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Citrix delivers Swiss Army Knife desktop virtualization

There are a lot ways to serve applications to end users working from PCs and other devices, and Citrix Systems thinks it has come up with the right combination of options: mix everything together and let companies and end users decide.
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Cisco and Salesforce unite on integrated call centers

Cisco and Salesforce.com are teaming up to sell a web-hosted call center package to small and medium-sized businesses.
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Google to blight smartphones with big ads

Larger, more annoying advertisements will soon be invading the web through your smartphone, courtesy Google's latest update to its AdSense business.
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VMware bakes disaster recovery into vSphere stack

VMware has rounded out its vSphere stack of software around the ESX Server 4.0 hypervisor, with integration of vCenter Site Recovery Manager that started shipping in June.
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Bit-patterned disk media moving closer

Intevac, a maker of disk drive media manufacturing machines, has revealed that it has received an order for two bit-patterned media production systems from an unnamed client, possibly signalling a recovery in HDD markets and an industry swing towards bit-patterned technology.
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Windows Mobile 6.5 ships today

Today’s the day that Microsoft finally unveils the latest incarnation of its mobile phone OS - Windows Mobile 6.5. So what should you expect? Here’s Register Hardware’s quick guide to the latest version’s key features.
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Nokia reinvigorates Wireless Power Consortium

The world's largest mobile-phone manufacturer has joined the Wireless Power Consortium, giving the organisation some much-needed credibility to go with its new logo.
Bill Ray, 06 2009
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Fujitsu M2010 netbook

Review Earlier this year, Fujitsu launched a somewhat unsuccessful assault on the netbook market with its Amilo Mini UI 3250. Suffering from a slow hard drive, fiddly keyboard and ever-so-slightly-ugly chassis, it didn’t fare too well in our review.
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Apple flounces out of US Chamber on greenhouse gases

Apple has resigned from the US Chamber of Commerce due to the American business organization's criticism of efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
Cade Metz, 06 2009
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Royal Mail lawyers demand closure of postcode lookup site

A UK postcode lookup service has been slapped with a cease and desist letter from the Royal Mail, forcing it to close down its website.
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Deploying VoIP in the real world

webcast So you want to some cash on your business telco bills, and are wondering if VoIP might be an option - but you're too busy to do the research? We've got just the tonic for you.
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O2 finds new way to bind iPhone users

O2 might yet refuse to unlock iPhones at the end of contract, but the operator has admitted that even customers who stay will have to do without Visual Voicemail.
Bill Ray, 06 2009
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Blogger claims Twitter-served court order a success

A blogger who convinced the High Court to allow a court order to be communicated by Twitter has said that the move was a success. Donal Blaney claims that the rogue tweeter has agreed to stop impersonating him.
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Carla Bruni goes down in a flash

Nick Sarko's squeeze Carla Bruni yesterday proved she's something of an attraction by launching a website, which promptly collapsed under the sheer weight of admirers stampeding down to carlabrunisarkozy.org.
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Horny new 'ballerina' Tyrannosaur was light on its feet

Archaeologists say they have discovered a new kind of tyrannosaurus, very different to the big bruiser tyrannosaurs already well known. The new dino was slim, light on its feet, horny and partial to meat, according to the boffins.
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US court says software is owned, not licensed

Software company Autodesk has failed in its bid to prevent the second-hand sale of its software. After a long-running legal battle, it has not been able to convince a court that its software is merely licensed and not sold.
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Toshiba to demo 3D, 4K2K Cell-based HD TVs

Toshiba’s most advanced Regza TV yet – the 55X1 - will launch before Christmas. But the firm isn’t resting on its laurels, planning to surpass full HD resolution and to bring 3D content to the range.
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Nokia N97 Mini out this month

October is set to be a juicy month for phone fans, with Sony Ericsson’s 12Mp cameraphone, Nokia’s miniature N97 and Motorola’s first Android handset all set to launch over the coming weeks.
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AVG goes toe to toe with MS in consumer security fight

