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 Thursday, 9-November-2017  12:28:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

In a surprise partnership, Intel have released a new mobile chipset using AMD graphics. Specifically, the new processor integrates a "semi-custom" AMD graphics chip and the second generation of Intel's "High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2)", which is comparable to GDDR 5 in a traditional laptop. More info on TechARP, HotHardware, thanks adz and metamorphosis.

Telstra have been ordered to refund 42,000 customers over slow NBN speeds. The ACCC found that many users who bought the advertised plans did not receive the speeds they were promised, thus breaking Australian consumer law. ACCC chairman Rod Sims says customers using NBN fibre to the node (FTTN) and fibre to the building (FTTB) connections were affected.

If you have a Logitech Harmony remote, you may be annoyed to hear that Logitech will apparently disable it early next year. Customers received an e-mail explaining that Logitech will "discontinue service and support" for the Harmony Link as of March 16, 2018, adding that Harmony Link devices "will no longer function after this date." Discussion in this thread. Update: It seems this only affects Harmony Link devices, not the normal Harmony remotes.

Facebook wants Australian users to send nudes - but for a good purpose. Individuals who have shared intimate, nude or sexual images with partners and are worried that the partner (or ex-partner) might distribute them without their consent can use Messenger to send the images to be “hashed”. This means that the company converts the image into a unique digital fingerprint that can be used to identify and block any attempts to re-upload that same image.

TheSSDReview found a way to use Crucial's Momentum Cache on any NVMe SSD. For those of you who haven’t read over a recent Crucial SSD review, or aren’t in the know when it comes to storage, Crucial’s Storage Executive is their SSD software suite that is packed with features that allow you to monitor and manage your Crucial, and other SSDs. Momentum Cache, the subject of today’s post, is a RAM cache feature. This means that when enabled, it provides for more performance out of your system’s storage.

I knew about the Top500 supercomputer rankings, but there's also a Green500 - with a new champion. The system consumed 962.3kW, putting its performance per watt at 14.69 GFLOPS/W, surpassing the 14.11 GFLOPS/W of the TSUBAME 3.0, placing them at rank 1 on the Green500 list. The next Top500 list is scheduled to be announced on November 12 at the 2017 SuperComputing Conference (SC17) which will be held in Denver, Colorado.

It's getting ever closer to having e-Sports as official Olympic events. As an extension of Intel’s Worldwide TOP Partnership and with support from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Intel will deliver two distinct gaming experiences to Korea in the lead up to PyeongChang 2018: the Intel® Extreme Masters PyeongChang esports tournament featuring one of the most celebrated esports titles of all time, Blizzard Entertainment’s “StarCraft® II,” and a separate exhibition featuring Ubisoft’s action-sports title “Steep™ Road to the Olympics,” the official licensed game of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

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