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Xbox 360 'least reliable' console

Microsoft's Xbox 360 is the "least reliable" game console on the market, according to electronics warranty firm SquareTrade.
Austin Modine, 03 Sep 2009
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Amazon files Googlebooks pact with the monopolies

Amazon has filed an official objection to Google's $125m book scanning settlement with US authors and publishers, saying the deal is anti-competitive and in violation of anti-trust laws.
Cade Metz, 03 Sep 2009
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VMware lures SMBs with free treats

VMworld Small and medium businesses (SMBs) are aflocking to virtualization in droves, according to Joe Andrews, VMware's group manager of product marketing for, yes, SMBs.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Sep 2009
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OnLive game beta enters public stream

OnLive, the streaming game service that seeks to answer if the all-powerful cloud can run Crysis, is letting PC and Mac users test the system for themselves. The company has opened a public beta for the service today, seeking a wide range hardware configurations and broadband situations to apply.
Austin Modine, 03 Sep 2009
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Nokia's £500 netbook: What were they thinking?

Nokia's netbook is beautifully designed and beautifully finished, and the battery lasts all day. It's "more aspirational*, more thin, and more stylish" than the average netbook, according to its European marketing manager.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Sep 2009
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Yorkshire start-up aims to shake up telecoms security

UK-based security appliance firm Syphan aims to shake up telecoms security from an unlikely base in Skipton, North Yorkshire.
John Leyden, 03 Sep 2009
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Sony shows off triple-tuner HD TV

IFA Sony has introduced a stack of Bravia HD TVs - including its first telly with a built-in Freesat tuner and another that can handle feeds from satellite, terrestrial and cable sources.
Tony Smith, 03 Sep 2009
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Mountain speculation on EMC/Cisco joint venture

EMC and Cisco are discussing a joint venture centred on Alpine, a one stop enterprise VAR shop focussed on selling and installing integrated Cisco servers and networking, with EMC storage.
Chris Mellor, 03 Sep 2009
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Database billionaire trampled by elephant

Tom Siebel has been seriously injured after being trampled by an elephant.
John Oates, 03 Sep 2009
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LG, Sony Ericsson Windows Mobile 6.5 phones outed

IFA LG and Sony Ericsson have joined the Windows Mobile 6.5 bandwagon, both launching 3G-capable handsets based on Microsoft’s latest phone OS.
James Sherwood, 03 Sep 2009
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YouTube UK welcomes back the music

YouTube has signed an agreement with the PRS to bring back music videos to UK users, while the US arm is busy talking to movie companies about setting up a movie rental business.
Bill Ray, 03 Sep 2009
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NASA works on robo-podcab scheme

NASA software boffins have partnered with a Californian firm to work on a "personal rapid transit" system which would operate using a system of automated two- or three-person taxi-style "pods" travelling on overhead magnetic rail networks.
Lewis Page, 03 Sep 2009
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HMV buys half of music download startup

HMV has bought half the equity in the music download firm 7Digital to boost its attempts to flog entertainment online.
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Musical chairs at ST Ericsson

Alain Dugheil, who's been running ST-Ericsson since its creation in February, has been shuffled back into his COO role to make space for ex-TI-VP Gilles Delfassy.
Bill Ray, 03 Sep 2009
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Linutop upgrades Linux micro-PC line

French Linux hardware specialist Linutop has added a new member to its family of wee desktop computers based on the open source operating system.
Tony Smith, 03 Sep 2009
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Panasonic reveals 3D Blu-ray player plan

IFA Panasonic today announced plans to launch a 3D-capable Blu-ray Disc player.
James Sherwood, 03 Sep 2009
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Texan confronts the legendary chupacabras

A Texan taxidermist has earned himself some nice publicity for parading what he claims may be a chupacabras - the legendary goat-sucking hell beast first spotted in Puerto Rico in 1995 and which has since spooked fearful citizens across Central America:
Lester Haines, 03 Sep 2009
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Samsung readies 'space saving' 2TB external HDD

IFA Samsung is to ramp its Story Station external hard drive to 2TB early next year, part of the South Korean giant's plan to become a major name in the storage biz.
Tony Smith, 03 Sep 2009
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Beware evangelists

