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Tuesday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 25-September-2007  17:15:17 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Microsoft are talking about buying a stake in Facebook potentially valuing it at upwards of US$10 billion, thanks Ashley. Microsoft is in talks to buy a minority stake in the popular social-networking Web site Facebook Inc., a sign of a new urgency by the software giant to jump-start its online business at a time when Google is widening its lead in the fast-growing Internet-advertising business. As part of its catch-up program, Microsoft also has quietly granted broad powers to an executive recently hired from outside the company, who is expected to help shake up the software giant's online business.

He also spotted this article about a speed boost for Telstra's Next G to 7.2Mbps. As of 10.30am this morning, Telstra have finally made 7.2Mbps wireless broadband Next-G datacards available to Telstra’s business and Bigpond customers, with firmware updates to come for most existing Next-G cards delivering ‘up to’ 7.2Mbps download speeds without having to purchase new hardware.

IGN have reviewed Halo 3. I'm a firm believer, you see, in the Theory of Entertainment Relativity - the idea that if you think something's going to be great, and it's merely great (as opposed to awesomely awesome), you'll be disappointed, whereas if you're convinced something's going to be crap and it turns out to be great, you'll enjoy it much more. So, to test the theory, I've been telling anyone who'll listen about how shithouse the Halo series is - how Master Chief is a big girl, how I'd prefer to be forced to play every Army Men game in succession than Halo 2 and how any company that promotes its products via elaborate dioramas should be shot on sight. Unfortunately, it didn't really work. Halo 3 is, in fact, merely great, and after several days out at Microsoft playing it, I've still come away disappointed. A penny for your thoughts Mr Ring.

John noted that Speedfan 4.33 has been released. A changelog and description can be found here. If you need a tool that can change your computer's fan speeds, read the temperatures of your motherboard and your hard disk, read voltages and fan speeds and check the status of your hard disk using S.M.A.R.T. or SCSI attributes, then you came to the right place. SpeedFan is the software to go. It is fully configurable and you can create custom events to handle every situation in an automated way. SpeedFan works under Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, 2003, XP and Vista. SpeedFan works fine on Vista 64 bit too. The relevant driver is now signed with my digital certificate. And this all costs you absolutely nothing!

Office 2008 for the Macintosh will ship in January coming in three versions. Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac comprises Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Entourage, and includes support for Automator and Exchange Server. How fully Exchange is supported remains to be seen, as Entourage 2004's performance in this regard has been a bone of contention among corporate users. Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition adds Expression Media to the above package. Expression Media handles over 120 file formats (including RAW files from popular cameras) and creates a visual catalogue. Format conversion and basic image editing are also supported.

Apple has threatened to kill hacked iPhones during the next software update for the device. Apple has warned iPhone owners who have used unauthorised programs to unlock the cellular service feature of their handsets that they may end up with a phone that doesn't work after the company's next software update for it. Since the iPhone debuted in June, hackers have posted a number of methods online to make it possible to use the iPhone on cellular networks other than AT&T, which is the exclusive official carrier for the iPhone.

The death of Moore's law is coming within 15 years. Moore's Law -- actually more of a conjecture -- essentially states the number of transistors placed on an integrated circuit doubles every two years. His observation helped outline trends the semiconductor industry for more than 40 years. "We have another decade, a decade and a half, before we hit something that is fairly fundamental," Moore said during the session. That something "fundamental" is material science. Even the most advanced lithography conceivable today can't eliminate the brick wall that is the nanoscale.

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