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Robotic exoskeleton gets gardening job

Honda has already paraded several robotic exoskeletons designs. But now the concept’s been adapted to aid gardeners digging up spuds and pulling radishes.
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Sling Media now chiefly chiefless

Sling Media, maker of the Slingbox family of TV-on-your-notebook devices, has lost its top, with five executives departing from the company.

Apple prices MacBook Pro battery surgery

Apple has released details and prices of its battery-replacement program for the recently released 17-inch MacBook Pro.
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Brit porn filter censors 13 years of net history

Updated A further update to this story an be found here
Cade Metz, 14 2009
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NetApp extends savings guarantee to Citrix and Hyper-V

Hey virtual server storage buyers: save 50 per cent of the storage you would have bought or we'll make up the difference! NetApp has extended its 50 per cent storage savings guarantee from VMware to Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V environments.

Violet Mir:ror DIY RFID kit

Review Whether you notice it or not, radio-frequency identification (RFID) is upon us in our daily lives. For Londoners, the most obvious incarnation is the Oyster card. Sit it on a pad when you start and finish a tube journey and the fare is deducted from your account automatically.
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Hello Tosh, wanna a disk business?

Having failed to sell of its hard disk drive business to Western Digital Fujitsu is now trying to sell part of it to Toshiba. The result would be the world's largest supplier of 2.5-inch drives.
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London Underground gets emergency phone network

The emergency services phone network, Airwave, was activated at 125 underground stations in London this morning, providing seamless coverage for service personnel working the tube.
Bill Ray, 14 2009
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EU privacy watchdog laments weakened privacy proposals

The European Union's Council of Ministers has weakened proposals to overhaul EU privacy laws and left people with fewer protections for their personal information, the privacy watchdog for EU institutions has warned.
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MoD: 27 per cent of our computers are secure

The Ministry of Defence has admitted that only 27 per cent of its computers (of those so far checked) are fully compliant with the government's security standards.
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Pillar towers over rivals in best value storage

To get the most bang for your storage buck, you should buy a Pillar Data Axiom 600 - according to the Storage Performance Council (SPC).
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Fake plane death businessman cuffed in Florida

The US financial advisor who attempted to fake his own death in a light aircraft crash has been arrested at a Florida campsite following an apparent suicide attempt, CNN reports.
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Halo 3 murderer convicted

A US teen has been convicted of murdering his parents. He did so not because they made him go to bed early or cut off his pocket money, but because they stopped him from playing an Xbox 360 game.

Next-gen mobile Atom clocked at 1.67GHz

Some snippets have emerged concerning Intel's upcoming second-gen Atom processor, already known to be due for release mid-2009.
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PS2 reaches sales milestone

The PlayStation 2 is nine years old, but its sales remain strong. Sony has announced that it has now sold 50m units in North American alone.
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Solitary MS update lances critical Windows risk

The solitary security update in the latest edition of Microsoft's monthly Patch Tuesday still poses a critical risk.
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Reding 'didn't go far enough' on data roaming

Viviane Reding's proposal to cap EU data roaming doesn't go far enough, according to Adina-Ioana Valean, a Romanian Liberal steering the bill through parliament who wants to ban charges for incoming voicemail and messaging.
Bill Ray, 14 2009

Pioneer calls a halt to LaserDisc hardware production

Pioneer is to stop making LaserDisc players. Yes - amazingly, perhaps - it's still punching them out, and will produce 3000 more before calling it quits.
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Kids more likely to be bullied than pestered online

Research paid for by US state attorneys general has found the dangers of life online for US kids are pretty much the same as those they face in real life - and that the solutions are better parenting and education rather than technological silver bullets.
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Google opens heart, Apps to channel

Google pulled another hair from Microsoft’s slightly balding scalp today by signing up IT resellers to sell the web kingpin’s online applications to biz customers.
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Curve/ball phone-cam tech 'to match professional kit'

American boffins say they have cracked one of the main problems of camera design - the limitations imposed by the use of flat film or photoreceptor arrays. They say that their new curved photoreceptors, modelled on the human retina, could offer mobile phones able to take pictures as good as those from today's bulky professional cameras.
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ASA rules on 'USB Fornication Optimiser'

The Advertising Standards Authority has taken time from ruling on matters of international import to pronounce judgement on boffer.co.uk's USB Fornication Optimiser - a freebie the site offered back in August last year designed to "reduce the time it takes to conceive your baby".
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Babelgum chews on Vodafone

Updated Free net TV company Babelgum has signed a deal with Vodafone to bring their video content to Vodafone customers in the UK and Italy, at least for users of the Nokia N96, N95 and 6210.
Bill Ray, 14 2009
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Archos 10 netbook specs leaked

Pictures and specifications of Archos’ upcoming entry into the netbook arena have been leaked online.
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Sennheiser VMX Office multi-source Bluetooth headset

Review There are two types of people in this world. There are those who walk around with a Bluetooth headset permanently grafted to the side of their heads, and those of us who absolutely refuse to be seen in public with a big lump of metal and plastic dangling out of a lughole.
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ICO clamps down on pseudonymous information requests

Government organisations are being encouraged to refuse public requests for information if they believe real names have not been supplied, under new guidelines from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
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Microsoft prods and probes Office 14

Microsoft is testing some of the server products that will eventually be folded into the next version of the firm’s Office suite.
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Shane Ritchie poised to 'reinvent' Minder

Shane Ritchie will in February hit TV screens as Archie Daley in Five's 'reinvented' Minder, with the actor admitting he was a bit hesitant about taking on the role.
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Lords, MPs go down on to the Erotic Awards

Comment Three flying penises, two noble Lords, and an international model downing a few glasses of white before jetting off to do a show in Israel. Absolutely not – we promise – how our beloved editor spends his weekends. Nor an advance copy of the exclusive with which the News of the World hope, this year, to cap last year’s rather unfortunate little court outing with Max Mosley.

