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German boffins BREAK LAWS OF THERMODYNAMICS!

As you probably know, heat is one of the enemies of electronics, and heat management is a major design constraint of microelectronics. Now, a German research group has demonstrated using waste heat to get electricity.
Richard Chirgwin, 26 Oct 2011
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Amazon’s shares slashed as profits drop 73%

Amazon’s share price dropped sharply after it reported overall profits have fallen 73 per cent year on year.
Iain Thomson, 26 Oct 2011
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US gov requests for Google user data grow 29%

The US government has once again outdone its peers in requesting that Google turn over user data for use in criminal investigations, with almost 6,000 demands in the first half of 2011, a 29 per cent increase from the previous six months. The 5,950 requests that US law enforcement agencies filed with YouTube and Google sought data on 11,057 users or accounts, the company said in its Transparency Report, which the company releases twice a year. Raw data is available here. That compared with 4,601 requests issued from July through December of 2010.
Dan Goodin, 26 Oct 2011
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Obama man: 'Global internet surveillance skyrocketing'

A top US government official believes that the internet is under fierce attack by authoritarian governments worldwide, and that the situation is rapidly deteriorating.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Oct 2011
Soundfreaq Soundstep Recharge SFQ-02RB compact speaker
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Soundfreaq Soundstep Recharge

ReviewReview Audio dock maker Soundfreaq recently released an Android version of its iOS remote control app and is now busy promoting its Bluetooth-equipped Soundstep as something for ‘droid-heads as well as iFans.
Alun Taylor, 26 Oct 2011
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DVLA tosses Virgin Media £6.7m in 3-year phone deal

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has signed a £6.7m, three-year deal with Virgin Media Business to provide its business phone lines, supported by a hosted call management system.
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Facebook 'bug' temporarily disappears some .co.uk links

Stories posted on Facebook by venerable organs such as The Register were temporarily unavailable yesterday morning due to a "glitch" on the ubiquitous social network.
Team Register, 26 Oct 2011
RIM BlackBerry PlayBook
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No BBM app for PlayBook soon, admits RIM

RIM has delayed the release of the next major upgrade to its BlackBerry PlayBook's operating system - and won't be including BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) at launch.
Tony Smith, 26 Oct 2011
Lenovo C325 all-in-one desktop PC
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Lenovo intros updated all-in-one

Another day, another low-cost all-in-one desktop, this time from Lenovo. It's the C325 and it's based around a 20in 1600 x 900 display - touch or non-touch, the choice is yours. So is the colour: black or white.
Hard Reg, 26 Oct 2011
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UN wants two-thirds of the world online by 2015

Freedom to communicate is a human right – as is having a broadband connection, the UN said today. The global organisation, usually hell-bent on achieving world peace, argued that it would be quite nice if 60 per cent of the world had access to the net by 2015.
Anna Leach, 26 Oct 2011
Corning Lotus Glass
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Corning launches can-stand-the-heat Lotus glass for phones

One of the key brand names tossed around in relation to smartphone and tablets this year has been Corning's Gorilla Glass. Next year, it may be Lotus Glass.
Tony Smith, 26 Oct 2011
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Sunday Mirror must face Kylie's ex-lover in France privacy case

Individuals can sue internet publishers in each country in which they believe their image has been harmed as a result of content posted online, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled.
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Oct 2011
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Worm wriggles through year-old flaw, builds zombie-net

A new worm doing the rounds is turning servers running older versions of the JBoss Application Server into botnet drones.
John Leyden, 26 Oct 2011
BioWare Baldur's Gate PC game
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BioWare Baldur's Gate

Antique Code ShowAntique Code Show I remember one summer when my dad decided it would be great to go on holiday for two weeks in a stone farm house in Scotland, it rained and we spent the whole time playing Dungeons and Dragons.
Lucy Orr, 26 Oct 2011
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PowerPivot: a new spin on understanding your business

The Catch 22 of business intelligence is that to understand your business, you have to deal with vendors who want to “understand your business”, better known as “see how much we can charge you”. You then have to hope that something you don’t know might be really valuable.
Dominic Connor, 26 Oct 2011
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HP PC biz gets aggressive again

