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EMC demos cloak of storage invisibility

VMworld EMC today demoed how its upcoming fully-automated storage tiering (FAST) technology working together with SSDs might drastically improve storage performance and efficiency.
Rik Myslewski, 02 Sep 2009
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Intel vows PC virtualization skoolin' for OEMs

Intel has vowed to keep on educating OEMs about PC virtualization, as vendors sell machines that have left customers frustrated and angry.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Sep 2009
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IDC outs the worst quarter in server history

The server market can only go up from the pitiful levels it set in the second quarter, according to the box counters at IDC, which pegged the period from April through June as the worst in the history of the systems business.
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AMD to beat Nvidia in DX11 GPU release race?

AMD looks set to beat arch-rival Nvidia to the release of DirectX 11-capable graphics cards. It will ship suitable GPUs in October, around the time Windows 7 will introduce the new 3D graphics framework.
Tony Smith, 02 Sep 2009
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Google blames Gfail on 'availability' upgrade

Calling Tuesday's one-hour-and-forty-minute Gmail outage a "Big Deal," Google has pinned the breakdown on some recent changes to the request routers that direct queries to the service's web servers.
Cade Metz, 02 Sep 2009
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Arms biz: Your taxes mainly go on our fat salaries! Ha ha!

Analysis Yesterday the UK's arms industry launched its renewed pitch for more government money. Shooting themselves in the foot somewhat, assembled weapons-biz kingpins revealed that - by their own estimation - the UK taxpayer is already supporting at least twice as many well-paid British arms workers as there are (poorly-paid) soldiers in the British army.
Lewis Page, 02 Sep 2009
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Dixons blames PC World for falling sales

Dixons Store Group saw sales fall six per cent in the last quarter, despite good progress in sexing up its stores.
John Oates, 02 Sep 2009
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Illinois bright spark sparks car inferno

An Illinois bright spark, who decided the best way to check the level of combustible fluid in a petrol can was by using a cigarette lighter, ended up with a torched car and second-degree burns.
Lester Haines, 02 Sep 2009
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Nokia chucks free music phones at Spotify

Nokia announced two dedicated music phones in Stuttgart this morning, which are only available with its "free" Comes With Music service. The service bundles a year's worth of unlimited music downloads.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Sep 2009
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EMC swallows indexer Kazeon

EMC is buying eDiscovery data indexer Kazeon, thereby getting its hands on the OEM source of NetApp's Information Server 1200 appliance.
Chris Mellor, 02 Sep 2009
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USB overseer ready to certify SuperSpeed kit

The USB Implementers Forum - the body behind the bus standard - has said it will now start testing devices to ensure they comply with the USB 3.0 - aka SuperSpeed USB - standard.
Tony Smith, 02 Sep 2009
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NASA sat snaps LA wildfire

NASA's Terra satellite has captured a dramatic image of the Los Angeles "Station Fire" wildfire. It is one of at least seven conflagrations currently affecting California, which by yesterday had reportedly laid waste to over 133,000 acres and consumed 80 buildings.
Lester Haines, 02 Sep 2009
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Blu-ray body talks up, fails to detail 3D content standard

The Blu-ray Disc Association has yet again said it's looking at how it can incorporate 3D TV content into the optical disc standard - but with still no indication in which technological direction its investigation is leaning.
Tony Smith, 02 Sep 2009
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Toshiba touts 640GB laptop hard drive

Not to be outdone by Hitachi's new 7200rpm, 500GB 2.5in hard drive, rival disk maker Toshiba has announced a 640GB model, though it only spins at 5400rpm.
Tony Smith, 02 Sep 2009
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HTC tells of Touch 2

The touchscreen smartphone juggernaut that is HTC continues to roll forward - the firm has unveiled the successor to the Touch.
James Sherwood, 02 Sep 2009
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Brit inventor wants prison for patent crims

The inventor of the wind-up radio is calling on the UK government to toughen its stance on patent law, by making intellectual property theft a criminal offence.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Sep 2009
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Prince of Darkness scares UK mobe firms

