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Cisco, Netgear, Moto let fly at patent troll Innovatio

Last year, finding vendors like Cisco and Motorola uninterested in complying with its Wi-Fi patent trolling, Innovatio IP Ventures decided to direct its demands against end users instead.
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British Library tracks rise and fall of file formats

File formats and the software capable of reading them are living longer than previously thought, according to a British Library and UK Web Archive study.
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Microsoft: Pirates at high risk of malware infection

Web-based attacks are on the rise, but according to Microsoft security researchers, the risks involved with casual browsing are nothing compared to the dangers of downloading and sharing illicit software, videos, music, and other media.
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Analyst warns BlackBerry 10 won't be out until March

RIM's share price took another hit on Tuesday after a senior analyst warned investors that the Canadian firm's BlackBerry 10 operating system may not be out until March of next year.

IBM takes on Oracle with PureData appliances

Big Blue is getting sick of Larry Ellison taking up all of the oxygen in the data center when it comes to appliance servers tuned for specific workloads, and so it is expanding its line of PureSystems preconfigured machines with a family of boxes called PureData that take on some of the same work that Oracle is chasing with its Exadata parallel database engines.
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Microsoft trials Digits finger-sensing bracelet

Microsoft Research has been showing off Digits, an attempt to build a sensor bracelet that can track the movement of fingers, replacing the need for a physical mouse or finger-covering gloves.

Is lightspeed really a limit?

We don’t (yet) have any way to test this, but University of Adelaide applied mathematicians are suggesting that an extended version of Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity also holds true for velocities beyond lightspeed.
Apple iOS 6 Maps

Apple Maps too good for Taiwanese military

Apple’s much-derided maps app which caused widespread user consternation when it effectively replaced Google Maps in the latest version of iOS, has come under fire yet again, but this time for being too accurate.
Microsoft's SPRUCE secure development methodology spelled out

Microsoft to devs: Bug users about security … now!

Microsoft has revealed the guidelines it gives its own developers to help them decide when users need a rude reminder to stop putting themselves at risk of security problems.
Curiosity's first scoop also shows bright object

Mystery martian object is relic of (our) civilisation

NASA has decided the mystery shiny object on Mars merits another day of probing, but is fairly sure it is a piece of plastic from the Curiosity rover.
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Iran says its infosec defences foiled oil hack

Iran is claiming to have successfully deflected yet another large scale cyber attack on critical infrastructure in the country, this time targeted at its offshore oil installations.

Unisys pumps up ClearPath mainframes with Xeon E5s

Unisys has been on a quest to get out of designing processors for its ClearPath mainframes and porting its MCP and OS 2200 operating systems from its respective Libra (Burroughs) and Dorado (Sperry-Univac) machines to Intel's Xeon processors for almost as long as Intel has been serious about the server racket. And, with the launch of new Libra and Dorado machines that are as capable as current homegrown CMOS mainframe engines, that job is now, a decade and a half later, nearly done.
View21 VW11FVRHD50 Freeview+HD DVR

View 21 IPTV Freeview+HD DVR review

The Freeview+ HD market has suddenly sparked into life. Having spent an age coasting on the coattails of Humax’s HDR-FOXT2, there are suddenly a slew of better-specified recorders hitting the streets. The View21 VW11FVRHD50 is one such newbie, mixing Freeview+ HD with IPTV connected services. While it doesn’t offer full-on Catch-Up like rival YouView, there is BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Flickr and Twitter onboard.
Steve May, 10 2012
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UK bungs £250m to factories stung by climate-change policy

The heaviest energy users are being asked to shape a proposed £250m compensation package designed to help reduce the impact of energy and climate change policies on the cost of their electricity.
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Why will UK web supersnoop plan cost £1.8bn? That's a secret

The Home Office has refused to fully justify the £1.8bn price tag attached to its contentious draft Communications Data Bill, which if passed will massively increase online surveillance of UK citizens.
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Want to know what 5G mobile is? Ask this British university

Surrey University has scored £11.6m in government cash, and £24m from the industry, to fund the development of next-generation telecoms in a shiny new 5G Innovation Centre.
Bill Ray, 10 2012
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Google cash brings all the cold TV leftovers you can eat to YouTube

