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Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition Android tablet

Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition Android tablet

Review Like Goldilocks with porridge, I’ve yet to find a tablet size that I think is just right. Seven inch models are too small, 10.1 inchers too big. The iPad with its 9.7in screen should do the trick but it’s just too square for me – physically and metaphorically.
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Taxman two months late on cyber-crimefighters deadline

HMRC has missed a key deadline to create teams of cyber crime investigators and launch initiatives to counter the increased threat of web attacks on the authority's systems and customers.
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Olympics volunteers urged not to blab online

Volunteers at this year's Olympics should not "get involved in detailed discussion about the games online", according to guildelines issued by organisers, a report says.
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OCZ refunds punter for dud drive shortly after El Reg steps in

OCZ promises to refund purchasers of failed solid-state drives, but at least in one case it seemed unable to do so - until Vulture Central poked its beak in.
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First ever private rocket to space station in launch delay

SpaceX, the private rocket firm helmed and in large part bankrolled by famous nerdwealth biz kingpin Elon Musk, has announced that its first attempt to send one of its Dragon capsules to the International Space Station will be further delayed.
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Android App of the Week All you techies, spare a thought for the dumb-as-a-bag-of-spanners portion of humanity who don’t know how to use, maintain or get the most from the gadgets they already own.
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GAME: Our website wasn't hacked!

Video games purveyor GAME says it has not been hacked after reports yesterday claimed that the retail biz had suffered a security breach.

AMD readies answer to Intel's Ultrabook

How powerful is the Ultrabook brand? AMD is betting it is less important to punters - and laptop vendors - than price. The chip maker is to launch a platform for skinny machines in Q2.

Symantec gobbles email warehouse LiveOffice

Symantec has gone and bought itself a cloud archiver, LiveOffice, for $115m, and is now integrating its archival storage and eDiscovering offerings more closely.

Steve Jobs action figure kicks the bucket

The Steve Jobs action figure project has been killed, although this time there was no "Oh Wow" moment, and the move was hardly a shocker.
Caleb Cox, 17 2012
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Clouds must be transparent

Deep Dive Public cloud computing won’t be successful unless its providers make the full breadth of services transparent and accountable. Customers must be able to see what they are getting and know it has been delivered.
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Zombie Olympics ticket resale site resurrected TODAY

London 2012 organisers are finally, albeit partially, reanimating their swamped ticket resale website.
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Sony goes SuperSpeed with MicroVault Mach

Sony has upgraded its MicroVault line of USB Flash drives to USB 3.0.
Hard Reg, 17 2012
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Apple will not kill iPad 2 at iPad 3 debut

Apple is ordering fewer 9.7in, 1024 x 768 IPS LCD panels but it hasn't cut out the part entirely. That suggests it does indeed plan to continue selling the iPad 2 after the LTE-equipped iPad 3 has gone on sale in March.
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Iraq demands return of Saddam Hussein's arse

The Iraqi government is demanding the return of a piece of Saddam Hussein's tyrannical arse "liberated" by a former SAS soldier during the fall of the dictator's regime in 2003.

Xmas actually accelerates Dixons sales drop

Dixons are facing a grim new year as it was revealed that the Christmas season actually accelerated their decline in sales. Takings across Dixons stores and the Currys and PC World outlets run by the company fell by 5 per cent compared to the quarter before, reveal figures published today.
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Japanese boffins fear virus nicked spacecraft blueprints

Japanese space engineers have admitted one of their computers has been infected by a Trojan that may have leaked sensitive data, including system login information, to hackers.
RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Qwerty Smartphone

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790

Review A recent rash of BlackBerry 7 handsets sees RIM's Bold 9790 sitting in the middle of the range and with a tempting feature set for BBM fans. For starters, the manufacturer's classic Qwerty keyboard is paired up with a touchscreen.
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Darwin's lost fossils found down the back of a cupboard

Fossils collected by a young Charles Darwin have been discovered in a gloomy corner of a British Geological Survey vault.
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Apple offers cash for old kit

Apple has begun paying punters for any of its old products they own but no longer want.
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RIM readies 7in, 10in BlackBerry tablets for 2012

RIM seems unwilling to give up on tablets, if what's claimed to be a leaked roadmap is correct.

Microsoft raises 'state of the art' son of NTFS

Microsoft has unveiled a "state of the art" file system for the next 10 years that builds on NTFS.
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Google accused of vandalising OpenStreetMap

Google has once again been accused of underhand business tactics, this time by OpenStreetMap. The not-for-profit organisation published a light-on-detail blog post alleging that Mountain View was "moving and abusing" the mapping outfit's data.

Woz praises Android, blasts iPhone limitations

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has underlined his love for Android handsets, stating his gripes with the iPhone and why in many ways he prefers Google's OS.
Caleb Cox, 17 2012
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NSA constructs hardened Android, unleashes it on world

The US Defense Department's The National Security Agency (NSA) has released a security-hardened version of Google's mobile OS, Android.

