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Apple leaves profits on table for 'huge' iPad future

Apple has great faith in the "very large" market opportunity for the iPad - so much so that it's allowing "very aggressive" pricing of the magical and revolutionary device to slice into its profit margins.
Rik Myslewski, 21 Apr 2010
Revo Heritage iPod Dock & Streamer

Revo Heritage DAB/FM radio and iPod dock

Review Most of us have music all over the place - on PCs or Macs, phones, PMPs and USB sticks. If you also like to spend time listening to the radio - FM, DAB or internet - things can get complicated. With this in mind, Scottish audio specialist Revo has concocted a one-box-does-it-all player that promises to tie all those musical loose ends together.
Alun Taylor, 21 Apr 2010
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Luxury brands welcome EU law to restrict online sales

Manufacturers will be allowed to require their distributors to have 'brick and mortar' shops as well as an online presence under a Regulation published today that will change competition law across the EU from next month.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Apr 2010
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Ruby giant rolls hosted Memcached service

Ruby hosting giant Heroku is letting developers roll Memcached into their web-based applications for fast performance and internet-size scale.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Apr 2010
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Provisioning - how do you approach it?

Workshop Buying new physical servers has always taken time and effort. Unfortunately virtualisation has managed to create the perception that the provisioning of virtual machines is quick, easy and - very unfairly - free of charge. How has this expectation changed the necessary processes when new physical servers have to be acquired?
Tony Lock, 21 Apr 2010
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Google seeks $1bn flight search engine

Google is going shopping again - it's in talks to buy travel search specialist ITA Software for more than $1bn.
John Oates, 21 Apr 2010
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Seagate neck and neck with WD in Q3

Seagate made more money than expected in its third fiscal 2010 quarter, due to record hard drive shipments of 50.3 million units and tight inventory controls. Eyes are now on rival Western Digital, which reports tomorrow, to see if it has beaten Seagate's production figures.
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2010
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Brain training games don't work, stupid

A BBC TV pop science programme has debunked the notion that brain training games make you smarter - with the help of thousands of viewers.
Drew Cullen, 21 Apr 2010
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Dell EqualLogic engineering boss leaves

Comment Paula Long, the driving force of EqualLogic engineering, has left Dell.
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2010
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HP teases with smartbook spec

HP's first Android-based netbook, the Compaq AirLife 100, is now confirmed to use an Arm chip, the manufacturer's website reveals..
Tony Smith, 21 Apr 2010
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Space station sphere-sats to collect rocks from Mars

It's all go this week in the field of tiny, spherical robots that float inside the International Space Station (ISS) on their own independent orbits about the Earth.
Lewis Page, 21 Apr 2010
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Official: Apple iPhone is a chick magnet

Update Guys, want to get girls? Then buy yourself an iPhone.
Tony Smith, 21 Apr 2010
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American teens love texting

For years, Americans were bemused by the rest of the world's obsession with texting. After all, they had free local calls on their landlines, unlike elsewhere, and sucky cell phone calling plans.
Drew Cullen, 21 Apr 2010
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Supporting the teleworkers: Redux

Workshop The issue of providing IT support to home-based users always attracts a lot of responses from the IT pro readership on El Reg, as illustrated by Jon Collins’ recent article.
Martin Atherton, 21 Apr 2010
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Intel Classmate PC comes to UK

Intel has launched the latest incarnation of its Classmate PC - announced earlier this year - in the UK ahead of the gadget's arrival next month.
Tony Smith, 21 Apr 2010
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UK almost tops international Google-snoop league

British authorities demand more data on Google users per capita than almost any other major democracy, newly-published figures have revealed.
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The road to high availability systems

Webcast While the vision of IT might be rows of gleaming systems running standardised applications, the truth is that many organisations struggle with their IT environments as wave after wave of new IT projects have had to work alongside older kit and software.
Phil Mitchell, 21 Apr 2010
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PARIS hacked Canon: 108 minutes, 1,298 stills

The El Reg Paper Aircraft Released into Space (PARIS) team reckons it's fingered the reason for the Canon A560 power-down, and yes, it's a matter of the batteries, as many of you pointed out.
Lester Haines, 21 Apr 2010
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Facebook sinks Lite

