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Novell punts cloud control tool

Will the clouds save Novell in a way that Linux has not yet done? The company certainly hopes so. Today, the company is kicking out its Cloud Manager tool, which has been under development for more than a year.

Intel's Sandy Bridge welcomes discrete graphics

IDF The on-chip graphics of Intel's Sandy Bridge processor may be measurably ahead of Chipzilla's previous integrated graphics, but it's not intended to replace discrete graphics for high-end users and dedicated gamers.
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Veteran spam suit troll plaintiff calls it quits

The end may be near from an internet service provider that has brought more than 20 lawsuits seeking millions of dollars for alleged spam abuses.
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Veebeam intros laptop-to-telly video streamer

Yes, it looks like a priest's hat, but the Veebeam - from the company of the same name - is a £99 Wireless USB gadget developed to stream video from your laptop to your TV.
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Dell's Viking servers raid hyperscale data centers

The Data Center Solutions unit of server maker Dell – which does bespoke server design and manufacturing on behalf of a couple of dozen hyperscale customers – has kicked out a new server that packs a dozen single-socket Xeon servers into a single 3U chassis.
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RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300

Review RIM has been busy refreshing its range of smartphones lately. The BlackBerry Pearl received a 3G update and new keyboard and the series, Curve has had a makeover too. The Curve 3G 9300 offers HSDPA 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, a 2Mp camera, a Qwerty keyboard and all RIM’s messaging know-how, at a budget price.
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Ofcom outlines accessibility benefits of superfast networks

Superfast broadband networks could improve access to technologies and information for elderly people and people with disabilities, a study carried out for telecoms and media regulator Ofcom has found.
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Over The Air: Losing drones and forging bus tickets

Mobile applications might have gone professional, but London's Over The Air event this weekend proved that nothing is more innovative than an over-caffeinated developer working for glory not money.
Bill Ray, 14 2010
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Business bureaucracy vs dynamic IT

Workshop According to many pundits, here’s the plan for the next generation data centre: we can go to a dynamic infrastructure, with on-demand applications running in our private cloud, and an elastic cloud out there waiting for our applications if we run out of capacity. Sounds too good to be true? It is easy to get caught up in the hype, so getting to grips with what is really happening can help to understand the right way to proceed and what some of the business implications are.
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Craigslist to tell Congress why it cut adult ads

Craigslist is to explain to a Congressional committee why it removed ads for escorts and other adult services and replaced the section with the word "censored".
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Whitehall signs MoU with Atos

Atos Origin has said it is the first IT company to sign a memorandum of understanding with the government following negotiations with Francis Maude.
Kable, 14 2010
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Crypto weakness leaves online banking apps open to attack

Flaws in the way web applications handle encrypted session cookies might leave online banking accounts open to attack.
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Action gamers make better drivers, soldiers, surgeons

Stateside brain experts say that their latest research indicates that playing action video games makes people more able to make correct decisions quickly under time pressure - potentially turning them into superior drivers, soldiers or surgeons.
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Consumer group slams Britain's digital radio switchover

Exclusive A report out later today prepared for the government blasts the radio industry and government for "scaring" consumers into an unrealistic timetable for digital switchover, and recommends both an urgent and impartial examination of DAB costs and benefits, and new criteria for a digital switchover.
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Coalition pledges free appeals for filesharers

People accused of unlawful filesharing by the music and film industries will have access to a free appeals system, the coalition government said today.
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Former Civil Service chief calls for climate shakeup

Interview The former head of the civil service has called for a new approach from scientists and policy makers to restore waning trust in climate scientists. Speaking to The Register, Lord Andrew Turnbull, former cabinet secretary and head of the Home Civil Service between 2002 and 2005, says the University of East Anglia's internal enquiries into the Climategate affair were hasty and superficial, and called for Parliament to sponsor two wide-ranging investigations.
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School worker jailed for abuse images

A secondary school IT support worker has been jailed for 32 months for possessing and making thousands of child sex abuse images and videos.
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Do the Webminimum

