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August 2013
Misc Pics (23 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 30-August-2013  14:17:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Hoff, FOTW and mpot this week!







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



Friday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 30-August-2013  14:15:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I only found out about this a couple of hours after it finished, but it should still be an interesting read - Kevin Rudd has done an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit. Hi, I’m Kevin Rudd – and for better or worse I'm here to answer your questions... ask me anything.

There's a distributed computing project to look for neutron stars. The combined computing power of 200,000 private PCs helps astronomers take an inventory of the Milky Way. The Einstein@Home project connects home and office PCs of volunteers from around the world to a global supercomputer. Using this computer cloud, an international team lead by scientists from the Max Planck Institutes for Gravitational Physics and for Radio Astronomy analysed archival data from the CSIRO Parkes radio telescope in Australia.

Hoff spotted that NASA have tested their 3D-printed rocket engine components. This test is a milestone for one of many important advances the agency is making to reduce the cost of space hardware. Innovations like additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, foster new and more cost-effective capabilities in the U.S. space industry. The component tested during the engine firing, an injector, delivers propellants to power an engine and provides the thrust necessary to send rockets to space.

Fans of mechanical keyboards will be interested in this guide to choosing key switches on LanOC. If you are on the market for a new keyboard there is a good chance given the market trends that you might be considering a mechanical keyboard. Back with membrane keyboards all you really needed to consider was the keyboards features, software, and to some branding. Now, even once you have decided to go with a mechanical keyboard you have to consider what kind of switch type you want and of course most people don’t really know what the colors mean.



Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 30-August-2013  08:40:46 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
AMD Richland A10-6800K on Vortez.
ECS L337 GANK Machine Z87H3-A2X Extreme on OCC.
Intel Core i5-4430 CPU LGA1150 Haswell Processor on Benchmark Reviews.
Asus Sabretooth Z87 on Hardware Secrets.

Graphics Cards:
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 OC WindForce 3X on HardwareHeaven.
MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning on PC Perspective.
EVGA Pro SLI Bridge on Legit Reviews.

Storage:
Kingston MobileLite Wireless Reader on LanOC.
Super Talent Pico USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TweakTown.
SanDisk A110 256GB PCIe M.2 NGFF SSD on TweakTown.
Kingston HyperX 3K Na`Vi 240GB on Vortez.
Samsung 840 EVO 500GB SSD on Legit Reviews.
Angelbird SSD2Go & Angelbird SSD2go TWIN 480GB External SSD on TechnologyX.
SanDisk X210 Business Class 256GB SSD on TweakTown.

Cooling:
Gelid Black Edition CPU Heatsink on Frostytech.
Scythe Mugen 4 CPU Cooler on Funky Kit.
be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 CPU Cooler on techPowerUp.
DeepCool Gammaxx S40 CPU Heatsink on Frostytech.

Cases:
Fractal Design Define XL R2 on ThinkComputers.
Fractal Design Define XL R2 on Futurelooks.
Cougar Archon Mid-Tower on TechnologyX.

Audio:
Antec AMP SP1 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker on Legit Reviews.
a.m.p iSO Noise-Canceling Bluetooth Headphones on NikKTech.
HIS CO:CAINE Sound Clash (Urban Style) Headphones on TweakTown.
Turtle Beach PX22 PC, Xbox & PlayStation Gaming Headset on eTeknix.

Input etc:
CM Storm QuickFire XT Mechanical Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Illuminated Mechanical Keyboard on TweakTown.

Misc:
Gigabyte Brix XM11-3337 on Legion Hardware.
Antec High Current Gamer 850W on eTeknix.



Photography Gallery (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 29-August-2013  20:10:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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



















Thursday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 29-August-2013  00:29:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

New Zealand have essentially banned software patents. “By clarifying the definition of what can be patented, we are giving New Zealand businesses more flexibility to adapt and improve existing inventions, while continuing to protect genuine innovations,” Foss said. The nearly unanimous passage of the Bill was also greeted by Institute of IT Professionals (IITP) chief executive Paul Matthews, who congratulated Foss for listening to the IT industry and ensuring software patents were excluded.

Closer to home, Melbourne IT have suffered an attack which led to outages for their customer websites - including the New York Times and Twitter's image service. A spokesman for the Melbourne-based company said on Wednesday morning that the login credentials of a US-based reseller, which on-sells website domain names from Melbourne IT, had been compromised, and the reseller’s account was used to access and change the key details of up to nine domain names. More here.

Yahoo have an article about 6 possible replacements for Ballmer as Microsoft's CEO. After Ballmer's surprise announcement on Friday that he would retire within a year, the board's lead independent director John Thompson, who heads the search for the new CEO, said the planned transformation of the software giant into a fast-moving 'devices and services' company is still on track. But insiders would face scepticism from those who want a clean break from Ballmer's personal legacy, as well as other obstacles. The following is a list of potential internal candidates, with pros and cons, based on conversations with analysts and insiders.

Nissan have announced they will be selling self-driving cars by 2020. Nissan, the sixth-largest automaker in the United States, announced Tuesday it will sell a self-driven car by 2020. The company outlined its plans before a gathering of reporters from around the world meeting at a Nissan press event in Irvine, Calif.

MIT have developed a 110-core CPU. The processor, called the Execution Migraine Machine, tries to determine ways to reduce traffic inside chips, which enables faster and more power-efficient computing, said Mieszko Lis, a postgraduate student and Ph.D. candidate at MIT, during a presentation at the Hot Chips conference in California.



Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 28-August-2013  05:26:34 (GMT +10) - by booj

Storage:
Kingston HyperX Predator USB3.0 1TB Flash Drive on eTeknix.
Asustor AS-604T 4-bay NAS on eTeknix.
SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive on TweakTown.
Intel DC S3700 Enterprise SSD 8-Drive and 4-Drive RAID on TweakTown.
Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive on PC Stats.
SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive & Flash Drive on Legion Hardware.

Cases:
Spire X2.6018 Mid-Tower on Funky Kit.
Thermaltake Chaser A71 Full Tower on Legit Reviews.
Aerocool Strike-X GT Devil Red Edition Mid-Tower on eTeknix.

Input etc:
Corsair Vengeance K95 Mechanical Keyboard on Madshrimps.
A4Tech X7 F3 Gaming Mouse on Gaming Nexus.
Logitech Zone Touch Mouse T400 on Techgage.
Cooler Master Storm QuickFire XT Mechanical Keyboard on APH Networks.
Logitech G602 Mouse (Video Review) on HardwareHeaven.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung ATIV S Cell Phone on Hardware Secrets.
HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11z on TechReviewSource.
HTC One (Red) Android Smartphone on HardwareHeaven.
Apple iMac 27-inch (Late 2013) on TechReviewSource.
Alienware 18 Notebook: Haswell, GeForce GTX 780M on HotHardware.

