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Apple to conquer connected TVs? Steady on, lad

Analysis A very inward-looking report by Strategy Analytics, published last month, seems to ignore the entire Over the Top video market - and makes Apple an out-and-out winner with its $99 Apple TV device by taking 32 per cent of the Connected Home Device market in 2011.
Faultline, 03 2012
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Dagenham council: Only language our tenants understand is SMS

Barking and Dagenham council has launched a free text message service which allows housing tenants and leaseholders to get information about their council related affairs more easily, without having to use the local authority's contact centre.
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Apple accused of starving French reseller of hot stock

Apple squeezed supplies to a top reseller and used its own retail stores to gain an unfair competitive advantage, claims a French shop chain that is taking Apple to court in Paris.
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DRAM it: Elpida, Toshiba may hook up

Loss-making Japanese DRAM fab fabricator Elpida is reportedly in dire straights and being pushed into an alliance with disk drive and flash-maker Toshiba by the Japanese government, sources say.
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That Brit-built £22 computer: Yours for just £1,900 or more

The British-designed credit card-sized RaspberryPi computer, eagerly awaited due to its £22 price tag, can be yours this week for a mere £1,900 or more.
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NASA's twin GRAILs reunite in lunar orbit

NASA's GRAIL spacecraft duo are back together again and circling the Moon in preparation for their lunar study mission.

LG to show 55in, 4mm-thick OLED TV at CES

LG will be showing off its largest OLED TV at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week having taken the telly tech to 55 inches.
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Area 51 to host sci-fi knocking shop

An enterprising Nevada brothel owner has decided to cash in on the fame of Area 51 and offer alien-hungry tourists the chance to get their rocks off in a sci-fi themed knocking shop.

Asus primed for 7in tablet outing

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicks off in Las Vegas next week, and the rumour-mill is awash with whispers of what to expect. The latest: a 7in Android tablet from Asus.
Caleb Cox, 03 2012
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Nokia rests Symbian's future on a bunch of muppets

Nokia has released two interactive books documenting the happy-go-lucky lives of Sesame Street's residents, while apparently failing to notice that it has no tablet computers and has given up on Symbian.
Bill Ray, 03 2012

HP teases next Ultrabook launch

Intel hopes 2012 will be dubbed 'the year of the Ultrabook', and its old pal HP has wasted no time in pitching its own überslim laptop offering.
Caleb Cox, 03 2012

BlackBerry PlayBook in US price plummet

RIM's frenzied attempts to offload bags of its unpopular PlayBook tablets continues, with prices on all models in the US slashed to $299.
Samsung Series 9 900X3A notebook

Samsung Series 9 900X3A laptop

Review Samsung’s Series 9 is the Korean giant’s thin and light flagship, and one of several recent models to come to market that borrow engineering and design principles from Apple’s Air range. Which means decent performance, decent components, but minimal expansion.
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Asus drops GPS from tablet spec after issues emerge

Asus has dropped the word 'GPS' from its Eee Pad Transformer Prime spec sheet after early adopters of the 10in Android tablet found the gadget's satnav tech doesn't work too well.
Hard Reg, 03 2012
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Japan tasks Fujitsu with creating search-and-destroy cyber-weapon

Fujitsu has been commissioned to develop ‘seek and destroy’ malware, reportedly designed to track and disable the sources of cyber-attacks.

Steve Jobs action figure set for shop shelves

The popularity of collectable figurines may have declined from the golden years of Star Wars statues and Hulk Hogan toys, but when it comes to Apple fanboys, replica models of the late Steve Jobs are sure to be a hot property.
Caleb Cox, 03 2012
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Rupert Murdoch and 'unverified' missus in Twitter tangle

Updated Despite his former disdain for the internet, media mogul Rupert Murdoch has joined the Twitterati, apparently with his wife in tow.

Samsung parades dual-display camera with Wi-Fi

Many of us will have seen double at some stage over the festive break, but Samsung has continued the trend into the new year with the launch of a compact camera complete with two LCD screens and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Caleb Cox, 03 2012
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Iron digi-curtain: Belarus nationalises internet

Europe's last Stalinist state could fine citizens half their salary for visiting foreign websites in a domestic clamp-down on the internet.
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Boffins unimpressed by LOHAN's sizzling thruster

The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team has just about shaken off the effects of excessive Yule cheer, and is back at the workbench further pondering a potential powerplant for the Vulture 2 spaceplane.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime and friend

Asus asked to decrypt Eee tablet bootloader

Asus' decision to encrypt the bootloader built into its Eee Pad Transformer Prime has prompted prospective punters to petition for the practice to end.
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Stratfor so very, very sorry in wake of mega-hack

The website of global intelligence-analysing firm Stratfor remains offline - a week after hacktivists broke into its poorly secured systems and extracted passwords and credit card details.

China's new year's resolution: Build a flash fab

Blocks and Files China has no hard disk drive, DRAM and flash memory production facilities of its own – but that could change.
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How Apple won the West (and lost the world)

Open ... and Shut The spread of high-end smart phones throughout the rich, developed world is largely made possible by expensive data plans. Such plans enable carriers to subsidise expensive iPhones and Android devices, to the point that even a big swath of teenagers in the Western world can realistically plan to buy iPhones and iPads.
Matt Asay, 03 2012
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Darth Vader dies peacefully in hospital

Master swordsman Bob Anderson, the Hollywood fencing coach who wielded Darth Vader's lightsaber, died peacefully in a West Sussex hospital on Sunday, aged 89.

Oracle VM whips rowdy virtual machines into submission

Just in time for the holidays and giving techies an excuse to stay out of the kitchen and be helpful, Oracle unwrapped updates to its Oracle VM implementation of the Xen hypervisor for x86 servers and the alternative VirtualBox hypervisor for x86-based PCs and servers.
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Sprint grants LightSquared last-minute stay of execution

Sprint Nextel has given wireless broadband biz LightSquared until the end of January to get FCC approval for its network, putting a hard deadline on the viability of its revolutionary plan.
Bill Ray, 03 2012

Riverbed could snap up failed WAN optimiser for $10m

Riverbed is reportedly looking to pick up failed WAN optimiser Expand Networks for $10m, a pittance.
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Microsoft celebrates the death of IE6

Microsoft is celebrating the news that Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) use in the US has officially dropped below one per cent of internet visits.
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SoundCloud gets US$50m for sonic growth

Berlin based social media audio sharing site SoundCloud has raised up to as rumoured US$50 million in funding led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
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Rhino horn price spike drives record poaching

Growing demand for quack cures derived from rhinoceros horn have driven horn street value to around $US65,000 per kilo, leading to a one-third increase in poaching from 2010 to 2011.
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Big cloud Internap eats little cloud Voxel

The appetite for cloudy infrastructure expertise continues apace in 2012. Managed-hosting and colocation services provider Internap has bolstered its position in the cloudy infrastructure peddling market by acquiring sometime-competitor Voxel for $30m.
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Mobile software devs to link arms at CES

A new cabal representing the interests of mobile application developers is to be launched at CES next week.
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Very tiny RF transistor made from graphene

Researchers at Chalmers University in Sweden have demonstrated a graphene-based transistor design that allows more compact RF mixer processing.
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Chip sales sag says semiconductor seller survey

Thanks to the flooding in Thailand and other macroeconomic issues, chip sales fell by 3.1 per cent last November to $25.13bn, according to statistics from the Semiconductor Industry Association. Those figures are a three-month moving average running from September through November, compared to sales from the same period on 2010 – which was a pretty good time for the chip biz.