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Optus turns mobiles into PVRs

Optus is the first Australian carrier to offer free-to-air broadcast content for recording and playback on its 3G mobile network.
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Russia’s space telescope in orbit

Russia is celebrating its return to heavy-hitter status in space, with the successful launch of the Spektr-R radio telescope from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday.
X-COM UFO: Enemy Unknown

X-COM UFO: Enemy Unknown

Antique Code Show 1994 could never be called a dull year but after packing away my ailing Mega Drive and putting on my finest stripy jumper for Kurt Cobain’s funeral, I needed to be diverted by a great game. Quite fittingly UFO: Enemy Unknown aka X-COM came along just as OJ’s white Bronco was trying for orbit.
Lucy Orr, 20 Jul 2011
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Data Robotics gives up and changes name to Drobo

Drobo-storage maker Data Robotics has changed its company name to Drobo.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2011
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Japanese erections named 'Bollox', 'Wonder Device'

Someone had better have a quiet word with Japanese wooden building outfit Bess, which is providing fine entertainment for the English-speaking expat community with this new example from its range:
Lester Haines, 20 Jul 2011
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Dell considers Google+ for video customer support

Dell is mulling over direct engagement with prospective customers via Google+, and judging by the feedback from some corners it could do with upping its existing pre- and post-sales support.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jul 2011
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UK gov 'Spads' hefty salaries released/buried

The Coalition government has released the names of all its special advisers who are paid more than £58,200.
John Oates, 20 Jul 2011
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Lenovo unwraps trio of ten-inch tablets

Lenovo has finally begin shipping not one but three 10.1in tablets this summer, the Chinese PC giant said today.
Tony Smith, 20 Jul 2011
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'3-2-1 ... Good Morning Atlantis!'

The crew of space shuttle Atlantis were this morning roused by a message from employees of Kennedy Space Center, preceded by a snippet of Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man.
Lester Haines, 20 Jul 2011
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Apprentice runner-up becomes Greggs bigshot

The runner-up of Beeb reality biz game show The Apprentice, Helen Milligan, was overlooked by Lord Shuggie for his £250,000 business investment but she has secured a hefty promotion at bakery chain Greggs.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jul 2011
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LaCie reduced Rugged HDD size not capacity

LaCie has shrunk its rubber-wrapped Rugged external hard drive.
Hard Reg, 20 Jul 2011
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UK, Dutch cops cuff 5 more in Anonymous-LulzSec raids

The arrest of 16 Anonymous and LulzSec suspects in the US on Tuesday was accompanied by the arrest of a teenager in the UK and the cuffing of four further suspects in the Netherlands.
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2011
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Jobs: Apple succession plans are 'hogwash'

Steve Jobs took to email to deny a story that Apple's board of directors are talking about a succession plan.
John Oates, 20 Jul 2011
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Steady as she goes at Datatec

Datatec has issued an upbeat trading statement claiming that profits and sales at its integration arm Logicalis and distribution business Westcon continue to improve.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jul 2011
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Lancs plods exposed complainant on website

Lancashire Police Authority breached the Data Protection Act by publishing the details of a complaint from an individual member of the public on its website, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has revealed.
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Apple Store down for Lion tweakage

Apple's online store is displaying its infamous "We'll be back soon" message.
Tony Smith, 20 Jul 2011
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MPs probe science behind bogus gov booze guidelines

Science Committee MPs are to investigate the "evidence base" behind the Government's guidelines on alcohol consumption.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Jul 2011
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Are your secrets safe with SaaS providers?

There are plenty of opportunities for people to disclose, steal or sell sensitive company data. After all, anyone who really wants to swipe information needs only the intent and a USB stick.
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Jul 2011
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Nepalese gov to nail Everest's bigness in row with China

The Nepalese government has decided to answer once and for the all the question of just how tall Everest is, since it can't agree with the Chinese on an exact height for the lofty peak.
Lester Haines, 20 Jul 2011
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Virgin confirms only half of UK will get its 100MB/s broadband

Virgin Media today lauded its 100MB/s broadband service, which is now connectable to 6.5m homes - a quarter of the UK's total, it claimed.
Hard Reg, 20 Jul 2011
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Baidu apes Google with Chinese Chrome

Chinese search giant Baidu has launched its own web browser, aping Google's Chrome with web applications and aspirations of becoming a desktop replacement.
Bill Ray, 20 Jul 2011
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UK Serious Fraud Office mulls News Corp probe

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is considering investigating various allegations against Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jul 2011
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Samsung torn over Galaxy S II sibling UK launch

Samsung has refused to confirm the UK release of the Galaxy S II's smaller sibling, contradicting widely spread reports that the dual-core smartphone is Blighty-bound.
Caleb Cox, 20 Jul 2011
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STUDENTS EXPOSED in university IT blunder

The Information Commissioner's Office has reprimanded the University of York for stuffing up its IT systems so that student records were accessible to anyone.
John Oates, 20 Jul 2011
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Samsung rolls out Galaxy Tab 10.1

Samsung today paved the way for the worldwide release of its second-gen Android tablet by launching the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Korea.
Tony Smith, 20 Jul 2011
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TalkTalk watchdog smackdown after ad complaint

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint brought by BT against TalkTalk for exaggerating savings claims it made in a TV ad.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jul 2011
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LulzSec hacker Sabu: Murdoch emails 'sometime soon'

The promised dump of its emails from News International by hacktivist group LulzSec failed to materialise on Tuesday. However a prominent affiliate of the group told El Reg that the release had only been delayed, rather than postponed.
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2011
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Yahoo! loses! revenue!

