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YOYOTech claims new PC is fastest in the world

YOYOTech claims new PC is fastest in the world

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For £3995, you could be the proud owner of what is being mooted as the world's fastest PC. The YOYOTech Fi7EPOWER MLK1610 has walloped previous models using the peak integer rate test with its score of 130. The title of the world's fastest machine was... >>

OCZ launches its first 15-inch gaming laptop

OCZ launches its first 15-inch gaming laptop

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OCZ has unveiled a 15-inch gaming notebook based on the Intel Centrino 2 platform. Why this machine is different is it is part of the company's DIY range - the idea for which is users get to "spec their own systems for their own applications", as explains... >>

Chinese woman claims Asus had her locked up

Chinese woman claims Asus had her locked up

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This must be the most curious story of the year to date. A Chinese woman is claiming that she was jailed for complaining about faults with her Asus laptop. According to the Beijing Times, Huang Jing bought her ASUS V6800V notebook in February 2006. She... >>

Verizon given go ahead for Alltel buy-out

Verizon given go ahead for Alltel buy-out

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The US Department of Justice has given Verizon the all-clear for its $28 billion purchase of Alltel. The deal will see Verizon overtake rival AT&T as the largest wireless carrier in the US of A. The DoJ agreed the deal but under the condition that Verizon... >>

Circuit City closing 155 stores

Circuit City closing 155 stores

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The American retail chain Circuit City has been hard hit by the credit crunch and has admitted it is going to have to shut down 155 stores. The retailer, which had an unsolicited, and eventually unsuccessful, takeover bid from Blockbuster earlier this... >>

Firms urge Gov to do more on cybercrime

Firms urge Gov to do more on cybercrime

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Recent research has revealed that UK businesses have little faith in the government to protect them from rising cybercrime. Nearly 60% of those quizzed by the Corporate IT Forum said that they didn't think the police were equipped to properly deal with... >>

French vote to punish illegal downloaders

French vote to punish illegal downloaders

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It was rejected by the EU, but the French government has got one step closer to bringing in a "three strikes and you're out" policy towards internet surfers who download copyright material. The French Senate has now voted overwhelmingly in favour of the... >>

Ubuntu launches Intrepid Ibex

Ubuntu launches Intrepid Ibex

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Ubuntu version 8.10, or Intrepid Ibex, is now available for download. Key updates include native support for 3G networks as well as support for an array of inbuilt devices and external dongles. "Ubuntu 8.10 sees us lay the groundwork for a radically different,... >>

Virgin Atlantic staff sacked over Facebook rant

Virgin Atlantic staff sacked over Facebook rant

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Virgin Atlantic has sacked 13 cabin crew after they posted less than complimentary comments about the airline and its passengers on Facebook. The airline launched an investigation following on from allegations that the staff in question had used Facebook... >>

BSkyB bids for Tiscali

BSkyB bids for Tiscali

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There were rumours that Italian firm Tiscali was going to sell off its UK broadband business way back in March. By May, the contenders were lining up and The Carphone Warehouse was at the top of the list of possibles with a £550m bid. Days after the... >>

IBM tries to stop exec joining Apple

IBM tries to stop exec joining Apple

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IBM is trying to prevent a top exec from moving across to Apple, and is going as far as to threaten legal action. Mark Papermaster, who was vice president of IBM's Blade Development unit up until recently, had worked 26 years at the company. However,... >>

Western Digital launches WD TV

Western Digital launches WD TV

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Western Digital, best known for its storage drives, has now come up with a new solution for home cinema fans. WD TV is a media player that turns files from USB drives, digital cameras, camcorders and portable media players into HD content. It plays music,... >>

O2 revamps broadband offering

O2 revamps broadband offering

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O2 has responded to feedback from broadband users and made some changes to its packages. According to the research by One-Poll, one in ten mobile broadband users feel they have been mis-sold on what they were being offered. What's bothering us? The main... >>

COMMENT: False accusations fly over games downloads

COMMENT: False accusations fly over games downloads

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Games developers, software manufacturers and the music industry are all getting tougher on illegal downloads. Microsoft wanted us all to be waving flags on 21 October - a day it declared Global Anti-Piracy Day (did you remember?) - whilst there have been... >>

Intel predicting product delays

Intel predicting product delays

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It seems that every company in the tech world is going to be affected by the global financial slowdown after all. Intel has warned that its business will be affected not only by the fact that people are spending less, but also because some key suppliers... >>

Universities crack down on Facebook plagiarism

Universities crack down on Facebook plagiarism

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University students are apparently using social networking websites like Facebook to copy each other's work. The consultancy Plagiarism Advice has urged universities to rework their plagiarism policies with "internet working in mind", reflecting how much... >>

Garlik says "Wild West" web getting worse

Garlik says "Wild West" web getting worse

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The FBI have said it, internet security experts have said it, and now another voice has added to those concerned about rising online crime. Garlik - the online fraud investigators, who have offices on both sides of the Atlantic, have released a report... >>

WD Passport Studio drives gets FireWire 800

WD Passport Studio drives gets FireWire 800

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Western Digital (WD) has added a FireWire 800 interface to its Passport Studio portable drive. Thr drive is now claimed to be ideal for use with the new Apple MacBook Pros. The Passport Studio portable drives offer up to 500 GB of storage capacity, are... >>

Google and Yahoo could walk away from ad deal

Google and Yahoo could walk away from ad deal

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There are investigations on-going in the States and Europe, and mounting opposition, including concerns from US politicians, but it seemed Google and Yahoo were determined to push ahead with a controversial ad sharing deal. But now the Wall Street Journal... >>

Mobile handset sales stall worldwide

Mobile handset sales stall worldwide

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At the beginning of this year, phone sales were set to increase worldwide a very respectable 11% according to Gartner. But, come October, analysts everywhere were slashing their forecasts to reflect the world economic downturn. Gartner, however, was still... >>

Vodafone loses out in ASA ruling

Vodafone loses out in ASA ruling

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The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld three complaints made about a recent ad campaign by Vodafone. The complaints related to ads promoting the company's mobile broadband service. In particular, they included the boast: "The fastest, most reliable... >>

RoadSync Version 4.0 launched by DataViz

RoadSync Version 4.0 launched by DataViz

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DataViz has rehauled its Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync client, RoadSync 4.0. This tool now includes support for HTML email, Tasks and Contact Photos. The software brings Exchange ActiveSync connectivity to all Samsung, LG and Nokia phones based on the... >>

Monotype and Vodafone launch Flipfont app

Monotype and Vodafone launch Flipfont app

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So this has got to be one for graphic designers, or in fact, anyone who has an obsession with being different. US developer Monotype Imaging has teamed up with Vodafone UK to launch FlipFont. This tool allows you to personalise the mobile user interface... >>

Motorola confirms Android ambitions

Motorola confirms Android ambitions

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Motorola needs to save some money, co-chief executive, Sanjay Jha, has admitted to the Wall Street Journal. The phone manufacturer is going to simplify how it makes devices, says Jha, and, as part of this, is going to stick with its plan of launching... >>

Yahoo and AOL do due diligence on deal

Yahoo and AOL do due diligence on deal

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They're not promising anything but Yahoo and AOL may be one step closer to a merger. The two companies have announced that they have started to do due diligence on a possible deal - to figure out what a merger could mean in terms of both money making... >>