Queensland software industry sour on Government games focus instead of NBNview story

http://www.itwire.com – The peak body for the software industry in Queensland has issued a broadside at the head of the state Government for neglecting the important business areas of IT including the NBN in a speech focusing on the relatively insignificant games sector. Software Queensland also criticised the Bligh Government for ignoring its advice on strategy and neglecting SMEs. (IT news)

NASA wants you to Be A Martianview story

http://www.itwire.com – The U.S. space agency has set up a website so that all Earthlings can also become Martians. NASA says it is an Age of Virtual Exploration and the Human-Robotic Partnership. Sign up now!   (IT news)

NBN and mining key opportunities to grow Australian IT: Blighview story

http://www.itwire.com – The National Broadband Network rollout has been identified as a huge opportunity to grow IT in Queensland according to the head of the state Government. Another key area includes the burgeoning mining software industry. (IT news)

Telstra finally drops BigPond prices – but is it enough?!view story

http://www.itwire.com – Telstra, Australia’s dominant telecommunications company and admitted serial overcharger has finally brought to life CEO David Thodey’s promise of months ago to lower prices with pricing that’s closer to competitors, with more generous download limits in some cases – but as you’d expect from Telstra, bundling “conditions” are still in place to access its very lowest prices. (IT news)

HP dumps Windows Phone 7view story

http://apcmag.com – HP has abandoned Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform in favour of smartphones based on WebOS, but confirms that a Windows 7 slate is still on the cards. (IT news)

Samsung debuts Q-series ‘thin and light’ notebooksview story

http://apcmag.com – The 13.3 inch Q330 packs a Core i3 processor, switchable Intel HD and nVidia GeForce graphics into a tapered sub-2kg chassis for $1,199. (IT news)

Couch potatoes die soonerview story

http://www.itwire.com – A study of over 120,000 U.S. adults by the American Cancer Society has shown that the more you sit around, the shorter your average life span. So, you better get up and do something.   (IT news)

NASA looking for undergrads to "defy gravity"view story

http://www.itwire.com – NASA has announced an experiment that it wishes to run as part of its Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program. Undergraduate students will design a reduced gravity experiment and fly it on board one of NASA’s microgravity (“Weightless Wonder”) aircraft.   (IT news)

ASUS K50IP-SX068V - good value notebook with entry level graphicsview story

http://apcmag.com – The ASUS K50IP-SX068V for $727 is a fairly specced notebook that surprisingly includes a graphics card. (IT news)

ASUS Eee PC 1001P - very cheap netbookview story

http://apcmag.com – The ASUS Eee PC 1001P is an entry level netbook selling for a very reasonable $333. (IT news)