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Wednesday, 13-December-2017 17:55:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Here's some cool reviews and projects from the forums. Another good way to see what's going on at any moment in the forums is to hit the New Posts link. Enjoy!
Tuesday, 12-December-2017 15:15:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg
NVIDIA recently announced the Titan V, a new ultra-high-end video card with a $3000 USD price tag. NVIDIA TITAN V is the most powerful graphics card ever created for the PC, driven by the world’s most advanced architecture—NVIDIA Volta. NVIDIA’s supercomputing GPU architecture is now here for your PC, and fueling breakthroughs in every industry. More info on Anandtech and HotHardware, with discussion here in the forums.
Meanwhile Intel have new Pentium Silver and Celeron CPUs. The new Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron processors are based on Intel’s architecture codenamed Gemini Lake, and are engineered for a great balance of performance and connectivity for the things people do every day – working on office documents and spreadsheets, browsing online, enjoying favorite shows and movies, and editing photos – with great battery life. Discussion here.
We're still waiting for the Government's report on the game development industry in Australia - but it will apparently be tabled before the end of the year. The federal government will finally deliver its response to the “zombie” report on the Australian games development industry by the end of the year, more than 20 months after it was received.
Bitcoin continues to dominate the headlines, but one new aspect is concern about the amount of power it consumes. At present, the most widely used estimate of the energy required to "mine" Bitcoins is comparable to the electricity usage of New Zealand, but this is probably an underestimate. If allowed to continue unchecked in our current energy-constrained, climate-threatened world, Bitcoin mining will become an environmental disaster.
If you have an HP laptop, you might want to check for keyloggers. Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging code in software drivers preinstalled on HP laptops to make the keyboard work. HP said more than 460 models of laptop were affected by the "potential security vulnerability". It has issued a software patch for its customers to remove the keylogger. The issue affects laptops in the EliteBook, ProBook, Pavilion and Envy ranges, among others. HP has issued a full list of affected devices, dating back to 2012.
Microsoft have a new Quantum Development Kit. Thank you for your interest in Microsoft's Quantum Development Kit preview. The development kit contains the tools you'll need to build your own quantum computing programs and experiments. Assuming some experience with Microsoft Visual Studio, beginners can write their first quantum program, and experienced researchers can quickly and efficiently develop new quantum algorithms. Discussion here.
Optus joins Telstra in having to compensate NBN customers over slow speeds. Optus will compensate more than 8,700 customers who were misled about the speed of their plans. The telco also admitted it is likely to have breached the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) by providing speeds slower than what it advertised between September 2015 and June 2017. These slower speeds were due to "technical limitations" on the customers' fibre to the node (FTTN) or fibre to the building (FTTB) NBN connections, said the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
President Trump has signed a new space policy directive, instructing NASA to return humans to the Moon, and then onward to Mars. “The directive I am signing today will refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery,” said President Trump. “It marks a first step in returning American astronauts to the Moon for the first time since 1972, for long-term exploration and use. This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprints -- we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars, and perhaps someday, to many worlds beyond.”
|Tuesday Afternoon Reviews
Tuesday, 12-December-2017 13:25:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Antec P8 on TechPowerUp.
be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 on OCClub.
Quick Look: Corsair Gaming PBT Double-shot Keycaps on PC Perspective.
ROCCAT Suora FX Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Mantiz Venus MZ-02 Thunderbolt 3 eGPU Enclosure on Tweaktown.
SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD 1TB on FunkyKit.
OcUK Cobalt Gaming prebuilt PC on Vortez.
ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme motherboard on Vortez.
|Monday Midday Reviews
Monday, 11-December-2017 12:43:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS Republic Of Gamers Maximus X Apex motherboard on Guru3D.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Boosts CPU And GPU Performance on HotHardware.
Rantopad MXX RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
SteelSeries M750 TKL Mechanical Keyboard on LegitReviews.
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Mechanical Keyboard on TechARP.
ROCCAT Sova MK keyboard on TechPowerUp.
ATEN Phantom S UC3410 Gamepad to Keyboard Emulator on Tweaktown.
Corsair MM800 RGB Polaris Gaming Mouse Pad on ThinkComputers.
Zalman Z-Machine X7 Full Tower on BenchmarkReviews.
SilverStone Primera PM01-RGB Tempered Glass Case on PC Perspective.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Stormforce Onyx Ryzen 1200 prebuilt gaming PC on Vortez.
HP Spectre x360 (2017) laptop on HotHardware.
CORSAIR HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.
EZVIZ Mini Trooper Wi-Fi Security Camera System on BigBruin.
Lenovo Explorer and Windows Mixed Reality on OCClub.
AOC Agon AG322QCX monitor on TechSpot.
Xiaomi Aqara Smart Water Sensor on BigBruin.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus game on OCClub.
D-Link COVR-3902 AC3900 Wi-Fi System on BigBruin.
LaCie 2Big Dock Thunderbolt 3 20TB External HDD on Tweaktown.
AeroCool Project 7 850W Platinum PSU on NikKTech.
