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December 2012
Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 29-December-2012  11:40:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a snapshot of what people are up to in the forums:

DIY CNC routers/mills thread in Hobby Engineering.
Show us your Android homescreens in Google Android.
Samsung Galaxy Camera in Google Android.
MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 & AMD A10-5800K in AMD Hardware.
My bent Panasonic 60ST50A plasma in Audio Visual.
IOPS, Disk Response Times, and Disk Speeds in Business & Enterprise Computing.
New ESXi with XBMC build "Zen" in Other Operating Systems.
AMD cutting back on Linux development in Other Operating Systems.
True Story :) in Programming & Software Development.
The Gameboo (modified Gameboy Original) in Nintendo Consoles.
Guns of Icarus Online in PC Games.
Farming Simulator 2013 in PC Games.
Canon EOS M one week usage followup in Photography & Video.
Nikon D5200 - 24.1MP, DX format in Photography & Video.
My Sisters Canon 350D in Photography & Video.
All things Nokia 820 in Mobile Phones & Devices.
BBQ - what you got? in Geek Food.
Travelling around the world! in Holidays & Travel.
Electronic Drum Kits? in Musicians.
DIY Hot Tub - suggestions in Lifestyle.
Who here has started a small business? in Career, Education & Finance.
How much do you value work/life balance? in Career, Education & Finance.
Calling all people that work remotely (from home) in Career, Education & Finance.
Measuring Body Fat % Using Bioelectrical Impedance in Sport, Fitness & Health.
Best anti-perspirant? in Sport, Fitness & Health.
Repeated trials over the same crime in Current Events.
FPV closes in Motoring.
Wanna get into Star Trek - where do I start? in Entertainment.
Every 10th European was conceived with the help of IKEA in The Pub.
UFO filmed by CNN in Denver Colorado in The Pub.



Saturday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 29-December-2012  10:51:20 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
Asus HD 7970 DirectCU II on Overclockers Club.
HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB IceQ Turbo Video Cards in CrossFire on TweakTown.
Asus Matrix Radeon HD 7970 Platinum on HotHardware.

Storage:
OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD on APH Networks.
Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD on Legit Reviews.

Cooling:
Noctua NH-L9i Low-Profile CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Thermalright Macho Rev.A (BW) CPU Cooler on HardwareHeaven.
Corsair and NZXT Contained Liquid-Coolers on Anandtech.

Cases:
Antec ISK110 VESA Mini-ITX on techPowerUp.
MSI Barricade on ThinkComputers.

Audio:
iFrogz Boost Plus Near-Field Audio Amplifying Speaker on NikKTech.
B&O BeoPlay A9 on t-break.
Co'caine Headphones on FunkyKit.

Input etc:
Thermaltake Level 10 Gaming Mouse on Ninjalane.
Genius DeathTaker Gaming Mouse on OCmodshop.

Portable & Prebuilt.
Dell Latitude E6430S Laptop on HotHardware.
Asus G75VW-DH72 on TechReviewSource.

Misc:
Seasonic X Series 750 W PSU on techPowerUp.
Kingston HyperX Beast DDR3-2400 32GB Memory Kit on HardwareHeaven.



Misc Pics (28 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-December-2012  14:37:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hope you're having a good one!







And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.



Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 27-December-2012  23:30:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS VivoTab on TBreak.
Lenovo Thinkpad Twist Convertible Ultrabook on PCPerspective.
E3iO Snack Series SK02 Desktop PC on NinjaLane.
HP Envy 23-d060qd TouchSmart on TechReviewSource.
Huawei Ascend D1 XL smartphone on TBreak.

Cooling:
Cooler Master Seidon 120M AIO Water-Cooling Unit on Pro-Clockers.
Prolimatech Magnetic Pin Fan Mount on LegitReviews.

Memory & Storage:
Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP DDR3 1600MHz 16GB Memory Kit on eTeknix.
Intel 335 Series 240GB SATA III SSD on NikKTech.

Misc:
Keyboard Bliss: Rosewill 9100BR Hits The Mark on HotHardware.
Nikon D600 DSLR on TBreak.
ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe/WD mini-ITX Motherboard on BenchmarkReviews.
HIS Radeon HD 7950 3GB IceQ X2 Overclocked on Tweaktown.



Monday Morning Reviews (3 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 24-December-2012  11:06:41 (GMT +10) - by booj

Storage:
Seagate 750GB Momentus XT Hybrid Drive on Bigbruin.
Intel 330 Series SSD 180 GB on techPowerUp.

Memory:
Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP 1600MHz 16GB Kit on Pro-Clockers.
Kingston HyperX Beast 64GB 2133MHz DDR3 on Legit Reviews.
Kingston HyperX Beast 32GB 2400MHz DDR3 on Vortez.

Input etc:
MadCatz Cyborg R.A.T.3 Red Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse on Benchmark Reviews.
Tt eSPORTS Level 10M Gaming Mouse on Bjorn3D.
Roccat Hiro Gaming mousepad on Rbmods.

Prebuilt:
HP Spectre One on TechReviewSource.
Acer Aspire M Touch on t-break.
Sapphire Edge VS8 Mini-PC on HardwareHeaven.

Misc:
Arctic P402 Dynamic Supra-Aural Headset on eTeknix.
Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile CPU Cooler eTeknix.
Asus RT-N66U Wireless Router on ThinkComputers.
Thermaltake New Soprano VO9000 Mid-Tower Case on PC Perspective.
XFX PRO 750 W Black Edition PSU on Hardware Secrets.
Sparkle GeForce GTX 650 Ti on Guru3D.



Monday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 24-December-2012  00:03:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Mpot spotted that if you have a Flickr pro account, you can get a free three-month extension simply by claiming it. Thanks Flickr! Trevor68 meanwhile noticed that the Ravaged demo will turn magically into the full version too. The people at 2 Dawn games have just written to us to let us know that anybody who owns an expired “demo” version of Ravaged is about to get an early Christmas gift – all demo versions are being upgraded to full retail versions in time for Christmas.

YouTube have been stamping down on fake views. Google slashed the cumulative view counts on YouTube channels belonging to Universal Music Group, Sony/BMG, and RCA Records by more than 2 billion views Tuesday, a drastic winter cleanup that may be aimed at shutting down black hat view count-building techniques employed by a community of rogue view count manipulators on the video-sharing site.

