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Windows 10 (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 29-July-2015  11:06:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Windows 10 officially launches today - here's some reviews:

Wired
c|net
TechRadar
The Wall Street Journal
Engadget
Gizmodo

PCGamer cover getting your PC ready for the upgrade. Discussion continues in our Windows Operating Systems forum.



Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 29-July-2015  06:10:36 (GMT +10) - by booj

CPUs & Motherboards:
ASRock N3150 Braswell Motherboard Round-up on eTeknix.
AMD A10-7870K Godavari APU on Legit Reviews.

Graphics Cards:
Palit GTX 980 Ti Super JetStream 6 GB on TechPowerup.
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition on TweakTown.
PowerColor PCS+ R9 380 4GB on Bjorn3D.
Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Graphics Card on ThinkComputers.
NVIDIA Quadro M6000 Graphics Card on Techgage.

Storage:
QNAP TS-453mini NAS on Madshrimps.
Silicon Power Armor A65 1TB USB 3.0 Hard Disk on eTeknix.

Cases:
BitFenix Prodigy M Colour Series Micro-ATX Chassis on eTeknix.
Thermaltake Core V21 Mini-ITX/Mini-ATX PC Case on NikKTech.
Antec P70 Performance Series Mid-Tower on TweakTown.

Cooling:
SilverStone TD02-E Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Reeven Four Eyes Touch (RFC-03) Fan Controller on Modders-Inc.

Portable & Prebuilt:
MSI GT72 Dominator Pro G gaming laptop on PC Perspective.
HP Omen Pro 15.6'' on ocaholic.
Acer Aspire S7-393 Review (2015) on Hot Hardware.

Misc:
Tesoro Kuven Pro Real 5.1 Gaming Headset on TweakTown.
Thermaltake Poseidon Z Plus Smart Keyboard on Benchmark Reviews.



Tuesday Night (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 28-July-2015  23:55:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Windows 10 officially launches tomorrow, and Microsoft is already pre-loading it via Windows Update, thanks mpot. According to reports by some users, a $windows.~BT folder can be found in the operating system partition. It amounts to around 3GB and most probably contains the installation files for the upgrade. The upgrade will still take place tomorrow, when the operating system officially launches; only the files have been downloaded right now. Once you're running Windows 10, there's now a tool to block automatic updates which previously were mandatory.

A Government commissioned survey has provided an insight into what it would take to stop most Australian pirates, thanks mj. The top three things that would encourage Aussies to stop? If legal services were cheaper (39 per cent), if everything Australians wanted was available legally (38 per cent), and if everything they wanted was available legally online as soon as it was released elsewhere (36 per cent). Sounds like the last few times this question was asked.

RnR sent in this worrying Android vulnerability. A fully weaponized successful attack could even delete the message before you see it. You will only see the notification. These vulnerabilities are extremely dangerous because they do not require that the victim take any action to be exploited. Unlike spear-phishing, where the victim needs to open a PDF file or a link sent by the attacker, this vulnerability can be triggered while you sleep. Before you wake up, the attacker will remove any signs of the device being compromised and you will continue your day as usual—with a trojaned phone.

Google is stripping down Google+ and untangling other services from it. That includes Google+ Photos elements being phased into the Photos app, and location sharing will be moved to Hangouts. What’s more, over at the YouTube blog, it was revealed that YouTube comments and Google+ comments will no longer be linked. Plus, other YouTube activities, like creating a channel, will no longer require a Google+ profile.

PC Perspective report on the DirectX 12 Multiadapter feature. That is where Vulkan and DirectX 12 could shine. They grab much of the performance and flexibility from OpenCL and wrap it in a graphics API that developers already want to use. Their existence might lead to more variety in how AI is calculated or lighting is performed. Any modern GPU in your system is enumerated and can be attached to a stream of commands, regardless of whatever else is in your system and active.

Dean spotted this retro gaming preservation project at Flinders University. Researchers at Flinders University are hoping to collect memories and games of Australia's early video gaming industry before they are lost to digital degradation. With many of the first home computer games now more than 30 years old, Associate Professor Melanie Swalwell, a researcher from the School of Humanities Department of Screen and Media, fears the nostalgic items will become unusable soon if not transferred or stored. Discussion here in the Retro & Arcade forum.

