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Mozilla: Our browser will not run native code

Velocity Mozilla vice president of products Jay Sullivan says that unlike Google, the open source outfit has no intention of bundling Firefox with Adobe Flash —– or with a plug-in that runs native code inside the browser. Mozilla, Sullivan says, believes that the future of online applications lies with web standards, including HTML5.
Cade Metz, 24 2010
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VMware springs into frameworks with imminent acquisitions

Structure 2010 VMware is committed to buying more software companies specializing in frameworks to provide application portability – and to keep up with coders.
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Red Hat turns the crank of KVM enterprise virt

Cloud infrastructure wannabe and Linux juggernaut Red Hat has announced the next rev of its Enterprise Virtualization commercial-grade KVM hypervisor, saying it has qualified it to scale further and also adding the ability to support desktop images as well as server images.
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Femto World Summit is all smiles (mostly)

The femtocell industry's third annual event in London is taking place, and the sector's rapid shift from interesting concept to real world commercial market is highlighted by the wide range of vendors and carriers pledging support.
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3D TVs

Group Test It’s been hard to escape the 3D frenzy that was kicked off when Avatar took the box office by storm last Christmas. The recent remakes of Clash of the Titans and Alice In Wonderland got hasty 3D makeovers in order to cash in on the craze, and you can’t open a newspaper or a web browser without being deluged by headlines proclaiming that ‘3D is the future of cinema’.
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Buyer's Guide: 3D TVs

Group Test The good news, as a Panasonic spokesman told me a couple of months ago, is that “there will be no format war” for 3D TV. It’s true that there are actually two different types of 3D television, but both types can play 3D TV broadcasts and films on 3D Blu-ray Discs, so you don’t have to worry about buying the wrong type of 3D TV and then being left with an expensive and obsolete piece of kit when one format wins out over the other.
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LG 47LD950

Review LG is the only manufacturer to release a ‘passive’ 3D TV that uses inexpensive polarised glasses, rather than the costly active-shutter specs used by all its rivals - although it is planning to release a number of active-shutter TVs as well, including the super-slimline LX9900 that I was also able to see recently.
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Samsung UE40C7000

Review Samsung has gone seriously gung-ho for 3D. It was the first company to ship a 3D TV in the UK – I even know someone who’s bought one – and it has released no less than three separate ranges that include both plasma and LCD models. The most affordable model is the 40in C7000, which costs about £1800.
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Sony Bravia KDL-HX803

Review Sony is entering the 3D market this month with the HX803, which is available in both 40in and 46in versions. I took a look at the 40in model, which costs around £1800, although Sony is planning to release a number of additional models during the summer, going up to £3500 for the 60in, top-of-the-range LX903.
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Panasonic Viera TX-P50VT20B

Review Panasonic were kind enough to film the French Open in 3D for me so that I could sample the delights of its 50in VT20 display, and I have to admit that I was duly impressed. You could really get a sense that you were sitting in the stands overlooking the courts, and close-up action shots were extremely effective.
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3D TVs Best Buys

Group Test Manufacturers may have plans to release a fair few 3D TVs this year, but for the moment the range is limited, typically to a single product line for each supplier split into one or more screen sizes.
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LG 47LX9900

Review Somewhat bizarrely, the top-of-the-range LX9900 comes in at about the same price as LG’s "affordable" passive LD950: around £2500 for the 47in model. The design and specification of the LX9900 are on a whole different level, though.
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Dixons renames itself Dixons

DSGi shares are up slightly this morning after the retail group posted results for the year at the top end of expectations.
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Redback spiders provoke BAE lock-down

Shaken BAE Systems staff have recalled the "horror film" moment when they discovered a pack of deadly Oz Redback spiders in a parts crate shipped in from the Lucky Country.
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Virtual Instruments gets hooks into SANs

Virtual Instruments (VI) reckons it has the broadest and deepest way to monitor and manage end-to-end SAN traffic, from the application in a virtual machine right down to Fibre Channel cable into an array.
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US energy-weapon project going well

A US military tech project aimed at developing portable, functional battlefield energy weapons has successfully achieved initial goals and is now moving on towards "weapons-class performance levels".
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Scotland Yard cuffs teens for role in cybercrime forum

Two teenagers have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the world's largest English-language cybercrime forum.
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Want to leave work early? Torch a filing cabinet

A Florida woman who started a fire in her office so she could get off work early has been jailed for nine months, the St Petersburg Times reports.
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Android phones invade the world

Google is activating 160,000 Android-OS phones a day - up from 100,000 a day in the third week of May.

