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NASA data shows 'dramatically' thinned Arctic ice

Nearly half of the Arctic's thick sea ice diminished between the winters of 2004 and 2008, replaced by thinner ice more likely to melt in summer months, NASA's ice-sheet monitoring satellite has shown.
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TechCrunch dubs Linux a 'big ol’ bag of drivers'

Fail and Googasm Google has announced the Google Chrome Operating System, which is the Chrome browser bundled with a Linux kernel and a handful of hardware drivers, targeted at netbooks. Yes, this time it's actually an operating system, but don't cream yourself. Yet again, there is a severe case of the media not knowing what the fuck it's talking about.
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Microsoft rejigger judges Window 7 a success

Windows 7 is not yet for sale - or even officially finished - but it's already been judged a success. At least, that's what we're lead to believe by Microsoft's latest corporate re-organization.
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Google uncloaks Chrome OS hardware pals

Google has revealed at least some of the hardware manufacturers it's working with to design and build devices that run the much-discussed Google Chrome Operating System.
Cade Metz, 09 2009
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Acronis jumps on the dedupe bandwagon

On the day that Symantec said it will add deduplication to its NetBackup and Backup Exec, Acronis has added deduplication to its Backup and Recovery 10.0 product, and increased its upwards scalability at the same time.
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Microsoft knew of nasty IE bug a year before attacks

Microsoft was aware of a critical vulnerability in an Internet Explorer component at least 12 months before attackers started targeting it in lethal exploits that take full control of end-users' PCs, a member of its security team said Wednesday.
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Asus F70SL

Review In recent years, Asus has become a key player in the netbook revolution. Yet with the F70SL, the company is looking to appeal to a totally different audience. Touted as the world's first notebook with a 17.3in display, this bulky, 4kg desktop replacement, offers a 16:9 aspect ratio screen at a resolution of 1600 x 900.
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Computacenter injects a bit of predictability into revenue mix

Computacenter saw shares climb this morning as it updated investors on a successful first half of the year.
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Data protection fee to cost bigger orgs £500 a year

Organisations with a turnover of £25.9 million or more and 250 or more staff will be required to pay the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) an annual notification fee of £500 with effect from 1st October. The current fee is just £35.
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LG reveals Louvre - its first 12Mp cameraphone

LG has been talking up its plans to join the 12Mp cameraphone race for months. Now the firm has finally shown off its first offering, sort of.
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Samsung spins up 250GB micro hard drive

Samsung has introduced a 1.8in hard drive with a whopping - relatively speaking, of course - 250GB capacity.
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Stargazers spot oldest supernova yet

Astronomers from the University of California have spied a supernova which lit up the early universe 10.7 billion years ago - 1.5 billion years before the previous record holder and just 3 billions years after the big bang.
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Morse expects second half revenue dip

Morse expects to report a slight dip in revenues from continuing operations in its second half compared to its first half of the year, the company announced in a trading update this morning.
Joe Fay, 09 2009
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NASA tests rocket-disaster escape rocket

NASA has announced a successful test of its "Max Launch Abort System" (MLAS), essentially a rocket ejector seat writ large and applied to an entire space capsule. The system is designed to let astronauts escape and parachute to safety in the event of a launcher stack crackup.
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Berlusconi snoops on G8

The G8 summit is meant to be an informal and secret meeting between heads of states assisted by one official known as a sherpa.
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A woman spends 287 days choosing what to wear

The average woman will - between the ages of 16 and 60 - spend 287 days deciding what to wear.
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Gamer pays £10k for golden game

Buying used games through eBay is nothing new. But one gaming fanatic’s desire to own a piece of gaming history has seen him pay over £10,000 ($16,100/€11,500) for a rare Nintendo cartridge.
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BT names more exchanges for early fibre upgrades

BT has published a further list of 69 exchanges it will upgrade to offer faster broadband by running fibre to streetside cabinets by summer next year.
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Samsung i8910 Omnia HD

