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Modeling-clay iPads foisted on unwary Canucks

Canadian scammers are buying iPad 2s, replacing them in their original packaging with ZipLoc bags filled with modeling clay, "professionally shrink-wrapping" the boxes, then returning them for refunds, absconding with the precious fondleslabs.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Jan 2012
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AWS takes NoSQL database to the cloud with DynamoDB

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is expanding its database cloud-service offerings beyond Oracle with DynamoDB, a non-relational NoSQL database that is run on solid-state drives (SSD) to handle fluctuating demand.
Iain Thomson, 19 Jan 2012
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Wacom Bamboo Fun S Pen and Touch

Review Take TWO pointing devices into the shower? Not me, I use Wac-and-Go.
Alistair Dabbs, 19 Jan 2012
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Blighty's film biz asks gov to hurry up pirate crackdown

The government should implement anti-piracy measures contained in the Digital Economy Act (DEA) "as quickly as possible", an independent panel appointed to review the future of the UK film industry has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Jan 2012
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Careless care charity loses unencrypted patient data stick

A care provider with offices in the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland has committed to improving its data protection standards after losing a memory stick containing unencrypted patient data.
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Asda peddles phones for £12.50

Supermarket mogul Asda is selling budget blowers for the PAYG market, with shoppers able to pick up handsets from as low as £12.50.
Caleb Cox, 19 Jan 2012
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Teen net addicts pee in bottles to stay glued to WoW

British youngsters have become so addicted to the internet that they will relieve themselves into bottles rather than step away from their screens to visit the lav, reports the, er, Sun.
Anna Leach, 19 Jan 2012

Boffins dig up prehistoric popcorn in Peru

Mankind was scoffing prehistoric popcorn 1,000 years earlier than previously thought, reckons a top archaeologist.
Chris Williams, 19 Jan 2012
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Ultrabooks to account for 35% of Acer laptop shipments

We already know that, having failed to set the world alight with its tablets, Acer is keen to talk up alternatives, most notably Intel's Ultrabook platform. So it comes as little surprise that the PC maker is saying it's going to sell a lot of them this year.
Tony Smith, 19 Jan 2012
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Errands To-Do List

iOS App of the Week For some reason, I just don’t get on with the new Reminders app that Apple introduced with iOS 5, so I recently went looking for a decent task manager to take its place.
Cliff Joseph, 19 Jan 2012
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Facebook, experts spar over Ramnit worm contagion

Facebook has downplayed the significance of Ramnit, a recently discovered worm that attempts to steal login credentials for the social networking site.
John Leyden, 19 Jan 2012
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LG, Lovefilm sign smart TV pact

LG is to add Lovefilm to its smart TVs, the telly maker and Amazon-owned video streaming firm said today.
Hard Reg, 19 Jan 2012
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HP optimistic it can sort that pesky UK downturn

In a slight alleviation of the general economic doom and gloom, HP said today that UK small and medium businesses had seen double-digit growth in the second half of last year.
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Record numbers of readers flock to The Register

The Register and its sister publications Reg Hardware and Channel Register climbed new heights in November 2011, bagging 46 million page impressions and 6.6 million "uniques" for the month. We now have a certificate to prove it.
Drew Cullen, 19 Jan 2012
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Asus tackles Eee Transformer Prime tablet GPS woes

Asus has begun rolling out a firmware update for its Eee Pad Transformer Prime that some owners are suggesting goes some way to solve the tablet's GPS problems.
Tony Smith, 19 Jan 2012
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Nuke support in UK hits record high

Public support for nuclear energy has reached an all-time high in the UK, less than a year after the Fukushima incident. There is an interesting gender gap, though.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jan 2012
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Number cruncher charts rise of the personal computer...

