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Nikon D90 digital SLR with HD video recording

Review Life can be a confusing business. You’ve got mobile phones that double up as cameras, and cameras that record video. Well, prepare to be even more confused as cameras begin to capture HD video. Nikon’s D90 proudly claims to be the world’s first DSLR to record HD video.
George Cole, 05 Jan 2009

UK sportscar makers announce electric models

'Leccy Tech British sports car makers Lotus and Ginetta have both announced they are to build road-going electric cars. As announcements go, we reckon there are worse ways to start a new year.
Alun Taylor, 05 Jan 2009
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Wiinoma: TV for your Wii

Gamers growing tired of the Wii’s videogame selection will soon be able to shun gaming altogether, because more details about Nintendo’s upcoming Wii TV service have emerged.
James Sherwood, 05 Jan 2009
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BT to be freed from service obligations

Communications minister Lord Carter is to free BT from its universal service obligations - its legal duty to run a phone line to every home in the country, as well as provide payphones and other basic services available at a reasonable cost.
John Oates, 05 Jan 2009

MSI unwraps netbook with SSD and HDD

MSI has introduced its anticipated Wind U115 - a netbook that incorporates an SSD and a hard drive.
Tony Smith, 05 Jan 2009
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EMC adding open sauce to Decho mix

Update Storage giant EMC is rumoured to have bought SourceLabs, a Seattle-based open source startup with nifty software technology for identifying developer problems and finding answers, for its Decho 'digital echo' business unit.
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2009
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Beeb names new Doctor Who

The BBC has announced that 26-year-old Matt Smith will be the 11th Doctor Who, hitting screens in the fifth series in 2010 as the youngest actor* to tackle the role.
Lester Haines, 05 Jan 2009
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NASA rovers survive five years on Mars

NASA's Mars rover Spirit last Saturday passed the fifth anniversary of its arrival on the Red Planet on 3 January 2004 - an achievement which will be matched on 24 January by its twin Opportunity.
Lester Haines, 05 Jan 2009
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LG to show super-slim set at CES

LG is gunning to make itself one of the tech firms to watch this year, following its release of details concerning an upcoming super telly: the 55in LH9500.
James Sherwood, 05 Jan 2009
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Deals inked on DARPA's Matrix cyberwar VR

Pentagon plans to develop a Matrix-style simulated computer world in which to try out the cyber WMDs of tomorrow appear to be moving forward. Reports indicate that the ambitious plans for a "National Cyber Range" - in which weapons-grade government malware would be test-fired much as missiles are on a normal firing range - have now moved forward to the stage of contracts.
Lewis Page, 05 Jan 2009
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Fujitsu tells WD the deal's off

Fujitsu did not give Western Digital a Christmas present - in fact it said 'No deal'.
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2009

NEC breakthrough paves way for powerless standy-by modes

NEC has announced the development of a memory circuit element that, it claims, will allow chips to consume no power when they're put in stand-by mode.
Tony Smith, 05 Jan 2009
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MoD tops lost security pass league

Ministry of Defence staff are responsible for the vast majority of security passes that have gone AWOL since 2001, research by the LibDems has revealed.
John Oates, 05 Jan 2009
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Blu-ray boom prompts festive cheer

The Blu-ray message is steadily creeping in consumer conscience, it seems. Why? Because sales of Blu-ray films in the UK rose by almost 400 per cent last month, compared to the same period in 2007.
James Sherwood, 05 Jan 2009
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Adobe gets tellybox Flash with Intel

Adobe has teamed up with Intel to port the software giant’s Flash platform to Chipzilla’s Media Processor CE 3100.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Jan 2009
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Fence plan to save Tasmanian Devil

Aussie nature-boffins have a new scheme to prevent the extinction of the Tasmanian Devil by the simple means of a great big fence.
Sarah Bee, 05 Jan 2009
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Don't shout at your disk drives, warns Sun engineer

Those among you who are prone to vocal outbursts of rage at cantankerous kit should be aware that hardware has feelings too, and directing your ire at disk drives can provoke "unusually high disk I/O latency".
Lester Haines, 05 Jan 2009
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Windows for Warships™ reaches Royal Navy frigates

The Royal Navy's plan to fit most of its fleet with command systems based on Windows boxes continues, with the commencement last week of a programme intended to replace the existing commandware of the Service's Type 23 frigates. The Type 23s will make up the majority of the British surface fleet for the foreseeable future.
Lewis Page, 05 Jan 2009
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Council to crack down on Cracknuts Lane

Lewes District Council has attracted the attention of the Daily Mail with a proposed new street naming and numbering policy which, if agreed tomorrow, could see the end of "names which encourage defacing name plates", such as Cockshut Road, Cracknuts Lane and Juggs Road.
Lester Haines, 05 Jan 2009
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Logitech launches earphones for gym freaks

Many resolutions will focus on weight loss and fitness this year. So, Logitech has launched two pairs of earphones designed with exercise in mind.
James Sherwood, 05 Jan 2009
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China rattles sabre at Google

