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Apple frees iOS 4.3 two days before iPad 2 Arrival™

First Look Apple has released the free iOS 4.3 update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, goosing Safari's JavaScript performance, adding a handful of new features (not available on all models), and providing a flurry of security updates, all two days before it's set to appear on the iPad 2.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Mar 2011
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Mozilla delivers first Firefox 4 release candidate

Mozilla has announced the first Firefox 4 release candidate, after eight months of beta testing on the latest version of its open source browser.
Cade Metz, 10 Mar 2011
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Making sport of browser security, hackers topple IE, Safari

Contestants in a high-stakes hacking contest had no trouble toppling the Apple Safari and Microsoft Internet Explorer browsers, proving for a fifth year in a row that no software or application is safe from people with the expertise and motivation to exploit them.
Dan Goodin, 10 Mar 2011
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IBM rides 'third supercycle of growth'

IBM hosted its annual investor briefing yesterday at the TJ Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, which will probably go down in history as the place where the Watson question-answer machine (it is not a supercomputer, at least not yet) was built and whipped humanity's ass at Jeopardy!.
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Whitehall to puff punters: 'Hide your fags'

Death-dealing coffin nails will have to be kept out of sight of impressionable Englishpersons, beginning with large retailers in April 2012 and then in small shops beginning in 2015.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Mar 2011
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PictureBox Player 1.0.1

iOS App of the Week I’m a big fan of LoveFilm, and use it to rent DVDs through the post and to watch films online. Unfortunately, like many other video-on-demand services, LoveFilm uses Flash to deliver video, which means that it won’t work with the the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.
Cliff Joseph, 10 Mar 2011
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Are SPEC file benchmarks broken?

Comment Recent EMC SPEC filer benchmarks have annihilated competing systems. EMC has used virtually all-flash systems to dramatically up its benchmark game, leaving disk-based rivals in the dust. Are the SPEC filer benchmarks now so unrealistic as to be worthless?
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2011
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Mophie Workbook

Txt Take Product reviews in 140 characters.
Tony Smith, 10 Mar 2011
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Computacenter celebrates 30th birthday with strong results

Computacenter grew sales by 10.7 per cent in 2010 to £2.68bn and managed to increase adjusted profits by 21.8 per cent to £66.1m.
John Oates, 10 Mar 2011
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Growing your web server farm to cope with fluctuating demand

Datacentre Thanks to support for multi-core processors and terabytes of memory, servers have never been more scaleable. When it comes to hosting web sites and applications, however, server farms based on relatively modest hardware still dominate because they make dealing with fluctuations in demand easier.
Dave Cartwright, 10 Mar 2011
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Ofcom steams ahead with Crown rights, prepares to sell family jewels

Ofcom is to start providing Recognised Spectrum Access permissions to Crown bodies that previously just used frequencies by common agreement – so they can start selling them off, obviously.
Bill Ray, 10 Mar 2011
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Amazon beefs up cloud management console

Amazon has plonked a few more features into the EC2 tab of its AWS management console, in an effort it claimed would make the system easier to use and, at the same time, much gutsier.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Mar 2011
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Tearful NASA salutes space shuttle Discovery

The long and distinguished career of space shuttle Discovery ended yesterday at 16:57 GMT when the venerable vehicle touched down at Kennedy Space Center at the end of its final flight.
Lester Haines, 10 Mar 2011
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Fight Night Champion

Review Team sport titles get repackaged each year with marginal improvements, justified through noticeable kit and squad differences. However, as fast-paced as boxing may be, the sport itself moves very slowly. So even though Fight Night Champion arrives almost two years since the series' last release, apart from David Haye's climb to the top, little has changed in the boxing world.
Caleb Cox, 10 Mar 2011
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Ofcom says no to automatically renewed contract badness

Telecoms firms will be banned from automatically signing customers up to renewed contracts with minimum contract periods, telecoms regulator has said. It said that 15 per cent of home phone users are tied into such contracts.
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Mar 2011
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SHOCK research reveals Wi-Fi not as nippy as Ethernet

You'd never guess this. Connect to the internet in your home over a wireless connection and you won't get the same data throughput as you do if you connect using Ethernet.
Tony Smith, 10 Mar 2011
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Nintendo 3DS to get battery boost

