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Don't forget Mother's Day on Sunday! :) Thanks to mpot, Gordon and Dean this week!
If you keep hitting that "upgrade later" button when prompted about Windows 10, but do intend to upgrade at some stage, you might have to do it sooner rather than later. On Thursday, Microsoft began showing potential customers of Windows 10 the carrot as well as the stick, touting Windows 10’s success but also warning that the free upgrade offer would expire in a couple of months. If consumers don’t upgrade their PCs from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 by July 29, Microsoft will charge $119 for a copy of Windows 10 Home when they eventually do.
Meanwhile here's a video showing Microsoft's new hover gestures for Windows phones. Microsoft had been planning to use a number of sensors on the sides of a device to detect how a phone is held by grip, allowing 3D Touch-enabled phones to block an orientation switch when you're lying down in bed. In the Microsoft Research video you can also see features allowing additional gestures to be unearthed as a users' finger gets closer to the screen.
Apple are pushing for IPv6 adoption, by requiring apps to have IPv6-only networking support. At WWDC 2015 we announced the transition to IPv6-only network services in iOS 9. Starting June 1, 2016 all apps submitted to the App Store must support IPv6-only networking. Most apps will not require any changes because IPv6 is already supported by NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs.
A few people sent in this story about iTunes deleting people's music. What Amber explained was exactly what I’d feared: through the Apple Music subscription, which I had, Apple now deletes files from its users’ computers. When I signed up for Apple Music, iTunes evaluated my massive collection of Mp3s and WAV files, scanned Apple’s database for what it considered matches, then removed the original files from my internal hard drive. REMOVED them. Deleted.
There's a new Android security bug. Security researchers have uncovered a bug in Google Android devices that could leave potentially millions of smartphone and tablets manufactured over the last five years open to attack.
There's a World Video Game Hall of Fame, and they have announced the 2016 inductees. The games in the second class of The Strong’s World Video Gamed Hall of Fame® span multiple decades, countries of origin, and gaming platforms, but all have significantly affected the video game industry, popular culture, and society in general. Grand Theft Auto III, The Legend of Zelda, The Oregon Trail, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Space Invaders have been selected from a field of 15 finalists that also included Elite, Final Fantasy, John Madden Football, Minecraft, Nürburgring, Pokémon Red and Green, Sid Meier’s Civilization, Street Fighter II, and Tomb Raider.
NASA have released many more patents into the public domain. These technologies were developed to advance NASA missions but may have non-aerospace applications and be used by commercial space ventures and other companies free of charge, eliminating the time, expense and paperwork often associated with licensing intellectual property. The technologies include advanced manufacturing processes, sensors, propulsion methods, rocket nozzles, thrusters, aircraft wing designs and improved rocket safety and performance concepts.
Yesterday was World Password Day. Betty White tells you how to improve your password habits.
|Friday Afternoon Reviews
Friday, 6-May-2016 13:22:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 and GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 Motherboards on Futurelooks.
AMD A10-7860K APU on Guru3D.
AMD A10-7860K and A8-7670K on PCPerspective.
Fnatic FLICK G1 Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.
G.Skill's Ripjaws KM780R gaming keyboard on TechReport.
HAVIT HV-KB366L RGB Backlit Mechanical Keyboard on NikKTech.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Nextbook Flexx 10 netbook on TechWareLabs.
ASUS Zenbook UX305CA on Vortez.
Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67 PWM Fans on MadShrimps.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240 on BenchmarkReviews.
Creative iRoar Bluetooth speaker on LegionHW.
Creative iRoar Intelligent Bluetooth Speaker on Tweaktown.
Zalman Z9 Neo White Case on ThinkComputers.
Corsair Carbide Spec-Alpha ATX Mid-Tower on TechSpot.
Corsair SF600 SFX PSU on LanOC.
Corsair RMi Series 650 W on TechPowerUp.
Maxwell Quadro For All: NVIDIA Quadro M2000 Workstation Graphics Card on Techgage.
AMD's Radeon Pro Duo Benchmarked And Tested on HotHardware.
LaCie P9227 Porsche Design Slim Drive 2TB USB C on Tweaktown.
Intel 540s SSD Review (480GB) – SMI Controller With SK Hynix Memory on TheSSDReview.
Synology DiskStation DS216+ 2-Bay NAS on Techgage.
Here's some projects and reviews from the forums:
Thursday, 5-May-2016 15:25:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg
An Australian computer scientist and inventor may be the mysterious founder of Bitcoin. Craig Steven Wright—a 45-year-old Australian computer scientist and inventor who was outed against his will and with dubious evidence as Mr Nakamoto in December last year—now claims he is the real Satoshi. On May 2nd he published a blog post offering what he says is cryptographic proof that he is indeed the creator of bitcoin. But proving it is somewhat tricky.
