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Sinofsky shows off Windows 8 on ARM and Office15

Windows boss Stephen Sinofsky has ended months of speculation with the first (fairly) detailed drilldown into Windows 8 on ARM (WOA) platform, and says it should be ready for a simultaneous launch with its x86/64 counterpart.
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Oracle tucks R stats language into database

Relational database juggernaut Oracle has embedded the R programming language used by more than 2 million statisticians and quants the world over into its 11g relational database. Call it R-acle 11g, Quant Edition.
LG DM2350D 3D monitor and TV combo

LG DM2350D 23in passive 3D monitor and TV combo

Review The DM2350D is the first 3D combination monitor/TV released by LG. Sharing the same passive FPR 3D panel technology as its Cinema 3D TV siblings, it’s presumably aimed at wannabe 3D PC gamers and those looking for a jack of all trades screen that’s easy to accommodate in student digs or wherever.
Steve May, 10 2012

Red Hat fires Gluster thruster from Amazon's cluster

Red Hat is providing a Virtual Storage Appliance using Amazon cloud storage and claiming enterprise, scale-out NAS capability.

UK.gov: We really are going to start buying open-source from SMEs

Intellect 2012 Open source and open standards are the direction for UK government IT, the civil servant leading the government's technology change agenda has said.
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Met thumbed through Oyster card data up to 22,000 times in 4 years

The Metropolitan police has requested Oyster card data relating to citizens and other personal information from Transport for London (TfL) more than 22,000 times since 2008, according to figures published by the capital's transport authority.
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Tech! Tech! Teeeeech! Women want gadgets for Valentine's

Forget roses and Roses: buy your other half - if female - some tech for Valentine's Day, now just four days away.
Hard Reg, 10 2012
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Secondhand MP3 shop can keep trading during EMI trial

Redigi has escaped a court injunction that would have prevented it trading throughout the duration of a court battle over alleged copyright infringement.
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Malware devs embrace open-source

Cybercrooks have embraced the open-source model in the development of banking Trojans following the release of source code for the infamous ZeuS cybercrime toolkit last year.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

HTC Ice Cream Sandwich updates slip to late March

HTC smartphone owners: you should be getting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates at the end of next month - if you have an unlocked Sensation or Sensation XE.

Nevex stuffs software into TMS flash for 'world's fastest cache'

Nevex, the Canadian supplier of flash and DRAM caching software for Windows, is working with Texas Memory Systems to super-charge its RamSan PCIe flash acceleration of app I/O.
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Roku rocks media streamers into UK

Roku has released its compact media streaming set-top boxes in the UK. With it comes BBC iPlayer support.

Blushing HTC too coy to admit sales figures

Just days after releasing disappointing Q1 estimates that could point to a difficult year ahead, Taiwanese Android handset make HTC has decided not to reveal future sales figures for its smartphones.
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Indian ministers quit in parliament smut flick scandal

Three former ministers in the Indian state of Karnataka have until Monday to explain themselves to the Speaker of the local assembly after they were allegedly caught watching porn on a mobile phone during a debate in the House.
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BOFH: The Cloud Committee Calamity

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IT crowd sorts out the Mars Science Lab

US space boffins have managed to sort out the computer problems on the Mars Science Laboratory, currently tootling through space with the spanking-new rover Curiosity on its way to the Red Planet.
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Phones 4U intros Jump plan to speed smartphone upgrades

Phones 4U has come up with a new phone package it claims makes it easier to change handsets.
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Google Wallet falls open after casual hack

Turns out it's not necessary to decrypt the PIN, or even hack into Google's Wallet, just ask the phone nicely and it will let anyone root though its innards.
Bill Ray, 10 2012
Tesla Model X e-SUV dashboard

Tesla X e-SUV to sport monster touchscreen on the dash

Car writers are focusing on the Tesla X's gull-wing doors, but it's the electric SUV's touchscreen-tastic dashboard that does it for us.
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LOHAN lifts skirt on 3D printed parts

Video There are champagne corks popping today at Special Project Bureau headquarters as we announce we've cut a deal to have our Vulture 2 aircraft hewn from living nylon.
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'These working conditions are appalling, especially for Apple'

Quotw This was the week when it was claimed that whatever else Apple, Google, Facebook and the rest of them might be up to, they were also giving Americans jobs.
Pentax Q interchangeable-lens compact system camera

Pentax Q compact system camera

Review When it come to compact system cameras, Pentax has form, if your memory goes back far enough. Like the Auto110 SLR film camera of old, the Pentax Q is laughably small, but in a good way. It’s a happy laugh – like a friendly chuckle at the burblings of a new-born. Its design is achingly cute – especially the white version I received for review – while build quality is impressively and surprisingly high.
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IT guy answers daughter's Facebook rant by shooting her laptop

Vid An angry American IT pro has responded to a rude Facebook post from his daughter by riddling her laptop with a fusillade of bullets and posting video of the shooting on YouTube.

