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September 2013
Monday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 30-September-2013  12:03:50 (GMT +10) - by Grec

There’s an interesting video on YouTube by EverythingApplePro – It’s every iPhone ever made, being speed tested against one another – definitely worth a watch.

The latest iOS7 software update has come with a new GPS system, dubbed “iBeacon”. Better location information will improve a range of features, including recommendations based on what's popular nearby. It will also enable ads and coupons from nearby retailers and potentially allow mobile ordering and other transactions.

Incidentally, if you or your friends are feeling sick after updating your iPhone's software, it's not just a coincidence.

Google’s released a pretty cool virtual tour of the Hadron Collider, and the ATLAS, CMS, LHCb and ALICE experiments on Google Street View for all of us to enjoy. In 2011, members of Google’s Zurich team joined forces with CERN and spent two full weeks photographing the subterranean experiments and portions of the LHC, as well as the interiors of surface buildings at the laboratory. Compiling the imagery and coordinating the GPS locations took an additional two years, according to CERN photographer Max Brice.

Ctrl – Alt – Del, according to Bill Gates during a recent interview at Harvard, was a mistake. "You want to have something you do with the keyboard that is signaling to a very low level of the software - actually hard-coded in the hardware - that it really is bringing in the operating system you expect, instead of just a funny piece of software that puts up a screen that looks like a log-in screen, and then it listens to your password and then it’s able to do that," Mr Gates said. "It was a mistake." Check out the full interview on YouTube here.

Microsoft, in an effort to get consumers to switch from iPhones to one of their new Surface 2 or Surface 2 Pro models. On its Microsoft Store website, Microsoft outlined the new deal: It will accept "gently used" iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 smartphones -- the 2011 and 2012 editions, respectively -- and pay a minimum of $200 for each. The Redmond, Wash. technology company will issue the funds as a gift card good for purchases at the Microsoft Store.

Iran has been accused of hacking US Navy computers, not long after the US restarted talks with Iran officials over Iran's nuclear weapon program. The U.S. doesn't believe important data was stolen, but the attacks showed a new level of Iranian hacking power, including the ability to access military data, U.S. officials told The Wall Street Journal. Either agents working directly for the Iranian government or an outside group with Iran's approval allegedly carried out the attacks.



Misc Pics (19 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-September-2013  13:31:07 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

Agg may be away, but that doesn't mean there's no Misc Pics:







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, 27-September-2013  01:14:13 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
Asus Z87 Sabertooth on eTeknix.
Asus Z87-Deluxe on Benchmark Reviews.
Intel Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition on Techgage.

Graphics Cards:
MSI GTX 660 GAMING 2GB on techPowerUp.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB on APH Networks.

Memory:
Gskill F3-2666C11D-8GTXD 2666MHz Dual Channel on Bjorn3D.
Patriot Viper III 2400MHz “Black Mamba” Memory Kit on Bjorn3D.

Input etc:
Mionix AVIOR 8200 Mouse on techPowerUp.
Gigabyte Force K7 Stealth Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.
CM Havoc Gaming Mouse and QuickFire XT Mechanical Keyboard on OCC.
Roccat Savu Mid-Size Hybrid Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.

Cases:
Cooler Master Silencio 352 mATX Mini Tower on eTeknix.
SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E Evolution on OCIA.
Corsair Obsidian 750D on Vortez.
Corsair Obsidian 750D on eTeknix.
Corsair Obsidian 750D on Guru3D.
Cooler Master COSMOS SE on OCC.
In Win Tou Tempered Glass Special Edition on eTeknix.
Cooler Master Cosmos SE on Legit Reviews.
Thermaltake Chaser A31 on LanOC.

Power Supplies:
Corsair RM650 on Ocaholic.
Corsair RM650 on Legit Reviews.

Cooling:
Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler on Benchmark Reviews.
be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 CPU Cooler on techPowerUp.

Phones:
iPhone 5S on HardwareHeaven.
iPhone 5C on HardwareHeaven.
iPhone 5s on Hot Hardware.



Thursday Morning (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 26-September-2013  08:57:00 (GMT +10) - by Grec

Looks like Microsoft have taken another stab at making tablets, they've recently held a press event revealing the new Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro products in New York. Microsoft says that Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro both benefit from "significant updates." Among them are improvements to processing power, better battery life, display and camera resolution upgrades, and a niftier Kickstand that now sports dual angles, making it more comfortable to use on your lap or desk.

AMD have also unveiled their new GPU family - The R5, R7 and R9. Specs on the new cards are still limited, but we know that the highest-end R9 290X is a six-billion transistor GPU with more than 300GB/s of memory bandwidth and prominent support for 4K gaming.

A new (fake) advert has been released for the iOS7 has been making the rounds, claiming it makes your phone waterproof.“Update to iOS 7 and become waterproof” claims the ad (see below) explaining that “In an emergency, a smart-switch will shut off the phone’s power supply and corresponding components to prevent any damage to your iPhone’s delicate circuitry.”

Steam is going to be giving away 300 of their new living room entertainment "Steam Machine" prototypes to their users. To qualify for the early prototype, Steam users must complete Valve's "eligibility quest." That involves joining the Steam Universe community group; agreeing to the company's hardware beta terms and conditions; having or making at least 10 friends on Steam; creating a public Steam Community profile; and, lastly, playing a game with a gamepad using Steam's Big Picture mode.

Google's upgraded their search privacy, however they've left the same loopholes for advertisers. What's not to like with that? Chiefly, a loophole Google has left in for its advertisers and a lost opportunity to get all sites to go secure.

China's unblocking Facebook, Twitter and the New York Times in certain locations, called "Free Trade Zones". The idea of unblocking websites in the FTZ was to make foreigners "feel like at home", the South China Morning Post quoted a government source as saying. "If they can't get onto Facebook or read the New York Times, they may naturally wonder how special the free-trade zone is compared with the rest of China," the source said.

A company called InteraXon has developed a headband that can help train your brain to be less distracted. There's an interesting video on it all here.

Gizmodo have got an interesting gallery on the the Golden Age of Zeppelins, including the Hindenburg.



Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 24-September-2013  01:30:35 (GMT +10) - by booj

Storage:
Thecus N2560 2-bay Consumer NAS on TweakTown.
Vantec NexStar HDD Duplicator on Legit Reviews.
Mach Xtreme Technology LX USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TweakTown.
Thecus N2560 NAS on HardwareHeaven.
OCZ Vertex 450 256 GB SSD on techPowerUp.
QNAP NAS HD Station on TweakTown.
Samsung XP941 M.2 PCIe SSD on The SSD Review.

Cases:
BitFenix Ronin Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
Mountain Mods Ascension CYO on Modders-Inc.
X2 6018B MOD Series on NikKTech.
Enermax Fulmo GT Full Tower on ThinkComputers.

