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iiNet and TPG ISP merger approved by shareholders

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 27, 2015 3:32 am

Australian ISP giant TPG are today one step closer to succeeding in their controversial bid to takeover Australian ISP iiNet, after iiNet shareholders voted overwhelmingly to accept a revised $1.56B AUD offer.




According to the Australian Financial Review, 93% of shareholders voted in favour of the offer which would create the second biggest ISP in Austarlian, just behind Telstra Bigpond.


The next step in the bid is approval from Australian industry regulator ACCC, which the Financial Review specualate will be granted on August 20th.

SanDisk will have 6TB and 8TB SSDs next year using 15nm NAND flash

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 27, 2015 3:08 am

SSDs continue to get much bigger in capacity, while smaller in physical size thanks to new standards like M.2 and PCIe, but SanDisk is now teasing that we'll have 6TB and 8TB SSDs as soon as next year.




SanDisk will be using Toshiba's 15nm process for their upcoming 6TB and 8TB SSDs, but they will be using MLC, instead of the newer 3D V-NAND. Sanjay Mehrotra, CEO and President of SanDisk has said: "We are developing our next-generation 15nm NAND flash-based 12Gb/s SAS SSD with higher capacity and performance. We expect to introduce that solution to market in 2016 with revenue contribution starting in late 2016".

CurrentC, an Apple Pay rival, is scheduled to launch next month

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 27, 2015 2:26 am

It may have taken more than three years, but it looks like the Merchant Customer Exchange's CurrentC mobile payment platform could launch next month.




CurrentC received funding from Walmart, Best Buy, Target and other retailers - and has undergone limited testing throughout 2015. CurrentC was expected sometime in "mid-2015," and the first-generation will require customers to scan a barcode at checkout to help pay for items.


The service is "making good progress" towards launching an app for consumers, according to Scott Rankin, COO of MCX, in a statement to Bloomberg. "We expect there to be more than one successful player in mobile payments, and we expect to be one of them."

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Daimler wants to begin testing self-driving trucks in Germany

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jul 27, 2015 2:12 am

It looks like Daimler wants to begin testing its self-driving trucks on German roads in 2016, if all goes according to plan, according to German media sources.




Daimler first showed off its self-driving truck in Germany last year, and road tests were expected to be announced within a couple of years. Full production is likely 2-3 years away, as the German company expects increased pressure from automakers and tech companies.


"We are positive that we will get approval for tests on German motorways within the next [few] weeks," said Wolfgang Bernhard, a Daimler executive board member, in a statement published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper.

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id Software aiming for 1080p 60FPS on Doom

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 27, 2015 2:12 am

With this generation of consoles and their 'increased horsepower' over the previous generation consoles, we're not seeing that many AAA titles run at 1080p 60FPS. This will hopefully not be the case when it comes to Doom, with id Software saying that it's aiming for 1080p 60FPS.




During a talk with GameSpot, Marty Stratton, the Executive Producer of Doom said: "When you're developing, you make thousands of decisions that have an impact on performance or visual fidelity. We've always been at the forefront of saying we want our games to run as fast as possible at the highest resolution possible. So for us, that goal is 1080p and 60 FPS. Along with that goal, the mantra of our technology team is that we want to be the best-looking game out there at 60 FPS and 1080p. So you draw that line in the sand".


Stratton said that for the best Doom experience, 1080p 60FPS is where it's at, he elaborated: "For us it isn't just a lofty technical goal. We really do think it's important to the feel of the game, it's important to the way our combat feels and our movement feels. It's got to be fast, it's got to be fluid, and it's all based on that. It really is a gameplay goal first and foremost. You do make decisions here or there. Ultimately I don't think you can ever expect most consumers to really nitpick".

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Tom Cruise open to 'Top Gun 2' - on one condition

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 27, 2015 1:26 am

On the publicity hustings for the latest entry in the 'Mission Impossible' franchise 'Rogue Nation', star Tom Cruise has been quizzed on whether we'll see Maverick in the skies again and unsurprisingly he's keen to sign up - but on one condition.




