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New Yorker sues Apple: 'Misleading and deceptive' Siri ads

A New York man has filed a class-action suit alleging that Apple's adverts and claims about its Siri voice-activated info system are bunk, guff, bosh, and bull – and no, that's not the name of the law firm he has hired.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Mar 2012
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Anchors away for Aus web hosties

Australian hosting outfit Anchor has expanded to the US to service Australian companies with a growing US customer base.
Natalie Apostolou, 13 Mar 2012
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CEO takes leave of Sensis

Telstra's directory business, Sensis, has parted ways with CEO Bruce Akhurst.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2012
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Halo friends frag harder, longer

Playing Halo with or against close friends means more kills, according to a new study titled Friends FTW! Friendship and competition in Halo: Reach by US researchers Winter Mason and Aaron Clauset.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2012
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Microsoft wants super-sensitive finger strokes

Microsoft says today's touch screens have latency of 100 milliseconds between a finger hitting the glass and the image on the screen changing. At that speed, says Paul Dietz, Assistant Director of Microsoft Applied Sciences, fingers have moved ten centimetres and the “analogy of moving a real physical object breaks down.”
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2012
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IT pros lack recent skills

46% of IT workers struggle to keep their skills up to date with new technology, according to CompTIA, a non-profit trade association advancing the global interests of information technology professionals.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2012
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China's online video giants shake hands on $1bn deal

Chinese online video giants Youku and Tudou have announced they are to merge in a billion dollar deal which should see the two finally put their well publicised courtroom battles behind them.
Phil Muncaster, 13 Mar 2012
globalisation

Asian PC market slowed by HDD misery

Hard disk drive production levels may be reaching full capacity again after the widespread flooding in Thailand last year but the PC market in south east Asia is likely to be disrupted for some time to come after taking a severe knock in the last quarter, according to IDC.
Phil Muncaster, 13 Mar 2012
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SanDisk Extreme 120GB SSD

ReviewAnother week and yet another new range of Sandforce controlled drives has been pitched into battle in an already crowded market place. Still, here’s hoping the increased competition will impact on prices. Arriving hard on the heels of Intel’s new 520 range reviewed recently, is the Extreme series from flash memory experts SanDisk – the company’s second generation of consumer drives using a Sandforce controller.
Simon Crisp, 13 Mar 2012
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Report: UK falls behind as smart meters rolled out across Europe

The number of smart meters installed in European homes is likely to "accelerate swiftly" over the next three years, according to research published by a provider of the technology.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Mar 2012
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ICT for Highlands and Islands fire and rescue 'inadequate'

Highlands and Islands fire and rescue service's ICT infrastructure is inadequate and requires significant investment to be effective, says an Audit Scotland report on behalf of the Accounts Commission.
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China's soft censors clamp down on micro blogs

New research by a US university has shone a little more light on the murky world of Chinese web censorship to tell us that, yes, home grown social media is policed pretty damn effectively in the People’s Republic.
Phil Muncaster, 13 Mar 2012
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iPlayer repeat fees threaten BBC earthquake

AnalysisIs it fair to ask people to pay a second time for media they've already paid for? Or is it fair to charge people for media they never use - and send them to prison if they decline to pay? Of these two injustices, which is the greater?
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Mar 2012
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Just like a real computer: Android gets Android IDE

Android developers can now hack code on the move with the beta release of AIDE, the Android developer kit which runs on an Android device to create Android applications.
Bill Ray, 13 Mar 2012
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TuneIn Pro Android app icon

TuneIn Radio Pro

Android App of the WeekI stumbled across TuneIn while reviewing the Archos 35 Home Connect - it’s preinstalled as that device’s main radio portal - and since that chance encounter it has ended up on all my Android devices.
Alun Taylor, 13 Mar 2012
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Microsoft hikes SQL Server 2012 price 'by 20 per cent'

Microsoft will hike licensing prices for the soon-to-launch SQL Server 2012 Enterprise edition by an average of 20 per cent, resellers have claimed.
Paul Kunert, 13 Mar 2012
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Microsoft shakes SQL Server 2012's business end at big data

ReviewThose not in “Denali Denial” will be interested in SQL Server 2012, which has just been unwrapped and is currently being delivered to manufacturers.
Mark Whitehorn, 13 Mar 2012
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Tim Cook scoffs $11m slice of warm Apple pie

