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Keene USB FM Transmitter
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Keene USB FM Transmitter

ReviewReview While we’re all being encouraged adopt to DAB and dump our FM radios, these sonic stalwarts from the analogue era may well get a second wind, at least if the likes of Keene’s USB FM Transmitter catch on.
Bob Dormon, 27 Sep 2010
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Coders tip Google Android for eclipse of the Steve

Seventy-two per cent of developers believe that Google's Android is "best positioned to power a large number and variety of connected devices in the future," whereas only 25 per cent favor Apple's iOS, according to a new study.
Cade Metz, 27 Sep 2010
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Customers paying more and putting up with mobes for longer

Mobile phones are lasting Americans more than 20 months these days, which is good as the average bill has risen to $78 a month, according to JD Power.
Bill Ray, 27 Sep 2010
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Apple escapes competition charges

The European Commission has ended its competition investigation into Apple because it is happy with changes to developer licenses and on cross-border repairs of handsets.
John Oates, 27 Sep 2010
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WTF worm makes Twitterers declare goat lust

Another malicious worm hit Twitter over the weekend, days after the micro-blogging site reached near-meltdown from a technically similar attack.
John Leyden, 27 Sep 2010
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Quick and dirty file-clustering-for-idiots

Sysadmin blogSysadmin blog DFSR was one of Server 2003 R2’s hidden gems. It is more robust in Server 2008 R2, but the fundamentals haven’t changed. You mostly use it for collecting data from shares on branch sites to a centralized site for backups. Alternately, it is a method of providing centrally published information to branches.
Trevor Pott, 27 Sep 2010
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Google ordered to pay out for automated defamation

Google has been ordered to pay €5,000 to a Frenchman who claimed he was libelled by automatic suggestions on Google's home page.
John Oates, 27 Sep 2010
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Kindle users finally get to pay for games

Kindle users bored of the latest bonkbuster can now run up a game of scrabble on their e-ink screens, once they've shelled out $5 for the privilege.
Bill Ray, 27 Sep 2010
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Raising the roof on the shingled write problem

Shingled writing has a serious problem: writes take more time than current disk writes, probably ruling out enterprise use unless complex flash memory technology is used.
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2010
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Facial recognition tech could hit plod smartphones

Ever have that feeling that you’ve seen a face before, but just can’t place it? Is it someone you knew in high school, or someone you saw featured on TV as a crazed serial killer? This won’t be a problem in the future, thanks to the folks at Australian think tank NICTA – with assistance from GPUs.
Dan Olds, OrionX, 27 Sep 2010
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Sony launches net content streamer in Blighty

Sony has introduced a set-top box that will present the same Bravia Internet TV and DLNA media sharing features built into its latest tellies and Blu-ray players on other screens.
Tony Smith, 27 Sep 2010
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National Grid blames BT for gas explosion

National Grid is blaming dodgy building work by BT for a gas explosion in Shrewsbury that injured 12 people, according to a report.
Team Register, 27 Sep 2010
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Anti-piracy lawyers' email database leaked after hack

Hackers have uploaded a leaked database of emails from anti-piracy law firm ACS:Law onto P2P networks and websites.
John Leyden, 27 Sep 2010
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Three links phones to Facebook for free

Three is to offer its customers free access to Facebook, allowing them to connect to the social network without paying a penny in data transfer charges.
Hard Reg, 27 Sep 2010
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Vodafone throws cash at Cricket betting and loyalty card apps

Vodafone has awarded £100,000 to Cardmobili, with Roulette Cricket getting £50,000, as the most innovative mobile startups identified by the operator's Clicks competition.
Bill Ray, 27 Sep 2010
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Vulcan seeks further £400k refuel

The restored Avro Vulcan XH558 yesterday took to the skies on what could be its last flight.
Lester Haines, 27 Sep 2010
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Microsoft adopts invisible mobile pitch

Microsoft will pitch Windows Phone 7 as the handset you don't use all the time, highlighting how people disappear into their current handsets and miss out on the real world.
Bill Ray, 27 Sep 2010
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Sharp outs little'n'large e-mag tablets

Sharp has introduced 'Galapagos' - its 10.8in iPad-alike media tablet. The Japanese giant has also come up with a 5.5in junior version of the product.
Tony Smith, 27 Sep 2010
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Nuclear merchant ships could open up Arctic routes for real

British business interests are suggesting that it may be time to revive the idea of nuclear-powered commercial shipping. Media reports to the contrary, the Arctic is not yet open to normal merchant ships - but it might be opened up by nuclear ones, which would also offer zero emissions and freedom from high oil prices.
Lewis Page, 27 Sep 2010
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Apple sprays Web2.0 aftershave on Ping

