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Start-up promises video-on-phone editing chip

A startup chip designer has announced a low-power video processor it claims will allow video editing on your mobile phone, or "high- performance, in-phone video post-production in real time on power-conscious mobile devices."
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SAP pays Sun to keep Java on NetWeaver alive

SAP is paying Sun Microsystems to keep alive early versions of its NetWeaver middleware running Java past its expiration date.

Mac mini said to get Ion innards

Courtesy of Tom's Hardware comes the "confirmation" from "an Nvidia partner" that the long-awaited Mac mini upgrade is coming as soon as March, but that it won't be powered by either an Intel Core 2 Duo or a low-power Core i7.
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Child porn in the age of teenage 'sexting'

Analysis An international child pornography ring that traded more than 400,000 illegal images and videos - some depicting pre-pubescent children in sexual and sadistic acts - is the kind of heinous behavior that makes you glad there are strict laws against such things. Seven US men were convicted of the crime on Wednesday.
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Sun touts ESX, Hyper-V virtualization on Galaxy boxes

Sun Microsystems would undoubtedly have preferred that small and medium businesses would be buying its Sparc-based machines, Solaris, and their container or LDom virtualization technologies.

Nokia 6600 Slide 3G mobile phone

Review While Nokia continues to trundle out heavyweight smartphones like the N96 and N85, it’s also taking care of business down-market with models like the 6600 Slide.

Th!ink rebooted with cash injection

'Leccy Tech Good news for any fans of small, weird, plastic electric 'cars' - you know, the sort that look they should be owned by Noddy and you expect to fold like wet cardboard in a collision.

Optical delusion: Plasmon's ignominious end

A Colorado-based storage systems business, Alliance Storage Technologies, has bought the assets ashes of Plasmon Inc.

Nokia phone gets hearts racing

Nokia has jumped on the New Year’s resolutions bandwagon with a mobile phone that measures your heartbeat and keeps you entertained during exercise.
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AT&T Idolises promotional texting

US operator AT&T decided to let customers know about American Idol by sending a "significant number" of them a text message about it, without asking first.
Bill Ray, 16 2009
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Online advertisers team up on privacy principles

Advertisers and agencies in the US have promised to create a code of practice to allay fears about increasingly intrusive forms of online advertising. Four major advertising trade associations said that they will work together on self-regulation.

CPW's Dunstone admits 'dread' over state of the economy

Charles Dunstone, chief executive of Carphone Warehouse, has warned staff in an extraordinary internal email that the future is looking bleak for the firm unless it takes serious action to cut costs.

Seagate customers swamped by Barracuda drive failures

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Philips creates cinema aspect-ratio HD TV

Film fanatics rejoice, because Philips has premiered the world’s first cinematically proportioned telly.
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Retired army generals: Spend Trident money on the army

Comment Three long-retired British army generals have written to the Times, expressing their opinion that the UK should not - as the government has said it will - renew the Trident nuclear weapons programme.
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McKinnon's lawyers hope UK prosecution will derail extradition

Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon has secured a potential lifeline in his long-running fight against extradition to the US on hacking charges.

Toshiba NB100 netbook

Review There are netbooks that have a curvy, kid-friendly look. Others are sleek and shiny - every one aimed at adults. Then there are blocky, serious looking ones, carved with no concession to consumer levity and fluff because the manufacturer reckons that's what businesspeople want.

BSA: Turn in workmates, make fat dollar a few quid

The Business Software Alliance is waving wads of cash in the faces of individuals willing to snitch on bosses and colleagues who use pirated software.

Google G1 successor spied in video?

A video demonstration of a handset thought to be the G1 Googlephone’s successor has been leaked online.
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UK.gov 'to create anti-net piracy agency'

Updated Following its failure to foster a voluntary solution between ISPs and rights holders, the government will create a new agency and regulations to clamp down on copyright infringement via peer-to-peer networks, it's reported today.
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Aussie air zealot savages prêt-à-porter stealth fighter

Comment A colourful Australian IT engineer and airpower zealot has published a stinging attack on the F-35 stealth jet fighter, which is to be purchased by military forces worldwide including those of the US and UK.

Storage vendor Overland on the ropes

Savaged by the deepening recession, beleaguered NAS, disk and tape protection vendor Overland Storage has fired 53 people and instituted a ten per cent pay cut for all remaining salaried staff.

Grand Theft Auto V arriving in 2009?

