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US govt asks Huawei and ZTE for more answers

US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee chair, congressman Mike Rogers, has turned yet another blowtorch onto Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE, alleging that the Chinese government is subsidizing the price of kit they sell in America.
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India unblocks the interwebs after protests

An Indian court has finally seen sense and toned down a controversial anti-piracy ruling which blocked access to a large number of legitimate sites in the country.
The Beatles Yellow Submarine Blu-ray disc

The Beatles Yellow Submarine restored

Review Long absent from video stores, The Beatles' trippy 1968 animation Yellow Submarine has been painstakingly restored for its Blu-ray debut. With the original elements in a perilous state of decay, the movie has been meticulously cleaned and repaired frame by frame. The soundtrack has also had a 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio makeover.
Steve May, 25 2012
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MediaTek gobbles up MStar, next stop CHINA

Taiwanese chip giant MediaTek is set to snap up its smaller rival MStar after the two agreed a $3.8bn (£2.4bn) deal which they hope will boost their chances in the digital TV and smartphone market and create the world’s fourth largest chip design company.

Overland Storage takes market hit on ITC's initial patents ruling

Updated Overland Storage has lost the initial determination of a trade violation case it was hoping to win and its shares have dived off a cliff. Is this a bungee jump with a bounce back, or a one way street?

'We've got $6m and we will use it to REVOLUTIONISE storage'

Nimbus, Solidfire and Pure Storage better look out: there's a new flash kid on the storage block.
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Antarctic ice shelves not melting at all, new field data show

Twenty-year-old models which have suggested serious ice loss in the eastern Antarctic have been compared with reality for the first time - and found to be wrong, so much so that it now appears that no ice is being lost at all.
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Why the Windows Phone 8 digi-wallet is different to the others

Analysis Windows Phone 8 will have an electronic wallet, but one which spans the functionality of Google Wallet and Apple's Passbook, and plays nicely with the network operators too.
Bill Ray, 25 2012
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Fujitsu bigwig: Microsoft's doing us a favour with Surface either way

Last week's launch of Microsoft’s Surface product is a good thing for tablet veteran Fujitsu, even if it only shows the battle is actually between Android and iOS.
Joe Fay, 25 2012

Drobo brings RAID, battery backup to the desktop - and the hand

Drobo has re-invented its desktop storage products, giving them a dose of Thunderbolt connectivity, SSD and 2.5-inch drive support, as well as introducing a portable Drobo mini.
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Apple slapped with 75 lawsuits by staff of titsup French computer biz

Apple was sued 75 times on Tuesday as former employees of reseller eBizcuss filed individual suits against the iPhone-maker in Paris.
Microsoft Surface tablets

Acer big cheese: Microsoft Surface sales will be 'superficial'

Microsoft Surface: No competitive threat, says Acer Acer EMEA boss Oliver Ahrens has brushed aside Microsoft's foray into the tablet market, dismissing the Surface as a competitive threat.
Extreme Hardware

Screen idols: higher resolution means better laptops

Extreme Hardware Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge chipset, currently being deployed by every laptop manufacturer on new machines, is capable of supporting resolutions of up to 4096 pixels horizontally, using integrated graphics.
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Estonian labs chief says working for Microsoft hasn't changed Skype

Interview Skype plans to retain its own proprietary P2P protocol even though closer alignment between Windows Live Messenger and the VoIP outfit, at least on some level, is likely in future.

Vendors couldn't push a piano downhill without a 'sales Babel fish'

In 1978, when BBC Radio 4 first broadcast Douglas Adams' sci-fi comedy series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – many a teenager “got bitten by the tech bug” and went on to forge a great career in an industry that became known as “IT”.
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Blighty laid bare as historic aerial snaps archive goes online

Today sees the launch of Britain From Above - a seriously impressive archive of 16,000 aerial views of Blighty taken between 1919 to 1953.