Here's a cool project to make a portable Raspberry Pi. My mobile Raspberry Pi Computer is now complete and because this is an open source project I wanted to show you everything, including how to build one yourself. I will even provide links to the parts I needed to purchase and the 3D printer STL files to print your own case. So here we go!

Gigabyte have a new overclocking contest. The ‘GIGABYTE Winter OC Whiteout’ starts today, running until January 20th 2013 and is open to all overclockers using any Intel® processor on any compatible GIGABYTE motherboard. The competition centers around three key stages, each containing a 3D benchmark with specific limitations imposed to level the playing field. A GIGABYTE Z77X-UD4H motherboard plus, a Cooler Master Seidon 120M liquid cooler will be awarded for the winner of each stage.



Misc Pics (7 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-December-2012  13:05:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Gunna this week and everyone else who sent in pics this year. Have a great Xmas and New Years, everyone! As usual the newspage may get a little quiet over the break. Onward, to 2013!







And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.



Pre-Apocalypse Midday (3 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-December-2012  12:32:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Worst apocalypse ever. Actually, there's still about 10 hours to go.

Game publishers THQ have filed for bankruptcy protection. To date, THQ is the biggest victim of the transition from traditional games to the new world of online, social, and mobile games. THQ once had $800 million in revenues, but it made some bad bets on such titles as the uDraw art tablets, which couldn’t compete with cheaper iPhone and iPad tablet titles.

If you've got a Plextor M5 Pro SSD, I've got some good news for you. Plextor, a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media and storage equipment, announces the release of the new 100K Xtreme firmware update for the M5 Pro Solid State Drive. This update turns an M5 Pro into an M5 Pro Xtreme which delivers a new level of performance. More info here on StorageReview.

Or if you don't have an SSD yet but want one, ArsTechnica are the ones with good news about pricing. Computerworld has a report examining the current pricing trends, noting that in spite of the short period of flatness in 2011, SSD prices are down more than 66 percent over the past three years. Computerworld notes that consumer SSDs were typically coming in at about $3 per gigabyte in 2010, whereas today it is common to find SSDs clocking in at under $1 per gigabyte. That price point, $1 per gig, seems to be the magical tipping point for most folks—at or below that mark, SSDs begin to look like much more reasonable purchases.

Tech Report checked out AMD's new mobile Radeon. AMD has a new series of mobile graphics processors coming in early 2013. We've taken an early look at one of the newcomers, which looks to be substantially quicker than its predecessor.

HWSecrets stay retro with a look inside the Macintosh 512K. Meanwhile PC Perspective have a guide to building a Hackintosh. Since the Apple transition to Intel processors and mostly off-the-shelf PC hardware in 2006, people have been attempting to run OS X on home built computers originally destined for Windows. While running a different operating system on similar hardware may seem like a trivial thing, my historical experience with building a so called “Hackintosh” has been arduous at times.

Neerav looks back at Australia's telecomms industry, in the wake of rumours that Aus Post may resell Telstra services next year. This is interesting because back in the day Australia Post and Telstra were part of the same organisation – the Postmaster General’s Department (PMG). With this in mind let’s look back and see how Australia’s telecommunications industry has evolved over time.

Callan spotted this cool decoy-making spider. From afar, it appears to be a medium sized spider about an inch across, possibly dead and dried out, hanging in the center of a spider web along the side of the trail. Nothing too out of the ordinary for the Amazon. As you approach, the spider starts to wobble quickly forward and back, letting you know this spider is, in fact, alive. Step in even closer and things start to get weird- that spider form you were looking at is actually made up of tiny bits of leaf, debris, and dead insects.



Friday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-December-2012  12:02:07 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB IceQ Turbo on TweakTown.
PowerColor PCS+ HD7870 Myst Edition (Tahiti LE) on HardwareHeaven.
Asus Radeon HD 7770 DirectCU TOP CrossFire on eTeknix.
XFX Radeon HD 7850 Double D Black Limited Edition on Hexus.

Storage:
Samsung 840 Pro Series SSD on The Tech Report.
Thecus N5550 NAS on Bjorn3D.

Power Supplies:
Seasonic Platinum 1000W 80 PLUS on TweakTown.
Corsair AX 860 W on techPowerUp.

Cooling:
Noctua NF-A14 ULN, NF-A14 FLX and NF-A15 PWM Fans on Pro-Clockers.
NZXT Respire T20 & T40 CPU Coolers on ThinkComputers.

Input etc:
OCUK Mega-Mega Mat 3XL Elite Tactical Gaming Surface on eTeknix.
CM Storm Quick Fire TK Gaming Keyboard on Hardware Secrets.
Logitech Zone Touch Mouse T400 on TechReviewSource.
Logitech Wireless Tablet Keyboard on Technology X.

Portable & Prebuilt:
HP Envy Ultrabook 6t-1000 on HotHardware.
Lenovo Yoga 13 Tablet/Hybrid on Techspot.
Samsung Galaxy Note II on Hardware Canucks.

Misc:
Asus P1M Projector on t-break.
Cube 3D, Up!, and Solidoodle 3D Printers on Hot Hardware.
Intel Core i7-3970X Processor Extreme Edition on iXBTlabs.



Photography Gallery (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 20-December-2012  21:25:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a quick snapshot of what people are up to in our Photography Gallery forum.



















Thursday Morning Reviews (4 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 20-December-2012  09:40:19 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Review on Techgage.
Gigabyte Geforce GTX 670 OC Windforce 3X on Funky Kit.

Storage:
Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD on ThinkComputers.
Western Digital Black 4TB Hard Drive on Techspot.
Patriot Gauntlet Node Wireless/USB 3 HDD Enclosure on HardwareHeaven.

Memory:
Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 on Bigbruin.
Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP 1600MHz 16GB Kit on Pro-Clockers.

Cooling:
Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
XSPC Raystorm 750 RX360 Liquid Cooling Kit on TweakTown.

Input etc:
Tt eSPORTS Level 10M Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
Logitech G700 Wireless Gaming Mouse on Benchmark Reviews.
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.

Displays:
ViewSonic PLED-W200 Portable Business Projector on HotHardware.
Samsung S27B750V 27-inch on TechReviewSource.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook on t-break.
Asus G75VW Laptop on Hardware Secrets.
HP Z1 Workstation 27-in All-in-One System on PC Perspective.
Google Nexus 7 Tablet Review (16GB Wi-Fi Only) on The SSD Review.
Samsung 9-Series NP900X4C-A02 15" Ultrabook on PC Stats.
Jesurun Dual-Core Bluetooth Android 4.1 Thumb PC on Madshrimps.

