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Hong Kongers protest over end to all-you-can-eat tariffs

Hong Kong dwellers have staged a mini-protest outside one of the stores of SmarTone against the cellco's response to new rules from the local regulator which will force all network operators to scrap unlimited data tariffs.
Phil Muncaster, 08 Feb 2012
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Laser boffins blast bits onto hard drive at 200Gb/sec

A team of scientists have published a new way of using heat to store data magnetically, which could increase the speed of hard drives over a hundredfold.
Iain Thomson, 08 Feb 2012
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'App Economy' has created 466,000 US jobs

Although Apple may be facing mounting criticism for outsourcing its manufacturing beyond US shores, creating 700,000 jobs in China and elsewhere, one tech-industry advocacy group claims that Apple, the Android ecosystem, Facebook, and lesser lights account for roughly 466,000 US jobs in what it calls the "App Economy".
Rik Myslewski, 08 Feb 2012
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globalisation

SGI to restructure (again) after fiscal Q2 loss

It is becoming more apparent why supercomputer and server maker Silicon Graphics' former president and CEO Mark Barrenechea decided to exit stage left back in December. While the company was growing gear sales, it was heading deeper into the red ink as old machines came off maintenance and new machines await their ramps this year.
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Australian sports get busy with copyright special pleading

Australia’s sports administrators, usually busy trying to steal each others’ audiences, have discovered the spirit of cooperation in the face of the Optus TV Now Federal Court decision.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 Feb 2012
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Ten... Freesat receivers

Ten... Freesat TV receivers

Product round-upWhether you’ve cut the cord and churned away from Sky, or need to survive the digital switch-over without recourse to Pay-TV or aerial, it’s worth considering Freesat. The gratis satellite TV service matches Freeview for SD channels, and offers a smattering of high-def plus the BBC iPlayer, hardware permitting. It’s a good bet for both the cash-strapped and the locationally challenged.
Steve May, 08 Feb 2012
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Apple won't rule out all singing, all dancing iBooks on Kindle

Apple has come under fire for keeping all products of its new interactive book-making tool within its walled garden. According to a tough End User License Agreement, any iBooks created by the iBooks Author software can only be sold through the iBookstore so Apple can help itself to a 30 per cent cut.
Anna Leach, 08 Feb 2012
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Move over cybercrims, DDoS now protesters' weapon of choice

Ideological hacktivism has replaced cybercrime as the main motivatation behind DDoS attacks, according to a study by Arbor Networks.
John Leyden, 08 Feb 2012
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Heathrow facial recognition tech stalled by borders fiasco

Heathrow airport may now not get facial recognition technology at all five of its terminals in time for the Olympics as planned, according to the Financial Times.
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Coke-snorting cop bots to replace sniffer dogs

Sniffer dogs can get tired, but fibre-optic sniffer robots don't have the same problem. And they are just as good at detecting cocaine, says Tong Sun, a professor of sensor engineering at City University London.
Anna Leach, 08 Feb 2012
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Nokia axes 4,000, shifts smartphone manufacturing East

Having reviewed operations at its manufacturing facilities in Hungary, Mexico and Finland, Nokia has decided to halt its assembly lines there. Smartphones will still be customised at the three sites, but the gear itself will be built in Asia.
Bill Ray, 08 Feb 2012
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NFC leader Inside Secure to IPO this month

Inside Secure has filed for an initial public offering, looking to raise almost €80m a day after it celebrated shipping 20 million chips, and signed up a major handset manufacturer.
Bill Ray, 08 Feb 2012
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Logitech Touch Mouse M600

Logitech rolls out touch-sensitive mouse

Logitech will next week release its answer to Apple's Magic Mouse: an input doohickey with a touch-sensitive skin.
Hard Reg, 08 Feb 2012
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globalisation

HP may be going the server flash route

HP's new G8 servers will sport lots of flash, according to a knowledgeable HP fan.
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2012
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Huawei's Ascend P1 headed to China in March

Update:Chinese electronics giant Huawei could be set to launch its P1 as early as next month, according to reports.
Phil Muncaster, 08 Feb 2012
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Mobile Broadband - T-Mobile

T-Mobile's Full Monty speed 'capped at 1Mb/s'

T-Mobile's unlimited tariff, The Full Monty, has come under scrutiny after reports surfaced that the cellco may have placed a speed limit of just 1Mb/s on the package.
Caleb Cox, 08 Feb 2012
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cloud

