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Microsoft’s UML roundtrip routed through Oslo

While initial reviews of Bill Gates’ final Microsoft keynote in his chief architect role were rather underwhelming, partner in crime Jack Vaughan caught one interesting detail that was latched onto by Michael Meehan this week: that Microsoft’s forthcoming Microsoft SOA strategy would indeed embrace Unified Modeling Language (UML) as its core modeling language.
Tony Baer, 17 Jun 2008

Nokia opens doors to Download Store

After 9 months of beta testing, and numerous software versions, Nokia has decided that what punters really want is a website where they can browse and buy software, though the latter part isn't possible as yet.
Bill Ray, 17 Jun 2008

Dell guns for more European channel love

Dell yesterday launched its top tier Certified Partner program in the hope of picking up much-needed sales from the indirect SME, server and storage market.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jun 2008

UK.gov could be left out of EU passenger data scheme

The Government's hard line on the collection and use of information on travellers could isolate it within Europe and leave it with less information than other states, a parliamentary committee has warned.
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Jun 2008

Asus announces 'first ever' overclocked GeForce GTX 280

Asus has followed yesterday's Nvidia GTX announcement by unveiling what it claims is the world's first factory-overclocked graphics cards based on the new GPUs.
Tony Smith, 17 Jun 2008

NHS orders mass keyboard clean-up

If you’ve read the reports about the average office keyboard being dirtier than a toilet seat, you may want to take a leaf out of the NHS’ book. The healthcare body has ordered thousands of specialist germ-resistant keyboards.
James Sherwood, 17 Jun 2008

Bosch, Siemens: Vorsprung durch kinder und technik

Remorseless Teutonic engineering firms, already desperate for engineering talent and seeing worse times ahead, have now moved their recruitment efforts into the kindergarten. Companies such as Bosch and Siemens believe that the post-industrial rot has now gone so deep that children must be put on the hard and righteous path at the pre-school stage.
Lewis Page, 17 Jun 2008

Deployment bug mars Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has posted a workaround for a bug that left some enterprises unable to apply the latest patch Tuesday update.
John Leyden, 17 Jun 2008

Asus Eee PC 901 Linux Edition

ReviewIt's ten quid cheaper but packs in more features. Hot on the heels of Asus Eee PC 900 comes the 901, sporting not only a smart new design but also Intel's Atom processor. So is it the machine the 900 should have been?
Tony Smith, 17 Jun 2008

Nokia's E series duo mean business

Nokia could be seeking out BlackBerry fans with its latest E series phones, one of which is a dead ringer for the established email-oriented handset.
James Sherwood, 17 Jun 2008

Lesbians like straight men, researchers find

A study at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm has provided strong evidence that sexuality is a biologically fixed trait demonstrated in physical brain differences, New Scientist reports.
Lester Haines, 17 Jun 2008

Adobe frightens Wall St with on-target results

Adobe injected a note of nervousness into the tech investment community yesterday as it set third quarter financial targets at the lower end of some analysts’ estimates and its CEO said a naughty word.
Joe Fay, 17 Jun 2008

Crazy coders enable full-screen Crysis play on Eee PC

Think Asus' elfin Eee PC isn't up to a quick Crysis or Quake 4 session? Its meagre Intel integrated graphic chip could never deliver anything but sub-zero frame rates? Think again - it can.
Tony Smith, 17 Jun 2008

Mother pleads not guilty in cyber-bullying suicide test case

A Missouri woman alleged to have set up a fake MySpace account to taunt a teenage girl, who later committed suicide, has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and accessing a protected computer to obtain information used to inflict emotional distress.
Christopher Williams, 17 Jun 2008

YouTube admits ad impasse

SupernovaMany have argued that online video will satisfy the world's advertisers in ways that traditional television never could. With online video, the pundits proclaim, channels are infinite, and you can choose whatever you like whenever you want it. That means advertisers know exactly what you're interested in - and they can serve you the perfect ad.
Cade Metz, 17 Jun 2008

NHS chief explains NPfIT delays

The chief executive of the National Health Service has told MPs that complexity and customisation have been the main causes in delaying England's National Programme for IT.
Kablenet, 17 Jun 2008

Sony Ericsson flashes 8.1Mp snapper phone

Sony Ericsson has blurred the line between handsets and compact cameras even further, with the unveiling of an 8.1-megapixel phone-camera... no... camera-phone... er...
James Sherwood, 17 Jun 2008
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Microsoft chases satnav market

Microsoft has announced a new iteration of Windows Embedded, this time targeted at satellite navigation hardware, although it sneaks in a sideshow capability to keep the Windows Vista connection alive.
Bill Ray, 17 Jun 2008

Henry Nicholas III pleads not guilty to options, drugs charges

Henry Nicholas III pleaded not guilty yesterday to a stack of charges ranging from stock options backdating to distributing illegal drugs.
Joe Fay, 17 Jun 2008

Sony launches understated telly line

Sony has opted for a less intrusive design in its latest Bravia range, which the electronics giant claims blends understated lines and gently-rounded curves to create a telly that, well, sits comfortably in your living room.
James Sherwood, 17 Jun 2008

DARPA working on T-ray spyeye spectacle tech

Pentagon boffinry chiefs have sprung aboard the terahertz technology bandwagon which has been gathering speed in recent times.
Lewis Page, 17 Jun 2008