Evangelists. Plenty of them hang out in the sustainability and collaboration fields where I work. Some irritate while others are acceptable. And this isn't because they necessarily reflect my views. (In case you were wondering.) The trick is to spot, early on, which variety you're faced with and make your excuses and leave if they're the 'wrong' kind.
David Tebbutt, 03 Sep 2009
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Home Office foot-dragging exposes ACPO to criticism

Relations between the Home Office and one of their favourite police organisations, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) may not be quite as tickety-boo as they should be.
Jane Fae , 03 Sep 2009
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Snow Leopard forces silent Flash downgrade

Apple has bundled a vulnerable version of Flash with Snow Leopard.
John Leyden, 03 Sep 2009
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Aussie firewall nears death

The Australian Senate Opposition leader Nick Minchin has joined the growing chorus of voices against Communications Minister Stephen Conroy's plans for mandatory ISP-level filtering.
Jane Fae , 03 Sep 2009
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Blu-ray Disc players: Sony adds Wi-Fi...

IFA Samsung is to add YouTube video viewing to its Blu-ray Disc player line. Sony, on the other hand, is adding Wi-Fi to its new players.
Tony Smith, 03 Sep 2009
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Samsung lasers to print out web pages

IFA Web pages are one of the most frequently printed documents, at least according to Samsung. So the firm’s launched printer range that's specifically intended to be web friendly.
James Sherwood, 03 Sep 2009
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Bletchley Park to restore 112-byte* '50s Brit nuke computer

In a project described as "the computing equivalent of the raising of the Mary Rose", engineers at Bletchley Park intend to restore a 1950s-era computer - featuring a magnificent 112.5 bytes of memory* - to working order.
Lewis Page, 03 Sep 2009
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Street View applies extra blur to Swiss

Google has agreed to apply extra blurring to faces and number plates on Street View in Switzerland, following some privacy sabre-rattling from the country's head of federal data protection.
Lester Haines, 03 Sep 2009
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Japan's first lady visits Venus

The wife of Japan's next prime minister claims to have clocked up a diplomatic first by visiting Venus, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 03 Sep 2009
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Viewsonic launches slimline netbook

IFA Viewsonic, best known for its monitors, has formally announced its entry into the netbook arena. It will offer two models: the skinny VNB101 and the more basic VNB100.
Tony Smith, 03 Sep 2009
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Gov wants £120k web monkey, not junior Twittercrat

Touchy Cabinet Office spin doctors are upset about reports of a Deputy Twittercrat this week. They're so upset, they've tweeted about it.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Sep 2009
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Nokia intros X series

Nokia didn't just unveil the N97 Mini this week, it also introduced its first X-series phones, the successors to its XpressMusic line.
Tony Smith, 03 Sep 2009
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BMW offers e-Mini tryouts to UK drivers

Leccy Tech Fancy an electric Mini for six months? Well, now's your chance because BMW is taking applications to be one of the 20 lucky folk who will make up Round One of its UK leccy Mini field trials.
Alun Taylor, 03 Sep 2009
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Anti-spam smackdown finds best junk filter

McAfee has claimed the crown in a run-off of anti-spam products organised by Virus Bulletin, the independent security certification body.
John Leyden, 03 Sep 2009
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Philips cautious on 3D TV plans

IFA That stalwart of the screenplay, William Goldman, summarises Hollywood in one brief statement: “Nobody knows anything.” This appears to be apt to describe the state of 3D TV at present, if Philips’ stance is anything to go by.
Bob Dormon, 03 Sep 2009
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Your analyst guide to The Register Agile Data Center Summit

El Reg has bagged European Analyst of the Year, Freeform Dynamics' Jon Collins, to drive the keynote presentation for The Register’s Agile Data Center Summit on Tuesday, 15 September at 9.30am PST, 12.30pm EST, 5.30pm BST.
Team Register, 03 Sep 2009
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Oracle-Sun merger faces full monopoly probe

Updated The proposed $7.4bn dollar merger takeover of Sun by Oracle is facing a full competition investigation by the European Commission.
John Oates, 03 Sep 2009
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Hitachi Data Systems reselling InMage recovery software

Hitachi Data Systems is co-branding and reselling InMage Scout software, used for application replication and recovery across wide area networks.
Chris Mellor, 03 Sep 2009
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FCC calls for more frequencies

The FCC has noticed there just aren't enough radio frequencies, and if the USA wants national broadband it's going to have to find more space in which to put it.
Bill Ray, 03 Sep 2009
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Shuttle offers Linux-loaded all-in-one Atom desktop

