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Ten Essential... iPad Accessories

Product Round-up The sleek, elegant design of the Apple iPad cries out for a protective case to keep it safe, and Reg Hardware has been absolutely inundated with cases and sleeves in the weeks since the 'magical' gadget's launch.
Cliff Joseph, 14 Jun 2010
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Ofcom sides with mobile operators on 0845

Ofcom will ask BT to pay back termination fees for calls to 0845 and 0870 numbers, as basing them on what mobile operators charged punters isn't fair.
Bill Ray, 14 Jun 2010
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Kinect - Microsoft's official name for Project Natal

Microsoft hired Cirque du Soleil to demo games running Project Natal yesterday in Los Angeles, the day before E3 opens. At the same time the company revealed the official name of the controller free gaming device: "Kinect for Xbox 360".
Drew Cullen, 14 Jun 2010
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MS names 'Natal'... Kinect

It's official: Microsoft's 'Project Natal' will come to market as the Kinect.
Tony Smith, 14 Jun 2010
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Google responds to privacy probe

Google has responded to a letter from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce which wrote asking what action the company had taken over its harvesting of private Wi-Fi data.
John Oates, 14 Jun 2010
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Trend Micro lays down bread for humyo cloud service

Trend Micro has bought UK-based consumer and micro business cloud storage service provider humyo, with the target's file synchronisation technology apparently the cherry on the cake.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jun 2010
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Hayabusa in fiery return to Earth

Japan's Hayabusa spacecraft last night ended its seven-year mission to asteroid Itokawa, burning up over the South Australian outback after releasing the sample return cannister, which survived the re-entry into Earth's atmosphere.
Lester Haines, 14 Jun 2010
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Dell customers count cost of battery back-up

One Reg Hardware was stunned this weekend when he went to check how much an extra battery for the Dell Studio 15 laptop he was planning to buy would set him back.
Hard Reg, 14 Jun 2010
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Business leaders call for health cuts

Small business leaders the British Chamber of Commerce is calling for an end to protecting health spending and overseas aid.
John Oates, 14 Jun 2010
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French judiciary makes transgender boob

A peculiar obsession with breast size as the test of true womanhood popped up in a French court last week, as the Chief Prosecutor in Nancy ruled that a transgendered woman couldn’t possibly be a woman unless her breasts measured up to size.
Jane Fae , 14 Jun 2010
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TfL admits congestion charge autopay problems

Transport for London has said that it is 'aware of some problems' with the IBM-managed system used by fleet companies to pay the congestion charge.
Kable, 14 Jun 2010
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Queen gives IP boss a bath in Honours List

Science and technology got a respectable shout out in the Queens Birthday Honours List, amid the usual celebs, civil servants and lollipop ladies.
Robert Blincoe, 14 Jun 2010
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Dell's latest celebrity endorser - Kim Jong Il

Dell has snagged a seriously high profile celebrity endorser whose name is whispered in the corridors of powers and who has millions of people hanging on his every word.
Joe Fay, 14 Jun 2010
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Excel revolutionary needed to crush web-forms anarchy

In the 1990's Visual Basic, PowerBuilder, and Lotus Notes were popular, powerful and made the development of database-backed forms accessible.
Jeff Vroom, 14 Jun 2010
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Free open source satnav comes to UK iPhones

Skobbler, the no-cost open source satnav app, is now available to UK iPhone owners.
Tony Smith, 14 Jun 2010
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Buffalo and Western Digital get into TV

Two new products are showing how the storage world is starting to flirt with TV. Buffalo's DriveStation AV and Western Digital's WD TV Live Plus HD media player are respectively friendly with and completely dependent on a TV.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jun 2010
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IBM sniffs around Storwize

IBM is reportedly looking to buy Storwize, which makes real-time compression appliances for primary data.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jun 2010
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Cheeky Chinese punt mini Android-based iPad

Personally, I like my iPad, but I can well see why rather a lot of folk would prefer something that's more compact, can take phone calls and runs Android. Enter Chinese knock-off merchants who this morning emailed Reg Hardware with the following tasty item.
Tony Smith, 14 Jun 2010
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Satnav pensioner smashes into 1953 Rolls

