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Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 23-April-2014  11:25:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87 on OCaholic.
ASRock Fatal1ty B85 Killer on HWSecrets.
AMD Athlon 5350 APU and AM1 Platform on Guru3D.
MSI A88X-G45 Gaming on Modders-Inc.
Gigabyte AM1M-S2H on Phoronix.

Cases:
Thermaltake Core V71 Full-Tower on BenchmarkReviews.
Silverstone Raven RVZ01 Mini-ITX on HWAsylum.
Bitfenix Collosus Mini ITX on PureOC.
Bitfenix Prodigy M M-ATX on Bjorn3D.
In Win 901 Aluminum Mini-ITX on PureOC.
In Win 901 on LanOC.

Storage:
Plextor M6M 256GB mSATA SSD on CustomPCReview.
HGST Deskstar NAS 4TB 3.5-inch Consumer HDD on Tweaktown.
Micron M500DC Enterprise Class SSD on HotHardware.
Micron M500DC Enterprise SSD 480GB on TheSSDReview.
Crucial M550 512GB SATA SSD on CustomPCReview.
KingFast Encrypted USB Key on ModSynergy.

Input Etc:
CM Storm Control-RX mousepad on OCAholic.
Mionix Avior 7000 Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Deck Hassium Pro & Francium Pro Mechanical Keyboard on HardCoreWare.

Audio Visual:
D-Link DCS-825L Wi-Fi Baby Monitor Camera on Tweaktown.
ICY BOX BigCityVibes Headphones and Bluetooth Speaker on HWHeaven.
PAPAGO P2Pro Full HD DashCam on NikKTech.
D-Link DCS-2330L HD Wireless Network Camera on Phoronix.
BitFenix Flo Headset on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290 Tri-X OC on LegitReviews.
ASUS GTX 750 Ti OC 2GB on eTeknix.
MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning 4GB on TechPowerUp.

Misc:
Microsoft’s Office in the Cloud: Office 365 on Techgage.
Thermaltake Bigwater 760 Pro Water Cooling System on ThinkComputers.
Gigabyte BRIX Pro Mini-PC on MadShrimps.
Linksys EA6900 AC1900 802.11ac Dual- Band Wireless Router on eTeknix.
SilentiumPC Supremo M1 700W PSU on TechPowerUp.



Tuesday Evening (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-April-2014  08:51:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A court case in the USA about a company you've probably never heard of could have a big effect on the TV industry, thanks mpot. More info here. The case is arguably the most important to hit the television industry since the landmark ruling over Sony’s Betamax format in 1984, which legalized home recordings. It will determine to some degree how broadcast television will be offered online in the future, and could restrict cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Music as well.

LegitReviews have a 32GB USB OTG drive roundup. There was a time just recently when there were no USB On-The-Go (OTG) flash drives on the market, but now there are hundreds of different models from dozens of brands. OTG USB flash drives are often referred to as dual-drives due to the fact they feature Micro-USB and Type A USB 2.0 connectors.

PCPerspective built an AMD AM1 machine for gaming. After Josh's initial review of the AMD AM1 Platform and the Athlon 5350, we received a few requests to look at gaming performance with a discrete GPU installed. Even though this platform isn't being aimed at gamers looking to play demanding titles, we started to investigate this setup anyway.

PCPerspective compared low-end GPUs with AM1. For those looking at purchasing hardware for a low-cost socketed Kabini APU system build following our many AMD AM1 Platform tests under Linux that found the low-end hardware to play well with the open-source operating system, one of the motherboards worth considering is the ASUS AM1I-A.

Tweaktown meanwhile have some high-end CrossFireX. We throw a HIS Radeon R9 290X 4GB in with the new R9 295X2 8GB and see what kind of magic we can make happen. Let's take a look at the gaming numbers now!

Wired have more info on Project Ara, Google's upcoming modular phone. Instead of a slab of glass and metal that you have no ability to upgrade, save for buying a new device, it’s an attempt to launch a phone where all of the main components are interchangeable via modules that click in and out, attaching via electro-permanent magnets. Despite being highly customizable, it will only come in three main sizes, helping to eliminate the kind of device fragmentation that currently plagues Android.

