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Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 5-December-2016  23:54:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Tech Report have been playing around with the Internet of Things, to make dumb machines smarter. Sometimes I forget things. In particular, I forget to transfer my clean but wet laundry from the washing machine to the dryer. When this happens, I have to waste time, detergent, electricity, and water to re-wash the clothes. My wife's sister has an expensive race-car-red washing machine that plays a few cheerful musical notes when the cycle is finished. That reminder is helpful, and my better half likes the little tune, but I figured I could get crafty and make the dumb old washer and dryer whisper in my ear through the internet. Here's how I did it.

PCI SSDs are all the rage in laptops now. The number of notebooks built to use SSDs, which are based on NAND flash, exceeded analyst expectations this quarter, and the industry is on pace to surpass the 50% adoption rate in the 2017 to 2018 timeframe, according to a report from DRAMeXchange.

However Sniper sends word that the prices of SSDs are spiking due to NAND shortages. We began reporting on the first signs of the looming NAND shortage all the way back in May, and have touched on the domino effect in many articles over the ensuing months as it unfolded. Now the shortage is in full swing: DRAMeXchange reported that the average price of MLC SSDs rose this quarter between 6%-10%, while TLC SSDs also rose 6%-9%. We also reached out to Trendfocus, whose projections indicate even higher price hikes at both the retail and OEM level.

BC spotted this interesting article about one aspect of autonomous cars. It should be technically and theoretically possible for an autonomous car to drive with input not just from its array of cameras and sensors, but from a set of pre-recorded data from another car. The data that can be recorded – and, in the case of almost every drive-by-wire car made today is recorded – is significant: throttle position, steering wheel angle, brake pressure, weight balance, speed, wheel slippage, and, of course, GPS data about where the car goes.

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 4-December-2016  06:01:20 (GMT +10) - by booj

GIGABYTE X99-Ultra Gaming Motherboard on Techgage.
Gigabyte Z170X-Designare on Hot Hardware.

Graphics Cards:
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming OC on Guru3D.
ASUS GTX 1050 Ti STRIX OC 4 GB on techPowerUp.
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1080 HOF 8GB on Madshrimps.

WD My Passport 4TB 2016 Edition Portable External Hard Drive on Legit Reviews.
Seagate IronWolf ST10000VN0004 10TB Hard Drive on APH Networks.
Seagate Skyhawk 10TB on OCC.

Corsair Carbide 270R Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
Thermaltake The Tower 900 on Funky kit.

V-Moda Crossfade Wireless Headset on LanOC Reviews.
Creative iRoar Go on Vortez.
Cougar Immersa Gaming Headset on ocaholic.
Genius HS-930BT Headset on Funky Kit.

D-Link Performace Series DIR-890L AC3200 Enthusiast Router on eTeknix.
TP-Link Archer C3200 Wireless Tri-Band Router on Funky Kit.

Input etc:
Fnatic Gear Clutch G1 Optical Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Thrustmaster TMX on PC Perspective.
ROCCAT SOVA MK Gaming Lapboard on TweakTown.
Zalman ZM-K900M RGB LED gaming keyboard on The Tech Report.
Fnatic Gear Clutch G1 Optical Gaming Mouse on TweakTown.
AUKEY KM-G3 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on PC Perspective.

Dell XPS 13 (Kaby Lake) on Hot Hardware.
Corsair Magnetic Levitation ML120 & ML140 PRO LED Fan onTechgage.

Misc Pics (22 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 2-December-2016  14:26:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This may be a weird batch - after 3 days of gastro I'm pretty much hallucinating at my desk. :) But anyway, thanks to danstoejam and Axe this week!

Thursday Night (8 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 1-December-2016  22:07:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some info from Malakai about the 2G shutdown in Oz: Telstra will be the first carrier to switch off its 2G network on the first of December, at which time anyone using a 2G mobile phone or a 2G SIM card will no longer be able to make phone calls or send text messages. Even calls to emergency services may no longer connect. Also Optus will switch off its 2G network in April - affecting Virgin Mobile, amaysim and Dodo customers - while Vodafone's 2G network will be decommissioned in September 2017. A lesser known side-effect of the shutdown of the 2G network is that most dual SIM phones except the very latest and greatest ones can only use the secondary SIM via the 2G network. So many people using dual SIM phones might be caught unawares when their secondary SIM stops working tomorrow. Or today, even! More info here and here.

