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Bill Gates: Ctrl+Alt+Del was a mistake

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has admitted that the decision to use Ctrl+Alt+Del as the command for logging on to a PC was a mistake.<p>Originally designed to trigger a reboot of a PC, Ctrl+Alt+Del now allows users to log on to Windows and access the task manager. It is also known as a quick fix for …

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Beats Electronics unplugs HTC with $265 million share buyback

Looks like the rumors were true. HTC announced today that Beats Electronics will buy back the remaining 25 percent stake it had in the headphone maker for $265 million, all but bringing to an end a two-year partnership that has never really worked out. It's quite a bit of cash for HTC, after it …

Patent trolls have a new enemy: Martha Stewart

Patent trolling has become so widespread that no business is safe. A couple of months ago I noted that Whataburger, Kroger and J. Crew had joined the anti-troll fight. Now one patent troll has attracted an even more formidable foe: Martha Stewart.<p>GigaOm reports that Stewart's firm, Martha Stewart …

Nazis ‘offered to leave western Europe in exchange for free hand to attack USSR’

It was one of the most perplexing episodes of the Second World War which, more than 70 years on, remains shrouded in mystery.<p>But a new book claims to have solved the riddle of the flight to Britain in 1941 of Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler’s deputy.<p>Hess’s journey to Britain by fighter aircraft to …

Mariano Rajoy: 'Gibraltar is an anachronism and the last colony' in Europe

Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, has taken his complaints over Gibraltar to the United Nations, calling the territory an “anachronism”.<p>Mr Rajoy’s speech, delivered in New York on Tuesday night, was originally scripted to refer to Gibraltar as “a colonial anachronism”. But, perhaps mindful …

Samantha Lewthwaite arrest warrant issued by Interpol

A global hunt for Samantha Lewthwaite was under way last night after Interpol issued an international “red notice” for her arrest, describing the terrorist suspect as a “worldwide danger”.<p>The alert came amid speculation that Lewthwaite, the British widow of the July 7 bomber Germaine Lindsay, was …

14 Ways Sugar Is Secretly Evil

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Samsung exec admits Galaxy Gear smartwatch 'lacks something special'

In an unusual bout of frankness, a Samsung official has acknowledged that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch lacks, you know, whatever the Korean is for <i>je ne sais quoi</i>. As reported by the <i>Korea Times</i>, the unnamed official said:<p>"We've acknowledged that our Gear lacks something special. With more investment …

Russian Health Advice Site VitaPortal Merges With Local Medical Platform ZdorovieOnline, Gets $1.35M Funding Injection

A spot of consolidation in the Russian online health services space today. Health advice portal VitaPortal, which raised a $2 million Series A last October from Prostor Capital and Esther Dyson, has merged with ZdorovieOnline.ru, a smaller medical platform and electronic medical records portal, …

Seriously, Samsung? Sorry, roamers, but the new Galaxy Note 3 is region-locked

Advertisement<p>156 Comments<p>Credit: clove.co.uk<p><i>NOTE (Friday September 27th): Samsung has now said that the region-locking only applies at the time of</i> …

GTA V and the inevitable future of micro-transactions Some gamers have been shocked to find that GTA Online will feature micro-transactions – they'd better get used to the idea. http://gu.com/p/3j45p Photograph: Dan Talson/Rex Features

eBay turns on first-of-its-kind fuel cell-powered data center

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>E-commerce giant eBay has switched on a data center in Utah that is primarily powered by thirty fuel cells — devices that turn …

Tango hits 150M users as it ramps up its social engagement platform

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Tango announced on Thursday it has hit 150 million users, cementing its status in the top tier of over-the-top (OTT) …