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|Sunday Afternoon Reviews
Sunday, 26-May-2013 15:24:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
AMD's A4-5000 'Kabini' APU on TechReport.
MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming Series (Intel Z77) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ADATA DashDrive Elite UE700 USB 3.0 Flash Drive on Tweaktown.
4TB Seagate Desktop HDD ST4000DM000 hard drive on BenchmarkReviews.
An Affordable Titan – NVIDIA’s GEFORCE GTX 780 on Futurelooks.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Overclocked on Tweaktown.
EVGA GTX 780 Superclocked w/ ACX Cooler 3GB on TechPowerUp.
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 SC ACX on Guru3D.
Deep Cool M6 2.1 Speaker System and Laptop Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP and Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP on HardCoreWare.
Logitech k310 Washable Keyboard on NikKTech.
Fractal Design Node 605 Silent HTPC Case on LegitReviews.
Sitecom Wi-Fi Router X6 N900 (WLR-6100) on MadShrimps.
Friday again! The first one was made by metamorphosis, presumably at the end of a long day. :)
And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.
AMD have new mobile platforms, with coverage on PC Perspective (and a reference notebook review), HotHardware and LegionHW. It was all the way back at CES that we first showed you Kabini, Temash, and Richland-based products in action in a number of prototype notebooks at tablets from Vizio, HP, Asus and others. And AMD actually talked about the foundation of two these products (Kabini and Temash)-its Jaguar CPU core microarchitecture-at Hot Chips in April of last year. If you're unfamiliar with Kabini and Temash, they are the codenames given to AMD's next-gen, low-power APUs targeted at notebooks and ultra-mobile form factors.
The NSW Police are concerned about 3D printed guns, but some journalists found it's not that simple to start cranking out weapons. But, and I cannot emphasize this enough, this gun is not as easy to make as it's been portrayed, nor as cheap, nor very legal, and the weapon itself is terrible—if you're not too terrified to pull the trigger. 3D-printable guns may be the future, but, after our own fruitless tribulations attempting to duplicate the feat, we're ready to say they are not the present.
On a more positive note, a baby's life has been saved via a 3d-printed device. Green and Hollister were able to make the custom-designed, custom-fabricated device using high-resolution imaging and computer-aided design. The device was created directly from a CT scan of Kaiba's trachea/bronchus, integrating an image-based computer model with laser-based 3D printing to produce the splint.
Kim Dotcom says he owns the patent on two step authentication and is saying Facebook and Google need to help his legal fight against the US Government or he'll act on his patent. It’s fairly apparent that none of these corporations are paying Dotcom for the use of his invention but as usual he’s approaching the matter in his own style, with a carrot in one hand and a stick in the other. “I never sued them. I believe in sharing knowledge & ideas for the good of society. But I might sue them now cause of what the U.S. did to me,” he declares.
Microsoft have some new Windows 8 ads which are fairly amusing and clever, but interestingly don't show W8 at all. Today, Microsoft uploaded a trio of new Windows 8 TV ads on its official Windows YouTube channel and, well ... there's just no other way to say it. These ads, all under the "Training Camp" title, are some of the oddest we have ever seen that have been made to promote any version of Windows.
OCZ have a new Vertex 450 SSD, with reviews on HotHardware, LegitReviews, HWHeaven, TechSpot, TheSSDReview and Tweaktown. After employing SandForce controllers on some of the earlier Vertex SSDs, OCZ snapped up Indilinx and is using what is now its own proprietary silicon in many of its drives. Thus, the brand new OCZ Vertex 450 SSD we'll be showing you here today with an Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 series controller inside is very much a “vertical” effort, with the Indilinx and OCZ-owned PLX teams building both the silicon and firmware.
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Reviews
Friday, 24-May-2013 03:28:03 (GMT +10) - by booj
After much anticipation and discussion, Nvidia have finally released the GTX 780. There are plenty of reviews and no doubt more to come.
