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Acer Stream Android smartphone

Review Typically, smartphones make less than satisfying PMPs, especially given the issue of video formats, with very few phones supporting the good old AVI container or Xvid/DivX codecs. Also, sound quality is usually a bit iffy and there is often little in the way of external controls for media navigation that you can use without looking.
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Nokia seeks to tap the X-Factor

Nokia is backing ITV's X Factor with a dedicated application and exclusive content, but it will take more then Auto Tune to make Ovi a Christmas number one.
Bill Ray, 03 2010
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Ubuntu 10.10 released to beta

The beta instalment of Ubuntu's Maverick Meerkat has arrived slightly earlier than expected.
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Phone bugging scandal reignited as NotW suspends reporter

New allegations of phone hacking at the News of the World have resulted in the suspension of one of the Sunday paper's reporters, pending legal and disciplinary action over allegations of tapping into the voicemail messages of an unnamed television personality.
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'Rock star' spewed guts after emitting vast pearl necklace

The equivalent of a "rock star", having lived a "fast, flashy life and died young" apparently exploded with unimaginable violence in the year 161,000 BC and spewed "guts" across an enormous area. The exploding prehistoric luminary had previously ejected a "string of pearls", according to investigating boffins.
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Toshiba warns of fiery laptops

Toshiba and US and Canadian consumer watchdogs are recalling three laptop models after receiving reports that people have been burned by the AC adapters.
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Virgin punts cheap BlackBerry Curve

Virgin Media is offering the BlackBerry Curve 8520 - reviewed here - in what it claims os the "most competitive" pay-monthly package this smartphone can be found on.
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Symantec Snoop Dogg rap contest site rickrolled

Symantec's attempts to link up with Snoop Dogg to launch a cybercrime rap contest have descended into farce after it emerged that vulnerabilities with a dedicated site can be easily rickrolled.
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UN steps into Blackberry debate

The secretary general of the International Telecommunications Union has stepped into the lawful interception debate, saying that companies are just going to have to provide governments with access somehow.
Bill Ray, 03 2010
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TomTom intros voice-control satnavs

TomTom has introduced a set of mid-price satnavs it claims are the first of their kind to provide voice control.
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Samsung shows 'airfoil' luxury laptops

More laptops have been announced at the IFA show by Samsung. This time it's the "premium" QX series - given a "airfoil design exterior" that's aluminium clad like as certain fruit-branded manufacturer's notebooks.
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Spammers latch onto Ping to pump iPhone survey scams

Spammers have been quick off the mark in exploiting Apple's new iTunes social network to punt survey scams.
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Netgear launches next-gen powerline Ethernet kit

Netgear has announced what may well be the world's first consumer networking products based on the as-yet-unratified IEEE P1910 next-gen powerline Ethernet standard.
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Digital Carter returns, uncensored

Lord Stephen Carter, the founding head of Ofcom whose blockbuster report provided the basis for the Digital Economy Act, made a return to the public stage this week.
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Capgemini buys big Brazilian dealer

Capgemini has bought a 55 per cent stake in Brazilian reseller CPM Braxis for £194m.
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ViewSonic outs Windows/Android 10in tablet

Here is ViewSonic's other Android-based tablet, though here the Google OS is secondary to Windows 7.
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Superhuman Chinese monk does a bunk

A celebrity Taoist monk has gone awol after it was revealed he probably couldn't in reality sit crossed-legged under water for two hours.
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Energizer bunny hits iPhone, BlackBerry - wirelessly

The wireless power consortium, Qi, is celebrating the launch of a solution with a known brand - Energizer - attached, but the technology is still a long way from the mainstream.
Bill Ray, 03 2010
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Apple Ping unfriends meanie Facebook

Ping, Apple's latest foray into social networking, won't play nice with Facebook - despite the connection appearing in Steve Jobs's on-stage demonstration and in the documentation.
Bill Ray, 03 2010
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Glasses-less 3D TV by Xmas? Not likely, says 3D TV exec

Toshiba may be gearing up to release a no-specs 3D TV in Japan by the end of the year, but Philips' 3D TV development partner reckons we will have to wait longer. It doesn't reckon any vendor will have one out before 2013.
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Google Wave washes ashore in soggy cardboard Box

Google has boxed up its unsuccessful Wave project and handed the unwanted code to open source developers.
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HP and EMC vie for disk storage lead

IDC's latest quarterly disk storage tracker shows EMC and HP competing for the market lead, with EMC growing faster than HP. NetApp is growing faster still but has a lot of ground to make up.
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Monster Afghan spy airship to feature quad drinking straws

US aero-weapons goliath Lockheed, builder of the famous P-791 airship prototype, was beaten to a half-billion-dollar deal to supply spy ships above Afghanistan earlier this year - but the firm is still marketing its P-791 technology aggressively.
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Vulture 1 Mk 2 release mech prepped for testing

