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South Korea to throw away schoolbooks by 2015

The Korean government plans to digitise all school textbooks by 2015, and have students of all ages access "education content" via smartphones, tablet PCs and smart televisions.
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Nokia X7 Symbian Anna smartphone

Review When you buy a mobile, you know that you’re likely to be stuck with it for the life of your contract. Good news: you’ll get used to its quirks and differences. Bad news: you can only watch as gorgeous handsets are released for the next year or two.
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Apple MacBook Airs to get new, superfast 19nm Flash

Apple's revised MacBook Air notebook is set to get a speed boost by using very fast and very small new flash memory chips from Toshiba.

Local councils shed CIOs as cuts bite

Many local councils that jettisoned CIOs or senior decision-makers in the rush to cut costs lack a coherent IT strategy, according to a panel debate by Netgear.

Intrinsic Technology flogged to management for £30m

Intrinsic Technology chief exec Mike Mason has led a management buy of the Merseyside-based reseller backed by venture capitalist RJD Partners.
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UK will obey barmy Euro unisex-insurance rules from 2013

The UK Government is to abide by a European ruling on the use of gender in insurance, although it says the judgment goes against common sense.
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Atlantis crew prepare for the 'Final Countdown'

The last crew of the orbiter Atlantis arrived at Kennedy Space Center yesterday ahead of the "Final Countdown" of the space shuttle programme.

Quantum says it's back and ready to join the storage fray

Comment Quantum is heading towards big data and the cloud. It will produce its own big data arrays with StorNext software controlling them, and add cloud storage tiers for DXi and StorNext.
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Benefits of boozing outweigh harms, says survey

Trick-cyclists in Seattle have confirmed a poorly acknowledged reality: that for many people, the benefits of drinking – even heavy drinking, on occasion – outweigh the downsides.
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Google shutters Realtime Search after Twitter deal expires

Twitter's deal with Google to include updates in Mountain View's search results ended on 2 July.
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ALK CoPilot Live Premium HD

Android App of the Week I’ve been using ALK’s CoPilot 8 for Android since I reviewed it in these pages back in 2009. I liked it a lot then and still do. So when ALK announced a major upgrade, my ears pricked up.
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Sony quietly tests PlayStation Network revamp

Sony is developing a PlayStation Network design upgrade that could transform the online environment into a more image-driven layout along the lines of Xbox Live and Steam, Reg Hardware has learned.
Caleb Cox, 05 2011
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NotW accused of hacking Milly Dowler's voicemail

Pressure on the News of the World over phone-hacking allegations intensified still further on Tuesday after allegations surfaced that journalists at the paper intercepted the voicemail messages of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.
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DIY provisioning: the answer to your virtualisation dreams?

If you have ever had to justify the deployment of a new server, you will know what an uphill struggle it can be to clear all kinds of technical and business hurdles.
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Plans to move gov online 'lack cyber-security', say MPs

MPs have expressed serious concern about a lack of cyber-security plans detailed in the government's IT and communications strategy.
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HP plan for faster, 64GB TouchPad leaks out

HP has only just announced its TouchPad tablet - which isn't even shipping in the UK yet - but it's already gearing up to release an upgraded version, it seems.
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Popular FTP package download tarball poisoned

A backdoor has been discovered in the source code of a widely used FTP package.

Northamber to split with vendors again

Cisco and Toshiba are winding down their agreement with Surrey-based distribution veteran Northamber.
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Chinese coal blamed for global warming er... cooling

The refusal of the global temperatures to rise as predicted has caused much angst among academics. "The fact is that we can't account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can't," wrote one in 2009. Either the instruments were wrong, or the heat energy had gone missing somewhere.
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Review Last year's War for Cybertron salvaged Transformers from gaming's scrapyard. While still not fully realising the potential of the IP, High Moon Studios' game combined reverential treatment of the fiction with solid controls and decent gameplay to mark a high point for the franchise.
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Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray available to order

Play.com has started to take preorders for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray, now scheduled for launch this summer.
Caleb Cox, 05 2011
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Apple orders millions of iPhone 5s for September release

Apple has allegedly ordered 15 million iPhone 5 handsets from its Taiwanese manufacturing partners with a view to start shipping the gadget in September.
Caleb Cox, 05 2011

HP poaches latest ESSN EMEA boss from Logica

HP has nabbed Logica's chief client director Peter Ryan to operate as EMEA senior veep of the enterprise, servers, storage and networking (EESN) biz group.
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Mexican narco attempts suitcase jailbreak

A member of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel looks likely to be serving at least part of his 20-year jail sentence with his girlfriend, after she unsuccessfully attempted to smuggle him out of chokey in a suitcase.
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Burnish your blacklists to patrol internet access

Desktop What makes PCs so popular is the range of software you can run on them. But, as always, with great power comes great responsibility. And one of the first decisions you need to make about your desktop estate is who you give the power to.
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Tablet fever cools as e-readers heat up

The American passion for tablets is declining just as e-reader growth is accelerating.
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EnterpriseDB comforts HP-UX shops with PostgreSQL

EnterpriseDB – the entity that sells an extended version of the open source PostgreSQL database as well as commercial-grade support for that software – is sitting pretty.
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Facebook snuffs Chrome extension for uncaging 'friends' data

Facebook has blocked a Google Chrome extension that let you export information about your Facebook "friends" so that data can be shuttled into competing services.
Cade Metz, 05 2011
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Anti-PowerPoint Party vows end to death by slides

Everybody complains about PowerPoint presentations. But nobody does anything about them – until now.
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Facebook, Google, and the war to lock you in

Open...and Shut Facebook isn't necessarily the new Compuserve, and Google might not be angling to be the Hotel California of tech, but all of the big web giants seem intent on locking their users into experiencing a single-vendor web.
Matt Asay, 05 2011
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Call of Duty given ultimate Star Wars makeover

A group of modders have launched a Star Wars themed takeover for Call of Duty 4, giving gamers the chance to play Modern Warfare as an Imperial Stormtrooper or Rebel Alliance soldier.
Caleb Cox, 05 2011
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Microsoft strategy chief quits Redmond

Microsoft's head of strategy is stepping down from the company.
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Verizon Wireless ends unlimited data plans

Verizon Wireless – the largest wireless carrier in the US – will no longer offer unlimited data plans to new customers beginning on Thursday, July 7.
Cade Metz, 05 2011

Chip makers thrive on tablets, e-readers, cars

The PC market might be cooling a bit, but the world's appetite for tablets and e-readers and cars with all kinds of electronic gadgetry is helping prop up the semiconductor industry just the same.

Cisco drives epic Chinese surveillance network, says report

Cisco and other western companies are reportedly working with the Chinese government to install a network of one half-million surveillance cameras in the rapidly growing commercial and industrial metropolis, Chongqing.
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Microsoft publishes Wi-Fi data collection code

Microsoft has published code for the software that its roving vehicles use to collect wireless network information. The move is an apparent attempt to make Microsoft look good next to Google.
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Sony signs development deal with Aussie audiophiles

Sony has signed a joint development agreement with Australian audio technology company Audio Pixels Holdings.