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Microsoft gives Kinect SDK to 'academics, enthusiasts'

Microsoft has announced that it will release a Kinect for Windows SDK "starter kit" this spring "to make it simpler for the academic research and enthusiast communities to create rich natural user interfaces" using the motion-sensing device.
Rik Myslewski, 22 Feb 2011
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Mobile net upgrades all the rage for Oz carriers

Vodafone, criticised since last year for poor network performance, is to replace virtually all of its network base stations with Huawei kit, announcing that it will either install new equipment or replace kit at 8,000 base station sites over the next 18 months.
Richard Chirgwin, 22 Feb 2011
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iTunes privacy hole shares library content with world+dog

A technology researcher has unearthed a privacy hole in Apple's iTunes Store that makes it easy for unauthorized people to learn what music, videos and apps you've acquired from the online bazaar. The technique, which is described in a recent post by Andrew McAfee, exploits design weaknesses in a feature of the online store that allows one customer to send gifts to another iTunes customer. By creating a list of songs, videos or apps and telling iTunes the email address of the intended recipient, you can find out whether the person already has acquired the title from Apple.
Dan Goodin, 22 Feb 2011
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ZeuS trojan attacks bank's 2-factor authentication

A variant of the ZeuS banking trojan is targeting mobile phone users who rely on their handsets to get enhanced, two-factor authentication from ING Bank Slaski in Poland, a security blogger said on Monday. The ZeuS man-in-the-mobile attacks appear to similar to those that hit Spain in September, researchers from antivirus provider F-Secure said. Both attacks attempt to steal so-called mTANs, short for mobile transaction authentication numbers, which an increasing number of European banks are using to provide enhanced authentication to online customers. Financial institutions send the one-time passwords in text messages. The secondary passcodes are needed to login to online accounts.
Dan Goodin, 22 Feb 2011
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Griffin PowerDock Dual

ReviewReview Griffin’s latest iPad and iPhone accessory is recognition that, far from being hidden out of view in home offices and studies, owners of Apple gadgets like to show them off. You see, the Griffin PowerDock Dual has two Dock connectors, designed to charge an iPad and an iPhone or iPod simultaneously and the two objects of iEnvy perch there much like an ornamental display.
Kenny Hemphill, 22 Feb 2011
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Thames Valley and Hampshire police merge IT services

Two neighbouring police authorities have signed a legal agreement to create a single IT department
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Tosh shows off snazzy external drive

Toshiba has introduced a snazzy-looking but oddly named line of external drives called STOR.E ART 4, with a 1.5TB model coming.
Chris Mellor, 22 Feb 2011

Can service centric IT deliver better value?

Live NowLive Now Today at 15:00 The Register’s Manek Dubash has a studio full of experts to talk about how taking a service centric approach to IT can help IT departments deliver better value to the business.
Phil Mitchell, 22 Feb 2011
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Egyptian bloke dubs sprog 'Facebook'

A young Egyptian dad has dubbed his newborn daughter "Facebook" in honour of the role the social network played in deposing Hosni Mubarak.
Lester Haines, 22 Feb 2011
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The Woz speaks: Fusion-io plans IPO

Privately-owned server flash card vendor Fusion-io is planning to go public, according to its chief scientist, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
Chris Mellor, 22 Feb 2011
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French back Google monopoly complaint

A French vertical search specialist has filed a fresh complaint against Google alleging the search and advertising behemoth is abusing its dominant position.
John Oates, 22 Feb 2011
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Site to highlight social networks' security soft spots

Security researchers have set up a site designed to prod social networking websites into practising what they preach about web security.
John Leyden, 22 Feb 2011
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Northamber returns to profit for back end of 2010

Veteran distie Northamber issued a steady-as-she-goes trading statement today as it reported a turnaround profit for the six months to December 31.
Joe Fay, 22 Feb 2011
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Windows Phone update wallops Omnia 7

Microsoft's latest mobile OS update has locked up some Samsung Omnia 7 handsets and reportedly bricked others.
Bill Ray, 22 Feb 2011
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Discovery on countdown for Thursday launch

Space shuttle Discovery is on countdown for lift-off on Thursday to the International Space Station, with NASA's weather forecast predicting "80 per cent chance of acceptable conditions at launch time".
Lester Haines, 22 Feb 2011
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Polyglot 419 scammers target German and Welsh speakers

