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Iomega eGo 320GB pocket external hard drive

Review Iomega has re-invented its eGo portable hard drives, opting for a 'value-added' theme: when you purchase the 'PS' (Protection Suite) edition of an eGo, you get a bundle of backup and data security software included, plus slimmer, ruggedised hardware and the promise of a three-year warranty.
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Ofcom decides on white-space parameters

UK regulator Ofcom has been considering what restrictions to place on white-space-exploiting cognitive radios, and has concluded that a location-based database is the only way to be sure.
Bill Ray, 02 2009
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Bidding war breaks out for T-Mobile UK

Assorted mobile operators are lining up to bid for T-Mobile's UK business - or at least have a good look at its books.
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Astronomers sniff intermediate mass black hole

Astronomers from the University of Leicester and the CESR astrophysics lab in Toulouse reckon they've spotted an intermediate mass black hole - one of an elusive group of beasts weighing in between single star black holes and their supermassive cousins.
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File data to balloon sixfold by 2012

The Enterprise Strategy Group is forcasting a sixfold growth in file archive capacity, from a little over 10,000PB in 2008 to 62,000PB in 2012.
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Russian's Bulgarian airbags burst mid-flight

A Russian woman sporting a fine set of F-cup chesticles required urgent medical treatment when the Bulgarian airbags responsible for her enhanced assets burst during a flight to Los Angeles.
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Dell's Mini 10 to become location aware

GPS technology is coming to Dell’s Inspiron Mini 10 netbook family, the PC giant has announced.
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Users claim iPhone 3.0 GPS mis-map mishaps

iPhone owners have begun filling forums with grumbles that Apple’s latest firmware causes Google Maps to become more than a little inaccurate.
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Software firm goes after Google for internet invisibility cloak

A software company has sued Google not only for trade mark infringement in Google's AdWords advertising system but for making its website invisible to the Google search engine.
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Prof: People reject news which conflicts with beliefs

It's well known that people have a tendency to seek out information which confirms what they already believe. Beancurd-scoffing hippies read the Guardian; mindless bigoted reactionaries read the Daily Mail; people who feel that the IT industry would benefit from the involvement of Paris Hilton in some way read the Reg.
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Petrol station robbers cuffed after running out of petrol

A couple of Pennsylvania master criminals who robbed a petrol station were cuffed after their getaway vehicle ran out of petrol a mile from the scene of the crime.
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Apple grapples with wave of filth

Apple has again been caught out by an app that delivers content from outside Cupertino's control - this time it's naked pics of girls puportedly as young as 15 using a social networking application.
Bill Ray, 02 2009
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Air NZ rolls out naked safety vid

Air New Zealand has rolled out a radical solution to the problem of self-loading cargo paying no attention whatsoever to its pre-flight safety briefings: Staff sporting nothing more than body paint and strategically-placed lifejackets...
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China not demolishing Green Dam

China's controversial mandatory censorware has only been delayed rather than abandoned, according to state media.
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ESA lifts world's largest telecoms satellite

The "heaviest and most powerful telecommunications satellite ever launched" was yesterday carried aloft atop an Ariane 5 ECA lifter from the European Space Agency's Korou spaceport in French Guiana.
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Facebook promises privacy settings to suit 'everyone'

Social network Facebook is road testing new privacy settings to replace the various privacy limits currently required for different applications and content.
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Apple nixing Nvidia from 'Nehalem' Macs?

Apple won't be using Nvidia chippery in future machines, it has been claimed.
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Porsche bites back at e-car proponents

Leccy Tech Porsche has criticised e-car makers for dangling what it claims are unrealistic visions and vaporware in front of the car-buying public.
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Gmail turns into label junkie

Google has rejigged the labelling toolkit in Gmail to make it more accessible and interactive for users.
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Ofcom exempts wall-piercing tech

Ofcom has published new proposals for the use of Ultra Wideband equipment, updating the measures which were rushed through to prevent the flood of grey imports from the USA.
Bill Ray, 02 2009
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Toshiba NB200

Review What is it with Toshiba's designers? Their first netbook, the NB100, was a boxy, angular affair that looked like it had appeared out of a rip in time from 1995. Undoubtedly stung by such criticism, Toshiba's design team have gifted the company's follow up, the NB200, with a much sexier design... only to go and spoil it with a naff colour scheme.
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'First-ever' flight of robotic ornithopter announced

Vid Famous crazycraft company Aerovironment has won a $2.1m contract to further develop its robotic "Nano Air Vehicle" (NAV), which flies and hovers using flapping wings like a hummingbird. The company has also released a video of the innovative craft in test flights.
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Germans and Swiss snub DAB

