motd2k writes: XBMC today added code to enable 1080p on Windows, Linux, and OSX systems leveraging on a low-cost Broadcom CrystalHD card. The first true cross-platform open source 1080p decoding solution, the CrystalHD is currently available as a mini-PCIE card with a 1xPCIE card to follow.
GMGruman writes: It's not often that the technology industry, human rights activists, and both parties in the U.S. Congress are on the same page. But in 2009, the long-running horror story in the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo — where the mining of coltan, tungsten, and other minerals crucial to the manufacture of cell phones has fueled a series of bloody civil wars — has moved significant players to action. Bill Snyder explains how the metals we don't even know are used in our phones and PCs are fueling bloody conflicts, and what is being considered to stop the tech-fueled warfare.