A map of the rise and rise of the personal computer over the past 30-odd years shows that the platform's popularity may have at long last peaked.
Tony Smith, 19 Jan 2012
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Blogger bully site yanks MPAA's chain in poison-pen letter

The new owner of the domain name Righthaven.com, which until recently belonged to a notorious copyright troll, has used his purchase to openly mock the Motion Picture Ass. of America.
Kevin Murphy, 19 Jan 2012
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EU probes 'nature of concerns' from Google rivals

UK-based vertical search engine Foundem – which spearheaded antitrust investigations into Google in the US and Europe – is patiently awaiting a response from competition officials in Brussels, who are meticulously scrutinising complaints from the internet giant's rivals.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Jan 2012
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Second Nokia Lumia update inbound

Nokia has announced its second Lumia 800 battery update will hit its WinPho handsets in two weeks' time.
Caleb Cox, 19 Jan 2012
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More Brits desert high streets to spend £50bn online

Evidence of the agonising demise of Blighty's high streets piled up today as comparison website Kelkoo announced that UK e-sales jumped 14 per cent to nearly £50bn last year.
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Apple iPhone 4S grabs back ground lost to Android

Apple's decision to launch a tweaked iPhone 4 - the 4S - rather than a brand new iPhone 5 may have flabbergasted some pundits, but punters have taken to the phone and narrowed the gap between iOS and Android.
Tony Smith, 19 Jan 2012
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Facebook litters Timeline with apps

Facebook may be slowly tip-toeing its way gently around cry babies who have yet to turn their profiles into scrapbooks for their "friends" via the new Timeline feature. But the dominant social network has a new tactic up its sleeve: the company is trying to entice more people into its "frictionless sharing" playpen with the arrival of apps.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Jan 2012
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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Android Tablet

Review It’s only been a little over six months since the original Eee Pad Transformer landed but Asus has already launched a new model that advances the breed to such an extent that the original model appears obsolete and with it every other 10in Tegra 2 Android tablet on the market.
Alun Taylor, 19 Jan 2012
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EU asks why credit cards are so expensive

The European Commission is asking for input on better ways to integrate electronic payments across the European Community, and whether today's opaque billing mechanisms can be allowed to continue.
Bill Ray, 19 Jan 2012
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Japanese cops cuff six smut-scam ransomware suspects

Japanese police have arrested six suspected cyber-crooks over a one-click billing fraud scam that allegedly targeted sweaty smut surfers.
John Leyden, 19 Jan 2012
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Holographic storage's corpse twitches

Failed holographic storage start-up InPhase is selling off its patents as Eugen Pavel's Storex has developed 2nm optical lithography which could lead to a 100 exabyte optical disk.
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2012
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NT daddy turns his hand to Xbox

Ex-DEC VMS code king Dave Cutler, who moved to Microsoft to drive the development of Windows NT and later focus on Azure, is working to evolve the Xbox into a "complete home entertainment device".
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2012
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'Space Monkey' craze: Texan students 'get high' by choking each other

Kids these days don't need drugs or alcohol to have fun, according to a new study. The latest craze sweeping American youth - and thus, no doubt, British youth in due course - is "Space Monkey", aka "The Choking Game", in which thrill-seeking youngsters strangle or suffocate themselves or each other "in order to achieve a high".
Lewis Page, 19 Jan 2012
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Spam-squirting hole found in McAfee antivirus kit

McAfee is promising to patch a vulnerability in its hosted anti-malware service after it found a flaw that allowed systems where the product was installed to be turned into potential spam-relay nodes.
John Leyden, 19 Jan 2012
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Sony Ericsson announces pre-slurp loss

Sony Ericsson has announced what it no doubt hopes will be one of its last quarterly losses for the end of 2011, just before it gets slurped in full by Sony.
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Facebook registers mysterious fBoriGin domain names

Facebook registered a curious bunch of domain names yesterday with the moniker fBoriGin.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Jan 2012
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Thousand-gamer FPS fragfest shoots for world record

A Swedish tech outfit is to pit no fewer than one thousand first-person shooter players against each other simultaneously in a bid to set a world record.
Caleb Cox, 19 Jan 2012
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VCs shower WhipTail with cash

Flash array start-up WhipTail has had an eight-figure B-round of funding less than six months after its A-round as AMD becomes a customer and its development pace accelerates.
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2012
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GiffGaff mobile network goes titsup for 3 weeks

People-powered phone network GiffGaff left some of its punters without a mobile connection for three weeks and mixed up customers' numbers for several days.
Anna Leach, 19 Jan 2012
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SOPA is dead. Are you happy now?