Guru3D + SLI
Hardware Heaven (Video Review)
techPowerUp + SLI
Discussion continues in the NVIDIA GeForce 700-Series Thread
Here's some yummy threads from our Geek Recipes forum:
|Thursday Afternoon Reviews
Thursday, 23-May-2013 14:00:49 (GMT +10) - by booj
Zotac GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Edition on Hardware Heaven.
Zotac GeForce GTX TITAN AMP! Edition on techPowerUp.
MSI Radeon HD 7790 1GB OC on TweakTown.
PowerColor PCS+ HD7870 Myst Edition on TechwareLabs.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost OC WindForce 2X on Guru3D.
SanDisk Ultra Plus 256GB SSD on eTeknix.
Kingston DT Workspace 64GB 'Windows To Go' USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TweakTown.
PQI Air Drive External Wireless Storage Device on The SSD Review.
Lexar Professional 128GB Compact Flash Memory Card on TweakTown.
Shuttle OMNINAS KD20 on techPowerUp.
Thermaltake Non-Interference Cooler NiC F4 CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
SilverStone AR01 CPU Cooler on Hardware Secrets.
Cooler Master NotePal U2 Plus Cooling Pad on Neoseeker.
SilverStone AR01 CPU Cooler on Pure Overclock.
Antec Mobile Products A.M.P. dBs Headphone on eTeknix.
Wavemaster Dakota Headphones on eTeknix.
Turtle Beach XP Seven Tournament Grade Gaming Headset (Video Review) on HardwareHeaven.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Blackberry Z10 Smartphone on Funky Kit.
Lenovo Y500 Gaming Notebook on PC Perspective.
HP Envy TouchSmart 4 Touchscreen Ultrabook on TweakTown.
ECS A970M-A Deluxe Motherboard on PureOverclock.
Star Wars: The Old Republic Gaming Mouse on Madshrimps.
Oregon Scientific ATC9K Action Camera on NikKTech.
Rosewill T600N Wireless Router on ThinkComputers.
Wednesday, 22-May-2013 20:34:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Here's a quick snapshot of what people are up to in our Photography Gallery forum.
Wednesday, 22-May-2013 19:56:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Ethernet turns 40 years old this week, with more info here and here. That was the genesis of Ethernet: connecting those "revolutionary" desktop PCs, providing access to the ARPANET, and allowing researchers to simply hit P to print. "We were not planning to do the web, or audio, or video," Metcalfe told us. Those came later. Much later.
More revolutionary is this story where the inventor of the GIF file format drops a bombshell: He is proud of the GIF, but remains annoyed that there is still any debate over the pronunciation of the format. “The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations,” Mr. Wilhite said. “They are wrong. It is a soft ‘G,’ pronounced ‘jif.’ End of story.”
Motorcyclists should be aware of some recalled helmets. The ACCC recently tested six different brands and models of motorcycle helmet against the requirements of the Australian/New Zealand Standard. Two of the six helmets failed to meet minimum safety requirements and have been recalled. The helmets in question are a "Kylin XR 205" and a "KBC VR-1X". OCAU has a (fairly quiet) motorcycle subforum, too.
HotHardware made a mini Raspberry Pi desktop. Basically our goal was to turn what is currently one of the cheapest bare-bones computer boards into a fully enclosed mini desktop computer that could be taken anywhere without the need for cabling or setup.
Yahoo are going to buy Tumblr for $1.1B. Yahoo has now officially confirmed that it is buying blogging platform Tumblr for $1.1 billion mostly in cash, after reports on an impending deal first surfaced last week. Meanwhile Yahoo's property Flickr has announced free upgrades, but also some comments which have annoyed photographers.
Microsoft have unveiled their new Xbox, the Xbox One. The next-generation console was shown off alongside a new Kinect sensor and a redesigned gamepad. The US firm described the voice and gesture-controlled machine as an "all-in-one" system offering games, live TV, movies and music. More here, discussion here.
Sony have also announced the PlayStation 4, although the official release isn't until June. The end of the video promises more details about the new console on June 10 at 6 p.m. Pacific, the eve of this year's E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles. There's a big thread with lots of info here in the forums.
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