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Bristol boffins bring qubit computing a tiny step closer

Until now, quantum computing has suffered the same problem that vacuum tubes had in the 1950s: the hardware’s too damn big – a problem addressed by Bristol boffins who have put a reconfigurable two-qubit processor on a single chip.
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Jimbo Wales ponders Wikipedia blackout

Wikipedia founder Jimbo Wales is contemplating taking "the encyclopedia anyone can edit" down – temporarily – in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) currently wending its way through Congress.
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Certification for Malaysian IT pros?

A proposal to introduce a bill to force all IT workers in Malaysia to be certified and registered via a single industry body has sparked agitation in the tech sector.
RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphone

RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 with BBM music

Review Perhaps sensing that it’s on the verge of losing the smartphone battle, BlackBerry manufacturer RIM has all but swamped the market recently with a rash of handsets, each offering something a little bit different. The Curve 9380 is the midrange full-screen model, smaller and cheaper than the Torch 9860, and with no hard Qwerty keyboard.

Hynix figures to win on NAND by being smaller than rivals

Hynix, which trails Samsung and Toshiba in the flash market, is trying to gain ground on them with a 20 per cent better NAND process.
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Typosquatters set up booby-trapped High Street names

Fraudsters have established thousands of typosquatting sites designed to hoodwink customers of popular shopping sites into handing over personal information to fraudulent dopplegangers.
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Micron plans to force itself into tablets, ultrabooks

Micron is going to enter the market for tablet and ultrabook flash next year with mSATA solid state drives.
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ISIS signs Gemalto, aims to scoff Google Wallet's lunch

The ISIS Consortium has awarded the contract for running its NFC platform to Dutch specialist Gemalto, claiming that two thirds of proximity transactions will end up being routed through the company's service.
Bill Ray, 13 2011
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P2P veterans sue the Cloud ... for copying their stuff

Google, Amazon, Dropbox and VMWare are on the receiving end of a law suit brought by former P2Ptards who claim that cloud products from the big companies infringe their peer-sharing patents.
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Go Contacts EX

Android App of the Week There are dozens of dialer apps in the Android Market. Actually, that’s a lie: I’ve found nine. The best I’ve tried is the dialer component of Contacts EX from the Go Developer Team, one of the most consistently impressive and reliable bunch of coders for the Android platform.

Startup's enviable flash stamina 'attracts Apple's gaze'

Apple is rumoured to be considering buying Anobit, a flash controller startup whose signal processing technology makes cheap non-volatile memory as reliable as the more expensive stuff.
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Is Microsoft brewing a Win8, WinPho code merge?

Microsoft’s Windows Phone chief Andy Lees has been given a new role, leading a stealth project straddling Windows Phone and Windows 8.
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Learning about chip design from Silicon Roundabout

Yesterday would have been the 84th birthday of Robert Noyce - who with Jack Kirby invented the integrated circuit, and who was one of the three founders of Intel.
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Sony takes PS Vita on Blighty-wide tour

Sony will take the PlayStation Vita out on the road ahead of the device's launch in February 2012, offering British gamers the chance to try before they buy.
Caleb Cox, 13 2011
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Steelie Neelie dreams of apps slurping public data for free

Steelie Neelie Kroes, European digital agenda commissioner, has called for public data to be more easily and cheaply accessible, a move that could benefit smartphone and web developers.
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Ofcom squeezes local TV into 20 cities' tight White Spaces

Ofcom has identified 20 locations where it believes local telly, broadcast in White Space, is technically possible, and stands the best chance of being commercially viable.
Bill Ray, 13 2011
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

Asus Tegra 3, Android 4 tablet priced up for Brits

Online retailer Clove has priced up the eagerly anticipated Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime - a tablet will not only serve up a slice of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but also Nvidia's five-core Tegra 3 chip.
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Laptop bags: 13- and 14-inchers

Xmas Gift Guide Fed up of lugging your laptop around in a tatty old backpack? Fancy something a little more stylish? Feel your other half ought to carry a pack that's more chic? Here are five of the best bags for 13in and 14in laptops that Reg Hardware saw during 2011.
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AOL sweeps 3.5m dial-up users under web biz rug

AOL is folding its dial-up business into the company's web services division, in a move that boss Tim Armstrong hopes will simplify its structure.

