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USB 3.0 speed to DOUBLE in 2013

CES 2013 USB 3.0 – aka SuperSpeed USB – is set to become more super-speedy, with a new specification scheduled for a mid-2013 release that will provide a one-two punch intended to greatly improve its theoretical throughput.
Rik Myslewski, 07 Jan 2013

Lenovo proclaims PC victory, re-orgs to take on Apple

Lenovo will alter its structure in 2013 to create a “Lenovo Business Group” that will sell commodity products and a “Think Business Group” to push premium kit and take on Apple.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Jan 2013
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AWS puts sysadmins on call everywhere, all the time

Amazon Web Services has built an app capable of driving its cloudy services from an Android device.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Jan 2013
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Dad hires online assassins to slay game-obsessed son

A Chinese Dad has come up with a unique way of persuading his game-addicted son to turn engage with the real world: hiring gaming pros to destroy his morale by hunting him down online.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Jan 2013
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Google turns off Chinese censorship alert service

Google has ditched a much talked-about anti-censorship service in China just six months after launch, in what could be viewed as the web giant making key concessions over the protection of online freedoms.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Jan 2013
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Twin brothers nabbed for scrap over sex with 'shared' girlfriend

Connecticut twins Aric Ryan Hale and Sean Peter Hale welcomed in 2013 in fine style after being arrested for scrapping over whose turn it was to make the beast with two backs with a woman described by cops as their "shared" girlfriend.
Lester Haines, 07 Jan 2013
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Scottish Highlands get blanket 3G coverage

Femtocells, which extend 3G networks using domestic broadband, have been around for a few years now, and while only one operator will take your money for one, the others will furnish you with one if you complain loudly enough. Now that most of the big UK providers each have their own gear, we thought we'd see whose tiny cell offers the biggest service.
Bill Ray, 07 Jan 2013
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First rigid airship since the Hindenburg enters trials

The first rigid airship to be built since the 1930s is about to commence trials in California: and the Pelican prototype also features a new technology, never yet flown, which could finally change things for lighter-than-air craft and see the leviathans of the skies make a serious comeback at last.
Lewis Page, 07 Jan 2013
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Now you can control ANY Win 8 kit with your EYEBALLS

CES 2013 It's all gestures and eyeball-tracking at CES this year, with Tobii releasing a USB peripheral that adds control-by-sight to any Windows PC and Lenovo upgrading its Yoga to finger-watching.
Bill Ray, 07 Jan 2013
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Brit disk biz Nexsan out of the frying pan and into the firing line

Blocks and Files Imation's purchase of Nexsan for $120m will be seen as a failed exit for Nexsan's venture capital backers in the eyes of the most ferocious investors.
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2013
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Big screened quad-core Chinese beasts splash down at CES

CES 2013 Not content with squeezing out foreign rivals in their domestic market, China’s homegrown smartphone giants are set to make a splash overseas this month with some impressive handset designs including the world’s thinnest smartphone and a giant 6.1in phone/tablet hybrid.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Jan 2013
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Hitachi GST rummages in pocket, pulls out lint-covered storage Tardis

CES 2013 WD sub Hitachi GST is showing a fast, high capacity pocket disk drive at CES that sets a new product benchmark: a G-DRIVE with a 7,200rpm, 1TB Travelstar drive inside it.
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2013
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Sculpted 66-pound jubs survive lightning blast, 26ft drop

Lightning has struck a stone sculpture of the goddess Venus and removed her breasts... But in a stroke of divine intervention, the giant stone jubs were saved, despite a 26ft drop.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Jan 2013
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Apple supplier Foxconn could still take a bite out of Sharp

Sharp has said that it is still in talks with Foxconn for an investment that would make the Apple supplier the largest shareholder in the firm.
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'Chinese Pirate Bay' taken down after appearance on US blacklist

One of China’s most prolific search engines for pirated content, Gougou, has closed down as the country continues to clean up its act when it comes to intellectual property rights.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Jan 2013
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Hotel chain De Vere checks out of server rooms and into the cloud

Live vid De Vere hotels had legacy systems, systems that needed updating but, most of all, it had lots of servers doing different things. Having grown by acquisition, it needed to consolidate if it wanted to realise its plans for customer service. It did this using a private cloud created by ANS Group, based on NetApp's FlexPod.
David Gordon, 07 Jan 2013
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Nvidia takes fight to Sony, Nintendo with Android handheld console

CES 2013 Nvidia’s Project Shield seems positively daft at first thought. Who in their right mind would launch a new handheld gaming device today? If Sony and Nintendo can’t win over the millions of folk who play games on phones and tablets with their dedicated gaming handhelds - and very strong gaming brands - how the heck can a manufacturer of graphics chips?
Tony Smith, 07 Jan 2013
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Review: Dell XPS 12 Windows 8 tablet-cum-Ultrabook

