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David Bowie: Musician, actor... tech admirer

Obituary David Bowie, the iconic rock star, has died aged 69 following an 18-month battle against cancer. Bowie’s death was announced on his Facebook page and confirmed by son Duncan Jones on Twitter. A chameleon, Bowie meant different things to different people thanks to a creativity that spanned music, film, fashion, technology, …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Jan 2016

Sony Xperia Z2: 4K vid, great audio, waterproof ... Oh, and you can make a phone call

Review What do you want in a smartphone? A premium build quality? A high-resolution display that looks the business whether you’re watching a movie or reading a book? Maybe it’s a decent camera so you can ditch your compact snapper. As phones become better at doing all these things, manufacturers struggle to make their products …
David Phelan, 23 Apr 2014
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France weighing 'culture tax' on phones, slabs, PCs, TVs

The Socialist government of France is mulling a new "culture tax" to be levied on smartphones and other consumer electronics as one possible measure to help fund music, film, and the arts in a rapidly changing media landscape. Last fall, French president Francois Hollande created a special panel, chaired by former Canal+ CEO …
Neil McAllister, 13 May 2013
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Apple's iCloud goes titsup, email evaporates for unlucky 1%

Apple's iCloud online storage service has been on the blink for 15 hours according to its status page. Fanbois relying on Cupertino's idiot-tax outfit to provide their email have been unable to send or access messages for more than half a day. The iPhone maker stresses that only 1.1 percent of users have been affected by the …
Anna Leach, 12 Sep 2012

Is Dropbox good enough to be called 'good enough'?

Blocks and Files Dropbox is popular for syncing and sharing files across smartphones, tablets, notebooks and desktop PCs. I use it myself in my all-Apple computing universe of iMac, MacBook Air, iPad and iPhone, and I use it in preference to Apple's iCloud. The killer aspect for me? Dropbox is a device icon that acts like a …
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2012
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HMV faces the music after crap Christmas

British High Street store HMV will inch away from CD and DVD retail and re-angle itself as a gadget seller, it announced today after another disappointing Christmas performance. With an 8.1 per cent yearly drop in like-on-like sales for the 2011 Christmas period, HMV is turning to technology to spare it financial doom. The …
Anna Leach, 09 Jan 2012

Windows XP and iPod: A tale of two birthdays

This week is remarkable for two 10-year computing anniversaries: that of the Apple iPod and of Microsoft's Windows XP. Both should be celebrated for their success and impact on consumers and tech sector. But while Apple's iPod will be celebrated in the history of its creator and – no doubt – the annals of computing history as a …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Oct 2011
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iPad 2 sales kick off in dead of night

Yesterday, iOS 4.3. Tomorrow, iPad 2. And if you're planning a trip to Austin, Texas, to catch Bad Brains at the annual South by Southwest mega-fest, Apple will provide a "popup store" just for your iPad-purchasing pleasure. On Thursday, Apple also announced that it will begin accepting online orders at 1am Pacific Time on …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Mar 2011
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'World's largest' BitTorrent tracker Mininova kneecapped

Popular BitTorrent site Mininova has been forced to delist virtually all its trackers, after a legal defeat by a Dutch rights holder organisation. The move may signal the end for what billed itself as the world's largest BitTorrent site. Mininova was sued by BREIN, a coalition of Dutch publishing, music film and software …
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Ofcom talks to spook firm on filesharing snoop plan

Exclusive Ofcom has held talks over a monitoring system that would peer inside filesharing traffic to determine the level of copyright infringement, in preparation for new laws designed to protect the music, film and software industries. The Digital Economy Bill, to be published by Lord Mandelson tomorrow, will require the communications …
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Shifty study proclaims Brits a nation of freetards

An estimated seven million Brits are involved in illegal downloads of music, movies, software or games. This digital piracy is resulting in "huge economic losses" and confusion about copyright law, according to a study by UK government advisers published on Friday. The 85-page study, commissioned by the Strategic Advisory Board …
John Leyden, 29 May 2009
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UK opposes copyright exemptions for mash-ups

There should be no new exemption from copyright law for users' adaptations of copyright-protected content, the UK Government has said. To create such an exemption for user-generated content would ignore the rights of content creators, it said. The Government has responded to a consultation paper published by the European …
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Mar 2009
The Register breaking news pushes £50,000 fine for online copyright infringement

The government has launched a consultation on plans to increase the maximum fine for traders in copyright-infringing material from £5,000 to £50,000 as part of a plan to protect "creative Britain". The change would bring the financial punishment for online copyright infringement for commercial purposes in line with the penalty …
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AOL haunts Time Warner's Q2

Ridiculously unwieldy web/telecoms/publishing/TV/music/film production giant Time Warner continues to be tormented by its dial-up Banquo, AOL. The group today posted total profits that were dragged down 26 per cent by declining sales. Group profits were $792m for the second quarter, down from $1.07bn a year ago, but slightly …
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Street-savvy Microsoft tries to pop the pimply face of piracy

