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 Saturday, 1-November-2008  03:11:48 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

Thanks to Matt for this news update!

Sony is at it again with new reports of exploding batteries. Computer makers are recalling 100,000 laptop battery packs made by Sony after 40 reports of overheating, according to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission notice. Some incidents involved smoke or flames, according to Sony. Twenty-one of the reports claimed minor property damage, and small burns were reported in four cases.

A BBC reporter set out to find how much privacy exists in modern Britain. When I closed my front door at night and relaxed it was in the belief that my private life was just that, private. I soon started to learn otherwise.

AnandTech have a showdown between two all in one systems: the Dell XPS One 24 and the Apple iMac. The PC industry loves to repeat history. Today's cloud computing trends are nothing more than a rehash of the mainframe architecture of the 1960s 70s right? The use of GPUs as compute accelerators pays homage to a time when general purpose microprocessors were accompanied by additional, off-chip hardware depending on the applications you wanted to run. At many points during the evolution of the PC we've had what's called the all-in-one, basically a PC with an integrated monitor.

A lingerie maker in Brazil is marketing a new 'outfit' which contains a GPS locator. The lingerie combo consists of lace bodice, bikini bottom and faux pearl collar, with the GPS device visibly nestled in the see-through part of the bodice next to the waist. "This collection ... is a wink to women and a challenge to men because, even if she gives him the password to her GPS, she can always turn it off," Iorio told AFP.

Apple have made another high profile hiring with one of IBM's top chip designers, but IBM are not giving up without a fight. Mark Papermaster, until recently IBM's vice president of microprocessor technology development, plans in to join Apple early November in a position that will see him working closely with Apple CEO Steve Jobs in what IBM believes is an attempt to expand Apple's presence in the markets for servers and chips for handheld devices, according to the copy of a lawsuit filed by IBM against Papermaster. IBM is suing Papermaster to prevent him from joining Apple and divulging trade secrets related to IBM's Power chips and server products, according to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

As far as video games go, the subject of religion is still taboo. Sony's decision this month to delay one of the most anticipated games in the history of PlayStation, LittleBigPlanet, to avoid offending Muslims, is the latest sign that videogame-makers are playing prudence when it comes to religion. But the incident was not the first.

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