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Telecommunications Industry complaints drop for some providers

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

With the sheer volume of users on the internet gaining by the minute, some comforting information has been published by Australia's Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman recently, stating that complaints are down across the board, seemingly meaning that many telco's are doing much better than before.




Overall there has been a reported 10.5 percent drop in complaints compared with 2014, seeing Vodaphone improve the most, showcasing a lower complaints figure over five consecutive quarters. Also on the mend is Telstra, experiencing a drop of 2500 complaints, however dwarfed by Vodaphone's two-thirds improvement.


Bringing up the rear is Optus, blaming it's increased 4G network usage and weather issues affecting cable network operations.

Study shows PC gamers are better in bed than console players

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Conducted by 'MyVoucherCodes', a website described as a "well-known gaming and sex authority," we have now come to learn that PC gamers are apprently much better in bed than those who prefer consoles.




Comparing the numbers, this poll saw 54% of PC enthusiasts gather a 'good' rating, followed by 22% rated as excellent. Close behind was Xbox gamers who ranked 47% in the 'good department', followed by a dismal 3% 'excellent' rating for PlayStation users. Besides an all-round rating of proficiency in the bedroom, 11% of respondents reported that they wished for less sex and more game time.


In other interesting news, the poll returned a 20% rating of dissatisfaction with bedroom performance overall, showing that while PC gamers might be better, apparently many still suck.

Star Wars: Battlefront season pass will deliver 16 new maps, much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

With the release of Star Wars: Battlefront later this week, we're being told that the $50 season pass being made available will include 16 new mutliplayer maps released throughout 2016.




Battlefront will launch with 12 maps, with the four expansion packs included in the season pass to provide 16 new maps, starting in "early" 2016. There will also be 20 "new pieces of galactic tech" which will arrive in the form of new weapons, vehicles and Star Cards. Additionally, we'll see four new heroes and villains, as well as four new game modes.


Purchasing the $50 season pass for Star Wars: Battlefront will see you receive access to each expansion two weeks earlier, as well as a "shoot first" emote. The problem is, early word on Battlefront is that it's not that great - which is not what gamers want to hear with so many other games being released all in the same month.

Apple's new iPad Pro has a USB 3.0 capable Lightning port

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Now that Apple's new iPad Pro is beginning to arrive into the hands of consumers, iFixit has provided their usual teardown of Apple's latest 12.9-inch slate.




Inside, they found that Apple has used a USB 3.0-capable Lightning port, something that was backed by Ars Technica. Apple doesn't talk about USB 3.0 in its marketing for the iPad Pro, but the connectivity provides up to 5Gbps bandwidth, for around 625MB/sec transfer rates. While the Thunderbolt-powered Lightning connection is faster than USB 3.0 with up to 10Gbps bandwidth, the backwards compatibility that USB provides outweighs those benefits.


Now the question remains: will the next-gen iPhone have a USB 3.0-capable Lightning port?

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 patch for PC improves performance, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Activision is pushing out a new update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, which is a patch aimed at providing better performance. The new patch weighs in at 520MB. It was only last week that we reported that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 made $550 million in its first 72 hours.




Treyarch and Activision haven't been advertising the 520MB patch through the usual COD general community channels, so there's no patch notes other than a brief Steam Community note saying that it has "bug fixes and performance improvements". There are some gamers who are still having issues getting Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 to run well on their systems, so here's hoping this patch fixes that.

Tyan's new HPC server platform takes 4 CPUs, 96 DIMMs of DDR4 RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

With all the talk of Intel's next generation Xeon processors featuring an insane 44 threads of pure CPU power, Tyan is teasing the latest it has to offer in the High Performance Computing (HPC) sector.




