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Monday Morning (13 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 30-November-2015  06:25:50 (GMT +10) - by booj

The Raspberry Pi has always been a popular hobbyists platform. Now there's a new version, the Pi Zero, which is expected to go for an insane $5 (USD). Raspberry Pi has been making small, affordable computers for a while now, but it’s just gone and made things insanely cheap. Its latest miniature computer, the Pi Zero, will cost just $5.

Do you need more RAM? Samsung might have something for you. The company has developed a 128Gb DDR4 module. Samsung today announced that it has started mass production of 128GB DDR4 modules built using 'through silicon via' (TSV) technology. This is an industry first at this capacity; Samsung introduced the world's first 3D TSV DDR4 DRAM (64GB) back in 2014. It is claimed that the new memory modules represent both a breakthrough in capacity and in energy efficiency.

LiFi, a new method of data transmission that uses light pulses instead of radio waves (WiFi) has been successfully tested in Estonia. It requires a light source, such as a standard LED bulb, an internet connection and a photo detector. It was tested this week by Estonian start-up Velmenni, in Tallinn. Velmenni used a li-fi-enabled light bulb to transmit data at speeds of 1Gbps. Laboratory tests have shown theoretical speeds of up to 224Gbps.

USB. The ubiquitous interface is almost 20 years old. Here's a look at the history of USB, what it replaced, and what has failed to replace it.

OLED displays look fantastic, but still face some technological hurdles such as blue OLED lifespan, so it's great to see LG investing heavily in OLED technology. South Korea's LG Display said it will invest more than 10 trillion won ($8.71 billion) to build a large plant to make panels using organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels, raising its big bet on the ultra-clear display technology.

Rumors indicate that Apple may drop the venerable 3.5mm headphone jack from its upcoming iPhones in favor of a lightning port.

The Space resource and utilization act is drawing critics. U.S. President Barack Obama signed legislation on Wednesday providing a framework for space companies to mine ore from asteroids and other bodies, but legal critics are worried the measure could lead to violations of international law.

Today's time waster comes courtesy of metamorphosis. How quickly can you get all the coins?

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 30-November-2015  06:11:16 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
Intel Pentium G4400: Benchmarking A ~$60 Skylake Processor on Phoronix.
Haswell-E X99 Micro-ATX Motherboards on ocaholic.
ASRock Z170 Extreme7 on Anandtech.

Thecus N4310 4-Disk Linux NAS on Phoronix.
Patriot Blast 240GB SSD on NikKTech.
Western Digital Black WD6001FZWX 6TB Hard Drive on APH Networks.
Lexar JumpDrive M20i 32GB OTG iOS Flash Drive on TweakTown.

Enermax ETS-T40fit CPU Coolers on TweakTown.
ID-Cooling Frostflow 240L CPU Liquid Cooler on TweakTown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
OnePlus 2 Smartphone on Techgage.
ECS LIVA X2 Mini-PC on Legit Reviews.

Input etc:
TteSports Poseidon Z RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.
SteelSeries Rival 100 Gaming Mouse on Hardware Canucks.

TP-LINK Touch P5 AC1900 Wi-Fi Gigabit Router on Madshrimps.
Sharp GX-BT7 2.1-Channel Wireless Bluetooth Speaker on TweakTown.
Thermaltake Suppressor F31 Silent Mid-tower on eTeknix.
AK RACING Nitro Gaming Chair on NikKTech.
AMD Radeon Software Crimson Editon Detailed Briefing on TechARP.

Misc Pics (48 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-November-2015  14:22:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Matthew and David this week!

Friday Morning Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-November-2015  06:31:27 (GMT +10) - by booj

ASUS Maximus VIII Ranger on ocaholic.
Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 on Modders-Inc
Gigabyte's Z170X-Gaming G1 on The Tech Report.

Seagate Game Drive for PlayStation 1TB on TweakTown.
Synology DS715 2-bay NAS on Techpowerup.
SanDisk Extreme 500 240GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD on TweakTown.

Input etc:
MSI Interceptor DS200 Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
G.Skill KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.
Corsair STRAFE RGB on Vortez.
Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
iClever Foldable Wireless Keyboard on Technology X.

Be quiet! Silent Base 600 on Guru3D.
Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Mid-Tower on TechnologyX.
Jonsbo UMX3 Case on ocaholic.
NZXT H440 New 2015 Edition & Hue+ on Vortez.

