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Mobile companies unite on Apple - Google threat

When it comes to easing the pain of building applications for developers that target different mobile devices, many have come with supposed remedies and many have either disappeared or helped make things worse.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Mar 2009

Inside the world's greatest TV remote

ETech The world's most desirable TV remote was a year and a half in the making.
Cade Metz, 10 Mar 2009
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HP sweet talks the hand that feeds IT

These days, no IT vendor seems to be capable of doing a plain, old-fashioned product launch. And now, with Hewlett-Packard owning Electronic Data Systems and giving IBM a run for the product and services money in the data centers of the world, it seems like everything has to have a services angle.
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Seagate revs up SATA speed

Seagate and AMD have demonstrated a 6Gbit/s link between SATA disks and a server, double the speed of the current SATA 2 spec and the same as the fastest SAS speed.
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2009
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Nokia sweetens juice-monitor app

Forum Nokia's very-useful-to-a-select-minority power usage logger has been expanded to log a load more system states, which should equally expand the interested market for the app.
Bill Ray, 10 Mar 2009
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Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C510

Review Like the rest of the mobile big boys, Sony Ericsson has been upping its cameraphone firepower, with top-of-the-range, multi-megapixel sharpshooters like the 8.1Mp C905 and the forthcoming 12Mp Idou flying the flag for its photo-centric Cyber-shot line-up.
Phil Lattimore, 10 Mar 2009
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Computacenter grows revenues as profits fall

Computacenter pre-tax profits are down slightly for 2008 but revenues grew 7.6 per cent to £2.56bn.
John Oates, 10 Mar 2009
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Oz bloke in underpants wrestles 'lunatic ninja' roo

An Australian man's missus has branded him a "hero" after he tackled a "lunatic ninja" kangaroo which rampaged through their home on the outskirts of Canberra, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 10 Mar 2009
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Motion-powered phone en route

Posh Swiss watch firm Ulysse Nardin (UN) has announced plans to launch a mobile phone that’s able to draw its power from its owner.
James Sherwood, 10 Mar 2009
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Isilon adds faster clustered file storage

Isilon has souped up its mainstream clustered NAS product and introduced a transactional IO product with SAS disks plus a lower-cost archive model with optional Ocarina deduping.
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2009
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No welcome in the valleys for Welsh incinerator

Local residents are determined to battle a plan to build a giant £400m "Energy-from-Waste" facility in Merthyr, capable of incinerating all of Wales's non-recyclable waste.
Lester Haines, 10 Mar 2009
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UK IT should 'fire men first', says Kate Craig-Wood

Famed skydiving hosting-biz queenpin Kate Craig-Wood has called for IT companies hit by the recession to fire male employees before female ones, as men are - she says - paid more to do the same jobs.
Lewis Page, 10 Mar 2009
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HP tells us all about EVA

HP has finally revised its mid-range mainstream EVA arrays with EVA6400 and 8400 models featuring more capacity and solid state drive (SSD) support. It has also announced an enhanced SAN Virtualization Services Platform supporting more multi-vendor SAN systems.
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2009
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Royal Mail disses runaway post van man

The Royal Mail has taken a less than grateful attitude towards a Bristol man who prevented a runaway post van "careering over a busy main road", as the Times puts it.
Lester Haines, 10 Mar 2009
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Google's cloud bursts yet again

Google has admitted that some Gmail users cannot currently access their email just weeks after the company suffered a major outage following a technical cockup at one of its European data centres.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Mar 2009
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MEPs flatten roaming costs

The EU's Industry Committee has voted to agree the Commission's proposed cap on calls home of €.40 a minute, and €.11 for text messages, but has undercut the Commission in asking for per-second billing and data rates of €.50/MB wholesale.
Bill Ray, 10 Mar 2009
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Russian politician: 'My assistant started Estonian cyberwar'

A junior Russian politician has admitted that a Russian government official might have played some part in the infamous cyberattacks against Estonia two years ago - sort of.
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2009
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Samsung spells out alphabet touch-phones