Facebook has shelved its "lite" version for the bandwidth challenged, saying that the service was a learning experience but one that's no longer needed.
Bill Ray, 21 Apr 2010
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Lenovo intros eco-friendly ThinkPads

Lenovo has introduced its latest line in ThinkPad laptops, touting the new machines' affordability, eco-friendliness and "military grade durability".
Tony Smith, 21 Apr 2010
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Mozilla blocks Firefox Java plugin

Mozilla has begun blocking an unsecured Java plugin for its Firefox browser.
John Leyden, 21 Apr 2010
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HP offers gaming PC buyers free game

HP is giving away one of its a laser gaming mouse, a digital headset and copies of Battlefield Bad Company 2 to anyone who buys one of its Pavilion Elite Desktop 150 or 180 PCs.
Tony Smith, 21 Apr 2010
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Mozilla to cordon off plugin crashes with Firefox 3.6.4 beta

Mozilla released a public beta of Firefox 3.6.4 yesterday, which also debuted “Lorentz” - a project that the open source outfit is hoping will stablise browsing for Windows and Linux users when Adobe’s Flash, Apple’s Quicktime and Microsoft’s Silverlight plugins crash.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Apr 2010
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Bluetooth 4 comes out punching, takes aims at elderly

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group is trying to drum up interest in the next version of the standard, before Zigbee, Z-Wave and NFC steal the march on short-range radios.
Bill Ray, 21 Apr 2010
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Astra satellite to beam in free 3D TV content

SES Astra, the company that owns the Astra satellite used to beam Sky and Freesat to the UK, will next month begin transmitting free 3D content.
Tony Smith, 21 Apr 2010
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Lucky Lib Dem punter could clear £800k on Clegg victory

If the Lib Dems achieve the unexpected and romp home on May 6, it is not just the political pundits who are likely to be put out – but the bookies too, with one canny punter possibly clearing the best part of a million pounds.
Jane Fae , 21 Apr 2010
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Microsoft rejigs enterprise end point security management

Updated Microsoft has decided to drop a standalone anti-malware management product in order to concentrate on server-based security and management software and hosted services.
John Leyden, 21 Apr 2010
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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 smartphone

Review Sony Ericsson hasn't had a great deal of luck with its premium Xperia smartphone series. The original X1 was an ill-conceived mangle of style and smartphone that didn't really succeed at doing anything very well. More recently, the hotly hyped Xperia 2 was unceremoniously pulled from UK release after Vodafone announced that it wouldn't be including it in its portfolio, however, it did appear in Europe.
Dave Oliver, 21 Apr 2010
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Lizard People drop ACTA draft from Black Helicopter

Emerging briefly from their underground volcano lair, the shadowy A.C.T.A. organisation has released their latest list of demands. It's another relentless march towards global New World Order governance.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Apr 2010
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Johnson: ID cards will pay for themselves

The home secretary has said that the identity scheme's budget will be recouped through charging the public for the cards.
Kable, 21 Apr 2010
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Cybercrooks befuddled by Icelandic volcano name

Scareware slingers have balked at using the name of the Icelandic volcano that this week has prevented planes flying across much of Europe as a theme for search engine manipulation campaigns because its name is simply too complicated.
John Leyden, 21 Apr 2010
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Google Maps Navigation comes to UK

Google has released free, turn-by-turn, GPS navigation software for the UK. OK, it's in Beta and it's available for Android phones only, and Google Maps invariably sends you the wrong way the last mile or two. But it's free, free, I tell you.
Drew Cullen, 21 Apr 2010
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EU appoints 'reflection group' to put euro culture online

The European Commission has appointed a Frenchman, a Belgian and a German to "reflect" on how best to drag Europe's cultural heritage online.
Joe Fay, 21 Apr 2010
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Adobe gives up on the iPhone

Adobe has said it won't be developing any more versions of its packager, which allowed Flash applications to be recompiled for the iPhone.
Bill Ray, 21 Apr 2010
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Blizzard zaps 320,000 WoW and Diablo users

