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 Friday, 15-August-2014  12:59:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

EFA have a petition against data retention, thanks alch. Police and intelligence agencies already have broad powers to request that information about the communications of specified individuals be retained to support their investigations. What they're seeking now is for that information to be retained for two years for ALL Australians, even if you're not being investigated.

The new reversible USB standard has been finalised. The USB Promoter Group has announced that the greatest invention in the known universe — the reversible Type-C USB connector — is finally ready for mass production. I can already hear the Mac fanboys telling us they've had reversible connectors for ages.

President Obama seems to have spoken out in support of net neutrality. The F.C.C. is trying to decide whether telecommunications companies should be able to strike deals with powerful firms like Netflix and Amazon for faster delivery of videos and other data to consumers. Mr. Obama’s statement about “the next Google” highlights one of the biggest problems with such agreements: Small and young businesses will not be able to compete against established companies if they have to pay fees to telephone and cable companies to get content to users in a timely manner.

Some high-tech undies have had an advertisement banned for false claims. The advertising watchdog has banned a hi-tech underwear brand – backed by Sir Richard Branson as “underpants for superheroes” – from claiming its “mesh of pure silver” can protect men’s genitals from radiation emitted by mobile phones.

DirectX 12 will be particularly helpful on thermally-constrained devices like tablets, say Tech Report. On those devices, cutting CPU utilization will free up part of the limited power and thermal budget so that it can be spent on graphics. The result, then, won't just be better performance with lower-clocked CPUs. Users will also get to enjoy stronger overall GPU performance.

They also spoke to AMD's newly appointed Gaming Scientist. Huddy gave us some dirt on the incoming wave of FreeSync monitors, but that wasn't all. He also provided an update on Mantle, and he revealed some interesting details about AMD's role in the development of the next-gen OpenGL API.

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