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Misc Pics (19 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-February-2016  14:23:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and OneArmedMan this week!

and now here's a quick timewaster: search for "atari breakout" in Google then go to the images page. Enjoy!

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 11-February-2016  07:53:36 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
AMD Carrizo on Anandtech.
ASUS Z170 Maximus VIII Extreme Assembly on Guru3D.

PNY CS1311 SSD Review (120GB/480GB) on The SSD Review.
Samsung PM863 240 Gigabyte SSD on ocaholic.
ASUSTOR AS5002T 2-Bay Intel Bay Trail NAS on Missing Remote.

Fractal Design Core 500 SFF Chassis on Madshrimps.
NZXT Manta on ThinkComputers.
Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX on PC Perspective.

Input etc:
SteelSeries Apex M800 Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Techgage.
Cooler Master Storm QuickFire XT (Cherry MX Green/Blue) Mechanical Keyboard on APH Networks.
Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
Ozone Neon Precision Laser Mouse on Neoseeker.
Cougar 450M Ambidextrous Optical Gaming Mouse on TweakTown.
ASUS Cerberus Gaming Peripherals on eTeknix.
Hot Keys Project Artisan Keycaps on LanOC Reviews.

Portables & Prebuilt:
Dell Precision 15 5510 Mobile Workstation on Hot Hardware.
Intel Compute Stick "2" STK1AW32SC 2GB Windows 10 on TweakTown.

EVGA 750W GQ Power Supply on PC Perspective.
Swiftech H220 X2 Prestige CPU Cooler on Techpowerup.
GAMDIAS EROS ELITE EQ Headset on Benchmark Reviews.
Stanley FatMax LEDLISL Lithium-Ion LED Flashlight on ModSynergy.

Lexar Jumpdrive M20i Flash Drive (5 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 10-February-2016  23:46:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's not very often that we look at Apple-specific products, so I had to outsource this review to a friend in the Mac camp. So, what does HE think of the Lexar Jumpdrive M20i? Well...

click for the review!

Wednesday Lunchtime (6 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 10-February-2016  12:46:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Today is apparently Safer Internet Day 2016. A couple of people pointed out that Google are encouraging people to review their security settings, by offering 2GB of Google Drive for free. To get the extra Drive space, all you have to do is sign into your Google account and review your security settings, including factors like two-step verification, authorized devices, account verification settings, and a couple more. The process takes just a few minutes, and once you complete the check-up, you'll be awarded the extra 2GB of permanent Drive space for free.

Amazon have a new free game development service called Lumberyard. Amazon Lumberyard is a free, cross-platform, 3D game engine for developers to create the highest-quality games, connect their games to the vast compute and storage of the AWS Cloud, and engage fans on Twitch. This game engine helps developers build beautiful worlds, make realistic characters, and create stunning real-time effects. Discussion here.

One Telstra tech had a bad day yesterday, apparently single-handedly causing a nationwide outage. In his defence, there probably shouldn't be a situation where one misconfiguration can take the whole network down for hours. Telstra chief operations officer Kate McKenzie said that there are 10 signalling nodes distributed around the country and one was taken down around lunchtime. “Unfortunately, the individual did not follow the correct procedures and restarted the malfunctioning node before he transferred the customers off to the other nodes,” she said. “That then caused sever congestion across the remaining nodes and prevented people from being able to register a signal.”

Apparently Google will serve up bogus search results to would-be Jihadis, thanks aftahours. Jihadi sympathisers who type extremism-related words into Google will be shown anti-radicalisation links instead, under a pilot scheme announced by the internet giant. The new technology means people at risk of radicalisation will be presented with internet links which are the exact opposite of what they were searching for. I'm ok with this specific instance, but somehow this seems a slightly worrying precedent.

The popular media player VLC turns 15. Technically the project is almost 5 years older but this is the anniversary of VLC being licensed to the GPL license, which happened on the 1st of February 2001. Under the GPL license, it is now worked on by many contributors across the world but prior to that it was being developed by students at Ecole Centrale Paris.

Congrats Bullus! (9 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 9-February-2016  15:46:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Congratulations to OCAU member Bullus! I'll let him tell the story: Thanks to your news post on Friday regarding the Nvidia event I was able to register and attend the event (which was a blast, got to talk to all the vendors PR people) and won final prize of the first session, a MSI GeForce GTX 970 OC 4GB :). Here is an image of my new MSI dragon teaching my WoW whelplings about the increase of framerates we will get in Nvidia 3D vision while playing WoW in stereoscopic 3D. Nice!

