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The Mac that saved Apple (and Steve Jobs)

This Old BoxThis Old Box On May 6, 1998, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iMac at the Flint Center Theater in Apple's home town of Cupertino, California — the same venue where he had unveiled the original Macintosh back in 1984.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Nov 2010
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WikiLeaked US cables link China to Google hack

A Chinese contact told the American Embassy in Beijing that China's Politburo "directed" last December's hack on Google's internal systems, according to the confidential US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks and various news organizations on Sunday.
Cade Metz, 29 Nov 2010
iPad Case Round-up

Monster iPad Case Test: The Rest

Product Round-upProduct Round-up Lastly, we come to all the odds'n'sods - cases that don't quite follow the pattern, bags and other carry options.
Tony Smith, 29 Nov 2010
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Monster iPad Case Test: Skins and Hard Cases

Product Round-upProduct Round-up Rubber skins and plastic hard cases may not provide your iPad with the all-encompasing protection of a folio or slipcase, but they'll certainly take the knocks - and bring some colour and individuality to your tablet.
Tony Smith, 29 Nov 2010
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Monster iPad Case Test: Slipcases

Product Round-upProduct Round-up If you're after an iPad case that's not as bulky as a folio, but covers the tablet better than a skin can, look no further...
Tony Smith, 29 Nov 2010
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Monster iPad Case Test: Folios

Product Round-upProduct Round-up According to manufacturers, folios are the most popular iPad cases in Europe. With their book-like looks, the ability of many of them to double-up a stands and the extra drop protection they offer - all that extra padding at the corners - it's not hard to see why.
Tony Smith, 29 Nov 2010
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Yes! It's the Reg Hardware Mass iPad Case Test

Product Round-upProduct Round-up What do you buy the iPad owner who has everything? Another case of course, and to help you choose one - for yourself too, if you're a fan of the Apple tablet - Reg Hardware has gathered together, reviewed and rated dozens of the things.
Tony Smith, 29 Nov 2010
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Aussies want compo for bank fail

Australian bank customers are demanding compensation after bank systems failure left thousands out of cash over the weekend as bank systems failed to update accounts.
John Oates, 29 Nov 2010
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Epic fails

Project managementProject management Remember this comment about a particular project somewhere in the Middle East? “There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t  know. But there are also unknown unknowns; there are things we do not know we don’t know.”
Ken Young, 29 Nov 2010
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Pirate Bay appeal failure spawns more DoS attacks

The failure of the Pirate Bay appeal has spawned reprisal denial of service attacks by the loosely banded Anonymous collective against the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2010
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Symbian Foundation shuts up (virtual) shop

The slow death of Symbian continues, with the 'Foundation announcing that come 17 December it's pulling the plug on its websites and online presence.
Bill Ray, 29 Nov 2010
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Apple says no to Android-oriented iPad mag

Apple has apparently banned an iPad-based magazine from its online store - because the titled focuses on Google's Android platform.
Tony Smith, 29 Nov 2010
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Vodafone offers free mobile broadband in Europe

Vodafone today said it has "simplified" its European data roaming charges.
Hard Reg, 29 Nov 2010
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Oz bank meltdown due to file corruption cock-up

The five-day mainframe bank system meltdown at the National Bank of Australia (NAB) was due to a corrupted file on an IBM mainframe system that was being upgraded.
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2010
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Leslie Nielsen dead at 84

Comic titan Leslie Nielsen, famed for his insistence on not being called Shirley and for his masterly portrayal of "Sergeant Frank Drebin, Detective Lieutenant, Police Squad", has died aged 84.
Lewis Page, 29 Nov 2010
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Lone hacker theory in Wikileaks DDoS attack

UpdatedUpdated A denial of service attack against Wikileaks that brought the whistleblower site to its knees on Sunday night, in the run up to its publication of classified State Department documents, may turn out to be the work of a lone hacker.
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2010
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Phoenix on track for decent year

Phoenix IT Group has grown revenues by 13.4 per cent in the first six months of the year, up to £138.4m from £122m last year.
John Oates, 29 Nov 2010
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I was timeboxed in a holistic scrum

