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OpenOffice 3.1 ready to lick Microsoft's suite?

Review OpenOffice.org remains the most popular open source answer to Microsoft's ubiquitous Office suite, and in these recessionary times, the appeal of "free" software is stronger than ever.
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Firefox passive-aggressives adjudicate Nerd Law

Fail and You Last week, blood was shed in the Firefox community as two popular extensions to the browser - NoScript and Adblock Plus - finally started slugging it out over a conflict that had been underground for quite some time.
Ted Dziuba, 11 May 2009
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Canon PowerShot D10

Review Go on, admit it, when you first clapped eyes on Canon’s PowerShot D10, you thought: “That’s a kiddie’s camera!” Well, the PowerShot D10’s bulbous shape, large buttons and brightly coloured face plate certainly give it the air of a child’s toy, but it’s really designed for outdoor activities like, climbing, snorkelling, trekking and white water rafting. The PowerShot D10 marks Canon’s entry into the rugged-cam market, but how tough is it?
George Cole, 11 May 2009
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Intel braces for billion Euro fine

European competition authorities are expected to release their verdict on Intel's allegedly anti-competitive behaviour this week, and it's not looking good for the chip maker.
John Oates, 11 May 2009
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Swedish chopper chief demands fireproof bras

A Swedish chopper fleet commander has demanded that his female pilots be granted the same degree of fireproofing enjoyed by their male counterparts - in the form of flameproof bras.
Lester Haines, 11 May 2009
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ID scheme will cost £400m annually

The government could save around £400m each year if it cancelled identity cards and stuck with the current generation of passports, according to Home Office figures.
Kable, 11 May 2009
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Austria pulls out of Large Hadron Collider

Austria has announced plans to pull out of CERN, the international science alliance which runs the world's most powerful particle-punisher - the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - and whose people invented the world wide web.
Lewis Page, 11 May 2009
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IBM files patent for shorter meetings

Excellent news for employers who can't help feeling business is being hit hard by traditional meetings where one hour is set aside for the get-together, regardless of whether there's actually an agenda substantial enough to fill the time: IBM has filed a patent aimed at tackling the "arbitrary hour-based scheduling paradigm".
Lester Haines, 11 May 2009
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US govt hydrogen highway runs out of road

Leccy Tech The Hydrogen Highway has just become a B road. The Obama administration has announced that the Federal government's $1.2bn (£788m/€880m) plan to develop hydrogen fuel-cell powered cars and infrastructure is to end.
Alun Taylor, 11 May 2009
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Tandberg trundles into virtual tape

Tandberg Data, fresh from its transformation into a private company, has launched its first virtual tape library. The DPS1000 can support up to 100 hosts, each with their own separate virtual library.
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2009
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Solar Cycle 24 set to be a quiet affair

The Sun's "Solar Cycle 24", which kicked off back in December 2008, will be "the weakest since 1928", according to an international panel of experts.
Lester Haines, 11 May 2009
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RM sees interim revenues, profit jump

RM shares rose four per cent this morning after the education IT vendor announced a 21 per cent increase in revenue for the six months ended 31 March 2009.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 May 2009
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Tesco tills go titsup

Updated Tesco's nationwide till system failed this morning, leaving the country's biggest retailer able to sell only via self-service checkouts.
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Darth Vader tops movie misquote poll

Darth Vader's "Luke, I am your father" has topped a poll of movie misquotes - classic lines now stamped on the common conciousness but which are not actually as they were originally spoken.
Lester Haines, 11 May 2009
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Google Sky gazes at mobile maps

Google, in its ongoing quest to provide ubiquitous access to information people never knew they needed, is to launch sky maps for mobile phones under the name "Star Droid".
Bill Ray, 11 May 2009
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Asda clamps down on killer teaspoons

Are you under 18 years of age? Do have have an urgent need for teaspoons? Well, avoid Asda's Halifax tentacle where the powers that be are determined to prevent this potentially-lethal item of cutlery falling into the hands of murderous yoof.
Lester Haines, 11 May 2009
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US Uni campus hack provokes security alert

