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Obama woos Masters of the (Tech) Universe

Every US president has his photo moment: JFK's was the Cuban Missile Crisis, Reagan's the Berlin Wall, and Bush II the unfortunate Mission Accomplished. Or was it the Katrina flyover?
Gavin Clarke, 19 Feb 2011
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Radiohead surprises fans with early online album release

Radiohead has once again broken music industry convention, this time by releasing digital versions of its eagerly awaited studio album a day earlier than promised. The eighth album from Britain's favorite navel gazers is titled The King of Limbs and offers almost 38 minutes worth of the experimental electronic loops, bleeps, and scratches that have become the Oxford quintet's signature sound. Digital-only versions of the eight songs cost £6 in 320 kbps MP3 format or £9 in a lossless WAV format. In the US, the price is $9 and $14.
Dan Goodin, 19 Feb 2011
Mio V575 TV
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Mio Navman V575 TV satnav and Freeview tuner

ReviewReview Just because something can be done doesn't mean it should be – invading Iraq and putting Vanessa Feltz on TV are a couple of arguable examples that spring to mind. Fitting a TV to a satnav is possibly another.
Alun Taylor, 19 Feb 2011
Broken CD with wrench

Reg Hardware Reviews Digest

Over the past week, Reg Hardware has looked at products from the worlds of consumer electronics, mobile communications, photography and gaming.
Register Hardware, 19 Feb 2011
DVD it in many colours
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Watson? Commercial – not super – computer

Now that IBM’s Watson has pounded the best human Jeopardy competitors into a fine slurry, let’s take stock. Our human proxies took their ass-kicking in good spirits, with Ken Jennings writing on his ‘Final Jeopardy’ card, “I for one welcome our new computer overlords.” (For the sake of adding a bit more inane trivia, the Jeopardy answer for his phrase would be “Who was Kent Brockman on The Simpsons?”)
Dan Olds, OrionX, 19 Feb 2011