Review The Samsung i8910 Omnia HD comes with a weight of expectation upon it. As the first cameraphone claiming to be capable of recording HD video, it sets itself up to be challenged. Fortunately, for the most part it comes through. With its stonking 8Mp camera and huge OLED screen, this smartphone has what it takes to be an iPhone alternative that can really deliver on media.
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Orange introduces mini-SIM

Orange claims to be the first European operator to introduce mini SIM cards, though it's actually talking about the thing that holds the SIM rather than the SIM itself.
Bill Ray, 09 2009
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Mozilla Labs issues 'major' Ubiquity upgrade

Mozilla Labs released an update to Ubiquity - its in-browser command line utility - yesterday.
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EMC plus Data Domain equals what exactly?

Comment Okay, it's over. The rotund female has started singing and EMC is buying Data Domain. But what happens next?
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A Geeks Guide2 ...Microsoft Training Kits

Geeks Guide2 You don't have to look far to see that IT jobs are disappearing right, left and centre. For those still in employment it's becoming more important than ever to show your diverse set of skills. For those looking for employment, re-skilling or certifying is a possible route to securing a new job. This week's GG2 is a month long special, offering Reg readers the chance to study for a Microsoft certification with 40% off all Microsoft Press Training Kits until 31 July 2009.
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KIlling ID cards and the NIR - the Tory and LibDem plans

Analysis A future Tory government will cancel the ID Card Scheme - but, as The Register has asked several times, what does that mean? A broad commitment to abandon ID cards, even to cancel the National Identity Register database, leaves a certain amount of wiggle-room, particularly if - as is Tory policy - you're likely to be keeping plans for adding fingerprints to passports in place.

Amazon cuts cost of Kindle

If you’re yet to make the jump from paper books to electronic displays Amazon has an incentive: a Kindle price cut.
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Robot land-steamers to consume all life on Earth as fuel

News has emerged of a milestone reached on the road towards a potentially world-changing piece of technology. We speak, of course, of US military plans to introduce roving steam-powered robots which would fuel themselves by harvesting everything alive and cramming it into their insatiable blazing furnaces.
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UK tabloid in phone hacking probe

Newspapers owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch have been accused of secretly paying over £1m to settle three cases involving the alleged use of illegal phone tapping against celebrities.
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Russian snatches world's strongest 'intimate muscles' crown

NSFW A 42-year-old Russian woman has snatched the world's strongest vagina crown after using her "intimate muscles" to lift a 14kg glass ball.
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NHS Direct gets to be number one, one, one

UK regulator Ofcom has proposed allocating the number 111 for non-emergency medical advice, arguing that no-one can remember the number for NHS Direct.
Bill Ray, 09 2009
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Met warns officers off photographers

The Metropolitan Police has issued guidance to its officers to remind them that using a camera in public is not in itself a terrorist offence.
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Web application security: It's scary out there!

Regcast Web applications are a daunting challenge for IT security professionals. So many application development software programs to take account of, so many frameworks to support, so many complex platforms to consider, so many more attack possibilities. What could possibly go wrong?
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UK data breach incidents on the rise

Seven in ten UK organisations experienced a data breach incident over the last year, up from 60 per cent in the previous year.
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Designers conjure up wacky 'car of the future'

Leccy Tech The Mike & Maaike design studio is well known for its work on HTC’s G1 Android-based phone and the Xbox 360. Now it has turned its attention to thinking how the car of tomorrow will look and operate.
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US docs claim world record musical-kidneys game

Topflight doctors in America have claimed a world record for "the first eight-way, multihospital, domino kidney transplant". The multiple organ-swap involved four hospitals, almost a hundred medical personnel, eight donors, eight recipients and sixteen different kidneys - many of which latter made transcontinental journeys during the process.
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Nokia fesses up to 3720 toughphone

After weeks of leaked pictures and demonstration videos, Nokia has confirmed what the tech world had already guessed: that the 3720 Classic is the company's latest rugged phone.
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The new (MP3) Pirates of the Caribbean

