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The FCC has a dream, but it needs to dream bigger.
In the February issue of Maximum PC magazine, I wrote about the lack of true broadband speeds in Silicon Valley. My article didn't even come close to addressing the entire U.S. It was literally a rant about Silicon Valley, of all places, that lacked broadband speeds competitive with the rest of the world. Well, it looks like this situation is going to change for the better.
In the 2015 Broadband Progress Report, the FCC passed a vote that changes the minimum download speeds on broadband connections from 4Mbps to 25Mbps, and uploads from 1Mbps to 3Mbps.
New benchmark means 55 million people do not have access to broadband
Back in 2010, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that broadband would be defined by having a download speed of 4Mbps and an upload speed of 1Mbps minimum. However, the internet has experienced an exponential growth and an increase in media consumption. As a result, the FCC has voted to change the definition of broadband by increasing the minimum download speed to 25Mbps and the minimum upload speed to 3Mbps.
Sapphire was the first company to release an 8GB version of AMD's Radeon R9 290X graphics card, though it's no longer the only one -- a handful of other graphics card players jumped on board after AMD gave them a reference design to play with. Be that as it may, Sapphire is intent on standing out from the crowd, so it went and retooled its 8GB R9 290X with a triple fan cooler and some other changes.
A Chinese-language website has posted what it claims is a legitimate roadmap of AMD's forthcoming "Godavari" APUs. You can think of Godavari as a Kaveri refresh, as the new parts will feature the same Steamroller architecture for both the CPU and GPU portions. If the leaked roadmap proves accurate, AMD is planning to release a dozen Godavari APUs this summer, culminating in the A10-8850K.
Imagine that you're 40,000 feet above the ground, but instead of peering out a small oval window and looking at clouds (or darkness), you turn your head and see a dingo wandering about. Don't worry, it's not on the plane's wing feasting on wires and electronics, he's in your Gear VR headset. This is what Australian airline Qantas is working towards. Along with Samsung, Qantas has launched a new trial entertainment service that gives fliers a Gear VR headset during their flight.
Microsoft co-founder talks a little of everything in his third Reddit AMA appearance
Guilty as charged -- we used the bit about drinking water made from human waste as a hook, and we'll do you a solid by not wasting any time getting right down to it. According to Bill Gates, the short answer is that it's "just like drinking any other kind of water, except that people get a little freaked out about it." He also has a sense of humor about it, which he proved by posting a photo in Reddit's Photoshop Battles sections.
Moving on, there's quite a bit more to digest from Bill Gates third Reddit AMA session, including his thoughts on HoloLens, life regrets, and more.
Upcoming driver could improve GTX 970's memory performance
Nvidia really stepped in a pile of PR poo when it was discovered that there was an internal communication gaffe over the way the GeForce GTX 970 handles its 4GB of onboard memory and the resulting specs. In short, the GTX 970 has 56 ROPs and 1,792KB of L2 cache instead of matching the GTX 980's 64 ROPs and 2,048KB of L2 cache as originally advertised. However, Nvidia wants to make things right and has offered to help GTX 970 owners obtain a refund, if need be. Should you go that route?
Looking back through the years, it's pretty easy to pick out certain forgettable versions of Windows. You know the ones -- Windows ME, Windows Vista (before the first Service Pack), and now Windows RT, the most recent of the bunch. Microsoft has reportedly stopped producing Surface 2 tablets, which also means that the future of Windows RT is nonexistent at this point. You'll have to excuse us for not weeping.
Jon von Tetzchner, co-founder and former CEO of Opera Software, is back in the browser game with a new startup. It's called Vivaldi Technologies, of which Tetzchner is also the co-founder and CEO of, and he's just made a technical preview of his Vivaldi browser available to the public. While still early in development, it's already fleshed out with features that may attract Opera fans, like mouse gestures and a speed dial interface for displaying your favorite tabs on the new tabs page.