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New PCIe drive chip lives life in the flash lane

Every day widespread industry adoption of PCIe flash drives comes closer - and now storage controller supplier Marvell is launching modules to make building these little beasts a lot easier.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2012
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Who will be David to EMC's external disk Goliath?

For seven years EMC and NetApp have increasingly dominated the external storage industry. Can they stay at the top?
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2012
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Mobile phone mast-in-a-chip biz sells out for $50m

Mindspeed Technologies has agreed to buy UK femtocell leader Picochip for £33.4m ($51.9m), with more than half of that in cash, to help it jump into the burgeoning femtocell business.
Bill Ray, 09 Jan 2012
Netflix

Netflix goes live in Blighty

Netflix goes live in the UK today, offering Brits streaming access to its collection of online content for £6 a month.
Tony Smith, 09 Jan 2012
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Former coder, NASA 'naut to lead DARPA starship dream

The bevy of boffins over at the occasionally madcap Pentagon agency DARPA have chosen a former astronaut to lead their highly ambitious drive to get the first manned interstellar spaceship flying out of the solar system by 2111.
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LG: 1mm bezel on your telly, anyone?

CES 2012 CES 2012 LG's highlight at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which kicks off in Las Vegas this week: an HD TV with a bezel that's just 1mm thick.
Hard Reg, 09 Jan 2012
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Urban Wi-Fi is back... in Westminster and Kensington

O2 will be providing blanket Wi-Fi coverage on behalf of Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, installed into street furniture and providing free connectivity to residents and visitors.
Bill Ray, 09 Jan 2012
CES 2012 Week

CES Week 2012: Complete Coverage

CES 2012 CES 2012 The Consumer Electronics Show - CES to its friends - takes place in Las Vegas this week. It's the biggest show of its kind in the world and is the launch pad for almost all of 2012's most important technology products.
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Microsoft's veteran server and tools chief punches eject

The veteran running the business side of Microsoft's Windows server and tools software is leaving after 16 years.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Jan 2012
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Mars rover seeks perfect suntan spot to survive winter

NASA's ageing Mars exploration rover Opportunity is heading for Greeley Haven for the winter - a site with a sun-facing slope to catch the meagre rays of our star on its solar panels.
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Acer intros skinny 15in notebook

CES 2012 CES 2012 We can't call Acer's newly announced slimline 14in and 15in Aspire Timeline Ultra laptops 'Ultrabooks' - that's an Intel trademark for a well-defined class of machine.
Tony Smith, 09 Jan 2012

Nikon raises bar with fresh flagship DSLR

Nikon has unveiled a new flagship DSLR, catering for the professional market and those with extremely fat wallets.
Caleb Cox, 09 Jan 2012
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HDS joins string of disk floggers hiking drive prices

All mainstream disk array suppliers seem to be raising prices. Here's what Hitachi Data Systems, the latest one to do so, says:
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2012
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BSkyB nabs stake in telly babble app biz Zeebox

BSkyB has taken a 10 per cent equity stake in social telly chitchat app Zeebox.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jan 2012
Samsung Google Galaxy Nexus Android 4.0 smartphone

iPhone demand strong months after 4S release

Apple and Samsung are rapidly establishing themselves as the two key smartphone sellers - in the States at least.
Tony Smith, 09 Jan 2012
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SEVENTY-FIVE wirelessly charged devices will demo at CES

CES 2012 Seventy-five new devices featuring wireless charging will be demonstrated over the next week, with Motorola joining the effort to push the technology over the tipping point.
Bill Ray, 09 Jan 2012
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Lenovo outs Ice Cream Sarnie telly

CES 2012 CES 2012 Lenovo has announced what it claims is the world's first TV to sport Google's latest OS, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It's also the first set with a dual-core processor.
Caleb Cox, 09 Jan 2012
Archos G9 Android tablet

Archos G9 101 8GB Android tablet

Review Review Over the years, Archos has pitched much of its kit at the impecunious rather than the technically demanding. However, some of its Android devices like the 43 media player have appealed to both camps. Now it’s trying to repeat the trick with the G9 series of Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablets.
Alun Taylor, 09 Jan 2012
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How's Cameron's favourite Shoreditch startup doing? Oh.

