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Tuesday Afternoon (9 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-January-2011  17:33:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel and NVIDIA have surprised everyone with a $1.5B 6-year cross-licensing deal which resolves their patent disputes and may end up with NVIDIA GPU cores inside Intel CPUs. More here. "The cross-licensing agreement allows Intel to integrate NVIDIA technologies and those that are covered by our patents into their CPUs, such as Sandy Bridge, for example," said Jen-Hsuan. "And a cross-license allows us to build processors and take advantage of Intel patents for the types of processor we're building—Project Denver, Tegra, and the types of processors we're going to build in the future."

Jarryd98 spotted this video from Porsche about their new racing hybrid, the 918 RSR. With the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, the future of motorsports began in 2010. After several races we could well say: mission accomplished. But that's not enough for us. Our most important finding: Hybrid can do more. The Racing Lab 918 RSR gives you an idea about this "more".

ASUS are showing off an enormous video card. he EAH6970 DirectCu is perhaps the largest among the company's graphics cards that use a "direct-copper" GPU cooler in which heat pipes make direct contact with the GPU die. Such is the size of the cooler, that the card requires three expansion slots in your system. To make optimal use of the expansion brackets, ASUS wired out all TMDS links from the GPU, yielding a display connectivity consisting of two DVI and four full-sized DisplayPort 1.2 connectors.

Nintendo keep making us get off the couch, what with the Wii and now a pedometer in the 3DS. Much like the Pokéwalker packed in with the latest Pokemon games, the 3DS includes a built-in pedometer that tracks how much you walk, recording the data in its Activity Log program. Of course, Nintendo puts a twist on this stay-fit concept by rewarding pedestrians with “Game Coins”, which are used unlock content in games. Think of it as Achievement Points you earn simply by doing some real-world walking, which can later be spent on new weapons, or items, or anything else you can imagine.

Alch sent in this Firefox live webcam. We’re streaming cuteness. We’re dedicated to doing good. We’re out to make the web a better place. Thank you for supporting Mozilla Firefox.

Apparently Australians are only using 15% of their broadband quota on average. I doubt OCAU readers fall into that average, somehow. The firm conducted its study — Broadband Download Behaviour in Australia — The Disconnect Between Allowance and Usage (available in full from its website), over a period of four years, from 2006 to 2010. Its results show Australian users are far from exceeding their average broadband quotas of 45GB, with residential usage being about 7GB per month.

Timbot sent in this Linux admin IQ test, to see how nerdy you _really_ are.

If you're in any of the flood-affected areas, I really wish you all the best and hope you come out of it mostly unscathed. To keep on top of the stories and images etc, keep an eye on this thread and this thread.



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