Antigua, once rife with traditional high seas piracy, has given birth to a pirate download service. Only this is one you pay for.
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Edinburgh Fringe website suffers logon wobbles

Edinburgh Festival Fringe organisers have reassured customers that its ticketing system and website are robust enough to cope with demand following last year’s chaotic box office snafu.
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Toshiba's TG01 smartphone turns Orange

If you’re desperate to snare yourself Toshiba’s upcoming TG01 then get yourself down to an Orange store, where the network operator will begin dishing out the smartphone from tomorrow.
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Broadcom turns away after Emulex rejects it again

Emulex has looked at Broadcom's increased offer to take it over, sniffed, and said it undervalues the company again. Broadcom is dropping its bid.
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Mobile co fails to stump up for pointless structure

The largest folly built for a hundred years has just been completed on the Rushmore Estate in Dorset, despite the lack of mobile-phone operator to pay for it.
Bill Ray, 09 2009
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OLED TV sales to soar, says market watcher

Sales of OLED TVs will skyrocket between now and 2016. The bad news for OLED watchers is that a compound annual growth rate of 140 per cent still leaves the technology behind plasma let alone LCD.
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Java to offer Carbonite capture to users

Sun customers downloading the latest version of Java will get a free 30-day trial of Carbonite Online Backup.
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Google Oompa-Loompas dream of virus-free OS

Google has rather rashly claimed its plans to develop an operating system promise an end to security woes.
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Samsung N310 netbook

Review Samsung has never been a supplier of cheap and cheerful netbooks, and the consumer-oriented N310, which expands the range beyond the more seriously styled NC10, NC20 and N120, still comes in with a suggested price of a pound under £400. For that, you’d expect something very special.
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Cisco taps chief strategy officer

Networking giant and server wannabe Cisco Systems has elevated Ned Hooper - currently its senior vice president of corporate development and consumer - to the expanded role of chief strategy officer.
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Yahoo!'s web-wide query language learns to write

Yahoo!'s SQL-like web query language just learned to write.
Cade Metz, 09 2009
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Easter Island dirt may hold key to longer life

A group of US scientists believe that an anti-fungal agent found in the soil of Easter Island may have life-extending properties.
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Three 'critical' Windows fixes due on Patch Tuesday

Microsoft on Tuesday plans to release updates patching three critical Windows security vulnerabilities, two of which are already under attack.
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Retailers prepped for Windows 7 family pack

Microsoft can't admit it's got a Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack in the works. But its partners can.
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Apple preps iPhone face recognition

The US Patent and Trademark Office published 33 new Apple patent applications on Thursday, bringing the total filed in July to 55 - and we're not even a third of the way through the month.
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Lenovo punts Nehalem server quartet

If Chinese PC vendor Lenovo wants to be a contender in the global server racket, it is going to have to pick up the pace a little bit. Which it's doing. A little.
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Microsoft's Flash-challenger Silverlight 3 hits web

The next version of Microsoft's Flash-challenger media player has hit the web, ahead of Friday's official launch.
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Google Moon to go 3D

Google is likely to announce a new 3D view of the Moon in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing on July 20.
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iSuppli chops semi, electronics forecasts

With the global economy still on the skids - despite over $5 trillion in stimulus spending committed worldwide - market researchers are all revising their forecasts for sub-sectors of the IT economy. It was iSuppli's turn, and it has tweaked its prognostications downward for the chip and electronic sectors for 2009.
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Optimism down as priorities shift in mid-market IT

With a sharply declining server market this year and relative stagnation expected for the few, according to a long range forecast released by IDC and a shorter-term one from Gartner, you can bet server resellers are trying to get a bead on what things midrange shops want and need to spend money on.
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Teen cuffed for bomb threat webcam pay-per-view

A North Carolina teenager has been arrested and accused of phoning in bomb threats to schools and universities so he could charge admission for people to watch in real time over webcams as police responded.