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Tuesday Night (4 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 7-July-2015  21:21:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Currently enjoying a last-week-of-school-holidays minibreak with my kids on the South Coast, but here's some news catchup:

The Plex forum has been hacked, thanks Mark. If you use the Plex media server for your movie and TV library and have ever used the Plex forums, you’ll need to change your password this morning. The company announced its forum servers were hacked, leaving email addresses, forum messages, and hashed passwords vulnerable. More info here, official notification here.

Callan meanwhile warns that iTunes 12.2 should perhaps be avoided for the moment. Worrying numbers of users have reported that their music libraries have become corrupt, metadata has gone awry, and album art has become mixed up. But more irritating -- if that's not putting it too lightly -- the iTunes Match feature has caused files to be crippled with DRM. Choosing to sync music to the cloud is something that lots of people will opt to do, and the addition of DRM is something that has irked many. More details here.

PC Perspective have a quad-core gaming roundup. Rather than rail against this quad-core trend and question its necessity, I decided instead to see just how much of a difference the processor alone might make with some game benchmarks. This quickly escalated into more and more system configurations as I accumulated parts, eventually arriving at 36 different configurations at various price points.

PCWorld report on Frame Rate Target Control in AMD's recent drivers. For years, AMD has prioritized raw graphics processing horsepower over things like power efficiency and quieter operation. Then Nvidia’s Maxwell architecture came along and proved that video cards could dominate the benchmarks while still sipping power. With the launch of the new Radeon Fury X and Radeon R300 series, AMD has responded to community criticism and competitive heat with Frame Rate Targeting Control, a meaningful feature that has a serious impact on daily gaming sessions.

There's something eye-catching about a headline with the words Turing, Android and Liquid Metal, but it turns out to be a new smartphone, thanks mpot. The Turing Phone uses its own brand of Liquid Metal called Liquidmorphium, which provides excellent shock absorption characteristics. So instead of making a dent in the smartphone casing or cracking/chipping like plastic when dropped, a Turing Phone should in theory “shake it off” while at the same time protecting the fragile display from breaking.

Here's a cool bouncing panoramic camera ball. A new device from an MIT alumnus will soon be helping police assess dangerous situations from a safe distance. The softball-sized explorer triggers its six cameras when tossed into a room. It then sends the images back to police, where they are rapidly stitched into a panoramic image for tactical assessment.



Tuesday Evening Reviews (3 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 7-July-2015  20:55:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti STRIX on Guru3D.
Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti G1 on HWSecrets.
SAPPHIRE R9 Fury X on Votez.
Hands On With The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X, R9 Fury X2 & R9 Nano on TechARP.

Storage:
ICY DOCK Black Vortex on Tweaktown.
Samsung 850 EVO 2TB SSD on Guru3D.
Samsung 850 EVO and Pro 2TB SATA SSD on PCPerspective.
Samsung 850 EVO and 850 PRO 2TB SSDs on Tweaktown.
Samsung 850 PRO 2TB SSD Vs Samsung 850 EVO 2TB SSD on LegitReviews.
Samsung 850 EVO and Pro 2TB SSD on TheSSDReview.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock X99 Extreme6/3.1 on HWSecrets.
ASRock X99 OC Formula/3.1 (Intel X99) on Tweaktown.
ASUS X99 Sabertooth on OCAholic.

Networking:
Netgear Nighthawk X6 R8000 AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router on NikKTech.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge (SM-G925) Smartphone on TechARP.
Microsoft Surface 3 on TechSpot.

Misc:
Deepcool Captain 240 Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Supermicro S5 Gaming Midtower on Techgage.



Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 5-July-2015  10:16:38 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
Intel Core i7-5775C 3.3GHz Broadwell LGA-1150 CPU Performance Overview on TweakTown.
Gigabyte X99M-Gaming 5 on ocaholic.

Graphics Cards:
EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked on Bjorn3d
EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ on Techgage.
MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6 GB on techPowerUp.
XFX R9 390X Double Dissipation on Vortez.
AMD Radeon R9 Fury X on Legion Hardware.
AMD Radeon R9 390X CrossFire Scaling on ocaholic.
AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Video Cards in CrossFire on TweakTown.
AMD Radeon R9 Fury X on Anandtech.

Storage:
VisionTek 240GB Go Drive on Bjorn3d.
Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SSD on APH Networks.
Samsung EVO+ and PRO+ Micro SD on PureOverclock.
Kingston HyperX Savage SSD 240GB on Neoseeker.
Netgear ReadyNAS 202 on techPowerUp.
Samsung SM951 256GB NVMe PCIe SSD on Custom PC Review.
Akitio Thunder2 Quad Mini External Storage Enclosure on TweakTown.

Cases:
SilverStone Fortress FT05 on Bjorn3d.
Bitfenix Aegis on Modders-Inc.

Input etc:
CHERRY MX Board 6.0 Keyboard on Techgage.
Ozone Strike Pro Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on OCC.
Noko Leatherworks TKL Wrist Rest on LanOC.
Saitek X-55 Rhino HOTAS System on NikKTech.

Misc:
Corsair HG10 A1 Bracket + H80i GT Cooler on Madshrimps.
ASRock Beebox (N3000) Fanless Small Form Factor PC on TweakTown.



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