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NSW buckles: R18+ game rating clear for take-off

After abstaining from voting at a meeting of Australia’s attorneys-general over whether the country should introduce an R18+ rating for computer games, the government of NSW has decided to support the move.
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Google Chromebooks molt, grow fresh browser

Google has released a new version of Chrome OS – the browser-based operating system that first arrived less than two months ago – offering VPN hooks, 802.1x secure Wi-Fi , and what the company claims is a 32 per cent faster resume time.
Cade Metz, 11 Aug 2011
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Deakin Uni promises safe three-wheeler

Fans of Mr Bean are familiar with the set-piece gag of the three-wheeler Reliant Robin falling over. A group of Deakin University boffins believe they’ve solved the problem, and are looking for manufacturing partners to put a safe motorcycle-car crossover into production.
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LinkedIn pulls Facebook-style stunt

LinkedIn has become the latest social networking site to decide that new features can be added and switched on by default, and users don’t have to be notified.
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Q: Why do defenders keep losing to smaller cyberwarriors?

Forget everything you've read on The Reg or anywhere else about wars that target computer networks, power grids and other essential electronic infrastructure because it's loaded with fallacies, a prominent security consultant said Wednesday.
Dan Goodin, 11 Aug 2011
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British Library 19th Century Books

iOS App of the Week The British Library already has a ‘Treasures’ app that is a kind of ‘greatest hits’ romp through the Library’s archives. However, this new iPad-only app specifically focuses on books and documents from the 19th century – the era of Dickens and the great Victorian explorers and travel writers.
Cliff Joseph, 11 Aug 2011
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Google told to delete people from search results

The Spanish government has ordered Google to delete information about 90 individuals from its search engine indexes, according to media reports.
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Aug 2011
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Kelway gunning to break £320m sales barrier

Kelway is forecasting sales of £320m for the current fiscal year at the end of next March as it edges closer to the half year point.
Paul Kunert, 11 Aug 2011
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Will the looters 'loose' their benefits?

The coalition government's e-petitions website is having a bit of a fail again today.
John Oates, 11 Aug 2011
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Amazon paints the Kindle cloudy

Amazon has created a web-based Kindle app that does everything the desktop version can do, letting Chromebook users read on the plane but also bypassing Apple's cut on the iPad.
Bill Ray, 11 Aug 2011
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Geeks Guide2... Badass Lego Guns

GG2 This week we take a look at Martin Hüdepohl's step-by-step guide to creating five Badass Lego Guns. There is a simple, pint-sized rubber band shooting marvel, a nine-brick magazine semi-automatic pistol, a fully-automatic submachine gun and two different types of crossbow pistols.
Register Books, 11 Aug 2011
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Nexsan plays catchup with flash-cached storage controller

Nexsan has introduced an E5000 NAS storage array family with two tiers of solid state controller storage to boost performance, following in the footsteps of NetApp, with its Flash Cache, and Oracle.
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2011
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OnLive streams towards Blighty

Cloud-gaming service OnLive has finally announced its official UK opening, with a launch set for this September's Eurogamer Expo.
Caleb Cox, 11 Aug 2011
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Network switches look different in the cloud

Cloud computing takes more than just a philosophical shift. It requires new skills, processes and architectures.
Bryan Betts, 11 Aug 2011
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MySpace vanishes $254m from News Corp coffers

Television and film continue to be News Corp's core area of sales growth, even as other aspects of Rupert Murdoch's empire – including recently-sold MySpace and scandal-ridden News International – unsurprisingly had a bumpy Q4.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Aug 2011
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Samsung and STEC flash their sizzling SSDs

The summer weather may be crap, but Samsung and STEC are sizzling: they have both announced new solid state drives at the Flash Memory Summit.
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2011
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Love lure malware turns up at Android marketplace

Android Trojan writers are trying more tricks to fool the unwary into downloading rogue applications with a new set of rogue applications.
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2011
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Cabinet Office allocates £1.6m for single government domain