IFA Shuttle has introduced a version of its X500 "ultra-thin" all-in-one desktop PC that now comes pre-loaded with Linux - openSUSE 11.1, to be precise.
Tony Smith, 03 Sep 2009
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Logitech updates network music player with touchscreen

IFA The old - and much loved - Squeezebox 3 - has been revamped by new (ish) owner Logitech. Now called the Squeezebox Touch, it sports a touchscreen.
Tony Smith, 03 Sep 2009
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German inventor gushes over portable women's weebag

A German firm hitherto dedicated to taking the piss out of men has now turned its attention to women, with the urine-sucking Ladybag.
Lester Haines, 03 Sep 2009
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Sharp launches ultra low power LCD TVs

IFA Sharp has launched what it has claimed are the world’s least power-hungry LCD TVs.
James Sherwood, 03 Sep 2009
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Sun squirrels away flash drive array

A service manual (pdf) for a F5100 Flash Array can be found through Sun's website - it's a product which doesn't appear on the site's product pages and hasn't been announced yet.
Chris Mellor, 03 Sep 2009
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Israelis offer unmanned robo smart-missile 8-pack

Israel appears to have stolen a march on America in the matter of multipack unmanned cruise missile-in-a-box packages. An Israeli maker is exhibiting its "Jumper" robo missile pack as ready for sale, while the rival US "Netfires" system is still in development.
Lewis Page, 03 Sep 2009
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Toshiba: Window Mobile 6.5 will make TG01 a 'new' phone

IFA Toshiba is revamping its TG01 Windows Mobile smartphone. Well, sort of. The hardware's staying the same so far as we can judge - it's just getting a Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade.
Tony Smith, 03 Sep 2009
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Gartner confirms crap Q2 server sales

Everyone expected the server market to collapse in the second quarter, but the decline is a little worse than anticipated - at least in some segments and geographies.
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LG demos world's largest OLED TV

IFA LG has, as promised, demoed the world’s largest OLED TV at this year’s ongoing IFA event in Berlin.
James Sherwood, 03 Sep 2009
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Toshiba multimedia touchscreen tablet out by Christmas

IFA While world + dog holds its breath for Apple to pop out the tablets, Toshiba has let out a gasp with its announcement of the JournE touch. This 7in, 16:9 aspect, LED touchscreen, wireless multimedia tablet features an ARM-based processor and runs Windows CE 6.0 Pro.
Bob Dormon, 03 Sep 2009
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Apple Store pillaged in 31 seconds

On Tuesday, around 2 o'clock in the morning, a team of well-choreographed gadget-rustlers needed no more than 31 seconds to clear out an Apple Store in Marlton, New Jersey.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Sep 2009
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Breaching Fort Apache.org - What went wrong?

Administrators at the Apache Software Foundation have pledged to restrict the use of Secure Shell keys for accessing servers over their network following a security breach on Monday that briefly forced the closure the popular open-source website.
Dan Goodin, 03 Sep 2009
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Hackers strike OneWebDay idealists

A campaign to celebrate and defend the web has fallen victim to one of the internet's inherent sub cultures - hackers.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Sep 2009
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iPhone taught to edit Office 2007 docs, sheets

You can now edit Office 2007 docs and spreadsheets on your iPhone.
Cade Metz, 03 Sep 2009
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Googlephone set for second US carrier

Sprint will be the second US mobile carrier to dream of electric sheep this October when it begins selling the HTC Hero running Google's Android operating system.
Austin Modine, 03 Sep 2009
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iPhone MMS hits US on September 25

AT&T has announced that on September 25th it will begin offering MMS service to its iPhone customers, solving one image problem and exacerbating another.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Sep 2009
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Umpteen tools to fight VM sprawl

VMworld There were 12,500 attendees at the VMworld virtualization fest in San Francisco this week, and apparently half of them were peddling software to help companies cope with virtual machine sprawl or otherwise manage virtualization in the data center or on the desktops.
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Google patents (2004) home page

Google has patented its home page, a digital rectangle famous for including almost nothing.
Cade Metz, 03 Sep 2009
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IBM puts virtual desktops in the sky

IBM's web services cloud is rolling into the virtual desktop biz this October.
Austin Modine, 03 Sep 2009