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Thursday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 12-July-2018  13:42:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Toshiba have advised of a recall on laptop AC adapters which covers Australia. On June 22, 2018 Toshiba Client Solutions ANZ Pty. Limited (“Toshiba”) announced a voluntary recall of certain DC-in plugs used in 2-pin AC Adapters due to a potential burn hazard. Note: 3-pin AC adapters are not subject to this recall and are able to be operated as normal. Toshiba sold the affected DC-in plug as a part of 2-pin AC adapters manufactured from December 2009 to July 2011 used with new laptops and as accessories or with replacement 2-pin AC adapters in the course of repair. Toshiba is offering a free 2-pin AC Adapter replacement for ones with the affected DC-in plugs.

Microsoft meanwhile have announced a new Surface Go, a smaller and cheaper Surface device. The Surface Pro series has been very successful for the company, and they’ve decided it’s time to offer an entry level Surface again. The Redmond company has been working on trying to win back the education market, so a smaller, lighter, and most importantly, less expensive Surface makes a lot of sense. The Surface Go is the thinnest and lightest Surface yet at just 8.3 mm, down from the 8.7 mm of the Surface 3, and 8.5 mm on the latest Surface Pro, but it undercuts the other models on weight significantly at 521 grams, or 1.15 lbs. That’s a full 31% lighter than the larger Surface Pro.

Unhappy with the NBN, one small NSW town are doing it themselves instead. Residents from the New South Wales community of Wamboin are planning to dig their own trenches to secure faster internet, claiming the National Broadband Network is failing them. Wamboin is just 20 kilometres away from Parliament House, but residents say they have to use the NBN's Sky Muster satellite service, which was designed to deliver internet to rural areas.

If you're unhappy about what happens when you're unhappy about your ISP, you may be interested to hear the Government is looking at replacing the TIO. The government late last week released a consultation paper on the planned changes, including plans to reduce the remit of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, the launch of a new, independent complaints review body and the transfer of complaints data to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

Samsung is mass producing 5th Generation V-NAND memory. In the industry’s first use of the ‘Toggle DDR 4.0’ interface, the speed for transmitting data between storage and memory over Samsung’s new 256-gigabit (Gb) V-NAND has reached 1.4-gigabits per second (Gbps), a 40-percent increase from its 64-layer predecessor. The energy efficiency of Samsung’s new V-NAND remains comparable to that of the 64-layer chip, primarily because the operating voltage has been reduced from 1.8 volts to 1.2 volts. The new V-NAND also has the fastest data write speed to date at 500-microseconds (µs), which represents about a 30-percent improvement over the write speed of the previous generation, while the response time to read-signals has been significantly reduced to 50µs.

3D printing guns is now officially legal in the USA - or at least, distributing the plans for them. With his new legal victory and the Pandora's box of DIY weapons it opens, Wilson says he's finally fulfilling that mission. “All this Parkland stuff, the students, all these dreams of ‘common sense gun reforms'? No. The internet will serve guns, the gun is downloadable.” Wilson says now. “No amount of petitions or die-ins or anything else can change that."

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