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Misc Pics (13 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-October-2014  03:53:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to primalnuke and t1mbot this week!

Windows Bricking Fake FTDI Chips? (3 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-October-2014  03:14:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A recent Windows Update driver is bricking certain USB serial chips, affecting Arduino users and others, thanks mpot. It's not immediately clear how or why the drivers are acting this way. It's possible that they're somehow detecting counterfeits and deliberately reprogramming them. It's also possible that the drivers are sending the same commands to both good and bad parts, and these commands just happen to cause bad things in counterfeit parts while being harmless on the real ones. We've asked FTDI for comment but received nothing as yet.

Here's some more info: real vs fake chips on zeptobars, some early coverage on Hackaday and adafruit, discussion on EEVblog's forums and slashdot. There's also a telling twitter conversation with the manufacturer.

Friday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-October-2014  02:01:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hollywood are apparently coming to get Aussies, or at least, ones on certain ISPs who downloaded a certain movie recently. THE makers of the film Dallas Buyers Club are hunting Australians who downloaded or shared the movie illegally. They’ve filed a discovery order in the Federal Court in a bid to get names and contact details from five Aussie telcos: iiNet, Internode, Dodo, Amnet and Adam Internet.

But there's good news close to home too, with Australian World of Warcraft servers on the way soon. Next Tuesday there will be an extended period of maintenance. When the servers come back online, you’ll find the Oceanic servers you were playing on are now entirely relocated to Sydney, Australia, and you can enjoy your beautiful new low ping.

I'm always mildly paranoid about using public WiFi, but this guy takes it to a new level. The waitress serves us our coffee and hands us the WiFi password. After Slotboom is connected, he is able to provide all the visitors with an internet connection and to redirect all internet traffic through his little device. There's another article suggesting some ways to more safely use public WiFi.

Here's an interesting one about ethernet in cars. A move toward Ethernet reflects the fact that in-vehicle electronics are becoming more sophisticated to support autonomous driving, exterior and interior cameras, embedded displays and infotainment systems. By 2020, many cars will have 50 to 60 Ethernet ports and even entry-level vehicles will have 10, according to a study by research firm Frost & Sullivan. (Premium vehicles will likely have more than 100 Ethernet nodes by then.)

PCPerspective checked out performance in Civilization: Beyond Earth. Beyond Earth is definitely going to be more CPU-bound than the other games that we tend to use in our benchmark suite, but the fact that this game is new, shiny, and even has a Mantle implementation (AMD's custom API) makes interesting for at least a look at the current state of performance. Both NVIDIA and AMD sent have released drivers with specific optimization for Beyond Earth as well. LegitReviews posted their results also.

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 23-October-2014  14:56:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Tt eSPORTS Captain Dracco Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.
Tesoro Kuven Devil A1 7.1 Virtual Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
Bass Egg VERB Bluetooth Vibration Portable Speaker on NikKTech.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer AM3+ Motherboard on BenchmarkReviews.
Supermicro X10SRH-CLN4F Haswell server board on SOTechDesign.
Low-cost CPU Duel: Sempron 2650 vs. Celeron J1800 on HWHeaven.
ASRock X99 OC Formula on ocaholic.
ASUS X99 Deluxe on OCClub.
MSI X99S Gaming 9 AC on PCPerspective.

Video Cards:
MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G on Bjorn3D.
Gaming at 4K: Gainward GeForce GTX 970 SLI Performance on TechSpot.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Offers Great Linux Performance on Phoronix.

Power Supply:
Dark Power Pro 10 850W on ThinkComputers.
Enermax Revolution XT 530W Semi-Modular on eTeknix.
be quiet! Straight Power 10 CM 800W on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master V1200 Platinum 1200W Modular on eTeknix.
Thermaltake Toughpower DPS 750W Modular on eTeknix.

Input Etc:
OCUK Cherry MX Keycaps and Rubber O-Ring Mod on eTeknix.
ASUS Echelon Keyboard on Vortez.
Gamdias APOLLO Extension Optical Gaming Mouse on Bjorn3D.

