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FDA clears edible medical sensor for human consumption

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially cleared edible computers to be used in medical applications for monitoring patient health.
Iain Thomson, 01 Aug 2012

Nexus Q preorders halted, price dropped to $0

Google has stopped taking orders for its spherical Nexus Q streaming-media player, but customers who have already preordered the device will still be getting theirs, albeit at a much lower price: free.
Neil McAllister, 01 Aug 2012
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Metronode opens eco-friendly data centre for Victoria

Leighton’s data centre subsidiary Metronode has opened its second wholesale data centre in Melbourne.
Natalie Apostolou, 01 Aug 2012
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New version of Chrome can WATCH and LISTEN

Google now has technology that could allow ads that offer classes to correct your posture, thanks to features in a new stable version of its Chrome browser.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Aug 2012

Apple foe Proview laughs off debts, ressurrects business

Apple’s Chinese IPAD trademark nemesis Proview is set to kick start yet another business venture, having managed to attract over 100 million yuan (£10m) in funding to launch an LED lighting and bio-energy firm.
Phil Muncaster, 01 Aug 2012

EMC, Lenovo, in servers alliance

EMC and Lenovo have announced a partnership that will see the pair create “a server technology development program that will accelerate and extend Lenovo’s capabilities in the x86 industry-standard server segment. These servers will be brought to market by Lenovo and embedded into selected EMC storage systems over time.”
Simon Sharwood, 01 Aug 2012
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Submarine cable plan sinks without trace

Pacific Fibre, a company formed to build a submarine cable linking the USA, New Zealand and Australia, has called it a day after failing to find the funds it needed to build the project.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Aug 2012
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Bribery claims call Chinese labour audits into question

Labour rights groups have warned a US Congressional hearing that severe flaws in the auditing process of technology production facilities in China threaten to undermine the efforts of big name tech brands to ensure their kit is produced in legal and humane conditions.
Phil Muncaster, 01 Aug 2012
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The Dragon 32 is 30

ArchaeologicThe Dragon 32, arguably the best-known and most-successful of the UK's early 1980s home computer also-rans, was introduced 30 years ago this month.
Tony Smith, 01 Aug 2012

ROBOTS battle bunker-buster bank blast blaggers

Aussies in the city of Perth have been left shaken by a wave of potentially deadly "bunker-buster" style terror explosions at ATMs as a crew of blaggers blast the machines open to rinse them of cash. Local cops, rattled by the devastating outrage rampage, have deployed police robots to battle the menace.
Lewis Page, 01 Aug 2012

BT charged rivals 'unjustified' prices to use network – Appeals Court

The prices that BT charged rivals to access parts of its network to provide services to their subscribers were not justified, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
OUT-LAW.COM, 01 Aug 2012

Blighty's coolest mapper will flog its stuff to global buyers

Ordnance Survey (OS) is launching an international service intended to make its expertise about data collection and maintenance, product development and geospatial data management available to overseas governments.
Government Computing, 01 Aug 2012

LOHAN breathes fire in REHAB

VidWe're delighted – and somewhat relieved – to announce that last weekend we finally persuaded a solid rocket motor to fire at a simulated altitude of 76,500ft (23,300m).
Lester Haines, 01 Aug 2012

Linux lessons for Hadoop doubters

Open ... and ShutWhile Hadoop is all the rage in the technology media today, it has barely scratched the surface of enterprise adoption. In fact, if anything, we are still only on the first few steps of the Big Data marathon, a race that Hadoop seems set to win despite its many shortcomings.
Matt Asay, 01 Aug 2012

Systemax files $2.2m losses as US shoppers stay home

Systemax was hit by Q2 losses as continued strong trading in its business-to-business operation in Europe was more than offset by US shoppers' reluctance to part with cash, the reseller giant confirmed late last night.
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2012
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Lords call for the end of TV transmissions

The UK House of Lords has recommended ending broadcast television and re-allocating for mobile data usage the spectrum currently used to transmit digital TV signals.
Tony Smith, 01 Aug 2012
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Rackspace wolfs down own OpenStack dog food

Rackspace Hosting, the service provider that helped launch the open source OpenStack cloud controller along with NASA's Ames Research Center two years ago, has finally become its own OpenStack Fanatic. Rackspace has now gone live with the Nova compute cloud controller and other elements of OpenStack behind its production Cloud Servers infrastructure cloud.

RBS must realise it's just an IT biz with a banking licence

AnalysisBanks need to start thinking of themselves as IT companies, said David Chan of City University London.
Anna Leach, 01 Aug 2012

Now French watchdog wants to look at Google's slurped Wi-Fi data

Google has been ordered by France's Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) to hand over payload data retained on the company's system that its Street View spycars slurped from unsecured Wi-Fi networks.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Aug 2012

Beak explodes at Samsung's evidence leak in Apple patent spat

Samsung has enraged the US judge overseeing its patent battle with Apple by leaking to reporters evidence she had previously banned from court.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 01 Aug 2012

Murdoch's fondleslab epaper axes 50 staff

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has announced that its tableted news publication The Daily will be axing 50 staff members in cost-cutting moves.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 01 Aug 2012
Nintendo 3DS XL

Slim debut sales for fatter Nintendo 3DS

The 3DS XL was picked up by less than 10,000 UK punters following its British debut this past Saturday, underlining the decline handheld consoles have experienced over the years.
Caleb Cox, 01 Aug 2012

