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Unexpected nanotube heat transfer suggests new way to cool processors

A strange phenomenon observed at the University of Maryland could pave the way to new techniques for cooling electronics: when researchers passed a current through carbon nanotubes, they didn’t heat up – but other nearby objects did.
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SpaceX taps Texas for 'commercial Cape Canaveral' site

More details have emerged about one of the sites that Space Exploration Technologies – better known as SpaceX – is considering for what founder Elon Musk has referred to as "a commercial Cape Canaveral."
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Massive organ blown with Kinect

Composer and creative developer Chris Vik has used Microsoft's Kinect tools to play the pipe organ in the Melbourne Town Hall.
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NBNCo sets up contact centre on the Gold Coast

Australia’s soon-to-be-biggest broadband network, NBNCo, has selected the Gold Coast as its customer service centre hub, creating around 130 new jobs.
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Julian Assange™ telemovie coming to Oz TV

The early hacker activist life of Julian Assange is set to be immortalised in a television drama for Australia’s Network Ten.
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Wavii aims to transform news delivery with social data

A Seattle-based startup is looking to give computer users a personalized news feed based on their social-networking preferences.
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IBM gets flexible with converged Power, x86 system

The details are a bit sketchy, but IBM is launching its first fully converged systems since it bought itself some clever storage and networking companies a few years back.
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Chinese app stores host malicious apps

The Chinese authorities have voiced concerns after uncovering security vulnerabilities in the application stores run by mobile operators China Mobile and China Telecom.
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Trojans target pro-Tibet organisations

Security experts are warning of yet another targeted malware campaign using socially engineered emails to infiltrate pro-Tibet organisations in a bid to covertly nab sensitive files.
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MS Office coming for Symbian

The Microsoft/Nokia tie-up just got weirder, if that's possible, with the launch of Office for Symbian, developed by Microsoft.
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The Hardware Hacker's Guide to Home Automation

Gizmo Week Gizmo Week The home of the future is a staple of both speculative fiction and comedy. Back in the 1970s, Frank Spencer caused havoc in an automated home during an episode of Some Mothers Do 'Ave Em.
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Crowdfunding, startup fever, come to Indonesia

Indonesia's technology sector is adopting familiar models to foster growing businesses.
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Android spanking iOS in world's BIGGEST mobile market

Android is absolutely creaming iOS in the world’s biggest mobile phone market, according to new stats from Beijing-based Analysys International, which estimate the Google platform now accounts for nearly 70 per cent of Chinese smartphones.
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'As seen on TV' claims can't be made about unbranded props

Companies cannot claim that the product they are advertising is '... as seen on TV ' or '... as seen in' certain publications if those products merely featured as unbranded props in programmes or in paid-for ads in those mediums, an ad body has said.
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NHS farms out £125m deal for hardware, medical tech

A framework for the supply and maintenance of NHS IT hardware and services with an estimated value of between £45m and £125m is being set up by NHS Commercial Procurement Collaborative and NHS Shared Business Services.
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LOHAN lifts lid on revised mission summary

Over the past few months, our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) spaceplane mission has been evolving with the help of you, our beloved reader experts.
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Too small to fail: Obama signs Nontrepreneurs Act

A new Act just signed into law by President Obama that relaxes accountability requirements for internet startups has been called a 'licence for fraud'. The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS) Act (HR.3606) is backed by AOL co-founder Steve Case (himself no stranger to fraud allegations) and other titans of Silicon Valley – and supported by Google – all of whom argue that the new law is vital for job creation.
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Amount of ice in Bering Sea reaches all-time record

The amount of floating ice in the Arctic's Bering Sea - which had long been expected to retreat disastrously by climate-Cassandra organisations such as Greenpeace - reached all-time record high levels last month, according to US researchers monitoring the area using satellites.
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New ZeuS-based Trojan leeches cash from cloud-based payrolls

Cybercrooks have forged a ZeuS-based Trojan that targets cloud-based payroll service providers.
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DARPA boffins seek Terminator-style disaster-zone rescue robot