Google's powers now extend to messing with the spacetime continuum.. kinda. No commonly used operating system is able to handle a minute with 61 seconds, and trying to special-case the leap second has caused many problems in the past. Instead of adding a single extra second to the end of the day, we'll run the clocks 0.0014% slower across the ten hours before and ten hours after the leap second, and “smear” the extra second across these twenty hours. For timekeeping purposes, December 31 will seem like any other day.

PC bits retailer MSY are in hot water over warranty issues. “The ACCC alleges that MSY Technology breached the Australian Consumer Law by misrepresenting consumers’ rights to a repair, replacement, or a refund when they have purchased faulty products,” ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said. “Businesses must not mislead consumers about their consumer guarantee rights. Consumers who have purchased a faulty product have a right under the consumer guarantees to remedies which businesses cannot restrict, alter, or remove.”

I don't normally link buyer's guides, but I thought it might be interesting to see what people are looking at during the run up to Xmas. Tech Report have a Christmas Gift Guide, while Techgage have a GPU Upgrade & New Build guide. On the lookout for a new graphics card? We’ve put together a guide to help you pick the right graphics card for your budget. For new builds or upgrades, there are an assortment of GPUs to pick in each price range. Competative eSports on a budget, to ultrawide or multi-monitor gaming, there’s something for everyone.

Techspot also looked at real-world storage performance. To test and visualize how storage performance impacts the user experience in real world scenarios we recorded how quickly our Core i7-6700K test system completes various tasks using Samsung’s new 960 Evo 500GB SSD, then compared against the value-minded Crucial MX300 and the WD Red Pro 4TB mechanical hard drive.

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 1-December-2016  14:41:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

BarrelCool Rifle Chamber Fan on BenchmarkReviews.
Antec KUHLER H2O H1200 Pro AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
Realforce RGB keyboard on LanOC.
Roccat Skeltr Keyboard on Modders-Inc.

Prebuilt & Portable:
Fierce PC BlackFire Apex prebuilt PC on Vortez.
Lenovo Ideapad Y900 17-inch Gaming Laptop on ThinkComputers.
ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe Smartphone on HotHardware.
Gigabyte Brix Gaming UHD Mini-PC on LegitReviews.

ADATA SV620 480GB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
Drobo 5C DAS (Directly-Attached Storage) on OCAholic.

be quiet! Dark Base 900 Pro Full-Tower on Tweaktown.
Fractal Design Define Mini C Micro-ATX on PCPerspective.

Watch Dog 2: PC graphics performance benchmark review on Guru3D.
AMD Athlon X4 880K Processor Review & Overclocking to 4.5 GHz on LegitReviews.
SilverStone Ensemble Series EB03 and EB01-E Audio Amp DAC on HWAsylum.
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming X video card on OCAholic.
XFX TS Series 750W PSU on PCPerspective.

Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 29-November-2016  23:23:49 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
XFX RX 480 GTR Black Edition on eTeknix.
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition on ThinkComputers.

Intel 600p M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD on TweakTown.
MyDigitalSSD Boost 1TB USB 3.1 Portable SSD on eTeknix.
Lexar Professional 1000x microSDHC UHS-II 32GB Card on Madshrimps.
Kingston 256GB MicroSD XC card on PC World.
Plextor S2G 512GB Entry-Level M.2 SSD on eTeknix.

Cooler Master Elite 110 Mini-ITX Chassis on Funky Kit.
NZXT S340 Elite on ocaholic.

ASUS STRIX Wireless Gaming Headset on eTeknix.
Cooler Master MasterPulse Pro Gaming Headset on APH Networks.
Creative iRoar Go Bluetooth Portable Speaker on Madshrimps.

Input etc:
Dream Machines DM1 PRO S Optical Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Razer Ornata Chroma on Vortez.

Scythe Mugen 5 Tower CPU Cooler on Funky Kit.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 280 on OCC.

HP Omen X Notebook on Ars Technica.
TomTom Bandit 4K GPS WiFi Action Camera on ModSynergy.
Lenovo IdeaCentre Y900 + Y27g RE (Razer Edition) on TweakTown.
Crucial Ballistix Tactical 3000 MHz DDR4 (4x 8 GB) on techPowerUp.
Pokeball Power Bank (1st & 2nd Generation) on TechARP.

Monday Midday (7 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 28-November-2016  12:07:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

ISPs in the UK are now required to keep a full list of sites visited by their customers and provide it to authorities upon request. The Investigatory Powers Bill, which was all but passed into law this week, forces internet providers to keep a full list of internet connection records (ICRs) for a year and to make them available to the Government if asked. Those ICRs in effect serve as a full list of every website that people have visited, rather than collecting which specific pages are visited or what's done on them. Expect a big upturn in VPN usage.

