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Antimatter close to home

As anyone who follows big physics knows, the best way to trap anti-matter is with a magnetic field: that way, you can prevent the mutual annihilation that results from interactions with normal matter.
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Telstra sets date, but not speeds, for 4G LTE release

Telstra is bringing forward its first LTE-based service, from the end-of-year launch promised in February, to the end of this month.
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Fujitsu CTO: Flash is just a stopgap

Flash is a necessary waystation as we travel to a single in-memory storage architecture. That's the view from a Fujitsu chief technology officer's office.
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Beware of Macs in enterprise, security consultants say

Black Hat Apple may have built its most secure Mac operating system yet, but a prominent security consultancy is advising enterprise clients to steer clear of adopting large numbers of the machines.
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Ofcom report: Mobile operators feel the squeeze

Ofcom's annual assessment of communication industry shows that mobile revenue is still way down on 2008, but usage is way up, forcing operators to find new ways to cut costs and increase revenues.
Bill Ray, 08 2011
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Cray CTO Scott departs

Steve Scott, the long-time chief technology officer at supercomputer maker Cray, gave his two weeks' notice last week. Actually, it was more like 11 days, which is not exactly a lot of warning for a company like Cray. But it looks like Scott was presented with an offer he just could not pass up, and tongues are wagging about just what that might be.
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HP industrial action starts today

Unionised HP staff working on the Department for Work and Pensions Adam 2 contract are today starting industrial action over proposals to offshore their jobs to India amid government pressure on IT suppliers to cut costs.
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Chip makers to strut their stuff at Hot Chips 23

The Hot Chips 23 symposium on high-performance chips kicks off at Stanford University next week. The makers of processors for smartphones, desktops, servers, and networking gear are polishing up their powerpoints to amaze and daze each other from August 17 through 19.
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Anonymous and LulzSec spew out largest ever police data dump

Hacktivists have released a huge cache of stolen data from US law enforcement agencies as revenge for the arrest of alleged members of LulzSec and Anonymous.
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Google fights to hide incriminating emails

Google is fighting to hide an email in which it seems to admit to knowingly infringing the Java patents, but with the text already public it will be a hard fight to win.
Bill Ray, 08 2011
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The Ethernet traffic mix-up

Expert Clinic The possibility of converging storage traffic, with its restrictive profile, on to general messy Ethernet LAN traffic is now a distinct possibility. What are the underlying problems and how are they being dealt with and countered?
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Audio Pro WF100 wireless streamer

Geek Treat of the Week Anyone who’s tried wireless tech over the years knows how tricky and expensive it can be to get superior sounding audio around the home without wires. Step forth Swedish hi-fi brand Audio Pro, that has come up with a user friendly package that gives you a wireless transmitter/receiver duo.
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Vblocks bleed out EMC money

VCE – the Cisco-EMC-VMware Vblock company – appears to be experiencing virtual cash erosion, with EMC reporting $132m of accumulated losses.
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iPad racketeers' high wire exploits falter

Chinese smugglers have been caught transporting a host of Apple goods over a zip-line into Hong Kong in a bid to profit from tax differences.
Caleb Cox, 08 2011
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Lightning strikes cloud: Amazon, MS downed

Microsoft has been left reeling again after another BPOS crash but at least on this occasion it was not alone, as Amazon's EC2 web services were also downed by the same act of God in Europe.
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BBC bigs up iPlayer for TVs and consoles

The BBC has tweaked its iPlayer for TVs and set-top boxes, launching the "custom-built for the living room" redesign through Sony's PlayStation 3.
Caleb Cox, 08 2011
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School caned for losing 20K details

A Hampshire school has been criticised for losing nearly 20,000 people's personal details.
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BBC testing fix for iPlayer on iPad ... 6 months later

The BBC is testing a fix for problems experienced by iPad users when using the iPlayer app. The fix is eagerly awaited by many iPad users, some of whom reported not being able to watch programmes when the app was launched back in February.
Ken Young, 08 2011
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10-year old hacker finds flaw in mobile games