Networking:
TP-Link TL-PA551KIT AV550+ Gigabit Powerline Kit With AC Passthrough on eTeknix.
Apotop Travel Wi-Router, Wi-Reader & Wi-Reader Pro on ThinkComputers.

Misc:
Thermalright Archon SB-E X2 CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Rosewill Hercules 1600 W PSU on techPowerUp.
Asus Maximus VI Hero Motherboard on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce GTX 760 HAWK on Bjorn3D.
G.Skill RipjawsX F3-2133C9Q-16GXL 2133 MHz 4x4Gb on techPowerUp.
Antec SP1 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker on Benchmark Reviews.



Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 26-August-2013  21:45:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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


Team.AU have a new
3DMark World Record

harrye30 has a
Dexter-themed laptop

Unframed reviewed the
Metabox/Clevo W350ST


bioxeed reviewed the
Dell XPS 13

gazza30 reviewed the
Asrock Z87M OC Formula

Sin0822 reviewed the
Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H



Monday Midday (10 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 26-August-2013  12:16:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer is retiring within 12 months. Microsoft Corp. today announced that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has decided to retire as CEO within the next 12 months, upon the completion of a process to choose his successor. In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most. There's some suggestion that it's in response to the flop of Surface RT. Discussion here.

If you have a heart attack in Germany, you might find help from above. German non-profit group Definetz wants to make defibrillators readily available across its country so that any time someone has a heart attack, the life saving devices are within arms reach. And it's looking to drones to help it bring its vision to fruition. On Friday, the group announced the Defikopter, a concept device it designed with drone-maker Height Tech to fly defibrillators to emergency responders or the public by way of a GPS-enabled smartphone app.

IntelInside sent in this worrying article about phone tracking. Australia's Westfield already use this technology to track smartphones at three shopping centres. ''Westfield is capable of using the MAC identifier system in its centres, but cannot collect any data other than to know smart phones are moving within,'' a company spokeswoman said. ... Its privacy policy states that it collects information ''where devices are able to connect to, or are identifiable by, in-centre infrastructure'' and that it uses ''this information so that we can tell … where shoppers spend most of their time''.

Meanwhile there's some software to detect faked photos. In the age of Photoshop, detecting manipulated photos is a growing priority for lawyers, journalists and people involved in law enforcement and national security. To determine an image’s authenticity, the software uses geometric formulas to detect and analyze shadows that are invisible to the naked eye, then lines them up with a potential light source. Discussion here.

VR-Zone have an interview with FutureMark. One of the most established players in the benchmarking business is Futuremark, with its suite of benchmarking tools that tests nearly every computing situation and platform imaginable. VR-Zone recently sat down with Futuremark’s president Oliver Baltuch in Taipei to talk about what’s going on in the benchmarking industry and the progress of Futuremark’s iOS app.



Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 25-August-2013  23:57:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage:
Lexar Professional 64GB XQD Memory Card on Tweaktown.
Western Digital Se 2TB HDD on SOTechDesign.
NETGEAR ReadyDATA 5200 NAS on ChannelPro.
SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive on Tweaktown.
Kingston MobileLite Wireless Storage Device on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Roccat Ryos MK Glow Mechanical Gaming Keyboard video review on HWHeaven.
Razer Naga 2014 mouse on LanOC.
CM Storm Havoc Mouse on HWSecrets.

Power Supply:
Lepa G1000-MA Semi Modular Power Supply on eTeknix.
Patriot FUEL+ 6000mAh Mobile Rechargeable Battery on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master i700 on PureOC.

Cooling:
Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Thermaltake WATER3.0 Extreme Liquid CPU Cooler on Techgage.

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H (Intel LGA 1150) on TechPowerUp.
ASUS Maximus VI Formula on Vortez.
MSI Z87 - G45 GAMING Motherboard on MadShrimps.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Zotac ZBOX Nano ID65 Plus Out NUCs Intel on HotHardware.
HP SlateBook x2 tablet on TechReviewSource.
Diamond DS3900 Dual VIdeo USB 3.0 Docking Station on BenchmarkReviews.

Misc:
ASUS GTX 770 DirectCU II OC video card on Vortez.
Corsair Vengeance Pro Series 16GB DDR3 1866MHz Memory Kit on LegitReviews.
Cooltek Coolcube Maxi Micro-ATX/Mini-ITX on NikKTech.



Misc Pics (69 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 23-August-2013  09:54:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Very early this week! Have a great weekend. :)







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



Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 23-August-2013  05:47:22 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards:
ASUS ROG Maximus VI Impact (Intel Z87) Mini-ITX on TweakTown.
MSI Z87I Mini-ITX on Guru3D.

Graphics Cards:
Sapphire Radeon HD 7730 1GB on TweakTown.
MSI GTX 760 HAWK 2 GB on techPowerUp.
Gigabyte GTX 770 2GB OC WindForce on Futurelooks.

Memory:
Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 16GB DDR3-1866 CL10 on Funky Kit.
G.Skill Ripjaws X 2133Mhz DDR3 on Modders-Inc.
ADATA XPG V2 Series DDR3-2400 8GB on ThinkComputers.

Storage:
Seagate Wireless Plus External Storage on Bjorn3D.
Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt 1TB HDD Storage Enclosure on TweakTown.
256 GB OCZ Vector SSD on TechARP.
Seagate Central 2TB Network Storage System on MEGATechnews.
HGST Travelstar 5K1500 2.5-inch Mobile HDD on Madshrimps.
Patriot Gauntlet 320 Wireless External HDD on TechwareLabs.

Input etc:
Attitude One Vintorez Mouse on Vortez.
Roccat Kone Pure and XTD Gaming Mice on TechwareLabs.
Attitude One Vintorez Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Thermaltake Meka G-Unit Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Legit Reviews.

Cases:
Thermaltake Chaser A71 on Benchmark Reviews.
Phanteks Enthoo Primo on techPowerUp.

Power Supplies:
Cougar Power X 550W on eTeknix.
EVGA Bronze 500 W on techPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell XPS 27 Touch All-in-One on HotHardware.
MSI GE40 2OC-009US Notebook on TechReviewSource.
Dell XPS 18 Portable All-in-One Windows 8 Desktop PC on MEGATechNews.
MSI GS70 Stealth Gaming Laptop on HardwareHeaven.



Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 21-August-2013  21:27:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a snapshot of what's going on in some of the forums. You can also find new interesting things you might have missed via the Who's Online page, the New Posts page and the Live forum view. Also try the Today's Posts link (find it on the Quick Links menu) and the handy Who Quoted Me? feature.

