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Quickflix hits New Zealand

Australia movie streaming aspirant Quickflix has launched across the Tasman in New Zealand delivering on demand content to a range of connected devices.

E-tailing beats the high street: eBay

Australian internet retailers are making hay while the sun casts shadows on their high street cousins, according to eBay Australia.
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FLA, Apple and Foxconn shake on new deal for Chinese workers

The Fair Labor Association is claiming to have secure assurances from Apple and its supplier Foxconn that they will make sweeping changes to workers’ pay and conditions at the latter’s Chinese plants in line with the FLA’s latest report, but critics have argued they don’t go far enough.
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China's budget handset makers facing mass cull

China’s mobile phone market is set for a massive shake-up as hundreds of so-called 'white box' handset makers based in the country go bankrupt as a result of increasing competition at the low end of the market from established, big name domestic players such as Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo.
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Philips 42PFL7666 42in 3D LED Smart TV

Review Philips spent much of 2011 on the periphery of the televisual market, bereft of Freeview HD tuners and dogged by confusion over its long-term ambitions, having off-loaded its TV business into a joint venture. But things are off to a better start in 2012.
Steve May, 30 2012
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Security guards brawl over world's biggest Apple Store

Security guards from rival shopping malls in the eastern Chinese city of Dalian have been caught on camera brawling after one group took offence to a wall of giant Apple billboards hastily erected to promote the arrival of a new fruity store in the city.
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EMC eyeing XtremIO ... just a rumble on the jungle drums?

Is EMC eyeing up flash array startup XtremIO, the one that's making extreme I/O claims about the all-flash array its developing?

RIM to exit the consumer phone market

Having persuaded many a teenager to adopt the BlackBerry, RIM last night gave them the finger - metaphorically - and announced it was focusing on big businesses instead, an action spurred by its lousy quarterly results.
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Exploding dinosaur theory EXPLODED

Bone-bothering boffins have long theorised that sea-dwelling ichthyosaurs were prone to exploding because their skeletons are often found in a scattered pattern.
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Drobo inks chumship with Acronis in virty cloud combo package

Drobo has made a hefty petabyte sale to an undisclosed single customer, and has announced a formal partnership with backup supplier Acronis.
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Climate-change scepticism must be 'treated', says enviro-sociologist

Scepticism regarding the need for immediate and massive action against carbon emissions is a sickness of societies and individuals which needs to be "treated", according to an Oregon-based professor of "sociology and environmental studies". Professor Kari Norgaard compares the struggle against climate scepticism to that against racism and slavery in the US South.
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Don't be alarmed - but 545,000 NHS patient files are going online

NHS Oxfordshire is to put the medical records of around 545,000 people online in an effort to give healthcare professionals faster access to patients' information.
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Linux 'internet of things' gizmo ships

Ninja Blocks has begun shipping its eponymous Linux gadget designed to interact with sensors and automate your world.
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'People expect privacy on Facebook and Twitter'

QuotW This was the week when the competition over the new nano-SIM standard was heating up as Apple reportedly said it would waive its patent fees as long as its design was chosen.
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Avnet: Our buy of tech provider to BBC and Boots is quite routine

Avnet Technology Solutions boss Phil Gallagher has defended its acquisition of IBM middleware reseller and consultancy Ascendant Technology (Atech) - claiming the deal poses no threat to resellers.
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Disappearing bees mystery: Boffins finger regicide pesticides

Boffins investigating the ongoing mystery of disappearing bees have linked commonly used pesticides to their decline.
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O2 launches On & On mobile tariff

O2 announced On & On this morning, a new tariff that offers mobile users unlimited minutes, texts and a gig of data for £26 a month.
Caleb Cox, 30 2012

£575m school IT bonanza showers Capita, RM, 16 others

A Department for Education (DfE) framework agreement worth £575m has been awarded to 18 suppliers.

Euro data roaming price cut too shallow

Comment From 1 July 2012, accessing the internet using your phone or tablet while you're travelling around Europe will get less expensive.
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LOHAN demonstrates impressive sucking skills

This week really sucked down at the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) headquarters as we put the vacuum pump for our Rocketry Experimental High Altitude Barosimulator (REHAB) experiment through its paces.

Apple products now found in half of all American dwellings

Once the nerdy niche player, Apple is now officially mainstream: the majority of American households own at least one device from Cupertino, according to a CNBC survey of gadget ownership.
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Griffin Reserve Battery Case

Accessory of the Week If you’re anything like me and use your smartphone for everything from arguing on Twitter to watching the latest episode of Homeland on the train to work, you’ll find yourself re-charging its battery daily.
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Google planning to brand and sell Android tablets

Google is bypassing the channel to sell co-branded Android tablets directly via web shops.

DMOL proposes Freeview EPG shuffle to pull in IPTV

The organisation that manages the UK's digital terrestrial TV platform has revealed how it hopes to rejig the Freeview EPG Logical Channel Number (LCN) list to create space for more channels.
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Vote now for the WORST movie EVER

Poll It's taken us more than a week, but we're finally ready to raise the curtain on the contenders for the worst movie ever title.

