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BBC Watchdog crew sink teeth into dodgy PC repair shops

The reputation of the UK's computer repair industry took another hammering last week following a BBC Watchdog investigation into two Worcestershire-based computer repair firms. The flagship consumer affairs programme looked into Click 4 PC and Click Computers in response to reports from viewers about missing personal data, …
John Leyden, 18 Oct 2012
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Vandals break into congressman's office, install Linux on PCs

A US congressmen has been left incensed after miscreants installed Linux on computers at his campaign office, possibly thrashing some data in the process. Michael Grimm, a Republican who represents a district in New York covering Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, has slammed the weekend break-in to his offices on as a " …
John Leyden, 26 Sep 2012
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Cell-based computer breaks out of IBM

IBM has finally, finally, started shipping computers based on the Cell architectured it co-developed with Sony and Toshiba. In fact, the company claims, a number of high profile clients such as the University of Manchester and the Fraunhofer Institute are already running the much ballyhooed devices. Big Blue’s first Cell …
Joe Fay, 13 Sep 2006
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Raspberry Pi rolls out speed surge Raspbian OS

The Raspberry Pi team has posted its new, recommended Linux distro for its tiny, ARM-based computer. Dubbed Raspbian Wheezy, it's a custom Debian build that, for the first time, taps into the Pi processor's floating point unit for much faster performance. "Users who are still using Debian Squeeze will definitely want to switch …
Tony Smith, 18 Jul 2012
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Sord drawn: The story of the M5 micro

It took Japanese micro maker Sord more than six months to launch its M5 home computer in the UK, but in April 1983, the company said the Z80A-based machine would finally go on sale during the following month - half a year after it was originally scheduled to arrive over here. It was a bold move. Even in November 1982, when the …
Tony Smith, 23 Apr 2013
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Azlan inserts temporary head at HP biz unit

Azlan has made John Ward the caretaker of its HP business unit as a search for a permanent head continues. The enterprise distribution arm of Basingstoke-based Computer 2000 went through a restructure some weeks ago and parted with some senior heads including Mark Walker, director of the converged infrastructure unit. The …
Paul Kunert, 02 Dec 2011
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Computer forensics firm Guidance hacked

Computer forensics firm Guidance Software has itself become the subject of a hack attack, prompting warnings to its clients in law enforcement and computer security that their financial details may have been exposed. In a letter sent out last week, Guidance warned its customers that a November attack on its databases might have …
John Leyden, 20 Dec 2005
Memotech MTX 500

30 years on: Remembering the Memotech MTX 500

Memotech liked to advertise its MTX 500 and 512 microcomputers with a picture of a speeding black Porsche, but the machines, which made their first public appearance 30 years ago this month, while undoubtedly quick off the mark soon slammed hard into an unforeseen wall thrown up by a sudden, severe change in market conditions. …
Tony Smith, 28 Jun 2013
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Foiled computer blaggers jailed for 38 years

A group of seven men have been jailed for a combined total of 38 years over a failed raid of a Gloucester-based computer reseller. The London-based gang were arrested by armed police last December in the process of attempting to break into the warehouse premises of Comstor UK in Cirencester, Gloucester. The Christmas Eve raid …
John Leyden, 03 Jul 2006

Experts agree: Your next car will be smarter than you

Forget Google's self-driving car – for a few years, at least. Today's real action in the computer-meets-car arena is in the development of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), as was made abundantly clear at last week's GPU Technology Conference. "We're not going to find ourselves driving in an autonomous car tomorrow," …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Mar 2013
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Forensic snoops: It doesn't take a Genius to break into an iPhone

Forensic tools against smartphones allow basic 4-digit phone passcodes to be bypassed in minutes. However, more complex passcodes are far more difficult to defeat and might even leave some information of seized Androids or iPhones outside the range of many tools, according to computer forensics experts. A YouTube video – which …
John Leyden, 10 Apr 2012

Now Apple opens fire on EPAD trademark in China

Apple has filed an official complaint over an application for the EPAD trademark by Guangzhou-based computer kit maker ebox. The peripheral biz applied for the EPAD trademark in August 2010 and about a year later passed the first stage of approval by China’s Trademark Office, according to a report on Sina Tech. Apple filed its …
Phil Muncaster, 02 Mar 2012
Jupiter Ace

The Jupiter Ace is 30

The Basic programming language, although present in many different dialects, was the lingua franca of early 1980s home computers. One machine dared to be different: Jupiter Cantab's Jupiter Ace, a small unit that spoke Forth. It first went on sale 30 years tomorrow. Forth was conceived by Charles Moore, a computer scientist …
Tony Smith, 21 Sep 2012
Thorn EMI Liberator

