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Huawei picks Android for new tablets and smartphones

IFA 2012 Huawei is betting on Android with its launch of four new smartphones and two tablets all running Google's OS, albeit with a customizable interface dubbed "Emotion" that the Chinese networking giant is opening up for customer's suggestions.
Iain Thomson, 31 Aug 2012
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Australian 'scope to help Europe's galaxy-mapping satellite

Australia's Zadko telescope will be pressed into service assisting The European Space Agency's Gaia satellite.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Aug 2012
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Publishers pony up $69m in ebook price-fixing settlement

Three of the publishers accused along with Apple of price fixing in the ebook market have agreed to settle the case for a total of $69m, in a move that could mean a (very small) windfall for consumers in 49 US states and the District of Columbia.
Neil McAllister, 31 Aug 2012
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BYOD turns sysadmins into heroes

Bring Your Own Device programmes can help to keep staff happy and turn IT bods into "heroes" but the hard RoI from spikes in productivity is unproven, according to Intel’s IT manager for China.
Phil Muncaster, 31 Aug 2012
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China's net addiction staff told to stop the beatings

China’s much-feared internet addiction treatment centres are set to become a little less grim for inmates after it was revealed that any instructors found to be using physical violence would be stripped of their job.
Phil Muncaster, 31 Aug 2012
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Yikes. Supervolcano found under Hong Kong

Hong Kong geologists have revealed for the first time the full extent of an ancient supervolcano with a diameter of 18km sitting beneath the former British colony.
Phil Muncaster, 31 Aug 2012
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Build your own robot soccer world cup winner

The Robot soccer World Cup's Humanoid League, Kid Size division, can only be won by the toughest and smartest autonomous mechanical anthropomorphs .
Simon Sharwood, 31 Aug 2012
Electronic waste dumped in developing world
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Now even China's PC market is shrinking

Just when you thought the outlook for the PC industry couldn’t get any more gloomy, shipments in APAC declined in the last quarter by 2.6 per cent from the previous year. Even China stopped buying PCs, posting its first ever year-on-year loss of 5.4 per cent, according to Gartner.
Phil Muncaster, 31 Aug 2012
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Velociraptor drives get Thunderbolt boost

Western Digital's speeding disk dinosaurs, its Velociraptors, have been given a dose of Thunderbolt.
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2012
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Review Take a good close look at your favourite multiplayer first-person shooter and chances are it owes much of its weapon balancing, map structure and pacing to Counter-Strike. A tactical, team-based Half-Life mod which first saw light of day in 1999 – having itself been influenced by the brilliant but glitchier Action Quake 2 – which was subsequently honed to perfection as various updates were applied.
Mike Plant, 31 Aug 2012
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NFC tap-to-pay kit spreads its wings at IFA: Now used for audio

NFC is finally sneaking into a range of hardware, with Sony and Nokia emphasising the audio-pairing capabilities while everyone else is just sticks it in there for laughs.
Bill Ray, 31 Aug 2012
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Readers: Choose the proper new name for Everything Everywhere

Everything Everywhere is looking for a new name, and El Reg readers haven't been backwards in coming forwards with suggestions so we present a poll from which you can pick the best.
Bill Ray, 31 Aug 2012
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Windows Phone 8: What Nokia and Microsoft MUST do

Analysis Next week, we're expected to get a sneak preview of Nokia devices based on Windows Phone 8 at a special publicity event in New York. Here's a view on what Microsoft and Nokia need to deliver - based on something a bit unusual: the user experience.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Aug 2012
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O2 looses legal torpedo at Everything Everywhere 4G monopoly

Mobile phone operator O2 will appeal against Ofcom's decision to allow a rival firm to launch superfast broadband services later this year using its existing network capabilities, according to media reports.
OUT-LAW.COM, 31 Aug 2012
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Mellanox rips covers off virt-SAN beast, claims Fibre Channel vanquish

InfiniBand vendor Mellanox has demonstrated a Fibre Channel-beating virtual SAN appliance at VMworld, claiming it's six times faster than FC SANs.
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2012

Windows Phone 8: Microsoft quite literally can't lose

Should Microsoft's mobile operating system Windows Phone 8 bomb, the effect on the software giant's sales would be negligible - but the same could not be said for its prestige.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Aug 2012
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Hands on with the HP Envy X2

