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 Saturday, 1-November-2008  11:48:26 (GMT +10) - by matthudson

An email error has ended up on a road sign in Wales. When officials asked for the Welsh translation of a road sign, they thought the reply was what they needed. Unfortunately, the e-mail response to Swansea council said in Welsh: "I am not in the office at the moment. Please send any work to be translated".

TechRepublic and its sister site ZDnet have a Q&A regarding Windows 7. This week at the Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles, Microsoft gave software developers and programmers a look at Windows 7 and provided a lot more information about what to expect. Ed Bott and Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet (TechRepublic’s sister site) have written up some excellent coverage from the event.

Meanwhile, The Tech Report have had a tour of one of Gigabyte's factories in Taipei. Large electronics companies use some of the most advanced manufacturing techniques in the world in their factories, and Gigabyte is certainly no exception. For over 20 years, it has been a staple provider of leading enthusiast-class motherboards not only for hardware junkies like you and me, but also for boutique PC vendors like Falcon Northwest and Alienware. Gigabyte makes graphics cards, cases, and cooling components, too, and is even active in the handheld devices segment—especially in Asian markets—where it offers cell phones, PDAs, and laptops.

French scientists have developed a fully artificial heart. For all the bad news in medicine today -- studies that cell phones might cause cancer, or that widely used flame retardants could have dire effects -- there's also a lot of good news. Recent studies have moved us closer to curing paralysis with nerve bypasses wired directly into the brain. And there have been a broad variety of new treatments for cancer devised; many involving nanoparticles. Now the world's first autonomous artificial heart can be added to that list.

The latest Google Chrome beta is slightly faster than the last version. Using Google's JavaScript benchmark I pitted the newest Chrome beta, version, against both the initial beta from September and the more raw developer release from mid-October.

Intel and the Tiawan government are partening to lauch an open source research center. Building on Taiwan’s undisputed role as a leading center for creating connected consumer devices, CEO Paul Otellini indicated that Intel had signed an agreement with the Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA). MOEA and Intel will establish a center for enabling Moblin and other OSS optimized for devices based on the Intel Atom. At the same time, Intel Capital will invest NT$386M (US$11.5M) in Taiwanese carrier VMAX to support deployment of Taiwan’s first mobile WiMax network in the first half of 2009.

Time for the post Halloween rap-up with a collection of themed logos. It’s that time of the year again - a slow news Friday turns into a Halloween logo design contest. All the web companies will try to show off how cool, funny, and unbusinesslike they are by adorning their logos with cute little pumpkins and ghosts.

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