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Oracle outlines Ellisonized Sparc roadmap

Oracle unveiled an overview of its Sparc plans on Tuesday, and in doing so proved to anyone not yet convinced that things are different in the Sun Microsystem universe now that Larry Ellison & Co have taken charge.
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Palm Prē design lead ejects from HP

Demi-disgraced HP chief exec Mark Hurd may have been the most-recent high-level exec to exit that company's Palo Alto headquarters, but he's not alone in his good-bye drive down US Highway 101.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Aug 2010
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Next Solaris prepped for 2011

The words "OpenSolaris" did not pass his lips once during Oracle's systems strategy update, executive vice president John Fowler in charge of server and storage did talk a little bit about the future of Oracle's Solaris Unix variant.
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Touchscreen Compact Cameras

Group Test The runaway success of products such as the Apple iPhone and iPad, which make extensive use of touchscreen technology, has shown that consumers love this type of interface – provided it’s executed properly.
George Cole, 11 Aug 2010
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Buyer's Guide: Touchscreen Compact Cameras

Group Test Most camera touchscreens are around 3.5in in size with the best being large, clear, bright and highly responsive, but not overly sensitive. Most touchscreens use TFT LCD displays, although Active Matrix OLED (AMOLED) technology appears on compacts too.
George Cole, 11 Aug 2010
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Best Buys: Touchscreen Compact Cameras

Group Test So how did they do? At £120, the Nikon Coolpix S4000 offers great value for money and is a great way into the world of touchscreen cameras. But serious snappers will lament the lack of an optical image stabilisation system, no HDMI port, and disappointing picture quality.
George Cole, 11 Aug 2010
Sony Cybershot DSC-TX7

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7

Review The tiny power button on this Sony Cyber-shot seems rather superfluous, as sliding the lens cover switches the DSC-TX7 on or off rather neatly. The touchscreen is large, clear, bright and responsive. The on-screen icons are arranged vertically on both sides of the screen, and a nice touch is that you can customise the icon display.
George Cole, 11 Aug 2010
Canon Ixus 210

Canon Ixus 210

Review Canon Ixus 210 Canon’s first touchscreen compact, the Digital Ixus 200 IS was a disappointing offering, not helped by Canon providing both touchscreen operation and standard button control.
George Cole, 11 Aug 2010
Fujifilm Finepix Z700 EXR

Fujifilm Finepix Z700EXR

Review This is the second cheapest touchscreen model, but you would never have guessed by its looks or design. It’s sleek, feels reassuringly solid and sports a rather nifty sliding lens cover, which turns the camera on or off.
George Cole, 11 Aug 2010
Nikon Coolpix S4000

Nikon Coolpix S4000

Review A touchscreen camera for just £120? Well, if it was a dodgy brand you’d never heard of, you might not be surprised, but no one would describe Nikon in such terms.
George Cole, 11 Aug 2010
Panasonic DMC-FX70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX70

Review Panasonic has updated its camera design with the Lumix DMC-FX70, and very nice it looks too, with a stylish curve on the right side of the camera body and a lovely matt black and silver finish.
George Cole, 11 Aug 2010
Samsung ST5500

Samsung ST5500

Review When it comes to technology, Samsung steers its own course. First off, the ST5500 uses a 3.7in AMOLED screen and has an abundance of technology on-board including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and AllSave – part of the DLNA wireless content sharing standard.
George Cole, 11 Aug 2010
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iPhone users get more sex than Android fans

When it comes to getting laid, put your Blackberry back in your hip holster and don't get caught touching an Android. The iPhone gets results.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Aug 2010

Nothing succeeds like XSS

Sysadmin blog Most users think the web works like a television. They go to a website and are presented with images, text and multimedia. What they don’t know is that, unlike a television, some of what they see executes on the server, and some on our own computers, and any time an application runs on our computers there is the potential for a vulnerability that could lead to the loss of our personal information or infection by malware.
Trevor Pott, 11 Aug 2010
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The Nokia Risku plan

Andrew's Mailbag A couple of weeks ago we gave you the thoughts of former Nokia executive Juhani Risku, for the first time in English. Risku's book proposes a controversial plan for reviving the company. The highlights include a co-CEO structure with a design "God" to cut through the bureaucracy, and bring innovative stuff to market quickly.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Aug 2010
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Attack reads smudges to retrieve Android password patterns

