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Toshiba WIPE tech for self-encrypting drives auto junks your data

Toshiba WIPE tech for self-encrypting drives auto junks your data

Toshiba has announced [PDF link] a new hard-drive technology, WIPE, that can automatically delete sensitive data on loss of power or should the HDD be removed.  Intended for Toshiba self-encrypting drives predominantly used in copier and printer systems, WIPE works by automatically erasing the SED's internal encryption key.

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Microsoft pit PC against Mac in new (old) campaign

Microsoft pit PC against Mac in new (old) campaign

Microsoft has taken a new swipe at Apple with the start of a "PC versus Mac" campaign, which pits Windows 7 against Cupertino's finest.  According to Microsoft, there are six key areas in which a PC has a Mac beat: Having Fun, Simplicity, Working Hard, Sharing, Compatibility and Choice.

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Amazon list Dell Streak (as a Samsung); pricing & release still MIA

Amazon list Dell Streak (as a Samsung); pricing & release still MIA

Dell's Streak Android MID has gained a sparsely-detailed Amazon product page, but it looks like someone at the retailer has got confused over where exactly the slate has come from.  Amazon reckons it's Samsung that makes the Streak, but we'd be more interested to hear their pricing for the handset; Dell are yet to confirm their pricing, though a previous leak tipped a $550 SIM-free figure or $299.99 with a new, two-year AT&T agreement.

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SkinnyBytes touchscreen All-In-Ones use ethernet power rather than AC

SkinnyBytes touchscreen All-In-Ones use ethernet power rather than AC

We've seen Power-over-Ethernet used to allow network CCTV cameras and IP phones cut the AC cord, but a full PC is somewhat rarer.  SkinnyBytes new touchscreen Windows 7 all-in-ones can run on less than the 30W of power PoE 802.3at supplies, thanks to Intel's Atom CPU range and passive cooling.

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Kinect Beta Program invites offering early access

Kinect Beta Program invites offering early access

Microsoft's Kinect motion-gaming system for the Xbox 360 isn't set to arrive on shelves until the holiday season, but select gamers are getting invites to join a Kinect Beta Program.  Joystiq received several copies of an invitation message that apparently arrived at tipsters via the Microsoft Connect feedback system.

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Samsung NX100 micro-four-thirds camera spotted?

Samsung NX100 micro-four-thirds camera spotted?

Cameras believed to be Samsung's next-gen Micro Four Thirds models have been previewed in a promotional video (which has since been made private), with the new snappers - seen on the right in this image - tipped as the Samsung NX100.  Photo Rumors spotted the mysterious cluster, shown along with a couple of new lenses, at the end of a Samsung video clip.

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Verizon Motorola DROID 2 gets official: pre-sales from August 11th

Verizon Motorola DROID 2 gets official: pre-sales from August 11th

It's taken a while, but Verizon has finally officially announced the Motorola DROID 2.  Set to go on presale from August 11th, the DROID 2 has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.2 and a 3.7-inch display, together with Flash 10.1 support, 3G mobile hotspot functionality and a 5-megapixel camera.

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HP’s Hurd ousting as idiotic as Apple firing Jobs says Larry Ellison; Pre designer quits

HP’s Hurd ousting as idiotic as Apple firing Jobs says Larry Ellison; Pre designer quits

HP can't get a break lately, with Friday's news that CEO Mark Hurd had been asked to resign amid allegations of sexual harassment not only prompting a significant ditch in their share price but scorn from at least one high-profile name in the industry.  Oracle CEO Larry Ellison spared no feelings in his comments to the NYT, describing the HP board as having made "the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago."  Meanwhile, HP has lost another significant name from the Palm team, with Peter Skillman - VP of design at Palm, and responsible for the Pre's design - leaving the company.

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Verizon roadmap tips Motorola DROID Pro, Samsung & Moto tablets and LTE MiFi

Verizon roadmap tips Motorola DROID Pro, Samsung & Moto tablets and LTE MiFi

Details of Verizon's roadmap covering not only the rest of 2010 but partial details of 2011 and even 2012 have leaked, tipping a 1.3GHz Motorola Android phone, various tablets and LTE handsets and MiFi mobile hotspots.  However, the information - provided to BGR by a source at Verizon Wireless - makes no mention of a CDMA iPhone 4.  Instead, the de-facto flagship is the Motorola DROID Pro, a 4-inch Android smartphone with 1.3GHz processor and global wireless, apparently due to arrive in November this year.

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AT&T Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 arrives August 15th for $130

AT&T Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 arrives August 15th for $130

Sony Style's teaser page has hatched into the launch of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10, with the Android smartphone set to hit AT&T's airwaves from Sunday, August 15th.  Priced at $129.99 with a new, two-year AT&T plan, though not currently available to order online, the smartphone runs Android 1.6 with a 4-inch WVGA touchscreen, Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and an 8.1-megapixel camera with LED flash.

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TI grab pole position in ARM Eagle next-gen cores

TI grab pole position in ARM Eagle next-gen cores

Texas Instruments are the first company to sign up to ARM's new Cortex-A series processor core, ARM Eagle.  Launched at Computex 2010, Eagle takes its place at the high-end of ARM's portfolio, and will form the basis of TI's next-gen OMAP chipsets.

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T-Mobile confirm BlackBerry Curve 3G is on the way

T-Mobile confirm BlackBerry Curve 3G is on the way

T-Mobile USA has confirmed that it will be offering the BlackBerry Curve 3G, the new RIM smartphone officially announced earlier today.  As we've seen with the Rogers version, the Curve 9300 has 3G, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, together with a 2.4-inch 320 x 240 display, QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad and fixed-focus 2-megapixel camera.

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