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US, Iraqi lawn chair balloonists blown out of sky

A pair of intrepid aerial adventurers aiming to fly from Bend, Oregon, to southwestern Montana in a tandem-seated lawn chair craft buoyed by 350 five-foot balloons had their dreams deferred when their aircraft came down in a thunderstorm 30 miles from liftoff, dumped them off, then sailed away on its own, destination unknown.
Dell Inspiron 17R 17in Core i7 notebook

Dell Inspiron 17R SE 17in Ivy Bridge notebook review

I’m currently mourning the demise of the 18-inch Dell XPS that I’ve been using as a TV/DVD player in my bedroom for the last five years. Hardly anyone seems to make 18-inch laptops anymore, but Dell has come up with a good alternative in the form of the new Inspiron 17R SE (Special Edition).
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We'll punish crims faster... with lots of shiny new tech - minister

Effective use of technology will be at the heart of the criminal justice system, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has promised.
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Cockfighting Reg hack cursed with cancer

FoTW My piece last week on a chance encounter with the film Cockfighter didn't go down to too well with one anonymous animal lover.
Office 2013

Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots

Microsoft announced the details of Office 2013 at noon on Monday, San Francisco time, so your humble Reg hacks have only had it their sweaty paws for a few hours, but it's not too soon to give some first impressions of the suite, and in particular its revamped UI.
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LG execs fingered in Samsung OLED tech theft

Samsung has urged its South Korean tech rival LG to ‘fess up and apologise after several of its execs were indicted on charges of orchestrating corporate espionage relating to Samsung’s OLED display technology.

EMC in comprehensive reshuffle of top sales chaps

EMC has replaced its sales boss and three top regional sales heads and recruited an OEM/HPC heavy-hitter.

Lenovo ups in-house notebook production

It could be sweaty palm time for Taiwan’s ODMs after reports emerged that Lenovo is set to step up in-house production of its notebooks and PCs.

Acer EMEA boss: PC crash hit us like a coal mine GAS BLAST

Acer's channel-cramming strategy that left it with a pile of unsold PCs almost visible from space was "terribly wrong", a top boss has admitted.

Cleversafe cuddles up to MapReduce, kicks HDFS out of bed

Object storage specialist Cleversafe is after a piece of Big Data analytics action, and has wheeled in MapReduce to make it happen. In the same stroke it rejected HDFS as vulnerable and wasteful of storage capacity.
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Sky's TV-on-demand registers with regulator just hours before opening

Sky today launched its Now TV vid-on-demand service, but only managed to notify the right regulator hours before the off as it's getting harder to remember who controls what.
Bill Ray, 17 2012
SSD teaser

Intel prunes SSD prices

Intel has pledged to make its solid-state drives less expensive. It has reduced what it charges resellers for its 320, 330 and 520 SSDs.

Are things looking up in biz? Rosier prospects for Computacenter

Computacenter's UK ops have begun to shine again, driven by IT services wins, following something of a stagger in the opening three months of the year.
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Raspberry Pi used as flight computer aboard black-sky balloon

Pics A Brit amateur balloonist has pulled off two major achievements: getting his hands on a wallet-sized Raspberry Pi computer and then sending it heavenwards to 39,994m (131,200ft).
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iPhone 5 to be skinniest Apple yet SHOCK

The next iPhone will be skinnier than the current one, but not entirely - as the Wall Street Journal would have us believe - because Apple will use advanced touchscreen tech.
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Much of China still has rubbish net connections, stats show

China may have the full weight of the government behind its push towards improving fixed line broadband penetration in the country, but it’s still lagging far behind the UK, according to the latest stats from local content delivery firm ChinaCache.

Valve to raise Steam for Ubuntu

Valve has confirmed that Steam will launch on Linux, with an Ubuntu port of the 'iTunes for PC games' download service set to roll out alongside zombie thriller Left 4 Dead 2.
Caleb Cox, 17 2012
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Finally some QUALITY apps for Android: PalmOS emulator ported

PalmOS users who've become objects of ridicule with their refusal to upgrade can now switch to Android while keeping the favourite PalmOS apps.
Bill Ray, 17 2012

Samsung swoops on Brit chip biz CSR, grabs talents'n'patents

A British chip-design company has sold its mobile and GPS location-finding tech wing to Samsung for $310 million (£198m).
Orange mini Sim

Euro cellcos hoard nano Sims ahead of iPhone 5 launch

More evidence, perhaps, for the iPhone 5's not-far-off-now launch: European mobile network operators are eagerly ordering millions of nano-sized Sim cards.
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Google makes fresh offers in Euro anti-trust negotiations

Advertising giant Google has sent a revised package of concessions to Europe's competition commissioner after it was asked to clarify aspects of its proposed antitrust settlement, according to the Financial Times.
McAfee shield

Making SMEs cyber-safe for fun and profit

Whitepaper Big firms stand to lose a lot when their defences are breached. But small companies have their own crown jewels, and stand to lose at least as much as their larger rivals without the resources to fall back on.
T-Mobile Vairy Touch II

'Unfair' tariff tweaks yield networks £90m

Mobile networks unfairly make up to £90m a year thanks to contract Ts&Cs which allow them to raise the price of fixed-rate tariffs, consumer reviews site Which? has claimed.
Caleb Cox, 17 2012
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Skype so sorry for sending that saucy IM to mum instead of pash

Skype has admitted its IP-chat software can accidentally send punters' private messages to the wrong person on their contact lists.
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Microsoft 'didn't notice' it had removed Browser Choice for 17 months

Brussels' competition commissioner has opened a fresh investigation into Microsoft's practice of using its Windows operating system to push people into using its Internet Explorer browser, following allegations of non-compliance with an EC settlement deal the software giant agreed to in late 2009.

