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Crocodoc tries to take bite out of Adobe dominance

Crocodoc is looking to take a big chunk out of Adobe's market share with an HTML5 viewing and annotation system for PDFs and Office documents that eliminates plug-ins or vulnerable software.
Iain Thomson, 02 May 2012
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Computer prices down 8.1% per year … since 1984

The price Australian consumers pay for audio visual and computing products has fallen an average of 8.1% every year since 1984, according to the new AMP.NATSEM Income Report.
Simon Sharwood, 02 May 2012
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Mystery as Google offloads SketchUp 3D drawing tool

Google has decided that the 3D modelling business is non-core and has sold its SketchUp tool to spatial specialist Trimble.
Simon Sharwood, 02 May 2012
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Moon at annual perigee this weekend

If you stumble out of the pub this weekend and the moon appears unusually large, there's no need to swear off the strong stuff.
Simon Sharwood, 02 May 2012
ARM
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ARM creators Sophie Wilson and Steve Furber

Unsung Heroes of TechUnsung Heroes of Tech Back in the late 1970s you wouldn't have guessed that this shy young Cambridge maths student named Wilson would be the seed for what has now become the hottest-selling microprocessor in the world.
Chris Bidmead, 02 May 2012
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Chinese feel pressure to work longer hours

The average Chinese worker spends eight hours and forty minutes a day exchanging their labour for currency, and 30% work for at least ten hours, according to a new study by the nation's Institute of Social Science, together with Peking University and recruitment agency Zhaopin.com.
Simon Sharwood, 02 May 2012
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UK plc 'needs a chief engineer' - also a chief trick-cyclist

Britain should appoint an official chief engineer to ensure technical talent lurking within the civil service is put to best use, according to a new report.
Anna Leach, 02 May 2012
DVD it in many colours

Hitachi GST to demo first 12Gbit/s SAS SSD

Hitachi GST has announced that it will soon demonstrate the industry's first 12Gbit/s SAS interface solid state drive.
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2012
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ICO mulls stiffer probe into Google Street View Wi-Fi slurp

The UK's data protection watchdog may still take enforcement action against Google over its unlawful collection of personal information from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks following the recent publication of a US regulator's report into the matter.
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 May 2012
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Teradata gobbles eCircle to biggen digi-marketing message blast

Data warehousing giant Teradata has been building up its application portfolio ahead of its acquisition of Aprimo in late 2010, and now it is fleshing out its app stack by snapping up eCircle, the largest provider of digital messaging software in Europe.
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Public sector exempted from swingeing Microsoft UK price hike

The British government will not feel the squeeze of Microsoft price rises on volume licensing when the three-year Public Sector Agreement (PSA)12 launches on 1 July, The Register can reveal.
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2012
cable
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TLC flash gets tender loving care from DensBits boffinry

Israeli upstart DensBits says it can make short-life TLC flash run longer than some long-life MLC rivals because of its fancy adaptive controller tech.
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2012
Sony Vaio T
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Sony outs its first Ultrabook

Say hello to Sony's first Ultrabook - though it's not the Japanese giant's first oh-so-skinny compact laptop. Remember: Ultrabook is not a category, just an Intel brandname.
Tony Smith, 02 May 2012
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Speaking in Tech: What's a Klouchebag, is it anything like Apple?

PodcastPodcast It's another episode of our enterprise and consumer tech-cast, hosted by The Dude of enterprise tech, Greg Knieriemen, master of all that is cloud and storage Ed Saipetch and web2.0 playa Sarah Vela. Our special guest this week is Mark Twomey, also known as Storagezilla.
Team Register, 02 May 2012
Samsung
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REVEALED: Samsung Galaxy S III is a PHONE

Samsung formally unveils its Galaxy S III device later this week, but already the blogosphere is alive with rumours that the gadget will be some sort of phone.
Lee Kerr, 02 May 2012
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'Oppressive' UK copyright law: More cobblers from IP quangos

AnalysisAnalysis A new report by intellectual property campaigners has again put the UK on the naughty step. This year, as last year, activists list the UK alongside Brazil and Thailand as having the most "oppressive" copyright laws in the world. The report was published by an international NGO called Consumer International, but this delegates the work out to a Soros-funded group called A2K. It's certainly a bold point of view. How does it arrive at this conclusion? Helpfully, we have the founder's testimony to aid us.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 May 2012
Nokia
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Nokia's 41Mp cameraphone shoots towards retail

