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Mint Wireless exits channel

Mint Wireless has announced the sale of its technology distribution business to Hong Kong-based Speed Channel Limited.
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Halloween Hardware

Product round-up Look out, it's Halloween 2011, where nobody questions strangers that give young kids sweets, those with a crude sense of humour get dressed up as Steve Jobs, and sales reps get annoyed by random people knocking on their door.
Caleb Cox, 31 Oct 2011
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MPs back more powers for ICO

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) should have the power to issue custodial sentences for breaches of the Data Protection Act, going further than its current powers of issuing fines to organisations which breach the act, Parliament's justice committee has said.
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London Underground seeks advice about ICT infrastructure

London Underground (LU) has invited technology suppliers to discussions aimed at helping it understand how to develop a communications infrastructure for its next generation of tube railway systems.
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Facebook's Swedish data centre will be subject to Snoop Law

The icy location is a big advantage for the new data centre that Facebook is planning in the northern Swedish town of Lulea. But while the frigid Arctic winds will fan the servers, it's the legal climate that could get hot.
Anna Leach, 31 Oct 2011
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Personal data blaggers should go to jail, MPs say

A report by the Justice Committee suggests that fines do little to discourage breaches of the Data Protection Act (DPA) because the financial rewards of doing so can be so great.
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QLogic showers in gravy as parent Emulex hits dry spell

Quarterly results show Emulex spinout QLogic quietly excelling while Emulex is still trying to dig itself out of a hole.
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2011
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Official: Kindles get heavier as you add e-books

Download an e-book and your reader gets (microscopically) heavier.
Tony Smith, 31 Oct 2011
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Google-Moto pulls in $228m following settlement with RIM

Google's new acquisition Motorola Mobility says it has bagged $228m so far from a patent licensing deal with another, unnamed company – which appears likely to be BlackBerry maker RIM.
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GoPro HD Hero 2

Geek Treat of the Week Surfer dude and Reg Hardware reviewer Giles Hill waxed lyrical about the HD Hero when he tried it out last year, and the developers at GoPro have just launched a new version of their rugged, outdoorsy and underwatery action-cam.
Cliff Joseph, 31 Oct 2011
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EU in 4G mobile 'digital dividend' divvy-up proposal

The EU Council of Ministers has thrashed out a proposal for harmonising the 800MHz band for telephony services across Europe, potentially allowing for 4G roaming in 2013.
Bill Ray, 31 Oct 2011
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Brits buy 3.1m Freeview HD devices

Britons have acquired 3.1m Freeview HD devices - TVs, receivers and DVRs - Freeview reported last week.
Hard Reg, 31 Oct 2011
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Panasonic sniffs doom on the wind in telly market

Panasonic Corporation is now expecting to make a loss in its fiscal year 2012, after slurping Sanyo while dealing with falling consumer demand combined with a soaring yen to take its toll on the company.
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Samsung bleats 'bout bendy blowers for 2012

Samsung has announced it will introduce flexible mobile phones next year, with the prospect of bendy tablets and other tech close behind.
Caleb Cox, 31 Oct 2011
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Canonical: Mobile OEMs are going to love our Linux

Ubuntu, the free and user-friendly Mac-a-like flavour of Linux, will be targeted at mobile phones, tablets and smart TVs.
Anna Leach, 31 Oct 2011

BT hires another battalion of troops to speed fibre rollout

BT has brushed aside the possibility that it could be hampered by any number of problems that might delay its plan to push "superfast" broadband to two thirds of the UK come 2015 2014, by hiring 520 more ex-armed forces bods.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Oct 2011
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Nokia celebrates milestone with nostalgic exhibition

To celebrate the 19th anniversary of the release of the Nokia's classic handset, the 1011 - the world's first commercially available GSM digital phone - the Finnish phone giant is holding an exhibition showcasing the various designs that made the company such a driving force during the mobile market's boom years.
Caleb Cox, 31 Oct 2011

