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Dell sells Android dream to corporate types

KACE Konference One-time Windows stalwart Michael Dell has made the case for making and managing mobile devices running Android and OSi in the enterprise.
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Facebook engineer bashes Google for Gmail block

A Facebook engineer has publicly chastised Google for snipping Facebook's access to the Gmail Contacts API, accusing the search giant of data-hoarding hypocrisy.
Cade Metz, 10 2010
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AMD: Opterons to hit 20 cores by 2012

Advanced Micro Devices can't beat Intel's wafer-baking process in the ongoing x64 server chip war, so it's going to fight with the weapons it has: higher core counts and better bang for the buck — or watt.
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iPhones make calls without permission, researcher warns

Apple's iOS is vulnerable to web-based attacks that force third-party apps to make phone calls and carry out other sensitive operations without first warning the user, a security researcher has warned.
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Platform revamps grid control tools

Grid computing pioneer Platform Computing is taking the wraps off an updated and more integrated edition of its cluster management tools for small and mid-sized clusters, days ahead of the SC10 supercomputing conference in New Orleans.
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Apache threatens Oracle with Java exit

Apache has hit Oracle with an ultimatum: grant its independent implementation of Java a license or it will quit Java's governing body.
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Hotmail always-on crypto breaks Microsoft's own apps

For the first time in its 13-year history, Microsoft's Hotmail comes with the ability to protect email sessions with secure sockets layer encryption from start to finish.
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Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect games release schedule

Microsoft and other publishers already have many titles out, with more to come. Here's the current list of Kinect-specific and Kinect-compatible games heading to the shops.
Caleb Cox, 10 2010
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Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect FAQ

Kinect, Microsoft's controller-free gaming system for Xbox 360, hits the shelves today. Unsure what it's all about? Read on...
Caleb Cox, 10 2010
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Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect Video Gallery

Video We gave Microsoft's Kinect a bash to see just how reactive it was - and how daft we looked waving our arms around to control the on-screen action. Take a look and see what it's like to use in a real living room...
Caleb Cox, 10 2010
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Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect

Review Every Christmas it seems a must-have toy or gadget splits people into the haves and have-nots.
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Ofcom follows America into the White Space

Ofcom is consulting on white space in order to decide exactly how closely we'll be following the database model recently approved by the FCC. It also appears to be dropping any notion of the UK going its own way.
Bill Ray, 10 2010
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iPhone 4: the best built smartphone...

Looking for the most reliable smartphone? You'll want the iPhone 4 then. Keen to avoid the handset most prone to accidental damage? Steer clear of the... er... iPhone 4.
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Survey scammers take aim at Call of Duty

Fraudsters have exploited excitement over this week's launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops as a theme for online scams.
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Pay rises all round for Googlers

All Google staff are getting a $1,000 bonus for incidental Christmas expenses and can look forward to a ten per cent pay rise next year.
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Death of netbook exaggerated, says researcher

Don't write off the netbook just yet, market watcher IDC has advised.
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Ofcom clears way for iPhone apps for TV voting

Ofcom has cleared the way for iPhone voting applications for TV.
Bill Ray, 10 2010
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We7 morphs into Last.fm-style radio

British music service We7 is shifting emphasis to personalised radio-style streaming, which means lower royalty costs… and fewer comparisons with upstart Spotify.
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Outlook preview pane-shatter bug fix stars in November Patch Tuesday

Microsoft's light sprinkling of just three bulletins as part of its November Patch Tuesday contains a patch to address a critical hole that is particularly ripe for exploitation.
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Commissioner plays poker with Google

Comment The Information Commissioner has been widely condemned by privacy activists for his perceived inaction with respect to Google.
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LaCie SuperSpeeds designer hard drive

LaCie has upgraded its Philippe Starck-designed metal-cased external hard drive to add USB 3.0 to the spec.
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Microsoft waves Frand at Motorola

Microsoft has filed suit against Motorola, not for patent infringement but for refusing to license patents on "fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory" (Frand) terms like it promised.
Bill Ray, 10 2010
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Government abandons benefit-cheat lie detectors

The government has abandoned plans to use a telephone-based lie detector to catch benefits fiddlers, following criticism by scientists that the technology is no more reliable than tossing a coin.
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NEC intros Android tablet 'cloud communicator'

NEC has taken the wraps off its entry into the Android tablet - sorry, "cloud communicator" - arena.
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Fujitsu signs gravy train agreement

Fujitsu has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Coalition government.
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Ofcom fails comms test

A report by the National Audit Office found Ofcom could be providing value for money, but could do a better job of actually demonstrating what it is doing.
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Spectrum refarming: What's it got to do with you?

