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 Wednesday, 17-December-2008  00:08:22 (GMT +10) - by BlaYde

Only a matter of days since revealing to the world a new addition to Logitech's "G" series of input devices, the G13 gameboard, Logitech seems to be gearing up for another release, this time a brand new G18 gaming keyboard. We spied the Logitech G13 Gamepad when it was announced earlier today, and now Engadget Chinese has caught wind of something else that may be in store for us. The keyboard pictured above is apparently the G18, and we while we have almost no solid info on it, we can glean a few things, such as the apparent groupings of fast function keys on the left side of the board (some which seem to be numbered G11-G15), not to mention that tiny display at the center. We don't know when we can expect this beast to arrive, but the G13 Gamepad is expected in January so fingers crossed.

Sapphire has designed and built the fastest card in its Atomic range, the Sapphire Atomic HD 4870 X2. The card will be equipped with an integrated water cooling system that will be able to cool not only the GPU but also the CPU. Due to water-cooling, the new Atomic HD 4870 X2 will be factory overclocked to 800MHz for the cores and 1000MHz for 2GB of GDDR5 memory, 1GB for each GPU. The cooling system looks like, and probably is, Asetek's LCLC water-cooling solution and it cools the graphics card as well as the CPU. The radiator includes a 120mm, 7-blade, blue LED fan that gives up to 60CFM of airflow at full speed. As all Atomic cards, this one will also be packed in an aluminium suitcase and will be bundled with a lot of accessories, including an HDMI adapter, HDMI cable, CCL UV lamp and Sapphire USB memory sticks.

It seems that Google is in talks with some major cable and phone companies that carry internet traffic with a proposal to create a fast lane for its own content. One major cable operator in talks with Google says it has been reluctant so far to strike a deal because of concern it might violate Federal Communications Commission guidelines on network neutrality. "If we did this, Washington would be on fire," says one executive at the cable company who is familiar with the talks, referring to the likely reaction of regulators and lawmakers.

There are calls for the Federal Government to step in and do something about cyber-racism in Australia. Race Discrimination Commissioner, Tom Calma, said there was insufficient monitoring of cyber-racism and the law did not provide adequate protection for victims. His call follows the news that Facebook had done little to eradicate scores of Aussie racist groups on Facebook. Apparently it is getting so bad that anti-racism groups have begun using the inaction to their advantage, mining social networking sites for valuable intelligence on the opposition.

Researchers at MIT have successfully used nanotubes as tiny sensors wrapped in special segments of DNA to detect whether chemical agents pertinent to the study of cancer were present and whether they were active. Michael Strano, associate professor of chemical engineering and one of the study's leaders describes, "We've made a sensor that can be placed in living cells, healthy or malignant, and actually detect several different classes of molecules that damage DNA."

Apple has released a major update to its OSX operating system in the form of Leopard 10.5.6. The 190MB download is available through System Update or here. The update is recommended for all users of OSX Leopard and contains a whole raft of application and system fixes as well as the usual security updates.

Anandtech have posted 2 holiday guides for Memory and Motherboards. It's not unusual for many users to start getting a little antsy around the holidays as they contemplate various upgrades they might want to make. They say it's better to give than to receive, so we at AnandTech thought it might be nice to give you some good advice for holiday purchases, and if you're lucky you might receive a few choice upgrades.

Here is a case of taking things way too far, not to mention a total lack of respect for the parents. According to this story, Daniel Petric from OHIO was so angry that his father would not allow him to play the violent video game Halo 3, that he killed his mother and shot his father, then tried to make it appear to be a murder-suicide. Petric, now 17, had sneaked out of his house to buy the game. But his parents caught him as he came in with the game and took it from him.

IGN Australia is reporting that Australian Classification Review Board has overturned the decision to ban F.E.A.R. 2 by awarding the game MA15+ rating. Australia, December 15, 2008 - Aussie gamers today received an early Christmas present with news that Warner Bros. has had F.E.A.R. 2 successfully classified MA15+, overturning last month's ban and putting the title back on track for its February 2009 release.



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