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 Wednesday, 26-July-2017  11:09:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The NSW Government is launching a quantum computing fund. The fund will inject money into research in a state that is already home to some of the world's leading researchers in the field, where University of New South Wales professor Michelle Simmons is considered a leading expert. Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills and Small Business John Barilaro said he was hoping to turn NSW into a global hub for quantum computing science.

Intel's principal engineer has left the company, but apparently not to go to AMD. In that role, Piednoël fathered the company's first dual-processor high-end desktop (HEDT) platform, Skulltrail, launched the Extreme Edition brand, optimised performance on the Pentium 4, and aided engineering of the Katmai, Conroe, Penryn and Nehalem central processing unit (CPU) and Sandy Bridge to Skylake, Kaby Lake, Skylake-X, and Atom system-on-chip (SoC) product families.

People are upset that Microsoft are killing Paint! Now Microsoft has announced that, alongside Outlook Express, Reader app and Reading list, Microsoft Paint has been signalled for death having been added to the “features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update” list. However it seems it will just be moved to the Windows Store and still be available for free.

TechARP have gathered together the info that's known about AMD's Threadripper CPU. The AMD Ryzen Threadripper will have up to 16 cores, processing up to 32 simultaneous threads. It will use the new Socket TR4, have quad-channel DDR4 memory support and feature 64 PCI Express lanes. If you were impressed by the 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 processors (read our AMD Ryzen 7 1800X review), just imagine how powerful the 16-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor will be.

Meanwhile AMD's CTO has explained the difficulties of moving to 7nm. To gear up for 7nm, “we had to literally double our efforts across foundry and design teams…It’s the toughest lift I’ve seen in a number of generations,” perhaps back to the introduction of copper interconnects, said Mark Papermaster, in a wide-ranging interview with EE Times. The 7nm node requires new “CAD tools and [changes in] the way you architect the device [and] how you connect transistors—the implementation and tools change [as well as] the IT support you need to get through it,” he said.

The Mac platform's reputation for being resistant to malware may be under attack. A mysterious piece of malware has been infecting hundreds of Mac computers for years—and no one noticed until a few months ago. Earlier this year, an ex-NSA hacker started looking into a piece of malware he described to me as "unique" and "intriguing." It was a slightly different strain of a malware discovered on four computers earlier this year by security firm Malwarebytes, known as "FruitFly."

USB 3.2 is on the way. “With increased performance and seamless compatibility, the new USB 3.2 specification brings even more speed and bandwidth benefits to new USB 3.2 devices, while remaining compatible with USB 3.0 and earlier devices,” said Roanne Sones, General Manager, Strategy and Ecosystem for Windows and Devices, Microsoft. “We’re excited to work with our partners in the USB 3.0 Promoter Group to help showcase these benefits to users around the world.”

Techspot look back at some awkward moments in tech. Technology may shape the world we live in today, but there are many tech lovers who still consider themselves a bit awkward. As someone who once told a room full of people that playing Vampire – The Masquerade: Bloodlines was the most memorable moment of my life, it’s a stereotype I can relate to. But it isn’t just the fans that can be bit “socially uneasy” - plenty of moments within the industry have made us cringe over the years. Here are some of the most toe-curling.

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