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HTC Touch 3G Windows Mobile smartphone

Review Hot on the heels of the Touch Viva - the budget Touch - comes the 3G version. Smaller, neater, and with more features, including - of course - 3G connectivity, Assisted GPS and a 3.2Mp camera, this is the next stage up the Touch ladder.
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Business Intelligence for the Mid-Market

Regcast The Reg expert panel discusses findings from recent reader research on sentiments of IT pros toward the Credit Crunch, in an hour-long webcast on 29 January at 2PM GMT. The team also tackle the role of IT in enabling business performance.
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First-ever pics of lunar polar crater interiors released

Pic A NASA radar instrument aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 Moon orbiter has sent back the first ever images of hidden crater interiors at the lunar poles. Space boffins hope to use such pictures to discover deposits of water ice, which could be invaluable for future Moonbase astronauts.

Phone features baffling users

Configuring mobile phones and setting up applications has become too complex for many users, a report’s concluded.
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Satyam investigators start to chase missing money

The Indian government suspects Satyam's disgraced former chairman Ramalinga Raju may have diverted money into a maze of subsidiary firms.

DSGi announces new chairman in eye of retail storm

Fraught UK electrical retailer DSG International (DSGi) has appointed John Allan as the company’s new chairman.
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OGC cracks one off on with new logo

LogoWatch Fears that the UK's Office of Government Commerce (OGC) - the Treasury department "responsible for improving value for money by driving up standards and capability in procurement" - had bottled out of deploying its sensational new logo have proved unfounded.
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UFO wind turbine prang site: Exclusive photos

The recent Conisholme wind farm incident - in which one turbine shed a blade in highly mysterious circumstances - provoked a level of black helicopter activity not seen since NASA faked the 1969 Moon landing, with many suggesting extraterrestrial involvement.
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Gome appoints new chairman as police continue investigation

Gome Electrical Appliances Holdings has rejigged its management team while a police probe into the former chairman's finances continues.
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Prison warders told to can 'hurtful' language

Scottish prison warders have been ordered to can "hurtful" language which might offend the delicate sensibilities of Caledonian lags, the Times reports.

Nokia, HTC and RIM dragged into patent dispute

Gadgets made by a host of big-name manufacturers, including Nokia and HTC, could be banned from import into the US, if a patent violation investigation being conducted the US International Trade Commission (ITC) rules in the claimant’s favour.

Inventor designs raindrop MP3 projector

An inventor has designed a wacky MP3 player that does away with a traditional LCD screen in favour of a projection system.
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'Obama quits' spam recruits zombie drones

Scammers are capitalising on worldwide interest about Barack Obama's inauguration via a spam email campaign that claims the Illinois senator turned prez44 plans to turn down the office he fought so long to obtain.
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DHS deploys undercar Kraken tentacle-bombs

Contractors working for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have developed an innovative remote controlled car-stopping landmine using technology inspired by giant squid, Spiderman and extending party squeakers.

TomTom launches Kylie and Connery satnavs

TomTom hopes to tug at singletons' heartstrings this Valentine’s Day, with the launch of four sexy celebrity satnav voices.
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Govt uses Obscenity Law to stuff up cartoon sex loophole

New Parliament, new legislation – and time for the government’s favourite pastime of "closing loopholes". This time it's about even more dangerous pictures, or maybe less dangerous, given that the subject matter is - allegedly - cartoons.
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Online campaign urges MPs to block secret expenses

MPs are being pressed to vote against a controversial amendment to the Freedom of Information Act later this week that will exempt them from having to publish detailed expenses.
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Where has all the bad storage gone?

Comment Spare a thought for the humble storage columnist looking for targets to skewer. It's a tricky job if you want to sound off - everything is just so basically good these days, and with no stand-out dismal products, what is there to knock?

Addonics NASU2 micro USB NAS adaptor

Review You've got yourself a big old external hard drive. You've got yourself a network. How do you bring the two together?

