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IBM splits with Solaris 10 on x64

IBM will soon cease to sell Solaris 10 on x64 machines.
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Before the iPad, there was the Newton

This Old Box If any old-tech devotees are more rabid than Amiga amigos, the Newtonians are. So, for those lovers of Apple's pioneering handheld, here's an up-close-and-personal visual caressing of the Newton MessagePad 120, circa 1995.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Jul 2010
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Lite-on iHBS112 internal Blu-ray writer

Review Lite-On is certainly pushing the boundaries of optical disc burning at aggressive prices. The iHBS112 is an internal drive that goes beyond the combo by letting you read and write Blu-ray, DVD and CD media in one unit. Its Blu-ray writing speed, 12x, matches the current fastest on the market.
Alistair Dabbs, 26 Jul 2010
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NASA unveils global Martian map

NASA has unveiled "the most accurate global Martian map ever" - a 21,000 image mosaic from the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) aboard its Mars Odyssey spacecraft.
Lester Haines, 26 Jul 2010
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Wikileaks creaks under demand for Afghan war logs

Tens of thousands of US Army documents revealing details of the war in Afghanistan were published by Wikileaks late last night and interest is almost bringing the website to a halt.
John Oates, 26 Jul 2010
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Lord Peter views the logfile

Stob "What is design? Dorothy Sayers (English writer and dramatist - quoted by Brooks) suggests that design has three phases" - InfoQ reviewing Fred 'Mythical Man' Brook's latest tome.
Verity Stob, 26 Jul 2010
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Her Maj gets Flickred up

Buck House today launched its very own Flickr page, featuring lots of lovely snaps of the British Monarchy.
Lester Haines, 26 Jul 2010
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TalkTalk turns StalkStalk to build malware blocker

It's less TalkTalk, more StalkStalk: the UK's second largest ISP has quietly begun following its customers around the web and scanning what they look at for a new anti-malware system it is developing.
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Firefox update fixes plug-in snafu

Mozilla has responded to plugin stability issues with a new version of Firefox.
John Leyden, 26 Jul 2010
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NHS spunks £7.5k on porn room

Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust has incurred the wrath of the Sun by spunking £7,500 on a "special room" kitted out to help chaps deliver vital supplies of man oysters.
Lester Haines, 26 Jul 2010
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How effective is your security monitoring?

Workshop Poll For many organisations, the litmus test for IT security effectiveness is whether or not security breaches are reduced as a result. Security monitoring should help, but modern environments are complex and multi-faceted, and it can be difficult to determine how much is down to the tools, and how much is down to other factors such as policy.
Jon Collins, 26 Jul 2010
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SanDisk CEO to ride off into the sunset

SanDisk founder, CEO and chairman Eli Harari is to retire at the end of 2010, after 22 years with the firm.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2010
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Firefox 4 second beta hits minor delay

Mozilla has delayed the second beta release of Firefox 4 by about a week.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jul 2010
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DMA sets rules on kids' data and 'greenwashing'

Companies engaged in direct marketing to consumers must not use the internet to gather data about children under 12 and must be able to back up any green claims they make, according to a new code of practice for the industry.
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Jul 2010
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The basics of app management

Workshop IT may be complex, but from the perspective of the business, it is just a lot of technical gubbins that sits between the screen and the data.
Jon Collins, 26 Jul 2010
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Evidence mounts for iMac, Mac Pro Revamp

Rumours are doing the rounds that Apple is about to refresh its two key desktop lines: the iMac and the Mac Pro.
Tony Smith, 26 Jul 2010
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Cutbacks strip speed cameras from Blighty's roads

The proposition that speed cameras improve road safety looks likely to be severely crash-tested this summer, as government cutbacks make the likelihood of some counties becoming camera-free zones a near certainty.
Jane Fae , 26 Jul 2010

iPad pitches Apple onto world PC top table

Fellow market watchers may not include the iPad in Apple's computer sales figures, but Canalys does, and it reckons doing so puts the Mac maker into world's top five.
Tony Smith, 26 Jul 2010
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SOCA 'faces axe'

The Serious and Organised Crime Agency, created just four years ago and presented as Britain's answer to the FBI, is to be scrapped by coalition ministers, it's reported.
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TomTom update breaks satnav live links

TomTom has posted an update to its old Go x40 Live satnav range - now superseded by the Go x50 Live line that has broken the devices' ability to access online data sources.
Hard Reg, 26 Jul 2010
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3D films fall flat

There are indications that Hollywood's rush to extract extra cash from cinemagoers in return for an extra visual dimension might be doomed to follow previous 3D initiatives into the cutting room bin.
Lester Haines, 26 Jul 2010
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Samsung UE46C8000 3D TV

Review Samsung got the 3D ball rolling earlier this year when its C7000 became the first 3D TV to hit the shops in the UK. However, the more expensive C8000 is the one that really turned my head. Even if you dismiss the 3D option as a novelty the C8000 is simply a superb flat-screen TV.
Cliff Joseph, 26 Jul 2010
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CTIA claims SF phone radiation law unconstitutional

