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Google: Satisfaction Guaranteed

Google leads the search industry in market share. No surprise, then, that it leads the industry in customer satisfaction as well.

The company has once again achieved top rank among Internet search engines and portals in the American Consumer Satisfaction Index, the seventh time it has done so in eight years. This year Google (GOOG) received 86 points, out of a possible 100, besting Yahoo’s (YHOO) 77 points, Microsoft’s (MSFT) 75, Ask.com’s 74 and AOL’s 70.

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Brain’s Wrinkles Protect Against Head Banging

As you greet the new week by banging your head on your desk in office despair, rest assured: The brain’s wrinkled surface protects you from non-existential damage.

The prevailing explanation for the brain’s crenellations is that they increase computational capacity by packing a large surface area into a small space. Exactly how this works is a matter of speculation, but abnormalities have been linked to disorders like autism and depression.


PS3 Firmware 3.0 Adds New XMB, Dynamic Themes, Avatars

PlayStation 3 firmware 3.0 is coming soon, bringing with it nex XMB functionality, a status indicator, a friends list redesign, dynamic themes, avatars, and much more.

Announced during Gamescom and highlighted at the PlayStation blog, firmware 3.0 doesn't revolutionalize the way we navigate the PlayStation 3, but it does bring some welcome changes. The most prevalent of the changes is a status bar in the top right of the screen, which shows your avatar, your user icon, what you are up to, and a mail icon, in case you have messages waiting.


Xbox 360 at 54.2 percent failure rate

The latest issue of Game Informer contains a surprising statistic for anyone who's ever loved and lost their Microsoft-branded home console – according to their survey, in which over 5,000 console owners participated, the Xbox 360's current failure rate due to the Red Ring of Death, E74 or other hardware failure is 54.2 percent. They also calculated the relative death toll for PS3s due to the Yellow Light of Death (10.3 percent) and Wiis, due to ... well, we're not actually sure what color the Wii's light turns to upon its demise (6.8 percent).

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Need For Speed Shift Screenshots

New Need For Speed Shift screenshots direct from EA's German press event


New Battlefield Bad Company 2 Trailer, Screenshots

Having announced earlier today that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 will be released on March 3, 2010, EA has released new screenshots and a trailer for DICE's shooter. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is slated to hit PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Gmail Grabs Third Place in Email Users from AOL

Google has been offering its Gmail web-based email service for quite a few years now. The service has proven to be very popular with users and has grabbed a significant portion of the market despite the fact that Gmail only recently graduated from beta status.

InformationWeek reports that Gmail has passed AOL to become the third most popular email service online. According to ComScore Gmail grew its monthly visitors in the U.S. from 25.3 million in July 2008 to 36.9 million in July 2009.

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Noctua provides free upgrade for LGA1156

Vienna, August 18th 2009 - Noctua today announced the impending availability of its new NM-I3 SecuFirm2™ mounting kit that adds support for Intel's upcoming LGA1156 based Core i5 and Core i7 "Lynnfield" CPUs. Compatible with all Noctua CPU coolers since 2005, the new SecuFirm2™ kit will be supplied to Noctua users free of charge after uploading a proof of purchase on Noctua's website...

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DirectX 11 possibly out in 2009

"Earlier this year during June, AMD demonstrated at Computex the first DirectX 11 GPU, and most recently at Quakecon, the chip maker is showing off its latest silicon once again. Expreview got a hold of an AMD presentation from Quakecon that reads, 'On Thursday, September 10, 2009, you won't believe your eyes… Please join us as we unveil a new PC experience. Formal invitation with more details to come.'"

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RedBox to start introducing video games

"Not wanting to go into a video rental store to try out the latest games? Now the movie rental kiosk Redbox is testing out game rentals. According to InsideRedbox, rental kiosks are now being tested in western U.S. markets such as Reno, NV and Salt Lake City, UT. Selection thus far appears to be slim, but it is spread across games for PS2, PS3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii."

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No more all-in-one Microsoft Windows discs!

"One of the nice things to come out of Microsoft’s complete overhaul of the Windows installer for Vista and beyond was that it did away with the idea that different variations of Windows needed different discs. Previously each distribution of XP (Home/Pro/MCE) required its own disc, and then each license type (OEM/Retail/VLK) also required its own disc. This lead to an astounding number of disc types, and complete and utter frustration when for users attempting to install Windows and not having the correct disc to go with the key they had."

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Undervolting the AMD Phenom II X4 965

"The Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition impressed us when it launched earlier this week. Well, just about everything but the long-winded naming scheme and a slight concern about its power consumption under load conditions impressed us. Of course, the last minute change from a 125W TDP rating to a 140W TDP rating had us scratching our heads and those of the motherboard suppliers who will see a few less products certified for this processor."

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