HotHardware compared three GeForce GTX 780 Ti cards. In this case, we've gone out and collected NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics cards from three different enthusiast brands: EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI. Each of the cards in this roundup go above and beyond NVIDIA's reference blueprint -- they're all factory overclocked, custom cooled, and designed to run quiet so you can hear when an enemy tries to sneak up on you.

Symon sent in this list of Hubble's Top 100 Images.



Monday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 21-April-2014  10:33:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
Gigabyte Brix Pro GB-BXi7-4770R Ultra Compact Barebones System on eTeknix.
PAPAGO GoWatch 770 Sports Watch on Tweaktown.

Storage:
Acer Chromebook C720 SSD Upgrade To MyDigitalSSD M.2 (NGFF) 128GB SSD on TheSSDReview.
Kingston SDXC UHS-I U3 64GB Flash Memory on APHNetworks.

Audio Visual:
X2 SATURN 5.1 HD Gaming Audio Headset on NikKTech.
SanDisk Clip Sport MP3 Player on LegitReviews.

Cooling:
Corsair Graphite 230T Mid-Tower Case and H75 Liquid CPU Cooler on HWHeaven.
Be Quiet! Shadow Rock Slim CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Cases:
BitFenix Comrade Mid-Tower on BenchmarkReviews.
Thermaltake Core V71 on OCClub.

Misc:
Punchtec Ord Bot Hadron 3D Printer on Tweaktown.
Thermaltake POSEIDON Mechanical Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
KFA2 GTX 750 Ti OC 2GB video card on eTeknix.
AMD A10-7850K Kaveri APU on LanOC.



Misc Pics (26 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-April-2014  04:30:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Have a happy and safe Easter!








Plextor Easter Egg Hunt (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-April-2014  03:47:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Plextor are running a worldwide contest to win one of their SSDs. Welcome to Plextor’s fun Easter Contest. Win great prizes including the latest ultra-fast M6e PCIe SSD as you Search for Performance around the world. The contest lasts until 24th April. The contest is open to everyone around the globe and winners for each of the prizes will be randomly drawn from those who find the prizes.


Friday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-April-2014  03:32:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
PAPAGO! P3 Full HD 1080p Driving Recorder Dashcam on MEGATech.
Sentey Vibros Gaming Headset on Modders-Inc.
AOC Q2770PQU 27" PLS Monitor on eTeknix.
Microlab M-1910 speakers on Vortez.

Cases:
Silverstone Raven Z RVZ01 Mini-ITX on TechSpot.
NZXT H440 on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Tivax MiTraveler 3D-8 Android tablet on Vortez.
Lenovo ThinkPad 8 Tablet on HotHardware.
Gigabyte Tegra Note 7 on LegionHW.

Cooling:
be quiet! Dark Rock 3 CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Coolermaster Nepton 140XL & 280L All-In-One CPU Water Cooler on eTeknix.
Raijintek Pallas Low Profile Heatsink on Frostytech.
Noctua NH-U12S CPU cooler on LanOC.
Noctua NH-D15 CPU cooler on HardCoreWare.

Input Etc:
Sentey Revolution Pro Laser Gaming Mouse on Tweaknews.
Bloody B540 Mechanical Keyboard and TL8A Laser Gaming Mouse on HWHeaven.
CM Storm Havoc Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
CM Storm Recon mouse on OCaholic.
Ozone Strike Pro Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
ASUS GeForce GTX 760 Striker Platinum on OCAholic.
HIS R7 260X iPower IceQ X² 2GB GDDR5 on eTeknix.
ASUS GeForce GTX 760 Striker Platinum on Guru3D.
Lexar Professional 600x SDXC UHS-1 Card (256GB) on TheSSDReview.
Sapphire AMD Radeon R7 265 Dual-X 2GB on eTeknix.
XFX Radeon R9 290 CrossFire Video Card Review at 4K Ultra HD on LegitReviews.

Storage:
WD MyCloud EX2 Two-Bay Consumer Cloud Storage on Tweaktown.
Kingston DataTraveler microDuo USB Drive on ThinkComputers.
Kingwin KF-252-BK Internal Hard Drive Hot Swap Rack on Tweaknews.
LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 External Storage Device on Tweaktown.

Misc:
TRENDnet TEW-818DRU AC1900 802.11ac Wireless Router on Tweaktown.
ASUS A88X-Pro AMD Motherboard on BenchmarkReviews.
Antec TruePower Classic 550W PSU on NikKTech.