Apple has updated its fenced-off social network Ping service in iTunes, after users grumbled that it wasn’t accessible via the music player.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Sep 2010
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Segway philanthropist found dead

Jimi Heselden, the multi-millionaire behind Hesco Bastion, who bought Segway Inc, was found dead on Sunday, next to one of the scooters
John Oates, 27 Sep 2010
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Zeus botnets' Achilles' Heel makes infiltration easy

A security researcher has discovered a potentially crippling vulnerability in one of the most widely used botnet toolkits, a finding that makes it easy for blackhats and whitehats alike to take control of huge networks of infected PCs. The flaw in the Zeus crimeware kit makes it trivial to hijack the C&C, or command and control, channels used to send instructions and software updates to compromised computers that often number in the hundreds of thousands. There are in turn thousands or tens of thousands of botnets that are spawned from Zeus, and the vast majority are susceptible to the technique. That means the bug could make takedowns by law enforcement and rival crime gangs significantly easier, said Billy Rios, the researcher who discovered the defect and has written a simple program to exploit it.
Dan Goodin, 27 Sep 2010
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Christian group declares jct 9 on M25 cursed

A group of Christian evangelicals has declared junction 9 of the M25 "hexed" and is staging regular prayer meetings to cleanse the benighted interchange.
Joe Fay, 27 Sep 2010
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HP gooses Integrity server virt with PA-RISC emulation

Hewlett-Packard is getting serious about getting customers to move off those vintage HP 9000 boxes, based on its final generation of home-grown PA-RISC processors, and onto shiny new Itanium-based Integrity blade servers. With the launch of HP-UX 11i v3 Update 7 today, HP's flagship operating system will be able to run compiled PA-RISC applications inside of partitions equipped with an emulator.
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US Navy says electric jet-flinger tech looking good

The US Navy's plan to fit its next aircraft carrier with electromagnetic mass-driver catapults instead of steam launchers is reportedly on track, with shore trials using test weights a success. The progress of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), the first of its kind, is of interest to the Royal Navy as it could offer a way to massively cut the money spent on the Service's two new carriers - or, more accurately, to cut the money spent on their aeroplanes.
Lewis Page, 27 Sep 2010
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Wikileaks' Assange to reenter the fray

Julian Assange will step back onto the public stage this week with an appearance in London.
Christopher Williams, 27 Sep 2010
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Toshiba Satellite A660 16in laptop

ReviewReview Fitting a widescreen display into a laptop is all well and good, but it poses a problem: what do you do with all the empty space around the keyboard, now that the machines are so much bigger from one side to the other?
Tony Smith, 27 Sep 2010
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Hitachi flashes updated top end VSP

Behold VSP: Hitachi has updated its USP-V enterprise storage array to produce the Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) claiming it is a single platform for managing block, file and content data.
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2010
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ZeuS attacks mobiles in bank SMS bypass scam

Security researchers have warned that cybercrooks might be able to compromise online bank accounts even in cases where banks use SMS messages to authorise transactions.
John Leyden, 27 Sep 2010
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HP purges Cisco gear from data centers

Hewlett-Packard announced this morning - and will no doubt be bragging tomorrow to Wall Street - that it no longer has Cisco Systems' core switches and routers in its own data centers and is now using its own 3Com and ProCurve products. The latest shots in the ongoing server-networking war between HP and Cisco came ahead of HP's financial analyst meeting tomorrow and likely ahead of the appointment of a new president, CEO, and chairman for the IT giant.
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Welsh hospitals to allow mobile use

The Welsh Health Minister has said that Welsh hospitals should permit mobile phone use, which makes sense as England has allowed them since January 2009.
Bill Ray, 27 Sep 2010
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UN appoints alien liaison boffin

The head of the UN's Office for Outer Space Affairs is poised to become first point of contact for extraterrestrials.
Lester Haines, 27 Sep 2010
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Windows Phone 7 launch dates leak

Amazon's German division has posted a page for LG's upcoming Windows Phone 7 offering, the Optimus 7, and given us a few sparse details about the device.
Tony Smith, 27 Sep 2010
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The 500 year archive

Prepare to be amazed.
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2010
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HP slaps P9500 label on HDS' VSP array

HP has announced the P95000, its OEM version of Hitachi's VSP replacement for its top-end USP-V array. Yet the P9500 is smaller than HP's shipping version of HDS' predecessor, the USP-V.
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2010
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Nutter repairmen scale 1,768ft TV mast