Misc:
BitFenix Ghost Chassis on PureOverclock.
Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition on eTeknix.
MSI Z77 Mpower Motherboard on Rbmods.



Wednesday Evening (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 19-December-2012  20:48:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Instagram changed their T&Cs, giving them the right to sell your photos, and the resulting uproar has resulted in a quick backpedal. Systrom said Instagram was listening to its users and would fix any mistakes on the social network's part. He said Instagram never intended to sell people's photos to others without compensating the photographers. "This is not true and it is our mistake that this language is confusing," he said. "To be clear: It is not our intention to sell your photos. We are working on updated language in the terms to make sure this is clear."

Here's an interesting Russian smartphone with a Kindle-like screen on the back. The YotaPhone's claim to fame — and the reason why The Wall Street Journal announced yesterday that "the Russians are coming" — is that its rear display isn't an LCD or an AMOLED display, but an always-on E Ink unit like that found in Amazon's Kindle e-readers. For a Russian company to be producing a smartphone of international interest is unprecedented, so we met up with Yota Devices CEO Vladislav Martynov today to take a closer look. I know lots of people with Kindles, but I haven't quite made the leap myself yet.

CustomPCreview have a 13-way flash memory roundup. What we wanted to know is if a high speed memory card such as the Lexar Professional 1000x CF (Compact Flash) card will actually perform better than a SanDisk Extreme 400x CF card under typical real world conditions.

Kombiman spotted this Xmas-themed research paper. The nasal microcirculation of reindeer is richly vascularised, with a vascular density 25% higher than that in humans. These results highlight the intrinsic physiological properties of Rudolph’s legendary luminous red nose, which help to protect it from freezing during sleigh rides and to regulate the temperature of the reindeer’s brain, factors essential for flying reindeer pulling Santa Claus’s sleigh under extreme temperatures.



Tuesday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 18-December-2012  13:34:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The W3C have completed the HTML5 definition, thanks w0ng. W3C published today the complete definition of the HTML5 and Canvas 2D specifications. Though not yet W3C standards, these specifications are now feature complete, meaning businesses and developers have a stable target for implementation and planning.

iiNet have apparently pulled out of negotiations with the entertainment industry, with more info here, thanks Gunna. iiNet, Australia's third largest internet service provider (ISP), has said that rights holder intransigence in negotiations and the requirement for ISPs to hold more customer data as the reasons for why it will not participate in an infringement notice scheme. Negotiations between the Attorney-General's Department, ISPs, and rights holders have been taking place formally for the past several years. The negotiations have struggled to progress over that time, with both sides blaming each other for the delays.

Retro fans will enjoy this look inside a Macintosh 128K on HWSecrets. Today we are going to take an in-depth look at one of the most iconic computers of all times, the very first Macintosh, released in 1984. It was renamed to Macintosh 128K in September 1984, as a second version of the Macintosh with 512 kB was to be released in 1985.

Tech Report have a guide to building a PC. Building a PC from parts might seem daunting, but it's really not that difficult. We've published an in-depth guide that walks through every step in the process in painstaking detail. The guide is laced with video footage, including a full-length cut that chronicles the build from start to finish.



Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 18-December-2012  10:17:46 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards:
Asus Maximus V Formula on Overclockers Club.
Asus F2A85-V Pro on Legit Reviews.
ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 on Funky Kit.

Storage:
Silicon Power S70 7mm SSD for Ultrabook on Bjorn3D.
KingFast K Series K25 Ultra-Cache SSD on Madshrimps.
Plextor M5 Pro (256GB) on Hexus.

Cases:
Silverstone SUGO SG08 on techPowerUp.
Cooler Master HAF XB on Dreamware Computers.

Power Supplies:
Seasonic Platinum 660XP 660W on JonnyGuru.
Corsair AX860i Digital ATX Platinum on PC Perspective.

Input etc:
Leetgion El'Druin RPG Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 OLED Gaming Keyboard on Benchmark Reviews.
CM Storm QuickFire TK mechanical keyboard on DV Hardware.
EpicGear Meduza, Skorpios, and CompoXite on Custom PC Review.

Tablets:
Apple iPad Mini on Toms Hardware.
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD Tablet on t-break.

Audio:
Cooler Master Storm Ceres 400 Gaming Headset on APH Networks.
Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset on TechwareLabs.
Kicker Cush Headphones on eTeknix.

Misc:
Corsair Hydro Series H55 Quiet Liquid Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
Apple iPhone 5 Dock with Lightning Connector on TechReviewSource.
Crucial Ballistix Sport Low Profile DDR3-1600 16GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.



Monday Night (3 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 17-December-2012  23:49:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to FearTec for our Xmas logo!

The Internet Archive are having a fundraiser. With help from a generous, anonymous donor who’s matching other donations three to one through the end of the year, we now have enough funding to buy a new Petabox! We now have only seventeen days left to get the three more we’ll need in 2013. These massive servers are the backbone of the Archive, and critical to our continued growth. To all of you who’ve contributed to our fundraising drive, thanks from all of us here at the Internet Archive.

It's not just Apple Maps getting people into trouble, with Police warning Google Maps can be misleading too. Police in Colac, a town west of Melbourne, say Google Maps has created "a significant safety issue for tourists [and] locals" along the Great Ocean Road by suggesting they drive down a one-way road not built for heavy traffic, according to a police sergeant quoted by ABC News. Tour buses using Wild Dog Road are in danger of being driven off the road, Sgt. Nick Buenen told ABC. In fact, Apple Maps were not entirely at fault with the recent Mildura confusion, it seems.

The US and UK have refused to sign the UN's internet treaty, and it has been blocked. The US was joined in its opposition by the UK, Canada, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Kenya, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Qatar and Sweden. All said they would not sign the proposed final text, meaning that although a number of other countries will sign it, the treaty cannot be effectively implemented.

A cool Indiana Jones mystery is unfolding at the University of Chicago. The package contained an incredibly detailed replica of “University of Chicago Professor” Abner Ravenwood’s journal from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. It looks only sort of like this one, but almost exactly like this one, so much so that we thought it might have been the one that was for sale on Ebay had we not seen some telling inconsistencies in cover color and “Ex Libris” page (and distinct lack of sword). The book itself is a bit dusty, and the cover is teal fabric with a red velvet spine, with weathered inserts and many postcards/pictures of Marion Ravenwood (and some cool old replica money) included.