Register Hardware hacks are currently breathing into paper bags having heard whispers that a new edition of Grand Theft Auto could hit consoles this year.
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Germany pushes IWF-style child abuse blocklist

The German government has proposed regulations that will oblige local ISPs to apply a government-mandated block list.
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DARPA seeks spraycan wound-polyfilla* for injured troops

Those splendid brainboxes at DARPA* - who are to ordinary insane scientists in their dungeon laboratories as platinum-selling popsters are to teenage-saddo garage bands - have done it again. This time the wildside-walking wingnut warboffins are looking for a sort of medical equivalent of DIY spraycan sealant, which troops could use to patch up themselves or their buddies when wounded in combat.
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Voice-controlled helicopter takes off

Games controlled using your brainwaves are currently all the rage. But Japanese toy firm Taiyo has just announced its development of a voice-controlled helicopter.
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Apple joins campaign for real breasts

Update In a marvellous display of double standards, Apple has approved "Wobble" for sale in the iTunes store, allowing users to animate photographs of real breasts, while still rejecting the cartoon breasts of "iBoobs" as objectionable content.
Bill Ray, 16 2009
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Second Android handset delayed indefinitely

The Kogan Agora, touted as the second Android handset and scheduled for an Australian launch in ten days, has been delayed indefinitely thanks to a low-resolution screen that prevents many Android applications working properly.
Bill Ray, 16 2009
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EU borders database defenestrated in Prague?

An upgrade to the database that allows members of the EU's open borders agreenent to exchange security information could soon be scrapped, even though €28m has already been spent on the project.
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HP targets compulsory redundancies at EDS UK

HP will start compulsory redundancies at subsidiary EDS in the UK after failing to find enough volunteers willing to give up their jobs.

So when did the knives come out at Seagate?

Comment To lose two CxO-level officers in one day is exceptional, even by Seagate standards. Last week's axing of CEO Bill Watkins and the resignation of COO David Wickersham resembled a day of the long knives in Scotts Valley. So how did it come to this?

Circuit City goes titsup

The bankrupt US retail giant Circuit City will be fully liquidated after the company failed to find a buyer in time.

Fantasy author hired to pen Doom 4 plot

The author of a number of well-known fantasy/horror novels has been signed up to help pen the plot for Doom 4.

Nokia ships phone without charger

Selling mobile phones without chargers is an odd idea. But Nokia won’t bundle one with its new N79 Eco phone, part of its aim to become a greener company.

Fisker shows Karma Sunset in Detroit

'Leccy Tech Fisker used the Detroit Motor Show to unveil the final production version of its Karma electric saloon and tantalise assembled onlookers with the first showing of the convertible Karma S – the S standing for Sunset.
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Boy George jailed for 15 months over bizarre false imprisonment

Boy George was jailed for 15 months on Friday following his conviction for falsely imprisoning a male escort in his flat.

Meltdown melts down Intel launch plans

Asian motherboard makers say Intel will postpone the launch of its next mainstream quad-core processor line, code-named Lynnfield, according to DigiTimes.
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Demon ends porn-less Internet Archive block

British ISP Demon Internet is no longer blocking access to the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, after working in tandem with the IA to correct a "technical issue" with its child-pornography filter.
Cade Metz, 16 2009
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AMD to axe 1,100 (more) jobs

AMD plans to slash its workforce by 9 per cent beginning next month, while temporarily reducing wages from its CEO down to hourly workers.
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'Miracle' plane crash was no miracle

Comment Yesterday afternoon, just as I was walking to pick up my kids from school in Northern Manhattan, if I had looked up just about the time I was entering the building, I would have seen an A320 jet flying US Airways colors. I would have seen it approaching the George Washington Bridge a little bit too low, perhaps with some smoke billowing out of one or two of its engines, perhaps smelling of cooked goose.
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New York emergency wireless scrapped

New York state has scrapped plans for a statewide emergency network on the (not unreasonable) grounds that the contractor can't make the thing work as promised.
Bill Ray, 16 2009
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US stimulus bill smiles on IT

The beleaguered IT industry is salivating as the US Congress has taken one more step towards putting a massive stimulus package together that will, among other things, put tens of billions of dollars of borrowed money into the industry's coffers.
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iPhone App Store breezes past 500 million downloads

Apple's website today trumpets that "There are more than 15,000 apps on the App Store, and so far iPhone users have downloaded an incredible 500 million, in every category from games to business."

Superworm seizes 9m PCs, 'stunned' researchers say

Downadup, the superworm that attacks a patched vulnerability in Microsoft Windows, is making exponential gains if estimates from researchers at F-Secure are accurate. They show 6.5 million new infections in the past four days, bringing the total number of machines it has compromised to almost 9 million.
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Ballmer's big regret at 10: Losing the interwebs

Steve Ballmer's biggest regret of the past ten years? Impatience.