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Mozilla outs un-Google site sign-in prototype

Mozilla has proposed a new method for signing into websites that avoids both site-specific passwords and existing cross-site sign-in services from corporate behemoths such as Google and Facebook.
Cade Metz, 15 Jul 2011
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'Tax' relief for Apple’s Oz customers

Back in January, when Australian retailers were complaining about Australian shoppers (and the government), and Australian shoppers were fleeing retailers for theiInternet, El Reg looked at the way some products are marked up specifically for this territory, making it cheaper for the shopper to buy from international outlets and pay for their own shipping.
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Dotcom millionaire causes trouble at mill

One of Australia’s wealthiest dotcom entrepreneurs Graeme Wood has put some of his hard-earned into preserving native Tasmanian forest.
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As China rises on the net, website numbers shrink

Even as reports put Chinese as the number two language of the Internet, behind only English, strict government control is reducing the number of Websites within China.
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New tumor trial rules mobiles 'not guilty'

The verdict from latest "Do mobile phones fry your brain?" study is in, and the answer is a resounding "Nope".
Rik Myslewski, 15 Jul 2011
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Leica X1 APS-C compact camera

Review The X1 is Leica’s first expert digital compact that, along with some top quality optics, lives up to its billing by offering easy access to manual controls akin to its bigger and pricier brother, the M9. It has no rangefinder focusing to match the M9 either, instead the X1 relies on an LCD screen and an optional clip on optical viewfinder. There's no facility for interchangeable lenses, with just a fixed 24mm f/2.8 lens (equivalent to 36mm on a 35mm camera) in front of a 12.2MP, APS-C CMOS sensor with an ISO range between 100 and 3200 and a maximum shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second.
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Next MacBook Air to get Ram, SSD, CPU boost

Apple's next 11.6in MacBook Airs will incorporate 128GB SSDs across the range and arrive with 4GB of memory as standard. They'll debut late next week.
Tony Smith, 15 Jul 2011
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Many sites cookie-track users regardless of opt-outs

More than 10 per cent of companies that promise not to track internet users' online activity for behavioural advertising purposes still do so, according to new research.
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Jul 2011
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TSMC begins making Apple A6 iDevice chips

Taiwanese chip foundry TSMC has started punching out Apple's ARM-based A6 processor.
Tony Smith, 15 Jul 2011
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Google gears up to give tablet makers Android 3.2

Android tablet makers will get their mitts on Honeycomb 3.2 at the end of the month, possibly maybe early August instead, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 15 Jul 2011
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The cloud and the incredible shrinking office

Those in the know say that cloud computing will fundamentally change the way we office creatures work.
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Jul 2011
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Hundreds of dot-brand domains predicted

Domain name registry operators have predicted that "hundreds" of well-known companies will apply to ICANN to create new "dot-brand" top-level internet domains.
Kevin Murphy, 15 Jul 2011
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Paul McCartney joins Atlantis love-in

Sir Paul McCartney joined the impressive roster of celebs greeting the crew of space shuttle Atlantis today, following Elton John and Michael Stipe's musical messages to space earlier this week.
Lester Haines, 15 Jul 2011
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OFT probes dodgy sites that charge for free gov services

The Office of Fair Trading is investigating dodgy websites that charge punters for government services which are available for free.
John Oates, 15 Jul 2011
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Online map suppressing crime reporting, says survey

More than 5.2 million people have not reported crimes for fear of deterring home-buyers or renters since the Home Office's online crime map was launched in February 2011, according to research from insurers Direct Line.
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Rebekah Brooks quits - Murdoch accepts this time

News International boss Rebekah Brooks, who has been at the centre of the phone-hacking scandal, has resigned from her post and apologised for the "hurt" her company had caused to crime victims and others.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jul 2011
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Amazon discounts current MacBook Air line

Evidence for Apple's imminent MacBook Air revamp - well, circumstantial evidence - comes from Amazon.com which has begun emailing customers with the offer of discounts on the current models.
Hard Reg, 15 Jul 2011
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Jabra Stone 2 Bluetooth headset

Accessory of the Week I've never been a fan of Bluetooth headsets, but Jabra's Stone 2 is one of the first I've tried that I'd consider using regularly.
Tony Smith, 15 Jul 2011
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Romanian NASA hacker fights 'inflated' damage assessment

A Romanian accused of hacking NASA is fighting against an order to pay damages to the space agency.
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2011
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Extreme Networks to slash 16% of workforce

Extreme Networks is chopping staff and real estate to get its books back in the black.
Paul Kunert, 15 Jul 2011
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Acer flings forth SSD-booting, HDD-data-storing laptop

