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 Thursday, 26-July-2012  10:09:40 (GMT +10) - by booj

Gabe Newell, the co-founder and managing director of Valve, gave a rare interview at Casual Connect, an annual videogame conference in Seattle. He is not a fan of Windows 8 it seems, labeling the upcoming OS as a "catastrophe". Last night, at a dinner sponsored by Covert & Co., Google Ventures and Perkins Coie, Newell unveiled some of his most quirky and secretive projects in an interview onstage with Ed Fries, former VP of game publishing at Microsoft.

On the topic of Valve, the company has released its June Steam Hardware & Software Survey.

Australia will publish images captured by soon-to-launch satellite Landsat 8 online, in close to real time, for free. “We want to make as much data freely available as possible,” says Jeff Kingwell, the Section Leader of GA’s National Earth Observation Group. “We will move towards a system where we are taking Landsat data in, in near real time.” Data will be corrected to make it usable, then published, all in as close to real time as is practical.

At long last, MSI have released Afterburner 2.2.3 which features voltage adjustment controls for its 680 Lightning and 670 Power Edition models. However, as Guru3D reports, there is more to the story. For a while now lots of people have been eagerly awaiting an update of MSI AfterBurner in which software voltage control is unlocked. With this article I wanted to digg a little deeper and talk you though the challenges and difficulties of opening up this function.

Dasuperham sent in this funny, but still somewhat disturbing story about a cyber attack on Iranian nuclear computer systems. According to one security expert, a computer virus has attacked computer systems in Iran and forced them to play heavy metal, at full volume, during the middle of the night. The computer worm reportedly compromises the machines, and makes them repeat the track 'Thunderstruck' by AC/DC, ad nauseum. Now if they had have used Justin Beiber...

Morris Chang, the CEO of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has indicated they may dedicate a whole fab to serve just one client. Who else but Apple? "Now remember, we made our mark in serving many customers. In fact, that’s a really part of our secret source of success. The ability to serve many customers to their satisfaction and we’ll still will retain that capability, but there are customers that are getting bigger and bigger. So it makes sense that we dedicate a whole fab or even more than a whole fab to just one customer."

If you buy a Xbox 360 Elite HDMI cable, you supposedly get the bonus of anti-virus protection.. Errr OK.. This “Xbox 360 Elite HDMI cable” should be just like any other HDMI cable in the planet, right? Wrong! According to the box, it’s a “100 per cent Mylar” double shield 1.3c grade cable with anti-virus protection to reduce virus noises and to obtain perfect image transmission”. Yes, really.

TweakTown have two articles on traveling with technology. In the last part, we covered what to expect from Wi-Fi, power and tips for cameras. This part will cover several more important considerations. Namely, cell phones, communicating with home and keeping track of the time difference will all be dealt with in this article.

Apple has released its latest financial results, including a fiscal Q3 net profit of a lazy $8.8 Billion. Could Apple be a victim of its own success? While the company's latest quarterly results show double-digit growth in both revenue and profits, with iPhone and iPad sales both substantially higher than last year, Reuters reports that Wall Street is disappointed with the numbers. Analysts reportedly expected higher revenue and a greater number of iPhone shipments.

There's plenty of Apple news today. The company has released its new OSX Mountain Lion operating system for Macs. Gizmodo have a look at it here.

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