Flooded server room - thoughts on future issues in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Storing your Organisations Data Online & PRISM/NSA in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Win98 on something 'new' in Overclocking & Hardware.
Gmail, new style compose, I hate it in Networking, Telephony & Internet.
Virus Hiding files on USB stick in Troubleshooting Help.
Forever Young - Tim's Story in Electronics & Electrics.
Dealing with data hoarding, old disc backups, consolidation etc in Storage & Backup.
Game & Watch - handheld in Retro & Arcade.
Writeup of a disk drive repair in Retro & Arcade.
C64 again after 20 years :) in Retro & Arcade.
AtariST vs XboxOne in Retro & Arcade.
Using PC as a virtual gaming box in Modding.
Modding a R61 with an Advanced Docking Station in Modding.
Cosmos II - Complete Video 20min in Modding.
Monster PC - In creation in Modding.
I'm poor, need suggestion for bulk for to cook in Geek Food.
Should the sale of raw milk remain illegal? in Geek Food.
Breakfast - what do you eat? in Geek Food.
foc.us overclock your brain? in Science.
50 Years Of Space Exploration - An Orbital Map in Science.
Are we culturally behind Europe? in Current Events & Serious Discussion.



Wednesday Evening (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 21-August-2013  20:32:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few people pointed out that if you're with Kogan Mobile you're going to be having some issues soon - here's Telstra's info and Kogan's info. Given the Pre-Paid Mobile relationship with ispONE has ended, and in the absence of any direct contractual relationship with Kogan Mobile, Telstra will not be accepting new activations, number port-ins or processing credit recharges from ispONE on behalf of Kogan Mobile. An interim service will be available for a fixed period of time for people who have active pre-paid mobile services from Kogan Mobile, so that they have time to choose their next steps.

Also close to home, Australia Post have released the public beta of their Digital MailBox service. By using your digital mailbox now, you can be first to claim your username, connect to the selected service providers, start receiving some of your mail digitally and begin storing your important documents online.

Windows 8 has been banned from HWBot due to timing inconsistencies. All existing benchmarks recorded by Windows 8 have been disqualified. This is due to a fault in Windows 8's real-time clock (RTC), which all benchmarking tools use as a baseline.

Graphene continues to reveal itself as a wonder material, now being used in transistors at super-high speeds. For a start, Liu and co can build elementary XOR gates out of only three graphene field-effect transistors compared to the eight or more required using silicon. That translates into a significantly smaller area on a chip. What’s more, graphene transistors can operate at speeds of over 400 GHz. All that translates into a system that dramatically outperforms silicon.

Meanwhile from science, a get-fit drug. Treated mice become lean, develop larger muscles and can run much longer distances simply by taking SR9009, which mimics the effects of aerobic exercise. If similar effects can be obtained in people, the reversal of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and perhaps Type-II diabetes might be the very welcome result. Adminster it in burger form and I'm sold.

Tech Report are testing six SSDs to failure. Despite the perks, SSDs have a dirty little secret. Their flash memory may be inherently robust, but it's also fundamentally weak. Writing data erodes the nano-scale structure of the individual memory cells, imposing a ceiling on drive life that can be measured in terabytes. Solid-state drives are living on borrowed time. The question is: how much?

Twitter are the latest to have a data leak. The information includes every account's Twitter name, ID and authentication tokens associated with third-party apps that have access to the account (for example, Instagram or HootSuite). Passwords were not leaked.



Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 20-August-2013  23:40:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

CPU & Motherboard:
AMD A10 6700 APU on Guru3D.
ASUS Z87 Sabertooth Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
MSI Z87 Mpower Motherboard on Bjorn3D.

Power Supply:
Cooler Master V850 850-Watt 80 PLUS Gold on Tweaktown.
Fractal Design Tesla R2 1000-Watt 80 PLUS Gold on Tweaktown.
Patriot Fuel+ Mobile Rechargeable Battery (3000mAh) on FunkyKit.

Memory:
Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 2x8GB DDR3-1600 RAM on TechWareLabs.
Mushkin Redline - 996996 - 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-17000 Memory Kit on MadShrimps.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Houdah ACTPrinter Virtual Printer App on BigBruin.
HP Envy 700-030qe desktop on TechReviewSource.
LG Optimus G Pro Performance smartphone on LegitReviews.
Apotop DW17 Wi-Reader Pro on TechnologyX.

Cases:
Enermax Coenus Mid-Tower on PureOC.
Coolermaster N400 Mid-Tower on eTeknix.

Cooling:
Deepcool Multi Core X8 Laptop Cooler on APHNetworks.
SilverStone TD02 CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.
SilverStone Tundra TD02 AIO CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Prolimatech Vortex Fans on eTeknix.

Storage:
Icy Dock MB982IP-1S-1 Review - Tested with Toshiba 12Gb/s SSD on Tweaktown.
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD710 External Hard Drive on BenchmarkReviews.

Misc:
NuForce NE-700M Earphones With Microphone on NikKTech.
GIGABYTE Aivia Touch Charge Neon Presenter Mouse on TechPowerUp.
Gigabyte GTX 760 WindForce OC 2GB video card on eTeknix.
TRENDnet TEW-751DR N600 Dual Band Wireless Router on MegaTechNews.



Geek Food (4 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 19-August-2013  20:41:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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


No poison bacon
by kerr34

Baby fennel with honey, cheese & lemon
by Amfibius

Tangelo Cake
by metamorphosis


Slightly Healthy Chili
by Mr DOHC

Mustard, honey & balsamic vinaigrette
by RETARD

Chicken Wellingtons
by pugsley


Japanese Savoury Pancakes
by sbm888

Croissants with Lemon Curd & Cream
by RETARD

Simple fish dinners
by Amfibius



Monday Afternoon (10 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 19-August-2013  16:25:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australians are still being swindled by online scammers, unfortunately. OVERSEAS con artists have swindled West Australians out of $2 million in just five days. Among the 24 victims who contacted WA Scamnet between August 5 and 9 was a man aged in his seventies who lost one million dollars in a romance scam.

But it's not all bad news, with Australian scientists coming up with hangover-proof beer. Associate Professor Ben Desbrow said, “Of the four different beers the subjects consumed, our augmented light beer was by far the most well retained by the body, meaning it was the most effective at re-hydrating the subjects.”

Google fell over for two minutes late last week, taking 40% of worldwide net traffic with it. But then, not everyone is Google. According to web analytics firm GoSquared, worldwide internet traffic dipped by a stunning 40 per cent during the brief minutes that the Chocolate Factory's services were offline.

