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 Friday, 8-March-2013  13:21:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft have recieved a huge fine from the European Commission after their "Browser Choice Screen" was removed from Windows. Microsoft has been fined 561m euros ($731m; £484m) for failing to promote a range of web browsers, rather than just Internet Explorer, to users in the European Union (EU). It introduced a Browser Choice Screen pop-up in March 2010 as part of a settlement following an earlier EU competition investigation. But the US company dropped the feature in a Windows 7 update in February 2011.

Folks in our Mechanical Keyboard thread might be interested in this review on Tech-Report. Cooler Master has released a keyboard based on a little-known mechanical key switch: the Cherry MX greens. We've compared this offering to an IBM Model M and another keyboard based on Cherry's more popular blue switches.

HardwareHeaven have some coverage of CeBIT 2013. This week HardwareHeaven headed over to Germany to attend the annual CeBIT trade event, here we have some interviews conducted by Kaeyi for HardwareHeaven and a gallery of the event. Enjoy!

Mibberz sent in this interesting page about Australian warranty laws and Apple. First, letís clear up some initial points. This is not a scam, or a way to scam Apple. The Australian Government and the ACCC have some fantastic consumer protection policies in place that many people simply arenít aware of, and many companies donít rush to inform you about. In 2011, they increased these protections even further with the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, but in the case of the iPhone 4, itís likely that your situation is covered by the 1974 act, which this guide is based upon.

IntelInside spotted this article about slum children teaching themselves to use computers. After realising what he had found, Dr Mitra began publishing the results in scientific journals. "I published everywhere. I wrote down and measured everything, and I said, in nine months, a group of children left alone with a computer in any language will reach the same standard as an office secretary in the West. I'd seen it happen over and over and over again."

Here's a clever billboard which produces drinking water. The rain in this region is almost zero, but its atmospheric humidity is about 98%. Inspired by this, UTEC built the first billboard that produces drinking water out of the air. The billboard has unique technology that captures the air humidity and turns it into drinking water.

It's a bit of a stretch, but Hubble has photographed a Space Invader galaxy. That's just what happened with a faraway elliptical galaxy that lies billions of light-years from Earth. When its light passed near the massive Abell 68 galaxy cluster, the light was bent and warped, producing a picture resembling a squat alien invader when viewed from Earth.

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