SanDisk Ultra 2 SSD on HardwareHeaven.
Buffalo MiniStation Air 2 Wireless Mobile Storage Drive on Tweaktown.
SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
Seagate Enterprise Capacity 2TB 2.5 HDD v3 2TB on Tweaktown.
Samsung XS1715 1.6TB 2.5-inch NVMe PCIe Enterprise SSD on Tweaktown.
Crucial MX100 512GB & Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSDs on SilentPCReview.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Preview: ASUS G751 Gaming Notebook on HotHardware.
Intel NUC mini-PC on LanOC.
CyberPower PC FANG Battlebox-I 970 System on eTeknix.

Thermalright Macho Zero Passive CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
NZXT Kraken X31 all-in-one watercooler on OCAholic.
Deepcool GF120 Cooling Fan on APHNetworks.
Cooler Master Nepton 240M CPU Cooler on Techgage.
DeepCool GamerStorm GF120 fan on Vortez.
Deepcool Maelstrom 240 Liquid Cooler on NeoSeeker.
Cooler Master's Nepton 240M liquid cooler on TechReport.

Silverstone Grandia GD10 HTPC Chassis on eTeknix.
Silverstone Fortress FT05 on LegionHW.
BitFenix Pandora Micro ATX chassis on Guru3D.
Fractal Design Core 2500 on ocaholic.
Fractal Core 3300 ATX Mid Tower on Modders-Inc.
Thermaltake Core V71 on TechWareLabs.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 22-October-2014  03:50:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

booj reports on
MSI's MOA 2014 Comp

trevor68 reviewed the
Fractal Design Node 804

STUdog has another
impressive WC PC

Kosti is modding
a fishtank

Renza reviewed the
U-NAS NSC-800 8-Bay ITX

and slipperyskip's
Project Addison is taking shape

Wednesday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 21-October-2014  23:42:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Minister for Justice has released a report into identity theft in Australia. In 2011-12 more Australians reported being a victim of identity crime than victims of robbery, motor vehicle theft, household break-ins or assault. New figures in a Commonwealth Government report released today show that each year between 750,000 to 900,000 people fall victim to identity crime resulting in financial loss.

Mozilla will be turning off SSLv3 in Firefox due to the POODLE attack. In late September, a team at Google discovered a serious vulnerability in SSL 3.0 that can be exploited to steal certain confidential information, such as cookies. This vulnerability, known as “POODLE”, is similar to the BEAST attack. By exploiting this vulnerability, an attacker can gain access to things like passwords and cookies, enabling him to access a user’s private account data on a website.

The Nokia mobile phone brand will be going away soon, with Microsoft changing it over to Microsoft Lumia. Microsoft has been slowly redirecting some Nokia pages over to Microsoft.com, and many would probably have guessed that Microsoft Lumia was a safe bet to replace the Nokia brand on devices. While the Nokia brand will of course live on, given that the Finish company still exists as a standalone entity (it launched HERE maps for Android just today), it’s a notable development nonetheless.

It sounds like they will also have a smartwatch soon, thanks mpot. According to Forbes, Microsoft could launch the device within the next few weeks, with a focus on health. According to the report, the device will passively track its user's heart rate, and give the company a platform for building health and other apps on.

It turns out that publically threatening to kill Gabe Newell will get your game dropped from Steam. It seems Maulbeck (using the ill-chosen Halloween-themed name "Mike Murderbeck") was a little upset that Steam's promotional carousel referred to Paranautical Activity as being an Early Access title, shortly after it had been reclassified as a full release.

Mpot also sent in this story about cities building their own gigabit networks. More than two dozen cities in 19 states announced today that they're sick of big telecom skipping them over for internet infrastructure upgrades and would like to build gigabit fiber networks themselves and help other cities follow their lead. The Next Centuries Cities coalition, which includes a couple cities that already have gigabit fiber internet for their residents, was devised to help communities who want to build their own broadband networks navigate logistical and legal challenges to doing so.