Android 'stands on Microsoft's shoulders', says MS lawyer

A top Microsoft legal eagle has moaned that Android smartphones and the like are profiting from cash that his bosses have invested in research and development.
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'Ghost hunter' set to become Tory Euro-MP

An expert on the paranormal, who bills himself online as "the GhostHunter", is set to become one of Britain's members of the European Parliament, according to reports.
Lewis Page, 31 Oct 2011

Motorola Mobility to sack 800 ahead of Google gobble

Motorola Mobility Holdings is firing some 800 staff ahead of being swallowed by search engine supertanker Google.
Paul Kunert, 31 Oct 2011
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Anonymous threatens Mexican drug cartel

The Mexican branch of Anonymous have threatened to expose members of Los Zetas unless the drug cartel releases a kidnapped member of the hacking collective.
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2011
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Building cloud-optimised networks

Expert Clinic Three experts look at building cloud-optimised networks from the operational point of view, a fabric-based infrastructure point of view, and a service delivery model point of view.
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2011
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Solar power boom 'unsustainable', says Gov

The Great British Solar Power rush may soon come to a dramatic halt: the amount knocked off 'leccy bills for solar-powered homes will be slashed. Energy minister Greg Barker confirmed today that if cuts to the feed-in tariff (FiT) aren't made, his budget will simply run out.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Oct 2011
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Minecraft upstages Portal 2 in arty game prize

Who would have guessed that Minecraft is a work of cultural and artistic significance? Thank goodness we have the judges behind the inaugural GameCity Prize to tell us.
Carl O'Duty, 31 Oct 2011
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Zombify Me

Horror App of the Week Sitting round waiting for the new season of The Walking Dead to start can get boring. You see, I like zombies and anything to do with zombies, so the Zombify Me app for iPhone is a no-brainer… see what I did there?
Lucy Orr, 31 Oct 2011
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Scotland Yard trackers operate fake mobile base stations

London's Metropolitan Police are using fake base stations to intercept mobile-phone calls, not to mention running a covert air wing, according to reports over the weekend.
Bill Ray, 31 Oct 2011
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Top GCHQ spook warns of 'disturbing' levels of cyber-raids

With a crunch conference on government cyber-security starting tomorrow, the director of government spook den GCHQ, Iain Lobban, said Britain had faced a "disturbing" number of digital attacks in recent months.
Anna Leach, 31 Oct 2011
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Don't let Halloween malware haunt your PC

Halloween celebrations on Monday are likely to be haunted by rampant malware infections and an onslaught of internet scams, security watchers warn.
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2011
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HTC foretells 2012 move to 4G in US, 'advanced markets'

HTC sold almost twice as many smartphones in the third quarter of this year than it did in the same period last year, according to its quarterly results.
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Adventures in Tech: Taking the plunge into IPv6

Part 1 The threat from the fast-dwindling supply of mainstream "IPv4" Internet addresses for new users is a bit like Y2K creeping up on us all over again. Almost no one can see beyond the cost of code review, systems change, hardware upgrades and general upheaval into the brave fairly-old world of IPv6 - but putting it off forever isn't really an option either. And like Y2K, if it's handled well, no one will ever notice or thank us "IT professionals" for it: we'll be accused of make-work, scare-mongering and overcharging. What's not to like?
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ASUS: 'We run out of hard disks at the end of the month'

ASUS managed a slight increase in profit for the third quarter of this year, despite the global slowdown in PC sales.
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Two iPads put a hole through man's wallet stomach

As technology evolves, so does the potential for increasingly scary and horrific looks this Halloween. Check this guy out for a prime example.
Caleb Cox, 31 Oct 2011
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University students chase cluster victory

SC11 The field is set. Eight student teams have been selected to compete in the ultimate computer sports event of our time – the Supercomputing 2011 (SC11) Student Cluster Challenge, aka the SCC… aka Cluster for Glory… aka Clusterbowl, Cluster Cup, and Cluster-geddon.
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Check Point scoffs security dashboard firm

