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 Tuesday, 26-June-2007  20:26:25 (GMT +10) - by Rational

The WiFi alliance has begun certifying 802.11n draft equipment. Products that want to receive the official stamp of the Alliance need to go through product testing at one of eight laboratories located in Japan, California, Taiwan, or Spain. To earn the stamp, all tested products must do three things: interoperate with gear from other vendors, use WPA2 for security, and be backwards-compatible with all 802.11a/b/g gear.

Google has threatened to pull Gmail from Germany due to new security laws in the country. The legislation before the Bundestag would require telecommunications providers to collect and retain personally-identifiable connection data (including Internet and telephone use) relating to German users for six months. Anonymous accounts would not be allowed.

Samsung has begun mass producing 64GB SSD drives in the 1.8" form factor. Samsung Electronics announced that they have begun to mass-producing 1.8-inch solid-state drives (SSD) at 64GB (gigabytes). Aimed at notebook computers, the new drives are the highest density SSD available today for mobile computing applications.

Nintendo has briefly overtaken Sony in market value. Nintendo overtook Sony briefly on Monday in market value as the company that brought the world Mario and Donkey Kong cranks up the pressure on its arch-rival with its hit Wii video game console.

A British steam powered car is attempting to break the 101 year old record for the fastest steam powered vehicle. The team behind the Inspiration and the British Steam Car challenge hopes to break the current, 101 year old record of 127.659mph (1906). American Bob Barber hit 145.607mph in 1985 but it was a single run; the world record rules stipulate an average taken over two runs in opposite directions.

[OLD]A firm is set to unveil a tiny PC so small it can fit into a wall socket. Containing all the electronics needed to run as a low- to medium-power PC, the Jack PC, as its name suggests, will fit into a standard size wall socket. The entire PC sits on two layered circuitboards. It contains an AMD RISC processor to help reduce power consumption and heat output.

Apparently video games are not an addiction after all after doctors backed away from the controversial proposal at the American Medical Association. CHICAGO (Reuters) - Doctors backed away on Sunday from a controversial proposal to designate video game addiction as a mental disorder akin to alcoholism, saying psychiatrists should study the issue more. Addiction experts also strongly opposed the idea at a debate at the American Medical Association's annual meeting.

NYTimes have posted an article about cyber attacks and what expected from one. ANYONE who follows technology or military affairs has heard the predictions for more than a decade. Cyberwar is coming. Although the long-announced, long-awaited computer-based conflict has yet to occur, the forecast grows more ominous with every telling: an onslaught is brought by a warring nation, backed by its brains and computing resources; banks and other businesses in the enemy states are destroyed; governments grind to a halt; telephones disconnect; the microchip-controlled Tickle Me Elmos will be transformed into unstoppable killing machines.

IGN have posted their top 5 Playstation network games. The dust has now well and truly settled on the PlayStation 3's launch. You might even say that the honeymoon phase is over - gamers all over the globe have moved on from that initial state of excitement, where we explored the ins and outs of every game, we caressed every inch of the system's curvaceous black case, and we fiddled with every option in its firmware.

Phoronix have written up their Solaris installation experience. There's a problem with Solaris and Sun knows it. The installation experience of Solaris (along with other areas) could be greatly improved. The installer doesn't "suck" as it's easy and known to Solaris administrators, but for a Linux or Windows user it could prove to be a bit challenging. In the Linux world it's no longer a challenge to install a Linux distribution on your hard drive, especially with the excellent work that the Ubuntu team has done in improving the user experience for a desktop installation.

Techreport has compared the different versions of the Intel P35 chipset. WHEN WE FIRST REVIEWED Intel's P35 Express back in May, we called the chipset a solid successor to the P965. That might not sound like an enthusiastic endorsement, but the P965 Express has been a fantastic platform for mainstream users and enthusiasts alike, leaving the P35 with rather large shoes to fill.

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