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Misc Pics (15 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 31-October-2014  03:45:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to HyRax1, aftahours, takai and EvilGenius this week!








Data Retention Bill Introduced to Parliament (8 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 31-October-2014  02:09:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Government have introduced the Data Retention bill to Parliament. Malcolm Turnbull's speech is here. The bill will require companies providing telecommunications services in Australia, carriers and internet service providers to keep a limited, prescribed set of telecommunications data for two years. The bill amends the Telecommunications Interception and Access Act 1979 (interception act), and the Telecommunications Act 1997 (telecommunications act). Coverage here and here. Telstra and Optus have apparently welcomed the legislation, but Electronic Frontiers Australia are concerned about misuse by copyright trolls, and the AFP confirm that targeting illegal downloaders is definitely something that will be aided by this. The Opposition has confirmed that it will move to delay the debate and passage of the legislation until 2015 to allow proper scrutiny.

Discussion continues in this thread.



Friday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 31-October-2014  02:05:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A research company says that female gamers outnumber males, on PCs. For all practical purposes it's a 50/50 split, but once you get into decimal places, female PC gamers do slightly outnumber males. Women represent 50.2 percent of PC gamers across all genres, including social (Facebook, Kongregate), versus 49.9 percent for men. The scales dip slightly further toward women when it comes to the RPG genre, with 53.6 percent of the market made up of women, while men represent 46.5 percent. In the FPS and MMO genres, however, 66 percent of players are men.

The AFP has expressed concerns about camouflaged internet. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has said that the anonymous nature of the internet continues to be a concern for the law-enforcement agency, and that it is reliant on global partnerships with law-enforcement agencies around the world to continue to effectively tackle crime online.

PS4 users might want to hold off on firmware updates, with reports of widespread bricking. Version 2.00, codenamed "Masamune," boasted a number of notable feature updates including uploading gameplay videos to YouTube, sharing games with friends over the Internet and system themes. However, the update has been tainted by widespread reports that putting the system into standby mode (now dubbed "Rest Mode") prevents the console from reawakening. Both of the consoles in our office encountered the same issue. Bugs with YouTube functionality have also been reported.

HardOCP have been playing with GeForce GTX 980 SLI. What do you get when you take two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 video cards, configure those for SLI, and set those at your feet for four weeks? We give our thoughts and opinions about actually using these GPUs in our own system for four weeks with focus on performance, sound profile, and heat generated by these cards.

A few people sent word that YouTube seems to now support 60FPS.



Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 30-October-2014  19:12:03 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Motherboard:
MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Motherboard on Modders-Inc
ECS Z97-PK Deluxe mATX Motherboard on Legit Reviews
Supermicro X10DRi-T (Intel C612) Server Motherboard on TweakTown
ASUS X99-A Motherboard on Hardware Secrets
Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 Motherboard on PureOverclock
ASRock X99 WS Motherboard on ThinkComputers.org
ASRock X99 Extreme11 Motherboard on The SSD Review

Storage:
LaCie D2 Thunderbolt 2 6TB External Desktop Storage Device on TweakTown
Seagate 1200 SSD 400GB SAS 12Gb/s on NikKTech
LaCie D2 Thunderbolt 2 128GB SSD Storage Upgrade Kit on TweakTown
SanDisk Ultra II 480GB SSD on TweakTown
Corsair Voyager Air 2 Mobile Wireless Storage 1 TB on Madshimps

Network:
D-Link DIR-880L Wireless AC1900 Gigabit Cloud Router on Legit Reviews
Linksys WRT SE4008 Eight-Port Gigabit Switch on TweakTown

Audio:
SteelSeries Siberia V3 on LanOC
ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset on Benchmark Reviews
Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear Headphone on ModSynergy
Corsair Gaming H1500 on Hardware Heaven

Videocard:
HIS Liquid-Cooled R9 290X Hybrid IceQ on Techspot
PowerColor R9 285 TurboDuo OC on Ocaholic
Sapphire R9 285 Dual-X OC Video Card on Techware Labs
ASUS GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX OC Video Card on TweakTown
GALAX GeForce GTX 980 SOC on Guru3D
MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G on Ocaholic

HTPC:
Pivos XIOS XS Entertainment Center on Madshrimps
Steiger Dynamics Maven Core HTPC on PC Perspective

Cooling:
NZXT Kraken X41 Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.org
Fractal Design Core 3300 Mid-Tower Chassis on eTeknix

RAM:
Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB 1866MHz DDR3 Memory Kit on FutureLooks
Func MS-2 Mouse on Ocaholic

