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 Wednesday, 19-November-2008  20:47:03 (GMT +10) - by matthudson

Everying old is new again, with Fujifilm releasing a new polaroid camera. Fujifilm announced today that it will be releasing its Instax 200 instant film camera (and the instant color film, of course) to the U.S. market in late December. The camera, which has been available in Asia and Europe for several years, produces 3.9×2.44-inch instant photos and will sell for $69.99. The Polaroid-esque film is the kind that develops before your eyes (not the peel-apart kind) and will sell for $28.99 a 20-pack.

Australia is in the grip of an e-waste epidemic. Environmentalists and the Federal Opposition have accused the Federal Government of dragging its feet on a national response to Australia's e-waste epidemic, following the opening of the southern hemisphere's first automated e-waste recycling plant in Sydney today.

Technology is now being used to combat 'classic' piracy. The hijacking of giant Saudi oil tanker Sirius Star has focused the world's attention on piracy. In the past five years, the number of piracy attacks around the world has fallen from 452 incidents in 2003 to 282 in 2007. But it is a different story off the coast of Somalia; pirate attacks have increased by 100% in the past year. The Sirius Star is the biggest tanker ever to be hijacked, with a cargo of 2m barrels of oil worth more than $100m.

Good Old Games is now offering Unreal Tournament DRM free. With the phrase now appended to read, "I'd rather get a root canal while playing a DRM'ed game [than date/know/look at you]," the time is right to take a stand against DRM -- and also brush the dust off a few classic games in the process. So, if you haven't already, definitely point your web browser in Good Old Games' direction. Especially now that the totally DRM-free service has added Epic's Unreal series to its ranks.

Yet another controversial flash game has appeared on the internet. Online casual gaming is once again in the spotlight this week with UK newspapers expressing outrage at online title Billy Suicide which, as the name suggests, sees players attempt to prevent the game’s protagonist ending his life. The storm follows hot on the heels of recent controversial titles such as Kaboom: The Suicide Bombing Game and Little Hooliganz.

You won't be able to play it on an iPhone though. The best selling phone in America, Apple's iPhone, could be the last of the smartphones to get Flash. At a slew of press events over the last few days, Adobe unveiled a new version of mobile version of Flash -- a leaner, faster, smart phone-aimed version of Flash 10. The new version is optimized for ARM processors like the one used in the iPhone.

Microsoft feared Mac OS X and Vista comparisons even back in 2005. "You won't have to worry about Vista if you buy one of Apple Computer's Macintosh computers, which don't run Windows," Mossberg had written. "Every mainstream consumer doing typical tasks should consider the Mac. Its operating system, called Tiger, is better and more secure than Windows XP, and already contains most of the key features promised for Vista."

Snow Leopard, Apple's new OS, is rumoured to be out as soon as Q1 2009. Apple's Director of Engineering of Unix Technologies Jordan Hubbard spoke at LISA '08 last week. LISA (or Large Installation System Administration Conference) is a technical conference targeted at engineers and system administrators. This year's conference invited Apple's Jordan Hubbard to speak about the evolution of Mac OS X from large servers to embedded platforms. While technical readers may find the content of Hubbard's presentation slides (PDF) quite interesting, the most surprising revelation is a more specific target date for Apple's Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard): 1st Quarter 2009.

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