Thursday Morning (21 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-April-2014  15:48:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few people pointed out that Optus have a court-ordered correction posted on their homepage. In a television advertisement broadcast from about 26 January 2014 until 18 February 2014, Optus represented that the difference between the Optus mobile network and Telstra's mobile network is minimal and insignificant. The Supreme Court of Victoria has found that by broadcasting the advertisement, Optus engaged in conduct that is misleading and deceptive and made false representations in breach of the Australian Consumer Law.

TPG meanwhile have been fined $400k for not ensuring customers could dial emergency numbers. Telco TPG has been fined $400,000 for failing to provide access to emergency numbers for customers who had not paid bills. Federal Court Justice Mordecai Bromberg on Wednesday found TPG failed to give access to triple-0 and 112 on more than 190 occasions between March and September 2011. He also found the company did not ensure that almost 6000 lines had access to emergency numbers over that period.

The ACCC has had a data breach on some of its websites. The affected websites are Recalls Australia, Product Safety Australia, SCAMwatch and the ACCC Public Registers website. The email addresses of some subscribers to the ACCC’s information alert services were inadvertently made accessible online. They were not indexed by search engines or linked from a web page on our sites. They could only be found if specific URLs were tried.

If you have a Windows phone and want to check out the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers, it seems you now can. Even if you’re not really a developer you can join the Preview for Developers to get Windows Phone 8.1 today. Every handset running Windows Phone 8 in the wild now is capable of the upgrade. Here’s how to get Window Phone 8.1.

Of course you shouldn't use your phone while driving, and Victorian Police can now spot you doing it from more than half a kilometre away. The Herald Sun reports Victoria Police began deploying the cameras last week, which will also focus on seat belt infringements and other distractions such as applying make-up or eating at the wheel. Wait, what? Is eating in a car illegal in NSW too?



Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-April-2014  04:51:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock FM2 A85X-ITX on FutureLooks.
Overclocking The AMD AM1 Athlon & Sempron APUs on Phoronix.
Are AMD Athlon/Sempron APUs Fast Enough For Steam On Linux, Steam Machines? on Phoronix.
AMD Athlon 5350 APU and AM1 Platform on LegitReviews.
ECS KBN-I/5200 AMD A6-5200 Mini-ITX on PureOC.
AMD Athlon 5350 / 5150 & Sempron 3850 / 2650 on Phoronix.

Cooling:
Corsair H105 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler on PCPerspective.
SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE 1224 CPU Cooler on MadShrimps.
Cooler Master Nepton 140XL CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.
Cooler Master Nepton 280L Water Cooler on APHNetworks.
be quiet! Dark Rock 3 CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.

Cases:
SilverStone PS10 on PureOC.
Nanoxia Deep Silence 6 HPTX on Tweaktown.
Noctua NH-D15 Dual-Tower CPU Cooler on Modders-Inc.
Scythe IORI Scior 1000 CPU cooler on OCaholic.
Cooler Master Elite 110 Mini-ITX on BenchmarkReviews.
In Win 901 Mini-ITX on HWAsylum.
Thermaltake Urban T81 Full Tower on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
Mad Catz R.A.T. TE Gaming Mouse on LegitReviews.
SteelSeries Rival Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Acer TA272 HUL All-in-One Android desktop on TechSpot.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Android Smartphone on MegaTechNews.
KobraLan Extreme mini-PC on OCaholic.

Storage:
CoreRise Comay BladeDrive E28 1.6TB Enterprise PCIe SSD on Tweaktown.
OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD on eTeknix.
Asustor AS-204TE NAS on TechPowerUp.
HGST Ultrastar SSD800MH 12Gb/s SAS3 Enterprise SSD on Tweaktown.
Kingston 64GB SDXC Class 3 Memory Card & USB 3.0 MobileLite G3 Reader on PureOC.
Thunderbolt 2: Ready for Windows with the ASUS ThunderboltEX II on Tweaktown.
OCZ VERTEX 460 240GB on Vortez.
Plextor M6e 256GB PCI Express SSD on Guru3D.
Samsung XP941 Native PCIe M.2 SSD (512GB) on TechnologyX.
Synology DS414 High Performance 4-bay NAS Server for SMB & SOHO on MadShrimps.
OCZ 240GB Vertex 460 SSD on OCIA.

