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Sweden: talk, text and drive? OK

Sweden is bucking the international trend towards restricting the use of mobiles in cars, reasoning that drivers would just ignore a ban.
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Bacteria isolated for four million years beat newest antibiotic

Bacteria found deep inside a cave that has had scant exposure to the outside world for at least four million years share some of the same antibiotic-resisting traits that other bugs are supposed to have developed in response to modern medicines.
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Cloud Foundry aiming to be 'the Linux of the cloud'

Steve Herrod, CTO of VMware, has high ambitions for the company's app development platform Cloud Foundry, saying he wants it to be the Linux of the cloud.
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Intel discloses sub-10-watt 'Centerton' Atom chip

Server chip juggernaut Intel is hosting its Forum Beijing summit with partners and customers this week, and Diane Bryant, the new general manager of the company's Data Center and Connected Systems group, talked a little bit about some forthcoming Xeon and Atom processors for microservers.
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Over half of IT hires in Asia are duds

The IT and telecoms sector will lead the way when it comes to hiring expectations in Asia over the next three months, but over half of new recruits in China and Singapore are duds, according to new stats from Hudson.
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NetBank unavailable to 'many customers'

Some users of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia's NetBank service are unable to use the service, thanks to a bug that impacts PCs running the 64-bit version of Windows 7.
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Aus apps take on Chinese handsets

Australian mobile software developer SmartTrans has secured a break through deal in China in an agreement with Beijing Digitone Telecom.
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Japanese bank palms off customers with biometric ATMs

Japan-based Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank is claiming to be the first in the world set to offer its customers the option of using ATM services without the need for a cash card or passbook, thanks to palm-scanning biometric technology from Fujitsu.
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Ten... Kitchen Gadget Treats

Gizmo Week Gizmo Week Most of us actually have more gadgets in the kitchen than anywhere else in the house. And looking at the list here, it’s easy to see why. There are gizmos for every conceivable task, from opening a tin of beans to knocking up a homemade Scotch broth. Most of the gizmos here are genuinely useful and would be a great …
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Chinese coders beat all-comers

Does China have the best hackers in the world? Well, new stats from code sprint site Interview Street would seem to indicate that they certainly dominate the global rankings when it comes to programming skills.
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Gov: Give Ofgem clout to force energy firms to cough up

Gas and electricity companies that breach regulations could be forced to compensate customers directly under plans being consulted on by the government.
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Softphones strangled by smartphone battery life

Softphones aren’t making inroads onto smartphones or the desktop because the former lacks battery life and the latter take too long to start up, according to Jamie Romanin, ShoreTel’s Regional Director for Australasia.
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Microsoft opens trenchcoat, reveals 'in-memory' Big Data column

If there’s one thing scarier than the big data tsunami, tech vendors tell us, then it’s tech vendors getting left out of the big-data conversation.
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UK.gov has shaved off 16% of IT staff in 4 years

The number of IT staff members working at four key Whitehall departments has fallen by 16 per cent in recent years.
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Dot-London squeaks under ICANN deadline

London's official PR agency has filed its application with ICANN to get its hands on a new .london top-level internet domain, just before the deadline closes.
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Most anticipated videogames of 2012 revealed

With current-gen consoles nearing the end of their lifespans, 2012 has hardly been a golden year for game releases. But that hasn't stopped punters from getting excited at what is to come.
Caleb Cox, 12 2012
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LOHAN dives into Reg forums mosh pit

At the behest of reader Joeman, there's now a Reg forum open into which which you can throw your Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) comments and/or suggestions.
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Publishing giants sue open textbook startup over layout

A copyright lawsuit has pitted three of the four big American textbook publishers against a web startup in a dispute over the layout of textbooks.
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Banks on the business end of DDoS attack surge - report

Financial firms were in the crosshairs of cyber-attackers during the first three months of 2012, while a threefold increase in DDoS attacks was recorded.
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Break out the bubbly: World PC market GREW 2.3%

Such is the parlous state of the global PC market that a return to marginal growth is lauded as a pretty good result - especially since declines were forecasted by bean-counters.
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Teens break up with Facebook

Open... and Shut In May 2012 Facebook is set to launch one of the top-25 IPOs in history. By May 2013 it may well be scrambling to keep investors happy, given the apparent flight of teenagers to Twitter, Pinterest, and flavor-of-the-month social media. It's not that Facebook has lost its mojo. It's that it may be becoming cool with the wrong sort of people: parents.
Matt Asay, 12 2012
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Amazon green-lights in-app purchasing for Android

Amazon has enabled in-application billing for Android apps sold through its US Appstore, though it's reserving the right to control the amount punters end up paying.
Bill Ray, 12 2012
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Sony axes 10,000 workers, eyes up mobile and medical biz

Sony Corp confirmed today that it will lay off 10,000 workers worldwide in a move to turn around its TV biz, strengthen its core digital imaging, gaming and mobile divisions, and chase sales in emerging markets.
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'Woz' wants $100,000 for Mac 128K prototype

A functional Macintosh 128k prototype has been put up for sale on eBay, complete with rare "Twiggy" 5.25in floppy drive, original keyboard, mouse and power lead.
Caleb Cox, 12 2012
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Wondershare PowerCam

iOS App of the Week I thought that the recent one-two punch of Adobe's Photoshop Touch and Apple's iPhoto would have knocked out most of the competition from other photo apps, but Wondershare’s PowerCam shows that the big-name boys don’t have a monopoly on good ideas.
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Death Star dinosaur aliens could rule galaxy

Rather than dying out in the dimly lit aftermath of a ginormous asteroid impact, dinosaurs on Earth may have instead spread to other planets and built a terrifying space-conquering empire.
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Emirates wedges national ID cards inside NFC phones