If Cameron and his Number 10 advisors are to believed, the future of the British economy powered by Shoreditch web startups is going to be so bright, we'll all need sunglasses. The Conservatives have sought to promote Old Street's webtastic firms as epitomes of entrepreneurship.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Jan 2012
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Lenovo primed with keyboard-connectable tablet

CES 2012 CES 2012 Continuing the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich theme at CES comes the Lenovo IdeaTab S2, a dockable tablet rather in the style of Asus' Eee Pad Transformer Prime.
Caleb Cox, 09 Jan 2012
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1TB USB stick shoved into Swiss Army knife

CES 2012 Victorinox is making a Swiss Army penknife with a 1TB USB stick inside it, claiming it's the world's highest USB stick capacity.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2012
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Acer unveils 'world's thinnest' Ultrabook

CES 2012 CES 2012 Acer has become the most recent company to stamp the 'world's thinnest' moniker upon an Ultrabook release - Toshiba has already made that claim - launching the Aspire S5, which it reckons will also be the first Windows-based PC to feature a Thunderbolt port.
Caleb Cox, 09 Jan 2012
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How not to steer a business

Broadcast The mainstream media generally portrays the financial services industry as being in a total mess, with customers failing to be served and management often apparently serving themselves.
Martha Bennett, 09 Jan 2012
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Parrot takes flight with next-gen quadricopter

CES 2012 CES 2012 Parrot spread its wings at CES this week and launched a new version of its popular smartphone-controlled quadricopter, the AR.Drone, adding 720p video capture to the chopper, as well as improving its controls and aerodynamics.
Caleb Cox, 09 Jan 2012
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Marvell updates hybrid NAND/disk controller

Hot on the heels of its 9145 PCIe flash controller component, Marvell is launching a new controller to make building hybrid drives, spinning disk plus NAND flash, a lot easier.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2012
CES 2012 Week

CES Week 2012: Complete Coverage

CES 2012 CES 2012 The Consumer Electronics Show - CES to its friends - takes place in Las Vegas this week. It's the biggest show of its kind in the world and is the launch pad for almost all of 2012's most important technology products.
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Facebook VERY SLOWLY rolls out Timeline

Facebook isn't in any great hurry to update its users with the company's "frictionless sharing" feature Timeline, despite boss Mark Zuckerberg enthusiastically announcing it in September 2011.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jan 2012
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File stroker AutoVirt ascends into the clouds - in a bad way

AutoVirt is now like Monty Python's Norwegian Blue parrot: bereft of life, it rests in peace. If it wasn't nailed to its perch it'd be pushing up the daisies.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2012
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Elgato readies Thunderbolt-fed external SSD

CES 2012 CES 2012 Best known for its TV tuners, Germany's Elgato is moving into the storage biz. Announced at the Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) today: a Thunderbolt-connected SSD.
Tony Smith, 09 Jan 2012
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Angry iPhone users bring antitrust class action against Apple

Four American iPhone users have launched a class action suit against Apple over its exclusive deals with carriers in the country and the way it runs the App Store.
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AR app brings aid to tailgaters

CES 2012 CES 2012 Here's an augmented driving app that will no doubt make a neat addition to any petrolhead's motoring experience.
Caleb Cox, 09 Jan 2012
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Chrome beta promises super-fast URL loads

Chrome 17 has hit beta with the promise Google's browser will start loading web pages before you've completed the URL.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Jan 2012
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Did Vatican commit Cardinal sin over Wikipedia bios?

The Vatican has once again declared "blessed are the freetards" by justifying the appointment of 22 new cardinals with a raft of backup material culled from Wikipedia.
Team Register, 09 Jan 2012
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Lovefilm knocks a pound off streaming sub

Lovefilm is to reduced the price of its most basic subscription package in a bid to compete with the eagerly anticipated arrival of Netflix in the UK.
Tony Smith, 09 Jan 2012
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Smart meter SSL screw-up exposes punters' TV habits

White-hat hackers have exposed the privacy shortcomings of smart meter technology.
John Leyden, 09 Jan 2012
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Google accused of meddling with S Korean probe

Google has been accused of methodically interfering with an anti-competition investigation into Android by South Korea's Fair Trade Commission.
Anna Leach, 09 Jan 2012
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Nexenta trashes Win8 Storage Spaces

Nexenta has scoffed at Microsoft's self-healing Storage Spaces, which is billed as a means of creating and managing pooled virtual drives on Windows 8.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2012
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Ion refreshes arcade cabinet for iOS

CES 2012 CES 2012 Ion has revealed its successor to the iPad-oriented arcade accessory, the iCade, reducing its form factor and introducing a new, even-smaller version for the iPhone.
Caleb Cox, 09 Jan 2012
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HMV faces the music after crap Christmas

British High Street store HMV will inch away from CD and DVD retail and re-angle itself as a gadget seller, it announced today after another disappointing Christmas performance.
Anna Leach, 09 Jan 2012
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Nokia gets another OS

Nokia has gone out and bought itself another operating system. It has snapped up the privately-held Norwegian company Smarterphone, which licenses a touchscreen featurephone OS, for an undisclosed sum. The company describes its eponymous platform (now up to version 3.0) as competing in the market of $25 to $75.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Jan 2012
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Nuclear Mars tank prepares for 8-thruster dance

The Mars Science Laboratory, the "nuclear-powered robot laser tank" carrying NASA's shiny new rover, Curiosity, is due to fire its engine in two days' time for the biggest manoeuvre on its trip to the Red Planet.
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Ford unwraps '2013 Mondeo'

Detroit Motor Show Detroit Motor Show The great and good of the Ford Motor Company today whipped the dust covers off the new Fusion at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit. Should we care? Yes, because this is the 2013 Ford Mondeo, give or take a few minor technical details.
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Is Amazon cooking up cloudy big data service?