Blizzard Entertainment is warning users of the Battle.net online gaming service to play by the rules or else… In a statement yesterday on the Battlenet forums, the company said it recently banned more than 320,00 Warcraft III and Diablo II accounts for violating Battle.net Ts&Cs.
Hard Reg, 21 Apr 2010
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Microsoft kicks SQL Server 2008 R2 out the door

Microsoft released code for SQL Server 2008 R2 to manufacturers today.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Apr 2010
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WD intros Nas-linked iPhone app

Western Digital has rolled out an app to allow iPhone users to view pictures placed on its Nas boxes.
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US X-37B robot minishuttle: 'Secret space warplane'?

Tomorrow, the US Air Force will finally launch the long-delayed X-37B unmanned mini space shuttle, dubbed by the Iranian government a "secret space warplane". But what is it actually for?
Lewis Page, 21 Apr 2010
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Cameron promises yet more Avatar

Those of you who simply haven't had enough Avatar will be pleased to learn that James Cameron has revealed he's planning a sequel in which he'll be "focusing on the ocean on Pandora".
Lester Haines, 21 Apr 2010
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PC sales jump in Europe

PC sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa are up 22 per cent on the same period last year pushed higher by a big boom in sales in eastern Europe.
John Oates, 21 Apr 2010
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C language inventor spurns Google's language exam

Google won't allow the co-inventor of Unix and the C language to check-in code, because he won't take the mandatory language test.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Apr 2010
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RHEL 6 gets its first beta

The bit twiddlers at Red Hat have been hard at work for the past four years, laying the groundwork in the upstream Linux kernel for what will become Enterprise Linux 6, says Tim Burke, vice president of Linux engineering development at the company. And with RHEL 6, which just entered its first beta today, the company wants to make it cheaper and easier for companies to deploy Linux in their data centers.
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Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 R2 aims high (and low)

Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 R2 will be available for download for the company's TechNet and MSDN subscribers from 3 May, while customers worldwide will get their hands on the database software from 13 May.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Apr 2010
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VMware sales up smartly in Q1

VMware may be the juggernaut of the server virtualization racket right now, but its bottom line is showing the signs of intense competition from Microsoft, Citrix Systems, Red Hat, and Oracle.
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McAfee false positive bricks enterprise PCs worldwide

Enterprise customers of a widely used McAfee anti-virus product were in a world of hurt on Wednesday after an update caused large swaths of their machines to become completely inoperable.
Dan Goodin, 21 Apr 2010
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Nokia: digital SLRs are doomed

One of the web's "25 most influential people" says that camera phones will soon make digital SLRs obsolete.
Rik Myslewski, 21 Apr 2010
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Google borgs Steve Jobs refugees for 'tablet' smarts

Google has acquired a chip maker staffed by former Apple engineers, with an apparent interest in using their chip smarts to move the Chrome and Android OSes onto things like iPad-chasing tablets and TV set-top boxes.
Cade Metz, 21 Apr 2010
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Tomcat for Ubuntu and Debian gets Mule kick

After a kicking from a mule, Java sites and applications on servers running the next versions of Ubuntu and Debian should be more reliable .
Gavin Clarke, 21 Apr 2010
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'Gossips' say Apple will acquire ARM

London's financial district is "aflame" with rumors of a possible takeover of ARM by a company that only yesterday announced that it was sitting on a cash reserve of $41.7bn: Apple.
Rik Myslewski, 21 Apr 2010
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HP preps Tukwila servers for April 27

We've all been wondering where Hewlett-Packard's high-end servers using Intel's latest Itanium and Xeon processors have been hiding. Well, it looks like the Itanium boxes will be announced on April 27.
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Obama open sources custom White House code

DrupalCon The Obama White House has contributed code back to the Drupal community, six months after it made headlines by adopting the open source CMS.
Cade Metz, 21 Apr 2010
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Microsoft tests Facebook Office docs against Google

Facebook has become a new front end to Office 2010 and Microsoft's latest shot back at Google's free and hosted Docs suite.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Apr 2010