Dropbox blames staffer's password reuse for spam flood breach

Web attic Dropbox has admitted spammers got hold of its users' email addresses after an employee reused his or her work password on a website that was subsequently hacked.
John Leyden, 01 Aug 2012

Microsoft: MED-V won't help you escape WinXP end-of-life

Slipping Windows XP inside Microsoft's Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) to get around the PC operating system's end-of-life date won't work.
Gavin Clarke, 01 Aug 2012
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Wintel takes kicking from Apple, market share at all-time low

Wintel's grip on the PC market has dropped to an all-time low due to the encroachment of Apple's seemingly unbeatable iPad.
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2012

Higgs boson chasers: Now only 1-in-300 MILLION chance we're wrong

CERN boffins are growing in confidence that the particle they spotted in the latest data from their Large Hadron Collider is indeed a Higgs boson.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 01 Aug 2012

Google falls for Web2.0 smoke signals from Wildfire

Google has bought Web2.0 marketing startup Wildfire for an undisclosed sum.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Aug 2012

Hulu, Apple TV deal sparks fanboi Glee glee

Apple TV won't get a wall-sized Siri-controlled LCD screen that punters predicted a few months ago, but the little black box will get some telly from Hulu.
Anna Leach, 01 Aug 2012
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Smutty books strip Harry Potter of Amazon crown

EL James' over-hyped bonkbuster trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey, has become the best-selling book ever on Amazon UK, stealing the title from JK Rowling's seven-novel Harry Potter collection.
Caleb Cox, 01 Aug 2012

SHEEP NEED TWITTER, insist my noble Lords

AnalysisA House of Lords committee this week declared that British taxpayers must foot the bill for an internet that nobody wants - unless perhaps they have a second home in the country.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Aug 2012

If Hotmail was a person it could have kids now. But it would be a crime

SketchIt's a slow day on the tech-news desk in the temporary Olympic capital of the world, London. But, with proper IT news being in short supply, more than one starving blogger has been forced to resort to writing a "my first pony" story about Hotmail, now that it's turning into Outlook.com.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Aug 2012
MR James

M.R. James, master of the ghost story, was born 150 years ago

British writer of ghost stories - and arguably one of the genre's finest storytellers - MR James, was born 150 years ago today.
Tony Smith, 01 Aug 2012
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Apple iPad fondlers are about to enter a THIRD DIMENSION

Apple has designed three-dimensional touch technology so iPad fanbois can "pull" virtual 3D objects off the tablet screen.
Anna Leach, 01 Aug 2012

Juniper Network pushes button, exits two distributors

Juniper Networks has given Computerlinks and Azlan their marching orders following a review of the UK distributor line-up, leaving it with Arrow ECS, Avnet TS and Westcon.
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2012
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Lenovo iPad-smiting Windows 8 slate slips out

You'd never have guessed this, but Lenovo will be shipping a ThinkPad-branded tablet running Windows 8 when Microsoft's next major OS release comes out. Still, we do no have details.
Tony Smith, 01 Aug 2012

Commtouch gulps down Icelandic anti-virus pioneer FRISK

FRISK, one of the early pioneers in anti-virus technology, has been acquired by Commtouch. Terms of the deal, announced Wednesday, were undisclosed.
John Leyden, 01 Aug 2012

Lenovo: 'Us, buy Nokia? Surely you jest'

Lenovo's EMEA chief Gianfranco Lanci has laughed off suggestions that the Chinese computer giant would buy out flailing phone-maker Nokia, dismissing the idea as a "joke".
Anna Leach, 01 Aug 2012

Speaking in Tech: We grill EMC's Mr VMWare

Team Register, 01 Aug 2012
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Microsoft RTMs final Windows 8 and Server 2012 code

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 8 and Server 2012 have gone RTM and the final code is now in the hands of OEMs, ready to be tested and installed onto new systems.
Iain Thomson, 01 Aug 2012

Outlook.com launch a gold rush for jokers, spammers

AnalysisMicrosoft's servers have been going bonkers processing account requests for its newly launched Outlook.com webmail service, but there's plenty of evidence to suggest that Redmond's Gmail competitor may be less of a breakout success than it would have us believe.
Neil McAllister, 01 Aug 2012

AMD poaches Keller from Apple's mobile chip team

Jim Keller, formerly director of the platform architecture group at Apple, has become the newest recruit to AMD as part of CEO Rory Read's recent talent buying spree.
Iain Thomson, 01 Aug 2012
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RMIT serves up video tagging at Olympics London sportfest

The Australian Olympic badminton team has been perfecting its moves using a video tagging and tracking platform developed by RMIT University.
Natalie Apostolou, 01 Aug 2012

Nokia shutters Qt Brisbane office

Australian Qt developers are the latest to feel the bite of Nokia’s decline, with the Finnish company deciding to shutter the operation’s Brisbane outpost.
Richard Chirgwin, 01 Aug 2012
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AGIMO issues invitation to cloud party

The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has made two significant cloud-related announcements.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Aug 2012

Judge: Oracle must remain on Itanic

A California court has ruled that Oracle is contractually obligated to produce software for Hewlett-Packard's Itanium-based servers and must continue to do so for as long as HP sells them.
Neil McAllister, 01 Aug 2012

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