There's a spirited debate going on in our Portable & Small Form Factor forum, as to whether HP is behaving anti-competitively or not. So if someone owns a HP notebook and they'd like the option to use any device they want with it (instead of having to bow to the will of HP), they should get in touch with the ACCC to let them know that as Australian consumers of HP products they demand the right to use their legally purchased products unrestricted and unencumbered by the interests of the manufacturer.



Sunday Morning Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 16-December-2012  11:22:29 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
Intel Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition on X-bit labs.
Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 on Anandtech.
Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 on Guru3D.

Storage:
Thecus N4800 NAS on X-bit labs.
Samsung SSD 840 Series (250GB) on Hexus.
AMD Radeon RAMDisk on Hardware Canucks.

Cases:
Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 on ProClockers.
Corsair Carbide 200R on Anandtech.
Cooler Master Elite 344 Matx on Guru3D.

Cooling:
120mm Fan Roundup: 1350 RPM and Higher
on X-bit labs.
NZXT Cryo E40 laptop cooler on RBMods.
Gelid Solutions Wing 14 UV Blue 140mm Fan on eTeknix.
Koolance CPU-380I Waterblock on PureOverclock.

Power Supplies:
Fractal Design Integra R2 750 W on techPowerUp.
Rosewill Fortress 750W on ProClockers.

Input etc:
Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard on Legit Reviews.
CM Storm Recon Mouse, Pad, and Bungee Roundup on Overclockers Club.
SteelSeries Sensei Laser Mouse: MLG Edition on Real World Labs.

Misc:
Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) DC3217BY SFF System on PC Perspective.
GSKill TridentX 2660Mhz CL11 Dual Channel Memory on Ninjalane.
Logitech UE Ultimate Ears Boombox on TweakTown.



Misc Pics (35 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-December-2012  13:46:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I hope you've got your "Mayan Apocalypse" tree up for this time next week! In the event of the cataclysmic obliteration of all human civilisation, Misc Pics may be delayed.







And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.



Geek Food (3 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-December-2012  13:09:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some more yummy threads from our Geek Recipes forum:


Smoked Salmon Linguini
by BlueRaven

Camembert Stuffed Meatballs
by RETARD

Slow Roasted Chicken
by RETARD


Rolled, Stuffed & Crumbed Chicken
by RETARD

Dulce de Leche Brownies
by RETARD

Stuffed Button Mushrooms
by RETARD


Almond Milk & Crepes
by RETARD

Bechamel Lasagne
by Bambi_1319

Uber Breakfast Bread
by RETARD



Friday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-December-2012  13:01:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Rob sent word of a new IE flaw, with more info here. A new Internet Explorer vulnerability has been discovered that allows an attacker to track your mouse cursor anywhere on the screen, even if the browser isn’t being actively used. All supported versions of Microsoft’s browser are reportedly affected: IE6, IE7, IE8, IE9, and IE10.

In something that sounds like it belongs in a Philip K Dick novel, scientists are experimenting to see if we're all living in a computer simulation. In a nutshell the physicists will be looking at the distribution of the highest energy cosmic rays in order to try and detect patterns that could suggest that the universe is the creation of some futuristic computer technology.

HotHardware reckon they've collected the most addictive PC games ever. Gaming is something we've done quite a bit of over the years, but sitting down to pick a list of the most addictive games ever proved surprisingly tricky. Addictive games aren't necessarily the top sellers, or record-smashing behemoths. Sometimes, their appeal is measured in near-perfect execution of a narrow concept, while other games keep us up 'til 3 AM because, despite their flaws, they offer a compelling, challenging experience.

Tech Report wonder if Windows 8 and Radeons have an issue. Last week, we published a rematch between the Radeon HD 7950 and the GeForce GTX 660 Ti in which the Radeon took an unexpected beating. Readers asked: could Windows 8 be the culprit? We investigated, and what we found may surprise you.

I'm sure we haven't heard the last of this, but John McAfee is out of custody and back in the USA. Investigators in Belize said that McAfee was not a suspect in the death of Faull, a former developer who was found shot in the head in his house. McAfee told ABC News that the poisoning death of his dogs and the murder just hours later of Faull, who had complained about his dogs, was a coincidence.



Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-December-2012  08:23:00 (GMT +10) - by booj

Cooling:
Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme CPU Cooler on TweakTown.
Xigmatek SD1283 Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler on Funky Kit.
Noctua NH-L9 CPU Heatsink on t-break.
NZXT Respire T40 CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Spire CoolGate CPU Cooler on XSReviews.
Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile CPU Heatsink on OCmodshop.

Cases:
Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Quiet PC Tower on Pro-Clockers.
BitFenix Prodigy Mini-ITX on NikKTech.
Thermaltake Armor Revo Gene 'Snow Edition' on Overclockers Club.

Power Supplies:
Seasonic Platinum Fanless 520W PSU on Silent PC Review.
Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 650W on Legit Reviews.
Rosewill Tachyon 750 W Power Supply on Hardware Secrets.

Audio:
Asus ROG Vulcan Pro ANC Gaming Headset on techPowerUp.
Asus ROG Vulcan Pro ANC Gaming Headset on Vortez.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Asus Zenbook UX31A Touch on VR-Zone.
HTC Droid DNA Android Smartphone on HotHardware.
MSI GT70 Dragon Edition Gaming Laptop on HardwareHeaven.
Apple iPhone 5 on t-break.

Misc:
Sumo Solace Lounge Chair on ThinkComputers.
Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 TH & Z77X-UP5 TH Motherboards on Neoseeker.
Asus Radeon HD 7770 DirectCU TOP 1GB Graphics Card on eTeknix.
Corsair Vengeance K90 Illuminated Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP DDR3-1600 CL9 on XSReviews.



Thursday Evening (5 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-December-2012  20:56:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few people pointed out that Google Maps is back on iOS, which is handy if you're planning to drive to Mildura on the weekend. Navigate your world with Google Maps, now available for iPhone. Get comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps with built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and more.

North Korea has launched a satellite, but it seems to have gone a bit wrong. The object that North Korea sent into space on Wednesday appears to be “tumbling out of control” as it orbits the earth, U.S. officials told NBC News. The officials said that it is indeed some kind of space vehicle, but they still haven’t been able to determine exactly what the satellite is supposed to do.