Here's an interesting one about Siri and an autistic boy. That Siri. She doesn’t let my communications-impaired son get away with anything. Indeed, many of us wanted an imaginary friend, and now we have one. Only she’s not entirely imaginary.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 21-October-2014  18:12:08 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Crucial DDR4-2133 DRx4 RDIMM Memory on TweakTown
Kingston HyperX Fury DDR3-1866-CL10 1.50V on ocaholic
Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 on HardwareHeaven
Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB 3300MHz DDR4 on Legit Reviews

Kingston HyperX Fury 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on NikKTech
Toshiba TransMemory Pro EXII 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TweakTown
Thecus N2560 Dual-bay SOHO NAS on Techgage
Western Digital My Passport Pro 2 TB Portable (Thunderbolt) Hard Disk Drive on Techarp
Samsung 845DC PRO 800GB Enterprise SSD on TweakTown
Kingmax M.2 2242 SATA SSD Review (128GB) on The SSD Review
Toshiba 2.5-inch 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive on eTeknix
Seagate Enterprise Performance 15K HDD v4 450GB Enterprise on TweakTown
Crucial MX100 512GB & Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSDs on Silent PC Review

ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 970 4GB Graphics Card on eTeknix
GeForce GTX 970 cards from MSI and Asus on Techreport
Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super Jetstream on Guru3D
ZOTAC GTX 780 AMP! Edition Graphics Card on Techware Labs
ASUS STRIX GTX 980 OC 4 GB on techPowerUp

Fractal Design Newton R3 1000W Semi-Modular Power Supply on eTeknix
be quiet! Straight Power 10 700W on PureOverclock

Windows 10 Technical Preview on Techreport
Windows 10 Hands-On on Technology X
Borderlands: Pre-Sequel Preview on Techgage

ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit on Madshrimps
Lenovo Erazer x510 Gaming PC on Hot Hardware

MSI X99S Gaming 7 on ocaholic
GIGABYTE GA-X99-SOC Force Motherboard on TweakTown

Antec ISK 600 on Techpowerup
Deepcool Steam Castle Case on ThinkComputers.org

Cooler Master Nepton 240M Liquid Radiator on Benchmark Reviews
Thermalright Silver Arrow IB-E on ocaholic
Cooler Master Nepton 240M on Guru3D

Intel Pentium G3258 on Technology X
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on Techspot
MadCatz R.A.T. TE (Tournament Edition) Gaming Mouse on eTeknix

Photography Gallery (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 20-October-2014  09:39:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a quick snapshot of what people are up to in our Photography Gallery forum.

Monday Afternoon (13 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 20-October-2014  02:35:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft have withdrawn another buggy update. The update released as described in Microsoft Security Advisory 2949927 added SHA-2 hash algorithm signing and verification for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. It was one of three proactive security feature updates released on Tuesday in addition to the eight patches of Windows and Office. Meanwhile Apple have released 144 security patches of their own.

Apple are apparently not interested in making a touchscreen Mac. But if you want to see what's inside the new 5K Retina iMac, IFIXIT have opened one up. Think of the most colorful and radiant display you’ve ever seen. Now, discard that memory and stare at Apple’s newest iMac Intel 27” with Retina 5K Display. We're not talking 1080p or 4K, we're talking about 5K—millions and millions of pixels on a 27-inch display. Will the addition of a high-resolution display affect the repairability of the newest iMac Intel 27”? Let’s find out!

While our politicians debate the NBN, South Korea is preparing to roll out 10Gbps broadband. SK Broadband will introduce its new 10 gigabit per second Internet service at the Oct. 20 Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunications Union to be held at Busan’s BEXCO Center, in partnership with the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and the National Information Society Agency.

A few people sent in this bizarre lock. I'm not really into the whole "lockpicking as a hobby" thing, but that's pretty cool.

From drayzen: There's a pretty cool game I've backed on Kickstarter called Human Resources, being made by the guys that made Planetary Annihilation. Unfortunately it's looking like it's going to fall short of its funding goal, which is both surprising and disappointing as it looks great! Maybe some OCAU backers could help get it across the line...?

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 18-October-2014  21:21:17 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Maingear Pulse 15 Gaming Laptop on Techspot
LG G3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 on LanOC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M on PC Perspective
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Smartphone on TweakTown

Chieftec Navitas 1250W GPM-1250C on ocaholic
Deepcool DQ750 Quanta Semi-Modular Power Supply on eTeknix

Gelid SpeedTouch 6 Fan Controller on eTeknix
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate AIO CPU Cooler on HardOCP

Lenovo ThinkStation P300 Tower Workstation on TweakTown
Logitech G502 PROTEUS CORE on Vortez
Crucial DDR4-2133 DRx4 RDIMM Memory on TweakTown
Linksys SE4008 Router on HardwareHeaven

SanDisk Optimus Eco SSD RAID on TweakTown
QNAP SilentNAS HS-251 2-Bay NAS on eTeknix
Silicon Power Marvel M70 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on APH Networks

SteelSeries Siberia V3 Headphones on Vortez
Compro TN900W Camera on vortez
Elgato Game Capture HD60 on Gaming Nexus

ASUS X99-A Motherboard on ocaholic
Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 LGA 2011-v3 Motherboard on HardOCP

Misc Pics (21 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-October-2014  03:56:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to EvilGenius, mpot and axe this week!

