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Google delivers Java 'convenience' APIs

Google has published code for Java to reduce the amount of hand coding needed for commonly occurring or popular features in applications.
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Microsoft's muscle-interface patent gets under your skin

Microsoft boffins have applied for patents that could let you control computer-based devices using electronic impulses from your muscles rather than fiddling with your fingers.
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Record-fine Napsterer wants retrial with RIAA

A Boston University graduate student ordered to pay record labels $675,000 for illegally sharing 30 songs on Napster and Kazaa is asking a judge to grant him a new trial or reduce damages, which he claims are "grossly excessive" and unconstitutional.
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Korean bank dumps Unix boxen for mainframes

BC Card, the largest credit card processor in South Korea, is dumping its Unix servers, made by Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems, and moving its processing applications to mainframes made by IBM.
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Mr Bean ousts PM from Spain's official website

Spain's prime minister was briefly ousted from that country's official website after hackers replaced his likeness with that of bumbling slapstick character Mr. Bean.
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Starting positions for next decade's external storage race

Comment EMC enjoys nearly 24 per cent of the external disk storage market, and has almost twice the revenue share of IBM, its nearest competitor. After HP, every other supplier is trailing EMC with single digit percentage shares.

Chip sales grew (for real) in November

If the statistics collected and massaged by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) are any guide, it looks like the recession is over. Today, the SIA released its report for chip sales in November and said that revenues hit $22.6bn for the month, which is 8.5 per cent more than the sales level set a year ago ($20.9bn). This represents the first real growth on an annual basis in a long time.
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NASA's Kepler telescope finds 5 new planets

NASA's Kepler space telescope has already uncovered new astronomical oddities and five large planets in its first six weeks of searching for Earth-like bodies outside our solar system.
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Mintpass Mintpad

Review Do you really need an electronic notepad and portable media player, but have tiny pockets in all your clothes? If so, the Mintpad could be the answer. This compact device majors on its touchscreen notepad, but also has multimedia features and Wi-Fi Internet connectivity, in a player less than 80 x 65mm.
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2016 bug hits Windows phones

The date bug which is interfering with Aussie point of sale transactions has spread to some Windows mobile phones.

Paid-for Pre apps coming to Europe

Paid-for applications will finally be available to Europe’s Pre smartphone owners within two months, Palm has confirmed.

OmniVision flashes 14.6Mp image sensor

The megapixel glass ceiling has risen once more thanks to OmniVision, which has launched a range of 14.6Mp image sensors for compact cameras and cameraphones.
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BAE Saudi 'corruption' case could go to US Supremes

A corruption lawsuit in the USA against UK-headquartered but nowadays primarily US-based arms globocorp BAE Systems may move to the Supreme Court, according to reports.
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Western Digital goes cartoon crazy

Meet Brent, Gus and Blake - WD's cartoon personifications of its blue, green and black disk drives.
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Taoist truck driver guilty of unlawful sex

The Hong Kong truck driver who persuaded a 19-year-old model he was a Taoist Mao Shan master, with the power to grant her career success in return for sex, has been found guilty of nine counts of "unlawful sexual intercourse under false pretences".
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Y2.01K bug trips up Symantec

Symantec's Endpoint Protection Manager has been hit by a classic date bug and fell over at the end of the year, accepting no definition updates dated since then.

Newspaper e-reader launched

Forget reading novels on your e-book viewer, because the first e-reader supposedly optimised for newspaper and magazine content has been unveiled.
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Apple to splurge $275m on mobile ad broker

Apple is reportedly about to buy ad broker Quattro Wireless for $275m - a third of what Google hopes the regulator will let it pay for competing service AdMob.
Bill Ray, 05 2010
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Mouse nest found in London copper's paperwork

A South London copper has been described as "a little embarrassed" after discovering mice had taken up residence in paperwork on his Kennington desk.
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The case for storage virtualisation

Lab ‘Virtualisation’ is acknowledged by IT professionals as being a pretty good thing. But when we dig a bit deeper into the results of our surveys, it very quickly becomes clear that much of the recognition is centred on x86 server virtualisation technologies and solutions.
Tony Lock, 05 2010

HDS hails new high-end storage

Hitachi Data Systems has confirmed it has a next-generation high-end storage product coming.
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Watchdog smacks Times for bogus climate claim

An advertising campaign touting the depth and quality of the Times newspaper's environment coverage has been slapped by an industry watchdog for inaccuracy. The paper has agreed to modify the advertisements, which are based on a false climate change claim.
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Paramount prepares to scale Dune

Paramount Pictures has appointed Taken helmsman Pierre Morel to tackle a new cinematic adaptation of Frank Herbert's 1965 sci-fi novel Dune, Variety reports.
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News Corp tosses Rotten Tomatoes

Film review site Rotten Tomatoes has been sold to Flixster, which collects user reviews for its site and mobile applications.
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Opera co-founder and CEO quits

Opera's CEO and co-founder, Jon von Tetzchner, has stepped down from his role at the company.