Nokia focused attention on its PureView range this morning and announced that the first of its 41Mp cameraphones will shoot onto shelves this month.
Caleb Cox, 02 May 2012
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Dinosaurs were DRAINED of blood by GIGANTIC HORROR FLEAS

As if impending extinction wasn't enough, dinosaurs were also plagued by giant mega-fleas that impaled their soft underbellies and feasted on their blood.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 02 May 2012
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GCSE, A-level science exams ARE dumbed down - watchdog

Questions expecting short answers and the use of multiple choice have made biology and chemistry exams easier in the UK, according to assessment assessor Ofqual.
Anna Leach, 02 May 2012
Dell Inspiron 14R
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Dell sneaks out Ivy Bridge special edition Inspirons

Dell's Singapore operation has outed a "special edition" Inspiron 15R equipped with an Ivy Bridge processor.
Tony Smith, 02 May 2012
warehouse interior - wide aisle, big shelves

Systemax profits tumble as US punters keep wallets closed

Systemax CEO Richard Leeds said he's disappointed by calendar Q1 numbers as profits fell by almost 50 per cent due to flagging US consumer electronics sales.
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2012
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Barnes & Noble plans instore NFC Nook-book bonk-buying

B&N's CEO reckons NFC will be the glue to holds the disparate parts of the business together, with the help of Microsoft's money and a following wind.
Bill Ray, 02 May 2012
Total War Battle: Shogun Android/iOS game icon
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Total War Battles: Shogun

iGameriGamer For fans of the PC series, the first hour of Total War Battles: Shogun - on iOS but coming soon to Android - will be defined purely by what's missing.
Andrew Bailey, 02 May 2012
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RIM shares take a bath after uninspiring BlackBerry 10 unwrap

Investors were less than impressed with Research in Motion's demo of its new BlackBerry 10 operating system and the developer tools to go with it, sending shares sliding by 5.76 per cent.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 02 May 2012
DVD it in many colours

Intel chums up with Huawei for Oriental style flexible 4G push

Intel will set up an interoperability testing site in China, with local firm Huawei, to ensure its TD-LTE kit will work properly even if no-one seems very interested in using it.
Bill Ray, 02 May 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops
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Black Ops II to take gamers to open worlds... and destroy them

While confirmation that Call of Duty will return this year with Black Ops II is far from surprising, the fact that developer Treyarch's sequel will be set in the future with a non-linear storyline might refresh the franchise.
Caleb Cox, 02 May 2012
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Rowdy clusters put to the grindstone by Grid Engine 8.1

The advent of virtualized and cloudy infrastructure has not diminished the need for scheduling software like Grid Engine. It's obvious just how necessary such schedulers are for orchestrating and aggregating capacity of server computing pools. That's the plan from Univa, the company that's providing a fork of the Grid Engine software still controlled (but largely ignored) by Oracle. The software engineers who used to work at Sun Microsystems and then Oracle but now work at Univa, are crafting Grid Engine 8.1.
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Fanboys excited by ancient Google Qwerty Nexus plan

Claims that Google is to revive smartphones with physical Qwerty keyboards - a rumour based on a patent that shows designs for just an Android handset with a slide-out keyboard - appear unfounded, after closer inspection of the documents show it was actually filed half a decade ago.
Caleb Cox, 02 May 2012
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The Ethernet Alliance is thinking fast

Make no mistake: the flood of data flowing across networks today will grow into several Niagaras. We can foresee zettabytes of information crossing the internet – and the lion's share will flow via Ethernet links.
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2012
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Facebook IPO: The date is set, Zuckerberg casts the dice at last

Facebook's IPO is finally shaping up with the likely start of trading slated for May 18 after a roadshow starting next Monday.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 02 May 2012
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Microsoft's Twilio VoIP cloud deal buffs Apple and Amazon

Despite owning loss-making voice chat biz Skype, Microsoft is cuddling up to the Amazon-friendly Twilio to float a Windows Azure-powered communications hub.
Gavin Clarke, 02 May 2012
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Publishers' club lauds UK e-book sales surge

Brits are buying more e-books than ever before. Sales of digital tomes in 2011 leapt 366 per cent over 2010's total, the Publishers Association said today.
Tony Smith, 02 May 2012
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How politicians could end droughts FOREVER: But they don't want to

