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AMD plumps up ATI FirePro line

Updated AMD filled out its FirePro family of graphics cards Monday with the release of five new cards, each a step or two (or three, or four) down from the top-of-the-line FirePro card it announced earlier this month.
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Chocolate Factory eats crow on Googlephone

When Google uncloaked the Nexus One and started selling the self-styled "superphone" through its own online store, the company insisted it wasn't competing with Verizon Wireless, Motorola, and all those other those partners selling all those other Android phones. But it appears that these Android partners have since convinced Google that such talk was indeed nonsense.
Cade Metz, 27 2010
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HP dons blades to scale Superdome 2

After several months of not talking about it in the wake of Intel's February launch of the "Tukwila" quad-core Itanium 9300 processors, Hewlett-Packard is finally describing what those machines will be.
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Acer Easystore H340 2TB Nas box

Review Sporting four 3.5in drive bays, 2GB of DDR2 RAM and a 1.6GHz Intel Atom 230, all governed by Windows Home Server, the latest edition of the Acer Aspire Easystore H340 series certainly piles on the features in a bid to replace any other storage/streaming/server type device you have ever bought. Sold in three configurations from 1.28TB, to 3TB, the 2TB review sample came equipped with two 1TB Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.B hard disks.
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US Army portaloo-full-of-missiles project for the chop

A US military weapons programme which might have made large parts of the Army obsolete has been cancelled. Officials said that the Netfires/Non Line Of Sight Launch System (NLOS-LS, aka "rockets in a box") suffered from test failures and escalating costs.
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Chinese gadget maker sues HP and Toshiba

Beijing-based gadget maker Aigo is suing HP and Toshiba for patents relating to USB ports.
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The IT management dashboard

Lab Our research in the IT management domain has helped us establish a few basic truths. Most IT professionals agree that IT does an adequate job of supporting the business across a range of areas, but also that it could do a better job if was managed more effectively. ‘Historical’ shortcomings, such as the heavy focus on infrastructure monitoring have resulted in fragmented management capabilities as gaps were filled when new technologies emerged.
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Compellent adds file-level access to SAN

Compellent is adding integrated file-level access to its SAN product, and using Sun's open source ZFS to do so.
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Samsung cosies up to Yahoo!

Yahoo! and Samsung are to work more closely together, joining forces against the twin onslaughts of Google and Apple.
Bill Ray, 27 2010
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HP challenges Data Domain in deduplication

HP is expanding is aiming to take on Data Domain in the deduplication market, and developing SQL and Exchange appliances in the Exadata mould.
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Brazilians ordered to have more sex

Brazil's health minister has agreeably proposed that more nookie could help the population combat the effects of chronic illness.
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HP prepares 3-layer storage cake

Comment HP is readying a three-layer storage product as part of its converged infrastructure strategy to collapse multiple server, storage and networking products into single high-level data centre IT units.
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Hugo Chávez goes a-twittering

Venezuelan prez Hugo Chávez has decided that the best way to counter online criticism of his regime is to create a Twitter account via which he can disseminate his socialist vision in bite-sized insights.
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Don't try to sleep with your iPad, doctor warns

Curling up with an iPad might not be as restful as one might hope as the electroluminescent glow inhibits the production of melatonin. And you might drop it too.
Bill Ray, 27 2010
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Spotify adds Web2.0rhea

The first major Spotify upgrade sees it treble in size, turning into a cross between iTunes and Facebook. The goal is to make Spotify "your only music source".
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Spotify goes social, digs into your PC

Spotify today introduced the Spotify Music Profile, to enable users to share music with their friends.
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Global warming dirt-carbon peril models are wrong, say boffins

The world may not be doomed after all, according to top American dirt scientists. Soil-dwelling microbes, expected in climate models to go into CO2-spewing "overdrive" as the world warms, refused to do so in experiments.
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Nokia unveils digicam-beating cameraphone

Nokia has introduced its first Symbian 3 smartphone, the N8. The handset's headline feature: a 12Mp camera that the Finnish phone giant claimed can "rival dedicated point and shoot cameras".
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Clive Sinclair weds ex-lap-dancer fiancee

Sir Clive Sinclair has married his lapdancer fiance Angie Bowness in a Las Vegas ceremony.
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Vintage Computer Festival recruits OMD for synthpop loveliness

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: remember them? We do and so will many geek nostalgia buffs of a certain age who can see the synth-pop duo talk and play - they're called OMD now - at the UK's first Vintage Computer Festival.
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TomTom to brings apps, always-on connectivity to satnavs

TomTom has unveiled its next-gen navigator - a gadget it hopes will bring downloadable apps to satnavs and allow it to cash in on the craze the way Apple has.
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HTC HD mini

Review Smartphones with large screens are great up to a point, the inevitable drawback being a chunky handset. With the HTC HD mini, the 3.2in screen allows even petite paws to reach all the way across it for one-handed use, making it very easy to pocket.
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SAS Survival Guide for the iPhone

The best selling SAS Survival Guide has been re-purposed for the iPhone and is selling for £3.99 ($6.99 in the US). It's already a hit at the iTunes app store, ranking no. 8 this week in the UK top grossing list.
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Salesforce and VMware fluff Java cloud posse