Liberator: the untold story of the first British laptop part 3

In the early 1980s, civil servant Bernard Terry devised a 'portable text processor' to make his fellow civil servants more productive in the office and out. Electronics giant Thorn EMI designed the machine with help of a team of former Dragon Data engineers. As the Liberator, it launched in September 1985 to become the first …
Tony Smith, 16 Nov 2012
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Dixons offers Angry Birds on the house

Want Angry Birds for nowt? From tomorrow you can try and get a copy from the Currys- and PC World-branded versions of Intel's AppUp, the chip giant's netbook-centric online app store. You'll need an Intel-based computer running Windows of course. While AppUp is intended for netbooks, since the Atom chip is thoroughly x86 …
Hard Reg, 31 Jan 2011
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ARM creators Sophie Wilson and Steve Furber

The Story so Far At Acorn, Sophie Wilson and Steve Furber have designed the BBC Micro, basing the machine on the ageing MOS 6502 processor. Their next challenge: to choose the CPU for the popular micro's successor. Now read on... While Sinclair attempted to move upmarket with the launch of the QL in early 1984, Acorn was trying …
Chris Bidmead, 03 May 2012
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Computer Experts wins US mega-millennium deal

UK-based Computer Experts Ltd struck a blow for the British IT industry today when it announced that the US Treasury had submitted an order for a 150,000-seat licence for its Millennium Bug Toolkit. The UK firm which already has an impressive client list that includes Sony, Shell, Coca-Cola, Smith Kline Beecham and Motorola, has …
Crucial v4 256GB (CT256V4SSD2) SSD

Crucial v4 256GB budget SSD review

The latest addition to Crucial’s range of SSD’s, the v4 series isn’t, as you might expect, the follow up to the company’s highly successful m4 series but a different animal entirely. It's so different in fact, it makes you wonder what was Crucial’s thinking behind it. Crucial v4 256GB (CT256V4SSD2) SSD Practical electronics: …
Simon Crisp, 05 Sep 2012
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Man says he lost $500,000 in virtual currency heist

Leaders of the open-source virtual currency project known as Bitcoin say they have no way to verify one user's claim that hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of digital coins were plucked from his computer earlier this week. Rumors of the heist have been swirling since Monday, when a Bitcoin user named Allinvain claimed 25, …
Dan Goodin, 16 Jun 2011
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The BBC Micro turns 30

The BBC Micro – the machine which, along with the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, epitomised the British home computer boom of the early 1980s – was launched 30 years ago tomorrow. Unveiled on 1 December 1981 as the Model A and Model B, the BBC Micro would go on to sell over 1.5 million units before the last of the line was discontinued …
Tony Smith, 30 Nov 2011
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Console games 'hack' reseller gets community service order

A Leicestershire-based computer reseller who modified video games consoles to run pirated games has been sentenced to a lengthy spell of community service. Thomas Norwood, 40, a director of Modchip Fitters, pleaded guilty to importation and sale of electronic cards that circumvented anti-piracy controls on Nintendo Wiis, …
John Leyden, 10 Jan 2011
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Dell to ship Nvidia nForce-based PC, claims Web site

Yes, it's Dell-goes-AMD rumour time again, this time courtesy of a story over at Tom's Hardware. Said story notes that Nvidia has completed its nForce integrated chipset. That sounds reasonable to us, as does the suggestion that mobo makers Asus, Gigabyte and Abit will start selling boards based on the part next month. But …
Tony Smith, 31 Aug 2001
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Foodies sue providers of hacked payment system

A group of restaurants is demanding millions of dollars in damages from two companies accused of selling point-of-sale terminals that exposed customer data to criminal hackers. In a complaint filed in Louisiana state court, the restaurants claim the Aloha POS software manufactured by Georgia-based Radiant Systems failed to …
Dan Goodin, 01 Dec 2009
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Lame Stuxnet worm 'full of errors', says security consultant

Far from being cyber-spy geniuses with ninja-like black-hat coding skills, the developers of Stuxnet made a number of mistakes that exposed their malware to earlier detection and meant the worm spread more widely than intended. Stuxnet, the infamous worm that infected SCADA-based computer control systems, is sometimes described …
John Leyden, 19 Jan 2011
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Salesforce.com hoists fiscal year outlook as Q2 income slides

Salesforce.com jacked up its outlook for the year yesterday, after reporting second quarter sales that beat Wall Street expectations on revenues but which saw net income slide. The company, which grabbed more than 5,000 new customers in the period ended 31 July, recorded Q2 revenue of $394m, up 25 per cent from $316m total sales …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Aug 2010
Pirates ahoy!

