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Dell XPS 14z 14in notebook

Dell XPS 14z 14in Core i5 notebook

Review Don’t worry, the XPS 14z may be one of Dell’s new "thin and powerful" range, but it doesn’t fit into the superslim Ultrabook category so there’s absolutely no need whatsoever for a gratuitous comparison with Apple's MacBook Air.
Cliff Joseph, 12 Dec 2011
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REVEALED: People write things on Twitter, Media

If a tree falls over and no-one tweets about it, will it get picked up by the mainstream media or not?
Team Register, 12 Dec 2011
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NAS door gives drag-n-drop access to linear tape vault

With StrongBox Crossroads has built a NAS head for tape libraries that combines disk access speed with tape's low-cost and longevity, and can cut file storage costs by 90 per cent.
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2011
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Hitachi GST unzips to reveal hard internal 4TB whopper

Hitachi GST has a 4TB desktop disk drive on sale in Tokyo, although no product announcement has been made. This would be the world's first 4TB internal drive.
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2011
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Concerns over plan to boost pharma by releasing NHS data

Earlier this week the Government announced proposals (40-page / 2.1MB PDF) to change the NHS Constitution so that information stored about patients would be automatically shared with life sciences researchers via a new anonymised database unless patients elect for their details not to be included.
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 Dec 2011
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Gov websites' value not at all clear despite trimming

The government has failed to routinely measure the benefits of its main portals - the Government Gateway, Directgov and Business.gov - which together have cost £90.3m over the past three years, says the National Audit Office (NAO).
Philips Fidelio AS851 speaker dock for Android devices

Philips Fidelio AS851 speaker

Geek Treat of the Week Philips’ Fidelio speakers for iOS - such as the DS9 - have gotten a big thumbs-up from us in the past, and now Philips has released a new range specifically designed for Android devices.
Cliff Joseph, 12 Dec 2011
Apple iPad 2

iPad 3 out in March/April say part maker moles

The next iPad will be out in three to four months' time after going into production in January. Component makers are already shipping parts.
Hard Reg, 12 Dec 2011
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Floods? What floods? Seagate to open new Thai disk fab

Despite the devastating and deadly floods in Thailand, Seagate will spend $30m (£19.1m) to finish building a new disk read-write head plant in the south-east Asian nation.
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2011
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Elon Musk's private Dragon ship to dock with ISS in Feb

NASA has announced that - all being well - the first mission to the International Space Station by a privately built and operated spacecraft will lift off on February 7. The craft will be a Dragon capsule launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket, both made and handled by techbiz visionary Elon Musk's new company SpaceX.
Lewis Page, 12 Dec 2011
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Global BlackBerry web filter vow to block child abuse sites

RIM's proxy-style web delivery is bypassing mobile network operators' filters on internet filth, including the thoroughly illegal sites listed by the Internet Watch Foundation, much to the delight disgust of the Daily Mail.
Bill Ray, 12 Dec 2011
Reg Hardware Awards

Vote for the year's best computing kit

Reg Hardware Awards 2011 Ladies and gentlemen, the annual Reg Hardware Awards are here and, once again, we need your help finding the best - and the worst - consumer electronics and infotech products of 2011.
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Chinese strike hits Hitachi GST ahead of WD buy

More than 1,000 workers at a Hitachi GST-owned disk drive plant are striking over severance pay connected to the Western Digital acquisition.
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2011
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O2 rents out latest iPhones to tease panting fanbois

O2 reckons it’s the first UK operator to lease smartphones to small businesses, providing annual upgrades and free insurance, but no phone at the end of the day.
Bill Ray, 12 Dec 2011
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O2 calls for consumers to lease iPhones

O2 claims to have become the first UK network operating to offer a leasing programme for smartphones. Customers will be able to rent iPhones for a year, eliminating the need for long-term commitment and large upfront costs.
Caleb Cox, 12 Dec 2011
Sony Tablet S

Sony ships 3G Android tablet

The 3G-enabled version of Sony's wedge-shaped Tablet S has surfaced at last.
Hard Reg, 12 Dec 2011
Motorola RAZR Android smartphone

2011's Best... Smartphones

Xmas Gift Guide The modern smartphone is the true Swiss Army knife of gadgets. Want to listen to music? Watch a video? Browse the web? Read a book? Keep up with your friends? Take a picture? Make a video? A smartphone can do all those things, with ever increasing competence.
Alun Taylor, 12 Dec 2011
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Web scam-busting trio thwarted by mystery DDoS rocket

Updated A bunch of anti-scam sites was knocked offline last week by fierce and apparently well-organised distributed denial of service attacks.
John Leyden, 12 Dec 2011
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Smarter Networking for a smarter data centre

On demand We think a lot about the network that connects the client to the server room, but maybe not enough about the network inside the data centre. At least, until now. Our Reg poll shows that the problems of network consolidation, distributed apps and all that spaghetti stuff sticking out the back of your servers is beginning to worry you.
Miatta Momoh, 12 Dec 2011
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NotW didn't delete Milly Dowler 'false hope' voicemail

New evidence has emerged that shows that the News of the World was not responsible for deleting voicemail messages on murder victim Milly Dowler's phone, a move that gave her family false hope that the schoolgirl might still be alive.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Dec 2011
Interactive Periodic Table of Swearing

Churlish gadget cusses those who use it

NSFW Cult comic collective Modern Toss is holding an exhibition this week, showcasing its 2011 catalogue of work, which includes the outfit's mannerless machine, the Interactive Periodic Table of Swearing.
Caleb Cox, 12 Dec 2011
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Greenland 'lurched upward' in 2010 as 100bn tons of ice melted