Video Cards:
XFX Radeon R7 240 Core Edition on HWSecrets.
Powercolor AMD Radeon R7 250X 1GB GDDR5 on eTeknix.
EVGA Backplate Install for the GTX 780 Ti Classified on HWAsylum.
Gigabyte BRIX Pro And Intel Iris Pro Graphics on HotHardware.

Power Supply:
Xtorm LAVA CHARGER Universal Solar / USB Charger on NikKTech.
EVGA SuperNOVA G2 750W on TechPowerUp.

Networking:
Diamond Wireless Range Extender WR300NSI on ThinkComputers.
Linksys WRT1900AC 802.11ac Smart Wireless Router on Tweaktown.

Misc:
DXRacer M-Series Game Chair on LanOC.



Total Lunar Eclipse This Evening (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 15-April-2014  06:22:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's been 2.5 years since a total lunar eclipse was observable from Australia - and one's happening tonight. The Total Lunar Eclipse on April 15th, 2014 is well placed for observers in the Western Hemisphere, and will be visible in its entirety for all of North and South America. Most of Europe and Africa experience moonset just as the eclipse begins, while Australians and New Zealands will see the eclipsed moon at Moonrise. None of the eclipse is visible from north/east Europe, eastern Africa, the Middle East or Central Asia.

For Australians and New Zealanders, the eclipse will be in progress at Moonrise. The further East you are, the more of the eclipse you'll see. The Total stage of the eclipse starts at 5:08pm AEST, with Moonrise at 5:28pm AEST and maximum eclipse at around 5:46pm AEST, but will change depending on your timezone. Check the table further below for timings in a city near you.


More info here and discussion here.



Photography Gallery (3 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 14-April-2014  11:37:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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



















Monday Lunchtime (13 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 14-April-2014  02:42:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Heartbleed SSL bug remains the top story of the moment, with lots more info from mpot: here's a code analysis of the issue, and the programmer who introduced it claims it was an honest mistake - although some are not convinced. In fact, it's claimed the NSA was aware of and actively exploited the bug for two years. Anyway, here's a list of big sites that were affected and their current status. Discussion continues here.

Xbit have a Haswell memory performance scaling test, while PCPerspective cover AMD APU Memory scaling. Meanwhile OCaholic look at Core i7-4960X 3-way SLI gaming performance scaling. In our 3-way SLI gaming performance scaling articles we're going to investigate 3-way SLI scaling factors with different CPUs and different clock speeds. In eight recent games and two theoretical benchmarks we want to find out what difference 3-way SLI makes, when we run benchmarks with the CPU at stock clocks as well as overclocked to 4.5 GHz.

Tech Report looked behind the scenes at Intel's SSD division. The city is home base for Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, otherwise known as NSG, which is responsible for the development and testing of Intel solid-state drives. The NSG had a story to tell about how its design and validation work produces extremely reliable SSDs. We got hard numbers on failure rates, details about efforts to make SSDs more dependable, and a peek behind the scenes at the Folsom facility.

Google Glass will apparently be on limited sale to consumers in the USA. Google Inc will take online orders for its Glass wearable gadget on April 15, in its biggest push to get the $1,500 wraparound Web-ready glasses out to the U.S. public. For a limited time starting Tuesday, Google will make the wearable device available to more than just the select group of users such as apps developers in its Glass Explorer program. In a blogpost, Google did not say how many pairs it would sell, just that the quantity would be limited. I actually saw a Google Glass wearer in the wild the other day, at the AWS Sydney Summit. He was walking around a bit awkwardly, obviously dividing his attention between the screen and the real world.

Tech Report also checked out the Steam Controller. After getting myself killed a few times, I put down the controller and spoke with the Valve guy. Was I just uncommonly clumsy, I asked, or was the learning curve really so steep? To my surprise, he said it personally took him eight hours to get fully acquainted with the Steam controller.

Red Dwarf will be returning for an 11th season! Announced during a panel at the recent Scarborough, England science fiction convention, series eleven of Red Dwarf is currently slated to go into production in October of this year. This could mean we’ll see new episodes as early as soon as the fall of 2015. Initially that sounds like a long wait, but considering how long we’ve waited before, that’s nothing.

