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Comet has some explaining to do but so does Microsoft


The irony of Microsoft launching a legal action over illegal operating system recovery disks against UK retail chain Comet in the very week it announced a feature in Windows 8 that will render them largely obsolete deserves special mention. The...


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Hacker finds Lindsay Lohan Playboy pictures on P2P


A hacker claims to have found the entire Playboy magazine featuring nude images of celebrity Lindsay Lohan sitting on an Internet file-sharing website, it has been reported.In a story from Fox News, the unnamed Russian said he had discovered 200...


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Dell dumps Streak tablet and cools on Android


Dell has announced that it is dropping production of the Streak, the Android mini-tablet too few customers dented their plastic to the tune of $450 to buy.But is the Steak’s demise a reflection on Dell, on the Android OS it...


Tags: android, open source, tablet computer

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Windows 8 will struggle, analysts predict


Windows 8 offers so little to desktop and laptop users that few will bother to upgrade for some time, analyst IDC has said in a research note that suggests Microsoft has another XP situation in the making.In fact, the only...


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Gmail's offline mode rides again


Google has finally reintroduced Gmail’s offline mode that allows users work on emails while disconnected from the Internet. The same is promised in the coming days for Docs and Calendar.Based on the Gmail app for tablets introduced in April, offline...


Tags: gmail, google, google chrome, offline mode

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The crazy US patent system has turned Apple and Microsoft into trolls


If this keeps up the world is going to end up feeling sorry for one of the Internet’s richest, most profitable companies, but that’s what the recent patent controversy is doing for the image of Google.Google's cause célèbre is what...


Tags: apple, google, microsoft, patents

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Christine Lagarde and the world's worst 419 scam


As 419 scams go, this one deserves to be filed not so much under ‘highly unlikely’ as ‘utterly bizarre’.  According to security company MessageLabs, it has detected an advance fee fraud (another name for the Nigerian 419 scam) email that...


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Android's security weakness is a recipe for trouble


Android is now growing at a rate of 500,000 activated devices per month, or so announced development head Andry Rubin in one of his super-rare tweets from a biblical mountain top.That’s a healthy growth rate and probably better than anything...


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Teen hacking comes back from the dead


It’s Generation 2.0...Here’s another gem of conventional wisdom that made sense until it suddenly didn’t - hackers are all professional criminals now, out to make money. The teen hacker enthusiast and pranksters from the early days of anti-sec were a...


Tags: ddos attack, hacker, hacking, security

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The BlackBerry, from boom to doom. And back?


The BlackBerry's users can still save it. But will RIM let them?After a decade in which it became a standard fitment in boardrooms and governments, saw it enthused over by a new US President, and singlehandedly turned addictive ‘crackberry’ texting...


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