Rockstar have announced GTA Online with a trailer video. Grand Theft Auto Online is a persistent multiplayer open world game, full of excitement and adventure at every turn. It's not just gun heists and carjacking these days... jump out of planes over beautiful vistas or arm wrestle a gangster in the back alley, it's all up to you. What path will you take? Discussion continues in the GTA V thread.

Windows XP is refusing to die despite dire warnings from Microsoft. Microsoft yesterday warned Windows XP customers that they face never-patched, never-dead "zero-day" vulnerabilities if they don't dump the 12-year-old operating system before its April 2014 retirement deadline. Call them the "walking dead" of vulnerabilities. Call it XP Z -- "Z" for zombies.

IntelInside spotted classified documents confirming that Area 51 exists. The CIA has officially acknowledged the secret US test site known as Area 51, in a newly unclassified internal history of the U-2 spy plane programme. The document obtained by a US university describes the 1955 acquisition of the Nevada site for testing of the secret spy plane. More here.

Speaking of spacey things, here's a photo of my son Will ready for his space-themed book week costume day this week! Amazing what you can find at Bunnings. :)


click to enlarge!



Flightline (1 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 18-August-2013  16:38:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Slipperyskip has finished his latest mini-ITX project, "Flightline". It's based on the Wright Brothers memorial and showcases his amazing craftsmanship:


click for the worklog!



Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 18-August-2013  15:43:14 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards:
ECS Z87H3-A2X Extreme on Phoronix.
Asus ROG Maximus VI Extreme on OCC.
MSI Z87-G45 Gaming on Bjorn3D.
MSI Z87 MPower Max on techPowerUp.

Storage:
HGST Touro Mobile Pro 500GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive on Legit Reviews.
HGST Ultrastar 7K4000 Enterprise HDD on TweakTown.

Cases:
NZXT H230 Classic Silent Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
Fractal Design Define XL R2 on Modders Inc.

Cooling:
SilverStone Tundra TD03 AIO CPU Cooler on TweakTown.
Cougar Dual-X LED Fans (140 & 120mm) on Techgage.
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev C on Vortez.
Scythe Grand Kama Cross 2 CPU Cooler on TweakTown.

Input etc:
CM Storm QuickFire XT Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TweakTown.
Roccat Kone Pure Color Gaming Mouse Mini on eTeknix.
Tesoro Gungnir H5 Optical Gaming Mouse on Rbmods.
Razer Tartarus Keypad on LanOC.

Portable & Prebuilt:
MSI GT70 Dragon Edition Gaming Laptop on TweakTown.
Superphone Round-Up: Samsung, HTC, LG and More on HotHardware.

Misc:
Tenda W150M Portable Wireless Access Point & Router on eTeknix.
ADATA XPG V2 Series 8GB DDR3 2400MHz Memory Kit on Legit Reviews.
TDK A73 Wireless Boombox on NikKTech.
MSI GTX 760 Twin Frozr Gaming OC on Vortez.



Misc Pics (33 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 16-August-2013  12:18:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A bit early this week, things to do - thanks to Davo1111 and mpot again!







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



Friday Midday (8 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 16-August-2013  11:56:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cront pointed out that there's a new Humble Bundle, but this one has a twist. Instead of being a collection of independent games, it's several big titles from EA, available via their Origin system - but most of them also via Steam. The items in this bundle would normally cost around $215, but we're letting you set the price! Your purchase supports awesome charities. You get awesome games.

New Zealand will be the first to Get Windows 8.1. The announcement was made by Microsoft overnight on the official Windows blog, on which a spokesperson said 8.1 would be available as a free upgrade for Windows 8 users through the online Windows Store. ... Windows 8.1 contains several under-the-bonnet improvements over the original 8 version, and also tweaks to the heavily criticised tile-based Metro user interface.

Meanwhile they're taking action against a spammer. The first person to be prosecuted in Australia for email spamming has been found guilty of doing the same in New Zealand, and received a large penalty.

Microsoft's Xbox360 PC Marketplace is closing on the 22nd. As part of the recent Xbox 360 system update, Microsoft Points will be retired and the Xbox.com PC Marketplace will be closed as of August 22, 2013. We encourage you to spend your Microsoft Points balance prior to this change. Although you will not be able to purchase new games, you can continue to enjoy previously purchased content by downloading it through the Games for Windows Live client software as usual.

ATM skimming and 3D printing are apparently being combined to rip off Sydney residents. Dyson declined to provide detail on how the devices were being manufactured, but said NSW Police were aware the gang was using 3D printers and CAD technology. “These devices are actually manufactured for specific models of ATMs so they fit better and can’t be detected as easily,” he said.

Here's a sneaky prank in Best Buy in the USA. Another gadget you don't really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of use.

If you liked the panoramic view of London you might also like the one of Tokyo. Now Martin, the founder of 360Cities, a platform for larger-than-life international photography, has unveiled a 150-gigapixel panorama of Tokyo, of both a scale and a fidelity to detail that will melt your brain. It doesn't seem to be linked in that article at the moment, so you can find it here, thanks Tony_L.



Friday Morning (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 16-August-2013  02:24:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooling:
Go Custom With The Cooler Master Eisberg Prestige on eTeknix.
Prolimatech Black Megahalems CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Zalman CNPS2X Mini-ITX CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
XSPC Razor GTX680 Water Block on PCPerspective.

Cases:
Cooler Master N600 on LegitReviews.
Corsair Obsidian Series 350D Micro ATX on ThinkComputers.
NZXT H630 Silent Ultra Tower on BenchmarkReviews.
Lian Li PC-9N on OCClub.
Corsair's Obsidian Series 350D on TechReport.
NZXT H630 on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake Chaser A31 Mid Tower on Modders-Inc.
Corsair Carbide Series 330R Quiet Mid-Tower on eTeknix.

Audio Visual:
Audiofly AF56 Premium In-Ear Headphone on Tweaktown.
Dolry HiFi Stone S speaker dock adaptor on LegionHW.
Google Chromecast wireless streamer on LegitReviews.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Acer C7 Chromebook on TechReviewSource.
DefenderPad Laptop Radiation and Heat Shield on OCClub.

Input Etc:
CM Storm QuickFire Stealth Keyboard on HWSecrets.
Steelseries APEX [RAW] Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.

Video Cards:
PowerColor HD 7850 SCS3 Passive Graphics Card With 120mm & 140mm Fan on eTeknix.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 Overclocking Guide on LegionHW.