SilentPCReview consider a better way to compare PSU efficiency. Perhaps a better way is to analyze power inefficiency (power lost as heat) of supplies. Plotting power lost (in watts) vs. load will enable the builder to directly compare PSUs of different ratings.

Tech Report meanwhile used high-speed video to compare GeForce and Radeon. Some folks are skeptical about whether there's added value to testing with any more granularity than an FPS average would provide. Others have wondered about whether the tool we're using to grab frame time data, Fraps, really captures an accurate reflection of how frames are arriving at the display. There are some interesting questions to explored along those lines, but our intention has always been to illustrate the impact of high-latency frames on animation smoothness visually. And we can do that quite easily.

Mystro1 spotted some overclocked Dell servers. So Dell has cooked up some Linux and BIOS settings that will keep the cores revving at the top Turbo Boost speed as if this was their core frequency – even though it is not.

Lichking noticed some electronic-photonic chips from IBM. IBM has become the first company to integrate electrical and optical components on the same chip, using a standard 90nm semiconductor process. These integrated, monolithic chips will allow for cheap chip-to-chip and computer-to-computer interconnects that are thousands of times faster than current state-of-the-art copper and optical networks. Where current interconnects are generally measured in gigabits per second, IBM’s new chip is already capable of shuttling data around at terabits per second, and should scale to peta- and exabit speeds.



Wednesday Morning (10 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-December-2012  10:43:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

You know you're doing well when the Victorian Police issue an official recommendation for people to not use your product - in this case, Apple Maps. Tests on the mapping system by police confirm the mapping systems lists Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park, approximately 70km away from the actual location of Mildura. Police are extremely concerned as there is no water supply within the Park and temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees, making this a potentially life threatening issue. More here and here.

Meanwhile mpot spotted this cloud-assisted GPS. In a paper published by Microsoft Research in November, researchers reported that a prototype "cloud offloaded GPS" sensor they developed, called CLEO, pushed raw GPS signal information to a remote server for processing. The result: CLEO was able to generate high-precision location information while reducing the amount of power consumed by the sensor by three orders of magnitude. "In other words," the researchers wrote, "with a pair of AA batteries, CLEO can theoretically sustain continuous GPS sensing (at 1s/sample granularity) for 1.5 years."

I thought we'd heard about this before, but Sony have officially farewelled the cassette Walkman. It's not quite the end of the cassette, though: Sony (and other manufacturers) will continue to produce tape decks and boom boxes, though we suspect it won't be for long now.

In the latest tech falling-out, Instagram have dropped Twitter support. In July, Twitter stopped letting Instagram users find friends via Twitter they may want to follow on the photo app. (They did the same for popular blogging site Tumblr after buying rival blogging platform Posterous.) In the most recent move, users began noticing that images posted to Twitter were cropped weirdly. By Monday, sending an Instagram photo to Twitter simply posted a link directing followers to Instagram's recently beefed-up website.

Gaakor noticed Richard Stallman accusing Ubuntu of being spyware. If a user goes through and makes a purchase, Amazon provides Canonical with a cut in the form of an affiliate fee. Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has defended the decision on his blog, but is facing mounting criticism from users who are used to getting a free OS with no strings attached. It’s a simple matter to disable the feature, but Stallman doesn’t think users should accept this as the solution.

NVIDIA have a new auto-configurator called GeForce Experience, thanks gunna. To help solve this problem, NVIDIA has built a gaming supercomputer designed specifically to test thousands of different hardware configurations to find the best settings for each game. The user simply installs GeForce Experience on their system and the app will automatically download the best settings from the server based on the user’s specific hardware configuration. These settings can be applied per game or across all games as desired.

Metku have a guide to building a tiny retro arcade, by pulling apart an old gaming handheld. So, the build will focus on the Game Boy Advance SP. It will work as a donor device and give out its innard for greater good. I wonder what folks in the Retro & Arcade forum will think.

From charliebrownau: Get Metro 2033 for free. Go to the Metro Facebook page, like the page. Once done, reveal the Steam code, copy code into steam and download the free copy of the game for Windows PC. The offer runs to 16th December 2012.



Wednesday Morning Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-December-2012  09:02:34 (GMT +10) - by booj

Storage:
WD Red 3TB NAS Hard Drive on Legit Reviews.
Intel Solid-State Drive DC S3700 on HotHardware.
OCZ Vector 128GB SSD on TweakTown.
OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD on Funky Kit.
Hitachi Touro Desk Pro 4TB USB 3.0 External HDD on Madshrimps.

Power Supplies:
Corsair AX860 on HardwareHeaven.
Corsair AX760 on Hardware Secrets.
Seasonic G Series 360W on PC Perspective.
Fractal Design Integra R2 750 W on Hardware Secrets.
EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750G 750 W on techPowerUp.

Cooling:
Gelid Solutions GX-7 CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Corsair Hydro Series H60 (2012 Edition) Liquid CPU Cooler on TweakTown.
XSPC RayStorm 750 RS360 Water Cooling Kit on Vortez.
Corsair Hydro Series H100i CPU Water Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
Noctua NH-L9i & NH-L9a Low-Profile CPU Coolers on NikKTech.

Cases:
SilverStone Sugo SG09: SFF microATX on Silent PC Review.
Thermaltake Armor Revo Gene on ThinkComputers.
Thermaltake Level 10 GT Battle Edition & Corsair Vengeance C70 on Techspot.

Audio:
Roccat Kave Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.
CM Storm Ceres 400 PC Headset on eTeknix.

Portable:
Acer Iconia W700-6465 11" Tablet on TechReviewSource.
LG Optimus G Android Smartphone on HotHardware.
Acer C7 Chromebook (C710-2847) on TechReviewSource.

Input etc:
Roccat Lua Mouse and Sense Chrome Blue Mouse Pad on PureOverclock.
Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on HardwareHeaven.
Thermaltake Level 10 M Gaming Mouse on Pro-Clockers.
Thermaltake Level 10 M Gaming Mouse on Techgage.
Cooler Master Storm QuickFire TK Keyboard on The SSD Review.



Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 10-December-2012  16:40:38 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW LE 2GB on circuitREMIX.
Asus GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II on Bjorn3D.