Lenovo Yoga 900 on HotHardware.
Nvidia Shield Android TV on eTeknix.

Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti Waterforce Xtreme Gaming 6 GB on Techpowerup.
ID-Cooling IS-VC45 SFF CPU Cooler on TweakTown.

Thecus N5810PRO 5-Bay UPS NAS (12 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 25-November-2015  13:39:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I've taken a look at the Thecus N5810PRO, a 5-bay network-attached storage unit. It's got a few unusual features that make it interesting, such as a built-in UPS, five Ethernet ports, HDMI connectivity and the fact that it's basically a full Intel-based Linux PC under the hood. Check it out:

Click for the review!

Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 25-November-2015  13:36:01 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 AMP! on Technology X.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming on ocaholic.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti Extreme Gaming WaterForce on Guru3D.
Asus Radeon R9 380X Strix on Anandtech.

Kingston HyperX Predator 240GB M.2 PCIe SSD on Hardware Asylum.
ASUSTOR AS1004T 4-bay NAS on Madshrimps.
Intel SSD 750 1.2TB PCIe on ocaholic.
Synology DiskStation DS1515 5-Bay NAS on Big Bruin.
QNAP TS-563 NAS on Modders-Inc.
HyperX Savage USB 3.1 Flash Drive on Legit Reviews.

Lian Li PC-O8 on Vortez.
SilverStone ML08 Mini-ITX Slim Case on Benchmark Reviews.

SilverStone Tundra TD02-Lite AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Thermaltake Riing LED RGB Fans on ThinkComputers.
CRYORIG C7 on Techpowerup.

iClever Bluetooth Wireless Speaker on TechnologyX.
Astro A40 TR + Mix Amp Pro & Mod Kit Multi-Format Pro Gaming Headset on eTeknix.

Zotac Steam Machine (Zbox NEN SN970) on Hardware Heaven.
EMTEC Power Connect Portable Charger on APH Networks.

Wednesday Morning (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 25-November-2015  05:16:57 (GMT +10) - by booj

Think Computers have a guide on custom water cooling. The first part will cover designing your loop. While we understand you must be excited to get going on building, you must first take your time and carefully decide how you want your loop to connect and flow. After we’ve decided on our loop design we will go over some of the most popular parts and components for bringing your dream system to life.

A small Irish based drug company is set to 'buy' US giant Pfizer. In what’s called a “reverse-inversion,” Allergan, a small Dublin-based drug company that makes products such as Botox, will technically buy the US-based pharmaceutical behemoth Pfizer, which makes products such as Viagra and Lipitor. The $160 billion merger, officially announced Monday, will allow Pfizer to move its executive offices to Ireland, thus lowering its tax rate, while also morphing into the world’s largest drug maker. Seems legit..

A Vietnamese Australian man with the phonetically awkward name of Phuc Dat Bich is taking matters into his own hands after repeatedly being blocked by Facebook. The man has taken the unusual step of posting a picture of his passport on social media after being repeatedly blocked by Facebook. The unfortunately named Phuc Dat Bich - whose name is actually pronounced Phoo Da Bic - posted the image after the tech giant banned him several times.

AMD have released a revamped software/driver package they call the AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition. There's plenty of coverage from the big sites including The Tech Report, techPowerUp, Hot Hardware and Anandtech.

Yahoo has been running a test that prevented some people from accessing email on their Yahoo Mail accounts because they were using ad blocking software. Some people who logged into their Yahoo Mail accounts last week were greeted with an ultimatum: “Please disable Ad Blocker to continue using Yahoo Mail.”

It seems that Canon has had enough of grey imports into the US. Canon USA has filed lawsuits against a number of camera gear retailers in an attempt to stop the sale of gray market camera gear. Canon claims that gray market products infringe upon its US trademark for the Canon brand. In addition to seeking the shutdown of the gray market dealers, Canon is also asking for the profits earned by those dealers from selling gray market goods. Thanks Scootre.

aftahours let us know about Microsoft's decision to remove the stand alone November update for Windows 10. If you want the November update for Windows 10, you can no longer use the Media Creation Tool to get it—Windows Update is the only option.

Finally, big congratulations to Mark Webber on winning the FIA World Endurance Championship alongside co-drivers Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley!

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 23-November-2015  02:17:12 (GMT +10) - by booj

Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 on OCC.
ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme on ocaholic.
ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 GAMING K6+ on techPowerUp.
EVGA Z170 Classified on TweakTown.