The Pentagon's brash boffinry bureau DARPA is offering millions in research funding to any robot-builders who can come up with a machine capable of dealing with disasters like nuclear meltdowns and tsunamis.
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Apple to maintain tablet lead over Android

Don't think World+Dog is bonkers for tablets? Market watcher Gartner does. It reckons some 118.9m of the things will ship this year - almost twice the number shipped in 2011.
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Kelway gulps down Microsoft reseller, plots march on Europe

Serial acquirer Kelway has swallowed Irish corporate and public sector reseller Business & Scientific Services (BSS) Ltd for an undisclosed sum, bagging Microsoft top-tier certification in the process.
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Microsoft seals up Windows zero-day flaw in April Patch Tuesday

Microsoft released six bulletins on Tuesday to fix a total of 11 vulnerabilities, one of which has become the target of active attacks against unpatched applications.
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Yahoo! pleads! for! ad! juice! as! products! guru! exits!

Yahoo!'s latest broom, Scott Thompson, is trying to fix the company's ailing business by giving the Purple Palace yet another revamp.
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Jazz Jackrabbit

Antique Code Show What with Easter's inextricable link with bunnies, it seemed in order to revisit an old lop eared friend. Jazz Jackrabbit is a side scrolling platform game and one I consider to be DOS shareware gaming at its finest. Who would have thought our friend Jazz would come from the same stable as a Gears of War Nemacyst?
Lucy Orr, 11 2012
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Speaking in Tech: Is Instagram really worth $1 BILLION?

Podcast Podcast It's time for another Speaking in Tech enterprise and tech biz roundup, with The Dude of enterprise tech, Greg Knieriemen, cloud and storage meister Ed Saipetch and web2.0 insider Sarah Vela. This week they discuss:
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Hardware hacker knocks up own Google AR glasses

Google may have a pair of augmented reality goggles in the works but without an ETA, hardware hackers are already growing inpatient. One AR enthusiast has refused to wait and put together his own impressive DIY version of the hi-tech specs.
Caleb Cox, 11 2012
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AOL investor: $1bn Microsoft patent deal not good enough

A major shareholder in AOL wants to shake up the firm's board, saying its billion-dollar patent deal with Microsoft wasn't good enough.
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Samsung sales-floor rejig leads to layoffs in B2B push

Samsung has crowned Graham Long as the UK veep of corporate and IT sales following a restructure of the division to help its push into B2B.
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Vintage alien tech crash-lands in field

It's widely accepted among those with a penchant for banging on about Atlantis, the pyramids and the bloody Mayan calendar that the Nazca Lines in Peru represent a vast alien spaceport hewn from the living desert by beings so advanced that the human mind would explode if it were obliged to absorb even a millionth part of their incredible knowledge.
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Dream:ON iPhone app-maker seeks sleepy fanbois for testing

A psychologist is asking iPhone owners to sleep with their iPhones on the bed in a test to see if sounds can influence dreams.
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Nokia drops Lumia 900 price to $0 in response to bug outrage

Nokia is hoping an emergency rebate program will mollify American consumers who rushed out and bought the company's new flagship Windows phone - only to get bitten by a serious wireless data bug. The Lumia 900 is Nokia's big comeback phone - and also Microsoft's biggest ever shot at the mainstream US market.
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DoJ could start Apple ebook price-fixing lawsuit this week

Updated The US Department of Justice is getting ready to launch a lawsuit against Apple over alleged ebook price-fixing, according to whispering sources.
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iPad to reign unchallenged as KING of FONDLESLABS

Global shipments of fondleslabs are predicted to nearly double to 119 million in 2012 but Apple's dominance is unlikely to be challenged, Gartner box counters claim.
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MPs: Border Agency's own staff don't trust airport-scanner tech

The UK Border Agency's own staff don't trust the million pound bioscanning e-Gates installed at nine British airports, and in some cases actively discourage passengers from using them, said a damning report published today by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee.
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Spotify adds web button: Just push... Play

