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Lynx Technology appoints new directors

Brief Lynx Technology has appointed former managing director of Lynx Wealth Management Systems John Mosedale as director of its Microsoft Business Unit. The company has also appointed Tim Bodill director of its Cisco Business Unit, ex-head of Microsoft's ISV Partner Group UK Jeremy Smith as Senior Business Development Manager and Mike …
Robin Lettice, 04 Jan 2007
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Compel appoints managing director

Compel has announced the appointment of David Clive Kirby as managing director of its business solutions division and as a main board director with effect from 2 January. Prior to accepting this appointment Kirby (47) worked at Shell International as vice president and global head for project management and application …
Robin Lettice, 03 Jan 2007
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Fayrewood shuffles board

Computer products distributor Fayrewood plc completed the sale of UMD, part of its Niche Distribution division, to Esprinet for €53.5m on 22 December. The sale was accompanied by a reshuffle in the Fayrewood boardroom. Chief executive Paul Griffiths and finance director David Gurr stepped down at the end of December, but will …
Robin Lettice, 03 Jan 2007
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Teen eBay fraudster sentenced to 12 months

A teenager who conned eBay customers out of £45,000 has been sentenced to one year's detention today. Philip Shortman, now 18, of Chester Close, New Inn, Pontypool, South Wales, admitted 21 counts of obtaining property by deception in October of last year, and has asked that another 64 offences be taken into account. Cardiff …
Robin Lettice, 04 May 2005
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eXpansys swallows MobilePlanet

UK-based eXpansys Group has acquired MobilePlanet Inc, a leading US multi-channel reseller of mobile computing and wireless products. MobilePlanet posted revenues of $21m in 2004 and will continue operations under its own brand name and as a separate company. It will however contribute to a predicted turnover of $200m for …
Robin Lettice, 29 Apr 2005
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IBM wins $125m car black box deal with UAE

IBM has won a $125m deal with the government of the United Arab Emirates to install tracking devices into tens of thousands of cars by the end of next year. The four-year deal is believed to be the largest in the telematics sector to date. IBM will equip cars and trucks in the state with a telematics device and global …
Robin Lettice, 15 Apr 2005
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Cloned kitten sold for $50,000

Califoria-based biotech firm Genetic Savings & Clone (GSC) has made its first sale: a cloned male kitten, for $50,000. Little Nicky, bought by a Texas woman identified only as 'Julie' because of fears that she would be targeted by anti-cloning groups, is genetically identical to the owner's previous cat, 'Nicky', a 17-year-old …
Robin Lettice, 24 Dec 2004
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Boffins decode Chromosome 16

Scientists at the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (JGI) have finished analysing and sequencing Chromosome 16. This completes the US share of the Human Genome Project, JGI said yesterday. The research, published in today's issue of the science journal Nature, analysed the 880 genes, together consisting of 78m …
Robin Lettice, 23 Dec 2004
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Sony ships Vaio Pocket MP3 support update

Sony has at last posted a firmware update which brings native MP3 support to its Vaio Pocket music player. The update, which was announced on the Japanese giant's Vaio support site earlier this month, is accompanied by updated versions Sony's music transfer applications, SonicStage and Vaio Transfer. Until now, both apps …
Robin Lettice, 22 Dec 2004
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Mobile phones 'alter human DNA'

Mobile phone users have been advised to use a landline whenever possible after researchers claimed that mobiles can damage DNA. In a four-year study, German researchers exposed human tissue to low-power microwaves, which are emitted by mobile phones, and found that the radiation caused damage to the DNA within the cells, which …
Robin Lettice, 22 Dec 2004

WD ups Caviar HDD capacity, lowers thermals

Western digital announced this week that its Caviar family of hard drives now runs at significantly lower temperatures and uses less power - not only than the company's own drives but less than all of its rivals' products, the company claimed. The new models, which spin at 7200rpm, also run cooler than many slower, 5400rpm …
Robin Lettice, 22 Dec 2004
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Property tycoon buys fantasy island

A 22 year-old Australian gamer has bought a virtual island for $26,500 in the largest Massive Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game (MMORPG) purchase ever. Treasure Island exists only in the MMORPG Project Entropia (website: www.project-entropia.com), and was auctioned off for 265,000 Project Entropia Dollars, equivalent to $26, …
Robin Lettice, 17 Dec 2004
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'Horoscopes' is AOL's most searched word