One way or another UK network operators will deploy 3G technologies at 2G frequencies. But will running HSDPA at 900MHz change the way you talk?
Bill Ray, 10 2010
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O2 offers Xboxes instead of phone upgrades

O2 has become a games shop.
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How not to do Project Management

Project management When you are taken on for a project management role, or allocated to lead a project, it is easy to assume that key people in the organisation know and understand your role, and that you understand all the problems. Big mistake. Here are five fatal assumptions that you can make about what you do, and what they think about it.
Ken Young, 10 2010
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Google it: Ask.com gives up ghost on search market

Ask.com has quit the internet search biz and is laying off around 130 engineers.
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Lovefilm to hit PS3 today

Lovefilm's movie streaming service will go live on the Sony PS3 today.
Hard Reg, 10 2010
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IP Wireless enlists ST-Ericsson to design in mobile TV

ST-Ericsson will be creating chips incorporating technology from IP Wireless, in the hope that pushing the tech into the silicon will get broadcast TV into the empty wavelengths.
Bill Ray, 10 2010
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UK.gov closes wiretap loopholes after Phorm row

The Home Office is scrambling to close loopholes in wiretapping law, revealed by the Phorm affair, ahead of a potentially costly court case against the European Commission.
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ASA rules 'Bare T*Ts Project' ad offensive

The ASA has ruled that an ad for a smutty premium rate phone service breached taste guidelines after it was broadcast on a sex channel at 6.40am.
Joe Fay, 10 2010
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Disk drive industry appoints roadmap reading committee

In just three months the hard disk drive industry has put flesh on the bones of its Storage Technology Alliance and pretty much decided on HAMR as the way forward, judging by WD and Xyratex pronouncements.
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Reg reader stitches PARIS right up

A tip of the hat this afternoon to reader Jon Grove, who was so impressed by our Paper Aircraft Released Into Space high-altitude snaps that he decided to get down and dirty with some hot PARIS images.
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Lincs authority lets schools decide on Pagan lessons

If you’re looking to improve your child's chanting skills or enhance their moon dancing, Lincolnshire may soon be the place to go – as the county decided this week to let individual schools decide on the teaching of pagan doctrine.
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Falklands hero Marine: Save the Harrier, scrap the Tornado

A Marine general famous as the leader of Britain's heroic commandos and paras during the Falklands War – joined by some retired admirals – has written an open letter to the nation arguing that Prime Minister Cameron's recent decision to scrap the UK's force of Harrier jumpjets and preserve the RAF Tornado bomber fleet was a huge mistake and should be reversed.
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Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect Launch Games

Review Review Kinect Adventures Bundled with the hardware, Kinect Adventures is a compilation of minigames intended to introduce players to Kinect's distinct brand of motion-controlled gaming.
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Plastic Logic rolling in government roubles

E-Reader prototyper Plastic Logic has hooked in some Russian cash to continue operations, and will be opening a Russian factory to start the manufacture of something or other.
Bill Ray, 10 2010
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MS freebie anti-virus scanner auto-downloads provoke more anger

Panda Security has joined with Trend Micro in attacking Microsoft for offering its Security Essentials freebie security scanner as an automatic download.
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High Court to probe Digital Economy Act

Updated Senior judges are to review the Digital Economy Act following a complaint from BT and TalkTalk that it was rushed through Parliament before the election.
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Hitachi refrigerates rack rears

Hitachi is mounting refrigerators on the rear doors of racks to suck out heat at a much lower cost.
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'Tis the season... for another gov IP review

Tradition is very important at the New Coalition Academy. Last week the Government announced a review of intellectual property "to make it fit for the digital age" - five years after the last review to make intellectual property fit for the digital age.
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Watchdog lauds better phone contract refund terms

