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 Wednesday, 12-November-2008  19:21:00 (GMT +10) - by matthudson

LittleBigPlanet is suffering due to overzealous moderation. Some have spent days crafting their ideal custom worlds, including tributes to classic games and characters such as Final Fantasy, Pac-Man, Batman, Sonic The Hedgehog, God Of War, Super Mario Bros and Indiana Jones. Over the past few days, many have found their levels summarily blocked by Sony and LittleBigPlanet's developers, Media Molecule, because they allegedly breach someone else's intellectual property.

Commercial TV networks want digital TV to be delayed. A group representing commercial broadcasters says the switch-over to digital television should be delayed in areas where its take-up is lagging. The Federal Government is still finalising the timetable for the switch-over, but says it will begin in 2010 and finish by 2013.

First veins, now people's body odour could be used to identify them. Every person has a unique body odour, like their fingerprints, that could be used as an 'odourprint' to identify them, a new study has found. Scientists revealed an individual's odour signature remains detectable even when their diet is changed to include strong smelling foods such as garlic and spices.

Have you every wondered how technology products get their names? Coming up with a great technology product or service is only half the battle these days. Creating a name for said product that is at once cool but not too cool or exclusionary, marketable to both early adopters and a broader audience, and, of course, isn't already in use and protected by various trademarks and copyright laws is difficult—to say the least

AMD are making gains on nVidia. "AMD has by all accounts exceeded expectations with its Radeon HD 4000 series," according to report issued by market researcher Jon Peddie Research (JPR). Aggressive pricing by AMD's ATI graphics unit made the difference, bringing down prices on add-in graphics boards. "Priced aggressively yet delivering solid performance, AMD's new line not only took back some market share--jumping up to 40 percent from 35 percent the quarter prior--it forced Nvidia (and partners) to cut prices on its recently released GTX 200 series product," JPR said.

Microsoft are denying they paid a contractor to replace open source software with Microsoft software. Media reports alleged that Microsoft had proposed paying the sum to a government contractor under a joint marketing agreement last year in order to persuade the contractor to replace Linux OS with Windows OS on thousands of school laptops.

How do you breathalyse a whale? [S]cientists have come up with an ingenious method that involves flying a toy helicopter over the animal just as it releases air through its blowhole. Petri dishes slung beneath the chopper capture the exhaled gases and mucus.

If you want to do your bit for the planet, check out these relatively unknown green gadgets. Take one look at our cool gadgets, from our tiny matchbox-sized boxes that contain 100 albums worth of music, to a deck-of-cards sized device that serves as a phone, email retrieval device, GPS, and podcast player, and you know that we are definitely living in the future.

Have you ever wanted a HUD in real life? This week's Photoshop Contest asked you to design your own personal Heads-Up Display, and we got some really awesome results. Unlike many contests, nearly every single entry was unique and there aren't a lot of the same gags over and over again. And I can personally say that I would kill to have almost all of these in my day-to-day life. Nice work, guys. Hit the jump for your top three winners and then check out the rest of the best in our Gallery of Champions

In today's interesting yet scary article, read about how the U.S. lost a nuclear device. The United States abandoned a nuclear weapon beneath the ice in northern Greenland following a crash in 1968, a BBC investigation has found. Its unique vantage point - perched at the top of the world - has meant that Thule Air Base has been of immense strategic importance to the US since it was built in the early 1950s, allowing a radar to scan the skies for missiles coming over the North Pole.



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