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Misc Pics (22 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-November-2014  04:10:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Urgh, too hot today and got a couple of sick kiddies to take care of. But at least it's Friday..








Thursday Morning (6 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 19-November-2014  14:59:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NVIDIA have enabled the Multi-Frame Sampled Anti-Aliasing (MFAA) on their GTX 980 and GTX GPUs now, and PC Perspective checked it out. That changes today with the release of NVIDIA's 344.75 driver, the first to implement support for the new and potentially important anti-aliasing method. Before we dive into the results of our testing, both in performance and image quality, let's get a quick recap on what exactly MFAA is and how it works. Guru3D have their thoughts posted also.

Netflix are coming to Australia and New Zealand. The company has announced that internet-connected users in Australia and New Zealand will be able to subscribe to Netflix from March 2015, and they will gain access to a "curated selection" of movies and TV shows in high definition or even 4K where available. Discussion here.

But in the meantime, online piracy websites may be blocked in Australia. Websites that host or link to copyright infringing movies and TV shows could soon be blocked if cabinet approves a government submission to tackle online copyright infringement. Sources tell Fairfax Media Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull are canvassing a range of options put forward in response to their online copyright infringement discussion paper released in late July and intend to present cabinet with their own submission before Christmas.

Tony Hawk rode a hoverboard. For real this time. Hendo’s hover technology relies on magnets, which means the hoverboard can, for the time being, only hover over non-ferrous materials. When I first spoke to Greg and Jill, I apologized for not being a scientist before I began asking stupid questions like, “What does non-ferrous mean?” and “Why can’t I ride it down the street?”

TechnologyX have a guide to 60 FPS vs 30 FPS. The fact that this is even being debated now, after so many years of both PC and console gaming co-existing seems strange, doesn’t it? Well, the reason we’re talking about this now is because with the latest generation of consoles many gamers were expecting to see console games that can rival even the most high-end PCs, in terms of graphical fidelity and technical capabilities.

If you're looking for a drone for Xmas, mpot spotted this guide to a few good ones. Chinese companies are pumping out truckloads of mini quads right now, and while they can’t find their own way home, they can teach you the basics of how to fly a speedy four-propeller craft for under $100 even in a tiny apartment. They won’t make cops nervous, and they’re an absolute blast to fly around.

This sounds like the Olympics for Nerds: Microsoft Corp. and Certiport Inc., a Pearson VUE business, on Monday announced the dates for the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championship, the most popular technology skills competition for Microsoft Office since its inception in 2002. The popular Microsoft Office competition is the only one endorsed by Microsoft, providing a platform for students to showcase their expert skills using Microsoft Office tools and gain the upper hand in today’s competitive academic and professional marketplace.

Plane nerds meanwhile can make whooshing noises and pretend to push all the buttons in this SR-71 cockpit!



Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 19-November-2014  13:17:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G on Bjorn3D.
MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G on OCClub.

Cases:
Thermaltake Core V51 Mid-Tower on BenchmarkReviews.
Enermax Thormax Giant Full Tower on PureOC.
be quiet! Silent Base 800 on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact smartphone on MegaTechNews.
NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Update on HotHardware.
A first taste of Lollipop on Nvidia's Shield Tablet on TechReport.

Audio Visual:
AOC U2868PQU 4K UHD 28 inch LCD Monitor on NikKTech.
Steelseries Siberia V3 headset on OCaholic.

Input Etc:
Tesoro Tizona Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on OCClub.
ASUS ROG Gladius Gaming Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.
Aorus Thunder K7 Mechanical Keyboard, M7 MMO Mouse & P3X Mouse Pad on TechSpot.

Networking:
TRENDnet TPL-407E2K Powerline 500 AV Adapter Starter Kit on ModSynergy.
Actiontec ScreenBeam Mini2 WiDi Miracast Wi-Fi Adapter on Tweaktown.

Misc:
SensoGlove golf glove thingy on TechnologyX.
Corsair DDR4 16GB Vengeance LPX 2800C16 Memory Kit on MadShrimps.
Corsair Neutron XT 240GB SSD on Legitreviews.



Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 18-November-2014  02:30:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage:
Western Digital Red Pro (WD4001FFSX) 4 TB HDD on TechARP.
QNAP TurboNAS TS-653 Pro NAS Server on NikKTech.
Corsair Neutron XT 256GB SATA SSD on PCPerspective.
Corsair Neutron Series XT SSD on TechReport.
Corsair Neutron XT SSD on Tweaktown.
Corsair Neutron XT SSD 240GB SSD on TheSSDReview.
Lexar Workflow multi card-reader on HWHeaven.