Microsoft's searches for European ad clicks

Microsoft today unveiled plans to speed up investments in Live Search just days after Google and Yahoo! agreed to an online ads love-in that left Redmond spitting feathers.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jun 2008

Stray left foot washes up on Vancouver beach

Canadian police are probing a possible link between a left foot which washed up yesterday on a beach near Vancouver and four right feet which have since last year similarly made landfall on the coast of British Columbia, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 17 Jun 2008
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ITU calls for single child helpline

UN telco branch the International Telecommunications Union has called on member nations to standardise their child helpline numbers, to help jet-setting children remember who to call.
Bill Ray, 17 Jun 2008
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MySpace wins $6m judgment against Spam King

Self-styled former spam king Scott Richter has been ordered to pay MySpace $6m over allegations he blitzed users of the social networking website with junk mail messages sent from hijacked accounts.
John Leyden, 17 Jun 2008

MoD proposes Salisbury Plain spy-plane droid playground

The UK Ministry of Defence wants to expand the airspace it uses for training flying-robot surveillance operators from the British Army. Drone aircraft formerly flew mainly above traditional army exercise areas on Salisbury Plain, but next-gen kit will need to be higher up and further away from the ground action if training is to be realistic.
Lewis Page, 17 Jun 2008

Brown pledges annual commons debate on surveillance

Gordon Brown today accepted MP’s recommendations for an annual report and debate on the state of UK surveillance in a speech which rejected charges that the government’s increasing use of high-tech surveillance compromises British citizens' liberties.
Joe Fay, 17 Jun 2008

Gamers love in-game ads, ad industry-sponsored survey reveals

Sony has only just given the green light on advertisements in videogames, but a study’s already found that the vast majority of gamers really don’t mind being barraged by sales slogans during gameplay.
James Sherwood, 17 Jun 2008
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CherryPal out sweetens Apple with 2W, ultra-cheap PC

Here’s how you to get to CherryPal. Gather up all of the hot technology buzzwords – cloud computing, going green, communities – and mush them together into something about the size of sandwich.
Ashlee Vance, 17 Jun 2008

Sub-£100 Eee rival ship date slips

Elonex's eagerly anticipated sub-£100 laptop will appear later than expected. Originally touted to turn up this month, the would-be Eee PC beater may now not appear until September.
Tony Smith, 17 Jun 2008

Tory trash talk fails to halt bin bugging plans

The UK government has green-lighted microchip wheelie bin pilot schemes despite one council calling for the technology to be scrapped because it “failed to work” under test conditions.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jun 2008

Cell-based GPU zaps laptop batteries, admits Toshiba

ExclusiveToshiba has announced a pair of laptops that use its Cell-based SpursEngine graphics chip. But don't expect the chip to work when the notebook's on the road - SpursEngine consumes too much power, Register Hardware can reveal.

USAF ramps up kill-bot fleet following Gates sackings

US defence secretary Robert Gates has ordered further reinforcements for America's aerial killer robot flotillas patrolling the skies of Southwest Asia, according to reports. Gates' freedom to assign the extra drones is widely being seen as following on from his recent firing of top US Air Force chiefs, possibly inclined to drag their feet on the deployment of unmanned aircraft to support troops on the ground.
Lewis Page, 17 Jun 2008

Thief swipes cabinet minister's laptop from Salford office

Gordon Brown’s government has lost another batch of sensitive information, this time courtesy of one of his own cabinet ministers.
Joe Fay, 17 Jun 2008

Firefox 3 Download Day falls flat on face

UpdatedFirefox 3 Download Day began with a PR fiasco. For almost two hours after it was supposed to kick off servers were down and Mozilla Foundation websites either unavailable or publishing html error messages.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jun 2008

Social networks may be imaginary

SupernovaEric Bonabeau doesn't mince words. "A lot of this talk about the social graph," he says, "is crap."
Cade Metz, 17 Jun 2008

AMD's new Firestream chip tops 1 teraflop

The latest round of graphics card dueling between AMD and Nvidia isn't just over high-end gamers. The vendors will also exchange blows for the hearts and wallets of your friendly neighborhood medical imagers, seismic modelers, and computational fluid dynamicists.
Austin Modine, 17 Jun 2008

AP may have to take on entire blogosphere

A major news agency has claimed that a blog's quotation of its stories is copyright infringement and has demanded they be taken down in a case which could redraw the lines of acceptable blog behaviour.
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Jun 2008

There's a lot of sizzle with this STEC

AnalysisFor HDD manufacturers the whirlwind, the silicon sandstorm, has literally come out of the desert, the Iranian desert as it happens. In the shape of STEC, a booming Californian company with greatness being thrust upon it, the hard disk drive (HDD) triumvirate of Hitachi GST, Seagate and Western Digital face the biggest disruption they could imagine with, potentially, their products being replaced by flash memory-based solid state disks (SSD).
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2008
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Red Hat moves JBoss to Amazon's cloud

Red Hat is now brewing its JBoss Java application server on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), marking the company's second round of making code available as an online pay-as-you-go service.
Austin Modine, 17 Jun 2008

Google keeps killing penguins for money

CommentOn the grand list of things that Google cares about killing penguins to save a few bucks ranks higher than making the world a greener place.
Ashlee Vance, 17 Jun 2008
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Acceleware creates beastly GPU-based cluster

Hot on the heels of Nvidia's latest Tesla hardware unveiling, high performance computing partner Acceleware is cramming stacks of the graphics cards into new kit.
Austin Modine, 17 Jun 2008

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