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Friday Lunchtime (4 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-June-2019  12:19:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

People (including shareholders) are flipping out because Jony Ive is leaving Apple. THE MAN WHO designed the iMac, the iPod, the iPhone—and even the Apple Store—is leaving Apple. Jony Ive announced in an interview with the Financial Times on Thursday that he was departing the company after more than two decades to start LoveFrom, a creative agency that will count Apple as its first client.

TechSpot have another CPU architecture article, this time about the quest for smallness. In the world of computer chips, bigger numbers are often better. More cores, higher GHz, greater FLOPs, all desired by engineers and users alike. But there is one measure that's hot news right now and the smaller, the better. But just exactly what is it and why it's so important? Why is it measured in nanometers and why are we going all Sesame Street and bringing this article to you with the numbers 10, 7 and 5? Let's take a journey into the world of process nodes.

Here's an oddball one: someone has watercooled their VR headset. Our Colton "drfish" Westrate loves him some Beat Saber, but with summer weather coming up, he warmed up to the concept that his Vive VR headset felt just too darn hot around the eyes. In one of his usual displays of great ingenuity, awesome engineering skills, and the best kind of nerdiness, he set to watercool the thing. Did he succeed? Oh yes, and then some.

Speaking of which, BabelTechReviews compare GPUs for VR. It has been nearly two years since BTR compared the GTX 1080 versus the RX Vega 64 in VR, and this time we have added the RTX 2070. We now present an eleven-game upper-midrange video card VR performance face-off measuring frametimes and unconstrained performance using FCAT VR.

OCClub have a video guide to overclocking the GTX 1650. Today Isaiah covers how to overclock the GTX 1650 with a easy to understand guide using MSI Afterburner and Kombustor Software.

Tech Report meanwhile look into Intel's Performance Maximiser, an automatic overclocking tool. Intel has a present for owners of unlocked 9th-generation Core i5, i7, and i9 CPUs. We took a deep dive into the tool to see if the performance gains, and more importantly the stability, are worth the effort.

Victoria will be banning smartphones in schools, joining NSW. Phones must be kept in school lockers from first bell to last bell unless a child needs to keep a phone for medical reasons or if there is a specific instruction from the teacher that the phones are needed for a classroom activity. The policy may not be universally popular, Mr Merlino said, but it was the "right thing to do". Mr Merlino said teachers wanted children talking to each other in the schoolyard, not checking their phones. This is something we have to manage in the Agg household as well - currently, the kids can use their phones after school until dinner time, but no phones before school or between dinner and bedtime. Seems to be going OK at the moment.

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