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Win a Scorptec PC (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-July-2016  11:54:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This is the last week to enter to win Scorptec's $6000 Intel Extreme Gaming PC! Click that link to enter, or discuss the contest in this thread. Good luck!

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-July-2016  11:37:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some projects and reviews from the forums:

headin2001 reviewed the
CM MasterAir Maker 8 HSF

theicemagic has a
DIY cooling tower

philscomputerlab is building a
486 DX33 retro gamer

Azrael is building a
VORON 3D printer

windwithme reviewed the
MSI GE62 Heroes Edition

newlife has written a
Gt 710 Vmod guide

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-July-2016  11:27:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
Sapphire Nitro Radeon RX 480 4GB on LegitReviews.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming on TechReport.
ASUS Strix Radeon R9 Fury And The State Of DirectX12 Performance on HotHardware.

Thermaltake Suppressor F31 Mid Tower on NeoSeeker.
Antec GX505 Window SC Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.

Synology DS916+ 4-bay NAS on TechPowerUp.
SanDisk SSD PLUS 240 GiB on HWSecrets.
QNAP TVS-882 High-Performance 8-bay NAS on MadShrimps.
Apacer AS720 Dual Interface SSD 240GB on LanOC.
RapidSpar Data Recovery Instrument on PCPerspective.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Alienware Aurora R5 on HotHardware.
Xiaomi Mi Band 2 fitness band on FunkyKit.
Eurocom Monster 4 (GTX970M) on TechPowerUp.

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte X99-Ultra Gaming Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
Gigabyte Z170X Ultra Gaming Motherboard on HWAsylum.

D-Link DIR-879 EXO AC1900 Wireless Router on Tweaktown.
First Looks: The Razer HDK2 Virtual Reality on HWSecrets.
REEVEN Steropes Low-Profile CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Thursday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 28-July-2016  15:39:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Pokemon Go mania continues, with some businesses cashing in by making their premises more poke-friendly. It has been announced that sponsored Pokestops (landmarks where users can go to stock up on supplies) are coming and there’s strong speculation that McDonald's is set to be one of the first major Pokestop sponsors. However, until that day comes, marketers around the globe are using the game to their business’ advantage. In this post we give you a little bit of inspiration and take a look at four ways savvy brands are embracing the trend.

However one Sydney local council wants less Pokestops in one of their parks. Thousands of players on the hunt for Pokémon have been flocking to Peg Paterson Park over the past two weeks, causing traffic chaos in the quiet waterside suburb and difficulty for emergency services. “There have been a number of concerning instances already including an emergency services vehicle having difficulty reaching an apartment fire due to traffic congestion, traffic accidents, and reports of motorcycles using cycle and footpaths to get around traffic congestion,” City of Canada Bay General Manager Gary Sawyer told Domain.

If you're having trouble tracking things down with your GPS, maybe it's not your fault, but that Australia has moved. A team of scientists is about to recalculate the nation's latitude and longitude coordinates, which are currently out by more than 1.5 metres. It will improve the accuracy of all spatial information across the nation for a myriad of services including transportation, personal navigation and surveying. The framework currently in use, known as the Geocentric Datum of Australia, was last updated in 1994. Because Australia sits on the fastest moving continental tectonic plate in the world, coordinates measured in the past continue changing over time.

AMD have unveiled a video card with SSDs onboard. After all, VFX studios like MPC often create scenes that require upwards of 64GB per frame to render. The trouble is, even the most capacious graphics card—AMD's FirePro S9170 server GPU—tops out at 32GB GDDR5, and there are steep cost and design issues with adding more. AMD has come up with another solution. Instead of adding more expensive graphics memory, why not let users add their own in the form of M.2 solid state storage? That's the pitch behind the all new Radeon Pro SSG (solid state graphics), which was revealed at the Siggraph computer graphics conference on Monday. More info here.

It's been 10 years since Intel's 64-bit Core architecture launched - Anandtech look back, and forward to see what's on the way. As part of this piece we will also look at some of the predictions for the future, from the latest (and possibly last) International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors report, which predicts the stalling of smaller silicon manufacturing nodes over the next 10-15 years.

ArsTechnica report on the future of Moore's Law. Transistors will stop shrinking after 2021, but Moore's law will probably continue, according to the final International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS). The ITRS—which has been produced almost annually by a collaboration of most of the world's major semiconductor companies since 1993—is about as authoritative as it gets when it comes to predicting the future of computing. The 2015 roadmap will however be its last. There's a related and in-depth interview here.

A few people sent in this cautionary tale about how bad code bankrupted a trader, losing them about $400M in 45 minutes. This story is true – this really happened. This is my telling of the story based on what I have read (I was not involved in this). This is the story of how a company with nearly $400 million in assets went bankrupt in 45-minutes because of a failed deployment.

Here's some network monitoring info from RFLAN, thanks mpot. About a year ago I joined up with the Infrastructure Team at RFLAN to assist in running what we believe is the largest LAN Party in Australia. With this brought many technical and logistical challenges I have really enjoyed. Below is an overview of the monitoring infrastructure the team and I created for the last RFLAN event.

If you use LastPass, you need to update to patch a security issue, thanks again mpot.

Thursday Morning Reviews (7 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 28-July-2016  02:43:52 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 GAMING 6GB on Guru3D.
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP! Edition on Modders-Inc.
Palit GameRock Premium GTX 1070 on eTeknix.
Sapphire Nitro+ RX 480 OC 8GB on eTeknix.
Radeon RX 480 vs GeForce GTX 1060 FCAT Frametime Analysis on Guru3D.
Gainward GTX 1060 Phoenix GS on Vortez.

