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Blighty evades Fujitsu's staff-slashing samurai sword

Fujitsu's workers in UK and Ireland will be spared the axe after the global tech corp prepared to lay off 5,000 employees. British and Irish staff will avoid the redundancies because they met sales and profits expectations. The Japanese electronics monster is undergoing a substantial shakeup: yesterday it announced it will spin …
Paul Kunert, 08 Feb 2013
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ALIEN BODY FOUND ON MARS: Curiosity rover snaps extraterrestrial

NASA's Curiosity rover has stumbled across a massive iron meteorite half buried in the sands of Mars – an object the US space agency has dubbed Lebanon. The Lebanon meteorite found by Curiosity The Lebanon meteorite found by Curiosity The two-metre-wide rock was discovered by the Martian robot on May 25. It was photographed …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jul 2014

Alien Ninja Fembot Pirates vs the Jedi SAS Chuck Norris startroopers: RUMBLE

So we're finally ready: it's time to bring down the mighty hammer of Big Data on the invulnerable nut of knowledge that has remained uncracked by a million arguments in pubs. That is, who would win in a fight: Ninjas, Hot Vampires With Guns, Humdrum Vampires, the SAS and SEAL Team Six, Pirates, Werewolves Which Just Turn Into …
Lewis Page, 06 Sep 2014
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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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Beta tasting: The Elder Scrolls Online preview

Up until now, there had been only one MMO in my life, but now I think I might have to become polyamorous. The Elder Scrolls Online beta has had me up every night recently, bashing my way to level 10 so I can PvP in my nifty lava spike armour. During the course of just one week in which players were allowed to try it out, the …
Lucy Orr, 03 Mar 2014
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Total War Battles: Shogun

For fans of the PC series, the first hour of Total War Battles: Shogun - on iOS but coming soon to Android - will be defined purely by what's missing. The RTS gameplay was never going to squeeze onto fondleslabs without hefty distillation, of course. But in early forays The Creative Assembly's first handheld stab at its popular …
Andrew Bailey, 02 May 2012
Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall Of The Samurai

Ten... PC games you may have missed

It's been pretty dry – unlike the British weather – for big title PC games since October, Star Wars (now free to play) and Diablo being the only exceptions. With the amount of time people are spending indoors this summer, I am surprised gaming companies aren't rushing titles out in hopes of seeing the money pour in. The games …
Lucy Orr, 21 Jul 2012
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Xperia Play gets new games boost

Bored of your Sony Ericsson Xperia Play already? Not to worry, there's an influx of games heading this way soon. Xperia Play games have so far stuttered in sales, with first month figures indicating PSOne titles were only installed a maximum of 1000 times each. Perhaps the fact several games come free with the device is the …
Caleb Cox, 02 Jun 2011
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Digital deviants: The many MAD COMPUTERS of Doctor Who

The Doctor has always made use of a range of remarkable technologies in his travels, including the Tardis, his Sonic Screwdriver and a whole host of homebrewed devices and contraptions. But there’s one area of technology that he seems to have trouble with, and that’s computers. Specifically, apart from his own “mobile computer …
Neil McAllister, 04 Nov 2013
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Intel’s Asia pivot: How Chipzilla beat Obama by decades

Years before president Obama announced his infamous military “Pivot to Asia” policy, chip giant Intel had already embarked upon its own initiative to build out manufacturing and design capability in the region. Last week for the first time it opened the doors of its Penang facility – Chipzilla’s largest outside of the US – so El …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Jul 2013
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Japanese unleash Jedi Obama

Those of you who've been wondering why US prez Barack Obama has not yet solved world poverty and hunger, halted global warming and given a lovely puppy to each and every child on Earth will be relieved to learn he's still on the case, but has just been a bit tied up of late on intergalactic business: Obama with lightsaber …
Lester Haines, 07 Apr 2009
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Too small to fail: Obama signs Nontrepreneurs Act

A new Act just signed into law by President Obama that relaxes accountability requirements for internet startups has been called a 'licence for fraud'. The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS) Act (HR.3606) is backed by AOL co-founder Steve Case (himself no stranger to fraud allegations) and other titans of Silicon Valley …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Apr 2012
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Nintendo 3DS games release schedule

Nintendo and other publishers already have many titles out for launch, with more to come. Here's the current list of 3DS games heading to the shops. Out now Publisher Asphalt 3D Ubisoft Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars LucasArts Nintendogs + Cats Nintendo PES 2011 3D Konami Pilotwings Resort Nintendo Rayman …
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Steve Jobs carried 'ninja throwing stars' in hand luggage