China has announced a new clampdown on websites accused of "threatening morals by spreading pornography and vulgarity" - including Baidu, Google and Sina.com.
Lester Haines, 05 Jan 2009
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Obama may militarise NASA to save money

President-Elect Barack Obama may seek to save money and advance America's space presence by promoting closer cooperation between the US military space programme and NASA, according to reports.
Lewis Page, 05 Jan 2009
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Confusion over Indian parliamentary rights-grab

Chaos in India’s Parliament – the Lok Sabha - shortly before Christmas saw the passage, without debate, of a major new bill designed to sweep up a number of outstanding IT issues from cybercrime to online porn.
Jane Fae , 05 Jan 2009
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Home Office denies remote snooping plan

The Home Office has denied it has made any change to rules governing how police can remotely snoop on people's computers.
John Oates, 05 Jan 2009
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ITV to write down Friends Reunited value, says report

Friends Reunited could see its carrying value slashed by ITV when the television channel releases its year-end review of past acquisitions.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Jan 2009
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Iomega unveils 'so simple' network storage

Iomega has launched an easy-to-use network storage drive, designed to back-up the precious memories of PC users, gamers or anyone with portable digital devices.
James Sherwood, 05 Jan 2009

Steve Jobs dismisses death rumours

Ever since Steve Jobs said he would not be giving the keynote speech at MacWorld, there have been lurid rumours that his health had taken a serious turn for the worse - but the Apple bigwig has finally had a go at putting the world straight.
John Oates, 05 Jan 2009
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UIQ 'files for bankruptcy' in Sweden

UIQ has finally thrown in the towel and reportedly applied for bankruptcy in the Swedish courts.
Joe Fay, 05 Jan 2009
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$400m US space interceptor deal inked

Rumour suggests that some parts at least of the controversial US missile-defence programme are doomed, with the axe set to fall as soon as President-Elect Obama takes office. Nonetheless, the last days of 2008 saw a $400m contract award to one of the most controversial missile-defence weapons of them all - the Groundbased Midcourse Defence (GMD) rocket interceptors.
Lewis Page, 05 Jan 2009
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Kodak unwraps CES cameras

Kodak is poised to kick off the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show with the unveiling of the latest additions to its snapper family.
James Sherwood, 05 Jan 2009
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LG readies 480Hz LCD TVs for late 2009

LG is to released LCD TVs with a whopping 480Hz refresh rate, thanks to a clever flashing backlight.
Tony Smith, 05 Jan 2009
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Iomega aims at TVs with home server

Iomega has announced a home storage and media server that backs up files on connected PCs and plays digital media content to connected output devices.
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2009
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Kodak updates pocket camcorder range

Kodak has unveiled the Zx1 as the latest addition to its expanding portfolio of pocket camcorder devices.
James Sherwood, 05 Jan 2009
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Safari enjoys 'unusually residential' December boost

Use of Apple's Safari browser grew in December to 7.93 per cent, up from 7.13 per cent in November, suggesting a parallel growth in adoption of Mac OS X, according to browser-usage figures released today by internet-analyst Net Applications.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Jan 2009
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Boffin brings 'write once, run anywhere' to Cisco hijacks

A researcher has discovered a way to reliably exploit a known security vulnerability in a wide class of Cisco System routers, a finding that for the first time allows attackers to hijack millions of devices with a single piece of code.
Dan Goodin, 05 Jan 2009
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Linux: this year's silver lining?

With the new year under way and all of the problems in the old year still largely unsolved, people in the IT sector are looking around for a little good news and some prospects for growth. There are a lot of clouds out there right now, and Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, thinks the rain is going to be good, particularly for Linux.
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IT salary survey says: ‘You’ve never had it so bad’

Compared to the current job market, IT professionals should recall the collapse of the dot-com bubble with a fondness for the good ol' days.
Austin Modine, 05 Jan 2009
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Companies burying themselves in IT gear

The religion of virtualization may be all over the IT trade press, but apparently the data centers of the world haven't heard the good news yet and have been buying up PCs, servers, and storage gear like crazy to support their application and data loads. And if data from British IT consultancy Compass is any guide, IT budget growth over the past four years has been driven by capacity needs, which are outpacing price/performance improvements.
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PS2 the most played console of 2008

Nintendo may have cleaned up in console sales in 2008, but more US gamers spent their free time time playing Sony's "last-gen" Playstation 2, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Austin Modine, 05 Jan 2009
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VCs still pump dough into green tech, renewable energy

The economic meltdown has put a damper on a lot of things, but it seems to have been less of a wet blanket for investors in startups in the green technology and renewable energy in 2008 - if you exclude the final quarter of the unusually dismal year.
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Sun offers free GlassFish education

The secret to business according to Sun Microsystems' chief executive Jonathan Schwartz is to first build volume and then figure out how to make money from the audience you've created.
Gavin Clarke, 05 Jan 2009