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Microsoft now paid royalties on 70% of US Android smartphones

"LG has become the latest in a long line of Android handset vendors to sign a patent licensing agreement with Microsoft. The agreement allows the South Korean conglomerate to use Microsoft patented technology in phones, tablets, and other consumer electronics running both Android and Chrome OS.

Internet addiction changes your brain

"Internet addition effects the brain in the same way as alcohol, and cocaine addiction, according to a new study. Researchers in China scanned the brains of 17 adolescents diagnosed with "internet addiction disorder" who had been referred to the Shanghai Mental Health Centre, and compared the results with scans from 16 of their mates. The results showed impairment of white matter fibres in the brain connecting regions involved in emotional processing, attention, decision making and cognitive control.

CES Booth Babes Day 1

Enjoy TechwareLabs Coverage of the booth and party babes for Day 1 of CES 2012!

Keeping Electronics Cool: A Breakthrough Discovery With Graphene

"The results bring graphene – a single-atom thick carbon crystal with unique properties, including superior electrical and heat conductivity, mechanical strength and unique optical absorption – one step closer to being used as a thermal conductor for managing heat dissipation in everything from electronics to photovoltaic solar cells to radars.."

The Nikon D4: This DSLR camera makes the pros drool

"If you're wondering why there are strange puddles everywhere this morning, it's because photographers around the world have been drooling over news about the Nikon D4. Yes, you read that right — Nikon has finally officially announced its new flagship pro-level DSLR camera, the long-awaited successor to the D3. And the new gadget certainly has fantastic-sounding specs.

AMD Catalyst™ 12.1a preview driver

"Additional changes for upcoming update of Rage: Resolves some new texture corruption issues introduced by the latest version of the game. Improved performance ~5%. Smoother game play and reduces multicore sync points. Fixed mapbuffer failures when switching maps on 32-bit systems. Fixed a game crash when switching maps back and forth on 32 and 64bit systems."

Lindsay Lohan Leaked Playboy Photos Still Online: Pictures Causing Hef to Sue?

"Now, the question is turning away from where can you see them (here and links can be found here) to "is Hugh Hefner going to sue somebody over them?" Well, the latest info is that there's still "No word on whether Playboy will pursue legal remedies over the leak.

Japanese Vending Machines Puts Faces in Your Coffee

"If the number of Starbucks stores around the world is an indicator of anything, it's that the people must have their coffee. Some people like their coffee black, others like it with sugar and or creamer, but apparently some people in Japan prefer their coffee with a face staring back at them. At the Yojiya Cafe coffeehouses located throughout Japan, baristas are trained to create an iconic face on the top of customers' coffee. Even more surprising is the fact that there is now a vending machine that does the exact same thing."

China launches first 3D TV channel

"China has marked the 2012 New Year with the start of 3D TV (Three-Dimensional Television) Channel service. After a trial run, the 3D TV will be officially put into operation during Spring Festival later in January. The first stations for the 3D trial are China Central Television, Beijing Television, Tianjing Broadcasting TV, Jiangsu TV and Shenzhen TV. 3D programs will be offered daily from 10:30 am to midnight.

Facebook kills a third of marriages

"Divorce-Online has noticed that the social notworking site is being named a source for evidence in more divorce cases. There is a 50 per cent jump in the number of ‘behaviour-based’ divorce petitions including the term Facebook being filed in the last two years. The firm also said that at least a third of the 5,000 petitions filed in 2011 mentioned Facebook.

In a statement Mark Keenan, managing director of Divorce-Online said that while Facebook has become the primary method for communicating with friends for many people.

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