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Californian Xbox modder escapes imprisonment

Matthew Crippen, a 28 year old Xbox modder from California has luckily escaped prison time after being arrested by Homeland Security. Mr Crippen was running a business from home, modifying Xbox 360 game consoles to play pirated games and other content. He was charging $60 to $80 for his work …

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Microsoft Kinect sells over 2.5 million units

Some analysts said that Microsoft’s Kinetic might not sell that well in the run up to Christmas, but clearly they have been proved wrong. Latest figures  after Black Friday sales in America show that the sensor has sold over 2.5 million units, already. 2.5 million units sold in such a …

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Follow your crap on Google, for a good cause

When scientists embark on multi-billion dollar projects to launch satellites, map the earth and set up the most advanced tracking & computational centres ever seen, they were probably in Star Trek mode. Certain that they were adding to the sum of human knowledge and helping NASA to reach for the …

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Database issues and some downtime

After receiving many emails I wanted to apologise if anyone has been experiencing issues today and yesterday evening. We performed what we thought was a routine backup yesterday and encountered some problems. At first we thought Faith, our drunken news hound had spilt her vodka over the server. The site …

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Microsoft sue Motorola: Xbox royalties

Another week and yet another court case. This time Microsoft are suing Motorola for unreasonable levels of royalties for technology the Redmond OS giant uses in the Xbox game console. Microsoft have alleged that Motorola have breached commitments made to standards organisations including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers …

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Tim Smalley says goodbye to the IT industry

Like every industry, the world of technology includes some real giants. Standing nearly 7 feet tall*, Tim Smalley is just such a man and we’ve been sent a pic of the Expert Reviews editor saying goodbye to Bit-Tech, the site he helped found many moons ago. Joking aside, Tim is …

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NASA find new ‘life on Mars’ evidence

Researchers at the American space agency have found new signs of life after the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit became stuck in wet ground on the red planet. Astronomers are excited by the latest discovery which they claim proves that water, important for the existance of life has formed on Mars, …

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Tianhe 1A: the fastest computer in the world

The USA have just lost the world’s fastest supercomputer title to China, with their Tianhe-1A taking over the top slot. The Tianhe-1A has 1.4 times the power of the closest rival according to Jack Dongarra, a University of Tennessee computer scientist who maintains the offical supercomputer rankings. Although this list …

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Sony retire the Walkman cassette player

We all know the Sony Walkman, it was a piece of history. I still remember heading into work in the morning with my trusty compilation tapes ready to blast out 80’s tracks such as Spandau Ballet and Adam Ant (yes I have crap taste in music I know). According to …

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NZXT LED Kit Review

Today we have a new product from the NZXT line of accessories in our test lab.  The product we are going to look at is a set of LED’s with a black mesh sleeve that runs the entire length of the cable. These LED’s come in a wide range of …

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Windows Phone 7 not good enough for tablets?

According to The Register – Microsoft senior product manager Greg Sullivan surprisingly said that Phone 7 looks to be a poor choice for Tablets, prefering to focus on Windows 7 for this medium. “Windows 7 will provide a richer touch and applications experience and will be necessary on tablets.” he …

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Graphene: will it replace silicon ?

Konstantin Novoselov and Andre Geim of the University Of Manchester have won a Nobel for their creation of Graphene. This project first became public in 2004 when they were able to demonstrate electronic effects with ultra thin sheets of carbon that they created by “mechanical exfoliation … of small mesas …

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Nintendo 3DS scheduled for a February/March release

One of the most sought after gadgets, the Nintendo 3DS will be hitting retail in February in Japan and March in Europe/US. Nintendo have pushed their original release launch for April, forward. Proving they are ahead of schedule right now and ready to get major sales for this hot handheld …

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Obama administration plan to monitor social networking

The Obama administration is undergoing legislation to require social networking companies and voice over internet providers to adapt their technology so law enforcement agents can monitor communications during criminal and terrorism investigations. In a proposal that looks set to alienate a large portion of the public, the government feels that …

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Moses ‘parting of the sea’ explained by techs

In a move set to enrage various religions, a team at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder OHIO has detailed a possible explanation for the Moses ‘parting of the Red Sea’. At the right spot – a sharp bend where a shallow river meets a coastal lagoon …

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