There's another huge IBM and NVIDIA-powered supercomputer on the way. More than once during the SC16 supercomputing conference this week in Salt Lake City, the Summit system and its companion “Sierra” system that will be deployed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, were referred to as “AI supercomputers.” This is a reflection of the fact that the national labs around the world are being asked to do machine learning on the same machines that would normally just do simulation and modeling to advance science, not just to advance the art of computation but to make these systems all look more cool and more useful.

We're definitely seeing another period of consolidation in the semiconductor market. In the past couple of weeks, Siemens signed a deal to buy Mentor Graphics for $4 billion, and Samsung purchased Harman, a Tier 1 automotive supplier for $8 billion. What’s different is that deals worth multiple billions of dollars—sometimes tens of billions—are no longer extraordinary. When Texas Instruments paid $7.6 billion for Burr-Brown in 2000, it was considered a jaw-dropping amount of money.

Matt sent in this game bundle, with up to 151 games being offered for as little as $2 in total, raising money for a good cause. This is A Good Bundle. A bunch of creators are sharing their works to combat some of the ugliness in our world. 100% of the proceeds from this bundle will be split 50-50 between the ACLU ( American Civil Liberties Union) and Planned Parenthood.

I don't often post press releases as news, but this one caught my eye. It's from FSP (who I should note are currently sponsoring OCAU) and it's for a new "Twins" PSU which gives you two redundant PSUs in a normal desktop ATX PSU form-factor. I don't think I've seen that before. See here for more info, or the pics below.

click images to enlarge!

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 27-November-2016  00:36:31 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Antec Cube-Designed by Razer Mini-ITX Chassis on TweakTown
HBT+ Gravity 6 Enthusiast Computer Case on Hardware Asylum
DIY Arc Reactor Kit on FunkyKit
Corsair Carbide Series 270R on Vortez
ID-Cooling Stream 2 Chassis on FunkyKit
Corsair Crystal Series 570X RGB on Ocaholic

Cooler Master MasterMouse PRO L Mouse on Vortez
SteelSeries Rival 500 Optical Mouse on APH Networks
Dream Machines DM 1 PRO S on techPowerUp
EpicGear DeFiant EG MMS Mechanical Keyboard on Funky Kit
Rosewill RK-9000V2 RGB mechanical keyboard on TechReport
Razer DeathAdder Elite Gaming Mouse on Madshrimps

Lexar Professional 128GB & 256GB UHS-II SD Cards on TweakTown
QNAP TBS-453A-8G-960GB 4-Bay M.2 SSD NASbook on NikKTech
Intel SSD 600p Series 512GB NVMe SSDp on Legit Reviews
MyDigitalSSD BPX 480GB NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive on eTeknix
Kingston 256GB MicroSD XC card on PC World

Lenovo Yoga Book on Hot Hardware
Asus Zenfone 3 on ocaholic
Lenovo Yoga Book Android 2-in-1 Tablet on TweakTown
Gigabyte AORUS X7 DT v6 GTX 1080 Gaming Laptop on eTeknix
Huawei Nova Plus smartphone on PC World

MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Quick Silver OC 8 GB on techPowerUp
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Video Card on Hardware Secrets

Asus X99 DeLuxe II motherboard on Guru3D
BIOSTAR Racing Z170GTN Mini-ITX Motherboard on TweakTown

Gaming PC:
MSI Aegis Ti Gaming PC (Dual-GPU) on techPowerUp
Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube Gaming System on Techarp

Linksys LRT214 Business Gigabit VPN Router on eTeknix
Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 850 W Titanium on LanOC
ARC Reactor DIY Kit and Syllable D900 Mini Wireless Earbuds on FunkyKit

Misc Pics (38 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-November-2016  14:37:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to HrdwrBoB we now have keyboard navigation for Misc Pics! You can use the left and right arrow keys to go from page to page. Thanks to danstoejam and t1mbot for this week's submissions!

Forum Projects (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 24-November-2016  12:55:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a few cool projects from the forums:

Zenator has a "Gears of War"
themed watercooled PC

mad_mic3 has a Hot Rod
with a m-ITX system inside

while @rt made a
DIY QFH antenna for GPS

StreekG spruced up a PC
with some straight tubing

Duality92 squeezed two
complete systems into one case

while alexciobanu has a
WC PC built into a D-Frame 2.0

Thursday Midday (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 24-November-2016  12:03:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Voice-enabled smart homes continue to get closer, with Amazon's Echo and others - but there's a new option from China, the LingLong DingDong. Certainly rolls off the tongue, doesn't it? Three commands wake the device: DingDong DingDong, Xiaowei Xiaowei (a girl’s nickname), and BaiLing BaiLing (skylark). The DingDong comes in Mandarin and Cantonese versions (the engines required to understand the languages are too complex to include them both in one device). Most people speak Mandarin, and the myriad accents and dialects present a Herculean challenge. Still, the company claims the DingDong understands roughly 95 percent of the population.

