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Wednesday Afternoon (25 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 7-September-2011  13:57:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's about a week left in our contest to win an ebook from elated.com. To enter, simply reply to this thread telling us your idea for the most pointless, silly or funny app you can think of.

Speaking of which, PC World have an iPad 2 up for grabs for people who complete their survey. PC World is running its 2011 Media Usage survey, quizzing you on your Internet browsing habits and media consumption. We're interested in learning more about how you view and share technology-related content and information. Your feedback will help us to more closely align our services with your needs, so give us a hand by taking the survey!

HWSecrets continue their Thermal Compound Roundup. We added five new thermal compounds to our previous roundup, for a total of 40 different thermal compounds from major brands. We also tried another "alternative" compound: chocolate.

d00dz spotted this article about troubles with group buying sites. Ms Dinh is among a growing number of Victorians voicing their complaints about Australia's ever-growing number of group buying websites, such as Cudo, Spreets, Scoopon and LivingSocial. So far this year Consumer Affairs Victoria has received more than 160 complaints from consumers about group buying sites. This compares with just 22 similar complaints last year.

Intel have released 16 new CPUs. Leading the pack is a new quad-core chip that is sure to strike a price-performance sweetspot: the Core i5-2320. This chip displaces the Core i5-2300 from its price-point of US $177, and is faster. While the i5-2300 is nominally clocked at 2.80 GHz, the i5-2320 runs at 3.00 GHz. Another significant introduction here is the Core i3-2130, which displaces the i3-2120 from its price-point of $139. The new dual-core chip is clocked at 3.40 GHz, 100 MHz faster than the chip it's displacing.

Yahoo have fired their CEO. On a related note, ZDNet consider the 10 worst tech industry decisions of all time. While dozens of notable examples could have made our list, these were by far the top top 10 worst in the history of the technology industry, causing many billions of dollars of lost revenue or resulted in the downfall of entire companies.

Callan sent in what is probably the first 3d rendered film ever, from 1972. The best part of this film is not even the 3D rendering itself, but the outtakes and “making of” footage that has been interwoven throughout, including footage of a plaster replica of Ed’s hand onto which he is meticulously mapping the polygon vertices that make up the three dimensional model (around 1:30).

New Zealand's internet traffic has sharply dropped since their copyright law came into effect, unsurprisingly. Meanwhile the head of the NZ Telecommunications Users Association says the law serves only to prop up a failing business model, thanks OhSmeg.

NASA's Lunar Recinnaissance Orbiter has taken the sharpest image of the Moon landing sites ever. NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has captured the sharpest images ever taken from space of the Apollo 12, 14 and 17 sites, revealing the twists and turns of the paths made when the astronauts explored these areas. You can even see the Moon Rover, kinda. :)

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