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Swiss, German physicists split the electron

An international research team has observed an electron being split into two “quasi particles”, one carrying the original particle’s spin, the other carrying its orbital movement.
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Mahindra Group seizes on Aus opportunities

Australia’s telecommunications, mining and financial services markets have proven to be a key lure for India’s Mahindra Satyam and Tech Mahindra to significantly ramp up their local operations.
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NBNCo shoots down Turnbull's satellite argument

Refutes Turnbull's assertion of unusual risk NBNCo has moved to extinguish Malcolm Turnbull's argument, raised at a Public Hearing of the Joint Committee into the National Broadband Network, that its decision to commission satellites before securing an orbit for them represents an unconventional and risky practice.
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Australian IT imports rebound

Australia's IT imports rebounded in March, reaching $AUD789m.
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Insatiable China to gobble up 84 MILLION PCs in 2012

China has cemented its position not only as the global leader in PC production but also an avid consumer, with sales set to surge 13 per cent in 2012 - more than twice the worldwide average.
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CA launches new global partner program

CA Technologies has announced a new “CA Global Partner Program” that it says “provides an expanded set of benefits” designed to help “solution providers, service providers, alliance partners and resellers to enable customers to deliver innovative business services.”
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Pakistanis revolt over Great Firewall plans

Several Pakistanis are taking their government to court in a bid to stop the ‘illegal’ blocking of sites for political purposes and to force the authorities to shelve current plans for a nation wide web filtering system similar to the so-called Great Firewall of China.
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Intel swoops for Korean face recog start-up - reports

Intel has reportedly swooped for Korean face recognition firm Olaworks in a 35 billion won (£19.3m) deal which could be useful for the chip giant in its continuing efforts to break into the smartphone space with its Medfield platform.
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HTC One S Android smartphone

Review Playing Tonto to the One X’s Lone Ranger in HTC’s new model line-up is the One S. I’ll get to Silver, the One V, when it arrives in a few weeks. For now though, we can see if HTC’s much vaunted One series makes sense from a technical, as well as a marketing perspective.
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Fast Forward to Big Data

Live today Today at 12:30 BST, our host Jon Collins will be joined by a band of experts to discuss the current state of data management, and how new approaches work with old principles to solve the business problems of today.
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BYOD is a ticking time bomb for B2B resellers

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend among organisations will mean a £2bn sales boon for UK service providers within five years but will "significantly disrupt" the B2B hardware channel, says the analyst firm TechMarketView.
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Trojan sneaks into hotel, slurps guests' credit card data

Cyberooks are selling malware through underground forums which they claim offers the ability to steal credit card information from a hotel point of sale (POS) applications.
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Met issues mug-shot gallery mobe app to finger wanted crooks

The Metropolitan Police is pushing a mug-shot gallery smartphone app so Londoners can help nab petty criminals across the capital.
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NetApp offers system check-up from iPads, smartphones

NetApp has endorsed tablet and smartphone access to its support system and users can now monitor support case status from their iPad, iPhone or Android phone.
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Shale gas fracking ruled safe, but must stop at drop of a hat

Is shale exploration in the UK on stop or go? On Monday the Department for Energy and Climate Change released a geological report into the impact of hydraulic fracturing, a key technique in releasing gas from shale rock deep beneath the Earth's surface. But, as befits the department with the schizophrenic identity, its findings are ambiguous.
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Office 365: Win a 25 seat, 12 mth license

Compo You’ve heard of Microsoft’s Office 365 by now, with its cloud based delivery of office based classics. But have you tried it yet?
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Ex-army bloke, 2 other bods cuffed after News Corp tip-off

Three more suspects were arrested this morning by officers investigating allegations of illegal payments to police and public officials in relation to the phone hacking scandal at News International.
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Hands on with the Nikon D3200 DSLR

First look The great and the good were out in force at Nikon’s London press launch this week of its latest entry-level DSLR, the D3200. Boasting a new 24.2Mp DX format CMOS sensor, the camera also bags an Expeed 3 processor – the same imaging engine featured on the Nikon D4, the company’s flagship shooter.
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Beefy Fedora could use a dash of miracle whip

If you’re called Beefy Miracle, you better pack a punch. And when the Fedora crew christened their next Linux desktop, that was certainly the plan.
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PlayStation Suite SDK beta opens today

Sony's PlayStation Suite software development kit has been launched in beta form, opening doors for developers to craft games for PlayStation-certified devices.
Caleb Cox, 19 2012

TMS and DataCore peddle flashy support for virtual servers

TMS flash arrays are being bundled with SANsymphony-V software from DataCore to provide fast flash-based SAN array support to virtualised servers.
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Fusion-io shoves OS aside, lets apps drill straight into flash

Fusion-io is wooing programmers with a software development kit loaded with interfaces so apps can directly access a flash cache as a memory tier.