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it - so goes the old saying. But Samsung clearly thought something’s up with existing methods for unlocking phone screens, because it’s launched two handsets with 26 different unlocking combinations.
James Sherwood, 10 Mar 2009
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Dell launches well 'ard laptop

The workplace sometimes resembles a warzone, so if you’re going to survive you need a laptop with Ballistic Armour Protection – at least according to Dell.
James Sherwood, 10 Mar 2009
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Ingram ups small biz credit

Ingram Micro's Europe arm is offering more credit to its small business customers - even offering to move pre-payment customers onto credit accounts.
John Oates, 10 Mar 2009
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Tata to release UK's first 'serious' electric car

'Leccy Tech Though lacking the glamour of some of the other electric cars shown at the Geneva Motor Show Tata Motors' Indica Vista EV may be the first that you will actually be able to drive because, if the mutterings around the Tata stand are to be believed, the car will be launched in Norway in September and be available to buy in major European markets - including the UK - before the end of the year.
Alun Taylor, 10 Mar 2009
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The world's best tech bike?

Some might think £20,000 is rather a lot to spend on a push bike, but what if we told you it’s been reportedly dubbed one of the world’s most advanced bikes and that it features a host of electronic gizmos?
James Sherwood, 10 Mar 2009
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Boffins build 'slow glass' light-trapping nanodoughnut

Warwickshire boffins believe they may be on the track of science-fiction "slow glass", through which light might take a long time to travel. The scientists think that such light-storing materials might be fashioned using excitons mounted inside unfeasibly tiny "quantum doughnuts".
Lewis Page, 10 Mar 2009
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Government rejects call to limit insolvency firms' fees

Minister for Employment Regulations Pat McFadden yesterday rejected calls to set controls on how much administrators can charge when a company goes into liquidation.
Team Register, 10 Mar 2009
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Apple 17in MacBook Pro

Review When Apple overhauled its laptop range towards the end of 2008, the 17in version of the MacBook Pro got the short end of the stick. While both the consumer-oriented 13in MacBook and the more expensive 15in MacBook Pro were revamped with Apple’s new ‘unibody’ aluminium design, the 17in model was left with the same ‘titanium’ design that it's had for the last few years.
Stephen Dean, 10 Mar 2009
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DNA database includes nipper and nonagenarian

Jacqui Smith yesterday showed how the DNA database presents a truly wideview snapshot of Britain when she revealed the youngest subject on the database is under one year while the oldest is over 90.
Joe Fay, 10 Mar 2009
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A Geeks Guide2 ...Sybex Study Guides

Site offer Geeks Guide2 We read it in the papers everyday that people need to reskill, retrain, update their certifications et cetera. The truth is we already know. Do they really think we crave to be unemployable? The problem for most of us is that to retrain or update our skills costs money, a lot of it too, especially if you are looking for work.
Register Books, 10 Mar 2009
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UK gov gets twitchy on Google feature creep

Comment Google was the target of MPs' ire yesterday as four of them signed an Early Day Motion expressing concern about the chocolate factory's latest feature, one that allows willing subjects to be tracked through their phones.
Bill Ray, 10 Mar 2009
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Eset false alarm puts system files on remand

Slovakian anti-virus firm Eset has confirmed that a misfiring virus definition update wrongly labelled Windows system files as infected with malware.
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2009
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Man punts 'prototype' iPhones on eBay

The iPhone has been updated, with two new models of the phone popping up for sale online.
James Sherwood, 10 Mar 2009
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No investigation after malware is found on parliamentary PC

Police did not investigate when Alun Michael MP reported a PC in his office was attacked with malware, the former minister has revealed.
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Silverlight and open-source Java love has its day

Microsoft's investment in interoperability between Silverlight and open-source Java has paid off.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Mar 2009
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Court rules airline secret security list is stupid

Europe's stupid aeroplane security rules have received a public kicking from the European Community's Court of Justice, which ruled it is unfair to confiscate items from passengers if you don't tell them beforehand what they cannot carry onto planes.
John Oates, 10 Mar 2009
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Drunk sorority girls quaff booze 'to impress boys'