Check Point has acquired governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) firm Dynasec. Financial terms of the deal, announced Monday, were undisclosed.
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2011
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Public transport 'is bad for commuters' health'

Swedish researchers have carried out a survey which, they say, reveals that commuting by public transport or by car damages people's health compared to making the journey to work by foot or bicycle. Curiously, the research also appeared to show that a long commute by car led to better health than a short drive in.
Lewis Page, 31 Oct 2011
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Google signs Deepak Chopra and Madonna in TV blitzkrieg

Two months ago Google chairman Eric Schmidt assured TV industry executives that Google was complementary to them, not a competitor. All the Chocolate Factory wanted to do, he said, was help.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Oct 2011

Is your network taking on a life of its own?

Networking has always been something of a dark art, but you would have thought it would get easier as technologies mature. In fact, technology, along with users’ expectations of it, is making the network manager's jobs more difficult than ever.
Danny Bradbury, 31 Oct 2011
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Desperate RIM in 'buy two PlayBooks, get one free' offer

RIM has resorted to giving away its little-fondled BlackBerry PlayBook as part of a promo to drive sales to biz customers stateside.
Tim Anderson, 31 Oct 2011

Farewell then, Sony Ericsson

It promised to bring together the best of Swedish design and Japanese consumer electronics marketing, and at times, it did. But after 10 years and one month, Sony has pulled the plug on its mobile phone venture with Ericsson.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Oct 2011
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From Frogger to fluid dynamics

SC11 We’re closing in on SC11, the annual HPC love fest that kicks off this year in Seattle on November 12th. The SC (stands for Super Computing) events are different from every other industry gathering.
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Steve Jobs' last words: 'OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.'

A eulogy for Steve Jobs written and delivered by his sister was published over the weekend. It reveals many personal details of the techbiz titan's life, among them his last words as he lay dying with his family around him.
Lewis Page, 31 Oct 2011
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National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

SCC team profile Student Cluster Competition time is fast approaching. Below is our first competitor profile and check out our introduction here.

BBC iPlayer to require TV licence

Watching BBC iPlayer may soon be illegal if you do not possess a TV licence if proposals under consideration by the government become law.
Caleb Cox, 31 Oct 2011
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Apple confirmed as buyer of 3D mapping firm

Apple has been confirmed as the the buyer of 3D maps company C3 technologies, which was sold over the summer to a undeclared company.
Anna Leach, 31 Oct 2011
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National University of Defense Technology, China

SCC team profile China’s National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) is the same organization that brought to life the 2.56 PetaFLOP Tianhe-1A supercomputer. This system, with more than 14,000 Intel Westmere processors (186,368 cores) and 7,168 NVIDIA Tesla GPUs, shocked the world when it came out of nowhere to take the top slot on the Top500 list in November 2010.
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Argentina stakes online claim on Falklands

Argentina has complained about the continued existence of the Falkland Islands' top-level internet address .fk, according to a local internet users society and other sources.
Kevin Murphy, 31 Oct 2011
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Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica

SCC Team Profile: Lending a tropical air to the SC11 Student Cluster Challenge are the Rainforest Eagles from Costa Rica’s Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (ITCR-ITS). This is the first team from central America, and at latitude 10° north, the southernmost team to date. So if you wagered that Taiwan, at 25° north, would be the competitor closest to the Equator – you lose. ITCR is also the first team from an isthmus – but I’m not aware of any active betting on this issue.
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Biz bosses are catching fondleslab fever, says distie

Biz customers are slowly falling for the charms of the fondleslab and finally calling on resellers to provide them, the boss of Ingram Micro reckons.
Paul Kunert, 31 Oct 2011
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Samsung reveals Ice Cream Sarnie updates for 2012

Samsung Italy has let slip which Galaxy phones and tablets it plans to provide with with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates, all due next year.
Caleb Cox, 31 Oct 2011
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Gloves off in NYSE: Red Hat trading tech face-off

