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Amazon welcomes Microsoft files into Kindle cloud

Amazon has released an application that will let Kindle users synchronize and view Microsoft files held in cloud storage via their devices.

Top techs preview CES 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017...

CES 2012 CES isn't the only game in Las Vegas this week. For the true down-and-dirty technophile, the real action is at the International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE) – and The Reg got a sneek peek at the geek freak that commences while CES concludes.
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Reg Hardware Awards 2011 Winners

Reg Hardware Awards 2011 Reg Hardware Awards 2011 More than 28,500 votes were cast by Reg readers during December 2011 when we asked you all to name the best - and the worst - tech products of the year.
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NHS fined £375k after stolen patient data flogged on eBay

The Information Commissioner is proposing to issue its heaviest ever fine for a breach of UK data protection laws. It proposes fining a health body after patient records were stolen from a hospital and sold on eBay.
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Micro-mech chips to free phones from 'grip of death'

CES 2012 CES 2012 In the summer of 2010, Apple's marketing was forced to move from the offensive into a defensive mode. The successful launch in June of the iPhone 4 had been quickly followed by 'Antennagate', the controversy surrounding claims that holding the handset in a certain way would kill its ability to communicate with mobile …

Titsup EMC VNX kit unleashes 5 days of chaos in Sweden

Tieto, a prominent Swedish IT service supplier, had an EMC Array go titsup on 25 November, causing five days of chaos at the Motor Vehicle Inspectorate, the Sollentuna and Nacka municipalities, the City of Stockholm's schools' website and intranet, the National Board of Health and other prominent sites.
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Wheels fall off Aviva Insurance's website for 5 hours

Aviva's British insurance customers were left battling to get through to a jammed helpline after the company's IT services suffered a five-hour outage that left its web services dangling.

Gridstore shafts rival Overland over a Barrall

Overland Storage has lost its guiding technology visionary, Geoff Barrall, to a stealthy startup and an exec chairman role at rival Gridstore.

Seagate mulls flogging precious drives at auction

CES 2012 At CES Seagate boss Steve Luczo said the company was considering running open market auctions of its disk drives to gauge spot prices and demand.
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Apple, Amazon and Google take lazy punters hostage

Open ... and Shut Would-be monopolists have a new tool to claim control over the unsuspecting masses: sloth.
Matt Asay, 13 2012

OnLive sneaks Windows 7 into the iPad

Tablet fondlers can finally get some work done thanks to streaming cloud supplier OnLive, which now pipes the full Windows 7 experience from its data centres to punters' palms.
Bill Ray, 13 2012
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Tiny frog claimed as smallest vertebrate ever

Boffins have found what they believe to be the world's smallest vertebrate. The tiny amphibian was discovered when scientists grabbed some leaves from the forest floor in Papua New Guinea and shoved them in a plastic bag.

Raspberry Pi Linux micro machine enters mass production

The Rapberry Pi Foundation has begun manufacturing its pocket-sized Linux-based micro in volume, with the first batch set to roll off the line by the end of the month.
Caleb Cox, 13 2012
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India threatens to block Google, Facebook and chums

Google, Facebook and other internet companies have been warned by India's High Court that their websites could be blocked if they fail to remove "offensive, objectionable" content from their sites.

Apple Beijing store egged in botched iPhone 4S launch

Apple closed its flagship store in Beijing after frustrated fanbois rioted and pelted the windows with eggs when they were told the shop didn't have the iPhone 4S.
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Android devs get schooled on style

Android's latest incarnation has come with an unexpected bonus, a design guide to help developers polish their apps, and add some much-needed consistency to the platform.
Bill Ray, 13 2012
Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10 compact camera

Review Pulling out a Fujifilm X10 in mid-conversation will often elicit a rapid change of subject. Common responses include, “Oh, now what sort of camera is that?”, “Is that a Leica?” and frequently, “Let me have a go!”. The last of these is one to be relished as, should you hand over the camera, there’s a very strong possibility that they won’t be able to work out how to switch it on.
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EPIC asks FTC to probe Google's search biz tweak

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), as expected, has now written to the US Federal Trade Commission requesting that the watchdog investigates Google's search business.

