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Samsung Chromebook

Samsung refreshes ChromeOS hardware with first desktop system

Google and Samsung have launched fresh hardware aimed at reviving interest in its ChromeOS platform, with a laptop for end users and a desktop box system.
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Australian ICT research spending surges

Sharp climb in Australian ICT research spending Supercomputer builds boost numbers Australian higher education organisations collectively spent AUD$358.5m researching what the Australian Bureau of Statistics calls “Information and computing sciences” in 2010, according to the Bureau's newly-released Research and Experimental Development, Higher Education Organisations, Australia, 2010.
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100-petabyte storage cloud names vendor panel

The Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) has named the vendors that will be permitted to construct nodes of the AUD$50m project.
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Chinese micro-blogs a hit with police

China’s micro-blogging platforms are a hit with the country’s web-savvy police forces, despite being forced to implement yet more prohibitive regulations this week.

Symantec Australia MD Craig Scroggie to depart

Symantec Australia's Managing Director Craig Scroggie has announced he will leave the company. He will be replaced by Brenton Smith.

China relaxes .cn registration rules

China’s .cn top level domain (TLD) is set to reclaim its position as the world’s most popular ccTLD after the government decided to relax registration rules, effectively allowing individuals to once again own a .cn suffix.
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Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

Review As with any dominant genre, the question keeps arising: is the military-shooter nearing the end of its hegemony? Well, on the evidence of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier this question appears to have an answer.

Cisco predicts 1.3 zettabytes of annual data movements

Cisco has emitted its latest Visual Networking Index, a global study of how much data passes through the world's wires.
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Publishing barons: Free speech a 'cloak for tawdry theft'

Search engines, internet service providers and the British Library are among a number of bodies trying to scale back the scope of copyright, the head of a UK trade body has said.

450-year-old football was hard to kick

The Journal Procedia Engineering has published the proceeds of the 2012 Engineering of Sport Conference and may therefore have answered so many questions about sport that there is no longer any point in going to the pub.
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Friends fooled by Facebook Timeline 'removal tool' scams

Two separate "Timeline-removing" spam scams are doing the rounds on Facebook, security watchers warn.

NHS helpline 'won't be cost-effective' to taxpayers - Capita

Capita has expressed concerns over the tender process to provide a replacement service for NHS Direct – following a report that it had withdrawn from the bidding.
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Fedora 17: Mm.. this stew of beefy source tastes just right

Review Fedora 17 arrived on Tuesday following a three-week delay. Nicknamed Beefy Miracle, the Fedora Project promised "over and under-the-bun improvements that show off the power and flexibility of the advancing state of free software".
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Assange loses appeal against extradition to Sweden

WikiLeaker-in-chief Julian Assange has lost his appeal against extradition to Sweden to face accusations of sexual harassment and rape, the UK Supreme Court ruled in the last hour.
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Score! Classic Goals

iGamer Saturday, 6 October 2001 at Old Trafford. It's the nintey-third minute and England are staring into the abyss. Following a typically nervy performance, we're 2-1 down to Greece, facing the ignominy of gifting automatic qualification to Germany and the prospect of a tricky two-leg play-off against Ukraine to reach the 2002 World Cup Finals in Korea and Japan.

Draft law lets council bods snoop your tax records

Opinion The Local Government Finance Bill, now before Parliament, is drafted in such a way that it could permit the routine disclosure of tax records and other personal data held by HMRC to council officers for several council tax-related purposes.

Amazon's Lovefilm to stream Universal films

Lovefilm has reached an agreement with NBC Universal to stream the studio's movies to its subscribers.
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Sony to bring bog-friendly blowers to Blighty

Is Sony taking the piss? Enter two loo-friendly Xperia smartphones, launched over here today but already on sale in Japan, which won't be spoiled by unanticipated drops into the bog.

