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IBM software: big, blue and boring in the 2010s

Comment IBM's vision for software ain't what it used to be. Biggie Blue's venerable software biz will doubtlessly roll right along into the new decade - make no mistake - but where's the drive and risk taking that made the company actually cool back 10 years ago?
Austin Modine, 11 Jan 2010
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Embedded developments

Is anyone still developing software anymore, particularly in smaller-scale, “embedded” systems running on platform-specific operating systems? Despite the best efforts of packaged software vendors, software development never went away – indeed, the annual barometer studies that Freeform Dynamics undertakes with readers of The Register repeatedly shows that “custom application development” is always one of the top areas for investment. And in a recent mini-poll, when we asked you about embedded systems in particular, we found considerable interest in this area. But what’s guiding the decision about the embedded OS to use?
Tony Lock, 11 Jan 2010
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Ion handycam is back to front (and back again)

CES 2010 Gadget manufacturer Ion has unleashed “the world’s first video recorder with front and back lenses”.
James Sherwood, 11 Jan 2010
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Flexiant flexes muscle in face of web hosting crowd

Exclusive A SaaS company with its eye firmly fixed on the web hosting market and backed by investors including the co-founders of Nominet UK and Pipex Communications will launch later today.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Jan 2010
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Plastic Logic shows executive e-book reader

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Demo'd: how to turn an iPhone into a universal remote

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Tax department targets IT downtime

HM Revenue and Customs is stepping up efforts to cut the down time of its IT systems.
Kable, 11 Jan 2010
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Acer recalls 22,000 over microphone flame out fear

Acer has issued a voluntary product recall notice for 22,000 Acer Aspire notebooks in the US, after it emerged that they could overheat and burn their owners.
Joe Fay, 11 Jan 2010
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Italians take the 'p' to fight back against Big Brother

Italians are fighting back against the surveillance society with a grass roots project designed to publicise the location of CCTV cameras – and to "out" those that have been set up contrary to Italian Law.
Jane Fae , 11 Jan 2010
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Taser offers obsessive parents total mobe intrusion package

Famed cattleprod-launcher firm Taser International has diversified out of its core business in electric stun weapons. The firm has announced that it will soon release a "family safety platform" allowing parents to monitor their children's mobile phone use, location and driving.
Lewis Page, 11 Jan 2010
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Database updates star in Oracle quarterly patch batch

Oracle is preparing 24 patches for its latest quarterly patch update.
John Leyden, 11 Jan 2010
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Google preps business-grade Nexus One

Google executive Andy Rubin has confirmed that a business-grade version of the Nexus One smartphone is in development.
James Sherwood, 11 Jan 2010
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Google too powerful, warns German minister

Google is in danger of becoming a monopoly like Microsoft and governments will soon have to act as regulators, the German minister of Justice has warned.
John Oates, 11 Jan 2010
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Mozilla teases surfers with near-final version of Firefox 3.6

Mozilla spun out a near-ready version of Firefox 3.6 over the weekend, all of which suggests that the final build of the next iteration of the open source browser could be imminent.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Jan 2010
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'Google' crowned word of the decade

The American Dialect Society has crowned the verb "google" as its Word of the Decade, while honouring "tweet" as its 2009 Word of the Year.
Lester Haines, 11 Jan 2010
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Oz firm seeks talented IT developer

One of Oz's "leading privately owned Transport companies" last Friday posted an ad on the country's "#1 job site" looking for an IT operative. However, some ne'er-do-well quickly jumped in and added a pretty specific range of talents:
Lester Haines, 11 Jan 2010
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Zuckerberg: 'I am a prophet'

Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that he is a prophet, declaring that he had foreseen that people will soon have no qualms about displaying every minute detail of their private lives on the internet.
Joe Fay, 11 Jan 2010
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Peugeot designs Hybrid4 concept coupé

Leccy Tech Pictures of a concept e-car set to be unveiled by Peugeot at the Geneva Motor Show this March has revealed that the French car firm doesn’t regard high-performance and hybrid drive trains as mutually exclusive.
Alun Taylor, 11 Jan 2010
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Rogue phishing app smuggled onto Android Marketplace

A phisher hoping to harvest bank login details managed to smuggle his app onto the Android app store.
John Leyden, 11 Jan 2010
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CBI kills off the recovery before it's begun

The Confederation of British Industry is not convinced the economy is over the worst, despite its latest survey showing a continued growth in confidence.
John Oates, 11 Jan 2010
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Yank walks plank over Liverpool fan email

Supporters of Liverpool FC have succeeded in getting Tom Hicks Jr to quit his post as club director after he fired an email broadside at a fan's "polite enquiry about the funding challenge facing Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez during this transfer window".
Lester Haines, 11 Jan 2010
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Samsung Omnia II

Review Samsung's original Omnia created a bit of a stir amid its accompanying hype when it first appeared a year or so ago. While the general consensus was that it was clever and different, it didn't quite have the X-factor to take on the very best of the touch screen smartphone brigade, which still has the iPhone as its enduring Joe McElderry.
Dave Oliver, 11 Jan 2010
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Mozilla tries to silence add-on developers' scream

