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Dell misses profit goals in fiscal Q4

Despite growing sales in all six of its product categories and all four of its business units, and despite having an extra business week in the quarter, hardware supplier and software wannabe Dell was not able to pull the profits it expected down to the bottom line in its fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, which ended on February 3.
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NASA seeks cooks for Mars trip simulation

NASA is looking for volunteers to prepare foods during a simulated Mars mission that will see six lucky people locked in close proximity for 120 days.
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SanDisk daddy: Flash to 'checkmate' hard drives by 2020

ISSCC Although some industry observers – as The Reg recently noted – say that flash memory is approaching a technical brick wall, the cofounder and former CEO and chairman of SanDisk sees things differently.

IBM arms robo-sysadmin QRadar with virus know-how

IBM is beefing up its enterprise security offerings by creating a security platform that is aware of real-time virus information, meaning that the system will be much quicker at recognising new threats.
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Ten... sub-£100 mono laser printers

Product Round-up Mono laser printers still produce better black text than any inkjet. If you want clean, pin-sharp characters on the page and don’t print colour, buy a laser. If you have a limited budget, look for one at under £100. Here are 10 you should consider, which can print fast, don’t take up much room on the desk and are very easy to use and maintain. They produce waterproof, black print, as good as anything you can produce at home or in a small office.
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ICO 'enquiring' about Google's serving of tracking cookies

Microsoft has claimed that Google has been serving third-party cookies capable of tracking users' online behaviour even when those users have adjusted settings in the Internet Explorer browser to prevent it happening.
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Ericsson flashes wallet, beds hot Wi-Fi and billing bizes

MWC 2012 Ericsson, freed from Sony and getting in its retaliation first, used a Mobile World Congress pre-event briefing to set out its Far East battle plans - which included mobile wallet payments and buying billing biz Telcordia and carrier-cosy Wi-Fi company BelAir Networks.
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Toy Story: Mystic Met needs swanky new kit, swoon MPs

Analysis The Mystic Met has bewitched MPs who have recommended the forecasters are given the swanky new supercomputer they want.
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Councils spunk £515m in 4 years on CCTV

UK local authorities spent a total of £515m installing, operating and maintaining CCTV between 2007-11, according to the privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch.
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Crap PINs give wallet thieves 1-in-11 jackpot shot

Four-digit banking PINs are almost as insecure as website passwords, according to a study by Cambridge University computer scientists.
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Wang charged in inappropriate electricity socket use

Electricity thieves beware: if the battery charge in your phone or laptop is getting a little too low for comfort, don’t just stick your tech gear into the first available plug socket or you could find yourself in the back of a police van.
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We're! not! a! social! network! yells! Yahoo!

Despite spending most of the past few years trying to make its services more social, Yahoo! is now claiming that it is definitely NOT a social network - and resents being lumped in with Google and Facebook to face charges in India of hosting “objectionable content” online.

Proview offers Apple peace talks amid Shanghai iPad ban bid

In a predictable move, Asian monitor minnow Proview has decided that it is in fact now ready to hold talks with Apple over the IPAD trademark dispute which threatens to throttle global supplies of Cupertino’s shiny fondleslab.
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NASA sniffs little black hole's 20-million-MPH wind

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has caught a whiff of the fastest ever wind blowing from the gases around a stellar-mass black hole.

Distie vet Low to head new public sector biz at C2000

Channel veteran Cathi Low has returned to her old stomping ground at Computer 2000 to head up a newly assembled public sector team, months after quitting arch rival Ingram Micro to seek out a "new career challenge".
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Cameras roll on 'blockbuster' new Who series

The BBC's spinners have worked themselves into a right state over the news that filming has kicked off on the seventh series of Doctor Who. Viewers are promised 14 "blockbuster-movie episodes" as Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan embark on "their final, rollercoaster voyage" with Matt Smith's Time Lord.
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Freedom-crushing govts close to ruling our web, fears FCC boss

Foreign governments are lining up to wrest control of the internet from freedom-loving hippies, thunders FCC commissioner Robert McDowell in a call to arms in the Wall Street Journal.
Bill Ray, 22 2012
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Fujitsu flaunts Tegra 3 for future phones

Fujitsu aims to blow the roof off Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week when it formally launches its latest smartphone, which packs the five-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor - the best a man can get.
Caleb Cox, 22 2012
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Spam crashes to historic low as malware explodes on mobiles

The volume of malware samples detected by McAfee passed the 75 million milestone late last year, the Intel-owned security firm reported this week.

Samsung Series 9 skinny laptop priced for Blighty

Samsung's refreshed Series 9 laptop has been given a release date, with the compact notebook set to land on consumers' laps as early as next week.
Caleb Cox, 22 2012
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Logica profits slump in 'much more difficult' 2011

Logica said its 2012 revenues could go up or down as it turned in full year 2011 figures that showed a massive drop in profits.
Joe Fay, 22 2012
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Top Euro beaks to probe ACTA for rights breaches

Europe's Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has asked the European Court of Justice to peruse the small print of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to ensure that it is "fully compatible" with fundamental rights.
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Will Windows 8 sticker shock leave Microsoft unstuck?

