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WiFi pioneer John O'Sullivan wins PM's Prize for Science

ALMOST two decades after pioneering high-speed wireless technology, John O'Sullivan has won one of the nation's top science gongs.

The CSIRO scientist was awarded the prestigious Prime Minister's Prize for Science for 2009 for his WiFi technology now found in millions of laptops, printers, wireless access devices and even Nintendo's Wii.

Dr O'Sullivan and his team found a way to speed up wireless networks in 1992 - a problem that had international scientists stumped.

The idea has since generated a windfall for the CSIRO to the tune of $205 million and counting.

Microsoft launches Windows 7 in India

Microsoft India has announced the availability of Windows 7 for its customers in India.

In line with the company’s commitment to releasing a new OS at periodic schedules, Windows 7 is designed to be more reliable and responsive, delivering a simplified PC experience for consumers.

Apple, Win7 products unveiled

Apple Inc. has made significant upgrades to its venerable iMac computers and several other products.
The announcement of the new wares came Tuesday, which is perhaps not coincidental. On Thursday, Microsoft Corp. is set to unveil its Windows 7 operating system, and concurrently reveal several new computers created with the system in mind.
Via LATimes

Microsoft Posts Sidekick Recovery Tool

Sidekick users who have been angry at T-Mobile and Microsoft's Danger for losing their personal data have received a little solace: Microsoft is now offering a recovery tool on T-Mobile's Web site to help owners of the mobile device retrieve their lost contacts.

This tool will restore contacts only, but Microsoft said in a statement that it is working on retrieving photos, notes, and other data as well.

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