Lenovo joins the smartbook gang

Lenovo has unwrapped its first smartbook– an ARM-based PC with 10.1in display.
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Roboplane tech can deal with air-traffic control directly

Flying cars - or personal aircraft anyway - have moved a step nearer, as ongoing trials using robot aeroplanes and next-gen air traffic equipment in America are said to offer the option of "reduced crews" on commercial cargo flights.
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U2 frontman bitchslapped by TalkTalk

TalkTalk has branded U2 windbag Bono's intervention in the debate over illegal filesharing "outrageous", after he said efforts to block child pornography showed ISPs should be doing more to protect intellectual property.
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LG GM750

Review LG has produced a slew of good-looking handsets recently, not least with its sleek 'n' smooth Chocolate series. With its S-class UI it's also got a snappy icon-based interface which gets a little bit of an update with the LG GM750.
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Masses marvel at 'Most Useless Machine'

A YouTube video of "The Most Useless Machine EVER!" is proving popular among those who'd like to have a robotic box whose only purpose is to turn itself off:

Google tries to quietly trample on Apple's toes

Comment This afternoon Google will finally announce its mobile offering. But while Google may make a better job of trumpeting its entry into the branded phone market, the Nexus One will never be as successful as the iPhone.
Bill Ray, 05 2010

World's first camera-cum-ski goggle developed

With the ski season now firmly upon us, gadget-crazed powder lovers should be thankful that the world’s first snow goggle with an integrated digital camera is en-route to the slopes.

Sony slims Walkman's girth

If your New Year’s resolution is to pound the treadmill more frequently then a bulky MP3 player won’t help. Sony knows this and so has launched its thinnest ever Walkman.
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Facebook offs social suicide service

Facebook is blocking IP addresses relating to companies which offer a social network deletion service.
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National Rail website buried ahead of snow storm

Commuters desperate to avoid spending the night in a railway station or being eaten by their snow-bound fellow commuters were left none the wiser if they went to the National Rail website this afternoon.

Sony to co-launch 3D TV channel?

Sony may partner with two leading video entertainment giants to launch a dedicated 3D TV channel, it has emerged, just hours after sports broadcaster ESPN confirmed plans for its own 3D telly service.
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Outrageous new means of megastar demise spotted

Most big old stars at the end of their lives tend to go out in a fairly mundane way - either exploding with incredible violence as supernovae, or collapsing into ultradense universe-warping unfeasiblo-gunge as a black hole.
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IBM joyfully outs Core i3 chips in entry servers

As the chip maker said it would back in mid-December, Intel will shortly round out its Core i3, i5, and i7 lines of mobile and desktop processors. To this end, the 32 nanometer "Arrandale" laptop and "Clarkdale" desktop processors make their debut this Thursday at the Consumer Electronics Show 2010 in Las Vegas.
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Google (still) pocketing dollars for free clicks

Ten months after the behavior was first spotlighted, Google continues to charge its advertisers for "free clicks," thanks to a partnership that sees its ads served onto a well-known example of online pop-up-ware.
Cade Metz, 05 2010

Google uncloaks the Nexus One

Updated Google has surprised no one by unveiling the Google-branded and Google-sold Nexus One phone at a press event in Mountain View.
Cade Metz, 05 2010
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Hacker pilfers browser GPS location via router attack

If you're surfing the web from a wireless router supplied by some of the biggest device makers, there's a chance Samy Kamkar can identify your geographic location.
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Oracle gobbles last firm for the decade

Oracle gobbled its last company for the past decade with the acquisition of Silver Creek Systems, a company that makes software for simplifying and standardizing product descriptions across supply chains.

Microsoft undercuts planned Office 2010 retail price

Updated Activating a pre-installed copy of Office 2010 on a new PC will save you almost a third off the price of buying an off-the-shelf copy of the planned suite.

Ex-server maker Verari auctions what's left of self

If you always wanted to own your own server company and compete against the tier one players who will want to crush you like a mosquito feasting on a tiny drop of their blood, here's your chance. Ex-server maker Verari Systems, which had a layoff and restructuring on December 11 is selling off its assets in an auction.
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Feds investigate theft of $3m from NY school

The FBI and New York state police are investigating the online theft of more than $3m from a small school district in the western part of the state.
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Italians threaten suit over Windows pre-install

An Italian consumer rights group plans to slap Microsoft with a class-action lawsuit this week seeking compensation on behalf of people forced to buy Windows pre-installed on new computers.