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HTC Radar Windows Phone 7.5 'Mango' smartphone

HTC Radar WinPho 7.5 smartphone

Review It’s been a year since Microsoft revamped its mobile offering with Windows Mobile 7, which was greeted with cautious enthusiasm by critics and punters alike. It’s taken a while, but we’re now seeing the first major update with version 7.5 (aka Mango) appearing on the solidly built HTC Radar, which also includes a 5Mp camera.
Dave Oliver, 24 Oct 2011
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McKinnon's mum up for human rights gong

Janis Sharp, the campaigning mum of alleged Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon, has been shortlisted for a human rights award by Liberty.
John Leyden, 24 Oct 2011
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Netflix announces UK debut

Netflix is coming to Blighty early in 2012, as anticipated after it was claimed the US video streaming service is coming to continental Europe next year.
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2011

Can the iPad save newspapers?

Some obituaries of the late Steve Jobs praised the Apple founder as saviour of the newspaper industry. That’s hard to justify. While one of Jobs’ achievement was undoubtedly exploding the idea that people won’t pay for digital stuff, a newspaper business “saved” by the iPad won’t look anything like the old newspaper business. It will have to be much, much smaller.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Oct 2011
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EMC tosses platters out of VNX for flash

EMC is offering as standard an all-flash VNX array, saying it's 10 times faster than its all-disk equivalent. It is also offering a higher bandwidth option for a couple of its VNXs.
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2011
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Griffin Technology Helo TC

Geek Treat of the Week Parrot’s AR.Drone quad 'copter has been quite a hit with the radio control crowd, but its £300 price tag puts it out of most people’s price range. Griffin’s new Helo TC, on the other blade, is affordable enough to be a fun little treat for the more casual weekend flier.
Cliff Joseph, 24 Oct 2011
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Saddam 'double' kidnapped by smut flick gang

Muammar Gaddafi lookalikes are well advised to stay cautious in public if the recent experiences of a doppelganger for Saddam Hussein are any guide.
John Leyden, 24 Oct 2011
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Data retention, compliance and the storage budget

Experts Compliance. Was there ever a word to strike such terror into the heart of the average techie? (OK, “Audit”. But don’t blame us, we didn’t want to say it…)
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Oct 2011
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Google! mulling! Yahoo! slurp! claims! insider!

Google has joined the gaggle of companies lusting over the ailing search'n'content giant Yahoo, according to rumours in the Wall Street Journal. Google has been in talks with private equity firms, says the WSJ, counting the beans they'd need to bag the company, though nothing formal is on the table.
Anna Leach, 24 Oct 2011
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El Reg in SHOCK email address BLUNDER

Between 8:58 and 10:20 BST this morning we sent an email to 3,521 of you that contained the names and email addresses of 46,524 of our readers.
Team Register, 24 Oct 2011

Microsoft trousers yet more royalties from Android gear

Microsoft has inked a deal with Compal Electronics, which pumps out gadgets that run Android and Chrome OS, for an undisclosed sum.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Oct 2011
Rendering Synthetic Objects into Legacy Photographs example

Boffins insert 3D objects into any old photo... realistically

Researchers have lit up the world of 3D design with a new method for inserting computer-generated objects into a photograph in a way that makes the CGI renders seem part of the original snap.
Caleb Cox, 24 Oct 2011
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Linehan turns IT Crowd off but NOT on again

Fans of Channel 4 sitcom IT Crowd will be crying into their customised motherboards this morning after the show's mastermind confirmed it won't be returning for a fifth series after all.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Oct 2011
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Seagate profits slip after price fight retreat

Seagate shipped more drives in its latest quarter but earned less profit as it took rare earth cost increases on board and walked away from price competition. Amazingly it could overtake Western Digital next quarter though.
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2011
Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Blu-ray disc set

Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Blu-ray disc set

Review Fears that Blu-ray is facing early extinction seem woefully misplaced after experiencing the Jurassic Park trilogy on the format recently. Feature rich and re-engineered in 1080p hi-def with 7.1 lossless audio, this high resolution three disc set delivers T-Rific quality and hours of extras to tempt collectors and film fans to upgrade from DVD.
Steve May, 24 Oct 2011
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Too much information

Part 1 Sometimes it's not that you don't know enough. You know too much, and then someone's just sent you an email. And another one. and another. Whether you're in IT, running the business or one of those pesky users, it's hard to get on top of your work when work gets on top of you.
Tim Phillips, 24 Oct 2011
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China punts free condoms at iPhone owners

The Chinese are testing an iPhone app for ordering government-funded contraception, but with limited success as the state won't stump up for the quality brands.
Bill Ray, 24 Oct 2011
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Disk drive crisis: Economists are terrible weathermen

Hang on a minute. This globalisation thing, isn't it supposed to have stopped nonsense like this? You know, it rains a bit and so we all run out of something?
Tim Worstall, 24 Oct 2011
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Oz solar car race caught on camera

WSC The dust has settled on the World Solar Challenge here in Oz, with Japan's Team Tokai securing their second consecutive title.
Lester Haines, 24 Oct 2011
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Alipay to tempt West's credit cards into China

Alipay, China's answer to PayPal, already has 600 million account holders, but is looking to head west and enable cross-border payments for anyone with a credit card.
Bill Ray, 24 Oct 2011
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Anonymous shuts down hidden child abuse hub

Members of hacktivist collective Anonymous are claiming credit for shutting down a deep underground child abuse site and outing its membership list.
John Leyden, 24 Oct 2011
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Three brings on-demand ITV content to smartphones

