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119 iPad apps for admins, coders and geeks

Part two: Previously, The Reg pointed sysadmins toward a slew of iPad apps that might brighten their workaday worlds. The target market for today's second installment of our iPad-app round-up is coders.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Aug 2010
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Oracle names self virtualization king

If Oracle and Sun Microsystems have anything in common - and as the poster children for Silicon Valley's IT upstarts, they have much in common - it is that they are not afraid to say they have the best technology and no one can touch them. That, in a nutshell, was what Oracle's top techies spent hours trying to convince the world in a webcast presentation going over the myriad server and desktop virtualization products that come from the merged Oracle and Sun.
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True Utility Scarab and KeyTool micro multi-tools

Review My Victorinox CyberTool multiplex knife goes with me everywhere. But while it's bloody useful of disassembling hardware and putting it back together, it's not exactly compact. Ditto your average Leatherman multi-tool.
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2010
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Google scoops up more social networking talent

Google has bought Like.com in its latest social networking takeover.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2010
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Assange denies 'sexual assault' allegations

Swedish prosecutors made public accusations of rape and molestation against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and then quickly dropped them over the weekend.
John Oates, 23 Aug 2010
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Convirture aims around VMware to hit Xen and KVM

I meant to write about these guys earlier, but a vacation (and general laziness) kept it from happening in a timely manner.
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Samsung heading DRAMurai charge

Goliath just got bigger; Samsung expanded its lead at the top of the DRAM market last quarter, shipping more memory than anyone else and at prices above the industry average.
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2010
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NASA seeks soundtrack for final shuttle mission

NASA has invited Joe Public to vote on which two wakeup songs will rouse the crew of Discovery's 1 November STS-133 mission, and hopes musicians will rise to the challenge of writing some original music for the last shuttle flight when Endeavour blasts off on STS-134 on 26 February 2011.
Lester Haines, 23 Aug 2010
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Sony can detect PS3 mod chip dongle use

Reports are coming in that Sony can detect use of the PS Jailbreak USB dongle when a console that's using the device is connected to the PlayStation Network.
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2010
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Regulator allows charging for uncounted TV text votes

Broadcasters can charge people for TV text message votes received after voting has closed as long as the closing time is made clear to viewers, premium rate phone regulator PhonepayPlus (PPP) has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Aug 2010
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Sons of Kahn: The Apocrypha

Stob The Sons of Kahn move on
Verity Stob, 23 Aug 2010
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Vodafone launches, prices up mobile hotspot gadget

Vodafone has launched the R201 mobile hotspot, which first emerged last week.
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2010
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Jobs offers relief for iOS 4-running iPhone 3Gs

iPhone 3G owners who have installed iOS 4 and regretted it can take heart. Apple CEO Steve Jobs has apparently promised a software update "soon" that may bring the handset back up to speed.
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2010
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eCrime cops charge 12 over iTunes royalty 'fraud'

The Metropolitan Police's eCrime unit has charged 12 people with fraud and money laundering offences connected to iTunes.
John Oates, 23 Aug 2010
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Viewsonic readies 7, 10in Android tablets

Monitor maker Viewsonic will show off a pair of Android-running tablets at Berlin's IFA show next month.
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2010

LSI, Seagate and Samsung

When Seagate announced a flash controller partnership with Samsung doubts and rumours were raised about the health of its existing flash controller partnership with LSI. Would Samsung supplant LSI? Would the Seagate Pulsar solid state drive (SSD) with LSI technology in its controller, continue to ship? Would LSI ship the PCIe flash card it had developed with Pulsar SSDs on it?
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2010
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Visa and BofA plot operatorless NFC

Bank of America and Visa will be running trials of NFC technology next month but the network operators won't be involved this time, as companies sidestep the traditional process.
Bill Ray, 23 Aug 2010
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Google to expand Dublin workforce with new ops wing

Google plans to hire 200 people in Dublin, Ireland, where it's currently setting up a new ops division.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2010
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Yemeni assassin hits York man with spam death threat

