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Thursday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 19-April-2007  15:08:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel's Developer Forum is underway in Beijing at the moment, and there's been some benchmarking going on of their upcoming CPU products. Coverage on Bit-Tech, Hexus, HotHardware, HWZone (and here), LegitReviews, PCPerspective, Techgage and Tech-Report.

IGN got tired of playing "Silent Hunter 4" and went to play with real submarines instead. IGN AU visited HMAS Collins and compared it to the subs in Silent Hunter 4. We were surprised at how many of the crew turned out to be gamers, and they even used SH3 for training.

From Grit: The ABC has enabled vodcast downloads of the 7:30 Report. Now if you miss one of Australia's premier journalistic programs, you can enjoy it on the way to work the next day. Great news for everyone, really.

Engaget have an Xbox360 laptop project posted. This Xbox laptop is a bit thinner, significantly lighter, and has some essential upgrades if you're gonna build one yourself.

SharkyExtreme interviewed Dan Odell from Microsoft, a hardware ergonomicist. The biggest issues that you see are shoulder and neck pain, but there are a number of symptoms that can result from improper computer use, such as numbness, tingling, pain, cold hands, weakness, etc. If these symptoms aren't addressed, they can develop into very serious chronic injuries.

From Eric: After checking the latest news post on the new nvidia 8600/8500 I checked out the nvidia site for new drivers. It looks like there is a new forceware driver for vista (32 and 64 it seems) (xp doesnít seem to have been updated yet), version 158.18 (released 17/04/2007)... though oddly enough it seems to be marked as a beta driver? Also, Iím not sure if this has an implications on the future of forceware, but they have separated the downloads into the various chipsets (6,7,8600/8500,8800 series), though for the time being at least, they all seem to point to the same version of forceware.

Speaking of which, there's more GeForce 8600/8500 coverage on XbitLabs and PureOC.

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