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Misc Pics (12 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 23-September-2016  14:49:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you have a Yahoo account (including Flickr etc), or had one back in 2014, you should be aware of this data breach, possibly the biggest in history. Anyway, thanks to Glock and Adam this week!

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 23-September-2016  07:14:09 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Enermax Ostrog ADV on Ocaholic
Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 3 Micro-ATX Chassis on eTeknix

Prebuilt PC:
Wired2Fire Diablo Elite GTX 1080 Gaming PC on eTeknix
Asrock Beebox-S HTPC on Legion Hardware
ECS LIVA One Mini-PC (H110/Skylake) on techPowerUp

Fatal1ty by Monster FXM 100 Over-Ear Gaming Headphones on PC Perspective
Creative Aurvana ANC Headset on Madshrimps

Mach Xtreme Barium 64GB USB-C Flash Drive on TweakTown
Sonnet Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive 512GB on TechSpot

Gigabyte XTREME GAMING XP1200M PSU on Guru3D
Seasonic Prime 850W on JonnyGuru

Cooler Master Seidon 240V AIO CPU Cooler on eTeknix
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240mm AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on Techgage

Sumo Air Inflatable Lounge Chair on Think Computers
Nest Outdoor Security Camera on Phoronix
Hakko FX-888D Soldering Station on OCInside
FIFA 17 (Xbox) on Gaming Nexus
GE 12718 Z-Wave Plug-In Smart Dimmer on BigBruin
Gigabyte X150M-PRO ECC Xeon Motherboard on TweakTown

Wednesday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 21-September-2016  17:23:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

1TB SD cards are on the way, with Western Digital and SanDisk unveiling prototypes. Except it's the same prototype, because SanDisk is part of WD now. I knew that. The SDXC card is only a prototype at this point, with no details available on price or release date, but it's still an impressive milestone. As SanDisk owners Western Digital points out, it was only 16 years ago that the company introduced its first 64 megabyte SD card, while two years ago they debuted the 512GB card, which was then the world's biggest. Things have moved fast, though, and compared to the 64MB card, today's 1TB version offers 16,384 times more storage.

Samsung meanwhile announced their new NVMe M.2 SSDs. In the past, Samsung has already released consumer oriented of their enterprise/OEM SSDs with their 950 Pro, which was a consumer grade version of their highly successful SP951 SSD. As such this 960 Evo is expected to deliver performance that is similar to Samsung's existing PM961, which uses the same TLC V-NAND and Polaris memory controller. More info and specs on Anandtech.

PC Perspective compared four large CPU air coolers. Many of the large air coolers on the market are built for ultra-efficient cooling at whisper-quiet volume levels. With massive heatsinks (and sometimes pairs of them) they can often cool demanding CPU loads with minimal fan speeds, and this usually results in very low noise output. Another advantage is the increased thermal headroom such a cooler provides, which can allow for overclocking without the need for liquid cooling - or even much additional noise.

Rob sent more info about the GTX970 class action. Unsurprisingly it's only open to US-based purchasers. Nvidia says it will pay each buyer of the graphics card $30 and will pay an additional $1.3 million in attorneys’ fees, according to settlement documents. The overall settlement amount was not publicly disclosed within court papers, however Nvidia agreed to pay all consumers who purchased the GTX 970 graphics card and indicated there would not be a cap on the total amount it would pay consumers.

I quite like this retro art project. What would you do if you could travel back in time? Assassinate Marilyn Monroe? Go on a date with Hitler? Obviously. But here's what I'd do after that: grab all the modern technology I could find, take it to the late 70's, superficially redesign it all to blend in, start a consumer electronics company to unleash it upon the world, then sit back as I rake in billions, trillions, or even millions of dollars.

Also with some retro flair is The Floppotron, thanks gasman. The floppy drives are back with multiplied force. Cover of Imperial March by computer hardware orchestra. Which song would you like to hear next? This one and the Game of Thrones theme are also pretty impressive.

Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 21-September-2016  13:32:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI X99A Tomahawk Motherboard on HWAsylum.
MSI X99A Workstation Motherboard Runs Nicely On Linux on Phoronix.
MSI X99A XPower Gaming Titanium on ThinkComputers.

MasterLiquid Pro 240 Cooler on BenchmarkReviews.
Reeven Brontes RC-1001b CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.

Video Cards:
MSI GTX 1070 Gaming Z 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 ArcticStorm on Guru3D.
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 EX OC 8GB on MadShrimps.
The TITAN X vs. GTX 1070 SLI on BabelTechReviews.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Motorola Moto Z Force Droid on LanOC.
MSI GE72VR 6RF Apache Pro GTX 1060 Gaming Laptop on eTeknix.

QNAP TVS-682 (Core i3-6100) 4+2 Bay Turbo vNAS on Tweaktown.
Samsung SSD 750 EVO SATA Solid State Drive on HotHardware.
TerraMaster D5-300 USB 3.0 External Hard Drive RAID Enclosure on NikKTech.
Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8TB External Drive on Tweaktown.
ADATA Ultimate SU800 512GB SSD on LegitReviews.
Silicon Power Blaze B21 64GB USB 3.1 Flash Drive on MadShrimps.

