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Wednesday Afternoon (11 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 25-May-2016  16:48:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft's push for Windows 10 upgrades has taken another turn. Microsoft has faced criticism for changing the pop-up box encouraging Windows users to upgrade to Windows 10. Clicking the red cross on the right hand corner of the pop-up box now activates the upgrade instead of closing the box.

Sniper spotted this internet speed test from Netflix, with more info here. Netflix has launched a website that measures the speed of your connection, and it’s sure to send some Australians into a spiral of misery. Fast.com allows internet users to quickly and easily check their download speeds in real time. “We all want a faster, better internet, yet internet speeds vary greatly and can be affected by other users on your network or congestion with your internet service provider,” David Fullagar, vice president of content delivery architecture at Netflix, said in a blog post.

MadShrimps checked out three SFF coolers. oday we are going to tackle the latter and will test three coolers specifically designed to be compatible for this popular factor. We will put head to head the Corsair AIO H5 SF, the tiny Noctua NH L9x65 and the Cryorig M9i tower cooling solution.

TechSpot wonder if 4000MT/s memory makes a difference. For the most part we test using DDR4-3000, as it occasionally shows some benefits over the more typical 2400 and 2666 speeds. Going to 4000 MT/s (2000MHz) and beyond is a massive increase in frequency (and cost) and I struggled to imagine where this would be useful, particularly when gaming. Then again, curiosity had gotten the better of me...

Here's an impressive (if somewhat depressing) video of a hyper augmented future. There is a lot of potential for such tech, but as ever, the future reality isn’t going to be exactly how we envisioned it. Typically it’s worse. Hyper-Reality depicts one such potential future, and it’s quite depressing as far as I’m concerned.

BabelTechReviews have been overclocking the GTX 1080. Today, we will present our final stable overclock using EVGA’s latest non-public beta of Precision X16, or Precision XOC with our entire game benchmark suite of 26 games and 1 synthetic, and will give you a report on our adventure in overclocking the GTX 1080. EVGA’s Precision XOC or Precision X 16 will be released to the public shortly, in less than 5 days and it features a scanner for a semi-automatic new way to set overclocks to fully unlock the new Pascal GPU’s Boost 3.0.

Today's timewaster is FactoryIdle, from Stephen. Hey guys - a while ago I let you guys know about a game called ReactorIdle. The author has made a sequel of sorts called FactoryIdle which is a bit more thinky and complex. Run awaaayyyy.....

Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 25-May-2016  16:07:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
Gigabyte XM300 mouse on TechPowerUp.
Tt eSPORTS LEVEL 10 M Advanced mouse on Vortez.
GAMDIAS Hermes 7 Color Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.

Audio Visual:
SJCAM M20 Action Camera on FunkyKit.
SteelSeries Siberia 350 Headset on BenchmarkReviews.
Syllable D900S Tip Wireless Earbuds on FunkyKit.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Fitbit Alta Fitness Wristband on Tweaktown.
Shuttle XPC Cube Barebone SZ170R8 on MadShrimps.
Intel NUC NUC6i7KYK Skull Canyon Mini PC on LegitReviews.

Toshiba OCZ RD400 PCIe (M.2. NVMe) 512GB SSD on Guru3D.
Toshiba OCZ RD400 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD Full Review on PCPerspective.
Toshiba OCZ RD400 Series High-Performance NVMe SSD on HotHardware.
OCZ RevoDrive 400 M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD on Tweaktown.
OCZ Trion 150 480GB SSD on OCClub.

Enermax ETS-N30R-HE and ETS-N30R-TAA CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Linksys EA8500 Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMO Smart Wi-Fi Router on NikKTech.
Thermaltake Core X31 cases on ThinkComputers.

Monday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 23-May-2016  11:35:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's been some police raids related to the NBN late last week, and SMH explain what happened. On Thursday night, the Australian Federal Police raided the Melbourne office of former communications minister Senator Stephen Conroy and the home of a Labor staffer, setting off an unexpectedly heated end to the second week of the election campaign. The raids were part of an investigation, started in December, into damaging media leaks about the rollout of the National Broadband Network, following a referral from the company administering the infrastructure project, NBN Co. More info here and discussion continues in the massive NBN thread.