EMC CEO succession blown wide open by VMware rumblings

Analysis The VMware cloud spinout rumour mill has churned up speculation that VMware CEO Paul Maritz is leaving - and will be replaced by Pat "golden boy" Gelsinger of parent company EMC.
Paul Martiz

VMware CEO exile rumour: Not a punishment for Maritz

Analysis VMware boss Paul Maritz is rumoured to be exiting his virtualisation software powerhouse - and could be replaced by Pat Gelsinger, the head of storage products at parent company EMC.
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Wouldbe Apple App Store killer WAC disappears into GSMA

The Wholesale Applications Community has been voluntarily subsumed by the GSMA, selling off its technology and giving up its independence. The app store which never was will now never be.
Bill Ray, 17 2012
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New 'Madi' cyber-espionage campaign targets Iran AND Israel

Security researchers have discovered a new cyber-espionage campaign targeting victims in the Middle East.
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New UK immigration IT system late and £28m OVER BUDGET

A £385m computer system being built for the UK's Border Agency and Border Force to process immigrants' paperwork is a year behind schedule and £28m over budget. That's according to the National Audit Office (NAO), which today published findings from a study it undertook in March into the stumbling IT project.
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Morphlabs distills concentrated OpenStack cloudy system

Morphlabs, Are offounded five years ago to peddle a cloud management tool called AppSpace on top of Amazon's EC2 compute cloud, is moving more aggressively into the cloudy hardware business with its second preconfigured cloud-in-the box setup based on the open source OpenStack cloud controller.
Mars Rover Landing

Nasa guides Mars Rover with Kinect

Nasa has launched a free game for Kinect owners which sees players guide the Mars Rover through its landing sequence.
Caleb Cox, 17 2012
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Fresh shift of 'nauts comes aboard space station from Soyuz podule

The latest shift of 'nauts has successfully boarded the International Space Station for their stint of orbital duty, arriving at the sky-high outpost last night (UK time) aboard a Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft sent up from Russia.
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Hacktivists lift emails, passwords from oil biz in support of Greenpeace

An Anonymous cadre has hacked into major oil corporations' computers to protest against drilling in the Arctic.
Micron PCM

Micron mass-produces Phase Change Memory

Memory maker Micron has become the first firm to put Phase Change Memory (PCM) - one of the possible non-volatile successors to Flash - into mass production. Caveat: we're talking the technology's use for mobile devices only.
Boeing, Boeing, gone . . . to war

Dell airdrops military-grade data-centre-in-a-crate

You need to compute everywhere and anywhere in this world these days, and thankfully you can always get some iron on the end of a cable to crunch the numbers.
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CumuLogic puffs up Java platform cloud 1.0

CumuLogic, a platform cloud provider founded by some ex-Sunners with Java and cloud expertise, is delivering its first platform cloud layer for public and private infrastructure clouds.
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iPhone 5 poised to trounce Android, devastate BlackBerry?

A new report on smartphone buying plans provides excellent news for Apple, so-so news for Android-handset manufacturers, and downright lousy news for RIM.

Cisco buys Virtuata for virty security

Networking juggernaut and server player Cisco Systems has snapped up Virtuata, a stealthy startup that is working on security software for virtual machines that has not really said much about itself to date – and now never will.

Intel grazes Q2 numbers, but 'growth will be slower' in Q3

Intel has reported its second-quarter 2012 financial results, and you can almost hear the Wall Street moneymen breathe a muted sigh of relief – although the sound of popping champagne corks is not likely to be heard.
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Study: Users prefer Google+ over Facebook

Google+ is regularly derided as a "ghost town," but at least the spirits who haunt it are happy. According to a study from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), the Chocolate Factory's fledgling social network scores top marks in customer satisfaction, leaving Facebook far behind.
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RMIT in Japanese space hook-up

Australia’s RMIT University has secured an agreement to develop global navigation satellite systems with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Attacker pleads guilty to hatchet-job on ISP

A South Australian man is awaiting sentencing after hacking an ISP’s servers and threatening the owner with an axe.

Top EMC execs play multi-cushion musical chairs

It's happened: three of EMC's top execs are playing musical chairs – but no one takes a chair away.
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Grum botnet loses Dutch servers

ISPs in Russia and Panama are continuing to host Grum botnet command-and-control servers, after Dutch authorities silenced C&Cs in their country.