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How to build your own Watson Jeopardy! supermachine
If you don't want your own Watson question-and-answer machine after watching the supercomputer whup the human race on Jeopardy! last week, you must be a lawyer. Only lawyers think they already have all the answers.
Debian 6: Have your Debian and eat your Ubuntu too
ReviewA new version of Debian was once cause for celebration in Linux circles - no doubt it still is in some quarters. Debian's offspring Ubuntu, though, has managed to steal much of the thunder lately.
EchoStar goes 2-way with Hughes acquisition
EchoStar is spending around $2bn to buy up Hughes Communications, adding fixed communications to the mobile acquisitions made by its subsidiary Dish Networks earlier this month.
Twitter cuts off two fat client apps
Twitter cut off two of its biggest client apps on Friday, only reconnecting them on Sunday after they had implemented unspecified changes to their code.
Chip maker cocks snook at Apple with IPAD family
You have to admire chip maker STMicroelectronics' cojones - or boggle at the company's seeming stupidity. It is promoting the word 'iPad' as both an acronym and a trademark.
Nissan readies ultra-low CO2 petrol engine for Micra
Nissan's presence at next month's Geneva Motor Show may be dominated by its Leaf e-car and ESFlow concept e-sportster, but it will also be unwrapping a petrol engine it claims will deliver the world's lowest carbon output.
Westboro Baptist Church taunts Anonymous over supposed attack plan
Westboro Baptist Church, the controversial church of God Hates Fags infamy, claims that the legions of Anonymous are planning to attack its website.
Mozilla ices Firefox 4 beta 12 release to nail final bugs
Mozilla looks set to miss its February deadline for the release of its forthcoming browser Firefox 4.
Who needs 600 friends when you're a bride of Christ?
A Spanish nun has been kicked out of her closed religious order after clocking up 600 friends on Facebook.
UK biz prejudiced against public sector staff
The Coalition government's hope that the private sector will soak up staff laid off from the public sector took a blow today from a survey showing more than half of UK businesses would not employ people from the public sector.
Passport office loses applications
The Identity and Passport Office (IPS) has been reprimanded by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) for losing 21 passport renewal forms.
Huawei drops 3Leaf buy
Chinese telecoms equipment manufacturer Huawei has withdrawn from its controversial takeover deal for US server firm 3Leaf Systems following objections from US politicians and regulators.
Motorola 'flagship' Honeycomb tablet to ship sans Flash
Will Brits who choose to splash out on Motorola's 10in Android tablet, Xoom, be able to view Adobe Flash-encoded content? Americans won't.
Microsoft flash research inspires EMC
EMC is using Microsoft research into flash use as a memory tier between DRAM and disk drives to speed up Data Domain deduplication.
Huawei to gift underground coverage to London
Huawei is apparently planning to give away the kit necessary to connect up the London tube, with O2 and Vodafone paying for installation the underground could be covered by the Olympics.
Bahrain Grand Prix may be postponed
UpdatedThe Bahrain Grand Prix is likely to be postponed until the end of the season following continuing protests against the government in the state.
Cowon D3 Plenue Android media player
ReviewLike it or loathe it the Apple iPod Touch continues to maintain its position as the default choice for punters after a touchscreen media player. The recent arrival of the Archos 43 came close to tipping it off its perch but the cost-saving resistive screen let it down and the least said about Samsung's Galaxy 50 Player the better.
Apple iOS dominates Euro smartphone usage
How have the great mobile operating systems been faring in the UK and Europe over the past year? Mobile internet access gives us a picture.
Top execs fly from Alibaba after supplier frauds
Two top execs at e-commerce giant Alibaba have taken the fall for alleged fraud by some of the suppliers on its platforms.
Exhibition to applaud videogames as art
There is an art to computer games which stretches beyond the act of skilful button bashers being gods at Ghosts & Goblins. A major exhibition will next year explore the evolution of videogames as an artistic medium.
CSR slots Zoran into connected future
Cambridge-based CSR is merging with the Californian Zoran Corporation, creating a top 10 fabless electronics company with chip designs for wireless connectivity and video processing.
Stay-at-home PayPal crook used stolen funds to buy gold bullion
A computer crook who swindled eBay customers out of more than £185,000 has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.
Facebook reviews smut policy after slave site uprising
Facebook has announced it is actively reviewing its policy of a total ban on all content relating to sexual activities.
Government defends need for census
The census director at the Office of National Statistics has said that the UK's national census remains incredibly important amid criticism from privacy groups about its effectiveness.
Software suppliers not ready for HMRC online tax filing system
UpdatedThe filing of corporate tax online is set to become mandatory in the UK in April this year, despite questions being raised about the implementation of the software underpinning the government's shift to the web.
Latvian film fan pops cap in loud popcorn eater
UpdatedLatvian cops cuffed a 27-year-old man on Saturday for allegedly popping a cap in a fellow cinemagoer for eating popcorn too loudly during a screening of Black Swan.
God-game creator granted Bafta gong
Lauded game designer Peter Molyneux is to become a Bafta Fellow at this year's British Academy Video Games Awards.
Facebook telly app wins £60k from Samsung
Samsung's Smart TV Challenge has been won by a telly-recommending Facebook-friendly app - although the public preferred the runner-up.
Sheep as smart as humans: Official
A Cambridge Uni prof has provocatively suggested that sheep aren't actually as thick as a Fair Isle woollen sweater, and can match humans in the tricky task of identifying food amid a confusion of buckets.
Nintendo celebrates Legend of Zelda silver anniversary
Twenty-five years ago today, The Legend of Zelda hit shelves in Japan and one of the most popular game franchises of all time was born.
Google threatens Chrome address bar with death
Google is exploring several "major" changes to the Chrome user interface, including a particularly compact user interface that actually hides the URL address bar when pages aren't loading.
Oracle debuts carrier-grade Sparc T3 servers
Oracle needs to protect and preserve the server business that Sun Microsystems built up with telecommunications firms and service providers. And that's why the company is moving its homegrown Sparc T3 processor into a new line of ruggedized, DC-powered Netra machines.
Flash drives dangerously hard to purge of sensitive data
In research that has important findings for banks, businesses and security buffs everywhere, scientists have found that computer files stored on solid state drives are sometimes impossible to delete using traditional disk-erasure techniques.
Apple 'greed' tax spreads beyond music, movies, magazines
Apple's recently enacted "give us 30 per cent of your subscription revenue" dictum is metastasizing beyond online magazines, newspapers, music services, and video apps, ensnaring at least one software-as-a-service app as well.
iiNet fattens up after eating Netspace and AAPT consumer arm
iiNet’s acquisition frenzy has delivered strong results for the Perth-based ISP, which produced revenue growth of 45 per cent to A$330m in its half-year results.
D-Link: Vendors can do more to support channels
Local gadget channels arguably suffer just as badly as bookstores from internet parallel importation. Showing off the company’s 2011 product range (first seen at CE) to customers and channel partners yesterday, D-Link’s Australian marketing director Maurice Famularo told El Reg the question of channel support is becoming very thorny for anyone addressing the consumer market.
Ethernet, Fibre Channel sales boom in Q4
Networking and telecom market watcher Dell'Oro Group says that shipments of 10 Gigabit Ethernet and 8 Gb/sec Fibre Channel adapters are booming. And, somewhat surprisingly, they're not eating into each other, despite the convergence of server and storage fabrics with Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) support on mny 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches.
Acer in alleged Chrome OS monitor plot
UpdatedUpdate: Heise has updated its story on the Acer DX241H to say that the PC will not run Chrome Os. It will merely be loaded with Google's Chrome browser.