Meanwhile Telstra have been suffering outages once again. Three days of sporadic outages — now extended to four — in voice and data on NBN, data on ADSL, Telstra Internet Direct, its prepaid and recharge services down, MyAccount, and Telstra Wi-Fi off the air meant that May was not a very merry month this year.

FunkyKit have a mini SSD comparison. We've just published an article on the Mini SSD Performance Comparison – Difference between mSATA vs M.2 vs PCI Express Mini. "In this article we’ll be taking a look at the mini SSD performance comparison between the various types of mini SSDs available on the market. Most mini SSDs can be found on newer laptops, ultrabooks and slimmer notebook models."

Google are planning to make driverless cars safer by sticking people to them. Okey dokey. Google just got a patent for a special kind of coating on self-driving cars that could help prevent pedestrian injuries. The company wants to coat autonomous vehicles with a sticky substance so that if they hit a pedestrian, the person would be glued to the car instead of flying off.

Anandtech report on the little brother of the NVIDIA GTX 1080, the GeForce GTX 1070. Previously disclosed at 6.5 TFLOPs of compute performance, we now know how NVIDIA is getting there. 15 of 20 SMs will be enabled on this part, representing 1920 CUDA cores. Clockspeeds are also slightly lower than GTX 1080, coming in at 1506MHz for the base clock and 1683MHz for the boost clock. Overall this puts GTX 1070’s rated shader/texture/geometry performance at 73% that of GTX 1080’s, and is a bit wider of a gap than it was for the comparable GTX 900 series cards.

LanOC have visited a 3D printer factory and also looked at their product, the sSeeMeCNC Eris. So yesterday I did a relatively short rundown on what is 3d printing and I also spoke about my visit with SeeMeCNC. Well today I’m actually going to dive into the SeeMeCNC Eris 3d printer that I picked up when I was visiting them. The Eris is their brand new portable delta printer. Not only is easy to carry, but they set out to make the Eris their first truly out of the box and printing experience. Generally, with most 3d printers you have a lot of build and setup time, but with the Eris shipping completely built and with their new Auto Leveling system they are hoping it will be a great printer for new 3d printing users.

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 23-May-2016  09:51:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

CRYORIG A40 Hybrid Liquid Cooling System on NikKTech.
CRYORIG C7 CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.

Thecus N2810 Two-Bay Consumer NAS on Tweaktown.
Thecus 2-bay N2810 4K NAS on MadShrimps.
Patriot Viper 64GB USB 3.1 Flash Drive on FunkyKit.

Thermaltake Core P5 Mid-Tower on NikKTech.
InWin 303 Mid-Tower on eTeknix.

GIGABYTE X99P-SLI Motherboard on PCPerspective.
Tesoro Sagitta Spectrum H6L Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
PC Specialist Liquid Series LS-E01 Gaming PC on eTeknix.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition video card on LegitReviews.

Misc Pics (37 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-May-2016  14:13:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and t1mbot this week! The last one is one of those optical illusion thingies, so let me know what you see, in the comments. I saw it one way at first but now can only see it the other way. Anyway, have a good weekend!

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-May-2016  06:51:07 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
Core i7-6700K vs. Core i5-6600K - 2D Performance on ocaholic.
EVGA X99 FTW K Motherboard on Hardware Asylum.

Video Cards:
GeForce GTX 1080 on Techgage.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 at BabelTechReviews.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Overclocking on OCC.

Mushkin Atom 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on NikKTech.
SilverStone DS222 Two-Bay USB 3.0 RAID Storage Enclosure on TweakTown.
Thecus N2810 NAS on Guru3D.

Cooler Master Maker 5 Chassis on eTeknix.
Thermaltake Suppressor F1 mITX Cube on OC Inside.