The Cabinet Office is spending a further £1.6m on a single government domain that has yet to be signed off by the government.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Aug 2011
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Pacific island mints Star Wars coinage

The Pacific island of Niue is hoping to drum up some cash from Star Wars fans by issuing two sets of coins commemorating the sci-fi franchise.
Lester Haines, 11 Aug 2011
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$25 toy radio used to knock out feds

Researchers looking at the security of the US Project 25 radio network, used by federal agents and local police, have discovered that it's easily jammed, and almost as easily compromised.
Bill Ray, 11 Aug 2011
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Cisco lifts axe again, chops nearly one in five execs

Cisco has given marching orders to nearly one in five of its senior execs included in its massive cost-cutting drive and now plans to hand 1,200 contract workers their pink slips too.
Paul Kunert, 11 Aug 2011
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David Cameron turns water cannons on social networks

David Cameron picked on social networks in Parliament this morning, when he told MPs – who were forced to cut short their holidays following four nights of looting, arson and violence in England – that he was considering such tech being barred when used by baddies.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Aug 2011
Ten... USB 3.0 Desktop HDDs

Ten... Desktop USB 3.0 HDDs

Product Round-up Despite somewhat lacklustre adoption of the interface in the last 18 months, USB 3.0 is starting to gain a foothold in the consumer market as availability increases and prices fall down to more reasonable levels.
Shaun Dormon, 11 Aug 2011
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HTC sinks $309m into audio tech from Dr Dre

Handset maker HTC is buying a majority share of upmarket audio kit manufacturer Beats Electronics, promising to incorporate the Dr Dre-backed technology into handsets by the end of the year.
Bill Ray, 11 Aug 2011

HTC taps Beats for mobile music

HTC has announced a partnership with Beats Electronics which'll see the company incorporate the Dr Dre audio tech into its range of mobile products.
Caleb Cox, 11 Aug 2011
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Anonymous and TeaMp0isoN promise songs but no Facebook hack

Politically motivated hacking crew TeaMp0isoN has teamed up with Anonymous in an attempt to storm the music charts.
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2011
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Fujifilm puts augmented reality in the frame

GPS tagging has been a widely adopted feature in digital cameras, but now Fujifilm has pushed the boat out further by including an Augmented Reality function.
Caleb Cox, 11 Aug 2011
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Indie labels launch post-riot emergency fund

Indie trade association AIM and distributor PIAS have created an emergency fund to help small record labels devastated by the loss of stock. An act of arson during the London riots on Sunday night destroyed the stock of over 150 small labels.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Aug 2011
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Cops tweet about cuffed twits who incited violence via Twitter

As the Prime Minister condemned social networks for being "used for ill" this morning, police forces across the country sent a steady stream of tweets confirming arrests connected with inciting violence via the likes of Twitter and Facebook.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Aug 2011

Grow up, Google: You're threatening IT growth

Comment Google's stroppy-teenager ethos to intellectual property has been noted here before. But the company's truculent and immature approach is having really serious consequences on its home turf. Google now poses a serious threat to the future of the most explosive new sector in IT hardware: the consumer tablet. And if Google doesn't grow up – fast – Apple will be handed a lucrative monopoly for years to come.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Aug 2011
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Amazon web outage not caused by lightning

Dublin-based energy supplier ESB Networks has dismissed Amazon's claim that a bolt of lightning caused the chain of events that led to its web outage last weekend.
Paul Kunert, 11 Aug 2011
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Samsung Galaxy Fit Android smartphone

Review Full marks to Samsung’s marketing folk for the Galaxy Fit’s go-getting name, but it’s actually a fairly low-end Android smart phone with an outdated OS, low resolution screen and less than speedy processor. That said, it has a few good points too, including a surprisingly good 5Mp camera.
Dave Oliver, 11 Aug 2011
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Apple patent disputes Xoom towards Motorola