Input etc:
Gamdias Hermes GKB2010 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Benchmark Reviews.
Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard on Technology X.
SteelSeries Apex Gaming Keyboard on Madshrimps.
Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Legit Reviews.
Tt eSPORTS MEKA G-Unit Gaming Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
Func MS-3 Mouse on Ocaholic.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Google Nexus 7 on Techspot.
Samsung ATIV Book 6 Notebook on Hot Hardware.
Apple iPhone 5C on TechReviewSource.
Acer Aspire V3-772G-9402 Gaming Laptop on TechReviewSource.

Audio:
Asus Xonar Essence STU DAC/Amp on techPowerUp.
SteelSeries Siberia V2 HyperX Edition Gaming Headset on Funky Kit.
Jabra STONE3 Bluetooth Headset on NikKTech.

Misc:
Asus GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU Mini OC on Ocaholic.
Rosewill Tachyon 750W Power Supply on Think Computers.



Monday Morning (7 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 23-September-2013  09:34:26 (GMT +10) - by Grec

NBN chairwoman Siobahn McKenna has offered her resignation to the Minister of Communications, Malcolm Turnbull - And the rest of the NBN board have offered to resign as well. Following the resignation of Mr Quigley, Mr Turnbull turned his attention to Ms McKenna. He described her as having "no experience" in the telecoms sector and raised questions about whether her background as a management consultant qualified her to chair a network business.

Techreviewsource have had a close look at the new iPhone 5s, and compared it to the iPhone5c, LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy S4. The iPhone 5s ($199 for 16GB with contract) is a tiny phone with a lot of room to grow. It's amazing how a 4-inch, 4-ounce smartphone is now considered small, but that's the world we live in. Underneath the diminutive hood, though, lies fearsome power.

Whilst we're on the subject of the iPhones, hackers from the Chaos Computer Club in Germany have claimed that they have cracked the biometric fingerprint security - And they've got a video proving it. "We hope that this finally puts to rest the illusions people have about fingerprint biometrics," CCC spokesperson Frank Rieger said in a statement. "It is plain stupid to use something that you can´t change and that you leave everywhere every day as a security token."

The Y2K bug has reared its ugly head, causing a computer glitch aboard the Deep Impact spacecraft. "Basically, it was a Y2K problem, where some software didn't roll over the calendar date correctly," said A'Hearn. The spacecraft's fault-protection software (ironically enough) would have misread any date after August 11, 2013, he said, triggering an endless series of computer reboots aboard Deep Impact.

Also on space oddities, NASA have released images of a rock formation on Mercury that looks like a certain iconic smuggler - check out the photo here.

Robot seals are being used to help dementia sufferers now, with amazing results - such as helping a man speak for the first time in two years. "We wondered whether people with dementia would throw them out and say that's just a stuffed toy," Moyle says. "I guess we were surprised by the reaction of the group in the study - they were keen to engage with the robot, look at what it was, and some of the people who were cognitively impaired would ask questions about Millie."

Blackberry has also announced that they are cutting 4,500 jobs, after losing nearly $950 million over the second quarter. The plan's necessitated by an expected Q2 2014 net operating loss of almost one billion (955-995 million) dollars, driven primarily by the lackluster sale of its BB10 phones -- the company will take a pre-tax charge of $930-960 million which can be attributed mostly to the failure of the Z10 to sell.



Misc Pics (35 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-September-2013  11:01:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I'm off to NZ for a few days next week, leaving you in the capable hands of the forum admins and the newsmonkeys.. be good!







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



Friday Morning (6 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-September-2013  10:53:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Nintendo video game pioneer Hiroshi Yamauchi has died, aged 85. Yamauchi was just 22 when he took over the family business - then a maker of playing cards - and went on to head the firm for over half a century. It was during his tenure, in 1983, that Nintendo released a games console called the Family Computer, which laid the foundations for the modern video-game industry.

Guru3D had some fun in ultra high definition. We take the ASUS PQ321 monitor for a nice test spin and check out PC game performance at Ultra High Definition, that would be a whopping 8 Mpixels resolution of 3840x2160 ! So please do join me, we'll start off with a quick overview of the monitor, then we'll do some regular benchmarking at UHD and then some FCAT results.

In what seems destined to become an iconic photo, a Free Syrian Army rebel has been observed using an iPad to aim a mortar, thanks Owen. These rebels, according to Szoldra, appear to be using an app to level the tube because they don’t have sights on the mortars to help level it out and aim at a target.

According to Intel, it's the year of the Linux desktop.. again. Thanks to Android on smartphones and tablets, plus the rise of Chromebooks, Intel sees Linux as the leading end-user operating system. So, not really traditional desktops exactly.

Google have released a pre-rolled coding environment for the Raspberry Pi. So we built something for Raspberry Pi called Coder. Download it, put it on an SD card, plug it in and it turns your Raspberry Pi into a simple place to write code and a miniserver to run it on, everything you need to get started making real web things, using real languages of the web.

UQ had a recent scramjet launch which didn't go entirely to plan. The rocket carrying the scramjet launched at 3pm (Norwegian time, 11pm Brisbane time), however the payload failed to achieve the correct altitude to begin the scientific experiment as planned.



Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 19-September-2013  22:18:58 (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.

MSI BEAT IT CS:GO Oceania Qualifiers in Overclocking & Hardware.
VenomLapse overclocking timelapse video in Overclocking & Hardware.
Work-out mat for the desk - winning in Overclocking & Hardware.
10TB All-Flash Array in Storage & Backup.
Survey if you have time in Overclocking & Hardware.
Corsair Air 540 Case Video Review in Modding.
Gigabyte R9200 (GV-R9264DH) and Zalman VNF100 cooler in Modding.
Why is Blueray playback such a headache?!? in HTPC.
iOS 7 discussion (for all devices) in Apple iOS (OS & Devices).
Official iPhone 5s thread - 64 bit A7, Touch ID, 120fps in Apple iOS (OS & Devices).
FTTN Economics in Networking, Telephony & Internet.
Grand Theft Auto V in Game Consoles.
Strange 33KV Transformer in Electronics & Electrics.
Retired satellites in Electronics & Electrics.
NeverWet - Stops Rust and resists Water in Electronics & Electrics.
Best microcontroller to run this circuit in Electronics & Electrics.
Checking out Li-ion/poly USB Power Banks in Electronics & Electrics.
VMware Introduces NSX - Network Virtualisation in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Recipe to Riches in Geek Food.
Solar Still Challenge in Hobby Engineering.
General Astronomy, Cosmology and Space Exploration Discussion in Science.
"Big Brother" insurance on the way in Motoring.



Thaaarrrsday Evening (5 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 19-September-2013  19:23:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ahoy there, mateys! It be Talk Like A Pirate Day, and while I'm swabbing the decks and preparing to set sail for distant lands (well, New Zealand), here be the news of the day.