Tesla announces S, unwraps Sport

'Leccy Tech It's been a busy few days for Tesla, a company which more than most will wish to shake the dust of 2008 off its shoes and get on with 2009.
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NASA announces 'name the inflatable Moon tent' compo result

NASA has announced the results of a competition among American schoolchildren to name an inflatable habitat module intended for use as a lunar astronaut tent. The winning name is "Resolution", chosen by New Jersey nippers with Captain Cook's pre-USA exploration ship in mind.
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Mom stole daughter's ID to shake pom-poms

A 34-year-old mother who stole her teenage daughter's identity and used it to enroll in high school to pursue her dream of becoming a cheerleader was yesterday committed to three years in a psychiatric unit, the Times reports.

Apple welcomes other web browsers to iPhone app store

Apple has suddenly approved a healthy selection of third-party iPhone web browsers for sale in its App Store - even though they deliver a feature already found on the phone.
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RIM squashes BlackBerry PDF peril

Research in Motion (RIM) has published a patch that fixes a pair of critical flaws in the way BlackBerry servers handle malformed PDF files.
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Seat sets out 'leccy Leon EV plan

'Leccy Tech Here's some 'Leccy Tech news from the Old World at last. Seat has been doing a corporate show and tell in Spain with the new plug-in Leon concept snappily called the Twin Drive Ecomotive.
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Satyam rushes into arms of new auditors

Troubled outsourcer Satyam has chosen two new auditors to help management find out just how bad its financial situation is after founder and chairman Ramalinga Raju admitted he had overstated profits and cash by $1bn.
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UK schools chief begs for Home Access scheme cash

The UK government has pleaded with the IT industry to help breathe some life into its Home Access programme.
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Nortel begs for bankruptcy protection

Nortel, plagued for months by rumours of serious financial problems, has filed for bankruptcy protection or Chapter 11.
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Cows can't detect earthquakes: Official

Swedish scientists have disappointingly discovered that cows do not have "an innate ability to detect natural disasters", thereby thwarting any possibility of deploying bovine imminent earthquake detectors in seismic hotspots.
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Nokia adopts LGPL for Qt popularity

Nokia will release the next major version of Qt under a fourth license - LGLP - in its mission to drive uptake of the cross-platform interface framework.
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Big Blue tops US patent grubber list

For the 16th year in a row, IBM has topped the annual list of patent-happy American tech companies. The list tanks high-tech vendors by the number of patents they were awarded in the United States over the previous year.
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NY policeman plunders US terror watchlist

A New York City Police Department sergeant has admitted he illegally obtained a name contained in an FBI terrorist watchlist and gave it to an acquaintance to use in a child custody case.
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Microsoft expands languages with ESP

Microsoft has its own language: 230 acronyms to describe everything from its myriad of licenses and products to different business units and target markets.
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Rackable admits Q4 sales plummet

Going public has not been as much fun for boutique server maker Rackable Systems as the idea must have sounded like a few years back. Today, the company announced that it had slashed 15 per cent of its 350-strong workforce to get costs back in line with falling sales. Those Sales that are falling thanks in large part to the Meltdown, natch.
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Backup firm sues Intel, Microsoft, HP, Dell, Acer...

A computer backup recovery firm claims Intel, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Acer, and others have aped its patent for quickly restoring a PC after data corruption.
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Wikimedia taps mystery sugardaddy for advisory board

The Wikimedia Foundation has named its conspicuously controversial sugardaddy to its board of advisors.
Cade Metz, 14 2009
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IWF confirms Wayback Machine porn blacklisting

Update Following complaints that its child-porn blacklist has led multiple British ISPs to censor innocuous content on the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, the Internet Watch Foundation has confirmed the blacklist contains images housed by the 85-billion-page web history database.
Cade Metz, 14 2009
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Steve Jobs takes medical leave from Apple to focus on health

Updated Steve Jobs has taken a leave of absence from his position as Apple CEO so he can focus on health issues that are "more complex" than he originally thought.

Apple patents map mobile future

The US Patent & Trademark Office recently published a flurry of Apple patents related to location-based services.
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Blockbuster partners with Sonic Solutions for movie downloads

Blockbuster is taking a bolder step into the movie download business by striking a deal to partner with Sonic Solution's CinemaNow service.
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Next-gen botnet armies fill spam void

The demise late last year of four of the world's biggest spam botnets was good news for anyone with an email inbox, as spam levels were cut in half - almost overnight. But the vacuum has created opportunities for a new breed of bots, some of which could be much tougher to bring down, several security experts are warning.
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Pop-up phishing risk points to web fraud evolution

Fraudsters have the potential to develop techniques for mounting phishing attacks using pop-up dialogue boxes instead of spoofed emails, security start up Trusteer warns. Although the firm isn't able to cite example of the possible next-generation attack, which it describes as in-session phishing, that attack scenario is plausible enough to merit a closer look.
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Seagate cuts go deep

Going further than its previous 10 per cent US workforce cut targeted by a recent SEC filing, Seagate has made another filing saying 6 per cent of its worldwide workforce will go and executives and other professionals will take pay cuts.