Researchers say that American college girls drink heavily in order to get the attention of the opposite sex, but that this is backfiring as US college boys actually prefer a less boozy ladyfriend.
Lewis Page, 10 Mar 2009
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Cops foil Level 3 burglary

Three men have been charged following a break-in at a Level 3 datacentre in central London in the early hours of Monday morning.
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Microsoft notebook stand blows in

Microsoft has launched a curvaceous notebook stand that’s as cool as it is comfortable.
James Sherwood, 10 Mar 2009
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Homosexuality does for UK blue duck population

A couple of male blue ducks have pretty well done for hopes that the species might propagate in the UK after eschewing the advances of a female in favour of some light boy-on-boy, the Telegraph reports.
Lester Haines, 10 Mar 2009
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Firefox 3.1 morphs into Firefox 3.5

Mozilla has renamed the oft-delayed Firefox 3.1 to Firefox 3.5 and said a fourth beta of the browser is slated for a 14 April release.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Mar 2009
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Conspiracy theories fly around Norton forum 'Pifts' purge

Conspiracy theories are running rampant in the absence of a clear explanation of why Symantec deleted threads expressing concern about a file called pifts.exe from its Norton support forums.
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2009

Hynix to pay Rambus $379m in patent dispute

A legal feud between Korean memory maker Hynix and the US patent peddler Rambus may be winding down after its eight-year tour of California's court system.
Austin Modine, 10 Mar 2009
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The long road to Reader and Flash security Nirvana

Updated Adobe on Tuesday patched a hole in its ubiquitous Acrobat Reader program that allows attackers to remotely install malware without requiring unsuspecting users to do anything more than browse to the wrong website.
Dan Goodin, 10 Mar 2009
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Microsoft promises 'first' relational cloud storage

Microsoft has revealed a single, simple change for its cloud platform that should make full SQL-Server functionality available almost overnight this year.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Mar 2009
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VMware takes EMC 'beyond virtual servers'

Here's the no-brainer statement of the week: EMC says that it is not going to sell off its stake in virtualization juggernaut VMware.
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Apple ogles location-based iPhone ads

Apple has filed for a patent on a location-based interface that can display ads and facilitate purchases over your iPhone or iPod touch while you're out shopping.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Mar 2009
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TSMC shocks market with break-even claim

The world's largest chipmaker and a close partner with Intel and AMD had some shocking news for industry-watchers on Tuesday: business in the first quarter of 2009 will be better than they had originally estimated.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Mar 2009
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Concerted Linux-netbook effort needed to beat Microsoft

When it comes to Linux netbooks, PC manufacturers should act more like cell-phone makers and telcos by selling customized and subsidized machines with online services.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Mar 2009
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Stratus punts freebie VMware virt software

Times are tough out there, no doubt, and fault tolerant server maker Stratus Technologies feels your pain. That's why the company has decided to pay for a license to VMware's Virtual Infrastructure 3 Foundation Edition for customers who are buying its ftServer iron.
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Craigslist boasts 95% drop in 'erotic services' listings

With Chicago's sheriff accusing Craigslist of being one of America's top sources of prostitution, the online classified ad-broker has opened its books to illustrate what it calls "spectacular" reductions in the volume of "erotic services" listings.
Austin Modine, 10 Mar 2009
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Linux-Lego man trumpets OSH revolution

ETech The brain behind Bug Labs' Lego-like Linux building blocks says we're on the verge of open-source hardware revolution.
Cade Metz, 10 Mar 2009
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Nvidia seeks 'PC soul' software

Nvidia wants to give you between $0.5m to $5m (£0.36 to £3.6m), plus partner with you on marketing, development, distribution, and more. All you need to do is come up with great software that exploits the processing power of an Nvidia graphic processing unit (GPU).
Rik Myslewski, 10 Mar 2009
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AOL starts swinging the axe

Sackings for AOL's workforce-decimation scheme have begun, according to a report at Silicon Alley Insider.
Austin Modine, 10 Mar 2009