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Solarcars are hot!

WSC WSC On Sunday 16 October, 39 solarcars will set off from Darwin to race the length of the Australia continent. Three thousand kilometres and four or five days later they can relax when they reach the finishing line in Adelaide.
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Users decide Fedora 17 will be 'Beefy Miracle'

The users of the Linux distribution Fedora have voted on the name for the 17th build of the code base. The top choice? Beefy Miracle.
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Android app maker settles claims it exposed sensitive files

The maker of a peer-to-peer application for Android handsets has agreed to settle federal charges that it was likely to cause users to unwittingly expose sensitive files to other people using the app.
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PCTV Broadway 2T network Freeview tuner

Review The marketing for the new Broadway 2T very much focuses on the iPhone and iPad, yet this network TV tuner chooses to omit some pretty obvious features when it comes to the iOS side of things.

Which actor should play Steve in upcoming biopic?

After this week's announcement that the late Steve Jobs will be remembered through a Hollywood biopic, the obvious question facing Sony Pictures is… which actor gets the nod for the lead role?
Caleb Cox, 12 2011
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ISPs end PM's web smut block dream

The big four ISPs – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media – have scoffed at suggestions that Brit web surfers could be forced to 'opt in' to view online grumble flicks.
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Canonical enterprise chief jumps for Eucalyptus cloud

Ubuntu-steward Canonical has lost the executive heading up its enterprise business to cloud-floater Eucalyptus Systems.
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BlackBerry services splutter back into action, again

BlackBerry users should be getting the message again today – RIM reckons it has found and fixed the latest fault although there's still some backlog to be cleared.
Bill Ray, 12 2011
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Flashback: The Quest for Identity

Antique Code Show Nobody wants to wake up in the wilderness with no memory of how they got there - though it sounds eerily reminiscent of a typical Saturday morning in Camden Town.
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ViewSonic intros tablet sized to strike at iPad

ViewSonic is taking aim right at the iPad - and would-be HP TouchPad owners - with a tablet sporting a 9.7in, 4:3 ratio IPS LCD screen.
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MS wipes out 23 flaws in October's Patch Tuesday

As foreshadowed last week, this month’s round of Microsoft patches focuses on critical vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, .NET and Silverlight.
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Gartner: Social media biz to rake in $10.3bn in 2011

Beancounters at Gartner reckon that the social media sector is on track to make $10.3bn (£6.5bn) in 2011, a 41.4 per cent increase from 2010, and to keep climbing after that.
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Seagate stocks sizeable storage hub for home entertainment

Seagate has unveiled its latest home entertainment hub, the GoFlex Cinema multimedia drive, a storage centre with a whopping 3TB storage.
Caleb Cox, 12 2011
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Opera brings fondleslab-style reading to bog-standard web

Oslo Opera has published a few simple CSS extensions that allow developers to create the “reading” experience found on contemporary newspaper, magazine and book tablet apps using web standards.
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ALK prunes satnav app pricing

ALK has knocked up to £15 off the price of its CoPilot Live Premium satnav apps, ostensibly to herald the imminent arrival of iOS but also to drum up business for the Android version.
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Round up those wireless devices before they cause trouble

Shiny new mobile gizmos are driving the consumerisation of IT. As a systems administrator, I am naturally wary.
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Vodafone knocks over £120 off iPhone 4S

Vodafone has lowered its upfront iPhone 4S fee by up to £120, in a move that brings the provider's pre-order pricing down to the level of its competitors.
Caleb Cox, 12 2011
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Sony network ransacked in huge brute-force attack

Sony has warned users against a massive bruteforce attack against PlayStation and Sony network accounts.

Would you spend $300m to save 6ms?

