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Office 365 reaches for the sky with 80,000 seat FAA win

Troubled IT contractor Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) has won a $91m contract to provide 80,000 employees in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and US Department of Transportation (DOT) with Office 365.
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Climate scientists see 'tipping point' ahead

An international group of climate scientists warns that a "tipping point" in the earth's life-support systems may be rapidly approaching, and that should we step over that as-yet-undetermined threshold, it may be too late to reverse course.
The new wording on Apple's Australian website for the 4G iPad

Apple to 'pay AUD$2.2m fine' for 4G claims

Apple is to pay an AUD$2.2 million fine for misleading the Australian public about the networking capabilities of the new iPad, reports The Australian.
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China to extend real name registration rules

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, China is proposing updates to current internet censorship laws which could extend real name registration rules to all blogs and internet forums, tightening its control over user-generated content.
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M5 Networks acquired by Northrop Grumman

Canberra security company M5 Networks has been acquired by US defence contractor Northrop Grumman.

HTC locked out of Windows 8 tablet party

HTC has been declined an invitation to the Windows 8 party after Microsoft apparently refused its tablet development team access to the forthcoming operating system, in yet another body blow to the ailing hardware firm.
HP Z1 all-in-one workstation

HP Z1 quad-core Xeon 27in PC

Review Review PC users who secretly covet their cubicle neighbour’s 27in iMac but don’t want to leave the Windows world can begin to feel rather smug these days. HP's Z1 is its take on the all-in-one concept, but has the heart of a workstation. It's a handsome beast too, with a 27in display which also houses a Xeon server-class CPU …
ChinaRemote-sensing satellite "Yaogan V" is launched with a Long March-4B

China a lover, not a fighter ... IN SPAAAAAACE

China has invited other countries to help it build its first fully-formed space station, in a bid to promote a more inclusive approach to the development of outer space.
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Watchdog relieves iPhone 5 scammers of £10k

A British company who offered "iPhone 5s" to punters has been slapped with a £10,000 fine by regulator PhonePayPlus, which ruled that the adverts for the non-existent phone were misleading.
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Xsigo pushes server fabric pill for cable and adaptor bloat

Venture capital-funded startup Xsigo is looking to its latest Data Centre Fabric (DCF) version to become its killer product. The kit is aimed at bloated data centres, where it will remove network cable and adapter sprawl and channel I/O to servers running any of five hypervisors across a 56gig InfiniBand link.
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GCHQ to encrypt your tweets with Enigma - for science

The Enigma code, once used by the Nazis to send secret military commands, will be used by visitors to the Cheltenham Science Fair next week to send tweets.
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You know what Google needs? Another Street View data-slurp probe

A UK inquiry should be held to determine whether Google knew that its Street View cars were collecting personal data over unsecure Wi-Fi networks for use in other projects, a politician has said.
Hauppauge MyTV 2 Go

Hauppauge MyTV 2Go

Accessory of the Week There’s no shortage of TV tuners for either Macs or PCs. But Hauppauge’s MyTV 2Go is different in that it allows you to connect to it over Wi-Fi from an iPhone or an iPad, as well as a computer.

Sepaton tarts up DeltaStor: Now hooks up with ANYONE

Sepaton has updated its software to back up and reduplicate DB2, Oracle and other databases, thus leap-frogging Data Domain, which is Oracle-bound.
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Gov exposes 8,000 GPs so punters can pick one

Data on more than 8,000 GP practices in England has been published in an effort to help patients choose the best GP surgery and to drive up standards.
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Twitter bird reborn to the sound of whalesong

LogoWatch Just when we all thought the interwebs had put the worst excesses of trendy Strategy Boutiques behind them, Twitter has proved there are still some who prefer to do their rebrandings to the sound of whalesong while sitting in the lotus position and enveloped in a thick joss-stick fug.

Apple iPad sales drop by DOUBLE DIGITS in Europe

Apple fondleslab sales tumbled after the buying frenzy around its third generation iPad died down, Context numbers reveal.
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Google adds 'nuclear' AdWords to 'explosive' AdMob

Ad giant Google has opened up its AdWords system to mobile devices by slotting the network into its AdMob mobile app advertising platform.
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Facebook tears wraps off its own app store

Facebook has continued its quest to keep punters glued to the social network by opening an app store that mimics Apple's iPhone software supermarket.
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LinkedIn dials 911 on password mega-leak hackers

LinkedIn has turned to the FBI for help after 6.5 million of its users' passwords were dumped online by hackers.

