Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

The Register - Thu, 2014-11-27 05:01
Fully functional free-for-all

Product round-up No matter if you're reinstalling Windows for the 47th time this fortnight or attempting to rid a new machine of bloatware in favour of something that's actually useful, the question remains: what alternative apps exist that don’t involve coughing up for obscene licensing fees?…

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Suicide bomber kills five in attack on British embassy car in Kabul: officials

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-11-27 04:55
KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber attacked a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing five people, including one Briton, the ministry of interior said.

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi woos military lawmakers ahead of talks on constitution

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-11-27 04:47
YANGON, November 27 (Reuters) - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has invited military lawmakers to dinner in a bid to build ties ahead of a proposed summit on changing the constitution, which bars her from the presidency, a senior member of her party said on Thursday.

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EU expects stable gas supply even as Russian shipments yet to start

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-11-27 04:43
ASTANA (Reuters) - The European Union expects stable gas supplies this winter under a deal by Russia and Ukraine, a senior EU energy official said, even while Moscow has yet to resume shipments and Kiev has yet to pay in advance as agreed.
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DataCore lifts baton, strikes up the 64th SANsymphony

The Register - Thu, 2014-11-27 04:37
Welcomes Azure as First Server in the Cloud section

Comment DataCore has updated its SANsymphony and Virtual SAN software products to reach 100 million IOPS and 64PB capacity. It's also getting into bed with Azure.…

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Wireless Power standards are like Highlanders: There can be only ONE

The Register - Thu, 2014-11-27 04:18
Well get ON with it then, we're waiting

Analysis It has been more than 100 years since the first wireless power systems were demonstrated and the principles are about as well-known as any in the technology field.…

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Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION

The Register - Thu, 2014-11-27 04:04
Code jockeys: ount up and grab your fabulous tablets

Some years back, when Microsoft was mired in Windows Vista and open source issues, and web developers were on an accelerating trajectory, a quiet revolution took place.…

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Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'

The Register - Thu, 2014-11-27 03:34
'Very hard' problem, devs claim

Google disappointed fans of its priced-like-a-pizza Chromecast TV dongle this week, when it said it won't be fixing an annoying video quirk that has some European customers' eyes twitching.…

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UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-11-27 03:08
An anonymous reader writes The UK's Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey today revealed a new scheme where undergraduates will be able to avoid student fees and student loans by working for companies for three years whilst simultaneously undertaking academic studies with participating universities, resulting in a degree at the end of their successful involvement in the scheme. The British government will fund two-thirds of the cost of tuition and the host employer the remainder. The "Digital Apprenticeship" scheme will remunerate students at an unspecified level of pay, and though details are currently sketchy, is reported to obviate the need for student loans. The initiative is targeting the skills gap in the digital sector, particularly in the field of web-development and technical analysis.

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Sony cuff-puter to do one thing smartwatches can't: Give you DAYS of hot wrist action

The Register - Thu, 2014-11-27 03:02
New idea is worth the e-paper it's printed on

Sony is to bring out a smartwatch with an e-paper screen that solves one of the biggest wearable shortfalls: battery life.…

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Rosetta science team thinks Philae might come to life in the spring

The Register - Thu, 2014-11-27 02:28
And disclose the biggest surprise of Comet 67P

Scientists on the Rosetta comet mission team report they are confident that the Philae lander is not down for the count and should be revived in the spring or summer of next year once it has had a chance to warm up a bit.…

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Google's whois results say it's a lousy smut searcher

The Register - Thu, 2014-11-27 02:02
Run whois or whois We dare you, you PIG◙◙◙◙ER

Naughty domain owners are still playing nasty tricks on the whois domain lookup service to tease the likes of Google and Microsoft.…

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10 Avconv Commands to Record, Convert and Extract Videos & Audios from Linux Terminal

Linux Today - Thu, 2014-11-27 02:00

 tecmint: avconv is a very fast video and audio converter that can also grab from a live audio/video source.

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Yemen rescuers sought U.S., British hostages in raid

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-11-27 01:42
SANAA (Reuters) - An American, a Briton and a South African were among several hostages Yemeni forces sought to free from al Qaeda this week, the defense ministry said on its website, describing a raid that a U.S. defense official said also involved U.S. special forces.
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Hong Kong student leader banned from Mong Kok protest site

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-11-27 01:34
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong was banned from a large area in Mong Kok as a condition of bail on Thursday after he was arrested during scuffles with police as they cleared one of the largest protest sites that have choked the city for weeks.

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Bitcoin laid bare: boffins beat anonymity

The Register - Thu, 2014-11-27 01:32
Up to 60 per cent of transactions can be linked to IPs

The cyber-libertarian poster-child Bitcoin, meant to usher in a new age of anonymous transactions, is rubbish at protecting users' IP addresses according to research from the University of Luxembourg.…

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Toyota recalls more cars for dangerous Takata air bags

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-11-27 01:18
TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp said on Thursday it would recall 57,000 vehicles globally to replace potentially deadly air bags made by Takata Corp, in a sign that a safety crisis around the Japanese auto parts maker is far from contained.

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West struggles with Russia's 'ambiguous warfare' tactics

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-11-27 01:03
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Russians crossed the border to fight with rebels in eastern Ukraine earlier this year, Moscow said the soldiers had not been deployed but had gone on their own vacation time.
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The gender imbalance in IT is real, ongoing and ridiculous

The Register - Thu, 2014-11-27 01:02
The Z80 and 6502 generation wore the sexist stereotype, now it's up to them to fix it

Over the past few years it has been my delight to serve as a judge with Young ICT Explorers, an annual competition of primary and secondary age kids who put their heart and soul into some often very impressive IT projects. After every event I come away seriously impressed with the skills of the next generation.…

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Malaysia to retain and prop up Sedition Act, says PM

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-11-27 00:54
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday bolstered a law protecting the sanctity of Islam and the country's traditional rulers, the sultans, in an about-turn to scrap a law banning criticism of the government.

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