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Apple app police anoint un-Flash code translation

Though Steve Jobs has banned code translation on the iPhone and the iPad, the Apple App Store police continue to accept applications built with Unity and Appcelerator's Titanium, two dev kits that convert code from languages not explicitly approved by Jobs.
Cade Metz, 13 Jul 2010
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Microsoft drops Win7 deadline for XP and Vista holdouts

Microsoft is giving users of Windows Vista and Windows XP Professional software extra time to put off their migration to Windows 7.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Jul 2010
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Vodafone 845

Review Vodafone’s 845 is right on trend as it is a small format Android handset. Sony Ericsson’s tiny Xperia X10 Mini - reviewed here - and X10 Mini Pro have both had a surprisingly good reception, and Vodafone clearly thinks there's something in this compact smartphone lark.
Sandra Vogel, 13 Jul 2010
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Egenera bags another Fujitsu OEM deal

Just because Fujitsu has its own blade servers and systems management software doesn't mean it can't try to make some money selling someone else's stuff. And thus, Egenera, one of the pioneers in the blade server racket that has been trying to convert itself into a Switzerland for converged server and networking infrastructure, has been able to get another OEM deal out of Fujitsu to help it keep the money rolling in as it works to get its PAN Manager software certified on more iron.
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Blighty's stealth robojet rolls out a year late

The UK's "Taranis" robot stealth jet has finally rolled out of assembly, the year after it was supposed to be in ground testing.
Lewis Page, 13 Jul 2010
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Facebook for hackers shut down in Pakistan

Five alleged hackers have been arrested by the Pakistani authorities in raids that led to the closure the Pakbugs hacking and carding forum.
John Leyden, 13 Jul 2010
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Profits rise at Computacenter

Computacenter has beaten profit targets for the first six months of the year by ten per cent.
John Oates, 13 Jul 2010
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Zeus baddies unleash nasty new bank Trojan

Hackers have created a new version of the Zeus crimeware toolkit that's designed to swipe bank login details of Spanish, German, UK and US banks.
John Leyden, 13 Jul 2010
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Government plans 'NHS information revolution'

Patients will use the web to report their experiences, rate NHS organisations and access their records, according to health secretary's white paper.
Kable, 13 Jul 2010
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NASA, Microsoft offer new 3D Mars maps

NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to present huge amounts of 3-D Mars mapping data, gleaned by space probes in orbit about the red planet, in a form usable by anyone with a net connection.
Lewis Page, 13 Jul 2010
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Beardyman beats up with Dolby

Sound specialist Dolby has teamed up with human beatbox maestro Beardyman in a new video to promote its virtual surround sound chip for laptops, tablets and phones.
Caleb Cox, 13 Jul 2010
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EU boffins aim to reinvent the hard disk

EU-backed university researchers are aiming to reinvent the hard disk with a 1Tbit/in2 areal density platter based on nanospheres.
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2010
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Analytics made easy

I’m increasingly convinced that we’re entering into a new phase of computing: one where competitive advantage is going to be gained or lost based on the quality of your data and your ability to analyze it.
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Five HD turns on Virgin

Five HD has gone live on Virgin Media - months after the up-for-sale channel lost its space on Freeview HD.
Tony Smith, 13 Jul 2010
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I own Facebook, claims New York fuel salesman

Facebook has branded claims by a New York man that Mark Zuckerberg owes him 84 per cent of the firm "frivolous".
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Yorks cops charge Segway rider under 1835 road law

South Yorkshire Police have charged a Segway rider with breaking the 1835 Highways Act by riding the gyro-hog on the pavement.
Joe Fay, 13 Jul 2010
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Android will sink Symbian

Symbian needs to cut to the chase and sort out its user interface, the organisation has been warned.
Tony Smith, 13 Jul 2010
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EU Commission plans 'umbrella' data protection deal with US

The European Commission has opened negotiations with the US on the creation of a data protection agreement that would govern all data transfers between the EU and the US.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Jul 2010
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MS springs service pack preview of Windows 7

Microsoft released its first Service Pack 1 public betas for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 yesterday at its annual partner shindig.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Jul 2010
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Ambulance radios don't like the rain

A Health and Safety report into the London Ambulance Service has raised concerns about its radio comms network and vehicle panic buttons.
John Oates, 13 Jul 2010
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Review There’s no persuading a committed PC nerd of the unnerdy appeal of Apple’s consumer products, so I won’t bother. Whatever I write about Apple’s latest MacBook, they’ll hate it. They can buy computers for far less money that achieve better benchmark results, and serious computers are supposed to look hideous, so case closed.
Alistair Dabbs, 13 Jul 2010
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PegasHosting gets its wings clipped

Cybercrime-friendly Ukrainian ISP PegasHosting has been partially taken offline.
John Leyden, 13 Jul 2010
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Apple iPhone forums gripped by deleted thread paranoia

The iPhone 4 antenna debacle has upped the paranoia levels in Apple's support forums as moderators reportedly nix any mention of Consumer Reports' volte face on the talking light slab.
Joe Fay, 13 Jul 2010
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Fring-Skype iPhone slanging match: Telcos v freetards

