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Sinclair BASIC comes to Raspberry Pi

The 80's are so now, as hot on the heels of the RISC OS' Raspberry Pi debut comes the equally retro-tastic news that the BASIC version used in the Sinclair ZX Spectrum can also run on the Pi.
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Fans splurge $220m on Halo 4 in first 24 hours

Redmond reports that Halo fans have broken its sales records, spending $220m in just 24 hours as they seek their latest fix from the franchise that is once again headed by Master Chief John-117.
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Apple retail stores most productive in US – by far

Apple's brick-and-mortar stores rake in over twice the income per square foot as the US second-place earner, luxury retailer Tiffany & Co.

Windows boss Steve Sinofsky exits Microsoft

Steven Sinofsky, who since 2009 has served as president of Microsoft's Windows and Windows Live divisions, has left the company less than a month after launching what Steve Ballmer called the most important operating system in Redmond's history.
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Steelie Neelie admits laptop hack during IGF

Two laptops used by European Commission officials were pinched last week in Azerbaijan's capital Baku during the Internet Governance Forum, Digital Agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes has revealed.
Star Wars Robots

China's robot population to lead world by 2014

China is poised to take over from arch rival Japan as the biggest robotics market in the world in the next few years, as manufacturers struggle with rising labour costs and demand greater efficiencies.
Steve Herrod, VMware CTO

VMware wants to play 'Server Tetris' in your data centre

VMware chief technology officer Steve Herrod wants to play Tetris with your data centre, in the hope that if he can get your workloads lined up just right some of your costs will disappear.

Sorority girls gone WILD: '1 to 3' casual sex 'hookups' every MONTH

Saucy young college girls in the States are indulging in "casual, no-strings-attached sexual encounters" at such a rate that one needs a little lie down just after thinking about it, according to bona-fide scientific research done for totally high-minded reasons.

Your job's going to Asia, in a good way

IT spending in APAC will grow by nearly eight per cent over the coming year to $743bn, with Western markets set to benefit eventually as successful Asian firms expand and hire abroad, according to analyst outfit Gartner.
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Plastic screen outfit teams with Epson to offer screen on your plastic

Plastic Logic, the failed ereader company which nearly went bust trying to prove one could print electronic components onto plastic, is targeting diminutive displays with a new driver from Epson as it continues spending Russian cash.
Bill Ray, 13 2012
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EU approves push to get the unknown security in ARM chips into use

The European Commission has approved the creation of a new secure-element company backed by ARM, Gemalto and Giesecke & Devrient, just as long as ARM promises to keep its hardware open.
Bill Ray, 13 2012
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Devs cook up 'leakproof' all-Tor untrackable platform

Developers are brewing an anonymous general purpose computing platform, dubbed Whonix.
Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Retina display

Apple MacBook Pro 13in Retina display review

When I reviewed the latest version of the 13in MacBook Pro just a few months ago, it seemed to me that Apple was getting a bit complacent. The mid-2012 update did gain a new Ivy Bridge processor, but the modest speedbump that this produced no longer justified the MacBook’s starting price of £999 – especially with classy new Ultrabooks such as HP’s Spectre XT selling for £899.
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Even a CHILD can make a Trojan to pillage Windows Phone 8

A teenager has crafted prototype malware for Windows Phone 8 just weeks after the official unveiling of the smartphone platform.

Memo to Groupon: Best cheapo deals have a premium tag

Open ... and Shut The biggest problem with Groupon isn't its accounting. It's also not Groupon's shrinking margins on new products, concerning as they are. No, Groupon's biggest problem is that it fetishes bargains in lieu of building real customer value.
Matt Asay, 13 2012
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Peak Apple: Forstall was 'closest thing to Jobs they had left'

Ejected iOS chief Scott Forstall was an "asshole" and Apple's "closest approximation" to Steve Jobs, according to a former senior employee.

