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 Friday, 7-May-2010  03:25:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

An American gamer has won $1 million for a perfect game in Major League Baseball 2K10. The promotion certainly sparked an industry, but now the question for 2K Sports will be, was it worth it? Because insurance companies couldn't possibly come up with the odds of throwing a perfect game, 2K Sports didn't take out insurance and now will pay McGilberry a lump sum of $1 million out of its own pocket.

Oh Smeg sent in this Humble Bundle of indie games which are available DRM-free on a "you name the price" basis. That's another unusual thing about this sale: customers can choose exactly how much of their money goes where. According to Rosen, "this promo has no middle man (other than your choice of PayPal, Google, or Amazon to process the payment) and you can choose exactly where you want the donation to go. You could snub all the developers - and the EFF - and just give to Child's Play; we would still happily give you all of our games for all three platforms, DRM-free."

Google have a clever video showing how fast Chrome renders webpages. Who doesn't love a potato cannon? There's a behind the scenes video too.

Speaking of Google, their search results have a new look now. GOOGLE is taking a gamble with its first major redesign of search results in three years, which will give experienced users more control but risks baffling casual visitors. The internet giant has tweaked its search results page to reflect a greater diversity of content on the web, such as videos, shopping deals and updates on social networking sites. Can't really see how anyone would be baffled by them.

HotHardware checked out some factory overclocked Radeon HD 5870 video cards. Factory overclocked Radeon HD 5870 graphics cards from HIS, MSI, and Gigabyte have landed in our lab and its time for another round up.

News.com.au have published the results of their online piracy survey. MOST people who illegally download movies, music and TV shows would pay for them if there was a cheap and legal service as convenient as file-sharing tools like BitTorrent. That's the finding of the most comprehensive look yet at people who illegally download TV shows, movies and music in Australia, conducted by news.com.au and market research firm CoreData.

XbitLabs rounded up some 500GB HDDs. Far not everyone out there needs enormous hard disk drives. Many users out there feel quite happy with smaller HDDs for their systems storing most of their data on external media. And quite a few users do not really have that much data to store anyway. We hope our roundup of 3.5-inch 500 GB HDDs will be helpful for these particular users. Heh, 500GB drives are "smaller HDDs" now. Crazy.

Kosta spotted some hidden features in the HTC Desire smartphone. After some tinkering, HTC Desire owners have found they can copy installation files from Android phones sold in the USA onto their HTC Desire with relative ease, thereby enabling Voice Dictation, Turn by Turn GPS navigation and installing Google Earth for Android - all of which are not officially available for download within Australia at present.

So, the Air Force Cyberspace Command has a new badge. The new badge is equal in precedence to the Aeronautical and Space Badges. Those awarded multiples of the Cyberspace, Aeronautical and Space Badges must wear the Cyberspace Badge above the others while serving in a cyberspace billet. Wow, I would have killed for something that cool-sounding when I was 14. :)

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