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Intel: 'We won't wait for software'

An Intel vice president said today that his company's hardware advances will lead - not follow - software developments.
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Microsoft extends try-before-it-quits Win7 test program

Businesses now have until the end of 2010 to install a version of Windows 7 that automatically shuts down after 90 days.
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Creative Vado HD

Review After a long period in which Creative Labs seemed to do little other than sit back and spend the $100m that it won from Apple in a lawsuit over the iPod, the Singaporean giant now appears to be stirring from its slumbers. Promising “some cool stuff on the horizon”, a Creative spokesman recently delivered unto Reg Hardware a whole heap of gadgets, including the latest version of its Vado HD pocket camcorder.
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Blue Coat virtualizes WAN appliance

If there's one thing branch offices linked back into a data center don't need, it's another box taking up space and generating heat in the local data closet.
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ZigBee searches for a new home

The ZigBee Alliance has published a guide to using the standard in telecommunications, based around fitting a ZigBee node inside a SIM chip.
Bill Ray, 31 2010
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How not to screw up an ERP implementation

Workshop OK, so perhaps we were a bit ambitious with the title of this article. With so many variables and dependencies involved in an ERP implementation, it would be somewhat naive to claim there is a sure-fire formula for success. Nevertheless, feedback from Register readers in our current workshop and the general experience of those in Freeform Dynamics that have witnessed many ERP projects over the years suggest the existence of some things you can do that will stack the odds in your favour.
Dale Vile, 31 2010
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London council loses thousands of kids' details

Barnet Council has lost records of 9,000 school children after a laptop and unencrypted USB stick were stolen.
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Hacker pledges to re-enable Linux on PS3

Hacker George Hotz, the guy who opened up the Sony PlayStation 3 earlier this year, has vowed to find a way to allow Linux buffs to install their favourite OS on the console after an upcoming firmware update renders this impossible.
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The economics of UC

Workshop Building a business case for Unified Communications (UC) is not a clear cut process, with ROI numbers being difficult to derive, and sometimes not really conveying a meaningful value to the business. The endeavours of vendors and the corresponding push-back from businesses in this area is testament to how much of an issue this has become in moving forward with UC.
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ISS ready to work with Elon Musk's Dragon spaceship

SpaceX, the private sector orbital launch firm started by PayPal hecamillionaire Elon Musk (also of Tesla Motors fame), has announced activation of comms kit aboard the International Space Station which will allow operations with the company's upcoming Dragon capsule.
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Why the Newzbin ruling helps web hosts

Opinion ISPs, indexing services and other online service providers will rest a little easier this week after a High Court ruling yesterday that gave much-needed clarity to UK copyright law.
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Wide-eyed kiddies in Scarface school play shocker

YouTubers have got themselves into a right old tizz over what is purportedly a bunch of schoolkids acting out a short extract from Brian de Palma bloodfest Scarface:
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Google frets over Vietnam hacktivist botnet

Hackers used malware to establish a botnet in Vietnam as part of an apparently politically motivated attack with loose ties to the Operation Aurora attacks that hit Google and many other blue chip firms late last year, according to new research from McAfee and Google.
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MPs to Climategate boffins: Keep Calm and Carry On

To the dismay of its sole scientific member, the House of Commons Select Committee on Science has come to the aid of the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit - the department at the centre of the Climategate scandal - giving the boffins and the institution a gentle ticking off.
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Tories may scrap IR35 tax rules for contractors

The Conservatives have pledged a "fundamental review" of the IR35 tax regime if they win the election, claiming it is unfair to freelance IT workers.
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Fennec comes to Android

Firefox's little cousin is now on Android, showing what an alternative browser can do for Google's platform.
Bill Ray, 31 2010
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Italian toads predicted L'Aquila earthquake

A UK biologist has presented evidence that common toads can predict imminent earthquakes after a colony she was studying hopped it before the major quake which hit L'Aquila, Italy on 6 April 2009.
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MS sees Windows 7 leap, but XP workhorse refuses to die

Most Windows 7 customers are satisfied with the new operating system, according to tech analyst house Forrester Research, but many stick-in-the-mud types still see no reason to upgrade from the OS that refuses to die - Windows XP.
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BlackBerry hooks up with LinkedIn

BlackBerry users finally have a LinkedIn client, joining iPhone and Palm users who've had mobile access to the business networking service for months.
Bill Ray, 31 2010
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Flood, fire at BT Paddington node causes widespread problems

Update A fire at a BT building in central London is causing widespread landline, internet and mobile network problems, according to reports.
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Western Digital My Book USB 3.0 drive