IFA 2012 The tablet plus keyboard combo looks set to be a prominent vehicle in getting Windows 8 into the hands of punters. Along with the new OS comes a slightly different form factor too with 11.6in keyblets from Samsung – its Ativ Smart PCs play this game with Core i5 and Atom CPU options – and HP has its own Atom-powered Envy X2 waiting in the wings until October.
Bob Dormon, 31 Aug 2012

A load of Tosh: External hard drives the new 'personal clouds'

Calling an external hard drive on a desk at home "a personal cloud" is a bit of a stretch - but that is exactly what Toshiba is doing with its latest 3.5in disk product, the STORE.E CLOUD.
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2012

LOHAN rolls out racy rocketry round-up

In response to requests from several Reg readers who've been following the progress of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) ballocket mission, we've put together a round-up of just where we're at with the various aspects of the project.
Lester Haines, 31 Aug 2012
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Philips databases pillaged and leaked SECOND time in a month

Updated Electronics giant Philips has been hacked for the second time in a month and its databases raided.
John Leyden, 31 Aug 2012
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Hands on with LG's 21:9 monitors

IFA 2012 With so many telly boxes out there, it seems likely an on-board tuner on the TV itself will become a thing of the past in the not too distant. Perhaps LG’s EA93 21:9 aspect monitor, announced at IFA, offers a clue to the shape of things to come.
Bob Dormon, 31 Aug 2012
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VMware bounced from the OpenStack party

VMware’s admission to the OpenStack open-source cloud party has been kicked back.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Aug 2012
Andy Scarland's effort: with egg and brown sauce

So, just what is the ultimate bacon sarnie?

It's fair to say that the question of just what makes the ultimate bacon sandwich has proved somewhat controversial with hungry Reg Readers.
Lester Haines, 31 Aug 2012
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'This lawsuit is not about patents or money, it's about values'

Quotw This was the week when analysts, pundits, beancounters and opinion-holders of all stripes got to have their say on the Apple v Samsung patent verdict going the fruity firm's way.
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Safer conjugal rights via electronic skin

Something for the Weekend, Sir? My wife is radioactive.
Alistair Dabbs, 31 Aug 2012
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Cheer up, Samsung: Tokyo judge bins Apple's sync patent claim

A Tokyo court took a few minutes today to rule that Samsung's Galaxy gear does not infringe an Apple software patent. It hands the South Korean giant a small win after its $1bn thrashing by Apple in an epic US mobile phone patent trial that concluded last week.
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Capita Group snaps up travel agent for biz types Expotel

Business process outsourcing group Capita, daddy to Capita IT Services, has slurped business travel booking agent Expotel Group for £16m.
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Hertfordshire plod passwords leaked by pro-Assange data burglar

A UK police website has been hacked, exposing usernames, unencrypted passwords and other sensitive login details for more than 90 serving officers.
John Leyden, 31 Aug 2012

Hipsters hacking on PostgreSQL

Open ... and Shut With the rise of NoSQL, it's easy to assume that old-school relational databases are simply living out their dinosaur dreams for legacy applications. But a funny thing happened on the way to the SQL cemetery: PostgreSQL became cool again. Yes, PostegreSQL.
Matt Asay, 31 Aug 2012
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Facebook shoves your face in Microsoft's Bing thing

Microsoft has inked yet another search deal with Facebook that this time allows users to find photos in Bing that were uploaded to the world's biggest social network.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Aug 2012
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HTC hawks fresh Desire for market boost

IFA 2012 HTC launched the Desire X at IFA this week and simplified its product range by bringing an end to its low-end Wildfire lineup.
Caleb Cox, 31 Aug 2012
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Sharp's slim screen factory 'flogged to death' by Apple

Sharp's production line of screens – purportedly for Apple's next-generation iPhone – is reportedly running behind schedule.
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Archos pushes out 7-inch GamePad, slaps on dual thumbsticks

IFA 2012 Archos threw its hat into the videogames domain at IFA this week, introducing a 7in slate with dual thumbsticks and dedicated gaming buttons.
Caleb Cox, 31 Aug 2012

Catapults, subsidies, and benefits: Bongonomics explained

¡Bong! "Investigation may be likened to the long months of pregnancy, and solving a problem to the day of birth. To investigate a problem is, indeed, to solve it" - Mao Tse Tung from Oppose Book Worship (1930)
Steve Bong, 31 Aug 2012
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Sony slims down 3D headset, cooks up eye candy