Punters want BBC iPlayer in TVs, not 3D

Brits want catch-up services from their tellies, not 3D, a survey carried out by Freeview has found.
Hard Reg, 19 2012
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'Perfect storm' drives electronics stores to EXTINCTION

The window of opportunity for traditional bricks-and-mortar consumer electronics retailers to catch up with web-based and supermarket rivals has closed and many more will go the way of the dinosaur.
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Propellerhead Figure

iOS App of the Week Propellerhead’s ReBirth app brought some powerful sequencer tools to iOS last year, but made a fatal mistake by simply transplanting the complex interface of the original PC software onto the smaller screen of the iPhone and iPad.
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Integrator Redstone's accounts back in the black

The boss at network integrator Redstone reckons the turnaround plan initiated a couple of years ago is finally paying dividends as accounts returned to the black.
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Barclaycard slaps pay-by-bonk plasters on mobes

Barclaycard has launched a proximity-payment token embedded in a sticker, ideally sized for affixing to the back of a mobile phone, as a stop gap until the handsets catch up.
Bill Ray, 19 2012
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Huawei reveals Ascend P1 launch plans

Huawei has announced the availability of its forthcoming super-thin Android smartphone, the Ascend P1, which the company plans to roll out across Europe this summer.
Caleb Cox, 19 2012
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CompSci boffins tout file encryption for Google Docs

Computer scientists in Ireland have developed a technology for Google Docs that allows for the "real-time" encryption of data before it is uploaded to the Google servers.
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Microsoft tears the wraps off Windows 8 Enterprise

Remember the enterprise? Despite what has become a fanatical focus on consumers to beat Apple with Windows 8 tablets and Windows phones, Microsoft does – just about.
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Cosmic ray source riddle mystery now even more mysterious

Boffins are now even more puzzled about where high-energy cosmic rays come from after a new study showed that gamma ray bursts are probably not to blame.
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ISPs torch UK.gov's smut-blocking master plan

Telcos have clobbered an independent Parliamentary inquiry into online child safety by saying that its recommendations are unworkable.
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Mayor Boris' Chinese vote master stroke backfires on twit clone

Bouffant-topped bigwig Boris Johnson hopes to ingratiate himself with the capital's Chinese community by climbing aboard Twitter-clone Sina Weibo - although putting the same yattering on both is just silly.
Bill Ray, 19 2012
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Cycle fires up 50,000-core HPC cluster on Amazon EC2

Cycle Computing is at it again, pushing the envelope on setting up HPC clusters that ride atop Amazon's EC2 compute clusters. This time, Cycle Computing has been tapped by protein simulation software-maker Schrödinger and drug-hunter Nimbus Discovery, which is in hot pursuit of drugs to cure Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and obesity.
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Gemini outs trio of budget Android 4 tablets

Gemini Devices has brought its cheap Android 4 JoyTab tablets to Blighty.
Hard Reg, 19 2012
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Nokia loses $1.7bn in Q1, sales chief falls overboard

Nokia's sales chief Colin Giles will depart in a shake-up of the company's commercial operation, the mobe maker announced in its earnings call today. After he clears his desk in June, 20-year veteran Giles won't be replaced, with the four regional senior VPs now reporting directly to head of markets Niklaus Savander.
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Fake Instagram app slings SMS Trojan onto Android gear

Virus lynchpins are distributing an Android Trojan under the guise of popular photo-sharing app Instagram.
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Irish national telco gets 100 days to escape €4bn debt hell

The Irish courts have stepped in to protect the country's largest telco from creditors after the firm careered €4bn into debt. A judge yesterday granted Eircom 100 days' grace to restructure its balance-sheet busting debts. This is the biggest such move in Irish corporate history.
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Sony 3D PlayStation TV to hit UK at last