Work from home, find a new hobby, buy a fountain - UK.gov

Anywhere Working, the government-backed initiative to get us chipping in towards the cost of offices, now has a working website hub portal and advice on picking the perfect fountain.
Bill Ray, 17 2012
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Porno cyber-squatter landed in Branson pickle

Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson has filed a cybersquatting complaint over the domain name richardbranson.xxx.
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Fresh Apple lawsuits target 15 Samsung gadgets

Apple is having another go at Samsung, telling a German court that it thinks ten of the South Korean giant's phones ape its established design language.
Hard Reg, 17 2012
Motorola Defy

Motorola strengthens Defy+ with JCB logo

Motorola's Defy+ handset is already touted as a tough-as-nails smartphone, embracing the elements and surviving tumbles from great heights. However, for those who need to turn things up to 11, the company has teamed with digger maker JCB to launch an even more rugged version of the beefy blower.
Caleb Cox, 17 2012
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White House shelves SOPA... now what?

Analysis I am going to propose something that may sound radical, but really isn't. Legislation like SOPA ideally isn't necessary in an ideal world, and this idea comes about through voluntary agreeement. The Stop Online Piracy Act was proposed because of a tragic impasse, a lack of agreement between two powerful and deeply entrenched sides. Although one side has moral force on its side, being 'right' doesn't mean it's going to 'win'. Like a classic game theory tragedy, both sides are losing.
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McDonald's punters offered sex in exchange for Chicken McNuggets

A Los Angeles woman earned herself a cuffing for allegedly offering McDonald's drive-thru punters "sexual favours" in return for Chicken McNuggets.
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Samsung to raise $1bn in US bonds for Texas plant

Samsung is planning to raise a billion dollars to fund US expansion, and will be pushing Tizen onto Americans as a Bada-compatible platform, with Intel's help.
Bill Ray, 17 2012
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Nekkid Tech: Why Amazon is the crack dealer of cloud

Podcast Greg Knieriemen and trusty sidekick Ed Saipetch have posted another Nekkid Tech classic. This week they chat to Mark Twomey (aka "StorageZilla") and "disruptive tech diva" Christina Weil.
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Amazon blows $95m on Chinese warehouse

Amazon is reportedly pumping $95m (£61m) into an e-commerce distribution centre in the Chinese city of Nanning, Guangxi Province.

HP hawks huge 132in 'tablet'

HP unveiled a behemoth this week, catering for the BFGs of the world with a 132in multi-touch display.
Caleb Cox, 17 2012
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Women pick the family's mobile tech - and pay for it too

American women are increasingly selecting their families' mobile tech, and paying the bills too, according to the latest figures from US wireless trade body CTIA.
Bill Ray, 17 2012
IBM's System zEnterprise 196-zBladeCenter Extension hybrid

Enterprise IT's power shift threatens server-huggers

Open ... and Shut It's not that the role of enterprise IT is dying. It's just that it's changing so much that it may soon be virtually unrecognisable from its golden age of installing servers and managing data centres.
Matt Asay, 17 2012
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Cloudy servers shoot to the stratosphere

Building out cloudy server and storage services as well as support the gazillion of apps running on iOS and Android devices has the cloudy server business absolutely exploding, say the box-counters at market researcher iSuppli.
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Boffins quarrel over ridding world of leap seconds

The measurement and regulation of time could start to change this week if an ITU meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, gives the nod.
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ScaleXtreme makes cloud hopping easier

Cloudy toolmaker ScaleXtreme has rolled out an easier-to-use update to its Xpert server-admin tool in its continuing effort to take on the big initials of systems management: IBM, HP, BMC, and CA.
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Rumoured 'GarageBand for e-books' to bulldoze textbook biz

A new app from Apple will emerge this week allowing users to create their own books - and steamroller the textbook industry - according to moles claiming to be close to the fruity tech titan.
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Nissan unveils 'self-healing' iPhone case

Japanese automaker Nissan's European arm is migrating the company's "pioneering self-healing paint" to the world of pocketable shiny-shiny, introducing an iPhone case that removes its own scratches with nary a buff nor a polish.
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Southern Cross Cable offers discount bandwidth

The Southern Cross Cable network has increased capacity and dropped its prices by 44 percent to keep up with competitive projects.
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NEC claims terabit-plus record with 10,000 km hop

NEC has demonstrated a single fibre link – with no repeaters – running at 1.5 terabits per second over 10,000 km. The company says this is the first time that a single laser source has sent a terabit channel over such a distance.
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Google to join Wednesday's anti-SOPA protest

Updated Google will join Wednesday's anti-SOPA and anti–PROTECT IP Act (aka PIPA) protest by noting its opposition to the bills on its home page.
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Yahoo! cofounder! Jerry! Yang! quits!

In a surprise announcement, Yahoo! cofounder Jerry Yang has said that he’s stepping down from all positions in the company, and from the board of directors of Alibaba, effective immediately.
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Microsoftie takes over HP's strategy

Bill Veghte, the former Microsoft hotshot that was brought in to run HP's small but important software business back in May 2010, has been named the company's chief strategy officer.
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Data centers to cut LAN cord?

People are using cell phones and killing their landlines. We have wireless networks in the home to connect our myriad devices. And maybe wireless is coming to the data center, as well.
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Microsoft aims at VMware with System Center 2012

Microsoft is taking the fight to VMware with a new release candidate of Systems Center 2012 which includes a new pricing structure and eight management tools that run on a unified interface. Ever humble, Microsoft is billing it as the future of private cloud systems.
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Oz domain regs running at 60k per month

Deloitte Access Economics has announced an ‘explosion’ in Australian domain registrations compared to ten years ago, in a report released today.