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Video ports
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Updated Legalized SlingPlayer 3G TV joins App Store ranks

MWC As expected, a 3G-enabled version of Sling Media's TV player for the iPhone has found its place among the 150,000-or-so apps in Apple's App Store.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Feb 2010
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US lab births flexy, stingy solar cells

A team of US research scientists have made a startling breakthrough in solar-cell development, creating flexible wire-based cell substrates that use just one per cent of the silicon needed for brittle and comparatively heavy conventional cells.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Feb 2010
globalisation
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Cisco cuts and runs on Dell blade partnership

It was only a few months ago that Dell gave Cisco a powerful smack to the face by publicly denouncing the network giants' big Unified Computing System pitch as a vendor lock-in scheme when unveiling a set of servers, storage systems, and third-party network technologies it called an "open" alternative.*
Austin Modine, 16 Feb 2010
HP Pavilion Elite HPE-180
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HP Pavilion Elite HPE-180

Review The Pavilion Elite HPE-180 stands at the pinnacle of the HP's home PC line-up and sports spec to match. It has a 2.80GHz Intel Core i7-860 processor, 8GB of DDR 3 memory, a Blu-ray combo drive and, to make use of all that memory, 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium.
Leo Waldock, 16 Feb 2010
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MPs, Lords ask if Mandybill is human rights friendly

The Government must provide more detail on exactly how alleged copyright infringers will be cut off from the internet before a file-sharing disconnection law is passed, according to a parliamentary committee.
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Feb 2010

Fujitsu grabs billion pound HP contract

The Department of Work and Pensions has picked Fujitsu to sort out its desktop computers, even though the company faces a ballot of union members to end its long-running dispute with the Unite union.
John Oates, 16 Feb 2010
channel

Overland Snaps into iSCSI

Oveland Storage is adding a SnapServer SAN product alongside the SnapServer filer product, and hoping it will be the business growth engine it sorely needs.
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2010
LG Air Sync
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LG to bring over-the-air phone sync to all

MWC LG has claimed it is the first phone maker to bring over-the-air synchronisation out of the smartphone handset category and into the mid-range market.
Tony Smith, 16 Feb 2010
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Virtualisation and packaged applications

Lab To the outsider, suggesting that such workloads as SAP, Siebel and so on should be candidates for virtualisation feels like a bit of an anathema.
Jon Collins, 16 Feb 2010
Sony Xel-1

Sony backs away from OLED TV future

Sony is to exit the OLED TV market in Japan, almost two years after the launch of its ground-breaking 11in Xel-1 telly.
Tony Smith, 16 Feb 2010
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MoJ and police discipline Twitter sinners

The Ministry of Justice and the Metropolitan Police have acknowledged disciplining staff for misusing online social networks.
Kable, 16 Feb 2010
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Cyclist Floyd Landis accused of hacking into doping lab

French authorities have issued an arrest warrant against US cyclist Floyd Landis over allegations he hacked into an anti-doping lab computer.
John Leyden, 16 Feb 2010
cloud

HP puts mid-range storage on steroids

HP is updating its MSA and LeftHand storage arrays and bringing in a new naming scheme.
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2010
channel

Another annoying cloud pitch

I just sat through another cloud consulting services pitch from a major IT vendor. Some of it was under NDA so can’t talk about specifics, but that’s not really relevant to the point that has prompted me to write this.
Dale Vile, 16 Feb 2010
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Microsoft made a phone, and I hate it already

Opinion Microsoft's next mobile platform will probably make for nice mobile phones, but for those of us hankering after a mobile computer it's just going to be annoying.
Bill Ray, 16 Feb 2010
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Scorsese and De Niro planning Taxi Driver II?

