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 Wednesday, 11-July-2012  19:47:05 (GMT +10) - by booj

The online music service Pandora is now allowing Australian users to connect to the site since being blocked in 2007. The service that once closed its doors to international activity has for some reason opened them once again, with Australians now able to access the service called the “Music Genome Project”. Thanks Docsis!

The company behind $99 OUYA gaming console have raised over two million dollars in the first 24 hours of a Kickstart funding drive to raise money for the launch, easily beating the $950k target. While the world waits for new game consoles from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, a newcomer plans to take them on with a $99 Android-based set-top box called Ouya. The Ouya has specs that are on par with high-end Android phones and tablets, including a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage. It outputs 1080p video through an HDMI slot, uses Bluetooth 4.0 and USB 2.0 for connecting external devices and includes a wireless controller. There's a discussion thread in the forums here.

Talk about embarrassing.. MoJoMaN let us know about a story involving a federal government contractor that was paid more than $1 million to deliver e-security alert services to Australians and then lost 8000 subscribers' personal information in the postal system. AusCERT, which was paid $1,199,484.52 by the federal government to run staysmartonline.gov.au between April 29 2008 and April 29 2012*, lost subscribers' data after using Australia Post to send it on a DVD to the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) on April 11 when its contract to run the alerts service expired. Oops..

On July 18th the first photo on the web turns 20. Next Wednesday, July 18th, the photograph at the center of that image — a homemade promotional shot for Les Horribles Cernettes, a comedy band based at the CERN laboratory near Geneva — will turn 20 years old. Despite the artifact’s world-historical significance, its full story has never been told. Few enthusiasts of art or photography or technology will be marking its 20th birthday, in no small part because it’s such an odd and un-artistic image.

The new Telecommunications Consumer Protection (TCP) code, which was today accepted by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has some new rules to protect consumers from mobile and internet bill shock. Internet and mobile phone customers will get a warning when they hit 50pc of their monthly usage allowance under tough new consumer protection rules for telecoms companies. The new Telecommunications Consumer Protection (TCP) code, most of which will be enforced from September 1, will act as a rulebook for telcos on how to engage with customers, forcing the companies to make radical changes to the way they market to and bill users.

Hardware Heaven have an interview with AMD's Senior Manager of Technology Marketing Sasa Marinkovic. They talk about APU's, Trinity and Ultrabooks.

The Tech Report have an article looking at the state of triple screen gaming. The stars would seem to be aligned for triple-head gaming to really take off. To handicap its chances, we rigged up a three-screen array and played a stack of the latest games on a couple of high-end graphics cards: Asus' Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU TOP and Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 680 OC. Both cards have juiced-up clock speeds, beefy custom coolers, and display outputs galore. Keep reading to see how they fared in our look at the state of surround gaming on the PC.

Intel plans to invest US $4.1b in lithography equipment developer ASML. When Intel goes looking for new chip manufacturing technology to invest in, the company doesn’t play for pennies. Chipzilla has announced a major investment and partial purchase of lithography equipment developer ASML. The goal is to bring 450mm wafer technology and extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) within reach despite the challenges facing both deployments.

Google Inc. is close to a deal to pay $22.5 million to settle charges related to its surreptitious bypassing of the privacy settings of millions of Apple Inc. users, according to officials briefed on the settlement terms. The fine is expected to be the largest penalty ever levied on a single company by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. It offers the latest sign of the FTC's stepped-up approach to policing online privacy violations, coming just six months after The Wall Street Journal reported on Google's practices.

Anthrox came across this youtube video of a bass guitar built from a Commodore 64!

Lastly, check out this awesome video of rally driver Ken Block as he turns San Francisco into a gymkhana playground.

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