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Advent unveils stylish 18.4in-screen Atom desktop

DSGi's Advent offshoot has followed up its various netbooks with a desktop machine based on Intel's Atom processor.

Samsung taps touchscreen phone UI for PMP

CES Introduced today, the Samsung P3 is the PMP based on the same widget-based UI found on Samsung's touchscreen phones - complete with buzzy haptic feedback.

Toshiba touts 'deep lagoon' top-end telly design

CES Toshiba today tried to life its Regza HD TV line to the top of the telly totem pole, pitching a new design and a revamped picture engine.

Samsung shows off wall-mountable slotload Blu-ray box

CES Samsung has unveiled what it claims is the world's thinnest Blu-ray Disc player: the BD-P4600, with a vital statistic of 38mm (1.5in) top to bottom.
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Meltdown turns Time Warner red

Time Warner expects to report a red 2008, thanks to a whopping $25bn impairment charge for its cable, magazine publishing, and, yes, AOL businesses. This would be the media giant's first annual loss in six years.
Cade Metz, 08 2009

Sony intros 8in notebook-not-netbook

CES Yes, Sony did it: today, it unveiled an 8in netbook - or "ultra-portable PC", as the consumer electronics giant would rather you called it. It also used the term "lifestyle PC".

Panasonic demands 1080p 3D TV 'standard'

CES Panasonic wants the consumer electronics industry to come together and join it in the development of a standard for full HD 3D TV.
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Ballmer talks 'post-PC' Microsoft with Windows 7 beta

Steve Ballmer has stressed the relevance of both Windows and the PC in an increasingly fragmented world of computing devices and web access, while introducing the next version of Windows.
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First Windows 7 beta puts fresh face on Vista

Review Microsoft has officially released the first Windows 7 beta. While it's been one of the web's worst kept secrets, Microsoft was still keeping quiet about the details and timing of the final release at the time of writing.

Microvision protoypes iPhone-sized projector

Macworld Expo Microvision, the Redmond-based creator of mobile display systems, chose Macworld Expo to unveil a prototype of its latest - and smallest - laser-based projector.
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SanDisk's Netbook flash uncovered

SanDisk has revealed missing details about its pSSD gen 2 netbook flash product, showing it's not as leading edge as it seemed, but could be ideal for netbook use.

LIVE 2pm GMT today: Take control of desktop TCO

Regcast Tune in at 2PM GMT today for our first Regcast of 2009. The Register's expert panel aims to help to cut your PC desktop costs, with this live, free, webcastic extravaganza.
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Rolls-Royce to work on electric cyber raygun aero-tech

An American high-tech jet engine design bureau, owned by UK-centred firm Rolls-Royce, will design key power systems necessary for the electricity-heavy combat aircraft of tomorrow. Future fighters and bombers are expected to use huge amounts of electricity to power such things as directed-energy rayguns and/or cyberwarfare electropulse systems.
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Droid sub goes under Antarctic ice on 5000 D-cells

An autonomous British robot submarine has just set out on a mission which will see it plunge deep beneath Antarctic ice shelves. Interestingly, the "Autosub" has no truck whatsoever with li-ion, fuel cells, stirling engines, hydrogen peroxide or any other trendy undersea power system: it runs on ordinary torch batteries, 5,000 of them to be exact.

Tech industry still leaving dirty great footprints, says Greenpeace

Consumer electronic goods are a little bit greener than those sold a year ago, according to a new report from Greenpeace.
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OLPC lays off half staff

One Laptop Per Child - the non-profit organisation aiming to give kids in the developing world their own laptops - is laying off half its staff and cutting salaries for those who are keeping their jobs.
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US smutmongers want big bucks bailout

Stateside pornographers have asked Congress to stump $5bn "to rejuvenate the sexual appetite of America" amid the increasing economic gloom which is apparently sapping Yanks' will to get their end away.
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MI5 head calls for comms data access

Jonathan Evans, the director general of MI5, has said it needs access to communications data to strengthen national security.
Kablenet, 08 2009
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UK's listed firms must tell markets of serious executive problems

Stock market-listed companies have a duty to inform shareholders if an executive's illness threatens to affect the firm's performance, a company law expert has said. That duty does not bind unlisted UK firms, he said.

Samsung camera recognises faces, names, shoe sizes...

