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Thursday Afternoon (7 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 6-January-2011  18:26:40 (GMT +10) - by Sciby

First up, we've got a few interviews with some well-known people in the tech world:

Anand Lal Shimpi of Anandtech - Anything we recommend on AnandTech, anything we suggest that someone part with their hard earned money for, ends up fully integrated into the daily lives of at least one of our editors. If you're going to recommend it, you had better well use it. Not just benchmark it, but actually use it. It doesn't matter whether it's a CPU, some memory or a smartphone, we owe it to the readership to stand by our recommendations.

AMD's Terry Makedon - We recently had the chance to interview Terry Makedon, Manager of Software Product Management for discrete GPU's, from AMD and talked about the history, philosophy and future plans for AMD's world domination when it comes to video cards and drivers. Terry Makedon is well known in the gaming community and is well known as CatalystMaker on Twitter where he directly interacts with fellow gamers.

Allan Campbell of KitGuru.net - Seriously, to be honest, it is difficult to nail down ‘who the audience is'. When I started DriverHeaven.net it was purely a hobby, so I would come home from my day job and just work on the site. It would cost me money every month for hosting and site expansion but I didn't care - the fact I could actually earn money down the line wasn't even in my thinking. The site became quite large a few years later and began to take over my life.

Onto something that's truly close to my heart - or at least my fingertips with all this typing I do these days - CNN has interviewed Cliff Kushler, who developed the Swype input system for various touch-screen devices: In the mid-1990s, Kushler, along with Dale Grover and the late Martin King, invented a method for quickly inputting text on a standard phone keypad. Called T9, the technology allowed users to press fewer buttons in order to type words.

In other news, the fast-talking Yahtzee over at Zero Punctuation has released his list of the 5 best and 5 worst games of 2010. I feel bad because I haven't played a single one.

TweakTown has discovered how to turn your Radeon HD 6950 2GB into a HD 6970. It's kinda specific to that model, I know, but still... a free upgrade (kinda) is a free upgrade (kinda). Of course, if you break your card doing this, it's not their fault. (Or OCAU's)

Techcrunch has reported on Google releasing a sneak peak of their eagerly awaited Android 3.0 mobile OS:"Honeycomb is the next version of the Android platform, designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. We’ve spent a lot of time refining the user experience in Honeycomb, and we’ve developed a brand new, truly virtual and holographic user interface." Er... holographic user interface?

I'm sure the vast majority of people who read this will know exactly how to build a computer but in case you're not sure and you're wanting to throw together a home theatre PC, Ninjalane.com have whipped out a guide to do just that. "There are basically 2 schools of thought when it comes to HTPC components. One group (the vocal ones) typically push the ultra low voltage concept suggesting that you need Mini ITX systems coupled with expensive decoding chips and Atom processors to get the best experience. While this approach will render your system extremely compact it does limit what you can do with the system beyond basic video playback. Another option is to use regular PC components and mod them into a case of your choice. The advantage here is easier access to hardware and generally more power."

Tbreak have taken a quick look at Skype 3.0 via the iPhone 4, with a view to the video call function: "In the past I’ve done outlandish field tests on a prior release of Skype, where on holiday I was in a moving car going up a hill above sea level in stormy weather running on edge and was speaking to a friend on the Euro train using 3G and got a good 20 minutes of talk out of it, but none was as rewarding as using a 1mb connection on both ends 1000km or so away from each other speaking to my little nieces from the comfort of home and it never felt mechanical or devoid of life for a minute."

And finally we've got two snippets from dasuperham (I guess he likes cured pork): 1: Oversupply sends DRAM prices to one-year low and 2: Tesla Model S to have 17-inch infotainment console powered by Tegra The Telsa, if you don't remember, is a battery-powered sports car that looks awesome and can move it, but you still have to plug it into the wall at night, just like for your RC car when you were a kid.

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