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Microsoft names Visual Studio 2010 dates

Microsoft has struggled with the best way to sell Visual Studio's application lifecycle management ever since it introduced Team System against IBM's Rational four years back. As the company prepares to release Visual Studio 2010 for Windows 7, Office 2010 and a new line Windows servers about to come on tap, Microsoft is taking another stab.

Sun tunes its VirtualBox

The most popular virtualization tool distributed by Sun Microsystems - and one whose future as an Oracle product is in question - is VirtualBox, and the software was just updated with a new 3.0.8 release.

Boffins fawn over dirt cheap server clusters

A team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have been studying how they can make cheap, low-powered, and relatively unimpressive server nodes gang up and do more work than the two-socket x64 server that is the workhorse of the IT industry. They have come up with an approach called FAWN, which is short for Fast Array of Wimpy Nodes.
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What do Scotland, Australia and Africa have in common?

Reg Reader Studies Unified Communications (UC) is a pretty hot topic with analysts and vendors alike. Yet despite a push back from the market on the vagaries of the proposition and questions around ROI, vendors still haven’t nailed how they communicate with businesses.

When PCs went mobile

Workshop Do you remember the first time you saw a laptop? Shiny bright LED screen, pixels individually visible, about the size of a breeze block. Portability probably didn’t concern the IT department because nobody in their right mind would try to carry one out of the office. But they did.
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Beeb gets grief for Humpty Dumpty rewrite

The BBC is taking a bit of stick for rewriting Humpty Dumpty to protect wide-eyed kiddies from the terrible realisation that the combined ingenuity of all the king's horses and all the king's men proved insufficient to reassemble the poor chap.
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New minister for Whitehall IT

Junior minister Angela Smith has been handed the government IT brief, with responsibility for security across Whitehall.
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MSI intros HDMI full HD nettop PC

MSI has introduced its latest nettop, touting the skinny clamp-on-the-back-of-your-monitor machine as a "great value... entertainment experience".
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UK.gov convinces just 2,000 Mancunians to join ID card trial

The government's ID card pilot scheme in Manchester has failed to capture the North West's imagination with just 2,000 volunteers coming forward to date.
Joe Fay, 19 2009
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NASA: Lunar pole-shot plume shows up in pictures

Pic NASA chiefs have insisted that their recent mission to crash a pair of spacecraft into the eternally-dark crater deeps of the lunar south pole - which seemed at first look to have produced underwhelming results - was in fact a "smashing success", with definite evidence of a debris plume detected.
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Firefox blocks and backtracks on 'insecure' MS add-ons

Mozilla disabled two Microsoft developed Firefox add-ons over the weekend after deciding the applications posed a security risk. It has since revised its safety assessment and set about removing the plugins from its blacklist.

Microsoft to ban 'unauthorised' Xbox 360 memory units

The Xbox 360’s upcoming system update will prevent gamers storing data on "unauthorised" memory units, Microsoft has confirmed.

Google limbers up for Windows 7 with Apps billboard onslaught

Google is doing its utmost to piss on Microsoft’s chips ahead of the official 22 October launch of Windows 7, by expanding its “Going Google” campaign to lure customers away from the software giant.
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Tories would scrap 50p broadband tax

A Conservative government would scrap the planned 50 pence per month tax on every landline - which the current government plans to use to subsidise faster broadband in rural regions - "as soon as possible", according to the shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt.
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Robert Crumb begets Book of Genesis

NSFW Legendary underground comic artist Robert Crumb has caused a bit of a stir with his illustrated Book of Genesis - complete with biblical rumpy-pumpy and "gratuitous" violence, as the Telegraph puts it.
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Tories may cut Met Office funding

The UK's Met Office may receive far less cash - or none at all - from the Ministry of Defence under a Tory future government, the shadow defence minister has said.

Moto Android 2.0 smartphone revealed

Motorola’s upcoming Android smartphone has finally been revealed in a set of front-and-back pictures published online.

Sony designs 360° 3D TV

With so many firms jumping on the 3D TV bandwagon, Sony has obviously felt compelled to push the envelope further still. So it has developed a 360° 3D display.
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IT contractors aghast as FSA evicts self-cert mortgages

IT contractors could be forced to live in HP's excess packaging if the government adopts Financial Services Authority proposals to scrap self-certification mortgages.
Joe Fay, 19 2009

MS claims early success for freebie security scanner

Redmond estimates 1.5 million users downloaded its freebie security scanner software during its first week of availability earlier this month.
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Interead Cool-er

Review The time of the eBook reader may have come at last. With Amazon’s Kindle leading the charge and Barnes and Noble working with UK OLED display maker Plastic Logic for a similar offering next year, there’s growing awareness of the possible market for electronic readers. Interead’s Cool-er is an independent reader, trying to carve itself a niche.
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Microsoft's Sidekick restoration turns into farce

Microsoft played spot the difference over the weekend with statements on Saturday and Sunday that hinted at “steady progress” for the recovery of data its Danger subsidiary lost for many Sidekick customers.