For years, some pundits have touted YouTube as the future of TV - so you may be interested to see what this future might look like. The picture is now clearer after Google confirmed funding for 60 UK telly producers to make YouTube clips. And so the future of television will look like… a low-budget cable channel serving up repeats and knock-offs with a sprinkling of magazine brands.
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Linux on ARM breakthrough to take away Torvalds' arse pain

A single Linux kernel build that can run on various ARM-powered kit from competing manufacturers has come closer to reality, much to Linus Torvalds' relief.
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Warner Music daddy chucks €130m at Spotify rival Deezer

Access Industries will invest €130m in the Gallic Spotify-rival Deezer. The music streaming service has been a hit in its native France and launched in the UK a year ago – with rather less impact.
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Hitachi Data Systems dons converged system cloak

Hitachi Data Systems has announced its UCP converged server-storage-networking system both in integrated system and reference architecture form, taking on EMC and NetApp while partners Cisco and VMware triumphantly play the field.
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BBC unveils UltraViolet DVDs, BDs

The BBC has announced a set of Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases that will support the UltraViolet online video locker service.

Japanese cellco drops veil on futuristic hands-free video phone

Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo has unveiled a pair of hi-tech video phone glasses which could finally answer the problem of dodgy web cam video calls.
Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung says 'yes' to iPhone 5-sized Galaxy S III

Samsung has confirmed that it’ll launch a 4in version of its Android-based popular Galaxy S III smartphone in Germany tomorrow.
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Big Blue bigwig: Tiny processor knobs can't shrink forever

HPC blog While at IBM’s Smarter Computing Summit last week, I had the great pleasure of hearing Big Blue's Bernie Meyerson talk about limits to today’s tech, and the associated implications.
Dan Olds, 10 2012
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Canada: We'll boot 'security risk' firms from gov network bid race

The Canadian government has said that it will be invoking a "national security exemption" as it hires firms to build a secure network, hinting that Chinese telco Huawei could be excluded.
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Lenovo unfolds smaller Yoga tablet-laptop hybrid

Lenovo has announced an 11in version of its still-to-ship Yoga tablet-laptop hybrid.
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Copper-obsessed BT means UK misses out on ultrafast fibre gold

BT has once again been blamed for Britain's failure to penetrate the Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) market, leaving the country lagging behind its European neighbours.
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Boffins build program to HUNT DOWN CO2 polluters where they LIVE

Environment-loving boffins have developed a software capable of pointing the accusatory finger of carbon-emitting blame at individual buildings.
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Ballmer aims chair at Apple after Windows package miss

Steve Ballmer is eyeing up an Apple-style future for Microsoft of device manufacture and support, just as he’s been personally dinged for underperforming in one of the company’s cash cows: Windows.

Apple to spice up Blighty iPads with 4G

Apple will refresh its current iPad with support for Everything Everywhere's 4G network, while the upcoming 'iPad Mini' will be limited to Wi-Fi connectivity, moles maintain.
Caleb Cox, 10 2012
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Report: Google offers to 'brand' search results in Euro antitrust probe

Google is continuing to try to convince the European Commission not to proceed in taking formal action against the company's alleged "abuse of dominance" in the search market – by reportedly offering to brand its web search results.
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New top boss for flash upstart OCZ appears on radar

A new CEO for flash storage startup OCZ has possibly emerged from the mists: Ralph Schmitt has resigned as chief exec of PCI electronics biz PLX - and he sits on OCZ's board.
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UN locks Apple, Google, Microsoft in a room for patent peace summit

Tech titans including Apple, Nokia, Google and Microsoft will today argue the toss at a UN confab on whether patent law is stifling innovation.
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German ebook firm aims low with cheap 'n' simple €10 ereader

German ebook developer txtr has just announced an ultra-cheap, simple e-ink-based ereader, the txtr beagle, which it intends to retail at less than €10. It plans to achieve that price by piggybacking on the functionality already built into a mobile phone.
Bill Ray, 10 2012
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PGP founder's mobile privacy app goes live

