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 Sunday, 7-December-2008  08:47:34 (GMT +10) - by matthudson

Google is continuing cutting costs to survive the economic crisis. Like it or not, Google is widely considered to be a leader within the technology industry. Flagship companies such as themselves, Apple, and Microsoft are important companies to watch during a market downturn. Downsizing at these multibillion dollar corporations are viewed as a devastating reminder that even the strongest companies arenít immune to the decline.

An British doctor has performed an amputation using SMS. The operation was very complex and required the boyís collarbone and shoulder blade to be removed. Nott needed guidance on how to perform the task and so sent an SMS to Meirion Thomas a London-based surgeon who the conducts most of the UK's forequarter amputations. Thomas replied with a 10-step guide for the operation and signed off with ďEasy! Good luck!Ē

The Tech Report have posted a guide on how to have a successful LAN party. LAN parties have become the great American nerd pastime, at least among my group of friends. D&D is out and L4D is in. (Sorry, d20 fans.) If you haven't gotten together with a bunch of chums, connected your PCs together, and proceeded to frag each other in a caffeine and pizza-fueled stupor until the sun comes up... well, then you just haven't lived. And yes, if just reading that sentence embarrasses you, it is as nerdy as it sounds.

TorrentFreak have compiled a list of the top 10 pirated games of 2008. As 2008 is slowly moving toward its end, we start taking a look at the most pirated titles in various categories. First up are games. As expected, Spore is by far the most downloaded game on BitTorrent, in part thanks to the DRM that came with the game. Traditionally, games canít compete with the most pirated movies and TV-shows in actual download numbers, but Spore came very close this year.

Are there any better input methods for laptops out there? The subject for this week is input devices. How small can the keys be? Can the keys be virtual? Trackpad? Mouse? Rolling ball? Touch screen? Voice? If you are reading all articles I am writing here you already know that I am a big fan of the traditional mouse and the traditional keyboard. Iíve tried all sorts of devices and in my personal experience the traditional mouse is the fastest one. But there are some things that could be done on notebooks to enhance mouse usage.

You can now make calls on an iPod Touch. A freeware application for the iPod Touch can turn the music player into a virtual mobile phone. Truphone uses wi-fi technology in an iPod Touch to allow users to make calls to other iPod Touch owners and Google Talk's messaging service users. The software is a spin-off from technology Truphone developed for smartphones and iPhones.

If you don't want an iPhone, check out these 10 alternatives. High-priced plans, dropped calls and bumpy 3G connections? Now that the glimmer has faded, the iPhone is starting to fall short of its miracle status. Good thing for us there are plenty of other mobile handsets eager to step up and feed our desire for smartphone bliss.

mr.daneo sends word that the iPod can now act as a breathalyser. Not only can this cool gizmo save you from career-ending embarrassment, it can potentially save you thousands of dollars in legal fees and jail time. And if keeping you safe and out of the jail isn't enough, this clever & innovative breathalyzer doubles as an iPod FM transmitter that transmits your iPod tunes to any FM tuner.

Tech ARP have updated their desktop graphics card comparison guide. These days, there are so many graphics card models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the different configurations. Therefore, we decided to compile this guide to provide an easy reference for those who are interested in comparing the specifications of the various desktop GPUs in the market as well as those already obsolescent or obsolete.

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