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Friday again! Thanks to t1mbot this week, and another person whose name I lost when I accidentally deleted their email from my spam folder. I blame the antihistamines. :)
Thursday, 6-March-2014 22:47:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Leech bites! That'll teach me to go outside.
A few people have pointed out this handy Can You Get NBN website. Verryyyy handy.
A few more people sent in this futurist hoverboard idea, which also looks too good to be true.. What began as a summer project in 2010 at the MIT Physics Graduate Program has evolved into one of the most exciting independent products to be developed out of MIT since the high-powered lithium-ion batteries developed by Yet-Ming Chiang in 2001. Our team consists of materials science, electricity & magnetism experts who've solved an important part of one of science's mysteries: the key to antigravity. Or not!
DirectX 12 is officially on the way. The announcement of DirectX 12 has been given a date and time via a blog post on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) blogs. On March 20th at 10:00am (I assume PDT), a few days into the 2014 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, the upcoming specification should be detailed for attendees. Apparently, four GPU manufacturers will also be involved with the announcement: AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm.
Meanwhile Windows XP will tell you it's out of date soon. Anyone still running Windows XP won’t be able to argue they weren’t warned that support is stopping soon. From later this week, machines running XP will start displaying pop-up notifications that support and patches for the operating system ends in April.
Aftahours spotted this cool undersea cable map. The information age is powered by thin fiber-optic cables buried in the sea bed, spreading between continents to connect the most remote corners of the planet. These great arteries account for practically all of our international web traffic, and each one has been logged by Washington research firm Telegeography in its interactive Submarine Cable Map 2014.
OCZ Vector 150 240GB on Vortez
Toshiba 1TB (MQ01ABD100H) 2.5" SSHD on Madshrimps
Mach Xtreme SATA DOM MX-DIY on TweakTown
Plextor M6e PCIe M.2 SSD on The SSD Review
Transcend StoreJet 35T3 2TB External HDD on TweakTown
Western Digital My Cloud EX2 on PC Perspective
WD My Cloud EX2 2-Bay Personal Cloud NAS on Legit Reviews
AMD Radeon R9 290X & NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti on Techgage
MSI GeForce GTX 750 Gaming 1GB on Tweak.dk
PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ 4 GB on Tech Powerup
Plantronics RIG Stereo Headset + Mixer on Nikktech
FUNC HS-260 Gaming Headset on Hardware Heaven
SilverStone Ensemble EB03 Headphone Amplifier on Benchmark Reviews
Bitfenix Flo Gaming Headset on Bjorn3D
Speedlink Jugger 2.1 Speaker System on eTeknix
Attitude One Almaz Stylish Headphones on Nikktech
Logitech G430 on LanOC
Avexir Blitz Series 1.1 4GB 1600MHz Memory on eTeknix
G.Skill TridentX 32 GB CAS7 F3-1600C7Q-32GTX Tech Powerup
Thermalright HR-22 Passive CPU Cooler on Nikktech
GamerStorm Dracula 7970 VGA Cooler on TweakTown
Enermax Liqtech 120X Liquid CPU Cooler on Madshrimps
ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II - Watercooling EK FC-R9-290X vs. Aircooling on Ocaholic
ASUS Z87 WS Motherboard on PureOverclock
Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87 Motherboard on APH Networks
ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS Workstation (Intel C602) Motherboard on Tweaktown
PC Specialist ‘Vanquish 230XT’ Gaming System on eTeknix
CyberPowerPC Zeus Mini-I 780 SFF Gaming PC on Hot Hardware
Corsair Raptor K40 Gaming Keyboard on Hardware Heaven
Tt eSPORTS MEKA G-Unit Illuminated Keyboard on Think Computers
Cherry MX-Board 3.0 Mechanical Keyboard on Tweaktown
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Nintendo Wii U on Tweaktown
Warlords (2014) (360) on Gaming Nexus
Typo Keyboard Case on Technologyx
EVGA Hadron Air on Guru3D
If you've used Yahoo chat for racy webcam sessions, the British spy agency GCHQ may have been watching along. In one six-month period in 2008 alone, the agency collected webcam imagery—including substantial quantities of sexually explicit communications—from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts globally.
If that bothers you, maybe a Blackphone is what you need. With a heavy emphasis on encryption and strong controls over all data from your phone, Blackphone launches amid intense interest at Mobile World Congress.
Anandtech checked out a new 480GB Intel SSD. Adopting the platform from the DC S3500/S3700, the SSD 730 is Intel's first fully in-house designed client drive since the SSD 320. The SSD 730 is not just a rebranded enterprise drive, though, as both the controller and NAND interface are running at higher frequencies for increased peak performance. While the branding suggests that this is an enterprise drive like the SSD 710, Intel is marketing the SSD 730 directly to consumers and the DC S3xxx along with the 900 series remain as Intel's enterprise lineups.
A Harvard student has been reprimanded for using one of their supercomputing clusters to mine dogecoin. Dogecoin, a virtual currency which functions similarly to Bitcoin, is a decentralized digital currency that can be “mined” with sophisticated computer algorithms. The individual in question allegedly utilized the high-powered network that Harvard calls the “Odyssey cluster” to collect the coins.
Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox has pretty much imploded in the wake of a huge heist. Once the world's premier Bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox closed its digital doors last week and later filed for bankruptcy after information leaked that it had lost about 750,000 bitcoins — worth about $420 million by current exchange rates — belonging to customers and another 100,000 of its own bitcoins.
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