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Apple iMovie for iPhone 4

iMovie for iPhone 4

Review Let's get one thing straight: this is not a port of Apple iMovie from the Mac OS to the iPhone OS. Rather, think of the iMovie iPhone app is a massively cut-down version with a handful of editing functions and even fewer options.
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HP contractor 'surprised and saddened' by Hurd sacking

Mark Hurd's nemesis is a former soft porn actress and a reality TV wannabe and she is "surprised and saddened" by his enforced departure from HP. And she has privately settled her sexual harassment claim with him.
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Ton-up speed merchant blames dyslexia

A 40-year-old speed merchant clocked doing 103mph in a 60mph zone blamed dyslexia for his extravagant speed.
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Virgin Media puts Dave and Gold on the block

Isn't it funny how core businesses stop being core when you are making a loss?
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Big vendors get deadline to fix holes, or face the music

Analysis TippingPoint has upped the ante on vulnerability disclosure by giving vendors six months to fix bugs before it goes public with information on flaws.
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Hot babes discriminated against by some employers

Trick-cyclists in the States have found that being a beautiful woman, while in general good news, is a disadvantage when trying to get certain types of jobs.
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Rogue San Fran BOFH given 4 years

Terry Childs, the San Francisco sysadmin who locked the city out its own network, is going to prison.
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Flash finally finagled onto iPhone

A dedicated iPhone hacker has ported a client for Adobe's Flash onto an iPhone 4, just about, and with a dicey installation process.
Bill Ray, 09 2010
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US starts charging for online visa-waiver

The US online visa-waiver scheme ESTA starts charging from early next month.
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Runner and riders for HP's top job

Comment Who is next in line to become the new boss at HP, the company that likes its CEOs to shoot themselves in the foot?
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DNS Made Easy rallies after punishing DDoS attack

DNS Made Easy has restored services following a vicious denial of service that peaked at 50Gbps on Saturday.

BBC workers lose £240k of tech gear in two years

The BBC lost laptops and mobiles worth a total of £241,019 in the past two years.
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Google Slides away from Wave FAIL with social network buy

Google has bought social network tech outfit Slide for an undisclosed sum in its latest effort to tackle Facebook’s Web2.0 dominance.
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Desktop virtualisation: why, how, and how much?

Workshop As anyone who has started down the path will confirm, desktop virtualisation is not a single thing - rather it offers a number of ways of modernising the management of the desktop environment, either in its entirety, or for specific user types.
Tony Lock, 09 2010
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BlackBerry bows to Saudi Arabia

RIM is to locate three servers within Saudi Arabia, putting them under the jurisdiction of local security forces and thus removing the necessity of the planned ban.
Bill Ray, 09 2010
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Corrupt repair engineer jailed for bank fraud attempt

A corrupt laptop repair engineer has gone to jail for nine months after he was convicted of hacking into the laptop of one of his customers.
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O2 offers Pay & Go BlackBerry basket

Midsummer BlackBerry picking time and O2 has its finger in the pie, with a range of RIM's smartphones on Pay & Go in the offing.
Caleb Cox, 09 2010
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Ryanair plumps for Dell EqualLogic

Ryanair, the low-cost airline renowned for its customer service, has chosen a Dell EqualLogic storage system for its Dublin data centre, rejecting competing offers from HP and an IBM/NetApp combo.
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Should your data centre look more like Google’s?

Reader Study With all the talk of cloud, some are predicting the death of the enterprise data centre. The argument is that renting capacity from a service provider reduces costs and therefore owning your own facility in the future will become an extravagant luxury that few will be able to justify.
Dale Vile, 09 2010
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Moon actually dryer than dem dry bones, say boffins

Spoilsport boffins, carrying out a new analysis of lunar rocks brought back by the Apollo missions of yesteryear, have pooh-poohed the notion that there are copious amounts of water to be found on the Moon. The research might be thought to have finally dashed hopes of mining lunar ice for cheap rocket fuel, but in fact President Obama had largely killed off such plans already.
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Vodafone won't act on customers' HTC Desires

