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NBN Co details satellite offering for country folk

Australian broadband customers in regional areas will have to pass a service qualification test in order to use the NBN Co’s Interim Satellite Service.
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Amazon opens online Macware store

Amazon has opened a shelter for Mac software developers who either can't or don't want to sell their apps in Apple's Mac OS X Mac App Store: the logically named Mac Download Store.
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Mio Spirit 687 satnav

Review The 687 sits at the top of Mio’s new range of Spirit satnavs and is a good illustration of exactly how much navigational kit you can expect to get for £150 these days. For your money you get a 5in, 480 x 272 screen, voice command, Bluetooth, road maps of 44 European countries, free TMC traffic data and some rather handy navigational niceties.
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Total Recall rehash – exit Martians, enter Jessica Biel

Those film fans among you who were sitting in darkened rooms, trembling at the prospect of Hollywood's re-imagining of Paul Verhoeven's 1990 sci-fi romp Total Recall, should rest assured that things look promising for the latest interpretation of Philip K Dick's We Can Remember It for You Wholesale.
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Google accused of stealing PayPal's mobile payment secrets

PayPal has sued Google and two Google executives who defected from PayPal to help the search giant's push into mobile payments. The suit was filed in California on Thursday, the same day Google unveiled its mobile payments system in New York.
Cade Metz, 27 2011
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Fujitsu embiggens Eternus

In a revamp of its Eternus drive arrays, Fujitsu has come out with the second generation – the S2 versions – of its twin controller DX60, DX80, and DX90 entry-level drive arrays, as well as its DX400 mid-range array.

HTC to stop locking smartphone bootloader code

Smartphone maker HTC has pledged to stop locking down its handsets' bootloader code, a move that makes it easier to install complete custom operating system releases.
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Nokia: regular WinPho handset releases through 2012

Nokia could be punching out Windows Phone handsets at the rate or one every two months, the company has said.
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Naked cyclist streaks through Suffolk village

A Suffolk man has discovered to his cost that the courts do not consider cycling naked through sleepy villages a "fun" activity for a Monday afternoon.
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Utilities turn in blacklisted carbon emission credits

More prominent power generation outfits have surrendered stolen carbon emission permits after realising that they had inadvertently purchased illicit goods.
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ARM-based MacBook Air test sample spied

It's not proof that Apple has plans to produce and sell such a machine, but the Mac maker certainly seems to have been exploring the possibility of offering a MacBook Air laptop based not on an Intel but an ARM processor.
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German boffins win prize for 'MP3 for phones'

Remorseless German boffins are patting themselves on the back after winning a prize for their efforts developing "MP3 for phone calls".
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Bloke drives with knees while manipulating two mobes

A Norfolk man is potentially facing "six points on his licence and thousands of pounds in fines" after cops nabbed him allegedly driving with his knees while manipulating two mobile phones.
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ICO: Knowing your rights is a priority in new strategy

There should be a high level of awareness in organisations of their obligations to protect customers' personal information, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said.
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A bit about Bitlocker

Encryption is the staple weapon of the security business. As old as war itself, it scrambles data to conceal it from those not meant to see it.
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Boffins tail bees with tiny radio tags

Bees with radio tags glued onto their backs have been busily demonstrating just how long it takes them to get home, and how much easier it is to travel west.
Bill Ray, 27 2011
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Chicago lawyer deploys distractionary dumplings

A couple of Chicago lawyers are engaged in an unseemly scrap over a busty paralegal, which one claims the other is using in court as a jubular distraction.
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Rural areas win UK.gov broadband upgrade, but some miss out

The government has divvied up £50m of its £530m rural broadband cash to councils in Wiltshire, Norfolk and Devon and Somerset, in its final wave of pilots.
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Nokia will get own Windows shop window

Nokia will be selling Windows Phone applications from its own marketplace, with Symbian applications sharing space on the Nokia store shelves until 2016 at the least.
Bill Ray, 27 2011
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Rackspace cloud prepared for WAR, but Google AE chokes

WAR on the Cloud, Part 3 I'm moving mirrors of my busy-ish website from my hand-crafted dedicated colo solution into the cloud to try to get geographically closer to my global user-base, reduce latency and improve perceived performance, save money, and hopefully make administration easier.
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Dirt 3

Review The fact that rally is a niche market, even among petrolheads, perhaps goes someway to explaining why Codemaster’s Dirt franchise strives to rein in the time challenge aspects of the sport – instead favouring racing, albeit in a way which retains the drifting and suicidal cornering of the motorsport. Codemasters: good decision.
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Portal 2 rewards magnificent map makers

A Portal 2 mapping contest has launched for avid designers to pit their skills against each other and win prizes.
Caleb Cox, 27 2011
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Google Chrome OS: Too secure to need security?

