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 Saturday, 3-November-2007  20:47:19 (GMT +10) - by Cryogenic

Quick news post before flying out to South Africa in the morning!

Yif's submitted a few items that might interest. A security update was released for Acrobat Reader with fears PDFs being the latest method of attack. Next, scientists have genetically modified mice to produce funky colours to trace neuron activity. Whilst these scientists appear to have created an army of superstrong mice. Finally, if you're wondering why iPODs don't have bluetooth, this article might shed some light on the topic for you.

If the report on the 6.6 billion dollar investment in the Super Hornet has tickled your interest in defence spending, check out the electro shirt, that the government has injected another 4.4 million development dollars into. The Australian Defence Department has injected $4.4 million worth of funding to further the CSIRO’s research into designing clothing which can be used as a self-recharging electrical source on the battlefield. Both are ub3r cool.

We recently had an OCAU vs. Whirlpool Team Fortress 2 battle go down and looks as though we wiped the floor with them. Details can be found in this thread. Well done guys!

ArsTechnica have posted an article regarding Telstra's adoption of the iPhone. As the iPhone slowly expands its reach, one of the big questions has been what countries it will pop up in next. One such country is Australia, where Telstra has confirmed that the company is talking to Apple about the iPhone, according to MarketWatch.

If you're in the market for an LCD monitor (and it is a good time to buy as prices continue to drop), it might be worthwhile to head over and check out XBitLabs' LCD Buyer's Guide for Fall 2007. This article was conceived to serve as a guide. Without delving into technicalities and features of each monitor I just browsed through the catalogue of currently available models, pointing out the most interesting offers.

Apparently Microsoft has "accidentally" sent out Windows Desktop Search 3.01 as a forced update which resulted in the inability to disable the service via Group Policy for businesses. A way around this has been posted by Rod Howarth for those interested.

If you've been following AMD's release of RV670, TweakTown have posted up information on AMD's Q4 graphics line up. We’ve managed to get our hands on a document which contains AMD’s plans for Q4 this year and how they position their products against Nvidia’s in the graphics card market. Clicky link to find out what's in it.

Still on AMD (well ATi) graphics, Phoronix have compared performance of ATI Open vs. Closed AIGLX. We have taken an ATI Radeon X800XL 256MB PCI-E graphics card, which is supported by both the Radeon and fglrx drivers, and have compared their Compiz performance in a few different scenarios.

And another graphics related comparison was done by TechARP who compared the performance of Crysis in 64 bit and 32 bit flavours. Before you go rushing off to buy the 64-bit version of Windows Vista though, take a look at what we found when we benchmarked the 64-bit Crysis and compared it to the performance of the 32-bit Crysis.



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