If ye are plannin' on installin' iOS7, beware! Lest it send yet iGadget to the briny depths, with more info hyarrr. Users' iPhones were rendered useless they were unable to download the update at all, while others experienced errors during the installation process. Some update downloads failed completely, turning their phones into glorified paperweights.

The Dread Cap'n Newell says that Linux be the future of gaming, and they have some new hyarrdware on the horizon. Newell has previously promised to unveil a Linux-based "Steam box" to compete against living room gaming consoles sometime this year, and his company has updated the Steam software to work better on TVs. While he didn't specifically mention the Steam box today, Newell hinted at an announcement next week. "Next week we're going to be rolling out more information about how we get there and what are the hardware opportunities we see for bringing Linux into the living room," Newell said. More hyarrr.

We always hear about the eeevils of violent video games, but these fine lads saved the day while sailin' back from picking up their GTA V booty at the stroke of midnight. On their way home with their new game, the brothers heard the sound of smoke detectors, screeching from a nearby house. Smoke was pouring from the window, and they heard a man inside crying for help.

Those mangy currs at Techspot have benchmaaarrrrked Aarrrrma 3. ARMA 3 will offer the largest official terrain of its franchise, with ground area covering approximately 270 km² across the Aegean islands of Altis and 20 km² on the Greek island Stratis. Between its expansive world and graphical advancements, it's no surprise that the developer's recommended specifications are set relatively high.

One issue with sendin' robots to do a soldier's job is when you get too fond of the little tykes. "They would say they were angry when a robot became disabled because it is an important tool, but then they would add 'poor little guy,' or they'd say they had a funeral for it," Carpenter said.

Talkin' all piratey like makes my beard ache, so may the stars guide your way and your sails always be full, and as befittin' tradition, here's our TLAPD mascot again.


Yarrr!



Thursday Morning Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 19-September-2013  10:28:36 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
Inno3D iChill GTX 780 HerculeZ X3 Ultra on Vortez.
MSI GTX 660 Gaming on Ninjalane.
Asus GTX 760 DirectCU Mini 2 GB on techPowerUp.

Memory:
Kingston HyperX Beast 16GB DDR3-2133 on Benchmark Reviews.
Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1866 SODIMM 16GB Kit Laptop Memory on HardwareHeaven.

Storage:
Sandisk Extreme II 240GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
Western Digital RED WD30EFRX 3TB SATA III HDD on NikKTech.
Toshiba 500GB SSHD (MQ01ABD100H) on TweakTown.
ADATA XPG SX300 256GB mSATA SSD on eTeknix.

Cooling:
XSPC Raystorm 750 EX240 water cooling kit on pcgamers.net.au
Raijintek Ereboss CPU Air Cooler on HardwareHeaven.
Corsair Hydro Series H100i CPU Cooler on Legit Reviews.

Cases:
Phanteks Enthoo Primo on Vortez.
Thermaltake Chaser A41 on PureOverclock.

Power Supplies:
Cooler Master V550S with 3D Circuit Design on techPowerUp.
Super Flower Leadex Platinum 1000- 80 PLUS Platinum PSU on TweakTown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Iphone 5s on Anandtech.
Nokia Lumia 521 Windows Phone 8 Smartphone on Mega Tech News.
Toshiba Satellite S55t-A5277 on TechReviewSource.

Audio:
LUXA2 Groovy Wireless Stereo Speaker on TweakTown.
CM Storm Pulse-R Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.
Tritton Pro+ True 5.1 Surround HeadSet on PureOverclock.

Misc:
ECS Z87H3-A2X motherboard on Guru3D.
TteSports Theron Infrared Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Google Chromecast HDMI USB HDTV Streaming.
Club3D SenseVision Multi Stream Transport DisplayPort Hub on eTeknix.



Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 17-September-2013  10:00:40 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
ECS Z87H3-A2X Extreme GANK on PC Perspective.
MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming on TweakTown.
ECS Z87H3-A2X Extreme GANK on Madshrimps.
Intel Core i7 4960X on Futurelooks.

Graphics Cards:
XFX FX7850 Double Dissipation on eTeknix.
Sapphire Radeon HD7730 1GB on Bigbruin.
PowerColor Radeon HD 7730 1GB on eTeknix.
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB GHz Edition on Legit Reviews.
Asus GTX 670 DirectCU II Mini on Bjorn3D.

Storage:
WD My Passport Slim 1TB Portable Hard Drive on Techgage.
WD My Passport Slim 1TB Portable Hard Drive on Legit Reviews.
Samsung SSD 840 Evo 250GB & 1TB Drives on Techspot.
Toshiba mSATA Client SSD Review (256GB) on The SSD Review.
Corsair Force LS 240GB SSD on Vortez.

Memory:
Kingston HyperX Predator 16GB DDR3-2133 Kit on OCIA.
Crucial Ballistix Sport XT DDR3-1866 16GB on ThinkComputers.
Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 1866MHz 16GB on eTeknix.

Cooling:
Zalman Reserator 3 Max watercooling on Rbmods.
Raijintek Themis CPU cooler on techPowerUp.

Power Supplies:
Antec EarthWatts Platinum 450W on eTeknix.
Fractal Design Newton R3 1000W 80 PLUS Platinum on TweakTown.

Audio:
Tt eSPORTS Console One Stereo Gaming Headset on HardwareHeaven.
Ozone Oxygen In-Ear ProGaming Headset on NikKTech.
Antec SP1 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker on Funky Kit.

Portable:
MyKronoz ZeBracelet on TechReviewSource.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Tablet on Megatechnews.

Misc:
Asus PCE-AC66 Wi-Fi AC1750 PCIe Wireless Adapter on Benchmark Reviews.
Club3D SenseVision Multi Stream Transport DisplayPort Hub on eTeknix.



Monday Night (3 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-September-2013  22:57:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

SiliconAngel sent in another worrying legal scenario unfolding internationally. The copyright provisions in the TPP will carve a highly restrictive copyright regime into stone and prevent countries from enacting laws that best address and promote users’ interests. In this final stage, it’s time for us to demand that our lawmakers join those who are already denouncing this agreement. We must drag this out into the light and reject international laws that uphold corporate interests at the expense of users’ rights.

The audio cassette is turning 50 years old. This month, Philips, the innovator behind Compact Cassette technology, celebrates the cassette’s golden anniversary. That’s 50 years of playing, recording, fast forwarding, rewinding and flipping the tape. On a related note, audio pioneer Ray Dolby has passed away.

Newly-appointed Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has slammed an academic over their NBN analysis. Communications Minister-elect Malcolm Turnbull has savagely attacked a University of Queensland lecturer for a seemingly innocuous article analysing rising online dissent towards the Coalition’s NBN policy, inaccurately labelling the academic’s article as “false” and “misleading”, and claiming that it was “a disgrace”.

