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Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to make your brain USB-C compatible

Tags: tech

The goal is to eventually begin implanting devices in paralyzed humans, allowing them to control phones or computers.

Noble cause, ferkin’ freaky premise.

Elon “hype-train” Musk delivered a presentation of Neuralink’s research of pairing the brain with computers and electronics using “threads” embedded in the body.

Each thread is between 4 & 6 μm thick making it far smaller than a human hair. Musk proposed a number of these would be connected to the brain with a Neuralink doctor adding they’d like to do this using lasers instead of “drilling”. Eeek.

The system, which hasn’t even begun the process of obtaining FDA approval, is being trailed with rats in an attempt to prove its stability. The image shown of a wired rat with a USB-C port protruding from it is quite disturbing and far from the nice hearing-aid-esque PR image used for the event.

Of course that’s not the end-goal for humans. The USB-C port is likely to be replaced with some wireless connection,  but we’re far from that.

For Musk, who’s actively spoken out against AI in the past, he sees Neuralink & their N1 sensor as a step forward in the advancement of humanity.

“[I want] to achieve a symbiosis with artificial intelligence,” says Musk, touting that humans will be “left behind” and that instead he wants to work on tech that allows us to “merge with AI”.

Source: Elon Musk unveils Neuralink’s plans for brain-reading ‘threads’ – The Verge

ACCC call bullsh#t on Dodo’s ‘perfect for streaming’ claims

Tags: australia, nbn, tech

Internet provider Dodo will repay 16,000 customers who signed up to the National Broadband Network after the competition watchdog bit back over claims its plans were perfect for video streaming.

Advertising 10GB/month plans that tap out at 12Mbps are hardly “perfect for streaming” as Dodo claimed.

The majority of customers whom signed up for Dodo’s low-end NBN plan were whacked with excess charges, not realising that the average Netflix show would eat away 3GB/hr nor that 12Mbps was incapable of “Ultra HD”

A$360,000 in excess fees will be refunded by the provider to Dodo’s affected subscriber base.

Source: Dodo forced to repay 16,000 NBN customers

Nintendo officially announce the Switch Lite

Tags: gaming, nintendo, tech

Nintendo have officially announced their long-rumoured Switch Lite, just weeks after E3 as predicted.

The new “Lite” model is a trimmed down, more colourful, offering with a smaller screen (5.5″ instead of 6.2″), improved battery life and now permanently attached Joy-Cons.

To accommodate the Joy-Cons in the new “Lite” body Nintendo have removed both HD rumble & IR functionality. Additional Joy-Cons can still be connected however, should you wish to play games with additional players or those that require the rumble functionality.

Unable to be docked, Nintendo are marketing the Lite as being “perfect for gamers on the move“. This further solidifies the Switch as Nintendo’s sole platform moving forward. Moving it into a position to replace the DS & its now ailing sales.

Available in yellow, turquoise & grey the new Switch Lite will be available in Australia September 20th for A$329.95; a price much higher than many expected.

Source: Nintendo Switch Lite – Official Site

Apple updates MacBook Pro, whilst quietly killing off the 12″ MacBook Air

Tags: apple, tech

Apple has just updated the MacBook Pro range, bringing Touch Bar, Touch ID, T2 and True Tone to all models, along with faster processors.

Apple have update the MacBook Pro range to now include a Retina TrueTone display and TouchBar across all models.

Starting from A$1,299 for the 13″ model and A$2,399 for the 15″, the laptops will also include Apple’s TouchID sensor as well as its T2 security chip.

Spec wise lower end machines such as the base 13″ model received minor bumps in SSD storage and RAM but largely remain unchanged.

In addition to bringing the MacBook Pro range into line Apple have also discontinued what was their smallest laptop, the 12″ MacBook Air.

The 12″ Air hasn’t been updated since 2017 and those wanting the smallest of form factors will have to settle for Apple’s 13″ version, which now also comes equipped with a Retina True Tone display.

Now also slightly cheaper the 13″ MacBook Air will be sold at the 12’s former price point of A$1,099 (US$999).

NBN floats the idea of charging more for streaming services

Tags: australia, nbn, tech

Behind closed doors, the NBN is floating the idea of charging you extra for watching your favourite shows.

Do you remember the whole Net Neutrality thing the US was going on about? Well this is basically that, but instead of the FCC it’s the Liberal government. Their end goal is make more money in the hopes of turning their turd of a network into something literally anyone might buy. They’re putting feelers out there to ISPs in the hopes they might further gouge its B2B clients (ISPs) and in-turn the end user. ie. The Australian people.

In the NBN’s most recent wholesale pricing review a question was raised around ISPs interest/thoughts around buying streaming data, such as that used for Netflix, at a higher cost.

Unsurprisingly the ISPs weren’t too happy as not only would it mean significantly higher costs for them but also the introduction of deep-packet inspection, or other means, to determine the type of data being sent.

Whilst the current Australian government has no issue with invading their peoples’ privacy, ISPs have long stood against it and appear to be following suit in their disgust at the NBN’s latest “idea”.

Source: With the NBN? You might have to pay a ‘Netflix tax’

Samsung’s CEO admits the Galaxy Fold was rushed to market

Tags: phones, tech

 

“I pushed [the Galaxy Fold] through before it was ready.” said Samsung CEO, DJ Koh.

No shit.

Despite the Fold being a giant white-elephant Koh goes on to explain in the Independent article that the Fold most definitely has not been shelved and is expected to make a return.

Samsung rushing products to market is nothing new. The ill-fated Note 7, which famously started exploding due to ill-quipped battery tests, one of their largest.

The Fold is by no means exploding but it was a woefully poor product. Most review units broke within days and cheap coating on the phone’s flagship foldable display was often removed because it looked so poor.

Source: Galaxy Fold: Inside Samsung’s struggle to deliver a foldable phone – and why the future of smartphones hinges on it | The Independent