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Button batteries BURN KIDS FROM INSIDE

The next time you replace a button battery, do take care to dispose of it thoughtfully lest your kids swallow it and end up subjecting their innards to a damaging electrical current.
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Casablanca to screen for free on Facebook

Seventy year-old flick Casablanca is set to get a free outing in a new medium: Facebook.
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South Australia plans digital evidence review

Law reform advocates in South Australia are leading a push to have the rules of evidence reviewed to take new computer and communications technology into account.

Graphics shocker: Nvidia virtualizes Kepler GPUs

GTC 2012 You game-console makers who still want to be in the hardware business, look out. You console makers who don't want to be in the hardware business (this might mean you, Microsoft), you can all breathe a sigh of relief: after a five-year effort,­ Nvidia is adding graphics virtualization to its latest "Kepler" line of GPUs.
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Apple places massive DRAM order at Elpida plant - report

Apple has taken a punt on bankrupt Japanese DRAM manufacturer Elpida, placing orders for a whopping 50 per cent of the firm’s production of chips at its Hiroshima facility, according to Digitimes.
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China steps up crack down on hi-tech exam cheats

The Chinese ministry of education has been forced to update its rules prohibiting cheating in college entrance exams to take account of the increasingly ingenious hi-tech methods used by desperate students and their parents to succeed in the hugely important exams.
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Stuxnet ≠ cyberwar, says US Army Cyber Command officer

While “cyber* operations” are becoming an increasing focus of both government and private research, legal frameworks are failing to keep pace, the US Army Cyber Command operational attorney Robert Clark has told the AusCERT security conference in Queensland.
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Telstra denies IPTV shift

Telstra has strongly rejected claims that the company will move away from the IPTV market, in a response to The Register's report last Monday that it was reviewing its IPTV strategy and considering moving its 300,000+ T-Box customers to Foxtel.

75,000 Raspberry Pi baked before August

RS Components, one of two distributors for the Raspberry Pi, says the 75,000 of the tiny computers are burbling through the manufacturing supply chain and will be ready for release “in July to August”.
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Nokia Lumia 900 WinPho 7 smartphone

Review So you’re trying to revive the fortunes of what was, until a few weeks ago, the biggest mobile phone manufacturer on the planet. You’ve launched a handset or two with a new operating system and they’ve gone down quite well. So what next? How about taking one of those handsets and releasing a near-identical one, different only in size and capabilities. Bigger and better, you know?

Microsoft touts 400% Asia growth for Office 365

Microsoft is trumpeting impressive 400 per cent growth in adoption of its Office 365 online productivity suite by Asian SMBs over the past three quarters, although analysts pointed out that Google is still taking business from Redmond worldwide.
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IT bungle left dole office unable to check benefits for months

Late delivery of IT to support the Work Programme left it without a system to carry out automated checks on whether people - who had been placed into work by the programme's 18 prime contractors - had stopped claiming benefits.
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One in two punters don't mind cookie-spewing stalking ads

Nearly half of UK internet users are happy for advertisers to track their online activity in order to deliver more targeted ads, according to new survey figures.

Hitachi GST releases skinny spinner

Western Digital's latest acquisition, Hitachi GST, has released a skinny single platter drive for consumer electronics devices.
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Only global poverty can save the planet, insists WWF - and the ESA!

Analysis Extremist green campaigning group WWF - endorsed by no less a body than the European Space Agency - has stated that economic growth should be abandoned, that citizens of the world's wealthy nations should prepare for poverty and that all the human race's energy should be produced as renewable electricity within 38 years from now.
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O2 dips toe into Groupon's pond with tat discounts

Taking a leaf out of Groupon's book, O2 is asking its "Priority Moments" customers which firms it would like O2 to negotiate deals with, tapping the social networks to discover that most O2 users like Nandos regardless of their demographic.
Bill Ray, 16 2012
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Facebook starting to go big in Brazil. Hmm ...

Facebook's user base is plateauing across Europe and the US and the site has seen losses as well as gains in the developing world, the latest statistics from Social Analytics firm Socialbaked show.
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Google+ dying on its arse – shock new poll

Google has bet the company on Google+, but it’s dying on its arse. A study by traffic analysts RJ Metrics suggests that public engagement with the social network is weak, and failing to gather momentum.
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EMC rounds up rival arrays, beats 'em into submission

EMC VMAX arrays will team up competing drive arrays with a new version of the VMAX Enginuity OS.
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Sony outs 1080p skinny laptops

More updated Vaio laptops from Sony, this time the Z series - the latter the original Ultrabook, introduced before the MacBook Air and long before Intel coined the term.
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ASA tuts at TalkTalk over broadband speed estimator

TalkTalk got rapped on the knuckles by the Advertising Standards Authority today after it upheld a complaint that its broadband speed checker was rather overestimating the actual speed of web surfing.
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Carphone Warehouse touts cut-price iPads

Carphone Warehouse still has plenty of iPad 2s in its stock cupboard and has just knocked up to £50 off the price to shift them.

The Incredible 4PB Hulk: EMC monsterises VMAX

EMC has gained top datacentre dog bragging rights with a coming 4 petabyte VMAX 40K storage array, storing 60 per cent more than HDS's biggest VSP array and 74 per cent more than IBM's DS8000. This is possibly one of the last massive primary data arrays before flash takes over the primary data storage universe*.

Dell feeds Xeon E5s to hungry new PowerEdge beasts

Dell has added nine new Xeon E5-powered boxes to its PowerEdge 12G lineup as it chases the booming market for quad-socket machines in Asia.
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HTC phones held up at US ports after Apple patent ban

US sales of two new HTC smartphones have been held up at customs over the company's patent battle with Apple.
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Lost Winds 2: Winter of the Melodias

iGamer With his Chibi proportions and boyish looks, Toku cuts an extremely familiar figure, as do most of the things around him: talking animals, impish sprites and elemental deities. So pervasive is Nintendo's influence throughout Winter of the Melodias, in fact, that neither the land of Mistralis nor its diminutive hero would seem out of place in a Mario or Zelda game.