The head of the NSA is a Star Trek fan, if his Information Dominance Centre is anything to go by. But now, on the website of DBI Architects, Inc. of Washington and Reston, Virginia, there are what purports to be photographs of the actual Star-Trek-like headquarters commissioned by Gen. Alexander that so impressed his Congressional overseers. It's a 10,740 square foot labyrinth in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The brochure touts how "the prominently positioned chair provides the commanding officer an uninterrupted field of vision to a 22'-0" wide projection screen".

Lots of Intel news, with a 14nm PC, the new Bay Trail quad-core Atoms, a Z86 / Haswell OC guide and a Haswell / Richland memory guide on TomsHardware. Graphics workloads love fast memory. But how much difference can a desktop-oriented kit have on gaming performance with Intel's HD Graphics 4600 or AMD's Radeon HD 8670D? We test six 16 GB kits, two all the way up to DDR3-2400 to find out.

IBM aren't out of the CPU race either, with a new openPOWER Consortium. IBM is joining with Google, NVIDIA, Mellanox, and Tyan to create the OpenPOWER Consortium, with the intent being to build advanced server, networking, storage, and GPU-accelerated technologies based on IBM’s POWER microprocessor architecture. High performance computing clusters and cloud computing are other areas of focus for OpenPOWER.

Here's a cool natural mechanical gear found in an insect. As a duo of researchers in the U.K. report today in the journal Science, the issus also the first living creature ever discovered to sport a functioning gear. "Jumping is one of the most rapid and powerful things an animal can do," says Malcolm Burrows, a zoologist at the University of Cambridge and the lead author of the paper, "and that leads to all sorts of crazy specializations."

Symon sent in this Phonebloks concept for a modular mobile phone, with discussion here. Join the thunderclap, together we can show the world there is a need for a phone worth keeping!

Tekin meanwhile spotted this cryptography challenge. Last year, GCHQ created a groundbreaking challenge, which asked ‘Can You Crack It’. Now in 2013, we are asking Can You Find It? Our new challenge is to find and solve 5 codes we have hidden around the web. For anyone able to rise to the challenge and find all the codes, you’ll join an elite community of people with some of the specific skills we look for at GCHQ. We also have some great prizes. You can win 1 of 100 Raspberry Pi or 1 of 5 Google Nexus 7 tablets.

But I imagine everyone is playing GTA V instead of reading all this, so here's a look at how the game map compares to Australian cities. Grand Theft Auto V’s map is big. At this point I think that point has been well established, but just to illustrate matters further PlayStation Australia has attempted to give us some local perspective. What if Grand Theft Auto’s map was stretched atop Sydney? How much ground would it cover?



Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-September-2013  00:27:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooling:
Thermalright AXP-200 Low-Profile CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Noctua NH-U12S and NH-U14S Heatpipe Tower Coolers on BigBruin.

Storage:
SuperTalent USB 3.0 Express Dram Disk on TheSSDReview.
Seagate Desktop 2TB SSHD (ST2000DX001) on Tweaktown.
Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD Review (480GB) on TheSSDReview.
Toshiba THNSNH Solid State Drive on XbitLabs.
Micron P420m 1.4TB PCIe Enterprise SSD on Tweaktown.
Adata DashDrive Durable HD710 waterproof hard drive on TechReport.
WD Re (WD4000FYYZ) 4TB Enterprise HDD on Tweaktown.
Antec High Power Gamer M 750W on PureOC.
PNY Prevail 240GB SSD on Tweaktown.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z87 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Mainboard on XbitLabs.
Gigabyte Z87X-OC on Bjorn3D.

Cases:
Aerocool GT-S (Black Edition) Chassis on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master N600 Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
Lian Li PC-Q28 Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower on BenchmarkReviews.
Corsair Carbide 330R Quiet Mid-Tower on PCPerspective.
Fractal Arc Midi R2 on MadShrimps.

Audio Visual:
Tt eSPORTS CRONOS Gaming Headset on Techgage.
Astro A50 Multi-Format Wireless Gaming Headset on eTeknix.

Misc:
ASUS GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU Mini video card on Guru3D.
Mushkin 996996 8GB DDR3 2133Mhz on OCClub.



Misc Pics (39 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-September-2013  14:37:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday the 13th.. oooh, spooky. Thanks to RnR and Stax 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 (7 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-September-2013  14:08:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

DX are giving away a robust RC helicopter airship thingy.. hopefully more robust than the last couple I've given to my 6yo boy!

Malcolm Turnbull has responded to the NBN petition, which has 218,000 signatures and counting. For those who don't have time to read our policy (but time to sign an online petition) there are a few important points to bear in mind. We do not regard technology as an ideological issue. We are technologically agnostic. We want to ensure that all Australians have very fast broadband as soon, as cheaply and as affordably as possible.

The BBC report on the Minecraft phenomenon. The community of people involved with the game numbers in the tens of millions. Many of those fans are children, mainly boys, aged between nine and 15 - among whom it is almost a religion. By way of example, someone has made the original Pokemon games in Minecraft.

Steam have announced family sharing. Steam Family Sharing allows close friends and family members to play one another's games while earning their own Steam achievements and saving their own game progress to the Steam cloud. It's all enabled by authorizing a shared computer. More here.

NASA have announced that Voyager 1 has officially left the building.. err, the Solar System. NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft officially is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space. The 36-year-old probe is about 12 billion miles (19 billion kilometers) from our sun. More info here, and despite it the furthest man-made object from Earth, we can still see it. These radio telescopes cannot see Voyager 1 in visible light, but rather "see" the spacecraft signal in radio light.

Closer to home, you can track an autonomous boat as it crosses the Atlantic. Just over 100 miles out from the coast of Rhode Island, an autonomous drone boat called Scout has already broken records for the farthest unmanned voyage, and its designers hope to set a much bigger one by using it to perform the first unmanned transatlantic crossing. The best part? You can follow the robo-boat on its voyage online via a handy Transatlantic Tracker.

Twitter have quietly announced their IPO. We’ve confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. This Tweet does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale.



Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-September-2013  09:11:45 (GMT +10) - by booj

Storage:
LSI 9300-4i4e SAS PCIe 12Gb/s HBA Card on Benchmark Reviews.
Synology DS1813+ NAS with SSD Caching on Legion Hardware.
KingSpec MultiCore 1TB Driverless PCIE SSD on The SSD Review.
HGST Touro Desk Pro 4TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive on NikKTech.

Cases:
NZXT H series H630 on Guru3D.
NZXT H230 Mid-Tower on TweakTown.
Phanteks Enthoo Primo on Guru3D.
Cooler Master CM 690 III on Vortez.

Power Supplies:
Cougar PowerX 550-Watt 80 PLUS Bronze on TweakTown.
Corsair Power Supply Sleeved Cable Accessories on TweakTown.
Be Quiet Pure Power L8 CM 730W on eTeknix.