Americans invade Euro cluster compo

ISC 2012 Two American universities vie for cluster fame and glory in the inaugural ISC'12 Student Cluster Competition (iSCC) in Hamburg next month. This competition, sponsored by Airbus, the HPC Advisory Council and ISC, gives university teams the chance to design, build, and benchmark their clusters against four teams of peers. They’re limited only by a hard power cap of 13 amps and the requirement that the gear they use be commercially available.
Dan Olds, 30 2012
Nokia Lumia 900 Dark Knight Rises edition

Nokia lights up Bat Signal for Lumia 900

Nokia has once again been inspired Gotham City, bringing its limited edition Batman casing to the Lumia 900 in time for this summer's blockbuster, The Dark Knight Rises.
Caleb Cox, 30 2012
Samsung Galaxy S3

Galaxy S III pay-monthly tariffs compared

The Samsung Galaxy S III went on sale in the UK today, although punters might not get their hands on it just yet. Delays with the 32GB version mean customers who want the extra memory will have to wait a few weeks, while production issues with the Pebble Blue model of either capacity has led to a similar wait for those averse to the white body.
Caleb Cox, 30 2012

RIM seeks bailout buddies as banks count Heins' beans

RIM has hired bankers to give it a health check and possibly pair up the BlackBerry maker with other businesses. The mobe manufacturer added that it is likely to make an operating loss this quarter and struggle financially for several more.
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Intel inks deal to let Ultrabooks leech off Wi-Fi net

Intel has signed a deal with Devicescape to integrate the company's freeloading Wi-Fi network into Ultrabooks as part of Intel's Smart Connect Technology, which lets devices link up even when they're not switched on.
Bill Ray, 30 2012
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MPs brand BlackBerrys for bobbies scheme a failure

Splurging £71m on BlackBerrys for bobbies on the beat was an almost total waste of money, according to a report from MPs.
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Measure up your applications for their move to the cloud

Are you ready to get your applications into the private cloud? If you understand the difference between virtualising something and making it part of a broader environment, then you are on your way.
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Samsung Galaxy S III

Review Samsung's Galaxy S III is one of the most feature-stuffed smartphones yet. Well, at least there’s room, as it's equipped a 4.8in screen. Samsung's Galaxy Note 5.3in tablet-phone aside, this handset touts the largest display you'll find on a mainstream mobile and it packs a quad-core CPU too.

Phoenix burns engineering and Northampton call centre jobs

Phoenix IT Group has told HQ-based call centre staff and a bunch of field engineers that their jobs are at risk of redundancy, insiders have told The Channel.
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Dot-word bidders in last-minute dash after ICANN reveals timetable

Domain name policy overseer ICANN has put an end to weeks of speculation by revealing a new timetable for the roll-out of its controversial new top-level domains programme.
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Olympic Wenlock plod cops condemnation from Amazon wags

The Amazon armchair critics are out in force to administer a righteous shoeing to the policeman figurine of Olympic mascot Wenlock, which is tasked with "the important job of protecting you on your journey to the London 2012 Games".

UPS death in Pulsant data centre knocks out websites

IT infrastructure company Pulsant suffered a power outage at its Maidenhead data centre last night that cut websites off from the internet.
Samsung Chromebook

John Lewis appears to punt Chromebook with Windows 7

Careful, web designers: always check a gadget's specs before you tinker with images of the product. A salutary example of when they don't is provided by John Lewis.
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Julian Assange extradition: What's next for WikiLeaker-in-chief?

Julian Assange failed to arrive in time this morning to hear the Supreme Court's judgment on his appeal against extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sexual harassment and rape because he was reportedly stuck in traffic.
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Apple's Ping has fatal pong, says CEO

Apple's attempt to build social networking features into iTunes has failed, CEO Tim Cook has admitted. Speaking at the All Things D conference - D is for 'digital', apparently, and not 'deceased' - Cook said Apple had yet to decide the fate of the feature-cum-service.
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HTC slips One X, Evo 4G past Apple US patent ban

HTC's latest smartphones have passed inspection by US customs while en route to American pockets, rendering an import ban won by Apple useless.
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Trojan poses as privacy tool, spies on Iranian surfers

Backdoored versions of a widely used privacy tool have surfaced in Iran, raising fears that its government is using the Trojanised software to spy on its citizens.

Leaked snaps said to confirm iPhone 5 speculation

Much of the speculation surrounding Apple's next iPhone appears to have been confirmed through allegedly leaked product shots which show the iPhone 5 to have a smaller dock connector, redesigned speaker grilles and a repositioned microphone on the rear.
Caleb Cox, 30 2012
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BBC uses lifted Iraq war photo to depict Syrian slaughter

Analysis They're at it again. Who? Take a guess: if it's not the Daily Mail, then it's probably the BBC. The corporation has once again been caught pinching photos, wrongly attributing them, and pretending nothing ever happened - in a triumph of crowd-sourced "citizen journalism".

