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Microsoft's IE9: Don't believe the hype

Review Microsoft must be rattled by the steady decline in the market share of Internet Explorer. Worldwide it has gone from 68.5 per cent in July 2008 to 46 per cent today, according to StatCounter.
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How Nokia and Microsoft will carve up mobile services

Nokia smartphones will be running Windows Phone, but the company is hoping to hang on to some of its service-provider identity even as Microsoft grabs the choicest morsels.
Bill Ray, 14 2011
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Adobe Flash: 20m phones flip Steve Jobs the bird

Is Steve Jobs the best thing that ever happened to Adobe Flash?
Cade Metz, 14 2011
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Gemalto squeezes Facebook onto a SIM

Gemalto has managed to get Facebook running on a SIM chip, making every GSM phone a Facebook phone and bringing social networking to the dumbest of handsets.
Bill Ray, 14 2011
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Paleontologists: Standardise 3D laser image files, for pity's sake

Bone-fancying boffins in the States have issued an impassioned call for the world of paleontology to standardise on a digital file format for 3D images of fossils before it's too late.
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Job cuts on the rise

The number of companies expecting to make people redundant in the first quarter of this year is expected to rise sharply.
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Samsung intros 10in Android tablet

MWC 2011 Samsung has taken the wraps off a 10in Galaxy Tab slate, this one running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Vodafone has the exclusive.
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PlayStation phone to come with Crash Bandicoot

MWC 2011 Sony Ericsson has officially launched its much-anticipated PlayStation phone - the Xperia Play - confirming the leaks and whetting appetites further with some titillating pre-installed titles.
Caleb Cox, 14 2011
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Humanity's stored data measured in CDs to the Moon

The BBC has splendidly reported that all of the data we accumulated between 1986 and 2007 on PCs, DVDs and good old-fashioned paper would, if slapped on CDs, create a megastack of discs "that would reach beyond the Moon".
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Latest boffinry: Feeding TNT to sheep

Stateside boffins are diligently getting a small number of laboratory sheep to eat as much TNT as possible.
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Samsung updates Galaxy S with two-core chip

MWC 2011 Samsung's Mobile World Congress announcements don't stop with the 10in Galaxy Tab: it's unwrapped new Galaxy S and Bada-based smartphones too - the latter with tech flavour of the month near-field comms.
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Russian SMS scam Trojan poses as Valentine MMS app

Criminals have developed a scam application that poses as a way to send MMS messages to loved ones and targets Russian mobile users.
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Sony Ericsson outs Neo, Pro smartphones

MWC 2011 Sony Ericsson's other Mobile World Congress-launched smartphones - Neo and Pro - won't garner as many headlines as the Xperia Play, but these near-identical siblings are worth a look.
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Vodafone signals own-brand handset refresh

MWC 2011 Vodafone has refreshed the range of handsets it puts out under its own name, offering three options for the shallow-pocketed mobile user.
Caleb Cox, 14 2011
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I’m not a Trojan horse: Nokia’s Elop hits back at neigh sayers

MWC 2011 The first non-Finnish president of Nokia confirmed that he’s not a plant for Microsoft and that he intends to sell his MS shares. This is after a heckler asked CEO Stephen Elop: "Are you a Trojan Horse?" after the Canadian's keynote speech at Mobile World Congress. Elop was then questioned about his share-holdings in both Microsoft and Nokia.
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Police hit delete on DNA profiles

DNA records will no longer be kept on innocent people questioned over routine crimes in England and Wales, the government has said. It will still keep samples of those questioned in connection with terrorist offences.
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Ericsson and Akamai pair to side-step mobile net neutrality

MWC 2011 Edge-of-network caching, mobile payments and Wi-Fi management: it might not fit into your pocket, but network infrastructure is trying hard to be interesting.
Bill Ray, 14 2011
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Flying dildo downs Oz stag party bloke

A shaken Oz stag party reveller has recounted how he was left "battered and bloodied" after taking a head shot from a flying dildo.
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Motorola confirms Xoom tablet is Blighty-bound

MWC 2011 Motorola will be bringing its 10.1in Android tablet, Xoom, to Europe, the company confirmed at Mobile World Congress today.
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After Black Friday, Nokia acts to halt share slide

Why did investors who rallied to Nokia two weeks ago, when new CEO Stephen Elop hinted at a Microsoft deal, desert the company on Friday?
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RIM rips 4G out of PlayBook for low-tech nations

