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 Friday, 11-July-2008  12:57:28 (GMT +10) - by DiGiTaL MoNkEY

Seagate unveiled the Barracuda 7200.11, the first 1.5-terabyte desktop hard drive to hit the market. The Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive combines proven PMR technology, components and expert manufacturing to provide 1.5TB of reliable storage for mainstream desktop computers, workstations, desktop RAID, gaming and high-end PCs storage. Discussion on the forum.

Massive Entertainment has released a free trial client for World in Conflict, allowing gamers to participate in the online multiplayer with those who have purchased the game at retail. Running from today, July 11 until July 22 2008, the trial will allow everyone to jump online and check out the multiplayer portion of the game on the same servers as owners of the retail game. Download it on AusGamers.

X-bit Labs have published a comprehensive 1TB hard drive roundup, comparing a variety of makes and models. There are the highs and lows of the tested drives but the most important point about them is the price factor. The price of a 1-terabyte drive has lowered by a half since the moment they hit the market – all thanks to the competition.

During the past few months, a group of specialists, along with other security experts, have discovered approximately 800 vulnerabilities in anti-virus products. Contrary to their actual function, the products open the door to attackers, enable them to penetrate company networks and infect them with destructive code. The positioning of anti-virus software in central areas of the company now poses an accordingly high security risk. Thanks AirQ!

After much anticipation, the Apple iPhone 3G has been released in Australia and around the world. In line with its release, iTunes 7.7 is available for download, MobileMe has been launched, the iTunes App Store is online and iPhone firmware 2.0 is available. Discussion on the forum.

A group of Australian university students have triumphed over 200,000 students from 100 nations to achieve first place in Microsoft’s 2008 Imagine Cup competition. The competition, which is now in its sixth year, is designed for students from around the world to showcase their talents and create an innovative solution to a real world problem. Thanks AirQ!

IGN AU take a look at the reasoning behind the banning of Bethesda's anticipated RPG, Fallout 3. The two page document outlines the classification board's reasons for refusing to classify the game for Australians; specifically, the intrinsic use of 'Chems', which are thinly-disguised narcotics that can be used during the game for various stat-modifiers. Discussion on the forum.

A new ultrafast optical switch on a chip could help speed up the internet in Australia by more than 6,000 per cent, say researchers. Professor Eggleton and colleagues say they have developed an optical switch that can eliminate of one of the bottlenecks in Australia's internet infrastructure. But for the Australian home user to benefit fully from such a switch, we will have to wait until fibre optics go directly to the home.

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