Acer has built both an SSD and a hard drive into its latest laptop, the 13in TravelMate 8481.
Hard Reg, 15 Jul 2011
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BOFH vs PFY: There can be only one (on the exes chit)

Episode 10 Episode 10
Simon Travaglia, 15 Jul 2011
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One-armed Belarus man monocuffed for clapping

It appears that Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko – faced with growing public demands that he naff off after 17 years at the helm of the former Soviet republic – is determined to go out in comedy gold style.
Lester Haines, 15 Jul 2011
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HP to ease 3PAR lead-time woes by adding local fab

Lead times on HP 3PAR storage kit that dogged distributors and resellers since the acquisition may not ease until the autumn, when local production in Europe comes online.
Paul Kunert, 15 Jul 2011
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Mole says Apple A5 chip runs too hot for iPhone

Will September's iPhone refresh be a true iPhone 5, a souped-up iPhone 4 branded as iPhone 5, or said revamp released as the iPhone 4S?
Tony Smith, 15 Jul 2011
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The Queen visits Bletchley Park

The Queen will unveil a memorial to wartime codebreakers during a historic visit to Bletchley Park on Friday. The memorial was sculpted by the artist Charles Gurrey.
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2011
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Vote now for the juiciest LOHAN backronym

Reader poll The El Reg Special Projects Bureau has wasted quite enough time faffing about with the name of our audacious high altitude, helium-assisted ballocket adventure, so it's time to nail this one once and for all.
Lester Haines, 15 Jul 2011

Atlantis computer goes down: Fixed by 'nauts

Commander Chris Ferguson and pilot Doug Hurley have fixed space shuttle Atlantis' General Purpose Computer (GPC) 4, which clapped out last night requiring transfer of its duties to another of the shuttle's quintet of GPCs.
Lester Haines, 15 Jul 2011
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Captain America: Super Soldier

Review Games based around movies have a reputation (most would say justly deserved) of seldom living up to their silver screen counterparts, while those timed to debut simultaneously with their movie counterparts have an even worse success to failure ratio.
Mike Plant, 15 Jul 2011
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US forced to redesign secret weapon after cyber breach

The United States may be forced to redesign an unnamed new weapon system now under development – because tech specs and plans were stolen from a defence contractor's databases.
Lewis Page, 15 Jul 2011
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Google turning us into forgetful morons, warn boffins

Search engine abuse use is re-wiring the way our brains store information, boffins have claimed.
Paul Kunert, 15 Jul 2011
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EMC replaces ControlCenter with ProSphere

EMC is replacing its VMAX ControlCenter management software, likened in the past to "a royal PITA", with ProSphere, positioned as scale-out block storage resource management.
Chris Mellor, 15 Jul 2011

Win! Your chance to bag a free 'PlayStation phone'

Competition Want to own a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone? We have three boxes each containing one of the Android handset that is are being called the 'PlayStation phone' to give away - and the deadline for entries is getting close.
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Domain name claim teases Sony-MS partnership

Microsoft has allegedly registered "Microsoft-Sony.com" as well as "Sony-Microsoft.com" in a move that could mean the two giants are about to go into business together.
Caleb Cox, 15 Jul 2011
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Segway death blamed on good manners

Jim Heselden, the Segway owner who died late last year after toppling from one of the scooters, likely fell from the cliff because he was getting out of the way of a man walking his dog.
John Oates, 15 Jul 2011
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0day vulnerabilities fall but critical bugs grow

Almost half the security bugs chronicled by Secunia in the last year were not covered by a patch at the time of their publication.
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2011
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Parmo v poutine: Your cut-out-and-keep pdf guide

So popular did our recent parmo versus poutine post-pub nosh deathmatch prove that we received a veritable banquet of emails demanding we make the recipe guides genuinely cut-out-and-keep.
Lester Haines, 15 Jul 2011
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Vesta flashes charms to approaching Dawn

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned an impressive snap of Vesta, as it prepares to enter orbit around the asteroid belt object.
Lester Haines, 15 Jul 2011

Hacking Baseball

Baseball is perhaps the most boring thing in the world to watch. The leisurely rate of play, the lack of constant action, and the pauses players take for impromptu meetings, spitting, and crotch-grabbing are torture for my ADD-riddled brain. Reading about baseball is every bit as bad, and reading about baseball-stats geeks …
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Octacore AMD Bulldozers exposed by Turks

Updated A Turkish website claims to have inside information about specifications and benchmark results for AMD's upcoming multi-core Bulldozer processors.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Jul 2011

IBM 'Blue Waters' super node washes ashore in August

Big Blue has been talking about the Power7-based "Blue Waters" supercomputer nodes for so long that you might think they're already available. But although IBM gave us a glimpse of the Power 775 machines way back in November 2009, they actually won't start shipping commercially until next month – August 26, to be exact.