Fujitsu: We could run Office on any device if Microsoft lets us

Exclusive Fujitsu Technology Solutions is in talks with Microsoft which could see it offer Redmond’s Office Application suite via the Personal Cloud Service, which the Japanese tech firm hopes to trial with customers next year.
Joe Fay, 13 2012
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iFixit CEO launches open Toshiba service guide scheme

Kyle Wiens, head of gadget repair service iFixit - an operation best known for its device disassembly efforts - has called on owners of Toshiba laptops to help pen open source repair manuals to make good the computer makers’ closure of an independent Toshiba documentation archive.
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Sky rudely barges TalkTalk off the top-three UK ISP podium

The decline and fall of TalkTalk sales each quarter is becoming a regular tale of woe for the budget telco, which this morning told the City that revenues had once again gone south as the company bled yet more punters.
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Finns look to bring Phorm style stalker ads to UK radio streaming

UTuneMe has invited UK radio stations to sign up to its embedded advertising, promising to deliver targeted audio ads in the same way Google delivers online ones, personalised for the listener.
Bill Ray, 13 2012
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LOHAN to slip in sexy little black number

Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) electronics team are rubbing their hands in anticipation of the imminent arrival of our spaceplane mission's PCB - a sexy black number lovingly crafted in the distant land of China.
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Google, Amazon, Starbucks are 'immoral' and 'ridiculous' over UK tax

MPs didn't shrink from telling senior execs from Amazon, Starbucks and Google that they were "ridiculous", "unbelievable" and "immoral" about their UK taxes.
Nexus 4 on Google Play

Brits swallow Google Nexus 4 supply 'in 30 minutes'

Google's Nexus 4 is said to have been snapped up within 30 minutes of its UK release this morning. Getting hold of a Glastonbury ticket would have been easier, apparently.
Caleb Cox, 13 2012
Sunset in the Arctic

SUN to GO OUT COMPLETELY: Here's how to watch online

Vidstreams At around 19:45 GMT on November 13th, the northern Australian city of Cairns will begin to experience a total solar eclipse, and we here at the Register's Australian bureau have chosen a couple of methods whereby our round-the-globe-round-the-clock readership can join in the excitement and watch the sun go out online.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review

Kindle came first, of course, but is it the best ebook reader still? After all, there is a wide range of alternatives from multi-talented colour-screen machines like the Google Nexus 7, Kindle’s own Fire and Fire HD models and now the iPad mini. Those are designed to offer greater versatility with apps galore. But they lack the clarity and restfulness of an e-ink screen.
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Virgin Media vid misery blamed on unnamed peering network

Virgin Media has blamed an unnamed peering network for crippling its broadband service, particularly at peak times, for some folk.
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Mobo monster Vodafone takes £6bn kick down south

Vodafone lost almost half-a-billion quid in the six months to November, its half-year results reveal, but it also had to write down £6bn from the value of its operations in southern Europe.
Bill Ray, 13 2012
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Even £9.8m on consultants can't get UK.gov network push underway

The government's push to increase boraband speeds across the UK has so far signed off a massive £9.8m bill for 70 consultants over the past two years and four months, it has been revealed.
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Industry in 'denial' as demand for pricey PCs plunges

The question most taxing the minds behind the personal computer industry right now is how to persuade punters to spend their money not merely on new notebooks and desktops, but specifically on more powerful - and thus more expensive - machines.
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SECRET 28 'scientific experts' who Greened the BBC - Revealed!

A list of attendees at a climate-change seminar the BBC has spent tens of thousands of pounds trying to keep secret has been unearthed on an internet archive. The listed names emerged after the publicly-funded broadcaster fought off requests for the list under freedom of information (FOI) laws.
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BOSS Bang boffins: DARK ENERGY spreading across the Universe

New data from looking at black holes has confirmed a theory that dark energy is accelerating the expansion of the universe.
Apple iPad Mini

Apple forced to cut dealers in to get iPad Mini shifting, says analyst

Apple is sacrificing some margin on the iPad Mini in a bid to muster channel support for its late-to-the-party seven-incher - or so says an analyst.
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Top prosecutor warns troll-hunting cops not to choke courts

The director of public prosecutions has warned that millions of offences citing section 127 of the 2003 Communications Act* could end up in court if cops handing out charges fail to approach such cases in a measured way.

Sinofsky OFFSKI: Is Windows 9 now codenamed 'Defenestrate'?

So Microsoft's Windows 8 chief Steve Sinofsky is offski. Was it corporate politics, modest Surface RT sales, or some hippie desire to find himself that made him quit?
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HTC share zoom prior to Apple peace pact under investigation

The Taiwanese Stock Exchange has said that it will investigate why HTC's shares shot up a week before anyone knew the firm was going to settle its patent disputes with Apple.
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Omnishambles beats off mummy-porn, becomes English word of 2012

The UK's new word of 2012 is "omnishambles", according to the Oxford English Dictionary's compilers.
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Petraeus sex'n'menaces webmail trail leads to NATO A'stan general

The top US Army commander in Afghanistan has been dragged into an investigation that led to the resignation of former CIA Director David Petraeus over an extramarital affair.
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Metro's mother to replace defenestrated Windows boss Sinofsky

