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Fanbois spy future iPhone in log file

The first oblique references to the next generation of Apple iPhones have been found in the wild.
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FreeBSD bug gives untrusted root access

A security bug in the latest version of FreeBSD can be exploited to grant unprivileged users complete control over the operating system, a German researcher said Monday.
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Windows 7 - Microsoft minus the martyrdom

Such has been Microsoft's focus on consumers when launching and advertising Windows 7, you'd be forgiven for thinking business users didn't even exist.
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rPath heaves Javelin at Red Hat

rPath is a little bit closer to its Proect Javelin dreams.
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ISS crew drops from 12 to 2

After being jam-packed with a dozen astronauts last week, the International Space Station will look mighty empty with only a two-man skeleton crew holding down the orbiting outpost for most of December.
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Government outlines five year IT strategy

A draft strategy paper from the Cabinet Office has pointed to web 2.0, cloud computing and service oriented architecture as areas for exploitation over the next five years.
Kable, 01 2009

Porn app targets your Android

Users of Android-based smartphones now have access to an app that provides a service unattainable from any of the 100,000-plus offerings in the iPhone App Store.
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Iomega ScreenPlay Director HD

Review Iomega’s original ScreenPlay Pro network media player was a bit of a mixed bag. It had very good connectivity features, including a video input option that allowed it to capture video as well as simply playing audio and video files that were already stored on it. However, it was let down by its inability to play H.264 video – the format used by the ubiquitous iPod and numerous other devices.
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MS casts Project Natal as uber-remote

Microsoft's turn-Xbox-into-Wii scheme, Project Natal, won't stop at the games console, the company has revealed.
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Privacy fears prompt Fry to quit Plaxo

Stephen Fry has quit Plaxo after he became annoyed that the social networking site was revealing what he sees as too many personal details with anyone visiting the site - as opposed to designated contacts.
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x86 Server struggles: Watch the webcast

On Demand For those of you too busy to watch our 'State of the x86 server estate' webcast last week, fret no more - we recorded it for your convenience. You can watch it right here.
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MPs slap ICO for bad language

A select committee report on poor official language has picked on a letter from the Information Commissioner's Office.
Kable, 01 2009
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BlackBerrys get stuck on NFC

MasterCard Canada is trialling NFC payment stickers glued to the back of BlackBerrys, providing payment history through the wonder of push email.
Bill Ray, 01 2009
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The Options for Virtual Desktops

Lab Fashions come and go, in IT as well as ‘real life’, and those charged with managing desktops and laptops have been bombarded over much of the last year with information concerning ‘virtual desktop solutions’.
Tony Lock, 01 2009
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Extra spam and malware security for bit.ly

Bit.ly has partnered with security firms to bolt improved anti-spam and malware protection onto the URL shortening service.
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Snoop Dogg pimps self out on TomTom

He's not allowed in the UK, but he could be allowed in your car. The rapper and hardcore pornographer Snoop Dogg has brought his hilarious "-izzle" speak to TomTom.
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France Telecom stuck with €1bn aid bill by Euro court

France Telecom has been hit for €1bn, after the European Court of First Instance rejected its appeal against a ruling that it enjoyed eight years of unfair tax breaks from the French government.
Joe Fay, 01 2009
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Boffins: Stress of family Xmas can cause fatal diseases

New research by biologists indicates that the stress of festive seasons spent with the family can lead to serious health problems.
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NHS hurls iPhone into booze abuse fray

The NHS has released an iPhone app that counts your units and lets you know when you're drunk, if the blurred vision and falling over isn't enough of a hint.
Bill Ray, 01 2009
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British boffins talk up squeeze-to-control 3D mouse tech

Think Apple's Magic Mouse - reviewed here - is the acme of input devices? You may have to think again. UK tech company Cambridge Consultants has announced what it claims is "a whole new way of interacting with computers" - a squeezable controller.
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Vetting database is mighty maths mess

Home Office estimates for the eventual size of the vetting database look like becoming one of the most inelastic – and therefore least accurate – forecasts in the history of this government’s planning process.
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Cisco unveils small biz spy phone

Cisco is still extremely keen on the small business market one year after dropping $100 million into a new unit specializing in pitching product to companies with fewer than 100 employees.
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Acer Aspire 5738PG Touch

Review Plenty of notebooks supporting Windows 7 multi-touch features have already been announced, but the Aspire 5738PG Touch is one of the earliest to actually hit the shelves. Acer has entered into the spirit of the touch revolution by implementing the technology on-screen as well as on the trackpad, but more on that later.
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BT could jack up line charges to fill pensions hole

Ofcom is pondering allowing BT to jack up its line charges to allow it to lighten the £9bn pension deficit hanging round the neck of the former state-owned telco.
Joe Fay, 01 2009
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UK.gov may abolish edited electoral roll

The Government could abolish the edited electoral roll which organisations can buy from local authorities and use for any purpose. It is consulting on the issue after a review of Government data handling recommended that it be scrapped.
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Space firm to send Christmas Day tweets to dead people

