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 Friday, 13-July-2012  19:44:26 (GMT +10) - by booj

Two Australian overclockers, SniperOZ and Uncle Fester have provisionally booked themselves tickets to the MSI Master Overclocking Arena Grand Final to be held in late September in Taiwan. The boys put up some very strong scores against tough competition and took out two of the four places available in the Asia Pacific region. Each will choose a team mate to go up against 14 other teams from around the world. Well done lads!

Betaworks is buying Digg for the rather paltry sum of $500,000. Betaworks is acquiring the Digg brand, website, and technology, but not its employees. Digg will be folded into News.me, Betaworks' social news aggregator. This is not the outcome people expected for Digg. In 2008, Google was reportedly set to buy it for $200 million.

Spies to seek access to internet data? Australia's intelligence community is proposing the biggest shake-up in more than a decade. On the wish list is a plan to force telecommunications providers operating in Australia to retain users' phone and internet data for up to two years. Other plans include allowing security agencies to get more access to social media sites like Facebook, and expanding powers for ASIO agents. Thanks Gaakor!

Xbit labs have an interesting article about choosing the best DDR3 SDRAM for Ivy Bridge. Processor microarchitectures continue developing, and the DDR3 SDRAM frequencies continue growing. However, does it really make sense to use high-speed memory with contemporary Ivy Bridge processors? To answer this question we analyzed the influence of memory frequency and latencies on the performance of a contemporary LGA 1155 platform.

Hardware Secrets have a detailed article covering everything you need to know about PCI Express. Since the first PC, launched in 1981, the computer has had expansion slots where you can install additional cards to add capabilities not available on the motherboard of the computer. Currently, the most common type of expansion slot available is called PCI Express. In this tutorial, you will learn everything you need to know about this kind of connection: how it works, versions, slots, and more.

Microsoft have released a 'fix' for a Windows Gadgets security vulnerability that simply disables the entire feature. Microsoft has warned that a Gadgets feature included in Vista and later versions of Windows could allow attackers to hijack end-user machines and has taken the unusual step of issuing a temporary update that allows it to be completely disabled.

There are indications that MSI is preparing to enter the SSD Market. While the PC enthusiast community know MSI more to be the people behind some quality motherboards, graphics cards, and notebooks, apart from a few lesser known product lines, the Taiwanese company has a few completely undocumented products. Solid State Drives (SSDs) will soon be MSI's newest frontier, according to no less than LSI-SandForce.

AMD announced their most recent revenue results a couple of days back. Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices has warned that its second-quarter revenue would be down about 11 per cent from the prior quarter due to softer-than-expected sales in China and Europe and a weak consumer-buying environment, knocking its shares down 6 per cent. The company had previously forecast second-quarter revenue would increase 3 per cent from the first quarter, plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are busy developing a holographic, glasses-free 3D TV. The masterful engineers at the MIT are busy working on a type of 3D display capable of presenting that elusive third dimension without any eye gear. We say “elusive” because what you’ve been presented at your local cinema (with 3D glasses) or on your Nintendo 3DS console (with your naked eye) pales in comparison to what these guys and gals are trying to develop: a truly immersive 3D experience, not unlike a hologram, that changes perspective as you move around.

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