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 Wednesday, 27-January-2021  23:28:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It seems bizarre to think that the trusty old pen and paper notebook is the record-keeping tool of choice for Police, but apparently in Western Australia they are only now looking at replacing them. Following the success of initial applications, WA Police has now issued an expression of interest for an electronic notebook application and associated secure data storage to “digitally enhance record keeping”. The application – which will ideally be delivered as a managed service – is expected be compatible with both iOS and Android devices, with officers able to capture audio, video or written notes.

Intel quietly launched their discrete graphics cards recently. With very little fanfare, Intel revealed that the first desktop graphics cards will be targeted at the consumer market in addition to small- and medium-size businesses. It doesn't appear that the graphics cards will be available in the retail channel, as Intel specifically states that they will be "sold to system integrators who will offer Iris Xe discrete graphics as part of pre-built systems." With that being said, Intel points out that these new discrete Iris Xe-based graphics cards will support three display outputs, Adaptive Sync, and DP4a deep-learning acceleration.

Gabe Newell of Valve fame has been waxing lyrical about cyber implants. "Our ability to create experiences through peoples' brains that are not mediated through their meat peripherals will actually be better than what is possible [now]. You're used to experiencing the world through eyes, but eyes were created by this low-cost bidder who didn't care about failure rates and RMAs, and if it got broken there was no way to repair anything effectively," Newell says. I mean, it seems inevitable that we will be augmented by computer bits in the not-too-distant future.

However if you are already augmented by a pacemaker or similar, you should avoid the iPhone 12 range, thanks IntelInside. Medical devices such as implanted pacemakers and defibrillators might contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact. To avoid any potential interactions with these devices, keep your iPhone and MagSafe accessories a safe distance away from your device (more than 6 inches / 15 cm apart or more than 12 inches / 30 cm apart if wirelessly charging). But consult with your physician and your device manufacturer for specific guidelines.

Google's balloon-based internet idea, Loon, has come to an end. Sadly, despite the team’s groundbreaking technical achievements over the last 9 years — doing many things previously thought impossible, like precisely navigating balloons in the stratosphere, creating a mesh network in the sky, or developing balloons that can withstand the harsh conditions of the stratosphere for more than a year — the road to commercial viability has proven much longer and riskier than hoped. So we’ve made the difficult decision to close down Loon. Presumably up-coming satellite services like StarLink featured heavily in that decision.

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