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 Monday, 3-September-2012  12:00:58 (GMT +10) - by booj

IE and Chrome are both vying for the most popular browser title. StatCounter's number for August 2012 show that Chrome had 33.59 percent of the worldwide web browser share, compared to 33.81 percent in July. The market share for IE in August was 32.85 percent, compared to 32.05 percent in July. One trend that does continue is the loss of Firefox users. StatCounter shows that Mozilla's web browser was used by 22.85 percent of PC owners worldwide in August.

Java isn't having a good run lately. Another vulnerability has been discovered on top of a recent exploit leading to the recommendation to disable it altogether. Only hours after Oracle released its latest Java 7 update to address active exploits, security researchers found yet another vulnerability that can be exploited to run arbitrary code on systems that have the runtime installed.

Oil immersion cooling isn't a new concept, but you wouldn't think it suitable for mission critical servers right? Intel see the merits of it: The microprocessor giant just finished a yearlong test of Green Revolution Cooling’s mineral-oil server-immersion technology and is very happy with the results. According to Mike Patterson, senior power and thermal architect at Intel, not only does the technology appear perfectly safe for server components, but it might also become the norm for anyone needing maximum computer power or building out data center capacity.

Thank to Intel Inside for telling us that Gizmodo have gotten their hands on an apparent Apple secret employee training manual. The Genius Training Student Workbook we received is the company's most up to date, we're told, and runs a bizarre gamut of Apple Dos and Don'ts, down to specific words you're not allowed to use, and lessons on how to identify and capitalize on human emotions. The manual could easily serve as the Humanity 101 textbook for a robot university, but at Apple, it's an exhaustive manual to understanding customers and making them happy.

Renewable energy is renewable. Researchers in South Korea are aiming to turn human waste into fuel. The study was led by Eilhann Kwon of the Research Institute of Industrial Science and Technology. He reasoned that sewage sludge was rich in lipid content, so why not try to turn it into biodiesel -- whose starting component is more typically the lipids found in various waste oils (think used french fry oil).

One of the founders of the Pirate Bay has been arrested in Cambodia. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, one of the founders of the file sharing website The Pirate Bay has been arrested in Cambodia after an international warrant was issued following a conviction in Sweden for copyright violations.

The popular Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) gaming convention is headed to Australia in 2013. With this year's Seattle-based convention in full swing, and with three years of PAX's east-coast doppelganger already in the books, Penny Arcade creators Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik are bringing the convention to Australia at some point in 2013.

Ape of Jungle and andyroo54 both pointed out that the long awaited Black Mesa: Source has been given a release date of September 14th. The port of the original 1998 classic Half Life has been in development for many years and should be much improved over Valve's own 2004 Source conversion. Discussion here.

Slick let us know that BMW has teamed up with Thermaltake to produce the BMW M Mouse. BMW has launched a high-tech computer mouse “outfitted for the rigors of professional computer sports” and sporting the BMW performance ‘M’ in the name. The Level 10 M Mouse -- a collaboration between BMW Group DesignworksUSA and gaming accessories lab Thermaltake - features a solid aluminium base and an “Air-Through Ventilation System”.

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