Audio:
CM Storm Ceres 400 Wired Gaming Headset on Benchmark Reviews.
Sennheiser CX890i Headphones on t-break.
TurtleBeach Ear Force Tango Headset on t-break.
X-Mini 1.1 Capsule Speaker on The SSD Review.

Cooling:
Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile CPU Cooler on Silent PC Review.
Cooler Master NotePal I300 Notebook Cooler on The SSD Review.
Corsair Hydro H60 & H55 on Hardware Canucks.

Cases:
Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced Mini-ITX Case on Silent PC Review.
BitFenix Ghost on Silent PC Review.
Gigabyte Sumo Alpha on Hexus.

Monitors:
AOC I2757FM LED IPS Screen on Rbmods.
Samsung S27B970 WQHD LED Monitor on Silent PC Review.

Input etc:
Cooler Master Storm Recon & Skorpion on The SSD Review.
Enermax Aurora Micro Wireless Keyboard on eTeknix.
Thermaltake Level 10 Mouse on LANoc.

Misc:
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Ultrabook on The SSD Review.
Zotac ZBOX AD06 on t-break.
Corsair Dominator Platinum 4x4 2133mhz on Techreaction.
Antec Soundscience Halo 6 LED Bias Lighting Kit on eTeknix.
XFX ProSeries 850W XXX Edition on HardwareHeaven. (Video)



OCAU Mugs Clearance Sale! (4 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 10-December-2012  11:34:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ok, I have a couple of dozen mugs left and I'd like to get 'em out the door, so here's a one-off special deal. Two mugs, in their protective foam+cardboard, posted anywhere in Australia, for $35. That's $13 cheaper than the normal pricing.


click for the thread!


Update: ALL GONE! DON'T ORDER!



Sunday Night (8 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 9-December-2012  22:39:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apple will be bringing production back to the USA next year, with more info here. Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that the company will invest $100 million to bring production of its Mac computers back to the US, by way of partnerships with local suppliers, he revealed in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek. HP were quick to note that they already make PCs there. There's a relevant article about manufacturing in China here on TheAtlantic.

Facebook are asking their users to vote on a privacy overhaul by tomorrow. The social media giant, which has drawn fresh fire from privacy activists for the proposed changes on how it manages users' data, said the poll will be binding only if it gets responses from 30 per cent of members - or 300 million people. More info here.

The John McAfee saga continues - he's been captured, went to hospital, and is now discharged again, but still in custody. There's a statement from him in this video which also gives an insight into his current situation. On the ride over to the press meeting, John stated on the record that Sam Vanegas, his girlfriend, was with him in her bedroom on John's property on the night of the murder of his neighbor and fellow US citizen Greg Faull. He also said that several other witnesses could corroborate his whereabouts that evening.

Schnappy spotted this interesting video about how blind people use smartphones. Actually that guy has a lot of interesting/funny videos.

Speaking of which, the ACCC has a new smartphone app to help organise your receipts and tell you your rights. The facility is included in a mobile shopper application released today by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard says the free ACCCShopper app provides answers to frequently asked consumer questions on refunds, returns, warranties and lay-by.

Also, if you can't be at the New Years Even fireworks display in Sydney, you can follow along with your phone. Clover Moore showed off a new app at Thursday's announcement of the 2012 NYE shenanigans, promising it would "light up phone screens as coloured lights splash the Sydney Harbour Bridge". Punters who download the app can hold their phones up by the harbour side to help be part of the interactive light show, while those less inclined to head along in person can feel some of the effect without leaving their lounge room.

Gabe Newell from Valve is talking about a console-like PC from them soon. I'm sure we've heard this kind of thing before from Valve, but now with their "Big Picture" feature it seems more realistic. Newell tells Kotaku that "our hardware will be a very controlled environment," and that some people will want a "turnkey" solution for their living room. "The nice thing about a PC is a lot of different people can try out different solutions," he said. "Customers can find the ones that work best for them."

NASA have announced a few more Mars missions - including another rover. "The Obama administration is committed to a robust Mars exploration program," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "With this next mission, we're ensuring America remains the world leader in the exploration of the Red Planet, while taking another significant step toward sending humans there in the 2030s."



Saturday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 8-December-2012  07:06:57 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards:
Asus Rampage IV Formula on ThinkComputers.
Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 on Benchmark Reviews.

Storage:
Silicon Power Armor A80 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive on NikKTech.
Western Digital RE (WD4000FYYZ) 4 TB Hard Disk Drive on TechARP.
WD My Passport Edge External Hard Drive on HotHardware.

Power Supplies:
Corsair AX760 on Hardware Secrets.
Xigmatek Tauro 500 Watt on OCinside.
Cougar CMX V2 700w on Hardware Secrets.

Cooling:
Corsair H60 (2013 edition) on Guru3D.
Corsair H100i Liquid CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Sapphire Vapor-X CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
SilverStone Heligon SST-HE02 Passive CPU Cooler on TweakTown.
NZXT Cryo V60 and X60 Notebook Coolers on PureOverclock.

Input etc:
Roccat Lua Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
Tt eSPORTS Theron RTS Laser Gaming Mouse on TweakTown.
Thermaltake Level 10 M-series Mouse on Funky Kit.
CM Storm QuickFire TK Keyboard on Overclockers Club.

Portable:
Apple iPad 4 (Late 2012) on Anandtech.
Samsung Chromebook on Tech Report.

Networking:
Netgear D6300 Wireless AC Modem Router and A6200 80211.ac USB Adapter on HardwareHeaven.
Asus EA-N66 & Amped SR20000G Wi-Fi Extender on Legit Reviews.

Misc:
Club 3D HD 7870 jokerCard Tahiti LE 2 GB on techPowerUp.
SilverStone SUGO SST-SG09 MicroATX Chassis on Benchmark Reviews.



Misc Pics (27 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-December-2012  13:11:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again - less than three weeks to Xmas!







And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.



Friday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-December-2012  10:54:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Your TV might have targeted ads soon. Verizon filed for the application in May 2011, and it was just published last week. (By law, all patent applications are published after 18 months.) In the document, which was first noticed by FierceCable, Verizon gives two examples of the context-sensitive DVR’s use in a couple’s living room: sounds of arguing prompt ads for marriage counseling, while sounds of “cuddling” prompts ads for contraceptives. Charming.