Gigabyte have a video of an immersion-cooled server (FB video only, it seems). You might have seen servers, but you've never seen servers THIS COOL! Yes, it's a server! Yes, it's a server in a full tank, performance cooled!

From the "OK, but why" department comes this video of DooM running on the new MacBook Pro's touch bar. I get the fun of making Doom run on everything from a potato to a toaster, but come on. If you’re confused by my incredulation, then that’s because you haven’t seen Doom running in the not-even-a-thumbnail-wide touch bar that comes with the new Apple Macbook Pro laptops.

A new study seems to indicate a drop in piracy in Australia. TNS estimates that in the first three months of the year, 23 per cent of Australian Internet users aged 12+ consumed “at least one item of online content unlawfully” — equating to about 4.6 million people. The 2015 study found that some 26 per cent of Australians were believed to have unlawfully consumed online content.

Steam are accepting nominations for game awards. For the first time in human history, our Steam Community will decide the nominees for the prestigious Steam Awards. This November you will get to choose nominees for 8 different categories as well as have the opportunity to create your very own award category.

TechARP report on the past, present and future of the game industry, with an interview with Ian Livingstone. Level Up KL 2016 was a great opportunity for game developers in Asia to meet up, and learn from each other. Industry luminaries like Wan Hazmer and Rami Ismail gave talks on creating a triple A game title like Final Fantasy XV, and how a new developer can survive the development of their first game. But MDEC (Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation) saved the best for last – Ian Livingstone CBE. We were so fortunate to be able to meet him in person, and listen to him talk about the past, present and future of the game industry. Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Wednesday Lunchtime Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 23-November-2016  13:20:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte's GA-X99-Designare EX motherboard on TechReport.
Intel Kaby Lake Performance: Surprising Jump over Skylake on PCPerspective.

AeroCool Project7 P7-C1 Tempered Glass Edition on OCInside.
Corsair Crystal Series 460X RGB & 570X RGB on Vortez.

Audio Visual:
SteelSeries Arctis 5 headset on LanOC.
Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.

Patriot Hellfire M.2 480GB NVMe SSD on LegitReviews.
Asustor AS6208T 8-bay NAS on TechPowerUp.

Walabot DIY In-Wall Imaging Smartphone Sensor on BigBruin.
Total War: WARHAMMER NVIDIA Linux Benchmarks on Phoronix.
Speedlink Decus Respec mouse on Vortez.
Origin EON17-X Gaming Notebook on Tweaktown.
D-Link DIR-885L/R AC3150 Ultra Wi-Fi Router on MissingRemote.

Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-November-2016  22:52:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Corsair 570X Tempered Glass RGB Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
Corsair Crystal 570X RGB Tempered Glass Chassis on Tweaktown.
Corsair Carbide 270R on Guru3D.
Corsair Crystal Series 460X RGB Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
Corsair Crystal 570X on Guru3d.
Corsair Crystal 570X Tempered Glass Case on LegitReviews.
Corsair Crystal Series 570X Tempered Glass Case on PCPerspective.
Corsair Carbide 270R Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
Corsair Crystal Series 460X RGB on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master MasterMouse Pro L RGB Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Thermaltake Tt eSports Black FP Gaming Mouse with Fingerprint Security on FunkyKit.
Mionix Naos QG Biometric Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
SteelSeries Apex M500 Mechanical Pro-Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.

Samsung's 960 EVO SSD on TechReport.
Lexar Professional 1800x microSDHC UHS-II 32GB Card on MadShrimps.

Portable & Prebuilt:
The Dell Inspiron 13 5000 (5368 / 5378) 2-in-1 Laptop on TechARP.
Zotac ZBOX Magnus EN1070 Gaming Mini PC on FunkyKit.
ZenBook 3 Review: Asus made a faster MacBook that runs Windows on TechSpot.
PC Specialist Spectrum Pro GTX 1050 Ti Gaming PC on eTeknix.

EVGA PowerLink Cable Management on HWAsylum.
Thermaltake Smart DPS G 750W PSU on NikKTech.

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