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Apple's iPod Nano and Samsung's YP-Z5

The Hague says Apple infringed Samsung patent

The worldwide lawyers’ progressive dinner that is Apple-versus-Samsung has stopped over for a quick dessert in The Netherlands, where a court has decided that Samsung has been wronged and should receive damages.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Jun 2012

European Parliament prepares for crucial ACTA vote

On Thursday the European Parliament's International Trade Committee will vote on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and give its recommendations on whether or not to recommend the controversial treaty.
Iain Thomson, 21 Jun 2012

Gigapixel camera heralds new world of snoopery

If you listen very carefully, you can hear the owners of high-end digital SLRs yelling “I want it!” at their computer screens: Duke University researchers have stitched together 98 “microcameras” into a 50-gigapixel monster called AWARE 2.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Jun 2012
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TPG hit with AUD$2m fine

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has again taken a local telco to task for dodgy advertising practices.
Natalie Apostolou, 21 Jun 2012
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Chinese search newbie Jike takes on Baidu and Google

Chinese government-owned search engine Jike took another step towards competing with the big boys, Baidu and Google, a year after its launch by announcing advertising on the site.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Jun 2012
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Nigerian scams are hyper-efficient idiot finders

A Microsoft researcher, Cormac Herley, has penned a paper titled “Why do Nigerian Scammers Say They are from Nigeria?” (PDF), and concludes the whoppers the scam includes are actually a very efficient way of finding likely targets.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jun 2012
Philips 46PFL9706T 3D Smart LED TV

Philips 46PFL9706T 46in 3D smart TV

ReviewPhilips TVs have long been synonymous with technical ingenuity. From an evangelical support of HD Mac and PAL Plus, through to the launch of 21:9, the brand has never shied away from pushing the televisual envelope. At least in the short term, that tradition looks set to continue under the stewardship of its new owner, TP Vision. The 46PFL970T reviewed here is another example of Philips invention.
Steve May, 21 Jun 2012

Whamcloud flogs wild Lustre pig into obedience with data whip

ISC 2012Whamcloud is adding enterprise-type data management features to the open-source Lustre parallel file system.
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2012

Apple desperate to prevent nightmare scenario of iPad in Iranian hands

VidAn Apple Store in the US state of Georgia refused to sell an iPad to an American teenager because she spoke the Iranian language Farsi in the store. A student in the nearby city of Atlanta was also banned from buying an iPhone for the same reason, according to a report by local TV channel WSBTV.
Anna Leach, 21 Jun 2012

Pricey China could put off ex-pat IT pros

Ex pat IT professionals could soon find more job opportunities appearing in Hong Kong than on the mainland after new research revealed rocketing living costs in some Chinese cities, forcing employers to reconsider where they locate candidates.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Jun 2012

LinkedIn faces class action suit over password leak

LinkedIn is facing a class action suit over the security breach that saw millions of users' passwords posted online.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 21 Jun 2012

Windows 8 'harder for malware to exploit', says security analysis

Microsoft’s upcoming operating system is a step forward in security, at least according to a security researcher who is among the first to take a detailed look at early releases of Windows 8.
John Leyden, 21 Jun 2012

Samsung offers cool green RAM for the same cold hard greenbacks

ISC12Samsung is promoting its green memory here at ISC 2012 in Hamburg, Germany, saying its 20nm-class DRAM uses less electricity than 50nm-class RAM and runs cooler too. Oh, and it costs the same.
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2012

Row on between publishers, researchers over data mining techniques

Plans to enable researchers to use computerised techniques to read information contained in journal articles without infringing publishers' rights have drawn "strongly divided" views from the industry, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Jun 2012

New body to supervise as your NHS file includes more and more stuff

The Department of Health is setting up a new organisation to oversee the scope of the clinical content in the NHS Summary Care Record (SCR). An SCR is an electronic patient record that sums up all of the data collected in the course of all an individual's treatments by the NHS.
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Panasas on server flash cache: 'What problem are you solving?'