PSU:
Seasonic Platinum Series 1050W on Tech Powerup
Corsair HX1000i Modular Power Supply on eTeknix

Portable:
NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet on Overclockers Club
Moto X (2nd Gen) Smartphone on Hot Hardware



Wednesday Night (15 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 29-October-2014  12:33:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Telstra have shut down GameArena, as promised last month. The website itself hasn’t been fully functional for a while now, but it’s sad to see the final nails being put into the coffin. I think most of us reading this site have, at one time or another, played games using GameArena’s servers. I know I have. An email sent to Telstra through retail communications stated that GameArena.com.au “no longer fits in Telstra Media’s strategy”. If you go to the domain now you just get a message about Google Play.

iiNet will be expanding their free WiFi to Victoria. The telco pushed go on the first three wi-fi regions - in the Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo CBDs - today, adding to the list of cities across the country where the ISP has been contracted to roll out free wi-fi networks under various digital economy-boosting schemes. I used the free WiFi in Adelaide a few weeks ago and it was pretty cool to be exploring the city and not using up my mobile data allowance.

If you're feeling like a flashback, there's a History of Linux article from a hacker's (as in tinkerer's) perspective on LinuxUser. The original code of Linux was written for fun, or in Eric Raymond’s phrase, to ‘scratch the itch’ of Linus Torvalds, and later to satisfy the enthusiasm and programming itch of an assortment of hackers and hobbyists who, for the most part, had grown up in the age of the ZX80 and the BBC Micro, Acorns and Apricots, for which the code was often available – and hackable.

Tweaktown have an android smartphone showdown posted, covering the Galaxy S5, Note 3, Xperia Z2, G3 and Nexus 5. We pit five of the best phones on the market against one another, in a battle of the flagship Android smartphone showdown. Who takes the benchmark crown?

This only applies to US citizens but it's interesting anyway - a Pentium 4 class action suit. A proposed settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit alleging that Intel manipulated the performance benchmark scores for its first-generation Pentium 4 processors and that HP aided and abetted Intel’s allegedly unlawful conduct. Intel and HP deny any liability and all claims of misconduct and Intel contends that the performance benchmarks challenged by Plaintiffs fairly measured the performance of the Pentium 4 processor.

If you've been following the Rosetta mission to land a probe on a comet in November, you might enjoy this video which is a cross between a promo for the mission, a scifi trailer and an inspirational film. Based in humanity’s future, it is not clear what powers the master and apprentice possess, but they obviously have powers way beyond our comprehension, making the cutting edge CGI beautiful to watch.



Tuesday Night Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 28-October-2014  12:55:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
Tt eSport PoseidonZ keyboard on ocaholic.
Roccat Kave XTD mouse on HWHeaven.

Audio Visual:
Y-Cam Bullet HD 1080 (2nd Generation) camera on Vortez.
Tt eSports Verto headset on TechnologyX.
Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma Gaming Headset on LegitReviews.
HMDX Craze Bluetooth Earbuds on LegitReviews.
Gigabyte FORCE H3X Headset on PureOC.
Gigabyte Force H3X Gaming Headset on eTeknix.

Storage:
SanDisk Ultra II 240 GB SSD on Guru3D.
Intel 530 Series 480GB SSD on Tweaktown.
QNAP HS-251 Fanless NAS on TechPowerUp.
Transcend MTS800 M.2 2280 SATA SSD 128GB on TheSSDReview.

Cases:
Silverstone Fortress FT05 on BenchmarkReviews.
Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV on ThinkComputers.
DeepCool Steam Castle Micro ATX on NikKTech.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on MegaTechNews.
Alienware Area-51: Triangular, Tri-SLI GTX 980, Haswell-E prebuilt machine on HotHardware.
ECS LIVA Windows Based Mini PC on PCPerspective.
PC Specialist Vortex 440 System prebuilt PC on eTeknix.
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Smartphone on Tweaktown.

Cooling:
SilverStone SST-AR06 Low-profile CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Cooler Master Nepton 240M all-in-one watercooler on ocaholic.

Video Cards:
HIS Radeon R9 290X Hybrid IceQ 4GB (Liquid Cooled) on LegionHW.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 G1 on ThinkComputers.

Misc:
Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB DDR4 memory on Vortez.
D-Link DHP-339AV PowerLine 3-Port Network Kit on ModSynergy.
Asus Maximus Vii Hero Motherboard on TechWareLabs.
Chieftec A135 Series APS-850CB PSU on ocaholic.



