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 Friday, 15-June-2012  13:56:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Kogan are taking a stand against IE7, levying a tax on customers using it. "Internet Explorer 7 has long since passed its use-by date," Mr Kogan said. "It’s a constant source of frustration for our web guys and we’re sick of burning cash on a browser that hit the market nearly six years ago. It goes against everything Kogan stands for." Discussion here.

The world's gone topsy-turvy, with Zalman making video cards, VisionTek making memory and Western Digital making routers! What's next, Microsoft making portable music players? Oh, wait.

Nokia's woes continue, with 10,000 jobs on the line, thanks mpot. Elop, who took over as CEO in 2010, is reorganizing Nokia after market-share gains by Apple Inc.’s iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co. devices led to a slump in sales and four straight quarterly losses. The company risks going out of business in as little as two years unless it reduces expenses, said Alexander Peterc, an Exane BNP Paribas analyst in London.

HotHardware looked at Thunderbolt performance. To test Thunderbolt under Windows, we got our hands on a couple of high-end motherboards that have the technology built-in, Intel's DZ77RE-75K and the Asus P8Z77-V Premium, along with a Thunderbolt-enabled Direct Attached Storage RAID system from Promise. The numbers speak for themselves.

NeoSeeker compared some AMD A75 motherboards. Many options are available to the consumer when it comes to A75-based motherboards. Neoseeker takes a look at offerings from three manufacturers: the ASRock A75 Extreme6, ASUS F1A75-M PRO and F1A75-V PRO, and ECS A75F-A.

AMD's Fusion Developers Summit was on recently - here's some snippets: HSA Foundation formed by AMD, ARM, Ti, Imagination and MediaTek on PCPerspective, Day 1 Keynote Coverage on HotHardware, AMD Leans on ARM for Security on PCPerspective and ARM TrustZone technology Coming To APUs on LegitReviews.

Still on the AMD side of things, TomsHardware benchmarked Trinity APUs. Desktop-bound Trinity APUs are shipping to OEMs, but they won't show up in the channel for months. Nevertheless, we got our hands on three upcoming models. How does Piledriver fare? What about VLIW4 graphics? Does memory play a big role? We answer within!

MIT have developed a glucose fuel cell for implanted brain-computer interfaces. The glucose-powered fuel cell is crafted out of silicon and platinum, using standard semiconductor fabrication processes. The platinum acts as a catalyst, stripping electrons from glucose molecules, similar to how aerobic animal cells (such as our own) strip electrons from glucose with enzymes and oxygen. I wonder if you can get one with an external USB port for recharging your phone.

Asher spotted this list of top level domain submissions. I don't know how many of these will be approved, but there's a few whacky ones on that list. ICANN developed the New generic Top-Level Domain Program to increase competition and choice by introducing new gTLDs into the Internet’s addressing system. What is a gTLD? It is an Internet domain name extension such as the familiar .com, .net, or .org. There are 280 ccTLDs but only 22 “generics” in the domain name system right now, but that is all about to change.

This coming Monday is International Ride to Work Day. For hundreds of thousands of workers, motorcycles and scooters are an economical, efficient and socially responsible form of mobility that saves energy, reduces traffic congestion and provides a broad range of other public benefits.

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