Group policy for Unix

Blog I was raised in the Red Hat world of Linux, starting with Red Hat 2, moving to Mandrake, and returning to Red Hat once more. Since then I have been using it through every iteration and have dabbled in Debian and Gentoo based distributions as well. Each camp has evangelical believers, but I tend to stick with Red Hat not because I think it is “better” than other distributions, but because it was what I was raised on.
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Aus politicians puppeted by hackers

Red faces all round at the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) after a posse of seriously unchristian hackers overloaded its shiny new message board with spoof messages, and the ACL blog toppled over.
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Production problems push back white iPhone 4 release

Apple has put back the release of the white iPhone 4 by a month or more.
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iPhone 4 Day: pre-orders and pregnancy cut no ice with 02

Today the iPhone 4 went on sale in the UK. Reg reader Miles Cheverton reports from the frontline, in his case the O2 store in Brighton. All reports and pics welcome!
Hard Reg, 24 2010
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iPhone 4: Perfect for everyone, except humans

Apple's new iPhone doesn't seem to like being touched much, and the beautiful (if easily discoloured) screen scratches too. Dear dear.
Bill Ray, 24 2010
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Oracle updates free web RAD tool

If you have to knock up a web front-end to an Oracle database in a hurry, you might appreciate the newly-released version 4 of Oracle Application Express – or APEX, as it's known to its mates.

Bluetooth: wireless wonder or digital dead end?

Heads or Fails Bluetooth, once hailed as the future basis for all local wireless communications, is now ubiquitous. Computers have it, ditto phones, portable media players, games consoles, cars and a host of other devices.
Hard Reg, 24 2010
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Adobe's second AIR defies Jobs' Flash iPhobia

Review Thanks to Steve Jobs, attention on Adobe Systems' Flash this year has mostly been on mobile a fact Adobe helped compound by recently releasing its AIR runtime - based on Flash - for Android partners.
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Pillar and Xiotech whip Exchange competition

Pillar Data and Xiotech are much better at providing storage for 8,000 Exchange 2007 users than the competition in terms of drive spindle needs and response latency.
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Want Olympic tickets? Better get a VisaCard then

The Office of Fair Trading and European regulators are discussing whether any action is needed after it emerged that only Visa credit or debit cards will be accepted for tickets or in shops at Olympic venues.
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Nokia woos developers with cheaper listing

Nokia has been making itself pretty for developers – launching a new SDK for Qt applications, dropping the cost of Ovi listing to €50 and signing applications for free.
Bill Ray, 24 2010
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Orange gazes into 2050 Glastoball

Orange is celebrating 40 years of Glastonbury by imagining what it's going to look like in another 40 years (pdf).
Bill Ray, 24 2010
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Crucial intros low cost, low capacity fast SSD

Crucial has rolled out a 64GB version of its RealSSD C300 6Gb/s Sata solid-state drive line.
Hard Reg, 24 2010
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Diary of a somebody - life in iPhone 4 land

Our correspondent works at a phone store somewhere in the UK. We can't tell you which, because if we do he'll probably lose his job. What we can tell you is that it's one of the ones without any iPhones...
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iPhone 4 operator contracts compared

With Apple's iPhone 4 officially going on sale today, Reg Hardware thinks it's perfect time to compare network pre-pay tariffs to see how Orange, Vodafone et al match up.
Caleb Cox, 24 2010
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FarmVille moooves onto iPhone

FarmVille, the game enjoyed by millions to the bemusement of everyone else, is in the iTunes app store – for those who can't bear to be separated from their crops.
Bill Ray, 24 2010
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Unix beardies vs. clean shaven DBAs

Two Reg readers David Wood and Simon Painter, a commentard who goes by the handle THE VOCIFEROUS TIME WASTER - want you to join their latest charity stunt for Barnardos.
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The Reg guide to Linux, part 3

Linux has changed almost beyond recognition since version 1.0 in 1994 and Ubuntu is about as polished and professional as it gets. It's approaching the level of polish of Mac OS X, is faster and easier to install than Windows, includes a whole suite of apps and offers tens of thousands more, runs on cheap commodity hardware and costs nothing.
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3 offers best iPhone deal

So now we know - there is to be no price war over the iPhone 4. But operator 3, which became the latest UK network to unveil its pricing, has opted for much more generous bundles than the competition – and a significantly lower upfront Apple tax.
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UK arms industry 'same as striking coal miners' - Army head

Interview Blighty's top general - hotly tipped as the next head of the armed forces - has hinted strongly that the British defence industry can no longer expect to rely on sweetheart deals from the Ministry of Defence (MoD). He adds that modern warfare has now left the tank behind as surely as it has the horse.
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Future quantum computers could be made of... silicon?