Microsoft has tagged schoolkids as the UK's worst culprits for illegally downloading files from the net. The company, in its latest swoop on software piracy, today put out the results of a new study - dubbed Real Thing - which was based on a survey of just 270 children and 1,200 adults aged 16 and above. It found that 54 per …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jul 2008

Logitech Z Cinema advanced surround sound system

Review Is Logitech’s answer to the demands of a media-centric PC world the next logical step in home entertainment - or just more boxes to knock over or spill stuff on while working at the computer? The basic premise is simple. We are all storing and viewing loads more stuff on the PC: music, film, TV and, of course, games. The …
Lewis Caliburn, 22 May 2008
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Japanese ISPs agree three strikes-style anti-piracy regime

Japanese ISPs have agreed to disconnect filesharers who persistently use popular peer to peer program WinNY to pirate music, films, and software. WinNY is based on WinMX, and has been reckoned to be the most widely-used filesharing application in Japan. Now under pressure from government and rights holders, the country's four …
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EU's online Red Tape pledge

While many scare stories about EU regulation turn out to be myths - here's one that unlike "bendy bananas" may well come true. Europe's most powerful quango, the European Commission, says it wants to accelerate a "single market" for online music, film, and games - and is threatening legislation to bring it about. Although the …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Jan 2008

High street music retailer ChoicesUK goes titsup

The long death march of Britain's bricks and mortar entertainment chains moved a step closer to oblivion today, with the announcement that ChoicesUK is headed into administration. The Peterborough-based music, film, and gaming group has over 160 stores nationwide and employs 1,650 staff. A spokesman said it has been taking cost …
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News Corp not in talks with Telecom Italia

News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch said he has not been in talks with Telecom Italia. Apparent negotiations were said to involve a possible deal with Sky Italia which would have further bolstered Telecom Italia's move into web content delivery. In a surprise move early last week, Telecom Italia announced a shift from its …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Sep 2006
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El Reg scuttled by anti-piracy blockade

There's a meeting of the film and music industry's anti-piracy captains in London today. The Fraud Advisory Panel's (FAP) conference has an interesting roster of speakers. There's Met anti-piracy DCI, the deputy director of technology for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, the British Phonographic …
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Digital download markets: cut up and segregated

Comment In recent years there has been a worldwide move towards “free” trade. Arguably there have been winners and losers from this process. One winner has been consumers in Western countries who enjoy purchasing content like music, film, games and software. In my home country, Australia, one of the success stories of the late 1990s …
Alex Malik, 16 Nov 2005
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Revealed: the tech consumer as prawn

Comment "I wouldn't eat prawns," said Julie Walters, portraying a prissy housewife in one of Victoria Wood's comedy sketch shows. "You know how they are. They spend all day treading water at sewage outlets with their mouths open." Somehow one gets the impression more and more that the bigger companies - both hardware and software - …
Charles Arthur, 07 Feb 2005
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Bulldog takes on BT with broadband - voice combo

Bulldog Communications has begun taking orders for a combined broadband and telephone service in central London. The service is run on Bulldog's own LLU (local loop unbundled) network, using its kit located in BT's own telephone exchanges. At the moment, the 4Mbps package is available in central London only, but is to be rolled …
Tim Richardson, 13 Sep 2004
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57 cuffed in UK anti-piracy crackdown

UK anti-piracy investigators arrested 57 people last weekend in a nationwide crackdown targeting music, film and computer game piracy. Many of those arrested as part of Operation Zouk could face benefit fraud charges along with copyright offences - 45 of those collared were on benefits. Department of Work and Pensions' anti- …
John Leyden, 04 Aug 2004
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EC to probe 3G content shutout

EU Competition Commissioner Mario Monti is to investigate if new media firms are being shut out from delivering valuable content to users. In comments delivered in Brussels at a workshop on access to quality audiovisual content in new media, Monti said the European Commission would keep a close eye on developments. The move …
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‘Golden Age of Free Music’ vs ‘Copying is Stealing’

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has launched an advertising campaign using the slogan "copying is stealing" to convey to the public the message that digital copying (eg. over peer-to-peer (P2P) networks) is as serious and criminal as stealing a CD from a record shop or a DVD from a video shop. This article …
Taylor Walton, 06 Aug 2003
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Intel beefs up on-chip security

Intel is to introduce new motherboards in the fourth quarter that incorporate Wave Systems' security software to combat theft and unauthorised copying of data. The news came in an announcement from Wave on Thursday. The company's software enables a chip, called the Trusted Platform Module, that handles the additional security …
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Napster-style sites to cost music biz $3.1bn by 2005

Napster-like sites will cost record labels $3.1 billion by 2005. And what's more, lawsuits against these sites that use music piracy won't stop punters using them. That's according to a report by Forrester Research, which says book publishers are also in the firing line - they can expect to lose around $1.5 billion by the same …
Linda Harrison, 20 Sep 2000