Steve Jobs has vowed never to visit Japan again after being prevented from leaving the country with a set of ninja throwing stars, according to a local magazine. The Apple CEO apparently had a set of shuriken in his carry-on luggage when he was returning from a family vacation by private jet in July, according to SPA magazine …
Joe Fay, 14 Sep 2010
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Twenty classic arcade games

I’d better say it from the outset: picking 20 all-time arcade game classics is a nightmarish task, not simply because of the almost endless array of titles available to choose from, but because of all the really good ones you have to omit. Space Invader Here then, are the titles that made the cut, either because they have had …
Giles Hill, 05 Mar 2013
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Nintendo disappoints over 3DS battery life

Nintendo has revealed the Japanese launch date for its 3DS gaming console, as well as system specifications, which has prompted disappointment over battery life. Nintendo 3DS Sales for the stereoscopic console will start on February 26 for Y25,000 (£190) a pop in Japan, with the US and Europe set to follow in March. Nintendo …
Caleb Cox, 10 Jan 2011
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Online tax scam gang get 40 years

A gang of Ukrainian scammers were sentenced to a total of 40 years in prison on Friday for a a multi-million pound tax scam. The gang created thousands of fake identities and then used them to claim tax rebates from the Inland Revenue. In total they submitted 1,600 online self-assessment tax returns and claimed £8m in rebates …
John Oates, 05 Jul 2010
Total War: Shogun 2

Total War: Shogun 2

Apart from porn and the Total War series, why would anyone own a PC? Shogun 2 coming out, best get down to Akihabara’s Yodobashi Camera and spend some hard earned cash on a graphics card update – couldn't resist the ATI PowerColor 6950 2GB – time to watch my frame rate soar. Total War: Shogun 2 Marshing on Real time strategy …
Lucy Orr, 01 Apr 2011
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Trip the fight fantastic

After a gap of five weeks or so since my last column the games industry has suddenly become a whole new animal. The next generation - well, Sony’s at least - has been revealed, and games publishers are finally able to talk about developing for a new breed of consoles without resorting to coded, barely voiced communications. It’s …
Mike Plant, 15 Mar 2013
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Godfather dons 'best ever film' mantle

Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather has emerged as the best film ever in a poll of the top 500 films compiled by Empire magazine. Crowd-pleasing favourites - such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, The Shawshank Redemption and Jaws are the other choices to make Empire's top five, which is best on a survey of …
John Leyden, 25 Sep 2008
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World IPv6 Day fails to kill the internet

World IPv6 Day was the non-event everybody hoped it would be. For 24 hours yesterday, more than 400 major internet companies, including Google, Facebook and Microsoft, joined in with the largest-scale production test of the next generation Internet Protocol to date. Organised by the Internet Society, the project was intended to …
Kevin Murphy, 09 Jun 2011

Jedi denounce UK sabre ban plan

The UK's Jedi community today expressed concerns that government plans to ban Samurai swords could hinder their freedom to wield lightsabres in public. The UK's Home Office today issued a consultation paper ahead of legislation intended to ban Samurai blades by the end of the year. In a bid to "protect the public", replica …
Tony Smith, 05 Mar 2007

Oi, Android, get gaming sorted out NOW

On Christmas Day 2011 I'll pass a significant milestone. This year's baby-Jesus-knees-up will mark the thirtieth anniversary of my love affair with gaming. That's thirty trips around the Sun since I unwrapped, unboxed and played my first videogame - Fire on Game & Watch, if you're interested. Or some 10,957 sunsets and sunrises …
Andrew Bailey, 27 Jul 2011
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Nintendo details 3DS roll-out

Nintendo says gamers will be able to get its forthcoming handheld console - sorry, "personal entertainment system" - the 3DS, on 25 March. Today it revealed a bunch of features to whet appetites while they wait. The much anticipated device will hit Europe two days before the US and although prices are to be set by retailers, it' …
Caleb Cox, 19 Jan 2011
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DARPA orders 'Katana' monoblade nano-copter

Famed Pentagon crazytech bureau DARPA has handed out half a million greenbacks to buy a tiny one-bladed robot helicopter slightly bigger than a coin, dubbed "Katana" and apparently intended for "indoor military missions". DARPA - renowned for being of the dungeon laboratory school of science rather than the ivory tower one - …
Lewis Page, 27 Feb 2009
Alice: The Madness Returns