A 10-year-old hacker has won the admiration of her adult peers for finding a previously unknown vulnerability in games on iOS and Android devices.
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TelecityGroup swallows Data Electronics

TelecityGroup has splashed £87.6m in cash on Irish-based fellow co-location data centre provider Data Electronics in what promises to be the first of many acquisitions.
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HP Envy 17 3D Core i7 laptop

Review After years of computer journalists telling me – erroneously, I hasten to add – that my next desktop PC will be a laptop, it’s pleasing to see manufacturers such as HP trying to make it happen.
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Home Office farms out tech deal worth £40m

The Home Office has tendered for a range of services worth £40m as part of the Employers' Checking Service (ECS), including a web-based interface, data storage, biometric chip reading technology and related support services.
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Use found for Twitter and Liz Jones

Hats off to "DMReporter" who created a spoof Twitter feed for Liz Jones's trip to Somalia to cover the famine.
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Gordon Ramsay sues father-in-law over alleged spyware plot

Sweary celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is suing members of his wife's family, alleging they used malware to gain illicit access to his business and personal email accounts.
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GE brings holographic storage back from the dead

The dormant holographic storage volcano has rumbled, reminding us that it's not extinct and may yet erupt.
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Finding the black-spots in service delivery

Today at 17:00BST/ 9:00PDT Reg Editor Tim Phillips is hosting a live event with Freeform Dynamics’ analyst Andy (ding ding) Buss and CA Technologies’ Patrick Ancipink. Together they'll try and help you spot, diagnose and fix the service black-spots in your business.
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Apple delivers Orange aid

Orange is again rewarding its customers with film content after teaming up with iTunes to offer a free movie download every week.
Caleb Cox, 08 2011
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RIM to turn in BlackBerry-using looters after London riots

BlackBerry UK has broken silence over the role its devices played in helping disaffected London yoof co-ordinate riots in Tottenham, Brixton, Enfield and Walthamstow this weekend.
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EMC trundles out deduping mainframe VTL

EMC is bringing out a mainframe virtual tape library to cover both primary and backup data needs.
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Spec set for 3D specs tech

A handful of leading 3D TV manufacturers have today announced their intent to work together on standardising active 3D glasses technology.
Caleb Cox, 08 2011
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Hackers breach chocolate recipe on Hershey website

Hackers breached the security of a website operated by US confectionery giant Hershey Company and may have made off with customers' names, birthdates, street and email addresses, and site passwords.
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Apple sued over Mac OS X 'quick boot'

A lawsuit has accused Apple of violating a patent describing a means of "quickly booting a computer system".
Cade Metz, 08 2011

IBM yanks chain on 'Blue Waters' super

IBM has pulled the plug on the "Blue Waters" petaflops-class, Power7-based supercomputer that it was contracted to build for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois.
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AMD slips into desktop RAM biz

AMD is entering the desktop RAM market, according to a new page on its website.
Cade Metz, 08 2011
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India cracks down on the Blackberry

The use of the humble Blackberry may be outlawed in India if Research in Motion fails to comply with the government’s strict security demands.
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Mass WordPress hijack poisons Google Image well

Hackers are abusing thousands of independent WordPress sites to litter Google Image search results with code that redirects users to servers that attempt to infect them with malware.
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Adaptive Computing spins up Moab 6.1 control freak

Adaptive Computing – formerly known as Cluster Resources – thinks it's now in the IT sweet spot. As virtualized cloudy infrastructure becomes the norm in the data center, the company says, outfits encounter the same kind of complex job scheduling issues that supercomputer clusters have had for decades on physical infrastructure, and it's there to help solve these problems.
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ABC shaves tech crew

Rampant rationalization hitting Australia public broadcaster, the ABC, has extended to the technical ranks.
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Facebook password reset coming to phone near you

Facebook said it plans to add a new security feature that will allow mobile device users to reset their password so they can regain access to their accounts.