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Fujitsu demos next-gen color e-paper

Fujitsu has announced its next-generation color e-paper, ushering in the possibility of lightweight color ebooks with long battery life and fast - well, tolerable - page-refresh rates.
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Ex-Microsoft power pair puff Ruby cloud

Ruby cloud behemoth Heroku has sucked in some heavyweight power courtesy of two influential ex-Microsofties.
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EMC launches navel gazing initiative

Comment EMC has set up a Technical Advisory Board to provide independent review and perspective of its technologies as it heads toward the private cloud, and to report to the company's senior leadership team. But of six of its ten members work for EMC or VMware in senior positions - EMC appears to be gazing into its own navel.
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Bill Gates chucks cash at climate cooling cloud creator

Boffins want to curb climate change by building a $7bn fleet of 1,900 ships to crisscross the oceans as each sucks up ten tons of seawater per second and blasts it a kilometer into the sky to create clouds to absorb sunlight and cool the earth.
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Android tops iPhone in US (no thanks to the Nexus One)

Google continues to eat crow over the Nexus One.
Cade Metz, 11 2010
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Mobile Broadband

Group Test Mobile broadband is a grand concept. The idea of being able to grab your notebook and modem, hop in the car and surf the web while sitting amid the Wordsworthian splendour of Ullswater, or on the 10:15 from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston, is beguiling.
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T-Mobile

Review A less-than-stellar installation experience with the first Windows connection resulting in a myriad of "Cannot Find Driver" messages. Thankfully, a quick remove-and-shove-back-in manoeuvre fired up the installation software and got me connected.
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Mobile Broadband Best Buys

Group Test So how did each of the major mobile broadband providers perform?
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Review 3 has an advantage in that it only offers a 3G service and it has a smaller user base than its rivals, so competition for its bandwidth should be less than it is for the others.
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O2

Review Loading the connection software required me to change the account authorization settings on my Windows machine which was both unnecessary and inelegant, but once installed worked just fine.
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Orange

Review Testing the Orange network and dongle didn't get off to a great start because the connection software refused to launch. A quick visit to the Orange website got me an updates connection manager, but that solution presupposes you have internet access by another means.
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Virgin Mobile

Review Virgin offers two simple contract tariffs: one for £10 per month which gives you 1GB of data, and another for £15 which gives you 3GB. Go over that and you will be charged 1.46p per megabyte. Both contracts last for 18 months and both come with a free dongle.
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Vodafone

Review For my money, Vodafone offers the nicest looking modem of the lot and the only one with a USB cap tethered to the dongle body to prevent accidental loss. As with the O2 and Virgin dongles, the Sim slots in above the USB connector. Not having a Micro SD card bay means the Vodafone dongle is the only one without other slots, ports or panel covers making for a cleaner bit of kit.
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Using systems management tools in IT security

Workshop Every IT professional recognises the importance of securing the IT systems that are now at the heart of many business processes. This recognition goes beyond simple deployment of security technologies.
Tony Lock, 11 2010
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Lack of government won't slow gov IT spending

The City may be jittery but the hung parliament is likely to have little short-term effect on government IT projects, according to industry experts.
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Win a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Smartphone!

reghardware is trying to get a regular gig going with competitions and prize draws.
Hard Reg, 11 2010
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Apple locks resellers out of iPad sales

Apple's iPad is available for pre-ordering, but only via Apple's own stores, not its retail partners.
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Capita faces strike, gov uncertainty

Local government outsourcing specialist Capita has told investors it has had a decent year and is optimistic about future orders - despite the current clowning at Westminster and the danger of strike action at one of its divisions.
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Archives director calls for simplified data

The director of information policy and services at the National Archives has said the public sector needs to make information more easily accessible to people to achieve efficiency.
Kable, 11 2010
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Isaac Newton's apple tree off to spaaaace

A fragment of the apple tree said to have inspired Isaac Newton's theory of gravity will this week fly on space shuttle Atlantis's STS-132 mission to the International Space Station.
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Caringo: Keep taking the CAStor oil

Caringo's CAStor object storage software product has had a major upgrade to make it more energy-efficient, easier to integrate with applications, better at preserving data immutably for the lawyers and cheaper to manage.
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Tiger Woods succumbs to 'bulging d*ck'

Poor old Tiger Woods was obliged to withdraw from last weekend's Players Championship in Florida due to a problem with his neck, which has apparently been bothering him for about a month.
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Sony to ship micro four-thirds rival next month

In February Sony declared it was developing a compact camera line with interchangeable lenses, and now the company has revealed it will go on sale next month as the Alpha Nex.
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NASA appoints new CTO of IT under CIO

NASA has appointed the CIO of California's Ames research centre as a new agency-wide CTO in charge of "leading IT innovation" across the space bureau.
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Sony shows interchangeable-lens camcorder concept

Having introduced the Nex-3 and Nex-5 compact cameras as concept models back in February then announcing them today, Sony is taking the same approach with a new interchangeable-lens camcorder.
Hard Reg, 11 2010
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Win 7 compatibility checker punts Trojan

Miscreants have disguised Trojan horse malware under the guise of a Windows 7 compatibility checker.
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Quantum refreshes ROBO dedupe

Quantum has refreshed its remote office/branch office (ROBO) DXi deduplication products with two new models
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Natal out in October - Microsoft exec

Microsoft's Project Natal - the Wii-plus motion control system for the Xbox 360 - will launch in October.
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Twenty somethings shocker for UK music sales