Accessory producer Nyko has knocked up a solution for the short battery life of the Nintendo 3DS with a juice pack that attaches to the back of the console, doubling its runtime.
Caleb Cox, 10 Mar 2011
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No more WAFL waffle: NetApp changes tactics

Comment: It's the end of one-size-fits-all WAFL waffle: NetApp HQ at Sunnyvale enters a new era today, in which it sells diversified storage systems. WAFL is no longer the defining factor.
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2011
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Google squeezes thumbnails into mobile search

Mobile searchers can now get thumbnails of their Google search results, generating even more traffic for the sake of enabling browse-by-picture.
Bill Ray, 10 Mar 2011
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Chickens show empathy: Official

A crack team from the University of Bristol has demonstrated that chickens show empathy – or at least hens do when their chicks are being tortured with puffed air.
Lester Haines, 10 Mar 2011
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The desktop lifecycle: How long is it anyway?

Desktop Strategy It's a recession so do you look to squeeze an extra year out of the desktop. How and is it wise to do this? How long is the lifecycle anyway?
Manek Dubash, 10 Mar 2011
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Mobile Trojan mimics Android clean-up tool

Malware makers have released a Trojan version of an Android clean-up tool released by Google earlier this week.
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2011
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Illinois scrubs death penalty

The governor of Illinois yesterday officially abolished the death penalty in the state, more than 10 years after executions there were halted amid fears innocent people could be condemned to die.
Lester Haines, 10 Mar 2011
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Microsoft cut 'n' pastes Office market boss into undisclosed role

Microsoft has shunted Chris Capossela, who had been the company's marketing head of Office and other business software, over to a yet-to-be-announced "leadership role".
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Mar 2011
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Microsoft Kinect faster seller than iPad, says Guinness

Microsoft is celebrating a motion-controlled milestone: it has sold 10m Kinect accessories and a further 10m Kinect-able games on top of that.
Caleb Cox, 10 Mar 2011
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Chicken Little report: Sat-nav dependency spells DISASTER!

Analysis A heavyweight UK tech body has just issued a report claiming that growing dependence on satellite navigation systems poses serious economic and safety risks to society. There's some truth in the report, but unfortunately it verges on scaremongering at times and appears to have been unduly influenced by organisations which can't be regarded as impartial.
Lewis Page, 10 Mar 2011
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Retailer warns anti-pirate 3DS firmware imminent

Hackers beware: Nintendo's next-gen handheld, the 3DS, is out of bounds.
Caleb Cox, 10 Mar 2011
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Lady Gaga puts the squeeze on breast milk ice cream

The Covent Garden ice cream parlour which recently got busted by Westminster council health operatives over its creamy blend of human mam milk, vanilla pods and lemon zest, now faces a far more serious threat to its jub juice concoction: Lady Gaga.
Lester Haines, 10 Mar 2011
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Router-rooting malware pwns Linux-based network devices

Security researchers have discovered a rare strain of router-rooting malware that targets network devices running either Linux or Unix.
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2011
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BT vs Sky vs Virgin

Group Test When the final old-style analogue broadcasts cease in 2012 the default way of receiving TV will be Freeview. For years there have been alternatives for those willing to pay more, and you can end up with as many channels as Lady Gaga has costumes. Like those outfits, you might think: is it necessary to have so many?
Ian Calcutt, 10 Mar 2011
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Spooks' secret TEMPEST-busting tech reinvented by US student

A mysterious secret technology, apparently in use by the British intelligence services in an undisclosed role, has been reinvented by a graduate student in America. Full details of the working principles are now available.
Lewis Page, 10 Mar 2011
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VeriFone ramps up the fear factor

Payment processor VeriFone has launched a blistering attack on newcomer Square, claiming Square's hardware opens the way for criminals to skim cards – without noting that such skimming is already commonplace.
Bill Ray, 10 Mar 2011
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Firefox bloke blasts Microsoft IE 9 hardware acceleration claims

A New Zealand-based Mozilla programmer has spanked Microsoft's marketeers for making what he believes to be misleading claims about Internet Explorer 9's hardware acceleration credentials.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Mar 2011
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No toys to throw from the PRAM

Comment Phase-change memory (PCM or Phase-change RAM - PRAM) seems to be changing its phase, from promising-newcomer-technology to fading-candidate-going-nowhere.
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2011
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Direct action group defaces Vodafone in tax avoidance protest

Anti-cuts group UK Uncut has hijacked a Vodafone website as part of a protest against alleged tax avoidance by the mobile phone giant.
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2011
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Is videoconferencing ready for the big time?