Sony outs Google TV set-top box

Update Sony's Google TV-based set-top box will go on sale next month.
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Chinese 'nauts couple successfully without help of machines

The three Chinese astronauts currently residing in the Heavenly Palace have managed to successfully dock their ship with the Tiangong-1 manually, the first time China has tried such a thing.
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RBS IT cockup: This sort of thing can destroy a bank, normally

Analysis The thing you have to remember about banking is that it's a confidence trick. As with all such things, once the confidence is gone the trick no longer works. That's what should be worrying the executives at NatWest and RBS over the shambles in their computer systems this week.
Sony Crystal LED TV

Sony, Panasonic to partner for OLED TV push

Sony may have shown off its Crystal inorganic LED TV at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, but it clearly reckons there's money in organic LED technology or it wouldn't have agreed to partner with Panasonic on OLED TV development and production.
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RIM 'pondering sell-off of hardware biz' to focus on messaging

Troubled BlackBerry maker RIM could be getting out of the hardware business, with the Sunday Times reporting a plan to cut RIM in two and flog off the hardware division to focus on messaging and device management.
Bill Ray, 25 2012
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China is racing past US, rest of world - and into the Cloud

China has finally stepped out from the shadow of the United States and is leading the world at the cutting edge of cloud computing deployments, according to EMC.
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Google unwraps cloudy personnel/fleet tracking via Droid

Google wants to track your staff, and let you know where they are as well as what they're supposed to be doing, with a cloudy dispatch system called Google Maps Coordinate
Bill Ray, 25 2012
Huawei Ascend G300 Android smartphone

Huawei Ascend G300 budget Android

Review As an example of how much the budget smartphone has come on over the last 12 months you need look no further than Huawei's G300, which at £100 pre-paid is Vodafone’s latest entry-level Android smartphone.
Paper Passion

Book-scented perfume gives eReaders whiff of authenticity

eReader adoptees who miss the nostalgic niff of real paper books, can now coat their Kindles and Nooks in Paper Passion, a perfume that bottles the very scent of bookshops.
Caleb Cox, 25 2012
Belkin @TV

Belkin takes on Slingbox with TV-to-net streamer box

Accessory maker Belkin is taking on Slingbox. Its @TV, which is set to go on sale next month, pulls in content from set-top boxes and other media players and streams it out over the internet to a dedicated playback app.
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Stonehenge WASN'T built by ALIENS - Boffins' shock claim

Bone-digging boffins claim to have discovered the true purpose of Stonehenge - to mark the unification of feisty fighting farming communities who decided to lay down their battle-hoes and make peace.
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Private Cloud and IT Service Delivery

Report IT budgets under pressure, ‘doing more for less’ – we’re all familiar with the headlines. And of course vendors are always at the ready with solutions that address those very pain points. ‘Spend to save’ is the accompanying mantra. But what’s actually happening in the real world?
Tony Lock, 25 2012
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RBS collapse details revealed: Arrow points to defective part

Exclusive The tech problems at the RBS banking group that left millions of people unable to access money for four days last week were caused by a failure in a piece of batch scheduling software, sources have told The Register.
Google Nexus 7. Source: Gizmodo Aus

Google Nexus 7 price, details confirmed in pre-I/O leak

All the details you've read about Google's Nexus 7 are true - if an allegedly leaked training document is genuine.
Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV internet player

Google brings HD sneezing pandas to UK: But why?

Analysis Google's TV venture has been an expensive flop so far – and proved catastrophic for partner Logitech. But can new, flashier hardware and a better delivery path make a difference? We'll be able to find out when the service is launched in the UK on 16 July.