Alice: The Madness Returns

I have been waiting 11 years to be reunited with American McGee’s Alice and strangely enough, Alice: Madness Returns parallels this as we join our unbalanced heroine 11 years after her defeat of the Queen of Hearts and discharge from Rutledge Asylum. Alice: The Madness Returns Who are you calling a pussy? Alice Liddell has …
Lucy Orr, 21 Jun 2011
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Ten... best Blu-ray movies of 2011

If you’ve recently migrated to Blu-ray, or are already a dyed-in-the-wool evangelist, you’ll doubtless have developed an uncontrollable compulsion to build a collection of 1080p platters. But what releases deserve your attention? To provide answers of a sort, I’ve compiled this invaluable (and not at all off-the-cuff) guide to …
Steve May, 12 Nov 2011
Red Faction: Armageddon

Red Faction: Armageddon

Red Faction: Guerrilla released in 2009 was a sandbox full of C-4. Volition and its clever Geo-Mod technology gave me the world and the tools to destroy it. Yet with Red Faction: Armageddon, Volition has clasped the reins of this chaotic monster and decided, mistakenly perhaps, that it needs some steering. Red Faction: …
Lucy Orr, 10 Jun 2011
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Write haiku, win home server

Intel and Microsoft want to give you a home server in exchange for 17 syllables of poetic artistry. Seeing as how, according to the companies' just-announced Home Server Haiku Challenge, a "home server is like having a samurai in a box," it's fitting that a haiku-writing contest would be just the culturally sensitive gimmick for …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Nov 2009
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Ten... top Xbox Live game downloads

After looking at ten top videogames for PlayStation Network last week, it's Microsoft's turn to step up to the table. As mentioned in the PSN round-up, forking out for the latest triple-A titles is unnecessary if you're prepared to live without the over-the-top graphics and the 200+ hour gameplay of epics like Skyrim. Spend a …
Caleb Cox, 29 Nov 2011
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Lightsaber voted top movie weapon

A Jedi knight's lightsaber has been voted the top movie weapon, pipping Dirty Harry's Magnum .44 to the post in a 20th Century Fox poll of 2,000 film buffs. The Star Wars illuminated sword heads a mixed bag of offensive items, including the Hattori Hanzo katana from Kill Bill, Oddjob's unfriendly bowler hat* and Indy's bullwhip …
Lester Haines, 21 Jan 2008
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HDS wants to be the Toyota of storage

Hitachi has claimed that it is number one in storage virtualisation and has voiced its intent to be the leading shogun in the storage world. That was the view expressed by Michael Vath, HDS' SVP and EMEA general manager, at the announcement in Milan on December 2 of the strengthened Acer-Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) partnership. …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2009
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PGP co-founder takes OS security job with Apple

Jon Callas, who as co-founder and chief technologist of PGP helped bring strong encryption to the masses, has taken a job with Apple working on operating-system security. His move around the beginning of the year was confirmed by two of his long-time friends and this brief bio, which says Callas remains on PGP's technical …
Dan Goodin, 22 Apr 2010
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Tarantino plans Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! remake

Quentin Tarantino is reportedly "hot" to remake Russ Meyer's 1965 classic piece of silliness Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, in which "three wild women in three fast cars take time off from stripping in clubs to go on a murder rampage", as the IMDb summary explains. Paris Hilton in Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! According to …
Lester Haines, 17 Jan 2008
Yakuza 4

Yakuza 4

Yakuza 4 manages to pack so many disparate gaming elements into the one package that it’s hard to know where to start. Part soap opera, part noire, undoubtedly a kung-fu fighter, but with fleeting resource management and a reasonable-sized city to explore, this is the JRPG, at its most offbeat. Yakuza 4 Too cool for an umbrella …
Mike Plant, 25 Mar 2011
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Vanquish

If Vanquish had been made around 150 years ago, Shinji Mikami would have had to commit seppuku, the Japanese ritual of suicide by disembowelment. Vanquish All right, Mr. big shot Like many artists and scholars during Japan's Bakamatsu period, the legendary producer of Resident Evil, God Hand and Bayonetta would have sliced …
Andrew Bailey, 25 Oct 2010
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MS wields price cutlass at Chinese pirates

Microsoft has slashed the retail price of its Office 2007 suite in China by over 70 per cent for versions to counter widespread piracy in the country. The software giant has cut the selling price for Office 2007 Home and Student Edition to 199 yuan ($29) from 699 yuan ($102) as a special promotional offer that kicked off on …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Sep 2008
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What to do about virtual server security?