Three has appeased telly addicts with a deal that'll see ITV catch-up content appear on users' handsets.
Caleb Cox, 24 Oct 2011
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Microsoft's YouTube channel pwned

Microsoft's YouTube channel got hacked over the weekend by pranksters who replaced corporate videos with cartoons.
John Leyden, 24 Oct 2011
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Apple updates MacBook Pro laptop line

Apple has upped the specs of its three MacBook Pro models while maintaining the previous models' prices.
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2011
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How Jobs bent reality with LSD, Apple hype

Out today on iTunes and Amazon, the highly anticipated Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson has had a level of hype normal for a new Apple product.
Anna Leach, 24 Oct 2011
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Intel, MS destined to remain tablet underdogs

Can Intel ever make a major in-road into the tablet market? Not likely, forecasts from market watcher DisplaySearch suggest.
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2011
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UK shamed in high-speed broadband study

The Netherlands have the fastest internet connections in Europe according to a State of the Internet report by Akamai, with more than 68 per cent of Dutch broadband lines clocking in at 5Mbit/s or more.
Anna Leach, 24 Oct 2011
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Tosh Thai hard drive plant swamped

Toshiba is facing a long-term shutdown of its Thai disk drive plant due to more than a metre of water in the factory.
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2011
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Ceglia's latest lawyer bungled child porn lawsuit

Paul Ceglia - the alleged half-owner of Facebook - has enlisted yet another lawyer in his increasingly desperate case brought against Mark Zuckerberg.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Oct 2011
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Leaked Nokia WinMobes ready for midrange scrum

The worst kept secret in mobiles is out. Nokia will launch its first three Windows Phones this week, and since everyone in the industry has already seen them, except the media, it was inevitable details would trickle out before the announcement on Wednesday. When you lose control of your platform, you lose control of your leaks.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Oct 2011
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Oracle gobbles RightNow's tech support cloud

Oracle co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison might have poured cold water on the idea of clouds a few years back – actually, it was more of a stream of warm lager-like liquid – but he is now firmly behind owning and operating public clouds that run applications.
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So many risks, so little time

How much risk can your IT department tolerate? There’s always going to be a certain amount of it. The trick is working out where to put it so that it causes the least damage. And to do that, you need to understand how risk fits into the broader world outside the IT department.
Danny Bradbury, 24 Oct 2011
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Cisco, HP bury hatchet for server, switch hookup

Server giant and networking player Hewlett-Packard and networking giant and server player Cisco seem to have buried the hatchet. Admittedly, it is a pretty small hatchet and they are still brandishing pikes pointed at each other's guts. But they are not fighting.
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Bluetooth smartens up in low-energy makeover

The Bluetooth SIG has announced two new logos, aimed at pushing Bluetooth Low Energy without the clunky moniker.
Bill Ray, 24 Oct 2011
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Yahoo! privacy! wonk! heads! to! Google+!

Google has poached Yahoo!'s long-serving policy chief to take charge somewhere within the company's nascent social network.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Oct 2011
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WikiLeaks on verge of financial collapse, founder says

WikiLeaks will temporarily stop publishing so members can address a cash shortage that could cause the whistleblower site to financially collapse by the end of the year, founder Julian Assange said on Monday.
Dan Goodin, 24 Oct 2011
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Juniper on the prowl for acquisitions

Upstart networking-equipment maker Juniper Networks is on the prowl.
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Google dumps + from Boolean search tool

Updated Google has quietly dropped the use of the + symbol to link search items, in a move it says will simplify the process of Boolean searching.
Iain Thomson, 24 Oct 2011
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Last mystery of first recorded supernova laid to rest

NASA says it has put to rest any lingering doubts about the identity of the first recorded supernova, described in the Chinese historical work Book of the Later Han as having taken place in 185 A.D.
Rik Myslewski, 24 Oct 2011
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Optus rolls out IPTV with Fetch

Optus has unveiled its IPTV content offering, branded as Optus MeTV and powered by the wholesale Fetch TV platform.
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Aussies love their lappies

At some point, it seems, we’ll know exactly how many hard-core gamers there are in Australia. That’s because they’ll be the only people still running desktop computers at home.
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Apple flat-screen TV rumor rises yet again

A perennial Apple rumor is making the rounds yet again: that Cupertino is preparing to launch its own flat-screen TV.
Rik Myslewski, 24 Oct 2011
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Equinix hooks up global data clients

Equinix customers will soon be able to trade bandwidth and storage within the heavyweight's 99 worldwide data centres.
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Stanford boffins create skinnier ‘skin’

A group of scientists from Stanford University has created an artificial “skin” that acts as a stretchable, super-thin pressure sensor.
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Opscode makes Chef do Windows

Opscode, the commercial entity behind the open source Chef systems integration and management framework, is now doing Windows. And VMware supplied the Windex.
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Father of Lisp and AI John McCarthy has died

Stanford University has confirmed that John McCarthy, the inventor of the LISP programming language and one of the pioneers of artificial intelligence (AI), has died at the age of 84.
Iain Thomson, 24 Oct 2011
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Tool lets low-end PC crash much more powerful webserver

Hackers have released software that they say allows a single computer to knock servers offline by targeting a well-documented flaw in secure sockets layer implementations.
Dan Goodin, 24 Oct 2011
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NSW govt to open silicon centric digs in The Valley

The NSW Government is ramping up its digital-heavy reputation-building with plans in motion to open an international business office in Silicon Valley within months.