Friday Afternoon (9 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-October-2014  02:32:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Google have unveiled Android 5.0 Lollipop. As previewed at Google I/O, Lollipop is our largest, most ambitious release on Android with over 5,000 new APIs for developers. Lollipop is designed to be flexible, to work on all your devices and to be customized for you the way you see fit. And just like Android has always been, it’s designed to be shared.

There's also some new hardware to go with the new OS. The Internet giant on Wednesday introduced the Nexus 9, a tablet with an 8.9-inch display manufactured by Taiwanese hardware maker HTC, the Nexus 6, a smartphone with a 6-inch display made by Motorola Mobility, and the Nexus Player, a streaming media player by Asus and the first device running Android TV.

Apple have released OS X 10.10 Yosemite. iOS continues to dominate Apple’s business in terms of unit sales, revenue, and profits. Last year, some Apple watchers had openly wondered whether Apple would even bother updating the look of OS X. And yet for the past several years, Apple has loudly and publicly insisted that it remains committed to the Mac as a strong, independent platform. Yosemite aims to fulfill that commitment—but in an interesting way.

They too have new hardware including a 5K Retina iMac display. The good news is that this iMac is everything you’ve been hoping for if you’ve been waiting patiently for Retina iMacs since the first Retina MacBook Pro was introduced back in 2012. At around 217 PPI, the screen has the same pixel density as the 220 PPI 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. Looking at that laptop's screen tells you most of what you need to know about this one, though obviously it's physically much larger.

Tweaktown spent a little time overclocking GTX 980s in SLI. With our NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI video card setup running perfectly, we overclock it to see just how much performance we can get out of it.

They also have a guide to overclocking the i7 5960X. Today Steve looks at overclocking Intel's first 8-core desktop CPU, the Core i7 5960X. If you need some help getting started with X99, take a look.

HotHardware meanwhile looked at Android performance on Intel x86 tablets. For the past few years, Intel has promised that its various low-power Atom-based processors would usher in a wave of low-cost Android and Windows mobile products that could compete with ARM-based solutions from its major competitors. And for years, we've seen no more than a trickle of hardware, often with limited availability and/or questionable pricing. Now, that's finally beginning to change.

An Australian team has set new records for quantum computing accuracy. Two research teams working in the same laboratories at UNSW Australia have found distinct solutions to a critical challenge that has held back the realisation of super powerful quantum computers. The teams created two types of quantum bits, or "qubits" – the building blocks for quantum computers – that each process quantum data with an accuracy above 99%. The two findings have been published simultaneously today in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

Brendan is doing some gaming for charity. Our first event is for Make-a-Wish Australia will take place in the form of a marathon with the launch of the World of Warcraft expansion: Warlords of Draenor (queue collective groan). The idea is to level from 90-100 in marathon fashion, stream it live on twitch tv and youtube with commentary and giveaway items (items pending).

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 16-October-2014  18:47:49 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Patriot Fuel+ 2200 mAh Mobile Rechargeable Battery on ocaholic
ConnecteDevice Cookoo 2 Watch on Madshrimps
MSI GS70 Stealth Pro (GTX 970M) on HardwareHeaven
ASUS ZenFone 5 Smartphone on Hardware Secrets

ASUS Maximus VII Impact mITX Intel Z97 Motherboard on Legit Reviews
MSI X99S MPower Motherboard on ocaholic
ASRock Z97 Extreme6 Motherboard on Techreport
ASUS AM1M-A Motherboard on Hardware Secrets
ASRock X99 WS Workstation Motherboard on PureOverclock

Cooler Master Hyper D92 on Overclockers Club
Noctua IndustrialPPC and Redux Fan Roundup on OCC

SilverStone Fortress FT05 Mid-Tower Chassis on Techgage
NZXT S340 Mid Tower Case on ThinkComputers.org
XFX Type-01 Series Bravo case on Techreport