Sony off the hook for killing Linux on PS3

A federal judge has fully dismissed a class-action lawsuit brought against Sony over the electronics giant's decision to axe "Other OS" support from its PlayStation 3 console.
Caleb Cox, 13 2011
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God particle hunt breakthrough expected TODAY

Expect an update on modern science's understanding of the fabric of the universe this lunchtime: physicists working on the Large Hadron Collider will announce their latest findings at 1300 GMT.
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Google beams disaster tourists into tsunami aftermath

Google spy cars have been out snapping the wreckage from the Japanese tsunami, so everyone can see the damage a big wave can do and how long reconstruction is taking.
Bill Ray, 13 2011

NetWare-Linux love child turned up to 11

Novell and SUSE Linux may technically be separate companies, but they are owned by the same Attachmate conglomerate and they still have to work together on specific products, such as Open Enterprise Server, which bolts NetWare print and file services to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
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Now Post Office branches hit by computer glitches

Computer glitches reduced Post Office branch services to a crawl on Monday.
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Virginia ponders tax breaks for (dead) human space flights

The US may not be able to singlehandedly put a live man into space right now, but Virginia politicians may be about to boost the number of dead Americans catapulted into orbit.
Joe Fay, 13 2011
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Windows Phones message hub hit by killer SMS

A security flaw has been discovered in Microsoft's Windows Phone OS which allows hackers to disable a handset's messaging system by SMS.
Caleb Cox, 13 2011
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Winamp mends trio of old-school security holes

An update to Winamp closes a terrible trio of critical security holes in the popular media player application.
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Ebooks must stay fat with VAT, blame the EU, MPs told

When it comes to applying VAT to ebooks, the UK government remains bound by EU law, the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury told MPs yesterday.
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World's biggest music streaming service launches - for tech idiots

A new music streaming service launches today in 23 territories, the biggest launch so far. You're unlikely to want to sign up - it's aimed not at the tech-savvy user but at someone who has broadband but finds Spotify too complex.
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Higgs boson hunters have god particle in their sights

The Higgs boson has been glimpsed by boffins at CERN who are now much closer to pinning down the particle after crunching through hundreds of gigabytes of raw data.
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AT&T and Deutsche Telekom stall for time with DoJ

AT&T and Deutsche Telekom have given themselves an extra month to figure out how to rescue their legislator-challenged deal for T-Mobile USA.

Strictly Come Dancing in 3D: the facts

Apparently some Brits are keen on the BBC's playground for sparkly attired hoofers, Strictly Come Dancing, which comes to its latest grand final this Saturday.
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Microsoft dishes free phones to Android detractors

Microsoft is tempting Android smartphone owners with free Windows Phones if they take to the Twittersphere and let rip on how bad they think Google's OS is.
Caleb Cox, 13 2011
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Android malware victims offered free WinPhones by MS

Microsoft is offering free Windows phones to Android malware victims, providing they are prepared to tell world+dog about their problems.

2011: annus horribilis for Microsoft and RIM

It's hard to know who has had a worse 2011. Microsoft, because during the first ten months of the year, its old OS outsold its new one? Or RIM, because its market share has more than halved during the same period?
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Why there's real hope for webOS - if HP is committed

Open...and Shut It's too soon to declare that Hewlett-Packard has "dump[ed] webOS in the open source trash can", as my friend and mobile open source expert Fabrizio Capobianco insists. But it's also way too soon for HP to speculate on its action being any sort of victory, given the immense difficulties inherent in successfully open sourcing technology.
Matt Asay, 13 2011
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Cosmic Cannonball snapped blazing a bloody trail of star guts

Pic The so-called Cosmic Cannonball, a neutron star moving at over three million miles an hour, has been captured in this new satellite image - or at least the red rose of supernova remnant that encases it.

Cloud biz ASG unwraps early Xmas gift: Atempo

ASG has gone and bought itself a Christmas present; Atempo and its archiving and backup software. The price was kept secret.
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LightSquared screams 'conspiracy' over leaky test results

LightSquared's CEO is demanding an investigation into how draft test results on its technology were leaked from a government-assigned testing house to Bloomberg.
Bill Ray, 13 2011
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Nokia exec: Young fashonistas 'fed up' with iPhone

A Nokia exec has identified the target market to which his Espoonians will "deliver services and phones that are different" from the industry-leading iPhone and Android-based smartphones: jaded kids.
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FCC (finally) cracks down on BLARING! TV! ADS!

The US Federal Communications Commission has issued rules requiring television broadcasters and cable and satellite providers to maintain constant volume levels for programs and commercials.
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JB Hi-Fi rolls out own digital music service NOW

Gadget house JB HiFi is extending its digital footprint with a music subscription service.
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Trade Me completes IPO, starts trading

Fairfax Media’s New Zealand online auction site Trade Me began trading on the Australian and New Zealand stock exchanges yesterday.