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 Sunday, 18-November-2012  15:50:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apple Australia have a hefty back-tax bill, thanks Tony. APPLE AUSTRALIA has been hit with a $28.5 million bill for back taxes, statements lodged with the corporate regulator in April show. ... Apple's Australian arm reaped $4.9 billion in revenue last year through the sale of its computers, iPads and iPhones. The bill takes its total tax tab for the year ending September 24, 2011, to $94.7 million.

American authorities have uncovered a vast LCD price-fixing conspiracy. Did you buy a computer notebook, computer monitor, or big-screen TV anytime from late 2001 to 2006? If you did, odds are that you paid too much for it because of an international criminal conspiracy to fix the prices of the LCD (liquid crystal display) panels used in these products.

The Taliban have revealed their email subscriber list with a BCC mistake. The names were disclosed in an email by Qari Yousuf Ahmedi, an official Taliban spokesperson, on Saturday. The email was a press release he received from the account of Zabihullah Mujahid, another Taliban spokesperson. Ahmedi then forwarded Mujahid's email to the full Taliban mailing list, but rather than using the BCC function, or blind carbon copy which keeps email addresses private, Ahmedi made the addresses public.

AMD's stock continues to decline, but they insist they are not for sale. While J.P. Morgan refused to comment on the rumor, AMD spokesperson Drew Prairie denied the claim, stating that: "[AMD is] not actively pursuing a sale of the company or significant assets at this time."

Apple have patented virtual page turns. The patent illustration shows three images: One with the corner of a page being turned slightly, the next with it halfway, and a third showing the page almost entirely turned over. A feature used in Apple’s iBooks, and books in general, the patent represents one of 38 different patents granted to Apple this week.

I'm not quite sure what the point of it is, but Scootre spotted this Australian video mocking clueless DSLR users with "all the gear and no idea". When it comes to photography, that means mates who run around with their shiny new DSLR, mouthing off about their love of photography, with next to no idea of how to use any of their kit. This video, by Sony Australia, boils that right down.

TechSpot checked out COD: Black Ops II performance. But as usual, our main concern from a performance article perspective has to do with the game engine which has been slow to evolve over the years. The key changes to the game engine include a new technology called "reveal mapping" and HDR lighting. On paper the upgrade also calls for the move to the DirectX 11 API for the PC version of the game. This means PC gamers should enjoy better visuals when compared to those using console versions.

Dailymail look back at the first laptop computer. They may only be from 1981, but this piece of kit and the amazing adverts that try to sell it show just how quickly things move in the technology world. The hardware is the Osborne 1, widely acknowledged as the first laptop computer - and a machine very different from today's laptops and iPads (which was first introduced in 2010)

Google have a cool 100,000 stars explorer thingy. It's billed as a "Chrome Experiment" but seems to work in Firefox too. More info here. "Using your mouse or trackpad, you can zoom in and out to explore our galaxy," Google said. "Zooming in reveals the names of the most prominent stars close to our sun – click each name to learn more about it and see a digital rendition."

If that's not enough (or too much) of a timewaster, try foldit instead. Foldit is a revolutionary new computer game enabling you to contribute to important scientific research.

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