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 Thursday, 13-September-2007  07:39:28 (GMT +10) - by Rational

DansData has checked out the long awaited cheap wattmeter for Australia. It is, finally, possible to buy a cheap power consumption meter here in 230-volt-nominal Australia. In the USA, the P3 Kill-A-Watt meter is deservedly popular; it's only $US21 from Amazon and is more than accurate enough for domestic purposes. But the Kill-A-Watt, and other cheap American meters, are useless for people in countries that have a different mains voltage.

Microsoft have announced some upcoming changes to Vista desktop search. Microsoft on Wednesday outlined the changes it plans to make to the desktop search feature in Windows Vista to satisfy antitrust concerns. The software maker agreed in June to make the alterations to the way desktop search operates in response to concerns from rivals, particularly Google.

TechARP have taken a look at the leaked Windows XP SP3. Those who are still hanging onto Windows XP (32-bit) will be heartened to know that the Service Pack 3 programme is chugging along nicely. In fact, Microsoft is scheduled to wrap up the Technical Beta and release Service Pack 3 for public beta testing within the next two weeks

AMD is still clawing away at Intels market share albeit Intel having the polular C2D platform. During Q2, Intel accounted for 78.8 per cent of global CPU sales by revenue, down from 80.8 per cent in Q1. AMD's share was up from Q1's 10.9 per cent to 13.4 per cent. That's half a percentage point more than Intel's dip - the remainder was taken from all the other vendors, such as VIA and ARM's licensees. Together, VIA and co. took 7.8 per cent of the market.

Bit-Tech have published an article about how to get the most out of your PC audio. This guide walks you through the basics of setting up your PC to get the best performance without spending any cash, and the best ways to spend a bit of dosh if you’re so inclined. One thing to remember throughout the course of this guide – good sound is highly subjective. One person may find one setup unlistenable whereas another may find it fantastic.

Bigpond is now offering 30Mbps "extreme" cable internet. The SMH also has coverage on this article. Telstra BigPond has launched its 30Mbps cable broadband service, BigPond Cable Extreme, in Sydney and Melbourne. The service, with upload speeds up to 1Mbps, is available to more than 1.8 million Sydney and Melbourne homes and businesses. User on other parts of Telstra's HFC network can get speeds up to 17Mbps downstream, 256kbps upstream.

Yougamers have posted an article about cross platform gaming. If you want to play the latest and greatest games, you'll have to invest in a system that can run them. The cutting edge of gaming technology is still wielded by the PC platform, but despite falling PC prices, the barrier of entry to cutting edge gaming can be high.

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