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Quanta sues AMD over dodgy chips

Taiwanese manufacturer Quanta has sued AMD, claiming that dodgy processors it used in NEC notebooks couldn’t handle the heat.
Iain Thomson, 05 Jan 2012
Ferguson Hill FH009 home theatre system

Ferguson Hill FH009 home theatre system

ReviewIf you’ve ever considered bolting a hulking great stereo system onto your TV, then make a beeline for Ferguson Hill. Its FH009 could be just thing you're looking for.
Steve May, 05 Jan 2012

Vomit virus drives punters to NHS Choices over Christmas

The Department of Health (DoH) has reported a 56 per cent increase in the number of people using NHS Choices in October to December 2011 compared to the same period last year.

KIBOSH 'non lethal' sticky-bomb hits a car, fills it with gas

US special operations troops will shortly be armed with a projectile which can be fired from a portable launcher to hit a car or boat some distance off, following which the pocket-size adhesive bomb will release one of several types of "non lethal" gas into the target's interior. The new weapon has been dubbed the "KIBOSH" by the secret super-troopers' procurement office.
Lewis Page, 05 Jan 2012

Sites knocked offline by OpenDNS freeze on Google

Innocent websites were blocked and labelled phishers on Wednesday following an apparent conflict between OpenDNS and Google's Content Delivery Network (CDN).
Gavin Clarke, 05 Jan 2012
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Sleep Cycle

iOS App of the WeekPerhaps it’s a sign of the troubled times we live in but I’ve noticed a recent rash of gadgets and apps, such as the Jawbone Up, that are designed to monitor – and hopefully improve – your sleep patterns.
Cliff Joseph, 05 Jan 2012

LG preps '14in screen in 13in chassis' Ultrabook

LG announced its Z330 Ultrabook early in December 2011. Today, it said it will be showing the MacBook Air-like machine off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) - along with a second, unannounced Ultrabook.
Tony Smith, 05 Jan 2012

Microsoft de-cloaks Windows 8 push-button lifesaver

Microsoft has revealed how the Windows 8 push-button reset feature should save dying PCs when it hits beta in the coming weeks and is delivered this year.
Gavin Clarke, 05 Jan 2012

Google tablet to tackle Kindle Fire not iPad

The latest scuttlebutt from Taiwan: Google's rumoured tablet will now take on Amazon's 7in Kindle Fire rather than attempt to loosen Apple's tight hold on the market.
Tony Smith, 05 Jan 2012

US lawmakers claim Huawei sold censor tech to Iran

US lawmakers are calling on the State Department to investigate whether or not Chinese tech firm Huawei has violated sanctions by supplying monitoring technology to Iran.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 05 Jan 2012
HP Omni 27 all-in-one desktop PC

HP unveils touchscreenless all-in-one desktop PC

HP has taken the wraps off its first 27in all-in-one, dubbed the Omni 27.
Hard Reg, 05 Jan 2012
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Fujifilm springs into action with fresh FinePix range

Fujifilm clicked off 2012 with the release of 17 fresh FinePix digital cameras, which'll be on show at CES next week.
Caleb Cox, 05 Jan 2012

Boffins glue self-righting ROBO-VELOCIRAPTOR tail to car

Biologists at the University of California in Berkeley have stuck an intelligent robotic tail on a toy car in an attempt to make clumsy droids of the future more stable.
Anna Leach, 05 Jan 2012

Amazon Kindle Fire browser hacked for your Android pleasure

Hackers have managed to get Amazon's proxy-based Silk browser compiled into other Android versions, allowing anyone* to take advantage of the Amazon cloud.
Bill Ray, 05 Jan 2012
Apple iMac

Punters flocked to all-in-one desktops in 2011

The all-in-one desktop PC market is booming, with world sales up 39 per cent during 2011.
Tony Smith, 05 Jan 2012

Man convicted of murder gets retrial after virus eats transcripts

A US man who had been convicted on a second-degree murder charge will get a new trial after a computer virus destroyed transcripts of court proceedings.
John Leyden, 05 Jan 2012
Asus Zenbook UX31E

Ultrabook, tablet shipments to surge

Market watcher DisplaySearch has forecast Ultrabook shipments of around 180m units in 2017 with a steep upward curve through previous years.
Tony Smith, 05 Jan 2012

2012: The year when smartphones become smart?

Today's smartphones look the part, but behind the pretty face there's very little in the way of intelligence. However, in 2012 that might start to change as smartphones start to get really smart...
Bill Ray, 05 Jan 2012
Kobo Vox e-reader

WHSmith Kobo Vox e-reader

ReviewSo you’ve been tempted by an e-book reader but the brouhaha surrounding the Amazon Kindle Fire launch in the States has confused you. A colour screen must be better, right? But will it ever come to the UK? If you really can’t wait, rival e-book reader manufacturer has stolen a march on Amazon and released a gadget that looks just like the Fire.
David Phelan, 05 Jan 2012
Consoles & Gadgets Xbox 360 Rapid Fire Controller

Xbox 720 to double-up as a DVR

The Xbox 720 rumour mill has picked up again this year after patents surfaced which suggest Microsoft's next console may also operate as a digital video recorder, fusing telly, film and gaming into a single entertainment hub.
Caleb Cox, 05 Jan 2012
The northern giant mouse lemur and its improbably large testicles. Pic: Melanie Seiler

'Mobiles bake men's balls' bog ad is cobblers - new ruling

The anti-phone brigade has been ticked off by the Advertising Standards Authority for running posters declaring that a phone in blokes' jeans could ruin their genes.
Bill Ray, 05 Jan 2012
Logitech Cube wireless mouse

