Broadband declared a basic service in Canada

From CNET: If you live in Canada, you can expect a future in which high-speed internet connections will always be a way of life.

Broadband internet access is now considered a basic service in Canada, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, the country's telecommunications regulator, said Wednesday. The decision mandates higher download speed targets and creation of a C$750 million fund to build and reinforce broadband infrastructure in rural and remote areas over five years.

Advanced 3D NAND is ready to dominate SSDs, kill off traditional flash chips

From PC World: Three dimensional NAND (3D NAND) is expected to dominate the solid-state drive (SSD) industry beginning next year, as suppliers reduce their shipments of flash storage based on traditional 2D or planar NAND, according to a new report.

According to DRAMeXchange’s latest forecast, NAND flash manufacturers are focusing their efforts on converting fabrication plants to 3D NAND, which is denser, faster and less expensive to produce than traditional 2D NAND.

Honda taps Waymo for self-driving expertise

From CNET: Honda announced today that it is exploring a partnership with Google spinoff company Waymo to develop self-driving cars. If the partnership goes through, Honda will incorporate Waymo's self-driving technology in its vehicles.

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, announced the creation of Waymo last week, and at the beginning of this week Chrysler said it would be working with the self-driving technology company, and providing it with 100 Pacifica Hybrid minivans.

Microsoft yanks .Net security patches over conflict with SQL Server, Veritas Backup

From InfoWorld: If you’re using SQL Server or Veritas Backup on a Windows 8.1, Server 2012, or 2012 R2 system, and running .Net Framework 4.5.2, you may be having problems with this month’s .Net security patches, KB 3210137 and 3210138.

Cloud-computing plan could help Adobe Lightroom photographers

From CNET: Microsoft's Office 365. Google's Gmail. Facebook's Messenger. These and other modern software products use a cloud-computing approach that lets you work anywhere with a network connection -- you can use your phone, your office PC, your friend's laptop that you borrow for 10 minutes.

Now it looks like Adobe Systems' Lightroom, one of the most popular photo-editing programs around, will follow suit. Lightroom today is locked to a single personal computer, but a job posting indicates Adobe wants to loosen that link.

Google sued by employee for confidentiality policies that 'muzzle' staff

From PC World: A product manager at Google has sued the company for its allegedly illegal confidentiality agreements, policies and practices that among other things prohibit employees from speaking even internally about illegal conduct and dangerous product defects for fear that such statements may be used in legal discovery during litigation or sought by the government.

Facebook launches Live Audio, its version of podcasts

From CNET: The social network said Tuesday it's launching a new feature called Facebook Live Audio, which is like video live-streaming on Facebook but with no video. So, radio. It's Facebook radio.

To kick things off, the company is partnering with media outlets including BBC World Service and Harper Collins. Facebook said it will expand the feature next year to let other publishers and people use it, but the company didn't give a specific timeline.

Eclipse embraces Java microservices initiative

From InfoWorld: MicroProfile, which provides a technology blueprint to outfit enterprise Java for microservices deployments, has become an Eclipse Foundation project.

Apple's committed to 'great desktops,' Tim Cook tells employees

From CNET: Tim Cook is apparently trying to dispel the feeling that Apple has abandoned the desktop.

Though the company released an overhauled MacBook Pro laptop in October, it's been years since much of its Mac lineup of desktops has been updated. That has led to pessimism among the Mac faithful that Apple has forsaken the desktop.

Not true, Cook told employees through postings to an internal message board.

G.Skill's new Trident Z memory blends face-melting speeds with multi-colored LEDs

From PC World: You can’t get them quite in time for the holidays, but PC enthusiasts take note: G.Skill just announced blazing-fast new Trident Z DDR4 RAM kits with customizable RGB lighting. Yes, LED lights on your memory.

The new Trident Z RGB Series memory kits require no extra power connections to light up the LEDs, which sit atop the heatspreader design. The new G.Skill RAM rolls out in mid-January 2017.

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