An 85 year-old who blindly obeyed his satnav and performed a U-turn on a motorway slip road in Bavaria, crashed into a prized Rolls Royce.
Hard Reg, 14 Jun 2010
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Balinese lad seduced by bovine temptress

A Balinese teenager caught in flagrante delicto having sex with a cow claimed he was the victim of a bovine temptress who'd wooed him with sweet words, the Jakarta Globe reports.
Lester Haines, 14 Jun 2010
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Kaminario climbs performance mountain

A start-up called Kaminario has a new spin on in-memory datasets with its K2 DRAM-based grid of storage nodes having no single point of failure, unlike Texas Memory Systems, it says, and being cheaper than flash-based million-IOPS products.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jun 2010
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Spain objects to Street View Wi-Fi snooping

Google may face a Spanish court over the legality of the Wi-Fi snooping activities of its Street View fleet, El País reports.
Lester Haines, 14 Jun 2010
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Spicing up desktop management with social networking

Sysadmin Blog Social networking, at least that which involves computers, has evolved greatly over the past few decades. The internet has allowed many new forms of self expression and interpersonal communication to flourish. By today’s modern standards of social networking, I’m positively a luddite. I simply don’t do social networking.
Trevor Pott, 14 Jun 2010
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Palin puts paid to Boob-gate

Sarah Palin has put paid to rampant web speculation that she had sought to enhance her political profile by augmenting her physical profile.
Team Register, 14 Jun 2010
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Home Office passport fraud sweep flops

The Home Office security upgrade scheme to catch passport fraudsters through face-to-face interviews has bagged just eight potential 'Jackals'.
Robert Blincoe, 14 Jun 2010
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Legionnaire's Disease linked to driving, screenwash

The Health Protection Agency is calling for more research to see if Legionnaire's Disease is connected to not using screenwash in your windscreen water reservoir.
John Oates, 14 Jun 2010
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Revamped Xbox 360 spied on Italian web

Is this the next Xbox 360? Italian website Console Tribe certainly seems to think so after spotting the image on local retail sites, writing about it and then noting that said sites all took the banner down.
Tony Smith, 14 Jun 2010
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US trade body decides Apple has case to answer

The US International Trade Commission has decided to investigate HTC's allegations that Apple is infringing its patents. Its answer could see the iPhone banned from American stores.
Bill Ray, 14 Jun 2010
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Google lets puny humans choose the news

Google News has introduced human editors - a step away from the site's supposed superior news-sniffing algorithms.
John Oates, 14 Jun 2010
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Ubuntu tablet threat to iPad? Nah

The founder of Linux Ubuntu has laid to rest stories of a tablet version, no doubt causing widespread relief in Cupertino.
Bill Ray, 14 Jun 2010
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Ubuntu 'more secure' than Windows, says Dell

Dell reckons Ubuntu offers more protection than Windows online as it convinces consumer PC shoppers they shouldn't be scared of Linux.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jun 2010
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Hacker charged with threatening US VP using neighbour's PC

A hacker tried to frame his neighbour by tapping into his Wi-Fi and sending threatening emails to US vice president Joe Biden, according to search warrant affidavits unsealed last week.
Robert Blincoe, 14 Jun 2010
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BBC wins go-ahead for Freeview HD content controls

Ofcom, the UK’s TV regulator, has today given the go-ahead for the implementation of content controls on Freeview’s HD service. The controls are designed to prevent HD content being copied, controls without which, broadcasters have argued, some programmes might not be able to be shown.
Nigel Whitfield, 14 Jun 2010
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All hail the Facebook Like button stamp

This is The Facebook Like Button Stamp from a London design studio called We are Nation.
Caleb Cox, 14 Jun 2010
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Mystery startup uncloaks 512-core server

The mystery behind secretive server startup SeaMicro is dispelled today as the venture-backed maker of what it has been calling "data center appliances" unveils its first product: the SM10000, a server cluster comprised of 512 of Intel's Atom processors with a built-in, virtualized network fabric for the servers.
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Philips SHQ3000 washable earphones