Bereaved Brits desperate to send a message to their departed loved ones this Christmas could instead simply alert hostile aliens to our tenuous Earthly existence.
Joe Fay, 01 2009
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EA exec punts 96,000rpm e-car engine

Leccy Tech One of the highlights of the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens on 4 December, will be a jet-powered electric car.
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Tories flash leaked UK.gov IT strategy

The Conservatives have uploaded a leaked government IT strategy report onto a new website, as part of a nifty wheeze to get the IT community involved in coming up with a better plan.
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DARPA balloon-hunt compo: Stand by for skulduggery

The DARPA Network Challenge - a race to find ten large red balloons to be flown at undisclosed locations in the USA this Saturday - is beginning to take shape, with competing teams trying to marshal the legions of crowdsourced operatives necessary for a win. Meanwhile rules and details have been modified in an attempt to prevent some of the more obvious stratagems.
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Embedded systems and telemetry checkpoint

Mini Poll Technology marketing people are notorious for confusing the hell out of us by trying to dress up relatively simple concepts and developments to make them appear more significant than they are. If they’re not doing this, they’re going to the other extreme and trying to sell us magic bullets that will make complex problems go away with a single shot.
Dale Vile, 01 2009
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FCC invites white space bids

The FCC has invited those interested in running a white space database to explain how they would manage it, and if they're expecting to be handed a monopoly.
Bill Ray, 01 2009
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Anti-spammers urged to gang up

The combined efforts of anti-spam products outperform any individual products alone, according to an experiment by Virus Bulletin, the independent security certification organisation.
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Acer embiggens server and storage range

Acer has shown off its SMB and HPC entry tickets at a Milan show today.
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Google pockets half of 'unlicensed' news dollars, says study

Google pockets more than half of the online revenues generated from "unlicensed" newspaper content, according to a new study.
Cade Metz, 01 2009
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GooTube mulls fee-TV streams

Google is in talks with TV execs to stream commercial-free TV shows on YouTube for a buck ninety-nine each on the day after they're originally broadcast.
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Cloud hopeful rejects Microsoft's interop patent

A cloud interoperability hopeful has dismissed mighty Microsoft's attempt to patent technology for customers to transfer data between different services.
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Russian ransomware blocks net access

Miscreants have developed a ransomware package that blocks internet access in a bid to force infected users into paying up by sending a text message to a premium rate SMS number, lining the pocket of cybercrooks in the process.
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Hackintosher Psystar to pay Apple $2.7m in settlement

Apple and Psystar have settled a large chunk of their legal wrangling, with the Hackintosher agreeing to pay Apple $2.7m rather than continue to trial in federal court in Northern California.
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Concurrent unhoods RedHawk Linux 5.4

With Red Hat, Novell - and now Intel, thanks to its $884m acquisition of Wind River - all crowding into the real-time Linux space, Concurrent has to keep on its toes and keep its RedHawk Linux, well, current.
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Foodies sue providers of hacked payment system

A group of restaurants is demanding millions of dollars in damages from two companies accused of selling point-of-sale terminals that exposed customer data to criminal hackers.
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Comcast trials bandwidth cap meter

Comcast has flipped the test switch on a broadband meter that actually tells customers how much bandwidth they're using before they reach the company's 250GB-a-month bandwidth cap.
Cade Metz, 01 2009
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Nokia sues LCD makers over price-fixing

Nokia has filed a lawsuit against eight display manufacturers over claims they colluded to fix prices for LCDs used in mobile phones.
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SC09: Mineral oil computing - The coming wave?

OK, sure: liquid can hold and transfer way, way more heat than air – we all know that. But is dropping an entire rack of servers into what looks like an enormous deep fryer the right solution? The answer from the folks at Green Revolution Cooling is a resounding, “Yes!”
Dan Olds, 01 2009
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Making big ones out of small ones: SGI

Large shared-memory computing seems to be making a bit of a comeback. The two players we have already talked about ScaleMP and 3Leaf, use primarily off-the-shelf servers (with a special ASIC, in 3Leaf’s case) along with Infiniband connections and specialized software to build cache-coherent, shared-everything systems.
Dan Olds, 01 2009
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SC09: Two Guys and a Cluster

The annual Supercomputing show is refreshing in that it pulls exhibitors of all stripes, ranging from colleges and research labs to the usual slate of large system, software, and infrastructure vendors.
Dan Olds, 01 2009
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Cell phone supercomputing II: in the flesh

In a recent blog, I wrote how tiny ARM-based compute nodes were assembled into a 16-way cluster and displayed at the recently concluded SC09 supercomputing conference.
Dan Olds, 01 2009
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Dates named for next Microsoft Office and SQL Server

Updated Delivery dates for two eagerly awaited pieces of software and the web version of Office from Microsoft have slipped out.
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Millions of mobiles blocked by Indian authorities

India has blocked service to an estimated 25 million mobile phones lacking valid identity codes over concerns criminal or militant groups could use them to organize attacks.