The recent Budget announcement included info on ending NBN Co funding. The Federal Government has revealed that it has put together a special taskforce to determine how to fund its modified rollout of the National Broadband Network, with the project’s costs ballooning and the public purse running dry of funds to support it. More info here.
Straight off the pages of a cyberpunk novel, Sony (and Google and Samsung) have recently patents for smart contact lenses. Potential misuses aside, the technology behind these new 'smart eyes' is actually incredibly cool. The patent describes contact lenses that can 'sense' when you're making a deliberate blink rather than a natural one, and respond by turning the recording on or off.
John sent in this enormous Lego Star Destroyer project.
|Wednesday Morning Reviews
Wednesday, 4-May-2016 10:05:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
ECS Z170-Claymore Motherboard on PCPerspective.
AMD A10-7860K 65W APU on TechPowerUp.
CM Storm Quick Fire XTi Gaming Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Corsair M65 PRO RGB mouse on Vortez.
ASUS ROG Spatha mouse on Vortez.
GAMDIAS' Hermes RGB mech gaming keyboard on Techgage.
Phiaton BT 110 Bluetooth Headset on BenchmarkReviews.
Pittasoft BlackVue DR650GW-2CH Car Dashcam on NikKTech.
JBL Xtreme Portable Bluetooth Speaker on Tweaktown.
SteelSeries Siberia 350 Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Intel NUC NUC6i5SYK Skylake Mini PC on LegitReviews.
InFocus M560 Smartphone on MadShrimps.
LaCie P9227 Porsche Design Mobile Drive 4TB USB C on Tweaktown.
MyDigitalSSD Bullet Proof 5 Eco M.2 SSD Review (480GB) on TheSSDReview.
Plextor M7V M.2 SATA SSD on Modders-Inc.
Lexar 633x microSDXC Card Review (200GB) on TheSSDReview.
Intel 750 Series 400GB NVMe Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Turris' VR Chair on TechReport.
Chieftec Navitas 1000W GPM-1000C PSU on OCAholic.
Anonabox Pro Tor And VPN Router on HotHardware.
EK P360 Performance Liquid Cooling on Guru3D.
Fnatic Gear Flick G1 Optical Mouse on APH Networks
Corsair K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE Keyboard on Benchmark Reviews
Corsair Gaming K70 Rapidfire RGB Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix
Corsair Gaming K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE Mechanical Keyboard on Legit Reviews
Corsair K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TweakTown
XFX R9 Fury Triple Dissipation on OCC
AMD A10-7890K APU on Neoseeker
AMD Radeon Pro Duo on PC Perspective
Asus GTX 950 2 GB (no power connector) on Tech Powerup
Noctua NH-C14S CPU Cooler on OCC
Silverstone Argon AR06 CPU Cooler on Modders-Inc
Cryorig A40 Ultimate on Vortez
Thermalright Macho 120 SBM CPU Cooler on NikKTech
Cryorig M9i CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.org
Creative SoundBlaster X Pro-Gaming H5 Headset on eTeknix
Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver Headset on Modders-Inc
Razer Leviathan Mini on Vortez
Tesoro Kuven A1 Pro Real 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset on NikKTech
1MORE Swarovski Crystal Piston Earphones on TweakTown
Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro Bluetooth Portable Speaker on TweakTown
InWin 909 E-ATX Aluminium & Tempered Glass Chassis on eTeknix
Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX Tempered Glass Edition Case on Hardware Asylum
Lian Li PC-J60 on Ocaholic
Riotoro CR1280 Prism Full Tower Case on Neoseeker
NZXT Manta Mini-ITX Enclosure on PC Perspective
Thermaltake Versa N21 Case on ThinkComputers.org
Cyberpower Infinity X55 Pro Gaming PC on eTeknix
Intel NUC Kit NUC5PGYH Braswell Mini PC on Missing Remote
MSI GL62 6QF-628 Gaming Notebook (GTX 960M) on Tech Powerup
Gigabyte X170 Extreme ECC and Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 Motherboard on Guru3D
Gigabyte X99P-SLI (Intel X99) Motherboard on TweakTown
Biostar Racing Z170GT7 (Intel LGA-1151) on Tech Powerup
Asustor AS3204T NAS on Guru3D
Patriot SuperSonic Magnum 2 256GB USB 3.1 Gen 1 Flash Drive on NikKTech
ADATA i-Memory UE710 64GB Lightning OTG Flash Drive on TweakTown
Thecus N5810 Consumer NAS on TweakTown
Crucial MX200 250 GB SSD on OC Inside
Antec High Current Gamer M 750 W (HCG-750M) PSU on Hardware Insights
SilverStone Strider Titanium ST80F-TI 800W Power Supply on APH Networks
Blackbird VX-2SSD USB 3.1 Type-C Media Dock on Legit Reviews
Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch on TweakTown
Elgato Eve Energy Wireless Power Sensor & Switch on TechnologyX
LG V10 SmartPhone on LanOC
G.SKILL TridentZ 32GB 3200MHz DDR4 (F4-3200C15D-32GTZ) Memory Kit on Madshrimps
ASUS MG24UQ and MG28UQ IPS 4K FreeSync Monitor on eTeknix
Linksys LGS116P 16-Port Business Desktop Gigabit PoE+ Switch on NikKTech
Dark Souls III PC on TweakTown
Thanks to KonMan and t1mbot this week!