808 HEX XS Bluetooth Speaker on Benchmark Reviews.
UE BOOM 2 speakers on Techpowerup.
Jabra SPEAK 510 Wireless Bluetooth Speakerphone on FunkyKit.

Tablets and Systems:
Lenovo ThinkPad X1Hybrid on arstechnica.
MSI Vortex G65 6QF Gaming PC on eteknix.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Continues To Evolve on Techarp.
Gigabyte BRIX BSi7-6500 Compact PC Kit on ThinkComputers.
Lenovo YOGA 900s First Look on Techarp.
Chuwi Hi8 Pro Tablet on TechnologyX.

ROCCAT KOVA 2016 Pure Performance Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Asus ROG Spatha on Hexus.

Thursday Morning (6 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 19-May-2016  08:48:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

YouTube Red has launched in Australia. YouTube has launched its premium YouTube Red subscription service — which removes ads and allows users to save any video for offline playback — in Australia, alongside a dedicated app for listening to music. Australia is only the second region to get the new services, following the US, and YouTube is aiming squarely at its most voracious consumers.

BackBlaze have released a new hard drive reliability report. For Q1 2016 we are reporting on 61,590 operational hard drives used to store encrypted customer data in our data center. There are 9.5% more hard drives in this review versus our last review when we evaluated 56,224 drives. In Q1 2016, the hard drives in our data center, past and present, totaled over one billion hours in operation to date. That’s nearly 42 million days or 114,155 years worth of spinning hard drives. Let’s take a look at what these hard drives have been up to.

Google are hiring driverless car drivers. Test drivers will give engineers written and verbal comments on how the car drives and reacts to other vehicles on the road. More importantly, they'll be available to take control of the car should the situation arise, because the cars are not yet ready to fully operate without assistance.

IBM have some new superfast optical storage. Flash storage is too slow for your device's main memory, but RAM is expensive and volatile. Thanks to a breakthrough from IBM, phase-change memory (PCM) might one day replace them both. The crystal-based storage has been used in optical disks and other tech for at least 15 years, but the technology has been limited by the cost and storage density -- cells are either "on" or "off." However, IBM researchers have figured out how to save 3-bits of data per cell, dramatically increasing the capacity of the original tech.

Back to Google, who are giving cameras to museums to capture artwork in gigapixel detail. But now, with its new robotic Art Camera, Google is automating the process of ingesting these works and putting them online, so you'll be able to see even more without leaving the house. Google has announced a new camera and the online availability of 1,000 new gigapixel images on Tuesday via its official blog.

A Foxconn subsidiary has acquired 60% of Thecus. With Ennoconn’s acquisition, Thecus will formally join the world's largest electronics manufacturing company Foxconn Technology Group. Foxconn is renowned for its superior manufacturing capability globally, cost-efficiency, and high-end quality. It is anticipated that with the collaboration of this unparalleled portfolio to work with, Thecus is set to bring unprecedented change to the network storage industry.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 18-May-2016  00:25:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NVIDIA's much-anticipated GeForce GTX 1080 has been released. To quote NeoSeeker's review: Today we review the "Founder's Edition" of the soon-to-be-released NVIDIA GeForce 1080 graphics card, featuring the new G104 GPU based on the 16nm FinFET Pascal architecture with 160 TMUs and 64 ROPs. It's a fancy name for a reference board, but what a board it is. The card also features a 1607/1733 MHz core/boost clock and 8192MB of GDDR5X RAM with a 320 GB/s memory bandwidth and a 1250 MHz (10 GHz effective) clock that all promises to add up to double the performance of the GeForce Titan X series.

Here's some more coverage:
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders edition on Guru3D.
GeForce GTX 1080 FCAT Frametime review on Guru3D.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Performance Review: Pascal, The New King on HotHardware.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition on OCClub.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Review - Hail to the King, Baby on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
The GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition on PCPerspective.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 on TechSpot.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition on HardOCP.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Preview on Anandtech.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition on Hexus.