Spotify is launching a web widget that allows instant access to songs in its catalogue. As with SoundCloud, anyone can embed the Play button in their pages, from garden-shed bloggers to established web publishers. Only Spotify subscribers will be able to hear the song, however.
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Nokia shares fall as it drops first quarter forecast

Nokia shares dropped over 16 per cent on the Helsinki Stock exchange today after it cut its profit forecast for the first quarter.
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Leisure Suit Larry set for second coming

Leisure Suit Larry could be set for a humorous return through a Kickstarter campaign that has already rounded up the original development team and seeks the remaining funding to get the title the green light.
Caleb Cox, 11 2012
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Employers' group: New comp sci GCSE driven by vendor agenda

Employers have criticised the government’s computer science GCSE work for having a vendor agenda which means that it may fail to deliver business-ready IT graduates.
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Hands on with the Huawei Ascend G300 low-cost Android phone

First look Huawei continues its push into the UK market this week with the Ascend G300, an affordable smartphone with admirable specs given its entry-level status. Ahead of its Blighty launch this Friday, I was given a sneak preview of the device.
Caleb Cox, 11 2012
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Malware-infected flash cards shipped out with HP switches

HP has sent out a warning to customers after the vendor found out it had inadvertently been shipping virus-laden compact flash cards with its networking kit.
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BT fattens fibre customer pipes for free - with a contract extension

BT broadband customers who subscribe to the company's Infinity 2 package will see their fibre download speeds nearly double from tomorrow, the national telco has promised.
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Apple trails behind world+Microsoft in 'Flashback' malware debacle

Apple went out of its way to make life difficult for the Russian security firm that first alerted the world to the spread of the now infamous Flashback Trojan on Mac computers, it has emerged. However the fruitbite-branded firm has now pledged to resolve the problem, well after security firms - and Microsoft - had acted.
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How Apple revived publisher-set pricing and got sued for it

Comment In the beginning there was the Net Book Agreement. The NBA, a gentleman's accord 'twixt publishers and retailers, ensured that prices set by the makers of books were respected by the sellers of the same.
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170m people 'upgrade' to Google+, but how many stick around?

Google is still struggling to answer, publically at least, that thorny question of just how many people are actually engaged with its social network, which arrived around 10 months ago. But no matter!
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SGI storage gets a head transplant

SGI has stuck a Nexenta NAS head on the modular version of its InfiniteStorage product line and extended the halfway house of a departmental filer it pushed out in January.
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Citrix chomps Podio for cloudy workspaces

The mad rush to grab cloudy startups that make interesting apps continues, and this morning Citrix Systems has snacked on a little Danish. Specifically, Copenhagen-based Podio, a maker of malleable workspaces for online collaboration and project management.
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Judge: Checking Facebook at work is not a crime

Checking your personal email on a work computer is not a federal crime, a judge in San Francisco has ruled (PDF), despite the US government trying to argue otherwise.
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US sues Apple, publishers over ebook pricing strategy

The US Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against Apple and five major publishers, alleging a conspiracy to fix the prices of ebooks.

WD pushes out super-slim shock-resistant Ultrabook drive

Western Digital has crafted up a slim half-terabyte single platter drive that uses the least power of all Ultrabook disk drive on the market. WD says it is also the most shock-resistant Ultrabook drive yet.
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US Trade Rep criticises tech trade barriers in Oz, NZ

Australia and New Zealand have come under criticism from the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) over a raft of tech issues.
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German scientists link two labs with ‘universal quantum network’

German researchers have demonstrated a technique that allows them to create entanglement between atoms in different places, using photons to put the atoms into an entangled state.
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SAP flashes cash to pump up HANA biz

SAP hasn't had a product as popular as its HANA in-memory data processing engine since the R/3 enterprise resource planning suite launched two decades ago and took off like wildfire, transforming the German software company into the dominant application software provider in the world. SAP wants to hit replay with HANA, and it is willing to shell out cash to make sure it happens.