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Curved light drives boffin one-upmanship

For four years, scientists have been on an international race to exploit a property of a peculiar kind of light called an “Airy beam”. Now, not one, but two groups of researchers are laying claim to the prize.
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How expensive are Australian NBN services?

One of the things people like to toss into the broadband debate is to grab a price that’s cheaper than what Australia’s National Broadband Network seems to offer, and complain about it.

Nvidia enlists Cray CTO for Tesla GPU assault

If Advanced Micro Devices was thinking it had a shot of delivering GPU coprocessors to supercomputer maker Cray - which already uses its Opteron chips in its HPC clusters - the odds just went down. Former Cray chief technology officer Steve Scott, who spent 19 years designing machines and interconnects, has just been tapped as the new CTO for Nvidia's Tesla GPU coprocessor products for workstations and servers.
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A-level results accidentally put on interwebs a week early

Edexcel was testing its online 'A' level results service over the weekend when it left a web server live and accidentally released grades a week early.
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Apple ups iPhone production 'by 12%'

If you believe the whispers coming out of Taiwain and China, Apple is expecting to shift 56 million iPhones of one type or another during the last six months of 2011.
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FLASH: The Disruptening

Comment We have had a flash of insight: all the storage array vendors are going to have to face up to all-flash arrays and do something about the technology – buy, partner or build. Denial is not a strategy.
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Firefox 6 silently released ahead of official unwrap date

Updated Mozilla isn't officially breaking the seal on Firefox 6 until tomorrow, but the code for the latest iteration of its popular open source browser is already available online.
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Orange signals mobile broadband tariff tweaks

Network giant Orange has refreshed its mobile broadband plans while touting a new Wi-Fi device for those on the move.
Caleb Cox, 15 2011

Samsung's lovely illegal tablet: Why no one wants to know

Analysis Quite unexpectedly I found myself in possession of some very hot, illegal property last week. Not a looted plasma TV but rather the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which thanks to legal injunctions is disappearing from channels all over Europe. Vodafone is the latest to cancel its orders.
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Wikipedia: It's not for girls

Time-rich computer scientists in America say they have conclusive proof that online encyclopedia/graffiti archive Wikipedia is biased against women. Hardly any of the site's legions of volunteer editors are female, and the few who are get picked on by the male majority: as a result Wikipedia fails to provide quality in-depth information on subjects of interest to women – such as "friendship bracelets or Sex and the City".

Ex Cisco UK reseller boss returns from Excellent Clouds

Cisco's former UK reseller and distie boss Bernadette Wightman has returned to the channel less than three months after taking on a global role with the vendor to head up the Cloud Centre of Excellence.
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PlayStation Network content in-store at Game

Sony has followed in Microsoft's footsteps by partnering with Game to offer digital content over the counter.
Caleb Cox, 15 2011
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Galaxy Tab still legal in the Netherlands

While Samsung is seeking to overturn a preliminary injunction that prohibits it from shipping its hotly anticipated Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe, a court in The Hague decided not to impose an immediate sales ban in the Netherlands until it reaches a decision on 15 September.

HP to bring next WebOS blower to Blighty

HP's anticipated WebOS smartphone - the Pre 3 - has appeared on the Orange site, suggesting an official launch is on the cards soon.
Caleb Cox, 15 2011

Lawyer touts new legal time-bomb for Android

Every manufacturer using Android is in breach of the GPL, according to IP attorney Edward Naughton, though his last accusations didn't exactly run Android out of town.
Bill Ray, 15 2011
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Audio Technica ANC7b noise-cancelling headphones

Geek Treat of the Week You don’t have to be a geek to have a fondness for a gadget that just ‘works’. Perhaps a mobile phone that does bugger all than manage calls but gets a signal wherever you are. How about a simple pair of headphones? From a technical standpoint, perhaps not so simple in the case of Audio Technica’s ATH-ANC7b cans. However, just one switch activates the QuietPoint noise-cancelling signal processing, and the roaring silence is upon you. Yup, that’s it.
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Dynamic Languages Conference: it's an Edinburgh thing

On Friday August 26, The Dynamic Languages Conference, a free one-day event, rolls into Edinburgh. Reg developer Marco Fontani is a co-organiser, so the gig is bound to marvellous.
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Google plus Google Plus: You give us info, we sell it!

