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 Monday, 18-October-2010  01:07:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

IBM are to build a research lab in Melbourne and have named the NBN as a major selling point for Australia. Gillard said that the ALP Government's investment in a National Broadband Network and in the education sector attracted IBM's investment. Her sentiment was shared by Glen Boreham, managing director of IBM Australia, who said that the nationwide network plan "underpins the investment. "I want to stress that Australia rolling out a ubiquitous national broadband network attracted this investment," he said.

Sony have further delayed the much-anticipated racing game Gran Turismo 5. We sincerely apologize to GT fans for the delay, however, creator Kazunori Yamauchi and the team at Polyphony Digital want to make certain they are creating the perfect racing experience, and we are confident that this ambitious game will exceed expectations when it launches. We’ll have more information for you in the near future, but said that it will be coming this "holiday season."

ArsTechnica have benchmarked Windows browsers. This is not meant to be an exhaustive performance rundown, as we have not tried every test in existence nor did we run them on every browser for Windows. Also, please keep in mind that we have yet to identify a test that measures all the factors that influence the performance of a browser.

SilentPCReview have a guide to building a silent home server. The unique selling proposition (to borrow a phrase from marketing 101) of our Silent System Build Guides is that not only will we provide suitable lists of up-to-date recommended components for a particular type of computer, but we will actually build these computers, and run and test them acoustically under tough actual-use conditions in our anechoic chamber.

The diagnostic/benchmarks suite Lavalys Everest has been renamed to AIDA64, and OC3D checked it out. Returning to the present day with Lavalys in tatters the core engineers returned to their beginnings and Everest has transformed back into AIDA, although as AIDA64 under the banner of FinalWire Ltd. With the coding gurus having their own publishing arm the future of AIDA64 is now secure.

A couple of German satellites are flying in tight formation to take the most detailed ever 3D map of the Earth's surface. TanDEM-X and TerraSAR-X have moved to within 350m of each other as they sweep around the planet at 7km/s. The pair will soon begin an intense observation campaign that will pin down the variation in height across the globe to an accuracy of better than two metres.

Here's a fairly neat self-balancing unicycle. The electric motor of this one-wheeled Segway puts out 1,000 watts (against 350 watts in the original), and three gyroscopes make for easier and smoother turning. This, along with lowered foot pegs, makes it easier both to learn and to ride. Finally, the battery has been bumped to 5 amp-hours for an average 12-mile range, and a maximum speed of 10 mph. Regenerative braking helps conserve juice by charging the battery as you slow down.

Envador.com has a cool arcade laptop dock project. odding doesn't have to be inventing time travel or warp engines; it's about taking something and changing it to suit your needs. What I did here was take a ready-to-assemble kit and modify it to become a docking station for my laptop.

GamePron have a video interview with some of the Duke Nukem Forever team. At today’s event at the Mana Bar, Randy and Steve explained that the game pokes fun at itself, with Duke Nukem Forever set twelve years after the events of Duke Nukem 3D. The Duke himself is now one of the richest men in the world, who owns (and lives in) a casino, and enjoys all the finer things of life… including a video game made in his honor based on his battle with the martians. He’s observed to quip that – after twelve years – it better be good!

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