Security’s important, right? Well, so it may be – but when it comes to virtualisation, it’s not hard to get the impression that it isn’t being treated as seriously as it should be. I don’t know about you, but when I read about the take-up of virtualisation, the feeling of foreboding is not unlike seeing a five-year-old play with …
Jon Collins, 15 Dec 2009
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Micron DDR samples out and about

Chip manufacturer Micron was demonstrating two working systems of DDR (double data rate) memory using the Samurai chipset at its stand in the exhibition section of the Intel Developer Forum. All during the week, senior Intel personnel have told us that Willamette, when it launches, will be positioned as a Rambus solution, while …
Mike Magee, 16 Feb 2000
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Emmys to honour mobile content

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences - the body responsible for dishing out niche-market Emmys, including those for daytime TV, sports and news - is to honour original mobile content with a new category of award, the New York Times reports. Although the US demand for mobile entertainment is small - there are an …
Lester Haines, 11 Nov 2005

Warner HD DVD debut delayed

Warner Home Video's US HD DVD roll-out will be smaller and later than previously anticipated. The home entertainment company yesterday said it would ship a mere three titles on 18 April, offering Million Dollar Baby, The Last Samurai and The Phantom of the Opera for $29 a pop. It promised 17 more HD DVDs will follow in the weeks …
Tony Smith, 17 Mar 2006

Universal releases first HD DVD movie

Universal, at least, is ready for anyone who's just bought a Toshiba HD-A1 HD DVD player in the US and wants some hi-def films to play on it. Make that 'movie' - the studio's Home Entertainment division today began shipping its first and only HD DVD title, Serenity, but you'll have to wait a week for further discs. Today's disc …
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2006
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AMD Athlon 1GHz retail sales kick off in Japan

Sales of AMD's 1GHz Athlon processor have now started in Japan's high tech area Akihabara, Japanese reader Battlax reports. At the same time, a number of other technologies have started to appear on the streets round Akihabara, which are famous for showing hi-tech the rest of the world has to wait for. You can find the Athlon …
Mike Magee, 09 Apr 2000
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BT Retail talks down costs, talks up revenues

BT Retail CEO Pierre Danon today outlined his plans to cut massive costs from the company's bottom line, defending its core revenues and delivering at least three per cent annual revenue growth over the next three years. BT Retail aims to grow revenues in two areas; extending existing business through new initiatives - bringing …
James Watson, 04 Dec 2001
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It's the ALL NEW FUTURISTIC WEAPONS Black Friday Roundup!

It's Thanksgiving again, the time of year when denizens of our former American colonies - alas, still in a distressingly successful and prolonged state of rebellion against their rightful sovereign - like to assemble as families and fortify themselves for a punishing day of shopping by scoffing a mountain of tuck while watching …
Lewis Page, 25 Nov 2011
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Pentagon: Electromagnetic pulse bombs from 2012

A presentation given by a US Air Force official may have - temporarily, at least - laid to rest one of the wilder and wackier secret superweapon conspiracy theories of recent times. The superweapon in question is the dreaded "E-bomb", aka "Electromagnetic pulse weapon (EMP)" "High Power Microwave (HPM)" and so on, depending on …
Lewis Page, 28 Oct 2007
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Micron readies DDR memory salvo

Micron, a major worldwide manufacturer of memory, said today that it will demo three platforms using double data rate (DDR) memory at WinHec 2000 in New Orleans next week. The products it will show include a dual processor platform. Although Micron does not say this is better than Rambus, it does point to benchmarks conducted by …
Mike Magee, 20 Apr 2000
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Google plans orbital mind control

You read it here first: despite its famous "Don't be evil" mantra, we can exclusively reveal that Google is planning a SPECTRE-style operation co-ordinated from an extinct volcano aimed at the complete subjugation of humanity by means of "orbital mind control". The proof for this diabolical scheme for world domination ( …
Lester Haines, 08 Mar 2006
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Micron rolls out faster DDR chips

US semiconductor firm Micron said yesterday it has started to sample 150MHz and 166MHz versions of 2MB x 32 double data rate (DDR) memories. The firm said the memories, which uses 0.18 micron process technology, are intended for high bandwidth applications. The parts are intended for graphics and telecoms applications, Micron …
Mike Magee, 24 Mar 2000
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'I'm not a quitter and I love my critics' – BT's Bonfield

Sir Peter Bonfield, BT's CEO, told reporters this morning that he has not intention of leaving the beleaguered telecoms giant. "I'm not a quitter," he said. "I like working with the people here." Asked if he would like to take a samurai sword to his critics, he said: "Critics are good - they chivvy us along. I would never …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 May 2001