The personal info of more than 160,000 current and former students and staff at the University of California, Berkeley has potentially been exposed after hackers broke into campus health service computers.
John Leyden, 11 May 2009
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Amazon wants your kidney for the Kindle

You know newspapers are in trouble when they tout Amazon's Kindle reader as a potential saviour for the business. Many did just that last week, and while they concluded the answer was "No", what were they thinking when they asked the question?
Andrew Orlowski, 11 May 2009
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Brown red in face after blusher found in cab

Prime Minister Gordon Brown acquired another light dusting of woe when his make-up bag was left in the back of a taxi last week.
John Oates, 11 May 2009
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US firm prototypes 'mini HDMI'

US firm Molex has designed a prototype miniature HDMI connector for use in portable gadgets, it’s been reported.
James Sherwood, 11 May 2009
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Apple back in UK top five

Apple is back in the list of top five computer makers in the UK, at least as far as market watcher Gartner is concerned.
Tony Smith, 11 May 2009
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London cab & bus trials for satnav speed-governor kit

London government plans for self-adjusting speed governing kit, capable of automatically keeping a vehicle below the local speed limit, are advancing. Trials in the capital will take place this summer.
Lewis Page, 11 May 2009
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IT salaries down and out

A survey of advertised IT salaries reveals a slight fall since last year, with little prospect of increases in the immediate future.
John Oates, 11 May 2009
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Next Nokia iPhone knobbler uncovered?

It could just be a cheap Chinese knock-off, but word on the web is that these pictures show Nokia’s next XpressMusic-branded pitch at the iPhone.
James Sherwood, 11 May 2009
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Microsoft to spin out more non-update Windows 7 updates

Microsoft will release up to 10 test updates tomorrow to computers running the near-ready version of its upcoming operating system, Windows 7.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 May 2009
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XM-I X-mini II travel speaker

Review When we tested XM-I's X-Mini Max travel speakers last year, we were pretty impressed. OK, we wouldn't describe them as hi-fi, in fact we wouldn't even describe them as fi but, as a trade off between cost, size and sound quality, they were hard to beat. XM-I has now updated its basic Mini mono speaker – the Max was essentially two tethered together – and come up with the Mini II.
Alun Taylor, 11 May 2009
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Playboy to take on World of Warcraft with Bunny-themed MMORG

Always wondered what Hugh Hefner’s life’s like? You could soon find out, because a Playboy-themed “Massively Casual Online Game” (MCOG) is in development.
James Sherwood, 11 May 2009
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Microsoft to EU: Cut me down, and Google will rule the world!

'Cut me down, and Google will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine,' Microsoft claims in its latest submission to the European Commission. Force Microsoft to carry rival browsers in Windows, says the underdog formerly-known as The Borg, and risk making Google's position in the search market even more dominant.
John Lettice, 11 May 2009
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Judges rap police over raid on paedo expert

The courts have delivered a sharp rap over the knuckles to Avon and Somerset police, reminding them in no uncertain terms that it is they – and not individual police officers – who rule on legal matters.
Jane Fae , 11 May 2009
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Tram driver crashes while texting

Dozens of people were hurt when one Boston tram collided with another, after which the driver admitted to police that he'd failed to see the stationary tram because he was texting his girlfriend.
Bill Ray, 11 May 2009
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ACS swallows BSG to boost SaaS offering

Health services firm ACS is buying the veteran channel firm BSG for £15.5m, the two firms announced on Friday.
Joe Fay, 11 May 2009
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Analyst forecasts 900% Android phone sales growth

Android-based smartphones will ship in massive numbers this year - at least compared to last year's total, market watcher Strategy Analytics has forecast.
James Sherwood, 11 May 2009
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Smartphone production isn't easy, finds Garmin

Garmin has hinted that smartphone complexities are behind its decision to delay launch of its “easy-to-use” G60 Nüvifone.
James Sherwood, 11 May 2009
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IBM deals on big Power iron in Q2

