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 Tuesday, 6-September-2016  18:22:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The ACCC wants to get your thoughts on the NBN. I do not envy the person who has to read those emails. The ACCC has announced a Communications Sector Market Study that is open to both industry and consumers. The study will cover a range of NBN-related issues, including average data demands, transitioning to new technologies and whether consumer expectations are being met. It’s this last one that concerns most of you. If you feel like you’ve been given short thrift — either due to shoddy FTTP connectivity or lack of options in your area, now is the time to make your voice heard.

Domino's have been conducting test flights of their pizza delivery drones. What a world, eh? I'm still not convinced that this will ever be a real thing.. but I live in hope. The demonstration was conducted under Civil Aviation Rules Part 101 and marks a final step in Flirtey’s approval process, following which the partnership will aim to connect people with pizza via CAA-approved trial store-to-door drone deliveries from a selected Domino’s New Zealand store with flights to customer homes later this year. New Zealand was selected as the launch market given its current regulations allow for businesses to embrace unmanned aircraft opportunities, which enable the gradual testing of new and innovative technologies.

The recent SpaceX Falcon 9 explosion has put a dent in Facebook's plans. The destroyed Falcon 9 rocket had been slated to send Israel’s Space-Communications Ltd.’s Amos-6 satellite into orbit this weekend. It was part of an effort to provide internet access to people throughout large parts of sub-Saharan Africa by Facebook Inc. in collaboration with French satellite operator Eutelsat Communications SA.

Samsung are recalling all Galaxy Note 7 smartphones due to a fire risk. To date (as of September 1) there have been 35 cases that have been reported globally and we are currently conducting a thorough inspection with our suppliers to identify possible affected batteries in the market. However, because our customers’ safety is an absolute priority at Samsung, we have stopped sales of the Galaxy Note7.

A Chinese manufacturer has a new 64-core ARM chip. The Mars FT-2000/64 chip is based on the FTC661 generation of Xiaomi cores, and has the same 512 KB L2 cache per core, but delivers a whopping 128 MB of L3 cache across the 64 cores on the die. The cores on the Mars chip have a design frequency of between 1.5 GHz and 2 GHz, just like the cores in the Earth chips.

Babeltech have an overclocking showdown between the EVGA GTX 1060 3GB and Red Devil RX 470. This overclocking showdown is a follow-up to the $199 EVGA GTX 1060 3GB and the $199 PowerColor Red Devil RX 470 4GB evaluations. Today, we have updated each card to its latest drivers and have optimized our overclocks with all performance options set to their upper limits to get the highest performance.

Are the days of tinkerers coming to an end? Some people are worried about it. Loosely known as the "right to repair" movement, its advocates say the ability to tinker with products you own is a basic property right and necessary to create a healthy sustainable market. Many efforts by manufacturers to block repairs, they maintain, are intended to force consumers to buy new products or expensive warranties — not protect their intellectual property.

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