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 Friday, 11-March-2011  14:05:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to DiGiTaL MoNkEY for keeping the news page busy for the last few days!

Crusader pointed out this cool Hot Wheels projection mapping display in Circular Quay yesterday. On Thursday March 10, Hot Wheels™ lit up Circular Quay, showcasing groundbreaking 3D projection technology at Customs House in Sydney, Australia. In a spine tingling show, the notorious Hot Wheels™ Skull Racers shattered the facade of Customs House as they competed in the ultimate speed racing battle.

IBM's Watson supercomputer has finally been beaten at Jeopardy.. by a politician. The victory by Holt, a nuclear physicist, came Monday night after the super-computer had trounced other champions of the information game show, including Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, the all-time games and money winners on the TV version. "I played a full round against @IBMWatson tonight and was proud to hold my own," the 12th District congressman tweeted after his win at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel.

Intel have released some info on cloud-based ray tracing. One example of taking advantage of the cloud is related to computer games. Companies like OnLive* and Gaikai* are making a business out of offering a service in which the game itself runs on servers in the cloud. It processes user interactions from the game client, and the server sends back a compressed, rendered image of the game to the user.

Some former members of Australia's Classification Board think the system is broken and needs a revamp. Hunt is now a private consultant and is helping Warner Bros. appeal the Mortal Kombat ban. He has previously helped overturn bans on F.E.A.R.2: Project Origin and Aliens vs. Predator. Hunt believes that the system should move to a self-regulatory model whereby publishers set their own ratings.

Tweaktown boosted a Radeon HD 6990 4GB to 1GHz. What that extra voltage helped us do was get the card running at 1GHz on the cores and 5400MHz QDR on the 4GB of memory. Unfortunately for the card to run stable we had to crank the fan up to 100%. Still it was a sacrifice my ears where willing to make.

Microsoft's Kinect is the fastest-selling gadget of all time. The Kinect motion sensor for Xbox 360 has been named by Guinness World Records as the fastest-selling gadget in history after it sold 8 million units in 60 days.

There was a broadband and beyond conference in Sydney recently, highlighting our need for more bandwidth. In the US last year, almost seven per cent of total entertainment revenues were generated by digital platforms. In Australia that figure was not even three per cent. One of the key differences, Dixon said, was that average broadband throughput is higher for US consumers and this influences the quality of the online video viewing experience and the consumer’s willingness to pay for such content.

Check out this impressive indie game trailer. Worth watching in HD and fullscreen, especially if you like mech combat. All clips in this video were captured from actual network game matches. The third person shots are from a spectator camera, gameplay is first person. We expect to release a first person gameplay trailer soon.

Today's timewaster is Mad Bombs, where you're a little bomb blowing stuff up.

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