Heads of the UK network operators met with Peter Mandelson yesterday, with the Dark One stating that issues will be resolved in days - although which issues in particular he declined to specify.
Bill Ray, 02 Sep 2009
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The A-to-Z of VMware suitors

Every storage player wants to be a good citizen in the VMware virtual data centre and server world. They showed up to VMworld to be seen and counted, and to demonstrate that they too can play nice in what is increasingly looking to be an EMC-owned data centre and server interface to all things networking and storage.
Chris Mellor, 02 Sep 2009
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MS warns of forced Messenger update

Microsoft has outlined plans to push a mandatory Windows Live Messenger upgrade in order to plug a security hole related to a vulnerable code library.
John Leyden, 02 Sep 2009
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BMW unveils futuristic Vision

Leccy Tech BMW has released details of its Vision Efficient Dynamics plug-in hybrid concept vehicle, ahead of the car’s official unveiling at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.
Alun Taylor, 02 Sep 2009
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Orange predicts death of bosses and birth of P2P offices

Orange has been studying how we'll be working over the next decade or two, and apparently we'll be dumping the CEO but not all working from home.
Bill Ray, 02 Sep 2009
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How much of the EU's data will the UK lose?

"Ministers have been forced to order an emergency shutdown of a key Government computer system to protect millions of people's private details. The action was taken after a memory stick was found in a pub car park containing confidential passcodes to the online Government Gateway system, which covers everything from tax returns to parking tickets."
David Moss, 02 Sep 2009
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Boffins: Give up on CO2 cuts, only geoengineering can work

Top British climate boffins have said that the only practical hope for arresting global warming is the use of "geoengineering" - techniques intended to reduce the effects of CO2 emissions, as opposed to reducing the CO2 emissions themselves.
Lewis Page, 02 Sep 2009
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Germany says 'nein' to Google book deal

The German government has come out in opposition to Google's recent book settlement, declaring it would “irrevocably alter the landscape of international copyright law.”
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Sep 2009
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Nokia confirms N97 Mini

Nokia has opened its annual conference with the launch of probably its worst kept secret from recent months. No, we’re not talking about the Booklet 3G, but the N97 Mini.
James Sherwood, 02 Sep 2009
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Rock Xtreme X790

Review The mobile version of Intel’s Core i7 processor isn’t due to arrive until early next year, so we were a little surprised to hear that UK system builder Rock was about to launch a new range of laptops based around the i7.
Cliff Joseph, 02 Sep 2009
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Panasonic slims Micro Four Thirds compact

Panasonic has launched what it claims is the world’s smallest and lightest video-capable camera based on the Micro Four Thirds system.
James Sherwood, 02 Sep 2009
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Boffins fail to detect Moon's strangeness

Scientists hoping to sniff out elusive "strange matter", apparently detected back in 1998 on a space shuttle mission, have failed to find corroborating evidence of strangeness from the lunar surface.
Lester Haines, 02 Sep 2009
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Four arrested in China over net-paralysing gaming spat

Chinese police have arrested four gamers who allegedly launched denial of service attacks that disrupted internet communications across the country back in May.
John Leyden, 02 Sep 2009
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Toshiba claims 2.5-inch disk leadership

Toshiba claims it has launched "the highest capacity 2.5-inch drive to date", at 640GB.
Chris Mellor, 02 Sep 2009
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Scottish gov to curb personal data collection

The Scottish Government plans to reduce the amount of information on citizens held by large public databases and curb the collection and use of personal data by public authorities.
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 Sep 2009
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Solid State of the union

Since VMware and virtual stuff are all the rage, here are three virtual solid state disk stories. Well, rumours. Take them at less than face value if you will, but they do come from reputable and credible sources.
Chris Mellor, 02 Sep 2009
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Cisco's UCS needs a bra

Apparently the "California" Unified Computing Systems cannot defy gravity as a young server with generous capacity should.
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Nokia bigs up innovators... kinda