Mozilla has been forced to justify its decision to herd third party coders, whose add-ons sometimes break the Firefox user interface, away form the browser's components directory.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Jan 2010
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AWOL SDK kicks off Nexus One backlash

After the hype comes the backlash - and in the fast moving world of smartphones, the whole cycle only takes a day.
Wireless Watch, 11 Jan 2010
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New mega offshore windfarms could supply 2% of UK energy

Licences have been awarded to develop nine massive new offshore wind farms which could - if fully exploited - deliver as much as two per cent of the UK's present day energy requirements.
Lewis Page, 11 Jan 2010
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Celebrity goat declines Britain's Got Talent gig

A "gifted" goat elevated to YouTube stardom by a short vid of his ability to greet schoolkids down on the farm will not appear on Britain's Got Talent, despite producers' desperate attempts to lure him before the cameras.
Lester Haines, 11 Jan 2010
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Seagate foresees monster 2011

Seagate CEO Stephen Luczo thinks there could be monster hard disk drive sales in 2011 following better than 15 per cent growth this year.
Chris Mellor, 11 Jan 2010
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Integrated tube tickets not on the Olympic menu

With two and a half years to go, the Olympic Committee has started locking down the technology for the 2012 games, with Oyster-enabled tickets the first to go as the £500m budget gets allocated.
Bill Ray, 11 Jan 2010
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US CIOs say the work is piling up

Robert Half Technology, an IT compensation and headhunting consultancy, says that chief information officers are seeing IT work pile up and are gearing up to do some hiring this year.
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False Facebook charge group used to spread malware

Updated A false rumour suggesting that Facebook is to start charging is being used to bait malware traps.
John Leyden, 11 Jan 2010
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Microsoft recruits Halo jobsworths

A new Halo instalment may be in the works, if Microsoft job ads are anything to go buy.
James Sherwood, 11 Jan 2010
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Beeb reporter breaks Sonim's 'unbreakable' phone with fishtank

A BBC reporter covering this year’s CES broke Sonim’s…ahem…“unbreakable” mobile phone during a video demonstration of its toughness.
James Sherwood, 11 Jan 2010

The charge of the alternative gadget chargers

CES 2010 Multipurpose gadget power packs provided some welcome light relief at this year's CES. Let's take a look at some of the contenders, real and possibly imaginary.
James Sherwood, 11 Jan 2010
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IT workers told, 'Put down the biscuits, fat boy'

The BCS is urging tech workers to get fit for the New Year and has set up a website to help them shift the extra pounds.
John Oates, 11 Jan 2010
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Compellent extends tiering to SAS

Compellent is adding SAS disk tiers to its SAN and protecting against double drive failures with RAID 6.
Chris Mellor, 11 Jan 2010
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DARPA to build 'needle-in-haystack' detector goggles

Radical Pentagon boffins have decided to build super high-tech binoculars or goggles which would - according to the government specifications - be able to identify and pick out "a needle moving along the surface of a haystack".
Lewis Page, 11 Jan 2010
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NuLab's fave boffin claims phallocentric conspiracy

New Labour's favourite boffin has lost her job - for a very New Labour reason - and has responded with a classically New Labour riposte.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jan 2010
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Santa Fe man demands half a mill for being near iPhone

Arthur Firstenberg is suing his neighbour for $530,000 for refusing to switch off her iPhone, claiming that the electromagnetic fields generated are destroying his health.
Bill Ray, 11 Jan 2010
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Seagate builds cloud on-ramp for ISVs

Seagate has added a smooth on-ramp to its i365 cloud by offering an API and connector service to ISVs like CA and C2C.
Chris Mellor, 11 Jan 2010
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Progress moves forward with Savvion BPM buy

The collection of database, application development and integration tools peddled by Progress Software - many of which came to the company through acquisitions - was broadened again today as the company announced it was acquiring Savvion, which makes business process management (BPM) tools.
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Orange exec busts opens iSlate kimono

Apple’s long rumoured iSlate will launch within days, an Orange France exec says.
James Sherwood, 11 Jan 2010
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IBM sues ex-customer over unpaid $1.7m tab

IBM claims a New York-based brokerage firm downloaded $1.7 million worth of its online transaction software without bothering to settle a bill.
Austin Modine, 11 Jan 2010
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Google suggests Islam is nothing

Google's search Suggest function treats Islam a bit differently from the other major religions of the world. It's willing to suggest "Christianity is bullshit" or "Judaism is false," but if you begin to ask what Islam is, it won't suggest a thing.
Cade Metz, 11 Jan 2010
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Judge awards Dish Network $51m from satellite pirate

A federal judge has slapped a $51m judgment on a Florida man for distributing software that allowed people to receive television programming from Dish Network without paying for it.
Dan Goodin, 11 Jan 2010
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Dell rolls out rugged OptiPlex PC for retailers

Dell has rolled out a ruggedized, OEM variant of its OptiPlex business-class PCs during the opening of National Retail Federation show in New York city.
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Google book scanners apologize to Chinese scribes

Google has publicly apologized to the Chinese Writers Association for inadequate communication with local writers over its Google Book Search project, an effort to digitize millions of texts inside various research libraries.
Cade Metz, 11 Jan 2010