Nokia N97 to land late Q1

The chaps over at online retailer Play.com have begun listing a price and launch date for Nokia’s recently unveiled N97 touchscreen webphone.
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Jaunty Jackalope alpha 3 spotted in wild

The third alpha of Ubuntu’s forthcoming 9.04 distro, dubbed Jaunty Jackalope, has been released.
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TV's digital dividend could be superfast broadband

Lord Carter could recommend that the government give away the old analogue TV spectrum to telecoms companies in exchange for commitments to invest in fibre rollout for high speed internet access, according to the latest leak from his forthcoming Digital Britain report.
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Unlimited music: Punters prefer ISPs to Nokia

Nokia and other gadget manufacturers face an uphill struggle getting people interested in music services - even if they're "unlimited". Punters would much prefer such services come from their ISP, according to a survey of attitudes in the UK, France and the USA.

Europe PC sales sagged in 2008

PC sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa grew just 1.8 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2008 as the economic crisis began to bite.
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Security boffins attempt to freeze out cold boot crypto attack

Security researchers have developed prototype countermeasures to defend against the recently developed cold boot crypto attack.
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Isle of Man wants legal P2P blanket

Tax haven the Isle of Man, with a population of around 80,000, wants to introduce a compulsory blanket licence for music downloads. Broadband ISP subscribers would pay a "nominal" compulsory tax, but be able to share music legally.

Yes! It's the wristband battery!

Having enough power at your fingertips to charge a flat iPhone is one thing. But how about having enough power at your... er... wrist?
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China plans global satnav system

With navigation satellite constellations rapidly becoming a must-have for any major world power, China has joined Europe and Russia as an aspirant to match US sat nav technology. The People's Republic has announced that it will upgrade its localised Beidou satellite system to global coverage by 2015.
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Chinese exam cheats employing spy-tech

More than 1000 cheats were caught in last year's Chinese civil-service exams, some using "spy technology" including micro earpieces - but it was conformity of answers that betrayed most of them.
Bill Ray, 19 2009
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IBM helps partners punt software to midrange shops

Before the US economy went into meltdown, and before we knew officially that it had been in recession for a year, common thinking was that IT spending growth at small and medium businesses was going to be significantly higher than at larger enterprises, which spend lots more per company but which tend to tighten their belts first when the economy hits the skids.
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Talking pets: Obama's guru wants animals to sue you

Obama's "regulation czar" Professor Cass Sunstein wants animals to be able to sue.

Hyundai steers into UK mobile market

You may know Hyundai for its cars, but the firm’s switched lanes and inked plans to sell mobile phones into the UK.

Fisker posts Karma Sunset shots

'Leccy Tech Hot on the heels of its appearance at the Detroit Motor Show last week, Fisker has released a pair of piccies of its epically gorgeous Karma Sunset hard-top convertible.
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Opera sings praises of Microsoft-browser statement

Microsoft browser-rival Opera Software has welcomed a European Commission statement that the company has broken European competition law by including Internet Explorer with Windows.
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Microsoft releases Vista virtualization

Microsoft has released a public beta of desktop virtualization software to run legacy Windows applications on Windows Vista.
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IBM reaches out to SAP, RIM with Notes

IBM kicked off its annual Lotusphere event dedicated to its Lotus Notes and Domino groupware and collaboration environment this weekend, having already launched Notes and Domino 8.5 at the recent Macworld.
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The Vatican tempts the YouTube generation

The Vatican this Friday will announce details of a partnership with Google to launch the Holy See's own YouTube channel.

AMD's dual-core Neo set for 2009 release

AMD plans to release its dual-core version of the low-power Athlon Neo in the second half of this year.
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Three in 10 Windows PCs still vulnerable to Conficker exploit

Three in ten systems remained unpatched against the exploit fueling the spread of the infamous Conficker worm, according to security tools firm Qualys.

Virtualization minnow goes agnostic

As everyone expected when server virtualization took off on x64 iron a few years back, the hypervisors that provide the ability to carve up a machine into multiple virtual machines have rapidly commoditized.