Thecus N2310 NAS on Legion Hardware
IronKey Workspace W700 Secure Flash Drive on The SSD Review
Thecus N7710-G 7-Bay NAS with 10 GbE on Silent PC Review
Samsung 850 Pro (1TB) SSD on Guru3D
Thecus N8810U-G 8-Bay 10GbE Rackmount NAS on TweakTown

Tesoro Tizona G2N Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and G2N-P Numpad on TweakTown
Cooler Master Mizar Gaming Mouse on Benchmark Reviews
Razer BlackWidow Chroma on ocaholic

FSP Aurum PT Series 1200W PSU on Techpowerup
SteelSeries Siberia V3 Headphones on Vortez
Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 Memory Kit on Legit Reviews
Alien: Isolation (PC) on Gaming Nexus
Devolo dLAN 500 WiFi Network Kit on NikKTech

Forum Projects (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 15-October-2014  03:00:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

STUdog built an
impressive watercooled system

Ratzz reviewed the
Fractal Node 804

PabloEscobar has a great
guide to using PowerShell

toje built a
2800Mah USB charger

ItsDanK tells us about
life with a Caique Parrot

sjp770 is building an
enormous tower PC

Wednesday Midday (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 15-October-2014  01:42:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There is a zero-day vulnerability targeting many versions of Windows, thanks scon. More coverage here. Russian hackers exploited a bug in Microsoft Windows and other software to spy on computers used by NATO, the European Union, Ukraine and companies in the energy and telecommunications sectors, according to cyber intelligence firm iSight Partners. Discussion here.

iiNet say the Government's data storage plan lacks safeguards. The Abbott government intends to make telcos and internet companies store customersí private data for two years Ė but industry players say the government has declined to mandate or even spell out any special security arrangements to ensure consumer privacy is protected.

Tech Report have info on a firmware update which improves Samsung's 840 EVO SSD. Samsung's 840 EVO SSD is afflicted by a bug that slows read performance with older data. We have new information on the cause of the issue and an early look at the Performance Restoration tool that addresses it.

Mark Zuckerberg has donated $25M to fight Ebola. The gesture from one of Silicon Valley's richest citizens comes as the CDC is facing increasing concern over the disease. More than 8,000 cases of Ebola have been reported over the course of this latest outbreak.

Gizmodo have a good article about something that's bothered me for a while - Australia's upload speeds. My phone can shoot more megabytes worth of video data in one second than it takes me to upload to YouTube in one minute. Shooting in 4K, and then uploading that? Forget about it. If I capture one 13-megapixel photo and want to share it with a friend over email, thatís another entire minute of waiting. And the phone can capture 10 in the space of a second. This is all, to be honest, pretty silly.

Wednesday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 15-October-2014  01:11:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Rollei CarDVR-120 GPS 1296p Car Camera on NikKTech.
Func HS-260 headset on OCAholic.

Thermaltake Urban T81 Full Tower on Futurelooks.
Cooltek UMX2 on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Graphite 780T Full Tower on LegitReviews.
In Win D-Frame Mini on LegionHW.
Fractal Design Core 2300 on BenchmarkReviews.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock X99 Extreme4 on HWSecrets.
Supermicro X10DAi (Intel C612) Workstation Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASRock X99 OC Formula on Guru3D.

Deepcool Maelstrom 240 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual CPU Cooler on eTeknix.

Digital Storm Bolt II: Devilís Canyon Inside prebuilt gaming system on HotHardware.
Func MS-2 mousing surface on HWHeaven.
BitFenix Fury 750G Semi-Modular Power Supply on eTeknix.
AMD Radeon R9 285 Tonga Performance On Linux on Phoronix.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-October-2014  05:41:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
ASUS Strix GTX 970 OC on TechnologyX.
MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4 GB on TechPowerUp.
XFX R7 250E Core Edition on LanOC.

Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE Z97X-UD5H Motherboard on PCPerspective.
ASRock X99 OC Formula on TheSSDReview.
ASRock X99 Extreme4 on Vortez.
Intel Core i7-5960X SLI Gaming Performance Scaling on OCaholic.

Input Etc:
Razer DeathAdder Chroma Gaming Mouse on LegitReviews.
Tt eSPORTS Team DK Edition Gaming Peripherals on ThinkComputers.
COUGAR 700M Aluminum Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.

