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Tuesday Afternoon (7 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 1-June-2010  17:08:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Computex Taiwan is on at the moment, so expect lots of interesting goodies to appear. Like these hybrid SSD/optical drives from Hitachi-LG. When this gets stuffed within a laptop, you're immediately able to access an optical drive, an SSD (for your operating system and critical launch applications) and a spacious HDD for storing music, media, etc.

A few people sent in this woman suing Google because she got hit by a car while following Google Maps directions. After Googling walking directions for a trip in Park City, Utah, Lauren Rosenberg claims she was led onto a busy highway, where she was struck by a vehicle. She’s now suing Google for damages.

The BBC have an interesting graphic on supercomputer density around the world. We don't get a mention but New Zealand does, largely because of Weta Digital in Wellington. The graphic allows you to visualise the list by the speed of each machine; the operating systems used; what it is used for; the country where it is based; the maker of the silicon chips used to build the machine and the manufacturer of the super computer.

ZDNet report on blurry pictures on Optus. The "web accelerator" technology also compresses images and serves them in a lower quality, in turn making it faster for users to download images, and there is no way to turn this compression off. The carrier said it was looking at a "workaround" for the "issue".

EFA have a new video, about it being Time to Tell Mum about Internet Censorship. The campaign, titled “It’s time to tell Mum”, has comedian Akmal Saleh explaining that it should be mums – not the government – who look after the wellbeing of their children. It’s a different approach for EFA, and one that will hopefully raise awareness of this issue to a greater percentage of the population, not just the geeks and tech-savvy.

Speaking of which, iiNet have rejected claims of support by Stephen Conroy. Chief executive Michael Malone said: "We do not and have never supported such a system."The proposed filter is fundamentally flawed, will not achieve its stated purpose and simply will not work..."

InsideHW have a graphics card roundup. Still, the unequal speed of new chip development in the two competitor companies, followed by strong economic impacts last year and a no-holds-barred battle for market dominance, caused the existence of a higher-than-needed number of similarly priced models present on the market at the moment, so customers may be in doubt as to which card will give them the best performance in a given price range. That’s why we decided to make a test of all models from the current generation available at the market.

A mobile game trojan has been racking up phone bills for unsuspecting people by quietly ringing overseas. Described as a “mobile version of the classic Counter-Strike“, the pirated title contains hidden code which has been silently ringing numbers in the Antarctic block, the Dominican Republic, Somalia and other premium locations, simple calls which cost roughly 5 euro (more than US$6) per minute from a UK mobile phone.

Fileant sent word of a tiny 3G WiFi hotspot from Netcomm, but only available via Apple. More here and here. NetComm believes MyZone to be the "perfect companion" for the newly released iPad, and Apple obviously agrees. After the exclusivity period it is likely we'll see MyZone available on contract with one or more of the major telcos, but there is no official announcement at this time. Update: It seems Internode have an equivalent gadget.



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