Update AVG is putting an emphasis on increased speed with a revamp of its free and paid for security suites.
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The storage locker room is no place for the little guy

Comment Blink and you would have missed it: NetApp could be bought, Emulex may be removing its takeover-preventing poison pill and Brocade is apparently for sale. Long-held positions in the storage world are seemingly changing overnight. You could be forgiven for asking what the hell is going on.
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Chinese media finger Swedish lesbian enclave

Chinese media have confirmed what we in the West suspected all along: that concealed in the northern Swedish woods is a city of 25,000 women, many of whom have turned to Sapphic love to satiate their natural Scandinavian sexual desires.
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Cambridgeshire cops get coy with FOI

Cambridgeshire Police has emerged as the latest force that prefers not to explain itself to the public – and then not to explain why it won’t explain itself.
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Consumer Panel recommends try before buy mobiles

Punters should be able to sign a mobile contract then revoke it if the coverage isn't up to scratch, according to recommendations from The Communications Consumer Panel.
Bill Ray, 06 2009
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O2 Broadband puts brakes on BitTorrent

O2 has joined the ranks of fixed line broadband providers restricting peer-to-peer traffic as part of its network hits capacity during evening peak times.
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Pirate Bay sinks again after Dutch ISP complies to cut off order

The Pirate Bay has been out of action for the best part of a day, after its Netherlands-based ISP was ordered to halt its service to the BitTorrent tracker site.
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Facebookers condemned to Hell Lite

As Facebook tests a new slimmed-down version of its site with users in the US and India, many are complaining they have no way of getting back to the original beefy version.
Cade Metz, 06 2009
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7Digital launches iTunes rival, BlackBerry app

DRM-free MP3 merchant 7Digital is taking the battle to Amazon and Apple on their home turf, with a Stateside retail store that undercuts the established players on price. The London-based outfit, now 50 per cent-owned by HMV, is also putting a combined music store/MP3 player on BlackBerry.
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New antimatter atomsmashers 'may destroy themselves'

A top British atom-smasher boffin says that next-generation antimatter accelerators being planned to replace today's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are at significant risk of "destroying themselves", as they rend the very fabric of the universe apart in their search for cosmic secrets.
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TomTom simplifies the satnav

In an effort to move map-based drivers away from paper A-to-Zs, TomTom has created an entry-level satnav that it claimed mixes ease of use with “smart route planning”.
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Retailers start PSP Go price war

The PlayStation Portable Go only launched in the UK last week, but Blighty's retailers have already kicked off a PSP price war.
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Philips BDP3000 Blu-ray disc player

Review Many people enjoying Blu-ray movies do so using a Sony PlayStation 3, while the rest of us will opt for a dedicated Blu-ray player. For the latter, Philips is touting its BDP3000 as a budget player and, while certainly not the cheapest, it does offer 1080p playback, the optimal Blu-ray format.
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Beeb unveils new Doctor Who logo

The BBC has unveiled the new Doctor Who logo - due to grace the nation's small screens when Matt Smith takes over as the latest incarnation of the Time Lord in 2010.
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Times papers trains with climate change blunder

The Times has liberally papered London underground carriages with a fascinating new ad campaign. One poster shows a ship navigating some treacherous icy waters, with the accompanying copy reading:
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Scareware scams spill onto Skype

Scareware spreaders have started to use Skype to spread their cash-sapping crud.
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Puma to pump out handset

You probably know Puma best for its trainers, but the sportswear firm has now laced up a deal to bring the world a branded mobile phone.
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Firefox 3.6 beta set to ship next week

Mozilla tentatively plans to release the first beta of Firefox 3.6 on 13 October.
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Orange picks Milton Keynes for flagship store

Orange is about to open a "digital playground" flagship store in Milton Keynes, offering early access to Motorola's DEXT handset and a bouncy floor among other delights.
Bill Ray, 06 2009
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First Direct sorry for text mess

First Direct has apologised to customers who received text messages which included transactions from other customers' accounts this morning.