Linksys WRT 1200 AC Dual-Band Wireless Router with ExpressVPN on FunkyKit.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Performance Analysis on OCClub.
Fnatic Gear Rush Pro keyboard on Vortez.

Photography Gallery (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 19-September-2016  11:36:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a quick snapshot of what people are up to in our Photography Gallery forum.

Monday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 19-September-2016  10:55:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Stephen Conroy has retired from Parliament, claiming the NBN as his greatest contribution to the nation. The 20-year stalwart of the upper house quietly tabled his resignation speech without delivering it to parliament, ending a period of service that saw him fill the roles of Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Digital Productivity.

Meanwhile New Zealand is about to get faster internet than us. Chorus CEO Mark Ratcliffe said by “championing gigabit residential and business services” New Zealand will be “catapulted up the league tables of broadband speed rankings”. The current average download speeds across the Chorus network is 30.5 megabits per second (Mbps) but the upgrade will allow users to achieve download speeds approaching 1000Mbps and uploads of up to 500Mbps.

Nokia are experimenting with terabit-speed fibre. Nokia Bell Labs, Deutsche Telekom T-Labs, and the Technical University of Munich will be showing off how a technique called Probabilistic Constellation Shaping, or PCS, can deliver blistering 1Tbps speeds over a fiber connection. The work provides more momentum behind the push to bring terabit networks to reality. It follows another optical breakthrough earlier this year by researchers at University College London, who achieved speeds of 1.25Tbps. To put that in perspective, they noted it was fast enough to download an entire Games of Thrones series in high definition within one second.

Logitech are acquiring Saitek, makers of flight sim peripherals. PC accessory company Logitech has acquired the Saitek brand and line of flight sim controller assets from MadCatz for $13 million in cash, the company announced today via press release. Saitek is best known for its flight simulator peripherals that are commonly used in games like Elite: Dangerous and Microsoft Flight Simulator X.

VR heads closer to mainstream, with the first million-dollar game being reported. According to Culver City, California-based Survios, Raw Data, available only for HTC’s high-end Vive, has become the first consumer VR game to hit $1 million in sales in a month. In addition, the company said, at least 20% of all Vive owners have purchased the $40 first-person shooter, and it became the first-ever VR game to top the charts at Steam, a leading game platform and ranking site.

DigitalTrends have a flash from the past, looking back at SoftRAM and snake oil. When Windows 95 launched in August 1995, there was only one piece of software available that was specifically written for the brand new operating system. SoftRAM 95 was a utility intended to double a system’s memory without the need for a hardware upgrade, and it was in stock at retail locations around the country as consumers ventured out to make the jump from Windows 3.1. There was only one problem. SoftRAM 95 didn’t work.

If you're after a big read, this ArsTechnica article on how the internet works from a few months ago should keep you busy. We’re not simply talking about the wonders of TCP/IP or pervasive Wi-Fi hotspots, though those are vitally important as well. No, we’re talking about the big infrastructure: the huge submarine cables, the vast landing sites and data centres with their massively redundant power systems, and the elephantine, labyrinthine last-mile networks that actually hook billions of us to the Internet. And perhaps even more importantly, as our reliance on omnipresent connectivity continues to blossom, our connected device numbers swell, and our thirst for bandwidth knows no bounds, how do we keep the Internet running? How do Verizon or Virgin reliably get 100 million bytes of data to your house every second, all day every day? Well, we’re going to tell you over the next 7,000 words.

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 19-September-2016  10:06:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock E3V5 WS Workstation Motherboard on FunkyKit.
MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard on Guru3D.
MSI Z170A MPOWER Gaming Titanium on Modders-Inc.
GIGABYTE P55W v6 on Vortez.

Cryorig C7 CPU Cooler on OCInside.
DeepCool Captain 240 EX AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NeoSeeker.

Audio Visual:
Dell UltraSharp 4K UP3216Q 32-inch Monitor on TechSpot.
OZONE TriFX In-Ear Pro Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
Sennheiser MKE 2 Digital Lapel Microphone (for iPhone) on FunkyKit.

BitFenix Aurora Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
In Win 509 E-ATX case on OCAholic.
Fractal Design Define Nano S on ThinkComputers.
Rosewill Cullinan on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 G1 GAMING on Guru3D.
Sapphire RX480 8GB Nitro+ on LanOC.

Input Etc:
Fnatic Gear Flick Mouse on TechPowerUp.
Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Fractal Design Define Nano S on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro S RGB on TechPowerUp.
SteelSeries Apex M500 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on LegitReviews.

Samsung SSD 850 Pro 128 GB on OCInside.
Crucial MX300 1TB SSD on LegitReviews.
Seagate 8TB Backup Plus Hub on BigBruin.
Synology DS416play 4-bay NAS on MadShrimps.
Sonnet Tempo AHCI PCIe AIC SSD on Tweaktown.

Rivet Networks Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller on HotHardware.
Actiontec MoCA WCB6200Q Wireless Network Extender and ECB6200 Network Adapter on PCPerspective.

Portable & Prebuilt:
LG G5 smartphone on HotHardware.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga on HotHardware.