A leading security researcher has warned that Google risks repeating Apple's mistakes on security with its new Chrome OS.
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SeeSaw video-on-demand service to close

Arqiva is closing down its online video-on-demand service, SeeSaw.
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Submarine seized by pirates turns up in Vegas pawnshop

A stolen submarine has been returned to its wealthy Californian owner after it was pawned in Las Vegas, according to reports. Investigating plods are baffled and the seagoing freebooters who originally pirated the sub remain at large.
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Waking to check mail? You're not alone

One in three mobile workers wake regularly during the night to check their email, while 40 per cent will interrupt a meeting to answer a call.
Bill Ray, 27 2011
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CIX conferencing system is bought out – again

CIX, probably the oldest surviving online service in the UK, has a new owner, ICUK, which hopes to grow the system and attract new users.
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Zuckerberg labels Ceglia lawsuit a 'brazen, outrageous fraud'

Mark Zuckerberg has asked a federal court in New York to throw out a lawsuit filed against him, because – according to the Facebook boss – the case is a "brazen and outrageous fraud on the court".
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Skype pushes out Windows update following massive login glitch

Skype has published an update that provides an easy way for users to log back into the system following a software glitch that resulted in the VoIP service hanging up on users on Thursday.
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Vatican crackdown at Rome's Playboy Mansion-style monastery

A controversial monastery in Rome – the scene of performances by lap-dancing nuns and "lifestyles that were probably not in keeping with that of a monk" – has been closed down on the orders of the Pope.
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Endeavour 'nauts wrap last ever shuttle crew spacewalk

Mission specialists Greg Chamitoff and Mike Fincke earlier today wrapped the fourth and final spacewalk of Endeavour's STS-134 mission to the ISS – the last ever EVA by space shuttle crew members.
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Microsoft gets five bucks for every HTC Android phone

Buy an HTC smartphone and $5 of what you spent on it goes to Microsoft - even if you've just bought an Android device.
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Star Wars fanboys to restore Tatooine Homestead

Last year a bunch of Star Wars fanbois went on a pilgrimage to the Lars homestead on Tatooine - or rather the part of Tunisia in which George Lucas shot the movies.
Caleb Cox, 27 2011
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Go Daddy 'negligent' in handing over ownership of accounts

Companies that register the names of websites can be held responsible for wrongly transferring their ownership, a US appeals court has ruled.
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Lockheed Martin suspends remote access after network 'intrusion'

Lockheed Martin has reportedly suspended remote access to email and corporate apps following the discover of a network intrusion that may be linked to the high-profile breach against RSA earlier this year.
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SwiftKey plunders social networks for style

The latest version of mobile-keyboard SwiftKey will sample your Tweets and Facebook updates and work out what kind of writer you are to better guess what you're trying to say.
Bill Ray, 27 2011
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BT, TalkTalk seek leave to appeal DEA ruling

BT and TalkTalk are seeking leave to appeal a ruling on four points relating to their challenge to the Digital Economy Act, after their legal gambit against it failed last month.
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Feds break up Chinese-US counterfeit Cisco ring

Federal lawmen have announced success in breaking up a "sophisticated scheme to import and sell counterfeit Cisco-branded computer networking equipment" in the USA, masterminded by a Virginia woman who made millions from the scam.
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Bind DNS resolver purged of critical DoS bug

Makers of the internet's most widely used domain name resolution software have patched a vulnerability that allowed attackers to crash many systems that run the program.
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iOS dev nemesis Lodsys pressures Android coders too?

Lodysys – the patent holder that has pressured iOS app developers to turn over revenue from in-app payments – is taking aim at Android app developers as well, according to a post on Google's Android discussion list.
Cade Metz, 27 2011
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Data, not software, paves the road to riches

Open...and Shut For those who believe software is a quick road to riches, think again.
Matt Asay, 27 2011
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Honda security breach exposes 283,000 customers

Honda's Canadian division has suffered a data breach that exposed the personal information of 283,000 customers, according to its website and published media reports.
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Intel switches ARM stance from 'No' to 'Maybe'

Ten days ago, Intel CEO Paul Otellini told US investors that Chipzilla wouldn't use its new 22nm Tri-Gate process technology to build chips based on an ARM core. At a UK investors confab this Thursday, CFO Stacey Smith hedged on Otellini's emphatic "No".
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Android app sales skimpy, sluggish, slack, scanty...

Android-based smartphones may have passed the iPhone in terms of market share, but developers of Android apps aren't profiting from that rise. iPhone users buy far more apps.
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Google denies 'freeze' on manual search controls

Google search bigwig Matt Cutts and the web giant's public policy team have confirmed that Google still uses manual controls as well as its famous algorithms to determine search results, denying a blog post that said otherwise.
Cade Metz, 27 2011
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Google and Amazon cloud music nears judgment day

A David versus Goliath legal case that could affect new cloud music services from Google and Amazon is on the verge of a decision.