Power Supply:
EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1300W on TechPowerUp.
Antec High Current Pro Platinum 850W on PureOC.
Neptor NP056K Mobile Battery Pack on LanOC.
Vantec Voltra 650W on Pro-Clockers.
XFX Pro 750W Black Edition Fully Modular PSU on eTeknix.
In Win GreenMe 750W on TechPowerUp.
Silverstone Strider Essential & Strider Plus 500W on LegitReviews.

Storage:
Intel 530 SSD (240GB) on Guru3D.
QNAP QTS 4.0.2 Overview - Next Generation of NAS Operating Systems on Tweaktown.
Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250GB & 1TB Drives on HotHardware.
Seagate Enterprise Capacity Constellation ES.3 Enterprise HDD.
SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSDXC Card SDSDQX on BenchmarkReviews.
Intel SSD 530 240GB review: updated SandForce SSD with 20nm NAND on HW.info.

Misc:
OUYA - the Android-powered Console on Tweaktown.



Sonic's Energy Efficiency 24/7 Platform Roundup (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 15-August-2013  20:07:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

OCAU member sonicthemouse has posted a detailed guide for those concerned about energy efficiency with small-form-factor machines. Been doing a lot of research over the years into building the "ultimate" small form factor 24/7 box. The requirements and available hardware are always changing, so I have gone through a lot of variants and would like to think I now have a bit of expertise in this area. ... So in the process of testing a whole bunch of solutions for myself, I figured I might as well formalise the testing and share the results with all you lovely people.


click for the guide!



Thursday Morning (9 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 15-August-2013  00:50:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft have a new fancy keyboard, which looks a bit odd. Microsoft says the keyboard was codenamed Manta Ray, because it apparently looks like a Manta Ray. I think it should have been codenamed Madonna, because it looks like her front teeth. More here.

GameArena are closing their forums and downloads section. For more than 10 years GameArena has delivered the latest and we think the greatest gaming news and services to our passionate community. We look forward to bringing you the same quality gaming content - and most importantly, one of the quickest and most reliable places to play online - with the launch of the next phase of Australia's online gaming home.

The Feds have officially taken an interest in Bitcoin. The department is starting out by subpoenaing 22 digital-currency companies and investors to get a lay of the Bitcoin land. They sent letters to the major Bitcoin players asking them to hand over information regarding their money laundering controls, consumer protection practices, source of funding, pitch books (for Bitcoin start-ups) and investment strategies (for Bitcoin investors).

Microsoft's Surface woes continue, with a class-action lawsuit by investors who felt the financial reporting was inaccurate. The lawsuit states that the plaintiffs, being anyone who bought Microsoft stock between April 18, when it announced via an earnings press release that the Surface was bringing it double-digit revenue, to July 18, when the house of cards collapsed and Microsoft was forced to take a $900 million write down owing to the device’s failures, unjustly lost money when Microsoft’s stock took a dive owing to the failings of Surface.

Gizmodo are reporting on some heat-reducing features of the Xbox One, but it's all pretty standard stuff from the perspective of a PC user. With the architecture of the Xbox One, is that we can dial back the power of the box considerably. We had a little less flexibility with the 360. And so basically, if we couldn’t dissipate the heat, there wasn’t a whole lot of leverage we could pull to keep the heat from being generated, so we had a limited amount of time before it just shut down. Xbox One can actually dial it back to a lower power state, so low in fact that it can in a mode that uses virtually no air flow. But if it stops them dying.. good.

Dr Who fans will enjoy this Street View Easter Egg. :)



Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 14-August-2013  10:33:05 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
Asus Maximus VI Hero on Bjorn3D.
Asus Z87-PRO on Bjorn3D.
Intel Haswell i5-4670K vs. i7-4770K on techPowerUp.

Graphics Cards:
Zotac GTX 780 AMP on HardwareHeaven.
Palit GeForce GTX 760 Jetstream on Legion Hardware.
HIS 7950 IceQ X˛ Boost Clock 3GB on Madshrimps.
Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 Dual-X on Funky Kit.

Storage:
Toshiba MG03ACA400 4TB Enterprise HDD on TweakTown.
Transcend ESD200 128GB External USB 3.0 SSD on PureOverclock.
Teratrend (SilverStone) TS231U 2 Bay USB3.0 RAID Enclosure on eTeknix.
Seagate NAS HDD 4TB on Techgage.

Cooling:
Raijintek Ereboss CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
Thermaltake NiC C4 CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.

Input etc:
Tesoro Durandal Ultimate Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
Roccat Kone XTD Max Customization Gaming Mouse on TweakTown.
Razer Naga Hex League of Legends Edition on HardwareHeaven.
UtechSmart Gaming Mice Roundup on OCC.
CM Storm QuickFire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard on PureOverclock.

Audio:
Attitude One Tunguska 7.1 USB Surround Sound Headset on eTeknix.
Attitude One Tunguska 7.1 USB Surround Sound Headset on Guru3D.

Portable & Prebuilt:
HP 2000-2b19wm Notebook on TechReviewSource.
HP Z1 27-inch AIO Workstation on HotHardware.
Asus Republic of Gamers ROG G750 Gaming Notebook on TweakTown.
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S on TechReviewSource.
Kobo Arc Android Tablet eReader on Benchmark Reviews.



Tuesday Morning (6 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 13-August-2013  01:37:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Carcin0Genic pointed out that Youngpro has been setting records - congrats! Today, G.Skill announced that its RAM has once again broken the world record in overclocking. Professional Overclocker "YoungPro" from Team AU set a new record for DDR3 memory at 4400MHz using G.Skill's Trident X RAM.

ASUS are ending Windows RT tablet production. "It's not only our opinion; the industry sentiment is also that Windows RT has not been successful," Shen told the Wall Street Journal Friday at a Taipei earnings conference. Asus now makes the VivoTab RT tablet, which runs on an ARM processor. In the future, it plans to focus on Windows 8 tablets that run on X86 chips from Intel because those tablets have compatibility with older Windows apps that RT lacks, Shen said.

North Korea meanwhile are making a smartphone.. kinda. It is worth noting, however, that North Korea Tech observed that workers are shown with finished products, inspecting them and testing them but there is an absence of actual manufacturing — which suggests the cellphones were probably made to order by a Chinese manufacturer and shipped to the factory for inspection before going on sale.

A South Australian woman is suing her insurer over the loss of real gold bars bought with money she made gold farming in WoW. "She made a lot of cash from this internet trading (but) found cheques and money orders extremely inconvenient ... she would ask for cash through the mail." Mr Jones said Ms Fincham decided to convert $75,000 of her earnings to gold bullion, purchasing 75 bars of the precious metal from Adelaide Exchange Jewellers.