ArsTechnica have taken a look inside a $340 audiophile Ethernet cable, thanks mpot. So, with an X-acto knife and spudgers and vice grips in hand, I separated the hefty expensive cable into its components, layer by layer. Potentially fantastical claims about audio clarity aside, the cable itself is of reasonably high quality, with braided and foil shielding around the entire cable coupled with foil shielding around the individual twisted pair bundles.

Techgage have been overclocking an Intel NUC. With our review of Intel’s NUC5i5RYK complete, it was time to have a little fun. With the power limiter unlocked, some minor memory overclocking available, and a fire extinguisher ready, we find out what the latest generation of NUCs are really capable of when the heat is on!

This coming Friday is SysAdmin Day and there seems to be an "official" Australian site now. Want to be our Australian SysAdmin of the Year for 2015? Let us know about the IT initiatives you have championed this past year in order to improve end-user satisfaction.



Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 27-July-2015  22:12:04 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
AMD A10-7870K Godavari APU on Guru3D.
MSI X99A Godlike Gaming Motherboard on Hardware Asylum.
ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional/3.1 (Intel X99) Motherboard on TweakTown.
Intel Core i7-5775C Broadwell CPU on Hot Hardware.

Graphics Cards:
AMD Fury X "Fiji" Voltage Scaling on techPowerUp.
HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB on Madshrimps.
Sapphire Nitro R9 390 on LanOC Reviews.
Palit GeForce GTX 980 Ti Super JetStream on TweakTown.
ASUS GTX 980 Ti Strix on Hardware Heaven.

Storage:
Kingston microSDHC Mobility Kit 32GB on APH Networks.
QNAP TS-453 Mini 4-Bay NAS on eTeknix.
Seagate Enterprise Capacity 2.5 HDD V3 2TB on NikKTech.

Input etc:
AZIO MGK 1 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TweakTown.
Razer Mamba Tournament Edition Mouse on Hardware Heaven.

Misc:
Audio-Technica ATH-PDG1 Headset on Hardware Heaven.
Noctua NH-C14S CPU Cooler on APH Networks.
Antec Earthwatts Platinum 550 W on HWI.
Bitfenix Alchemy Stripe LED Magnetic on ocaholic.
Windows 10 on TechSpot.



Misc Pics (19 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-July-2015  14:33:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!









Friday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-July-2015  14:31:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australia will have a new largest supercomputer soon, thanks mpot. The Bureau of Meteorology has chosen Cray to build the agency's new US$59m (AU$77m) supercomputer in what will become Australia's largest. The weather bureau first went to market for a replacement of its existing Oracle/ Sun-based high-performance computational (HPC) system in 2013, with an aim to improve its weather modelling capabilities.

We also have some unusual champions. First, the Rubik's Cube World Champion. Australian Feliks Zemdegs took the Rubik's Cube world title for the second time at the 2015 World Championship finals in Brazil. Most people have fiddled with a rubik's cube, few have probably ever been able to complete it even without removing the coloured stickers. But it took 19-year-old Feliks Zemdegs less than six seconds to win his second world title in Sao Paulo.

Also, a Brisbane man has won the first US Drone Racing Championships. Chad Nowak of Brisbane, won all three events at the competition. He won the individual time trial, was on the winning team time trial squad, and won the freestyle trick event. The sport of first-person view (FPV) drone racing is still in its infancy. It involves small, custom-built drones with cameras attached to them that broadcast video feeds back to specially-designed goggles that allow pilots to see what the drones see. The drones are fast and nimble, and can hit speeds nearing 70 mph. I.. want to do this.

TheSSDReview have done some HDD RAID analysis for a change. Doesn’t The SSD Review just test SSDs? Those are good questions. Our answer to them is simple. We were given the opportunity and we couldn’t resist. If someone offered to a test drive in their new Lamborghini, would you say no? We didn’t think so! So, today we will be reviewing the HGST Ultrastar He8, but we won’t be testing just one drive. Today we will be testing eight of them in multiple RAID configurations as well! That is right, 64TB worth of the latest and greatest enterprise storage! Go big or go home right?

