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Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 27-August-2014  21:58:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a few reviews and projects from people in the forums:

mrbean_phillip is making
his own force-feedback wheel

STUdog has a nicely finished
CM Cosmos 2 build

Willybomb made a
bass preamp pedal

windwithme reviewed the
MSI GS702PE Stealth notebook

and spent time overclocking
i5 4690K & Biostar Z97WE

GOD has built a PC
in an unusual case

Wednesday Night (5 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 27-August-2014  21:15:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Mostly getting back up to speed again now..

A cost-benefit analysis of the NBN has been released, and it claims the current Government's plan is better than the previous one's. An independent panel commissioned by the Government found the Coalition's multi-technology plan to roll out high-speed internet had greater net benefits than Labor's model of fibre to the premises. The review modelled four scenarios and found the Government's model would deliver about $18 billion in net benefits compared to almost $2 billion under Labor. More here.

There's now a 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows. 64-bit Chrome offers many benefits for speed, stability and security. Our measurements have shown that the native 64-bit version of Chrome has improved speed on many of our graphics and media benchmarks. For example, the VP9 codec that’s used in High Definition YouTube videos shows a 15% improvement in decoding performance. Stability measurements from people opted into our Canary, Dev and Beta 64-bit channels confirm that 64-bit rendering engines are almost twice as stable as 32-bit engines when handling typical web content. Which would make it about 1000x more stable than the Firefox install on this PC lately.

Seagate have shipped the first 8TB drives. An important step forward in storage, the 8TB hard disk drive provides scale-out data infrastructures with supersized-capacity, energy-efficiency and the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) in the industry for cloud content, object storage and back-up disaster recovery storage.

Tweaktown have a circuit and overclocking guide to Gigabyte's Z97X-UD5H board. A new feature TweakTown is Motherboard Circuit and Overclocking articles. Check out Steven Bassiri's guide covering the GIGABYTE Z97X-UD5H motherboard.

If you've ever wondered if pushing the pedestrian crossing button actually does anything, News.com.au have the answer. And more importantly, will smashing the button repeatedly hurry it up even more, or are you just earning yourself death stares from fellow walkers? Whether you’re a waiter or a button-pusher, here are the answers you’ve been waiting for. Spoiler: it depends.

Wednesday Morning (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 27-August-2014  08:39:14 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Apple is said to be releasing a 12.9 inch iPad for early 2015. Apple currently produces iPads with 9.7-inch and 7.9-inch displays. The Cupertino, California-based company has been working with suppliers for at least a year to develop a new range of larger touch-screen devices, said the people.

Apparently you can work out the best place to put your WiFi router to get the best reception in your home, using physics. A few posts back I was concerned with optimising the WiFi reception in my flat, and I chose a simple method for calculating the distribution of electromagnetic intensity. I casually mentioned that I really should be doing things more rigorously by solving the Helmholtz equation, but then didn’t. Well, spurred on by a shocking amount of spare time, I’ve given it a go here.

Daron sent in news about an ATM that has opened in Canberra that accepts and exchanges cryptocurrencies. The alternative online currencies are gaining traction nationally, with observers estimating there are close to 50,000 users in Australia.

PC Perspective have a guide on Delidding your Intel Haswell CPU. The delidding procedure involves physically removing the heat spreader from the CPU, exposing the CPU die.

Tech Powerup have posted a i7-4790k vs i7-4770k comparison guide. Intel released the Intel Core i7-4790K, which created quite the stir with Intel Core i7-4770K owners. Does the Intel Core i7-4790K outperform the Intel Core i7-4770K in every way or does it fall a little flat? If you already own a 4770K, is the upgrade worth it?

A British couple have been accused of stealing £10,000 by exploiting their debit card that was apparently increasing their balance instead of reducing it. Both the man and the woman pleaded guilty to fraud, because though they didn’t realize it wasn’t just a magic “opposite day” kind of thing at first, once they did, they kept on taking advantage of the card.

The Lobby group Gotta Love Logan and Mayor Pam Parker have pressured Google into removing an unflattering image that appeared in search results of the race riots that happened in Woodridge in January last year. Instead, a search now returns a map of Logan and an idyllic image of a local public swimming pool.

After Google's deal to acquire Twitch had fallen through, Amazon.com has agreed to buy the videogame streaming site for $1.06b (AUD) cash. Though little-known outside of tech and gaming, Twitch, founded in 2011, is the fourth-largest source of US internet traffic, behind only Netflix, Google and Apple, according to network researcher DeepField.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 27-August-2014  08:01:42 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

ADATA Premier SP610 256GB SATA Solid State Drive on Future Looks
Plextor M6 Pro SSD on HardwareHeaven
Transcend SSD370 128GB SSD on PureOverclock
Silicon Power Slim S70 240GB SSD on NikKTech
Plextor M6 PRO SSD with PlexTurbo Caching Layer Technology on TweakTown
Synology DiskStation DS415play on Legion Hardware

