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Thursday Morning (12 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 25-June-2015  01:02:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD have taken the wraps off their new high-end video card, the Radeon R9 Fury X. This card is based on the new Fiji GPU and is the first consumer product to feature HBM, a 4096-bit "High Bandwidth Memory" bus. Coverage on PC Perspective, Tech Report, HotHardware, TechPowerUp, HWHeaven, LegitReviews, Guru3D and Tweaktown.

Microsoft have clarified their earlier comments about Windows 10 being free for Windows Insider people. In short, it is, but only if you stay in the Windows Insider program and keep receiving the testing builds, with potentially associated problems. Updated info from Microsoft here, coverage here and here.

Meanwhile, the US Navy has paid a small fortune to stay on Windows XP. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, which runs the Navy’s communications and information networks, signed a US$9.1 million contract earlier this month for continued access to security patches for Windows XP, Office 2003, Exchange 2003 and Windows Server 2003. The entire contract could be worth up to $30.8 million and extend into 2017.

Tweaktown recently toured the GIGABYTE factory in Nanping. During Computex, I was offered a chance to go see how a motherboard is actually produced. GIGABYTE invited me and other media on a trip to see one of their three factories. We were bused off to the Nanping factory in Taiwan. To understand how a motherboard is made, it's important to understand what a motherboard is.

Optus are in hot water for divulging phone numbers to websites. As first flagged by a user on telco forum Whirlpool, when a user browses certain websites, Optus provides the customer's mobile phone number to the website operator where a "commercial relationship" exists. The practice, known as HTTP header enrichment, includes a mobile browser's phone number in the HTTP header of the website request. The process aims to streamline direct billing for customers.

Matt sends word that the new Doom trailer is being criticised for being too violent, and he agrees: I'm actually behind this one - not because I give 2 craps about violence in games, but because the vibe of doom for me was always more scary than violent. The demo seems to capitalize on violence for it's own sake rather than in the interests of any atmosphere.

Finally, a friend of mine has finished an awesome interactive book about space, after 18 months of working on it. It's aimed at educating kids but it's full of interesting stuff and lots of cool interactive sections to play around with. My 8yo son and I were involved in the testing phase and it has thumbs up from both of us. So if you have an iPad or Mac and you're interested in space, or if you have an inquisitive kid, find more info here and discussion here.

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