A software engineer form York has been left nonplussed after a group of hired guns from the Yemen Arab Republic claimed to have been contracted to "terminate" him with extreme prejudice.
Joe Fay, 23 Aug 2010
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Galaxy S firmware update invalidates Voda warranties

Galaxy S owners who accept Samsung's offer of updated firmware will invalidate their warranty according to Vodafone, which wishes to remain the only source of official upgrades.
Bill Ray, 23 Aug 2010
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Black helicopters circle 'Welsh Roswell'

Ufologists will doubtless be delighted that an eyewitness to the "Welsh Roswell" - the crash and burn of an alien spacecraft in North Wales’s Berwyn Mountains - has spoken out to dismiss the Ministry of Defence's explanation of the incident.
Lester Haines, 23 Aug 2010
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Iran unveils 'robot bomber'

The Iranian government has unveiled what it claims is a robotic bomber with enough range to - almost - reach Israel. The announcement came amid a flurry of statements promising dire retribution in the event of any attack on Iran.
Lewis Page, 23 Aug 2010
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Google knits 11 patches into Chrome browser

Google applied patches to three critical and eight high risk vulns in a new iteration of its Chrome browser released late last week.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2010
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Aussie election results: Firewall wobbles

With almost all of the election results in, the future of the great Australian firewall looks ever so slightly wobbly. Broadband for rural areas may however be about to receive a significant boost.
Jane Fae , 23 Aug 2010
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Japanese press step into execution chamber

Japan's justice minister Keiko Chiba has invited the press to enter the Tokyo Detention Centre execution chamber, shortly after she personally attended the hanging of two convicted murderers.
Lester Haines, 23 Aug 2010
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Demon summons up gamer-centric broadband plan

Demon Internet has launched a low-latency broadband package aimed at gamers.
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2010
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BSkyB mulls UK Online closure

BSkyB is considering closing UK Online, an ISP brand it acquired when it bought Easynet.
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Barclays computer says d'oh!

Barclays customers were left without access to their accounts on Saturday thanks to a computer failure.
John Oates, 23 Aug 2010
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HP sharp-elbows Dell to bid for 3PAR

HP has written to 3PAR CEO David Scott offering to buy the company for $24/share, trumping Dell's $18/share bid.
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2010

A 3PARised HP lineup

Suppose HP succeeds in buying 3PAR and its InServ arrays; what will that mean for the current EVA and XP storage arrays, block access devices that compete with 3PAR's T-Class (XP) and F-Class (EVA):
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2010
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Biz services group borgs French distie

Irish distributor and business services group DCC has bought French consumer distie Comtrade SA for €11.4m.
John Oates, 23 Aug 2010
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Once-in-a-lifetime gag tops Fringe quip list

Dave TV has honoured Tim Vine with its Joke of the Fringe award - the annual celebration of the Best of Edinburgh quippery.
Lester Haines, 23 Aug 2010
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Samsung bounces out Bada SDK version 1

Samsung has released version 1 of the Bada SDK, for all those developers who've been dying to develop for Bada but unwilling to run with the Beta release.
Bill Ray, 23 Aug 2010
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IM what IM

Sysadmin blog Office Communications Server (OCS) is one of Microsoft’s hidden gems. Everyone hears about Windows, Exchange and SQL Server, but you could be excused for never having heard of OCS, the evolution of Microsoft’s corporate instant messaging service. There are a lot of competitors, but OCS has excellent integration with Microsoft Office products.
Trevor Pott, 23 Aug 2010
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Previous HP bid for 3PAR rejected

In a webcast discussing HP's bid for 3PAR today, HP said it had made a previous offer for the company which had, instead, accepted a Dell offer.
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2010
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Aus gov, ISPs book seats for firewall demolition

With the future of the great Australian firewall once more up for grabs, major ISPs are seeking to forestall government plans by announcing a filter of their own. However, unlike the government’s proposed filter, this one will apply specifically to sites identified as hosting child porn.
Jane Fae , 23 Aug 2010
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Australian Sex Party stands proud

Despite its failure to win any seats in last week’s Australian General Election, the Australian Sex Party was today celebrating its arrival on the scene as the "Major Minor Party" of Australian politics.
Jane Fae , 23 Aug 2010
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PARIS gets doped up