Friday, 29-April-2016 14:56:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg
We joke about Windows 10 upgrades getting in the way, but one did so very noticeably this week. If you’re in Iowa you might have seen KCCI 8 News Meteorologist Metinka Slater’s thunderstorm update and warning of 12 hours of heavy rainfall interrupted by an unwelcome upgrade message covering up much of the radar screen. ... "Microsoft recommends upgrade to Windows 10, what should I do?" a surprised Slater asked.
Game of Thrones restarted recently, and Australia once again tops the list of countries pirating it. One Kotaku writer says he feels no guilt for downloading it. I am going to say something very publically. And I would like to preface this by stating the following: I am a person who likes to pay for things. I still buy Blu-Rays. I buy video games. I rent movies on the PlayStation Store. I am currently a paying subscriber to Netflix, Spotify, PlayStation Plus, Xbox LIVE and UFC Fight Pass. But, given that Foxtel Play is the only avenue I have for watching, I have no problem admitting that, for the foreseeable future, I will be illegally downloading Game of Thrones season 6.
The push towards driverless cars continues. This week in the US, Google - which is also at the forefront of the driverless car revolution - joined forces with Volvo and Ford, as well as taxi-hailing firms Uber and Lyft, to form a coalition to promote the benefits of self-driving cars and help push through the necessary legislation to make fully autonomous vehicles a reality.
Ever wondered who does all the Google Doodles? Turns out it's (mostly) this guy. Germick’s audience has grown as well, from just his parents and four siblings to the millions of people who visit the Google homepage. Germick is the Google Doodle guy. As the chief doodler, he leads a team of about a dozen, serving as the creative and technical force behind the changing Google logos, better known as “doodles,” that inhabit Google’s otherwise static search homepage. For Germick, it was a winding route from sketching into the world of technology. “I had no clear path to Google,” he said. “It never crossed my mind that I would work on Doodles.”
There's a new "360 Experience" of the Sydney Opera House on YouTube.
Wednesday, 27-April-2016 17:35:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg
AMD have formed a joint venture in China. Basically, China wants their “own” hardware and software for government-funded institutions. This was driven by the Snowden revelations and the cooling of the China economy. For software, it means submitting source code to inspect for things like back doors, but also having Chinese institutions buy software from Chinese software vendors. It’s a bit more complex on the hardware side. The stock market has responded favourably to the news.
After much speculation they have also released their Radeon Pro Duo video card. The Radeon Pro Duo is essentially and effectively two Radeon R9 Nanos together on a single PCB. At a high level, the Pro Duo should give us up to twice the performance at twice the power consumption (plus a bit extra for PCIe switches). To remove heat, the card comes with a closed loop cooler similar to that found on AMD’s Radeon R9 Fury X. This cooler, unlike the one found on the R9 295X2, provides a complete liquid cooling solution covering the VRMs on both GPUs along with the GPUs themselves. For reference, the pipes on this one are 540 mm long, and the double-thick radiator with fan comes in at 63 mm.
Logitech made a cool giant display using light-up keyboards. Logitech's installation at PAX East at least caught the eye. It's made of 160 keyboard, with every key thenlaser-etched for more (multi-colored) light to bleed through. Each key acts as a pixel, treating you to a short Earthbound-ish bullet-hell cross-over... thing in glowing primary color joy.
Microsoft are ending Xbox360 production after ten years. Xbox 360 means a lot to everyone in Microsoft. And while we’ve had an amazing run, the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us. Which is why we have made the decision to stop manufacturing new Xbox 360 consoles. We will continue to sell existing inventory of Xbox 360 consoles, with availability varying by country.
Still on the console side, PC Perspective checked out console gaming on the PC. Both Microsoft and Sony now offer streaming from their respective current generation consoles to the PC, but via quite different approaches. For PC owners contemplating console streaming, we set out to discover how each platform works and compares, what level of quality discerning PC gamers can expect, and what limitations and caveats console streaming brings. Read on for our comparison of Xbox One Streaming in Windows 10 and PS4 Remote Play for the PC and Mac.
Australian vlogger Blunty visited the NVIDIA Failure Lab. What do Nvidia do when one of their chips fails? They send it to Howard Marks, Director of Technology operations, Silicon Failure Analysis lab, where they use millions and millions of dollars worth of insane equipment to find the single transistor that failed!