Sysadmin blog Asking a Windows administrator to give Linux a chance as a server operating system is doubly difficult. To a Windows admin, the Linux world is a hostile place, a collection of dozens of different operating systems sharing the same basic kernel.
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Pay-to-play apps hit Ovi

Nokia World Free signing for Java apps, a new Java touch API, a Web SDK for smartphones and a new Ovi store - but best of all you get to squash pigs with eagles.
Bill Ray, 14 2010
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Chinese cybercrooks offer DDoS-for-hire

Security researchers have unpicked the business plan behind a botnet that serves as the backend for a DDoS-for-hire business.
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Voice of America chap ejaculates over Paris Hilton

Our revelation last week that the US of A will attempt to win Middle Eastern hearts and minds by pumping out a weekly celebtastic show featuring the antics of Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears didn't go down too well at the Voice Of America.
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UK plans increased spending on cyber-security

Britain will have no option but to invest in better cyber-security, the Defence Secretary told MPs this week.
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Tom Clancy's Hawx 2

Review Just like its predecessor, Hawx 2 falls fouls of one of gaming's most frequently exasperating ironies: dogfighting.
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Shoot-em-ups make you think faster

Playing video games trains people to make faster decisions and gives them a heightened sense of their surroundings - just like vampires. But not any old computer games - no, you need games like Call of Duty 2 and the Unreal Tournament to augment your ears and eyes.
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Transport Dept's answer to embarrassing, cancelled IT projects?

The Department of Transport has maintained a clean sheet on wasteful and abortive IT projects, by opting not to record any such SNAFUs.
Joe Fay, 14 2010
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Nokia trumpets socially-savvy smartphones

Nokia launched a "powerful family" of three high-end Symbian^3 Smartphones in London today. Here's a run-through:
Caleb Cox, 14 2010
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Harry Potter theme park magically swallows big visitors

The operators at the Harry Potter Theme Park are busily enlarging the attraction's key ride after finding that it is a little too snug for many visitors.
Joe Fay, 14 2010
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Zuck buffs image ahead of Facebook movie

Mark Zuckerberg has submitted to the New Yorker treatment, ahead of a major movie about the founding of Facebook that's expected to drag his reputation through the mud.
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Czechs tell Google to stop StreetView

Data protection officials in the Czech Republic have told Google to put the brakes on its StreetView cars, ahead of a full statement next week.
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Hands-on with the new Nokias

Nokia World Nokia added three new models alongside the imminent N8 today. All are Symbian^3 based; two are in the C-range*, but one was billed as the Son of Communicator – a quite extravagant claim that might quicken the pulse of a few Reg readers. Would any of these live up to their billing? I had a quick hands-on with all three, let's have a look.
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Robot footballers 'will beat Human Race first eleven by 2050'

A top Australian computing boffin, analysing the state of play in today's RoboCup droid football leagues, says that robotic footballers will be able to beat the best human players in the world by 2050.
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LG takes Optimus into Android prime time

LG Electronics today launched two new member for the Optimus smartphone series - but only one is coming to the UK.
Caleb Cox, 14 2010
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Sony punts external BD burner at home cinemas

Sony is well known as a maker of consumer-oriented Blu-ray Disc players, but now the Japanese giant's optical drive division wants to get into the nation's living rooms too.
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Steve Jobs carried 'ninja throwing stars' in hand luggage

Updated Steve Jobs has vowed never to visit Japan again after being prevented from leaving the country with a set of ninja throwing stars, according to a local magazine.
Joe Fay, 14 2010
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OFT waves through Sky's Virgin TV slurp

BSkyB has received final clearance from the OFT for the acquisition of Living TV Group, which once upon a time was called Virgin Media Television.
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Buffalo charges in with USB 3.0 3D BD drive

Hot on the heels of Sony Optiarc's new external 3D BD drive comes another, this time from Buffalo and featuring USB 3.0.
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Vodafone promises more tiers for data hungry customers

Nokia World Vodafone boss Vittorio Colao has been telling attendees at Nokia‘s annual shindig that they‘re going to have to get used to tiered pricing, and quickly.
Bill Ray, 14 2010
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ID fraudsters sell stolen Aus house

