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Boffins claim Voyager has already left the Solar System

There's a boffin battle brewing at the fringe of the Solar System. At issue is whether the venerable Voyager 1 spacecraft has left the region where Sol's electromagnetic winds blow, or is still in the tiny pocket of space we call home. The “we're outta here” camp has penned a letter in The Astrophysics Journal titled “A porous …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Aug 2013
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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. Patent infringement lawsuits launched by Apple and Microsoft against Moto have demanded a sales ban on the Google-owned handset biz's Android tablets and smartphones in …
Anna Leach, 10 Oct 2012
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Emulex eats 87% of Endace for Ethernet examinations

Emulex has acquired ownership of 89 per cent of New Zealand-based Ethernet network traffic analysis company Endace. One of the 11 per cent holdouts is an Elliott Management subsidiary which also holds Emulex shares. It wants Emulex to stop spending on acquisitions and slip a few greenbacks into shareholders' wallets. Endace CEO …
Chris Mellor, 28 Feb 2013
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Top ten car gadgets: Get your motor running with new shiny-shiny

With more and more cars rolling out of the factory gates with built-in Bluetooth and navigation systems, the market for in-car gadgetry should be drying up but there is still a wealth of interesting tech add-ons for your jalopy. Of course, one reason for this is that cars have a much longer lifecycle than gadgets. A four-year- …
Alun Taylor, 04 Jul 2014
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Nuclear Mars tank thrusts hard into perfect position

Unlike the broken-down Russian Mars probe Phobos-Grunt, the NASA Mars Science Laboratory is on track for touching down on the Red Planet after smoothly pulling off some well-choreographed thrusts. In its biggest manoeuvre yet, the floating nuclear science tank - which is carrying shiny new rover Curiosity - fired up to eight …
Anna Leach, 12 Jan 2012
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Help a US gov't agency switch to open source, win $3 million

The US Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to upgrade the 25-year-old software that powers its nationwide health care system, and it's betting real money that open source is the way to do it. To that end, the agency is sponsoring a contest in which three entrants will be awarded prizes of up to $3m each, provided they can …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jan 2013

FlashRay shines out from Sunnyvale

NetApp has unveiled FlashRay, its all-flash array work-in-progress that is the focus of its Mars project. The product should become available some time in 2014 and will enter beta test in the middle of this year. The Sunnyvale-headquartered company made three announcements today. It is producing the EF540, an all-flash array in …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2013
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Up your wormhole: Star Trek Deep Space 9 turns 20

I’ve always been strangely fascinated by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary - amazing how time flies, even when you’re not an agent of the Federation Department of Temporal Investigations - it’s the densest and most mythology-rich of all the Star Trek TV shows. Often ambitious and audacious, it won …
Steve May, 04 Jan 2013
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Phantom Flan flinger: The story of the Elan Enterprise 128

Despite its name, Intelligent Software also had a nice little sideline designing hardware. Founded in 1981 by international chess champion David Levy and chess writer Kevin O’Connell, the company was best known for its chess programs, in particular Cyrus and SciSys Chess Champion. But it also developed chess computers for toy …
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2013
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Diary of a Not-spot – the final chapter

Following seven years of dogged pursuit, the not-spot is now not-a-not-spot, sustaining connectivity a shade under 4Mb/sec: fast enough to finally join the 21st century. An improved antenna and radio, have tipped the balance to enable a microwave link at more than five times the previous best of 700Kb/sec, despite the …
Bill Ray, 03 Feb 2011
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Side-lined suppliers beat on Police procurement deal

The Home Office's ruling that police buy commodity hardware and software from a single supplier framework instead of a multi-reseller agreement continues to attract biting criticism from side-lined suppliers. Following the imposition of benchmarks to determine best value for money, forces in England and Wales were mandated in …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2011
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Adaptec appoints new sales boss

Adaptec has replaced its dismissed world-wide sales VP John Noellert by promoting Jared Peters. Peters is a 16-year Adaptec veteran, and was the VP for international sales. This is the first executive-level appointment made by Adaptec since Steel Partners took control of its board a few weeks ago. At that time, Adaptec's CEO, …
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2009
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Microsoft's patents shakedown betrays spirit of Gates

Microsoft, once the ruler of the software universe, doesn't even make Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt's Gang of Four influential tech companies. It's not that Microsoft has lost its ambition. But it may be that Microsoft's ambition has changed, and for the worse. Microsoft once prided itself on minting profits from …
Matt Asay, 03 Jun 2011
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Micron cuts Scottish jobs

Up to 134 jobs could be lost at Micron's East Kilbride manufacturing plant, but the company says the downsize is evidence of a change of direction rather than economic downturn. Micron, traditionally known for its memory products, has recently diversified into higher margin products like mobile phone image sensors. A spokesman …
John Oates, 08 Feb 2006
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Trend Micro's CEO says 'AV industry sucks'

Trend Micro’s CEO threw down the gauntlet to her competitors last week, proclaiming that hackers are ahead of the game and that the anti-virus industry “sucks”. Chief exec Eva Chen, who co-founded the Tokyo, Japan headquartered-firm in 1988 with Steve Chang, announced last Wednesday a radical shift in business strategy for Trend …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Jun 2008

Mio DigiWalker C620T

Every office has a luddite, even an organisation so devoted to the new and the technological as Register Hardware. There's always at least one person who clings to his or her fear and loathing of some aspect of the modern world. For instance, whenever a new satnav system would arrive here, our very own exemplar of the breed …
Alun Taylor, 20 Feb 2008
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Deutsche Telekom seeks US partner

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Deutsche Telekom AG has written €18bn ($18.2bn) off the value of its US cellular operation as it paid the price for its previous management's reckless acquisition spree and posted a record loss for a European company of €24.5bn ($24.7bn) for its first nine months. As expected, the German …
ComputerWire, 15 Nov 2002
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Worker sacked on day before age law took effect is reinstated

An NHS worker who was sacked the day before last year's new age discrimination laws came into effect has been reinstated along with 35 of her colleagues. A deadline has passed which means similar cases are unlikely to be successful. Ann Southcott was a clerical worker at Treliske Hospital in Cornwall and was sacked on 30 …
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Apr 2007
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DNA codebreaker Francis Crick dies at 88

Francis Crick, described by some as the father of genetic science, has died after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 88. Crick, along with James Watson and Maurice Wilkins, first revealed the famous double-helix structure of the DNA molecule. Key to their discovery were the X-ray photographs of the molecule taken by Dr. …
Lucy Sherriff, 30 Jul 2004
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Navigating the mysterious world of nano-medicine

Most discussions of the future of medicine tend to revolve around genetic manipulation, personalised pharmaceuticals, and putting off death as long as possible. Yet the work that's going on in research labs in Basel, Switzerland, home of two of the world's biggest drug companies isn't about any of that. Instead, they are …
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Blackstar: the US space conspiracy that never was?

Blackstar. Pic: AWST Those among you who like their skies filled with black helicopters, or indeed secret space launch vehicles, might have already caught a quite remarkable March report in Aviation Week & Space Technology which claims that the US has successfully developed and tested a "two-stage-to-orbit system that could …
Lester Haines, 24 Apr 2006
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Bye bye Carly, don't forget to write

So, Carly Fiorina has left HP, to the delight of the stock market and Register readers, among them current and former HP employees. Whether she jumped or was pushed is a mere detail, the end result is the same. Out goes the most powerful woman in corporate America, with a $45m golden parachute to help her to a nice soft landing …
Lucy Sherriff, 16 Feb 2005