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Microsoft picks October 26 for Windows 8 launch

Mark October 26th down in your diary: that's the day Microsoft has chosen to release Windows 8 into the wild.


Physicists don’t get all the fun: biology researchers from the University of Melbourne have discovered that a species of squid indulges in three-hour mating sessions, but at the cost of a “reduced ability to swim” for as much as 30 minutes afterwards.
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Oracle scales back plans for Java 8

Oracle is moving to drop a major component from its upcoming Java 8 release, in an effort to get the flagging Java development process back on track.
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Wired broadband adoption dips as wireless flies

The developed world has lost its appetite for terrestrial internet connections, but is hungry for vast increases in wireless connectivity, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD's) latest data on broadband adoption among its 34 members.

Chinese gov splurges £102 MILLION to replace pirated software

The Chinese government has put its money where its mouth is, spending around US$160 million (£102m) to replace pirated software in central and provincial government offices with the real thing.

Humanity increasingly sitting on collective arse

The richer the nation in which you live, the greater the chance that you'll have a lifestyle that includes little physical activity. Nasty health problems are the likely result, but technology has the potential to address the issue.

French credit card allows Wikileaks donations

Wikileaks is back in the donation-accepting business and hopes to raise EUR1 million thanks to French credit card system Carte Bleue.

Internet Defense League to save the web from evil governments

Not for profit rights group Fight for the Future will on Thursday launch the Internet Defense League, a new initiative designed to help internet stakeholders fight back whenever their rights are threatened by the man.
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YouTube blurs faces to protect the innocent

YouTube has launched a feature that blurs faces in videos uploaded to the site.
LG Optimus 4X HD quad-core Android smartphone

LG Optimus 4X HD quad-core Android phone review

I was never much of a fan of LG’s Android phones, they struck me as rather ordinary and frequently hampered by an unhealthy obsession with 3D. But suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere South Korea’s other phone maker has delivered an absolute blinder. Between you and me, this may prove to be the best Android handset of 2012.

China lays out glorious eight-point infosec masterplan

The Chinese government has released sweeping new information security guidelines designed to enable public and private bodies to protect themselves more effectively against new cyber threats.
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Fake Facebook photo tag ruse smears malware on PCs

Spam emails have attempted to trick Facebookers into visiting virus-stuffed web pages by claiming users have been tagged in photos.
DVD it in many colours

Coraid peers over shoulder, pushes out another ZFS-based NAS head

Ethernet SAN storage supplier Coraid has announced its filer head, an Oracle ZFS-based product, two years after NetApp smacked it down for attempting the same thing with a Nexenta ZFS-based product. It has also beat off some pretty big competition to score Sony as a marquee user of its EtherDrive storage product.
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UK.gov: Real time PAYE and new benefits systems WILL work

HMRC's real time information (RTI) project is "very much on track" to being a "successful government IT project", and universal credit is on time and on budget, exchequer secretary to the treasury David Gauke and welfare reform minister Lord Freud have said.
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Expert: EU Microsoft competition fine could reach $7bn

Microsoft could face a fine of up to $7bn (£4.49bn) if EU competition regulators find that the company failed to comply with a "critical remedy" it agreed to implement in 2009 to alleviate concerns that it was acting anti-competitively, an expert has said.
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Java won the smartphone wars (and nobody noticed)

Haven’t you noticed? Java, the red-headed stepchild of the phone world, has conquered the world by default. The platform written off just a few years ago as bloated, cumbersome and inefficient is now inescapable.
WD TV Live video streamer set-top box

WD game-centric set-top spied on web

It's getting harder to call Western Digital a hard drive company. One of its next offerings, for instance, is a new WD TV set-top box, the Play.
Hard Reg, 19 2012

Hey, starving storage wannabes! Michael Dell wants to give you CASH

Dell Ventures, the Dell investment arm, has a hefty $60m pile of greenbacks to dish out to early-stage storage startups. The cash has been assigned to the Dell Fluid Data Storage Fund and the fund managers want to invest in five to 10 promising storage start-ups and assign $3m to $5m to each one for an equity position.
Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

Dell readies Linux Ultrabook for autumn release

If you're in the right neck of the woods, you'll be able to buy a Dell Ultrabook pre-loaded with Linux this coming autumn.
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Compare the Market loses .XXX smut-squat appeal

Meerkat-obsessed Compare the Market, which became the first company to lose a cybersquatting complaint over a .xxx domain name, has lost its appeal against the ruling.
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Judge: Apple must run ads saying Samsung DIDN'T copy the iPad

Apple must run a national ad campaign saying that Samsung did not copy them, a High Court judge ruled yesterday - according to this Bloomberg report and a draft court order seen by The Reg.
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IT pro to storm Everest in Bletchley Park cash quest

An IT bod has vowed to clamber up Everest to raise £20k for Blighty's National Museum of Computing and Bletchley Park Trust - and she wants sponsorship and people to tackle the trek with her.
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Hubble spots ancient spiral galaxy that SHOULD NOT EXIST

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have spotted an ancient spiral galaxy that's so neat and tidy it shouldn’t even exist.
Pure Sensia 200D Connect

Pure Stream takes on AirPlay

Pure’s Sensia 200D Connect has been on its web site for a while, but now you can actually buy one. This latest incarnation of the company’s touchscreen Wi-Fi radio is a significant revamp on the original Sensia and showcases Pure Stream, which enables content to play wirelessly from Android and iOS devices.
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Apple finally grabs apple.co.uk – after just 16 years

