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 Sunday, 2-January-2011  18:12:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Whirlpool have posted their Australian Broadband Survey 2010. As always, the survey is not about advertisers or marketing. We just want to discover and share your opinion on important issues like the NBN, prices, customer service and reliability of service. We ask many of these questions every year, but this helps us learn if things have improved, deteriorated, or stayed much the same.

Check out this cool beer robot. This is the maiden voyage of my mini fridge that now shoots beers via iPhone. It is controlled by an iobridge via a web based iPhone interface and shoots the beers from an air cannon in the housing.

The endless stream of phone chargers into landfill may come to an end soon, with a MicroUSB connection becoming an EU standard.

However Malware infected apps are also becoming more common, on Android at least. So far Gemini has been observed grafted onto legitimate apps ó primarily games ó that are downloaded to Android smartphones by unknowing patrons of third-party Android app stores. The infected apps reportedly then request an abnormal level of access to devices and then, boom, itís a zombie-phone.

The image of a World of Warcraft player as a chair-bound cornchip-shredder may be about to change, with Kinect being used to control it and other PC games. To move the character forwards and backwards, the player simply leans in the corresponding direction. To turn the camera, the user moves the left hand from side to side. The left hand can also be used to target an enemy by moving forward in a grabbing motion while the right hand can be moved to trigger different attack spells.

From dasuperham, word of a version of Windows for ARM processors. Bloomberg, which broke the news this afternoon, reported that sources familiar with Microsoft's plans said this version of Windows will continue to work on x86 processors, but that it should improve battery performance on devices like tablets and other devices that use ARM processors.

InsideHW checked out 3DMark 11, as did OCClub. LostCircuits meanwhile wondered about the Physics benchmark. None of these questions should impact the value of 3DMark 11 as a benchmark, however, it is clear that under the circumstances the Physics benchmark cannot be considered a classic CPU benchmark since other factors can have an impact of up to 16% (from the limited sample we were running) in the score spread.

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