It has been a long time coming, but Sony's 3D PlayStation telly has finally touched down in the UK, wetting the mouths of multiplayer gamers keen to get hands on the set's SimulView tech.
Caleb Cox, 19 2012
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Ebook price-fix trial showdown? Bring it on, say Apple and pals

Apple wants to go to trial in the US over allegations of price-fixing in the ebook market, the company's lawyer said yesterday, but it may end up settling with the EU.
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eBay beats Q1 forecasts with PayPal mobe cash mountain

eBay has seen its revenues and income rise in the first quarter this year, boosted by PayPal's moves in the mobile payments sector.
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Apple throws free Snow Leopard bone at MobileMe punters

Apple is now giving away an OS upgrade to as a ploy to wean punters off its MobileMe service and onto its iCloud storage offering. Cupertino's older OSes do not support iCloud.

India's new Atom-powered Xolo X900 ISN'T Intel's first smartphone

Intel is providing the Medfield Atom processor for the Xolo X900, an Android phone being launched in India - but despite the headlines it's a long way from the Intel's first smartphone.
Bill Ray, 19 2012
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Amazon, Salesforce 'expected to join UK.gov's G-Cloud 2.0'

Amazon and Salesforce are odds-on to join the UK government’s G-Cloud and start serving civil servants with hosted computing, storage and ERP from May.
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Metallic Glass iPhone 5 to battle pottery Samsung Galaxy S3

The next iPhone will be cased in "Liquidmetal" says a Korean news outlet quoting "industry sources".
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Tumblr CEO realises ads don't make him sick after all

Just two years after Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp said that advertising on sites like his made him physically sick, Karp has announced that Tumblr will start offering paid advertising.
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EMC rides storage sales wave as cash keeps pouring in

It was another stonking quarter for EMC. The storage giant reported an impressive $5.09bn in sales for the first quarter of its fiscal 2012 year, with profits of $587m, up 23 per cent on a year ago – ker-ching!
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Samsung smacks Apple back with 8-patent knuckleduster

Samsung has responded to Apple's California-filed patent suit with a fat bundle of its own patents, including a couple that fall under the much-discussed FRAND rules.
Bill Ray, 19 2012
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Google I/O snafu greenlights crap code, angers devs

There are red faces across Mountain View today after angry developers pointed out a flaw in the Chocolate Factory's Code Jam competition for tickets to the Google I/O conference in June.
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Amazon to all data centers: Keep up, if you can

It's no secret that the utility computing offshoot of online retailer Amazon thinks that it can build a better data center for running Web applications than you can.
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Cray taps Microsoft parallel guru as CTO

Supercomputer maker Cray has been looking around for a new CTO since last August, and has now decided that the best candidate for the job was right there at the company, and has chosen William Blake for the role.
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Microsoft revenues up as PC market recovers

Microsoft has reported strong financial for its latest quarter, with all divisions showing growth apart from its gaming division.
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Amazon throws open doors to AWS apps marketplace

One new service announced today at the AWS Summit in New York is a blatantly obvious one for an online retailer: an online marketplace to shop for, compare, buy, and install applications from third parties to run on the AWS cloud services.
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AMD bleeds red in Q1 after GlobalFoundries deal rejig

PC and server chip maker Advanced Micro Devices didn't do as badly as expected in the first quarter, with revenues only down 1.7 per cent to $1.59bn.
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Open Government Partnership talks tech-led transparency

The Open Government Partnership has met in Brasilia, and discussed several technology-enabled openness initiatives.
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'Attitudes to robot sex will change'

In Steven Spielberg’s AI (Artificial Intelligence), Jude Law plays smoking hot Gigolo Joe, a male prostitute “mecha” – a new class robot humanoids of the 22nd century.
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Kiwi three strikes law closes on first victims

New Zealand’s controversial ‘three strikes’ copyright crackdown law may be eliciting its first hefty fines from downloading culprits, since being introduced in September last year.
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Oracle v Google: Lindholm takes the stand in Java trial

The Google engineer who wrote a contentious email that Oracle is hinging part of its Java patent case on has said that his words are being misconstrued.
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FBI seizes Mixmaster servers

Non-profit Riseup claims the FBI has seized a Mixmaster server from a colo shared by Riseup Networks in New York City.