Smudges left on Android touch screens leave tell-tale signs that can often be used to recover password pattens used to lock the phones, according to research presented earlier this week.
Dan Goodin, 11 Aug 2010
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'Climategate' university to open up data

The University of East Anglia is to receive JISC funding for a project to open up its research on global warming to scrutiny and re-use.
Kable, 11 Aug 2010
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Police told terror ads too terrifying offensive

The Association of Chief Police Officers has been told not to re-broadcast an anti-terror advert it ran on TalkSPORT radio.
John Oates, 11 Aug 2010
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Sky wins trademark tiff with Skype

British Sky Broadcasting has won a trademark dispute against Skype™ in the EU. The parasitic VoIP service is appealing, citing successful defences against BSkyB in Switzerland, Turkey and Brazil.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Aug 2010
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EC probes Apple for anti-competitive antics

It's not just the Federal Trade Commission that thinks Apple might be going all monopolistic - the European Commission is also taking a careful look into Cupertino's business.
Bill Ray, 11 Aug 2010
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Geeks Guide 2... Dear Hacker

Geeks Guide2 For 25 years 2600 has been a hacker’s one-stop source for essential information and an open forum to discuss the latest developments within the hacking community. Viewed as a rock star amongst followers of 2600, Emmanuel Goldstein has developed an iconic status amongst hackers both old and new.
Register Books, 11 Aug 2010
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India threatens to ban 1m BlackBerrys

The Indian government is meeting with its network operators tomorrow, and is fully prepared to ban BlackBerry services if a timetable for lawful interceptions can't be established.
Bill Ray, 11 Aug 2010
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Online car rental service hit by monopoly probe

The Office of Fair Trading has asked the Competition Commission to investigate whether Zipcar's takeover of Streetcar is likely to mean higher prices or reduced services for users in the UK.
John Oates, 11 Aug 2010
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Google finally pulls Gmail contacts tool into line

Google has tweaked its Gmail contacts feature by finally making it easier to navigate and manage.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Aug 2010
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UK.gov to scrap new staff training rights

The coalition has today announced plans to strip workers of new rights to request time off to improve their skills.
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Blackpad to 'cost $500, launch in November'

Late last month RIM acquired the blackpad.com domain, causing a snowballing of BlackBerry Tablet rumours. This week, news is that RIM has supposedly employed Taiwanese notebook manufacturer Quanta to make the devices. The rumours come with speculation of the tablet shipping two million units in 2010 and a further eight million in 2011.
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Spending Challenge closure countdown begins

The Treasury's crowdsourced cutbacks website Spending Challenge is to stop accepting new ideas from 12 August.
John Oates, 11 Aug 2010
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Click fraud botnet unpicked

Cybercrooks use of botnets to make money by sending spam or launching denial of service attacks has become a well-understood business model.
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2010
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Plastic Logic sees the back of the Que

Electronics manufacturer Plastic Logic has pulled the plug on Que, the company's e-reader, after concluding the unreleased device no longer has space in the marketplace.
Caleb Cox, 11 Aug 2010
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Deadline for Germans to hide from Street View

Germany privacy watchdogs have carped at Google’s plan to give property owners in the country a four-week deadline to prevent the web kingpin’s Street View mapping tool from displaying their homes online.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Aug 2010
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Oracle hates discs, loves tape

Update Oracle EVP John Fowler has damned disk technology, praised flash and said tape has a future in an Information Week interview and yesterday's Oracle strategy webcast.
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2010
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Zeus botnet raid on UK bank accounts under the spotlight

Analysis More details have emerged of how security researchers tracked down a Zeus-based botnet that raided more than $1m from 3,000 compromised UK online banking accounts.
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2010
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Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

Given that Dracula is so often the star of Castlevania games, it's ironic that Konami has whipped up something of a Frankenstein's monster with Harmony of Despair.
Andrew Bailey, 11 Aug 2010
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New 'Tolpuddle Martyrs' demand £50 a day

The immediate future of 11 striking Dorchester tour guides seems to hold just two possibilities: either West Dorset District Council ups their pay to £50 a day, or they'll be on the next prison ship to Oz.
Lester Haines, 11 Aug 2010
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UK scraps Fibre Tax review

