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AMD's Opteron 4100s march into x64 price war

The big guns are already on the field in the x64 server processor war, and the troops are finally going all in with today's launch by Advanced Micro Devices of its entry "Lisbon" Opteron 4100s.
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Viewsonic VEB620 e-Book reader

Review Given ViewSonic’s penchant for monitors it might at first sight seem a little odd that its e-reader debut is to launch a pair of standard, 16 greyscale E-Ink devices, the VEB620 and VEB625, rather than going for colour. But E-Ink’s displays are easy on the eye, deliver excellent battery life, and are less expensive to build than colour displays. So it is probably a sensible choice.
Sandra Vogel, 23 Jun 2010
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Microsoft claims 'biggest' show-biz investment with Bing refresh

Microsoft is throwing the combined might of Hollywood, the record labels and the games industry at Google with its latest Bing update.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jun 2010
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Video calling impresses Brits, if it's Apple video calling

More than three quarters of Brits surveyed said that video calling was the most impressive part of the new iPhone, once it had been branded FaceTime.
Bill Ray, 23 Jun 2010
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Watchdog questions mass US data grab

The draft agreement on handing European citizens' bank account details to the US needs tightening up to better protect privacy, according to the European data watchdog.
John Oates, 23 Jun 2010
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AMD muscles Nvidia with fanless GPU coprocessors

Keeping pace with Nvidia in the GPU wars, Advanced Micro Devices has not only launched its "Lisbon" Opteron 4100 processors but also released the embedded versions of its "Cypress" family of GPUs, a counterpunch to Nvidia's "Fermi" chips used in its Tesla embedded GPUs.
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Aptare promises 'Web 2.0' storage management

Aptare has released a new version of its storage resource management (SRM) app called StorageConsole 8 that adds SAN fabric component coverage.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2010
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Women reveal all for X-rayted pin-up calendar

The German tentacle of display outfit EIZO has come up with a provocative pin-up calendar which shows that female beauty is indeed more than skin deep:
Lester Haines, 23 Jun 2010
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Small biz grits teeth over Bloody George's budget

Reaction to George Osborne's emergency Budget is mixed this morning, with most business leaders accepting the need for higher VAT and welcoming the cuts in corporation tax, while unions condemn him for a "vintage Thatcher" budget.
John Oates, 23 Jun 2010
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Vodafone sticks universal mail in shredder

Vodafone is shelving its vodafone.net service, trying to get subscribers to sign up to Vodafone 360 instead despite the stark disparity in services.
Bill Ray, 23 Jun 2010
Parrot Ar.Drone
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Linux 'copter flies in to Blighty

Parrot's helicopter-like executive toy, the AR.Drone, will land in the UK in August, the company revealed last night.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2010
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Naked Cowboy wrestles Naked Cowgirl

New York's Naked Cowboy - who entertains the Times Square masses by strumming a guitar dressed in his undies - has taken exception to a Naked Cowgirl who he reckons is "ripping off his shtick".
Lester Haines, 23 Jun 2010
DVD it in many colours

Bring your own PC

Workshop The rise of ‘consumer’ expectations in the workforce is driving some organisations to think up ways of giving their employees more choice when it comes to personal computers. ‘Bring your own computer’ (BYOC) has quickly become an umbrella term for employees, erm,.. bringing their own computer into the workplace. But just how prevalent is the model, and is adoption likely to grow?
Martin Atherton, 23 Jun 2010
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Sage goes Polish for latest buy

Geordie accountancy software firm Sage Group has offered £41m for Polish company Teta.
John Oates, 23 Jun 2010
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iPad bandits stake out NYC Apple store

iPads have become the latest must-nick item amongst New York's ever inventive criminal fraternity.
Joe Fay, 23 Jun 2010
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Apple, Google, Microsoft – are you a Brand Taliban or Brand Evangelist?

Day in, day out commenters do battle on Reg forums behalf or against companies. It used to be Microsoft, and then Google, but lately our readers are most polarized when discussing Apple.
Drew Cullen, 23 Jun 2010
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CTIA shuns San Francisco for trade show

US mobile trade body the CTIA won't be going to San Francisco for its annual trade show again, in protest at the city's ordinance on cellphone labelling.
Bill Ray, 23 Jun 2010
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Flying-boat tiltrotor catamaran design wins NASA compo

Engineering students in America have won a NASA competition with their design for a combination aeroplane/helicopter/catamaran rescue craft. Students from Blighty worked on the runner-up design, a quadruple-rotor version of the famous V-22 "Osprey" craft.
Lewis Page, 23 Jun 2010
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The Reg guide to Linux, part 2: Preparing to dual-boot

