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Thursday Afternoon (8 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 27-May-2010  13:03:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A British man has "infected" himself with a computer virus. Dr Mark Gasson from the University of Reading contaminated a computer chip which was then inserted into his hand. The device, which enables him to pass through security doors and activate his mobile phone, is a sophisticated version of ID chips used to tag pets.In trials, Dr Gasson showed that the chip was able to pass on the computer virus to external control systems.

A couple of bizarre tech marketing videos have appeared, firstly Valve's parody of Apple's 1984 ad to celebrate the release of HL2 for Mac. Secondly a strange one (part of a series) from Western Digital, with characters based on HDDs. Brent, Gus and Blake are the new guys in Western Digital and they are already the centre of attention. They are getting corner offices and they are appearing everywhere.

Tweaktown have some four-way CrossfireX with LN2 action. For some time now Iíve looked forward to some five-pot action; thatís liquid nitrogen containers on the CPU and one on each of the MSI 5870ís. But one hold up, or should I say hardware failure after another has made this long overdue. At long last those false starts are behind me and I am finally ready to let this monster setup loose.

Kurt spotted this 1922 film imagining the wireless future. I get the umbrella antenna but I'm not sure about plugging it into the fire hydrant?

Google have released Chrome 5.0, the first version of their browser to be on all three major operating system platforms. Adobe's Flash Player is not yet integrated into the stable branch of Chrome; however, the Google Product Manager Brian Rakowski says that it will be enabled when the final version of Flash Player 10.1 is released. The developers say that it's their "fastest version of Chrome to date" and note that they have fixed "a range of minor issues such as non-exploitable crashes, hangs and other annoyances".

A test of Amazon's Kindle in American universities has not gone that well, thanks mpot. At Princeton University and Portland-based Reed College, a small liberal-arts institution, students praised the Kindle for its long battery life, paper savings and portability. They then complained they couldn't scribble notes in the margins, easily highlight passages or fully appreciate color charts and graphics. "You don't read textbooks in the same linear way as a novel," said Roesner, 23, a graduate student in computer science and engineering. "You have to flip back and forth between pages, and the Kindle is too slow for that. Also, the bookmarking function is buggy."

Misc Reviews:
Telstra HTC Desire mobile phone on JasonJordan, thanks mpot.
TRENDnet High Speed PC and Mac Share Cable on MadShrimps.
Scythe Mini Kaze 50mm Fans on MadShrimps.
Aerocool HorsePower 750W PSU on HWSecrets.
ASUS P6X58D-E LGA1366 motherboard on InsideHW.

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