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Misc Pics (18 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 9-December-2016  14:59:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to scarletxi and Gaz this week!








Friday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 9-December-2016  14:59:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Samsung vs Apple battle continues on, with the latest ruling being the throwing out of $400M in damages. A unanimous Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out the almost $400 million in damages Samsung was ordered to pay Apple in a long-standing dispute over the patents of elements of smartphones. The justices ruled that Samsung does not have to pay Apple patent damages based on the profits for the entire device, only the components at issue, and reversed and remanded the case back down to a lower court.

The new Bluetooth spec has been officially ratified. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group officially ratified its version 5, which includes a modular set of optional extensions for throughput, range, and other features. Chip makers, including Cypress and Nordic, are already sampling parts supporting the specs that do not include mesh networking, a piece delayed until mid-2017.

The Pebble smartwatch brand seems to be dead, leaving customers in the lurch. “One-to-one Pebble support is no longer available” and “any Pebble currently out in the wild is no longer covered by or eligible for warranty exchange.” This means, no matter when you purchased or received your Pebble device, you are on your own—and if your device dies, you’re simply out a device. Any warranty you might have been promised from Pebble directly is void.

Windows 10 will apparently overtake Windows 7 within a year. It's interesting that it didn't overtake it during the time that, you know, Windows 10 was free. Extrapolating those adoption lines, we can see that Windows 10 is on track to overtake Windows 7. While the December 2017 date shown in the graph might be a bit optimistic, there's no doubt that a year or so from now, the dominant desktop OS will be Windows 10, not Windows 7.



Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 7-December-2016  13:40:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Catching up on some cool projects from our Modding forum:


Master_09 has an
open-air watercooled PC

Nateid03 has a ghetto-ish
All-in-one cooler SLI setup

while newlife has been
volt-modding a GTX 950


alexciobanu has a
blue-themed PC

Butcher9_9 made a
wooden headphone stand

and mad_mic3 has a
helicopter-themed PC project



Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 7-December-2016  11:37:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cases:
Rosewill Gram mid-tower on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t on Modders-Inc.
Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master MasterBox 5t on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t on HWAsylum.
Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5T on HWAsylum.
Cooler Master MasterBox 5t on OCClub.

Power Supply:
EVGA SuperNOVA 550W G3 Power Supply on PC Perspective.
Linkworld LPW1685-70 on HWInsights.

Input Etc:
Speedlink OMNIVI gaming mouse on Vortez.
Cougar Deathfire EX Mouse and Keyboard Bundle on eTeknix.

Misc:
Portal Self-Optimizing Urban AC2400 WiFi Router on BigBruin.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Graphics Performance Analysis on eTeknix.
Wanhao Duplicator i3 - Budget 3D Printer on PCReview.
The Flash Plus 2 smartphone on TechARP.
Teamgroup T-Force Night Hawk 3000 MHz 16GB Dual Channel DDR4 memory on Guru3D.
Z170 Motherboard Charts: 20 Models tested - EVGA Z170 Classified K on OCAholic.
AMD Radeon Pro WX 4100 And WX 5100 Workstation Graphics: Polaris Goes Pro on HotHardware.
Fatal1ty by Monster's FXM 200 gaming headset on TechReport.
ADATA SC660 240GB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.



Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 6-December-2016  13:22:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i7-7700K (14nm+ Kaby Lake) on Hexus.
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R3.0 motherboard on OCAholic.

Cooling:
Noctua NH-D15S versus NH-D15 CPU Cooler on LegitReviews.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 140 Closed Loop Water Cooler on APHNetworks.

Storage:
Strontium iDrive Nitro Lightning 64GB Card Reader on Tweaktown.
Plextor S2C 512GB Entry-Level SATA3 Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
TerraStation F2-220 2-Bay SMB Cloud Storage NAS on eTeknix.
ADATA Premier SP550 480GB Solid-State Drive on Techgage.

Cases:
Corsair Carbide Series Air 740 on TechReport.
Deepcool GamerStorm GENOME Liquid-Cooled Case on PCPerspective.

Misc:
Stanley FatMax LEDLISL Lithium-Ion LED Flashlight on ModSynergy.
Linksys WRT3200ACM MU-MIMO Wireless Router on ThinkComputers.
AK Racing PRO X Gaming Chair on NikKTech.
XCELLON AC & USB Power Bank (PB-1200AC) on ModSynergy.
Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 Surround Sound Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.
AUKEY KM-G3 Keyboard on TechPowerUp.



Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 5-December-2016  23:54:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Tech Report have been playing around with the Internet of Things, to make dumb machines smarter. Sometimes I forget things. In particular, I forget to transfer my clean but wet laundry from the washing machine to the dryer. When this happens, I have to waste time, detergent, electricity, and water to re-wash the clothes. My wife's sister has an expensive race-car-red washing machine that plays a few cheerful musical notes when the cycle is finished. That reminder is helpful, and my better half likes the little tune, but I figured I could get crafty and make the dumb old washer and dryer whisper in my ear through the internet. Here's how I did it.

PCI SSDs are all the rage in laptops now. The number of notebooks built to use SSDs, which are based on NAND flash, exceeded analyst expectations this quarter, and the industry is on pace to surpass the 50% adoption rate in the 2017 to 2018 timeframe, according to a report from DRAMeXchange.

However Sniper sends word that the prices of SSDs are spiking due to NAND shortages. We began reporting on the first signs of the looming NAND shortage all the way back in May, and have touched on the domino effect in many articles over the ensuing months as it unfolded. Now the shortage is in full swing: DRAMeXchange reported that the average price of MLC SSDs rose this quarter between 6%-10%, while TLC SSDs also rose 6%-9%. We also reached out to Trendfocus, whose projections indicate even higher price hikes at both the retail and OEM level.

BC spotted this interesting article about one aspect of autonomous cars. It should be technically and theoretically possible for an autonomous car to drive with input not just from its array of cameras and sensors, but from a set of pre-recorded data from another car. The data that can be recorded – and, in the case of almost every drive-by-wire car made today is recorded – is significant: throttle position, steering wheel angle, brake pressure, weight balance, speed, wheel slippage, and, of course, GPS data about where the car goes.



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