ISC12Storage array feeding of server flash caches is not needed for high-performance computing because network latency is negligible - according to parallel storage biz Panasas.
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2012
Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Microsoft set to 'do a Nexus' with its Surface tablet

Microsoft’s much-hyped tablet PC launch is a one-off designed to boost Windows 8 adoption and encourage other manufacturers to produce their own tablets based on the OS, Acer’s outspoken founder Stan Shih has argued.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Jun 2012
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Sony taps bug peepers to kill gloss-screen glare

Love the colour reproduction of glossy screens but hate their reflectivity? Sony may have the solution: a film capable of ensuring the former yet massively reducing the latter.
Tony Smith, 21 Jun 2012
Great Wall of China

Brutal web vice of the People's Republic crushes innovation, growth

AnalysisRecent high profile scandals in China, the fall of Poliburo member Bo Xilai and the US Embassy dash of human rights activist Chen Guangcheng, have highlighted the limits and the grim extent of country’s world-leading online censorship regime.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Jun 2012

Dixons Retail: A mirror held up to Europe

Dixons Retail's top and bottom lines slipped in fiscal 2012 ended 28 April, according to preliminary results.
Paul Kunert, 21 Jun 2012
Samsung Galaxy S III damaged

Samsung to probe Galaxy S III blaze claim

Samsung has confirmed it will investigate claims that its Galaxy S III Android smartphone may be susceptible to overheating, causing damage to the case and the devices within.
Hard Reg, 21 Jun 2012

Larry Ellison buys island 1000x bigger than Branson's

Billionaire CEO Larry Ellison has fulfilled the dream of mega-rich folks everywhere: he has just bought his very own island.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 21 Jun 2012

Supercomputer flash kings: TLC needs, er, TLC

ISC12Here at Hamburg's supercomputer fest, three merchants of flash were plying their wares. What did they think about the chances of 3-layer cell (TLC) NAND, the stuff that's cheaper than MLC but slower and with a drastically shorter working life? Cue shaking of heads and whole stack engagement.
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2012

Brits spent £334 each year on games

The average British gamer spent £334 on their hobby last year, it has been calculated.
Caleb Cox, 21 Jun 2012
Smarter Memory

Choose Smarter: Ten… Class 10 SDHC Cards

Product Round-upUntil the day when broadband is truly fast and all devices have wireless internet access as well as sync'n'store services such as Dropbox or Google Drive, memory cards will remain the most convenient general-purpose, pocketable storage medium.
Simon Crisp, 21 Jun 2012
Crime Map

Crime Map

iOS App of the WeekIt’s often been said that there’s big difference between the public’s perception of crime – getting worse all the time, the country’s going to the dogs, blah-Daily-Mail-blah – and the actual crime figures that have shown a decrease in recent years.
Cliff Joseph, 21 Jun 2012

Oracle accepts a nice round number in damages from Google

Oracle has agreed to accept damages of $0 from Google in the Java case for the small bit of copyright infringement of which the judge found it guilty.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 21 Jun 2012

Former Acer CEO Lanci trousered £27m after PC-mountain cockup

Acer's former CEO pocketed a tidy pay-off worth NT$1.28bn (£27.2m) after exiting the Taiwanese PC giant last year, the vendor has revealed.
Paul Kunert, 21 Jun 2012
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Amazon Android App Store to invade Europe

Amazon will bring its Android App Store to Europe, tempting more developers to jump on board with a new revenue split, an easier submission process and a pledge to waive annual fees.
Caleb Cox, 21 Jun 2012

Pirate Bay founders appeal to EC to save them from Swedish justice

Two founders of notorious BitTorrent search website, The Pirate Bay, are bidding to get an earlier Swedish court verdict overturned at the European Court of Human Rights.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jun 2012
Lego Turing

Turing Machine brought to life with Lego

Check out this badass Turing Machine made from a single Lego Mindstorms Nxt kit, an impressive reincarnation of the classic concept conceived by maths boffin Alan Turing in 1936.
Caleb Cox, 21 Jun 2012

Campaign to reduce RIM jobs gets underway

The axe has started swinging at RIM in the latest round of job cuts, the beleaguered BlackBerry maker has confirmed.
Paul Kunert, 21 Jun 2012
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The reseller lining in the SME security cloud

On paper, the cloud is a wonderful thing for small businesses. It gives even the smallest of firms access to enterprise-level software, reduces capital expenditure, and is increasingly seen as being a good move for security, too.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Jun 2012

Major London problem hits BT broadband across southeast

UpdatedBT is struggling to get its broadband service up and running in parts of the capital and across the southeast of England this afternoon, after the telecoms giant was hit by a massive outage.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jun 2012