America Online today released its most popular search terms, which showed that Britney Spears has reclaimed the title of most searched person of 2004 from rapper 50 Cent. Platinum recording artist and teen movie star Hilary Duff was the most searched person by children and teenagers, while Usher was the most searched male. …
Robin Lettice, 14 Dec 2004
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iTunes now accepts PayPal

Apple and PayPal announced on Friday that the iTunes Music Store in the US now accepts payment via PayPal's Virtual Wallet. "We are thrilled that PayPal users can now buy their music on the world's number one online music store," said Todd Pearson, general manager of PayPal's Merchant Services. PayPal allows customers to pay …
Robin Lettice, 13 Dec 2004
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Southpaws thrash righties: study

Researchers have suggested that left-handed people are better at surviving fights to the death. Charlotte Faurie and Michel Raymond of the University of Montpellier in France found that the greater the homicide rate in unindustrialised cultures, the higher the proportion of left handed people. Industrialised cultures were …
Robin Lettice, 10 Dec 2004
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HP launches low-end PC for China

HP, the world's second largest producer of PCs, has begun selling a 3,999 yuan ($483) computer in China. The announcement comes as major players in the PC industry start to produce low-end PCs targetted at people living in small towns and the countryside of China. Most of China's 1.3bn people live in these areas. The model, …
Robin Lettice, 10 Dec 2004
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EC presses for safer internet

The EU Telecommunications Council today today launched Safer Internet Plus, a scheme to help parents and teachers control what children view online. An EU-wide survey on internet use has found that almost 60 per cent of parents do not know where to report illegal content. In response, Safer Internet Plus will set up hotlines …
Robin Lettice, 09 Dec 2004
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SMS shorthand is annoying: official

Nearly half of mobile phone users want a guide on 'text etiquette', a study by research company YouGov has found. The study, carried out for predictive text software provider Tegic Communications, shows that of the 2,680 mobile phone users polled 44 per cent would approve of a guide to 'text etiquette'. Text shorthand is not …
Robin Lettice, 09 Dec 2004
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UK failing CO2 targets

The UK will miss its targets for carbon dioxide emissions reduction, unless it pulls its socks up, The Department of the Environment said today. The Government wants to cut CO2 emissions from 1990 levels by 20 per cent by 2010. but this goal, will not be reached, as things stand. Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett is …
Robin Lettice, 08 Dec 2004
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GM cocaine 'grown in Colombia'

Colombian coca plant farmers have developed genetically modified strains of the plant, the Financial Times claims. Anti-drug officers in the remote Sierra Nevada region of northern Colombia have discovered a new variety of coca plant that can grow up to 2.7m (9ft) tall - double the normal size - and produce four times as much …
Robin Lettice, 08 Dec 2004
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Rat brain flies jet

Florida scientists have grown a brain in a petri dish and taught it to fly a fighter plane. Scientists at the university of Florida taught the 'brain', which was grown from 25,000 neural cells extracted from a rat embryo, to pilot an F-22 jet simulator. It was taught to control the flight path, even in mock hurricane-strength …
Robin Lettice, 07 Dec 2004
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Jambo OpenOffice released

Jambo OpenOffice, the Swahili version of OpenOffice, has been released, the Open Swahili Localization Project (Kilinux), announced on Saturday. According to the press release, "Swahili is the most spoken of the Bantu languages and conservative estimates indicate that is the first language spoken by more than 70m people, chiefly …
Robin Lettice, 07 Dec 2004
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Southampton uni honours Berners-Lee with professorship

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, is to take up a Chair of Computer Science at the University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science. He will hold this position alongside his current appointments as Senior Research Scientist at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory …
Robin Lettice, 03 Dec 2004
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MSN Spaces debuts

MSN yesterday introduced a beta version of MSN Spaces, a new web logging service. It also released a beta version of MSN Messenger 7.0 and updates to MSN Hotmail. These services will be integrated, the company says. MSN Spaces offers three levels of control over who may access their Space. It allows users to display their …
Robin Lettice, 02 Dec 2004
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Cassini probe snaps Mimas

The Cassini space probe has taken a stunning image of Saturn's moon Mimas against the blue-grey backdrop of Saturn's rings. The image (source: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute), taken on 7 November at a distance of 3.7m km (2.3m miles) from Saturn, shows several of Saturn's rings as well as the moon. Saturn's moon Mimas The …
Robin Lettice, 30 Nov 2004

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