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 Friday, 13-July-2007  20:25:34 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Australian politicians are going onto Myspace to try to connect with younger voters, a direct link to them can be found here. MySpace today launched its Impact channel for politicians and non-profit organizations, but don't expect to add the Prime Minister, John Howard, to your friends list. Labor politicians outnumber Liberals two-to-one on the new channel, which MySpace general manager Rebekah Horne describes as an interactive tool that they can use to engage directly with voters, particularly younger ones who may feel alienated from the political process.

A 75 year old Swedish woman has the world's fastest internet clocking in at 40gbps, thanks rade. A 75 year old woman from Karlstad in central Sweden has been thrust into the IT history books - with the world's fastest internet connection. Sigbritt Löthberg's home has been supplied with a blistering 40 Gigabits per second connection, many thousands of times faster than the average residential link and the first time ever that a home user has experienced such a high speed.

EA's chief says that games are boring consumers due to lack of innovation, thanks iNsid3r. He says EA and others need both to push more aggressively beyond traditional audiences to court "casual" consumers and to experiment more with new sales approaches -- outside the norm of selling $50 to $60 discs with 40-hour games that he says few players ever finish

He also spotted a Hellgate: London hands on and a whole bunch of Age of Conan trailers. Flagship Studios and EA are bringing Hellgate: London to what should be its final E3 trade show, as the long-awaited action role-playing game is finally set to ship later this summer or in the early fall. Hellgate represents the debut game for Flagship, which was founded by key members of the team responsible for the blockbuster Diablo games while they were at Blizzard.

DigitalTrends have posted a guide to affordable online faxing for USA and Canadian numbers. Have you ever found yourself needing to send a fax, but couldn't do so because you don’t own a fax machine, don't have a phone/modem line, or don't want to pay the high fees associated with sending faxes through Kinko's or subscription/fee-based fax services? There's a great fax service available online — for free. It's FaxZero.com, and it'll let you send faxes for free via your web browser.

EcoPCReview have posted a registry of environmentally friendly computers. What is an environmentally friendly computer? This is the first question on every visitor's mind as they peruse EcoPCReview. It's both easy and difficult to answer. One of the first observations is that it's almost impossible to conceive of a completely green computer. There are too many complex, technological components that go into a computer, and all of these components have associated raw materials, energy, toxins, and greenhouse gases associated with their manufacture and use.

Dell has announced a mini ITX desktop computer for Chinese markets. Dell China is setting its sights on "emerging markets" with its new Mini-ITX PC, the EC280. The low-power, small-footprint PC appears to be the same model that we mentioned back in March, which Dell is taking head-to-head with competition like Lenovo and Founder. The handsome little box comes with Windows XP Home Edition pre-installed, and has a 1.2GHz Celeron M 205 processor

The computer virus has turned 25 after a teenager made Elk Cloner to trick his friends. It infected Apple II computers by floppy disk. The computer virus turns 25 years old this year. It's been a rocky quarter-century, but according to Richard Ford and Eugene Spafford, two computer scientists writing in this week's issue of the journal Science, viruses can look forward to a long, fruitful life. The researchers say that in today's hyper-connected world, when everything's got a chip in it and is running software, stopping malware is basically an impossible task. (Their article is not online.)

Check out this auction of the blended iPhone.

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