The model aircraft enthusiasts following our Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) programme will be relieved to learn we've finally cracked the Vulture 1-X skinning poser.
Lester Haines, 23 Aug 2010
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Digital radio 'to miss Govt target by 3 years'

Digital radio listening won't hit the Government's 50 per cent target until 2018, according a new industry analysis - putting the great analogue switch-off in jeopardy. And when the big day arrives, most of that digital consumption will be via the interwebs and TV - not DAB radio.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Aug 2010
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Scottish skies clear of giant vulture menace

The Ruppell's Griffon Vulture which went awol last week from a Cumbernauld bird of prey centre has been recaptured, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 23 Aug 2010
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AMD nabs ex-Intel techie as server CTO

Chip maker designer and seller Advanced Micro Devices said today that three weeks ago it nabbed Don Newell, a chip tech from rival Intel, to be its new chief technology officer for its server microprocessors.
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Cleveland residents get RFID-equipped recycling

Residents in Cleveland, Ohio, will have to ensure their recycling is out on time or face a $100 fine for failing to do their bit.
Bill Ray, 23 Aug 2010
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Vodafone volte-face on Galaxy S

Vodafone tells us it will honour its warranty on Galaxy S handsets updated with firmware from Samsung, despite saying the opposite last week.
Bill Ray, 23 Aug 2010
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Toshiba tablet snaps leak out

Italian website Notebook Italia has posted pics of what it claims is Toshiba's upcoming Android-based media tablet. Basically, it looks like an iPad.
Hard Reg, 23 Aug 2010
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Intel: dual-core Atom netbooks on sale now

Intel today lauded the arrival of netbooks based on its new dual-core Atom processor, the N550.
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2010
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Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days

Review Remember Whac-a-Mole? Mole pops out of hole, bash with rubber mallet; mole pops out of hole, bash with rubber mallet; mole pops out... well, you get the picture.
Andrew Bailey, 23 Aug 2010
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US puts $30bn of IT projects up for review

President Obama giveth to the IT vendor community in the United States, and now maybe he is fixing to taketh away.
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Microsoft's Apple revenge: the pleasure and the pain

Radio Reg Steve Ballmer's summer has been dominated by Microsoft's delayed response to the iPad and iPhone.
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Cops cuff man who exposed holes in 'perfect' voting machines

Indian authorities have arrested a computer scientist for refusing to divulge the source of an electronic voting machine that he and a team of researchers used to expose holes in the country's election system.
Dan Goodin, 23 Aug 2010
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Halo: Reach leaked to net 3 weeks before release

The latest installment in the highly lucrative Halo game series for the Xbox 360 has been leaked to the internet three weeks before its official release date by fans who hacked a hair-brained method Microsoft used to secure review copies.
Dan Goodin, 23 Aug 2010
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Google Chrome OS tablet in repeat rumorfest

Rumors continue to swirl around Google's efforts to challenge the Apple iPad.
Cade Metz, 23 Aug 2010
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Google aims Goggles at Apple's iPhone

Hot Chips Google Lab's visual-search technology, Google Goggles, should be available for iPhone users later this year.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Aug 2010
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OpenStack cloud fluffer does VirtualBox

OpenStack – the open source cloud computing fabric launched by NASA and Rackspace Hosting at the end of July – has added support for additional hypervisors.
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OpenSolaris board commits ritual suicide

The OpenSolaris board has suspended operations and symbolically handed all responsibility for the open-variant of Solaris back to database giant Oracle.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Aug 2010
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Nokia Siemens slammed for supplying snoop tech to Iran

An Iranian journalist imprisoned in that country without trial since June 2009 is suing telecommunications concern Nokia Siemens for allegedly providing the surveillance equipment that led to his capture.
Dan Goodin, 23 Aug 2010
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Google tests 'streaming' search engine

Google is testing a new incarnation of its search engine that rejiggers results pages as you type, according to a video captured by a UK-based SEO.
Cade Metz, 23 Aug 2010