Samsung have some thoughts about life beyond SATA for SSDs. During our time at Samsung's SSD Summit, we looked at (but didn't touch) technologies that the company is expected to introduce over the next year. Like many of its competitors, Samsung is is investing heavily in next-generation protocols, physical interfaces, and form factors. PCI Express is where the company sees storage moving to next.

Mashable reckon 3D printing will explode in 2014, when some patents expire. Here's what's holding back 3D printing, the technology that's supposed to revolutionize manufacturing and countless other industries: patents. In February 2014, key patents that currently prevent competition in the market for the most advanced and functional 3D printers will expire, says Duann Scott, design evangelist at 3D printing company Shapeways.

Ghoaty sent in today's timewaster: Let's Go Jaywalking, which seems like a modern Frogger. :)



Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 11-August-2013  23:51:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H Mainboard Review: Close to Perfection on XbitLabs.
Asus Z87-K Mainboard Review or Practical Overview of LGA1150 Platform on XbitLabs.
MSI Z77A-GD65 GAMING Mainboard on XbitLabs.
GIGABYTE Z87N-WIFI (Intel Z87) Mini-ITX Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Storage:
Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD 500GB on NikKTech.
Seagate 1.2TB Enterprise Performance 10K v7 Enterprise HDD on Tweaktown.
WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable Hard Drive on Techgage.
Patriot EP Series 128GB SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card on TechnologyX.

Audio Visual:
SilverStone ARM11SC Arm One Monitor Mount on Phoronix.
Steelseries Siberia V2 Red Gaming Headset on eTeknix.
Google Chromecast Review: Yes, It's Worth Every Penny on HotHardware.
Ozone Oxygen Headset on TechPowerUp.
Oculus Rift VR 720p HD Development Kit Unboxing Video and Article on Tweaktown.
OZONE ONDA ST Stereo Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
Alienvibes EP02 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones on ThinkComputers.

Cooling:
Prolimatech Samuel 17 Low Profile CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Cooler Master CM Storm SF-17 Gaming Laptop Cooler on Modders-Inc.
Deepcool Gamer Storm Assassin Heatsink on NinjaLane.
Raijintek Ereboss CPU Cooler on PureOC.
Prolimatech Panther CPU Cooler on eTeknix.

Video Cards:
GIGABYTE GTX 780 OC Windforce x3 (Rev 2.0) on Vortez.
MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB HAWK Overclocked on Tweaktown.
MSI N760 Hawk on OCClub.

Input Etc:
Tt eSPORTS Meka G-Unit Illuminated Mechanical Keyboard on HWHeaven.
Cooler Master Storm Havoc on LanOC.
Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.

Power Supply:
SolarFocus' Solar Mio Pro USB charger on TechReport.
Corsair AX860 860-Watt 80 PLUS Platinum on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Toshiba Satellite C855D-S5104 laptop on TechReviewSource.
Samsung's Galaxy S4 Active, a Rugged, High-End Alternative smartphone on HotHardware.

Misc:
Netgear A6200 802.11ac USB Wi-Fi Adapter on LegitReviews.
Saints Row 2 - 5 Years Later on OCClub.
Enermax Fulmo-ST Midi-Tower case on eTeknix.



Misc Pics (29 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 9-August-2013  14:26:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!







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



Friday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 9-August-2013  14:06:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

iiNet are buying Adam Internet. ISP iiNet will buy Adam Internet for $60 million, less than a fortnight after a proposed acquisition of Adam by Telstra fell through. iiNet said in a financial filing (pdf) that its plan to buy Adam Internet had already cleared regulatory approval by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). More here.

Meanwhile, OCAU sponsor Internode are doubling Adelaide's free WiFi. For residents, commuters and visitors to Adelaide, Internode's success will greatly improve the speed and reach of free wireless coverage throughout the Central Business District (CBD) - with as much as 97 per cent coverage - giving faster Internet access than is currently available over mobile phone networks.

Samsung have a new 3D vertical NAND technology. As 9to5Google notes, this breakthrough could pave the way for single smartphone chips that have up to 384GB of storage since Samsung is essentially stacking “up to 24 layers of 16GB storage on top of each other in a chip not much thicker than existing ones.”

Kie sends word that the Mana Bar in Melbourne is closing in September. Mana Bar Melbourne is set to shut its doors in September after reportedly poor turnout numbers put the business under strain, as well as other reasons that management aren’t ready to speak about just yet. Real estate agents are now officially advertising the 336 Brunswick St location as for lease. As we understand, the original Brisbane-based Mana Bar will continue operation.

There's a new issue of The Overclocker magazine. Seems to have a Computex focus this time.

Those pesky hackers are at it again! Is nothing sacred? Not even your $6000 toilet, thanks TonyR. "An attacker could simply download the 'My Satis' application and use it to cause the toilet to repeatedly flush, raising the water usage and therefore utility cost to its owner," its advisory reads. "Attackers could cause the unit to unexpectedly open/close the lid, activate bidet or air-dry functions, causing discomfort or distress to user." That's why you should always change the password on your toilet.

Phi noticed the ACCC taking an interest in internet slowdowns. Speed testing equipment may be installed inside households to monitor whether consumers are getting what they pay for when using the national broadband network. The consumer regulator is considering a plan to roll out a ‘‘formal monitoring arrangement’’ involving volunteer households, designed to crack down on misleading speed promises by internet service providers. More here.

CAPTCHA might be mildly annoying for most people, but for the vision impaired it's a real nightmare - I had no idea, thanks Asher. Audio CAPTCHA was supposed to solve the problem for blind or vision impaired people, but my experience with audio CAPTCHA has been almost as inaccessible as a normal visual CAPTCHA – I must have listened to the Skype audio CAPTCHA 20 times before I gave up and asked my sighted friend to set up my account. More here, here and here.

Today's timewaster gave me a huge attack of nostalgia - it's Donkey Kong just like the one I had as a kid, and many other classic Nintendo handhelds as well! For more retro fun, tekin recommends typing 1980 anywhere on any YouTube video.. like, uh, this one.



Thursday Night Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 8-August-2013  23:45:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Upgrading from Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 to Core i7-4770K on LegitReviews.
MSI Z87-G45 Gaming Motherboard on OCClub.
GIGABYTE Z87X-OC Force Motherboard Digital PWM and Cooling Deep Dive on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
Ozone Oxygen earphones on RBMods.
Plantronics GameCom 780 headset on PCGamers.
Vizio M501D-A2R HDTV on TechReviewSource.

Video Cards:
2560×1600: GeForce GTX 770-780 vs Radeon HD 7950-7970 on BenchmarkReviews.
MSI GTX 760 HAWK on PureOC.
EVGA GTX 780 Classified on NinjaLane.
MSI N760 HAWK on LegitReviews.
AMD HD7870 vs. NVIDIA GTX 660 Ti on NeoSeeker.
MSI GTX 760 Hawk on LanOC.
MSI GeForce GTX 760 HAWK on Guru3D.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Acer Aspire S7 (2013) ultrabook on TechReviewSource.
Google Nexus 7 (2013) tablet on HotHardware.

