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 Thursday, 19-May-2016  08:48:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

YouTube Red has launched in Australia. YouTube has launched its premium YouTube Red subscription service ó which removes ads and allows users to save any video for offline playback ó in Australia, alongside a dedicated app for listening to music. Australia is only the second region to get the new services, following the US, and YouTube is aiming squarely at its most voracious consumers.

BackBlaze have released a new hard drive reliability report. For Q1 2016 we are reporting on 61,590 operational hard drives used to store encrypted customer data in our data center. There are 9.5% more hard drives in this review versus our last review when we evaluated 56,224 drives. In Q1 2016, the hard drives in our data center, past and present, totaled over one billion hours in operation to date. Thatís nearly 42 million days or 114,155 years worth of spinning hard drives. Letís take a look at what these hard drives have been up to.

Google are hiring driverless car drivers. Test drivers will give engineers written and verbal comments on how the car drives and reacts to other vehicles on the road. More importantly, they'll be available to take control of the car should the situation arise, because the cars are not yet ready to fully operate without assistance.

IBM have some new superfast optical storage. Flash storage is too slow for your device's main memory, but RAM is expensive and volatile. Thanks to a breakthrough from IBM, phase-change memory (PCM) might one day replace them both. The crystal-based storage has been used in optical disks and other tech for at least 15 years, but the technology has been limited by the cost and storage density -- cells are either "on" or "off." However, IBM researchers have figured out how to save 3-bits of data per cell, dramatically increasing the capacity of the original tech.

Back to Google, who are giving cameras to museums to capture artwork in gigapixel detail. But now, with its new robotic Art Camera, Google is automating the process of ingesting these works and putting them online, so you'll be able to see even more without leaving the house. Google has announced a new camera and the online availability of 1,000 new gigapixel images on Tuesday via its official blog.

A Foxconn subsidiary has acquired 60% of Thecus. With Ennoconnís acquisition, Thecus will formally join the world's largest electronics manufacturing company Foxconn Technology Group. Foxconn is renowned for its superior manufacturing capability globally, cost-efficiency, and high-end quality. It is anticipated that with the collaboration of this unparalleled portfolio to work with, Thecus is set to bring unprecedented change to the network storage industry.

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