Customer anger over Vodafone UK's unwanted Desire app update is receiving national coverage and has its own Web 2.0 campaign, while other customers who merely wish to stream video are still being asked to wait patiently.
Bill Ray, 09 2010
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Google experimenting with spy drones, says German maker

Global small-ads colossus Google is trialling a small battery-powered camera drone of a type previously used by the UK police and special forces, according to reports. It's thought that the flying spyeyes might add a new dimension to the company's controversial "Street View" picture database, compiled by fleets of camera cars driving along roads.
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Skype gets ready to float

Best-known VoIP provider Skype has filed documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission to allow it to make an initial public offering of its shares.
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Judge rejects Accenture appeal against £182m lawsuit

A preliminary appeal brought by Accenture against British Gas was rejected last week, after a judge ruled that a £182m lawsuit connected to the failure of a new billing system shouldn’t be obstructed.
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RIM confirms Curve 3G

The new BlackBerry Curve 3G is official and on its way to the UK.
Caleb Cox, 09 2010
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Turkish groom accidentally sprays wedding guests with bullets

A bridegroom in Turkey, seeking to enliven his nuptial celebrations by the traditional local practice of firing an automatic weapon into the air, has accidentally gunned down 11 of his wedding guests in a freak tragedy bloodbath firearms discharge mishap.
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Wireless monitoring saves lives - study

Wireless monitoring of those suffering from a heart condition can save 50 lives per 1,000 patients, assuming all that radio interference doesn't give them cancer, a study has found.
Bill Ray, 09 2010
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How neutrality locks in the web's 'Hyper Giants'

Analysis The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which. - Animal Farm
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Anti-virus defences even shakier than feared

Updated Anti-virus technologies may be even more ineffective than feared, if a controversial new study is to be believed.
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Skype: Fear and loathing in Cupertino, Mountain View

Analysis Skype’s IPO has revealed some interesting nuggets about the voice network provider’s intentions and fears as it looks to make an initial public offering of its shares. Chief among them are its decision to ditch MySpace and expressions of concern about Google and Apple.
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Virgin and Ubisoft team up for tournaments

Virgin Gaming has teamed up with Ubisoft to host online tournaments featuring some of the publisher's top titles.
Caleb Cox, 09 2010
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Microsoft ends Office lovers' employee discount program

Microsoft is ending a discount licensing program that has proven to be hugely popular among companies' employees wanting cheap copies of Office.
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Details spill on IBM's big iron Power7 servers

With Big Blue getting ready to launch its biggest Power7-based server, the 256-core Power 795 machine, on August 17 and four entry Power7 machines as well, resellers have been briefed and tongues have started wagging.

Upgraded iPads, iPhone, and Apple TV reported

An avalanche of Apple rumors has hit, starring two upgraded iPads powered by ARM Cortex A9–based processors; an AMD-powered, cloud-centric Apple TV; and a redesigned, metal-backed, CDMA iPhone from Verizon that would break AT&T's subscriber-vexing exclusivity.
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Critical jailbreak hole plugged in Foxit Reader

The Foxit document reader has been updated to fix the same critical bug that currently leaves iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches wide open to malware attacks.
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DARPA awards $76.6m supercomputer challenge

If you were thinking about entering the US Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's ExtremeScale supercomputing challenge issued in March, you missed your chance. DARPA's awarded grants to four design teams, plus another that'll run benchmarks on the HPC prototypes.
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Judge halts domain registration scam

A federal judge has ordered members of a Canadian operation to stop posing as domain-name registrars in scams that collected more than $4.26m in bogus renewal fees from unsuspecting consumers, small businesses, and non-profits.

Shipping container fuels Australia's bid to be supercomputing power

Sun, we think in 2006, kicked off the notion of putting pre-configured data centres in 20-foot long shipping containers. We used to call them White Trash containers, although none of us can remember why.

Ellison blasts HP 'idiots' for Hurd's exit

Larry Ellison has ridden to Mark Hurd's defense and unleashed on HP's board for dropping its CEO following an investigation for sexual harassment.
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Google, Verizon offer net neutrality proposal

Google and Verizon have hammered out a joint proposal for the FCC and internet industry in the hopes of ending the roiling network neutrality debate.