Sumo Air Lounger Self-Inflatable Chair on APHNetworks.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided game on TechReport.
Thermaltake TTMod Sleeve Cable on FunkyKit.
ADATA XPG Dazzle DDR4-2800 16GB Memory Kit on Tweaktown.

Misc Pics (43 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 16-September-2016  13:33:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 14-September-2016  15:05:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Toshiba OCZ VX500 SSD on TheSSDReview.
Kingston Industrial Temperature MicroSD on BenchmarkReviews.
OCZ VX500 256GB, 512GB & 1TB SATA III SSD on Tweaktown.
Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB High Endurance SSD on MadShrimps.
Toshiba OCZ VX500 SSD on Guru3D.
Toshiba's OCZ VX500 512GB SSD on TechReport.
Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB SSD on LegitReviews.
OCZ VX500 SATA SSD on HotHardware.
Toshiba OCZ VX500 512 Gigabyte on OCAholic.
Crucial MX300 (525GB & 1050GB) Solid State Drives on ThinkComputers.
OCZ VX500 512 GB on TechPowerUp.
Phison E7 NVMe PCIe FW 2.1 SSD Performance Preview on Tweaktown.
Intel SSD 600P Solid State Drive on HotHardware.

Audio Visual:
Creative iRoar + iRoar Rock speakers on Vortez.
3SIXT Virtual reality headset on PCWorld.
The New SAP Digital Boardroom Revealed on TechARP.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Asus ROG G752VS Laptop on TechSpot.
ASUS ROG G701 17.3" Overclockable Gaming Notebook on Tweaktown.
MSI GE62VR 6RF Apache Pro notebook on Vortez.

REEVEN Brontes Low-Profile CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240 Liquid CPU Cooler on PCPerspective.
Thermalright Le Grand Macho RT CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.

RIOTORO CR1080 on OCClub.
InWin 303 Gaming Mid-Tower on HWAsylum.
SilverStone Primera PM01 on APHNetworks.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G video cards on NeoSeeker.
GE 12724 Z-Wave In Wall Smart Dimmer Switch on BigBruin.
Cooler Master Masterkeys Lite L Combo KB and mouse on LegitReviews.
SureCall EZ 4G Home Cellular Signal Booster on TechnologyX.
Silverstone ST1200-PT Strider Platinum Power Supply on HWAsylum.
MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Tuesday Evening (20 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 13-September-2016  18:31:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

In another forehead-slap-inducing move, there are apparently plans to block access to overseas retailers that don't comply with our tax system. Under the new tax regulations coming into effect next year, overseas businesses with an annual turnover of $75,000 or more will be required under Australian law to register with the ATO to collect GST on all goods sold, including purchases under the current low-value threshold of $1000. The Federal Government is exploring the option of blocking websites that fail to co-operate using powers under section 313(3) of the Telecommunications Act 1997.

HardOCP have an interview with Bruce Dell of Euclideon, who seems to be pioneering virtual reality right here in Australia. We just opened the world’s first hologram entertainment centre in Australia, it has 40 hologram rooms. You can play games, go to Africa, jump down holes, or fly through the sky. We are in the process of arranging a lot more of these hologram centres to open around the world.

Samsung have sold their printer arm to HP. HP announced Monday that it will acquire Samsung’s printer segment for $1.05 billion. The acquisition is part of a move to “disrupt and reinvent the $55 billion copier industry, a segment that hasn’t innovated in decades,” the company said in a press release. The Palo Alto-based HP will also acquire over 6,500 patents pertaining to printing and Samsung printing's team of 1,300 researchers and engineers.

Jalopnik report on the world's largest 3d-printed object. This device you’re watching come together in this video is officially the world’s largest 3-D printed object: “a large-scale trim tool for a Boeing 777X.” It will hold the jet’s composite wing skin while it’s drilled and machined before it actually goes on the airplane. Sexy, right?

Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 12-September-2016  16:34:37 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Xiaomi Mi Max Smartphone on Techspot
ASUS ROG Strix GL502 Gaming Notebook on Legit Reviews
GeForce GTX 10-Series Gaming Laptops on Techarp
LG X Power Smartphone on APH Networks
CHJGD 10000mAh Ultra Compact PowerBank on NikKTech

CRUCIAL MX300 750GB SSD on Custom PC Review
Adata Premier SP550 480GB SSD on Tech Report

Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1070 X3 Graphics Card on OCInside
ASUS GTX 1060 STRIX OC 6 GB on techPowerUp
Six Generations of $200 Mainstream Radeon GPUs Compared on Techspot

Asus Republic Of Gamers RAMPAGE V Edition 10 on Guru3D
ASUS X99 Deluxe II on Ocaholic
ASUS Maximus VIII Formula Motherboard on PC Perspective

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC Game on OCC
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC Game on Tech Report

Sonnet Allegro Pro Four-Port USB 3.0 PCIe Card on TweakTown
Sony PS4 Pro on Techgage
Alphacool Eisbaer 240 CPU AIO Cooler on HardOCP
Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 850W PSU on HardOCP
SilverStone MMS01 Military-Grade IP65 Enclosure on TweakTown

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