The UK music industry’s annual statistical bible has been published by the BPI, and it shows how much work it needs to do with music fans. In a nutshell, the business depends on real punters - people who like music enough to actually buy it regularly, and while there were more of them last year, they’re spending less. There are also some surprising results – some positive, but a few shockers. And the survey also stokes the age-old question – who is stingier, Scots or Yorkshiremen?
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City Police still using Terror Act to bother photographers

Just when you thought it was safe to go snapping... City of London Police prove they still haven't got the memo.
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PlayStation site hacker avoids jail

A teenage hacker who took the official PlayStation site offline after he was banned from playing for cheating has avoided a jail sentence.
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Canon intros 'luxury' compact

Canon has taken the wraps off its latest "luxury" compact, the Ixus 300 HS, set to go on sale later this month.
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Data Domain gives itself DD Boost

EMC's Data Domain has got itself DD Boost software which pre-processes backup data on a media server to increase deduplication speed by up to 50 per cent.
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Google screws Scroogle

Scroogle, the privacy-friendly Google scraper, has been crippled by changes to one of the dominant search engine's interface pages.
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BBC nicely summarises Gordon Brown's legacy

As Blighty staggers today towards a possible LabLibDem alliance, or maybe an unholy ConservoDemocrat pact, the BBC has been busy putting together an in-depth analysis of Gordon Brown's legacy, as he prepares to to the right thing take the long walk into political oblivion.
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Waterstone's whips out its pendulous dugs

LogoWatch Bookseller Waterstone's has decided that its brand frontage paradigm needed a bit of a 21st-century makeover, and has managed to come up with a happening, mamtastic alternative to its dusty old logo.
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EMC delivers sub-volume tiering to mid-range

CLARRiiON and Celerra arrays have the ability to automatically move chunks of data inside logical volumes from slow to fast access storage tiers and back again.
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L'Orange and T'Mobile: Together at last

Orange and T-Mobile have rejected both T-Orange and L'Mobile for their new, combined branding.
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Working remotely: What are the solutions?

Workshop It’s funny how far mobile computing has come in the last ten years. It enables a flexibility of working that only a decade ago could have been considered by some to be in the realm of Star Trek.
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Restructuring puts Hitachi back in black

Japanese conglomerate Hitachi, which has a fairly substantial IT and electronics business, is saying sayonara today to the economic meltdown as it moves back into the black at the close of its fiscal 2009 year.
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Playboy flashes 3D centerfold

The June issue of Playboy will feature added substance in the form of 3D centerfold Hope Dworaczyk - a first for the men's mag, which is trying to cash in on the success of Avatar and the like.

Miracle mono-molecule material could quench hot chips

Boffins working in California say that in five years' time chips and elctronics may be designed with special heat-extracting layers composed of an unusual form of carbon, so reducing the hot-thighs syndrome becoming more and more prevalent among modern laptop users.
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EA imposes used games tax

Well this is nice: a "reward" for owners of EA Sports games in the form of "online services, features and bonus content".
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Asus R101 netbook quietly flies in

Asus is gearing up to release its latest Eee PC netbook, and we hope it fares rather better than its namesake.
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Google hits back on privacy record

Google has responded to complaints by international privacy regulators about its Buzz social networking app.
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Google searches divine future unemployment rate

Google may or may not be great at helping you find a job, but it seems to be as good as some economic models at projecting whether or not you will have a job.
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US patent office gives i4i Word up in Microsoft snub

Microsoft's request to have the patent claim it brought against Canadian software maker i4i examined has been thrown out by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
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'Phantom Ray' robot stealth jet rolls out

US arms'n'aerospace goliath Boeing yesterday held a public unveiling of its "Phantom Ray" jet-fighter sized robot stealth plane. The firm has no customer for the Phantom Ray, which is intended to fly by the end of the year, but evidently Boeing executives consider that it would be fatal to be left behind in the military robojet race.
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Man sold EverythingEverywhere domain for 'nominal sum'

Everything Everywhere, Britain's newest and biggest phone company, snapped up its new domain name for “a nominal sum”, according to its previous owner.
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Apocalyptic infection purged from PHP-Nuke.org

The official website for content management system PHP-Nuke was purged of a nasty infection on Tuesday that for four days attempted to install malware on visitors' machines.
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80% of devs chafe at Apple's App Store cash split

Eighty per cent of North American developers believe that the iPhone App Store's revenue split is unfair, according to a new study from research outfit Evans Data.
Cade Metz, 11 2010
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UK hot-swaps leaders - Brown out, Cameron in

David Cameron took the keys of Downing Street this evening, ending uncertainty over the country's leadership and ushering in what promises to be a period of austerity for the UK's public sector and its IT suppliers.
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Nokia veteran leads MeeGo and Symbian fight

A 19-year Nokia veteran will lead the mobile giant's open-source smartphone fight against Apple and Google.
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Mozilla detects insecure plugins for IE, Chrome, Safari

Updated Mozilla has introduced a service that checks plugins for the Internet Explorer, Chrome, Opera, and Safari browsers to make sure they don't contain known bugs or security vulnerabilities.
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Intel chief commits to doubled profit, revenue growth

Intel will double its revenue and earnings growth rates over the next few years, and ship a billion microprocessors per year within the next five.
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Apple promises fanbois iPad WiFi fix

Apple has promised an iPad software fix for fanbois complaining of WiFi problems on the Jobsian handheld.
Cade Metz, 11 2010