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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

Motherboards:
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 STRIX GAMING RX 480 OC on eTeknix.
ASUS GTX 1050 Ti STRIX OC 4 GB on techPowerUp.
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1080 HOF 8GB on Madshrimps.

Storage:
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.

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

Audio:
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.

Networking:
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.

Misc:
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

Cooling:
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.

Storage:
ADATA SV620 480GB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
Drobo 5C DAS (Directly-Attached Storage) on OCAholic.
ZOTAC SONIX PCI-E SSD 480GB on FunkyKit.

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

Misc:
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.

Storage:
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.

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

Audio:
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.

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

Misc:
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.



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