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Thursday Morning (9 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 7-October-2010  03:11:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If your iPhone is being annoying after the change to daylight savings, you're not alone. It's happening to me, too! The bug appears to affect only those with a "recurring" alarm, which is useful for when you want to be woken up at the same time each and every day of the week.

Speaking of iApps and wotnot, Intel have a boxed CPU decoder app to help you compare CPU features etc. Search and compare processors by brand or socket. Identify key differences, such as frequency, cache size, number of cores/threads, thermal design power and more. No link on that page, presumably it's in the app store if you want it.

XbitLabs ponder personal computers in 2020. In this editorial we will try to find out how the new usage models, technologies, business approaches and other factors will impact the major building blocks of personal computers. Our guesses are based on our knowledge of the industry and the mechanisms that change the trends of its development.

Rob lets us know Iron Photographer voting is now open. The theme was "Black and White" and there seem to be a huge number of entries!

mpot noticed that Google's Chrome OS is now running on iPads. A coder who downloaded the Chrome OS source code on the chromiumos.org website managed to tweak the source of the Google operating system to work on an iPad, and compiled it. The result? A Chrome OS powered iPad, a hack that most engineers in Cupertino must be cringing about.

The National Broadband Network will be connected by default in Tasmania, unless people specifically ask to not be connected. The Tasmanian Government is preparing to make joining the National Broadband Network an opt-out rather than opt-in process. It is aiming to become the first state in Australia to do so.

ArsTechnica checked out a 12-core Mac Pro. Twelve cores and twenty-four threads—that's what I'm sitting in front of. Even after owning an 8-core Nehalem Xeon Mac Pro, I just wasn't prepared for the 8 extra threads in my new shiny new 12-core Westmere Xeon Mac Pro. It's just that crazy.

Western Digital have given a sneak peek of their upcoming 3TB drive, by including it in an external drive, in a similar way to Seagate a little while ago. More here and here. Buried deep in the official press release is the revelation that the My Book Essential uses a single Caviar Green hard drive to reach the 3TB mark. No further details are provided, but a component version of the drive will be "available in distribution shortly." Like its forebears, the 3TB Green likely has a spindle speed in the 5,400-RPM range.

Meanwhile dasuperham spotted an an optical drive with SSD from Hitachi. SATA promise 6.0GBps data transfer and add on top of this a little SSD and you have the ultimate Drive for any companies looking to build up the slimmest PC ever. Not much info, but an interesting idea.

A British teenager has been jailed for not disclosing his password. Police seized his computer but could not access material on it as it had a 50-character encryption password. Drage was convicted of failing to disclose an encryption key in September. He was sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Monday.

One consequence of iiNet's acquisition of AAPT is the removal of the "unlimited" plan. It's as though a million leechers cried out at once, and were silent. IiNet will end AAPT's high-volume plan ending the heyday of bandwidth "leechers", some of whom boast of downloading more than 75 terabytes of data.



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