Anandtech look into spare area vs performance in SSDs. It's because of this relationship between write amplification and spare area that we've always recommended setting aside 10 - 20% of your SSD and not filling it up entirely. Most modern controllers will do just fine if you partition the drive and leave the last 10 - 20% untouched. With TRIM support even the partitioning step isn't really necessary, but it does help from a data management standpoint. The real question is what's the relationship between spare area and IO latency/performance consistency.

If you're still getting called by tech support scammers, you might enjoy this story. The FTC’s strategy of gathering evidence involved having trained agents go undercover as helpless consumers. No surprise there. But instead of waiting for a call, the FTC’s investigators called up the scammers themselves, using undercover identities not associated to the FTC.

But if it all goes wrong, you can always get it to fry itself. Users, much like Neo in ye 'ole Matrix, will have two colored choices to make: select the green button for "intelligent elimination" (aka overwriting of data) or opt for the "less subtle method" offered by the red button which applies a current to the NAND flash memory for actual physical destruction of your data.

Skymaster spotted some old IT ad favourites on NetworkWorld. Elvira hawking development software, a computer with "briefcase portability," the cure for COBOLitis... Advertisements published in Computerworld since 1967 have promised all this and more. Here are 10 of the most entertaining IT ads from the archives for our 45th anniversary. That reminds me of our Time Warp Computer Prices article - and speaking of time warps, that was 8 years ago now!

Booj spotted this PSU you don't want to own. Why look, this thing is supposedly good for servers. Let me ask you this - are you going to put a $20 power supply in a server? If so, come over here so I can smack you. Better yet, wait for the load testing pages so I can show you the consequences of such a deed.

Today's Christmas-themed timewaster is 8-bit Elf, a space invaders clone, from Hubert.



Thursday Afternoon (21 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 6-December-2012  14:17:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Prime Minister has some grim news - it's the end of the world after all. Certain Mayan-predicted death, total global destruction and bad stuff will take place on Friday 7 December 2012. Dr Karl, and now the PM, have confirmed it - so it must be true. However, NASA disagree, so I don't know what to think.

If the world doesn't end tomorrow, we can rejoice in Intel's commitment to keep making socketed CPUs, thanks JH. “Intel remains committed to the growing desktop enthusiast and channel markets, and will continue to offer socketed parts in the LGA package for the foreseeable future for our customers and the Enthusiast DIY market,” Intel spokesman Daniel Snyder told Maximum PC. “However, Intel cannot comment on specific long-term product roadmap plans at this time, but will disclose more details later per our normal communication process.”

EEVBlog have a video pulling apart a giant old HDD. What's inside a $250,000 1980's vintage IBM server hard drive used in banks? 1989 vintage Model 3390 mod2 1.89GB or 3.78GB.

Outy spotted this cool Amblight project video. I've seen the ambient lighting behind TVs before but not one that follows the on-screen content like that. It's a neat effect!

There's a new film about Steve Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher. Unfortunately, it's called jOBS .. I kid you not. The movie aims to tell the story of Jobs' life from wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple and revered creative entrepreneur. A Facebook page for the film said jOBS is an "incredibly powerful and true story of the visionary who set out to change the world, and did".

Brains noticed this new password-cracking powerhouse using 25 AMD GPUs. GPUs are also being used in a more beneficial role, battling HIV. Spanish medical researchers are tapping the power of thousands of networked PCs sporting Nvidia video cards to battle HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to the graphics chip maker.

Microsoft's Surface seems to be not catching on too well, thanks Gunna. In a note to clients picked up by Forbes, the firm states that Surface sales in the December quarter are shaping up to fall into the 500,000 to 600,000-unit range, well below its earlier estimates of between 1 million and 2 million units. According to Detwiler, Microsoft’s tablet strategy appears to be “in disarray.” Update: or not, thanks reklaw120!



Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 6-December-2012  09:34:28 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards:
ASRock FM2A85X Extreme 6 on TechwareLabs.
MSI Z77A-G41 on Rbmods.
Gigabyte Z77X-UP4-TH on Funky Kit.
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7 on Xbit Labs.
AMD FX Vishera Processors on Xbit Labs.

Storage:
Mushkin Atlas 480GB mSATA SSD on TweakTown.
Crucial M4 256GB SATA III SSD on PCStats.
Intel DC S3700 Data Center SSD Review (200/800GB) on The SSD Review.

Cases:
SilverStone Sugo SG09 on Hardware Secrets.
In Win GRone Full Tower on eTeknix.
Lian Li PC-X2000FN on Vortez.

Audio:
Corsair SP2500 2.1 PC Speaker System on eTeknix.
Creative Sound Blaster Z Sound Card on Vortez.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Google Nexus 4 Android 4.2 Smartphone on HotHardware.
Toshiba Excite 10 & 7 inch Tablets on t-break.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook on HardwareHeaven.

Misc:
Enermax Revolution87+ 850W PSU on NikKTech.
Patriot Gauntlet Node Wireless Enclosure on ThinkComputers.
Leetgion Hellion RTS Laser Gaming Mouse on TweakTown.
Sapphire Vapor-X Universal CPU Cooler on Overclockers Club.
Radeon HD 7950 vs. GeForce GTX 660 Ti revisited on TechReport.



Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-December-2012  20:53:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some interesting projects from people in the forums:


Sin0822 checked out two
ASRock Z77 Extreme boards

Ripjaws reviewed a
cheap case from SHAW

slipperyskip is back
with an HTPC project


r3s made a cool
fort for his 2yo son

Danske made a
herb garden from pallets

and Meelobee has
finished his inverted PC



Wednesday Morning Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-December-2012  08:14:44 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards:
Asus F1A85-V PRO on t-break.
ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 on Anandtech.

Storage:
Western Digital Black 4TB Hard Drive on Hardware Canucks.
Silverstone FP37 SDXC USB 3.0 Card Reader on Benchmark Reviews.
Silicon Power Diamond Series D03 USB 3.0 Portable HDD on Madshrimps.
ioSafe Solo G3 Fireproof and Waterproof External Hard Drive on TweakTown.

Memory:
Kingston HyperX Predator 1866Mhz 2x8GB on APH Networks.
Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3-1866 16GB on ThinkComputers.
Corsair Dominator Platinum 2800 MHz on Bjorn3D.

Power Supplies:
Rosewill Tachyon 1000 W on techPowerUp.
FSP Aurum 92+ 650 W on Hardware Secrets.

