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Thursday Morning (4 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 12-April-2007  02:32:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apparently the first planet with water outside our solar system has been discovered. The finding, to be detailed in an upcoming issue of Astrophysical Journal, confirms previous theories that say water vapor should be present in the atmospheres of nearly all the known extrasolar planets. There's a thread here in our Science forum for this news.

Sniper spotted this interesting website, Tell The Truth Telstra. Eleven of Australia’s top telecommunications and internet companies have formed with the objective of promoting fair competition and honest debate in the telecommunication sector. T4 participant's include AAPT, Austar, iiNet, Internode, Macquarie Telecom, Powertel, Primus Telecom, Telarus, TransACT, WestNet and Unwired.

Popular Mechanics are reporting on a high-performance electric car at the New York auto show. Hybrid Technologies’ thoroughbred pulls from zero to 60 in just 3.1 seconds as it launches to a top speed of 175 mph and a maximum range of around 200 miles.

Western Digital have announced a new family of hard drives aimed at home theatre, PVR and similar uses. These applications, which often demand 24x7 operation from hard drives, have different requirements than personal computers, such as higher reliability, universal compatibility, low power consumption and the ability to simultaneously record multiple audio and/or video streams. Consumer applications such as set-top boxes and DVD recorders place additional demands on hard drives to consume less power, generate less heat and operate quietly.

TomsHardware has a roundup of gaming video cards. So, if you don't have the time to research the benchmarks, or if you don't feel confident enough in your ability to make the right decision, fear not. We at Tom's Hardware Guide have come to your aid, with a simple list of the best gaming cards offered for the money. Digit-Life have their monthly 3D digest too, for March 2007. Monthy 3Digest is the project of iXBT.com and Digit-Life.com dedicated to informing you about the performance of a large number of graphics cards under Windows XP in the past month.

BigPond have entered the virtual world of Second Life, with 11 islands of their own, thanks Jaxor. Once you're in-world, you can move, chat, change clothes, scuba, sail, watch car races, see a movie, even make and spend Linden money. And everything you enjoy on our islands is unmetered.

Back in the real world, Google Earth now contains detailed evidence of the destruction in Darfur, thanks Matt. The Genocide Prevention Mapping Initiative seeks to collect, share and visually present to the world critical information on emerging crises that may lead to genocide or related crimes against humanity.

Today's giveaway of the day lets you save online videos for offline viewing. Every day we offer licensed software you'd have to buy otherwise, for free!

AMD has continued to cut desktop CPU pricing. There's a thread here in our AMD Hardware forum about it. However some people think the plan is backfiring. HWZone meanwhile interviewed Henri Richard, head of sales and marketing for AMD.

TomsHardware investigated the importance of matching GPU and motherboard chipsets. This isn't about which manufacturer is leading in discrete graphics card or chipset performance. Instead, this review is about whether or not these companies employ "engineering trickery" to make their other products shine.

ZXR spotted a new version of DX9 available from Microsoft. Can't find any details on what's changed, hmm.

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