Parts of southern Greenland apparently lurched upwards by as much as 20mm as glaciers melted and ran off into the sea during 2010, according to scientists. It's thought that as much as 100 billion tons more ice than usual may have vanished from the island's ice sheet that year.
Lewis Page, 12 Dec 2011
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Microsoft beaten down 16pc on software sales to NHS

The UK's Cabinet Office has lifted the embargo on NHS Trusts buying Microsoft software after negotiating a double-digit discount on current pricing, according to sources familiar with the deal.
Paul Kunert, 12 Dec 2011
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Amazon preps major update for Kindle Fire UI

Amazon will roll out a major update for its Kindle Fire firmware before Christmas, the online retail giant has promised.
Tony Smith, 12 Dec 2011
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Google execs eye NASA's Hangar One to park their air fleet

Google's co-founders are on a mission to save NASA's Hangar One, which once housed the US Navy's airships at Moffett Field but has latterly been rented by the Chocolate Factory's top brass to provide a shelter for - among other things - a fighter jet.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Dec 2011
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Desktop virt used to cope with Starbucks workforce security

The trend for mobile working has fuelled demand for desktop virtualisation, says a survey by Citrix as employers want to know that their out-of-office workforce are on secure machines.
Anna Leach, 12 Dec 2011
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Durban failed: Relax, everyone

Analysis The United Nations Organisation's COP17 climate conference has finished - and if you're a concerned energy user in IT manufacturing, an investor, or simply taxpayer, there shouldn't be anything the draft agreement to worry you. Not any more than you have to worry about already.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Dec 2011
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Brazil, China trample UK in virtualization gold rush

Mexico, China and other rising economies are quicker at employing new technologies than the UK, meaning that Britain is lagging behind in the shift to server virtualisation, according to a survey by Dell and Intel.
Anna Leach, 12 Dec 2011
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Meet the boffin who gave GPUs a bigger bang for the Buck

SC2011 One of the presentations I caught at SC11 was by GPU computing pioneer Ian Buck - which is a good name for a pioneer, I think.
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Fake anti-virus victims in line for slice of $8m payout pie

US watchdogs plan to refund victims of scareware scams using seized assets from fake anti-virus peddler Innovative Marketing.
John Leyden, 12 Dec 2011
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BT fibre rollout reaches Scotland, Wales

BT's Openreach wing plans to deploy its fibre technology to a further 178 exchanges, the national telco confirmed today.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Dec 2011
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Disk fab floods rinse $1bn off Intel's Q4 revenue

Chip maker Intel has slashed its final quarter outlook, admitting it will fall short of the company's previous forecast due to a hard drive supply shortage - sparked by flooding in Thai disk factories.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Dec 2011
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EU stalls Googorola anti-competition probe

The EU has temporarily suspended its probe into Google's planned buyout of Motorola Mobility because it wants more information, including comments from Google's competitors.
Anna Leach, 12 Dec 2011
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Royalty-free web vid spec sets sail with Apple's help

Updated A proposed standard to stream video online smoothly, regardless of network conditions, has been pushed forward with some rather unexpected patent-holder help.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Dec 2011
Call of Duty: Black Ops

Call of Duty is hottest selling entertainment product ever

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has exploded past James Cameron's 3D blockbuster, Avatar, to became the fastest entertainment offering of any kind to achieve $1bn in sales.
Caleb Cox, 12 Dec 2011
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Microsoft and Amazon soar above other Clouds

Cloud storage gateway supplier Nasuni has ranked the clouds its gateway hooks up to and reckons six are good and ten are crap (our term).
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2011
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Microsoft updates Azure with SDK and Hadoop preview

Microsoft has updated Azure in time for Christmas, with new tools for developers, reduced storage and operation costs for SQL, and Redmond’s promised integration with Hadoop as a limited preview for those who’ve been not naughty but nice.
Iain Thomson, 12 Dec 2011
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Japan launches, orbits radar spy satellite

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has successfully put a radar satellite into orbit, ready to watch over its own shores and keep an eye on North Korea.
Iain Thomson, 12 Dec 2011
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Malicious apps infiltrate Google's Android Market

Google security crews have tossed at least a dozen smartphone games out of the Android Market after discovering they contained secret code that caused owners to accrue expensive charges for text messages sent to premium numbers.
Dan Goodin, 12 Dec 2011
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Kaspersky DLP spin-off buys German security firm

Russian data loss prevention firm InfoWatch has bought German software firm cynapspro.
John Leyden, 12 Dec 2011
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Cambridge puts Isaac Newton's notes online

If you're looking for a bit of light reading this holiday season, Cambridge University is here to help: they've digitized and made available online over 4,000 pages of the pioneering scientist and mathemetician Sir Isaac Newton's most important works.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Dec 2011
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Flight Centre settles $US14m legal battle with web supplier

Australian discount airline booker Flight Centre has settled a two year legal stoush against its former web services supplier Dublin-based Datalex.
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Martians lived underground, say Oz boffins

A group of Australian scientists have created a “whole of planet” model that suggests large parts of Mars are capable of supporting life – as long as it doesn’t mind living underground.
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Oracle and IBM fight for the heavy workload

IBM and Oracle agree about little these days, and they are coming at it from different angles, but both IT giants believe that some companies don't want general-purpose machines; they want machines tuned to run a specific stack of software for a particular kind of workload.
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FOI request turns up Carrier IQ surprise

The Carrier IQ scandal is a gift that just keeps giving: a US FOI report suggests that the FBI is using data captured by the creepy smartphone snooping app.
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Bullseye gets marked by STW

Australian marketing giant STW has added digital services and technology provider Bullseye to its portfolio.
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Espionage hack attack preys on chemical firms

More than two months after the discovery of an organized malware campaign targeting dozens of companies in the defense and chemical industries, the espionage hack attack shows no signs of letting up.
Dan Goodin, 12 Dec 2011