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Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 9-February-2016  14:41:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell XPS 13 (Late 2015) Windows laptop on TechSpot.
iBuyPower Paladin Z860 Custom Gaming PC on OCInside.

Motherboard & CPU:
SuperMicro C7Z170-OCE (LGA1151) on eTeknix.

AMD's Wraith CPU cooler on TechReport.
Scythe Ninja 4 SCNH-4000 Heatsink on FrostyTech.

Input Etc:
Patriot Viper V760 Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
SteelSeries Nimbus MFi Wireless iOS Controller on eTeknix.

Audio Visual:
Beelink MX64 TV Box on PCReview.
Amkov AMK5000S WiFi HD Action Camera on ModSynergy.
BoomCloud 360’s BoomStick speaker on TechnologyX.
Jabra ROX Wireless In-Ear Stereo Earbuds on NikKTech.

Kingston HyperX Savage 128GB USB 3.1 Gen 1 Flash Drive on NikKTech.
Lexar Professional 2000x 128GB SDXC UHS-II/U3 on LegitReviews.
QNAP TS-453A 4-bay QTS-Ubuntu Combo NAS on MadShrimps.

Jonsbo UMX1 Plus Windowed on OCAholic.
Phanteks Eclipse P400 on APHNetworks.

Rise Of The Tomb Raider PC Game Benchmarks on LegitReviews.
Rise of the Tomb Raider PC Graphics and CPU Performance on TechSpot.

Holy Stone F181 Universe Explorer Quadcopter Drone on ModSynergy.
NVIDIA GeForce GT 710: NVIDIA's Newest Sub-$50 GPU On Linux on Phoronix.
G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3400 16GB Memory on OCClub.
TP-LINK Archer C2600 MU-MIMO Wireless Dual-Band Router on Tweaktown.

Monday Afternoon (15 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 8-February-2016  13:35:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD have some new CPUs and a new stock cooler, called the Wraith, which they claim offers better cooling with less noise. Coverage on PC Perspective, HotHardware, LanOC, TechARP and Techgage.

People are reporting an issue with a new software update which seems to disable iPhones that have been fixed by unauthorised repairers. The issue appears to affect handsets where the home button, which has touch ID fingerprint recognition built-in, has been repaired by a “non-official” company or individual. It has also reportedly affected customers whose phone has been damaged but who have been able to carry on using it without the need for a repair.

SilentPCReview have a 4K Gaming PC Build Guide. A 4K (aka UHD) display has a native resolution of 3840x2160, quadruple that of 1080p, for a ridiculous total of 8.3 million pixels. Spread across a large display, this arguably offers a more immersive gaming experience than a triple-monitor configuration with bezels in between, and a more usable workspace for non-gaming activities. It's not a cheap endeavor however as even some high-end GPUs can't deliver suitable frame rates. Given this kind of horsepower, component selection is critical to limit the noise output on such a PC.

Unfortunately Presto say that Australia's internet is too slow for 4K content. The TV-streaming firm will officially launch new phone and tablet apps, Apple TV streaming, and high-definition content for subscribers on Tuesday, but it will postpone offering 4K content until broadband speeds improve in Australia.

Seagate is being sued over hard drive failures. According to details, spotted by Overclock3d.net, Seagate is sued for the high failure rates of their 3TB external and internal hard disk drives as well as the inability to deliver non-defective hard drives that conform to their express and implied warranties. The lawsuit states that this is a breach of consumer protection, unfair competition and false advertising as well as unjust enrichment.

Tweaktown have spent a month with the Thecus N5810 Pro NAS and really like it. I'm quite fond of the one I reviwed recently too. The setup of the Thecus N5810 PRO was super-easy, so much so that I was up and running within minutes. The longest time you'd spend on the setup procedure would be building your RAID array, which can take hours. I'm only using two Seagate HDDs in the N5810 PRO, so it was a quick experience getting things to operational capacity.

Microsoft are working on underwater datacentres. The preliminary results of Project Natick — the testing of a prototype vessel on the ocean floor — have been released after a four-month plan. The Natick mission was to build and operate an underwater data centre. The overall goal of the project is to deploy data centres at scale anywhere in the world from decision to power-on within 90 days.

As hinted at in Misc Pics last week, eagles are being trained to attack drones. In collaboration with raptor training company Guard From Above, Dutch police taught an eagle to recognize a DJI drone. Once in sight, the bird flies toward its mechanical prey, snatches it with its enormous talons and then takes it to safe place. The eagle is one of the two "physical" methods the force are trialling -- the other being a safety net -- but a trained bird of prey gives officers more control over where the offending drone is brought down to earth.

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