Cooling:
NZXT Kraken X40 & X60 CPU Water Coolers on Legit Reviews.
Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
XSPC Photon 270 Tube Reservoir on ThinkComputers.
Thermaltake NiC C4 CPU cooler on PureOverclock.
Thermaltake Allways Control Notebook Cooler on TweakTown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3-inch Smartphone on HardwareHeaven.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra on Techspot.
Shuttle Fanless Slim-PC DS47 on techPowerUp.
Zotac ZBOX ID89 Plus Mini PC on Hot Hardware.

Audio:
Panasonic SC-NT10 Bluetooth Speaker on TechReviewSource.
SteelSeries Siberia v2 vs. Tt eSports Dracco Captain Headsets on Legion Hardware.

Misc:
Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 2666MHz 16GB on OCC.
EVGA X79 Dark Motherboard on Ninjalane.



Geek Food (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 12-September-2013  21:06:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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


Creme Caramel
by Amfibius

Paleo Hedgehog Slice
by yanman

Crunchy Chicken Tacos
by Huggy_Bear64


Tuna Puttanesca Pasta
by Shaetano

Japanese Cheesecake
by sbm888

Mushroom Ketchup
by Amfibius



Thursday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 12-September-2013  13:56:13 (GMT +10) - by Grec

External hard drives are only getting bigger, with Seagate predicting that they will be shipping 20TB HDD's by 2020. "With SMR technology, Seagate is on track to improve areal density by up to 25% or 1.25TB per disk, delivering hard drives with the lowest cost per gigabyte and reaching capacities of 5TB and beyond," Mark Re, Seagate's chief technology officer, said in a statement.

A new gaming PC has just come out, and it's smaller than an Xbox controller - 4.5 inches on each side to be exact. But what if you want a gaming PC that can fit in your hand? That's where the Gigabyte Brix II comes in: it's both cute and powerful. Earlier this year, the company introduced the Brix lineup of tiny barebones computers that fit potent laptop processors in incredibly small cases, just 4.5 inches on a side. Now, the company's updating the lineup with new Haswell processors — and one with Intel's Iris Pro graphics inside. For specs and photos, read more here.

Techcrunch has posted a summary of everything Apple revealed yesterday in their Cupertino keynote, including the new iPhone5s and the iPhone5c. As the naming scheme implies, the 5s is the high-end successor to the iPhone 5 and it features (among other things) a snappy new 64-bit A7 processor, an M7 co-processor for tracking motion (you know, for fitness apps), and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor built into the home button.

For anyone looking for a new set of affordable PC headphones, eTeknix have done a review roundup on 5 headphones that are under $150. When it comes to picking the right peripherals for your system, it is safe to say that you are going to be spoilt for choice and regardless of your budget it will be hard to narrow down your choices for each component. While the keyboard and mouse options out there may be seemingly limitless, so too are the choices for audio equipment.

Intel's unveiled some pretty cool looking gear at their Developers forum, including world’s first smartphone powered by a 22nm Intel SoC - For photos and more on the keynote, read here.

Techreport also have a brief piece on the Intel's keynote. IDF — Intel CEO Brian Krzanich dropped a surprise announcement on the attendees of his opening keynote at the Intel Developer Forum today: a new family of processors from Intel, known as Quark.

Meanwhile Tech Report have compared the specs of the Sandy Bridge-Ep, and the new Ivy Bridge-E against each other. Last week, Ivy Bridge-E premiered in a trio of processors aimed at Intel's high-end X79 desktop platform. Today, similar silicon dubbed Ivy Bridge-EP heads to enterprise aboard the new Xeon E5-2600 and E5-1600 v2 product families, bringing more cores, more cache, higher memory speeds, and virtualization improvements to server and workstation systems with one and two sockets.

Mark Zuckerburg has spoken at the TechCrunch Disrupt 2013 on the future of Facebook, mobile revenue - and the NSA snooping scandal. "I think it's my job and our job to protect everyone who uses Facebook, and all the data they share with us," Zuckerberg said. "It's the government's job to protect us and our freedoms, and I think they did a bad job of balancing those things...They blew it, communicating the balance of what they were going for."

China is cracking down on people that start rumors online, and now gives offenders three years jail time. A post deemed defamatory that is forwarded more than 500 times, or viewed more than 5000 times, could land the author in jail for up to three years. A maximum sentence of 10 years awaits those charged with ''organizing others to spread fake information that results in serious public disorder''.



Wednesday Morning (29 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 11-September-2013  01:52:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Lots of people have sent in this petition to the Liberal Party regarding their plans for the National Broadband Network. This petition is designed to highlight Australia’s desire for a superior ‘Fibre to the Home’ (FTTH) broadband solution, rather than the Coalition’s proposed ‘Fibre to the Node’ (FTTN) solution. It's had lots of signatures already, but if you agree with the idea, you should add yours.

Sony have a new PS Vita TV which looks interesting. It will allow you to enjoy video and network streaming services on your TV, such as Hulu, DMM.com, Tsutaya TV, and NicoNico Douga. Of course, you can also access the PlayStation Store. Outfitted with a PS Vita card slot, it also allows PS Vita TV owners to play Vita games on, well, their TV. They don’t even need a Vita — just Vita games, this PS Vita TV hardware, and a DualShock 3. Oh, and a TV!

ASUS have a live demo site of their ADM 2.0 NAS software. The ADM 2.0 live demo will allow users to experience ASUSTOR's intuitive software first hand before making any purchasing decisions. ADM 2.0 features an array of new and innovative features along with all-new mobile apps, AiMaster and AiData, which will allow users to truly experience the convenience of cloud computing while on the go.

Activision are lobbying in Washington about a study into the impact of violent video games on children. The bill, S.134: The Violent Content Research Act of 2013, was introduced in January by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va). It calls for the National Academy of Sciences to examine whether there is a link between exposure to violent video games and aggressive behavior in children.



Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 10-September-2013  08:18:18 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
ECS Z87H3-A2X Extreme on Legit Reviews.
Asus X79-Deluxe on Tech Report.
Intel Core i7 4960X on eTeknix.
Intel Core i7 4960X on Madshrimps.
Asus Maximus VI Impact on Vortez.

Storage:
Micron P420m 1.4TB PCIe SSD on The SSD Review.
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD on OCIA.
Asustor AS-302T NAS on HardwareHeaven.
Toshiba 500GB SSHD (MQ01ABF050H) on TweakTown.

Memory:
G.Skill ARES 8GB DDR3-2400 CL11 on Funky Kit.
Kingston NaVi Limited Edition DDR3 1600MHz 8GB on eTeknix.

Input etc:
CM Storm Quickfire XT Mechanical Keyboard on Benchmark Reviews.
Mionix Avior 8200 Laser Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Tesoro Colada Mechanical Keyboard on Rbmods.
Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Cooler Master CM Storm Havoc Gaming Mouse on Legit Reviews.

