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EU ministers agree e-government aims

European ministers have signed a declaration outlining policies to deliver 'smarter' online public services by 2015.
Kable, 23 Nov 2009

Freeview HD - your questions answered

With the first Freeview HD transmissions scheduled to start on the 2 December in the London, Liverpool and Manchester areas, Register Hardware answers all your questions about the new telly technology.
Nigel Whitfield, 23 Nov 2009
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Imation ships wirelessly-connected hard drive

Imation has announced its external hard drive that connects by wireless USB to PCs and Macs is now shipping.
Chris Mellor, 23 Nov 2009
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Chrysler dumps e-car plans

Leccy Tech Chrysler's e-car strategy has vanished down the plughole, taking with it any chance of us getting intimate with the Lotus Europa-based Dodge Circuit.
Alun Taylor, 23 Nov 2009
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Murdoch puffs Microsoft over Google

Rupert Murdoch is in talks with Microsoft over his plans to delist his newspaper websites from Google.
John Oates, 23 Nov 2009
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eBay stamps on Mussolini's brain

Customers of online tat bazaar eBay were on Friday denied the chance to bid for bits of former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, when the site swiftly pulled a listing for samples of his blood and brain.
Lester Haines, 23 Nov 2009
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New sensitive space gloves: NASA spends wad freely

NASA handed out $350,000 in prize money to astronautical haberdashers vying for glory in the space agency's Astronaut Glove Challenge this weekend.
Lewis Page, 23 Nov 2009
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Virtualisation in the smaller business

Lab Many of your comments on some of the virtualisation articles we have written to date have suggested that smaller organisations have different challenges and priorities when it comes to virtualisation. Here we report back on what we have been told so far and ask you for your insights.
Tony Lock, 23 Nov 2009
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DVLA doubles annual IT spend

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is to more than double what it spends annually on its IT deal with IBM.
Kable, 23 Nov 2009
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E-book readers to stay pricey next year

Holding out for a £100 e-book reader before snapping up one of these gadgets for yourself? You may get lucky this year, but don't expect prices to fall any further.
Tony Smith, 23 Nov 2009
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eBay blames success for failure

eBay suffered an embarrassing failure on Saturday as no one was able to search on the site - not a good thing at the start of Christmas shopping season.
John Oates, 23 Nov 2009
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O/S bloat: What's the cure?

Comment It is becoming increasingly obvious that a virtual server wastes great chunks of its memory occupied by the operating system wrappers around the applications in the virtual machines (VM) running in the physical server. If each VM occupies 50MB, and 20MB of that is the Windows O/S, then around 40 per cent of the servers's DRAM holds repetitive and relatively useless code.
Chris Mellor, 23 Nov 2009
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Dell details smartphone spec

Dell has come clean on the full specifications of its Mini 3i smartphone, and it doesn't impress.
James Sherwood, 23 Nov 2009
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Looking back at packaged application rigidity and lock-in

Workshop When packaged applications first appeared on the scene a quarter of a century ago, it was normal for them to be very proprietary in nature.
Dale Vile, 23 Nov 2009
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New hacker peril for older IE versions

Internet Explorer users are at risk from a newly discovered and unpatched vulnerability in older versions of Microsoft's browser.
John Leyden, 23 Nov 2009
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Fusion-io whips out fast gov-grade ioDrive

Fusion-io has put eight of its ioDrives on a single PCIe card to produce 800,000 IOPS and 6GB/sec bandwidth.
Chris Mellor, 23 Nov 2009

Microsoft stands tall over Xbox Live lawsuit threat

The possibility of class-action lawsuit arising from the ban of roughly 1m gamers from Xbox Live doesn’t worry Microsoft, because the firm believes it is in the right.
James Sherwood, 23 Nov 2009
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Palm Pre update inbound

The Pre smartphone will be refreshed with an updated webOS “within the next few days”, manufacturer Palm has promised.
James Sherwood, 23 Nov 2009
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Coprocessors ride again

The idea that hybrid computing is becoming a mainstream technology was one of the major threads running through SC09 last week. Convey Computer, founded in 2006, has a different take on how to best implement hybrid architectures, to deliver better performance and to simplify use.
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MIT boffins invent robot clam-grapnel

MIT boffins are pleased to annouce that they have at last perfected a long-sought-after technology - that of the robot clam. It seems that metal shellfish able to dig themselves into the seabed will make excellent anchors for somewhat larger droid submarines.
Lewis Page, 23 Nov 2009
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GPS alarm seems alarmingly useless

The Freedom Personal Safety is a GPS device that's supposed to alert loved ones that you're in trouble, but actually seems about as trustworthy as the only other man in the train carriage who appears to have moved a seat closer to you every time you look.
Bill Ray, 23 Nov 2009
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Microsoft's IE 9, Silverlight 4 and the whiff of lock-in

Radio Reg Basking in the afterglow of the recently released Windows 7, Microsoft has rallied the faithful to share the love at its annual Professional Developers' Conference in Los Angeles, California.
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Google to anoint Android, Chrome OS love (eventually)

Google has confessed that its Chrome OS and Android projects are likely to come together at some stage down the line as the firm continues to tinker with its operating system vision of the future.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Nov 2009
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Credit crunch? It won't be over by Christmas

The impact of the recession on British businesses may well be permanent, and will certainly last until well into the next decade, the UK's union for bosses has declared.
John Oates, 23 Nov 2009
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Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2

Review Lenovo’s new IdeaPad S10-2 is an update of the S10e. The hardware is conventional netbook fare with a dual-core Atom processor and a 10.1in screen all dressed up in a smart chassis that makes it look like a baby ThinkPad. There have been a number of updates for this model, such as an increase in the frontside bus speed for the Atom processor to 800MHz and DDR 2 Ram that runs at 667MHz rather than 533MHz.
Leo Waldock, 23 Nov 2009
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We're going for optimised workload delivery...