Cases:
BitFenix Ghost Mid-Tower on TweakTown.
NZXT Phantom 820 Full Tower on HotHardware.
Thermaltake New Soprano Case on Legit Reviews.

Cooling:
BitFenix Hydra Pro Fan/LED Controller on Neoseeker.
Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile CPU Cooler and NF-R8 80mm PWM Fans on Futurelooks.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Acer Aspire S7 Windows 8 Ultrabook on XSReviews.
Apple iMac 27-inch (Late 2012) on TechReviewSource.

Misc:
Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe Sound Card on Custom PC Review.
Asus Matrix Radeon HD 7970 3GB Graphics Card on PC Perspective.
CM Storm Quick Fire TK Mechanical Keyboard on Bigbruin.
LG Optimus G Android Smartphone on BigBruin.



Tuesday Morning Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 4-December-2012  07:24:58 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
HIS 7970 IceQ X2 GHz Edition on Pure Overclock.
Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB DirectCU II on circuitREMIX.

Cooling:
Corsair Hydro H80i and H100i Liquid CPU Coolers on Madshrimps.
Reeven Arcziel 12 (RC-1203) CPU Cooler on eTeknix.

Cases:
NZXT Phantom 820 on Guru3D.
Thermaltake Level 10 GT Battle Edition on TechwareLabs.

Input etc:
Ozone Radon 5K and Radon Opto Optical Mice on Vortez.
CM Storm Recon and Skorpion on Vortez.
Gigabyte Krypton Mouse on Funky Kit.

Power Supplies:
Seasonic G-550 on Hardware Secrets.
Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 750W on Legit Reviews.

Audio:
Logitech UE 900 In-ears on techPowerUp.
harman/kardon BT Wireless Headphones on t-break.

Prebuilt & Portable etc:
Asus Zenbook UX51Vz-DH71 on TechReviewSource.
Nokia Lumia 920 phone on t-break.
LG Optimus L5 Smartphone on TweakTown.
Pivos XIOS DS Media Player on Pure Overclock.
Intel NUC "Next Unit of Computing" PC on HotHardware.
Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC100 on TweakTown.

Misc:
EVGA Z77 Stinger mini-ITX on PC Perspective.
Plextor PlexEasy PX-650US Versatile DVD/CD Burner on NikKTech.
G.Skill TridentX F3-2400C10D-8GTX 2x4GB on APH Networks.
Thecus N5550 5-Bay Home NAS on TweakTown.



Monday Evening (7 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 3-December-2012  20:39:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft have a new ad for Internet Explorer, taking aim at people who have hated it in the past.

Still on videos, Sabretooth spotted this smartphone control mode on the new Canon 6D SLR. Neato! And now we have finally got our hands on Canon's latest, "cheaper", full-frame DSLR. With the name "6D", it fits in slightly below the 5D Mark III. But is this Canon's answer to the D600?

Meanwhile Australian users may be being charged for mobile data they haven't actually used. Vodafone confirmed the issue affected them. Optus said it had not seen examples of the issue but that in some instances data usage may be affected by a customer's data session being interrupted, while Telstra advised that it had protocols in place to protect overcharging but wouldn't guarantee they worked 100 per cent of the time..

Macronix have proposed a self-healing NAND flash memory that can survive over 100M cycles. They redesigned a flash memory chip to include onboard heaters to anneal small groups of memory cells. Applying a brief jolt of heat to a very restricted area within the chip (800 degrees C) returns the cell to a "good" state. They said that the process does not have to be run all that often.

Dell have a laptop aimed at Linux developers, the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition. The laptop comes with Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS plus a few additions. Dell worked closely with Canonical and the various peripheral manufacturers to ensure that well-written, feature-complete drivers are available for all of the laptop's hardware. Out of the box the laptop will just work.

The UN will be making big decisions about the Internet soon, with a more up to date story here. Government regulators from 193 countries are in Dubai to revise a wide-ranging communications treaty. Google has warned the event threatened the "open internet", while the EU said the current system worked, adding: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Parents are increasingly naming kids dumb things, in news that surprises nobody. Parents are increasingly naming their children after Apple, as well as associated products related to the brand including 'Mac' and 'Siri'. Out of the three aforementioned names, Apple witnessed the largest increased in the baby name charts for girls, consequently jumping 585 positions; it was up by 15 percent when compared to the previous year. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, for one, named their child Apple. No source listed though, it seems.



Sunday Morning Reviews (4 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 2-December-2012  06:25:14 (GMT +10) - by booj

Storage:
Gigabyte GR-EZI04H 4-Bay NAS on TweakTown.
Intel 335 Series 240GB SSD on TweakTown.

Cooling:
Zalman CNPS9900DF CPU Heatsink on Frostytech.
Corsair H60 CPU Cooler on Ninjalane.
Corsair H60 CPU Cooler on Hardware Secrets.
Silverstone Heligon HE02 Fanless Passive Heatsink on Frostytech.

Cases:
Thermaltake Armor Revo Gene on Neoseeker.
Enermax Hoplite ST on eTeknix.

Input etc:
Gigabyte Aivia Krypton Dual-Chassis Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Razer BlackWidow 2013 Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Custom PC Review.
Razer Deathstalker Keyboard (Video Review) on HardwareHeaven.

Audio:
Genius SP-HF800A 3-Way Wood Speakers on Pro-Clockers.
Palo Alto Cubik 2.0 Speakers on TechwareLabs.

Smartphones:
Nokia Lumia 920 with Windows Phone 8 on HardwareHeaven.
Nokia Lumia 920 with Windows Phone 8 on Legit Reviews.

Misc:
Corsair AX Series 760w on techPowerUp.
Asus RT-N56U "Black Diamond" Wireless Router on PC Perspective.
Patriot Intel Extreme Masters PC3-17000 2x4GB on APH Networks.



Geek Food, including Liveblogged Smoking! (1 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 1-December-2012  15:06:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some more yummy threads from our Geek Recipes forum:


Chocolate Mousse, Almond Praline
and more, by RETARD

Burger Night
by RETARD

Dumplings/Gyoza
by sbm888


Easy Peasy Gluten-Free Macarons
by RETARD

Tomato Bruschetta
by RETARD

American style Bacon (round 3)
by sgtraven

Also, Wolfy is live-blogging the first big run of his Ugly Drum Smoker, with pork, chicken, ribs and more on the go:


click for the thread!



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