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Ten... Core i5 laptops

Ten... Core i5 laptops

Product Round-up After a slight hiccough with its Cougar Point 6 chip-set, Intel’s spiffy new Sandy Bridge Core i5 chips are finally starting to arrive in laptops from all the usual suspects. To herald their arrival Reg Hardware has donned its Phil Drabble cap and rounded up ten of the new breed, poked them with a benchmark stick or two and generally abused them to ensure they don’t fall apart as soon as you get them out of the box.
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Folder Organizer

Android App of the Week Bought an iPhone or Windows Phone 7 handset but don’t like the UI? Tough tomato. Bought an Android phone but don’t like the UI? Change it. And what better app to help you on your way than Folder Organizer, one of the most versatile, stable yet unobtrusive applications you will ever download.
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Server flash cache deathmatch: Bring it

Comment Servers currently get flash caches as a branded supplier's retrofit or through special deals between a server supplier and an OEM source, like Fusion-io. This can't go on and server flash cache is going to become a standard fit item.
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Hackers pwn PBS in revenge for WikiLeaks doco

Hackers aligned with WikiLeaks broke into and defaced the website of US broadcaster PBS over the weekend shortly after it had aired a less than flattering documentary about the whistle-blowing site.
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CEOP announces 'record results' in child protection battle

Child protection net-cop quango the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre has announced what it describes as "record results" in its fifth annual statistics.
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Daleks given a well-earned break

Doctor Who exec producer Steven Moffat has announced the Daleks are taking a well-earned break, and will be spared yet another confrontation with their Time Lord arch enemy for the foreseeable future.
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Android Marketplace starts cleaning house

Google has been cleaning up the Android Marketplace, kicking out developers responsible for some of the most popular Android apps – without notice – and leaving customers scrabbling for an alternative.
Bill Ray, 31 2011
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Skype pushes gaming software down users throats

Skype has further irked its users, already put out by an outage last week, by pushing a Windows add-on that installed itself on users' systems whether or not they gave it permission to install.
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Polaroid goes Gaga with instant printer refresh

She may have a strange sense in fashion, but as Polaroid's Creative Director, Lady Gaga must have picked up a thing or two about product development, with the latest addition to the company's range of portable printers appearing as the festival season approaches.
Caleb Cox, 31 2011
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Ousted Egyptian prez fined £20m for net cut-off

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been hit with a £20m fine for cutting off the internet during the popular revolt in the country earlier this year.
Joe Fay, 31 2011
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eBay calls for cheap 4G networks

eBay wants 4G radio spectrum to be cheap, claiming that mobile commerce is a lost opportunity in the UK, but the shopping portal's motives aren't quite as altruistic as they appear to be.
Bill Ray, 31 2011
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Twitter forced to hand over user details to English council

Twitter has handed over users' details following a demand from a local council in North East England that took its complaint to California, forcing the micro-blogging site to comply with a US court order.
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EU parks disk drive mergers ahead of competition probe

The European Commission has run up red flags over the competition implications of the disk drive industry's current game of musical takeovers.
Joe Fay, 31 2011
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Stealth hovercraft armada poised to invade South Korea

North Korea is assembling a powerful fleet of hovercraft to menace the South's northwestern islands, according to the Seoul government.
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Linux 3.0 all about 'steady plodding progress'

Linus Torvalds has put penguins out of their misery by revealing that the next version number for the Linux kernel will be ***drumroll*** - 3.0.
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Multinationals out themselves as big Aaas fans

Comment The Artificial Intelligence guru Ray Kurzweil believes that technology, accelerating exponentially, is converging on a point some 20 years ahead when in a flash of universal illumination he calls "The Singularity". It will solve all the problems of mankind.
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Government plans cyberweapons programme

Whitehall officials have revealed that work has begun on a range of offensive cyberweapons to add to its defensive capability.
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Samsung Solid Immerse rugged phone

Review Phone manufacturers today are all too keen to tell us their phones aren’t really phones at all, they’re handheld computers with oodles of processing power and capability. Sometimes, however, a basic communications device is just what you need, especially if your life might depend on it.
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'One size fits all' EU data law would undermine rights, says Clarke

New European data protection law proposals risk compromising freedoms and security, UK Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has said. He said that he opposed a 'one size fits all' approach to European data protection law.
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Sony restores PlayStation Network in full

Sony has announced all PlayStation network functionality – including access to the PlayStation Store – will be fully restored by the end of the week.
Caleb Cox, 31 2011
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Apple sues teenager for white iPhone conversion kits

Apple has thrown the book at a student who last year sold White iPhone 4 conversion kits to those sick of waiting for an official product to surface.
Caleb Cox, 31 2011
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Infosmack 101 - Smack down

And on Infosmack this week is an enterprise tech quiz show we call "Smack Down".
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Official: Apple to float iCloud on 6 June

Apple's unwell CEO Steve Jobs will reveal details about the company's iCloud technology early next month.
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Robot air fleet can launch mid-air from cargo plane's ramp

US manufacturers have carried out a flight test that might change the way air battles are fought. In future, rather than sexy jet fighters or massive bombers, the aircraft which crush an enemy dictator's air defences could be ordinary cargo haulers – each of which could launch a hundreds-strong armada of small robot planes into the fray.
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Filesharers spread Allied Telesis networking 'backdoor' info