MWC 2011 Research in Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet launch at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this past January centred on the 4G version. Today, it said that model will be joined by HSPA+ and LTE versions, plus a Wi-Fi only unit for those us in countries without these high-speed mobile broadband networks.
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Markets whack Phoenix shares

Phoenix IT Group shares took a dive this morning after the company told markets this morning that business was on track, but it still has some worries about public sector cutbacks.
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Firefox 4 now one beta away from Release Candidate status

Firefox 4 looks set to have just one more beta pushed out before Mozilla shifts the forthcoming browser to its Release Candidate stage, making the whole thing ready for showtime within the next few weeks.
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LG tunes in to YouTube for 3D phone videos

MWC 2011 LG has officially launched the Optimus 3D auto-stereoscopic Android smartphone and has joined hands with YouTube so users can upload and view 3D content directly from the device itself.
Caleb Cox, 14 2011
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Channel Five reborn as Channel Five

LogoWatch Channel Five will as of today be known as Channel Five, or rather, Channel Five has regained the "Channel" it lost when it decided that "Five" was a more happening moniker for a TV station.
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Radiohead goes out on a limb with 'newspaper album'

Radiohead have declared their new album The King Of Limbs will be available for fans to download for between £6 and £9 depending on the format from Saturday 19 February.
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Anonymous hacktivists: We've got Stuxnet code

A member of Anonymous claims to have taken possession of code for the infamous Stuxnet virus.
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Proporta poses Royal Wedding Phone Pouch

Tasteless Tech The last time royals wedded, the acme in patriotic tat were cups and saucers. This year, monarchy mavens will be able to spend their recession-eroded salaries on an even more diverse array of memorabilia - such as this Gold Union Jack Smartphone Pouch from case maker Proporta.
Hard Reg, 14 2011
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Global warming will not cause 'permanent El Niño'

Boffins in Blighty have said that global warming and retreating Arctic sea ice cover is unlikely to result in a so-called "permanent El Niño" state in the Pacific, nor cause similar major weather-changing shifts in the behaviour of the Atlantic ocean.
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Binatone HomeSurf 7 Android tablet

Review If 2010 was the year of the Apple iPad, this year will, if Motorola, HTC, HP and others have their way, be when everyone else gets in on the touchscreen computer act. Binatone has made an early strike with its super-low priced machine that’s powered by Google’s Android operating system.
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IPCC chief: ANPR is 'a victim of its own success'

The commissioner of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said there are severe difficulties in running automatic numberplate recognition systems.
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Techies floored by 'virus' after Playboy mansion party

LA Public Health Officials are investigating The Playboy Mansion after 100 techies became horribly ill in the wake of a party there.
Joe Fay, 14 2011
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Acer shows laptop lid look tablet

MWC 2011 Acer has unwrapped its iPad alternative, the ten-inch Iconia Tab A500, which features the now de rigeuer Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
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Dell crams two four-way Opterons into cloudy server

Are you a hyperscale data center and supercomputer shops looking to cram lots of x64 cores in a tight space while having plenty of PCI-Express peripheral expansion? Take a good look at the new PowerEdge C6145, announced today by Dell.
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Orange enhances phones with sentimental shortcuts

MWC 2011 Orange has boosted its range of Android smartphones with an app that triggers shortcuts when symbols are drawn on the screen.
Caleb Cox, 14 2011
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Can Oz compete in the outsourcing market?

Could Australia become one of the next outsourcing hotspots? The country certainly has part of what people are looking for: a well-educated English-speaking (well, up to a point) workforce, technologically adept and almost certainly with more knowledge of other English-speaking cultures than any of the others have of that in Oz.
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Pink Floyd guitarist pays McKinnon's health bills

Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has stepped in to pay for Gary McKinnon's psychiatric treatment.
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AMD cranks up Opteron clocks

Advanced Micro Devices is firing off the first salvo in the ongoing x64 war between Intel and itself, revving up its high-end Opteron 6100 processors to try to get a bit more market share.
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Wooden spaceship descends into Moscow sandpit

Joyous news from the European Space Agency today, which reports that it has successfully landed three astronauts on Mars. Sadly this is only simulated Mars: the three spacesuited pioneers are at present exploring a large indoor sandpit, having spent the previous eight months inside a wood-panelled simulator pretending they were in transit to the red planet.
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Acer unveils big-screen smartphone

MWC 2011 Acer today made much of its new Iconia's Smart's screen, a big 4.8in, 1024 x 480 boy.
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One third of Russians say Sun revolves round Earth

Those of you brought up in the heliocentric tradition are advised to look away now, because a poll has revealed that one-third of Russians favour the Ptolemaic model of our solar system.

