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Microsoft's Linux patent bingo hits Google's Android

Talk about dissonance. On the day Microsoft crowed that it was letting its employees contribute code to an open-source project, Joomla, it fired another shot at Linux.
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Brazil shells out for 244 teraflop Cray super

Supercomputer maker Cray has pushed another XT6 massively parallel Opteron-Linux super out the door, this time to the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais in Brazil. You know, that South American country where they still have an economy that is roaring like an Asian Tiger.
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Peak Cape 7 Ion

Review The Cape 7 Ion combines a single-core Intel Atom 230 processor with a Nvidia Ion graphics chipset in a tiny PC that measures 173 x 154 x 20mm - approximately the same size as a paperback book.
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Shuttle XPC SG41J1

Review The SG41J1 is part of Shuttle's entry-level J series of barebones systems so you’ll be building this PC yourself. Provided you can live with fairly basic integrated graphics you’ll need to supply an LGA775 Intel Core 2 processor, DDR 2 memory, a hard drive and an operating system, plus mouse, keyboard, speakers and a display.
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Dell Inspiron Zino HD

Review The price of the Dell Inspiron Zino HD has risen since Reg Hardware first reviewed it, with the base price now starting at £329 instead of £279. The highly specced review system came complete with a Blu-ray combo drive and we calculate the all-in price at £730.
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Buyer's Guide: Mini Desktop PCs

Reviews When you choose the components for a new desktop PC, it’s pretty much a numbers game. The more you pay, the more CPU cores, gigahertz of CPU speed, and gigabytes of memory and hard drive space you get. You don't have to worry about very much else.
Fujitsu Esprimo Q9000
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Fujitsu Esprimo Q9000

Review Fujitsu's Esprimo Q9000 packs the guts of a laptop into a tiny desktop system. There’s a 2.13GHz Intel Core i3-330M with integrated Intel HD graphics, 4GB of DDR 3 memory, a 160GB Hitachi laptop hard drive and Gigabit Ethernet.
Acer Aspire X5900
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Acer Aspire X5900

Review Acer classifies its Aspire X5900 as a prestige PC and I have to confess that I was bowled over by the looks of this sleek micro-tower. The power button is brightly lit with a white LED, while the hard drive activity light is positioned on the top of the case along with the DVD eject button. It’s all very neat.
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Viewsonic PC Mini 132

Review The Viewsonic PC Mini 132 has a fair amount in common with the Cape 7 Ion as both machines are tiny devices that combine an Intel Atom processor with an Nvidia's Ion integrated chipset.
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Mini Desktop PCs: Best Buys

Group Test Mini PCs range from the downright tiny to systems that, today, seem barely smaller than a regular mini-tower machine. They encompass models based on desktop components and PCs that use laptop parts.
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Mini Desktop PCs

Group Test While Microsoft and Intel both spent many years trying to persuade us we needed big, bulky media centre PCs underneath our TVs, space considerations and a lack of downloadable content meant that most folk were more than happy to make do with a DVD player.
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RIM's BlackBerry OS 6 may be too late to fend off Apple

RIM has been under rising pressure to deliver a significant update to its ageing operating system, so it came as no surprise that BlackBerry OS 6.0 was unveiled at its Wireless Enterprise Symposium this week. The upgraded OS will be officially launched in the third quarter and claims to be the biggest refresh in several years, though details remain fairly limited and there are still serious doubts that it will be able to prevent Apple ousting RIM from its second position in the smartphone segment.
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EU mulls new central cybercrime agency

The European Commission will investigate the establishment of a new EU agency to tackle cybercrime. The new agency could be part of Europol, EU ministers have said.
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Highly Available: Systems design and stuff like that

Regcast Last week we ran a live video webcast on High Availability IT - and very good it was too.
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IBM flashes 1.2 million TPC-C result

IBM recorded 1.2 million TPC-C transactions on a Power 780 server using a massive 35TB of flash memory, in the vendor's latest storage burn-up.
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Asteroids the source of Earth's water, NASA suggests

NASA scientists have provided tantalising evidence that Earth's oceans may have originated in space, supplied by water-packed asteroids which deposited their loads in terminal collisions with our ancient planet.
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US boffins fashion quantum-computing bit out of SQUID

Federal boffins in the States say they have fashioned another building block which could be of use in assembling the postulated hard-to-understand but applecart-busting quantum computers of tomorrow.
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AOL first quarter sales nosedive 23 per cent

Struggling internet old guard AOL saw revenue and profits plunge in its first quarter, the company reported yesterday.
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Telefonica prices up HP smartbook

Spain will get HP's Compaq AirLife 100 'smartbook' next month, the nation's biggest telco, Telefonica - owner of Britain's O2 - said yesterday.
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Win an HP Touchsmart 600 All-in-one-PC!