Open ... and Shut In response to internet technology companies leading a rousing protest against SOPA and PIPA, these bills appear to be doomed to ignominious defeat. Even the co-sponsors of these anti-piracy bills are deserting their legislation, leaving the tech world to cheer its success.
Matt Asay, 19 Jan 2012
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Kodak's moment: Camera biz files for bankruptcy

Comment Iconic and inept US camera and film company Kodak has finally pressed the shutter button: it has filed for Chapter 11 protection.
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2012
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Grooveshark croaks in Germany

Controversial streaming site Grooveshark has pulled out of the German market, blaming royalty demands from collection society GEMA. But GEMA says the reason offered is false – and no negotiations ever took place, Billboard reports.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jan 2012
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Windows 8 will show where it likes to be touched

Windows 8 gadgets fitted with NFC will have a logo showing where on the case a pay-by-wave radio signal can be picked up, given a tablet might be bigger than the wireless technology's range.
Bill Ray, 19 Jan 2012
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Dell, Nvidia insider traders nabbed by Feds

Crusading US Attorney Preet Bharara, famous for bringing down two insider-trading rings associated with the hedge fund Galleon Group, has worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Securities and Exchange Commission to bring down another insider-trading ring, this one comprised of analysts and hedge fund employees who illegally profited or avoided losses to the tune of $61.8m.
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Microsoft injects Windows 7 mojo into server biz

Microsoft's $14bn server and tools division is undergoing a massive reorganisation so that it's run more like Microsoft's Windows operation.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jan 2012
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Feds cuff coder accused of US bank source code swipe

A computer programmer has been charged with stealing source code worth $9.5m from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, according to the FBI and prosecutors.
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Apple launches three-pronged education assault

As expected, Apple has announced a major foray into the education arena with the release of three new – and free – apps, one for reading interactive textbooks, another for creating said textbooks, and a third for accessing K-12, college, and university course materials in iTunes U.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Jan 2012
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It's official: Google is the happiest place in the USA

Google has been named by Fortune as the best place to work in the US, moving up from number four in 2011, and regaining the top spot it held in 2008 and 2007.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Jan 2012
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Sikorsky plays killer copter sim on SGI Altix UV 1000

Technically, a Silicon Graphics Altix UV 1000 could play Crysis, but in the case of the machine being installed at Sikorsky Aircraft, its game is more realistic: an advanced helicopter flight simulator to create things that really do blow stuff up.
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MIT boffins devise faster Fast Fourier transform

Researchers at MIT have published a paper detailing a new approach to Fast Fourier tranforms (FFT) that could increase the speeds of image and sound processing tenfold.
Iain Thomson, 19 Jan 2012
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Intel beats Street with record year

Intel had a record-breaking 2011, with record revenues of $54bn, record net income of $12.9bn, and record earnings per share of $2.39.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Jan 2012
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NewSat scores $AU7.5m in new deals

Australian listed satellite company NewSat has secured a raft of new contracts across oil, gas, mining, construction, aviation and government sectors, totalling $AU7.5 million.
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Ericsson's Saba heads to Indonesia

The outgoing CEO of Ericsson Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, Sam Saba, will be moving to Asia to take on the role of as President and Director of Ericsson Indonesia within the Southeast Asia and Oceania region.
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SOPA from a distance: multiplying the trade threats

While punch and counter-punch continue over the legislative insanity of SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, it seems from Australia that non-American governments like our own either don’t understand, or have chosen to hold their silence, about the threat the bill poses to Web-based businesses outside the US.
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Canberra fire demonstrates emergency messaging limits

A report into a major chemical fire in Canberra last year has found that many automatic emergency calls were not made, because the systems in place did not have sufficient capacity.
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Kiwis collar Megaupload kingpin, Anonymous exacts revenge

America’s war on file-dump site Megaupload has escalated dramatically, with founder Kim Dotcom and three others in Auckland among seven people arrested in connection with the site.