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Wednesday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 15-June-2011  13:47:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The winners in the recent AusPCMarket BitFenix case contest have been announced (scroll down a bit). 1st Place: Darren's Watercooled PC, with a careful balance of SLI performance for maximum gaming. 2nd Place: Marcel's dream machine, a mix of work and play. 3rd place: Daimon's 12TB NAS, for maximum network storage with a small footprint.

We also had an extremely quick contest from SonicBoom last night, which was won in about 20 minutes! So I imagine the next one will be a bit more difficult. :) Congrats to Randy_Chuggs who scored a fancy powerboard.

AMD unveiled its Llano A-Series APU yesterday, which revolves around 32nm quad-core CPUs. We all knew that when AMD bought ATI many years ago that the company had plans for making a Fusion processor that basically blended the CPU, GPU and Northbridge all into once chip. AMD calls this smorgasbord of technology goodness an “accelerated processing unit” or APU. Coverage on LegitReviews, HotHardware and PC Perspective. Anandtech cover the notebook and desktop versions, thanks Anthony.

AMD also discussed the next-generation APU at a recent developer summit, with coverage on PC Perspective and Tech Report. During a talk on the next generation of GPU technology at the AMD Fusion Developer Summit, one of the engineers was asked about Trinity, the next APU to be released in 2012 (and shown running today for the very first time). It was offered that Trinity in fact used a VLIW4 architecture rather than the VLIW5 design found in the just released Llano A-series APU.

Bitcoin is keeping itself in the news, now with a $500k cyber-heist. A high-rolling geek who goes by the handle Allinvain claims that on Monday afternoon, someone pilfered 25,000 Bitcoins from his wallet file and deposited them into another anonymous account. At the current exchange rate of $18.72 per Bitcoin, that's about $467,500. (Though the exchange rate has reached as high as ~$29 in recent days.)

NeoSeeker looked at the UEFI BIOS from ASUS. The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is meant to be an OS-Firmware interface, much like a standard BIOS is. This interface manages the PC boot and runtime services. It has been developed from the ground up, and thus should not be considered as an evolution to current existing BIOSes, which did not end up evolving much with current hardware.

The UN is involved in the three strikes for copyright infringement debate. Michael Geist notes that on Friday, Sweden made remarks at the UN Human Rights Council that endorsed many of the report's findings, including the criticism of "three strikes" rules. The statement was signed by 40 other nations, including the United States and Canada. The United Kingdom and France, two nations that have enacted "three strikes" regimes, did not sign the statement.

A kickbacks scheme revolving around overpriced printer cartridges has been unearthed in Victoria. The company charged up to $396 for cartridges that cost $99 from other suppliers. In one case, an Arts Victoria project officer, who was in charge of purchasing printer toner, bought enough printer cartridges last the department 40 years, despite the fact they expire after 24 months. The project manager received $8,300 in gift vouchers and prepaid credit cards in a year.

Google has some interesting new features on the way. It's just announced that Android-style Voice Search is headed to Chrome (with support for English only, initially), and that it will be joined by a new Search by Image feature (also available in Chrome, or Firefox with an extension). ... In other news, Google's announced Instant Pages (also demoed after the break), which promises to speed up browsing by prerendering results when its "confident you're going to click them."

Today's timewaster is a Shaun the Sheep physics game from KR.

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