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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Gizmodo Australia

Australian Federal Police Raid Labor Offices Over NBN Leaks 

The Australian Federal Police has confirmed that it executed search warrants last night on the offices of Labor senator and former communications minister Stephen Conroy, as well as the home of Andy Byrne, a Labor staffer for opposition communications spokesman Jason Clare. 
The raids are part of an investigation concerning “allegations of the unauthorised disclosure of Commonwealth information” which contained documents showing the overblown state of the budget and lagging schedule for the NBN, and were prompted after a referral from the National Broadband Network Company on 9 December 2015, since which time there has been an “ongoing investigation”.

Your Move, Apple 

It feels like it’s 2001. A ton of companies had released a ton of MP3 players, and they all sucked. The iPod was just months away.
But it’s 2016, and instead we’re drowning in smarthome gadgets, most recently the voice-powered Amazon Echo and whatever Google Home is.

The Supergirl/Arrow/Flash/Legends Of Tomorrow TV Mega-Crossover Is Already In The Works 

To the surprise of absolutely no one (now that Supergirl has found a new home there), the CW is already hyping up a crossover between its four DC television shows later this year. ICE CREAM FOR EVERYBODY!

App Deals: Need A Faster Sharing Menu? 

Today’s best deals include Fliktu for Android, Awesome Note 2 for iOS and Secret App Folder for Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!

The Next Version Of Android Supports Vulkan Graphics 

Part of the fun and games in the graphics sector over the next couple of years is the rise of low-level programming APIs. They’re interesting because they allow developers to access hardware at a much lower level than before, reducing the amount of overheads and resulting in faster performance for you, the gamer. Nvidia and id software made a big deal of this at the GTX 1080 launch when they showed DOOM running using drivers for one of these fancy APIs — the open-source Vulkan. 
But Vulkan’s aiming for bigger and better things. And at their I/O annual conference today, Google announced that the next version of Android would also support the Vulkan API.

AFP Says Its NBN Raids Weren't Politically Motivated 

Australian Federal Police commissioner Andrew Colvin has just spoken to media on the topic of the police group’s overnight raids on Labor Senator Stephen Conroy’s offices, saying that the raids — conducted during the start of a highly charged election period and ongoing battle over the NBN between Labor and Liberal parties — were not influenced by the incumbent government.

Magneto Is Not A Good Coworker In This New X-Men: Apocalypse Clip 

It is never a good thing when a mutant gets very insistent about what you call them. It’s especially bad when it’s Magneto, you’ve told the authorities about him and your workplace surrounds you with metal.

Portugal Just Powered Itself Exclusively On Renewable Energy For Four Whole Days 

Last week, the nation of Portugal achieved something remarkable. For 107 hours — about four days — the country ran on nothing but wind, solar and hydro power.

Google Just Gave You A Million New Reasons To Buy A Chromebook 

Google just announced that Chrome OS will open up to Android app developers this June. Google hopes that within a couple months, apps will move to a stable beta release and finally work on Chromebooks this spring.

Amateur Fossil Hunter Discovers Horny New Dinosaur In His Backyard 

Meet Spiclypeus shipporum, a new Triceratops-like dinosaur that was just discovered by an amateur fossil-hunter in his own backyard.

You Might Not Want To Believe The Latest Black Panther Cast Reports Just Yet  

Oscar Isaac teases a challenging Episode VIII for Poe and friends. Stephen Amell says Supergirl crossing over with Arrow is an inevitability. Jared Leto talks Suicide Squad. Plus, a new clip from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, a look at Winona Ryder’s new supernatural Netflix series and new Game of Thrones pictures. Spoilers now!

EgyptAir Plane Carrying 66 Crashes Into Mediterranean Sea 

An EgyptAir Airbus A320 with 66 people on board has disappeared from radar above Egyptian airspace yesterday, somewhere over the eastern Mediterranean.

Australian Federal Police Raid Labor Offices Over NBN Leaks 

The Australian Federal Police has confirmed that it executed search warrants last night on the offices of Labor senator and former communications minister Stephen Conroy, as well as the home of Andy Byrne, a Labor staffer for opposition communications spokesman Jason Clare. 
The raids are part of an investigation concerning “allegations of the unauthorised disclosure of Commonwealth information” which contained documents showing the overblown state of the budget and lagging schedule for the NBN, and were prompted after a referral from the National Broadband Network Company on 9 December 2015, since which time there has been an “ongoing investigation”.

Your Move, Apple 

It feels like it’s 2001. A ton of companies had released a ton of MP3 players, and they all sucked. The iPod was just months away.
But it’s 2016, and instead we’re drowning in smarthome gadgets, most recently the voice-powered Amazon Echo and whatever Google Home is.