Mobile World Congress 2011

MWC 2011 Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the mobile phone business' most important shindig. It's the launch site not only for new smartphone and new services, but now new tablets too. Here are this year's key products and stories.
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Operators launch anti-Google WAC

MWC 2011 The operator-backed Wholesale Application Store has launched commercially, with eight operators and 12,000 apps, but developers will have to wait for the APIs that make the platform unique.
Bill Ray, 14 2011
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Nokia's developers wait and wait for Windows Phone

Elopocalypse: Day Four One oddity of Nokia's bet-the-farm decision to move to Windows Phone is how much work needs to be done to bring Microsoft's software up to par with Nokia's existing platform. You remember, the Burning One. Today, developers are finding out.
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Microsoft outlines WinPho 7 roadmap

MWC 2011 Microsoft is to bring Internet Explorer 9 to Windows Phone 7, though it failed to say exactly when this and a number of other updates will be coming to the smartphone platform.
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HP gives Lou Reed a right shoeing

We suspect that Lou Reed fans will be queuing up to do to HP what the company has done to Walk on the Wild Side, ie: give it a right shoeing ...
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Microsoft polishes Windows Phone 7

MWC 2011 Steve Ballmer took the opportunity of his MWC keynote to tell people what Windows Phone 7 will be like this time next year, and remind them how great it already is.
Bill Ray, 14 2011
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HP buys Vertica for data analytics

Hewlett-Packard's new president and chief executive officer, Leo Apotheker, has made his first move in software by having HP acquire an in-database analytics startup called Vertica Systems for an undisclosed sum.
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Google open video codec faces second challenger

Google's royalty-free video codec is facing yet another challenger.
Cade Metz, 14 2011
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Google, MS, Mozilla: Three 'Do Not Tracks' to woo them all

With the arrival of Microsoft's IE9 release candidate, we now have three separate "do not track" mechanisms from three separate browsers makers. There's room for them all. But it would be nice if we could agree a single mechanism that makes it as easy as possible for netizens to sidestep behavioral ad tracking, as the US Federal Trade Commission has requested.
Cade Metz, 14 2011
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Stuxnet blitzed 5 Iranian factories over 10-month period

The Stuxnet worm repeatedly attacked five industrial plants inside Iran over a 10-month period, according to new data collected by researchers from antivirus firm Symantec.
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Intel samples 'Medfield' next-gen phone chip

MWC 2011 Intel has announced that its "next-generation phone chip", code-named Medfield, is now sampling to customers, with production scheduled for later this year.
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HTML5 kicked into 2014

HTML5 won't be finished for another three years, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has warned.
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Boffins devise 'cyberweapon' to take down internet

University Boffins say they've devised a way to take down the internet by turning core parts of its routing protocol against itself.
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Google Chrome extension bars domains from search results

Google has released an experimental Chrome extension that lets you automatically remove individual domains from Google search result pages.
Cade Metz, 14 2011
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Qt sees its future in Microkia

A Qt loyalist reckons that his cross-platform app and UI framework has got a bright future, even though Nokia has swallowed Microsoft's Windows Phone.
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Australia online ad spend reaches A$2.65bn

Australian online advertising recorded its biggest ever spend in the last quarter, peaking at $A627.75m, a 22 per cent increase from the Q4, 2009. Total online advertising expenditure for 2010 was $A2.265bn, according to the IAB Australia Online Advertising Expenditure Report (OAER).
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Ericsson to deploy 4G/LTE into Telstra network

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Telstra CEO David Thodey has announced deployment plans for the carrier’s 4G/LTE network.
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Telstra stirs NBN pot with 4G/LTE deployment announcement

For predictable, spiritless repetition, Australia’s broadband network debate beats Groundhog Day hands down.
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Lasoo: Users click with online catalogues

Australian online catalogue aggregator Lasoo has doubled its audience in the last year, reporting a record high 5.6 million product views in December.
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Aussies shine at Geek Oscars

South Australian company Rising Sun Research has been recognised by the Academy (of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences – you know who we mean) for its work in developing the remote collaboration technology cineSync.
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Intel demos MeeGo 'tablet user experience'

MWC 2011 Intel has released a video demonstrating the MeeGo mobile operating system on a tablet PC, mere days after Nokia pulled the rug out from under their MeeGo partnership with Intel by embracing Windows Phone for their faltering handset line.
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Luckless Lush hammered in hack

Australian cosmetics retailer Lush has pulled the kill-switch on its web store following a security breach.