Amazon 'rolling out a retail store in Seattle'

Amazon could be about to open a bricks-and-mortar store in Seattle aimed at selling the Kindle - according to rumours on blog goodereader.
Anna Leach, 08 Feb 2012
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Russians drill into buried 20 million-year-old Antarctic lake

Russian scientists have drilled through to a 20-million-year-old lake under Antarctica, which, depending on who you listen to, could harbour alien life forms, prehistoric microbes or Hitler's secret hideout.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 08 Feb 2012
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Samsung

Samsung reveals Tocco Lite 2 release details

Samsung revealed it will launch the successor to its popular Tocco Lite handset this March, with the budget blower targeting the social network generation. No surprise there, then.
Caleb Cox, 08 Feb 2012
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Virgin Media finally turns an annual profit

Virgin Media pulled in annual revenue that was just shy of £4bn, the company reported this morning.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Feb 2012
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Toshiba 14in USB LCD Mobile Monitor

Toshiba 14in USB LCD Mobile Monitor

ReviewIt sounds like a great idea: a 14in LCD monitor that connects using USB. Perfect for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones, right? Well no, because it doesn’t work with them.
Dave Oliver, 08 Feb 2012
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globalisation

Apple's new TV allegedly spotted... in Canadian office

Prototypes of the hotly anticipated Apple TV are sitting in the offices of telcos in Canada, reports newspaper The Globe and Mail. The report adds that the new TVs will feature voice-control through Siri, gesture control and video chat.
Anna Leach, 08 Feb 2012
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Yahoo! chairman! falls! on! his! sword!

Yahoo!'s chairman and three other board members are stepping down as the once-mighty web firm continues its drawn-out internal shake-up.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 08 Feb 2012
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Halliburton latest biz to dump BlackBerry for iPhone

Citing better application support, oilfield services giant Halliburton will be handing out iPhones in future - despite RIM's claims that its app developers have never had it so good.
Bill Ray, 08 Feb 2012
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Android's Chrome finish comes too late for Flash coating

Google may have got its Chrome browser running on Android, but Adobe is standing by its decision not to port Flash to any new mobile browsers, not even Chrome.
Bill Ray, 08 Feb 2012
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Nokia: No Belle download for Apple users

Nokia has told Mac-using owners of handsets capable of being upgraded to its Belle operating system they need to switch to a PC to apply the update themselves.
Tony Smith, 08 Feb 2012
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Marlinspike asks browser vendors to back SSL-validator

AnalysisMoxie Marlinspike is encouraging browser developers to support an experimental project to shake up the security of website authentication by moving beyond blind faith in secure sockets layer (SSL) credentials.
John Leyden, 08 Feb 2012
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Olympus

Olympus goes retro with µFT snapper

Olympus extended its array of Micro Four Thirds cameras today, launching the E-M5, a retro-style snapper based on the classic design of the company's OM range of 35mm SLRs.
Caleb Cox, 08 Feb 2012
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LinkedIn offers MORE SECURE hobnobbing option

LinkedIn is now gradually rolling out secure browsing for its social-networking-for-suits service.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Feb 2012
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fingers pointing at man

Now HDS joins server flash party

Hitachi Data Systems intends to join the server flash storage party, throwing its NAND hat into the ring to speed application I/O and increase the virtual machine population.
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2012
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Glad to be hybrid: Office 365 flits from cloud to cloud

Interview“The hybrid cloud environment is a great place for Office 365,” evangelises Simon May, appropriately enough a tech evangelist at Microsoft UK.
Lucy Sherriff, 08 Feb 2012
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Indonesian train roof fare-dodgers given the brush off

Indonesian train operators have come up with yet another ingeniously cruel system designed to discourage fare-dodging commuters from blagging a free ride on the roof of their carriages - this time involving brooms covered in putrid gunk.
Phil Muncaster, 08 Feb 2012
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Virident flasher claims Oracle database streak record

Exit Exadata, Fusion-io and Violin Memory - so to speak: the Oracle database random IO speed record has been smashed by an 80-core NEC server fitted with eight Virident flash drives.
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2012
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fingers pointing at man

Mozilla explains user-tracking proposal for Firefox

In a story published yesterday your humble Reg writer wrongly confused Mozilla's Telemetry project with the open-source outfit's so-called Metrics Data Ping proposal. Mozilla has been in touch to clear things up.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Feb 2012
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Revealed: Apple's plea for fairness in mobile patent war