Blog How much is getting trades done 6 milliseconds quicker worth? About $300m, as it turns out. A new transatlantic fibre cable promises to reduce the languid 65-milliseconds it take to transmit a trade between London and New York time to a quicker 59ms. Traders are expected to line up to use the new service and pay extra for the privilege.
Dan Olds, 12 2011
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Pick the right tools for your Office 2010 migration

Microsoft reports the take-up of Office 2010 is the fastest for a software product in the company’s history. All well and good, but some doubters remain.
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Telstra UK resellers' private nets go titsup

UK-based telco reseller Daisy Communications has been suffering teething problems with its acquired Telstra customer base and associated supply agreements with BT. Daisy acquired Telstra's fixed reseller agreements around a year ago.
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Intel turns its back on the small screen

Intel will no longer try to get its system-on-a-chip products inside TVs having largely failed to persuade telly makers to do so.
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Google loses battle for goggle.com

Google has lost its cybersquatting fight with typo-snaffle site goggle.com, enabling its owner to carry on enticing clumsy typists into signing up for pricey text messaging services.
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RIM stands, staggers, falls again

BlackBerry Messenger is down again, despite RIM's assurances that everything would be fine. It seems lots of people can't get connected and partners are receiving notifications about ongoing problems.
Bill Ray, 12 2011
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Sony asks for 1.6m LCD TVs to be returned

Sony has warned owners of 40in Bravia televisions that it wants them all back after a handful of high-profile incidents in which the LCD TVs began emitting smoke or - in extreme cases - melted.
Caleb Cox, 12 2011
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Dell opens new data centre in Slough

The first tranche of Dell’s $1bn spending on cloud services will go to Slough in the UK, where the US computer giant is setting up a new data centre.
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It's the BIG email and office study

Reg Tech Panel There's been a lot of talk recently about the imminent death of traditional email and office applications to be replaced by shiny new web apps all served from the Cloud. Now, we know the world changes slowly and this won't happen overnight, or be suitable for all.
Dale Vile, 12 2011
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RIM BlackBerry Torch 9810

Review The Torch 9810 is the second of RIM’s recent hat-trick of BlackBerry devices to hit the shelves. Indeed, you might have heard there are five, but currently only three models will be made available in the UK.
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Intel touts energy-use gadgetry for planet admirers

ERIC Intel is opening a new energy and sustainability lab, headquartered in Ireland, which will focus on getting consumers to improve their energy efficiency. The lab will push out handy gadgets that allow people to discover more about how they’re using energy.
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Datatec on the hunt for acquisitions

Channel conglomerate Datatec is on the lookout for further acquisition targets after pushing up its top and bottom lines in the first of the year.
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Telcos pave the way for iPhone 4S global roaming

US carriers selling the CDMA-enabled version of the iPhone 4S will unlock the SIM slot, so international roaming can be achieved by dropping a local SIM into the phone.
Bill Ray, 12 2011
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US White Space XML blueprints emitted

Eight of the companies planning to run US databases of White Space have published the XML schema, and polling protocol, they intend to use to keep their data synchronised.
Bill Ray, 12 2011
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Big Blue 'made a move to buy BlueArc'

Blocks and Files: HDS was prompted to buy BlueArc because IBM was making a move against the fast filer firm, or so a source says.
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UK gov needs better data skills to cut spending

The Cabinet Office's Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG), set up to lead efforts to cut government spending by £6bn in 2010-11, should set up management information systems to measure progress accurately and objectively, the public accounts committee has said.
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High Court: Computer simulations can get patent protection

The High Court said that the UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) had wrongly applied UK patent law when assessing four patent applications for computer simulations of designs made by oilfield company Halliburton Energy. The IPO had previously ruled that the company's computer simulations were mental acts which cannot be patented under the UK's Patents Act.
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Will CEO Meg spare HP's PC biz?

HP may not lop off its PC biz after all: CEO Meg Whitman is still chewing the stats and weighing up the impact on its other hardware operations.
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Gov IT slasher gets top civil service role

The man tasked with slimming government IT spending – yet who tried to inject MacBooks into Whitehall – will step up to a more powerful role after civil service grandee Sir Gus O’Donnell retires in December.
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Win 8 haters are just scared of change, say MS bosses

Microsoft has tweaked the Windows 8 interface following feedback from last month's developer preview.
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Thai floods halt WD hard disk fabs

Western Digital has temporarily suspended disk drive-related production in its Thailand sites close to Bangkok due to severe flooding.
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Brit micro-biz needs tax breaks, promotion, cuddles

Britain’s creative micro-businesses – spanning fields as diverse as software, music and fashion – are the key to growth, according to a new study.
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German states defend use of 'Federal Trojan'