Sumlock Electronics NE calls creditors' meeting

Long-established Newcastle-based infrastructure reseller Sumlock Electronics NE has called a creditors' meeting to appoint a liquidator.
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Google pushes your buttons in its top strip bar - AGAIN

Google has once again rejigged its user account navigation bar, making it ever more slavish to the company's strange devotion to all things social within its silo.
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Virtual Nazi-code-cracking Colossus in fundraising appeal

The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) has turned to a tried-and-tested fundraising method to establish a home for the rebuilt Colossus computer at Bletchley Park.
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US federal court fast-forwards case on Google privacy policy

A lawsuit brought against the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over its inaction regarding Google's imminent changes to its terms of service was expedited yesterday.
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Apple crushes rivals under its heel in Euro fondleslab sales

Apple saw off attempts by rivals to eat into its fondleslab market share and actually tightened its iron grip on the market across Western Europe in over the Christmas quarter.

Google guns for Apple TV

Google is working on an in-home entertainment gadget able to stream content from the internet - or, at least, it's testing such a device in employees' homes.
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EU competition chief threatens patent war smackdown

European anti-competition chief Joaquin Almunia has warned that the EU won't stand for any messing about with technology standards-related patents.
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March release for Samsung Galaxy S II Android 4.0 update

Samsung said in November 2011 that Android 4.0 - aka Ice Cream Sandwich - will be coming to its Galaxy S II smartphone some time in 2012. It has yet to narrow that window, but industry leak merchant Eldar Murtazin has now said ICS will hit the S II in March.
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Intel pays peanuts to settle NY antitrust suit

Intel has agreed to fork over a mere $6.5m to settle an antitrust lawsuit by New York's attorney general.
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Pseudo masochism is fuelling ACTA witch-hunt

Analysis A mob that's filled with self-righteous fury isn't very discriminating.
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Penang fraud gang 'ringleader' snared by Taiwan police

The suspected ringleader of an internet and telephone fraud gang based in Penang, Malaysia, has been nabbed by police after being lured to Taiwan by his former gang-mates, it has emerged.

Acer limps into 2012 with declining January sales

Acer has not made the positive start to the year that it was banking on after confirming a double-digit decline year-on-year in sales for January.
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Overclockers UK swallowed by private equity firm Afinum

German private equity firm Afinum - owners of distributor Caseking - has swallowed specialist components etailer Overclockers UK for an undisclosed sum.
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Microsoft to send users 4 critical patches on Valentine's Day

Microsoft plans to publish nine updates next Tuesday – four of which are critical – as part of a Valentine's Day edition of its Patch Tuesday update cycle.
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Music fans not welcome in RIAA-backed .music

The Recording Industry Association of America and other music industry groups are backing a proposal for a highly regulated ".music" top-level domain.
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Why Amazon, eBay and Google are building bricks-and-mortar stores

Open ... and Shut Even as offline retailers and other traditional "brick-and-mortar" businesses struggle to build their businesses online, some of technology's biggest online denizens are looking for ways to go offline. Google is the latest, reportedly opening a store in Dublin, Ireland, to sell branded merchandise, but it's just the latest in a group that includes eBay and even Amazon.
Matt Asay, 10 2012
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Analyst: no 7in tablet at iPad 3 launch

Apple is going to release a 7in iPad - but not next month when it unwraps the iPad 3.
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Space: 1999 returning to TV?

They've been rebooted, re-imagined and uncut, but now Space 1999 is getting its own on-screen revival next to sci-fi classics Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek and Star Wars.

RIM's apps revolution swings on Blackberry 10

BlackBerry Devcon Europe "I'm a Java developer. What can I do to bring my apps over to BlackBerry 10?" asks an attendee at BlackBerry Devcon Europe in Amsterdam this week. The answer comes back: "Rewrite your code."
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HP shares database smarts with EnterpriseDB

EnterpriseDB is trying to pump up the PostgreSQL database to do battle with Oracle 11g and, to a lesser extent, IBM's DB2 and Microsoft's SQL. So the database upstart is upgrading its Postgres Plus Advanced Server 9.1 - and kicking it onto Amazon's EC2 compute cloud to peddle it alongside Amazon's own Relational Database Service.
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New patent will give iPhone screen interactive 3D

iPhones of the future could have virtual 3D interfaces that will detect and respond to the movements of your eyes, revealed an Apple patent granted today.
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Barack Obama: Bland, predictable and cheesy ... on Spotify

It turns out Barack Obama likes his music streamed from a certain Sweden-based music service. Not The Pirate Bay - Spotify.

IBM: We do server flash already...

With all this EMC Lightning kerfuffle and Dell, HDS and NetApp joining in – with HP pointedly saying "No comment" like we really believe it's not playing too – there's a Big Blue elephant we're not hearing or seeing. Don't worry, IBM definitely has skin in this game – and it's called eXFlash.

Comet sheds 450 jobs in biz survival struggle

Laid-up retailer Comet plans to axe 450 engineering and support workers, slashing costs and safeguarding "the long-term viability of the business", it said.

Iran draws veil over secure internet access

The Tor Project is reporting Iran has blocked access to nearly all SSL/TLS traffic within its borders and is calling for help to break the embargo.
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US and EU regulators will give Googorola the nod soon

Google’s planned purchase of Motorola Mobility looks likely to get clearance from US and EU authorities, possibly as early as next week, according to sources within the investigation.