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Thursday Afternoon (10 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 18-December-2008  18:07:49 (GMT +10) - by matthudson

Only seven sleeps until Christmas day. Have you bought everything already, or are you waiting for the boxing day sales?

Windows users will want to run their updates today. Microsoft has issued a security patch to fix a critical vulnerability in its Internet Explorer browser it said has attacked over 2m Windows users. The flaw is believed to have already infected as many as 10,000 websites. The "zero day" exploit let criminals take over victims' computers by steering them to infected websites. Microsoft's Christopher Budd said the software giant "encourages all IE customers to test and deploy this update as soon as possible".

Google maps are now officially allowing Youtube movies to be embedded. Now that Google has had a few months to work out any potential kinks in the system, Google Maps is now officially offering YouTube integration. Once you choose to add the video layer from the “more” menu (the same one that’ll get you to Wikipedia), you can check out any videos that have been geotagged! For those that used the previous add-on version, you’ll find little different.

Another Apple expo has been cancelled. Organizers for the Apple Expo in Paris confirmed Wednesday that the annual trade show has been canceled indefinitely, with this year's show likely having been its last. Word of the show's demise came just hours after Apple's surprising announcement that it will no longer participate in the stateside Macworld Expo, which has traditionally seen chief executive Steve Jobs unveil the company's latest product innovations during an inaugural keynote address.

IGN have posted the final part in their console showdown. Welcome to the final installment of IGN Australia's 2008 Console Showdown. So far we've pitted each console's system exclusives head-to-head, we've gone through each platform's 2008 games slate genre by genre and we've checked out which system had the best games for download. In this, the fourth and final showdown, we've crunched the numbers to look at how each system's games performed statistically this year. Wait! Wait! Don't go. Seriously, this is interesting stuff, we promise.

EzyDVD has gone into receivership. Australia's biggest online entertainment retailer, EzyDVD, has been put into receivership. Receiver Ferrier Hodgson says the Adelaide-based company has 70 full-time staff in South Australia and about 150 casual employees nationally. David Kidman from Ferrier Hodgson says EzyDVD's financial problems have been caused by several factors.

Cnet have posted their highlights from 2008. The year 2008 provided a cornucopia of cool new technologies and discoveries. CNET News staffers culled this bountiful harvest, chronicling everything from Mars insights to the Android launch. Gadget and computer-related galleries were pleasing eye candy. Google garnered plenty of attention as well.

Forum member Tesla Downunder has made the homepage of the Sydney Morning Herald. By day he's a doctor but, when the sun goes down, Australian amateur scientist Peter Terren spends his spare time tinkering with 500,000 volts of electricity, practising the art he's dubbed "electrickery". Some middle-aged fathers with the urge to build things spend their weekends holed up in a shed making spice racks and cubby houses, but Terren, from Bunbury in Western Australia, is happiest conducting ambitious experiments with his giant lightning machine known as a Tesla coil.

Mini have come up with an interesting new ad campaign. The folks at Mini have been printing a brand new advertisement that looks like a black and white page with simple instructions in German automotive magazines. But the ad, as it turns out, will provide anyone with a webcam the ability to check out their own 3D model of a new Mini Cabrio right on their computer screen.

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