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Huawei to forge big red Itanium iron

Intel has added two more server makers to the roster of those who want to build Itanium-based systems: Huawei Technologies and Inspur. That's a 50 per cent growth rate in the Itanium OEM base.
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iOS App of the Week There isn’t a proper version of Firefox available for iOS, but the 360 Web Browser is perhaps the closest alternative I’ve seen so far. Version 3.0 has just been released and its feature list is ridiculously long, including an option to sync with Firefox, a built-in download and file manager, the ability to upload files to a Dropbox account, and a plug-in architecture similar to Firefox.
Cliff Joseph, 14 Apr 2011
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Asus Eee Pad tablet-cum-netbook ship date slips

The Eee Pad Transformer, which maker Asus is pushing hard as a netbook-tablet combo - with the appropriate optional extras, natch - has slipped, at least according to Amazon.
Tony Smith, 14 Apr 2011
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Dixons' best chance? Quit the UK and move to Sweden

Dixons' best chance of surviving is to close its UK business and concentrate on its Scandinavian business.
John Oates, 14 Apr 2011
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US Marines splurge on Brit troops' armoured pants

It doesn't happen often, but today it has. US troops, serving alongside British forces in combat, have looked enviously at the kit furnished to our boys and girls and demanded that the Pentagon get off its ass and buy them similar stuff.
Lewis Page, 14 Apr 2011
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Samsung SuperSpeed drives out next month

Out next month: Samsung's latest USB 3.0 external hard drives, both 2.5in portable and 3.5in desktop units among them.
Hard Reg, 14 Apr 2011
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Oregon legislators salute Rick Astley

Oregon legislators have proved they're down with the kids by slipping the lyrics to Rick Astley's immortal Never Gonna Give You Up into otherwise deadly serious House of Representatives business.
Lester Haines, 14 Apr 2011
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Viking Modular plugs flash chips into memory sockets

What a brilliant idea: put flash chips into memory sockets. That's what Viking Modular is doing this with its SATADIMM product.
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2011
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Sony Ericsson posts Android bootloader unlock code

Sony Ericsson has made good on its pledge to publish details showing "advanced developers" how they can legitimately unlock the bootloader code incorporated into certain SE Android smartphones.
Tony Smith, 14 Apr 2011
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Everything Everywhere accused of lining pockets with charity cash

Everything Everywhere has been taking 10 percent of charitable text messages, excepting its selected charities, on the flimsy excuse of having to cover its processing costs.
Bill Ray, 14 Apr 2011
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O2: Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone ready to go.... almost

O2 has said Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play smartphone - aka the PlayStation phone - is ready to go on sale.... nearly.
Tony Smith, 14 Apr 2011
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When information sharing goes wrong

Workshop One of the most troubling phone calls I have ever received was from the irate managing director of an IT reseller. I was working as a channel manager for a major software company at the time and the complaint was that we had a leak.
Dale Vile, 14 Apr 2011
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Fujitsu £2bn broadband project throttled at both ends

Fujitsu's plans to bring rural broadband to five million UK homes over the next three to five years could be seriously hamstrung not only over a row with BT about its prices, but also if it fails to secure £500m from the public purse.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Apr 2011
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Sony Pictures opens wallet for Bond 23

Sony Pictures has inked a deal with MGM to co-finance and distribute Bond 23 – the next outing for 007 slated hit to hit cinemas on 9 November 2012.
Lester Haines, 14 Apr 2011
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French hacker cuffed after bragging on telly

Updated A French hacker who boasted of breaking into the systems of a government security contractor on national television has suffered some unsurprising consequences.
John Leyden, 14 Apr 2011
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White iPhone 4 out by month's end

Apple's almost mythological, fully vapourous white iPhone 4 is merely a few weeks away from launch.
Tony Smith, 14 Apr 2011
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Spotify throttles free listeners

Spotify is throttling the amount of free listening available to users of the service in a set of small but complex changes.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Apr 2011
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Apple cloud strategy changes with the weather

