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Friday Afternoon (9 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-October-2014  13:32:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Google have unveiled Android 5.0 Lollipop. As previewed at Google I/O, Lollipop is our largest, most ambitious release on Android with over 5,000 new APIs for developers. Lollipop is designed to be flexible, to work on all your devices and to be customized for you the way you see fit. And just like Android has always been, it’s designed to be shared.

There's also some new hardware to go with the new OS. The Internet giant on Wednesday introduced the Nexus 9, a tablet with an 8.9-inch display manufactured by Taiwanese hardware maker HTC, the Nexus 6, a smartphone with a 6-inch display made by Motorola Mobility, and the Nexus Player, a streaming media player by Asus and the first device running Android TV.

Apple have released OS X 10.10 Yosemite. iOS continues to dominate Apple’s business in terms of unit sales, revenue, and profits. Last year, some Apple watchers had openly wondered whether Apple would even bother updating the look of OS X. And yet for the past several years, Apple has loudly and publicly insisted that it remains committed to the Mac as a strong, independent platform. Yosemite aims to fulfill that commitment—but in an interesting way.

They too have new hardware including a 5K Retina iMac display. The good news is that this iMac is everything you’ve been hoping for if you’ve been waiting patiently for Retina iMacs since the first Retina MacBook Pro was introduced back in 2012. At around 217 PPI, the screen has the same pixel density as the 220 PPI 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. Looking at that laptop's screen tells you most of what you need to know about this one, though obviously it's physically much larger.

Tweaktown spent a little time overclocking GTX 980s in SLI. With our NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI video card setup running perfectly, we overclock it to see just how much performance we can get out of it.

They also have a guide to overclocking the i7 5960X. Today Steve looks at overclocking Intel's first 8-core desktop CPU, the Core i7 5960X. If you need some help getting started with X99, take a look.

HotHardware meanwhile looked at Android performance on Intel x86 tablets. For the past few years, Intel has promised that its various low-power Atom-based processors would usher in a wave of low-cost Android and Windows mobile products that could compete with ARM-based solutions from its major competitors. And for years, we've seen no more than a trickle of hardware, often with limited availability and/or questionable pricing. Now, that's finally beginning to change.

An Australian team has set new records for quantum computing accuracy. Two research teams working in the same laboratories at UNSW Australia have found distinct solutions to a critical challenge that has held back the realisation of super powerful quantum computers. The teams created two types of quantum bits, or "qubits" – the building blocks for quantum computers – that each process quantum data with an accuracy above 99%. The two findings have been published simultaneously today in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

Brendan is doing some gaming for charity. Our first event is for Make-a-Wish Australia will take place in the form of a marathon with the launch of the World of Warcraft expansion: Warlords of Draenor (queue collective groan). The idea is to level from 90-100 in marathon fashion, stream it live on twitch tv and youtube with commentary and giveaway items (items pending).



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