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H-BK on ThinkComputers.
Gigabyte-Z97X-UD3H on OCaholic.

Memory:
Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 on HWHeaven.
I'M Intelligent Memory 16GB DDR3 UDIMM on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
QPAD MK-70 keyboard on HWHeaven.
Mad Catz M.M.O. TE mouse on HWHeaven.

Audio Visual:
SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism Gaming Headset on Futurelooks.
Noontec Zoro II HD Mobile Headphones on eTeknix.

Cooling:
Xigmatek Gaia II CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Raijintek Morpheus VGA Cooler on HWAsylum.

Misc:
High Power Astro GD 1200W Fully Modular PSU on PCPerspective.
Corsair Carbide Series Air 240 case on TechReport.
Shuttle Barebone XH81 mini-PC on MadShrimps.
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 8GB Vapor-X OC video card on Tweaktown.



Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 15-November-2014  19:14:20 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Motherboard:
Biostar Hi-Fi Z97Z7 Motherboard on Modders Inc
MSI 970 Gaming Motherboard on PC Perspective
Supermicro X10DRG-Q (Intel C612) Workstation Motherboard on TweakTown
ASUS Crossblade Ranger (FM2+) Motherboard on eTeknix

Portable:
Acer Aspire Switch 10 Hybrid on Hot Hardware
Sony Xperia Z3 on Techspot

Cooling:
NZXT Kraken X31 140mm AIO CPU Cooler on TweakTown
Reeven Brontes RC-1001 on OCC
SilverStone FQ122, FW122, FW121 Cooling Fans on APH Networks
Deepcool Gamer Storm Maelstrom 120 on techPowerUp

Keyboard/Mouse:
ROCCAT Tyon Gaming Mouse on Ocaholic
Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Chroma on LanOC
Aorus Thunder M7 MMO Gaming Mouse on Modders Inc

Storage:
AMD Radeon R7 Series 240GB SSD on Legit Reviews
Western Digital Red Pro (WD4001FFSX) 4 TB Hard Disk Drive on Techarp

Misc:
Thermaltake London 550W Semi-Modular Power Supply on eTeknix
ASUS GeForce GTX 980 4GB STRIX OC Video Card on TweakTown
NZXT (Source) S340 Mid-Tower Chassis on TweakTown
MotoGP 14 (PS4) on Gaming Nexus
Corsair H2100 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset on Benchmark Reviews
ASUS GeForce GTX 980 4GB STRIX OC Video Card on TweakTown



Misc Pics (21 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-November-2014  02:46:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! Bit of a scorcher out there..








Friday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-November-2014  00:29:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Rosetta mission successfully landed their probe on the comet, although apparently after a 2-hour bounce it has ended up in a less than ideal position. It's alive and sending back photos which is pretty exciting. Discussion continues here.

A new study suggests violent video games might actually curb real-world violence, thanks AirQ. The results are in from the world’s first long-term study into the consumption of violent media and its effect on real-life acts of violence. Not only did the study find zero link between the consumption of violent games and real-life violent acts, but violent games could actually be responsible for a decrease in youth violence.

Google have boosted the ACM A. M. Turing Award to one million USD. The new amount is four times its previous level. The cash award, which goes into effect for the 2014 ACM Turing Award to be announced early next year, reflects the escalating impact of computing on daily life through the innovations and technologies it enables. The new level is also intended to raise the Turing Award's visibility as the premier recognition of computer scientists and engineers who have made contributions of lasting and major technical importance to the computing field.

A recent survey has found support for a market-based approach to reducing online copyright violations. In other words, if stuff was more easily accessibly legally, people would be happy to not pirate it. A survey commissioned by telco industry group Communications Alliance has indiciated that most Australians believe any crackdown on piracy will fail and that making content available more easily through legal channels is key to reducing online copyright violations.

This weekend sees the 4th Lame Game Marathon, raising money for UNICEF. 24 hours of terrible games - Live - All to raise money for UNICEF. That's right, the Lame Game Marathon is back baby! Prepare for the return of lame games, shenanigans, prizes and... lame games. Discussion here.



