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Tom Cruise admits to alien belief

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Movies

Actor Tom Cruise has admitted that he believes in aliens, saying it would be "arrogant" to think that extra-terrestrial beings did not exist.

AMD Leaves Lenovo Out of Antitrust Complaint

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Hardware

Advanced Micro Devices' 48-page antitrust complaint against rival Intel reads like a list of major players in the global PC industry, with one glaring exception: there's no mention of China's Lenovo Group.

Etch-A-Sketch to Be on U.K. Cell Phones

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Sci/Tech

For doodlers who can't get enough etching and sketching at home, Etch-A-Sketch is coming to a cell phone.

AMD Japan sues Intel Japan for $55 million

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Legal

Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s Japan unit said Thursday that it has filed two lawsuits against Intel Corp.'s Japanese unit for $55 million in damages.

Unsung heroes

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Misc

Bill Gates, the web's Tim Berners-Lee and Linux developer Linus Torvalds are among the stars of today's IT industry but they stand on the shoulders of the many visionaries, inventors and entrepreneurs who gave birth to the modern computing business.

The Xbox 360 and the PS3: late bloomers or complete failures?

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Gaming

The most ironic bit of it all is that according to developers, if either manufacturer had decided to use an Athlon 64 or a Pentium D in their next-gen console, they would be significantly ahead of the competition in terms of CPU performance.

Learn PHP - Getting dynamic

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The whole point of coding in PHP instead of just using HTML files is to make everything dynamic. You want the pages to make themselves, so you can spend more time counting your loot. The ideal way to get content onto your pages is from a database. First of all, databases are, as the name suggests, great places to store data. Secondly, clients pay more if you use the words "database" and "dynamic" in the quote and invoice.

Heat up the asphalt with 'Juiced'

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Reviews
Gaming

THQ's new racing title makes flying around a corner at top speeds pretty fun stuff. Steer your custom vehicle all the way to the top of the standings. Fans of the Gran Turismo series and Need for Speed will enjoy this game.

Dell begins shipping newest Red Hat Linux

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Linux

Dell has begun shipping Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, the computer maker said in its Linux blog.

Did Intel Kill Opteron?

AMD's antitrust lawsuit against Intel, which alleges bullying behavior on a massive scale, offers one explanation as to why one of AMD's hottest chips never caught on.

Google sued over 'click fraud' in Web ads

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A seller of online marketing tools said on Wednesday it sued Google Inc., charging that the Web search giant has failed to protect users of its advertising program from "click fraud," costing them at least $5 million.

AMD vs. Intel Leaves Apple Untouched

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Hardware

Martin Reynolds, an analyst at Gartner Inc., said "it does raise the question of why Apple selected Intel over AMD. It isn't too presumptuous to assume that Apple made the decision based on the facts that AMD and Intel offered."

'Destroy All Humans!' Is Campy Fun

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Gaming

What would an advanced, space-faring civilization possibly need from creatures who think sliced bread is a marvel?

Antispam proposals advance

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Security

An Internet standards group approved two "experimental" antispam proposals, sidestepping a controversy dividing Microsoft and its e-mail competitors.

Three Sentenced in eBay Fencing Scam

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Security

Two men and one woman were sentenced to prison terms Tuesday after pleading guilty to defrauding home improvement giants The Home Depot Inc. and Lowe's Companies Inc. of more than $200,000 by selling improperly obtained store cards and merchandise on eBay.

Web Content by and for the Masses

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The Internet is morphing yet again. A remarkable array of software systems makes it simple to share anything instantly, and sometimes enhance it along the way. Inexpensive to create and worldwide in reach, the new Internet services are having an impact far beyond the file sharing at issue in the Supreme Court's decision on Monday, which focused on copyright violations using peer-to-peer software.

Payne Heading to Film

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Gaming

Twentieth Century Fox has confirmed that the film adaptation of Max Payne has already began production.

Norwegian Hacker Cracks Google Software

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Software

The Norwegian who became a hacker hero for developing software to unlock copy-protection codes on DVD movies said he needed only one day to crack Google Inc.'s new video viewer.

SCO Unveils Latest Product Upgrade: IBM Lawsuit 4.0

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Humor

The SCO Group, everybody's favorite lawsuit-factory-disguised-as-a-software-vendor, today unveiled version 4.0 of its flagship litigation product, SCO v. IBM.

M$ blocks right clicking on MSN for Mozilla browsers

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Microsoft

In what appears to be another attempt to dissuade users from using non IE browsers, Microsoft has blocked the right clicking of links on the MSN web site when using the Mozilla Firefox web browser.

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Security: WireGuard, Birds and Updates

  • WireGuard Restored In Android's Google Play Store After Brief But Controversial Removal

    After Google dropped the open-source WireGuard app from their Play Store since it contained a donation link, the app has now been restored within Google's software store for Android users but without the donation option. The WireGuard app for Android makes it easy to setup the secure VPN tunnel software on mobile devices, similar to its port to iOS and other platforms. The WireGuard apps are free but have included a donation link to the WireGuard website should anyone wish to optionally make a donation to support the development of this very promising network tech.

  • Letting Birds scooters fly free

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