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Visual Studio 2010 - your chunky new friend dissected

Windows 7 is roaring ahead in acceptance, but look beyond the desktop and Microsoft's platform is not in great shape.
Tim Anderson, 12 Apr 2010
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Oracle freshens its VirtualBox

The VirtualBox hypervisor now under the control of Oracle - if any open source software project can be said to be under control of any corporation - has been updated with a 3.1.6 release.
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IBM debuts new Power7 iron this week

It looks like IBM is getting ready to roll out some more Power7-based systems this week, as well as an update to its proprietary midrange operating system, formerly known as OS/400 and now called i for Business, or i for short.
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Samsung WB1000

Review With its wacky analogue-style dials on the top for battery charge and memory card monitoring, the Samsung WB1000 doesn't initially inspire as a camera you might consider for ‘serious’ photography.
Dave Stevenson, 12 Apr 2010
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Premium Compact Cameras

Group Test Despite the clear benefits of using a Digital SLR for your photography, it's easy enough to come up with some drawbacks. The price of most DSLRs puts them beyond the reach of many buyers, while a typical DSLR's size, weight and complexity repels others.
Dave Stevenson, 12 Apr 2010
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Canon PowerShot G11

Review The G11 is an intimidating camera. Hand it to someone inexperienced and it's likely they'll hand it straight back. The top is scattered with dials controlling everything from the shooting mode, exposure compensation and even - unusually - ISO.
Dave Stevenson, 12 Apr 2010
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Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

Review As the Fujifilm is the cheapest camera here, now coming in at a relatively-paltry £160, it would be fair to expect the F200EXR will offer fewer features than any of our other compacts.
Dave Stevenson, 12 Apr 2010
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Nikon CoolPix S8000

Review Along with the Ricoh CX3, the Nikon S8000 stands out in this group for not having a proper manual mode. This proved an annoyance during testing, not least because it's combined with the longest lens of any camera here.
Dave Stevenson, 12 Apr 2010
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Panasonic Lumix LX3

Review With its all-metal body and rangefinder styling, Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX3 makes a definite impression. Unlike the other cameras on test, its lens sits about 2cm proud of the body, making this the least pocketable camera here with the hulking exception of the Canon G11.
Dave Stevenson, 12 Apr 2010
Ricoh CX3

Ricoh CX3

Review The CX3 makes an underwhelming first impression. Where high-end compacts such as the Canon G11 and Panasonic Lumix LX3 go all-out with manual controls scattered across the body, the Ricoh is decidedly bare-looking.
Dave Stevenson, 12 Apr 2010
Samsung WB1000

Buyer's Guide: Premium Compact Cameras

Group Test There's a compact camera for all wallets, whether you're spending under £100 or as much as you could on an entry-level digital SLR. The crowded bit of the market is the mid-range, where compact cameras blend into a mess of near-identical features and specifications. The high end occupies more of a niche, with cameras costing over £200 frequently marketed as sidekicks to a decent DSLR.
Dave Stevenson, 12 Apr 2010
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Premium Compact Cameras: Best Buys

Group Test All the cameras included in this group test performed reasonably well, though they have their inevitable quirks.
Dave Stevenson, 12 Apr 2010
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Government wastes millions on redundant cycle route planner

The government has wasted millions of pounds setting up a sub-optimal journey planner for cyclists – when an online system set up by enthusiasts provides wider coverage and more functionality at a fraction of the cost incurred by the Department for Transport (DfT).
Jane Fae , 12 Apr 2010
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Fusion-io changes its CEO again

Flash card supplier Fusion-io has changed its CEO for a second time, with the incumbent becoming board chairman just 13 months after gaining the CEO mantle.
Chris Mellor, 12 Apr 2010
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NHS blames computer error for transplant fouls

The NHS Blood and Transfusion service has apologised for a computer error which meant that some people had organs removed incorrectly, or presumably not removed, because their preferences were wrongly recorded in the database.
John Oates, 12 Apr 2010
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Russian trade body aims to fight cybercrime

Russia is not a safe haven for criminals or spammers, according to a Russian trade association campaigning to tighten up the admitted shortcomings of local cybercrime laws and build international cooperation.
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2010
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Is IT service delivery really changing?

