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 Monday, 23-July-2012  01:51:03 (GMT +10) - by booj

Qantas will offer iPads to all of its passengers on its fleet of Boeing 767 aircraft. Yes, even coach if you were wondering. “Following the successful trial of our QStreaming service this year, we will partner with Panasonic and use their eXW solution to provide over 200 hours of on-demand in-flight entertainment content via iPads to every passenger in Business and Economy travelling on our B767 fleet,” Qantas Domestic CEO Lyell Strambi said in a statement.

PC Perspective have an article about building a legacy gaming PC. The reward for this modest budget and effort is warm-and-fuzzy nostalgia and the ability to buy and play any older game that you'd like rather than just those available on GOG. I’m no longer reliant on digital downloads for my classic gaming experience. I can buy a 90s-era games and enjoy them. There are plenty of these at thrift stores for just a few bucks each.

[H]ardOCP have an article examining PCI Express 2.0 vs 3.0 gaming performance. Wondering about upgrading to the new Ivy Bridge CPU and PCI Express 3.0 platform? Curious to know if you'll be gaining or losing performance? We compare single, dual-GPU, triple-GPU, single, and multiple display configurations on Ivy Bridge PCIe 3.0 and Sandy Bridge on PCIe 2.0 platforms.

The USB 3.0 promoter group has published a specification for USB power delivery amounts of up to 100w. The intention is to provide more charging flexibility and a wider range of USB bus powered devices. The new specification will require upgraded electronically detectable “USB Power Delivery certified cables” for the sake of safety. It will be possible to power a laptop and external drives that used to require their own power supply through the new USB bus power capability.

There's a bit of Frankenstein in this one: Bioengineers have made an artificial jellyfish using silicone and muscle cells from a rat’s heart. The synthetic creature, dubbed a medusoid, looks like a flower with eight petals. When placed in an electric field, it pulses and swims exactly like its living counterpart. “Morphologically, we’ve built a jellyfish. Functionally, we’ve built a jellyfish. Genetically, this thing is a rat,” says Kit Parker, a biophysicist at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who led the work.

Mozilla have released a version of their upcoming Firefox operating system for beta testing. Those of you ready to move to the next big operating system for your phone, desktop, laptop, tablet, or whatever you’ve got on hand will be glad to know that Mozilla has moved to the next stage: beta testing for their Firefox OS. This operating system is made first for phones and tablets, but is available for testing only on your OS X, Windows, or Linus machine for the moment. Developers will be able to begin testing out whatever they’ve got on hand immediately.

Linux Kernel 3.5 has been released. See here for a full list of changes.

South Korea has become the first country in the world to pass the 100% Internet penetration mark. South Korea’s Internet is known for being one of the fastest in the world, and the country has grabbed another accolade after it become the world’s first to see high-speed Internet technologies pass 100 percent domestic penetration. Now.. where's that NBN..

Betanews has a (p)review of the Microsoft Office 2013 suite.

Bastidge Child sent in this cool virtual tour of the now retired Space Shuttle Discovery. Cheers!



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