Focus groups are for mugs

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Journalists can be a contrary lot and IT journalists are no exception. Whatever we get asked to test and review, we’re never really happy with it. But that’s OK because the manufacturers and their PR companies, and often the readers too, are never happy with what we write either.
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Prime Minister faces grilling at Leveson Inquiry

Prime Minister David Cameron will appear at the Leveson Inquiry next week.
Game of Thrones, official Iron Throne replica

HBO wants royal price for Iron Throne

Are you a Game of Thrones fan who dreams of marching an army to Kings Landing to take the Iron Throne? Dream no more.
Caleb Cox, 08 2012
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Germany reveals secret techie soldier unit, new cyberweapons

CyCon 2012 Germany has confirmed that its military maintains an operational cyberwarfare unit with offensive capabilities.
Pure Contour 200i Air

Pure pushes AirPlay enabled audio box

Pure rolled out the red carpet for Apple AirPlay last week with the Contour 200i Air, which supports the Wi-Fi share tech for streaming music without the need to continuously dock.
Caleb Cox, 08 2012

Best Buy founder flees troubled tech supermarket

Richard Schulze, the man who built tech megastore chain Best Buy out of an audio store he set up in Minnesota in 1966, has exited the company abruptly - causing the shares to take a hit.
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Hands on with Nintendo's Wii U

First look It's been widely discussed, dissected and generally accepted that E3 2011 was something of a misstep for Nintendo; last year's unveiling of Wii U was met by much scratching of heads as press and public alike tried to fathom what we might expect from the gaming firm's Mario Wii U console.

EMEA server sales downed by financial meltdown in Q1

European server sales slumped in opening three months of the year due to the economic meltdown, but HP managed to knock IBM off the top spot as its rate of decline was slower.

AMD palms PCs with LiveBox miniature desktop

AMD is making a splash at Computex this week with its own mini PC setup, the AMD LiveBox.
Caleb Cox, 08 2012
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Euro 2012: England is semi-final probability

Euro 2012 stats Ahead of the first ball being kicked at the Euro 2012 tournament, England is the third-ranked team and has a 68 per cent chance of getting out of the group stage according to the UK's top academic soccer statistician.
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'Unnamed' HP biz unit developing mystery object storage

HP is developing an object storage product, basing it on technology used in its Cloud Object Storage service.
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Apple-Moto patent gripe almost thrown out the door

A US judge has finally gotten as sick of patent cases as the rest of the world and all but thrown out an Apple v Motorola Mobility lawsuit.

Average selling price of tablets drops 21% in three months

The average price of a tablet computer dropped 21 per cent in the first three months of 2012 - making $386 (£250) the average amount that customers pay for a slab.

16GB BlackBerry PlayBook flushed away by RIM

Ailing Canadian device maker Research In Motion (RIM) is killing off its entry-level BlackBerry PlayBook.

Psst, want to make a killing? Flog clouds to small biz. Trust me

Analysis Unless you've been living in a supplies cupboard for the past year, you'll know that the buzzword de jour is cloud computing. It seems everywhere you look, somebody is promoting or trying to sell a cloud solution.
Biz's Raspberry Pi Lego case

Raspberry Pi safe and warm in TINY Lego fortress

While punters have been crafting their own homemade Raspberry Pi cases since the miniature Linux box was first revealed, one inventive youngster has now shown how Lego can be a perfect fit too.
Caleb Cox, 08 2012
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EU gives Google till July to offer fix for search dominance

The EU's antitrust head honcho has said that Google has until early July to tell him how it's going to change itself enough to sort out its dominant position in the marketplace.
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Olympus confirms rumoured job losses in restructuring

Scandal-hit camera firm Olympus has announced a five-year plan to turn itself around, including axing 2,700 workers and merging or getting rid of some of its 30 factories.
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Rogue kebab provokes Carlisle post-pub car deathmatch

A Carlisle building labourer has been relieved of his driving licence for 27 months after a drunken kebab retrieval manoeuvre ended with him piling his car into a stationary vehicle.

