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 Friday, 2-June-2017  14:28:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Paul Allen has unveiled his rocket-launching plane- and it's big. The new plane is, in a word, bigly. The aircraft has 385-foot wingspan and, powered by six Pratt & Whitney engines used on Boeing 747 aircraft, has a maximum takeoff weight of 1.3 million pounds. The Stratolaunch's wingspan is the largest in history, blowing away the previous record-holder (Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose) by 65 feet.

Intel have provided more details of their Compute Card. At Computex this week, the company officially launched the card with a full list of partners and what we can expect to see from them product-wise. These devices will all be at the show and vary widely. Sharp, for example, is showing off digital signage while Seneca and Foxconn are making mini PCs. LG is sticking the Compute Card in its monitors to turn them into all-in-ones. The card might also show up in tablets and interactive whiteboards.

The Conversation are wondering why the Australian Government isn't supporting the games industry more. It remains baffling that a government whose rhetorical posturing is all about innovation, the future, and exports, is so reluctant to support a local videogame development industry. The numbers have been cited to death: globally the videogame industry is approaching a value of A$100 billion. In Australia alone the industry is worth nearly A$3 billion, except this number is primarily made up of overseas games sold in Australia, not games made here.

LanOC report on a 5G Home of the Future at the Indy 500. The original plan was a short visit to check out the home but we ended up also getting invited over to the track to also take a quick look at their 5G setup over there as well along with a peek inside of their mobile 5G truck. The main headlines were the low latency and the extremely high speeds but they had a few demos setup that Iím going to quickly run through today.

Apparently 5 million premises are now connected to the NBN. Five million homes and businesses are now able to order a National Broadband Network service, NBN announced this morning. On average, 250,000 premises have been added to the network every month this year, NBN said. In total, NBN is aiming to hook up 8 million premises by 2020, with the new milestone meaning the network wholesaler is over 60 per cent of the way there.

Meanwhile Launceston has become Australia's first gigabit city. With the flip of a switch at 11 am AEST on 30 May, Launceston will become the countryís first gigabit city, thanks to a rollout by local telco, Launtel. The company is giving the local business community 100 per cent National Broadband Network (NBN) fibre-to-the-premise (FttP) connectivity that it said will enable Gigabit speeds at commercially viable rates.

More Computex headlines from Tech ARP: Live coverage of Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3, as well as AMD and Dell product launches and some misc bits from NVIDIA etc.

Worried about robots taking your job? Now you can find out how likely that is.

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