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 Friday, 21-November-2008  07:51:57 (GMT +10) - by matthudson

Tech ARP has revised their Definitive BIOS Optimisation Guide. Emphasis on definitive.

You may soon be able to buy DRM free music through iTunes. The talks are still preliminary and no deals have been finalized, but one source said one of the major labels is close to a final agreement. Rumors have been swirling on the Internet for a week that Sony would soon be offering music without the controversial digital rights management software. My sources could not confirm this. Spokespeople for Apple and the major labels declined to comment.

Vista is causing more troubles, with employees suing for lost hours. Thierman said the Windows Vista problem particularly affects workers paid by the hour, in places like call centers or in retail. The crux of the issue is the fact that some companies have connected time-keeping systems to their PCs. These systems are not activated until the user logs in, which is taking up to 15 minutes after the machine running Windows Vista has been turned on thanks to the long boot cycle. This means staff are in the office or shop but not officially working until they've logged in

Mozilla apparently make 88% of its income from Google. According to the audited financial statement Mozilla released today, the company's revenue for 2007 totaled $75.1 million, up 13% from 2006's $66.8 million, with the bulk of the year's income coming from Mozilla's search deal with Google. Search royalty payments accounted for $68.2 million, or 91% of 2007's revenue, said Mozilla's financial statement; that percentage was down slightly from the 92% of 2006's income attributed to search.

AMD have reached 6Ghz with their new Phenom II processors. The slowest system—cooled with a heatsink and fan—managed to reach just under 4GHz with a 1.55V core voltage. With liquid cooling, AMD successfully pushed a 45nm Phenom II in another machine just over the 4GHz mark. That required kicking up the CPU voltage to 1.6V, however. For the other two systems, AMD took out the big guns. One was strapped to a phase-change cooler and reached the mid-4GHz range at 1.7V, while the fastest system managed to break the 6GHz barrier using liquid nitrogen .

British accents confuse Google's iPhone software. The free application, which allows iPhone owners to use the Google search engine with their voice, mistook the word Iphone variously for sex, Einstein and kitchen sink, said the Daily Telegraph. Comments left by users on the application's website seemed to confirm the problem. "Awesome job google. Only problem is every time I say the word 'fish' it registers as 'sex',” wrote one, identified as Kevin. A video demonstration of the Google Mobile Application on the online giant's website shows an American engineer successfully asking for pictures of the Golden Gate as well as cinema timetables and temperature conversions. The website also includes a link to a video showing people with Irish, British and Chinese accents asking for relatively complicated searches, with apparent success.

Are you confused about video formats? Once upon time, video codecs and formats were really only the concern of AV nerds, anime freaks and hardcore not-so-legal movie downloaders. Now, even the most part-time of geeks has to deal with them, whether they're trying to stream a flick across their house with an Apple TV, dump some video onto their phone or just trying to grab last night's episode of Dexter because they, uh, forgot to renew their Showtime subscription that'll work in their media player. It's messy and annoying, but we're here to clean it up. Take a deep breath. EDIT: BFM wants us to have a look at Xvid4PSP

Today's timewaster is the irRegular Game Of Life. An unusual puzzle game based on Conway's famous "game of life". Be amazed by the fascinating grid patterns that evolve from 4 simple cell rules. Puzzle your way through 42 levels, use the Sandbox to load level solutions or share your own cool patterns.

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