Storage:
Plextor M5 Pro 256 GB SSD on TechPowerUp.
QNAP TS-421 and TS-420 NASs on LegionHW.
OCZ Vertex 450 256GB on Vortez.

Cases:
Lian Li PC-TU100 M-ITX Chassis on eTeknix.
Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 Case Video Review on HWHeaven.
CaseLabs Merlin SM8 on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake Chaser A71 Full-Tower on FunkyKit.

Power Supply:
Antec 850W HCP Platinum PSU on Guru3D.
Antec HCP-850 Platinum 850-Watt 80 PLUS Platinum on Tweaktown.

Misc:
Diamond Multimedia WR300NSI Wireless-N Repeater on BenchmarkReviews.
SilverStone Air Penetrator SST-AP123 Cooling Fan on APHNetworks.



Photography Gallery (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 7-August-2013  20:39:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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















Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 7-August-2013  14:14:53 (GMT +10) - by booj

Storage:
ADATA SX300 256GB mSATA SSD on TweakTown.
Seagate Slim Portable 500GB Hard Disk Drive on TweakTown.
Synology DS713+ NAS on techPowerUp.
Silicon Power Blaze B20 USB 3.0 Flash Drive on Madshrimps.
SilverStone SOB02 Slot Loading 6x Blu-ray Writer on TweakTown.

Cases:
Thermaltake Chaser A41 on OCC.
Lian Li PC-TU100 B Mini-Tower on TweakTown.
Fractal Design Node 605 on Guru3D.

Power Supplies:
Thermaltake Smart 750W on ThinkComputers.
Super Flower Leadex Platinum 1000w on techPowerUp.

Cooling:
Be Quiet! Shadow Rock 2 CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Deepcool M6 Laptop Cooler on APH Networks.
XSPC RayStorm 750 AX240 Watercooling Kit on HardwareHeaven.
Noctua NH-U12S and NH-U14S CPU Coolers on Madshrimps.
Thermaltake NiC 5 Untouchable CPU Cooler on Funky Kit.
Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler on OCC.
Noctua Fan Round Up on PureOverclock.
CM Storm SF-17 Gaming Notebook Cooler on OCC.

Input etc:
SteelSeries APEX Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
MSI GK-601 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Benchmark Reviews.
Leetgion Hellion RTS gaming mouse on Legion Hardware.
CMStorm Havoc Professional Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.

Misc:
Cooler Master CM Storm Pulse-R Gaming Headset on Legit Reviews.
Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone on HotHardware.
Sapphire HD 7790 Dual-X on LanOC.
AMD Radeon RG2133 Gamer 16GB Memory Kit on Neoseeker.



Tuesday Morning (20 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 6-August-2013  00:11:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australia now has a National Plan to Combat Cybercrime. "This plan represents a national commitment to work together to ensure a safer and more secure digital environment for all Australians," Mr Dreyfus said. "While it brings tremendous benefits, the internet has created new opportunities for financially motivated cyber criminals and those who seek to target vulnerable members of our community. Organised criminals are increasingly using the internet and legitimate communications tools to target Australians and to facilitate their illegal activities."

Back issues of BYTE Magazine have been added to the Internet Archive. Whereas many magazines from the mid-1980s had been dedicated to the MS-DOS (PC) platform or the Mac, mostly from a business or home user's perspective, Byte covered developments in the entire field of "small computers and software", and sometimes other computing fields such as supercomputers and high-reliability computing. Coverage was in-depth with much technical detail, rather than user-oriented. In fact it seems there's lots of magazines in there.

The Obama administration have overturned an Apple ban in the USA. The president’s veto comes in response to a ruling made by the USITC in June, granting the South Korean electronics giant Samsung’s request for an import ban on older iPhones and iPads, which the ITC found to infringe one of Samsung’s standards-essential patents. The order would have affected only AT&T iPhone models prior to the 4S, as well as the iPad 2 and earlier iPad versions. “We applaud the administration for standing up for innovation in this landmark case. Samsung was wrong to abuse the patent system in this way,” an Apple spokeswoman told AllThingsD.

Meanwhile they're in hot water over alleged e-book price-fixing. Apple should be banned from entering anti-competitive e-book distribution contracts for five years and should end its business ties with five publishers with which it conspired to raise e-book prices, federal and state regulators said on Friday.

AMD have released some beta drivers designed to address the frame stuttering issue, with coverage on HardOCP, Anandtech, HotHardware and HWHeaven. Average and minimum framerates remain an important aspect of results but a card must deliver frames without delay to give us a truly smooth gaming experience. So over the last few months this aspect of performance has been receiving attention from both NVIDIA and AMD. Today AMD deliver what they hope is a beta driver which addresses frame pacing as they call it in certain scenarios.

Tech Report have news on Intel's plans to reinvent the datacentre. Yet Intel did precisely the opposite of what you might expect. Diane Bryant, Senior VP and GM of the Datacenter and Connected Systems Group, used her opening keynote to project a somewhat radical vision of the data center of the future. In this vision, nearly every component of the data center—from servers to switches to storage to network appliances—will be re-architected to offer more flexibility and configurability.

Here's the details on that 3D printed DB4 from NZ mentioned in Misc Pics recently, thanks irvo44. Meanwhile it was also done for the latest James Bond film, thanks Sphinx2000. Producers have utilized the revolutionary technology of 3D printed cars instead of destroying the ultra-luxurious Aston Martins. If a car was lost in a shot, or if a shot needed to be redone, the producers were able to simply print another car, using a large scale 3D printer.

Some new malware is attacking TOR users and seems to be unmasking their anonymity, with fingers pointed squarely at the USA Feds. The malware showed up Sunday morning on multiple websites hosted by the anonymous hosting company Freedom Hosting. That would normally be considered a blatantly criminal “drive-by” hack attack, but nobody’s calling in the FBI this time. The FBI is the prime suspect. Update: or rather the NSA, much to nobody's surprise, thanks crag_v.



Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 4-August-2013  23:52:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z87 Extreme6/ac (Intel LGA 1150) on TechPowerUp.
Supermicro C7Z87-OCE (Intel Z87) on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5 on MadShrimps.

