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 Friday, 15-November-2013  14:14:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's growing concern about the "Trans-Pacific Partnership" or TPP and how the negotiations are being conducted in secrecy - although parts of it have been leaked. Choice have stated their position. But because the text of the agreement won’t be public until the treaty is signed, consumer groups and the public are being shut out of the process. Sign our petition calling on the government to bring consumers to the table and release the text before the meeting in December. Don’t let Australia trade consumer rights away. Discussion here.

AMD have a new API called Mantle, with coverage on Tech Report and HotHardware. One of the major planks of AMD's APU13 developer conference has been an in-depth discussion of its next-generation API, Mantle. Mantle, which first debuted at the company's Hawaii unveil in late September, has been billed as a high-performance alternative to DirectX 11. Prior to today, AMD has mostly discussed Mantle in broad terms, without giving much detail on the nuts and bolts of what it offers.

AMD also released their mobile APU roadmap, with coverage on Tech Report and PC Perspective. AMD’s APU13 is all about APUs and their programming, but the hardware we have seen so far has been dominated by the upcoming Kaveri products for FM2+. It seems that AMD has more up their sleeves for release this next year, and it has somewhat caught me off guard. The Beema and Mullins based products are being announced today, but we do not have exact details on these products.

Microsoft have a new cybercrime centre. “We wanted to protect our customers,” says Richard Boscovich, assistant general counsel for Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit (DCU). “As a result, we’re hopefully identifying or producing evidence that we can provide to national and international law enforcement so they can not only identify these criminals but apprehend them.”

There's a LAN in Canberra tomorrow. The only BYOC LAN Based in Canberra, ACT. Australia's Capital Territory – Capital LAN (CLAN) is targeted at all the awesome gamers who live in Australia's Capital City! This event is targeted more towards the traditionalist, hardcore gaming crowd – although there's a lot of gaming experimentation so aside from the usual popular games like Call of Duty, Team Fortress, Trackmania and more, you'll find the gamers at CLAN also trying out things like indie games, the latest releases and upcoming games.

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