Motorola could be next on the chopping board for Apple, after the Cupertino giant filed complaint against Moto's Xoom tablet design.
Caleb Cox, 11 Aug 2011
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3DS discount sparks retail price war

The Nintendo 3DS price war kicked off today in anticipation of tomorrow's global trade price reduction, with the handheld now being offered as low as £115.
Caleb Cox, 11 Aug 2011
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Intel dangles $300m bait in 'ultrabook' partner hunt

Intel's investment arm has created a $300m fund to support the adoption of the slim, always-on, always-connected laptop platform it calls the ultrabook – or now, with the protection of the US Patent and Trademark office, the Ultrabook™.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Aug 2011
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Carbonite IPO raises over $62 million

Cloud IT–anything is sexy, and cloud backup–service company Carbonite has proved it by raising $62.5m in a market that's supposed to be hostile to IPOs right now.
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2011
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Titan Unveiled

The “Fastest Supercomputer” title may move 6,940 miles (11,167km) eastward in 2012 from Kobe, Japan to a small Tennessee town.
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New DVD discs claim 1,000 year life

The recording surface of Millenniata's M-DISC is virtually indestructible. The company claims that its DVD drive–readable discs will last for ... wait for it ... 1,000 years.
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2011
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Cloudera rallies tech troops behind Hadoop

Cloudera – the all-star Silicon Valley startup that first commercialized Hadoop – has announced a partner program designed to further push the open source distributed number-crunching platform into the enterprise.
Cade Metz, 11 Aug 2011
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Spear phishers renew attack on feds' Gmail

A targeted campaign to collect Gmail passwords from senior US government officials and military personnel is showing no signs of letting up more than two months after Google first warned it had already snared hundreds of victims.
Dan Goodin, 11 Aug 2011
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iPhone 4 prototype journo off the hook

The saga of the Gizmodophone – the iPhone 4 prototype found in a bar and exposed on the web – is nearing its end: prosecutors have decided that Gizmodo's Jason Chen won't be charged with wrongdoing in the long-running phone follies.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Aug 2011
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Smartphone images can hijack BlackBerry servers

Research in Motion has squashed a nasty bug in its BlackBerry server software that allowed it to be commandeered when handset users received messages containing booby-trapped images.
Dan Goodin, 11 Aug 2011
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Kabam! Facebook gamers fume after script deletes fake stuff

On August 4, Kabam turned up in The Los Angeles Times, lauded as a small social gaming company "quietly gaining momentum" in an arena dominated by giants like Zynga, Electronic Arts, and Disney. But that same day, engineers pushed out an update to one of its massively multiplayer Facebook games that would challenge the tiny startup's ability to cope with its own success.
Cade Metz, 11 Aug 2011
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Video CAPTCHAs target cyberbaddies

NuCaptcha has extended its video-based CAPTCHA service that it claims will make things easier for users while making life more difficult for spammers and other cyber-baddies.
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2011
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Telstra pumps up mobile war chest

Telstra has swept up the fragmenting mobile market taking on a record 1.66 million new mobile users during the year, pushing mobile revenue growth by 10.7 percent to $AU8.1 billion.
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Google+ succumbs to Facebook game envy

Google has launched a gaming platform atop its Google+ social networking service, predictably expanding its efforts to turn itself into Facebook.
Cade Metz, 11 Aug 2011
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We buy online punters: Sportsbet

Illegal bookmakers have always relied on “referral marketing”, but it’s now emerged that recruitment commissions cost Australian online betting agency Sportsbet as much as $AU4 million each year.
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Mobile gains fail to offset Optus profit dip

Mobile competition is set to intensify in the year ahead with renewed network investment and significant discounting across the market, claimed Optus chief executive, Paul O'Sullivan.
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Apple pictures iOS on your wall

Apple has filed a patent application for an entirely new type of user interface that combines pico projectors, inter-device communications, and gesture recognition.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Aug 2011