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Sunday Morning (4 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 23-November-2008  00:19:20 (GMT +10) - by BlaYde

By now most of us are aware that several movie studios and Channel 7 are suing iiNet for piracy related activities alleged to occur on their network. Yesterday iiNet's managing director Michael Malone said that his company would "vigorously" defend the federal court action, however, according to an article posted today on APC--, iiNet will probably lose the piracy lawsuit. A look at the Copyright Act suggests the movie and TV industry have an unfortunately strong case against iiNet.

Apparently Telstra has yet to decide whether or not it will submit a bid for the national broadband network. "The board has not made a final decision on whether the company will lodge a bid for the NBN by the due date of 26 November 2008," he said. "Make no mistake, we are giving this decision extraordinary consideration - and are doing so with the greatest rigour and a mountain of relevant information.

Another WoW expansion and another record broken. Activision-Blizzard has sold 2.8 million copies within the first 24 hours of sales of Wrath of the Lich King. The record was previously held by another World of Warcraft expansion, The Burning Crusade, which sold 2.4 million copies at release back in January of 2007.

Midway Games is struggling to stay afloat, with some employees blaming the company’s financial woes on the use of Epic Games Unreal Engine 3 . What ultimately pulled Midway deep into pools of red was the company’s insistence to modify the engine, thus making development time longer than it should.

David Stellmack of Fudzilla says that the new Xbox NXE HD install option is not an improvement. In many cases the fact that the Xbox 360 title was designed to use the DVD drive makes installing it to the hard drive actually reduce performance.

According to a US congressional advisory panel, China has stepped up computer espionage attacks on America. A US congressional advisory panel says China has stepped up computer espionage attacks on the American government, defence contractors and businesses. "China is stealing vast amounts of sensitive information from US computer networks," said Larry Wortzel, chairman of the commission set up by Congress in 2000 to advise, investigate and report on US-China issues.

Intel says that Larrabee is still expected in 2009 or 2010. Larrabee, Intel’s daring attempt of a discrete GPU, still seems to be on track for a potential release to market this time next year, as recent reports claim.

Sony says that high definition Blu-ray disc player sales will fall short of expectations due to current world economic mess. The holiday shopping season is expected to be tough for the entire consumer electronics sector, with shoppers perhaps unwilling to spend after watching the turmoil in the banking, retail and automotive sectors.

If you have an iPod and use iTunes but would rather find an alternative piece of software to handle you music library then here are some alternative solutions for you. If you love your iPod, but can't stand being tied to iTunes, there are some compelling and capable Mac and PC iTunes alternatives that can sync with your iPod.

Cnet is wondering if dual band routers are must-haves. It's been about a year since the debut of dual-band routers, those that support both the ever-popularly used 2.4Ghz and the newer, less busy 5Ghz frequencies. This was very exciting news at first, but after having worked with a few of them, I wonder if they are really worth it.

I'm not sure if this model will make it on to our shores here down under but in the US, ASUS has introduced yet another "revised" model of their popular Eee series of netbooks, Eee PC 1002HA. The new netbook will carry premium design elements from the S101 further down the price spectrum, creating a classier machine that still hits budget territory.

Google is exploring its distribution options for their new internet browser, Chrome and examining the various ways it might improve its market share. "We will probably do distribution deals,” Pinchai told The Times. "We could work with an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and have them ship computers with Chrome preinstalled."

S3 Graphics is back in town with their new S3 Chrome 530 GT. Fremont, California, 20 November 2008 - S3 Graphics today announced its next generation Chrome 500 graphics processors, building upon the success of a product family based on the most power-efficient GPU architecture on the market. Today's users will now be able to enjoy the latest Blu-ray™ playback, streaming HD video, DirectX® 10.1, and OpenGL 3.0 applications on Microsoft® Windows® and Linux platforms.

And while we're on the subject of graphics cards, ATI Catalyst driver 8.12 should be available on December 10th. ATi, after getting beat up by driver optimizations (for 5 nVidia picked games) for the GTX 260 (216 cores), is hard at work developing its own optimizations for their 4xxx series of GPUs.

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