Speaking to ExtraTV, Cruise threw down the gauntlet to filmmakers to do it all real, or he's out. "I'd like to fly those jets again, but we got to do all the jets practical, no CGI on the jets... I'm saying right now no CGI on the jets" but then confirmed that if they could somehow do it for real, he'd be in "If we can figure all that out, and the Department of Defense will allow us to do it, that would be fun".


The original Top Gun in 1986 was a huge boon for the United States Navy, with the number of male recruits spiking by 500% in it's wake.

NVIDIA working with Warner Bros on PC port of Batman: Arkham Knight

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 27, 2015 1:00 am

With the PC port of Batman: Arkham Knight being a huge mess, so much so that Warner Bros. pulled it from Steam, good guy NVIDIA is stepping up to the plate to help fix it out. NVIDIA's Tom Peterson talked about the game during his appearance on yesterday, saying that some of NVIDIA's best are on the case.




Peterson said: "We're fixing a ton of things that are not necessarily related to us. Some of it may be related to our driver, some not. But at the end of the day the game is the focus and we're going to make it great". Peterson continued: "We have 200 to 300 engineers that are really visual scientists. They're the best out there. Artists, Ph.D.s. ... We've taken the approach that says let's capture what they've got in their minds, convert it to algorithms ... test it and QA it, and then provide it as middleware effectively to game developers".


Why is NVIDIA helping out? It feels like this is just NVIDIA being a helpful member of the PC community, especially when Peterson added: "I look at [Arkham Knight] as an example of where NVIDIA can help a developer get to market with a quality game. Warner Bros. ... made a few mistakes getting the game out. It wasn't fully performance optimized for PC. So now we're deploying our QA resources and our engineers to make that game as good as it possibly can be".


Now, it would've been better to have had the game working perfectly at launch, but NVIDIA can't be blamed for that. It was lazy work by the developer, and to be honest, both Warner Bros and Rocksteady Studios should not have let it out in that state.

China completely scraps ban on games consoles

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 26, 2015 11:57 pm

After 15 years of black-market gaming, China has opened up a new door to the bustling video games industry by scrapping its restrictive ban on games systems. The country's Ministry of Culture states that hardware titans like Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo can not only sell but also manufacture video games consoles anywhere in the country.




This new legislature is a huge win for console-makers, as they have free reign to tap the Chinese market. Last year the Chinese government made a similar reversal with the launch of the Xbox One in the region, but console-makers were bound by unfavorable restrictive policies. To sell their consoles in China, console-makers had to agree to specific rules like being told where manufacturing facilities could be placed, gaining approval from regulation officials, and have every individual console inspected before being sold.

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Pandora confident of its service, even with Apple Music on the scene

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 26, 2015 4:25 pm

Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews said the recent launch of Apple Music hasn't had an immediate impact on its own business.




Of course, Apple Music has been available for less than one month, and while the company works out a few issues, we'll have to wait and see what impact it may have on Pandora and Spotify. However, it looks like McAndrews had some strong words regarding the newest tradition to the streaming music market:


"In terms of the Apple Music, in Q2, of course, Apple Music launched at the end of June, so there was no impact," McAndrews noted during a recent earnings call. "Going forward, we feel really good about our trajectory and competitive position... there could be some listeners who experiment with the service and there could be some short-term impact, but we don't - we aren't seeing any meaningful listener impact at this time and we don't expect any long-term meaningful impact either."

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Anonymous takes credit for hacking US Census Bureau

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 26, 2015 10:30 am

After Anonymous took credit for a data breach targeting the US Census Bureau, the agency is now investigating the incident. The Federal Audit Clearinghouse is responsible for collecting and storing audit information from local and state governments, Indian tribes and non-profit groups.



The Federal Audit Clearinghouse stores non-confidential information, including names, site user names, and organization addresses and phone numbers.


Don't worry, as all internal confidential information remains secure: "That information remains safe, secure and on an internal network segmented apart from the external site and the affected database," said John Thompson, director of the Census Bureau, in a blog post.

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