U2 meanwhile tour with an all-flash array to handle their visual effects, thanks Sniper. Both the VNXe 3200, which can store up to 450 terabytes of data, and the Data Domain, are in 2U form factors that fit standard racks; Desmedt is using two of the flash arrays. The Data Domain 2500 can store up to 6.6 petabytes, and has maximum throughput of 13.4 terabytes per hour, so the nightly backup can be accomplished before the team packs up for the next stop on the road.

Non-surprise of the week is that North Korea's Linux has spyware. ERNW security analyst Florian Grunow says North Korea's Red Star Linux operating system is tracking users by tagging content with unique hidden tags. The operating system, developed from 2002 as a replacement for Windows XP, was relaunched with a Mac-like interface in 2013's version three. The newest version emerged in January 2015. Grunow says files including Microsoft Word documents and JPEG images connected to but not necessarily executed in Red Star will have a tag introduced into its code that includes a number based on hardware serial numbers. More info here.

At first I thought this was another Turing Test article but it seems to be a different kind of test, for robot self-awareness. A humanoid robot in New York solved a classic puzzle that researchers say requires self-awareness. This is the first time a robot has passed such a test. Selmer Bringsjord, who ran the test, said that after passing many tests of this kind over time, robots will amass a repertoire of human-like abilities that eventually become useful when combined.

Wired have an article on remote car hacking. As the two hackers remotely toyed with the air-conditioning, radio, and windshield wipers, I mentally congratulated myself on my courage under pressure. That’s when they cut the transmission. Immediately my accelerator stopped working. As I frantically pressed the pedal and watched the RPMs climb, the Jeep lost half its speed, then slowed to a crawl. Discussion here.

Volvo meanwhile say they will be the first to have driverless cars on Australian roads. I thought Google already tested here? Maybe not. Combined with road research agency ARRB Group, Volvo will demonstrate driverless vehicle technology on South Australian roads. Volvo’s soon to be launched XC90 SUV will have its existing autonomous features specially programmed for the trial to be able to be operated hands free, within a controlled environment. The programming will take advantage of adaptive cruise control and pilot assist functions which keeps the car in between lanes and stops them from running into cars in front.



Friday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-July-2015  14:17:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte's X99-Gaming 5P motherboard on TechReport.
Comparing NetBurst Celeron & Pentium 4 To Broadwell's Core i7 5775C on Phoronix.
GIGABYTE X99 SLI Review, Excellence On A Budget on Bjorn3D.
Gigabyte F2A88X-UP4 Motherboard on TechnologyX.
ASRock N3700M "Braswell" Micro-ATX SFF PC Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV on OCClub.
Razer Leviathan speakers on Vortez.
ASUS MG279Q 27-inch IPS FreeSync Gaming Monitor on LegitReviews.

Cases:
Phanteks Enthoo Pro M on BenchmarkReviews.
Zalman Z11 NEO on TechPowerUp.
be quiet! Silent Base 800 Windowed Edition Mid-Tower Chassis on eTeknix.

Storage:
HP StorageWorks RDX Disk Backup USB 3.0 System on Tweaktown.
ADATA XPG SX930 120GB, 240GB and 480GB SATA III Gaming SSD on Tweaktown.
QNAP TVS-x63 (TVS-463-8GB): AMD Powered NAS on Bjorn3D.
Synology DS414slim & QNAP TS-453mini NAS on TechSpot.
Samsung Pro Plus microSDHC 32GB and EVO Plus 128GB microSDXC on TheSSDReview.

Video Cards:
15-Way AMD/NVIDIA Graphics Card Comparison For 4K Linux Gaming on Phoronix.
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 WindForce 3X OC 4GB on NikKTech.
Asus STRIX Radeon R9 390X Review: Hawaii Gets 8GB on HotHardware.
ASUS GTX 980 Ti STRIX Gaming 6 GB on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
Keycool Hero 84 keyboard on LanOC.
Azio MKG1 Mechanical Keyboard on OCClub.
Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z Forged Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.

Misc:
Technolamp Smart LED WiFi Controller Set on GeekInspector.
Vertagear SL2000 Gaming Chair on LegitReviews.
Crucial 16GB Ballistix Elite 2666MHz Memory on Bjorn3D.
ZOTAC ZBOX Nano CI540 Plus mini-PC on Bjorn3D.
Deepcool Captain 240 Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.



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