Lab The new world we’ve been hearing about for years is slowly drifting into focus. Globally distributed businesses demand round the clock access to services, and new technologies (or updates of old ones) provide an expanding number of choices for building and consuming them.
Martin Atherton, 12 Apr 2010
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McKinnon's mum stands against Straw at general election

Gary McKinnon's mum is standing for Parliament against Jack Straw in the UK's upcoming general election.
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2010
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Parliamentary wash-up washes away liberties

In the mad rush that is "parliamentary wash-up", it is traditional for civil liberties to be trampled to demonstrate that no party fails the "tough on crime" test – and 2010 is no exception.
Jane Fae , 12 Apr 2010
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To connect or not to connect?

Workshop Following our recent discussion of the pros, cons and practicalities of hooking up your ERP system to the outside world, we thought it would be good to tap into the views of Reg readers on the topic. So we put up a poll with an open comment facility and, true to form, almost 50 readers came back with their own experiences at the sharp end.
Dale Vile, 12 Apr 2010
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iPod implicated in US attack sub prang

The navigator of a US Navy fast attack submarine, who was listening to his iPod when he really should have been keeping an eye out for amphibious transport docks, helped land his employers with a hefty $86.9m repair bill.
Lester Haines, 12 Apr 2010
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Apple bails out Google

Google's CEO has been lauding iAd, saying that Apple's foray into mobile advertising demonstrates a competitive market in which Google should be allowed to acquire AdMob.
Bill Ray, 12 Apr 2010
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King of the geeks leaves Oracle

Oracle's chief technology officer James Gosling, inherited from the take over of Sun, is leaving the company.
John Oates, 12 Apr 2010
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Brit science vessel probes hot cleft for weird lifeforms

British boffins aboard the Royal Research Ship James Cook in the Caribbean say they have discovered the world's deepest known "black smoker" - a hot spring deep in the sunless oceanic abyss, home to bizarre organisms which may be brother to alien lifeforms on other worlds.
Lewis Page, 12 Apr 2010
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Brits are HD TV numpties

So you are a reghardware reader and you already know that for high definition TV viewing, you need watch your content through a bolt-on hi-def set top box, Blu-ray player or PS3 console.
Team Register, 12 Apr 2010
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Labour MP knocks up crowd-sourced election platform

Labour MP and digital know-it-all Tom Watson has thrown open his digital election platform to the voters of his West Bromwich East constituency.
Joe Fay, 12 Apr 2010
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One fifth of humans say aliens walk among us

One-fifth of the world's population believes that aliens walk among us, disguised as Homo sapiens for an unknown, but doubtless chilling purpose.
Lester Haines, 12 Apr 2010
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A multitasking iPad? Let's bin the netbook

Comment It hasn't taken long for the iPad to be seen as a bit more than a pointless and expensive luxury lifestyle accessory. Just nine weeks - and in that time the hardware spec hasn't changed at all.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Apr 2010
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Adobe plots rebound with latest Creative Suite

Updated Adobe will launch a major upgrade to its creative tools software on Monday, amidst an increasingly acrimonious spat with Apple.
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2010
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The UC survival guide

UC Critical to any new implementation is support. But if the implementation is designed to fit in with the way we work already, then the only issue is how it works in the context of the organisation. So for example, a replacement customer relationship management (CRM) system may not change the way a company deals with the whole customer-relationship area, as much as refine and improve it.
Josie Sephton, 12 Apr 2010
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IBM job cuts go compulsory

The job-cutting process at IBM UK has changed from voluntary to compulsory.
John Oates, 12 Apr 2010
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Video comes to iFart: Eproctophiliacs, sign up here

This is hilarious: the world's first fart app with video goes on sale on the iTunes app store for 99c.
Drew Cullen, 12 Apr 2010
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Guy Kewney: Integrity in socks and sandals

Obituary Guy Kewney was the UK's first technology journalist and remained the doyen of the trade until the end.
Manek Dubash, 12 Apr 2010
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Apple opens SMS door for third parties

A tiny feature in Apple's new iPhone OS could allow third parties to make money from iPhone users, without handing over 30 per cent to Cupertino.
Bill Ray, 12 Apr 2010
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Labour manifesto: More ID cards, less NHS IT

The most remarkable thing about the Labour Party manifesto - A future fair for all (pdf) - is how unconcerned it appears to be with civil liberties or the unintended consequences of its actions when it comes to individual liberty. All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds - trust in the state to provide, and it will do so.
Jane Fae , 12 Apr 2010
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Cocaine-hunting robot chopper in 60kg bust seizure

