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  • News: Criminal .co.uk domains to be shut in days, Nominet proposes

    After years of wrangling, UK national Internet registry Nominet looks set to agree to a new fast-track process that will make it easier for the police to quickly shutter domains being used by criminals for fraud.

  • News: 1&1 adds smartphone optimisation to website creator

    Web hosting firm 1&1 Internet has added two new features to its MyWebsite service that allows net users to build their own websites.

  • News: InfoWorld interview: Ruby creator sets sights on mobile

    Yukihiro Matsumoto details the past, present, and future of the popular programming language, calling mobile 'the way to go'

  • News: Apple plans to open Hong Kong store later this quarter

    Apple plans to open its first retail store in Hong Kong later this quarter, according to a company spokeswoman.

  • Video: Video: Samsung makes the 7in Galaxy Tab disappear

    Samsung has removed every trace of its Galaxy Tab 7.7 from the company booth at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 was one of the products introduced during the Samsung press conference, but after just about 2 days on the show floor, the product vanished. A PR spokesman at the booth had little to say. Apple is suing Samsung to stop sales of the 7.7's big brother, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, claiming that Samsung copied the design iPad 2. Recently a German court upheld a preliminary injunction ordering Samsung to stop selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in that country. Samsung's lawyers must have anticipated the possibility that the court's ruling would apply to the smaller tablet too. When it was demonstrated by Samsung staff the 7.7 had a prominent warning sticker. Samsung covered up the signage for the tablet as well. You can see in the before and after images in this video. In one image a backlit sign for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is visible, but by Sunday it was replaced with an advertisement for the Note. On one of the walls at the booth it looked as if a piece of text was slapped over what previously advertised the Tab 7.7. The change likely wasn’t easy. Signage needed to be printed overnight and the hardware at the booth needed to be replaced. Not to mention the tens of thousands of consumers and press walking the show floor won’t be able to try out the product. European intellectual property laws allow companies to protect to the appearance of their products, in addition to the copyright, patent and trademark rights recognized in other jurisdictions. Apple claims the appearance of the larger Galaxy Tab is too similar to that of its iPad 2, the design of which is registered with the European Union's Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market.

  • News: Ofcom delays 4G spectrum auction

    A government auction of the 800MHz and 2.6GHz radio spectrums that will allow mobile networks to offer 4G services has been delayed.

  • Video: Video: Multiplayer gaming goes full screen with LG TV

    LG is using its Dual Play technology to entice gamers into buying its 3D televisions. Normally in multiplayer games, the screen is split, but with dual play gamers can view the full screen with each player seeing a separate image. 3D TVs work by sending different images to each eye and Dual Play uses that to its advantage by sending one set of images to one player and another set with another player. Where typical polarized 3D glasses would have a left and right eye, the dual play glasses have one set with two left eyes and another set with two right eyes. And even though the TV supports 3D in dual play games are shown in traditional 2D. Dual Play works with any LG cinema 3D TV and the glasses will begin shipping along with LW980 series television by the end of September. LG also said that users could make their own Dual Play glasses simply by switching out lenses. LG wasn’t the first company with this idea thought. In June at E3, Sony showed a TV that creates the same, though it only measured 24-inches. The Dual Play technology demonstrates another use of 3D technology and with it Sony and LG are hoping to convince more consumers to upgrade from their traditional 2D displays. 3D gaming content has proved especially helpful in the transition.

  • Video: Video analysis: Is the Galaxy Note a small tablet or a big smartphone?

    With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note at IFA last week, the company is hoping to define a new category of mobile devices. Just as Steve Jobs said the tablet is the bridge between computers and smartphones, Samsung is hoping that it can convince consumers that the Galaxy Note is the bridge between smartphones and tablets. With a 5.3in screen the Note is a little too large to be a phone, but a little too small to be a tablet. Samsung also brought back the stylus as one option, in addition to touch, to control the device. In a world that has become so touch oriented since Apple popularized the touchscreen, O’Donnell feels like we’re going back in time. I think the Galaxy Note is an interesting product. In some ways it’s sort of a throwback, right? A 5-inch phone with a stylus makes it feel like a PDA. The reality is that large phones have never done particularly well. The Dell Streak didn't do particularly well. I think Samsung is going to be pretty challenged with this product. I'm not sure that people really miss the stylus. Granted the S Pen can do more than the one you used to use on your Palm Pilot. It’s pressure sensitive and when coupled with the software Samsung is offering, it'll allow you to take notes, draw sketches, annotate screens and even collaborate across multiple devices. Still convincing consumers to use a stylus might be as hard as convincing them to hold a 5.3in phone to their ears. Whether or not the Galaxy Note will be a success remains to be seen, but we’ll have an answer by the end of this year when the device goes on sale.

  • News: BitDefender Safego scans Twitter for potential threats

    Security firm BitDefender has launched security software for micro-blogging service Twitter that will identify which of a user's contacts are a security threat.

  • News: iPhone 5 pre-orders begin

    Customers of German network carrier Deutsche Telekom can now put their name on a list to reserve a next-generation iPhone.

  • News: Nearly half of FTSE 250 boards still have no women

    Despite quota targets set by Lord Davies earlier this year to increase the number of women on boards, nearly half of the FTSE 250 companies still have all-male boards, according to a progress report.

  • News: City University launches new UK cyber-security centre

    London’s City University has gained funding for a new Centre for Cyber and Security Sciences, which will offer research and consultancy across a range of once-disparate but suddenly important areas of computer security.

  • News: Dell partners with China's Baidu to launch smartphone

    Dell has partnered with China's largest search engine Baidu to launch a smartphone, in a move that could help both companies tap the country's growing mobile phone market.

  • News: Nearly 300,000 Iranian IP addresses likely compromised

    Close to 300,000 unique IP addresses from Iran requested access to google.com using a rogue certificate issued by Dutch digital certificate authority DigiNotar, according to an interim report by security firm, Fox-IT, released on Monday.

  • News: Microsoft: Stolen SSL certs can't be used to install malware via Windows Update

    Microsoft said that a digital certificate stolen from a Dutch company could not be used to force-feed customers malware through its Windows Update service.

  • News: GCHQ Unit Launches Information Security Qualification

    Information assurance arm's qualification applies to the public sector

  • News: Customer Leaves Apple Store with Confidential Data

    Time Machine backup of Apple Store's internal file server taken

  • News: Alleged LulzSec Hacker 'Kayla' Arrested By UK Police

    Body blow for the 'DDoS and tell' hacktivists?

  • News: FirstGroup takes contactless ticketing outside London

    FirstGroup, the largest bus and rail operator in the UK, is planning to invest in contactless ticketing technology for its buses in England.

  • News: IT services market slumps 40% in Q2

    The gathering economic gloom has hit IT service companies hard, according to a report from Ovum. New global analysis from the analyst group has highlighted a 40 percent year-on-year decline in new service contract signings in the second quarter of 2011.



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