Boffins program peripheral visions for ultra TV immersion

Scientists have improved the immersive experience of watching telly, with projectors which extend our views into peripheral vision territory.
Caleb Cox, 25 2012
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Mensch pal Bozier defends Menshn security, dubs critics 'snippy geeks'

The launch of a Twitter-like messaging service co-founded by UK politician Louise Mensch on Sunday has been accompanied by a huge security flap.
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UK regulators eye up Facebook's $1bn Instagram bid

Facebook's bid to buy photo-sharing app Instagram for $1bn will be probed by the UK's Office of Fair Trading, according to the watchdog, which invited informal submissions of comment on Friday.
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LulzSec suspects plead guilty to DDoS attacks

Two LulzSec hacking suspects have admitted launching hacking attacks against the CIA and the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency.
Samsung mSata SSD

Resistive Ram cache to make Flash fly, say boffins

SSDs appeal to ordinary computer users because of their speed and silence. Data centre folk appreciate those qualities too, but also like the SSD's very low power consumption. Energy is no small cost for a data centre, where there can be tens of thousands of drives all slurping electricity at once.
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UK net-biz cleanup squad plans to establish international operations

The Internet Watch Foundation has made improvement of international co-operation a key objective in the next phase of its fight against the online distribution of child abuse content.

Taiwanese weathermen pick Fujitsu PrimeHPC super

Fujitsu got a big wad of yen last year from the Japanese government to build the K supercomputer, which until this month was the fastest parallel supercomputer in the world. Now Fujitsu is on a tear to commercialize the supercluster, which it sells with upgraded processors as the PrimeHPC FX10. So it was quite a coup when …
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Dash for Flash: Seagate in NAND cash splash

You can't even afford to blink in the flash storage business without something big happening. Now Seagate's gone and invested in DensBits, the start-up that aims to make cheap slow NAND perform as well as fast flash.

Microsoft buys Yammer in $1.2bn cash deal

The rumors were true: Microsoft has acquired business social networking firm Yammer in a 1.2bn cash deal announced on Monday.

Dell still on a Quest quest for software?

It looks like someone – very likely Dell, if all the rumors are right – still wants to get its greedy mitts on the software bits being sold by Quest Software, a company that has collected a hodge-podge of tools aimed at data centers over the past decade, and that in March received a $2bn takeover offer from private equity firm Insight Venture Partners.
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Cisco, Citrix link arms for VDI partner push

Citrix and Cisco are arch enemies in the online meeting racket, with their respective GoTo and WebEx online collaboration services, but they do agree on one thing: virtual desktop infrastructure is such a big market, and such a messy and complex sale, that they must cooperate to realize the potential revenue streams that can come to them both. If they don't mess this opportunity up.
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US East, West Coasts face fast-rising sea levels

Two new reports indicate that sea-level rise will put the hurt on both the East and West coasts of the US, and that if one of the West Coast's all-too-familiar major earthquakes should occur, things could get mighty dicey mighty fast.
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Ballmer welcomes Yammer to the Microsoft family

Analysis Microsoft has finally tied the knot with enterprise social networker Yammer, and in a press call following the announcement, Steve Ballmer laid out the future for Redmond's newest recruit.
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Users still slack about passwords: Trustwave

Trustwave's SpiderLabs has completed an analysis of the passwords dumped on the Internet in this month’s eHarmony breach, and reached the depressing conclusion that too few people really seem to care about password strength.
Stephen Hawking, weightless and happy

Stephen Hawking to demonstrate speech via brain scan

Next month Professor Stephen Hawking will provide details of how a brain-scanning headcap will enable him to communicate more easily.
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Boffins demo 2.5 Tbps OAM-modulated light signal

Back in March, a group of Italian and Swedish radio researchers demonstrated that a characteristic of radio waves called orbital angular momentum (OAM) can be used as a multiplexing technique, vastly increasing the theoretical capacity of wireless transmissions.

T-Platforms to roll out itsy-bitsy HPC cluster

If you are looking for a desktop supercomputer cluster that can use X86 or a mix of X86 and GPU coprocessors to run simulations, then Russian supercomputer maker T-Platforms has a machine for you. Or rather, it will by this fall.