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Full Flash goes mobile (with Google's backing)

Adobe MAX Adobe has unveiled Flash Player 10.1. Announced today at the company's MAX conference in Los Angeles, the product's most notable feature is that the full player - rather than a cut-down "lite" version - will be delivered to mobile devices and netbooks as well as for the desktop
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Tories told: Don't scrap NHS IT

The Tory Party, meeting for its annual conference in Manchester this week, has rejected claims that it is set to cancel most of the National Programme for IT - the massive technology project aimed at improving the NHS.
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EC considers web accessibility legislation

The European Commission has proposed legislating to ensure that all EU nations adopt accessibility rules designed to ease disabled people's access to the web.

3PAR peers through cloud at service providers

Comment In a storage cloud, empty bit buckets on disk platters are like a centrifugal force spinning money off and away. They are destroyers of value. Unless storage suppliers can deal with this, they're going to be outclassed and uncompetitive.
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Vodafone Access Gateway 3G

Review The fuss surrounding femtocells is hard to avoid, analyst Berg Insight reckons 70 million of the things will be in use by 2014, but Vodafone's Access Gateway is the first femto product to hit the UK. It’s essentially an access point base station for mobiles, so if you want Vodafone coverage where there is none, then it's hard to dispute that this product is the way to do it.
Bill Ray, 05 2009
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Pirate Bay back online and back on Google

Pirate Bay is back on Google, and back online, following a double whammy of downtime and a wrongly served DMCA notice.
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Overland's president jumps overboard

Vern LoForti, the man who helped rescue Overland Storage from the ravages of Chris Calisi's CEO-ship, has left the company.
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Avere bets filers are crying out for more tiers

Start-up Avere has designed a 4-tier filer appliance to deliver much faster I/O and dramatically lower the number of spindles needed in a high-performance filer.
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Apple chokes on Woolworths logo

LogoWatch Apple has moved to prevent Oz retailer Woolworths from trademarking a logo - something which would allow it to "slap its branding and logo on every imaginable product", as The Age puts it.
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How Perot Systems played hard to get with Dell

With Dell still on the hunt to make acquisitions to bolster its position in the enterprise, there are only a handful of companies big enough to make a difference on Dell's top and bottom line and yet small enough for Dell to buy.

IBM readies Exadata killer

Exclusive According to sources familiar with the company's plans, IBM is getting ready to launch its own database clustering box for online transaction processing (OLTP) and data warehousing.
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Black-hole sniffing 'laser combs' are go, say Brit gov boffins

Boffins at Blighty's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) - birthplace among other things of the internet* and the Dambusters' bouncing bomb - say they have validated a cunning super-accurate, laser-assisted space formation flying tactic. This will allow the detection of ripples in the very fabric of space-time, allowing top brainboxes to probe the deepest secrets of the cosmos.
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Tories will let voters 'rewrite' legislation online

The Tories have pledged to open source legislation if they get into power, raising the promise of an even bigger cock-up than Number 10's woeful petitions website.
Joe Fay, 05 2009

Toshiba reveals Cell TV specs

Toshiba has whet the appetites of couch potatoes everywhere by releasing the final specifications of its most advanced HD TV yet.
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Police charge anarchist over G20 protest network

A New York man is out on bail after being arrested for monitoring police movements around the G20 meeting in Pittsburgh and disseminating intelligence to protesters on the ground.
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MoD 'How to stop leaks' guide leaks

A Ministry of Defence guide to preventing information leaking into the public domain has leaked into the public domain.
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Comedian pitches $100k for Twitter account

US comedian Drew Carey has bid a $100k charitable donation for the @drew Twitter account - if he gains 100,000 followers by 9 November.

Microsoft developing universal game action capture

Microsoft is developing a universal in-game gameplay capture system for the Xbox 360, an industry mole has claimed.

MS plasters Ballmer's signature on Windows 7 special edition

Anyone brave enough to be throwing a Windows 7 house party is in for an extra special treat - Microsoft is dishing out a “Signature Edition” of the Ultimate version of its upcoming operating system to the hosts.

Is Brocade selling itself?

Brocade may have decided the best way to way address a changing datacentre market is to stitch itself to one of the big three server suppliers.

Desktop Management – Where are you now?