It was a bit perplexing when two weeks ago, apropos of nothing, commercial Linux distributor Red Hat affirmed its commitment to the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) messaging integration software that is at the heart of its Enterprise MRG-Messaging variant of the Linux stack it sells. Now we know why.
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Sony may break up with Samsung

Sony is considering breaking up its joint venture with Samsung on LCD panels so it can cut its costs, according to a number of reports.
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LightSquared pulls out all the stops to get FCC approval

LightSquared is fighting with every weapon at its disposal to win the war of public perception, and get FCC approval for its controversial network before the cash runs out.
Bill Ray, 31 Oct 2011
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Open-sourcers suggest Linux secure boot block workarounds

The Linux Foundation has published a how-to guide for PC makers on implementing UEFI's Secure Boot functionality without preventing the post-sale installation of Linux on Windows 8 machines.
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2011
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Microsoft confirms Kinect SDK for business in 2012

Microsoft has confirmed it will release a full commercial SDK for the Kinect in early 2012, and it’s hoping that the technology will cross the chasm from gaming into the business world.
Iain Thomson, 31 Oct 2011

Another reason to jail-break your iPhone 4: You can get Siri

Apple withheld Siri from iPhone 4 as a straightforward ploy to get people to fork out another £499 for its new iPhone. But there's no reason Siri can't run on the 4 – and you can get it on there by jail-breaking your phone.
Anna Leach, 31 Oct 2011
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China responds to satellite hack charge: 'Nuh-uh!'

Surprising no one, the Chinese government has denied that it had anything to do with the hacking of two US satellites in 2007 and 2008.
Rik Myslewski, 31 Oct 2011
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China to take women to heaven and back

China is considering sending two female astronauts into space on its first manned missions to its space lab module next year.

Ultrabook sales 'falling short of targets'

Those slim, svelte, sexy ultrabooks that Intel has been flogging may be having a hard time finding buyers due to their relatively high prices.
Rik Myslewski, 31 Oct 2011
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Dozens of chemical firms hit in espionage hack attack

Dozens of companies in the defense and chemical industries have been targeted in an industrial espionage campaign that steals confidential data from computers infected with malware, researchers from Symantec said.
Dan Goodin, 31 Oct 2011
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Olympus gets government grilling after firing nosy Brit boss

The Japanese prime minister has called for clarification from Olympus’ board of directors over hundreds of millions of dollars in fees paid out during recent takeovers – deals the company’s short-lived British CEO claims he was fired for investigating.
Iain Thomson, 31 Oct 2011
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China fires up homegrown petaflops super

The Chinese government has booted up the first of three homegrown, petaflops-class massively parallel supercomputers based on indigenous technology.
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Illicit Bitcoin miners steal resources from infected Macs

Security researchers have identified malware that hijacks the resources of infected Macs to illegally mint the digital currency known as Bitcoin.
Dan Goodin, 31 Oct 2011
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Kiwi devs look to export 3D urban-planning tech

New Zealand-based 3D visualisation company Nextspace has secured a round of VC funding to assist in the export of its interactive Visual City technology.
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More big boxen for boffins

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation – CSIRO to you and I – has gone to market for an upgrade to a 64-processor system in Canberra.
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Optus taps Arianespace for satellite launch

Arianespace has announced that it has been signed to lift Optus’ tenth satellite into orbit in mid-2013. The satellite will be lifted from the Guiana Space Centre using the Ariane 5 lifter.
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NEXTDC details rapid rollout

With its first 3,000 square meters now operational, Australian data centre startup NEXTDC says its rollout plans for 2012 and 2013 will see it generating revenue from the current financial year.
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Boffins' PETMAN robot mimics human gym rats

Engineers at Boston Dynamics are showing off its PETMAN robot as it does calisthenics and simulates the actions of everyday soldiers.
Iain Thomson, 31 Oct 2011