Competition Recently, Reg Hardware reviewed the "remarkable" HP Touchsmart 600, as our reviewer Alistair Dabbs called this all-in-one PC.
Hard Reg, 29 2010
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Beijing security know-how rules irk suppliers

Chinese government rules due to come into force on Saturday would oblige security vendors to disclose encryption information.
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UK white space could fill up fast

The UK's white space spectrum could start filling up before the Digital Dividend comes around, but only if we're prepared to give Ofcom a lot more power, and only if we can all agree on what white space actually is.
Bill Ray, 29 2010
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Nokia nudges out another X phone

Nokia's latest, unveiled today, is the X2, a budget candybar aimed at music lovers and - wouldn't you know - social networkers.
Hard Reg, 29 2010
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Microsoft shifts Windows Summit online

Microsoft has axed plans to hold a Windows get-together in Redmond in May and instead has shifted the whole shebang online.
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US tech industry loses quarter of a million jobs

The technology industry in the US lost quarter of a million jobs in 2009.
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Best Buy opens first UK store tomorrow

Best Buy is opening its first store in Thurrock, Essex tomorrow morning, but it will not have a working ecommerce site until autumn.
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Terror in the Outback: Attack of the Giant Space Balloon

A "giant space balloon" went out of control in Australia yesterday in a "gut-wrenching" incident which saw a car wrecked and bystanders within inches of death, according to eyewitness accounts.
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Apple guzzles wobbly concierge service

Apple has acquired a company whose only application is a voice-based concierge service for the iPhone, proving Apple can listen to its customers just as well as Google can.
Bill Ray, 29 2010
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'Phantasmal' bioweapon drug-sweat microfrogs bred in UK

Tiny, exceptionally toxic "phantasmal frogs" - of a type used by jungle-dwelling blowgunners to poison their darts - have reproduced in captivity for the first time at a Portsmouth aquarium, in a triumph for British batrachian-breeding boffinry.
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What's impacting IT security today?

Mini Poll Okay, we've banged on often enough about how security shouldn't be about products - it should be about making sure our data is adequately protected and all such good ideas. But the question is just how practical is this? We know a whole load of change is coming to IT today, some internal and some external. We also know that the bad guys are getting badder, smarter and better-equipped to breach the increasingly fragmented protection mechanisms we have in place.
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Symantec buys PGP and GuardianEdge too

Symantec has announced a surprise deal to buy both email and data encryption firms PGP Corporation and GuardianEdge Technologies for a combined total of $370m in cash.
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Met terror squad beats all complaints

No public complaints against the Metropolitan Police's elite counter-terrorism squad have been upheld since the unit was formed three and a half years ago, new figures reveal.
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UK regulator wants register of all premium-rate firms

UK premium rate regulator PhonepayPlus has started consulting on plans to simplify its code of practice.
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Megan Fox not world's sexiest woman: Official

It's official: Megan Fox is merely the second most sexy woman in the world, according to FHM's annual analysis of just who its readers consider the pick of international females.
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The Register primer on enterprise virtualization

Here's the score, a seven-pager on enterprise virtualization, inspired by an online survey of 301 IT Pros.
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Handset also-rans create new mobile platform

Third-tier mobile handset manufacturers have banded together to make a new mobile application platform - as if the industry didn't have enough already.
Bill Ray, 29 2010
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Feeds and speeds on HP's Tukwila blades

If you are a shop that uses Hewlett-Packard's Integrity line of servers sporting HP-UX, OpenVMS, or NonStop operating systems (perhaps with a smattering of Windows and Linux), and you were excited about the prospect of putting quad-core "Tukwila" Itanium 9300 processors in the new Tukwila blades HP announced earlier this week, HP is not cutting thermal corners to build the blades. You are able to put the top-bin Tukwilas in the new servers.
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O2 to offer low-cost laptops with built-in mobile broadband

O2 is to begin selling the Samsung N150 netbook and Asus UL30A notebook, touting both machines' built-in 3G HSDPA connectivity.
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Steve Jobs issues open letter on Flash

Steve Jobs has posted a lengthy "open letter" explaining Apple's antipathy to Adobe's Flash.
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Ubuntu 10.04 triumphs over GRUB bug

Updated Canonical has overcome a late-breaking bug in Lucid Lynx to deliver the next installment of Ubuntu Linux.
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Microsoft SharePoint bug exposes credentials, sensitive data

Microsoft says it's investigating a security flaw in older versions of its SharePoint Server product that an independent researcher says can easily expose sensitive data and user authentication credentials.
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SCO: jurors too busy Facebooking to rule on Unix claim

SCO Group wants a judge to overrule a jury that found it doesn’t own Unix. Or it wants a fresh trial. Either, really, as long as SCO gets the result it wants.
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Apple's mobile ad pacts pegged at $1m (or more)

If you want to participate in Apple's new mobile iAd program, you'll need to pony up some serious coin.
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Google personal suggest bug exposed user web history

Google has restored its "personalized" search suggestions after purging the tool of a critical vulnerability that allowed attackers to steal a user's web history.
Cade Metz, 29 2010
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Sony sued for dropping Linux from PS3

A PlayStation 3 owner has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against Sony that accuses the console maker downgrading millions of devices by removing their ability to run Linux.
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IBM's Unix poaching slows in Q1

IBM wants you to know about its competitive wins against HP and Oracle (formerly Sun Microsystems) shops, and Oracle doesn't want you to know much of anything.
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Palin email jury reaches verdicts on 3 of 4 counts

The jury deciding the fate of the man accused of breaching Sarah Palin's Yahoo Mail account has reached a verdict on three of the charges filed against him but can't come to a decision about the fourth, according to news reports.