Microsoft struggles to rid US shores of pesky pirates

Microsoft yesterday confirmed that it has filed 21 civil lawsuits for software piracy in US federal courts against resellers in 14 states. The tech multinational has slung its latest round of sue balls at resellers, claiming they have used a crafty technique that it likes to refer to as “hard-disk loading”. It said that the …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jun 2008
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Word and Excel creator: How Gates, Jobs and HAL shaped Office

Films, according to Charles Simonyi – the man behind Microsoft's Word and Excel used by 500 million people – are great for showing the future of computing. Simonyi reckons Kubrick's seminal 2001 a Space Odyssey from the moon-landing days of 1969 foreshadows the kind of video calls now in Skype. Minority Report does much the …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Nov 2011
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HP begs AMD PC owners to put XP SP3 on ice

Hewlett-Packard has told customers not to install Windows XP service pack three (SP3) on AMD-based desktops until Microsoft and HP cough fixes to the endless reboot snafu that has wreaked havoc on PCs. Microsoft confirmed yesterday that it was scurrying to patch the problem after hundreds of angry XP customers first grumbled …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 May 2008
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HP throws Tru64 code to Linux fanciers

Hewlett-Packard plans to make its Tru64 Unix Advanced File System available to the open source community. The tech giant said today that Linux can adopt AdvFS source code under version two of the open source General Public License (GPL). The file system was first developed in 1991 for business customers using Digital Equipment …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jun 2008
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Scareware slingers flaunt fake MS endorsement

Scareware wronguns have developed a neat but evil piece of coding trickery designed to dupe prospective marks into believing that Microsoft is endorsing their worthless scamware. A rogue anti-malware product called DefenceLab redirects infected PCs to Microsoft's Support portal, but modifies the HTML content as it returns so as …
John Leyden, 10 Dec 2009
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IBM wraps fat tentacles around fluffy clouds

IBM will splash $300m on 13 new data centres in 10 countries in its latest bid to fluff up cloud computing. The tech giant announces the plans later today, but the pre-briefings show the centres are to be used for disaster recovery. Customers will house their back-ups in data vaults, which they can access very quickly over the …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Aug 2008
Nathaniel Borenstein

Walking through MIME fields: Snubbing Steve Jobs to Star Trek tech

Dr Nathaniel Borenstein didn't just reject Steve Jobs once - Borenstein twice defied the man accorded god-like status for conquering whole industries and cowing hardened executives into kneeling before him. Borenstein is the inventor of modern email, or more specifically he created the Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension (MIME …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Mar 2012
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Robot wars break out on poker sites

The world's two largest poker sites, PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, are battling to keep poker bots off their sites. In October, Full Tilt removed an unstated number of players, confiscated the funds in their accounts, and pledged to redistribute this money to players who'd lost to the bots. PokerStars took similar action with …
Robert Blincoe, 12 Nov 2010
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Texas profs use AI news-ware to ID terror groups

American computer academics say they have created an artificial-intelligence-based computer program which can scan news reports to swiftly identify which terrorist group is behind an outrage. They claim the "open source intelligence"* scanner gave good results in the wake of last year's Mumbai attack. "Our group has written …
Lewis Page, 13 Jan 2009
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Microsoft slams OEMs over XP SP3 install cock-up

Microsoft has blamed computer makers for the Windows XP service pack three (SP3) install debacle that has wreaked havoc on PCs. The firm said today that the endless reboot cock-up reported by many XP customers after installing SP3 was not a new issue. In fact, Microsoft first identified the problem when Windows XP SP2 was …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 May 2008
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Steve Jobs gets top dog Noughties honours

Apple boss Steve Jobs has been crowned the "Person of the Decade" by readers of the Wall Street Journal. Journal readers voted for the Jobsian one as their favourite person of the Noughties following his triumphant return to the role of CEO at the end of the last decade. The WSJ pointed out that Jobs had steered the Apple ship …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Dec 2009
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WARF raiders slap Intel with Core patent suit

The patent defense arm of the University of Wisconsin hit Intel with a lawsuit this week, claiming abuse of intellectual property related to parallel processing. The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) has accused Intel of muscling in on US patent 5,781,752 which was granted with the title "Table Based Data Speculation …
Ashlee Vance, 08 Feb 2008
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Billg bigs up SharePoint and Touch Wall