Cases:
Thermaltake Armor Revo Gene on APH Networks.
Phanteks Enthoo Primo Ultimate on TweakTown.
Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Mid-Tower on Techgage.
Raidmax Vampire Full Tower on ThinkComputers.

Power Supplies:
EVGA 500B 500Won Legit Reviews.
be quiet Pure Power L8 700W on PureOverclock.
Antec High Current Gamer 620W on eTeknix.

Misc:
Kingston HyperX Gaming Headset on eTeknix.
Gainward GTX 760 Phantom 2GB on eTeknix.
SilverStone SST-TD03 All-In-One Liquid CPU Cooler on Benchmark Reviews.



Monday Morning (8 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 9-September-2013  09:42:25 (GMT +10) - by Grec

There's an interesting piece on the future of the NBN with Malcolm Turnbull as Communications Minister, by Gizmodo. I’m seeing a lot of people wailing on Twitter, Reddit and Facebook this evening, saying that the National Broadband Network is “dead”. “Goodbye, NBN”, one of my friends wrote. Here’s why you should stop being so dramatic.

Speaking of the future, Elon Musk of Tesla cars fame among other things has announced his intentions of designing a hand-manipulated hologram design engine - head here for an interesting video on it all. Musk showed a wireframe of the rocket part, and he was able to rotate the 3D object on a screen with one hand, and with a second hand, he zoomed in and out, moved it around the screen, and spun the object around and “caught it”--all in the air.

Techspot have done a review roundup on their top ten CPU coolers, using the Ivy Bridge-E. The new chip is fully compatible with Sandy Bridge-E/EP's LGA2011 socket. We contacted all the major players and received 10 heatsinks to test including units from Noctua, Thermalright, Xigmatek, Silverstone and Thermaltake.

Hot Hardware also did a roundup, except they looked at external storage. All three of the units in our test bank employ the speedy USB 3.0 interface, which is a standard option for many drives, and of course they’re all backwards compatible with USB 2.0. They range from 750GB to 1TB in size and, as it happens, all three are compact and highly portable.

Techreport looked at Solid State Drives, and in particular the write endurance of each drive. Flash memory has limited write endurance. So do the SSDs based on it. How many writes can modern drives take before they expire, and what happens to them as the flash wears out? We're trying to find out by testing a selection of SSDs to failure.

A belated Happy Birthday to Google, which turned 15 last Wednesday. To celebrate, The Telegraph listed 15 Google facts you might not know. Originally known as BackRub, Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in a friend's garage while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University. It has since grown to become the world's biggest search engine, and the name Google has become synonymous with search.

An apparent leak on some new Apple tech has been released, showing a fingerprint scanner and a new color iPhone. On Thursday, Dickson leaked what he says are the first detailed pictures of the new model's new "home" button with its rumored biometric fingerprint scanner



Sunday Evening (6 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 8-September-2013  20:58:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

We have a new PM - and presumably a different NBN to the one we were expecting. Under Labor’s NBN policy, some 93 percent of Australian premises were to have received fibre directly to the premise, delivering maximum download speeds of up to 1Gbps and maximum upload speeds of 400Mbps. The remainder of the population will be served by a combination of satellite and wireless broadband, delivering speeds of up to 25Mbps. The Coalition’s policy will see fibre to the premises deployed to a significantly lesser proportion of the population — 22 percent — with 71 percent covered by fibre to the node technology, where fibre is extended to neighbourhood ‘nodes’ and the remainder of the distance to premises covered by Telstra’s existing copper network.

There's another Lame Game Marathon happening soon for charity. More info here. This year you can look forward to a new and improved LGM, with lamer games, better hardware, bigger giveaways and more. But that’s not the only difference this year, because thanks to our veteran Lame Gamer James being overseas this year, our main man Luke (lovingly known as ‘Dukey’) will be stepping out from behind the producer’s bench to join Dan and Mark on the frontlines.

Anandtech have a 4TB NAS drive face-off. The correct choice of hard drives for a NAS system is influenced by a number of factors. These include expected workloads, performance requirements and power consumption restrictions, amongst others. In this review, we will discuss some of these aspects while evaluating four different hard drives targeting the NAS market.

Keep an eye out for Police Segways in QLD. The three month trial commencing today will be undertaken by general duty police officers at South Bank station. Cairns Esplanade Police Beat officers are expected to commence the trial use of the personal transporters next week. Police Commissioner Ian Stewart welcomed the trial and said he would be interested to see if the personal transporters met the operational expectations of the service.

A man has been killed by his own RC helicopter. Nineteen-year-old Roman Pirozek, Jr., of Queens, was flying the helicopter in a park near Bay 44th Street and Shore Parkway in Gravesend when it struck him in the head and killed him.

The Guardian have a detailed report into the US and UK spy agencies and how they defeat internet privacy measures. Those methods include covert measures to ensure NSA control over setting of international encryption standards, the use of supercomputers to break encryption with "brute force", and – the most closely guarded secret of all – collaboration with technology companies and internet service providers themselves.

Toshiba meanwhile have their eyes on quantum encryption. “This kind of communication cannot be defeated by future advances in computing power, nor new mathematical algorithms, nor fancy new engineering,” said co-author Andrew Shields, head of the Quantum Information Group of Toshiba Research Europe. “As long as the laws of physics hold true, it will ensure that your communications are fully secured.”

Intel has some new optical chips on the way. The initial version of what Intel calls its silicon photonics technology can transmit data at speeds of 100 gigabits per second along a cable approximately five millimeters in diameter. Intel will offer it for use connecting servers inside data centers, where it can take the place of PCI-E data cables that carry data at up to eight gigabits per second and networking cables that reach 40 gigabits per second at best.

Commercial spaceflight is a step closer, with another SpaceShipTwo test. The reported 600+ customers waiting in line for a trip to space aboard SpaceShipTwo (nickname: Enterprise) surely must have been excited when the suborbital spaceship successfully sailed through another powered flight test today (Thursday). “SS2 has successfully completed another supersonic rocket-powered test flight! Hit our planned duration, altitude, and speed,” Virgin Galactic wrote on Twitter.

You'll still be able to see the old Sydney Monorail if you visit Google. Yes, the Monorail which took its final trip around Sydney on June 30, after 25 years in operation, will be parked on level two of Google's new offices, The AFR revealed. The two carriages of the monorail will be used as meeting rooms. The facade of the building will have to be taken apart in order to get the damn things in.



Misc Pics (41 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 6-September-2013  13:45:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! Voting day tomorrow, in case you hadn't heard..