Live now Today at 15:00, The Register's Tim Phillips will be debating the value of videoconferencing with Cisco's Nick Sheppard and Dale Vile from Freeform Dynamics.
Phil Mitchell, 10 Mar 2011
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Why Nokia failed: 'Wasted 2,000 man years' on UIs that didn't work

When Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announced that Nokia was abandoning its development of its own smartphone platforms and APIs, and betting the farm on somebody else's, many people asked why it was necessary.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Mar 2011
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Connecticut suspect's 'half-ro' haircut wows web

The police photo of a Connecticut stabbing suspect has shown why it is a really bad idea to flee the scene of an afro braiding before your hair has been fully been brought under control.
Lester Haines, 10 Mar 2011
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Tablet hype brings e-book readers a more merry Xmas

E-book readers appear to have sold better during 2010 than some analysts anticipated, if new numbers from market watcher IDC are anything to go by.
Tony Smith, 10 Mar 2011
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PlayStation update couples console to cloud and disconnects hackers

Sony has released a PlayStation firmware update today which not only gives customers cloud space, but attempts to plug all penetrable gaps and make hackers rethink their approach.
Caleb Cox, 10 Mar 2011
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HPC student cluster WAR begins

SC11 The ultimate competition for student techies has begun.
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Apple security update leaves iPhone 3G users unprotected

Apple is leaving some of its older mobile devices unprotected with its latest patch batch.
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2011
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NASA aims for space tests of Mars-in-a-month plasma drive

NASA will work with a firm started by a former astronaut to build a spaceworthy plasma drive capable of revolutionising travel beyond Earth orbit. However it appears that the space tests may not take place aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as had been planned.
Lewis Page, 10 Mar 2011
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eBay douses PHP ecommerce shop in money love

Auction giant eBay's emerged as the stealth investor in tiny PHP shopping engine specialist Magento.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Mar 2011
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Super Micro uncloaks dense Westmere-EX server

Super Micro, the motherboard and whitebox server maker that is soon going to break through $1bn in sales, wants a bigger piece of the high-end server action. That's why the company has bent some metal into a dense eight-way server design based on Intel's forthcoming Westmere-EX Xeon processors.
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Townsville gets Smarter Cities dollars

Townsville in North Queensland is evolving into a digital hub after being selected by IBM as one of 24 international cities to receive a Smarter Cities Challenge Grant. The grants provide cities with access to IBM's top experts to analyse and recommend ways to improve the economic and social viability of the city.
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HP gets data centre fever in NZ

Hewlett Packard is constructing a NZ$60 million data centre in Auckland, New Zealand as part of the vendor’s billion dollar global rollout programme for HP data centres.
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Oz PC shipments still growing

In spite of a disappointing Christmas season – one which saw gloomy predictions from most retailers – market researcher IDC says Australia’s PC shipments grew strongly in 2010.
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iPad 2 sales kick off in dead of night

Yesterday, iOS 4.3. Tomorrow, iPad 2. And if you're planning a trip to Austin, Texas, to catch Bad Brains at the annual South by Southwest mega-fest, Apple will provide a "popup store" just for your iPad-purchasing pleasure.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Mar 2011
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HP: 'Yes, we're keeping the PC biz'

The Commercial Times, a Chinese business newspaper based in Taipei, Taiwan, is in hot water with Hewlett-Packard this morning after reporting that the company was considering selling off its notebook PC business.
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Microsoft compares Amazon cloud to 'horseless carriage'

In the early days of the automobile, says Microsoft corporate strategy man Rolf Harms, cars were built like horse-drawn carriages. Some manufacturers even equipped their cars with whip holders. Others attached a faux horse head. Harms calls it "horseless carriage syndrome", and he sees it as the ideal metaphor for today's cloud computing biz.
Cade Metz, 10 Mar 2011
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Microsoft drops Windows desktop virtualization pair

Microsoft is prolonging the life of Windows XP apps with the latest release of its MED-V desktop virtualization software.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Mar 2011