Review The SHQ3000s sit in the middle of a new range of earphones from Philips aimed at the active user who is likely to expose his or her 'phones to the mud, sweat and possibly tears of strenuous outdoor activity - and the resultant clean up.
Alun Taylor, 14 Jun 2010
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Hands on with Nokia's flagship N8

How often do you see somebody in town with a high-end Nokia phone these days? Is there even such a thing? Nokia's flagships have gone missing, of late, along with half the fleet.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Jun 2010
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BT readies marathon fibre optic roll-out

BT is to upgrade 114 Greater London telephone exchanges to host fibre-optic broadband in time for the Olympic Games.
Hard Reg, 14 Jun 2010
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Linux IRC server leaves backdoor open

A warning today that Linux users are not as immune to security threats as many of them like to believe - anyone who has downloaded the Linux version of IRC server Unreal since November 2009 should check for a trojan.
John Oates, 14 Jun 2010
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Aussies rage at 'strings attached' iPad sales

Aussie iPad buyers are raging at an electronics chain they claimed refused to sell them the fondle slabs unless they bought a bag load of superfluous accessories too.
Team Register, 14 Jun 2010
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Open source webAndroidiPhoneiPad kit betas for BlackBerry

As developers await word from Steve Jobs that applications coded with Appcelerator's Titanium kit are still welcome in the iPhone App Store, the company is testing a new version of the kit for RIM BlackBerries.
Cade Metz, 14 Jun 2010
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China, India steady on server sales

While the server racket recovered somewhat in the first quarter of the year, the still fast-growing economies in India and China were not doing much to help, oddly enough.
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Apple reels as Steve Jobs Flashturbates

Comment There was a time when Steve Jobs and Apple were cool. Jobs built a genius-like persona that was founded on his rare appearances and statements, and this was bolstered by his ability to deliver products that looked good, worked well, and forced others to follow.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jun 2010
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World Cup in your pocket: iPhone vuvuzelas

With the World Cup now underway, iPhone owners can download a plethora of apps that can turn their Jobsian handhelds into simulacra of that ear-splittingly infuriating noisemaker, the vuvuzela.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jun 2010
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Apple slapped with lawsuit over 'iAds' monicker

Another day, another lawsuit for Apple. This time Jobs & Company are being taken to task for naming the iPhone's new mobile-advertising platform "iAds" when that service mark is already owned by a Southern California media company.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jun 2010
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Ubuntu-based Windows XP looker freshens up

An Ubuntu-based Linux distro identical in look and feel to Microsoft's Windows XP's been updated.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jun 2010
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Jamcracker herds SaaS, private cloud users

Service providers have been wrestling with the issues of provisioning, managing, and billing physical and virtual servers for more than a decade, and everyone who supplied them with tools is now rushing to tweak their wares and reposition them as ideal for managing private clouds. Jamcracker, which has been around since the dot-com bust, is one such company.
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Ubuntu fights iPad fever with netbook shot

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth is bullish on PCs exposing millions of consumers to Linux – despite the industry succumbing to Jobsian tablet fever.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jun 2010
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Microsoft trumps Kinect with 'sleek, silent, sexy' Xbox

Microsoft has unveiled the latest and greatest Xbox 360, along with its new no-controller-required controller, Kinect (née Project Natal).
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jun 2010
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Google to Commies: We’ll make censorship illegal

Google is working with the US government to try to make it illegal for countries to censor the Internet by using international trade rules.
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Jun 2010
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New Interwebs extensions edge ever closer to reality

A new generation of dot-coms will edge closer to reality next week in Brussels, with one – dot-xxx – possibly being approved on the Friday.
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Jun 2010
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Vodafone UK iPhone tariffs leaked

Apple's iPhone 4 will be available for pre-order in the US, UK, France, Germany, and Japan on Tuesday, and today Vodafone UK let slip its pricing policies — and US iPhoners have reason to be jealous.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jun 2010