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Citrix rides the virty desktop wave

The maturation of desktop virtualization was coincidentally, and fortunately in the case of the Wednesday's financial results from Citrix Systems, timed more or less with the launch of Windows 7 desktops two years ago. The results show Citrix has been steadily capitalizing on its $500m acquisition of XenSource and others.
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Scientists shift electron orbits for atomic storage and quantum computing

Scientists have found a way to stabilize and regulate the orbit of electrons in an atom, after drawing inspiration from the orbit of asteroids around Jupiter.

Red Hat juices speed freak MRG Linux

Red Hat updated its core Enterprise Linux operating system stack to 6.2 in December and its Enterprise Virtualization commercial-grade KVM server hypervisor to 3.0 last week. Now Shadowman has polished up a new release of a special stack of Linux and systems software called MRG aimed at hard-core messaging, real-time, and high performance computing workloads where generic Linux just don't cut it.
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Netflix vs Lovefilm

IPTV Week IPTV Week This month, at long last, US video streaming giant Netflix finally arrived on UK shores, with a £5.99 all-you-can-eat offering. It was swiftly matched by the local incumbent, Lovefilm. The Amazon-owned company pitched a streaming-only option at an introductory £4.99.

DWP's Work Programme IT already broken at launch

The IT underpinning the Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) Work Programme was not fully functional when the scheme was launched and some of its key functionality is still not available, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report.
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1 euro in every 7 spent on a Visa card

Visa will be launching a digital wallet this year, and expects to see half of Europe's transactions being done on a mobile phone by 2020, but plastic cards are looking good too, according to Visa Europe's Annual Report.
Bill Ray, 26 2012
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Microsoft's magic bullet for Azure: Red Hat Linux

Analysis If Microsoft loves money, and it does, then making Linux publicly available on its proprietary Azure cloud can't come soon enough.
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Apple takes smartphone lead

Apple topped the US smartphone chart in the final three months of 2011, pushing past all its Android rivals. Well, just - and it's losing ground in the tablet arena.
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BBC's images of murdered infant did not breach privacy, copyright

Copyright and privacy law do not prevent the BBC from publishing images of a murdered child, a Scottish criminal appeals court has ruled.
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Apple loses ground to Android in tablet biz

Apple may have topped the US smartphone chart in Q4 2011, thanks to the iPhone 4S, but it needs a revamped iPad if it's to reverse the trend in the tablet market.
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Boffins one step closer to invisible shed

Invisibility-investigating boffins have managed for the first time to cloak a three-dimensional object in free space – but only from microwaves.
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Foxconn tooling up for iPhone 5

Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn is preparing its production lines for the iPhone 5, a company mole has claimed.

Pentax peddles snapper for portrait pundits

Pentax snapped into action today with the launch of a compact camera geared up more than usual for vertically orientated shots.
Caleb Cox, 26 2012
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Google Maps to dish out disaster alerts

Google tried to claw back the moral high ground on Wednesday by adding a new emergency alert service to its popular mapping tool, designed to give the public up-to-the-minute information on serious weather, public safety and earthquake-related events.
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Billions of net-ready boxes in homes by 2016

IPTV week IPTV week Punters may not be turning to internet-connected smart TVs in their droves, but the near future looks set to be a bumper time for gadgets that bridge the gap between the net and ordinary HD TVs.

Ten exabytes wedged into a rather large box by Cleversafe

It must surely be some sort of landmark? Object storage supplier Cleversafe now has a 10-exabyte system customers can buy.

Apple and Google ramp up proxy war

Apple and Google might not be facing each other across a courtroom, but they're fighting just the same, with the Chocolate Factory wielding Motorola against the fondleslab-maker.
Bill Ray, 26 2012
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iOS App of the Week iOS App of the Week I don’t know how I ever lived without the BBC iPlayer. And, of course, there are now similar catch-up TV apps available from many UK TV companies. The drawback with these apps is that they’re tied to specific channels or broadcasters, which means you can’t hop from channel to channel within any single app …
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Flag-waving Lego Canuck soars to 80,000ft

A couple of Canadian teenagers have staked their country's claim on the upper atmosphere by sending a flag-waving Legonaut to 80,000ft (24,384m).
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Symantec's profits up in calm third quarter

CEO Enrique Salem stands crisp and smart on the poop deck of the good ship Symantec, looking back at a straight course and ahead to more growth. It's a pretty unexciting third quarter story really.
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Nintendo cuts full-year forecast – by BILLIONS

The mighty yen and weak sales have combined to take a whack out of Nintendo, forcing the Japanese gaming firm to forecast an even bigger full-year loss.
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EMC moves into LSI WarpDrive

LSI WarpDrive solid state drives will be used by EMC in its Project Lightning server flash product.
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Archos 35 Smart Home Phone

Review The last Android-based home phone that landed on my desk came from iDect – that’s Binatone to the rest of us. Frankly, I was less than impressed by it's lack of integration with Gmail contacts. Now, Archos is out to crack the same nut with its 35 Smart Home Phone which adds quite a few refinements.
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Nintendo confirms Wii U launch for 2012

