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 Friday, 19-June-2009  18:26:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Quite a few people sent word that the iPhone 3.0 software is out now. Simon has details: All that people with iphones need to do is plug in their iphone to an updated version of itunes, then click on their iphone icon, click update, and the rest is handled by the itunes software. Also, the software is 230.1MB. Works fine on mine. More info here and here.

Some stuff to win: a Core i7 Upgrade Kit on SMH.com.au and an Olympus Pen Camera on Martybugs. Microsoft also have a competition to win $10k but they want to force you to use IE8.

AMD have a very limited edition TWKR CPU. Very little is known at this point in time, about this chip, beyond the point that it will provide better clock-speeds compared to the Phenom II X4 955. Discussion here.

NASA launched the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter last night. LRO will go into orbit around the moon, turning its suite of instruments towards the moon for thorough studies. The spacecraft also will be looking for potential landing sites for astronauts.

ZDNet report on a new hard drive technology called HRD. DataSlide applies technology in new, patented ways to achieve unprecedented high performance 160,000 IOPS & 500MB/sec and low power <4 Watts for a magnetic storage device. Three years or more away, though. Discussion here.

Meanwhile WD have officially entered the SSD market, using technology from SiliconSystems who they aquired earlier this year. SiliconDrive III SSDs include 2.5-inch Serial ATA (SATA) and Parallel ATA (PATA) and 1.8-inch Micro SATA products featuring native SATA 3.0 gigabits per second (Gbps) or ATA-7 interfaces with target read speeds up to 100 megabytes per second (MBps) and write speeds to 80 MBps in capacities up to 120 gigabytes (GB). More info here.

IntelInside spotted some free anti-virus software on the way from Microsoft. The US software giant described MSE as "a no-cost anti-malware solution that provides consumers with quality protection from threats including viruses, spyware, rootkits and trojans."

Chris sent in this article about conficker's inner workings. Despite an unprecedented collaboration against them, Conficker's accomplished creators have been able to bluff and dodge to gain control of machines inside homes, universities, government offices and the armed forces of at least three nations, establishing a powerful and lucrative network of "zombie" computers.

Tech Report checked out high-end AM3 chipsets. The Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition makes a compelling case for Socket AM3, particularly now that LGA775 has no real upgrade path. Which chipset should you choose for a high-end build? We've taken the 790FX and nForce 980a SLI for a spin to find out.

The ABC's Good Game is on tonight, ABC1 just before Rage, whatever that means in your locality. :) Or download it from the website. Sims 3 - After countless expansions of the world's best selling game, Sims 3 is finally here. EA has turned its other franchises around, favouring quality over franchise fodder. Will the Sims be any different? Red Faction: Guerrilla - Made by the Saints Row 2 lads, this one is all about destruction. Total, utter destruction of anything on the map. And Arnie quotes. Get your ass to Mars!

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