Apple is looking to build up its cloud computing engineering team. Or maybe not.
Joe Fay, 14 Apr 2011
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Supercomputer simulates neutron star-black hole SMACKDOWN

A German supercomputer will simulate what happens when neutron stars collide with black holes.
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2011
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OFT probes extended warranties

The Office of Fair Trading is launching a short, sharp investigation into the market for extended warranties, having found some stores are not complying with rules imposed after a previous probe.
John Oates, 14 Apr 2011
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Mozilla rejigs Firefox release schedule in nod to Google's Chrome

Mozilla has added a new channel to its Firefox release schedule in a move to release more browser software code at various stages of its pregnancy.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Apr 2011
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Victorian cops collar camera cooker

The E-Crime Squad of Victoria Police has arrested a 36-year-old man for tampering with infringement data from red light cameras and speed cameras.
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Reconceptualising IT security

Whitepaper Traditional approaches to information security are incapable of dealing with today's threats.
Miatta Momoh, 14 Apr 2011
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Research scientist: Cloud is good for IT pros

“Cloud computing does not mean the end of the IT professional.” So says Professor Marin Litoiu, research professor at York University in Canada, erstwhile IBM research director and now one of the world’s foremost thinkers on cloud.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Apr 2011
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WTF is... 4K x 2K?

If you’re a keen Reg Hardware reader, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve already got a high definition TV, and possibly a Blu-ray player too. Technology, of course, doesn’t stop there. While the switch over from analogue 405-lines to 625-line broadcasts - and TVs - took decades, changes occur more swiftly in the digital world, and even the 1080 lines of HDTV is starting to look outdated as bigger screens become more popular.
Nigel Whitfield, 14 Apr 2011
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Obama gets personal V-22 Osprey tiltrotor

President Obama's personal helicopter fleet will soon include the famous, controversial V-22 Osprey tiltrotor, according to reports. However it seems unlikely that the amazing plane-copter combo craft will land on the White House lawn very often.
Lewis Page, 14 Apr 2011
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Dell flings Froyo tablet at Brits

Dell has released its 7in Android tablet, the Streak 7, in the UK, pricing the fondleslab at £299.
Hard Reg, 14 Apr 2011
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Free Libyana: Gadaffi networkjacker speaks!

Ousama Abushagur stole a mobile phone network from Colonel Gadaffi's son, and has told El Reg how it was done and what the future holds for Free Libyana.
Bill Ray, 14 Apr 2011
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Fired-up eco-boffin gives it '180 per cent'

Old school football managers are often heard to confess they're "as sick as a parrot" because despite the lads "giving it 110 percent", their team has just taken a severe pasting.
Lester Haines, 14 Apr 2011
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Winfrasoft touts pattern-based password alternative

UK software developer Winfrasoft is pushing visual patterns as an alternative to traditional passwords.
John Leyden, 14 Apr 2011
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What did the Open Data Center Alliance ever do for us?

Cloud Podcast The Open Data Centre Alliance is an independent group of vendors and end users - who seem to constitute the core of the steering committee - that aims to help smooth the inevitable standards wars that emerge with the battle for the Cloud space.
Phil Mitchell, 14 Apr 2011
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NetApp becomes Quantum reseller

NetApp has signed up to resell Quantum's StorNext software, opening the way for it to sell hybrid disk and tape systems.
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2011
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Best practices in virtualisation

Getting IT aligned with the business's needs and strategies is probably one of the toughest elements of any IT manager's job - yet remains among the most essential, right up there with keeping the lights on.
Manek Dubash, 14 Apr 2011
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Whatever happened to ... website-blocking?