Friday again! A few people pointed out that Homefront is free on Humble Bundle at the moment. Have a great weekend!
Thursday, 7-December-2017 16:44:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Daily tech newsletter The Sizzle is giving away an Nvidia GTX1060 graphics card to a lucky OCAU forum member that signs up for a two-week free trial. The newsletter is written by forum member decryption, who covers important tech news with an Aussie slant every weekday.
To enter the competition, simply visit The Sizzle's website, pop in your name, email address and the game you'd most like to play on the GTX1060 if you win. The full terms and conditions are on competition page. Good luck!
click for the competition page!
Thursday, 7-December-2017 16:09:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg
There's been a lot of buzz lately about NiceHash, a service which lets you get involved in crypto mining relatively easily - but unfortunately they've been hacked overnight, with over $60M USD in bitcoin stolen. Posting on social media, NiceHash said that "there has been a security breach involving NiceHash website" resulting in a loss of funds. NiceHash, formed in 2014, serves as a marketplace for miners to rent out their hash rate to others. The announcement follows an hours-long outage and reports from a multitude of users that their NiceHash-associated wallets had been emptied. NiceHash previously announced that it was "under maintenance," a message that it had posted to its official website as well. Discussion here.
Meanwhile, Australia's main stock exchange has embraced blockchain technology in a big way. ASX Ltd. will start using blockchain -- the ledger software that makes bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies possible -- to process equity transactions, according to a filing Thursday. Digital Asset Holdings LLC, the startup run by former JPMorgan Chase & Co. banker Blythe Masters, will supply the technology. “We’re the first exchange to consider taking this step,” said Peter Hiom, ASX deputy chief executive officer said on a media conference call.
Also in local news, the ACCC are looking into digital platforms, in what sounds like an extremely general inquiry. The Federal Government has today formally directed the ACCC to commence an inquiry into digital platform providers such as Facebook and Google. The ACCC’s inquiry will look at the effect that digital search engines, social media platforms and other digital content aggregation platforms are having on competition in media and advertising services markets.
AMD have apparently silently lowered the RX 560 spec to include RX 460-class GPUs. Spotted yesterday by Heise.de, AMD has silently lowered the specifications of the Radeon RX 560 to encompass parts with 14 CUs (896 Stream Processors), allowing them to be sold alongside standard 16 CU (1024 SP) parts. The net effect of this change is that it allows Radeon RX 460-level products to be sold as Radeon RX 560 cards. More info and a response from AMD over on GamersNexus.
Today's timewaster is Google's Santa Tracker, with a discussion thread here.
|Thursday Afternoon Reviews
Thursday, 7-December-2017 14:55:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Western Digital BLUE 1TB 3D NAND SSD on FunkyKit.
Crucial BX300 240GB Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
WD Gold 10TB Datacenter Enterprise-Class Hard Drive on Tweaktown.
Swiftech Apogee SKF TR4 Water Block Breakdown on HardOCP.
Phanteks G1080 GPU Water Block Assembly and Flow on HardOCP.
Antlion Audio ModMic 5 Modular Microphone on LegitReviews.
1MORE MK802 Bluetooth Headphones on TechPowerUp.
EVGA X299 DARK Motherboard Thermal Review on GamersNexus.
ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1070 Ti GAMING Advanced Edition on HardOCP.
ROMOSS UPower 10,000mAh and Lovely Elf 6,000mAh Power Banks Video Review on APHNetworks.
MSI's GP62 7REX Leopard Pro gaming laptop on TechReport.
Cougar Minos X5 Gaming Mouse on NeoSeeker.
|Computer Alliance Contest
Wednesday, 6-December-2017 15:38:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg
OCAU Major Sponsor Computer Alliance are running an impressive competition on their website and Facebook. You can win an "Ultimate Gaming Package" worth over $10,000 RRP.
click for the contest!
|Wednesday Afternoon Reviews
Wednesday, 6-December-2017 13:58:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg
HP SSD M700 Solid State Drive on BenchmarkReviews.
SilverStone TS12C USB 3.1 Dual-Drive Dock and Cloner on Tweaktown.
Synology DiskStation DS418play NAS on Modders-Inc.
Corsair Glaive RGB mouse on TechPowerUp.
SteelSeries Apex M750 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on MadShrimps.
Dell UltraSharp 27 Premier Color UltraHD 4K Monitor on HotHardware.
Logitech G433 headset on Vortez.
Kingston HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro Gaming Headset on OCClub.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Gigabyte Aero 14 i7-7700HQ and GTX 1050 Ti Notebook on eTeknix.
The Acer Predator Orion 9000 HEDT Gaming PC Up Close on TechARP.
EVGA DG-77 Case Review featuring the Star Wars TITAN Xp on BabelTechReviews.