The coalition government has scrapped the promised review on the tax paid on fibre-optic connections, leaving BT and Virgin with enough tax advantages to maintain their duopoly.
Bill Ray, 11 Aug 2010
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Your desktop virtualisation reality check

Workshop Migrating desktops is never easy. The promise of better management and security that is offered by desktop virtualisation is adding a new twist to the many desktop migration projects that are beginning to show themselves.
Tony Lock, 11 Aug 2010
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Google 'sold out the net neutrality hippies' in 2008

Broadsight analyst Alan Patrick isn't the type to pat himself on the back, but he can be forgiven for doing so today. Google threw the Net Neutrality campaign under a bus this week, publishing a set of policy principles it's thrashed out with Verizon. But two years ago Patrick predicted such a detente was inevitable, forecasting that Google would abandon the "hippy" hangers-on who backed the campaign.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Aug 2010
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Free Android antivirus clocks up 2.5m downloads

Update Downloads of a free anti-virus app for Android devices reached the 2.5 million milestone last week.
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2010
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ICO warns coalition on benefits snooping plan

The Information Commissioner has asked coalition ministers to explain their plans to use credit reference agencies to gather evidence of benefit fraud, citing privacy concerns.
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Oz greenies rattle politico cage with robocalls

Young, right-on greenies in Oz have set up a website for voters to send an automated telephone message to their local MPs.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Aug 2010
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Rackspace does cloudy Windows servers

Rackspace Hosting, arguably the second largest provider of cloudy server and storage infrastructure behind Amazon, has announced that its Windows-based cloudy servers are now ready for prime time.
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Conroy, Family First isolated on Oz internet filter

Clear blue water seems now to be opening up between the incumbent Australian Labor Government and other parties standing in the forthcoming election on the issue of cybersafety.
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Oracle unrolls tape roadmap

Details have emerged from yesterday's webcast of Oracle's tape roadmap showing three format and SL8500 library, reaching a 20TB cartridge and 2 exabyte library in 2015.
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2010
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Facebook bug spills name and pic for all 500 million users

Updated A bug in Facebook's login system allows attackers to match unknown email addresses with users' first and last names, even when they've configured their accounts to make that information private.
Dan Goodin, 11 Aug 2010
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Hands on with RIM's BlackBerry Torch 9800

Video Launching in the US tomorrow, RIM's new BlackBerry Torch 9800 will be lighting up the lives of smartphone fans in the UK any day now. Reg Hardware had a sneak preview of RIM's flagship that features the first outing of the BlackBerry 6 OS.
Bob Dormon, 11 Aug 2010
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Microsoft: ignore PC sales slump 'chatter'

Microsoft has downplayed "chatter" about a looming slowdown in PC sales hurting Windows 7 and its business in general.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Aug 2010

Lucky Macs get Flash speed bump

Updated A lucky chunk of Apple Mac owners can now enjoy hardware-accelerated Flash video — not all Mac owners, mind you, but that's not Adobe's fault.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Aug 2010
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ISS spacewalkers tackle failed cooling pump

International Space Station spacewalkers Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Doug Wheelock earlier today removed the orbiting outpost's failed ammonia pump unit at the second attempt.
Lester Haines, 11 Aug 2010
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Microsoft's dynamic languages on forced diet

Microsoft appears to be backing off its initial commitment for .NETized versions of dynamic languages.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Aug 2010
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Apple kills browse-and-get-hacked bugs in iOS

Updated Apple has patched a critical iOS  vulnerability that allows attackers to install malicious apps on iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches by doing nothing more than luring victims to a booby-trapped website or sending them a tainted email.
Dan Goodin, 11 Aug 2010
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Cloud dollars fluff Rackspace's quarter

Cloudy infrastructure demand at Rackspace has helped fluff the hosting provider's second-quarter, with overall sales up 23.2 per cent to $187.3m and net income jumping 60.2 per cent to $11.2m.
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HP boffin claims million-dollar maths prize

Update An HP mathematician claims to have solved one of computer science's thorniest problems and thus bagged a $1m prize for his million-watt brainpower. Fellow number-boffins, however, are saying otherwise.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Aug 2010
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Cisco optimistic despite 'unusual conservatism' in Q4

Wall Street might be a little disappointed but Cisco Systems' unflappable and eternally optimistic chief executive made no apologies for 27 per cent revenue growth, to $10.8bn, and net earnings of $1.94bn, up 79 per cent in the latest quarter.