Yahoo!'s revenue fell slightly compared to last year, thanks to rubbish sales of US display adverts.
John Oates, 20 Jul 2011
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Google+ hits the iPhone

Apple has approved Google+, the ad giant's social networking app, for the iPhone.
John Oates, 20 Jul 2011
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Google Wallet left on margins by ISIS tap-pay hookup

Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express have all signed onto US operator consortium Isis, leaving Google Wallet with just MasterCard as a payment partner.
Bill Ray, 20 Jul 2011
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Microsoft apologises for yet another BPOS outage

Microsoft has apologised for another Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) outage that left customers across the pond struggling to access email.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jul 2011
Ten... USB 3.0 Portable HDDs

Ten... Portable USB 3.0 HDDs

Product Round-up USB 3.0 has been with us for nearly two years now, not that you’d notice, as adoption and availability of peripherals has been somewhat slow. However, things are looking up now as more and more portable HDDs are coming to market featuring the not-so-new interface. Here at Reg Hardware, we've put together a round up of the current crop so you know whether to buy or walk on by. Each drive is rated bearing in mind cost, portability and speed with a CrystalDiskMark 3 performance comparison chart at the end.
Shaun Dormon, 20 Jul 2011
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Python orgy menaces Yorkeys Knob canoes

An Oz sporting club has been forced to call for ophidian SWAT assistance after a python orgy threatened to destroy its boatshed roof.
Lester Haines, 20 Jul 2011
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Ofcom moves: Rural broadband price war on the cards?

Ofcom has ordered BT to slash its prices by 12 per cent below inflation per year for the company's wholesale broadband network.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jul 2011
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Apple kills MacBook, soups up MacBook Air

Apple the specced up the new MacBook Air line - and killed off the plastic MacBook.
Tony Smith, 20 Jul 2011
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Nokia ‘giving away phones at cost’

Nokia's financial results for the second quarter of 2011 are due tomorrow, and the company has already warned investors of very bad news coming. Yesterday, it issued a peek into just how tough things have got in 2011. Nokia said its smartphone profit margins were down to 6.2 per cent in Q1 2011, with margins of 16.4 per cent on basic phones.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Jul 2011
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Apple ups Mac Mini spec, lowers price

Apple has added Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 processors to its Mac Mini small form-factor desktop - and yanked the optical drives from the system.
Tony Smith, 20 Jul 2011
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Dell buys Force 10 Networks

Dell is buying Ethernet networking supplier Force 10 Networks for an unrevealed sum, getting the networking capability needed to build a complete in-house converged IT stack of servers, storage and networking.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2011
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OS X Lion roars, coughs on appearance in App Store

Apple has stuck the Lion operating system on its Mac App Store.
John Oates, 20 Jul 2011
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Google sends warnings to machines with infected search

Google is issuing warnings to people whose computers are infected with a type of malware that manipulates search requests.
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2011
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EMC revenues explode in Q2

EMC second quarter 2011 results are extremely good with record-breaking, double-digit growth all over the place, and only the Information Intelligence stuff down in the dumps.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2011
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Insight sales veep Akkerman resigns

Insight Enterprises veep of sales Olaf Akkerman has resigned less than a year after moving into the role.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jul 2011
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Star Wars: The Old Republic preps pre-order pages

Retailers have leaked details of pre-order plans for EA and BioWare's anticipated MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Caleb Cox, 20 Jul 2011
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Riverbed pumps up software with Zeus, Aptimize buys

WAN optimization appliance maker Riverbed Technology turned in a very good second quarter yesterday and decided to blow some of its cash hoard buying two companies to pump up the applications that run on its Steelhead and other appliances.
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Hi-tech mobile hack spreads rumour of Taliban chief's death

The Taliban has become the victim of a hi-tech disinformation campaign spreading false rumours that its leader, Mullah Omar, had died following a heart attack.
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2011
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Apple unveils 'World's First Thunderbolt Display'

What with all the hoo-hah on Wednesday over the release of Mac OS X Lion and updates to the Mac mini and MacBook Air, one nice new piece of Cupertinian kit slipped in under the radar: what Apple calls the "World's First Thunderbolt Display".
Rik Myslewski, 20 Jul 2011
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SUSE Studio spins up on IBM mainframes

The SUSE division of legacy-loving conglomerate Attachmate is updating its SUSE Studio software appliance toolkit to help it maintain its dominance at IBM mainframe shops that run Linux on those machines.
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Intel reports (mostly) solid revenue growth

Intel's second quarter of 2011 was a good one, beating Wall Street estimates and showing double-digit revenue growth across all major business segments. But weakness at the low end of the market shows that the world's largest microprocessor maker has its vulnerabilities.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Jul 2011
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Yelp clicks into Aus with Telstra

American local-business recommendation site Yelp is coming to Australia via a strategic partnership with Telstra’s directories arm, Sensis.
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Boxing boomers bounced building in Seoul

Middle-aged fitness fanatics don't mix with skyscrapers, according to the "tentative" conclusions of an investigation into the strange shaking that brought about the evacuation of the 39-story Techno Mart in northeastern Seoul on July 5.