The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) team is preparing to turn down the pressure with a second visit to QinetiQ's hypobaric chamber.
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Apple TV: Third time unlucky, Mr Jobs

Comment This is the day that Apple lost the war for Over The Top content, not only in America, but globally. The winner can’t yet be announced, but this was the shot that Apple had to get it right, and to us it’s bungled it.
Faultline, 03 2010
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Ex-spook jailed for selling secrets

Ex-MI6 worker Daniel Houghton has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for unlawfully disclosing top secret material, in breach of the Official Secrets Act.
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TomTom drums up upgrade for iPhone app

An update for the TomTom app on the iPhone is "coming soon".
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German gov pooh-poohs biometric ID card hack

German hackers successfully used off-the-shelf kit to extract personal data from the federal government's supposedly secure ID cards, but the government has downplayed the significance of the attack.
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Paul Allen's patent madness not worth single penny

Open...and Shut Businesses aren't built on ideas. They're built on execution. Google didn't win because it was the first to the search market. It won because it did search better than anyone else, and devised an ingenious way to monetize it.
Matt Asay, 03 2010
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IT workers getting back to work - sort of

The US Department of Labor kicked out its monthly jobs report, and there's some good news for once. First of all, private sector employers added 67,000 jobs last month, although the overall economy shed 54,000 jobs as the federal government winds down the 2010 census and lays off temporary workers hired to count heads.
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Google's Schmidt satirised as privacy pervert

Eric Schmidt has been portrayed as a depraved privacy pervert by the US-based ConsumerWatchdog.org, which is running an advert in New York’s Times Square that mocks the Google boss.
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Wells Fargo hops NFC train

Wells Fargo is joining the effort spearheaded by Visa to help NFC break in the difficult American market.
Bill Ray, 03 2010

Desktop pleasure, desktop pain

Let's face it, the desktop and laptop environment is one of the major points at which the rubber meets the road when it comes to business computing.
Dale Vile, 03 2010
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Sony debuts touchscreen personal camcorder at IFA

Sony had given its Bloggie video camera line the touchscreen treatment.
Hard Reg, 03 2010
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Sharp shades in plans for quad-colour 3D TVs

Sharp has introduced its first 3D TV - and it's based on the Japanese giant's Quattron four-colours-per-pixel technology.
Hard Reg, 03 2010
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Joy Division designer tackles England footie strip

Football minnows Bulgaria face an uphill struggle in their forthcoming clash with England, because not only will they confront some of the most talented, hard-working and successful players in the history of the beautiful game, but their opponents will be clad in a new strip created by former Joy Division designer Peter Saville.
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Is a HAMR blow falling on Seagate?

Seagate may be facing the abandonment of a favoured future technology as the price for hard disk drive (HDD) industry unity.
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Tablets ViewSonic outs Windows/Android 10in tablet
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Gordon Brown joins World Wide Web Foundation

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has buddied up with the Greatest Living Briton by becoming a director of the World Wide Web Foundation.
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Acer to chip up home Nas box

Acer has said it'll update its EasyStore four-drive Nas box later this month with a new Intel Atom processor.
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All the week's Reg Hardware reviews

In the past seven days, Reg Hardware reviewed many products from the worlds of consumer electronics and mobile communications.
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iHome announces AirPlay speaker

There's pretty darn little to say about this box, but the headline fact: it supports - or, rather, will support - Apple's AirPlay media streaming technology.
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Oz school in homosexual kookaburra rumpus

An Oz primary school head is taking a bit of stick after insisting that kiddies should not follow the exact letter of Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree.
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Nigerian man gets 12 years for $1.3m 419 scam

A Nigerian man has been sentenced to more than 12 years in US prison for orchestrating an advance payment scam that bilked victims out of more than $1.3m.
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Unity – iPhone code swap approved by Jobs (for now)

Steve Jobs forbids you from building iPhone applications with a language other than Objective C, C, or C++. If that other language is Adobe Flash. What if it's not Adobe Flash? Are you still forbidden?
Cade Metz, 03 2010
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Doctor Who goes to the Proms

Love Doctor Who, love the theme music - this is hardwired into the DNA of most Brits.
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Ubuntu 'Maverick Meerkat' erects own App Store

Review Ubuntu fans, fire up your virtual machines. The beta release of Ubuntu 10.10 is here. Maverick Meerkat, as this release is known, is actually several weeks ahead of the original schedule, and that means Ubuntu 10.10 is on track for its final release October 10.
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It's alive! Duke Nukem Forever breaks out of vapour trail

Duke Nukem Forever is the video games world's equivalent of the flying car: mothballed in the garage.
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Google faces antitrust investigation in Texas

Google is facing an antitrust investigation in Texas over claims the company unfairly manipulated results on its search engine.
Cade Metz, 03 2010
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Washington Supremes deliver death sentence to betting site

Washington state's highest court has delivered a fatal blow to a website that billed itself as a person-to-person betting platform that connected people who wanted to make wagers.