The commercial radio industries in Germany and Switzerland have both rejected proposals that they should invest in developing the DAB digital radio system in their countries to replace existing FM/AM transmissions.
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Archos confirms Android tablet launch

Archos has confirmed that its previously announced Android-based Internet Media Tablet (IMT) will arrive this September.
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Bing slips into bed with Twitter

Microsoft has added Twitter messages to some search results in a desperate attempt to snatch some market share from Google following the launch of Bing last month.
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Hyundai cans UK mobile phone plans

If you’re a Hyundai driver looking forward to pairing your motor with one of the firm’s mobile phones, then we have some bad news to report. Hyundai has canned plans to launch its handsets in the UK.
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Spam levels bounce back after botnet takedown

Spam levels are returning to normal following the recent takedown of crime-friendly ISP 3FN, which temporarily interrupted the operation of a significant spam spewing botnet.
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Seagate's SSD may be a bit late

An investment bank briefing note says that Seagate has suffered a setback in its solid state drive (SSD) development project and may not ship product for testing until 2010, having previously said it will announce its enterprise SSD this year.
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CPW and Vodafone finally make up

Customers wanting a Vodafone contract will be able to get one at Carphone Warehouse from 7 July, signalling the end of a two-an-a-half-year experiment to see how much power network operators actually had.
Bill Ray, 02 2009
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Marie Curie voted top female boffin

Marie Curie has topped a poll to name the most notable female scientist of all time, beating Brit biophysicist Rosalind Franklin into second spot.
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VirtenSys virtualises RAID controllers

VirtenSys has enabled the sharing of LSI MegaRAID host bus adapters between servers connected to its IOV switch.
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Trading Standards calls for online knife sale ban

Trading Standards is making a call for Government to block any sites attempting to sell underage products in the UK, after sending a bunch of kids out to pick up some sharps with not unpredictable results.
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Satanic blob beast menaces North Carolina

Those of who who've just eaten or are generally of a nervous disposition are advised to look away now, because here is some sewercam footage captured under Raleigh, North Carolina, and which has been horrifying interweb citizens for the last couple of days:
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Mrs Slocombe's pussy vanishes from Twitter

Even in death, Mrs Slocombe’s pussy continues to excite controversy.
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US employers cut 467,000 jobs in June

The US Department of Labor wanted to give out a little good news about the economy ahead of the July 4th holiday weekend in the States, but unfortunately that was not possible. The rate of job losses accelerated in the US in June, with 467,000 employees let go across all companies and industries excepting farming.
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Boomerang attack against AES better than blind chance

Updated Cryptographic researchers have uncovered a chink in the armour of the widely used AES algorithm.
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UK DVD sales plunge...

Britons may be turning away from the DVD, but Blu-Ray Disc isn't replacing the decade-old format in consumers' affections.
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Grand Theft Auto IV coming to the iPhone?

The appearance of mysterious video has got the gaming world convinced that Grand Theft Auto IV is coming to... the iPhone.
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Microsoft distances self from IE 8 puke ads

Apparently, puking about porn was too much for Microsoft's delicate sensibilities on Internet Explorer 8.
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Speculation mounts over AVG plans for OS X client

AVG bosses aren't saying much, but there's new evidence the anti-virus maker is seriously considering building an application for the Mac.

Dell cracks open EMEA PC services

Looking for leverage and a few extra euros and pounds in EMEA, Dell has rolled out a set of modular services to help companies manage their PCs and - eventually - their servers.
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Apple patents karaoke lessons

The US Patent and Trademark office today released a flurry of 22 Apple patent applications, the most earth-shaking of which may rid the world of one of nightlife's most maddening menaces: off-key karaoke singers.
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Web 2.0 not liable for real-world assaults, says court

Social networking sites like MySpace are not liable if underage users are sexually assaulted by people they meet on the website, a California appeals court has ruled.
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PC giants ship Chinese censorware anyway

Though the Chinese government has delayed plans to require the shipment of the highly-controversial Green Dam filtering app with all new PCs, several big-name PC manufacturers are shipping the thing anyway.
Cade Metz, 02 2009
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Iran ends text message blackout

Iran's ban on SMS texting has been lifted for the first time since the country's disputed presidential election, according to reports.
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iPhone crashing bug could lead to serious exploit

Updated This story was updated to correct factual errors contained in an IDG News article that first reported the vulnerability.
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Google code cloud in six-hour blinkage

Google App Engine - the development and hosting cloud that serves up third-party apps and websites - was on the fritz for a good six hours this morning.
Cade Metz, 02 2009
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AT&T's iPhone 'iLaunch' sets record

An internal AT&T memo leaked to MacDailyNews crows that "iLaunch day 2009" - yes, you read that correctly, "iLaunch" - set multiple Big Phone sales records.