Big Blue boffins cram information onto a cool 12 atoms

Boffins at IBM Research's Almaden centre have stored one bit in 12 atoms - creating a memory that's 150 times denser than NAND flash.
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Firm pitches tech trio powered by portable processor

Tech-design outfit I'm has unveiled ambitious plans for a collection of mobile devices which all run off a single, keyring-sized processing hub.
Caleb Cox, 13 2012
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Namesco spits out phishy warning after credit card info leak

Namesco customers are angry over the domain name and hosting firm's handling of a security breach that exposed their credit card details.
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Etailer punts steamy lace-up 24-port switch

Those among you who're looking to spice up your server room are directed right here, where you can avail yourselves of this provocative piece of Brocade kit:
Sony Vaio Hybrid Concept

Sony shows slider tablet

CES 2012 CES 2012 Sony showed off its take on the Asus Eee Pad Slider: a 10in tablet that incorporates a slide-out Qwerty keyboard.
Hard Reg, 13 2012
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BBC mulls iPlayer fees for archives, repeats

The BBC is mulling introducing pay-per-view fees for recent broadcasts and access to its archive via iPlayer, according to trade mag Broadcast. The corporation is keen to plug what it sees as a funding loophole. The majority of the BBC's income comes from a compulsory tax on viewing live TV via a TV set in the UK. But an increasing number of viewers don't have a TV set, and if they watch any BBC output, they watch it time-shifted and on-demand.
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Lords chew over Tory green policies

The unelected upper chamber of Parliament is often praised for providing vital independent oversight of legislation - and sometimes it lives up to the job. The House of Lords is also said to reflect a wider range of experience compared to the lower chamber - it isn't just party hacks. But anyone looking for evidence of independence will have been disappointed by yesterday's policy debate.
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Kenyan startup claims Google 'scalped' its data after staging a STING

Google has been accused of "fraudulently" accessing a rival Kenya-based business listings database and then attempting to sell the internet giant's competing GKBO product to that customerbase.
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Barclays axes 422 UK IT staff

Barclays is cutting back its UK IT workforce by axing 422 jobs - mainly at Radbroke Hall in Knutsford, northwest England.
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Nokia partners with EA in major WinPho game push

CES 2012 CES 2012 With the reveal of Nokia's Lumia 900 out the way, the Finnish phone giant turned its attention toward a new partnership with EA which will see over 25 popular games made available for Nokia handsets.
Caleb Cox, 13 2012

Acer pulls out Wang, thrusts its wealth at Ho

Acer has appointed Eva Ho as Chief Financial Officer today to replace Lilia Wang, Bloomberg reports.

Flash stalks Seagate's hybrid drives

Blocks and files Is Seagate in denial over Ultrabook solid-state storage and the rising capacities of flash drives?
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US military access cards cracked by Chinese hackers

A new strain of the Sykipot Trojan is been used to compromise the Department of Defense-sanctioned smart cards used to authorise network and building access at many US government agencies, according to security researchers.
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Cloud power plant SAP closes 2011 on a high

Application software giant SAP turned in the best fourth quarter and the best financial year in its 40-year history, thanks in part to reviving software sales and the better-than-expected uptake of its HANA in-memory database appliances. And because the numbers were better than expected, SAP is giving a preview of the full financial results, which it will divulge in full on January 25.
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Microsoft carves up Wi-Fi into White Spaces

Researchers from Microsoft have proposed running Wi-Fi in White Spaces, by slicing up the Wi-Fi signal into bundles small enough to fit between the broadcast TV channels.
Bill Ray, 13 2012
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X Prize: Build a Star Trek 'tricorder' and win $10m

CES 2012 Make a portable body scanner that can detect 15 diseases and capture key health metrics and you could win 10 million dollars (£.6.5m).
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UK student faces extradition to US after piracy case ruling

A 23-year-old student is facing extradition to the US, and possibly five years in a federal prison, after the British courts ruled he should face charges of copyright infringement for linking to websites hosting pirated content.
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Pirate Bay dropping torrents after magnetic attraction

The Pirate Bay has announced that it is dropping torrent files in favor of magnet links to keep up with current trends.