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Brightcove launches apps in the cloud

Cloud based video distribution provider Brightcove is moving into the app market for mobile, web, social media and connected TV.
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Twitter (officially) buys TweetDeck

After days of rumours, Twitter has announced that it is buying the popular feed organizer, TweetDeck, for US$40 million.
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Forecast calls for Citrix cloud front

Citrix Systems wants to cover your back door and your front door.
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HTC Wildfire S Android smartphone

Review With HTC churning out a different handset for seemingly every demographic, the original Wildfire was ‘the weeny one’. The recent Wildfire S updates the concept with improved screen and processor, the latest (almost) Android 2.3 Gingerbread, plus GPS, Wi-Fi and 3G, at half the price of a high-end handset.
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FileMaker Bento

iOS App of the Week When the leeches at NatWest recently decided to increase my home insurance premiums yet again, I decided it was time to take my business elsewhere. It was Bento that helped me to carry out an inventory of my home and belongings for my new insurance policy.
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Tablets choke disk drive market growth

Disk drive market growth is slowing as consumers buy flash tablets instead of notebooks and netbooks with spinning drives inside.
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Danish embassy issues MARMITE WAFFLE

Following yesterday's news that the Danish authorities had deprived Brit expats of their favourite yeast-based nourishment, the country's London embassy has seen fit to clarify the position vis-à-vis Marmite.
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NetApp gloats over storming fourth quarter

With a storming fourth quarter and year NetApp's 2011 fiscal year revenues grew 30 per cent as the company revelled in its server virtualisation storage business.
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Next-gen Atom CPU price halved to push netbooks

Netbooks may become rather cheaper next September, when Intel introduces the next generation of Atom processor for mini laptops at prices well below what it's charging for the current one.
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Yanks officially recognise the word 'boffin'

We're delighted to report that the word "boffin" has achieved the international recognition it so richly deserves, securing a spot on the Merriam-Webster "Top 10 Favorite British Words" list.
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IBM unbuttons its DCS3700 NetApp-based box

IBM has put its big data array on the table, the DCS3700, OEMed from NetApp and based on the Engenio E5400 box.
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NASA 'deep space' ship: Humans beyond orbit by 2020?

Analysis NASA has declared that its pork-tastic Orion moonship – whose primary mission disappeared with President Obama's decision that there will be no manned US return to the Moon – is now to be a "deep space transportation system", suggesting that the agency plans to send it on missions beyond Earth orbit.
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Ofcom awards fastest 3G mobe-data crown to O2

Ofcom's report on mobile broadband shows O2 has the UK's fastest 3G network, and Orange the slowest, but highlights that coverage matters a lot more than speed.
Bill Ray, 26 2011
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Twitter vs Beeb in superinjunction nark shindy

A Twitter exec has defended the company's stance on fighting for its users' rights, after a report on the BBC yesterday suggested that the micro-blogging site would turn over the details of people who break privacy injunctions to UK courts.
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Reindeer can see in ultraviolet, say boffins

Reindeer can see much further into the ultraviolet than humans can, according to new research. This is thought to offer the antler-sporting capreolines several important arctic survival abilities.
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New Mac scareware variant installs without password

Scammers have developed a strain of Mac scareware that avoids the need to trick a mark into entering an administrative password.
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High Performance Computing for the masses? Oh yes!

Broadcast It's time to start thinking creatively about HPC: can it be standardised and commoditised? Can it be applied to more of your compute-intensive problems? Can virtualisation and the cloud create a flexible, scalable HPC environment that we can all use?
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Microsoft shareholder calls for Ballmer's head

Microsoft, in an extraordinary move earlier this week, described its CEO's comments about Windows 8 as a "misstatement".
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Online tools to 'end the scandal of empty homes'

The Communities and Local Government (CLG) department has launched two new online toolkits to help tackle the problem of empty homes in England.
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Roboprobe spacecraft off to grope asteroid

NASA has announced it will send a roboprobe spacecraft to an asteroid to "pluck samples" from the near-Earth object and return them for perusal by ground-based boffins.
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Ballmer: Time up for 'stuck in the past' Microsoft CEO?

Analysis A billionaire hedge fund manager is calling for Microsoft's chief executive Steve Ballmer's head. Could it be that the irascible Redmond kingpin's reign is finally drawing to a close?
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Zuckerberg 'snuggles up to Spotify'

Comment Facebook users can already use Spotify's streaming music service to share playlists and songs, but a new partnership will bring much deeper integration, predicts a report in Forbes. Neither company would comment.
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Virtual desktops mean virtual applications

Desktop Virtualisation Virtualising the client is not just about the desktop. It is also about application virtualisation.
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How to... change sleep-screen pics on your Kindle

I recently bought myself a Kindle, which is providing sterling service as an e-book reader for my daily trips in and out of Vulture Central.
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Humanity frees cattle, buffalo from cloven-hoofed plague

The Office International des Epizooties (OIE) has announced that rinderpest, aka cattle plague, has been wiped out.
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Bletchley Park completes epic Tunny machine

A new exhibit opens today at Bletchley Park that illustrates the entire World War II codebreaking process from signal intercept to final decrypt by Tunny machines.
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Almost entire EU now violating Brussels cookie privacy law

The deadline for the implementation of a European privacy law on cookies passed with a whimper at midnight last night, after just two Member States issued a full notification to Brussels.
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Ten... DAB kitchen radios

Product Round-up A kitchen is incomplete without a radio. Like a garden without a blade of grass, a song without emotion, or a footballer without a super-injuction, there are many without, but it just isn't the same. And even though dates for the proposed digital switchover haven't been set in stone, there's no harm in being prepared. Indeed, as Radio Ga Ga becomes Lady GaGa, it's surely time to upgrade from that grease-gunged FM box.
Caleb Cox, 26 2011
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Google Wallet phone-pay is coming - but how will it work?