Updated Silent Circle, the secure mobile communications app backed by Phil Zimmermann, has gone live - offering protection from all but the most determined of government departments.
Bill Ray, 10 2012

RSA boss demands revamp of outdated privacy, security regs

RSA Europe Corporate security policies that simply adopt regulations and obsess over privacy are stuck in the last century, according to senior execs at security biz RSA.
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Bloomberg's bomb: How SEC shredded Facebook's pre-IPO claims

According to a recently publicised set of emails, US financial watchdog the Securities and Exchange Commission found that important claims made by Facebook were unsupportable and forced the company to disclose key weaknesses in its business plan before its 18 May IPO.
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ISS crew fling out arm, grab SpaceX Dragon capsule

The first contracted SpaceX Dragon has successfully docked with the International Space Station after being snagged with the Canadarm2 robotic arm.

Gavel fails to fall for Apple 1

An original Apple 1 made by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak failed to sell at an auction in London this week after bidders refused to meet its reserve price.
Caleb Cox, 10 2012

Microsoft fast-tracks Windows 8 Service Pack updates

Microsoft has broken with tradition on a new version of Windows by rushing out changes to the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) code on people’s PCs.
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Google AND Yahoo! hijacked in Ireland after domain namespace grab

Google and Yahoo!'s Irish domains were briefly hijacked on Tuesday afternoon, the IE Domain Registry (IEDR) has confirmed.
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Sarah Brightman plans International Space Station gig

Singer Sarah Brightman has announced she's off to the International Space Station, from where she'll become "the first professional musician to sing from space".
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Googorola yoinks Android mobes off German shelves

Motorola Mobility's global smartphone market share shrank faster than usual yesterday when the mobe maker pulled all but one of its products from Germany.
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US boffins get Nobel for work on cell receptors

US boffins have bagged the Nobel prize for chemistry for helping to figure out how cells sense their environment.

Speaking in Tech: The worst PR in the tech industry

Podcast Podcast It's another one of El Reg's enterprise tech casts, where we get into the nitty-gritty of everything that went down in the past few days in the world of electronics, mobile, services and more. This week your hosts are Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela as Ed Saipetch is playing hookie. The pair discuss the Congressional …

ARM cranks up cache and memory designs for servers

ARM Holdings wants chip makers to bring more cores and cache to bear as they craft server chips based on its Cortex family of system-on-chip (SoC) designs, and to that end the company is boosting the on-chip caching and main memory controllers of its current ARMv7 and future ARMv8 designs to make them better able to compete against x86 systems.
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Amazon UK leaks Windows 8 retail box, TV ads

Windows 8 isn't due to launch until October 26, but some over-zealous retailers are starting to give us a feel for the marketing onslaught we can expect once Microsoft's new OS hits retail shelves.
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Supreme Court confirms telco immunity on spying charges

The US Supreme Court has effectively ruled that the AT&T and other telecommunications companies are immune from prosecution for helping the National Security Agency (NSA) in a large-scale domestic surveillance scheme covering phone calls, emails and internet use.
Indiana University's new data center for Big Red II

Hoosiers to get the world's fastest academic super

Indiana University is set to rise to the top of the flops among the world's academic institutions as it aims to break through the petaflops barrier with its upcoming "Big Red II" supercomputer using a Cray XK7 hardware - at least as gauged by raw computing power, and specifically those that foot their own bill for machines.
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NSW contemplates smart licenses

The Australian State of New South Wales' (NSW’s) new Customer Services Commissioner, Michael Pratt, says one of the streamlined service delivery strategies he is considering could see all NSW licences replaced by a single smart card that records multiple licences the bearer holds. Pratt said he can also foresee licences finding their way into smartphones.

Western Australia powers up 10 MW solar farm

Australia’s west is now home to what’s described as the country’s first utility-scale solar power plant.
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RIM opens BlackBerry 10 marketplace for submissions

RIM has opened its BlackBerry App World store to applications for its forthcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system, with a truckload of incentives to get developers onside.
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Office for Android and iOS to ship by March 2013?

A product manager for Microsoft's Czech division may have let the cat out of the bag on Wednesday – almost – when he announced that versions of Microsoft Office for Android and iOS devices may ship as early as the first quarter of next year.