IFA 2012 Sony's roaring IFA presence this week continues with an update to its 3D headset and further developments in the imaging domain.
Caleb Cox, 31 Aug 2012
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Amazon flings open doors to Android Appstore in Europe

Amazon's Android Appstore is now open for business in Europe, providing a branded alternative to Google Play, and a free app every day, in preparation for the forthcoming Kindle Fire.
Bill Ray, 31 Aug 2012
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Apple drones reject American drone-strike tracker app

Apple has repeatedly rejected an app which pushes notifications onto iPhones every time an American robot flyer makes a strike.
Bill Ray, 31 Aug 2012
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Computacenter profit hit by start-up costs in Germany

Computacenter's shift towards IT services instead of products has started to pay off, giving revenues a boost, but first half results were still hit by the costs of catering to its new contracts.
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Chemical biz 'Nitro' hackers use Java to coat PCs in poison ivy

The crew behind last year's "Nitro" industrial espionage attacks are among hackers exploiting the two potent Java security vulnerabilities patched this week.
John Leyden, 31 Aug 2012
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3,000 Guild Wars 2 gamers banned for flogging stolen loot

Developers of the hit Guild Wars 2 online role-playing game have banned thousands of players who cheated the system to trouser weapons at a fraction of their normal cost.
John Leyden, 31 Aug 2012
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Pret-a-porter: LG boffins' bendy battery can be worn as PANTS

You can shrink them, make them skinny, or make them swallow more charges – but unless you're a Maker Faire type, you can’t actually wear a battery. Until now.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Aug 2012
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Ethernet switch sales sizzle

The server market may have stalled a bit as Intel, AMD, IBM, Oracle, and Fujitsu work through various stages of processor transitions, but the Ethernet switch market is going gangbusters.
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Flash firm boss smacks back at SEC's insider trading charges

STEC boss Manouche Moshayedi has issued a detailed rebuttal of the SEC's indictment that charged him with insider trading, saying that the SEC is plain wrong.
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2012
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Here we go again: Critical flaw found in just-patched Java

Security Explorations, the Polish security startup that discovered the Java SE 7 vulnerabilities that have been the targets of recent web-based exploits, has spotted a new flaw that affects the patched version of Java released this Thursday.
Neil McAllister, 31 Aug 2012
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Symantec crowdsources buzzword bingo to name product

Symantec has taken to Twitter to offer you the chance to name its next disaster-recovery product, erecting a Surveygizmo quiz to find a name for the software.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Aug 2012
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NASA funds sexy, stealthy, sideways supersonic flying wing

NASA has awarded $100,000 in funding for a unique four-pointed flying wing that rotates mid-flight to transition between super and subsonic flight, thus increasing efficiency and eliminating sonic booms.
Iain Thomson, 31 Aug 2012
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Schlockmeister Troma's back catalog hits YouTube

Legendary B-grade film studio Troma has taken its back catalog of schlock, horror, and violence to YouTube.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Aug 2012
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IBM to double-stuff sockets with power-packed Power7+

Hot Chips Power Systems users, start your engines. Or, more precisely, start your budgeting cycle so you can get ready for Big Blue's impending Power7+ RISC processors to run your AIX, Linux on Power, and IBM i (formerly known as OS/400) workloads.

Ninefold offers Windows Server 2012 head start

Microsoft will officially launch Windows Server 2012 next Tuesday, September 4. But if you want to run the OS now, Australian public cloud outfit Ninefold will let you create a server and automatically switch it over to a fully-licensed version.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Aug 2012
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The dead reanimates as HP ships Open webOS beta

As promised, HP has shipped the beta release of Open webOS, the open source version of the web standards–based webOS mobile platform that was the last hurrah of the former Palm before HP absorbed it in 2010. More surprisingly, however, HP actually seems to be staffing up its webOS development team – an odd reversal of recent trends.
Neil McAllister, 31 Aug 2012
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Google engineer finds British spyware on PCs and smartphones

Two security researchers have found new evidence that legitimate spyware sold by British firm Gamma International appears to be being used by some of the most repressive regimes in the world.
Iain Thomson, 31 Aug 2012