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 Friday, 30-September-2016  14:24:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NBN Co are abandoning the Optus cables they purchased. A trial of the Optus HFC network in Queensland had shown the network "can deliver good speeds and is in satisfactory condition", a spokesman said. But on Wednesday NBN announced it would abandon the Optus HFC rollout entirely and instead deploy a new technology, fibre-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp), to up to 700,000 premises. Internet Australia have applauded the decision.

Some big names in tech have come together to create a Partnership on AI, presumably to stop us all being enslaved by sentient pizza delivery drones. Whichever company owns the data, effectively owns AI. Right now that means companies like Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet, IBM and Microsoft have a ton of power. In an act of self-governance, these five companies came together today to announce the launch of the new Partnership on AI. The group is tasked with conducting research and promoting best practices. Practically, this means that the group of tech companies will come together frequently to discuss advancements in artificial intelligence. The group also opens up a formal structure for communication across company lines. Itís important to remember that on a day-to-day basis, these teams are in constant competition with each other to develop the best products and services powered by machine intelligence.

Blackberry have finally accepted their fate, and will stop making phones soon. The mobile phone manufacturer BlackBerry has announced that it will no longer manufacture its own smartphones after a rollercoaster 14 years in the business. Once upon a time, the QWERTY keyboard-equipped phones were the choice of businessmen, executives and even President Barack Obama. But they fell upon hard times as the world moved over to the sort of touchscreen phones made by Apple or Samsung.

NVIDIA are having a fan meetup in Melbourne in October. Simply register below, and you could be attending an evening with the NVIDIA ANZ team and have fun learning about what NVIDIA has planned in the future, get exclusive hands-on experience, play some games, win prizes and more importantly, meet with other members of our NFAN community!

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