Monday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 27-October-2014  06:11:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Woz is now a UTS professor. Apple co-founder Steve 'Woz' Wozniak has joined University of Technology Sydney as an adjunct professor, joining the university's 'Magic Lab.' The appointment marks the first time Wozniak, who is widely credited for designing the Apple I and II computers, has accepted an adjunct appointment at any university.

Senator Ludlum meanwhile is rapping about data retention.. really. The full video is here. Greens senator Scott Ludlam has appeared in a rap video taking on the Coalition's data retention laws. Guardian Australia reproduces the music without comment or judgment. Ludlam raps on what he sees as a 'fascist fuckfest of Orwellian proportions' and threatens to 'smack down their laws'.

A solar car built by Australian students has broken the speed record for electric vehicles, thanks JC. With a speed of 106.966 kilometres an hour, a solar car known as eVe is now officially the fastest electric vehicle over a distance of 500 kilometres in the world - and it was built entirely by undergraduate engineering students from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia.

Gunna spotted this one about plans for an internet levy in Hungary. Hungary’s Economy Minister Mihály Varga has on Tuesday submitted to Parliament a draft on changes to the tax regime to be implemented in 2015. An amendment of the telecom law is also included, according to which the telecom tax would be extended to Internet services. The tax will be proportionate to data traffic and every gigabyte started will cost 150 forints.

Google has launched a new email client, Inbox. Today, Google has launched a hybrid new email service called ‘Inbox’ that blends communication along with lifestyle integration. Think of Gmail mixed with Google Now and a dash of Siri. Accordingly, the Google Inbox is designed to focus on what really matters.

The Queen has published her first tweet, which is very exciting. Signing herself Elizabeth R., for regina or queen, she welcomed visitors to a new Information Age gallery focused on the evolution of modern communications at the Science Museum in London.

It seems the lawyers chasing people for downloading Dallas Buyers Club are not bothering with Optus and Telstra. Online pirates on the Telstra and Optus networks can breathe easy for now, while those downloading illegal copies of movies over iiNet and smaller providers may soon receive an invoice for up to $5000 if an unusual legal case in the Federal Court is successful.

Mpot sent in this response from FTDI about bricking chips last week: "The recently release driver release has now been removed from Windows Update so that on-the-fly updating cannot occur. The driver is in the process of being updated and will be released next week. This will still uphold our stance against devices that are not genuine, but do so in a non-invasive way that means that there is no risk of end user’s hardware being directly affected." More info here and here.

Tolkien fans will enjoy this new in-flight safety video from Air New Zealand, thanks AirQ.



Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 26-October-2014  18:59:33 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Storage:
Silicon Power Armor A30 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive on NikkTech
Silicon Power Mobile OTG X20 USB 2.0 Flash Drive on Madshrimps
Silicon Power Marvel M70 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TweakTown
Transcend ESD400 Portable USB 3.0 SSD on TweakTown
Thecus N2310 Network Attached Storage on APH Networks

Network:
Buffalo AirStation AC433 WMR-433 Travel Router on TweakTown
D-Link DSP-W110 Wi-Fi Smart Plug on TweakTown

Case:
BitFenix Shadow Mid-Tower Chassis on eTeknix
In Win D-Frame Mini on Techspot
Cooltek Coolcube Maxi on ocaholic

Audio/Visual:
ASUS Xonar U5 on Vortez
LUXA2 E-One Aluminum Headset Holder on Think Computers
Takstar HD5500 Headphones on techPowerUp
Rikomagic MK902 Network Media Player on NikKTech

Keyboard/Mouse:
KUL ES-87 Mechanical Keyboard on Mikesgear
Cougar 700M Aluminum Gaming Mouse & Speed Mouse Pad on PureOC
Mionix Naos 8200 & Sargas 400 on ocaholic

Motherboard:
Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5 (LGA 1150) Motherboard on eTeknix
MSI X99S Gaming 9 AC on Hardware Heaven
MSI X99S SLI PLUS On Linux on Phoronix

Misc:
Falling Skies: The Game (PS3) on Gaming Nexus
Cooler Master Nepton 280L AIO CPU Cooler on Legit Reviews
Deepcool DQ1000 Quanta Semi-Modular Power Supply on eTeknix
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2666MHZ 16GB Quad Channel Memory Kit on Bjorn3D



Misc Pics (22 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? (12 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 (7 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.

Storage:
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.

Cooling:
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.

Cases:
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

RAM:
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

Storage:
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

Videocard:
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Misc:
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

Portable:
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

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

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

Misc:
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

Storage:
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

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

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



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