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San Francisco rules on cellphone radiation

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a law requiring retailers to display the amount of radiation emitted by cellphones. It's likely to become law after a ten-day comment period.

Under the new law, retailers will have to display the specific absorption rate (SPR) of each phone - the amount of radiation it produces that is absorbed into the user's body - or face a $300 fine. The SPR varies from phone to phone.

PCs become 'necessities'

Worldwide sales of PCs are rocketing, according to Gartner, and it's consumers rather than businesses that are doing the buying.

Global shipments are expected to hit 376.6 million units this year, up 22 percent in 2009. Worldwide PC spending is forecast to reach $245.4 billion in 2010, up 12 percent from 2009.

But while the professional PC market is projected to grow 13.1 percent this year, the home PC market will grow by 29.5 percent.
Sales of laptops rose by 43 percent.

Pac-Man eats Google-dots

Google is celebrating Pac-Man's 30th birthday by offering web surfers access to a free version of the classic title.

To play Pac-Man, go to during the next 48 hours and press the "Insert Coin" button or wait for a few seconds.

Pac-Man eats Google-dotsThe game - recreated by Google developers Marcin Wichary and Ryan Germick - includes Pac-Man's original game logic, graphics, sounds, personalities, bugs and even the graceful Ms. Pac-Man.

Apple designates explicit category for iPhone

Apple has reportedly launched an initiative to create an "explicit" category for third-party app developers of the iPhone and iPod Touch.

According to the Cult of Mac, the new category is already available on the iTunesConnect Web site. 

Report: Apple designates "explicit" category for iPhone app storeNevertheless, applications that have been labeled "explicit" have yet to appear in the App Store.

Nvidia details Fermi GF100 specs

Nvidia has confirmed that its Fermi-based GF100 GPU will feature 512 CUDA processors, 16 geometry units, 384-bit GDDR5 memory bus and 48 ROP engines.

According to ZDNet's Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, the GF100 is also expected to include 4 raster units, 64 texture units and DirectX 11 support.

"Each GPU is made up of four separate GPC (Graphics Processing Clusters).

Unidentified bug causes massive CPU spike on 27-inch iMacs

Owners of the recently introduced 27-inch iMac have encountered an unidentified bug that reportedly causes massive spikes in CPU usage.

"I just upgraded my 24-inch iMac to the new 27-inch iMacs that just came out. Well, now EVERY Flash-based site like YouTube or Hulu runs unbelievably slow," a user named Subcide wrote on the Apple forum. "Looking at activity monitor, Flash is hitting about 100-110 percent of my CPU. It basically makes the browser unresponsive and the video is choppy."

Forum participant PenSilveltMEKY reported similar performance issues.

MCCI showcases 270MB/s USB 3.0 system

Intel Developer Forum - MCCI and Symwave are showcasing the world's "highest performing" USB 3.0 system at IDF 2009. The next-generation platform - powered by MCCI's optimized host software and Symwave's SuperSpeed SATA controller - is capable of achieving a blazingly fast transfer rate of 270MB per second.

TiVo wins $200 million in patent infringement suit

San Francisco, Calif. A US district court has ordered Dish Network Corp and sister company EchoStar to pay TiVo $200 million in damages.

According to Reuters, the fine was imposed after the US District Court for Eastern Texas determined that Dish and EchoStar had violated a permanent injunction banning the use of modified technology to rewind and pause live TV.

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