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Apple swaps good iPhones for bad, say fanbois

Updated Today's rumeur du jour concerning Apple's ongoing antennagate fiasco: Cupertino has secretly fixed the Jobsian handset's Death Grip defect, and is now quietly collecting the bad phones and replacing them with good ones.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Jul 2010
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Microsoft's modest Bing tinkerers on Google trip

Ex-Walmart man and current Microsoftie Kevin Turner might have peppered partners with anti-Google talking points this week, but the team that's building Redmond's challenger Bing aren't so gung-ho.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jul 2010
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Mozilla snuffs password pilfering Firefox add-on

Mozilla has disabled and block-listed a Firefox add-on containing code that nabs login data sent to any website and reroutes it to a remote server.
Cade Metz, 15 Jul 2010
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Neon Software sells cut-down zPrime for IMS

IBM's System z11 mainframes are just around the corner, and Neon Software, the maker of the zPrime tool for offloading work from expensive to cheap engines on Big Blue's mainframes, has to do something to get the attention of mainframers.
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Buyer's Guide: all-in-one inkjet printers

Group Test In the home, where print volumes are typically low, inkjet printers rule. You simply won't find colour lasers or laser-based all-in-ones at the £150 price point around which all the printers in this Group Test are offered.
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010
Brother MFC-490CW

Brother MFC-490CW

Review Brother has a wealth of all-in-ones looking much like the MFC-490CW. The gently curved upper surface makes it look slightly old, though this is mitigated by the widescreen LCD, which allows for a photo thumbnail and a menu to be displayed side by side.
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010
Canon PIXMA MX350

Canon Pixma MX350

Review This machine follows the same style lines as other all-in-ones in Canon’s range, with a large case in black and silver.
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010
Epson Stylus SX610FW
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Epson Stylus SX610FW

Review On the ‘looks the business’ scales, this machine will take quite a counterweight. Big and glossy black, it has a wavy top concealing its 30-sheet ADF. Open the input tray and the output tray drops away – very neat.
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010
HP Officejet 6500
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HP Officejet 6500

Review Looking like somebody’s given a pair of compasses to a penguin and told it to design an all-in-one, the Officejet 6500’s black and white body is all wide-radius curves. From the cheeky quiff at the end of its 35-sheet ADF feed tray to its double-size, 250-sheet paper tray, it’s unexpected in looks and function.
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010
Kodak ESP 7
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Kodak ESP 7

Review Although a late arrival at the inkjet printer ball, Kodak’s wealth of photographic and imaging knowledge has helped carve it a clever niche in the market. Its current advertising run, stressing the low cost of running its machines, shows where it’s aiming.
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010
Lexmark Intuition S505

Lexmark Intuition S505

Review Lexmark’s Home Office range of all-in-ones, like Kodak’s, share the same print engine and are distinguished, one from another, by their feature sets and price. Although it has an SRP of £150, the S505 is closer to the bottom than the top of the range and you can find it heavily discounted.
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010
All-in-one Inkjet Printers

All-in-One Inkjet Printers

Group Test Much like the trend for mobile phones to have cameras, inkjet printers with scanners seems to be the norm these days. With all the models on test producing photo quality prints yet costing less than £150, you might think you’re getting something for nothing. Of course, along with the scanner doubling as a colour photocopier – and with some models you get a fax too – it’s all a ruse to get you to use more ink.
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010
All-in-one Inkjet Printers

All-in-One Inkjet Printers: Best Buys

Group Test Before I announce which printers have won Reg Hardware awards, let's first see how they measure up against each other.
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010
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Government begins RIPA review

The Government will review the use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA), the law that governs state tapping of phone, email and internet use. The law will be looked at as part of a wider review of counter-terrorism laws.
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Jul 2010
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ICO repeats jail call as complaints soar

Complaints about potential privacy violations soared by 30 per cent last year, according to regulator the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). Complaints about public bodies' failure to comply with the Freedom of Information Act jumped by 20 per cent.
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Jul 2010
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UK.gov slams Facebook over Moat fan clubs

Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday that he would make an official complaint to Facebook because it is hosting discussions and support groups for Raoul Moat.
John Oates, 15 Jul 2010
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Intel and Micron team up for flash fab

Intel and Micron will start building a new fabrication plant for NAND flash chips by the end of the year, according to a DigiTimes report.
Chris Mellor, 15 Jul 2010
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Kaspersky blocks BBC News over false phishing fears