Cellular trade body The CTIA is challenging a San Francisco ordinance that requires radiation labels on every mobile phone sold, claiming that such a rule breaches the US constitution.
Bill Ray, 26 Jul 2010
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LAPD questions Google Apps security credentials

Google has reportedly missed a deadline to fully implement Google Apps into the city of Los Angeles' various departments by the end of last month.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jul 2010
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3G at 2G frequencies edges closer in UK

Ofcom has laid out the legal changes that will permit 3G technology at 2G frequencies, along with allowing radar-equipped level crossings, and radio for scuba divers, all by November.
Bill Ray, 26 Jul 2010
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HMV takes on mighty iTunes with 40p promo

HMV has a new music download site and lots of offers to tempt punters away from iTunes.
Drew Cullen, 26 Jul 2010
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Daily Star is sorry for Grand Theft Auto Raoul Moat blunder

Last week the Daily Star published the sensational scoop that Rockstar Games was prepping Grand Theft Auto Rothbury, inspired by the murderer Raoul Moat.
Drew Cullen, 26 Jul 2010
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Successful desktop virtualization

Regcast Desktop virtualization: it's complex, it's controversial, it's hard to budget. It is, however, easy to make a mess of it. And if you do get it wrong, every single person in your company will want to know why.
Tim Phillips, 26 Jul 2010
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Hitachi Data Systems: A storage giant lost in translation

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is the only world-class Japanese storage company, with its USP-V high-end enterprise arrays and AMS mid-range systems.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2010
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Hitachi GST SVP takes a punt on STT-RAM

The general manager and VP of Engineering at Hitachi GST has left to join a NAND and DRAM replacement technology company, Grandis. That seems like a risky move.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2010
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Europe must cut duties on US gadgets

The World Trade Organisation has ruled that EU import duties on certain gadgets imported from the US, Japan and Taiwan are illegal.
John Oates, 26 Jul 2010
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EU climate exchange website hit by green-hat hacker

An EU Climate Exchange website was hacked as part of a political protest against carbon credits by a green-hat defacement crew.
John Leyden, 26 Jul 2010
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EC launches formal probes into IBM's mainframe biz

Antitrust authorities at the European Commission have been listening to clone mainframe seller T3 Technologies' cries after IBM ate and killed clone mainframe maker Platform Solutions a few years back. Complaints from TurboHercules, a supplier of a mainframe hardware emulator for x64 servers that IBM refuses to license software for, have also come to the EC's notice.
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Dell's fraud settlement explodes PC market myths

Analysis Even us jaded hacks, who think we've seen everything in the business, can find our chins hitting the trackpad. So it is with the Dell legal settlement last week. It may have a familiar ring to it, as it concerns a kind of business arrangement almost 20 years old - but don't let that fool you. It's the scale of the amounts involved that is truly jaw-dropping. The SEC settlement casts the entire PC market in an entirely new light.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jul 2010
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Canadian flyboy prangs CF-18 Hornet

Canadian flyboy Captain Brian Bews had a narrow escape last Friday when his CF-18 Hornet decided to give up the ghost during a practice run at an airshow at Lethbridge airport in Alberta.
Lester Haines, 26 Jul 2010
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Apple reminds Aussies they can buy iPhone 4s on Friday

By the weekend, the iPhone Flaw - sorry, iPhone 4* - will be avilable to buy in 17 countries in addition to the five it's currently available in.
Tony Smith, 26 Jul 2010
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Android terms point to operator billing

Changes to the small print of the Android Developers' agreement show Google's plan to hand over application revenue collection to network operators - a task they'll be glad to take on.
Bill Ray, 26 Jul 2010
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Google Apps rubber-stamped for use by US gov

Google has introduced a version of Google Apps certified for use by the US government.
Cade Metz, 26 Jul 2010
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US legalizes jailbroken iPhones

Updated US citizens can legally jailbreak and unlock their smartphones — notably Apple's iPhone — and videographers can circumvent copy protection to use short movie snippets for "criticism or comment".
Rik Myslewski, 26 Jul 2010
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Windows Phone 7 misses big-business support tools

Microsoft's re-reinvention of Windows Mobile risks hurting Windows Phone 7's widespread adoption by large companies.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Jul 2010
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AT&T delivers iPhone data choke relief

AT&T has begun rolling out a fix for the glitch choking two per cent of its wireless customers' uplink speeds. The bug-squashing is scheduled to take two to three weeks.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Jul 2010

Peer 1 launches GPU compute cloud

Peer 1 Hosting, an IT service provider that does traditional hosting as well as selling virtual, cloudy infrastructure, is claiming to be the first to fluff up a CPU-GPU hybrid cloud that supports supercomputing workloads.
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Cray ships first massively parallel XE6

Cray has staked most of its financial 2010 on the Baker XE6 massively parallel supercomputers and their Gemini XE interconnect. With the first of a wave of multi-cabinet systems now out the door, Cray - and its investors - have some hope of making the numbers for 2010.
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Google Apps for Gov battles fear of floating data

Analysis Google Apps for Government is designed to meet the information-security laws that bind federal agencies. But it's also meant to provide a kind of comfort blanket for any government agency — from the federal level down to the local — that's wary of moving their data onto third-party servers in the so-called cloud.
Cade Metz, 26 Jul 2010