Making a laptop with a screen that spins within its bezel isn’t a new idea. Early in 2011, Dell tried the trick with its Inspiron Duo netbook, but sadly that proved to be a woefully poor device. Now Dell is trying again, this with Ultrabook hardware and Windows 8 as the basic ingredients.
Alun Taylor, 07 Jan 2013
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Windows RT jailbreak smash: Run ANY app on Surface slabs

The security mechanism preventing unauthorised software running on ARM-powered Windows RT tablets - such as Microsoft's Surface slabtops - can be easily defeated.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Jan 2013
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Bendy screens are the future, screams maker of bendy screens

CES 2013 It sounds so promising: a "revolutionary paper tablet computer" that will completely change "the way people work with tablets and computers". Alas, the PaperTab, a concept device lauded today by "printed electronics" firm Plastic Logic, isn’t quite the gadget the company is pitching it as.
Tony Smith, 07 Jan 2013
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Brazilian slammer guards nab mobe-smuggling CAT

Brazilian prison wardens admit they have little chance of discovering who was behind a cunning plan to smuggle a mobile phone into the slammer in Arapiraca, south west of Recife, given that the mule is highly unlikely to talk.
Lester Haines, 07 Jan 2013
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Broadband gov subsidy should end in 2015 -Tory think tank

The government's current fixation with pushing for the deployment of faster broadband connections to most of the UK's population by 2015 should not shape its future policy, a leading Tory think tank has argued.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jan 2013
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Mega-res telly demand to boom, say ball-gazers

CES 2013 If the world’s television makers are eager enough to try to convince World+Dog to buy a 4K x 2K TV, the world’s market watchers are no less keen to suggest the proponents of Ultra HD will be successful in the near future, with sales rocketing five years from now.
Tony Smith, 07 Jan 2013
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John McAfee the Belize spymaster uncovers 'ricin, terrorist plots'

Infosec daredevil John McAfee claims he became a spymaster in Belize after giving laptops infected with espionage malware to police and government officials.
John Leyden, 07 Jan 2013
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Apple appeals judge's decision to boot out its Moto patent suit

Apple is appealing a US judge's decision to throw out the fruity firm's patent case against Googorola.
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Marvell: Ignore the $1BN PATENT JUDGMENT... Check out this new cache kit

Disk and flash controller maker Marvell, which also manufactures various other semi-conductor chippery wares, is not having a great start to 2013. The firm, which has just launched a flash-caching product and invested in an SSD maker, was hit with a crushing $1.17bn damages award 10 days ago for infringing Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) patents.
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2013
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US Dept for Homeland Security shafted by trivial web bug

A US government website was broken into by hackers exploiting a directory traversal vulnerability, according to security researchers.
John Leyden, 07 Jan 2013
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'Wide-set' twin stars can drive dirtball companions WILD, insist boffins

Astrophysicists researching planets within the systems of binary stars - where one star orbits another - have found that the further apart the stellar twins are, the more their planetary systems are susceptible to violent disruptions. In simulated scenarios, distant binary star systems flung away the planets under their influence, sending them spinning off into the blackness.
Anna Leach, 07 Jan 2013
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Microsoft burgled, only the APPLE iPADS stolen - cops confirm

A savvy sneak slipped into a Microsoft campus, stole five iPads and left all the Microsoft products untouched, according to cops.
Anna Leach, 07 Jan 2013
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AMD taps gamer and ex-Nvidia exec to run its channel

Chip-maker Advanced Micro Devices continues to rejigger its executive team to reflect changes it is making in its business to attack new markets and get its channel partners peddling current and future products.
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Security bods rip off Microsoft's 'sticking plaster' IE bug fix

A security researcher has developed a method to circumvent Microsoft's temporary fix for a zero-day Internet Explorer browser vulnerability.
John Leyden, 07 Jan 2013
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Forget the internet: Americans still glued to TV sets in 2012

Americans are consuming more media on more kinds of devices than ever before, but plain old television still rules the roost, according to the latest statistics from market analytics firm the Nielsen Company.
Neil McAllister, 07 Jan 2013
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IBM services chief and CEO contender Daniels retires

Mike Daniels, a career IBMer who has been running all or most of Big Blue's Global Services behemoth for the past several years, has said uncle and will be leaving the company.
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Google boss lands in North Korea for humanitarian mission

Google chairman Eric Schmidt has landed in North Korea for a private visit to the Hermit Kingdom, and he's bringing an interesting entourage.
Iain Thomson, 07 Jan 2013
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Zombie BT mobile patent emerges in hands of troll

A Delaware company called Steelhead Licensing has filed a world+dog lawsuit alleging infringement of a patent it acquired from BT.