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 Friday, 28-November-2008  19:26:02 (GMT +10) - by matthudson

Google's new iPhone voice powered search violates Apple's terms and conditions. Apple is known for ruling its electronics kingdom with an iron fist. From killing Mac clones to trying to "brick" unlocked iPhones, the company has not been afraid to resort to extreme measures to maintain complete control and exclusivity over its products. However, when it comes to the App store and iPhone/iPod Touch developer community, Apple is presented with the unique and almost impossible challenge of trying to control is fiefdom against not one method of unlocking, but a myriad of different complex challenges to Apple's authority.

Meanwhile, an Apple advert has been banned in Britain. The advert boasted the new 3G model was "really fast" and showed it loading internet pages in under a second. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) upheld complaints by 17 people who said the TV advert had misled them as to its speed. Apple UK said it was comparing the 3G model with its 2G predecessor and its claims were "relative not absolute".

Hardware Zone have posted their complete Sitex coverage. Amidst all the doom and gloom that are dominating our headlines recently, it could be therapeutic to embark on some shopping to clear the dark mood. It's the holiday season after all. And what better way to do that then to indulge in some new gadgets for the family. Yes, it's that time again, the last IT show of the year, Sitex 2008 has now opened its doors at the Singapore Expo.

Dan has an interesting guide to setting up a home server. If you need serious file-server performance, then you could end up spending a lot of money for this sort of system. But for home and small-business applications this won't be an issue (if you're using Gigabit Ethernet, you shouldn't expect to move more than about 30 megabytes of user data per second), and OpenSolaris itself has puny system requirements, by modern standards. Even if you plan to use a load of software RAID, you shouldn't have any trouble getting decent data throughput to the network-speed bottleneck from a bunch of ordinary ATA drives running from motherboard and/or add-on PCI or PCIe x1 controller cards.

Here's an article extolling the virtues of older hardware. One of my hobbies is video gaming. PC classics, newer console games, I love Ďem all. Iím planning on using this long Thanksgiving weekend to get in some quality game time. Wrapping up my email before the holiday, though, a newsletter from one of the gaming websites I follow caught my eye.

Guru3D have announced their Rig of the Month. Each month here at Guru3D.com we feature one of you guys, your PC, your DIY project. It is quite honestly amazing how much detail and dedication you put into an PC, and every now and then it really shows. Today a Guru3D forums old-timer, MikeMK.

What would a news post be without a Christmas gift guide? What to give? What to get? Well, if it were us, we'd...wait a minute. Just read on for our idea of a perfect Wired holiday

Or maybe you'd rather buy a game or two? There really isnít anything per say recently I want to address, other than this one question. HOW F**KING GOOD WAS IT TO BE A GAMER THIS MONTH? The Holliday season is in full force with a gazillion titles coming out. You can expect the writers at [OC]ModShop to be attempting reviews on every single one. Today I donít want to discuss news, rather, I just figured Iíd bring up a few games fresh in my mind. And yes, most of these are RPGs, I realized that when I finished this article.



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