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Belkin Play Max Wireless Modem Router

Belkin Play Max dual-band wireless router

Review The Belkin Play Max has ideas far above its station as a plain old wireless internet router. Its extra song’n’dance talents include a Nas service for USB-attached drives, a media server and a BitTorrent download assistant. But all this depends on your setting it up as your main connection to the internet. And I stumbled on some serious shortcomings in this department.
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Brighton NIMBYs complain over BT broadband upgrades

BT's broadband boxes have run into planning opposition again, this time from a group of conservation societies on the south coast.
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Zappa's widow loses trademark case over own name

A German music festival dedicated to the work of unconventional rock musician Frank Zappa can continue to use a version of his name without infringing on the trademark rights of his estate, a court has ruled.
DVD it in many colours

Xyratex plans big array

Xyratex is one of the main suppliers of drive array subsystems, with IBM XIV, Dell EqualLogic, EMC DataDomain, and NetApp among its customers. It's developing a new product and the likelihood is that the design has been checked out with its OEM customers (above) some of whom will be shipping it.
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Revealed: Government blows thousands on iPhone apps

The government spent thousands of pounds on iPhone applications - including one for jobseekers and another to show people how to change a flat tyre.
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Scotland allows collection of children's DNA

Police in Scotland will be able to collect and store the DNA of children as young as eight for the first time under a law just passed by the Scottish Parliament.
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BT strike ballot halted over possible 'technical breaches'

A planned strike ballot by BT staff has been scrapped due to "legal technicalities", the Communications Workers Union confirmed yesterday.

Sony Ericsson updates Xperia X10

Sony Ericsson has begun releasing a firmware update for the Android-based Xperia X10 handset - reviewed here.
Hard Reg, 06 2010
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NAO slams 'redundant' MoJ finance systems

A new National Audit Office report says that financial management at the Ministry of Justice is being hampered by unnecessary data systems.
Kable, 06 2010
iPad vs netbooks

Apple iPad run rate hits 2m units a month

A small snippet of information this, but Apple has ordered enough components to assemble as many as 2.4m iPads this month - and is expected to order the same quantity on a monthly basis through the summer.

Using group policy: GPOs good, scripts much better

Sysadmin blog We're nearing the end of GPOs part two, so I want to take the time to review the state of GPOs on Windows in general, and the lessons I have learned.
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Mega new climate science: 'Runaway' effect exaggerated

Top international boffins, having crunched vast amounts of climate data, say that the effect of "carbon feedback" - thought likely in some quarters to cause imminent runaway global warming followed by the end of human civilisation - has been exaggerated.
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London takes lion's share of new IT jobs

Since the start of the recession London and the South East of England have created close to two thirds (64 per cent) of all new IT jobs in Blighty, up from 58 per cent before the economy dipped.
Sony PS3 Slim

PS3 Slim to get HDD boost

Sony is to upgrade the capacity of the PlayStation 3's hard drive in Japan at the end of the month, paving the way for a similar boost over here.
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Hack forces Flash onto iPad

Software hobbyists have defied Steve Jobs by creating a hack that allows Flash to run on iPads, albeit with limitations.
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UK.gov considers tougher powers for ICO (again)

The government has announced yet another round of deliberations on whether the Information Commissioner should get tougher powers, as part of a wider consideration of data protection legislation.
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BBC chief acknowledges DAB flop & internet radio

BBC Trust Chairman Michael Lyons has called for a review of its radio strategy - acknowledging the failure of DAB and the Corporation's neglect of internet radio. It's a call for a new direction that comes from the top - but some of his executives might need to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st Century.
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Tube data feed shut for being popular

Transport for London has been forced to temporarily close its much-hyped London Underground departure times data feed due to overwhelming interest in the service.
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London hospital hosted grumble flick shoot

A Conservative MP has revealed that a Kensington and Chelsea hospital hired out one of its wards for the shooting of a "big budget" porno, the BBC reports.
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First true submarine captured from American drug smugglers

Authorities in Ecuador say they have captured the first true submarine designed and built to smuggle drugs. "Semi-submersible" vessels have long been built for the narcotics trade, but it appears that the drug runners have now upped their game to make vessels able to travel completely underwater.
For Sale sign detail

