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Tuesday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 5-June-2007  15:58:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NYT have more info about Google's Street View and the privacy concerns it's generating. In case you missed it, it's a new feature of Google Maps that includes street-level images taken by a vehicle driving up and down streets in various American cities. Here's one of the vehicles involved (the other is apparently this van). Wired have more interesting photos from the service.

Genesis sent in this breakthrough in room-temperature superconductors. Taillefer predicted the discovery would lead to room-temperature superconductors within 10 years, triggering a technological revolution similar to the invention of the transistor.

Cooler Master are celebrating their 15th birthday with a new website and some giveaways.

We haven't heard about the Phantom games console for a while.. turns out the company is still going, but still, no sign of the console. It didn't help that the company failed to produce said console; five years later, that dream is dead, but the company still lives on, hawking a hinged "lapboard" complete with keyboard, mouse, and hard surface. Actually, the lapboard doesn't exist, either.

Anandtech have published their take on the "Radeon HD 2900 XT lacks UVD (Universal Video Decode) hardware" story. To recap, the situation is as follows. A huge number of press and channel partners were given the impression by AMD that their R600 GPU used to build the new Radeon HD 2900 XT contained UVD hardware. AMD's press materials are incredibly vague about the issue: they never explicitly state that the HD 2900 XT does or does not physically have UVD hardware. They do list R600 as having AVIVO HD, which they explained includes GPU offload of the entire video decode pipeline in their press materials.

Akihabaranews spent 3 days with the Fujitsu FMV-U8240 ultra-mobile PC, thanks Craig. Well, when it comes to the design, the U8240 certainly is not as "sexy" as a Vaio UX and this will bother those choose regarding the looks...now...if you mention ergonomics, usability and processing power there is an italian word for it: BRAVO!

If you're a Firefox user, you might want to upgrade ASAP. Dailytech have a bit more info on the security issue.

LegitReviews consider ATI vs NVIDIA in Company of Heroes (DirectX 10). This past week THQ Inc. released a patch adding Microsoft DirectX 10 support to PC game title Company of Heroes. This makes Company of Heroes is the first commercially available DirectX 10 Windows PC game and we have been busy benchmarking it over the last couple days to bring you some performance numbers on the latest and greatest DX10 video cards from both ATI and NVIDIA.

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