Vatican subtly shifts its position on The Blues Brothers

The Vatican has subtly shifted its stance on the Blues Brothers, with in-house(ofgod) magazine Osservatore Romano declaring the 33-year-old movie “a modern classic”.
Joe Fay, 21 Jun 2012

Tech fault at RBS and Natwest freezes millions of UK bank balances

RBS and Natwest have failed to register inbound payments for up to three days, customers have reported, leaving people unable to pay for bills, travel and even food. The banks - both owned by RBS Group - have confirmed that technical glitches have left bank accounts displaying the wrong balances and certain services unavailable. There is no fix date available.
Anna Leach, 21 Jun 2012

Hungry Ian Smith eats another slice of Accumuli

Buy-and-build specialist Ian Smith is upping its stake in Basingstoke-based managed security player Accumuli under a "put and call option".
Paul Kunert, 21 Jun 2012

Sequoia: Can anyone learn to wield this mighty HPC weapon?

PodcastHere at ISC 2012 in Hamburg, I sat in on a podcast with Rich Brueckner of insideHPC and Dr Jack Dongarra, co-founder of the Top500 list. We talked about the 20-year evolution of the list and, of course, Sequoia, the BlueGene/Q system that topped the June 2012 rankings.
Dan Olds, 21 Jun 2012
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Motorola demands 'excessive' Xbox royalties

Microsoft has rejected part of a patent infringement lawsuit settlement offer from Motorola Mobility, claiming the Google-owned firm's demand for 2.25 per cent of the price of every Xbox sold is excessive.
Caleb Cox, 21 Jun 2012

Rare AutoCAD worm lifted blueprints from Peru, sent them to China

Security watchers have discovered a worm that targets drawings created in AutoCAD software for computer-aided design (CAD).
John Leyden, 21 Jun 2012
Red Hat Shadowman

Red Hat pumps up Enterprise Linux to 6.3

Ahead of its Red Hat Summit in Boston next week and the reporting of its financial results for fiscal Q1 yesterday, commercial Linux distributor Red Hat is pushing out its next iteration of the Enterprise Linux operating system for servers and workstations.

European vote hammers another nail into ACTA's coffin

The European Parliament's International Trade Committee (INTA) has voted decisively to reject the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and is recommending that the treaty be rejected in next month's plenary vote.
Iain Thomson, 21 Jun 2012
AMD Opteron 3200 package

AMD puts network, chip guru in charge of Opterons

AMD's new CEO Rory Read has been shaking things up in the past couple of months while at the same time settling things down – particularly on the Opteron server chip front. To help accomplish both, he's made a major management move, hiring Suresh Gopalakrishnan to be vice president and general manager of AMD's server business unit.

NASA sniffs water ice on Moon – maybe

The unusually bright floor of an ancient crater at the Moon's south pole may be proof that over 20 per cent of it may be coated with water ice. Or not.
Rik Myslewski, 21 Jun 2012

Finnish PM rules out Nokia rescue package

The Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen has ruled out any government rescue package for ailing Nokia, saying the company is on its own.
Iain Thomson, 21 Jun 2012
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Twitter back online (mostly) after unexplained outage

UpdatedTwitter users have been outraged after services failed for a few hours on Thursday, but there are still reports of the Fail Whale surfacing on occasion.
Iain Thomson, 21 Jun 2012

Apple cops $AU2.5m fine for misleading consumers

The "Apple 4G deception" imbroglio in Australia has concluded with the company slapped with a $AU2.5 million dollar fine for advertising capabilities it couldn’t deliver down under.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Jun 2012

NuStar spreads its arms out wide

The NuStar X-ray telescope mission has taken a key step towards going live, successfully deploying its 10-meter mast, according to NASA.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Jun 2012

Google launches field force management tool

The Sydney-based team that gave the world Google Maps has released a new product, “Google Maps Coordinate”, which offers field force management through a web app and Android.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jun 2012

Apple flat-screen TV to ship by holiday season?

It's time for another rumor about Apple's long-buzzed-about flat-screen television – and here comes one, right on schedule: it'll ship in time for 2012's holiday shopping season.
Rik Myslewski, 21 Jun 2012

FCC boss applauds moves to block UN internet control

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski has issued a public statement of support after a senior Congressional committee unanimously approved a resolution condemning moves to bring the internet under new management.
Iain Thomson, 21 Jun 2012

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