Comment Microsoft's decision to fill the small void left by departing Windows boss Steven Sinofsky with Julie Larson-Green and Tami Reller is a boost for the empowerment of women at US tech companies.
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Microsoft v Google judge could shape the world in new patent punchup

The next case that could finally tell tech companies how much a standards-essential patent is worth is about to kick off in the US.
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Big Switch uncloaks, fires virty network wares at VMware/Nicira

Big Switch Networks, the stealthy startup spun out of the Stanford University labs that developed the OpenFlow software-defined networking protocol that's reshaping the stodgy and crufty networking business, has uncloaked – and it's taking direct aim at VMware's Nicira acquisition, which also spun out of Stanford.

German dealer Bechtle planning Euro blitz

Lower than expected sales outside of its German homeland and rising staff costs were blamed by Bechtle's bosses for a double digit slide in profits.
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ID providers signed for Blighty's One Dole To Rule Them All plan

The Department for Work and Pensions - seen last week attempting to stave off suggestions that management of its Universal Credit system was in crisis - has confirmed the first providers of its online identity scheme.
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Trend Micro squishes 'stuck in a loop' SafeSync bug

Trend Micro has issued software patches for its SafeSync product after some users complained that the software was not syncing files between two or more devices properly.
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Apple granted patent for ebook page-turning

Adding another weapon to the Cupertian arsenal being wielded in the ongoing patent wars, the US Patent and Trademark office has granted Apple a new design patent, D670,713, entitled "Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface".
John McAfee

McAfee founder claims police framing him for murder

John McAfee, antivirus pioneer and current fugitive from the Belizean police, claims he is being set up by locals as the fall guy for the murder of his next-door neighbor.
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Post-defenestration Microsoft: It's the APIs, stupid. And Metro

Analysis "Tiles to the right of them, Tiles to left of them, Tiles in front of them" - Alfred Tennyson, The Charge of the Metro Brigade (1854)
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Lockheed to cyber-armour its supply chain against 'the Adversary'

Top Pentagon supplier Lockheed Martin says its computer networks are under increasing heavy fire from hackers, forcing it to beef up its supply chain's defences.

Compute-storage mashup: Great for Big Data, but what of my mobile?

Blocks and Files Should compute and storage dance closer together or farther apart?

Windows 8 security is like a swiss cheese flak jacket - sez AV firm

The knives are out for Windows Defender, the basic anti-malware protection bundled with Windows 8: makers of rival antivirus products are lining up to criticise Microsoft's efforts to secure its operating system.
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35 US states petition for secession – on White House website

One week after a deeply divided US re-elected Barack Obama as its 44th president, citizens unhappy with that outcome are using the White House's own We the People website to create petitions promoting the secession of 35 of the country's 50 states.
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IRS may be able to count beans, but it can't count its own PCs

Auditors have criticised US taxmen for failing to keep on top of its IT and the installation of software security patches.

Australia and NZ fall behind in cloud race

Australia and New Zealand’s limited international connectivity has cast a shadow over both market’s cloud computing competitiveness against their Asian neighbours.
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Nokia woos disgruntled iOS users with rebranded maps service

Nokia has rebranded its mapping systems, dubbing it HERE, and is looking to bring over disgruntled (and disorientated) iOS users with an HTML5 app, as well as others unsatisfied with Google's mapping system.
Artist's impression of Envisat. Credit:ESA

Oz lays plans to cover possible US met sat gap

In the aftermath of Sandy-the-storm, a surprised America looked skywards and started wondering about Uncle Sam’s weather forecasting prowess.

AMD said to hire JPMorgan Chase to explore its options

Updated Well, that didn't take very long. Reuters reports that chipmaker AMD is doing the old "exploring its options" routine, and has hired investment bankers at JP Morgan Chase to help it do that exploring.
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Google starts rolling out Android 4.2 to select devices

Even though the entire worldwide stock of Google's latest Nexus 4 smartphone reportedly sold out in minutes, Android fans may not have to wait for a resupply from LG's factory to get their hands on the newest version of the Chocolate Factory's mobile OS.
Die shot of the IBM Power7+ processor

IBM plunks Power7+ processors into Flex System servers

Big Blue has trotted out the Power7+ processors in its p260 server nodes in the Flex System modular server lineup.
WD RE4 Enterprise disk drive

Next big thing for hard drives: self-assembling polymers

University of Texas at Austin boffins are touting an advance in materials which could help squeeze five times as much data onto hard drives.