On Monday, we suggested Ubuntu as a good starting point for experimenting with desktop Linux. If you have the option, dedicate a machine to it – by 2010 standards, even a modest-spec PC will run it fine. You'll be very pleasantly surprised by the transformation from a lumbering old XP box burdened with years of cruft to one with a fresh install of an OS that doesn't need multiple layers of security software.
Liam Proven, 23 Jun 2010
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Mobile phone masts not such a menace

A study of children born near mobile phone masts has concluded that having excellent mobile coverage does not increase the risk of cancer in unborn children.
Bill Ray, 23 Jun 2010
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Virgin Media in talks with power firms to expand network

Virgin Media plans to expand its cable network to up to a million homes in areas where BT doesn't think upgrading its network will be worthwhile - and the cable company says it won't need subsidies to do it.
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Yanks spend big on 3D

Americans have already spent more than $55m on 3D TV and Blu-ray kit - despite a dearth of suitably stereoscopic material to play on them.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2010
Darkstar One Broken Alliance
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Darkstar One: Broken Alliance

Review A long time ago, in an arcade far, far, away, cabinets reverberated with the bleeps and pops of 80s space combat.
Andrew Bailey, 23 Jun 2010
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I'm lost without Google Wi-Fi snoop

Andrew's Mailbag Is it the sudden outbreak of sunshine? Is it write something silly to Andrew week?
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jun 2010
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Sozzled Oz bozos in reciprocal literal ass-cap-pop

Two 34-year-old Oz men ended up in hospital after drunkenly deciding it would be a wheeze to shoot each other in the arse with an air rifle.
Lester Haines, 23 Jun 2010
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Apple flogs 3m iPads in 3 months

Apple has shifted three million iPads in 80 days - having sold its three millionth device on Monday.
John Oates, 23 Jun 2010
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Fans fall in to await iPhone 4 arrival

The wait has begun. With the iPhone 4 going on sale from 8am tomorrow - 24 June - morning, a few early birds have already nestled down in front of Apple UK's flagship store on London's Regent Street.
Caleb Cox, 23 Jun 2010
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Getting the most out of Gmail

So long as you don't mind the company indexing all of your mail and keeping it forever – plus the odd, easily-ignorable advert - Gmail is one of Google's handiest services. It's got probably the best interface of any webmail system, it scales down well onto smartphones and so on, but it does rather more besides. You can use it to consolidate several email addresses into one; send messages from Gmail that appear to come from non-Gmail accounts; use it to convert a POP3 account into an IMAP one; to enable web access to accounts that don't offer webmail; to keep multiple email clients in sync; and finally, as a live online backup mechanism for email from almost any provider.
Liam Proven, 23 Jun 2010
Dyson Air Multiplier

Dyson Air Multiplier desktop cooler

Review Dyson, famous for its innovative vacuum cleaners and industrial hand dryers, has seemingly combined the two designs to create its first desk fan, the Dyson Air Multiplier.
Caleb Cox, 23 Jun 2010
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Data roaming megabill clampdown starts next week

From next week travellers using mobile data in Europe will be cut off from the internet if they hit a €50 bill limit.
Team Register, 23 Jun 2010
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Garage card scammer jailed

Theogenes De Montford, 29, of Blandford Way, Hayes has been sentenced to four and a half years for his role in one of the UK's biggest chip and pin scams.
John Oates, 23 Jun 2010
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Nokia seeks distant parents to test Story Visit

Nokia is looking for parents interested in testing its Story Visit service, which aims to enable parents separated by distance to share the reading experience with their kids.
Bill Ray, 23 Jun 2010
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Heavyweight Helios crushes Eclipse's past

Hard on the heels of Oracle's NetBeans 6.9 comes the traditionally bigger annual update to its time-honored nemesis Eclipse - and this year, it's bigger still.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jun 2010
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O2 apologises for iPhone 4 glitch

O2 has apologised to the small number of customers who suffered a service outage this morning.
John Oates, 23 Jun 2010
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Android apps: Shifty little bleeders

A fifth of Android applications aren't playing fair, according to SMobile Systems which reckons that mobile application marketplaces are rife with malware.
Bill Ray, 23 Jun 2010
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Scotland Yard mulls Google Wi-Fi slurp

Police are considering whether to investigate Google's Wi-Fi data harvesting operation.
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Nokia, Heroes writer team up for immersive eco D&D fun

Nokia is to launch a lavish "alternative reality" promotion in partnership with Heroes creator Tim Kring.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jun 2010
Dell Streak