Marc Benioff is stepping up to Java heavyweights IBM and Oracle by fluffing developers' applications with a cloud built on SpringSource, VMware and his Salesforce.com service.
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EVA to become P6000 in HP's Converged Infrastructure

HP's Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) will be rebranded as the P6000 and be a main player in HP's Converged Infrastructure (CI).
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Google Maps absorbs Earth view

Google Maps yesterday got a new tab - an "Earth" option which injects all of the meaty goodness of Google Earth into the search monolith's online cartographical offering.
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Google buys LabPixies

Google has bought LabPixies, an Israeli maker of casual games and "fun widgets" for mobile phones and websites, to strengthen iGoogle, its customisable homepage.
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Swiss police thwart 'eco-anarcho terror' attack on IBM

IBM has been allegedly targeted by a group of Italian eco-terrorists intent on bombing a planned nano-technology centre in Switzerland.
Joe Fay, 27 2010
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RIM ties in corporate drones with VoIP over Wi-Fi

Along with a new handset, RIM yesterday announced Mobile Voice System 5, which brings VoIP calling over Wi-Fi for enterprise users, with number mapping courtesy of Cisco.
Bill Ray, 27 2010
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Radical hypersonic glider vanishes above Pacific

Some details are beginning to emerge regarding the failure of an advanced US military hypersonic glider test above the Pacific last week. However, a complete picture of what happened to the HTV-2 test platform may never appear, as communications with it were lost early in the flight.
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Microsoft slings out Windows Home Server beta

Microsoft yesterday released an English language-only public beta of the next version of its Windows Home server, codenamed ‘Vail’.
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Missing Soviet nuclear electrocar FOUND ON MOON

A long-lost Soviet solar/nuclear robot buggy - mislaid in the early 1970s - has been found on the moon by a NASA survey satellite.
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EU plans IP address snatch to battle cybercrime

An international cybercrime centre will be able to revoke domain names and IP addresses under new proposals by European governments.
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ICO targets lost laptop breaches under tougher fine regime

The deputy commissioner of the Information Commissioner's Office said that it is no longer a "toothless tiger" and has the resources and resolve to apply enhanced powers to data protection miscreants.
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Nokia's lost weekend ends with N8?

Nokia can start restoring its diminishing profit margins later this year with the release of the N8, announced today. It's the first Symbian^3 phone, and so the first to be based on new code written since Nokia acquired Symbian and then spun it out to become an anarcho-syndicalist commune in 2008.
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Mac fanbois finally get Carakan of love with Opera 10.52

Norwegian browser maker Opera Software released a completed version of Opera 10.52 for the Apple Mac today.
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Netherlands raises €2.7m on 2.6GHz

The Netherlands has raised just over €2.7m selling off its LTE-ready spectrum - a derisory sum, and no one seems to want WiMAX at all.
Bill Ray, 27 2010
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Sims 3 embraces consoles (and handhelds too)

EA's mega franchise, Sims, is getting even more mega in the Autumn, when the iconic PC game Sims 3 makes its debut on PS3, XBox 360, the Wii and Nintendo DS.
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Unisys services sales down in Q1

Services and server seller Unisys felt the pinch in revenues in the first quarter thanks to divestitures of business units and a decline in its services revenues, which has widened its losses.
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Should you own your own data?

Privacy campaigners have long advocated that we should own our data, and we should be able to do what we like with it. So why has an attempt to put this into law caused a minor panic?
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Nokia asks ever so nicely for return of missing prototype

A Russian website famous for for getting its mitts on re-production versions of mobile phones has stolen some of Nokia's N8 launch day thunder.
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Google blesses Hadoop with MapReduce patent license

Three months after securing a patent for MapReduce - the distributed number-crunching platform that underpins its world-spanning infrastructure - Google has granted a license to Apache Hadoop, easing infringement concerns hovering over the MapReduce-mimicking open source project.
Cade Metz, 27 2010
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Infamous Storm botnet rises from the grave

After blowing itself out 18 months ago, the notorious Storm botnet is back, researchers from CA said Tuesday.
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Google backpedals on IP 'anonymization' claim

Google has not only opened up on how often the world's governments request user data stored on its servers. It's come awfully close to acknowledging that it doesn't actually "anonymize" your IP address after 9 months.
Cade Metz, 27 2010
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Microsoft's Office Web Apps - Google killing not included

Review The most intriguing piece of an otherwise predictable Office 2010 - which volume customers can get as of Tuesday - is Office Web Apps.

Apple admits to eating 'iPad chip designer'

Yes, Apple has borged Intrinsity, the Texas-based chip outfit that (supposedly) played a role in the design of the chip driving the iPad.
Cade Metz, 27 2010
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IBM gooses dividend, share buybacks

It's been so long since IBM has seen a stock split, Wall Street has probably forgotten that it's even possible. But you can bet Sam Palmisano's last dollar that Big Blue is itching to do one, and by boosting its dividend and announcing yet another massive share repurchase campaign, it's one step closer perhaps to its first stock chop in a decade.
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Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx stalks PC and Mac converts

Canonical says that with the latest release schedule this Thursday, it will win your love for Ubuntu. If not immediately, give it a year - but Canonical will get you.