Updated Kaspersky's security software created confusion on Wednesday after it blocked the redesigned BBC News site and other web properties.
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2010
Samsung Tic Toc

Samsung preps shake-to-play MP3 gadget

This is the new Samsung Tic Toc, which despite the clockwork name, is actually a palm-sized MP3 player.
Caleb Cox, 15 Jul 2010
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NTT spends £2bn on DiData

NTT, the Japanese telco, has bought Dimension Data, the South African but London-listed reseller group.
John Oates, 15 Jul 2010
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HPC in the cloud? Not so much

Here’s a great blog (“Elite HPC and the Cloud Culture Clash”) discussing how much – well, actually, how little – the current hype behind cloud computing is swaying folks at large supercomputing sites.
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Home Office publishes draft reform plan

Information sharing, the publication of crime data and support for the e-Borders programme are all in the Home Office Structural Reform Plan.
Kable, 15 Jul 2010
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1.5TB 2.5-inch drives

You can't rely on disk drive manufactures to tell you much at all about new higher-capacity drives coming our way, but you can get hints from their OEMs. ProStor CEO Frank Herbist recently gave out a loud one.
Chris Mellor, 15 Jul 2010

Apple to shrink MacBook Air

Wonder why Apple hasn't yet updated the MacBook Air the way it has with all its other notebooks? Because the skinny laptop is about to shrunk even further, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 15 Jul 2010
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iPhone 4 developers get software update, but will it fix death grip?

Apple’s iPhone 4 hasn’t even hit its one-month anniversary yet, but the company has already issued a software update that might fix the death grip problem affecting the device’s antenna.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jul 2010
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FBI hunt gun-waving, skateboarding bank robber

The FBI in San Diego are hunting a low-tech bank robber who shunned the usual getaway car and fled from his latest heist on a skateboard.
Joe Fay, 15 Jul 2010

A curious case of the shingles

The topic of shingled writes as a way of boosting hard drive capacity discussed in my article Drive suppliers hitting capacity increase difficulties earned me a rebuke from HDD, a very occasional Reg commentard. He has this to say :
Chris Mellor, 15 Jul 2010
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NHS loses massive Microsoft licensing rebate

Software licensing in the National Health Service is about to get a lot more complicated, and a lot more expensive.
John Oates, 15 Jul 2010
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Pentax relaunches 'vintage-look' compact

Pentax has taken its Optio I-10 compact camera and given it a tasty retro makeover.
Hard Reg, 15 Jul 2010
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Vista-hating Microsoft throws poo at Apple's iPhone 4

Microsoft really, really hates its dud Vista operating system - so much so that it can now openly badmouth its own product while taking a bitchy stab at Apple and its current iPhone 4 antenna woes.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jul 2010

Freeview reaches out to EPG-less DVR owners

Freeview has offered a ray of hope to the hundreds of Brits who own DVRs rendered effectively useless at recording future programmes because the company delivering the machines' Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) stopped doing so.
Tony Smith, 15 Jul 2010
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Researchers expose privacy flaws in Chatroulette

Privacy shortcomings in Chatroulette expose users to security risks, according to a study by security researchers.
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2010
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Miracle-tech that could fix almost everything: Major advance

Topflight boffins believe they may be on the track of the fabled room-temperature superconductor, a technology which - if achieved - promises to revolutionise various fields including hover trains, electric power, mighty dimension-portal atom smashers and even supercomputing.
Lewis Page, 15 Jul 2010
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UK.gov abandons 2012 rural broadband pledge

The government has dumped a commitment to deliver universal access to 2Mbit/s broadband by 2012.
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Packard Bell Butterfly XS 11.6in notebook

Review Where does the dividing line between netbooks and notebooks lie? Is an 11.6in screen small enough to dismiss any ideas of true notebook status? Conversely, does having a DVD rewriter lift a portable forever out of netbookdom?
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010
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Four cuffed in Spain over political website vandalism

Spanish police have arrested four people of a hacking crew blamed for defacing the websites of the main two political parties in Spain.
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2010
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Cal Pol: Turn Jacko's ranch into state park

Wide-eyed children could once again be roaming free around Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch if a California lawmaker gets his way.
Joe Fay, 15 Jul 2010
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Schools and hospitals to be tapped for superfast broadband

The government is discussing opening up public sector internet infrastructure to bring down the cost of introducing faster broadband nationwide.
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Cloud music: Apple set to clean up