Dell Streak Android tablet phone

Review With all the hoopla surrounding the launch of the iPad, it's easy to forget that Apple wasn't the first with the idea, and it certainly won't be the last. Following hard on the iPad's elegantly designed tail is the Dell Streak, though its claim to be an iPad challenger is more than a little disingenuous – with its 5in screen, it's really much more of a supersized Android smartphone than a real tablet.
Dave Oliver, 23 Jun 2010
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US cyber-combat Top Gun training details emerge

Details are emerging of the training programme that will produce the US military's new elite corps of cyberwarfare operatives.
Lewis Page, 23 Jun 2010
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Avro Vulcan - The Owners' Workshop Manual

DIY vehicle fixers' favourite Haynes has added a new title to its roster of vintage aircraft guides: the Avro Vulcan Owners' Workshop Manual.
Lester Haines, 23 Jun 2010
Xbox Live: Summer of Football
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MS preps Xbox Live for families

Microsoft has announced a new Xbox Live pack as it gears up to attempt to attract families away from the Wii to its own platform with its upcoming Kinect controller.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2010
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Dell primes storage bombshell with Ocarina support

Comment Dell could be rethinking its deduplication strategy, changing to Ocarina technology and putting existing deals with CommVault and Symantec at risk. It may also have a longer term impact on the EMC Data Domain reselling agreeement.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2010

SD body brands up ultra-high speed cards

SD Cards are to get yet another tiny decal, this time signalling the memory card's ability to handle 104MB/s data transfers.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2010
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N8 flicks budget-price spitballs at iPhone

Nokia has already unveiled its first smartphone running the upcoming Symbian^3 operating system, the N8, but will not ship it until later in the summer. It is keeping interest high, though, by making its most aggressive ever move against the iPhone, pricing the N8 well below the Apple icon and touting all the added value that will be included, especially free turn-by-turn navigation.
Wireless Watch, 23 Jun 2010
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No secret to stopping XSS and SQL injection attacks

SQL injection attacks and cross-site scripting exploits just won't die.
Matt Stephens, 23 Jun 2010
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iPhone 4 vivisected in 'first legal teardown'

The intrepid tinkerers at iFixIt now bring us what they refer to as "the first legal teardown of the iPhone 4." And being first wasn't easy.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Jun 2010
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Facebook gamers drop great membase on open sourcers

The NoSQL database that powers Facebook's popular FarmVille and Café World games is being released as a public open-source project.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jun 2010
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Apple accuses HTC of iPhone tech theft (again)

Apple is pressing on with its scorched earth patent offensive against HTC, adding at least one new technology to its list of patents allegedly being infringed by the mobile phone manufacturer.
Dan Goodin, 23 Jun 2010
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Google's Android market needs Jobsian strongman

Comment One of the most hyped technologies of the last year or two is Google's Android. Based on a modified Linux kernel, Android has been heralded as the future of everything from tablets to TVs – and as a release from the stranglehold that Apple's iPhone has on hearts, minds, and wallets of people everywhere.
Dave Rosenberg, 23 Jun 2010
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Google seeks interwebs speed boost with TCP tweak

Velocity Google vice president of engineering Urs Hölzle has warned that unless we update the internet's underlying protocols, any improvements to network bandwidth will be wasted.
Cade Metz, 23 Jun 2010
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Google to relieve AdSense webpage drag

Velocity Google has admitted that its AdSense text ads can account for 12 per cent of a webpage's load time, but the company is testing a revamped script designed to minimize the amount of time Google ads spend blocking pages.
Cade Metz, 23 Jun 2010
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Ex-Sun cloud CTO named chief Cisco fluffer

Structure 2010 Cisco Systems has appointed Sun Microsysems' former cloud computing CTO to unify and lead a push into the clouds.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jun 2010
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IBM sued over failed virtual PC server projects

IBM's Systems and Technology Group finds itself at the center of controversy again, this time as it is being sued by one of its Big Blue's partners, Devon IT, for allegedly running what the thin client maker calls "a wide-spread Ponzi scheme" over a period of five years.
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Google scores major victory in copyright fight with Viacom

Google scored a major victory Wednesday when a federal judge dismissed Viacom's $1bn copyright infringement lawsuit accusing the internet giant of turning a blind eye to rampant piracy on its YouTube video site.
Dan Goodin, 23 Jun 2010
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Microsoft releases accelerated, canvas-ized IE9 preview

Microsoft rolled out its Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview 3 today, and, yes, it does include the HTML5 canvas element, and yes, that element is hardware accelerated, and yes, Redmond is still saying that performance and compatibility share "job one" status.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Jun 2010