Google has bolted posts created in its invite-only social network Google+ into its search estate.
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Microsoft loses grip on slippery Mango

The next version of Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system has arrived early for those willing to risk a slapdown by Redmond.
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Google SHOCK! Snaps up Motorola phone biz for $12.5bn

Google has made its largest-ever acquisition, and biggest corporate gamble, by splashing out $12.5bn for Motorola's phone division, Motorola Mobility. The deal puts Google into the hardware business in a serious way – and into direct competition with licensees of its Android operating system, who woke up this morning thinking they were Google's business partners.
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Adobe automates website design for arty Luddites

Adobe is looking for beta testers for its web design software, which it claims removes the need for coding.

People don't want tablets, they want iPads

The phenomenal sales success of Apple's iPad shows no sign of abating, but sales for all other tablets competitors are stagnating and channel inventories are building.
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WinPho 7.5 leaked in unofficial update

With the launch of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.5 fast approaching, it was only a matter of time before someone leaked the final build. An internal spillage has done exactly that, offering hackers the chance to give Mango a ruddy good seeing too.
Caleb Cox, 15 2011
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Virgin Media flogs off UKTV stake for £339m

Virgin Media isn't in the TV content business anymore. Today the cable operator confirmed it has a buyer for its share of the UKTV company, for £239m plus £100m to buy up outstanding debt and equity. The buyer is US company Scripps Networks Interactive, responsible for the Food Network.
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InMage dumps CEO

InMage, a startup selling disk-based recovery software, has elevated co-founder and chairman Kumar Malavalli to its CEO position, dispensing with long-term CEO John Ferraro.
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TwitPic founder tries to pull rug from under Twitter

The creator of Twitpic, the photo-sharing system sitting atop Twitter, has launched his own Twitter clone.
Bill Ray, 15 2011
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Apple Mac Mini 2011

Review Last year’s Mac Mini was a bit of a let-down. Sure, it got a nice redesign, with a gleaming metallic, low-profile chassis and a new HDMI port that seemed like a belated attempt to try and repurpose the Mini as a media centre system. However, the hardware inside it was actually downgraded, which meant that you were paying almost £650 for a low-spec desktop Mac that didn’t even include a mouse and keyboard, let alone a monitor.
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Has Google wasted $12bn on a dud patent poker-chip?

Analysis It's all about patents, says Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page. Google insists that it bought Motorola to shore up its Android platform, which is caught in a litigious pincer movement from old buddies Steve Jobs and Larry Ellison. Microsoft is merely egging them on the sidelines as the manbags fly, shouting: "Fight!"
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'Major' C++ revision receives standards blessing

Changes to the standard behind of one of the world's most popular programming languages have been approved by standards chiefs.
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Innocent passengers targeted to protest subway agency

Hacktivists protested recent controversial actions taken by a San Francisco regional subway authority by publishing sensitive information for more than 2,000 of passengers who had nothing to do with its agency's management.
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Xsigo automagically floats cloud east and west

Xsigo Systems, which for years has been trying to carve a niche for itself in the virtualized network and server rackets, is taking another crack at it with a version of its VP family of I/O Directors, tweaked to provide direct and movable links between virtual machines on clustered servers.
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Googorola versus the Android ecosystem

When announcing its planned acquisition of Motorola Mobility, Google went out of its way to reassure existing Android device manufacturers that it wasn't cutting their legs out from under them.
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US breakthrough in Oz bomb hoax case

NSW Police are about to apply to extradite a 52-year-old Australian arrested in Louisville, Kentucky, over the Madeleine Pulver bomb hoax.
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ESPN buys Aussie tipping site

Global sports broadcasting network ESPN has acquired Australian online and mobile football community site footytips.com.au.

SGI slurps OpenFoam

Computational fluid dynamics, or CFD, is one of the biggies in the supercomputing world, and now Silicon Graphics has control of its own software stack after acquiring OpenCFD.
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Shuttered SETI reboots ET pursuit

The search for intelligent life somewhere other than among non-governmental homo sapiens has been given a reprieve. Thanks to private donations, the SETI Institute will soon resume scanning the skies for extraterrestrial signals.
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Carosa invests in more Oz online start-ups

Funding for Australian web ventures is gathering pace with Internet company accelerator, Future Capital Development Fund (FCDF), investing in a further three online operations.
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Son of Solaris raids Linux for KVM hypervisor

In the summer of 2008, Google flipped the switch on its App Engine, letting outside developers build applications atop its state-of-the-art online infrastructure – and it soon got a lecture from Jason Hoffman.
Cade Metz, 15 2011