Discussion in this thread in our Video Cards forum.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 17-May-2016  16:43:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some projects and reviews from the forums:

pieceofchance is building
a shiny metal case

Imfaceroll has an incredible
Tie Fighter themed project

newlife is volt-modding
video cards

Paulie AU resurrected
a Lian Li V2000 Plus

ztorma built a
budget DIY cockpit

and STUdog made
a tiny AMD-themed PC

Tuesday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 17-May-2016  15:35:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A legal firm says they have hired the first artificially intelligent lawyer. Ross, “the world’s first artificially intelligent attorney” built on IBM’s cognitive computer Watson, was designed to read and understand language, postulate hypotheses when asked questions, research, and then generate responses (along with references and citations) to back up its conclusions. Ross also learns from experience, gaining speed and knowledge the more you interact with it.

HWSecrets investigate if there's any gaming advantage to PCI Express 3.0 vs 2.0. Besides the big difference on the maximum theoretical bandwidth between the CPU and GPU, we were still curious about the real-life performance impact on games by using a PCI Express 3.0 against a 2.0 connection. So, we ran 3D benchmarks using 3DMark and some recent games, using a high-end video card (which, in theory, demands more bandwidth than a mainstream or value one), first with the slot configured as PCI Express 3.0 x16, then with the same slot configured as PCI Express 2.0 x16.

TechSpot have benchmarked the new DOOM game. The Doom reboot is a gift to the PC Master Race. The 4K visuals are amazing, excellent high resolution textures cover every surface, the lighting and shadows are on point and this all comes together to make those glory kill animations look insane. The question that remains now is, what kind of hardware do you require to enjoy those glory kills in all of their gory glory?

Meanwhile Tweaktown have a graphics performance tweak guide for Killer Instinct. As a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) game, it, unfortunately, forces V-Sync and therefore a 60 frames per second (FPS) cap (on 60Hz monitors at least), and doesn't work with our benchmarking tool. This would make it useless for a proper tweak guide, but the in-game benchmark still yields useful results with unique benchmark scores (not FPS measurements), so that's what you'll see today.

YouTube pranks are all fun and games, until you go to prison. Four members of the controversial Trollstation YouTube channel have been jailed in connection with fake robberies and kidnappings. The group were involved in a fake robbery at London's National Portrait Gallery and a fake kidnapping at Tate Britain in July 2015. The channel, with 718,000 subscribers, has built a reputation for filming staged pranks around the city. A fifth member was imprisoned in March following a bomb hoax.

A few people sent in this video from 1995, featuring Bill Gates inside DOOM!

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 17-May-2016  14:50:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Patriot Blast 480GB SATA3 SSD on FunkyKit.
Vantec CB-STU3 USB 3.0 to SATA 2.5-inch Adapter with Case on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
Lenovo Pocket Projector First Look on TechARP.
Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset on APHNetworks.

Input Etc:
Corsair M65 Pro RGB Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
Aorus Thunder K7 keyboard on Vortez.
Cooler Master Sentinel III mouse on OCInside.
Aorus Thunder K7 Mechanical Keyboard + Macro Keypad on eTeknix.

Anidees AI-06 V2 Silent Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
RIOTORO Prism CR1280 on OCClub.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon First Look on TechARP.
Dell Latitude E7370 Ultrabook on FunkyKit.

Arozzi Enzo Black Gaming Chair on NikKTech.
Patriot Viper Elite DDR4-3200 Memory (16GB) on TechnologyX.
Supermicro C7Z170-OCE Z170 LGA1151 Motherboard on MadShrimps.
ASUS GTX950-2G Unplugged video card on Vortez.
TRENDnet TEW-827DRU AC2600 StreamBoost MU-MIMO Wireless Router on Tweaktown.
FSP Hydro X Series 550 W PSU on TechPowerUp.

