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Kace pledges end to Mac discrimination

Desktop management specialist Kace is getting serious about Mac management, as Apple's platform makes headway in the business world.
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Sun's VirtualBox 3.0 exits betaland

Update: This story originally said that Sun had not open-sourced VirtualBox. Sun does offer an open source version
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iPhone v Pre - the celebrity smartphone deathmatch

Review Two top-of-the-line smartphones were released in June: the Palm Pre and the iPhone 3GS. If you're eyeing them, you'll have to choose one or the other - no one in their right mind owns more than one smartphone. So which one is worthy of your pocket or purse?
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Europe won't pay more for Windows 7. Really!

A senior Microsoft executive has denied the company will increase prices for Windows 7 upgrades in Europe because of the ongoing investigation into Internet Explorer.
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EMC preps FCoE I/O module

EMC has confirmed industry suspicious that is developing a hot-swap Ultraflex FCoE module for its storage arrays.
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Rogue Atlantis knob removed by hand

NASA technicians have successfully removed the rogue knob which had wedged itself between a window and the dashboard of space shuttle Atlantis.
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Acer Tempo F900 Windows Mobile smartphone

Review The roll out of Acer's Tempo series of Windows smartphones continues apace with the dual-SIM DX900 and rather unremarkable X960 now being quickly followed by something altogether more shiny and new, the F900 with its eye-catching 3.8in touchscreen.
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In-car gadget mount sprouts arms

What do you get the portable gadget nerd who’s got an iPhone 3GS, satnav and portable media player? Why a Universal Device Mount (UDM), of course.
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China spam crisis provokes researcher's ire

A security researcher is calling for action against Chinese internet firms which are failing to protect their services from abuse by cybercrooks.
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SuperSpeed USB PCs to ship by year-end

Getting tired of waiting for backups to an external drive to complete? The first PCs using SuperSpeed USB could appear by the end of the year, with 2010 seeing the start of a mass rollout.
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No Dr No rights for Bond owners

The company behind the James Bond film franchise cannot stop another company from registering 'Dr No' as a trade mark because the film title is an indication of artistic, and not commercial, origin, an EU court has said.
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Summer slimline PS3 rumours hotting up

Sony has entered into commercial arrangements for the production of a slimline PlayStation 3, it has emerged.
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Chickens could 'power hydrogen cars'

Leccy Tech A team of university scientists have claimed that the future of automotive hydrogen storage lies in birds, or, to be precise – chickens.
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Conficker left Manchester unable to issue traffic tickets

Manchester City Council was prevented from issuing hundreds of motoring penalty notices in time after the infamous Conficker worm knocked out parts of its IT systems.
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Spanish boffins develop bat-like sonar-vision superpower

A team of Spanish boffins say they have developed a method of giving humans the power of echolocation or "biosonar" - used by bats for flying at night, and of course by the superhero Daredevil.
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iPhone 3GS turns yellower shade of white

Apple fans unwrapping their new iPhone 3GS are being disappointed by an eerie yellow on-screen tint that pushes some handsets beyond usability, though not every complainant has managed to get their handset replaced.
Bill Ray, 01 2009
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Man jailed for snooping on police database

A Northern Irish man has been jailed for nine months for using the police database to get information for terrorists.
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RIAA claims victory in Usenet.com copyright case

A US district judge has ruled in favour of the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) in the copyright case brought against Usenet.com that kicked off in autumn 2007.
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Kingdom of Sweden dragged into Reg smut-basket

FoTW Our suggestion that the newly-legit Pirate Bay could follow Vuze by offering adult content has triggered great national sensitivities. Take it away, pseudonymous reader:
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The best memory config for a Core i7 CPU

When Intel launched Core i7, the integration of the memory controller in the CPU core marked a major change from the Core 2 architecture. Intel was relatively slow off the mark in this regard: AMD moved the memory controller from the chipset to the CPU die in 2003 when it launched the Opteron.
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Ricoh eyes up visual file search

Printer company Ricoh reckons you should be able to search visually for photos and files much like flipping through a photo album. It has started up a beta test in the USA for its snazzy quanp online storage service with 3D views of uploaded files.
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Nokia pulls memory-gobbling Java overhaul

Nokia has completely rewritten its Java implementation for S60 devices, linking the new Java environment with Ovi as well as improving performance at an apparent cost of greater memory consumption.
Bill Ray, 01 2009
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Glasgow unbans Life of Brian

Glasgow councillors yesterday took the bold decision to allow the burghers of that fine city to enjoy Monty Python's Life Of Brian on the big screen for the first time in 29 years.
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Demand for IT staff jumps, claims employment agency

