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Safety wonks condemn digital TV satnav

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has hit out at Mio’s latest satnavs, which allow drivers to catch some TV while driving.
James Sherwood, 24 Jun 2009
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Oracle razzle-dazzles Wall St with recession performance

In the musical Chicago, attorney Billy Flynn shows client Roxy Heart how to razzle dazzle a jury to prove she's the naïve victim of "liquor and jazz". Larry Ellison seems to have watched and learned.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jun 2009
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LG XD2 500GB

Review Last year, getting 500GB out of a big desktop external hard drive was impressive. Now, you have have half-a-terabyte of storage in the palm of your hand. Literally, if you happen to have LG's new XD2 about your person.
Tony Smith, 24 Jun 2009
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Ginetta gunning for electric Goodwood

Leccy Tech British sportscar maker Ginetta has announced plans to enter a leccy version of its G50 vehicle into the Hill Climb race at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Alun Taylor, 24 Jun 2009
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Euro data watchdog claims progress on data protection

The European Union is making good progress on data protection, with most institutions now meeting requirements - although Community agencies are doing less well.
John Oates, 24 Jun 2009
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El Reg commentards offered extra iconography

Last September, in the wake of a rather unpopular redesign of the El Reg comments icons (an outrage subsequently dubbed "Icongate" by shaken Vulture Central staff), we asked you, our beloved readers, to suggest possible new icons, the better for you to express your feelings on our world-class IT news coverage.
Lester Haines, 24 Jun 2009
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Paris Hilton in Dubai hotel spycam shocker

Jetsetting celebutard Paris Hilton is reportedly trembling behind a security ring of steel after a "secret recording device" was discovered in her deluxe Dubai hotel suite.
Lester Haines, 24 Jun 2009
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Commission investigates right to 'chip silence'

The European Commission is to investigate whether or not people have the right to disappear from the ever-more pervasive digital networks that surround them.
OUT-LAW.COM, 24 Jun 2009
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PayPal UK titsup

Updated: PayPal UK is currently down. Although the front page seems to be working, anyone logging in is met with a server error message.
John Oates, 24 Jun 2009
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Nokia toughens up

Nokia may have sprung a leak, because details have seeped out online about a handset that’s rumoured to be the Finnish firm’s upcoming rugged handset.
James Sherwood, 24 Jun 2009
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HP unwraps ultra-tough netbook

On-the-go pros demand stylish, yet durable fully featured PCs, at least according to HP. So the firm has updated its Mini PC line to pander to the likes of SSD-lovers after a small laptop that’s as hard as nails.
James Sherwood, 24 Jun 2009
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Designer pitches flat-pack power plug

Carrying power plugs - especially Britain's big ones - can be the bugbear of any gadget-laden traveller. But one designer may have come up with a solution: a folding plug.
James Sherwood, 24 Jun 2009
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AMD preparing Centrino-esque laptop brand... again?

AMD will launch a new brand, Vision, in a bid to create an alternative to Intel's Centrino... just as Intel starts to downplay its long-running laptop platform brand.
Tony Smith, 24 Jun 2009
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Femto cells with big ideas

Femtocell World Summit Visitors to the Femtocell forum in London this week are being deluged with demonstrations showing what a Femtocell application can do, the only problem being that they are all the same, and that none of them work.
Bill Ray, 24 Jun 2009
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Spanish court in favour of topless celebs

NSFW A Spanish court has ruled that celebrities exposed by the country's jub-hungry tabloid press must accept that they're a legitimate news target for the cameras, whether they happen to be wearing a bikini top or not.
Lester Haines, 24 Jun 2009
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Prof: Global windfarm could power entire human race

Analysis Harvard University boffins have published an analysis of how much energy the human race could possibly produce from wind power, and we thought we'd have a bit of a play around with their numbers.
Lewis Page, 24 Jun 2009
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Nokia chucks Ovi combo onto desktop

Nokia has spent the last few years chucking its different portals into the Ovi brand, and now it's got round to combining the various desktop package too, with Ovi Desktop Suite version 2.0.
Bill Ray, 24 Jun 2009
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German old timers torture financial adviser