Standards claim to make green IT more than just marketing

Building greener data centres to gain environmental creds and avoid vilification as an enviro-criminal is a step closer with availability of the BREEAM data centre assessment method.
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Take our home entertainment survey

We love our home entertainment kit, but it's frustrating. Which is why we want to know what you think about it.
Hard Reg, 06 2010
iRobot Roomba 581

iRobot Roomba 581 robot cleaner

Review As readers of my Samsung Navibot review will know, I’m not much of a person for housework, and tend to leave it for special occasions. So, it was with something of a sense of relief that I received iRobot’s Roomba 581 to test.
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PARIS in hot glue gun action

We're obliged to all of you who offered suggestions yesterday as to how to adequately join the recently-arrived paper straws which will form the structure of the Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) Vulture 1 vehicle.
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£99 iPhone stunt backfires

A publicity stunt that offered a new iPhone 4 for £99 has backfired spectacularly on a new UK shopping site, and risks increasing cynicism over a controversial corner of internet marketing.
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Data.gov.uk troupe gets shirty about standards

The data.gov.uk team has defended the release of datasets that are proving to be standards-unfriendly to developers.
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Spurned security researchers form anti-MS collective

Updated Security researchers irked by how Microsoft responded to Google engineer Tavis Ormany's public disclosure of a zero-day Windows XP Help Center security bug have banded together to form a group called the Microsoft Spurned Researcher Collective*.
iPad vs e-book readers

iPad, Kindle as readable as print... almost

We've all done it: printed out material because it's easier to read on paper than on a computer screen. But are tablets and e-book readers changing this behaviour pattern? Early research suggests they might well be.
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Most new 2009 EU powerplant was wind oops, gas

Brussels bureaucrats have issued a statement trumpeting the "fact" that renewable energy sources - particularly wind - accounted for the majority of new power station capacity installed in the EU during 2009. However, the truth is that European dependence on fossil gas worsened seriously last year.
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Wikileaks US Army mole Manning charged

Fresh news today in the case of Bradley Manning, the US soldier suspected of leaking classified military material - including video of a controversial attack-helicopter strike in which Iraqi civilians including children were hit - to Wikileaks.
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ATM hack presentation ditched after legal threats

A planned presentation about ATM security at the Hack in the Box conference in Amsterdam last week was cancelled following legal pressure from vendors.
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Microsoft patches Freetard-by-design bug

Microsoft has cast itself as one of the Good Guys in the battle over intellectual property, unlike those scofflaws over at Google. Which makes one recent Windows bugfix more than a little ironic: it patches a bug that makes Windows 7 the file-sharing gift that never stops giving.

NetApp shakes fist at sprat supplier over ZFS

NetApp has threatened Ethernet and ZFS storage supplier Coraid with implied legal action unless it stops selling its EtherDrive Z-series NAS. Coraid has buckled under the threat and temporarily withdrawn the product.

NetApp's ZFS lawyer's letter and Nexenta

Update NetApp has sent an almost cease-and-desist letter to Coraid saying withdraw your EtherDrive Z-series NAS product, which uses ZFS, or we will take appropriate action. Coraid did, But NetApp appears not to have written to Coraoid's ZFS supplier Nexenta, which also supplies Compellent with ZFS technology for its NAS product.
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Microsoft's Flash challenger Silverlight hits Symbian

Microsoft's Flash challenger Silverlight has landed on Symbian handsets from Nokia ahead of full Silverlight on Windows phones.
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Apple ads to target your iTunes history

Apple is using the immense amount of data that it has collected from its 150 million iTunes accounts to help its iAd advertisers target their pitches to users of iOS 4 devices.
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Windows 8 and life after KIN - Ballmer's hot summer

Radio Reg July’s a high-pressure month for Steve Ballmer, so he’s not at home to Mr Cock-up.
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Fusion reactor eats Euro science budgets

More than a billion euros will be channeled to the astronomically over-budget ITER fusion reactor rather than to a broad range of needy European research projects.
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OpenSUSE 11.3 delivers spit, polish and niggles

The latest version of openSUSE hit final code last week and is not due for official release until July 15, but The Reg is here to give you a tour of its pros and cons.