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 Wednesday, 8-February-2012  21:17:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Full-body scanners are now mandatory at Australian international airports, although they're not as intrusive as earlier technology. The Government is touting the technology as the most advanced available, with the equipment able to detect metallic and non-metallic items beneath clothing. It's also keen to allay concerns raised on travel online forums that passengers would appear nude on security screens as they had when similar scanners were introduced at US airports. The technology will show passengers on a screen as stick figures of neither sex. Discussion here.

Apple may be about to lose a lawsuit over its iPad name in China. After threatening legal action, the company sued Apple in China last year on allegations of trademark infringement. Proview is seeking a total of 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) in damages. Apple countersued, arguing that it was the rightful owner of the trademark, but a Chinese court ruled last December in favor of Proview. The iPad maker has since appealed the decision.

Engineers have apparently boosted AMD Fusion performance by 20% in software, but the details are a bit sparse. To achieve the 20% boost, the researchers reduce the CPU to a fetch/decode unit, and the GPU becomes the primary computation unit. This works out well because CPUs are generally very strong at fetching data from memory, and GPUs are essentially just monstrous floating point units. In practice, this means the CPU is focused on working out what data the GPU needs (pre-fetching), the GPUís pipes stay full, and a 20% performance boost arises.

An American firm has won a $620M NBN contract. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said the Ka-band satellites would be built by Space Systems/Loral in California and launched six months apart in 2015. "The satellites will have the capacity to serve 200,000 homes and businesses in rural and remote parts of the country,'' said Senator Conroy.

TechCrunch report that Chrome is now out for Android 4.0, and they love it. To be clear, Android has always shipped with a browser of its own ó and it actually shares much of the same codebase with Chrome, including the V8 JavaScript engine. But next to the real Chrome, itís a clear wannabe. After using it for a day, I really have no intention of using the older browser again.



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