In Win 805 Infinity Mid-Tower on Funky Kit.
Antec P380 on techPowerUp.
Streacom F7C Alpha Mini-ITX Case on OCinside.

Angelbird Wings PX1 Heatsink PCIe Adapter on PC Perspective.
Thermaltake Pacific RL360 D5 RGB Water Cooling Kit on ThinkComputers.
Reeven Six Eyes II Fan Controller on Modders-Inc.

Input etc:
ROCCAT Suora Frameless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Funky Kit.
Tesoro Gram Spectrum Gaming Keyboard on TechnologyX.
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Tesoro GRAM Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Bigbruin.

MDD BP5e 480GB M.2 SATA III SSD on Guru3D.
ASUS RT-AC3200 Wireless AC Router on Techgage.
Nitro Concepts C80 Comfort Carbon Class Gaming Chair on eTeknix.
AMD FX-8320 vs Core i5-6600K - 2D Performance on ocaholic.
G.Skill Trident Z 2x16GB DDR4-3200 CL15 Memory Kit on Funky Kit.
Sony Xperia X on Techspot.

Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 26-July-2016  09:18:26 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
EVGA GTX 1070 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 on LanOC Reviews.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Xtreme Gaming on Modders-Inc.
MSI GTX 1060 GAMING X on Vortez.
Overclocking the GTX 1060 with PrecisionX OC on BaelTechReviews.

LaCie 2TB Porsche Design USB 3.0 Hard Drive on Bigbruin.
Kingston SSDNow UV400 SSD Review (480GB) on The SSD Review.
OCZ TR150 120GB & 240GB Solid State Drive on Funky Kit.
SanDisk iXpand Memory Case and Battery for iPhone on TweakTown.

Reeven Ouranos RC-1401 Heatsink on Hardware Asylum.
XSPC Raystorm Pro CPU Waterblock on PC Perspective.

GAMDIAS Hephaestus v2 Gaming Headset on Benchmark Reviews.
SteelSeries Siberia 350 Gaming Headset on Funky Kit.

ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 on ocaholic.
Silverstone Strider Platinum 750W ST75F-PT Overview and Pin-out Guide on Modders-Inc.
ASRock Beebox-S (Intel Core i5-6200U) Mini PC on TweakTown.
Tenda AC15 AC1900 802.11ac Router on Hot Hardware.
Xtorm AP175 Mobile Solar Panel (SolarBooster) on NikKTech.
Razer Naga Hex V2 on Vortez.
APC Power Saving Back-UPS Pro 1500VA (BR1500G) on Custom PC Review.
Moto Z DROID And Moto Z Force DROID With Moto Mods on Hot Hardware.

Monday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 25-July-2016  10:21:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Time to catch up on some news from while I've been away.

Intel rival ARM is being bought for $32B by SoftBank, a Japanese telecom company. ARM designs customizable chip technology licensed for nearly all major smartphones and many tablets, including Samsung's mobile devices and Apple's iPhone and iPad. ARM's success in mobile made it a major threat to Intel, which has been largely shut out of the mobile chip market. Now, ARM is pushing to get into Intel's most profitable business – high-end microprocessors for the servers that run large data centers.

Another telecom has their chequebook out, with Verizon buying Yahoo for $4.8B, if the expected announcement happens later today. Yahoo was the front door to the web for an early generation of internet users, and its services still attract a billion visitors a month. But the internet is an unforgiving place for yesterday’s great idea, and on Sunday, Yahoo reached the end of the line as an independent company.

Also coming to the end of the line is VCR technology, with Japan making the last ever VCR this month. The most surprising part of this is that someone out there is still making VCRs. Funai Electric, the last remaining Japanese company to make the units, has announced that the company will cease production on its VCR units, due to declining sales and difficulty acquiring parts.

The Windows 10 upgrade nagging has reached fever pitch, with only a few days left of the free upgrade offer - but France have warned Microsoft about excessive personal data collection by the OS. After accusations that Windows 10 collects too much data about users, France's National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has order Microsoft to comply with the French Data Protection Act within three months. The company has been ordered to "stop collecting excessive data and tracking browsing by users without their consent". In addition to this, the chair of CNIL has notified Microsoft that it needs to take "satisfactory measures to ensure the security and confidentiality of user data".

LegitReviews cover a new benchmark, 3DMark Time Spy. This DirectX 12 Feature Level 11_0 benchmark utilizes a pure DirectX 12 game engine that supports features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading! The developers opted to use DirectX 12 Feature Level 11_0 to ensuring wide compatibility with DirectX 11 hardware through DirectX 12 drivers. There are higher DirectX 12 Feature Levels, take a look at the Direct3D Feature Level table, but it appears many game developers are going this route to get a good performance and compatibility mix. PCPerspective explore some possible favouritism in the benchmark.

Telstra are rolling out ADSL again, thanks Callan. Telstra CEO Andy Penn, while promising to spend AU$250 million improving the Telstra network, has, without much fuss, re-started investment in ADSL infrastructure. That announcement is in the context of a National Broadband Network that's supposed to make ADSL obsolete. In this blog post, Penn says the mobile network's $50 million enhancement is proceeding, and there's another $200 million for the core network, and for “increasing current ADSL broadband capacity to meet increasing customer demand”.

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