"Sticker shock" is a US phrase that denotes a shopper’s surprised and generally disgusted reaction upon discovering the true price of an item they’re buying.
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Court claim slapped on bloke via Facebook in landmark case

Facebook messages will become a common way to serve court documents, reckons lawyer Jenni Jenkins, after a judge allowed a legal claim to be sent to a bloke via the social network.

VCE EMEA gaffer cheeses it after seven months

VCE enterprise sales veep for EMEA Adrian Carr is no longer with the business just seven months after joining from Juniper, The Reg can reveal.
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For those thinking Private Cloud

Live event Our very own Tim Phillips is dragging some clever sorts from the industry and beyond into a studio to talk about building private clouds. They’re remit is ‘be helpful’ and to give us a, ‘check list for building a private cloud.’ We’re hoping by the time they're finished you'll have something of a weighty steer on what it takes to do a private cloud project.

Finally a use for PlayBook: Tab bodged into Windows, PS3 remote

The updated OS pushed out to PlayBooks yesterday can turn a BlackBerry handset into a remote control for Windows 7, or even Android, thanks to the wonders of Bluetooth.
Bill Ray, 22 2012
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Biz bazaar Alibaba goes private, watches shares soar

Shares in China's Alibaba.com jumped 43 per cent today when it announced it was going private.

Nekkid Tech: I am Virtual Man

Podcast This week Greg Knieriemen and trusty sidekick Ed Saipetch (@edasi) go virtual, chatting to special guest Steve Kaplan – Vice President Data Center Virtualization Practice at Presidio (@roidude) – about everything from Nix's rib-cracking antics to VMWare's push into the cloud.
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Inside Apple

Review While Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs was notable for the contribution, by way of hours of interviews, of the man himself, it could hardly be described as revelatory. The darker side of the way Apple was run by Jobs, for example, was glossed over. By contrast, Adam Lashinsky’s Inside Apple aims to get under the skin of the world’s sometime largest company.

Sony's 'Dot Switch' unveiled as interactive Android app

Sony's Dot Switch technology was revealed this week to be an Android app which allows users to interact with live events.
Caleb Cox, 22 2012
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Labour targets Tories' Google problem

Labour has chastised the Conservatives for digital economy policies - and is targeting what may be the Conservatives' closeness to Google.
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GPS jamming rife, could PARALYSE Blighty, say usual suspects

Technical experts are once again predicting imminent doom caused by interference with Global Positioning System (GPS) sat-nav receivers. A nationwide UK network of detectors has reportedly discovered widespread employment of GPS jammer devices, and calls are being made for a harsh crackdown on users of such devices.
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Microsoft blasts 'web video killer' Motorola Mobility in EU gripe

Updated Microsoft filed a formal antitrust complaint against Motorola Mobility this morning in Brussels, following the European Commission's decision to clear Google's takeover of the mobile biz earlier this month.
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India seeks new supplier for $35 Android tablet

The Indian Government is seeking extra manufacturers for the Aakash, the $35 Android tablet that launched in the sub-continent in 2011.
Caleb Cox, 22 2012
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Planet-wide cloud dream burst by nations' laws - BSA

A US software industry report has warned that certain countries are threatening the future of cloud computing with regulations and policies that stifle the fluffy atmosphere.
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Grumble-flick chat site exposes flirts' privates

The email addresses and passwords of more than a million users of the YouPorn sex chat site were exposed to all and sundry this week following a coding error that went undetected for years.
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CIA tells big biz to serve up bite-size software

The CIA has told big software firms that it plans to ditch long-term licenses in favour of a slurp-as-you-go approach to new technology.
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Global DNS takedown plotters disowned by Anonymous

Anonymous has distanced itself from a plot to knock out critical systems in the backbone of the internet.
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OPERA grabs spanner, fixes kit, and slows down neutrinos

According to a breaking report from Science, last year’s famous faster-than-light neutrino finding has been attributed to a cable fault.
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Spitzer spots first solid buckyballs in stellar disc

The first solid “buckyball” Carbon-60 molecules have been spotted forming a ring around a star 6,500 light-years away, according to data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.
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HP earnings fall 44% on Whitman's debut quarter

Meg Whitman’s earnings statement from the first quarter of 2012 doesn’t look good, as she tries to clean the Augean stable left by Léo Apotheker.
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Harvard boffins cause buzz with robot bee

Instead of building a robot, why not print it? That’s more-or-less the approach demonstrated by Harvard engineers with an ingenious and attention-grabbing miniature robot bee.