HP's Personal Systems Group is reverting back to a target-based rebate model for resellers after more than three years of operating a linear model as the tech titan eyes aggressive market share wins.
Paul Kunert, 26 Oct 2011
globalisation
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HP hooks up with Calxeda to form server ARMy

HP is partnering ARM-licensee Calxeda to build energy-efficient micro-servers for large data centres, the WSJ reports.
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2011
Nokia
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Nokia launches Windows Phone range

Nokia officially launched its Windows Phone range today, kicking the line off with the Nokia Lumia 800, the device we've previously known as Sea Ray.
Caleb Cox, 26 Oct 2011
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Google cuts ribbon on Berlin research institute after ponying up €4.5m

A Google-funded internet research centre opened its doors in Germany yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Oct 2011
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Google report reveals YouTube takedown requests... by country

The UK government asked Google to take down 135 YouTube videos for reasons of national security in the first half of this year, states Google's biannual Transparency Report, released yesterday.
Anna Leach, 26 Oct 2011

ITU sees an internet full of developing youth

The developing world, including China and India, now accounts for 62 per cent of the internet's population, and while China dominates, it is by no means a controlling interest in the connected world of 2011.
Bill Ray, 26 Oct 2011
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Nokia's Brave New World is (almost) Finn-free

Nokia WorldNokia World What a difference a year makes. The only Finnish presence on stage during the 90-minute opening session of Nokia World this year was a dead architect. None of the five speakers was a Finn, and they said some very un-Nokian things. It’s a sign of how much Nokia is changing under Stephen Elop.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Oct 2011
Nokia
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Nokia to flood emerging markets with budget blowers

Before unleashing its Windows Phone range on the world, Nokia first unveiled the Asha collection, a Series 40 line of low-end handsets.
Caleb Cox, 26 Oct 2011

SUSE previews OpenStack-SLES cloud

Commercial Linux distributor SUSE, which was taken private by Attachmate back in April and split from former owner Novell, wants to do for OpenStack what it did for Linux. It is also what everybody else in the OpenStack cloud fabric camp seems to want to do: make some money selling support for OpenStack.
WHSmith Kobo Touch e-book reader
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WHSmith Kobo Touch wireless e-book reader

ReviewReview The joys of the e-book reader are considerable. You can carry a thousand books in your pocket and download more in a matter of seconds while you’re sitting in the garden – assuming the Wi-Fi stretches or you have a 3G model. If there are words you don’t recognise, you can look them up with one touch too. And in the case of dedicated readers like the Amazon Kindle and the Kobo, E Ink is as readable in bright sunlight as the printed page. Wonderful.
David Phelan, 26 Oct 2011
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BT gets 14 days to block Newzbin2

Websites and IP addresses will become unreachable for the first time in the UK for copyright reasons. The High Court has ordered BT to block subscribers access to Newzbin 2, as well as any other sites or end points it uses. BT has 14 days to implement the measure, and must pay for it, too, a cost estimated at £5,000 initially.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Oct 2011
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Return of native: HTML5's enterprise battle

Open ... And ShutOpen ... And Shut Consumer smartphone apps may get all the press, not to mention $15bn in market size by 2013, but enterprise smartphone apps may well prove to be the bigger market.
Matt Asay, 26 Oct 2011
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Binned PCs were stuffed with MoD and Sun staffers' privates

UpdatedUpdated Security researchers have found personal records of Sun newspaper and MoD staff on the hard drives of discarded or resold computers.
John Leyden, 26 Oct 2011
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Euro banks unhappy with proposed e-payment rules

The European Payment Council has taken issue with a number of the European Commission's proposals to try to make direct debits and credit transfers across the continent easier and cheaper.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 26 Oct 2011
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Tsunami Trojan: First Mac attack based on Linux crack

Malware writers have derived a new Trojan for Mac OS X by porting an older Linux backdoor Trojan horse onto another platform.
John Leyden, 26 Oct 2011
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Job-seeking university bods panic over incriminating online info

Nearly half of university students are fretting about their future job prospects due to concerns about what personal information about them is lurking on the interwebs.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Oct 2011
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Fujitsu foresees gloom, blames exchange rates