Thursday Night Reviews (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-November-2014  12:56:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cases:
BitFenix Prodigy M Blue on OCaholic.
Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV on BenchmarkReviews.
Fractal Design Core 3300 on OCClub.
Fractal Design Core 1100 Micro-ATX on PCPerspective.
SilverStone Fortress FT05 on Vortez.

Audio Visual:
Ultimate Ears BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Speaker on NikKTech.
netTALK DUO WiFi VOIP Phone on ModSynergy.

Storage:
GSKILL Phoenix Blade 480GB PCIe SSD on Guru3D.
Silicon Power Armor A80 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive on NikKTech.
Seagate NAS Pro 4-Bay on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power Thunder T11 120 GB external Thunderbolt drive on TechPowerUp.
G.Skill Phoenix Blade 480GB PCIe SSD on PCPerspective.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock X99 OC Formula Motherboard Overview and Overclocking Guide on Tweaktown.
ASUS Z97-PRO LGA1150 Motherboard on SilentPCReview.
ASUS X99-A Intel Motherboard on BenchmarkReviews.
MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Motherboard on Techgage.
ASUS X99-E WS (Intel X99) Workstation Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Tt eSPORTS Challenger Prime Gaming Keyboard on LegitReviews.
Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury FPS Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
Speedlink KudosZ-9 & INVICTUS Core Gaming mouse+pad on OCaholic.
COUGAR 700M Aluminium Gaming Mouse on TechARP.

Cooling:
NZXT Kraken X41 140mm AIO CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
NZXT GRID+ Fan Controller on ThinkComputers.

Misc:
ThL 5000 Smartphone on MadShrimps.
Corsair HXi Series 750W PSU on TechPowerUp.



Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-November-2014  10:02:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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


qwertylesh has refurbished
a Sega Dreamcast

pippin88 is building
a CNC router

Jrcjamie is building
a simulator in a cockpit!


Gost reviewed the
CM NovaTouch keyboard

Ratzz reviewed the
Silverstone ML03 HTPC case

and maJORD built
a tiny ITX HTPC



Wednesday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-November-2014  04:08:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Tweaktown looked at a new SSD on a DIMM from SanDisk. Unlike earlier ones which just used the DIMM slot for power and had a separate SATA connector, this one actually interfaces via the DDR3 slot. Each step on the path to creating the perfect storage device has resulted in tangible benefits, but the ULLtraDIMM has taken what could be the final step, short of fusing a storage medium onto the CPU itself. The SanDisk ULLtraDIMM DDR3 SSD brings latency as low as five microseconds by sidestepping the traditional storage stack, and communicating via the DDR3 bus.

From the "just because you can, doesn't mean you should" files comes a Chinese hacker claiming to have installed Win98 onto an iPhone 6+. Running EXE binary files is currently out of the question on the Apple device, but he was successfully able to alter and change the input methods of Windows 98 to allow navigation of the operating system, as well as the ability to open the start menu and fire up Internet Explorer.

Here's a list of internet firsts. Gary Thuerk, the “father of spam,” sent out the first unsolicited email to an audience of about 400 on ARPANET in 1978. The message was meant to promote DEC’s new product demo on the west cost. As ARPANET was, at the time, a channel with limited usability and serious restrictions, this resulted in some backlash.

An F1 team has turned to crowdsourcing to try and fund their appearance at the final Grand Prix of the year in Abu Dhabi. You can help Caterham F1’s return to the grid by pledging from just £10. In exchange for your support will receive exclusive rewards, including a once in a lifetime opportunity to get your name on the Caterham F1 car competing in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Don't fly drones near bushfires. During large, out-of-control bushfires in Australia firefighters rely on water-bombing helicopters which will have to be grounded if a drone is spotted nearby, authorities say. With recreational drone ownership exploding into the thousands over the past year, air safety regulators and the nation's aerial firefighters fear drones are a very real threat to safety, and they warned amateur operators to stay well away.



Rosetta Misson (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-November-2014  01:39:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The European Space Agency's Rosetta Mission to land a probe on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko is reaching a critical phase, with the probe due to separate from the spacecraft in a few hours. There's live updates here, live video here and discussion in this thread.


Wednesday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-November-2014  00:41:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sooo, there's a big new huge Windows vulnerability affecting pretty much all recent versions, but mostly affecting people running servers. Full details here and the patch is already on Windows Update so should be an easy fix. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if an attacker sends specially crafted packets to a Windows server. This security update is rated Critical for all supported releases of Microsoft Windows. Discussion here.

