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 Wednesday, 13-September-2017  13:36:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Science Fiction author and long-time tech writer Jerry Pournelle has passed away. Science fiction author Jerry Pournelle passed away earlier this week after a sudden illness at the age of 84. He helped popularize the military science fiction genre with novels such as Janissaries and The Mercenary, but is also credited with a major milestone: the first author to write a novel entirely on a computer.

Apple have unveiled the iPhone X, named for the 10-year anniversary of the original iPhone. The Home button is removed, and Tap to Wake is now a feature. You can also use Raise to Wake, then swipe up from the bottom of the display to unlock the iPhone or return to the Home screen. Swipe up and pause to enter multitasking. It's also nearly two freaking grand in Australia. There's more about the X and iPhone 8 models which were also launched recently in this article, and discussion in this thread.

Meanwhile, with the news that phones only last a year, some are wondering if we really need a new model so often. Apple and other tech firms have been criticized for "planned obsolescence": Deliberately making products with short life spans so consumers quickly find them obsolete and resort to buying the latest model. More than 337,000 people have signed a petition created by consumer group SumOfUs last summer urging Apple against this practice. Just how bad is it? How impractical would an old phone be today? The only way to find out would be to try to use one. Actually that article doesn't really go into the issue as much as I'd hoped. Oh well, I'll be over here with my Galaxy S 5, yelling at a cloud.

If you've been experiencing game stuttering since the Windows 10 Creator's Update, you're not alone - but Microsoft are working on a fix. Since April, a certain set of gamers have been complaining about frame rate stuttering and slow system performance after installing the Windows 10 Creators Update to their gaming PCs. Despite following the usual steps of reinstalling drivers, and disabling Xbox Game DVR, the issues still persisted over the past five or so months. Well, months later, a post in the Microsoft Answers forum about this very issue has gathered up tons of comments, and the company has finally come out and acknowledged the problems, saying a fix will be coming soon.



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