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Coverage increase promise is (mostly) cobblers The “landmark agreement” between the government and the mobile phone operators has been reported as a coup, something worthy, and a step forward. However, scratch the surface and it’s merely a face-saving exercise.…

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SS7 hole already used in Ukraine & Russia Security vulnerabilities in the SS7 phone-call routing protocol that allow mobile call and text message tracking will be revealed this weekend.…

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Offally good pig haggis (piggis?) from the cheery Pennsylvania Dutch We're now well into the season of festive excess, and doubtless readers will already be sustaining a severe pummelling to livers and credit cards in equal measure.…

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Ditch the Christmas Radio Times, surf this lot Using toys to re-enact beloved movies is pretty much one of every nerdy kid's favorite playtime activities and Lego makes this easy, by providing minifigs of many of celluloid's leading characters. It's safe to say I had far more fun with my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lego down the pub than I did watching Michael Bay's film.…

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Also: Bonky play tech for seamless cans handoff Aiming to compete more strongly with Sonos, LG Electronics is updating its streaming Wi-Fi loudspeaker/music-player product line with something that Sonos users have (so far fruitlessly) requested; a portable, battery-powered job.…

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7-day extension allowed for questions inc. 36-month retention option and benefits to telcos of storing data Australian telecommunications companies and internet service providers were given until January 9th, 2015 to offer an estimate of what it will cost them to comply with data retention laws, and some appear to have been told of that deadline on Christmas Eve.…

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Time-travelling Scrooge goes all fuzzy TV Review  Readers please note: THIS IS A POST-UK-BROADCAST REVIEW – THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!…

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It may be a lovely orange but a Chromebook is NOT a PC We love our gadgets and phones and suchlike. Gadgets can also make great gifts, so long as you get the "right one".…

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ZX computers, Meccano and more Product Roundup  It's fairly well accepted that events and things from our past help to make us the twisted, misanthropic people we are today. Or perhaps that's just Team Register. It being the season of festive excess, we wondered if there were perhaps some geeky gifts that, as a kid, helped you explore science, tech, and similar areas, and turned you into the dashing, sophisticated reader of IT news that you are today.…

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Sunroof phone in curious big-market debut Japan's Au mobile network has launched a transparent-cased Firefox OS phone, in an unusual move for the free software community into an already well-established market.…

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Users will get their day in court A California judge has turned down Facebook's motion to dismiss a class-action suit against the company from users who are aggrieved that the social network was truffling through their private messages for advertising purposes.…

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Oh look, like we totally didn't see this happening In a shining example of how high culture* will always defeat the jackboot tactics of oppressive states like North Korea, the Seth Rogen/James Franco film The Interview is now available for viewing via multiple online streaming services.…

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2015 models to include built-in support for PlayStation Now Buyers of select Samsung Smart TVs in the first half of 2015 will be able to play Sony PlayStation games without buying a separate console.…

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FREEZE SaaS-HOLE The Irish government today supported Microsoft in its ongoing fight against US prosectors – who appear to want access to server hard drives anywhere in the world.…

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We're going to Davos, baby! The controversial internet governance group NetMundial has rejected calls to delay the creation of its "coordination council" – and launched without the support of the technical community nor the International Chamber of Commerce.…

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Chinese customers won't pay Cupertino's 50 per cent markup Worstall on Wednesday  The lads over at Business Insider seem to be getting a little over-excited about Xiaomi's latest fund raising exercise, claiming in their headline that it's the Apple of China. Well, no, not really, Apple is the Apple of China. Making cute kit and selling it in volume isn't the definitive point about Apple itself so a company that does merely that doesn't an Apple make.…

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You had to be elegant then, there was no brute force option Antique Code Show  Given the choice, which 80s videogame star would you choose to have a friendly seasonal pint and chin-wag with? Pacman’s obviously got a personality defect, Mario’s breath probably stinks, and that bloke from Jet Set Willy is no doubt a pervert. But Q*bert? Well he’s one interesting individual – full of mumbled swear-word utterances, true, but also brimming with interesting tales born out of the constraints of that era’s technology. Just ignore the fact that he drinks through his nose.…

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Open Document? DropBox? Check. Google Drive? NOOO Microsoft has revealed more information on its plans for Office on mobile devices: iOS, Android and Windows phones and tablets.…

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We lay on liquid and solid fuel, naturally Register Events  If you’re at all concerned that the UK is falling behind in the race to space, Dr Geraint Jones’ Reg Christmas Lecture should put your mind at ease.…

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No forecast of wealthy Oriental visitors following, however NASA's International Space Station is expected to be shining brightly above Britain's skies tonight.…

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Sony's new small slab pulls Nexus 9’s hair and steals its lunch money Review  With small tablets getting bigger it came as quite a surprise to me when one of the main Android tablet wallah’s newest devices turned out to also be its smallest. Prior to the launch of the 8-inch Z3 Tablet Compact (sic) Sony’s smallest fondleslab packed a 9.4-inch screen.…

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And we can do it at room temperature. Ha! Stitch that There could be some iron in the non-volatile soul. A team of Cornell university boffins using bismuth ferrite have discovered a way to store bits on magnets without needing electric current-based switching.…

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Help! Muriel! Wolves are overhauling the ride-on! BT has launched a new cordless phone, named Elements, designed for challenging environments - notably your garden or a forecourt of some kind - and incorporating a range of 1km, or 0.625 of a mile, if you prefer.…

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Fat lady's not singing, but she is sitting on it Beard Stroke  Spending some of the festive season in San Francisco has given me a chance to look back at the wonderful world of storage and to ponder which may have been the biggest overall storage stories over the past twelve months or so.…

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ICANN Board pushes for ICANN control; others disagree The internet community is split when it comes to who should be given the right to run the critical IANA functions.…

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