Updated "Backdoor passwords" for a range of Allied Telesis networking devices have been leaked online.
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Dell boasts of cloudy server dominance

Perhaps more than any other major server-maker, Dell has benefited from the rise of hyperscale data centers and the cloudy service providers which build them. The company is boasting that it not only rules the clouds in the United States, but also in China. The question is, can it hold out against whitebox suppliers which are getting better at custom engineering and bending metal?
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Depressed Scottish file-sharing nurse gets 3 yrs probation

Auxiliary nurse Anne Muir, 58, has become the first person to be convicted and sentenced for illegal filesharing in Scotland. The Ayr Sheriff's court has sentenced her to three years' probation after she admitted sharing a stash of more than 30,000 music files online.
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Rumours confirmed: NetApp now supports tape storage

NetApp is supporting tape storage through an OEM deal with CommVault for Simpana 9 and SnapProtect.
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MP headshot sex rating site: Gentlemen prefer Tories

British politicians and politics fanciers, if no one else, are wildly excited today by the appearance of a website which asks viewers to decide which of two randomly-selected MPs they would prefer to have sex with, and then uses this information to rate the Members of each gender in order of attractiveness.
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Nokia gives up predicting sales

Nokia is predicting Q2 sales to be "substantially below" its previous estimates, and says it won't provide public targets anymore as the company tries to adjust to the new reality.
Bill Ray, 31 2011
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Activision calls for duty with premium subscription

Activision has spilled the beans on its premium Call of Duty subscription today, a service that seeks to enrich multiplayer experience and unite the CoD community. Oh.. and make a shed-load more cash for the games giant, which is rubbing hands at the prospect of breaking sales records again when the next instalment in the game's franchise appears later this year.
Caleb Cox, 31 2011
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Opera extends Speed Dial with Swordfish beta

Opera has released a new beta of its desktop browser, adding "extensions" to the Speed Dial page that appears each time you open a new browser tab.
Cade Metz, 31 2011

MIPS enters Android Honeycomb tablet race

Amid all the brouhaha about the low power–chip tussle between Intel and ARM, another processor architecture has been quietly advancing into the same tablet and smartphone battleground: MIPS Technologies, which has announced a partnership with Beijing's Ingenic Semiconductor to port Android 3.0, aka Honeycomb, to the Chinese chipmaker's upcoming ultra–low power system-on-chip.
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Malware from Google Market menaces Android users

Google has yanked more than two-dozen mobile apps from its Android Market after security researchers reported they were laced with malicious code that transferred user data to servers controlled by attackers.
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Pentagon: Hack attacks can be act of war

For the first time, the Pentagon has formally concluded that computer sabotage carried out by another nation can constitute an act of war that warrants a response of traditional military force, according to published media reports.
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World Health Organization: Mobile phone cancer risk 'possible'

In a move that's sure to fan the flames of the ongoing debate about the safety of mobile phones, a panel of World Health Organization (WHO) experts has classified those ubiquitous handsets as "possibly carcinogenic to humans".
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Zencoder serves HTML5 video freedom in spades

Open video on the web is getting a boost, with a service that can shovel tens of thousands of files onto the net for consumption via the new open-source player Video.JS as well as Google's royalty free WebM codec.
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Twitter slaps 'follow' button on third-party sites

Twitter has rolled out a "follow" button for third-party websites.
Cade Metz, 31 2011
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VMware eats Socialcast for collabware

Server and desktop virtualization juggernaut VMware continues to build out a stack of applications for the cloudy era. It has now snapped up Socialcast, a maker of enterprise-grade social networking tools, for an undisclosed sum.
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Apple ships removal tool for Mac-menacing malware

Apple has updated its Mac operating system to protect against a malicious application that has been hoodwinked untold numbers of users by masquerading as legitimate security software that warns they have serious infections on their machines.
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Wake up, Linux hippies: No one 'morally obligated' to give back

Open...and Shut For years, open-source advocates – including me – have demanded greater open-source contributions from the world's largest beneficiaries, from Google to Morgan Stanley and the US Department of Defense. Now Amazon is on the firing line for not giving back commensurate with the benefits it receives from various open-source communities, and the thinking behind the arguments are as wrong-headed as they ever were.
Matt Asay, 31 2011
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Danes ban busty babes, Oz okays for teens

Australia’s gaming rating confusion has been highlighted yet again with the revelation that a Nintendo game, withdrawn from sale in Sweden, Denmark and Norway due to child pornography concerns, is on sale in Australia with a PG rating.
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Germany’s rights-holders hit freetards hard

While other countries debate how to go after freetards, Germany’s ISPs are handing over user data for 300,000 accounts per month, according to an announcement by that country’s ISP association, Eco.
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HP issues annual exploding battery recall

HP came thiiis close to getting out of the month without its traditional May laptop-battery recall – but it didn't quite make it.
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Apple nemesis sues iOS, Mac, and Android devs

Lodsys – the patent holder already pressuring various iOS and Android app developers to turn over licensing fees – has now sued seven small developers in the patent-friendly Eastern District of Texas, and in truly bizarre fashion it has told targeted iOS developers that if its patent claims are wrong, it will pay them $1,000 apiece.
Cade Metz, 31 2011