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iPhone chip designer trumpets multi-core GPUs

Multicore Expo Immersive gaming, photo-realistic graphics, and HD video will soon take a giant step off your desktop and into the palm of your hand with the arrival of a new line of multi-core GPUs aimed squarely at the mobile, handheld, and automotive markets.
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Opera promises netbook and mobile Turbo boost

Opera Software's browser-boosting Turbo technology has been released for limited testing, with a view to boosting the web experience on netbooks and mobile phones.
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Sun breaks through the clouds

Server maker Sun Microsystems will today launch its third assault into utility-style computing. And if you find yourself having a flashback of sorts, it isn't you and all that brown acid you took at Berkeley. It's just the way it is in the modern computer business.
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Rackable shrinks CloudRack cookie sheets

Rackable Systems, one of the handful of niche server makers out there on the cutting edge of compute density and energy efficiency, will today upgrade its relatively new CloudRack line of "cookie sheet" servers.
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Mimosa mixes SharePoint, mail and files in one archive

Email and file archiver Mimosa has added SharePoint archiving to its NearPoint product, meaning you can now protect, search and discover content in one aggregated mail, files and SharePoint archive.
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Discovery docks with ISS

Space shuttle Discovery yesterday docked with the International Space Station at 17:20 EDT (21:20 GMT), delivering the final solar arrays and associated truss segment to the orbiting outpost.
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Health trust pushing on with record sharing

West Kent Primary Care Trust is pushing ahead with a scheme which will give limited access to health records to nurses from Bupa despite privacy fears.
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Councils clamp down on Strategy Boutique Newspeak

Free Whitepaper - Mainstreaming Process-Driven Holistic Governance
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ISS space bio-experiment freezer to return on Discovery

Consumer pundits have long speculated that we would one day - perhaps even by now - have intelligent fridges which could be remotely controlled and monitored from afar using advanced communications links. But they couldn't realise that these fridges would become crammed with possibly-deadly organisms warped by extraterrestrial radiation into a hideous parody of life as we know it.
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IBM 'in talks' to buy Sun Microsystems

IBM has opened acquisition talks with Sun Microsystems, raising the prospect of a massive consolidation of the software, server and storage markets.
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Juror tweets could force retrial

A juror who published Twitter messages during the course of a trial has undermined the trial process and its verdict, lawyers have claimed while launching an appeal. The US juror told reporters he did not think posting the messages was wrong.
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Government flags ID cost increase

The identity minister has indicated that passports will account for a smaller proportion of the national identity scheme's overall cost than previously stated.
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Aussie firewall blocks Wikileaks

The Great Australian Firewall has claimed another victim - some pages of Wikileaks have been added to the blacklist of websites which Australians are not allowed to look at.
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World's first proper flying car makes debut flight

The Terrafugia Transition "roadable aircraft" - the nearest thing to a flying car yet built - has made its first test flight.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7

Review The sub-£200 digital camera market is a cutthroat sector with big-name - and not so big name - companies launching a plethora of models that offer an impressive range of features and an even more impressive performance. In other words, if you want to be a winner, you’re going to have to offer something that’s just a little special.
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Fujitsu moves colour e-reader to pre-order stage

Move over Amazon, Fujitsu has begun taking pre-orders for what’s thought to be the world’s first e-book reader with a colour screen.
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Philips Xenium handset leaked

Philips is to expand its Xenium phone range with a seemingly sexy new model: the X810.
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Online video regulation structure outlined by Government

Media regulator Ofcom will take over the regulation of video on demand services, but will delegate it to an industry-formulated co-regulator, the Government has said.
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Rogue Aus sysadmin jailed over hacking spree

A disgruntled contractor who hacked into government systems and deleted thousands of records in Australia's Northern Territories has been jailed for three years and four months.
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London stab murder rate entirely normal, says top stats prof

A top statistician has thrown a bucket of cold water on the stab murder media hysteria which has gripped the UK - and especially London - during the past year.
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Dell pipelines Adamo netbook?

A smaller version of Dell’s swish Adamo designer laptop could be in the works, according to one of the firm’s own support documents.
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Sex offender email monitoring plan mothballed

A plan to require registered sex offenders to notify police of their email addresses and social networking identities has been shelved while the government battles a human rights judgment in the High Court, according to the Home Office.
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Killzone 2 to drive XBox 360 owners to PS3, claims Sony

Killzone 2 on the PlayStation 3 will spur Xbox 360 gamers to sample Sony’s console, the consumer electronics giant reckons.
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Minister confirms U-turn on data sharing

Justice minister Michael Wills confirmed to Parliament yesterday that clause 152 of the Coroners and Justice Bill to provide ministers with unlimited inter-department data sharing has been removed.
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Vodafone promises a response if you're really, really big

Vodafone has published a standard set of response times for multinational customers, guaranteeing them a minimum level of service across 15 countries with the rest of the world to follow.
Bill Ray, 18 2009
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HP hits UK workers with canteen, car, pension cuts