Asus H97-PRO Gamer Motherboard on Hardware Secrets
MSI Z97I AC (Intel Z97) Mini-ITX Motherboard on TweakTown

Streacom FC08 Evo Case on ocaholic
Corsair Carbide Air 240 Chassis on Techgage
CM HAF Stacker 935 Mod-Tower Case on PC Perspective

Cryorig R1 Universal CPU Cooler on Madshrimps
DeepCool MAELSTROM 240 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech

XTracGear Ripper Mousing Surface on APH Networks
Roccat Kone Pure Military Edition Mouse on HardwareHeaven
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M Hybrid Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.org

ASUS Xonar Essence STX II 7.1 Sound Card on TechPowerUp
Intel Haswell-E and X99 Chipset on ThinkComputers.org
ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q on TweakTown
Digital Storm Bolt II Small Form Factor PC on Legit Reviews
One Piece Unlimited World Red (PS3) on Gaming Nexus
HIS R9 290 iPower IceQ X2 OC 4GB GDDR5 Video Card on Madshrimps
Amazon Fire Phone on Hot Hardware
Adata XPG 2933 MHz DDR3 on Guru3D

Monday Night (4 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 25-August-2014  23:55:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Far out, I seem to be flitting from flu to flu lately. Spent most of today passed out in bed, dosed up to my eyeballs..

Time's running out to offer your thoughts on the Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper from the Attorney-General and Communications Minister. Submissions are sought from interested members of the public. We encourage all members and supporters to make a submission. Below is a summary of the proposals in the Discussion Paper, followed by a guide to making a submission and our suggestions on answers to specific questions. The closing date for submissions is Monday 1st September 2014.

There was an earthquake in California, and people wearing fitness trackers provided an interesting insight into its effects, thanks Tabris. Napa, Sonoma, Vallejo, and Fairfield were less than 15 miles from the epicenter. Almost all (93%) of the UP wearers in these cities suddenly woke up at 3:20AM when the quake struck. Farther from the epicenter, the impact was weaker and more people slept through the shaking. In San Francisco and Oakland, slightly more than half (55%) woke up. As we look even farther, the effect becomes progressively weaker — almost no UP wearers in Modesto and Santa Cruz (and others between 75 and 100 miles from the epicenter) were woken up by the earthquake, according to UP data.

Speaking of gadgets, you can now use them on Qantas and Virgin, for the whole flight. Travellers on Qantas and Virgin will be able to keep their electronic devices powered on during all phases of flight from Tuesday. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority on Monday approved applications from both airlines that will allow passengers to keep their phones, tablets and e-readers on even during take-off or landing. The devices will need to remain in "flight mode" throughout the flight.

If you've fallen behind on the whole 3D printing thing, engadget have a field guide to get you up to speed. Sure, 3D printing is such a tech industry buzzword that you’d have to turn a blind eye and deaf ear to escape news of its impending onslaught. But there’s good reason for all the fanfare: 3D printing is poised to upend current manufacturing standards by making industrial fabrication methods democratic. Imagine: Any object you want or need can be (somewhat) instantly “printed” at home. Let that sink in for a bit.

Meanwhile, AMD are celebrating 30 years of graphics and gaming innovation in a recent Twitch video.

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 24-August-2014  09:12:01 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Deepcool MaelStrom 240 all-in-one liquid cooler on Ocaholic
Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual all-in-one liquid cooler on TechPowerUp

Crucial MX100 256GB Solid State Drive on Madshrimps
Kingwin EZ-Clone USI-2535CLU3 USB 3.0 Storage Adapter on TweakTown
Kingston V310 SSD on HardwareHeaven
QNAP HS-210 Network Attached Storage on APH Networks
Samsung EVO 32GB SDHC UHS I Memory Card on TweakTown

Thermaltake Core V71 Full-Tower Case on Legit Reviews
In Win 901 on Tech PowerUp
Streacom FC8 EVO Fanless Chassis on PureOverclock
XFX Type-01 Bravo on Vortez

Supermicro X9SRL-F-O (Intel C602) Server Motherboard on TweakTown
ASUS Maximus VII Impact on Ocaholic
ASUS P9A-I/C2550/SAS/4L (Intel Avoton) Server Motherboard on TweakTown

Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport on Hot Hardware
Rosewill Powerbank RCBR-13020 11,200mAh Mobile Battery on TweakTown

D-Link DIR-880L AC1900 Wi-Fi Router on Bigbruin
Netgear EX6200 Wifi Extender on Hardware Heaven

ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit on Think Computers
Elite Screens ezCinema Plus 100” on LanOC
AKiTiO Thunder2 PCIe Thunderbolt 2 Expansion Chassis on TweakTown
ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit on Legit Reviews
Tesoro Lobera Supreme Full Color Illumination Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikkTech
Sniper Elite 3 (PS4) on Gaming Nexus
Antec High Current Pro Platinum 1000W (HCP-1000) Power Supply on NikkTech
Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Headset on Benchmark Reviews
HIS Radeon R9-290X Hybrid ICEQ on Guru3D

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