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Monday Morning (12 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 30-November-2015  06:25:50 (GMT +10) - by booj

The Raspberry Pi has always been a popular hobbyists platform. Now there's a new version, the Pi Zero, which is expected to go for an insane $5 (USD). Raspberry Pi has been making small, affordable computers for a while now, but it’s just gone and made things insanely cheap. Its latest miniature computer, the Pi Zero, will cost just $5.

Do you need more RAM? Samsung might have something for you. The company has developed a 128Gb DDR4 module. Samsung today announced that it has started mass production of 128GB DDR4 modules built using 'through silicon via' (TSV) technology. This is an industry first at this capacity; Samsung introduced the world's first 3D TSV DDR4 DRAM (64GB) back in 2014. It is claimed that the new memory modules represent both a breakthrough in capacity and in energy efficiency.

LiFi, a new method of data transmission that uses light pulses instead of radio waves (WiFi) has been successfully tested in Estonia. It requires a light source, such as a standard LED bulb, an internet connection and a photo detector. It was tested this week by Estonian start-up Velmenni, in Tallinn. Velmenni used a li-fi-enabled light bulb to transmit data at speeds of 1Gbps. Laboratory tests have shown theoretical speeds of up to 224Gbps.

USB. The ubiquitous interface is almost 20 years old. Here's a look at the history of USB, what it replaced, and what has failed to replace it.

OLED displays look fantastic, but still face some technological hurdles such as blue OLED lifespan, so it's great to see LG investing heavily in OLED technology. South Korea's LG Display said it will invest more than 10 trillion won ($8.71 billion) to build a large plant to make panels using organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels, raising its big bet on the ultra-clear display technology.

Rumors indicate that Apple may drop the venerable 3.5mm headphone jack from its upcoming iPhones in favor of a lightning port.

The Space resource and utilization act is drawing critics. U.S. President Barack Obama signed legislation on Wednesday providing a framework for space companies to mine ore from asteroids and other bodies, but legal critics are worried the measure could lead to violations of international law.

Today's time waster comes courtesy of metamorphosis. How quickly can you get all the coins?

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 30-November-2015  06:11:16 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
Intel Pentium G4400: Benchmarking A ~$60 Skylake Processor on Phoronix.
Haswell-E X99 Micro-ATX Motherboards on ocaholic.
ASRock Z170 Extreme7 on Anandtech.

Thecus N4310 4-Disk Linux NAS on Phoronix.
Patriot Blast 240GB SSD on NikKTech.
Western Digital Black WD6001FZWX 6TB Hard Drive on APH Networks.
Lexar JumpDrive M20i 32GB OTG iOS Flash Drive on TweakTown.

Enermax ETS-T40fit CPU Coolers on TweakTown.
ID-Cooling Frostflow 240L CPU Liquid Cooler on TweakTown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
OnePlus 2 Smartphone on Techgage.
ECS LIVA X2 Mini-PC on Legit Reviews.

Input etc:
TteSports Poseidon Z RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.
SteelSeries Rival 100 Gaming Mouse on Hardware Canucks.

TP-LINK Touch P5 AC1900 Wi-Fi Gigabit Router on Madshrimps.
Sharp GX-BT7 2.1-Channel Wireless Bluetooth Speaker on TweakTown.
Thermaltake Suppressor F31 Silent Mid-tower on eTeknix.
AK RACING Nitro Gaming Chair on NikKTech.
AMD Radeon Software Crimson Editon Detailed Briefing on TechARP.

Misc Pics (48 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-November-2015  14:22:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Matthew and David this week!

Friday Morning Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-November-2015  06:31:27 (GMT +10) - by booj

ASUS Maximus VIII Ranger on ocaholic.
Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 on Modders-Inc
Gigabyte's Z170X-Gaming G1 on The Tech Report.

Seagate Game Drive for PlayStation 1TB on TweakTown.
Synology DS715 2-bay NAS on Techpowerup.
SanDisk Extreme 500 240GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD on TweakTown.

Input etc:
MSI Interceptor DS200 Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
G.Skill KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.
Corsair STRAFE RGB on Vortez.
Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
iClever Foldable Wireless Keyboard on Technology X.

Be quiet! Silent Base 600 on Guru3D.
Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Mid-Tower on TechnologyX.
Jonsbo UMX3 Case on ocaholic.
NZXT H440 New 2015 Edition & Hue+ on Vortez.

Lenovo Yoga 900 on HotHardware.
Nvidia Shield Android TV on eTeknix.

Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti Waterforce Xtreme Gaming 6 GB on Techpowerup.
ID-Cooling IS-VC45 SFF CPU Cooler on TweakTown.

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