Bill Gates bigged up collaborative technologies and demoed a new device called the Touch Wall, which looks to us rather like a wall-mounted iPhone. Gates, speaking at the firm’s CEO Summit at headquarters in Redmond, used much of his chat with 100 or so heavyweight execs including billionaire investor Warren Buffett, to pitch …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 May 2008
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Touch controls floated by Infragistics for Microsoft's Surface

A trial set of controls to build touch-based applications with input from different users on Microsoft's Surface have been released by interface specialist Infragistics. The company is expected to today announce three types of controls have been customized for Surface and are available under a Community Technology Preview (CTP) …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Nov 2009
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Land Warrior war-smartphone tech support goes to A'stan

The Land Warrior wearable military smartphone rig - one of the few of its type to have seen combat service in large numbers - continues to rise from its ashes, having been officially cancelled in 2007. However, the kit is now in service in Afghanistan, and makers General Dynamics have just announced a $50m tech-support deal from …
Lewis Page, 27 Oct 2009

HP settles patent row with Acer

Acer today confirmed that it has finally settled an ugly ongoing patent spat with Hewlett-Packard. The Taiwan-based computer maker said in a statement: “The confidential settlement agreement resolves all claims asserted in three federal court lawsuits and two United States International Trade Commission investigations between …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jun 2008
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Windows XP SP3 blame game begins

Microsoft has so far failed to provide any plausible solution to Windows XP customers who have seen their PCs crippled by the install of service pack three (SP3). In the meantime, forums throughout the internet are abuzz with possible workarounds and fixes, while rumours fly that suggest the sizeable blunder only affects some …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 May 2008
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Trade Commission probes HP-Acer patent spat

The US International Trade Commission said today it will investigate allegations that Taiwan-based computer vendor Acer has violated Hewlett-Packard patents. The commission stated that no decisions have been made on the merits of the case, and will sick administrative law judge Paul Luckern on the feudsters to hold an …
Austin Modine, 17 May 2007
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Tricorder/Aliens-motion-tracker handscanner kit gets $6m

Roguish Pentagon kill-nerds have decided to spend more than $6m on a miraculous handheld scanner along the lines of a Star Trek Tricorder or Aliens Colonial Marine motion-tracker. The through-walls people detector will work in the same way as the mysterious brain-slime electrofield senses of sharks and manta rays. The motion …
Lewis Page, 22 Feb 2010
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Gateway sells professional biz unit to MPC

Gateway is to sell its education, government and SMB arm of the business to MPC Corporation in a deal valued at about $90m. The US-based computer maker, which just last week was bought out by Acer for $710m, will be given close to a 20 per cent stake in MPC stock - worth about $20m - once the deal is completed. In a marked …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Sep 2007
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Thin-client firm offers fat margins

A German maker of thin-client hardware has set up shop in the UK. Called IGEL Technology, the company has hired Simon Richards, previously at Wyse, to build a channel-only business here. Apparently, the UK is the biggest thin-client market in Europe and server-based computer sales are growing at a lick, according to IDC. IGEL …
Team Register, 11 Jan 2006
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Cantec to click with Irish tech fans?

Irish computer chain Cantec Computerstore is embarking on an ambitious expansion programme, rebranding as Click.ie and creating 100 jobs over three years. The independent retailer, which sells home media and IT products, plans to invest €3.5m in opening 14 new stores, creating 100 new jobs in the process. By 2010, the company …
Ciara O'Brien, 18 Oct 2007
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Google launching its own navy?

About 70 per cent of the Earth is covered by water. So Google's thinking it had better build some data centers that can float. With a recently-released patent application, the search giant cum world power seeks exclusive rights to what it calls a "water-based data center". This modular collection of processing, storage, and …
Cade Metz, 08 Sep 2008
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Gateway denies talks with Acer

Tawain's Acer is not in talks to acquire Gateway, the California-based computer maker said yesterday. Shares in Gateway surged by up to eight per cent over the past few days as analysts speculated over comments made by Acer's chief executive, JT Wang, who said the company was looking at a possible PC industry acquisition. …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Mar 2007
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Gateway up on Acer bid talk

Gateway's shares have lifted eight per cent over the past few days as word spreads of a possible takeover bid from Taiwan's Acer. ThinkEquity analysts spoke of strong indications Gateway is to be targeted after JT Wang, chairman and chief executive of Acer, said last week the company was "hoping to make an acquisition this year …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Mar 2007