Recruitment agency CV Screen is seeing a big improvement in job prospects for IT staff.
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Kaspersky beats Zango in malware classification case

Kaspersky Lab has secured a legal victory against notorious adware firm Zango, with a ruling that goes a long way towards protecting security software developers from nuisance lawsuits from the developers of internet pests in future.
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Mobile operators question net snoop plan

Mobile networks are incapable of carrying out the massively increased internet surveillance being demanded by intelligence and law enforcement agencies, MPs and peers heard today, raising further doubts over the technical feasibility of the plans.
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Canonical offers tech support for clouds

Canonical and its partner in clouds, Eucalyptus, have been working to create a stack of software that runs atop the Ubuntu Linux distribution and allows companies to build their own internal compute clouds that are compatible with Amazon's EC2 cloud.
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Siemens axes 300 UK staff at tech services arm

Siemens is slashing 300 jobs at its IT services operation in the UK.
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3D TV will won't go primetime in 2011

One analyst’s recent claim that sales of 3D TVs will truly take off during 2011 is far-fetched, a rival market watcher has claimed.

MacBook Air firmware update points to revamped batteries

MacBook Air owners who haven't checked Software Update for a couple of days will now find a firmware update awaiting them there. The download adds support for the "latest service replacement batteries".
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Torrentreactor breach serves potent exploit cocktail

Torrentreactor has long been regarded as one of the top bit torrent search engines, and with the demise of The Pirate Bay, it's likely bigger than ever. Now, it's been breached and is serving a potent cocktail of exploits to people browsing the site, Websense Security Labs says.
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Pirate Bay users go overboard as new owners dangle cash

The Pirate Bay has been urging users not to abandon ship following yesterday's announcement that a Swedish internet cafe software firm planned to buy the BitTorrent site for $7.8m.
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Jackson mass mailer adds to attack onslaught

Miscreants have created a Michael Jackson mass-mailing worm.
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Oracle slips notes to Wall Street

In the classic movie, Take the Money and Run, Woody Allen's character, Virgil Starkwell, tries to rob a bank with a note that says "Please put $50,000 into this bag and act natural. I am pointing a gun at you." The bank teller can't read his handwriting and insists that it says "gub," not gun. After consulting with a colleague at the bank, the teller says, "Oh, I see. This is a holdup. May I see your gun?"
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Sony to bring PS2 compatibility back to PS3?

Sony has applied for a series of patents that have sparked speculation that the electronics giant is about to bring back backward compatibility to the PlayStation 3.
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Dell accidentally sells 140,000 monitors for $15 a pop

Taiwan consumer regulators have ordered Dell to honor an online pricing error that offered 19-inch LCD monitors for only NT$500 (US$15, £9).
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ChiPhone snagged by trademark snafu

Apple's ongoing efforts to offer its über-popular iPhone to 1.3 billion Chinese has hit yet another snag - and this time the snagger is a Beijing-based graphics tablet manufacturer who happens to own the trademark on the term "i-phone."
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Mystery rival forces Borland bidding war

A bidding war over tools pioneer Borland Software has broken out between MicroFocus and a mystery rival.
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iPhone 3.1 code goes beta

iPhone Software 3.0 shipped a mere two weeks ago today, but version 3.1 is already in the hands of developers in beta form.
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Amazon affiliates nixed in two more states

Amazon.com is tearing out two more stars on the American flag to avoid collecting taxes.
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Unisys to build its own stealthy cloud

Unisys may have not taken over the world as either a system maker or an outsourcer, but it's a player in both markets and it doesn't want the move to cloud computing to leave it behind.
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Feds: Hospital hacker's 'massive' DDoS averted

The leader of a malicious hacker collective who used his job as a security guard to breach sensitive Texas hospital computers has been arrested just days before his group planned a "massive DDoS" attack for the July 4 Independence Day holiday.
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O2 wins UK exclusive on Palm Pre, says report

Word surfaced Wednesday that O2 has been tapped to be the exclusive carrier for the Palm Pre in the UK.
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Stealthy click fraud tool exploits 9ball attack

Miscreants have developed one of most sophisticated click fraud malware applications to date.
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Bing finds meaning in Powerset

Powerset's semantic obsession is already working its way into Bing's primary search engine, helping to suss out the meaning behind end-user queries, generate captions for query results, and suggest related queries.
Cade Metz, 01 2009
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Oracle plans cloud strategy

Exclusive Oracle is cooking up a strategy around the cloud, something chief executive Larry Ellison once referred as "idiocy" - albeit the sort of fashionable idiocy he's willing to buy in to.
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NASA patches Endeavour's leaky plumbing

A successful fueling test conducted today on space shuttle Endeavour's troublesome plumbing has cleared the way for another launch attempt July 11.