Nvidia wants sub-£130 Tegra 3 tablets out this summer

Chip maker Nvidia this week promised it will bring the price of its Tegra 3 hardware down sufficiently to see Android tablets packing the chip hit price points as low as $199 (£125).
Caleb Cox, 30 2012

RIM to try to pull in punters with low-cost BlackBerrys

RIM has denied it is pulling away from the consumer market.
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Report: Facebook working to improve its 'search' technology

Facebook is reportedly working on an overhaul to its clumsy search option.
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Is it time to take the fight into the Clouds?

Rackspace Hosting has a vested interest in convincing IT shops that they don't need to own and operate their own servers and that they should leave it to the professionals with "fanatical support." And it looks like many companies are getting grumpy enough to give clouds a whirl.
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Sales show tablets and Ultrabooks not rivals

Intel's hope that it can take on and beat the tablet with skinny laptops - Ultrabooks - may prove unfounded, in the UK at least.

Capita poises axe over 1,000 staff - jobs headed to India

Exclusive Capita IT Services (CITS) has told 1,000 staff they are at risk of redundancy and plans to offshore roles to India.
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RIM insists it is not exiting consumer market - just 'refocusing'

RIM has reassured shop-wrecking hoodies everywhere that it is not in fact planning to exit the consumer market - after a comment during the BlackBerry-maker's earnings call was misconstrued.
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Sony sends Xperia Play Android 4 beta dev-wards

Sony has handed "advanced" developers a pre-release version of Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich for its Xperia Play games phone.
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Yes, Prime Minister to return after 24 years

The great satire of British bureaucracy, Yes, Prime Minister, is to return after 24 years away from our TV screens. The original scriptwriting duo of Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn has already turned in their first plot, says UKTV, which has has commissioned the show to be broadcast on UK Gold. The BBC originals, Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister ran from 1980 to 1988.
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Money mules are REAL victims of phishing, says Microsoft iconoclast

Microsoft has somewhat controversially claimed that money mules are the ultimate victims of phishing emails, rather than the consumers or banks that cyber-crooks target in online banking scams.
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Yahoo! finally! adds! Do! Not! Track! tool!

Yahoo! is to begin slotting in support for a Do Not Track header across its entire online estate just a few months after its erstwhile privacy wonk quit the firm in favour of a job at Google.
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¡Bong! [It takes more than severe first-degree burns from a drug-related snowboard accident to keep our Tech Venture Capitalist down. This week finds him recuperating, and in a reflective mood - Ed]

Micron settles with Oracle in chip price-fixing case

Chipmaker Micron Technology has reached a settlement with Oracle in a lawsuit the company brought over the price of memory.

Apple pushes patents for 3D avatar authoring

Apple is preparing to launch a 3D avatar app which could be a sign the Cupertino giant is ready to push its own gaming service.
Caleb Cox, 30 2012
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Top Italian OPERA boffin steps down after faster-than-light mistake

The Italian boffin who led the OPERA experiment that reported neutrinos travelling faster than the speed of light has resigned today after the results were refuted by other scientists.

Best Buy shuttering 50 stores, laying off staff in $800m cost slash

Months after beating a retreat from the UK struggling retailer Best Buy is to shutter 50 stores in the US as part of a multi-year $800m (£500m) cost reduction programme.
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Sugar content now to be measured in Cadbury Creme Eggs

It's evident that our beloved readers share our penchant for improbable and unorthodox units of measurement, because we've had a load of emails pointing us in the direction of XKCD, where the Cadbury Creme Egg has officially become the measure of how much sugar there is in a fizzy drink.
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Use the holy word of God to stay secure online, says bishop

A bishop in Blighty has suggested that passages from the Bible can be used to create memorable but hard to crack passwords.
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Ravello Systems gets the KVM band back together

It looks like the people behind Qumranet, who brought us the KVM hypervisor, are getting back together to cook up some new cloudy wares.

Avere moves from accelerating filers to building them

Avere is moving from accelerating filers to building them, introducing its own Edge Filer plus filer migration and replication software too. It's starting to compete directly with EMC and NetApp NAS boxes.
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Visa and MasterCard warn of credit card data breach

Updated Visa and MasterCard have been quietly informing banking partners that a third-party supplier has suffered a major breach of security that could let the attacker clone users' cards.
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Storage upstart boasts of not losing a single customer...

At a press briefing in startup Pure Storage's Mountain View HQ, CEO Scott Dietzen said: "We have yet to lose a customer engagement against any other flash vendor, including Violin Memory."
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Workers worry about pay cuts from Apple, Foxconn pact

Labor-conditions activists and feel-good petitioners may be pleased with Apple's agreement with contract-manufacturing giant Foxconn to cut back on workers' overtime, but there's another affected class that's not as pleased with the outcome: the workers themselves.
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Verizon plans bandwidth-gobbling mobile video service

Verizon plans to launch a mobile-video service by the end of this year, a move that would put even more traffic onto its already overburdened network.
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Ape sanctuary seeks funds for armed Robo Bonobo

An ape sanctuary in the US has posted an unusual request on KickStarter, seeking funds to build a robot ape under its residents' control and to allow members of the public to talk to the primates.

EMC registers mysterious new trademark

EMC has trademarked a new product name: VSPeX. So what the heck is it?