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Monday Afternoon (32 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 19-December-2011  13:12:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

So, I made the switch from iPhone to Android yesterday. I played with the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S II side by side for about 20 mins, and ended up choosing the slightly-older S2 over the new-shiny Nexus. Goodbye, iTunes!

According to a new monitoring website, everybody pirates, it seems. Earlier this week, it was found that employees of major copyright holders Sony, Universal, and Fox were all found to have illegally downloaded content through the BitTorrent network. Today, two prominent figures in the online piracy fight were also found to be seemingly undoing all of their employers’ hard work in the fight against online piracy.

Comic-Con will be coming to Australia, specifically Adelaide, in 2012. "The San Diego convention started with 300 people in 1970 and last year attendance exceeded 130,000," Ms Gago said. "This is a good example of South Australia tapping into a niche market to deliver broad economic benefits." Oz Comic-Con will be held on Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1, in the Goyder Pavilion at the Adelaide Showgrounds. The aim is to make it an annual event.

Microsoft is going to remotely nuke IE6. Right now its usage is at 8.3 percent, which means that millions of users out there are using obsolete technology. Microsoft has decided to kill it fast: starting next month, they will upgrade Windows users automatically to the latest version of Internet Explorer supported by the computers. This, Microsoft says, will put the usage down to less than 1 percent.

An upcoming version of Google's answer to Siri may be named in honour of Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, wife of Gene Roddenberry and best known for being the voice of the ship's computer in various versions of Star Trek. If the report holds true, Majel would be an upgrade to Android's current Voice Actions app, which lets you make calls, send emails, search the web, get directions and perform other actions via your voice. But in its current incarnation, Voice Actions relies on preset voice commands in contrast to Siri, which lets you converse more naturally.

Hitachi have announced 4TB desktop HDDs. The 4TB Deskstar 5K4000 is a 3.5-inch hard drive with a 32MB cache buffer that provides an exceptional blend of power efficiency and performance, making it an ideal solution for power-friendly desktop computers. Providing 33 percent more capacity compared to current 3TB drives, the Deskstar 5K4000 drive features innovative CoolSpin technology, expanding this class of performance-optimized, energy-efficient drives that run cooler and require less power. They also have a new 900GB 10k-rpm 2.5" SAS drive.

PC Perspective meanwhile wonder if the end of the HDD shortage is in sight. We have been covering the unfortunate disaster in Thailand and the accompanying disruption in the world of storage since things first started hitting the fan in October. The initial result was a very dramatic price increase on traditional spinning disks - prices going up as much as 200% in some cases. This week we got our hands on some very interesting data from Dynamite Data, a company focused on channel monitoring, that they were willing to let us share with you.

iXBT compared some low-end and mid-range video cards. Today we shall review as many as five low and mid-end graphics cards: four based on NVIDIA GPUs and one on an AMD Radeon GPU. All five have custom design and coolers, so let's see if this provides any benefits.

Damien spotted this LAN-party optimised house built by a Google engineer. There's more technical details here. The house has twelve of these fold-out computer stations, six in each of two rooms (ideal for team vs. team games). The actual computers are not next to the monitors, but are all in a rack in a back room. The stations were built by a cabinet maker based on specs I created. The rest of the house was designed by my dad, Richard Varda, who happens to be an architect.

Skymaster sent in this video of a lizard gamer. My Bearded Dragon showing her mad skills :)



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