Since desktop PCs first entered the world of business, IT managers and help desk staff have struggled for years to keep the machines running. And as anyone involved in IT support will tell you, the majority of the struggles have not been with the PC hardware or software but with the users attached to them.
Tony Lock, 05 2009

IBM's Exadata2 knock-off could use SVC and flash

Comment IBM's DB2 Pure Scale project has a storage problem - storage arrays don't make good cluster nodes.
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Crucial CT256M225 256GB SSD

Review Crucial supplies a fair amount of information about its CT256M225 256GB SSD, including the facts that it uses MLC Flash, has a read speed of 250MB/s, a write speed of 200MB/s and comes with a 64MB cache.
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Super 'sun-hot' plasma rocket in fullbore bench test triumph

A radical, highly fuel-efficient plasma rocket whose interior operates at temperatures close to those found inside the sun has passed a key test milestone. Trials of the space drive aboard the International Space Station are expected within the next few years.
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PunterNet thanks Harriet for massive upswing

Prostitutes worldwide were this weekend congratulating Women’s Minister Harriet Harman on a job well done – as remarks she made to last week’s Labour Conference have dramatically increased business for sex workers using online site PunterNet.

Google Chrome gets friendly with Native Client

Google pushed out version of its Chrome browser on Friday and it comes loaded with a number of fixes and features, including the debut of Native Client on Microsoft’s Windows OS.
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Helpdesk Heroes or unappreciated geeks?

Workshop The helpdesk has always been the most visible part of the IT support operation. It is here that the “my password isn’t working anymore” and the “computer says no” calls are taken by valiant members of the IT team. As we move into an era when the help desk may become more of a ‘service centre’ and less of fault reporting point, how is its perception changing? Have any of the recent IT related popular TV shows had any impact on how users see this vital operation?
Tony Lock, 05 2009
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CCTV website recruits video vigilantes

A new web service aims to recruit tens of thousands of unpaid watchmen to monitor neglected CCTV cameras nationwide.
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Barclaycard drops offline

Barclaycard's UK website has been unavailable for most of the day and the company isn't sure when it's coming back.
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Apple Mail and iPhone users get vid-tracked

Paranoid or spam-averse users should steer clear of Apple's desktop or iPhone mail clients for a while, as mails can't be prevented from using HTML 5 tags for tracking.
Bill Ray, 05 2009
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Symantec offers cloud building blocks

Symantec is offering private and public file access building blocks for the cloud called FileStore, which form an NAS head cluster in front of block access storage arrays.
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US military jets to run on weeds, scum & corpse-grease

Well on track to making their aircraft run on coal, the US forces have just ordered 600,000 gallons of renewable jet fuel made from weeds, algae or rendered fat from animal corpses.
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Spotify offers offline mode

As we predicted back in the summer, Spotify is now taking on iTunes as a rival for your digital music library. The only major feature it's lacking is CD burning. But then all your music is in a DRM encrypted format, so you'll lose it when you leave.
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DDoS attack rains down on Amazon cloud

Updated Web-based code hosting service Bitbucket experienced more than 19 hours of downtime over the weekend after an apparent DDoS attack on the sky-high compute infrastructure it rents from Amazon.com.
Cade Metz, 05 2009

Active Media preps SuperSpeed SSD trio

Buffalo and Freecom are currently fighting it out to launch the first USB 3.0 external HDDs, but Active Media (AM) looks set to steal the limelight with its launch of a SuperSpeed-supported external SSD range.

Mellanox jacks up revenue and profit guidance

Server and storage networking equipment maker Mellanox Technologies raised its guidance for its third quarter ended September 30.
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10,000 Hotmail passwords mysteriously leaked to web

Updated Login credentials for more than 10,000 Microsoft Live accounts have been posted to the internet, most likely by miscreants who found them or harvested them in a phishing attack.
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Most Mac owners getting Windows on the side

The stereotype goes that Mac fans are markedly loyal to their platform. And while a new study by the NPD Group shows Apple adoption is on the rise, the vast majority of Jobs-fearing homes also keep a Windows PC running under their roof.
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Amazon unveils payment system for smartphones

Amazon has unveiled a service that allows smartphone users to pay for music, applications and other content without having to enter credit card numbers into their devices.
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Ubuntu man finds metalove in Debian attacks

If there's an upside to the Debian community's recent attacks on Ubuntu and Mark Shuttleworth it's that there'll be more conversation between engineers on the two distros.

Palm Pre re-re-introduces iTunes synchronization

You've got to hand it to Palm, it's made itself one tenacious mole for Apple to whack. The company's long-running fight to keep the Palm Pre compatible with iTunes entered yet another round of assured futility over the weekend.
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Flash goes native on iPhone

MAX 09 When it comes to Apple versus Adobe Systems there’s still no Flash in the iPhone browser, but a new compiler does enable Flash applications for App Store
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IE, Chrome, Safari duped by bogus PayPal SSL cert

If you use the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Apple Safari browsers to conduct PayPal transactions, now would be a good time to switch over to the decidedly more secure Firefox alternative.