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Friday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-January-2014  13:17:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Allrighty then, let's see if we can start catching up on news from the break.

IntelInside sent in lots of stuff - firstly this Wired article about Cyanogen, a mobile phone OS that doesn't care what phone it's on. That may sound like sound like an extreme undertaking, and, well, it is. Not everyone has the skills or the desire or the time to fashion their own mobile operating system. But Kondik believes that many people are looking for a simpler way of customizing the software on their phones, and thatís why he co-founded a company that seeks to bring Cyanogen to masses.

Iron Maiden have been tracking down pirates - to decide where to play concerts. Musicmetric suggests that the file-sharing data helped Iron Maiden turn these pirates into paying customers, simply by heading over there and playing for them. Itís impossible to download the true experience of a live concert, so the chances are high that several pirates will turn up.

Apple have been required to adopt a new refund policy in Australia thanks to our consumer laws. Apple misled consumers into thinking they were entitled to less recourse than the new Australian consumer law prescribes, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) found. Apple and its suppliers told Australian consumers they were only entitled to what Apple wanted to offer them when products failed, rather than what they should have been entitled to under Australia's new consumer laws.

There's a few articles looking back and looking forward, so here they are: Techspot have the Best in Tech of 2013, the Top Tech Stories of 2013, their Mobile Tech Predictions for 2014 and some Infamous Tech Predictions and Quotes. Mpot meanwhile spotted the Biggest Flops in 2013.

LegionHW have a 4-way 128GB flash drive roundup. Today we are checking out four flash drives that have enough room to store roughly 13,539 photos at 24MP, 30,464 mp3 files or 243 feature length films in mpeg format. Thanks to their generous 128GB capacity and USB 3.0 interface, these tiny flash drives make moving large volumes of data quick and easy.

From Callan: "Bunny" is always interesting to follow - right back to his hack that cracked open the original XBOX. In this article he covers what is inside SDCards, and approaches to hack them, gaining execute access to the ARM or i8051-based microprocesors contained inside. Who'd have thunk it!

Anandtech have posted their thoughts on the new Mac Pro. Given how power limited everything else, itís no surprise that Apple focuses so heavily on the new Mac Proís thermal core. Itís single, unified heatsink that is directly responsible for cooling the three major processors in the new Mac Pro: CPU and two GPUs. The thermal core is in the shape of a triangular prism, with each lateral surface attaching directly to one of the three processors.

Cragv sent in this flashback. This was published on OCAU's news page on Thursday, 9-September-2010 02:59:22 (GMT +10), However, it's 'doing the rounds' again online (Reddit, Slashdot, etc.). While the article is a surprisingly accurate anti-prediction, the final paragraph did actually stand out to me. It reads: While the Internet beckons brightly, seductively flashing an icon of knowledge-as-power, this nonplace lures us to surrender our time on earth. A poor substitute it is, this virtual reality where frustration is legion and whereóin the holy names of Education and Progressóimportant aspects of human interactions are relentlessly devalued. I wonder whether this is changing or whether things are still the same almost 20 years later.



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