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Thursday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 5-March-2015  14:31:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

John Selby has written an article summarising the metadata debate and exploring some related issues with white-collar crime. The call for communications service providers to retain two years of their customers’ metadata is simply the latest round in this debate. While much of the current discussion has centred on consumer data and policing agencies, the proposal also covers the communications of businesses, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is one of the agencies seeking access.

Intel has unveiled new Atom x3, X5 and X7 mobile processors. These chips combine x86 Intel cores with integrated baseband modems and, oddly enough, graphics based on ARM's Mali IP. More info on the x5 and x7 variants here, and Tweaktown have a preview as well.

SimCity fans will be sad to hear that EA have shut down Maxis. EA has shut down Maxis Emeryville, the main Maxis studio and longrunning developer behind SimCity and Spore, among other games. Though the Maxis brand will carry on, the studio that most people knew as "Maxis" is no more. Discussion here.

Google have an online Cultural Institute featuring some high-profile Australian exhibits, including the Australian War Memorial and the Australian Museum. Google Cultural Institute was launched in 2011 and today partners with more than 600 organisations in more than 60 countries. Through this project more than 60,000 of the world’s most important and compelling artworks have been made accessible in high resolution online. Australia boasts internationally acclaimed artists, art companies and cultural institutions. Over the past 12 months Google has worked closely with our cultural institutions to bring some of our finest cultural and artistic treasures to the world.

NVIDIA have a few new goodies, including a 12GB GPU and SHIELD console (more here and here). NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang just got done speaking at the Made To Game event tonight in San Francisco and he had some major announcements that will change gaming forever. It is clear that gaming has gone to the living room. The first big announcement tonight is the NVIDIA SHIELD set top gaming box that that is the world’s first Android TV console designed for use in the living room.

Optus have unveiled a smartwatch for payments. OPTUS will introduce payments by smartwatch by year’s end and has flagged the possibility of supplying customers with other wearables such as intelligent watch straps for contactless payments. Optus’s move, announced in Barcelona today at Mobile World Congress, comes just days before Apple reveals more details of its upcoming smartwatch and its own Apple Pay payments system.

Netflix will start streaming to Australia on March 24th. Netflix has named the day on which its Australian (and New Zealand) service will commence: March 24th, 2015. Smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Philips and HiSense, plus Fetch TV’s second-generation set-top box, will all be able to access the service. Netflix's home-brand shows will be offered locally, along with content from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Many ISPs have announced that the service will be quota-free, including Optus, iiNet and Internode. More info here.

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