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Tuesday Morning (17 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-December-2010  02:16:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Google launched their Chrome OS recently. Sundar Pichai, the head of Google's Chrome project, said: "People on their computers live on their browsers within the web. But if you look at computers today...they have nothing to do with the browser or the web. Most personal computers were designed before the web existed." William sent in Anandtech's take on it, and there's more coverage on TBreak.

They also unveiled their first Chrome OS laptop, the CR-48, thanks soulblade64. The first Google Chrome OS laptop is about to go into a pilot program. The program apparently runs for US people only, but in the application form they allow you to select Australia for the country, but you can only select US states. I didn't have my application rejected selecting Australia though, so I might have a chance. More on engadget and Techi.

Apparently tap and go cards are increasing in popularity.. but this is the first I've heard of them, thanks Sniper. The type of retailers who have installed the new card machines include fast-food outlets, hardware stores, taxis, newsagents, supermarkets, pharmacies and a growing number of vending machine operators are also installing the card readers. MasterCard's Mr Cartwright says the average customer transaction is about $25.

The European Commission has imposed an $876M fine on Taiwanese and South Korean LCD makers, thanks MoJoMaN. Europe's competition watchdog accused the firms of running a cartel between October 2001 and February 2006 that fixed prices, harming European buyers of televisions and computers equipped with the liquid crystal display component.

Kotaku report on a Kinect hack that sets up a Minority Report like interface. Using Kinect drivers for Linux, some kids from the Robot Locomotion Group and Learning Intelligent Systems teams at MIT have come up with a system that has Kinect detecting all ten of your fingers, along with your palms, and using them to allow interaction with a display.

ASUS have a competition for Australia and New Zealand only. Today ASUS announced the launch of a brand new competition, PRIDE, offering users the opportunity to share their motherboard stories with the world. PRIDE stands for Performance, Reliability, Innovation, Design and Efficiency. PC aficionados from across the world can reveal their PRIDE starting 7th December, 2010 and compete against others to win an impressive array of prizes.

Today's timewaster is Slap a Pollie, from VooDoo. Not particularly difficult, but oddly satisfying. :)

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