Facial recognition is fast becoming a standard feature on compact cameras. But Samsung’s latest camera purports to take the technology to new heights.
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Dell shuts Limerick factory and scraps 1,900 jobs

Update Dell is closing its Limerick manufacturing facility, with the assembly plant's functions due to be transferred to a Polish plant in Lodz.
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Branson rocket piggyback plane has control 'issue' - report

The "mothership" intended to carry beardy biz kingpin Richard Branson's planned space tourism rocketplanes to launch altitude has hit technical problems, according to reports.
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Take a hammer to your hard drive, shrieks Which?

Which? Computing has lost faith in wiping technology and advised punters to take a hammer to hard discs they intend to get rid of. Reg readers and experts have slammed the advice as misguided and irresponsible.

Lenovo ditches 2,500 employees

Computer giant Lenovo has confirmed that it will slash 2,500 jobs, or 11 per cent of the workforce, as part of a restructuring plan to cut costs after the firm’s sales were hit by weakening global demand.

Sapphire HD4870 X2 Atomic water-cooled graphics card

Review AMD's ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 is a formidable beast of a graphics card but it has a number of obvious flaws.
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Apple wrongfoots iPhoneys

Apple's failure to launch a dinky "iPhone Nano" has caught forgers off guard, leaving Far Eastern manufacturers with forged versions of a product that doesn't exist.
Bill Ray, 08 2009

Sony gets touchy feely with Walkman X1000

CES Sony has strengthened the Walkman Portable Media Player (PMP) range with a wireless model that sports an OLED display.
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Astronomers view heavens through Galileo's eyes

Astronomers are celebrating 400 years since Galileo made his famous observations, which were fundamental in proving the heliocentric hypothesis, by pointing a replica of one of his original telescopes at the heavens to recreate his original stargaze.

LG confirms 2009 launch for 3G wristphone

Watches that let you make voice and video calls sound like something from a James Bond movie. Or an LG catalogue. The Korean electronics giant has a wristwatch phone in the works and yesterday confirmed it is launching the high-tech timepiece at some unspecified time this year.
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BT cuts 0870 charges

BT has today cut the cost of calling 0845 and 0870 to zero for many of its customers, following a consumer campaign against companies profiting from premium rate lines.

MobileMe wreaks wipey revenge on freetards

Updated Those who've been enjoying Apple's much-extended MobileMe trial should take care when cancelling accounts, to prevent the cloudy ghost coming back to haunt them and swiping all their contacts and appointments.
Bill Ray, 08 2009
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ASA indignates prematurely over billboard sex ads

The Advanced Medical Institute has refused to withdraw billboard ads for a nasal spray for "male sexual problems", despite an Advertising Standards Authority edict they must come down since they're punting prescription-only drugs.
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Google quietly ices contractors

Internet giant Google quietly got rid of an unspecified number of contract workers late last year.
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Banks told to spend £1bn on new IT to prepare for failure

The Financial Services Authority is consulting with UK High Street banks about the need to improve their IT systems so that consumers will get their money back more quickly if a bank should fail.
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UFO damages Lincolnshire wind turbine

Lincolnshire ufologists are combing the area around the Conisholme wind farm for evidence to back their theory that one of the turbines was on Sunday seriously damaged by a "mystery aircraft", as the BBC euphemistically puts it.
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HMRC warns over tax email scams

The Treasury has taken the unusual step of warning UK taxpayers of a phishing scam doing the rounds, which looks to ensnare frantic last-minute tax return filers.

Where will EMC's restructuring axe fall?

Comment The years of unrelenting double digit quarterly growth are over - VMware's growth is falling back, and EMC's mighty revenue train is slowing as it hits the steep recession grade. CEO Joe Tucci is starting to throw excess weight off the Hopkinton express.
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Deception of 'up to' broadband speeds exposed

The average downstream broadband speed received by consumers is just 3.6Mbit/s, according to data released today from the most accurate UK internet access survey ever published.
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US doc demands $1.5m for donated organ

A US doctor is demanding his ex-missus stump $1.5m after she ran off with their three kids and one of his kidneys, the New York Daily News reports.

