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Getac fires out rugged PDA

Mountainsides aren’t the best places to hold meetings, but if you find yourself stranded on one and late for work then you’d better hope you’ve got Getac’s new ruggedised PDA with you.
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Intel 'Nehalem' Xeons poised for March 31 launch

Chip maker Intel has been dropping hints like water balloons from the rooftops that its "Nehalem" Xeon EP processors for two-socket servers will arriv before the end of the quarter. And it looks like the chips will finally fall where they may on March 31.
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Ofcom plots out wireless mic future

Last month, ITV sold off its 70 per cent share of JFMG, the organisation that manages spectrum used for programme making and special events. But at the same time, Ofcom published research into the future of PMSE, concerned largely with how to get rid of it.
Bill Ray, 09 2009
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Oracle reaches for Virtual Iron

Speculation is growing that Oracle is close to acquiring Virtual Iron.
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EuroMidEastAfrica server biz tumbles

Last week, the box counters at Gartner put out their report on server shipments and revenues globally in the fourth quarter of 2008, and now, they want to drill down a bit for the EMEA region.

Eric Schmidt reanimates el cheapo PC zombie

Fail and You Last week, Eric Schmidt ran his mouth off again at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference in San Francisco. Schmidt commented that one of the new business models in the pipe for internet businesses is giving out free or subsidized computers to users and stacking paper on the ad revenue.
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IBM has lousy disk storage quarter

IDC's latest disk storage market tracker report fingers IBM as the big loser, dropping 22.7 per cent from Q4 last year compared to Q4 07 in total disk storage systems factory revenue.
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Big biz slams brakes on new domains

ICANN has bowed to pressure from big business to push back the launch of new internet domains over fears of wholesale cybersquatting.
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Zhao 'C' - Chinese police computer says no

A Chinese student who for 22 years happily carried the name Zhao C (Zhao "Left Crescent") fell foul of the powers that be when he came to get a new "second generation" ID card at his local Public Security Bureau (PSB) - police informed him "it was technically not possible to put English letters in names and told him to get a new name".
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Falconstor/Sun wins speediest dedupe race

Comment: The fastest deduplication on the planet is performed by an 8-node Sun cluster using Falconstor deduplication software, according to a vendor-neutral comparison.
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Tiscali shares suspended on titsup fears

Shares in Tiscali have been suspended on the Italian stock exchange after tumbling almost 50 per cent this morning on news it failed to meet a debt repayment.
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Jobless Brits face influx of foreign IT workers

Small business organisation the British Chamber of Commerce has increased its predicted unemployment figures - it expects 3.2m people in the UK to be looking for work in the second half of next year - or just over ten per cent of the workforce.
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Twitter users hit by smut spam hack attack

Poor beseiged Twitter users were hit by a new series of attacks on Friday.
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Orange and Barclaycard partner on touchless pay-by-phone tech

The death knell for physical cash payments has sounded once again, this time following an agreement between Orange and Barclaycard to co-develop contact-less payment services for mobile phones.
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Magna boils up EV kit for car makers

'Leccy Tech As the major car manufacturers slowly get to grips with the electric – or hydrogen – powered future of personal transport, a number of smaller, more dexterous automotive engineering firms are presenting their views of the way forward.
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Google Docs suffers serious security lapse

Google confessed to a serious bug in its Docs sharing system over the weekend, but downplayed the security cockup by claiming only a tiny number of users had been affected.
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Boffin unveils facial expression-controlled iPod

A cute girl winking at you on the bus may soon, unfortunately, no longer be a sign that she’s hot for you. Why? Because she might just be controlling her iPod.
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Discovery ISS gig go for Wednesday

NASA has given a green light to Discovery's STS-119 mission to the International Space Station following a review of a potentially troublesome hydrogen flow control valve. The shuttle will blast off from Kennedy Space Center at 9:20 pm EDT on Wednesday (01:20 GMT Thursday).
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Asus adds dual-core Atom to Eee desktop

Asus has added Intel's desktop-oriented dual-core Atom chip, the 1.6GHz 330, to its Eee Box line of compact PCs - and given it Windows Vista to chew on.
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Pentax Optio P70

Review Everything about the Pentax Optio P70 suggests fun. It’s got an ultra-thin, sleek design, is available in several colours - our review sample came in a rather fetching marine blue - and is crammed with features designed to make digital photography a hassle-free experience, including face recognition, smile detection and enough scene modes for several cameras, let alone one. But is the Optio P70 fun to use and are its results fun to view?
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Microsoft Mixes it in Vegas with Silverlight, Azure and IE 8

Radio Reg What do you call a man with a Windows Home Server sticker on his forehead?
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LaCie releases USB keys that... er... look like keys

Some people refer to USB Flash drives as USB keys. The folk at LaCie certainly do - and have released a trio of key-shaped Flash drives in the hope everyone else will too.
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Straw bends on Coroners & Justice data-sharing proposals