E3 2012: Prepare to have your buttons pushed

Show Roundup With current-gen consoles entering their twilight years and most next-gen consoles still merely dots in the distance, you'd expect 2012's Electronic Entertainment Expo in LA to be a fairly quiet show in comparison to last year. Fortunately, this wasn't the case and there was plenty to keep gaming's fanbois drooling.
Caleb Cox, 08 2012

Samsung's projector phone beamed up to Blighty

Samsung's Galaxy Beam - the smartphone with a built-in projector - is set to hit UK shelves this month after retailers revealed its expected release date.
Caleb Cox, 08 2012
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Pint-size gizmo shoots X-RAY LASER for first time

It was thought that it would take an atomic bomb to produce enough power to generate an X-ray laser, but a team of boffins have fired one from a table-top box of tricks.
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Buffalo bundles USB 3.0 AND Thunderbolt in single drive

Buffalo Technology launched the world's first portable Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 dual-interface drive this week at Computex.
Caleb Cox, 08 2012

At last! The Wi-Fi chip that'll beam video from mobe to telly

Marvell's latest Avastar chipset and TI's next-generation silicon will stream video to a TV, projector or similar over Wi-Fi Direct while maintaining a separate wireless network connection. But why?
Bill Ray, 08 2012
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Barnes & Noble files official complaint over ebook settlements

Barnes & Noble has lodged a complaint over the ebook settlement proposed by the Department of Justice, claiming that it will be bad news for booksellers and the American public.
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Mr Sulu causes DDoS panic after posting link on Facebook

Star Trek hero George Takei unleashed such a wave of interest after posting a link on his Facebook page – to a website which was selling a 'Takei T-shirt' – that the site's ISP assumed that the traffic was a DDoS attack and took the site down for several hours.

Logitech slashes 450 jobs

PC peripherals maker Logitech is axing 450 jobs to help it slash some $80m (£51.9m) from annual overheads.
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Microsoft's Azure cloud slides onto OCZ flash

Microsoft is taking the fight to Amazon, cutting Azure cloud storage transaction prices by 90 per cent.

HP still NOT porting HP-UX to x86?

The Oracle and Hewlett-Packard lawsuit over the fate of Oracle's software support for Itanium processors, and therefore HP's HP-UX Unix variant, is under way in the Santa Clara County courts. New HP CEO Meg Whitman is making the rounds in the press and making her case to HP customers and partners at the Discover 2012 shindig in Las Vegas this week – and so there was lots of talk about the past plans and current plans for HP's Integrity and Superdome lines of servers.
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EU lurches behind copyright free-for-all landgrab

The European Parliament has agreed to bless draft proposals on orphan works that are similar to a compulsory purchase order with minimal compensation.
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NetApp leapfrogs IBM in storage race for second place

NetApp overtook IBM in IDC's latest quarterly storage tracker, reversing several quarters of market share decline
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Stanley Black & Decker picks up Wi-Fi tracking tools

Stanley's healthcare division has scooped up Wi-Fi tracking leader AeroScout, with a view to pushing the technology into hospitals – for use where RFID isn't good enough.
Bill Ray, 08 2012
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US Navy buys Linux to guide drone fleet

The US Navy has signed off on a $27,883,883 contract from military contractor Raytheon to install Linux ground control software for its fleet of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drones.

Americans stand against UN internet-tax plan

Comment The idea of taxing internet traffic has got the twitterverse into a tizzy. Apparently socialists monsters want pay for their carriage, and the UN has cooked up a secret plan to get the money.
Bill Ray, 08 2012
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Rats with GPS backpacks prepare to sniff out landmines

Scientists in the US have developed a novel system for detecting landmines by training rats equipped with GPS and wireless rucksacks to sniff out explosives and map them for destruction.
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Global warming helps Arctic algae suck CO2

There's good news for folks worried that atmospheric CO2 levels in the Arctic have passed 400ppm for the first time: a vast CO2-sucking phytoplankton bloom has been discovered beneath Arctic ice – and it may thank global warming for its presence.
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Intel to target TV viewers with facial recognition ad tech

Intel is pitching a set-top box to media companies that can recognize the viewer in order to pitch more-targeted advertising. Luckily, it's reportedly running into problems.
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NASA cuts inspire 'Planetary Exploration Car Wash & Bake Sale'

Planetary scientists across the US will bring attention to NASA budget cuts on Saturday by mockingly hosting their own fundraising event: the National Planetary Exploration Car Wash & Bake Sale.