419 advance fee fraudsters have broadened their range of targets by sending out scam emails in German and Welsh over recent days.
John Leyden, 22 Feb 2011
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Virgin Media to issue firmware update after Superhub slows to crawl

ExclusiveExclusive Virgin Media cable customers who recently upgraded to the company's Superhub router/modem combo boxes to access its 30Mbit/s and above service are complaining about stability issues and slow connections with the new kit.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Feb 2011
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Blind man excels at videogames

A blind man has stunned the gaming community by flawlessly churning through levels relying solely on sound effects.
Caleb Cox, 22 Feb 2011
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Applied desktop virtualisation: Reg readers speak

Survey resultsSurvey results In November 2010, we polled Register readers to find out where you lot are at with desktop virtualisation.
Team Register, 22 Feb 2011
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Poynt for BlackBerry

ReviewReview Poynt is an app that offers local info quickly and easily on your smartphone. It’s available in Android and iPhone flavours, but looks and works best on a BlackBerry running OS6. Originally, the high-end Torch 9800 was the only BlackBerry to incorporate OS6, but has been joined by a clutch of cheaper sisters in recent months.
Dave Oliver, 22 Feb 2011
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UK inks space research deal with Russia

The UK government signed a space science research agreement with Russia in Moscow today.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Feb 2011
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Fox promises all change at MoD

Defence Secretary Liam Fox has promised that the Ministry of Defence will end its free-spending ways, following a highly critical report from the Public Accounts Committee.
John Oates, 22 Feb 2011
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NFC is top, says GSMA, and put us in charge ... please?

The world's mobile operators are committed to mobile payments using Near Field Communications, according to the trade body that is pitching to put itself at the centre of the ecosystem.
Bill Ray, 22 Feb 2011
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HTC 7 Pro WinPho 7 smartphone

ReviewReview Any Windows Phone 7 device will give you a virtual Qwerty keyboard on its touch screen, but the HTC 7 Pro is one of the very few to offer a proper, slide-out hard key version, and the Dell Venue Pro’s vertical slider pales in comparison to this one.
Dave Oliver, 22 Feb 2011

Telegraph mulls cash alternative to suicide

"Calling it a paywall sounds like it's a tall impenetrable barrier that only Hercules can break down," pondered the FT's digital chief recently. "Why don't we call it paying for content, just like paying for milk or bread?"
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Feb 2011
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Jacqui Smith 'shocked' to discover we're drowning in sea of porn

Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has professed herself "shocked" at the availability of porn on the internet after investigating the issue for a radio documentary.
Joe Fay, 22 Feb 2011
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First details on EC data protection action against UK revealed

Details of the European Commission's objections to the Data Protection Act (DPA) have been revealed for the first time. A document has been published outlining why the Commission thinks the DPA fails to implement the EU's Data Protection Directive.
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Feb 2011
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iPad 2 launch could be delayed by two months, analyst says

A research analyst's note has sent shudders of horror through the Applesphere by suggesting the as-yet-unannounced iPad 2 could arrive two months later than expected.
Team Register, 22 Feb 2011
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Sony refreshes Vaio series with glowing body and dual batteries

Sony has refreshed its notebook range, with a colourful collection of glowing models and lightweight dual-battery options.
Caleb Cox, 22 Feb 2011
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Google switches on Christchurch earthquake service

Google is offering its "personfinder" database to help people in Christchurch, New Zealand find friends and family in the wake of last night's earthquake.
John Oates, 22 Feb 2011
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Slot machine serves drinks instead of money

Say hello to the BarBot, which combines alcohol and gambling to form what could be a seriously addictive bit of kit. Instead of winning money, users are rewarded with a cocktail. Things could get messy.
Caleb Cox, 22 Feb 2011
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Oddjob Trojan keeps banking sessions open after victims log out

Miscreants have created a banking trojan that keeps victims' accounts open to plundering even after their marks log out of their accounts. The memorably named OddJob Trojan hijacks customers’ online banking sessions in real time using their session ID tokens. By keeping accounts open even after victims think they have quit, the malware creates a window for fraudsters to loot compromised accounts and commit fraud.
John Leyden, 22 Feb 2011
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BMW says 'i' aye to EV and hybrid car