Tim Cook took advantage of some of his oodles of Apple stock over the end of last week, taking possession of 37,500 shares and converting them to cash.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 13 Mar 2012
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West Yorkshire Gay Police Association in email list leak FAIL

The Information Commissioner's Office is looking into an alleged breach of the Data Protection Act after the West Yorkshire branch of the Gay Police Association (WYGPA) mistakenly leaked names and email addresses to around 100 people signed up to an LGBT mailing list.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Mar 2012
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Apple iPad 3 aka new iPad

Big biz nuts about iPad, says researcher

Think tablets are just for folk at home? Think again. New research suggests big business is becoming increasingly keen on the iPad.
Tony Smith, 13 Mar 2012
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Samsung Galaxy S II punters get a lick of Ice Cream Sarnie

Samsung has started upgrading its handsets, with the Galaxy S II getting Ice Cream Sandwich. The aging Galaxy S, meanwhile, will be upgraded to Gingerbread with extra bits.
Bill Ray, 13 Mar 2012
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Sony

Sony intros Xperia Sola with no-need-to-touch screen

Sony today introduced an Android smartphone, the Xperia Sola, that you can can control without touching.
Caleb Cox, 13 Mar 2012
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Computacenter's Euro ops outshine sluggish UK biz

Computacenter saw UK revenues slip in 2011, but strong growth in its European operations boosted revenues overall and underpin a bullish forecast for 2012.
Joe Fay, 13 Mar 2012
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JavaScript shogun deflects Google's mid-air Dart attack

QCon 2012Google might be pressing on solo with JavaScript-killer Dart, but those backing JS reckon their language - while not perfect - will thrive for another 25 years.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Mar 2012
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DLNA blesses HomePlug Ethernet-over-mains tech

The Digital Living Network Alliance, the organisation behind the DLNA media streaming standard, has given the thumbs-up to powerline networking.
Tony Smith, 13 Mar 2012
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Panasonic CF-53 Toughbook rugged laptop

Panasonic CF-53 Toughbook 14in rugged laptop

ReviewSkinny Ultrabooks may be getting all the press at the moment but what it you want a laptop that will withstand the knocks, drops and tribulations of use on the road and in the great outdoors rather than the board-room? Panasonic’s semi-rugged CF-53 Toughbook may be just the ticket.
Alun Taylor, 13 Mar 2012
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iPad 3 Geekbench score

iPad 3 benchmarked

The iPad 3 does indeed contain 1GB of memory and sports a processor clocked at 1GHz, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 13 Mar 2012
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Top DARPA bomb boffin in explosive move to Google

Google has reportedly poached DARPA chief Dr Regina Dugan, who will apparently shortly be joining the Chocolate Factory as a top exec.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Mar 2012
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Zombie

Capcom to unleash zombies onto UK streets

Capcom will bring a zombie outbreak to the streets of the UK this month with the release of a free augmented reality app in which gamers must track down and eradicate the undead.
Caleb Cox, 13 Mar 2012
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CBS supremo: Apple TV is still dead to me, just like ...

The CEO of broadcasting company CBS made Steve Jobs furious by telling him that he knew more about the "television business" than him. Jobs apparently blew up at brodcast exec Leslie Moonves because he had refused to sign up to a content agreement for Apple TV.
Anna Leach, 13 Mar 2012
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Phone-hack cops nab six 'including Prime Ministerial horse lender'

Officers arrested five men and one woman this morning in a coordinated swoop relating to the Met's probe into alleged phone-hacking at Rupert Murdoch-owned News International.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Mar 2012
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Apple, Motorola Mobility held patent war peace summit

Apple and Motorola Mobility held peace talks at the end of last year to end their patent row with a cross-licensing agreement, according to an EU document.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 13 Mar 2012
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Blighty's pay-by-bonk gang goes cap in hand to Euro watchdog

In the United States, the ISIS platform for NFC apps finally has a logo and is preparing itself for launch, while the UK equivalent – Project Oscar – is off to Europe for competition approval.
Bill Ray, 13 Mar 2012
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Apple to kick start 'iTV' production in Q2

Apple will start punching out 2-5m so-called 'iTVs' during the latter part of Q2, one financial analyst has forecast.
Tony Smith, 13 Mar 2012
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Dell splashes cash on SonicWall's powerful firewall erections