Hewlett-Packard and EDS employees in the UK who are currently bracing themselves for pay cuts can now expect to see food subsidies axed, a pension scheme shake-up and changes to their car allowances.
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Linux netbook share to fall to 10% in 2009

After yesterday's claim that Linux is losing out to Windows XP as the netbook operating system of choice, here come some numbers - from a separate source - that show the shift more clearly.
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Brit D-cell torpedo in icepack-bottom probe

A British robot submarine has penetrated under the Western Antarctic ice shelves to a distance of 60km, plunging to depths greater than 1000m. The "Autosub", built by boffins in Southampton, was powered by tens of thousands of ordinary D-cell batteries during its forays beneath the ice.
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Apple plays catch-up with new iPhone features

Apple has announced the new iPhone features due for summer, including several the competition has only had for a decade or so.
Bill Ray, 18 2009
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Minister admits thought crime is on the agenda

A short exchange in the Commons yesterday suggests that thought crime is now officially on the government’s agenda.
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Apple unit sales fall sharply

Sales of Macs sold through retail in the US fell just under 17 per cent in February compared to the same month last year.
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EMC fattens up flash drive second edition

EMC has upped its Symmetrix DMX-4, Clariion and Celerra enterprise flash solid state drive capacities to 200GB and 400GB from the current 73GB maximum capacity.
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BBC botnet 'public interest' defence rubbished by top IT lawyer

The BBC's argument that "public interest" justified its purchase and use of a botnet in a controversial experiment is little better than vigilantism, according to a top IT lawyer.
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Logitech launches laptop cooler

Hot-desking is one thing, but you should never actually have to put up with a hot desk. So Logitech has launched a laptop stand with an integrated cooling fan.
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Brando unveils iPhone add-on lenses

Not satisfied with the quality of photographs snapped using your iPhone? Quirky online retailer Brando has launched three sets of add-on lenses to help you master phone-based photography.
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Mormons demand ICANN plugs net smut hole

Mormon anti-pornography activists led by SCO Group chairman Ralph Yarro III are calling on ICANN to give more political clout to those who want to kick porn off the web.

Jaguar-Land Rover to develop F1-style energy recovery tech

'Leccy Tech Reg Hardware has never really shared Formula One President Max Mosley's belief that the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) technology that will be allowed in the sport from this year will filter down to road cars.
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Treating today’s security risks

Episode 2 In the second of our mini series of audiocasts assessing the state of the IT Security market, our expert panel considers the major risks and how to deal with them.
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Congress re-mulls ban on wireless tax

The Cell Tax Fairness Act is back, despite having failed to get through Congress last year. The five-year moratorium on local and state wireless taxes is again at the committee stage.
Bill Ray, 18 2009
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Hefty 'battle strength' electro-laser breaks 100kW barrier

US arms globocorp Northrop Grumman have claimed a significant raygun first - producing a 100+ kilowatt laser beam using electrically powered equipment. Blaster rays of this intensity formerly required the use of troublesome, toxic chemical fuels producing equally annoying wastes.
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Recession victims big on Linux, IDC says

Nowadays, more and more companies are poor and interested in Linux, according to an IDC study sponsored by Novell.
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Microsoft throws Silverlight 3 beta at Adobe

Mix 09 Microsoft has opened a new front in its battle with Adobe Systems, releasing beta code for Silverlight 3 that plugs fundamental gaps in its media player and attempts to out flank Flash.
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Privacy watchdog barks for federal Gmail probe

An influential net watchdog has urged the US Federal Trade Commission to shut down Google's so-called cloud computing services, including Gmail and Google Docs, if the web giant can't ensure the safety of user data stored by these online apps.
Cade Metz, 18 2009
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Crackers latch onto year-old Windows token vuln

Hackers have created exploits against a long-standing, unpatched Windows "token kidnapping" vulnerability.
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Apple intoxicated with ex-Vista chief's musical stylings

Apple is smitten by the admittedly strong guitar stylings of Jim Allchin, the former Windows chief who gave up a life of programming after Vista to pursue his love of music.
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Sun pitches new cloud as 'Open Platform'

As part of its roll-out of the Sun Cloud this morning at the CommunityOne East developer event in New York, the executives in charge of the developer community and cloud efforts at Sun Microsystems provided a little more detail on how it will be promoting not only its own public cloud, but APIs and management tools that will allow some standardization across clouds.
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The long slog to multicore land

Multicore Expo Open standards and development tools are needed to accelerate the transition to a multicore future, according to minds at this week's Multicore Expo in Santa Clara, California.
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Ubuntu gets pre-Koala cloud love

As Mark Shuttleworth preps a new "Karmic Koala" Ubuntu distro suited to life with its head in the Amazon clouds, Thorsten von Eicken has lent a helping hand.
Cade Metz, 18 2009
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TinyURL, your configs are showing

TinyURL - the site that converts unwieldy web addresses into short, manageable URLs - has been caught running a server so poorly configured it represents a serious risk to its millions of trusting users, a security expert is warning.