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Sunday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 28-December-2008  02:34:54 (GMT +10) - by BlaYde

I hope everyone has had a very pleasant Christmas day, filed with joy and happiness, and as we await the end of 2008 lets catch up on some news.

Microsoft, Apple, and Google are been sued by a small Indiana company which claims to hold the rights to a patent for the "common file preview feature" used in various applications and operating systems. Cygnus Systems claim the feature, which shows users small snapshots of the files before they are opened, was invented by them but has shown up on products such as Windows Vista, Internet Explorer 8 and Google Chrome. Mac OS X, the Iphone and Safari also infringe, with its Finder and Cover Flow Mac OS X features, the company claims.

A 9 year old Indian girl has become the youngest person to pass the Microsoft Certified Professional examination. Clearly destined to run the company one day M Lavinashree, from the rural town state of Tamil Nadu, was the little genius to pass with flying colours and has been presented with a special plaque by the bigwigs at Redmond. The previous record holder? Arfa Karim, a ten year old girl from Pakistan (I sense the political fallout already!)

According to ZDNet Australia, 2008 has been one helluva year for Australia's telco industry, in particular the three major events which have dominated the headlines. 2008 was a cracker year for Australia's telco industry but three dates stand out: 26 November (no points for guessing what happened then), 11 July (clue is it starts with an "i"), and 28 April.

Nvidia has found a solution to their defective mobile GPU's which have plagued some notebooks; Buy Our New Chips. Nvidia apparently have a solution to the problems faced by many in their notebooks powered by GeForce 8M series, that is, to encourage the OEM/ODMs to buy their new problem free chips. Of course, this doesn't solve the issues faced by current users and there won't be any replacement for them.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has praised the outgoing president Bush for endowing incoming President-elect Barack Obama with "some momentum" on the cyber security front. The U.S., amid an unprecedented foreign cyber attack threat level, has been exposed as not having a cohesive plan for cyber defense. Recent studies warned that massive and expensive overhaul was needed, and a recent war game showed key government and industry players to be lost when it came to a major cyber attack.

Rumours of an iPhone Nano are heating up following one iPhone case manufacturer, XSKN, who apparently has created an "iPhone nano" case section on their site. Some believe that XSKN may be on to something, as it accurately leaked case designs for the iPhone 3G and fourth-generation iPod nano, before either product was announced by Apple. However, many remain sceptical that the long term rumour of an iPhone nano is close to coming true.

Ever wonder what are the world’s oldest dot-com domains? PC World has put together a list of top 100 oldest dot-com domains. As we finish out the tech-centric year of 2008, we thought we'd take a look back at the Internet's oldest commercial Web sites -- the ones registered back when chatting about "the Net" was as socially acceptable as wearing Jedi garb into a crowded nightclub. So grab your light sabers, dear friends -- we're boarding the Millennium Falcon and heading back to a virtual galaxy far, far away.

For a number of years now we have heard from many individuals that PC gaming is doomed, however, we have also heard that 2008 has been the year in which the PC gaming put those claims to bed. Now it seems that one such individual, Rahul Sood, the creator of one of the world's most successful custom PC brands, the Voodoo PC thinks that "gaming PC as we know it is doomed". One of the main reasons for his claim is the fact that the global economic downturn is slowly changing the face of the market, as various hardware component makers are expected to face a series of issues in the near future.

Mozilla Fennec reaches alpha 2. Determined to improve our mobile browsing experiences as fast as possible, the Firefox creator has announced the release of 'Fennec alpha 2'. "For alpha 2, we focused mainly on performance, improving the responsiveness of panning and zooming, both while pages are loading and when they have completed loading," said Mozilla in a slightly vague launch statement. "There are still many improvements we intend to make, including enabling TraceMonkey by default."

Another week and another manufacturer is joining the netbook revolution, this time Sony announcing their P-series netbook. The CPU will be clocked at 1.33GHz, but we're not sure if this will be an Atom Z-series CPU or something completely different such as a Core Solo or even a Core Duo processor. What's disappointing is that the P-series seems to be using a 1.8in hard drive which means that Sony will only offer a 60GB drive or alternatively an SSD drive up to 128GB at what we expect to be a hefty price premium.

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