The word on the street at the Berlin Film festival is that Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese may be planning to "revisit" 1976 classic Taxi Driver - either as a sequel or a remake.
Lester Haines, 16 Feb 2010
Freeview HD app

Freeview HD EPG debuts on iPhone

Freeview has released its 14-day electronic programme guide on the iPhone.
Tony Smith, 16 Feb 2010
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Apple bans iPhone hackers from App Store

Apple has banned at least two prominent iPhone hackers from accessing its App Store.
John Leyden, 16 Feb 2010
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Windows Phone 7 Series website collapses under weight of traffic

The Windows Phone 7 Series website is currently titsup less than a day since Microsoft launched its iPhone-competing gadget.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Feb 2010
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Apple to stick padlocks on books for iPad

Apple is dusting off FairPlay - the digital rights management used by iTunes - to protect electronic copies of books sold to iPad users.
John Oates, 16 Feb 2010
AMP Aviator 2
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Firm punts USB 3 SSD

OK, so you may not have a USB 3.0 equipped PC just yet, but if you do, or you're planning to buy one, you may be after some external storage capable of making the most of the new bus' available bandwidth.
Tony Smith, 16 Feb 2010
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Raygun 747 missile-zapping test video released

Vid The US Missile Defence Agency has released video of last week's test of the Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) - the huge, jumbo-jet-mounted laser cannon built to blast hostile ballistic missiles out of the sky as they boost upward from their launch sites.
Lewis Page, 16 Feb 2010
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NFC gains Wi-Fi connection, loses name

MWC With Wi-Fi-connected toggles and single-wire-protocol SIMs, everyone seems to be trying to make NFC work, even if it's not going to be called that any more.
Bill Ray, 16 Feb 2010
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EMI puts Abbey Road under the silver hammer?

EMI has reportedly put its iconic Abbey Road recording studio up for sale in an effort to pay off some of its hefty debts.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Feb 2010
LTE Advance Logo
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Samsung shows off 4G netbook

MWC Samsung has shown off a set of netbooks equipped with Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband connectivity - a world first, the South Korean giant claimed.
Tony Smith, 16 Feb 2010
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Miniskirt outrage Brazilian becomes Carnival queen

The 20-year-old Brazilian lass who was expelled from São Paulo's Bandeirante University for wearing a miniskirt has strutted her stuff as a Rio Carnival queen.
Lester Haines, 16 Feb 2010
HTC Desire
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Orange teases with HTC Desire debut

MWC Orange will release HTC's upcoming Android-based smartphone, Desire, in April.
Tony Smith, 16 Feb 2010
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Small firms say UK taxes are strangling growth

The Federation of Small Business has found that its members would happily take on more staff if they weren't groaning under the financial burden of keeping the British government ticking over.
Team Register, 16 Feb 2010
Plantronics Voyager Pro UC

Plantronics Voyager Pro UC

Review Judging from the photos on Plantronics’ website, the system requirements for its Voyager Pro headset include a goatee (recommended) or some carefully cultivated designer stubble (minimum). Fortunately, we were in unshaven mode when the box landed on our desk and it seemed to work just fine with a basic two-day growth.
Cliff Joseph, 16 Feb 2010
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Steve Jobs anoints official biographer

Steve Jobs has put himself on a par with Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin in anointing the man he would like to write his official biography. Maybe.
Joe Fay, 16 Feb 2010
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Labour MP denies calling Tories 'scum-sucking pigs' on Twitter

A Labour minister has claimed his Twitter account was hacked, after a tweet went out under his name that brandished the Tories as "Scum-sucking pigs".
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Feb 2010
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Echelon computers can't cope with bad lines

Who remembers Echelon, the top-secret telecommunications spy network said to be run by the US and allied Anglophone nations, and to be triggered as soon as certain key words or phrases are spoken on the phone?
Lewis Page, 16 Feb 2010
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Royal hack police worker avoids jail

A civilian police worker who hacked into force computers to steal data on a royal visit to Wales has avoided prison for crimes his lawyers claim were motivated by idle curiosity.
John Leyden, 16 Feb 2010
iPOD and flames

My mother-in-law wants this! (For her birthday, you understand)

My 79-year-old mother-in-law recently started computer lessons, mostly to help her go Googling and maybe, just maybe to send emails to fellow members of her bowls club. After many years as a computer-denier, she now sees the point – but computer mice will remain ever horrible to her.
Drew Cullen, 16 Feb 2010
channel