Input Etc:
Razer Naga (2014) MMO Gaming Mouse Video Review on HWHeaven.
ZOWIE G-TF Rough mousepad on DVHardware.
CM Storm QuickFire XT Keyboard on HWSecrets.
Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS MEKA G1 Illuminated Mechanical Keyboard on Tweaktown.
ROCCAT Isku FX keyboard on DVHardware.
Cooler Master Storm Quickfire XT on LanOC.
CM Storm QuickFire XT Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on LegitReviews.

Storage:
Seagate 600 SSD 240GB (ST240HM000) on NikKTech.
Patriot Tab 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on eTeknix.

Cooling:
Alpenfohn Brocken CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Raijintek EreBoss CPU cooler on Vortez.
Prolimatech Magnetic Pin for mounting fans on DVHardware.

Cases:
Aerocool Strike-X Xtreme Black Edition Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
Cooler Master N400 on LegitReviews.

Audio Visual:
Noontec Zoro Wireless Hi-Fi Headphone on HWHeaven.
Bayan Audio StreamPort Universal Audio Streamer on eTeknix.
GIGABYTE Fly and H11 headphones on Vortez.
Alienvibes EP02WT Noise Cancelling Headphones on BigBruin.
Asus ProArt PA249Q 24-inch AH-IPS LCD Monitor on eTeknix.
ASUS PQ321 Ultra HD 4K 31.5-inch Monitor on HotHardware.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS ROG G750 Budget Gaming Laptop on TechWareLabs.
Gigabyte GSmart Maya M1 v2 Quad Mobile Phone on MadShrimps.
Brix Mini PC Review: Gigabyte's Take On Small Form Factor Computing on TechSpot.
Google Nexus 7 tablet on TechReviewSource.
Shuttle SH87R6 review: potent Haswell mini PC on Hardware.info.

Video Cards:
XFX Radeon HD 7950 FX-795A-TDFC on BenchmarkReviews.
MSI Gaming N780 TF 3GD5/OC GeForce GTX 780 on OCClub.

Misc:
ASUS RT-AC66U Wireless 802.11ac Wi-Fi Router on BenchmarkReviews.
Rise of the Triad for PC on MegaTechNews.



Misc Pics (35 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 2-August-2013  13:53:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Davo1111 and mpot this week!







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, 1-August-2013  23:39:27 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
Colorful GeForce GTX 760 iGAME 2GB OC on TweakTown.
PowerColor HD 7870 Devil 2Gb on techPowerUp.

Storage:
QNAP TS-421 4-bay Consumer NAS on TweakTown.
Mushkin Ventura USB 3.0 64GB on PureOverclock.
Patriot Tab 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on eTeknix.
Western Digital Slim (WD10SPCX) 1TB HDD on TweakTown.
Western Digital 1TB Velociraptor (WD1000DHTZ) and 2TB Caviar Black (WD2002FAEX) Hard Drives on Futurelooks.

Cooling:
Phobya MaxGuide 6 Dualbay Fan Controller on eTeknix.
XSPC Photon 270 Glass Tube Reservoir on PureOverclock.
Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Noctua NF-S12A Series Fan Roundup on Neoseeker.

Cases:
NZXT H630 on Hardware Secrets.
Cougar Spike on DV Hardware.
Corsair Carbide Air 540 Cube Case on Benchmark Reviews.

Power Supplies:
Cooler Master V1000 1000W on APH Networks.
Sentey SDP850-SS on Hardware Secrets.

Audio:
Asus U7 USB Sound Card on techPowerUp.
Cooler Master Storm Pulse-R Gaming Headset on Modders-Inc.
TTesports Cronos Headphones on Rbmods.

Portable:
Nvidia Shield Tegra 4 Gaming Device on HotHardware.
Toshiba Qosmio X75 on TechReviewSource.
Google Nexus 7 2nd Generation Tablet on Legit Reviews.

Input etc:
Logitech G700s Mouse on LanOC.
Roccat Kone Pure Gaming Mouse (Video Review) on HardwareHeaven.
Cooler Master Havoc Gaming Laser Mouse on Funky Kit.
Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Theron Infrared Gaming Mouse on TweakTown.
Gigabyte Aivia Neon Touch-Charge Air Presenter Mouse on eTeknix.



Thursday Morning (7 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 1-August-2013  02:54:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Synology are having launch events in Sydney and Melbourne for their DSM 4.3 system. Synology invites you to the official launch of DSM 4.3 in Sydney and Melbourne. Be the first to experience the new exciting features and have hands-on experience with the upcoming NAS models. The new version of DSM is designed to make your data storage and management more efficient, flexible and versatile. Also, goody bags.

I did think that earlier Lenovo story sounded a bit odd, and the Dept of Defence have refuted it now. Reports published on 27 and 29 July 2013 in the Australian Financial Review allege a Department of Defence ban on the use of Lenovo computer equipment on the Defence Secret and Top Secret Networks. This reporting is factually incorrect. There is no Department of Defence ban on the Lenovo Company or their computer products; either for classified or unclassified systems.

An Australian teenager has won the 2013 Rubik's Cube World Championship. MANY of us have owned a Rubik's Cube for most of our lives and yet have not once been able to solve it. And after watching this video it will take only seven seconds to destroy any remaining self esteem you might have about your cube solving skills.

Australia has a new fastest supercomputer.. again. The largest super computer in Australia, called Raijin after the Japanese god of thunder and rain, cost $50 million to build and will cost $12 million a year to run. It is part of the new National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) facility at the campus. The Canberra-based super computer is believed to be the 27th most powerful computer in the world.

Microsoft have a blog post about triple-screen 4K monitor gaming. In this article I’m going to share with you an amazing set of experiences that I recently had pushing the boundaries of 4K multi-mon gaming with several Sharp PN-K321 4K Ultra HD displays that I had on loan for a short period of time. I’ll start with some scenarios that have been tested before and then walk through a technology demonstration and collaboration that I worked on with AMD to see how far we could push things. Let’s just say this was an intense experience!

Harvard have made remote thought-controlled animals. Researchers at Harvard University have created the first noninvasive brain-to-brain interface (BBI) between a human… and a rat. Simply by thinking the appropriate thought, the BBI allows the human to control the rat’s tail. When is "I want to control that rat's tail with my mind" an appropriate thought? Creepy.

Also creepy is The Guardian's latest report on the NSA's grip on the net. XKeyscore, the documents boast, is the NSA's "widest reaching" system developing intelligence from computer networks – what the agency calls Digital Network Intelligence (DNI). One presentation claims the program covers "nearly everything a typical user does on the internet", including the content of emails, websites visited and searches, as well as their metadata.

Saint's Row IV is still banned in Oz, thanks Kie. A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the computer game Saints Row IV is classified Refused Classification. In the Review Board’s opinion, Saints Row IV could not be accommodated within the R 18+ classification as drug use related to incentives and rewards is not permitted.



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