Review Making the claim for the “first certified SuperSpeed USB 3.0 storage devices” is Western Digital with its new My Book 3.0 external desktop hard drive. Available as standalone models or in a kit form, which includes a USB 3.0 PCIe card, these 1TB and 2TB drives promise to raise the bar for external storage transfer speeds.
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Security researchers scrutinise search engine poisonings

The techniques used by unloveable rogues who automate search engine manipulation attacks themed around breaking news to sling scareware have been unpicked by new research from Sophos.
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A Geeks Guide2 Premium Microsoft Training

Geeks Guide2 This week we're offering Reg readers the chance to save £283.50 and receive a £250 book voucher as a thank you for ordering with us.
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Nuclear synthi-jetfuel plants wanted for US Afghan bases

In a potentially controversial move, US military tech chiefs have decided to investigate the idea of using mobile nuclear reactors to provide power and synthetic jet fuel at forward bases overseas.
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Web blocking powers return

Mandybill The government has been circulating revised web-blocking powers for the Digital Economy Bill with industry and activist groups, and The Register has seen a draft. This version is believed to have won the backing of the Tories, and could end up in a Second Reading.
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Taiwanese chip co asks ITC to ban iPad imports

After its lawsuits against Nokia and HTC, it's Apple's turn to be on the receiving end. Elan Microelectronics, a Taiwanese chip designer which sued the iPhone maker last year, has stepped up its actions, asking the US International Trade Commission for an injunction barring imports of the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad.
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Asus shows sexy Eee all-in-one 2010 design

Asus has restyled its Eee Top all-in-one nettop - and the result is one heck of a looker.
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Acer prices up skinny, long-running Timeline X laptops for UK

Acer has priced up its sleek Timeline X laptop line for the UK. It also said today when it plans to release the first of its new line of Ethos entertainment notebooks over here.
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Ofcom lays out £400m plans for 2010

UK regulator Ofcom intends to spend the next couple of years figuring out why some of us aren't connected, and ensuring that the Olympics are.
Bill Ray, 31 2010
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UK.gov revamps cybercrime strategy

The government has announced a modest revamp of its strategy for fighting cybercrime.
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Gmail tucks up in bed with OAuth for third party app coders

Google has added the OAuth standard to Gmail in a move to tighten up the security of its email accounts when a user authorises a third party developer to see their contacts list.
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Grundig pushes BBC iPlayer to Freesat boxes

Bush, Grundig and Goodmans Freesat set-top boxes and DVRs will today gain access to BBC iPlayer, courtesy of an over-the-air update the combo is now pushing out.
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Millions wasted on IT: PAC chair parting shot

The outgoing chair of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee has criticised government IT spending in an open letter to his successor.
Kable, 31 2010
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LG preps passive 3D TV

We were hoping the passive 3D TV LG announced today - the LD950 - might provide punters on a budget a way to experience 3D at home. But no such luck.
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Mozilla spits out last version of Firefox 3.0

Mozilla has released the last update to Firefox 3.0.
Cade Metz, 31 2010
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Ad broker throws Flash a Jobsian lifeline

Apple's iPad, set for US release this Saturday, may not support Adobe Flash, but that hasn't stopped one mobile ad firm from ensuring that its customers' Flash-based content will play on Cupertino's "magical and revolutionary" device.
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Red Hat injects RHEL with new iron love

Red Hat has pushed out another rev of its Linux variant. With Enterprise Linux 5.5, support for the latest processors from Advanced Micro Devices, Intel, and IBM has been back-ported to the Linux 2.6.18 at the heart of the RHEL 5 stack.
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Cost cutting - from desktop to toilet

Recently, we shared some preliminary results from our annual x86 enterprise user survey. The topic of that article was the economy, and what it’s done to our survey respondents’ 2010 IT budgets. You can see that article here and take the survey yourself here.
Dan Olds, 31 2010
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Cloudkick descends from sky to earthbound iron

Cloudkick has descended from the heavens, bringing its sky-high virtual server manager to real iron down here on earth. With its "Hybrid Cloudkick," you can monitor and manage your physical servers alongside instances floating in the so-called cloud.
Cade Metz, 31 2010
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Booby-trapping PDF files: A new how-to

Updated A security researcher has demonstrated a mechanism that exploits PDF files without taking advantage of any particular vulnerabilities.
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Greenpeace fears clouds will turn earth brown

Greenpeace is piggybacking on the media frenzy around the release of Apple's "magical and revolutionary" iPad to drum up PR for its attempt to cajole the information and communications technology (ICT) sector into going green. Or, at minimum, greener.
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Mozilla pegs worldwide Firefox share at 30%

Mozilla estimates that Firefox now handles almost 30 per cent of worldwide web access.
Cade Metz, 31 2010