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 Thursday, 11-May-2006  16:34:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

CNet report that the PS3 will hit Oz on Nov 17, thanks Timbot. The system will come in two bundles -- a PS3 with a 20GB hard drive (confirmed RRP of AU$829) and one with a 60GB HDD (confirmed RRP of AU$999). As a comparison, the Xbox 360's core bundle retails for AU$499, while its upgrade bundle which includes a 20GB hard drive retails for AU$649.

Aftahours noticed what appears to be an attempt to cash in on the recently-released Tasmanian miners, by buying domain names of their actual names. While it was possible the registrations were legitimate, the body believed it was likely to have been an attempt at opportunism, Mr Disspain said.

Totally offtopic, but here's a fascinating read with incredible photos, detailing a trip around Africa by motorcycle.

Didn't take long for the illegal Apple clones to appear. Apparently they've caught on, selling such items as the "PowerPC G6 Macintosh", an "Apple G6 Macintosh-Clone Computer" with a 3.8GHz Pentium 4. Along with the fancy OSx86 compatible hardware, it comes pre-loaded with something the seller likes to call "Mac OSX-86 Apple MacOS X Tiger 10.4.3".

HWZone have a sneak-peek at some new HP notebooks. These new notebooks will all feature the latest Intel Core Duo processor, giving them a lot more computing performance with the same power efficiency of yesterday's Pentium M processors. Besides that, all of the five new models will be Microsoft Vista-capable and will also feature HP's Professional Innovations, which is a set of hardware and software solutions designed to enhance security, improve ease of use and better reliability.

AT&T are selling TV shows for laptops at their wireless hotspots. When hotspots at McDonald's Corp. stores are added later this month, the service will be available in 7,000 locations, AT&T spokesman Fletcher Cook said today.

A new supercomputer centre is to be commissioned soon, focussing on nanotechnology research. The CCNI system will be made up of massively parallel Blue Gene supercomputers, POWER-based Linux clusters, and AMD Opteron processor-based clusters, providing more than 70 teraflops of computing muscle. This will put CCNI among the top 10 supercomputing centers of any kind, and make it the most powerful university-based center in the world.

A Californian man who took control of 400,000 zombie PC's and rented them to hackers and spammers has been sentenced to five years in prison recently. Prosecutors called the case the first to target profits derived from use of "botnets," large numbers of computers that hackers commandeer through software and then turn into a "zombie" network that can be controlled by outsiders. The computers' owners are unaware that parasitic programs have been installed on their machines that allow outsiders to operate them.

HWSecrets checked out the Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (2.4 GHz) and Athlon 64 FX-60 (2.6 GHz) processors. Dual-core technology is finally a reality and the tendency is that all mainstream CPUs to become dual-core in a near future. But will average users really benefit from it? In this review we’ve got two CPUs running at the same clock rate, Athlon 64 3800+ and Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (both running at 2.4 GHz), and could see if there is a real performance gain for regular users.

Google has a new gadget, Google Trends. Interestingly, Perth is the second ranked city for "overclocking".

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