In a bid to turn around huge losses, Nintendo has confirmed the Wii U will indeed hit shelves before Christmas 2012.
Caleb Cox, 26 2012
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Russian supply ship heads for ISS, space garbage crashes into Pacific

A Russian "Progress" supply ship has successfully lifted off bound for the International Space Station orbiting the Earth, even as another departed the station crammed with rubbish destined for fiery destruction during re-entry above the Pacific.
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FetchTV owner looks for buyer

IPTV Week IPTV Week The future of the FetchTV video-on-demand service was cast into question today when parent company IP Vision revealed it has entered administration.
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Small pile of cash, dying platform: 2011 is bad news for Nokia

Nokia's results for 2011 show the company has shipped a million Lumia handsets and has cash in the bank, but other than that there's nothing good to report.
Bill Ray, 26 2012
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Big biz BlackBerry refuseniks adopt Apple over Android

Smartphone owners working for big business are activating far more iOS devices than they are Android ones - at least those who employed by firms using Good Technology's corporate email system are.

Korean boffins make e-books more like real ones

Korean researchers have developed an app which makes reading e-books more like flicking through the pages of the real thing.
Caleb Cox, 26 2012

Apple dishes out cheap, tasty Macs 'n slabs to staff

As if the joy of working for Apple wasn't reward enough, all Apple employees will now get a $500 discount off Macs and $250 off iPads.
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WD's MyBook takes a Thunderbolt to the chest

WD has announced its new Thunderbolt-bolstered MyBook, telling us that we can soon eyeball the super speeded-up gear at a demo at the Macworld/iWorld show.
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Blackhole crimeware kit drives web threat spike

Fake anti-virus scams are on the wane but drive-by-download threats have rocketed over the past year thanks to the hugely popular Blackhole crimeware kit, while Conficker remains prolific some three years after its release, according to Sophos.
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Retailer punts new videogame 'rentals' for a fiver

High street retailer Game introduced a scheme today which allows customers to rent videogames for a fiver - provided they return the title within two weeks.
Caleb Cox, 26 2012
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New Earth-observing satellite snaps 'blue marble' shot

The newly renamed Suomi NPP satellite has snapped a hi-res composite of the Earth from a number of swaths over the surface taken on 4 January.
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Google exec questions Reding's 'Right to be forgotten' pledge

CPDP Google's privacy policy counsel in Brussels has questioned certain parts of European Commissioner Viviane Reding's freshly tabled draft bill on data protection law within the EU.
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Rhapsody nabs Napster UK

Napster UK has a new owner: Rhapsody, the company that killed the service off in the States.
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Google emails Virgin Media subscribers ... about privacy

Fuming Virgin Media customers have taken to the telco's forum to complain that their email addresses have been used by Google, instead of being kept private.
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NEC slashes 10,000 jobs – blames Thai floods, smartphone slump

NEC is set to slash 10,000 jobs including 3,000 unlucky employees from its workforce outside of Japan, after its revised forecast revealed the Japanese electronics giant would make a year end net loss of ¥100bn (£820m).
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Intel bags $120m patent hoard from RealNetworks

In the latest maneuver of the tech industry's ongoing patent wars, Intel has struck a $120m deal with RealNetworks to purchase 190 patents and 170 patent applications, along with what both companies define as "next-generation video codec software".
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iPad Fleshlight lets fanbois express their love

NSFW - UPDATED A conceptual design for a new iPad case would let Apple fanbois get very personal indeed with their favorite fondleslab.

Mellanox shrugs off Intel's InfiniBand buy

Having bought rival Voltaire, Mellanox Technologies has pretty much ruled the InfiniBand adapter and switching roost for the past several years. But this week Intel shelled out $125m to acquire the InfiniBand chip, adapter, and switch businesses from QLogic, and the big question now is: what does this mean for Mellanox?
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UK probes Snickers over 'celebrity' Twitter adverts

Updated The UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is to investigate a promotional campaign by confectionery giant Mars, which hired B-list celebrities to push its Snickers candy bars.
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Digislide slips into administration

Award winning digital technology start-up Digislide has been plunged into administration after collapsing in a mountain of debt and irate shareholders.
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Nikon compact, only $AU100k

We’re all familiar with the syndrome: someone forgets to fill in the price field in a database, and all of a sudden, an online store is offering products at zero dollars.

IBM demos new nanotech

Somehow, we still manage to inch-out the limits of Moore’s Law: in a double-whammy to end the week, IBM has demonstrated the smallest carbon nanotube transistor, and has claimed the world’s fastest graphene transistor.
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Gongs ring in Oz tech sector

The father of 802.11a wireless chipsets, Dr David Skellern, is one of a bunch of tech-sector luminaries to be gonged in the Australia Day honours list.
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Two Megaupload execs bailed

Two of the Megaupload executives arrested in last week’s raid on the company in New Zealand have been granted bail. Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato will have to submit to strict bail conditions including electronic monitoring.