Analysis In six hours Google Wallet will be announced, but we don't know if Google wants to get into payments itself, or just plans to make money from someone else's service.
Bill Ray, 26 2011

Tablet marketgasm? Don't make us laugh, say Intel chiefs

Intel execs poured cold water on overheated predictions for tablet sales today, pointing out to investors that notebook shipments still massively outnumber fondleslabs, and there is little prospect of that changing.
Joe Fay, 26 2011
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Fourth Euro star truck christened Albert Einstein

The European Space Agency's next Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) to roll off the production line will be called Albert Einstein.
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Napster wonderboy: Music labels are a goldmine

Enjoying some new celebrity after being played by Justin Timberlake in the Facebook movie The Social Network, Napster and Facebook luminary Sean Parker says he wants to buy a major record company.
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$8.5bn Skype goes titsup again - including website

Skype went titsup on Thursday, days after the announcement of a deal to buy the VoIP outfit by Microsoft.
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Intel to extend data centre tyranny into mobile, says CFO

Intel's CFO has rubbished ARM's prospects of making a serious dent in the data centre, arguing that whatever the chip IP developer is aiming at, Intel will be well ahead. At the same time, Stacy Smith insists that Intel will soon be eating into ARM's position in the mobile arena, despite the recent flight of its anchor partner in that market.
Joe Fay, 26 2011
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Drink 8 bottles of wine, you'll be unharmed if hit by Mike Tyson

Top boffins in Texas believe they will soon provide solid proof of an astonishingly useful biological fact: that if you drink eight bottles of red wine you can be punched in the head by a professional heavyweight boxer and it will do you no harm at all.
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Don't let your networks speak to strangers

Desktop Run a scan over any company network and you will probably be surprised by what has been connected to it. Staff can be very creative, plugging in everything from printers to tablet devices to departmental servers and network-attached storage devices.
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Modern Warfare 3 prompts hand-wringing, chiming cash tills

Activision's next best seller, Modern Warfare 3, has barely been announced, yet already the hype machine is in full throttle. A series of short MW3 teasers released this week, gave fans their first look at what to expect from the game - and immediately caused outrage.
Caleb Cox, 26 2011

RIM PlayBook strikes back at Jobsian internet dream

Review "Amateur hour is over," reads the RIM PlayBook ad inside the Office Max shop around the corner from The Register's San Francisco bureau. As I walk by, looking for a printer cartridge, RIM tells me that its new PlayBook is the world's first "professional-grade" tablet.
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Google Wallet teams with Citi, MasterCard

Google has announced its NFC-enabled Google Wallet app and introduced its first banking partner: the world's largest financial services company, Citigroup.
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Upstart MapR unveils 'next generation' Hadoop

Silicon Valley startup MapR has unveiled what it calls the "next generation" of Hadoop, revealing that this revamp of the open source distributed number-crunching platform drives the Hadoop appliance recently announced by EMC.
Cade Metz, 26 2011
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Disk vendors should get properly on the SSD pot

What should HDD vendors do, given that disk drive market growth is slowing because customers are buying tablets instead of notebooks and netbooks with disk drives inside?
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Google Web Store quietly purged of nosy apps

Google's Chrome Web Store has quietly been purged of at least two games after a blogger revealed that the Flash-based browser extensions had unfettered access to all website data, browsing history, and bookmarks stored on users' computers.
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Linguists use sounds to bypass Skype crypto

Decryption is difficult and computationally expensive. So what if, instead of decrypting the content of a message, you found a correlation between the encrypted data and its meaning – without having to crack the code itself?
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Billionaire Zuckerberg kills to eat

Facebook's billionaire boy genius, Mark Zuckerberg, is a confessed killer – and he's proud of it.
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BlueStacks lets Android apps frolic on PCs

A startup called BlueStacks has come out of stealth mode with shiny new venture funding and an eponymous product that lets Android apps run on PCs.
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Kiwi carrier heads to court over split

Telecom New Zealand has attracted the wrath of competition watchdog, the Commerce Commission over the carrier’s plans to structurally separate.
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Insider data theft costs Bank of America $10m

A Bank of America insider who stole customers' personally identifiable information and gave it to identity thieves has cost the bank $10 million in losses, according to media reports.
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Take that, content. APIs get own delivery network

Apigee – a company dedicated to improving the use of APIs across the interwebs – has unveiled an API delivery network designed to grease API calls in much the same way a CDN smooths the transfer of images and other net content.
Cade Metz, 26 2011
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Server biz bouncing back to boom times

Server makers got good news from IDC earlier this week, and now the box counters at Gartner are providing tidings of good first-quarter cheer.