Never underestimate the power of an incumbent. And never underestimate the willingness of Apple's user base to try new products bearing the fruit logo.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jul 2010
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Cable lays plan for graduate tax

Vince Cable today laid out the ground rules for debate on funding higher education and strongly hinted he favours a graduate tax. But he stressed this was the start, not the end, of the debate.
John Oates, 15 Jul 2010
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US Army trials Iron Man super-trooper exoskeleton

A powered exoskeleton suit designed to let soldiers march and fight carrying huge loads of weaponry, equipment and armour is to enter testing with the US Army.
Lewis Page, 15 Jul 2010
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Torrent sites: Here today, gone tomorrow and no one even cares

Dutch anti-piracy group Brein claimed last week to have closed down 422 torrent sites in the first half of this year, but shockingly* nobody actually noticed until today.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jul 2010
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One-time UK PC giant takes on iPad

We're not sure we'd agree with HMV's claim that Elonex is "world renowned for their e-book readers", not least because the UK company only released its first one a year ago, and that appears to have faded away with Elonex's bookshop partner of the time, Borders UK, which went into administration in November 2009.
Tony Smith, 15 Jul 2010
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Sony intros colourful, long-running PMP

With holidays approaching and long journeys ahead, travel gadgets are flying off the shelves. So it should come as no surprise that Sony has announced a new PMP.
Caleb Cox, 15 Jul 2010
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Dell OEMs server management from Microsoft

If you use Dell PowerEdge servers in conjunction with Microsoft's Windows operating system, Dell is going to make your life a little bit easier while also saving you some dough.
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Opera lands 'Carakan' JavaScript engine on mobiles

Opera has brought its revamped "Carakan" JavaScript engine and Vega graphics library to smartphones, releasing a beta incarnation of Opera Mobile 10.1 for Nokia's Symbian-based S60 platform.
Cade Metz, 15 Jul 2010
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Apple antenna guru 'warned Steve Jobs' over Judas Phone

Apple's senior antenna expert told Steve Jobs during the "early design phase" of the iPhone 4 that the handset's exterior antennas could cause dropped calls, according to a report citing a person familiar with the matter.
Cade Metz, 15 Jul 2010
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Cloud fluffer ready to lighten Microsoft's load

Web-hosting giant Rackspace could be among the first to deliver private versions of Microsoft's Azure cloud, free of Redmond's control.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jul 2010
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NZ government makes software 'unpatentable' (for now)

The New Zealand government has decided to push through the country's contentious new Patent Bill without making any amendments to it, thereby making software "unpatentable".
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jul 2010
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So long then, Windows 2000

Windows NT 4.0 made Microsoft an operating system player for file servers and crushed NetWare, but it was Windows 2000 Server and Advanced Server that stormed the walls of the glasshouse and smashed enough windows to actually get inside and start taking over the joint. And now, it is dead.
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Hubble eyes sun-roasted exoplanet

Observations from the Hubble Space Telescope's Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) have determined that gas giant HD 209458b is having a really bad hair day, orbiting so close to its star that its atmosphere is being stripped away by cosmic winds and cast into space in a "comet-like tail".
Lester Haines, 15 Jul 2010
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Ellison loses bid for US basketball franchise

Larry Ellison, as you all know, is accustomed to getting his way. But even the richest billionaire in Silicon Valley can't always get what he wants. And so it is with Ellison's desire to own the Golden State Warriors, where the chief executive officer of Oracle missed the jump ball to a Joe Lacob, a partner at Silicon Valley venture capital hot-shot Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
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Apple spews Judas Phone signal bar 'fix' to world+dog

Apple has released the promised iOS update designed to improve the way the Judas Phone displays signal strength bars – and fool fanbois into thinking there's no problem with the company's antenna design.
Cade Metz, 15 Jul 2010
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Android PHP option planned for Javaphobes

PHP is coming to Google's Android phones for those averse to programming in Java or going native.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jul 2010
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Google profits swell (only) 24 per cent

Google's revenues leapt 24 per cent during the second quarter, and profits rose 24 per cent as well. But that wasn't enough to satisfy the Wall Street guessmen.
Cade Metz, 15 Jul 2010
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AMD sales up – but ink still red

If you have been wondering where those extra profits that Intel raked in during its best quarter ever came from in Q2, it looks like some of that black ink came right out of the hide of Advanced Micro Devices.