Sony sticks it to Xbox 360 and Wii

In a move likely to enrage Xbox 360 and Wii owners alike, Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA) has released a cost versus benefits assessment of all three consoles. And guess which machine won?
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Virus peddlers set up shop on Google code project

Internet scoundrels have begun abusing Google code hosting projects to distribute malware and promote smut. The assault follows a bout of the same kind of abuse against Microsoft's comparable MSN Spaces beta site dating back a year, net security firm McAfee reports.

Powermat cuts ties with cabled power

CES Power sockets clogged with gadget chargers and swamped by a cable spaghetti will soon be just a memory, if Powermat has its way.

The incredible vanishing Satyam boss

Satyam's founder and chairman B Ramalinga Raju has disappeared, a day after he admitted to years of false accounting at the outsourcing giant.
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Wrath of Spielberg smites Welsh uni leaflet

The "little-known" Lampeter campus of the University of Wales is certainly now familiar to Steven Spielberg's lawyers after they fired off a letter to the seat of learning accusing it of using the director's image without his permission.

Asus demos touchscreen Eee

CES Asus has treated CES attendees to a preview of its upcoming touchscreen Eee PC.
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Carder linked to TJX hack jailed for 30 years by Turkish court

A Ukrainian fraudster linked to the infamous TJX hack was sentenced to a 30 year prison sentence in Turkey on unrelated charges this week.

World's first portable Blu-ray player launches

CES The world’s first portable Blu-ray disc player will soon be with us, thanks to Panasonic.

SanDisk flashes notebook flash

SanDisk has unveiled faster notebook flash SSDs using its ExtremeFFS technology and with a new controller, a day after attacking the netbook market.
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Apple should start taking enterprise servers seriously

Comment Aside from Steve Jobs' hormone imbalance iTunes minus DRM, there wasn't a whole lot happening at MacWorld 2009. And if you were looking for Apple to do something interesting in the enterprise server space, Macworld was definitely not worth the trip.

OQO Atomises Vista UMPC

CES Handheld PC maker OQO has re-released its mobile computer - called the OQO 2 - this time with Intel's 1.86GHz Atom Z540 processor.

Seagate gadget links tellies to external HDDs

CES Seagate has followed rival hard drive maker Western Digital and come up with a gadget to hook up media-packed external HDDs to HD TVs.

WowWee demos latest spycam 'droid'

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Major League Baseball pitches visitors foul ads

Once again, Major League Baseball's website has been caught serving ads designed to infect its considerable base of visitors with malware that trashes their machines.

AKG headphones sound out US market

Macworld Expo At this week's Macworld Expo, audio giant Harman International announced that it would begin selling its premium-quality headphone brand, AKG, in the US consumer market.

Palm to take on iPhone with web 2.0 banana phone

CES Troubled Palm today launched its (hopefully) turnaround product, the Palm Pré, running its new Palm Web OS operating system.

In action: the Powermat wireless gadget charger

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Lenovo dual-display laptop shows its stripes

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LaCie showcases hella-expensive display

Macworld Expo Storage and display vendor LaCie showcased its recently released 730 LCD Monitor at this week's Macworld Expo, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous 30in display with an equally jaw-dropping price of $4240 (about £2785).

CES 2009 Complete Coverage

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas saw the introduction of a bumper array of gadgets and goodies. Here are all of Register Hardware's ongoing CES 2009 stories, brought together for your reading and viewing pleasure...

Sun downgraded to Goldman Sachs sell list

The stock and probably the collective psyche of server and operating system maker Sun Microsystems is taking some hits today as an IT watcher at Goldman Sachs put the company on its sell list.
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Hackers, insiders blamed for US data breach growth

US organisations lost even more sensitive data in a greater number of information security screw-ups last year, according to a new survey.

Ballmer reacquaints Microsoft with its PC past

Comment Steve Ballmer's inaugural Consumer Electronics Show (CES) opener - taking over from Bill Gates - was important for its emphasis and what was missing.
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Yelpian astroturfers invade Blighty

Web 2.0 poster child Yelp has transported its new-age city guide - and its sketchy online advertising model - across the Atlantic.
Cade Metz, 08 2009

Firm pitches 'HD audio' wireless streamer

CES Getting music from A to B wirelessly has just become a little easier, thanks to the i2i Stream.

AMD's 45nm Phenoms ride 'Dragon'

AMD has unveiled a new gaming PC platform designed to provide "elite-level computing performance for under $900."
Cade Metz, 08 2009