From: Digital Trends - T-Mobile Binge On doesn’t violate net neutrality rules, says FCC chairman

T-Mobile’s latest Un-Carrier service, Binge On, does not appear to violate the net neutrality rules imposed by the Federal Communications Commission. The Chairman of the Commission, Tom Wheeler, said Binge On is both pro-competitive and pro-innovative.

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From: TechRadar: All latest feeds - Intel’s blazingly fast Optane SSDs are heading for gaming PCs soon

Intel's blazingly fast Optane SSDs are heading for gaming PCs soon

Intel’s Optane products will be available as soon as next year for enthusiast PC owners – meaning those with high-end rigs such as gamers who are prepared to fork out for blazing fast SSDs.

This is according to Kirk Skaugen, senior VP and general manager of the Client Computing Group, who made the announcement at Intel’s investor conference yesterday, as PC World reports.

If you not heard of Optane before, it’s essentially a supposedly revolutionary new memory category which promises super speedy SSDs and system memory. It was first unveiled earlier this year as 3D Xpoint (Optane is the snappier brand name for Intel’s version of the tech).

3D Xpoint (pronounced ‘3D crosspoint’) took Intel over a decade of research to hone, and boasts a transistor-less crosspoint architecture which is something like a three-dimensional chessboard, allowing for data to be read and written in small sizes far more quickly and efficiently.

According to Intel, it represents the biggest memory breakthrough since NAND flash was introduced, and it’s a big, big deal with the company claiming it’s no less than 1000 times faster than NAND (with 1000 times greater endurance, too).

SSDs and DIMMs

The first Optane products will be SSDs and memory DIMMs (the latter being aimed at servers for data centre usage and the like).

Naturally, the first SSDs to emerge next year will be expensive for early adopters, but eventually they will start to come down in price for a more mainstream positioning (just as with solid-state drives when they first came out – now look how cheap they are).

Of course, Optane won’t simply be about enthusiast PCs and gaming rigs, but it will have a wide impact across many spheres of technology, including more efficiently crunching big data, machine learning and other heavyweight applications.

Micron, which jointly developed 3D Xpoint with Intel, will also be bringing its own products to market in the future.

From: TechRadar: All latest feeds - Week in Tech: Week in Tech: Play Star Wars like a boss, own your Xbox and discover your Sky Q

Week in Tech: Week in Tech: Play Star Wars like a boss, own your Xbox and discover your Sky Q

Did everyone have a happy World Toilet Day? Don’t worry if you missed the biggest celebration in the sanitation year though – this week had plenty to offer. We had Star Wars! Frightening cats! Emojis confusing old people! A hint that’s almost certainly nothing to do with Half-Life 3! And more! It’s Week in Tech!

Can you feel the Force?

Star Wars Battlefront has arrived, but there are a few things you need to know before you suit up and start shooting: as Hugh Langley explains, there are five things you really need to know about if you stand the slightest chance of survival. Hugh’s tips will turn you into a skilled fighter pilot in no time, and they’ll help you boost your ranking and equipment as fast as possible too.

Cat’s entertainment

Hasbro has a new product to go with the My Little Ponies and Play-Doh: what Parker Wilhelm calls “robotic pet cats fresh from the Uncanny Valley.” As he explains, “The Joy For All Companion Pet Cat features soft fur and sensors that react to motion and petting. The cat purrs realistically, and can roll on its back when it wants a belly rub. The animatronic pet will even nuzzle close or doze off to simulate a particularly relaxed kitty-cat.” The Joy For All Companion Cat is yours for US$99.99 (about £65, AU$141).

Apple: all your profits are belong to us

Tim Cook’s favourite joke probably goes like this: “What’s got two thumbs and 94% of global smartphone profits during the third quarter of the year? This guy!” That’s an increase from 85% in 2014, and it’s something Apple achieved while selling just 14.5% of the smartphone total for the quarter. By comparison, Samsung sold 24.5% of phones but raked in just 11% of the profits, and some firms made big losses. Where many firms dream of double digit profit margins, Apple’s getting 37%.

More than words

The Oxford Dictionaries word of the year has been announced, and it isn’t a word: it’s the “face with tears of joy” emoji, which accounted for 20% of all emoji characters sent globally in 2015. Runners up included “ad blocker,” “dark web,” and “on fleek,” none of which are single words either.

The Sky Q’s the limit

Sky has unveiled the future of its set-top box: Sky Q, which you can use to watch four shows at once while recording another one. Hang on, that’s the wrong way round. It records four shows at once while you’re watching something else. But that’s not all. As Patrick Goss explains, “At its heart, the new Sky Q service brings with it a hugely enhanced version of the Sky+ box, but also introduces a whole new UI, some killer features for those who buy extra boxes and, perhaps most significantly, the ability to transfer your recordings to your tablet or phone.

Of course, all of this will come at a cost – which has yet to been revealed – but we’ve been mightily impressed with what we’ve seen so far.”

Does HTC have Half-Life 3?

Probably not, but it’s hinting at something big: “There’s going to be a big story and we’re excited to share it,” says HTC’s senior manager of product marketing for VR. The imminent HTC Vive headset has been developed in partnership with Half-Life developer Valve, so hopes for a VR episode in the franchise – or if we can’t have that, a VR Left for Dead – are high. We’re warning you, HTC: if this turns out to be some crappy sports sim we’re going to have words.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Graphene

Is there anything graphene can’t do? Apparently not: the miracle material’s latest application is in batteries that could power your smartphone for a week between chargese. And that’s not all: it could also be used in the manufacture of synthetic skin for people with prosthetics, and to help create new kinds of building materials. Not bad for a material that’s just one atom thick.

Own the Xbox One

Like its predecessor, the Xbox One has just been given a major, much-needed overhaul. Microsoft calls it the New Xbox One Experience (NXE), and in addition to some interface tweaks there are new features including cross-platform gaming, a much more sensible OneGuide and a new side panel that reminds us of the Xbox 360 dashboard. Dom Resiegh-Lincoln explains how to get it, and how to use it once you’ve got it.

The best Black Friday bargains – before Black Friday

Black Friday may be a week away but the deals have already started, and we’re seeing significant savings on big-ticket items such as the iPhone 6S and the PlayStation 4. James Rivington has your guide to the best deals around and we’re not letting him out of the office until the last Cyber Monday deal is claimed in a week-and-a-bit’s time.