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 Wednesday, 23-September-2015  01:22:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Our new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced his Cabinet, which includes certain tech-relevant changes. One is a new Communications Minister, Mitch Fifield, and another is that the Attorney-General George Brandis no longer handles copyright and classification - that responsibility falls to the aforementioned Communications Minister. What does that mean? I guess we'll find out. More info here.

NVIDIA have crammed a full GTX 980 GPU into a laptop-friendly package. As HotHardware explain in their article: But today NVIDIA is taking things is a slightly different direction at the ultra-high-end, and introducing a “new” mobile GPU, that’s not really a mobile part—the GeForce GTX 980. Notice, there’s no “M” on the end of that model number. We're talking about what's essentialy the full desktop GeForce GTX 980, optimized for mobile form factors. More info on Tweaktown and PC Perspective.

Phoronix look at some graphics cards for Linux gaming. Last week I published The Best, Most Efficient Graphics Cards For 1080p Linux Gamers while today are some complementary results with an assortment of NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards while running all tests at 2560 x 1440 as a more demanding scenario than last week's results.

HotHardware also looked at some new hybrids. We’ve seen Lenovo introduce the ideapad MIIX 700, which incorporates its own kickstand and an Intel Skylake-based Core m7 processor. And most recently, we've seen Apple pull a literal 180 on this design and platform approach, announcing the iPad Pro — a device that features a fabric keyboard cover similar in concept to the Surface Pro and a stylus. The big head-to-head competition will no doubt be between the Surface Pro 4, which is set to be unveiled early next month, and the iPad Pro. But for practical purposes, today we’ll be discussing the Surface Pro 3.

Elvis posted an interesting article about preserving video game history into this thread in our Retro & Arcade forum. Through persistent broadband connections, videogame corporations are now ever-present in the living rooms and pockets of videogame players, casually downloading and installing updates for games in the background. That backdoor is always wedged open, allowing the publisher to take back that which the consumer has ostensibly purchased, to alter it in some permanent fashion, or to render the whole thing inaccessible.

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