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 Thursday, 12-November-2015  23:52:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

TechSpot have a Z170 mobo roundup (with USD pricing). Launched alongside new Skylake processors are accompanying motherboards using the Intel Z170 chipset that go from $100 right up to $500 for the Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming G1. Having that said, most capable Z170 motherboards can be had for around $200 to $250 and today we'll be looking at six options in this bracket.

Google meanwhile want to make their own chips, according to rumours, due to dissatisfaction with current providers for Android. The problems aren't just with Qualcomm. For a while, Nvidia was tipped to be Qualcomm's performance-oriented competitor. But the company couldn't make its chips small enough and cool enough for many smartphones, and couldn't secure design wins. Google visibly tried to buoy Nvidia up by using its K1 chip in the Nexus 9 tablet, but that didn't help.

Google have also unveiled TensorFlow. Today we’re proud to announce the open source release of TensorFlow -- our second-generation machine learning system, specifically designed to correct these shortcomings. TensorFlow is general, flexible, portable, easy-to-use, and completely open source.

Phoronix looked at Intel Skylake graphics performance in Windows 10 vs Ubuntu. As it's been a while since my last Windows vs. Linux graphics comparison and haven't yet done such a comparison for Intel's latest-generation Skylake HD Graphics, the past few days I was running Windows 10 Pro x64 versus Ubuntu 15.10 graphics benchmarks with a Core i5 6600K sporting HD Graphics 530.

NASA is hiring astronauts! But you have to be a US citizen. Now that's just not cool. In anticipation of returning human spaceflight launches to American soil, and in preparation for the agency’s journey to Mars, NASA announced it will soon begin accepting applications for the next class of astronaut candidates. With more human spacecraft in development in the United States today than at any other time in history, future astronauts will launch once again from the Space Coast of Florida on American-made commercial spacecraft, and carry out deep-space exploration missions that will advance a future human mission to Mars.

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