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 Sunday, 18-July-2010  20:12:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you're wondering how life will be once you're hooked up to the National Broadband Network, ITNews have some comments from some of the first people connected. Craig said 100 Mbps fibre meant he no longer had to "ration simultaneous connections" in the house. It meant he could work from home via VPN while other family members watched iView or played World of Warcraft - with "no lag, no disconnections, [and] no staggered picture".

Apple have posted some impressive photos of their antenna design and test labs, in response to the current iPhone 4 antenna complaints. Apple never releases a product without thoroughly testing it first. To do this, we built our multimillion-dollar antenna design and test labs. These labs feature 17 different antenna characterization chambers (or anechoic chambers) designed to accurately measure antenna and wireless performance.

Valve will be releasing the game Alien Swarm for free via Steam on Monday. Two years ago Valve hired the talented team behind the popular top down co-op mod Alien Swarm. Since then they have been busy working on the Left 4 Dead Series, and now Portal 2. However, we never forgot about Alien Swarm and the team has spent a lot of time bringing the game to Source in between their contributions to the other Valve projects.

Speaking of which, the Steam Hardware Survey provides an interesting snapshot of what configurations Steam gamers are using. Steam collects data about what kinds of computer hardware and software our customers are using. The survey data is incredibly helpful to us in that it ensures that we're making good decisions about what kinds of technology investments to make and products to offer.

The US Senate has approved a funding boost for NASA, including extending the Space Shuttle program by a year. Mr Obama's plan relies on commercial space development in the near future and puts off an immediate decision on a future heavy-lift rocket program that would carry astronauts to asteroids and beyond.

CJ noticed the Windows 7 SP1 Beta is now out, at a whopping 1.2GB. Presumably it contains several versions and will be shrunk down before the final release. It contains quite minor feature updates including a revamped remote Desktop client. However the main purpose of the Service pack is to collate all the updates that have been released since the OS was released to manufacturing on July 22nd last year. Discussion here.

There's a lot of chatter about some leaked pics of an ASUS dual Fermi video card, thanks Matcat. Each of the two GeForce GTX 480 GPUs (GF100-375-A3) on this massive Asus card have 480 stream processors, and are connected to 1,536 MB of GDDR5 memory across a 384-bit wide memory interface.Nvidia's NF200 (A3 version) chip is also used. Is it real? Will it ever hit the market? Who knows. :)

Interesting Forum Threads:
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