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PC Gaming Is Still Way Too Hard

Slashdot - Tue, 2016-07-12 06:00
Motherboard has an article in which it argues that PC gaming is still way too hard. The author of the article claims that for one to build a gaming PC, they need an "unreasonable" amount of disposable income, and also have an unreasonable amount of time to "research, shop around, and assemble parts" for their computer. The author adds that a person looking into making one such gear also needs to always have to keep investing time and money in as long as they want to stay at the cutting edge or recommended specifications range for new PC games. The author has shared the experience he had building his own gaming PC. An excerpt from it: The process of physically building a PC is filled with little frustrations, and mistakes can be costly and time consuming. I have big, dumb, sausage fingers, so mounting the motherboard into the case, and screwing in nine (!) tiny screws to keep it in place in a cramped space, in weird angles, where dropping the screwdriver can easily break something expensive -- it's just not what I'd call "consumer-friendly." This is why people buy from Apple. It designs everything from the trackpad to the box the computer comes in, which unfolds neatly to reveal everything you need. Apple reduces friction to the point where even my mom could upgrade the RAM on her iMac, and it can do this because it controls everything that goes in that box.That's accurate. But it also means -- at least as of today -- that the current Apple computer -- MacBook Air, MacBook, iMac, Mac Mini you purchase packs in at least three-year-old components.

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<i>Pokemon Go</i> oh no no no, we're not reading your email, says gamemaker

El Reg - Tue, 2016-07-12 05:09
God-mode access token found in wildly popular app

Final update This was a developing story: read through to the updates for the full scoop.

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Qualcomm's New Snapdragon 821 Is 10 Percent Faster Than the 820

Slashdot - Tue, 2016-07-12 02:00
An anonymous reader shares a report on The Verge: Qualcomm has announced a new flagship mobile processor called the Snapdragon 821. The 821 is a slight update to the Snapdragon 820 that debuted in smartphones earlier this year and promises modest performance gains. The 820 has been found in virtually every high-end Android smartphone this year, including Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the HTC 10, the LG G5, the OnePlus 3, and the Xiaomi Mi5. In our experience, we've found it to be quite a capable chip, with great performance and efficient power utilization. It's a far cry from last year's Snapdragon 810, which was plagued with performance and thermal issues. Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 821 builds upon the 820's features, but provides a 10 percent performance increase. Its quad-core CPU runs at 2.4GHz.AnandTech has more details.

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Stocks to watch

SMH National News - Mon, 2016-07-11 18:36
Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange
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Galaxy S7 Active can't swim, claims site. But it can, vendor retorts

El Reg - Mon, 2016-07-11 18:28
Consumer Reports says phone more aqua-phobic than billed

Samsung is defending its latest line of Galaxy S7 phones after a report questioned the water-resistance claims made by one model of the handset.…

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Primary Health cuts annual profit guidance

SMH National News - Mon, 2016-07-11 18:26
Primary Health Care has cut its annual profit guidance after reporting $98 million in write-offs, related to its IT systems, some centre closures and property.
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Sales lift boosts Sirtex shares

SMH National News - Mon, 2016-07-11 18:19
A strong lift in the sales of Sirtex Medical's cancer treatment has boosted the biotech's shares by nearly seven per cent.
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Warrnambool warns on milk prices

SMH National News - Mon, 2016-07-11 17:29
Dairy prices will remain weak in 2016/17 as high production outstrips demand, Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Company chairman says.
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$A closes above 75 US cents

SMH National News - Mon, 2016-07-11 17:16
The Australian dollar is up slightly, thanks in part to strong gains across Asian equity markets on Monday.
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Aust market up around two per cent

SMH National News - Mon, 2016-07-11 17:07
A strong lead from the US market and the prospect of economic stimulus in Japan have boosted the Australian share market.
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Sex abusers targeting children with disabilities escape punishment: Royal Commission

SMH National News - Mon, 2016-07-11 16:09

A disability worker suspected of assaulting three children has escaped accountability.
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Nine.com.au hires Helen McCabe

SMH National News - Mon, 2016-07-11 16:06
Helen McCabe, former editor-in-chief of Australian Women's Weekly, has joined nine.com.au in the newly created role of head of lifestyle.
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MOD continues progress at T3 prospect

SMH National News - Mon, 2016-07-11 16:06
MOD Resources has received further positive drill results from the phase 1 resource target area at the T3 prospect in the Kalahari copper belt, Botswana.
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Telstra's mobile, net prices under fire

SMH National News - Mon, 2016-07-11 16:06
Telstra customers shouldn't be paying steep premiums to access the telecom giant's network, according to consumer advocacy group Choice.
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Moody's warns on budget repair

SMH National News - Mon, 2016-07-11 13:24
Moody's warns that failure to get the Senate's approval on budget repair measures could be bad news for Australia's credit rating.
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Moody's warns on budget repair

SMH National News - Mon, 2016-07-11 12:57
Ratings agency Moody's says any sign the federal government can't get agreement in the Senate on budget repair will be negative for Australia's credit rating.
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Snack foods fined for misleading logos

SMH National News - Mon, 2016-07-11 12:50
The makers of Paddle Pops and Sakata rice snacks have been fined by the consumer watchdog over misleading healthy food claims on packs.
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Avita raises $9m

SMH National News - Mon, 2016-07-11 12:06
Avita Medical has raised $9 million to support its launch in the US and push forward with product commercialisation.
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Nearmap delivers HyperCamera2 imagery

SMH National News - Mon, 2016-07-11 12:06
Aerial imagery company, Nearmap, has made available the first commercial imagery from its HyperCamera2 capture system in June.
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JustKapital raises $5m

SMH National News - Mon, 2016-07-11 12:06
JustKapital Litigation Partners has raised $5 million via unsecured convertible bonds to sophisticated and professional investors.
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