Tyan highlights its latest HPC optimized 1U/2U/4U server platforms that support Intel's latest Xeon E7-4800 v3 and E5-3600 v3 product families, with Tyan's latest offering for the HPC community being the 4-socket FT76-B7922. Tyan's new FT76-B7922 supports 4 x Intel Xeon E7-8800/-4800 v3 processors, an insane 96 x DDR4 DIMMs, up to 4 x Intel Phi coprocessors, and 8x 2.5-inch SAS 12Gbps HDDs or SSDs in the 4U chassis.


Tyan was also showing off much more hardware at SC15, with other GPGPU systems like the FT77C-B7079 supporting 2 x Intel Xeon processors (of the Haswell-EP family), 8 x Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor modules, 24 x DDR4 DIMMs, and more. The TA80-B7071 supports 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors, 4 x Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, 16 x DDR4 DIMMs, and more. Tyan is also displaying plenty of SMB and datacenter/cloud application systems at SC15.

Battle the Five Armies to win yourself a 'Hobbit' Blu-ray boxset!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

To celebrate this week's release of the 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Extended Cut' boxset on Blu-ray and DVD, we have ten Blu-ray prize packs to give away, thanks to our friends at Roadshow Entertainment.


'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the Company of Dwarves. The Dwarves of Erebor have reclaimed the vast wealth of their homeland, but now must face the consequences of having unleashed the terrifying Dragon, Smaug, upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. As he succumbs to dragon-sickness, the King Under the Mountain, Thorin Oakenshield, sacrifices friendship and honor in his search for the legendary Arkenstone. Unable to help Thorin see reason, Bilbo is driven to make a desperate and dangerous choice, not knowing that even greater perils lie ahead. An ancient enemy has returned to Middle-earth. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide-unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends as five great armies go to war.




To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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1 million copies of StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void sold in 48 hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Blizzard finally released the third instalment of StarCraft II, on the same day as the release of Fallout 4, with StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void selling 1 million units in the first 48 hours.



It might not be the same $400 million that Halo 5 did in its first week or the huge $550 million that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 did in its first 72 hours, but it's still big news for StarCraft II gamers. The official StarCraft Twitter page thanked its fans, saying "Thanks for making the launch of #LotV a success! We'll see you in the Koprulu Sector, Commanders!"


The week of gaming isn't over just yet, so while we might have StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, Fallout 4, Halo 5, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, we're only days away from the release of Star Wars Battlefront and Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. Oh my.

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COD: Black Ops 3 needs 'high-end CPU and SLI' for consistent 120FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 might have made a huge $550 million in its first 72 hours on sale, but 91% of gamers in the UK decided to buy it for their consoles, instead of gaming PCs. But how's the PC performance side of things going?




According to DSOGaming's performance analysis of Black Ops 3 on the PC, the game scales well on older CPUs with the site simulating dual- and quad-core CPUs for their testing. The site said: "Call of Duty: Black Ops III scales amazingly well on more than four CPU cores, something that did impress us. However, the game was running with constant 60fps even on our simulated dual-core system. Truth be told, those seeking for constant a 120fps will have to rely on a really high-end CPU and an SLI configuration, but we're pretty sure that most will be happy with a constant 60fps experience".


DSOGaming notes that Black Ops 3 is described as a "GPU bound title" and in order to max out the in-game settings for 1080p with 100% resolution scaling, players will "need NVIDIA's top of the line GPU", the GeForce GTX 980 Ti. The site said in order to play the game maxed out at 1080p with their GTX 690 at a constant 60FPS, they needed to drop down most of the settings to High.

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Halo 5's first big update will deliver 16-player vehicle battles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

If you've been part of the huge $400 million in first-week sales of Halo 5, you're going to enjoy the news of the first big patch to arrive from 343 Industries.



The first patch is dropping next week and has been dubbed "Battle of Shadow and Light", which will introduce 16-player Big Team Battles where vehicles are a center point of the match. If you've wanted to smash your enemies and friends with a Warthog, while they come speeding towards you in one too, this patch is for you.


There will be new armor, weapons and vehicle sets with the patch for Halo 5: Guardians, so you shouldn't be bored of the Xbox One exclusive for a little while at least.

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