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 Friday, 20-February-2009  00:06:56 (GMT +10) - by BlaYde

Nvidia has hit out at Intel claiming the CPU manufacturing giant is running scared. NVIDIA has hit back at Intel's legal attempt to scrap its chipset licence, claiming it is all about trying to protect Chipzilla's flagging CPU sales. Intel claims that the four-year-old chipset licence agreement the pair signed does not cover CPUs with integrated memory controllers, such as Nehalem. It has taken Nvidia to court to settle the matter.

3 Mobile has announced that it will not be adding HTC's Android based Dream to its range. "We've been evaluating Android handsets as they come up, the latest of which was the Dream," he said today at the company's results for the year to 31 December. "We've decided not to range that." "You don't range a handset because it has a particular software platform. You range a handset because at its price point it's adding significant value to customers' experience over and above what other handsets you've got."

iiNet has agreed to bankroll the costs of filing a freedom of information request in order to obtain the panel of experts' National Broadband Network report. The FOI request was filed by online blog Tech Wired Australia, which received a bill of $3,632 to cover associated administrative costs. iiNet then approached the blog to cover the costs of the request. Tech Wired Australia's request comes off the back of the government's previous refusal to release the report.

For many years biometric scanners have been touted as the "next big thing in computer security", however, at this yearís Black Hat Security Conference in Washington DC, researchers from Vietnam have demonstrated how they were able to bypass Lenovo's Veriface III, Asus' SmartLogon V1.0.0005, and Toshiba's Face Recognition, even with each program set for maximum security. Information on exactly which programs were bypassed by which methods is presumably contained within the team's full documentation, which is not available as of publication time. According to Dark Reading, a variety of attack vectors ultimately proved successful, including photo substitution (using a photo of the actual owner) as well as brute-force attacks in which multiple images of different people were presented to the scanner.

Google has won a court case against a couple who claimed that the search engine giantís street view mapping service has violated their privacy. A ruling issued Wednesday by Judge Amy Reynolds Hay in a Pennsylvania district court states that Google's Street View mapping service is not an invasion of privacy. Judge Reynolds has dismissed a lawsuit against the search giant and has denied a request for injunctive relief that sought to block Google from publishing Street View imagery.

If you own an Xbox360 and can't stand the noise it produces when in use then this product may be for you; custom made Lian-Li XB-01B case. What Quiet PC has done is taken out all the innards of an Xbox 360, and implanted them into a custom made Lian-Li XB-01B case, made specifically to hold the Xbox 360 motherboard as well as everything else. Everything moves over. All the ports and connectors on a real Xbox 360 enclosure is on the Lian-Li XB-01B.

Canon has unveiled their entire line up of point and shoot digital cameras for 2009. Digital cameras have been around for many years now and have made their film based predecessors all but extinct as even professional photographers are now moving to high-end digital cameras. The migration from film-based cameras to digital units was much faster in the consumer segment. Digital cameras are always getting better, faster, and easier to use and Canon has announced its new line of digital cameras with ten different models to choose from.

Microsoft is fuming after a phone, running its Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system, was "pickpocketed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona". The phone was on loan to Telstra chief executive Sol Trujillo who was at the conference and testing it out, but it seems that it was in the hands of another Telstra executive at the time of the theft. If the pickpocket knows anything about technology then it is possible to make a fortune on the black market with the phone and its new operating system.

Asus is set to phase out 8.9" Eee PCs in 2009. Asustek Computer will completely phase out its 8.9-inch Eee PC netbooks in 2009 since 10-inch models are becoming the mainstream specification in the market, according to Benson Lin, president of Asustek's Asia-Pacific division. Of Asustek's 2009 Eee PC shipments, 10-inch models will account for 95%, while the other 5% will be 7-inch models for telecom service operators, Lin said.

Intel is also in the phasing out mood with the news that the CPU manufacturer is set to axe the Core 2 Extreme quad core chips by mid 2009. Intel has already sent out the PDN (Product Discontinuance Notice) for both the QX9770 and QX9650 Extreme Edition chips. As a very large majority of the enthusiast community most likely already has their hands on these chips, they probably aren't moving too many of them through inventory anymore compared to their new offerings for the Core i7's.

Bit-tech has posted a Core i7 Heatsink Group Test article. Now Intelís new LGA 1366 socket and Core i7 platform has been on sale for a good few months, weíre finally starting to see a decent variety of coolers released that support Intelís latest CPUs. We're also seeing the much anticipated mounting brackets for old favourites appear at e-tailers.

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