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Logik LE423ED11 42in passive 3D TV

Dixons Logik LE423ED11 42in passive 3D TV

Review Now that the big name TV makers have made 3D a mainstream commodity, traditionally cheaper own-brand vendors are moving in for a slice of the pie. But does it make sense to nab a cut-price stereoscopic TV? Not on the evidence of this 42-incher, released under the Logik marque and distributed exclusively through Dixons, Currys and PC World.
Steve May, 29 Dec 2011
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Network kit sales outpace servers in Q3, overall picture looks decent

The data center networking market is keeping pace with sales of servers, according to the latest research from IDC. The company's box counters say that in the third quarter ended in September that revenues for switching and routing gear for the glass house rose by 6.1 per cent to $5.9bn.
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Amazon quietly gobbles up 'social shopping' tech

Recent hires by Amazon show that etailer is toying with contextualised, social shopping.
Anna Leach, 29 Dec 2011

Apple fined $1.2m for flouting Italian warranty law

An Italian regulator has fined Apple €900,000 ($1.17m) for trying to sell a two-year extended warranty when customers were entitled to such a thing for free under Italian law.
Bill Ray, 29 Dec 2011
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David Cameron gets custom prime-ministering iPad app

The crack coders assembled by the Cabinet Office have a new mission: making an iPad app for David Camerons.
Anna Leach, 29 Dec 2011
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Christmas solar plasma belches to hit Earth, Mars - and Mars rover in space

In tune perhaps with the festively-overtaxed digestive processes of many Register readers and hacks, the Sun has lately been giving vent to frightful burning eruptions of internal gas; ones sufficiently awful to mean fatal consequences for unprotected humans in their path.
Lewis Page, 29 Dec 2011
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CSC faces £1bn write-off over botched NHS IT project

CSC, one of the two remaining prime contractors to the NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT), has told its shareholders that it might lose an amount in excess of its £943m investment in the project.

Never mind the switch, feel the fabric

It is not clear who started it but it is all-out war in the systems business and the battleground is convergence.
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Nekkid Tech: The end of the year show

Hello again from Nekkid Tech, podcast about enterprise tech hosted by Greg Knieriemen. This week's episode finds Greg and crew in reflective mode as they consider some of the big stories of 2011.
Drew Cullen, 29 Dec 2011

ALIEN ARTIFACTS can best be FOUND ON MOON

Space boffins have come up with a plan which strikes a deeply resonant chord with us here on the Register lunar desk. The scientists advocate the settting up of a distributed volunteer effort to trawl for signs of alien visits through the vast databases of lunar imagery being accumulated by NASA's space probe now circling the moon, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).
Lewis Page, 29 Dec 2011
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Solicitors from hell website unplugged by libel judge

A website that allows users to 'name and shame' lawyers whose services they are unhappy with has been ordered to close after the High Court ruled its publisher had breached libel, data protection and harassment laws.
OUT-LAW.COM, 29 Dec 2011
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Raving Iranian TV accuses Ofcom of Sky ban

Iranian-backed Press TV is again claiming it's been kicked it off Sky, despite the fact that Ofcom hasn't done any such thing, though the regulator has asked for an editorial office in the UK.
Bill Ray, 29 Dec 2011
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Wi-Fi Protected Setup easily unlocked by security flaw

Security researcher Stefan Viehböck has demonstrated a critical flaw in the Wi-Fi Protected standard that opens up routers to attack and has prompted a US-CERT Vulnerability notice.
Bill Ray, 29 Dec 2011
A160T Hummingbird drone joins the US Army

US deploys 1.8 gigapixel helicopter surveillance drones to Afghanistan

The US Army will deploy Boeing A160T Hummingbird surveillance helicopter drones for the first time (officially at least) in Afghanistan by June 2012.
Iain Thomson, 29 Dec 2011
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Mobile operators need to evolve in 2012

Mobile operators will be forced to up the ante on innovative business models if they are to survive, warns vendor Ericsson.
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MIT student unicycles, Segway-style

A student at MIT has created a nearly self-balancing electric unicycle, imitating the kind of stability control seen in the Segway.
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appiChar launches cloud platform for NFPs

Australian IT services company Appichar has developed a new cloud-based relationship management platform branded supporter360 which targets the not-for-profit sector.