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 Tuesday, 28-August-2012  16:44:46 (GMT +10) - by booj

Sony is set to leave the optical disc drive business. Sony Corp. will abandon the optical disc drive business, nearly completing a restructuring of money-losing divisions it initiated after suffering huge losses in fiscal 2011. Sony Optiarc Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary that produces CD and DVD drives used in personal computers, will cease operations by March, sources said Aug. 24. Most of the 400 or so employees at home and abroad will be let go through an early retirement program.

Gunna sent in some more details regarding the upcoming Google/Motorola vs Apple patent battle. This isn't a lawsuit that deals with silly topics such as icons or square shaped tablets. Google and Motorola are filing patent infringement for non-standard essential patents. To put it simply, Google-rola has filed a case for a patent/patents that courts cannot legally force companies to patent, meaning that if they win this case, Apple could be forced to completely stop using the patent in their devices.

Gunna also let us know about research into network design using... Ants! On the surface, ants and the Internet don't seem to have much in common. But two Stanford researchers have discovered that a species of harvester ants determine how many foragers to send out of the nest in much the same way that Internet protocols discover how much bandwidth is available for the transfer of data. The researchers are calling it the "anternet."

AMD have introduced a new CPU as well as some price drops across its range. AMD is now revising prices across its processor lineup while also adding a new member to the existing FX family. The latter is a quad-core part based on 32nm Zambezi core architecture, launching as the FX-4130, with a base clock speed of 3.8GHz and 3.9GHz Turbo. It also has a 125W TDP, 4MB of L3 cache, and has a MSRP of $112. Prices across the entire FX series, the first generation of AMD A-Series APUs, and several Phenom II chips saw drops of up to 23%.

Fancy a bit more performance from your Nexus 7 tablet? The ASUS Google Nexus 7 is plenty fast for most users. It’s powered by a quad core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor running at 1.3GHz which is very capable in browsing, general computing, media consumption and even 3D gaming. Now, thanks to a custom Elite Kernel from XDA-Developers' Clemsyn and the efforts of Simms22, it has been shown that you can boost your Nexus 7 Tegra 3 clock speed to a full 2.0GHz.

Intel have revealed that RAID TRIM support is finally coming to the X79 platform. It is already present on the Z77 series but is unlikely to be introduced for older Z68 platforms. So why is this a big deal? TRIM is a necessity for keeping SSDs with certain controllers in top shape, since without it performance can degrade and over time, calls to and from the storage subsystem will slow down to a crawl. With TRIM, a command is passed from the OS to the SSD, informing it to clean used blocks of NAND that contain data which has been marked as deleted by the OS. Thanks to Jonathan P.

Fans of either iOS or Android can now focus their rage somewhere other than blogs and forums with the introduction of Fruit vs Robot. Formerly relegated to just sniping at one another in the comments sections of tech blogs, Apple fans and Android enthusiasts now have another outlet for their animosity. Fruit vs. Robot is an Android and iOS game that lets the partisans of each platform duke it out against one another in a collection of board, trivia and arcade games.

A man in the US apparently made $28k in one month selling online reviews. It makes you wonder much this sort of thing happens at place like Amazon and Newegg. At first, he advertised that he would review a book for $99. But some clients wanted a chorus proclaiming their excellence. So, for $499, Mr. Rutherford would do 20 online reviews. A few people needed a whole orchestra. For $999, he would do 50. Before he knew it, he was taking in $28,000 a month.

Never mind Project Glass, get ready for the Google Glove. Enter Google’s Smart Glove, described in a recently issued patent called “Seeing with your hand”. The Google Glove is filled choke full with electronics. These include cameras on the fingertips, compass, gyroscopes, accelerometers and other motion detectors on the fingers, CPU, a bunch of RAM and storage in the palm of your hand, and (wireless) communication chips on the back. Maybe even a small battery band around your wrist.

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