The UK's major mobile phone retailers have pledged to make it easier for punters to cancel contracts if there's poor network coverage, independent advisory body the Communications Consumer Panel (CCP) said today.
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Psychic Octopus rates iPad, PS3 Move for Xmas success

When it comes to deep-sea creatures, psychic powers appear to run in the family. Mystical mollusc Ollie the Octopus has followed in the tenticle-steps of his world famous cousin, Paul, and made some telepathic predictions of his own.
Caleb Cox, 10 2010
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AVG snaps up DroidSecurity

AVG, the security firm best known to its freebie security scanner software for consumers, has announced plans to buy mobile security firm DroidSecurity.
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iPhones go on gobbling mobile sales

Punters picked up 417 million mobile phones in the third quarter of 2010 - a 35 per cent jump on the same three months of 2009.
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US opts out of carbon trading

Are market solutions, long touted as having a key role in combating global warming, on the way out? Or is news last week of the upcoming closure of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) a sign that "cap and trade" is an idea whose time has passed?
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Panasas claims PAS 12 is fastest parallel storage system ever

Panasas is claiming that its PAS 12 kit announced today is the fastest parallel storage system you can get.
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STINKY GREEN DWARF FROM SPACE - sensation at NASA

NASA boffins have left followers of the space news reeling today, saying they have discovered an intriguing extra-solar object described as being both "big, fat" and "a dwarf". The big dwarf - again varyingly described as "brown" or alternatively "green" - also "stinks pretty badly".
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Google alerts users to Facebook contacts 'trap'

Google is now telling anyone stupid enough to import Gmail contacts into Facebook to reconsider such a foolish move because it’s a “trap”.
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Unity 3D game kit opens digital tool store

Unity Technologies has added a "digital asset store" to its cross-platform games development kit, offering a marketplace where developers can buy, sell, and trade digital doohickies, including script libraries, 3D models, workflows, and tutorials.
Cade Metz, 10 2010
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Rethinking the iPhone

When I asked my friend Quentin recently how he liked his new iPhone, he said it was great, except as a telephone. He was right, and as a devoted iPhoner since its introduction, this made me think.
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Harvard prof thumps Google for 'tiny' search ads label

Google is now labeling its search ads as "ads" — not "sponsored links." On the surface, this seems an admirable change, but for Harvard professor and noted Google-watcher Ben Edelman, the new label may not adhere to the search-advertising guidelines laid down by the Federal Trade Commission.
Cade Metz, 10 2010
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Mac OS X haunted by ghost of Jailbreakme bug

Older versions of Mac OS X are susceptible to a variation of the critical Jailbreakme vulnerability, which left Macs and Apple iDevices wide open to malware attacks, a security firm has warned.
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Android bugs let attackers install malware without warning

Researchers have disclosed bugs in Google's Android mobile operating system that allow attackers to surreptitiously install malware on users' handsets.
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AMD: Intel still 'scaring customers'

At AMD's 2010 Financial Analyst Day on Tuesday, a surprising amount of time was spent not just blowing AMD's product and planning horns, but instead in discussing — and outright dissing — its chief competitor: Intel.
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Firefox 4 'feature complete' beta debuts after Jager shot

Mozilla has released a seventh Firefox 4 beta, flipping the switch on the new JaegerMonkey Javascript engine extension, folding in additional hardware acceleration, and allowing developers to build plug-in-free 3D graphics via WebGL.
Cade Metz, 10 2010
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Apple ships Mac OS X 10.6.5 update

As world+dog rumored it would, Apple released its latest update to Mac OS X Snow Leopard on Wednesday: version 10.6.5.
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Red Hat launches Enterprise Linux 6

Wednesday's launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 was a kind of non-event event.
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Google sacks Eric Schmidt memo leaker

Google has fired the employee who leaked the Eric Schmidt memo announcing a 10 per cent pay raise for the company's entire staff, according to a report citing multiple anonymous sources.
Cade Metz, 10 2010
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Oracle spreads blame for MySQL 'misperceptions'

Oracle has clarified the pricing and packaging for MySQL while pointing the finger at everybody else for getting the wrong idea in the first place.