AnalysisAnalysis Last month in old London town and across England, formal water rationing came into force again for the second time in just six years - and the creeping rationing of water meters continued to spread. Despite the rainiest April since records began, government minsters are openly speculating that total mains cutoffs and standpipes in the street may be required next year. And yet, astonishingly, it would require only a small investment - far less than has been spent on fixing leaky pipes in recent years - to render the capital's water supplies completely and utterly drought-proof, forever. All the fresh, drinkable water the city's population requires for its taps, its showers and its hosepipes could be produced without taking a drop from rivers, aquifers or reservoirs, at minimal cost and with only a tiny impact on energy use and carbon emissions.
Lewis Page, 02 May 2012
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HP elbows Apple off global PC throne

Apple's rise to the summit of the global personal computer market at the end of last year was short lived: HP has regained the top spot in Q1, Canalys figures reveal.
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2012
Flemming Apple Superbowl critique
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Kaspersky: Apple security is like Microsoft's in 2002

Apple customers are more at risk from malware now because of their misconception that their iDevices and Macs are secure and because of Apple's poor attitude to security, according to experts.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 02 May 2012
Spotify
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Spotify dances onto iPad

Spotify has pushed its music platform onto Apple's iPad. The new app, specifically designed for tablet use, takes things up a notch from what is currently available through the iPhone and other smartphone versions.
Caleb Cox, 02 May 2012
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OCZ flexes its Flash guns, predicts further embulgement ahead

It must be doing something right; flash storage supplier OCZ increased annual revenues 92 per cent in its latest financial year and expects 80 per cent growth next year. What about profits? Moving on ….
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2012
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Facebook button triggers tidal wave of human organs

Thousands of Facebook users packed with fresh, reusable organs have signed up to the organ donor lists in the US and the UK.
Anna Leach, 02 May 2012
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Nokia cries patent 'Havoc!', unleashes dogs of law on two continents

Nokia has filed suit against HTC, Research in Motion and Viewsonic in two different countries all in one day.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 02 May 2012
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Google finally wins DoI cloud apps contract

Google has snatched victory from the jaws of defeat by winning the US Department of the Interior (DoI) contract for its Apps for Government platform, after Microsoft had snaffled the original deal.
Iain Thomson, 02 May 2012
DVD it in many colours
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CPU and RAM hogs overstaying their welcome? Here's a fix

HPC BlogHPC Blog Multicore processors drive everything these days from the biggest HPC cluster to the lowliest tablet – even smartphones. While parallel programming has come quite a way, there are still many apps that aren’t well-behaved at all.
Dan Olds, OrionX, 02 May 2012

VMware gussies up View and Horizon post-PC virty tools

Server virtualization juggernaut VMware pretty much owns the hypervisor and management tools market for enterprise data centers on x86 iron, but if it wants to keep parent EMC and therefore Wall Street happy, it can't rely on servers alone.
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Apple blocking Dropbox SDK over in-app buying

Developers using the latest Dropbox cloud storage SDK have been having applications rejected from Apple after Cupertino apparently decided that its terms and conditions have been breached.
Iain Thomson, 02 May 2012
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Facebook unfriends 19-inch data center racks

Social media giant Facebook had built precisely one data center in its short life, the one in Prineville, Oregon, before it had had enough of an industry standard that was part of the railroad infrastructure and then the telephone infrastructure build outs and bubbles: The 19-inch rack for mounting electronic equipment.
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Optus hangs up on 750 staff

Optus is slashing 750 positions over the next few months as part of a significant business restructure.
Natalie Apostolou, 02 May 2012
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NZ erupts over Dotcom corruption accusations

As the court cases grind on over Kim Dotcom’s possible extradition and his efforts to regain his computers, New Zealand is now agog at his political donations.
Richard Chirgwin, 02 May 2012
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In-house social media struggles in local government

Two Australian local government organisations have found that adding an internal social media tool creates one communications tool too many, and have abandoned trials of enterprise social network Yammer as a result of their experiences.
Simon Sharwood, 02 May 2012
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Amazon Cloud Drive updates for Windows and Apple desktop

After a wave of cloud storage announcements, Amazon has updated its Cloud Drive system with a desktop access application for Windows and Apple systems.
Iain Thomson, 02 May 2012