Analysis P2P VoIP network Skype and client developer Fring have engaged in an epic slanging match after Fring's implementation of mobile-data video calling on the iPhone appeared to result in its ousting from Skype.
Lewis Page, 13 Jul 2010
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GFI wraps its hands around Sunbelt

Maltese security firm GFI Software has acquired Sunbelt Software and its Vipre line of anti-malware technology. Terms of the deal - announced Tuesday - were not disclosed.
John Leyden, 13 Jul 2010
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Oracle patch batch to fix 59 flaws

Oracle plans to release 59 vulnerability fixes, including 21 for Solaris products, as part of its quarterly patch update later on Tuesday.
John Leyden, 13 Jul 2010
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Microsoft 'gets serious' with Windows Phone 7 tools

Microsoft has released final beta tools for building Windows Phone 7 applications and said it's time to get serious ahead of this October's launch.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Jul 2010
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Hugh Hefner makes private offer to Playboy shareholders

Hugh Hefner, 84-year old founder of Playboy wants to buy back the company and take it private, with a bit of help from the bank.
John Oates, 13 Jul 2010
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World Cup Stats Prof: I was right all along

Spain's extra time goal against Holland in the World Cup final denied our resident stats expert victory in predicting the tournament winner. Or did it?
Robert Blincoe, 13 Jul 2010
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Coalition spends £3.75m on ContactPoint

A minister has revealed that the government spent £3.75m over two months on the soon to be scrapped children's database.
Kable, 13 Jul 2010

SNIA's SSD performance test draft

The SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) has had a working party devise a draft Solid State Storage Test Specification to enable customers to compare the performance of different solid state storage (SSS) products.
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2010
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Phorm man tipped to head Project Cartel

The Guardian reckons former Ofcom chief policy officer Kip Meek is due to be announced as chief executive of the BBC-led Project Cartel Canvas. But should he get the job, the former McKinsey man has a bit of baggage he may want to sling overboard.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Jul 2010
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Microsoft's Outlook gorges on Web2.0 junk food

Web 2.0 sufferers can now plug their Facebook and Windows Live accounts directly into Microsoft’s Outlook Social Connector tentacle, which the software giant first announced in November last year.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Jul 2010
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Boeing's 'Phantom Eye' Ford Fusion powered stratocraft

US aerospace mammoth Boeing yesterday rolled out its "Phantom Eye" unmanned strato-plane, able to cruise high above the airlanes for up to four days - powered by two ordinary Ford car engines running on hydrogen.
Lewis Page, 13 Jul 2010
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VMware scales up vSphere virt, rejigs prices

Given the radical change in features, pricing, and packaging that VMware did when it kicked out the vSphere 4.0 server virtualization toolset - which is basically the ESX Server 4.0 hypervisor and its related vCenter management console - it is not reasonable to expect a huge amount of change fifteen months later as VMware revs up the products to the vSphere 4.1 release. But there are always incremental improvements to be made, and there are a bunch of them in vSphere 4.1, announced today.
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Cockeyed 'Knob Face' confusion masks real malware threat

Wrong-headed warnings about a worm spreading across Facebook are causing confusion about a real threat.
John Leyden, 13 Jul 2010
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IBM employee sparks massive bank outage

Last Monday, one of Singapore's largest banks suffered a seven-hour IT outage that took down everything from back-office services to ATMs. This Tuesday, the flawed component was identified: an IBM employee.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jul 2010
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Fanbois end Judas Phone 'Death Grip' with, um, SIM tape

Some iPhone 4 buyers have solved the handset's infamous "Death Grip" reception problems by taping, cutting, shaving, or re-seating its SIM card.
Cade Metz, 13 Jul 2010
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Spotify ports its music streamer to Linux

Spotify is previewing a Linux version of its popular music-streaming service.
Cade Metz, 13 Jul 2010
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BlackBerry tablet to trump iPad with Flash, videoconferencing

More details are emerging about Research in Motion's long-rumored BlackBerry tablet: it will have a seven-inch display, both back- and front-facing cameras, and will support hardware-accelerated Adobe Flash.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jul 2010
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US domain registrar does IPv6, DNSSEC

Domain registrar Name.com has added IPv6 support to both its registrar and DNS services, with its registrar platform offering support for the DNS security extensions known as DNSSEC from next week.
Cade Metz, 13 Jul 2010
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Intel claims 'best quarter ever'

Intel announced its second-quarter earnings today, with numbers that add up to what chief Paul Otellini called "the best quarter in the company's 42-year history."
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jul 2010
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Amazon rejigs EC2 to run parallel HPC apps

Online retailer and IT disrupter Amazon is getting its high performance computing act together on its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service by allowing customers to spin up tightly coupled virtual server nodes to run real-world, parallel supercomputing applications.
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No Bing bang for Microsoft's Yahoo! marriage

Bing's marriage with Yahoo! will be a phased affair not a big bang, Microsoft has revealed.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Jul 2010