StobStob Do you suffer from unsatisfactory projectile climaxes? Is your software construction methodology previous generation? Do you require the predictable outcome of pre-planning with the flexibility of iteration and the lightness of touch of partially de-hierarchicalised management approaches?
Verity Stob, 29 Nov 2010
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An iPad for under 200 quid*

Orange has announced how much it is prepared to subsidise the Apple iPad, and it pushes the entry-level fondle slab down below £200 with Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.
Bill Ray, 29 Nov 2010
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Inventor only entitled to share of employer's actual patent earnings

The inventor of a medical device is entitled to a 'fair share' of the actual benefit earned from that device by his employer, the Court of Appeal has ruled. An inventor cannot complain if his employer did not exploit the invention well or at all, it said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 29 Nov 2010

The Great iPad Case Giveaway

GiveawayGiveaway OK, so we've reviewed 40-odd iPad cases - now what do we do with them all? We give them away to Reg Hardware readers, that's what.
Register Hardware, 29 Nov 2010
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FCO spends £39m with HP

HP took nine per cent of the money spent by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with its 100 biggest suppliers in 2009-10.
Kable, 29 Nov 2010
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Wikileaks exposes Clinton's cyberspy wish-list

Hillary Clinton asked US diplomats to gather the passwords and encryption keys of top United Nations officials, as well as details of the private networks they use to communicate.
Christopher Williams, 29 Nov 2010
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Sharp launches Galapagos tablets

Sharp has launched its Galapagos tablet family in Japan.
Hard Reg, 29 Nov 2010
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Mozilla rages at MS, Apple and Google's 'trojan horse' tactics

A well-respected Mozilla man has attacked Apple, Google and Microsoft for installing plug-ins without first asking for a web surfer’s permission.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Nov 2010
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US woman @theashes stumped by cricketing tweets

A US woman, with no interest in cricket, came to regret picking the twitter handle @theashes after she was bombarded with messages about the test match in Brisbane over the weekend.
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2010
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Overclocking for servers

SC10SC10 Bring up the topic of overclocking to the major system manufacturers and you hear a variety of responses ranging from ‘we’re plenty fast enough now – take a look at our _____ (insert benchmark here) that’s enabled by our use of ___________(insert techno feature here)” to “it’s just not safe, son, and our customers need to be protected from this kind of thing.”
Dan Olds, OrionX, 29 Nov 2010
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UK services still shrinking

Business and professional services have had a flat quarter with business volume and prices broadly unchanged, while consumer services have seen an unexpected decline.
John Oates, 29 Nov 2010

Has Wikileaks run out of secrets?

CommentComment According to a story that's popular in Washington, after Bill Clinton held his first meeting with his intelligence chiefs as President, he pulled them aside. "Look, guys," he said. "There's really two things I want to know: Who killed the Kennedys? And have aliens landed?"
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Nov 2010

Symbian's Secret History: The battle for the company's soul

Part TwoPart Two This is Part Two of a special report about the formation and early years of Symbian. It contains stories and plans that have never previously come to light. Part One dealt with the formation of the venture. Here’s the main course: how the decisions taken between 1999 and 2001 shaped not just the future of Symbian, but the course of the mobile industry over the next decade. Let's rejoin the story on launch day. On a brilliantly sunny June day in London, 130 Psion Software staff arrived at work and found they had a new employer, with an unfamiliar name. Most had been completely unaware of the development. The day before, they had been working at a tiny company, trying to crack into new markets dominated by giants. Now they learned that the mobile industry's giants had entrusted their futures to them. And Epoc, the operating system that had been put on life support three months earlier, now looked to have a boundless future. They were now at the centre of the fastest growing, wealthiest sector of the technology industry.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Nov 2010
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RIM recruits tester for NFC hardware

BlackBerry maker RIM is advertising for an interoperability testing specialist, with a view to ensuring that BlackBerry devices work properly with NFC. RIM has revealed that such devices are in development.
Bill Ray, 29 Nov 2010

LaCie slips in Superspeed USB hub

With so few USB 3.0 add-ons out there - and fewer computers that support the SuperSpeed bus standard - is there really a need to for a four-port USB 3.0 hub?
Tony Smith, 29 Nov 2010
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Dubya to speak his mind at Facebook event

The ex-US president of all our hearts, George W Bush, will be hanging out at Facebook’s Silicon Valley headquarters to field questions from the social network’s stalkers later today.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Nov 2010
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Canada steps closer to legalising sex work