SilverStone ECM20 m.2 Adapter on Benchmark Reviews.
Seagate Enterprise NAS 8TB SATA III HDD on NikKTech.
Understanding M.2 RAID NVMe Boot and 2/3x M.2 NVME RAID0 Tested on The SSD Review.

Video Cards:
ASUS Radeon R9 380X STRIX on TweakTown.
Asus R9 380X Strix OC on LanOC Revews.
Sapphire Radeon R9 380X Nitro Video Card on Legit Reviews.

Thermaltake Suppressor F31 Case on ThinkComputers.
Thermaltake Suppressor F31 on TweakTown.
In Win 805 Computer Case on APH Networks.
Thermaltake Core X9 Stackable E-ATX Chassis on eTeknix.

Power Supplies:
Rosewill Photon and Quark 550W PSU on Modders-Inc.
Deep Cool DA500 Aurora 500W Power Supply on eTeknix.
EVGA SuperNOVA 650W and 750W Platinum Power Supply on PC Perspective.

Sony Xperia Z5 on Techspot.
Huawei SmartWatch on Legit Reviews.

G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 RGB Laser Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Patriot Memory Viper 4 DDR4-3400 8GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on TweakTown.

Sunday Night (5 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 22-November-2015  22:59:16 (GMT +10) - by booj

Researchers have crafted flexible electronic circuits inside a rose. Eventually such circuitry may help farmers eavesdrop on their crops and even control when they ripen.

Playstation 2 emulation is apparently coming to the Playstation 4. “We are working on utilizing PS2 emulation technology to bring PS2 games forward to the current generation,” a Sony representative told WIRED via email. “We have nothing further to comment at this point in time.”

It appears that Steam sales will no longer include flash or daily sales. the article also apparently confirms the dates of the Steam Autumn and Winter sales. Valve will not run any flash or daily deals during its Steam autumn or winter sales, Eurogamer can confirm. Steam's autumn sale will run from next Wednesday, 25th November at 6pm UK time until Tuesday, 1st December at 6pm UK time.

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris have EU leaders planning a crackdown on Bitcoin and other anonymous online payment methods. A week after the attacks in Paris, home affairs ministers from European Union countries are due to gather in Brussels on Friday 20th November for a crisis meeting to discuss methods of strengthening the region’s response to terrorism. One crucial item on the agenda is a planned crackdown on virtual currencies and anonymous payments made online and through pre-paid cards.

The Netflix business model is looking stronger than ever. Some 51% of American internet users say they used the site to watch movies or TV shows over the past 12 months, according to a survey conducted by RBC Capital Markets, representing an all-time high.

The 30th anniversary of Microsoft Windows passed on the 20th of November. Check out this visual history of the ubiquitous OS.

Australia's internet site blocking laws could be in for a test. Though not in the way that was expected. A small Australian ISP has received a demand that it block access to an overseas website or face legal action in the Federal Court. If the case goes ahead, it would be the first time Australia's site-blocking laws would be used and tested in court.

Misc Pics (45 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-November-2015  14:21:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg


Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-November-2015  02:09:41 (GMT +10) - by booj

AMD R9 380X Graphics Card reviews:
Sapphire Radeon R9 380X NITRO 4GB on Guru3D.
Asus Radeon R9 380X Strix 4GB on Techpowerup.
AMD Radeon R9 380X on Techspot.
XFX Radeon R9 380X DD on Hardware Heaven.
XFX Radeon R9 380X DD on Neoseeker.
AMD Radeon R9 380X on The Tech Report.
AMD Radeon R9 380X on Hot Hardware.

Cooler Master MasterCase 5 on Benchmark Reviews.
Anidees AI4 on Techpowerup.
Akasa Plato X Slim Fanless Chassis i5/i7 NUC Chassis on eTeknix.

Enermax Liqmax II 120s on Modders-Inc.
Cryorig M9i CPU Cooler on TweakTown.
Reeven Hans RC-1205 on OCC.

Mushkin Blackline DDR4-2800 8GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
GSKill TridentZ 3466Mhz CL16 DDR4 Dual Channel Memory on Hardware Asylum.

Patriot Memory Viper V360 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Headset on TweakTown.
Linksys LCAB03VLNOD 1080p 3MP Outdoor Night Vision Bullet Camera on NikKTech.
Corsair Gaming Scimitar RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
AMD FX-8320E vs. Intel Core i3-4360, Core i3-6100, Core i5-4430 on Techspot.