The United Arab Emirates has signed up local operator Etisalat with a view to getting the national ID card embedded into mobile phones.
Bill Ray, 12 2012
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Whitehall needs to dump 'unacceptable IT' – outbound G-Cloud chief

Updated Outgoing government G-Cloud programme director Chris Chant has harangued civil servants and tech vendors telling them times are a-changing and so must they.
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.XXX registry in .porn, .adult, .sex extension grab bid

Exclusive ICM Registry, which runs the controversial .xxx top-level domain, today revealed that it has applied to ICANN for the gTLDs .porn, .sex and .adult.
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1&1 outage knocks down websites in Spain, UK

Websites using hosting firm 1&1 are down today while the company deals with a problem with "one of its nodes", according to some of its customers.
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LARs to Microsoft: Please make deal reg programme that works

Updated Microsoft is being urged by large account resellers (LARs) to take steps to speed up the deal registration process more than two months after launch.
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Scotland Yard under fire over ex-Murdoch man role

Senior Met police officials "breached" Scotland Yard employment policies and demonstrated "poor judgment" when it came to their relationship with Neil Wallis – a former News of the World deputy editor – the UK's cop watchdog said today.
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Real-time movie FX editing on the Flash PCIe cards

Fusion-io is putting a rocket up workstations in Hollywood with an ioFX flash card that features some of the technology used to create the visual effects in orphan-meets-robot family flick Hugo.
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Nintendo puts 3DS in the Louvre

Nintendo has bridged the gap between videogames and art through a partnership with the Louvre which will see visitors use 3DS consoles as an interactive tour guide.
Caleb Cox, 12 2012
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Motorola's bid to sink Windows, XBoxes sales snubbed

Microsoft has won its fight in the US to stop Motorola Mobility from enforcing a banning order on Windows and XBox sales that a German court may award the phone-maker.
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Reseller insolvencies at 9-year high: 89 firms hit the wall

Reseller fatalities remained close to highs not seen since the dot-com bust as small generalist dealers and independent retailers succumbed to economic pressure.
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Apple, publishers and ebook pricing – what does it all mean?

Analysis Aren’t monopoly watchdogs supposed to bust monopolies rather than create them? That question is fairly widespread today after the US Department of Justice’s intervention into the nascent ebook market.
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Naked gyrating iPad vid exposes truth behind Apple's billions

Video Foxconn has allowed a journalist to film inside an Apple iPad factory in Shenzen, revealing a fresh-faced workforce.
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Max Payne shoots onto mobiles

Bullet-time fans twiddling thumbs in anticipation of next month's Max Payne 3 might like to get practice in on their smartphones first, as the original version has just launched on iOS devices.
Caleb Cox, 12 2012
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We were right: EMC's VSPEX will take on FlexPods

EMC has devised a set of converged server system reference templates called VSPEX, offering complete application, soup-to-nuts modular stack designs to be sold and built by its Velocity Partner channel.
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Nokia on 'brink of failure', warns analyst

Nokia's comeback will fail unless Microsoft pulls its finger out, according to one analyst. Ian Fogg of IHS isn't isn't optimistic, however, and recommends the Finns develop a Plan 'B' - in case Windows Phone fails to crack the Android-Apple duopoly.
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Facebook updates data archive tool, upsets privacy warriors

Facebook is dishing up a more comprehensive archive of the data it stores and tracks, after the Irish data protection commission requested that the dominant social network give its users full control of that information.
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Publishers fork out $52m in Apple ebook pricing settlement

Publishers Hachette and HarperCollins have forked out $52m to settle a lawsuit that alleged the pair had been involved in price-fixing in the ebook market.
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Student's Linux daemon 0-day triggers InfoSec Institute outcry

Updated Controversy has accompanied the discovery by a student of a critical vulnerability in BackTrack, a flavour of Linux that's a favourite among security pros.
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OnApp spins up bullet-proof SAN, punts it to cloud providers

UK-based cloud infrastructure supplier OnApp says it has created a scalable and resilient SAN for cloud service providers by using the provider's virtualised application server's local storage and aggregating it with virtual smart controllers running in the same servers.
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Amazon turns A9 search engine into a cloud service

Retailing giant and cloud computing juggernaut Amazon has taken its in-house A9 search engine and converted it into a search service that you can buy through its Amazon Web Services unit to comb through your own documents and files.
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El Reg hurls EMC onto the rack, drills into VSPEX

On Thursday EMC announced its new stackable and modular server box templates called VSPEX - a piece of kit that raised more questions than a particularly fast-paced edition of University Challenge. Your humble El Reg hack's subsequent Q&A with an EMC bod, published here, reveals among other odds and sods software availability and how the channel can take advantage of the kit.
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Red Hat joins OpenStack community

Commercial Linux and middleware distributor and server virtualization and cloud wannabe Red Hat has finally joined the open source OpenStack community, in the wake of the hammering out of the governance rules for a foundation that will control OpenStack.
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Developer leaks Microsoft product plans for next two years

Updated A Microsoft developer has taken the unusual step of publishing a partial Redmond roadmap for some of the company's most important software.
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Top US science wonk wants Grand Challenges and 3D printers for the kids

Challenging engineers to build a starship and giving school kids 3D printers were among several big ideas put out by a top US Government science wonk in a speech in Washington this morning.
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Boeing plans super-secure Android smartphone for top echelons

Boeing is planning to launch an own-brand super secure Android smartphone for military, government, and high-level commercial users by the end of the year.
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Google splits stock in bonus for investors, but keeps control

Google has reported good figures for the last quarter, with revenues up 24 per cent, and is to split the company's stock, creating a new non-voting stock in the company quoted on NASDAQ.
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Map of Tasmania to be redrawn

Tasmania will spend $AU3m to refresh the technological framework that underpins the State's Land Information System (LIST).