Diametrically opposed views on how to deal with sex workers were on display this weekend, with Canada teetering on the brink of legalising prostitution, and the UK’s Met warning media owners that they could face criminal charges if they carry ads for massage parlours and saunas.
Jane Fae , 29 Nov 2010

The A to B of building supercomputers

SC10SC10 What does it take to design and build a supercomputer big enough to enter the Top500 list?
Phil Mitchell, 29 Nov 2010
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LHC boffins turn lead into quarko-gluotic Big Bang incrediblo-stuff

International boffins are vying with one another in a race to topsy-turvinate the world of physics this week, with a flurry of results due in imminently from radical fabric-of-time-and-space-rending experiments at the Large Hadron Collider - most brutally powerful particle-pummeller ever assembled by the human race.
Lewis Page, 29 Nov 2010
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Analyst cuts PC sales forecast, blames iPad

Market watcher Gartner has pruned its forecast world personal computer sales growth this year and next, knocking nearly four percentage points off its 2010 prediction. The reason? The iPad.
Tony Smith, 29 Nov 2010
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Wikileaks: Berlusconi useless, Pope Catholic

The release today of leaked US State Department cables is unlikely, despite some media claims, to shake western democracy to the very foundation of sub-prime mortgages on which it stands.
Lester Haines, 29 Nov 2010
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Asus prices up note-taking Eee reader

Asus' monochrome LCD tablet, the Eee Note, went on sale in the firm's native Taiwan today for a rather tasty Sterling equivalent price of £148.
Hard Reg, 29 Nov 2010
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What is the point of End Point Protection?

Security threats have existed for almost as long as computers have been around. Few interactive systems can claim to be immune – even venerable systems like the IBM mainframe, UNIVAC and VAX have had their share of malware. Then, the PC brought computing to the masses, but also brought a new environment for malware to bloom. The ‘sneaker net’ at first kept the rate of spread at a relatively low level. However, once networking, and especially the Internet, became pervasive, threats began to spread rapaciously.
Andrew Buss, 29 Nov 2010
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Feds seize 70 'filesharing, dodgy goods' sites

UpdatedUpdated The US government has seized 70 sites allegedly offering counterfeit goods or links to copyright-infringing material.
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2010
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Mellanox gobbles up Voltaire for $218m

Mellanox Technologies will cough up $218m in cash to acquire networking rival Voltaire as it seeks to gain a larger footprint in data centre networks and a better chance to wring more profits out of the combined companies.
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Iran admits cyberattack hit nuke programme

The Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today seemed to confirm speculation that the Stuxnet worm obstructed his regime's nuclear ambitions.
Christopher Williams, 29 Nov 2010
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Oracle erects mystery Sparc SuperCluster

It looks like Oracle chief executive officer Larry Ellison is getting ready to whip out his hardware again and measure it up against wares from IBM and Hewlett-Packard.
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Empire Strikes Back director Kershner dies at 87

Irvin Kershner, the man who directed what was arguably the best of the six Star Wars films — The Empire Strikes Back — died over the weekend at his home in Los Angeles. He was 87.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Nov 2010
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Researcher warns of iPhone phishing peril

Apple's iOS is vulnerable to web attacks that allow malicious websites to masquerade as trusted pages maintained by banks, stores, and other sensitive organizations, a researcher said on Monday. The weakness stems from the ability of web developers to display pages on iPhones that push the address bar out of view, researcher Nitesh Dhanjani wrote in a blog post that demonstrates the problem. It shows a version of mobile Safari visiting a page on Dhanjani's website that looks remarkably similar to the log-in page of BankofAmerica.com, including what appears to be the Secure Sockets Layer imprimatur certifying the page is authentic.
Dan Goodin, 29 Nov 2010
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Supremes to hear Microsoft's Word appeal

America's top court will hear Microsoft defend claims that its Word software infringed on patens held by software maker i4i.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Nov 2010
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WikiLeaks re-taunts feds with US Amazon mirrors

WikiLeaks is hosting its cache of confidential US Statement Department cables on US-based Amazon servers, just as it did with with the classified Iraq War documents it released last month.
Cade Metz, 29 Nov 2010