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 Friday, 31-March-2017  12:23:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel have launched a new Optane Memory product. To quote HotHardware's coverage: The Intel Optane Memory devices we’ll be discussing here looks like other current generation 80mm M.2 “gumstick” type solid state drives. However, Intel Optane Memory is meant to be used as an accelerator for systems featuring relatively low-speed storage devices, like hard drives. More coverage on Tweaktown, Tech Report, LegitReviews, Anandtech and PC Perspective. Discussion here.

Samsung meanwhile unveiled the Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. It's critical they get this right, as everyone is pretty wary after the exploding Note 7 issue. Coverage on HotHardware, TechARP and HWSecrets. Discussion continues here.

Matt sent in this story about a class action against microsoft over Windows 10 upgrades, with more coverage here. In a break from tradition, Microsoft offered Windows 10 as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8.1 for the first year of its release. This unusual offer was matched with a set of increasingly aggressive promotions within Windows itself. In the early days of the upgrade offer, there were even some users reporting that it installed automatically. Three plaintiffs claim specific harm was caused by the operating system. Hrm, good luck with that one.

There's been a performance update released for the game "Ashes of the Singularity", for Ryzen users. I'm not sure that's a good precedent. Many of you will recognize Ashes as the flagship title for Mantle when AMD made that move to change the programming habits and models for developers, and though Mantle would eventually become Vulkan and drive DX12 development, it did not foretell an overall shift as it hoped to. Can AMD and its developer relations team continue to make the case that spending time and money (which is what 400 developer hours equates to) to make specific performance enhancements for Ryzen processors is in the best interest of everyone? We’ll soon find out. More coverage on LegitReviews and HotHardware.

Alch noticed that the Festival of the Web is on in Perth in early April. Featuring dozens of exciting activities from dawn to dusk focused on our digital age, the Festival will bring together entrepreneurs, academia, industry, government and the Perth community over eight jam-packed days at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre and co-located venues.

Today's timewaster is Quickdraw with Google. It's like pictionary with an AI. Your doodles will help ensure the ultimate enslavement of humanity.

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