Confused, pessimistic on G-Cloud? You must work in government

Confusion and pessimism about the government’s G-Cloud and ICT plans is widespread among civil servants running the nation’s technology .
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Fasthosts officially not the best in UK for virtual servers

Brit web biz Fasthosts has been slapped down by the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) for boasting that its virtual servers were the "best" in the UK.
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Watchdog bites bar over 'offensive' Facebook ad

NSFW The Advertising Standards Authority has sunk its teeth into the Manhattan Bar in Stoke on Trent, for a Facebook promotion "likely to cause serious or widespread offence".
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Real-time drone videos get GPU-tastic

HPC blog Here at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC 2012), you see a lot of things that you didn’t think were quite possible yet. Case in point: cleaning up surveillance video.
Dan Olds, 16 2012
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'Catastrophic' Avira antivirus update bricks Windows PCs

Security software biz Avira has apologised after its antivirus suites went haywire and disabled customers' Windows machines.
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Why GM slammed the brakes on its $10m Facebook ads

Analysis In the week that Facebook finally went public, General Motors has axed its paid-for advertising on Mark Zuckerberg's social network.
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Pints under attack as Lord Howe demands metric-only UK

Lord Geoffrey Howe of Aberavon has demanded that the UK goes fully metric as soon as possible, describing the current mix of miles and kilometres and pints and litres as a "uniquely confusing shambles".
The Register breaking news

Social Network scribe to turn hefty Steve Jobs tome to popcorn-fodder

The screenwriter who brought a bratty young Mark Zuckerberg to life in the film The Social Network has been appointed as the writer of new Steve Jobs biopic.
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Google unleashes Chrome 19, flattens 20 bugs

Google released a major update to its Chrome browser on Tuesday that tackles 20 security vulnerabilities, eight of which are classified as high-risk bugs.

Pure pushes flash stash, mocks spinning disk with YouTube gag

Vid Pure Storage is pushing the idea that its deduped flash array is cheaper than tier one enterprise disk array storage but miles faster and more reliable.

Juniper taps former HP man to sort out distribution matrix

Juniper Networks has lured Will Hamber to head up its fragmented distribution business across EMEA.
The Register breaking news

BBC deletes Blue Peter from BBC One

Blue Peter - home to four-legged rascal Shep, the coat-hanger advent crown and school-boy favourite Janet Ellis, is being turfed out of its home on BBC One.

Logicalis profits throttled by tight-fisted biz

Logicalis UK has been hit by a freeze in demand as customers weathered the biting economic storm.
The Scarecrow stand-in (for the Curiosity Mars rover) in tests in the Mojave desert. credit: NASA/JPL

NASA found filming August's Mars landing in California desert

NASA boffins have been found at a site deep in California's Mojave desert with a Mars rover of the exact type they say will land on Mars this August, filming the machine as it drove about among the Earthly sand dunes.
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Three pitches 'cheaper' MiFi mobile hotspot

Three hasn't said how much cheaper its new MiFi device is than Three's existing one, but that's what the telco is promising.
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Britain has 10 million twits, tweets Twitter

There are ten million active Twitter accounts in Blighty, the microblogging wunderkind announced on, er, Twitter this morning. And 80 per cent of UK twits access the site on their mobiles.

Is there life after ads for St Zuck?

Analysis As we reported today, the third-largest advertiser in the United States says it's going to stop advertising on Facebook, citing lack of engagement. General Motors is taking the $10m it spunks on Facebook ads somewhere else. This is a tiny proportion of GM's $1.1bn annual advertising budget, but it's hardly a vote of confidence from major brands in boy-child St Zuck's burgeoning global empire.
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Speaking in Tech: The worst government IT deal of ALL TIME

Podcast It's the eighth episode of our enterprise tech podcast – and it's a special one. The podcast is split up into two parts: in the first part, your hosts interview a journalist investigating the State of West Virginia's absurd purchase of drastically oversized Cisco routers – it's an incredible story you have to hear to believe.
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Samsung and SK Hynix shares slide on Apple snub

Shares in Samsung have fallen over 6 per cent on news that Apple preferred to place huge chip orders with bankrupt firm Elpida Memory.
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Mobile fee dodgers will get away with enough cash to bail out Greece

Mobile customers are dodging fees running to hundreds of billions of dollars by a combination of accident and design – both facilitated by badly designed billing systems which aren't up to the task. However, US paranoia plays its part too.
Bill Ray, 16 2012
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Nvidia shows off superjuiced Kepler GPU

HPC blog There were quite a few surprises in today’s GTC12 keynote by NVIDIA CEO and co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang.
Dan Olds, 16 2012

UK.gov's G-Cloud 2.0 pushes back launch date

The launch of the second version of the UK government’s IT shopping catalogue G-Cloud has slipped to the end of spring.
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Pirate Bay struggling to get on feet after DDoS to the knee

The Pirate Bay claimed to be “getting back up! Stronger than ever!” this evening after crumpling under a DDoS attack for most of today.
Joe Fay, 16 2012
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Australia's first space park launched

Australia’s only dedicated satellite park, SSC Space Australia, is now open for business and is currently in advanced negotiations with two international space agencies from Europe and Asia to use the new West Australian (WA) facility.

Gates' Corbis busted again for fraud

Corbis, the digital stock photo company founded by Bill Gates in 1989, remains embroiled in a protracted fraud case instigated by Seattle based Infoflows.