDS patients to be implanted with microchips has gained support from lawmakers in Indonesia’s remote province of Papua.
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Smut pop-up teacher case finally resolved with misdemeanor plea

The long-running prosecution of substitute teacher Julie Amero on spyware smut-serving charges finally came to an end on Friday.
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'MS rep' claims he predicted NXE RRoD woes

A Microsoft customer service representative (CSR) predicted that the New Xbox Experience (NXE) would cause downloaders Red Ring of Death (RRoD) woes, it has been claimed.
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IBM readies cloud 'validation' program

IBM wants to use the power of its stamp to lull businesses into cloud computing complacency.
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SCO ordered to pay Novell $2.5m in Unix royalties (again)

Once again, a federal judge has ruled that SCO owes Novell over $2.5m, insisting that the Utah shell-of-a-software-company was unjustly enriched by a 2003 licensing agreement with Sun Microsystems.
Cade Metz, 24 2008
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Security breach gives PayPal phish the personal touch

Skype users who use a piece of software dubbed Pamela to manage their online phone accounts should be on the lookout for customized phishing attacks following revelations that one or more user databases containing names and email addresses have been breached.
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NASA's lost toolbag filmed from Earth

The tool bag lost by NASA astronaut Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper during an ISS space walk has been filmed sailing over Earth by a veteran satellite observer over the weekend.
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HP missionaries paddled over mainframe convert claims

Sometimes, the server business reminds me of driving in a car on a long trip with a lot of kids in the backseat. You just want to reach back and start slapping and tell everyone to shut up and stop talking nonsense. But fathers today are more civilized (at least outwardly) and don't do the things their fathers did (judge for yourself if civilization is better for it). And so it is with the tit-for-tat noise coming out of IBM and Hewlett-Packard about who is replacing whose iron at data centers around the world.

The Apple Armada - Still worthy of the Jolly Roger?

Mac Report Card, Part Two In August 1983, Steve Capps of Apple's original Macintosh Division famously hoisted a pirate flag over his team's Cupertino building to embody Steve Jobs's dictum that "It's better to be a pirate than join the navy." From that day forward, members of the Mac community have been a little feistier, a little more insular, a little more picky, and a little more self-righteous than other computer users.