Had to check this one wasn't posted on April 1st, but apparently Australia Post are testing drone deliveries. Following the example set by Amazon, Google, and Danish shipping giant Maersk, Australia's national postal service is planning to use drones to make deliveries. Australia Post is currently in the midst of a two-week test — with the blessing of the country's Civil Aviation Safety Authority — that, if successful, could see some customers receiving their packages from the skies later this year as part of a consumer trial.
NVIDIA have a contest for AU/NZ readers: NVIDIA is hosting our first VR showcase in Melbourne and Sydney where our expert will share with you how NVIDIA technology powers VR to deliver a richer, more immersive VR experience. More than just hearing, you will also get to see and experience first-hand our latest VR technology.. Some tickets up for grabs, so for entries and more info, see here.
|Tuesday Midday Reviews
Tuesday, 26-April-2016 12:21:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS B150i Pro Gaming Aura on HWHeaven.
AMD FX 8350 CPU with Wraith Cooler on Modders-Inc.
ASRock E3V5 WS (Intel C232) Super Alloy on eTeknix.
Azio MGK 1 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
Corsair M65 Pro RGB FPS Optical Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
WD Red 8TB Helium-Filled WD80EFZX NAS HDD on Tweaktown.
Zotac Sonix SSD on HWHeaven.
be quiet! Pure Power 9 600W on PCPerspective.
TYLT ENERGI Five-Port Charging Station with Detachable Battery on Tweaktown.
Enermax Revolution XtII 750W PSU Unboxing & Overview on TechnologyX.
Fractal Design Core 500 on ThinkComputers.
Silverstone Raven RVX01 on HWAsylum.
Corsair Carbide SPEC-ALPHA on Vortez.
Sound BlasterX H7 headset on HWHeaven.
Edifier M1370BT 2.1 Bluetooth Speaker System on MadShrimps.
JBL Pulse 2 LED Bluetooth Portable Speaker on Tweaktown.
Gladiator Computers BATTALION 800 Gaming PC on eTeknix.
TP-LINK AC1900 Wi-Fi Range Extender Review RE580D on HWHeaven.
G.Skill Ripjaws V F4-2400C15D-32GVR 2x16GB DDR4 RAM on APHNetworks.
They shall grow not old
As we who are left grow old
Age shall not weary them
Nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them
Lest We Forget
|Sunday Night Reviews
Sunday, 24-April-2016 20:31:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Creative Sound BlasterX G5 External USB 7.1 Sound Card on Tweaktown.
Creative Sound BlasterX G5 7.1 HD Audio Portable Sound Card on MadShrimps.
Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 Z170 mITX on APHNetworks.
Gigabyte X170 Extreme ECC and Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 on Guru3D.
AMD Athlon X4 880K CPU on NeoSeeker.
Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 32 GB 2400 MHz DDR4 on TechPowerUp.
EpicGear DeFiant Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
QPAD DX-20 Pro Gaming Optical Mouse on NikKTech.
Tesoro Ascalon Spectrum Optical Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Corsair K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE keyboard on Vortez.
ROCCAT KIRO Gaming Mouse on OCClub.
Das Keyboard Division Zero M50 Pro Laser Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
AZIO MGK 1 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Corsair Gaming K70 Rapidfire RGB Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.
Datamancer Oaken 60% Keyboard Case on LanOC.
Cherry Stream 3.0 keyboard on Vortez.
Fnatic Gear RUSH G1 Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
Corsair Gaming M65 PRO RGB Gaming Mouse on LegitReviews.
Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML) Smartphone on TechARP.
Dog & Bone Wetsuit iPhone 6/6S Case on TechnologyX.
OriginPC's EON17-X Laptop on Tweaktown.
Razer Nabu Watch on Tweaktown.
NZXT Kraken X41 All-In-One watercooler on OCAholic.
CRYORIG H7 CPU Cooler on Modders-Inc.
SilverStone Tundra TD02 Lite All-In-One watercooler on OCAholic.
Thermaltake Pacific RL240 Watercooling Kit on TechWareLabs.
Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive on NikKTech.
OWC Mercury Electra MAX 6G 2TB SATA III SSD on Tweaktown.
Seagate NAS 8TB (ST8000VN0002) Hard Disk Drive on eTeknix.
Patriot Magnum2 USB 3.1 Flash Drive Review (256GB) on TheSSDReview.
Crucial BX200 960GB SSD on NikKTech.
Adata i-Memory 64GB Flash Drive on TechnologyX.
Dark Souls III PC on Tweaktown.
Ashes of the Singularity Performance on MadShrimps.
Fractal Design Define Nano S on OCAholic.
BitFenix Pandora ATX Full-Tower on Tweaktown.
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