In November Apple wrote to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute suggesting an overhaul of the whole FRAND system of licensing patents fairly and reasonably.
Bill Ray, 08 Feb 2012
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Quarter of Wolfram Alpha brainteasers come from Siri

A quarter of traffic to the intelligent computational engine Wolfram Alpha comes from Siri, Stephen Wolfram said in a New York Times article.
Anna Leach, 08 Feb 2012
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channel

Resellers: Microsoft price hike was 'demanded by Euro country bosses'

Microsoft's planned overhaul of volume-licensing prices was in response to cries of frustration from its European country managers unhappy their UK counterpart were benefiting from the regional disparity to win biz on the continent, channel sources claim.
Paul Kunert, 08 Feb 2012
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New driver-snooping satnav could push down UK insurance premiums

The idea has been hovering in the ether for some time, but TomTom is the first satnav firm to sign on the dotted line and bring insurance to drivers through their GPS.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 08 Feb 2012
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Cray puts super stake in the big data ground

Big data may or may not pan out for the users, but it is a bit of a boom for IT vendors, who are scrambling to prove their data analytics chops and go for the easiest money in the market these days. And to that end, supercomputer maker Cray is setting up a dedicated division to chase big data biz.
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Apple's Hong Kong store rolls out iPhone 'reservation' system

Apple has been forced to restrict iPhone sales in its Hong Kong store to discourage the recent epidemic of scalpers.
Phil Muncaster, 08 Feb 2012
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Sony posts PlayStation firmware patch

Sony's latest PlayStation firmware - version 4.10 - is now available for download, with the Sony Entertainment Network ready for PS3s from here on.
Caleb Cox, 08 Feb 2012
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Ancient cave girl genome could crack Man's genetic puzzle

Nearly 500GB of data from the DNA of an ancient girl has been published for the first time. The genetic information - made available for wider analysis by intrigued boffins - was extracted from her finger bone and tooth, which were unearthed in the Denisova Cave in Siberia in 2008.
Adam Smith, 08 Feb 2012
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Chrome to weed out dodgy website SSL certificates by itself

Google will drop online checks for revoked website encryption certificates in future versions of its Chrome browser after it decided that the process no longer offers any tangible benefits.
John Leyden, 08 Feb 2012
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Sir Paul McBeatle to offer free iTunes concert

Sir Paul McCartney, late of Wings, will celebrate the release of his latest album with a live concert streamed over Apple's iTunes this Thursday at 7pm, Pacific Time.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Feb 2012
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channel

Toshiba may be getting excess WD disk biz

We are hearing that Toshiba is buying Western Digital's "excess" 3.5-inch disk drive business, clearing the way to the completion of the WD's acquisition of Hitachi GST .
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2012
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Path runs screaming from privacy snafu

After sparking an outcry – and arguably putting itself on the wrong side of privacy laws outside America – ex-Facebooker and now CEO of Path, Dave Morin, has blogged an apology.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 Feb 2012

Telcos to shape up under new code

Australian carriers, voice services and ISPs will be forced to take their obligations to the rights of consumers seriously under a new revised consumer code from industry group, the Communications Alliance.
Natalie Apostolou, 08 Feb 2012
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Solarflare turns network adapters into servers

Solarflare, a maker of 10 Gigabit Ethernet server adapter cards for performance-obsessed companies like stock exchanges, hedge funds, and supercomputer centers, is turning its network interface cards into servers, more or less.
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US Navy preps railgun for tests

The US Navy’s Office of Naval Research is preparing to test a prototype railgun delivered by BAE Systems under a $US21 million contract signed in 2010.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 Feb 2012
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Eolas claims royalties for browser apps and plug-ins

Eolas Technologies has begun its trial against Adobe over two patents that, it claims, gives it the rights to embedded browser applications and plug-in and AJAX (asynchronous JavaScript and XML) web development techniques.
Iain Thomson, 08 Feb 2012
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iRobot Warrior-bot goes on sale this Spring

iRobot has confirmed it’s ready to start manufacture and sale of its Warrior 710 robot early this year.
Iain Thomson, 08 Feb 2012
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Cisco stabilizes switching and routing in Q2

Networking - and some would say data center bellwether - Cisco Systems turned in a better-than-expected fiscal Q2 ended in January, with revenues up 10.8 per cent to $11.53bn and net income up a very good 43.5 per cent to $2.18bn.

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