A gang of very disgruntled German pensioners who lost $4m in savings in a Florida property investment scheme allegedly decided the best way to get their cash back was to kidnap and torture the financial adviser responsible.
Lester Haines, 24 Jun 2009
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Mystic Met Office predicts neighbourhood Thermageddon

On Thursday, the Met Office launched its new report on global warming: UK Climate Projections 2009, otherwise known as UKCP09. This is based on the output of Hadley Centre climate models that predict temperature increases of up to 6°C with wetter winters, dryer summers, more heatwaves, rising sea levels, more floods and all the other catastrophes that one would expect from similar exercises in alarmism.
Tony Newbery, 24 Jun 2009
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Windows 7 RC downloads to end 15 August

Microsoft has confirmed its Windows 7 release candidate download program will expire on 15 August.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jun 2009
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'Overweight' people live longer than those of 'ideal' weight

Cheerful news for those whose Body Mass Index (BMI) falls into the "overweight" range today - you will probably live longer than a person whose BMI is "ideal". Boffins in Canada and America revealed the new findings following a study of over 11,000 Canadians covering the last 12 years.
Lewis Page, 24 Jun 2009
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UK police chiefs mull regional cybercrime squads

British police chiefs are drawing up plans to set up regional "cybercrime" squads along the lines of existing teams tasked to handle anti-terror operations.
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2009
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Nokia N97

Review Nokia's flagship phone for 2009, the N97 has set sail – backed by marketing expenditure the size of an African nation's health budget. But it's barely got out of port before hitting stormy waters. Some of the disappointment expressed on the web – from phone fan sites and bloggers – is fair; some of it is baffling, but much of it is self-inflicted. Nokia has hyped the N97 intensely, even pitching it head-to-head against Apple's iPhone 3G S, with identical UK launch times.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jun 2009
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Disney punts hetero luuurv to wide-eyed kiddies

Parents who'd rather hoped that sticking their brats in front of a Disney film would result in nothing more serious than whining demands for associated merchandising will be horrified to learn that such movies are punting strictly heterosexual values to impressionable minds.
Lester Haines, 24 Jun 2009
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Bing zings, but for how long?

Microsoft’s Bing bubble apparently hasn’t burst yet - stats released yesterday show the firm’s revamped search engine upped its share of paid clicks by 13 per cent following its launch earlier this month.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jun 2009
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Geek demos Theremin Super Mario game controller

Motion controlled gaming’s currently the talk of the town, thanks to the likes of Microsoft’s Project Natal. Now one enterprising Nintendo fan has turned a 1920s musical gadget into a new form of motion-based Mario controller.
James Sherwood, 24 Jun 2009
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Vodafone has head stuck in Smoke

Vodafone's top brass is relocating to London, in a move that apparently has nothing to do with not liking Newbury and everything to do with being closer to business partners and shareholders.
Bill Ray, 24 Jun 2009
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CGI Thunderbirds sadly not go

Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson says ITV has pretty well scuppered his plans to offer a CGI remake of the classic series - despite his insistence he can raise the £15m needed to bring the Tracy family back to the screen.
Lester Haines, 24 Jun 2009
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Panda fattens up by gobbling European franchises in pre-float drive

Panda Security has bought three of its European franchise operations, taking them in-house as part of the latest phase in the Spanish security firm's international expansion strategy.
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2009
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IT contractors demand overhaul of company transfer visas

The Professional Contractors Group has called on the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to overhaul the rules regarding "intra company transfers" amidst rising concern that the system is open to abuse.
Joe Fay, 24 Jun 2009
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Homebrew Pre apps find easy install

Developers unwilling to wait for the Mojo SDK for Palm's Pre, or to be bound by its restrictions, have discovered that unsigned applications can be installed using a specially-formatted e-mail rather than any mucking about with unlocking the handset.
Bill Ray, 24 Jun 2009
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Kate Moss kills Kills cuts

WSA Spindly, party-hopping Croydon supermodel Kate Moss is in some bother with her bloke, Kills muso Jamie Hince, after allegedly hurling his laptop - replete with new songs - into a swimming pool.
Sarah Bee, 24 Jun 2009
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Rapidshare stung with €24m fine

File hosting service Rapidshare has been fined €24m by a German court and ordered to filter online content more effectively.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jun 2009
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US military cyberwar force will work with NSA