There's an iOS issue too, nicknamed "Masque". This in-house app may display an arbitrary title (like “New Flappy Bird”) that lures the user to install it, but the app can replace another genuine app after installation. All apps can be replaced except iOS preinstalled apps, such as Mobile Safari. This vulnerability exists because iOS doesn't enforce matching certificates for apps with the same bundle identifier. We verified this vulnerability on iOS 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 8.0, 8.1 and 8.1.1 beta, for both jailbroken and non-jailbroken devices. Discussion here.

President Obama has spoken out in support of Net Neutrality. "To put these protections in place, I'm asking the FCC to reclassifying internet service under Title II of a law known as the Telecommunications Act," Obama says in a statement this morning. "In plain English, I'm asking [the FCC] to recognize that for most Americans, the internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life."



Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-November-2014  12:56:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage:
Synology DiskStation DS1815+ on LegionHW.
Patriot Memory Stellar Boost XT 64GB USB 3.0 OTG Drive on MadShrimps.
SanDisk ULLtraDIMM DDR3 400GB SSD Enterprise on LinusTextTips.
SanDisk ULLtraDIMM DDR3 400GB SSD Enterprise on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power Blaze B05 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on APHNetworks.

Cases:
Thermaltake Core V51 Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
Thermaltake Core V1 mITX on PureOC.
Antec P100 midtower on TechPowerUp.
Enermax Thormax Giant Full Tower on ThinkComputers.
Lian Li PC-A61 on Techgage.
Thermaltake Core V71 on OCaholic.

Input Etc:
WASD's Code keyboard with Cherry MX clear switches on TechReport.
Gigabyte Raptor mouse on HWHeaven.
Tesoro Excalibur keyboard on HWHeaven.

Power Supply:
LUXA2 PL3 10400mAh Leather Power Bank on NikKTech.
Patriot FUEL+ 9000mAh Rechargeable Battery (2014 Yellow) on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
Actiontec ScreenBeam Mini 2 wireless display device on LegitReviews.
Diamond USB 3.0/2.0 to HDMI/DVI Mini Ultra Dock on OCClub.
SteelSeries Siberia V3 Prism headphones on HWHeaven.

Cooling:
Noctua NH-D15 Dual Tower CPU Cooler on FutureLooks.
Thermalright Macho Rev.B CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Misc:
ASUS Strix GeForce GTX 970 OC on Vortez.
Intel Core M 5Y70 Review and Performance: Testing Broadwell-Y on PCPerspective.
Amazon Fire HD 7 Tablet (2014) on HotHardware.



Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 8-November-2014  21:05:27 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Audio:
TDK A34 TREK MAX Wireless Weather Resistant Speaker on NikKTech
Connect Electronics DGZHE A06 Bluetooth Speaker on ModSynergy

Storage:
Plextor M6e 256GB (PX-AG256M6e) PCIe SSD Card on Futurelooks
Fujitsu Quadro-M Series PCIe SSD on TweakTown
Samsung XS1715 SSD Review (1.6TB) on The SSD Review
SanDisk Extreme Pro Solid State Drives on Hot Hardware
Apotop Wi-Copy Personal Cloud Storage and Wireless Router on BigBruin
Angelbird SSD2go Pocket USB 3.0 External Solid State Drive on eTeknix

Case:
NZXT S340 Mid-Tower Case on Benchmark Reviews
SilverStone Raven RV05 Computer Case on APH Networks
In Win D-Frame Mini on LanOC
Corsair Graphite 780T on OCC

CPU:
Intel i7-5820K & i7-5930K on Madshrimps
Core i7-5960X vs i7-4960X on Ocaholic

PSU:
Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 1050W on Techpowerup
FSP Aurum PT 1200W Power Supply Unit on NikKTech

Misc:
Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Gaming Nexus
Gigabyte X99-Gaming G1 Motherboard on TweakTown
MSI GS60 2QE Ghost Pro 3K Gold Edition Notebook on Vortez
Thrustmaster Ferrari GT Cockpit 458 Steeling Wheel on eTeknix
Patriot Memory FUEL Station Mini 4-Port Charge Base on TweakTown
Zotac ZBox PI320 Mini-PC on The SSD Review
NZXT Kraken X61 280mm AIO CPU Cooler on TweakTown



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