Swissdisk suffers spectacular cloud snafu

US cloud storage supplier SwissDisk has suffered a catastrophic hardware failure resulting in users being unable to access their data.
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Neanderthal woman could whup Schwarzenegger

An anthropologist has described modern man as “the sorriest cohort of masculine Homo sapiens to ever walk the planet”, with even Arnold Schwarzenegger at his muscular peak no match for a Neanderthal woman in the arm-wrestling stakes.

So how do you manage remote users?

You the Expert We set you a challenge to join our expert panel and answer questions from our readers on how to deal with your desktop, and mobile desktop, environment.
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Apple unbans banned 3G TV app

Apple has apparently bent its own rules to rescind a ban on an iPhone app that allows users to stream TV over a 3G connection.
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UK fatties demand 'hate crime' status for lardo-baiting

Woebegone British swingbellies have launched a campaign against anti-lardo "hate crime" and discrimination, even as a survey of possibly gutbusting Germans has revealed that being "overweight" is actually not a health hazard.

Apple Time Capsule catches plague

Apple Time Capsule wireless backup boxes are failing, with 409 deaths reported so far on the timecapsuledead website.

E-Wolf unveils extreme sports e-car

Leccy Tech German car firm e-Wolf has unveiled plans for a leccy “extreme sports car”.
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Revolting postmen force early Windows 7 launch

Windows 7 Windows 7 orders are arriving in some UK customers’ letterboxes three days ahead of the operating system’s official launch.

Oracle and Sun fingered for Sidekick fiasco

The combination of Oracle and Sun has apparently scored a massive hit on Microsoft even before the firms consummate their merger.
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Spotify shakes hands with 3

UK network operator 3 has signed a deal with Spotify to provide contract customers with unlimited access to the digital music service.

UK cops to be kitted out with smartphones

Smartphones look set to become the law of the land in Blighty, because it has been announced that most British police forces will be equipped with them by March 2010.

Android Eee phone to land this year?

Asus has promised to launch a smartphone before the year’s out, fuelling speculation that its much-rumoured Eee handset could soon see the light of day.
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UK.gov back to the drawing board on DNA retention

The government has dumped a heavily-criticised plan to retain the DNA profiles of innocent people for up to 12 years, after the researchers behind evidence it was based on disowned the policy.
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VoIP hack suspect fugitive extradited back to US

A Venezuelan hacking suspect arrested in Mexico last February on computer hacking and fraud charges faces a court appearance in New Jersey on Tuesday, following his extradition to the US last week.
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Pirate Bay appeal slips into next year

The Pirate Bay appeal that was originally set to take place next month has reportedly been pushed back to summer 2010.
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IBM installs temp server GM after insider trading furore

IBM has put an executive in charge of its server, storage and chip business after the incumbent was put on a temporary leave of absence in the wake of an insider trading scandal that erupted last Friday.
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Dell refunds PC user for rejecting Windows

An enterprising PC user has been refunded on his copy of Windows, after he rejected Microsoft's operating system and license

SCO boots boss McBride

Unix code claimant SCO Group has jettisoned its controversial captain, Darl McBride, as part of the company's latest scheme to emerge from bankruptcy.

Micron's new flash dies live longer

Micron is sampling new flash dies that can write data many more times than other flash chips before they expire.
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Google frees up Virgin America in-flight WiFi

In-flight WiFi's been slowly encroaching on airlines, but you've had to pay. Now, Google will provide free service aboard Virgin American flights over the holiday period.

BMC eats Tideway for discovery tools

Systems management software maker BMC Software continues to snap up other software players as it bulks up to do battle with the likes of IBM, CA, Hewlett-Packard, and now EMC in its chosen market. Today, the company paid an undisclosed amount to acquire British software company and BMC-partner Tideway Systems.
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MySQL daddy backs EU's Snoracle probe

MySQL author Monty Widenius has come out in favor of regulators probing Oracle's ownership of MySQL - and against Sun and Oracle execs past and present.
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Gartner: IT spending growth next year

The final quarter of 2009 is just getting under way, and Gartner's analysts have assembled to give 2009, the IT industry's "worst year ever", a happy send off. Well, more like a mumbled good riddance as it welcomes the prospect of a better 2010.

Teradata unveils SSD Blurr appliance

Teradata has previewed a concept appliance based on Solid State Disks (SSDs) and codenamed Blurr to partners.