UpdatedJohn Swainson, president of Dell Software, took control of the giant's nascent software business last week and has moved fast, using the Dell checkbook to snap up SonicWall – a firewall and threat-management software and appliance maker – for an undisclosed sum.
Sony

Sony shines light on A57 single-lens translucent snapper

Sony has unveiled the Alpha 57, a 16Mp single lens translucent camera, which boasts 12fps shooting speeds and a 15-point AF system.
Caleb Cox, 13 Mar 2012
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Talk Talk

TalkTalk takes broadband to 80Mbps

TalkTalk has doubled its broadband speed, offering customers up to 80Mbps through a new fibre optic setup.
Caleb Cox, 13 Mar 2012
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Google bod: Fast net 'absolutely CRITICAL' to UK future

Digital LondonGoogle is championing the need for improved fixed and mobile internet access while flying the flag for British small businesses online.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Mar 2012
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Jester hacker brags of mobe attack on Anonymous, baby-kisser

A hacker known as The Jester claims to have siphoned personal information from prominent members of Anonymous, a US politician and other assorted "enemies" after running a mobile malware-based attack that relied on the curiosity of his intended victims. The raid is unconfirmed.
John Leyden, 13 Mar 2012
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Everything Everywhere grabs UK 4G wheel, rivals thrown off bus

Everything Everywhere will be allowed to deploy 4G this year, at 1800MHz, while the other UK operators will just have to stand in line for next year's auction.
Bill Ray, 13 Mar 2012
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Could tiny ebooks really upset the mighty Apple cart?

AnalysisYou wouldn't think that Apple had any problems right now. Its share price is so grossly high that it is ranked as the most valuable company in the world. Fans will queue up in their thousands for the chance to buy its latest iDevice – the new iPad – so much so that there won't be anywhere nearly enough devices in stock to satisfy demand on launch day.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 13 Mar 2012
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Finders of lost mobes can't resist staring at privates

A Symantec-sponsored experiment has discovered that people who find lost smartphones* almost invariably attempt to have a sneaky peek at their owners' data.
John Leyden, 13 Mar 2012
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Lords say data roaming costs 'unacceptably high'

The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on the Internal Market, Energy and Transport has said that Britons are paying too much to use smartphones for data when traveling to other European countries.
Tony Smith, 13 Mar 2012
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Atari pings Pong Apple champion wannabes

Atari founder Nolan Bushnell will judge entrants in a $100,000 competition to bring iconic ball-fondling game Pong to Apple iGadgets.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Mar 2012
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UK Home Secretary approves TVShack's O'Dwyer extradition

Blighty's Home Secretary Theresa May has approved the extradition of Richard O'Dwyer to the US on charges of copyright infringement stemming from his TVShack website.
Iain Thomson, 13 Mar 2012
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Apple patches steaming heap of Safari bugs

Apple has released an update for its Safari browser that patches a record number of serious security vulnerabilities, promises JavaScript performance improvements, and eliminates the annoying "white flash" page-switching bug.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Mar 2012
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Tech industry climbs out of Silicon Valley, moves abroad

Open... and ShutSilicon Valley may well be the center of the technology universe, but it's no longer the locus for technology jobs.
Matt Asay, 13 Mar 2012
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CSIRO: warming up to five degrees by 2070

Even an La Niña event and cool weather in Australia in 2010 and 2011 haven’t reversed the overall long-term trend to a warmer globe, according to Australia’s latest State of the Climate report.
Richard Chirgwin, 13 Mar 2012
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EC researchers demo multi-gigabit fibre-to-the-home

European Commission-funded researchers have declared a high speed broadband research project a success, stating that the “Sardana” project (Scalable Advanced Ring-based Passive Dense Network Architecture) has demonstrated the feasibility and robustness of 10 Gbps fibre-to-the-home networks.
Richard Chirgwin, 13 Mar 2012
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Oracle revs home-tweaked Linux kernel to 2.0

Software giant Oracle has gussied up the second iteration of its own kernel for Ellison's Enterprise Linux distro, dissing Red Hat's own tweak on the mainstream Linux 3.0 kernel.
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Microsoft warns of RDP attack within next 30 days

Microsoft has released six updates in this month's patch Tuesday, including one critical hole that Redmond warns will be hit in the next 30 days.
Iain Thomson, 13 Mar 2012

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