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 15-May-2016  05:55:22 (GMT +10) - by booj

Phanteks Eclipse P400S on ThinkComputers.
Case Labs Mercury S8S on ocaholic.
Open Benchtable Project by OC TV, HWBOT LLC and Streacom on Madshrimps.

Input etc:
Corsair K70 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on NikKTech.
Corsair K70 Keyboard on Techpowerup.
Cooler Master Masterkeys Pro L on ocaholic.
Gamdias Hermes Mechanical Keyboard on Benchmark Reviews.
Gamdias Hermes RGB Keyboard on LanOC.

V-MODA Zn Earphones on APH Networks.
Creative Sound BlasterX H7 on Vortez.
JBL Under Armour Bluetooth Wireless Headphones on TweakTown.
LUXA2 Lavi S Over-Ear Wireless Headphone With External Speaker on NikKTech.
HyperX's Cloud Revolver gaming headset on The Tech Report.

Toshiba XG3 M.2 NVMe SSD Review (1TB) on The SSD Review.
QNAP TBS-453A NAS on Legion Hardware.
ADATA SP550 240GB SATA SSD Review on Modders-Inc.
Mushkin's Reactor 1TB SSD on The Tech Report.

Tenda AV2 1000 P1002P Powerline Adapter Starter Kit on Tweaktown.
TP-LINK AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE450) on Madshrimps.

AMD FX 8350 Black Edition CPU and Wraith Cooler on Neoseeker.
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S on Techspot.
G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4-3600 16GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on TweakTown.

Misc Pics (32 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-May-2016  14:40:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot, Hoff and DC this week!

Friday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-May-2016  14:38:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Western Digital now officially own SanDisk. For a cool $19 billion, Western Digital now gets to call SanDisk (and their sizeable share of the SSD market) their wholly owned subsidiary. Although SanDisk might be best known for flash memory cards and USB sticks, the company has been expanding into enterprise notebook hard drives and also builds OEM memory components for Apple and Nvidia. Bonus trivia: Back in 2014, SanDisk founder Dr. Eli Harari was honored by President Obama for "revolutionizing the flash storage industry."

The legal battle between Oracle and Google has entered round two. The upcoming trial is the second time Oracle has faced off in court with Google over copyrights and the Android mobile operating system. Oracle sued in 2010, saying that by using declaring code in 37 Java APIs, Google broke copyright law. After an initial trial that concluded in 2012, US District Judge William Alsup ruled that APIs can't be copyrighted at all. However, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overruled him. Now a second trial is beginning, and Google's only defense against a copyright infringement claim is a "fair use" argument. More info about the case here.

I haven't quite got my head around it yet, but this article claims that the limiting factor for semiconductor scaling will be thermal management. Some in the industry are beginning to wake up to the problem. A paper by IBM and the University of Virginia states, “While increasing parallelism rather than frequency is a more power-friendly approach to performance growth, the stricter requirement from chip power still forces processor vendors to keep the chip power at a constant thermal design power (TDP) in order to hold down cooling cost.”

Google have open sourced a new natural language parsing technology, naturally calling it Parsey McParseface. Combining machine learning and search techniques, Parsey McParseface is 94 percent accurate, according to Google. It also leans on SyntaxNet’s neural-network framework for analyzing the linguistic structure of a sentence or statement, which parses the functional role of each word in a sentence. If you’re confused, here’s the short version: Parsey and SyntaxNet are basically like five year old humans who are learning the nuances of language.

NASA have announced the discovery of lots more planets. NASA's Kepler mission has verified 1,284 new planets – the single largest finding of planets to date. “This announcement more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler,” said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually discover another Earth.”

With an election on the cards it's time for me to start avoiding possibly-political stories again, but this one makes a very good point about the NBN: “We didn’t have this sort of squabbling when it came to the Snowy Mountains Scheme or the Sydney Harbour Bridge. These projects, like the NBN, were long term investments in the country’s future and were rightly seen as such. Once construction began everyone acknowledged that they were much-needed, just like fast, ubiquitous broadband is today.”

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