Desktops are seen as unimportant until...

A few weeks ago, we conducted a Reg Tech Panel survey about managing windows desktops. More than 1,200 of you participated. Many thanks. We will publish the results in a free pdf (no registration required) later this month.
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Tories would take an axe to Labour IT policy

In a speech to the Conservative Conference in Manchester yesterday, shadow Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude announced that he will be leading a review of government IT. In this, he will be aided by Tom Steinberg, co-author of the independent Cabinet Office review, "The Power of Information".
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TDK to haul out HAMR heads

Disk head supplier TDK has reportedly demonstrated a next-generation read/write head using heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) for the first time, opening a route to 1Tbit/sq in areal densities and beyond.
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Egyptians uptight about 'Artificial Virginity Hymen'

Egyptian members of parliament have expressed fears that a Japanese-made "Artificial Virginity Hymen" could prompt an upsurge in pre-marital relations in a country where women are expected to tie the knot with their cherry intact.
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Double-Take's Backup isn't

Double-Take is going to show its Backup and Availability products at Storage Expo in the UK next week - but be warned Backup is not back-up, it's replication.
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One in three kids believe Google measures truthiness

Congratulations, Jimbo! Almost one third of British secondary school children believe Google ranks search results in order of their truthfulness, according to new research by Ofcom.
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CCD inventors secure Nobel Prize for Physics

This year's Nobel Prize for Physics has gone to Willard Sterling Boyle and George Smith, inventors of the Charge-Coupled Device (or CCD), and Charles Kuen Kao, for his pioneering work on optical fibres.
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Gmail, AOL, Yahoo! all hit by webmail phishing scam

Update Google has confirmed that Gmail has also been targeted by an "industry-wide phishing scheme" which first hit Hotmail accounts. Yahoo! and AOL are also reportedly affected.
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Unisys announces 10-to-1 stock compression

Struggling server and services company Unisys said this morning that its board of directors had authorized a reverse stock split for the company's shares, collapsing 10 shares down to one and thereby making its stock appear to be worth ten times as much to the automated trading systems that are trained to get nervous when stock values go near a few bucks, and get downright jittery when they approach a buck.
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Atom comes to android

In Blighty, Intel’s Atom is usually confined to netbooks and MIDs. But in Japan, Atom has been used to provide processing power for a highly flexible robot.
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Big Blue storage cloud is bad news for rivals

IBM is going to become a cloud storage provider with an XIV-based Smart Business Storage Cloud and a private cloud Information Archive, unifying disk and tape.
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WD adds e-ink screens to external HDDs

Western Digital has added displays to the members of its My Book external hard drive range, allowing you to see how much storage you have left – even when the power’s switched off.
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IBM adds iPhone support to Lotus Domino

IBM is rolling out a new version of Lotus Domino today that introduces native support for the iPhone. The software update now lets users automatically sync email, contacts and calendar data over the air to their Apple handset.
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Emerson shells out $1.2bn for Avocent

Emerson Electric - the conglomerate that has power, process, climate control, and industrial automation businesses as well as appliances and tools that it peddles - will soon have a bunch of hardware and software gadgetry to sell now that it's agreed to pay $1.2bn to buy server management vendor Avocent.
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Terracotta straps on Ehcache speed engine

Terracotta bought Ehcache to get its hands on a widely distributed set of caching APIs to simplify deployment of clusters of servers running Java virtual machines on high-volume web sites.
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Man banished from PayPal for showing how to hack PayPal

PayPal suspended the account of a white-hat hacker on Tuesday, a day after someone used his research into website authentication to publish a counterfeit certificate for the online payment processor.
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Google’s cloud rains on Amazon’s future

Amazon may rule the public cloud today, but more developers have faith in Google's prospects going into the future, according to new research.
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Sun management stumbled on EU Oracle probe

With US regulators in the bag, it must have seemed like just a matter of time before Oracle's planned $5.6bn purchase of Sun Microsystems would get European approval.