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



Friday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 6-September-2013  13:38:38 (GMT +10) - by Grec

A SA independent senator is calling for the next federal government to crack down on internet trolls, asking for an social media ombudsmen to be appointed. "So many social media users in this country feel powerless to protect themselves from abuse and it's about time that stopped," Senator Xenophon said

There's an interesting read on Cannon flash fakes, and how to spot them. But this wasn’t just any fake product. This one had fooled camera repair shops, professional photographers and Canon employees for way longer than we all probably would care to admit.

HDMI 2.0 is now officially announced, and has some pretty nice speeds. With a bandwidth capacity of up to 18Gbps, it has enough room to carry 3,840 x 2,160 resolution video at up to 60fps. It also has support for up to 32 audio channels, "dynamic auto lipsync" and additional CEC extensions.

The Intel Atom C2000-series 'Avoton' processors have been unveiled, with Techreport taking a closer look at the innards of the new chip. Although Avoton is based on a low-power CPU core, its mission is not to power a new generation of mobile devices. Intel has another SoC, code-named Bay Trail, for that market. Instead, Avoton is aimed at various spots in the data center where Intel's Xeon processors are either too big or too expensive to serve.

The C2000 chip series is part of a series of unveils, with Intel releasing new technology for more efficient cloud datacenters, more to read on that here.

Over in China, two DRAM production facilities have been destroyed, causing one third of the worlds DRAM production to stop. The fires began around 0750 GMT during a routine install of equipment and quickly spread to other production facilities. While the fire damage was contained within two hours, massive smoke damage throughout both facilities caused the most damage. An official press release from the company can be read here. Alan notes it's not as bad as first thought.

There's an interesting read on why AMD has been shifting processors, and where it may be headed. Right now AMD’s APUs are doing “ok” in desktops and are gaining traction in mobile applications. What most people do not realize is that AMD will be going all APU all the time in the very near future.

A Google Maps search record has been used as evidence in a murder trial, with claims it was planted. (FBI) Special Agent (Greg) Johnson and Detective (Chris) Chappell testified that the temporary internet files recovered from the laptop indicated someone conducted a Google Map search on the laptop at approximately 1:15 p.m. on 11 July, (2008) the day before Ms. Cooper was murdered. They concluded that this search was done by someone using the laptop while it was at the Cisco office where Defendant worked.

Two timewasters today, the inexplicably addictive Cookie Clicker and the surprisingly difficult Slob.



Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 5-September-2013  21:10:18 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H on Funky Kit.
Intel Core i7-4960X on Legit Reviews.
Asus Maximus VI Extreme on techPowerUp.

Graphics Cards:
MSI GeForce GTX 770 Gaming OC Edition on eTeknix.
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Classified on Guru3D.
Sapphire HD 7730 1GB on TechwareLabs.

Storage:
KingSpec 1TB PCIe SSD on The SSD Review.
Corsair Force LS 240 GB SSD on techPowerUp.
OCZ Vector 128GB SSD RAID on TweakTown.
Synology DS213+ NAS on Techgage.
ADATA AXNS360E 128GB M.2 MPCIE SSD on The SSD Review.

Cooling:
Enermax white and black ETS-T40 CPU coolers on Tech Report.
SilverStone SST-AR03 CPU Cooler on Benchmark Reviews.
be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler on APH Networks.
Cooler Master V8 GTS on PureOverclock.

Input etc:
Corsair Vengeance K95 Keyboard on Vortez.
TteSports Volos MMORPG Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Moto X Smartphone on Hot Hardware.
Giada D300 Universal Barebone Mini-PC on Legit Reviews.

Audio:
Arctic S113BT Speaker on PureOverclock.
TDK A360 Wireless 360 Speaker on NikKTech.
Razer Tiamat 2.2 Gaming Headset on Madshrimps.

Misc:
Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Case on HardwareHeaven.
Genius Speed Wheel 6 MT Vibration Feedback Racing Wheel on TweakTown.



The Return of the Filter? (22 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 5-September-2013  19:42:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I've been carefully avoiding posting any political news on OCAU in the leadup to the election, but a heap of people sent this in today so I think it's worth noting: the Coalition have announced a new policy on the internet filter if they are elected, turning it on by default. The announcement, buried in an AU$10 million online safety policy published online today (PDF) announces that under a Tony Abbott government, Australians would have "adult content" filters installed on their phone services and fixed internet services unless they opt out. More here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

There's a lot of background info on the filtering plan here in our Wiki and discussion has restarted here in the Forums.

Update: the policy has been retracted now, thanks yoink. "The Coalition has never supported mandatory internet filtering," he said.



Wednesday Afternoon (9 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 4-September-2013  13:22:51 (GMT +10) - by Grec

We may all be switching to DDR4 soon, courtesy of Samsung. Samsung said on Thursday that early market availability of the 4-gigabit (Gb) DDR4 devices, which use 20-nanometer process technology, will create demand for 16GB and 32GB memory modules.

Later this year. China will be going to land a rover on the moon. This will be the first time the Chinese have landed a spacecraft on a non-terrestrial surface and the Chang'e-3 will be a crucial test of both Chinese aeronautics and rocketry control systems.

Looks like we will be able to surf the net using just our brain soon, via what looks like a 'Thinking Cap'. Two human brains have been connected via the internet in an experiment which researchers compared to a Vulcan ''mind meld'' from Star Trek.

And whilst we're mentioning technology reading your mind, check out the aspirations of Google Glass. Google has a plan. Eventually it wants to get into your brain. "When you think about something and don't really know much about it, you will automatically get information," Google CEO Larry Page said.

Bitcoin is now the latest currency for a pay-per-view news website apparently. Bitmonet leverages Bitcoin's strength as a digital substitute for cash. In a demonstration on Bitmonet's website, clicking on a story brings up a pop-up window offering a news story for 10 cents, a one-hour pass for 15 cents or a day-long pass for 20 cents.

Apparantly the Homeworld IP is now getting a reboot in the form of Gearboxes new game, Homeworld: Shipbreakers. The game will now be titled Homeworld: Shipbreakers as part of a deal signed by Gearbox and developer Blackbird Interactive at PAX.

Of note in the forums today, is Davo1111 giving a review on the new Nexus 7. So after spending a (lot) of money on this little thing, i figured i might as well unbox this bad boy, and give a little review. Another review on the Nexus 7 has been released by Gizmodo.

Someone recently made a female Star Wars trooper out of computer parts, check it out here. Kind of reminds me of the thread on the forums here.

Finally, yet another Google Maps funny - except this time it's a plane in the sky giving a piggyback ride.



Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 4-September-2013  08:18:12 (GMT +10) - by booj

Intel Ivy Bridge-E Reviews:
i7-4960X on Bjorn3D.
i7-4960X on Guru3D.
i7-4820K on Guru3D.
i7-4960X on HotHardware.
i7-4960X on LanOC.
i7-4960X on Legion Hardware.
i7-4960X on OCC.
i7-4960X on PC Perspective.
i7-4960X on Tech Report.
i7-4960X on Techspot.