There are only three marketing levers in the information technology business: technology, price, and FUD. Without a refresh for top-end Power Systems as part of the April 28 update of the product line, IBM needed to pull one of these three levers.
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Prism Firefox extension hits beta

Mozilla Labs has released a beta of a Firefox extension that turns any website application into a desktop app.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 May 2009
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3Com gets out of China, shows fists to Cisco

3Com has created a new tier of operations, branded "H3C" and available only to the biggest enterprise customers, in order to better take on Cisco's dominance in networking iron.
Bill Ray, 11 May 2009
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Barclays to lay off more tech staff

Barclays IT staff were shocked to receive an emailed warning today that more jobs are likely to be lost at the troubled department.
John Oates, 11 May 2009
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Personal data warning over web forum killing

Police have warned against posting too much personal information on the internet, after a German man was today sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering a British computing student he met online.
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Boffins develop bendy, squishy, foldable display

Scientists have displayed a screen that can be squashed, stretched and folded like rubber.
James Sherwood, 11 May 2009
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Fujitsu goes dense with Nehalem blades

Server maker Fujitsu this morning took the wraps off a new generation of half-height blade servers and a new blade chassis. Collectively, they're known as the Dynamic Cube, but they'll be sold by the more boring (yet more easily trademarked) name: the Primergy BX900 S1.
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Apple: No Jesus on the Jesus Phone

Continuing their policy of random offence, Apple has rejected an application that places the user's face onto religious figures, while changing their mind on the Nine Inch Nails and allowing a test for manic depression.
Bill Ray, 11 May 2009
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Fujitsu Technology Solutions goes global

Fujitsu Technology Solutions, previously Fujitsu Siemens Computers, is launching a major push into meeting data centre infrastructure needs using its newly-announced BX900 blade server. It wants to offer infrastructure platforms as well as both managed and supplied infrastructure services.
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2009
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Wall Street Journal wants your micro-payments

The Wall Street Journal online, one of the few remaining news websites that's charging for access, plans to introduce a micro-payments scheme this autumn.
Austin Modine, 11 May 2009
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Nokia's Qt cuts paperwork for open sourcers

Nokia has reduced the barriers to contributing code to the Qt cross-platform framework.
Gavin Clarke, 11 May 2009
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Rackable Systems slips into SGI's name

Considering all of the technical trials and economic tribulations that Silicon Graphics has gone through since the mid-1990s after a meteoric rise in technical computing in the 1980s, you might think that the SGI name was one relegated to the dustbin of the IT industry.
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iPhone at war in iRaq

The latest weapons in the US Global War on Terror Overseas Contingency Operation come from Cupertino: the iPhone and iPod touch.
Rik Myslewski, 11 May 2009
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US journo school mandates iPhone, iPod touch

Beginning this fall, all students at the Missouri School of Journalism will be required to purchase an iPhone or an iPod touch.
Rik Myslewski, 11 May 2009
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Atlantis blasts off for final Hubble repair job

After nearly seven years of delays, NASA's fifth and final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 2:01 EDT (18:01 GMT) today.
Austin Modine, 11 May 2009
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Chip cooler launches liquid nitro at CPUs

A US company that specializes in CPU-cooling systems has just released its latest weapon in the war against melty microprocessors: liquid nitrogen.
Rik Myslewski, 11 May 2009
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Yahoo! co-founder takes open road against Google

Open Hack Day Big, purple, and old, the Yahoo! bus parked outside this weekend's Open Hack Day venue in London looked like a survivor from a bygone era. So too, Yahoo!?
Tim Anderson, 11 May 2009
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FTC to referee net neut 'Dystopian nightmare' feud

To date, the FCC has refereed the ongoing feud between the net neuts and the anti-net neuts. But that may be changing.
Cade Metz, 11 May 2009
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Microsoft: Windows 7 release in August '09

Microsoft has officially dropped the façade on Windows 7 in 2010 and conceded that its essentially completed operating system will ship this year.
Gavin Clarke, 11 May 2009