Audio Visual:
Using the Acer XB280HK 28-inch 4K Monitor on Tweaktown.
VisionTek Connect Dual Head USB 3.0 Display Adapter on Tweaktown.

ICY DOCK storage solutions on Techgage.
SSD toolbox software roundup on Tweaktown.

Alien: Isolation PC game on Techgage.
Alien: Isolation on TechSpot.

Apotop Wi-Copy wifi router/storage on Phoronix.
Scythe Mugen MAX CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
D-Link DHP-309AV PowerLine AV 500 networking on ModSynergy.

Tuesday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-October-2014  02:30:51 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Google Hypochondriacs will be happy to know that Google are testing live video chats with doctors, via their web search. The trial, which is only being offered to a small number of users, is currently free to users as part of Google's Helpouts live video chat advice service.

Samsung is claiming their 60GHz Wi-Fi technology will be able to reach data speeds of up to 4.6Gbps or 575MB/s. Theoretically, Samsung points out, a 1GB movie would take "less than three seconds" to transfer between devices. That's assuming a best case scenario where everything else is working perfectly, but even so, it's pretty awesome.

98,000 Snapchats have been leaked from snapsaved.com last week. On Sunday, a collection of almost 98,000 files (totaling more than 13GB of photos and videos), apparently from Snapchat users, were posted to The Pirate Bay less than 24 hours after someone claiming to be the perpetrator said he had changed his mind and decided not to publish the photos.

From forum member philscomputerlab: Phil is my name, or philscomputerlab at OCAU. I'm heavily into retro PC gaming and there is this PC game: Far Cry from 2004, now celebrating its 10 year anniversary. I made a video covering the game and outlining how to get it going, and tweak it, on modern computer. Forum discussion here.

There an interesting article on Gizmodo on How Computer Chips Work. A modern microprocessor is a tremendously complicated entity, and it has taken decades of work by thousands of people to get it where it is today. Itís nearly impossible to cover all the bases, but Iím going to try anyway. And get a bucket of popcorn ready ó because this is going to be long.

A senate inquiry hears calls for a crackdown on 3D printed guns. The ACC said it had not yet been informed of any cases of criminals using 3D printed guns in Australia. However the agency did concede that decreased costs and advances in technology could see 3D printed firearms becoming more of an issue in the coming years.

The RSPCA, councils and other law-enforcement agencies can obtain reporter Ben Grubb's internet and phone metadata but Telstra won't release it to him. Here he details his 15-month fight for access.

New lithium ion batteries have been developed by Nanyang Technology University that can reach a 70 percent charge in two minutes. The trick is using titanium dioxide nanotubes for the anode (the negative pole) instead of graphite; they both speed up the battery's chemical reactions while offering 10,000 charging cycles instead of the usual 500.

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 11-October-2014  22:09:10 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Enermax ETS-N30 CPU Cooler on Tech Powerup
EK Supremacy EVO Clean CSQ CPU Water Block on TweakTown
Evercool Venti Heatpipe CPU Cooler on Bigbruin.com
Scythe Mugen Max SCMGD-1000 CPU Cooler on TweakTown

Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 LGA2011-3 ATX Motherboard on Futurelooks
Gigabyte X99 SOC FORCE on Vortez

Corsair HXi Series Fully Modular 1000W Power Supply on PC Perspective
SilverStone Nightjar NJ520 520W Power Supply on APH Networks

Core i7 4770K vs AMD FX-8350 with GTX 980 vs GTX 780 SLI at 4K on TweakTown
NVIDIA GTX 980 3-Way and 4-Way SLI Performance on PC Perspective
GeForce GTX 980 cards from Gigabyte and Zotac on Tech Report

Xiaomi Mi Power Bank (10400 mAh) on Techarp
Elephone G3 Smartphone on Madshrimps
Netgear AC750 WiFi Extender on Hardware Heaven
Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400MHz 32GB Memory Kit on Legit Reviews
SanDisk Extreme UHS I and Extreme Plus microSDXC U3 Memory Card on TweakTown
Tt eSport Verto Stereo Headset on Ocaholic
Aorus Thunder M7 Gaming Mouse on eTeknix
AMD FX-9590 Processor on Modders-Inc
Cooler Master Elite 130 Case on Hardware Secrets

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