Australian authorities have launched an investigation after Nigerian fraudsters sold a house using email and fax, leaving the legitimate property owner A$500,000 out of pocket in the process.
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Airphonic wireless 'Pod-to-speaker streamer arrives in UK

Your iPad won't fit into your iPod speaker system, so how are you going to get your music from one to t'other?
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The end of the beginning of virtualization

White paper Virtualization doesn't end with consolidation. It begins with it. But what's next?
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Kingston SuperSpeeds USB Flash drive line

Memory specialist Kingston has brought USB 3.0 to its USB Flash drive family.
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Cisco adds slim blade with fat memory to UCS

Server wannabe and networking juggernaut Cisco Systems turns the crank on its Unified Fabric converged networking and Unified Computing blade and rack servers today with a new half-width blade that sports lots of memory capacity, the first in a revved lineup of Nexus switches, and virtualized server appliances to run on the whole shebang.
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Intel touts low-power, high-quality Sandy Bridge video

IDF Intel's Sandy Bridge microarchitecture includes circuitry dedicated to making you look your best.
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Pirate Bay beset by tainted ads

A hack on ad servers used by the Pirate Bay is exposing visiting surfers to malware.
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Dell readies flip-screen tablet-cum-netbook

IDF Dell has demo'd a novel convertible tablet that does away with the usual tilt'n'pivot mount.
Halo: Reach

Halo: Reach

Review Of all life's truisms perhaps the most specious is that nothing is perfect. Whether a safety valve to prevent a blowout of hubris, or merely an envious reflection of our flawed and capricious nature, it is dogma inherent to all. But nowhere is it more apparent – or afforded greater prominence - than when wielded as a chisel by the critic.
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Dixons to do app stores

IDF Dixons is launching an app store for netbooks, tablets and laptops early in November.
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Intel: next-gen Atom SoC will debut in 2011

IDF Intel today reiterated its plan to bring the next generation of Atom processors to market early next year.
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Microsoft closes hole used to attack industrial plants

Microsoft has credited security partners at Kaspersky Lab and Symantec for helping to close a critical Windows vulnerability that was being exploited by a sophisticated worm that has attacked industrial plants around the world.
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Big Blue Sam disses HP, lauds Ellison

Who's Big Blue's biggest problem going forward? Oracle. Who's the one IT company that IBM is not too worried about? Hewlett-Packard.
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Ubuntu man responds to GNOME 'coattail' claims

Ubuntu creator Mark Shuttleworth has defended Canonical's lack of participation in GNOME against accusations of riding on the coattails of the project's number-one maintainer, Red Hat.
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Update kills code-execution threat in Samba

Samba developers have warned of a software flaw that allows attackers to remotely execute malicious code on systems running the widely used file-sharing package.
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OpenSolaris spork ready for download

It is not quite ready for primetime, but with the announcement of OpenIndiana, a so-called spork of Oracle's OpenSolaris Unix distribution, the server world is getting a familiar, re-opened, and community-developed operating system aimed specifically at data center workloads.
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Google acquires 'video Street View' startup

Google has acquired Israeli video startup Quicksee, in what appears to be an effort to enhance its Street View and Google Maps projects.
Cade Metz, 14 2010
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Yahoo! economist rebuilds ad empire with 'Magic Formula'

Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz owns a sweatshirt emblazoned with Preston McAfee's math. McAfee is an economist, but he's the sort of economist who's actually useful. In the early-90s, he helped build the simultaneous ascending auction, a mathematical contraption that governments across the globe have since used to license over $100 million in wireless spectrum. And nowadays, as the man who oversees the microeconomics and social sciences research group at Yahoo!, he builds things that are so useful, they wind up on the boss's chest.
Cade Metz, 14 2010
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Linus Torvalds outs himself as US citizen

Linux creator Linus Torvalds is now a US citizen.
Cade Metz, 14 2010
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Privacy tool for Iranians withdrawn amid security concerns

A heavily hyped software tool created to help Iranian citizens evade government surveillance online was abruptly pulled from the web following findings it was riddled with vulnerabilities that could expose users' identities.