Storage:
Kingston MobileLite Wireless Reader & Media Streamer on NikKTech.
Synology DS213j 2-Bay NAS on eTeknix.
PNY storEDGE 64GB SD Card on The SSD Review.
Western Digital Red 1TB 2.5" HDD on TweakTown.
Western Digital Red 3.5" 4TB and 2.5" 1TB NAS HDD on PC Perspective.
Transcend StoreJet 25A3 External HDD on techPowerUp.

Cooling:
Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler on APH Networks.
Scythe Ashura CPU Cooler on Funky Kit.

Audio:
SteelSeries Siberia v2 - Kingston HyperX Edition on Vortez.
CM Storm Pulse-R Aluminum Gaming Headset on Techgage.

Notebooks:
MSI GS70 on TechReviewSource.
Eurocom Racer 3.0 Gaming Laptop (Video Review) on HardwareHeaven.
2013 Macbook Air on The SSD Review.

Misc:
Gigabyte Force K7 Gaming Keyboard on HardwareHeaven.
Gigabyte HD 7790 WindForce OC 2GB Graphics Card on eTeknix.
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H Motherboard on PureOverclock.
SilverStone SST-ARM11SC Single Monitor Interactive Arm on Benchmark Reviews.
Steiger Dynamics LEET HTPC Chassis on TweakTown.
Avexir Core Series 3100 MHz 2x 4 GB DDR3 on techPowerUp.



Wednesday Morning (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 4-September-2013  01:44:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft are buying Nokia's phone business, with more info here. The move unites Windows Phone 8 with its biggest hardware supporter, giving the company the integrated mobile offering it's been looking for with Surface and other devices. When the deal closes in the first quarter of 2014, Microsoft will pay €3.79 billion for Nokia's business, plus another €1.65 billion for its portfolio of patents.

Red Bull have confirmed they will be replacing Mark Webber when he retires at the end of this season, with Daniel Ricciardo from Perth. AUSSIE F1 driver Mark Webber has been one of the first to congratulate countryman Daniel Ricciardo on being officially confirmed as his replacement at leading team Red Bull for 2014. The 24-year-old Toro Rosso driver won the race for the coveted drive ahead of former world champion Kimi Raikkonen, with talks between the Finn and Red Bull ending last month.

That's not all that's changing in F1 next year, with some high-tech engines and other systems being updated. The 2014 season will bring with it some of the biggest changes to Formula One racing’s technical regulations for quite some time. Not only is the sport adopting new 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engines, there are also tweaks to the rules concerning aerodynamics and a far greater emphasis on energy recovery systems.

Meanwhile there's some clever plastics on the way, that become stronger when stressed. The carefully designed molecular structure of the material is what gives it this unusual property. Like all plastics, this one has a backbone composed mostly of carbon. However, the carbon atoms are arranged in a series of triangles extending down in long chains with two bromine atoms at one point. The researchers found that the unique structure of this compound could turn “destructive” energy into “constructive” energy.

Tech Report checked out a new caching system on Samsung SSDs. Along with its SLC-based TurboWrite cache, Samsung's 840 EVO SSD has a secondary caching layer that stores data in system memory. This so-called RAPID cache is coming to other Samsung SSDs, and we've taken a closer look at how it affects performance.



Tuesday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 3-September-2013  01:17:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel are hinting at a future ability to overclock SSDs, which sounds a bit strange. Frost stressed that Intel executives are still talking in back rooms about what markets might benefit from creating an SSD with flexible provisioning properties. "We've debated how people would use it. I think the cool factor is somewhat high on this, but we don't see it changing the macro-level environment. But, as far as being a trendsetter, it has potential," Frost said. More info here.

The war on patent trolls is heating up, with ads on radio and print in the USA. The Internet Association has teamed up with the biggest trade groups representing restaurants, supermarkets, and retailers to launch a new ad campaign in print and radio outlets. The new campaign isn't tech-centric at all, and it emphasizes how trolls hurt "Main Street"-type businesses.

Pandora have removed the time limit on free mobile listening. Pandora has quickly become the largest radio station in nearly every major market in America by delivering the best personalized radio experience across a broad array of connected devices. Pandora is available through more than 1,000 consumer electronic devices and will be installed in approximately one-third of all new cars sold in the United States in 2013.

HWSecrets ponder cooler orientation. Which is the best position to install a tower CPU cooler: with the fan facing the front of the case, or rotated in 90 degrees, with the fan facing the video card? Let's find out!

Tweaktown have a preview of a new SSD controller. The Silicon Motion SM2246EN is a new 4-channel SATA III SSD controller designed to work with a board range of NAND flash, deliver excellent performance, and do it all while using very low power. While we don't have any pricing information on hand since Silicon Motion only provides one hardware piece to the SSD puzzle, we can say that 4-channel controllers are generally low cost parts on their own and require less PCB layers to build a working product.



XTU Challenge (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 2-September-2013  01:50:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's a competition running in our OC&HW Forum, thanks to Corsair, Gigabyte and Team.AU. We are rewarding participation as much as we are results in this competition, so read on its worth everyone giving this a go! We have chosen the XTU benchmark for this competition as it is easy to use, brand new and getting a lot of attention right now. XTU is a multi-threaded benchmark that likes high memory bandwidth and scales with CPU frequency, however we are locking your frequency into set ranges.

More info in the thread!



Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 1-September-2013  23:53:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
SteelSeries Siberia V2 Heat Orange USB Headset on NikKTech.
TteSports Console One Headset on eTeknix.

Cooling:
Thermaltake BigTyp Revo CPU Cooler on OCClub.
SilverStone SST-AR01 CPU Cooler Heatsink on BenchmarkReviews.
Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler on PCGamers.
SilverStone Tundra TD02 & TD03 CPU Liquid on HardOCP.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Acer Aspire AZ3-605-UR23 desktop on TechReviewSource.
XMG P303 Pro Gaming Laptop on HWHeaven.

Power Supply:
Corsair CX500M (V2) Semi Modular Power Supply on eTeknix.
Patriot Fuel+ Mobile Rechargeable Battery on LegitReviews.
Enermax Triathlor 450W Non-Modular Power Supply on eTeknix.
XFX Pro 650W Core Edition Non Modular Power Supply on eTeknix.

Input Etc:
ROCCAT Kone Pure Optical Core Performance Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Tesoro Shrike Gaming Mouse on RBMods.

Video Cards:
MSI GTX 780 Lightning 3 GB on TechPowerUp.
Club3D HD 7790 royalKing Poker Series 1GB on eTeknix.

Misc:
Teratrend TowerStor TS432U Quad Bay USB 3.0 / eSATA Enclosure on Tweaktown.
Intel Ivy Bridge-E Core i7-4960X IPC and OCing on HardOCP.



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