Workshop Who wouldn’t want IT to be delivered in a more dynamic, flexible, agile, [insert your least detested buzzword here] way? Optimal configurations for server and desktop workload delivery have been discussed, and indeed, attempted, for many years. So how close are we to really nailing this?
Martin Atherton, 23 Nov 2009
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iPhone worm hjacks ING customers

Updated The second worm to infect jailbroken iPhone users reportedly targets customers of Dutch online bank ING Direct.
John Leyden, 23 Nov 2009
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Drobo restrings boxes to double-up product range

Data Robotics has added two new products, enhancing both the basic Drobo and the more capable Drobo Pro. It now claims to provide the simplest and best value iSCSI SAN in the world.
Chris Mellor, 23 Nov 2009
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Pegatron smartbook uncloaked?

Following recent confirmation that Taiwanese contract manufacturer Pegatron plans to launch a machine of its own early next year, a 10in fanless netbook sporting the firm’s logo has been spotted.
James Sherwood, 23 Nov 2009
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Erotica 09: Bit limp, but crowds still up for it

NSFW In a week when scientists trumpeted the discovery of a new drug to boost flagging female libido, Erotica 2009 - the UK’s premiere female-friendly erotic event - was looking decidedly limp.
Jane Fae , 23 Nov 2009
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AOL taps strategy boutique ahead of Time Warner spin-off

AOL has revamped its logo and plans to launch the new look after its parent company Time Warner dumps the struggling web outfit early next month.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Nov 2009
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Savage roo mauls Oz man

An Oz man has taken a serious pasting at the hands of a "savage" kangaroo which was attempting to drown his dog, the Herald Sun reports.
Lester Haines, 23 Nov 2009
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Spotify embraces Symbian

Music-streaming service Spotify is now available on Symbian handsets too, for paying subscribers at least.
Bill Ray, 23 Nov 2009
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Moller Skycar to finally crash and burn?

(In)famous flying-car firm Moller International - whose four-decade quest to produce an Everyman aerial ride has seen no aircraft delivered and a 2003 fine from the SEC for selling "fraudulent unregistered stock" - has now announced "Virtual Test Flights of [a] New Flying Car".
Lewis Page, 23 Nov 2009
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Exascale computing: How do we get there from here?

Exascale supercomputers, the computing industry’s next frontier, will run 1,000 times quicker than the fastest computers of today – and the world’s scientific researchers are sure to drum up plenty of projects to harness their compute power. But how do we get there from here?
Team Register, 23 Nov 2009
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T-Orange won't share the airwaves

T-Mobile and Orange won't be handing over any radio spectrum when they merge, despite the fact that T-Orange will own almost half the available airways.
Bill Ray, 23 Nov 2009
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Wind turbines to power phone masts

Forget mobile phone covers made of recycled plastic bottles or handsets powered by sunlight. If you really want to make a green phone call then move to California, where some phone masts will soon run on wind energy.
James Sherwood, 23 Nov 2009
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New analysis points to ancient Martian ocean, river valleys

NASA-funded boffins say they have found convincing evidence that much of Mars was once covered by an ocean of liquid water, and that rain fell on the red planet long ago.
Lewis Page, 23 Nov 2009
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Symantec Japan website bamboozled by hacker

A Symantec-run website was vulnerable to Blind SQL Injection problems that reportedly exposes a wealth of potentially sensitive information.
John Leyden, 23 Nov 2009
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PC sales bounce up (and down)

The box counters at Gartner have revised their PC shipment estimates for 2009, saying that PC makers did better than expected pumping out machines in the third quarter. But because average selling prices are falling - thanks in part to the advent of cheap netbooks and general price erosion across all PC types - sales are still going to be down this year.
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Weather balloons no longer a crazy idea for rural coverage

As the US gets serious about opening up mobile broadband to its entire population, it is hunting for new spectrum options to support that.
Faultline, 23 Nov 2009
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Cisco pumps out iPhone security app

Cisco has pushed out a new iPhone app that helps IT managers respond to newly-detected security threats by the seat (pocket) of their pants.
Austin Modine, 23 Nov 2009
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Google hoodwinked into pushing Chrome OS scareware

Rogue anti-virus scammers have tainted search results for Chromium OS - the open source version of Google's Chrome OS - in a bid to expose surfers hunting the web operating system to a fake anti-virus scan scam instead.
John Leyden, 23 Nov 2009
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Bing search bribery a retailer magnet

Bing has boosted Microsoft's retailer revenues by nearly 50 per cent, according to a new search-ad study.
Cade Metz, 23 Nov 2009
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Rogue iPhone dev unmoved by App Store spin

Apple marketing veep Phil Schiller has put another smiley face on company's capricious iPhone App Store approval process - but at least one developer who spent months battling the App Store police isn't buying Schiller's spin.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Nov 2009
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IE bug leaks private details from 50m PDF files

A bug in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser is causing more than 50 million files stored online to leak potentially sensitive information that could compromise user privacy, a security researcher said.
Dan Goodin, 23 Nov 2009

IBM's cat-brain sim a 'scam,' says Swiss boffin

Responding to its nation's sovereign call to develop electronics with the intelligence of a cat, IBM last week announced a major step in feline gray matter simulation. But professional rivalries clearly run deep inside puss brain replication circles, with a leading neuroscientist blasting the project as a "scam" and a "mass deception of the public."
Austin Modine, 23 Nov 2009
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Facebookers hit with steamy clickjacking exploit

Facebook administrators have blocked a clickjacking exploit that displayed images of a scantily clad woman on profile pages without first prompting the user for permission.
Dan Goodin, 23 Nov 2009