I'm not quite sure how I feel about this - with ANZAC Day coming up, you can now experience a minute of silence via the web or by phoning a non-free number. Hrm.



Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 13-April-2014  15:17:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
Corsair Raptor K40 Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Gaming Keyboard on HWHeaven.
Cooler Master CM Storm Xornet Gaming Mouse on Tweaknews.
Das Keyboard 4 Professional on HotHardware.
Logitech G400s mouse on LanOC.

Audio Visual:
Wavemaster Stax 2.1 Speaker on eTeknix.
Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter on Techgage.
Creative Sound BlasterAxx 200 Axx on TechPowerUp.
Acer S241HL bmid 24-inch 5ms Full HD Monitor on Tweaktown.
BenQ XL2720Z Gaming Monitor on FunkyKit.
Rosewill R-Studio Ampbox Bluetooth Speaker on LegitReviews.
Vizio 54" Soundbar 3.0 on GamingNexus.

Video Cards:
ASUS Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II on XbitLabs.
Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate Passive 1GB GDDR5 on eTeknix.
GIGABYTE R9 290X OC WINDFORCE 3X on FunkyKit.
XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double D Black Edition OC on Tweaktown.

Storage:
Intel 730 Solid State Drive on XbitLabs.
Zalman ZM-VE300 USB 3.0 External Drive Case on LegitReviews.
Plextor M6e 512GB PCI Express Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
Seagate Backup Plus Fast 4TB USB 3.0 External HDD on Tweaktown.
Crucial M550 256GB SSD on Tweaktown.
Plextor M6M mSATA SSD (256GB) on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Verizon Wireless Nokia Lumia Icon on LanOC.
ASUS-G10AC-1B prebuilt desktop on OCaholic.

Cases:
Cougar MX300 Midtower Gaming Case on TechnologyX.
BitFenix Shadow on OCaholic.
Cooler Master HAF Stacker on TechPowerUp.

Cooling:
Dark Rock Pro 3 by beQuiet! CPU cooler on TechWareLabs.
Deepcool Gamer Storm Gabriel on Modders-Inc.
Enermax Liqtech 120X CPU cooler on OCaholic.
Thermalright Silver Arrow IB-E CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Enermax ETS-T40 Black Twister CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone Tundra Series TD03 All-in-One Liquid Cooler on PCPerspective.

Memory:
AVEXIR Blitz 1.1 DDR3 RAM on BenchmarkReviews.
ADATA XPG V2 PC3-19200 16GB Dual Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 16GB 1600MHz C10 Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit on MadShrimps.

Misc:
Linksys EA6900 AC1900 Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router on NikKTech.
Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X motherboard on Bjorn3D.



Misc Pics (21 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-April-2014  02:47:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to brodsta and IntelInside this week!








Gigabyte Z97 Competition (3 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-April-2014  01:31:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

GIGABYTE and the OCAU HWBot team are running a contest, so if you feel like gettin' your benchmark on and winning some stuff, check it out:


click for the thread!



Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-April-2014  01:03:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Athlon 5350 Kabini AM1 APU on Modders-Inc.
AMD Athlon 5350 APU On Linux on Phoronix.
AMD AM1 Athlon 5350 on PCPerspective.
AMD AM1 Platform with Athlon 5350 and MSI AM1i Motherboard on HWHeaven.
AMD “Kabini” AM1 Athlon 5350 APU (FS1b) on eTeknix.
AAEON EMB-BT1: A Linux-Friendly, Mini-ITX, Atom "Bay Trail" Board on Phoronix.
Biostar A88W Hi-Fi 3D ATX Motherboard on PureOC.
GIGABYTE GA-7PESH3 (Intel C602) on Tweaktown.
MSI Z87M-GAMING on MadShrimps.

Portable & Prebuilt:
iOCEAN X7S 8-core Smartphone on MadShrimps.
HTC One M8 on TechSpot.
ASRock Rack 2U12L6SC-2TS6 Barebones Server Kit on Tweaktown.
Gumstick Smartphone Stand on Bjorn3D.
NVIDIA SHIELD OTA Update & Performance Review on LegitReviews.
Razer Edge Pro gaming tablet on HWHeaven.