Five German states have admitted using a controversial backdoor Trojan to spy on criminal suspects.
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Ads watchdog slaps down Sony smartphone battery life claim

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has told Sony Ericsson never again to claim that a smartphone's battery will run for more than 18 days on a single charge without making it clear in what conditions that battery life can be achieved.
Hard Reg, 12 2011
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Huawei homes in on Euro biz market

Comment Step aside server and storage big boys: make space for a new kid on the European enterprise server and storage block. Huawei Enterprise has arrived and is intending to make waves.
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Scottish rats scoff optic fibre, take down broadband

Strong-jawed rats brought down broadband services in the east of Scotland this week by chewing through fibre optic cables, Virgin Media told The Reg today in a statement.
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Microsoft pops Hadoop into SQL Server and Azure

PASS Summit Microsoft has announced that it will integrate Hadoop into its forthcoming SQL Server 2012 release and Azure platforms, and has committed to full compatibility with the Apache code base.
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Windows 7 overtakes XP - finally

Windows 7 has, finally, become the world’s most popular desktop operating system.
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Gulf scheme reveals BlackBerry SWP tap-cash support

MasterCard has announced it will be deploying PayPass in BlackBerrys in the United Arab Emirates, showing RIM's support for the Single Wire Protocol in the process.
Bill Ray, 12 2011

Pano's virtual desktops go from zero to hero

Sysadmin blog Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a common industry term that has come to mean "all the real work is done on the servers". While VDI technically refers only to VMWare’s implementation of this ideal (now called VMWare View), in practice the term has been expanded to include all similar technologies.
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Overland soups up SnapServer

Overland Storage has souped up its SnapServers with Drobo-style dynamic volume resizing and RAID. This is what the Nasdaq fuss is about.
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Cisco VXI turns virty desktops into server sales

Cisco Systems has been looking for a killer app that will sell its "California" Unified Computing Systems and, after a year of selling preconfigured systems running XenDesktop with Citrix Systems, the company reckons that virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) just might be the ticket to expanding Cisco's presence in the data center.
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Gigantic KRAKEN fingered in prehistoric murder mystery

Staring at a pile of fossilised ichthyosaur bones in the famous Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in Nevada, paleontologist Mark McMenamin had a sudden insight. It occurred to him that he might have cracked the great mystery of this ancient Triassic site.
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Dell bulks up storage line – with compression product

Dell is launching its first Ocarina data compression product, an adjunct to its DX6000 object storage product line.
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Man charged in nude celebrity hacking case

A Florida man hacked into the email accounts of actresses Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis, and as many as 50 other celebrities and made off with nude photos, movie scripts, and other personal information, federal prosecutors said.
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iOS update woes prompt gnashing of teeth for Apple fans

Updated Apple released the much-anticipated iOS 5 update for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches on Wednesday, an update that was almost immediately met with error messages by throngs of users trying to download it from the company's servers.
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Planetary exploration under threat, says space pioneer

Immediate past president of the Planetary Society, Lou Friedman, is worried that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is putting NASA’s planetary exploration at risk.
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iPhone 4 prototype duo get a year’s probation

The two men who sold an iPhone prototype left in a Silicon Valley bar have escaped jail and will instead serve one year’s probation, 40 hours of community service and pay $250 in restitution to Apple.
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IBM adds platform services to SmartCloud

System vendors have two choices: start their own clouds using their own iron or lose control of customers to someone who does. And they also have to give customers a chance to build similar private clouds based on their wares.
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Oz tech retailer threatens parallel import strategy

The phrase “grey market” is about to get a word-of-the-day workout, with tech retailer JB Hi-Fi becoming the latest company to eye parallel importation as a survival strategy in the face of online competition from overseas.
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Cloud hub an Australian opportunity: report

Data “residence” in cloud computing is again in the spotlight, with Macqurie Telecom, Fujitsu ANZ, InfoPlex and VMWare joining together to create the OzHub alliance.
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Seattle superhero arrested for assault

A Seattle self-styled “superhero” has been arrested on four counts of assault after intervening in a fight early on Sunday morning.