BMW showed off the much-anticipated "i" sub-brand of battery-powered cars to the world yesterday.
Caleb Cox, 22 Feb 2011
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German Foreign Office kills desktop Linux, hugs Windows XP

Openistas beware! Politicos at the German Foreign Office are reportedly ditching Linux in favour of returning their desktop PCs to Windows XP-based systems.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Feb 2011
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Windows 7 service pack 1 set to lift off today

Microsoft is imminently expected to release the first service pack for its Windows 7 operating system.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Feb 2011
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Facebook pulls naked smutty filth from NY Academy of Art page

Facebook is in the doghouse again – and this time it is none other than the New York Academy of Art taking them to task for their online censoriousness.
Jane Fae , 22 Feb 2011
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Three-day gaming session kills Chinese man

A Beijing man has died at the end of a three-day online gaming marathon during which "he did not sleep and barely ate".
Lester Haines, 22 Feb 2011
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Make your own guitar with a 3D printer

Check out this dude - jammin' on a guitar he designed using 3D modelling software.
Caleb Cox, 22 Feb 2011
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Welcome to the Petabyte Club

Hype alert; hype alert; Big Data is coming our way. A new volcano has blasted its way above the surface of the marketing sea, spewing out "big data" messages in enormous flows of thought leader bullshit. What the heck is this big data thing?
Chris Mellor, 22 Feb 2011
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Memo to iPad mimics: No one wants a $799 knockoff

Open...and ShutOpen...and Shut There's a growing list of would-be iPad killers born each month, but none yet to grok the central message that made Android beat the iPhone: cheapness. Motorola and others may have all sorts of reasons for why their tablets are superior to Apple's iPad, but until the price tag is significantly lower, their devices are going to sit on the shelves as museum pieces. Motorola's mobility head, Sanja Jha, articulates a bevy of reasons for why the Xoom tablet is worth its $799 price, the primary one being "our ability to deliver 50Mb/s [will] justify the $799 price point."
Matt Asay, 22 Feb 2011
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Steve Jobs clarifies 'Subscription Gate' confusion with more confusion

The increasingly convoluted morass of Apple's latest App Store Guidelines – notably whether software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps are now verboten in the sacred store – has prompted what may be a response from Steve Jobs himself.
Rik Myslewski, 22 Feb 2011
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Judge guts suit against Sony for killing Linux in PS3

A federal judge has dismissed all but one of the claims leveled against Sony for dropping Linux support from its PlayStation 3 game console, but gave the plaintiffs permission to refile an amended complaint that fixes the deficiencies. A complaint seeking class-action status on behalf of all PS3 owners was filed in April and claimed that the disabling of the so-called OtherOS violated a raft of civil laws, including those for breach of warranty, unfair competition and computer fraud. Sony had touted the feature, which allowed users to run Linux and other software on their consoles, in interviews and presentations, but later dropped it after a well-known hacker figured out how to exploit OtherOS to jailbreak the PS3.
Dan Goodin, 22 Feb 2011
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Brisbane's sewer fibre plan goes down the pan

A broadband-via-sewer rollout in Australia's third biggest city has ended almost as soon as it began, with Brisbane Council announcing the network will not continue.
Richard Chirgwin, 22 Feb 2011
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Acer launches server biz in the US

Does the server racket in the United States need another competitor? Acer and its channel partners think so.
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Kogan turns consumers into working capital

When everyone is selling the same things, made in the same Chinese factories, how can a retailer manage to gain an edge? That's the problem that Kogan Technologies had: and its solution is, to be fair, pretty cute.
Tim Worstall, 22 Feb 2011
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Facebook users subjected to more clickjacking

Facebook users have been subjected to another round of clickjacking attacks that force them to authorize actions they had no intention of approving. The latest episode in this continuing saga, according to Sophos researchers, is a set of campaigns aimed at Italian-speaking users of the social network. The come-ons promise shocking videos about such things as the real ingredients of Coca Cola. Instead, they are forced into registering their approval of the videos using Facebook's “Like” button.
Dan Goodin, 22 Feb 2011
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Microsoft's IE slipping into Chrome release cycle?

Microsoft is holding firm to its Internet-Explorer release schedule rather than follow Mozilla or Google by stepping up the pace of deliveries - officially, at least.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Feb 2011