VidVid Those of who you who get a bit wobbly at the top of a stepladder are strongly advised to look away now, because here's a helmetcam vid of just how you get to work when your office is at the top of a 1,768ft TV mast:
Lester Haines, 27 Sep 2010
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Fibre broadband is good for you, Conroy tells Aussies

If anyone thought for even a moment that Australia’s beleaguered communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, would be treading more lightly after an election in which his policies came in for strong criticism, especially on the proposed internet filter, think again!
Jane Fae , 27 Sep 2010
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IBM eats Blade Network for switches

Sam Palmisano got out the Big Blue check book once again this morning and wrote out what was reportedly a $400m check to the owners of privately held Blade Network Technologies. For a company whose chief executive officer and chairman has slammed rival Hewlett-Packard over its inability to invest in its own innovation, IBM is sure on a spending spree to fill in some pretty big product gaps of its own.
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Mystery lingers over stealthy Stuxnet infection

AnalysisAnalysis The infamous Stuxnet worm infected 14,000 systems inside Iran, according to new estimates.
John Leyden, 27 Sep 2010
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Feds want backdoors built into VoIP and email

Developers of email, instant-messaging and voice-over-internet-protocol applications would be forced to redesign their services so their contents can be intercepted by law enforcement agents armed with legal wiretap orders under federal legislation reported on Monday by The New York Times. The legislation would, among other things, require cellphone carriers, websites and other types of service providers to have a way to unscramble encrypted communications traveling over their networks, the report said. It specifically mentions companies such as Research in Motion and Skype, which are popular in part because their cellular communications and VoIP services respectively are widely regarded as offering robust encryption that's impractical if not impossible for government agents to crack.
Dan Goodin, 27 Sep 2010
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US mainstream media is Apple's bee-atch

A year-long survey has shown that Apple is the mainstream media's darling, and that coverage of the glories of the digital wonderland edged out stories about its seamy underbelly.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Sep 2010

Unity 3 debuts (sans Jobsian code spectre)

Three weeks after it was freed from the spectre of Steve Jobs' infamous code translation ban, Unity has unveiled the long-awaited third version of its cross-platform 3D game development kit.
Cade Metz, 27 Sep 2010
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Prosecutor resigns over sexting spree to crime victim

A Wisconsin prosecutor who faced forced removal from office for sending sexually charged text messages to crime victims and suspects will resign instead.
Dan Goodin, 27 Sep 2010
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Microsoft surrenders Live Spaces future to WordPress

Microsoft's killing another me-too Web 2.0 service, sinking its fledgling Live Spaces blog network and shifting 30 million users to WordPress.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Sep 2010
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Orange sells infrastructure nuageux based on Vblocks

Orange Business Services, the hosting and network operations arm of France Telecom that operates in 172 countries, has caught the cloud bug and has teamed up with the triumvirate (well, duo if you want to be honest) behind the Acadia partnership — Cisco Systems, EMC, and VMware — to launch a line of private clouds it wants to sell, install, and manage on behalf of customers.
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RIM unveils The BlackPad BlackBerry PlayBook

BlackBerry DevconBlackBerry Devcon Update: This story has been updated with additional information from RIM's DevCon keynote. Research in Motion — maker of the BlackBerry — has unveiled an Apple-battling tablet version of its email-friendly handheld.
Cade Metz, 27 Sep 2010
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Microsoft to issue emergency patch for ASP.Net vuln

Microsoft will release an emergency patch on Tuesday that plugs a security hole in a variety of its web developer tools that has been under active attack for more than a week.
Dan Goodin, 27 Sep 2010
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IBM Goes 'GPU-riffic' with new blade

GTC Video BlogGTC Video Blog IBM made big news on the first day of last week's GPU Technology Conference by announcing that it'll roll out an Nvidia Fermi–based expansion blade. While it's not formally announced yet (the plan is to do so in Q4), IBM had one at the show and walked me through it for the video below. It isn't a standalone server; it's a single Fermi GPU with 6GB memory that clicks onto a host – initially an IBM HS22 two-socket blade with 12 DDR3 DIMM slots and all the typical IBM bladey trimmings. It attaches to the host blade via a 16x Gen-2 PCIe port. The ports on the Fermi blade extension have a pass-through feature so that up to four expansion blades can be attached to a single host. That's a hell of a lot of GPU goodness — and it's certainly GPU-riffic.
Dan Olds, OrionX, 27 Sep 2010