There's speculation and scuttlebutt that cloud computing juggernaut Amazon is pondering fluffing up a big data crunching service as part of its Amazon Web Services subsidiary.
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Canon focuses on compact snapper spruce-up

CES 2012 CES 2012 Canon has snapped into action at CES, introducing the long-awaited next-gen addition to its highly-popular G series of premium compact cameras.
Caleb Cox, 09 Jan 2012
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Mr SANRAD, bring me a flash dream, sings OCZ

Sleepless flash drive supplier OCZ, known for constantly spraying out new products, has gone and bought SANRAD for its virtualised server flash cache usage software.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2012
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LG calls up 720p IPS screen smartphone for Verizon

CES 2012 CES 2012 LG has just unwrapped the LTE-capable version of its Nitro HD smartphone: the Spectrum.
Tony Smith, 09 Jan 2012
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HP sneaks out printer firebomb firmware security fix

HP has quietly patched a serious security vulnerability that had left its LaserJet printers open to attack by net villains.
John Leyden, 09 Jan 2012
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802.11n Wi-Fi uploaded to SD card spec

CES 2012 CES 2012 The SD Association - the organisation behind the ubiquitous memory card - has written 802.11n Wi-Fi into the technology's specification.
Tony Smith, 09 Jan 2012
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Ubuntu Linux shop reveals 'TV for human beings'

CES 2012 Canonical is pitching a TV-of-the-future concept maximising its touch-based Linux distro and Ubuntu cloud.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Jan 2012
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Phone maker punts AA-powered blower

CES 2012 CES 2012 Mobile outfit SpareOne has unveiled a new dinky dialler powered by a single AA battery that, it claims, lasts 15 years before requiring replacement.
Caleb Cox, 09 Jan 2012
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Apple patent stashes passwords in chargers

Apple has filed a patent on a power adapter that helps users to get back forgotten passwords.
John Leyden, 09 Jan 2012
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Ex-Intel engineer now AMD strategy chief

The new AMD CEO Rory Read is getting close to building the executive team that he intends to take into battle against archrival Intel with the appointment of Rajan Naik as senior vice president and chief strategy officer.
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Netgear debuts first next-gen powerline network kit

CES 2012 CES 2012 Netgear is upgrading its compact powerline Ethernet adaptor line to 500Mb/s operation - not only that but the next-gen powerline spec IEEE 1901 into the bargain.
Tony Smith, 09 Jan 2012
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Sony outs Xperia Ion

CES 2012 CES 2012 Sony has begun to drop 'Ericsson' from new smartphones following its acquistion of the Swedish comms kit company's share of the pair's mobile phone business.
Tony Smith, 09 Jan 2012
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Asus updates netbook line with Intel, AMD chippery

CES 2012 CES 2012 Asus has formally outed its next netbook release: the Eee PC Flare series. The Flares are a long cry from the clunky, chunky SCCs of yore - even if the spec isn't.
Tony Smith, 09 Jan 2012

Intel demos transparent-lid hybrid PC

CES 2012 Intel has developed a concept tablet-cum-notebook PC, dubbed Nikiski, that uses a full-width, two-sided transparent touchpad that allows you to view and interact with half of the notebook's display when the clamshell is closed.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Jan 2012
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NextDC starts data centre work in Perth

West Australian mining and resource companies, cloud service providers, and government agencies are in the sights of ambitious data centre operator NextDC which has received the green light for its Perth data centre operation.
The Register breaking news

Apple, RIM deny claims of data backdoor for Indian government

Updated Apple and RIM have denied providing the Indian government with backdoor access to customers' data, after the release of a memo that appears to suggest that they and Nokia did a deal in exchange for access to the Indian smartphone market.
Iain Thomson, 09 Jan 2012
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Brocade sale rumours bursting out

Based on a Reuters report, rumours of Brocade shopping itself to private equity buyers are pouring onto the net.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2012
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Huawei uncloaks sleek, slim, sexy smartphones

CES 2012 Chinese telecom giant Huawei has unveiled a pair of high-end Android smartphones, including one that it dubs "the world's slimmest smartphone" – and at a mere 6.68mm, it's a skinny li'l fellow, indeed.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Jan 2012

OLPC shows off XO 3 tablet running Android or Linux

CES 2012 One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) has been showing off the first models of its XO 3 tablet at the Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Iain Thomson, 09 Jan 2012
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Mellanox VMA 6.0 juices high freaky trading

If you use Connect-X host bus adapters from Mellanox Technologies for your Ethernet or InfiniBand networks and you use Linux, then there's a turbo boost mode available for $300 per server.