Logitech outs tiny mouse, laser pointer

Yes, it's not actually cubic, but that hasn't stopped Logitech calling its latest mouse-cum-laser pointer the Cube, set to be shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week.
Hard Reg, 05 Jan 2012
Darth Vader burger

Fast food firm fields Sith sandwich

With bellies still recovering from festive banquets, feasting your eyes on these Star Wars snacks could be enough to put you off food for life. But we've never been one to hold back on news to make you squirm.
Caleb Cox, 05 Jan 2012

Siri bones up on Mandarin for iPhone 4S China launch

The Chinese will be able to buy an iPhone 4S from 13 January and should be able to speak to it too as Apple flings the shiny mobe into 90 countries.
Bill Ray, 05 Jan 2012

SEC: 'Man tried to sell $500bn investments on LinkedIn'

US regulators have charged a financial advisor with trying to sell $500bn of fake securities on LinkedIn, amid warnings to investors and advisory firms about the risks of buying through social networks.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 05 Jan 2012

Gamers grumble over Steam outage

Steam users are venting frustration at Valve after an outage stopped gamers from accessing their downloaded titles.
Caleb Cox, 05 Jan 2012

Govt tells science to budge up for arts at new hi-tech uni

Science and universities minister David Willetts wants to start a new technology university, pretty much following what Eric Schmidt said about mixing up the arts and sciences.
Anna Leach, 05 Jan 2012

Dammit Ramnit! Worm slurps 45,000 Facebook passwords

A bank account-raiding worm has started spreading on Facebook, stealing login credentials as it creeps across the site, security researchers have revealed.
John Leyden, 05 Jan 2012

Ad slingers - obeying EU snoop code is NOT GOOD ENOUGH

Website operators that track internet users' online activity in order to serve targeted adverts do not automatically comply with EU privacy laws by following the industry code. This is according to a committee of all of the EU's national data protection regulators.
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 Jan 2012

Apple coughs $5m for multitouch patents

Following more than 30 months of argument, Elan Microelectronics has announced that Apple will be paying it $5m for use of its multitouch patents.
Bill Ray, 05 Jan 2012
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Cray's Q4 whacked by AMD's Opteron delays

Cray is going to miss its revenue targets for the fourth quarter, the company warned Wall Street this morning before the markets opened, and it has pointed its finger (without naming names) directly at its main processor supplier, Advanced Micro Devices, as the cause of the miss.
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Sony Ericsson hints at major CES product launch

Sony Ericsson is preparing to announce something big at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week, it has been hinting.
Caleb Cox, 05 Jan 2012

Nokia: There will be NO smartphone division selloff to Microsoft

Rumours that Nokia is about to sell its smartphone division to Microsoft and that CEO Stephen Elop will jump after closing the deal have been denied yet again by the Finnish phone-makers.
Anna Leach, 05 Jan 2012

B&N mulls spinning off Nook biz

US bookseller Barnes & Noble is considering spinning off its Nook e-reader business into a separate entity as it forecast a drop in full-year earnings.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 05 Jan 2012

iOS 5's iMessage chops carrier SMS routing traffic

Apple's iMessage may be killing text messaging - or the text messaging revenues made by network operators, at least.
Tony Smith, 05 Jan 2012

Gartner chops 2012 IT spending forecast

The spreadsheet wizards at Gartner have finished gazing into their crystal LCD monitors and have put out their first projection for global IT spending in 2012. The good news is that despite hard disk shortages and a PC and server slowdown, 2011 spending across hardware, software, and services was higher than expected. The bad news is that growth will be slowing in the coming year thanks to the Eurozone debt crisis and the ongoing shortages of hard drives.

Official: File-sharing is a religion... in Sweden

Sweden has acknowledged that online file-sharing can be deemed a religion, after campaigners fought to get their cause recognised for more than a year.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Jan 2012

Vint Cerf: 'The internet is not a human right'

Vint Cerf is warning that people who insist that the internet is some sort of human or civil right are missing the point.
Iain Thomson, 05 Jan 2012

Kodak heading to Chapter 11

AnalysisIt's not what you'd call a Kodak moment: Eastman Kodak, the very image of film-based photography, is heading for the Chapter 11 knackers yard because its management, despite the most visible and public threat imaginable from digital photography, has failed to get Kodak out of the digital trap.
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2012

Etrade suffers DDOS festive treat

ANZ Bank-owned online broker ETrade, has been the target of a sustained malicious offshore generated cyber attack.
Natalie Apostolou, 05 Jan 2012

Boffins demo time-warp cloaking device

A team of scientists at Cornell University in the US has demonstrated a way to bend light in such a way that it effectively hides an event from happening – what they call a "spatio-temporal cloaking" scheme.
Iain Thomson, 05 Jan 2012

UNSW researcher creates four-atom silicon wires

Researchers at the University of New South Wales have created what the uni thinks is the narrowest-ever silicon conducting wire.
Richard Chirgwin, 05 Jan 2012

Hearst bets on digital

Hearst Magazines has committed to a target of gaining more than a million paid digital subscribers via iTunes, Zinio, Nook, Amazon and Next Issue Media.
Natalie Apostolou, 05 Jan 2012
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Broadcom uncloaks zippy '5G WiFi' chippery

As promised, communications chipmeister Broadcom has announced its first family of chips based on the still-unratified high-speed 5G WiFi standard more prosaically known as IEEE 802.11ac.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Jan 2012

Cisco enlists NCR in Middle East, Africa server push

Hoping to get a bigger slice of the server racket in the Middle East and Africa – you know, the part of EMEA that is still showing some signs of life – Cisco Systems has tapped The Cash to peddle its Unified Computing System blade and rack servers.

Parasites spark swarm of zombie bees

Researchers have found a type of parasite that turns bees into zombies, causing them to exhibit strange behavior before dying.
Iain Thomson, 05 Jan 2012

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