Wednesday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 18-November-2015  19:42:44 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Impact on TweakTown.
Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7 on Vortez.
ASUS Maximus VIII Impact on ocaholic.

Turtle Beach Ear Force PX24 Multi-Format Gaming Headset on eTeknix.
KIDZ GEAR Bluetooth Headphones on TechnologyX.
Cooler Master CM Storm Pitch Pro Gaming Earphones on Techgage.
Feenix Aria Audiophile Gaming Headphones on TweakTown.
ThermalTake Cronos Go Gaming Headset on Modders-Inc.
Sennheiser Momentum M2 IEi In-Ear Headset (iOS) on TechnologyX.

Lian Li PC-Q10WX on ocaholic.
IN WIN 805 Mid-tower Computer Case on Madshrimps.
Phanteks Enthoo Evolve ATX Galaxy Silver Edition on Modders-Inc.

Samsung 950 PRO M.2 256GB SSD on Guru3D.
Crucial BX100 250 GiB SSD on Hardware Secrets.
Toshiba Canvio Desk 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive on NikKTech.

Input etc:
Thermaltake Poseidon Z RGB Keyboard on Benchmark Reviews.
G.SKILL RIPJAWS MX780 Gaming Mouse on Legit Reviews.
ROCCAT KOVA 2016 on Vortez.
Cooler Master Barebones Novatouch on LanOC Reviews.

Corsair RMx Series 1000 W PSU on techPowerUp.
AOC Q2577PWQ 25″ IPS Monitor on eTeknix.
HTC One A9 on HotHardware.
Alienware Steam Machine on ThinkComputers.
Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP Extreme 6GB on techPowerUp.
Patriot Memory Viper 4 DDR4-2800 16GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on TweakTown.
DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm Gabriel Low-Profile CPU Cooler on PC Perspective.

Wednesday Morning (9 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 18-November-2015  11:39:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Computing pioneer Gene Amdahl recently passed away. Whenever you draw cash from your bank, take out insurance, book a flight, or shop in a large department store, the transaction was probably handled by an IBM mainframe originally designed by a former South Dakota farm boy, Gene Amdahl, who has died aged 92. Amdahl’s System/360 mainframes, announced in 1964, transformed IBM, and transformed computing. They became such an essential part of large-scale data processing that most Fortune 500 companies are still using them 50 years later.

NVIDIA have revealed details of their new Pascal GPU. As always, the Pascal GPU will be manufactured in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), using the brand new 16nm FinFET process. This process is much more than a simple number, since it marks the shift from planar, 2D transistors to the FinFET i.e. 3D transistors. This shift required that the engineers make lot of changes in the thought process, and should result in significant power savings.

PCPerspective checked out Intel Speed Shift. Without a doubt, Intel Speed Shift technology has improved the ability for the Intel + Windows platform to respond to user interaction dramatically. Though it will be most easily discernable with touch screen configurations, the same technology will apply to mouse based control. Intel has been oddly quiet about the inclusion of this feature with the new Windows 10 v10586 update and I can't quite understand why - the only reason might be questions about proper platform support for Speed Shift in the EFI of currently shipping systems.

Huawei have been demonstrating a fast-charging battery. During a battery conference in Japan over the weekend, the number one smartphone manufacture in China, Huawei showed off its new smartphone battery which is capable of being charged 10 times faster than current batteries on the market. They were advertising a 3000mAh lithium-ion battery that was capable of being charged to nearly 50% in just five minutes and a 600mAh battery that was capable of nearly 70% in just two minutes.

Back to NVIDIA, with Phoronix reporting on the Jetson TX1 board. As a recap, the NVIDIA Jetson TX1 is comprised of four ARM 64-bit Cortex-A57 CPU cores (max frequency of 1.91GHz) and four Cortex-A53 low-power cores, 4GB of LPDDR4 memory with 25.6GB/s of memory bandwidth, and has a 256-core Maxwell graphics processor capable of 1 TFLOP/s. The Tegra X1 is a very nice upgrade over the Jetson TK1 with the Tegra 1 predecessor that was 32-bit ARM and using a Kepler graphics processor.

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015 is.. an emoji. Not the word "emoji", but an actual specific emoji. That’s right – for the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a pictograph, officially called the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji, though you may know it by other names.

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