The long wrangle among the US military about who gets to be in charge of cyber warfare and who gets all the resulting pork appears to have been settled. Questions remain, however, regarding the level of America's readiness to take offensive military cyber action against enemies presumably overseas.
Lewis Page, 24 Jun 2009
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L'Oreal appeals eBay ruling

French slap and shampoo concern L'Oreal is to appeal a recent ruling that eBay is not responsible for counterfeit or grey import goods which are available on its site.
John Oates, 24 Jun 2009
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MS no-frills security scanner gets thumbs up in early tests

Microsoft's limited but free-of-extra-charge anti-malware scanner has performed creditably in early tests.
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2009
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Hero: HTC names third Android smartphone

HTC has taken the covers off of its third smartphone based on Google’s Android OS. But does the firm’s latest phone sport sufficient features and a decent enough UI to shake the foundations at iPhone 3G S HQ?
James Sherwood, 24 Jun 2009
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Vivitek readies UK debut of world’s first LED Full HD DLP projector

Californian presentation and display technology company Vivitek is launching a full-frontal assault on the UK projector market, with the launch of the H9080FD, billed as the world’s first LED Full HD DLP home cinema projector.
George Cole, 24 Jun 2009
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Tesla cashes multi-million dollar govt cheque

Leccy Tech Tesla Motors has secured itself a whopping funding package from the US government which the company plans to use to further its standing in the e-car business.
Alun Taylor, 24 Jun 2009
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UK mobile networks clash following HTC Hero launch

Just hours after HTC unveiled Hero as its third Android-based smartphone, the UK arms of T-Mobile and Orange have both confirmed plans to sell the phone in Blighty.
James Sherwood, 24 Jun 2009
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Steve Jobs liver transplant confirmed by doc

A Tennessee physician has confirmed that Steve Jobs has a new liver.
Cade Metz, 24 Jun 2009
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Microsoft cuts off Security Essentials downloads

Redmond has cut off access to its Microsoft Security Essentials beta, less than a day after offering the free security app to John Q. Public on a first-come, first-served basis.
Cade Metz, 24 Jun 2009
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Eclipse worms into Apple Cocoa, iPhone

Apple Macs, iPhones, and other mobile devices are being pulled into the open-source tools universe of Eclipse, a group whose genesis can be traced to enterprise Java and C/C++.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jun 2009
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Doom creator bought by Bethesda

Id Software, the famed independent game developer behind Doom and Quake, has been sold to ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks.
Austin Modine, 24 Jun 2009
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HP switches to DC for telcos

Phone companies got one idea right regarding switching systems and other back office kit running complex applications: stick with DC power.
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Apple wins right to continue Hackintosh beating

Erstwhile Apple clone-maker Psystar is trying to escape, but Apple won't let them.
Rik Myslewski, 24 Jun 2009
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Beijing snuffs Google.com

Chinese net censors appeared to block Google's worldwide website last night, as that country's government continues to grapple with the company over pornographic links turned up by its search engine.
Cade Metz, 24 Jun 2009
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AT&T punts not-free iPhone nav app

AT&T has released a free turn-by-turn iPhone navigation app - but to actually use it, you'll have to pay ten bucks a month.
Rik Myslewski, 24 Jun 2009
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Chrome update plugs hush-hush browser hole

Google has pushed out a new version of its browser that protects against a critical vulnerability as well as fixing some stability snags.
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2009
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US IT outfits slice 34,800 jobs

Stateside IT suppliers jettisoned more than 34,000 jobs last month, according to new research.
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Hohm - save energy the Microsoft way

Household energy conservation is a task typically handled by fathers peevishly moving from room-to-room, turning off lights and closing doors whilst grumbling over the barnyard behavior of his offspring. But now Microsoft wants a piece of the racket.
Austin Modine, 24 Jun 2009
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SCO's lifesaver 'profited from Iraq war'

As protracted debacles go, the US-led invasion of Iraq and the SCO Group's fruitless prosecution of IBM over Linux have a few things in common.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jun 2009
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UK retailer apologizes for faux Iran Tweets

If you're among the many who've been searching Twitter for digital howls of revolution over the disputed Iranian presidential election, you may have turned up ads for UK furniture retailer Habitat.
Cade Metz, 24 Jun 2009