Vid An unmanned kill-chopper operating from a US Navy warship has notched up its first drug bust while still in testing, according to reports.
Lewis Page, 12 Apr 2010
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BBC investigates Richard Madeley's PC panic attack

The BBC tells us it is to investigate how Richard Madeley told the nation that the Government was going to whisk away his computer last week.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Apr 2010
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Seagate preloads FreeAgent Go with 20 Paramount movies

Seagate is sexing up its FreeAgent Go external drives with 20 pre-loaded Paramount Pictures movies costing $9.99 to unlock.
Chris Mellor, 12 Apr 2010
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Obama's got a Google problem

Obama has created an exquisite problem by hiring so many senior executives from Google - some of the Oompa Loompas don't seem to realise they no longer work for the company. Now a Congressman has called for an enquiry.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Apr 2010
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Data Domain doubles up on top dedupe

Data Domain has doubled the capacity of its top dedupe box and clustered two of them together with a global deduplication ability, offering up to 14.2PB of logical backup capacity.
Chris Mellor, 12 Apr 2010
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Pitchman fights to avoid jail for egging on supporters to spam judge

Controversial alternative medicine advocate Kevin Trudeau is fighting to stay out of jail after encouraging his supporters to spam a judge.
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2010
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Palm makes eyes at possible purchasers

Palm's CEO Jon Rubinstein hinted, when the firm announced a poor outlook during its last quarterly results, that he would be open to acquisition offers. Now the Pre maker is courting buyers more actively, hiring Goldman Sachs and Qatalyst Partners to seek offers as early as this week, according to Bloomberg.
Wireless Watch, 12 Apr 2010
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Labour shock pledge: 16.8-meg broadband for ALL by 2012!

The Labour party has mounted a strong counterattack against the Tories' determined push to present themselves as the most technologically illiterate of the mainstream UK parties.
Lewis Page, 12 Apr 2010
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Man coughs to sex with donkey and horse

A 66-year-old man today pleaded guilty in Leicester Crown Court to charges of "buggery of a donkey between February 2 and February 5, 1999, and buggery of a horse between March 15 and 18, 2004", the Independent reports.
Lester Haines, 12 Apr 2010
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Freetard-targeting Trojan seeks to scam scaredycats

A sneaky new Trojan attempts to extort money from BitTorrent users under the guise of a fictitious copyright infringement lawsuit.
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2010
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Network Solutions mops up after mass WordPress breach

Administrators at web host Network Solutions say they've closed a hole that allowed attackers to commandeer a large number of sites so they tried to infect visitors with malware.
Dan Goodin, 12 Apr 2010
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Mellanox ships rounded InfiniBand lineup

InfiniBand and Ethernet hardware maker Mellanox Technologies has rounded out its lineup of quad-data rate InfiniBand switches today as it has ramped up to full production on the devices.
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Milkman skewers Google Street View over garage break-in

A UK-based milkman and former football manager has questioned whether Google Street View played a role in a series of attempted burglaries on his home - one successful - after Google's virtual window onto the world's very real streets exposed a photo of his wide open garage.
Cade Metz, 12 Apr 2010
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Microsoft's unveils 'social' phone for Boho hipsters

Is it a Palm Pre, a Sidekick, or an iPhone? No, it's Microsoft's long-awaited mobile phone that borrows from all these, and it's called KIN.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Apr 2010
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Popular Facebook game caught serving malvertisements

A Facebook game with more than 9 million users has been caught serving ads that try to trick viewers into installing malware.
Dan Goodin, 12 Apr 2010
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Jobsian email axes early-iPhone support

With the release of iPhone OS 4.0, the iPhone 2G will demoted to unsupported status, according to no less an Apple expert than Steve Jobs himself.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Apr 2010
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Google goes to Blighty for Goggles polish

Google has acquired UK-based visual search outfit Plink, with the intention of rolling the newly public startup into Mountain View's fledgling Google Goggles project.
Cade Metz, 12 Apr 2010
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Meg Whitman's governor bid yoked to eBay past

As CEO of eBay, Meg Whitman steered millions of dollars into the coffers of Goldman Sachs. Over the same period, she profited handsomely from the investment firm, receiving an estimated $475,000 and coveted insider access to initial public offerings for a little more than a year's worth of of part-time service.
Dan Goodin, 12 Apr 2010