WD investigating origins of fake drives in UK channel

WD is no nearer to finding the origins of a batch of counterfeit internal hard drives a year after they found their way into the UK channel, despite the intervention of US authorities.
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EE splurges £50m on OS-specific experts

Everything Everywhere is to launch OS-specific training for its staff, awarding accreditations in iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phones, or in the ability to sell them at least.
Bill Ray, 30 2012
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SpaceX signs deal to put its giant rocket to good use

SpaceX has signed a contract to blast off Intelsat's satellites on the back of their monster rocket the Falcon Heavy.

Steve Jobs was top of the flops, says Apple's Tim Cook

Amid warm fuzzy words about how popular and loved Apple is, how popular and loved Siri is, and the wonders of the iPad, Apple CEO Tim Cook, speaking at the D10 tech conference, dropped a few hints about the future of his Foxconn-rebranding company.
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Scandal-hit Olympus plans to axe staff, flog off stake – reports

Japan's Olympus is planning to cut 2,500 staff and sell an equity stake to either Sony or Panasonic, in a bid to get out from under its $1.7bn fraud scandal, local media reported.
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Google+ deposits Places in toilet after hungry Zagat buy

Google+ users still aren't sharing anywhere near as much as Google might like them to, so, perhaps to help the reluctant Web2.0 networkers along, the company has added a new local tool that has effectively killed off the Places product.
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EU vows to make asylum-seeker database 'more efficient'

The European Commission has pledged to improve the efficiency of the fingerprint database EURODAC, which stores prints from the hundreds of thousands of people seeking asylum in the EU every year.

New compute-'n'-storage cluster-box like 'iPhone for the data centre'

Nutanix's Complete Cluster product collapses separate compute and storage into a single hybrid flash-and-disk box that can scale out to a cluster of a 1,000 plus nodes. Nutanix says it is SAN storage without the SAN and NFS without the "N". We say it's a compute+storage cluster-box aimed squarely at the heart of every converged systems storage vendor.
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1 in 6 Windows PCs naked as a jaybird online

One in six Windows PCs worldwide are hooked up to the internet with no basic security software, according to a study by McAfee.
HP's net-zero energy data center concept

HP boffins create net-zero energy data center

Farmers make hay when the sun shines, and maybe data centers should crunch data and do the bulk of their work then, too. That's what the techies at HP Labs, who have been marrying renewable energy and data centers together in a testbed, are beginning to think.
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Mary Meeker's top technology trends

In a speech on internet trends for the next year Mary Meeker, partner at blue chip technology venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, predicted strong growth in mobile use but a cash shortfall for companies relying on ad revenue. She also took time to critique Facebook's recent IPO.
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Unix, mainframes drag down servers in Q1

The server market is starting to run out of steam, and there's plenty of blame to go around as to why.
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China wants to be techno SUPERPOWER

The Chinese government appears to be having a crisis of confidence over the ability of its IT industry to innovate over the next decade and propel the nation to become a major technology superpower.

HP taps VC to run software unit

Ex-Microsoftie Bill Veghte was just getting comfortable in his dual roles as chief strategy officer and general manager of Hewlett-Packard's software business, and was just given the job of running HP's Autonomy big data business after last week's restructuring and the departure of Autonomy founder Mike Lynch.
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Final countdown for NASA's NuSTAR X-ray black hole telescope

NASA has confirmed that it is good to go with the delayed launch of the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) on June 13, and expects to begin spying out the supermassive black holes at the heart of galaxies within a month.
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Privacy Commissioner unhooks Google again

Google is once again to be spared the nightmare horror of being savaged by Australia’s privacy watchdog its StreetView data slurp.
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Boffins build all-silicon CNOT gate

One of the challenges of putting quantum computing theory into practice is replacing large laboratory setups with integrated devices. A group of Cambridge researchers says it has demonstrated that a quantum controlled NOT gate can be implemented all in silicon devices.