In a slightly retro move, a top Blighto-Dutch boffinry alliance has declared yet another method of creating a practical "qubit" - a building block of the postulated weird yet puissant quantum computers of the future. This time the tiny piece of unknowable information is contained, not in some exotic new ultra-substance, but boring old silicon.
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.XXX to get ICANN nod

ICANN plans to give conditional approval to .xxx, the controversial top-level internet domain just for porn, 10 years after it was first proposed.
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Nokia dumps Symbian on N-series

The Nokia N8, to be released later this year, will be the last N-Series handset running Symbian. From then on it's MeeGo all the way.
Bill Ray, 24 2010
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Watch where you're treading

Workshop When we asked Reg readers to tell us about their experiences with mobile roaming, quite a few of you came back with some interesting insights. And you're not happy.
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Horse-headed human trots through Street View

The BBC has been getting a good few hits today as a result of its "horse-boy" revelation, the amazing tale of a horse-human hybrid spotted trotting through Street View in Aberdeen:
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Ofcom opens Neutrality debate with 'hands off' warning

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Baseball. McCarthyism. Net neutrality. Not all US cultural exports succeed abroad, and the latter has landed with a dull thud in Europe. Ofcom today opened a consultation on net neutrality, but its preferred stance is likely to disappoint the Tin Foil Hat brigade of web activists who created and fomented the issue in the USA.
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Samsung dev day goes app-tastic

If you weren’t at Samsung’s developer event in London on 18 June, and don’t say we didn’t warn you, then you missed the inside track from Justin Hong, the lead for the bada development platform, who popped in from Korea.
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Neon to take mainframe complaints to Europe

It looks like some more lawyers are going to make some more money off IBM's mainframe business.
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Skype targets 100 million PCs with SkypeKit SDK

Skype is releasing an SDK to enable makers of mobile and desktop devices to embed its internet-telephony tech into globally distributed systems at low cost.
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Twitter reaches settlement with feds over privacy lapses

Twitter has agreed to overhaul its data-security practices to settle federal charges that shoddy password policies and other lapses at the microblogging site exposed its users' private information.
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Motorola punts mega huge Droid phone

Motorola has released its latest Android offering, the Droid X, and it's one chunky, funky monkey. Which is a good thing.
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Yahoo!'s 'interwebs MySQL' crunches four years of Twitter

Velocity Yahoo! has plugged its YQL web query language into a third-party API that lets developers access and analyze a sea of Twitter data dating back to 2006.
Cade Metz, 24 2010
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Survival instinct drives Salesforce's Java embrace

Structure 2010 There's trouble at the top for Salesforce.com - and software developers are to blame.
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Organofunctional silane Z-6011 gives iPhone 4 bad rap

A chemical compound we're willing to bet most Reg readers have never heard of may be responsible for one new-release niggle burning up the intertubes about Apple's new iPhone 4: screen discoloration.
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Google vanishes Android apps from citizen phones

Google has reached out over the airwaves and removed a pair of applications from users' Android phones, saying the two apps violated its terms of service.
Cade Metz, 24 2010
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VeriSign SSL certs open to tampering, competitor warns

VeriSign and one of its partners have come under fire for publicly exposing webpages used to process customer security certificates, a practice a competitor claims puts some of the biggest names on the web at risk of serious targeted attacks.
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Oracle uses Sun as springboard in Q4

The first post-Sun-acquisition financial results are in for Oracle, and the software maker has turned a profit on its Sun business. But it's an operating profit, not a net profit with real black on the bottom line, and that does not take into account restructuring charges from layoffs and other tweaks to the Sun business. If not for those restructuring charges, it seems, the Sun business would have been marginally in the black.
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Intel preps x86 Android for summer release

Microsoft got some more bad news today: Intel is porting Android 2.2, née Froyo, to the x86 architecture.