Nokia has announced the winners of its innovation competition - it's one ported from Android, one old idea made new and one pre-installed slideshow, but at least the special award is interesting.
Bill Ray, 02 Sep 2009
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Desktop virtualization: More than a little interest

Poll Results ‘Desktop virtualization’ has been an oft-heard phrase over recent years, but talk does not automatically translate into action. So what is the state of play regarding deployments of the many desktop virtualization alternatives that exist?
Tony Lock, 02 Sep 2009
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Azerbaijani donkey bloggers face seven years' jail

A pair of Azerbaijani bloggers, who posted a satirical YouTube vid featuring a donkey, face up to seven years' jail on what human rights organisations are calling trumped-up charges.
Lester Haines, 02 Sep 2009
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Hands on with the Nokia N900

First Look Announced last week, the N900 finally gives Nokia something competitive in the high-end market, and offers a great deal for developers to get excited about. I had a hands on today and came away with fairly positive impressions, for an iPhone user. But more importantly, Nokia has a roadmap that takes it into the next decade.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Sep 2009
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Men far worse than women on password security

Women are more password savvy than blokes, according to a new survey.
John Leyden, 02 Sep 2009
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Sony jumps on the 3D TV gravy train

IFA One of the most established names in home entertainment has announced plans to get behind 3D TV production.
James Sherwood, 02 Sep 2009
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PS3 phone out next month

The first mobile phone to boast PlayStation 3 compatibility will be available next month, Sony Ericsson has confirmed.
James Sherwood, 02 Sep 2009
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Secret US spontaneous human combustion beam tested

American death-tech goliath Boeing has announced a long-delayed in-flight firing for the smaller of its two aeroplane raygun-cannon prototypes, the Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL). The ATL blaster, mounted in a Hercules transport aircraft, apparently "defeated" an unoccupied stationary vehicle.
Lewis Page, 02 Sep 2009
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The Virtualization Workshop

Regcast As part of our Virtualization Workshop series, we've got a studio full of proper virtualization experts to tackle your questions on anything and everything to do with Server Virtualization. You can join them right here for free.
Team Register, 02 Sep 2009
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Red Hat stretches Linux system management tentacle

Software maker Red Hat has announced the availability of its on-premises systems management product.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Sep 2009
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Oracle to talk Sun hardware on October 14

Oracle, which will presumably soon own Sun Microsystems, has not said much about its plans for the Sparc server business at Sun since announcing its takeover in April - but apparently the top brass at the company are going to assuage everyone's fears that Oracle will ditch Sun iron, and will do so on October 14 at the OpenWorld extravaganza hosted by Oracle.
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Microsoft rejects call to fix SQL password-exposure risk

Microsoft is butting heads with a company that provides software for database security over a weakness in SQL Server that can expose user passwords to anyone with administrative access to the program.
Dan Goodin, 02 Sep 2009
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Red Hat pumps out commercial KVM

Commercial Linux distributor Red Hat is hosting its annual summit in Chicago this week, and the star of the event was today's launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4, which sports the first commercially supported KVM hypervisor from the company.
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EU may delay Oracle's Sun acquisition

European regulators could help create a further delay in the closure of Oracle's planned $5.6bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Sep 2009
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The internet celebrates the Big Four-O

Today, the internet celebrates its fortieth anniversary. Or at least one of them.
Cade Metz, 02 Sep 2009
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Microsoft confirms IIS bug gives complete server control

Microsoft has confirmed a vulnerability in its Internet Information Services webserver and spelled out the conditions under which it can be exploited to give an attacker complete control of the server on which it runs.
Dan Goodin, 02 Sep 2009
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Windows 7 versus Snow Leopard — The poison taste test

Apple's Snow Leopard arrived during the twilight zone between the completion of Microsoft's Windows 7 and its general release.
Tim Anderson, 02 Sep 2009
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GTA maker coughs up $20m for 'hot coffee' sex

Take-Two Interactive will shuffle $20 million out the door to make its "hot coffee" headaches go away.
Austin Modine, 02 Sep 2009