Operating profits at Fujitsu slid by a little more than third in Q2 due to weakness at its device unit, slow Japanese biz spending and unfavourable forex conversions.
Paul Kunert, 26 Oct 2011
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Gelsinger pops lid on top-secret EMC Lightning code

EMC's Project Lightning code is being produced by a software team in Israel, using – El Reg thinks – Micron hardware.
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2011
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PC shortages 'inevitable' says Gartner

The channel should be braced for some PC shortages in the run up to Christmas as disk drive production woes caused by the floods in Thailand take effect, Gartner has warned.
Paul Kunert, 26 Oct 2011
Nokia Lumia 800
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A rapid first hands-on: Nokia’s Windows phones

Nokia WorldNokia World You are about to read what may be the shortest “hands-on” review you’ve ever read. But there is something quite surprising, I discovered, not appreciated until you compare both new Nokia models.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Oct 2011
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Swedish password hacking scandal widens

Sweden suffered its worst internet security breach in history, with over 210,000 login details across least 60 websites made public, including personal identity numbers of journalists, MPs and celebrities.
Jan Libbenga, 26 Oct 2011
Trevor Prideaux
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Man builds smartphone dock into arm

You'd think being born without a forearm would be limiting for a smartphone user.
Caleb Cox, 26 Oct 2011
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Cloudy tech start-up Twilio jumps the pond

Cloud communications company Twilio launched its European expansion today with the release of its telephonic API to the UK and in beta for France, Portugal, Poland, Austria and Denmark.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 26 Oct 2011
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Process, not just product, will save your IT department

So, you’ve bought your firewall. You’ve spent thousands on an intrusion prevention system, and you’ve got expensive data leak prevention software. Are you dead sure that your sensitive customer data hasn’t been leaked?
Danny Bradbury, 26 Oct 2011
Pure Sensia
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Pure challenges Spotify with cloud-based music service

DAB radio specialist Pure has revealed its take on Spotify, launching a cloud-based music service for streaming tunes across a variety of platforms.
Caleb Cox, 26 Oct 2011
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Avira anti-virus labels itself as spyware

Avira anti-virus detected components of its own application as potentially malign on Wednesday following a dodgy signature update.
John Leyden, 26 Oct 2011
homeless man with sign

Arrow Electronics sales and profits up in Q3

Distribution juggernaut Arrow Electronics ploughed through Q3 with sales and profits up by double digits.
Paul Kunert, 26 Oct 2011
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Hitachi unveils roadmap for cloudy offerings

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has come up with a cloud strategy roadmap featuring three cloud tiers, but with precious little product detail fleshing out the strategy.
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2011
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Apple plans big solar farm to clean dirty datacenter

Apple is planning to build a huge solar farm to augment the power supply of one of its dirtiest datacenter clusters.
Iain Thomson, 26 Oct 2011
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Rosat dropped over the Bay of Bengal: DLR

DLR, the German space agency, has stated that Rosat, the scientific satellite that re-entered the atmosphere on October 23, made its re-entry over the Bay of Bengal.
Richard Chirgwin, 26 Oct 2011
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Citrix snaps up App-DNA for app migration

Citrix Systems has thrown a dizzying array of cloudy things at its partners and customers at the Synergy customer conference it is hosting in Barcelona, Spain this week, and like the cloud itself, the whole thing was a bit amorphous. The main takeaway is that Citrix is going to buy or build the tools necessary to make itself a hub in what it calls the personal cloud, the new computing paradigm for the post-PC era.
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‘Want to be more secure? Don’t be stupid’ redux

The SANS Institute has endorsed the idea that Internet security is partly an IQ test, acknowledging Australia’s Defense Signals Directorate for its work on how best to defend systems.
Richard Chirgwin, 26 Oct 2011

Quickflix set to stream from next month

Australia’s latest IPTV aspirant Quickflix will launch its online based digital streaming subscription service from November 10.
Natalie Apostolou, 26 Oct 2011
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Why the FBI’s 'new Internet' is a dumb idea

The FBI’s Shawn Henry says the world needs a second Internet for critical systems – apparently never having been told what a “private network” is when you don’t prefix it with the word “virtual” – and the idea is taking off in other quarters.
Richard Chirgwin, 26 Oct 2011