Comment Justice Minister Jack Straw has bowed to the inevitable and announced the withdrawal of provisions for data-sharing from the Coroners’ and Justice Bill, presently before parliament.
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Cebit 09 too dead to trash says Greenpeace

Cebit 09 Cebit organisers underlined the crisis facing the IT industry this morning when they claimed last week's IT extravaganza had gotten off to a "powerful start and ended on a successful note, boosting optimism in the world ICT industry".
Joe Fay, 09 2009
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Daily Telegraph hit by SQL hack attack

Vulnerabilities on a Daily Telegraph website have been exposed by serial grey-hat hacker Unu.
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Designer BMW PC unveiled

Top Gear’s Cool Wall already features several BMWs. But the what’s hot and what’s not display could soon feature a new model entirely: the BMW PC.
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Swedish police claim massive anti-piracy bust

Swedish police raided a location near Stockholm last month where computer equipment containing a huge bounty of alleged pirated material was seized by authorities.
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PC World cuts off Capita call centre contract

PC World owner DSGi has decided not to renew its call centre outsourcing contract with Capita and will instead bring 1,300 staff back in house.
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Gamers risk early graves, claims advert

Young gamers have been targeted by a healthy lifestyle advertising campaign that implicitly connects videogaming with early death.
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Ombudsman probes European Commission over late payments

The European Ombudsman has kicked off an investigation into the European Commission's habit of not paying its suppliers in a timely manner.
Joe Fay, 09 2009
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Gov launches 'Healthy Bees' plan

Defra and the Welsh Assembly Government today announced a ten-year "Healthy Bees" plan to combat the serious decline in honeybee numbers.
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Wattpad furnishes iPhone with bootleg books for bupkes

The literato's Pirate Bay, Wattpad, has reached the iPhone and iPod Touch, offering community scribblings and copyrighted material through an Apple-sanctioned client.
Bill Ray, 09 2009
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IBM boasts of full 8Gb Fibre Channel for blades

IBM is making the rounds this week talking up a new 8 Gb Fibre Channel daughter cards for its BladeCenter blade servers, saying that it is the only blade maker that can deliver 8 Gb performance all the way out to the storage area network.
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Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite to be pulled from console line-up?

Microsoft’s flagship Xbox 360 – the Elite – could soon be canned and replaced with limited-edition models linked to game launches, it has emerged.
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Republican e-chief exits, denounces 'blog-flogging simpletons'

The former Microsoft and Yahoo! exec who helped take the US Republican party online has quit saying the party must out-program its rivals.
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Vista to XP 'downgrade' lawsuit revised

A US woman who is suing Microsoft for allegedly charging her extra to downgrade from Windows Vista to XP had the lawsuit revised late last week.
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Scottish hospitals laid low by malware infection

Appointments for cancer patients had to be rescheduled after a computer virus infected the networking systems at two Scottish hospitals last week.
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3D TV by Christmas, hints Sky

Sky subscribers could be treated to 3D TV this coming Christmas, the broadcaster has said.
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Hyundai confirms watchphone

Hyundai’s known for its cars, but surprised us all by launching headfirst into the mobile phone market. Now, however, the firm’s confirmed plans to make a watch.
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US cybersecurity chief quits over NSA power grab

The US government's cybersecurity chief abruptly quit last week amid allegations his office was woefully underfunded and unduly controlled by the country's ultra-secretive National Security Agency.
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Microsoft's Turner: Yahoo! search deal, but no acquisition

Microsoft's courting Yahoo! over a possible search deal, although acquisition seems off the table.
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Taiwan supplier fingered in Apple touch-screen netbook rumor

A touch-screen netbook from Apple is coming later this year, according to a report by an Asian industry-watching website. We believe that the truth may be more interesting than the rumor.
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FoxIT update defends against PDF peril

It's not only Adobe Reader that needs patching against maliciously constructed PDF files. Targeted attacks against an unpatched flaw in Adobe Reader over recent weeks has stimulated interest in alternative PDF viewers, such as FoxIT.
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IBM not worried about Cisco blades

If there's one thing IBM doesn't need right now, it's another competitor jumping into the blade server market. Too bad. Networking giant Cisco Systems wants a bigger bite of the data center budget at exactly the same time that Hewlett-Packard has been ramping up its blade sales and Dell and Sun Microsystems are getting some traction, too.
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Social networking and blogs more popular than email

More people visit social networking sites or blogs than use web-based email, according to a new study by Nielsen Online.
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Boffins breed new programming race

ETech Does the world need more programmers? Of course, it does, says Jay Silver. Everyone should be a programmer.
Cade Metz, 09 2009
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Feds file new felonies against alleged Palin hacker

A University of Tennessee student accused of illegally breaking into the email account of Alaska governor Sarah Palin has been hit with three new felony charges in connection with the case.
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YouTube blocks music videos in UK

YouTube is blocking most of its music videos from UK viewers after negotiations with British royalty collectors turned sour.