Power Supply:
Pivos MANA 2200 mAh Battery Pack on Bjorn3D.
Super Flower Leadex Platinum 1200W PSU on TechPowerUp.
Cougar CMX V3 850-Watt 80 PLUS Bronze on Tweaktown.
ADATA PV100 Power Bank on BenchmarkReviews.
LUXA2 P-MEGA 41600mAh World’s Largest Power Station on eTeknix.



Friday Morning (11 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-April-2014  15:43:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The "Heartbleed" SSL bug has had quite an impact across the web. Given the affected software has been so widely used for more than two years and attracted a lot of attention while people were scrambling to patch servers, you might want to think about changing your passwords for important services. This issue didn't affect OCAU directly but it's a good idea to change your password occasionally anyway, and of course, don't use the same password in multiple places. If you want to know if a site you use has been affected, here's a webpage which can check for you. Discussion here.

From Matt: You may know that Microsoft stopped update and security support for windows XP this month. What you may not know is that, obviously in an attempt to burn all bridges with anybody living in reality, Microsoft also is planning to stop home-user support for Windows 7 next year, pushing everybody to upgrade to the operating system that nobody wants, Windows 8 (or possibly by that point, Windows 9).

Or you could pay millions like the Dutch government, thanks Gunna. The government of the Netherlands has struck a multimillion Euro deal with Microsoft to secure continued support for its Windows XP systems, according to a report published on 4 April in Dutch News.

Here's an odd one: Three companies, Fuel Entertainment, Xbox Entertainment Studios and LightBox Entertainment plan on digging up portions of an old Alamogordo landfill located near First Street and White Sands Boulevard to search for Atari "E.T. The Extraterrestrial" game cartridges purportedly buried there in the 1980s. The burial is somewhat of an urban legend among video game enthusiasts.

NASA have released lots of software into the public domain. NASA on Thursday opened up access to the software created for various missions and operations with the publication of a catalog by the space agency's Technology Transfer Program, which points interested parties to methods for obtaining code that interests them.

The mainframe is 50 years old now, and ITWorld have an interesting article about how the S/360 changed everything. Before the System/360 introduction, manufacturers built each new computer model from scratch. Sometimes machines were even built individually for each customer. Software designed to run on one machine would not work on other machines, even from the same manufacturer. The operating system for each computer had to be built from scratch as well.



Thursday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-April-2014  08:54:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cases:
Corsair Obsidian 450D on Guru3D.
Bitfenix Comrade on OCaholic.
Corsair Carbide SPEC 01 on Vortez.
XFX Type01 Bravo Mid-Tower on NeoSeeker.
Cougar MX300 on OCClub.
Thermaltake Core V71 Full-Tower on Tweaktown.

Storage:
Plextor M6S SSD 256GB on TheSSDReview.
Plextor M6S 256GB SSD on Tweaktown.
ADATA Premier Pro SP920 128GB SSD on Tweaktown.
Inateck FEU3NS-1 USB 3.0 External Storage Enclosure on Tweaktown.
Thecus N5550 5-Bay NAS Server and XBMC Home Theater Computer on MissingRemote.
Patriot Stellar 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on APHNetworks.
MyDigitalSSD Pocket Vault SSD on TheSSDReview.

Audio Visual:
Oregon Scientific ATC Chameleon Dual Lens Action Camera on NikKTech.
ASUS Xonar U7 USB Sound Card and Amp on LegitReviews.
iui Design Mirror Boombox bluetooth speakers on ThinkComputers.
Bitfenix Flo headset on OCaholic.
Samsung PN64F8500 64 Inch Plasma Smart TV no Tweaknews.

Software:
CyberLink PowerDVD 14 on MissingRemote.
Office Mobile For iPad and iPhone on HotHardware.

Video Cards:
MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB MINI-ITX Gaming OC on Tweaktown.
XFX R9 280 Double Dissipation Black Edition OC 3GB on eTeknix.
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 8GB on eTeknix.
Sapphire R9 280X VaporX on Bjorn3D.
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 8GB at 4K Ultra HD on LegitReviews.
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 on LegionHW.
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 on HotHardware.
AMD Radeon R9 295x2 on Guru3D.
AMD's Radeon R9 295 X2 on TechReport.
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 8GB on PCPerspective.
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 8GB Reference Dual GPU on Tweaktown.
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 on TechSpot.
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 on HWHeaven.
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 8 GB on TechPowerUp.



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