EMC adds awesome to Atmos

EMC has upgraded the hardware and protection attributes of its cloud storage Atmos product so it can store, process and protect more data faster.
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2010
Flinders map of Australia as published in 1814

Google and Yahoo! join Oz protests

Google and Yahoo! have joined a pressure group which seeks to stop Communications Minister Stephen Conroy's doomed attempt to filter Aussie web traffic.
John Oates, 16 Feb 2010
arrow pointing up

HP helps customers go cloudwards

HP is offering a Cloud Design Service to get customers using cloud IT faster.
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2010
Apple

Only Apple can get away with App Stores

There are certain words I try and avoid when writing, because they confuse more than they enlighten. Terms such as "Business model", "Sustainability" and "Platform" are not just self-serving jargon - the real meaning is the opposite of what is intended. Well, even before this week, I expected the term "Mobile App Store" to be heading the same way.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Feb 2010
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Scots unleash world's strongest beer

A Scottish brewer appears to have torpedoed a German rival's claim to the world's strongest beer, by bottling a "quadruple IPA" weighing in at a liver-bashing 41 per cent ABV.
Lester Haines, 16 Feb 2010
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Vodafone chief gripes at Google dominance in online ad market

Vodafone boss Vittorio Colao today bitched to his peers about Google's growing power in the online ad and search market, claiming such dominance could stymie the flow of cash through the mobile telecoms system.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Feb 2010
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US sorority girls in booze-fuelled orgy of violence

Crack boffins in Kansas have exposed a new scourge sweeping US universities: that of male students being routinely handed savage thrashings by their lithe young co-ed girlfriends, and not in a cheery consensual S&M-hijinks sort of way, either.
Lewis Page, 16 Feb 2010
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Life's a BONDI beach for widgets

MWC Every year, widgets almost happen on mobile phones, and this year widget fans can show handsets and a route to market... nearly.
Bill Ray, 16 Feb 2010
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Vodafone lets Androiders in on 360

MWC Vodafone has extended its 360 service to Android users, providing a Vodafone People application that even non-Vodafone customers are welcome to use.
Bill Ray, 16 Feb 2010
Nokia N900
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Nokia patches N900 firmware

Nokia has updated the Maemo-based - or should that be MeeGo-based - Nokia N900 smartphone/mobile computer* with fresh firmware.
Tony Smith, 16 Feb 2010
globalisation

IBM consumes network kit automation firm

IBM has scooped up network automation software maker Intelliden.
Austin Modine, 16 Feb 2010
chart

RIM unveils free BlackBerry server

MWC Research in Motion is offering a tasty incentive for small and medium businesses to standardize on BlackBerries with the introduction of new - and free - server software.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Feb 2010
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Contest offers $100,000 for smartphone, browser hacks

An annual hacking contest that has made mincemeat of security on both Mac and Windows computers will set its sights on smartphones and browsers with as much as $100,000 in awards next month.
Dan Goodin, 16 Feb 2010
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Google Buzz bug exposes user geo location

Updated Already besieged by complaints of shoddy user privacy, Google Buzz is was susceptible to exploits that allow an attacker to commandeer accounts and even learn where victims are located, a security researcher said Tuesday.
Dan Goodin, 16 Feb 2010
server room
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Yahoo! looks beyond Google's data cruncher

Nowadays, when it comes to crunching epic amounts of web data, Google's MapReduce credo is all the rage. The Mountain View method of distributing back-end compute tasks across a sea of commodity machines has given rise to the open source Hadoop platform, which now underpins Yahoo!, Facebook, and even a chunk of Microsoft Bing.
Cade Metz, 16 Feb 2010
Facebook

Facebook goes lighter than Lite

MWC Facebook is introducing a lower-than-low-bandwidth way to get aboard its überpopular social-networking service.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Feb 2010
Skype logo
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Skype set for Verizon 3G

Verizon Wireless has joined forces with Skype to allow select BlackBerry and Android phones to make internet calls across its 3G network starting in March.
Austin Modine, 16 Feb 2010