Why has the Digital Economy Act run into the mud? The laborious business of implementing the Act is taking longer than anyone envisaged a year ago. We've now learned of one reason.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Apr 2011
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Lads from Lagos pop up in Libya

They get about a bit, the Lads from Lagos, and evidently couldn't resist a quick jaunt to Libya, where they've stumbled across a vast wad of wonga.
Lester Haines, 14 Apr 2011
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Apple's 'Do Not Track' feature goes on Safari

The next version of Apple's Safari browser will reportedly come loaded with a "Do Not Track" feature that Mozilla has already debuted in Firefox.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Apr 2011
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Belgian ISP does not have to filter out copyright-infringing traffic

Belgian ISP Scarlet should not have to filter copyright-infringing traffic from its service because to do so would invade users' privacy, an advisor to the EU's top court has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Apr 2011
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Help desk tools for Windows shops

Desktop Getting managed desktops under control is all about getting some distance; you need to get away from expensive, time-consuming deskside visits.
Mary Branscombe, 14 Apr 2011
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German prangs dad's £275k supercar

German cops are investigating whether a 20-year-old may have been doing a tad over the 50 mph speed limit when he pranged his dad's £275k, 225 mph Gumpert Apollo.
Lester Haines, 14 Apr 2011
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Iron Mountain dislodges CEO

Iron Mountain, the successful supplier of physical record vaulting and unsuccessful supplier of digital vaulting services, has dumped its CEO, Bob Brennan, and made board chairman Richard Reese CEO in his stead.
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2011
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Everything Everywhere stops plundering the charity box

Everything Everywhere has suspended its practice of taking 10 per cent of charitable donations, and claims it is now working on an alternative, and more sustainable, model.
Bill Ray, 14 Apr 2011
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Google native code browser plug-in gets tickled

The Tcl scripting language has been plugged into Google's Native Client, allowing Tcl code to run inside the Google Chrome browser in much the same way that JavaScript does.
Cade Metz, 14 Apr 2011
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Serial hacker admits breaching Federal Reserve computers

A Malaysian national has admitted hacking a computer network operated by the US Federal Reserve Bank and possessing stolen payment card data.
Dan Goodin, 14 Apr 2011
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Dell uncages Xeon E3 servers for SMBs

Dell has made a good living selling single-socket servers to small and medium businesses, and it is out there in front again supporting Intel's just-announced "Sandy Bridge-DT" Xeon E3-1200 processors in its PowerEdge machines.
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HP price tag could nix Marrickville council's 'Israel boycott'

It starts with the kind of loopy idea most likely to emerge in local government (the lowest of Australia’s three tiers of government): Marrickville Council in Sydney had conceived the idea of boycotting Israeli goods and services.
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Australia might need the NBN, but the OECD data is meaningless

No, please no, not another argument about whose position the OECD broadband data supports. This happens every time there's an OECD data release, or even when there's no release, but merely a statement about the last data.
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Meet Dell, your internet service provider

Dell may be playing coy about its plan to become an internet service provider. But it's already an internet service provider.
Cade Metz, 14 Apr 2011
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Google cranks ad money machine to $8.58bn

Google's first quarter profits weren't quite as stellar as Wall Street expected, as the web giant boosted salaries across the company, hired an additional 1,900 minds, and continued to pour money into its worldwide network of data centers.
Cade Metz, 14 Apr 2011
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Kogan hits 'net-on-TV', Android, Ubuntu markets all at once

Serial stirrer Ruslan Kogan has decided that Gerry Harvey is too boring a target, and wants to stick his thumbs in Steve Jobs' eye instead. To that end, the latest release list from the upstart vendor includes a 7" Android tablet starting at $139 (£99).
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Five cuffed over $37m heist of Google flash chips

California law enforcement officials have arrested five people who allegedly took part in a heist that nabbed $37m in Intel flash memory chips from a memory module manufacturer assembling products for Google.
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Sex harassment case hits IBM Australia

A former IBM employee is suing the company for more than A$1m over repeated and ongoing harassment from a superior, according to The Australian.
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Silverlight's star shines in Microsoft's HTML5 show

Microsoft has announced that the beta of Silverlight 5 is now available.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Apr 2011
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Canonical delivers second Natty Ubuntu beta

Updated Canonical has released a second beta for a new version of Ubuntu, having changed its nomenclature for betas and release candidates ahead of final code.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Apr 2011