Apple has finally taken control of the internet domain name apple.co.uk, which has been in third-party hands since at least 1996.
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Scotland Yard collars seventh computer-hack suspect

A seventh computer-hacking suspect was arrested this morning by detectives who are also probing separate allegations of voicemail interception at Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers.
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Vodafone silences punters in mini-mast upgrade bungle

Vodafone customers relying on Sure Signal boxes for mobile connectivity have been hit by an update that left them less connected than ever.
Bill Ray, 19 2012
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Firefox 14 tabs no longer sneak a peek at users' privates

Mozilla has plugged a privacy-related security hole in Firefox 13 and released a fixed version of its web browser. The flaw allowed the software's speed-dial-alike "new tab" feature to take snapshots of supposedly secure HTTPS sessions.

Google Nexus 7 shipping cock-up enrages fandroids

Google hasn't cloaked itself in greatness if the number of complaints from a legion of frustrated customers awaiting the arrival of the Nexus 7 is anything to go by.

UK sysadmins pry open wallets for servers ... but not for long

IDC reckons the UK server space staged a slight recovery in Q1 with spending and unit shipments rising by low single digits, but has warned that preliminary results suggest that Q2 will look weaker.
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Google HARVESTS African mobile numbers with Gmail SMS

Google has created a not-exactly-secure Gmail-over-text-message service for use on old mobiles in parts of Africa.
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Nokia flogged 4m Lumias, still bled €826m this quarter

Nokia managed to shift 4 million Lumia handsets in the second quarter of 2012, and while it didn't make money during the period, it isn't as broke as many had feared it would be.
Bill Ray, 19 2012
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Barnes & Noble: You won't need a Nook to read our ebooks

Bookseller Barnes & Noble has played catch-up with Kindle by launching a web version of its shop.
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Google ordered to censor 'torrent', 'megaupload' and more words

The French Supreme Court has ruled that Google should censor the words ‘torrent’, ‘rapidshare’ and ‘megaupload’ from its Instant and Autocomplete search services.

Like clouds, like Big Data? You'll love our tape library – Oracle

There's life in mid-range tape libraries yet, and Oracle has a new one, an SL150 chugging down data at 10TB/hour, faster than the competing kit from Quantum and Spectra. It's aiming the new kit at medium-sized businesses that are finding that they need a more grown-up storage solution.
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Mega spam-spewing Grum botnet finally KO'd

Security researchers have dealt a knockout blow to Grum, one of the most prolific spam-distribution botnets.

Mellanox makes InfiniBand hay while the sun shines

If someone (that means you, Larry Ellison, and maybe you, Michael Dell, or maybe you, Ginni Rometty) was thinking about buying networking chip, switch, and adapter maker Mellanox Technologies, it is probably too late unless that certain someone wants to spend a whole lotta cash doing the deal.

Oracle tries to bust out of storage also-ran box

Oracle says it is seeing strong growth in its NAS, SAN and tape storage portfolio. Maybe a high-end Axiom array is coming but, even so, there's no sign Oracle is about to emerge from the IDC Storage Tracker's "Others" category.
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VCE hires Cisco exec to run the company

VCE has finally added a CEO to the top of its management stack after operating without one for almost a year.
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Home Office doc 'not qualified' to assess McKinnon suicide risk

Computer hacker Gary McKinnon has refused to be assessed for suicide risk by a Home Office appointed doctor, because the doctor chosen had no experience of patients with Aspergers, his mother Janis Sharp told BBC local radio today.

OCZ shares jump as Seagate gobble speculation echoes

Reuters is reporting that flash products hustler OCZ may have received a buyout offer from Seagate and its shares are up a fifth.

Apple building 'tactical' data center with 'mantrap' doors

Apple has filed permit papers revealing that it plans to build a high-security "tactical" data center on the grounds of its humongous $1bn center in Maiden, North Carolina.
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Apple iOS 6 beta limits number of apps per device

The beta versions of Apple's iOS 6 limit the number of apps that you can have installed on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch – a limitation that didn't exist on iOS 4 or iOS 5.

As promised, AMD posts disappointing financial results

AMD has released its financial results for its second quarter 2012, and as they had warned earlier this month, revenues dipped by 11 per cent from the previous quarter, hitting $1.41bn.

Dell details plans for 'remixed' software strategy

Dell has provided more details of its reinvigorated software strategy on Thursday, coming in the wake of its $2.4bn acquisition of Quest Software.
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OpenStack cloud fluffer growing faster than Linux

Analysis The OpenStack cloud controller, launched two years ago to the day by techies at NASA Ames Research Center and Rackspace Hosting, has come a long way in its infancy.

Boffins demo passwords even users don’t know

What if you could use a password with 38 bits of entropy without memorizing it? Stanford University researchers think they've found a way to deliver.
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Microsoft hires former Hillary Clinton adviser as top strategist

Microsoft is a company that divides opinion, which may explain why it has hired Mark Penn, a political strategist and pollster who served as senior strategist for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, as its new corporate VP for strategic and special projects.
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Super Micro misses target in June quarter

Motherboard and whitebox server maker Super Micro pre-announced its financial results for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 ending in June, and it looks like it's not going to make its numbers.