BIOSTAR Z370GT6 Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Noctua NH-U9, U12S, U14S TR4-SP3 Threadripper cooler on Guru3D.
|Retro Let's Play - DOOM (1993)
Tuesday, 5-December-2017 14:36:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg
The "Retro Let's Play" game for early December is the timeless classic "DOOM", from 1993. Doom also introduced a generation of gamers to network multiplayer, both co-operative and "deathmatch". This extended the life of the game well beyond the single player story, allowing up to 4 people on 4 computers to connect on a local area network and battle each other head to head, real time, each with their own viewpoint - Something largely taken for granted in modern gaming, but at the time consider revolutionary. This one you can play in your browser, too!
click for the thread!
Tuesday, 5-December-2017 13:54:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Text Messaging turned 25 recently, thanks IntelInside. On December 3, 1992, British software engineer Neil Papworth? sent the world's first ever text message. It was to an executive at Vodafone, saying "Merry Christmas". Swinburne University's Belinda Barnet, who specialises in the history of technology, says no one expected how popular text messages would become.
The F1 season has come to an end, which also means the first F1 Esports World Champion has been crowned. Lewis Hamilton was celebrating another World Championship win, but at the same time, fellow Brit, 18 year old Brendon Leigh had just become World Champion in the virtual world. For fans of F1, it's time to start taking notice of the esports equivalent. Leigh won the championship thanks to a thrilling overtake on the final lap of the race.
Meanwhile, the Overclocking World Championship Final 2017 has been confirmed for Berlin, Germany, a few days from now. As you may well be aware, the contest will take place at Caseking HQ in Berlin, Germany on December 9th and 10th and is the climax of a year-long campaign to discover this year’s Overclocking World Champion. Today we are confirming the hardware that will be used in the contest, plus the overall structure and rules in place.
Here's an interesting cautionary tale about losing your PIN, and your bitcoin with a hardware wallet. The problem was, I was the thief, trying to steal my own bitcoins back from my Trezor. I felt queasy. After my sixth incorrect PIN attempt, creeping dread had escalated to heart-pounding panic—I might have kissed my 7.4 bitcoins goodbye.
NASA have successfully fired Voyager 1's thrusters, for the first time in 37 years. The unmanned spaceship was launched along with its twin, Voyager 2, more than 40 years ago to explore the outer planets of our solar system, traveling further than any human-made object in history. But after decades of operation, the "attitude control thrusters" that turn the spacecraft by firing tiny "puffs" had degraded. The small adjustments are needed to turn Voyager's antenna toward Earth, allowing it to continue sending communications.
|Tuesday Afternoon Reviews
Tuesday, 5-December-2017 13:15:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-4600 16GB Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Patriot Viper 4 32GB DDR4-3733 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master MasterWatt 550W PSU on PCPerspective.
Thermaltake Toughpower iRGB Plus 1250W Titanium on HardOCP.
Acer Predator Triton 700 Gaming Laptop on TechARP.
Nitro Concepts S300 Gaming Chair on HardOCP.
VertDesk v3 Electric Sit Stand Desk on ThinkComputers.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) CPU Test on TechSpot.
AVM FRITZ!Box 7590 AC2600 VDSL/ADSL Modem Router on NikKTech.
Roku Ultra and Streaming Stick+ on ArsTechnica.
GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming Motherboard on HardOCP.
Cooler Master MasterKeys MK750 Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Toshiba OCZ TR200 480GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
|Sunday Midday Reviews
Sunday, 3-December-2017 11:51:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Pro Gaming i9 XE Motherboard on Tweaktown.
GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 Motherboard on Tweaktown.
MSI Z370 GAMING PRO CARBON AC on TechPowerUp.
Intel Core i7 8700k CPU on Modders-Inc.
GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 7 PRO Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4 CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Antec Mercury 120 CPU cooler on OCInside.
Patriot Viper V770 Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Gamdias Hermes M3 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
NETGEAR Arlo Pro 2 Wireless 1080p Security Camera on Tweaktown.
Elgato Game Capture 4K60 Pro on PCPerspective.
Creative Sound BlasterX Kratos S5 2.1 speakers on Vortez.
Linner NC50 Wireless Neckband Earphone on FunkyKit.
NVIDIA Titan Xp Collectors Edition Star Wars Jedi Order Graphics Card on LegitReviews.
MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio on OCClub.
Portable & Prebuilt:
HP Envy x360 15z SSD Update on HotHardware.
Samsung Galaxy Note FE Up Close on TechARP.
ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro on TechARP.
Arozzi Verona V2 Gaming Chair on TechPowerUp.
Songbringer game on OCClub.
Be Quiet! SFX L Power 600W PSU on NikKTech.
Cougar Conquer case on TechPowerUp.
Samsung PM981 SSD on Anandtech.
Thanks to Axe, Simon and Peter this week!
Friday, 1-December-2017 14:53:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg
The latest "High Sierra" version of MacOS has a major security issue, now patched, with more details here. n case you haven't heard the news there is a massive security flaw which affects the latest version of macOS (High Sierra). Essentially, bug allows anybody to log into the root account with a blank, or password of their choosing. Apparently this vulnerability was first posted, rather innocuously, to Apple's very own Developer Forums. Discussion here.
Meanwhile there's a new trojan specifically targeting Australian bank customers. X-Force noted that while changes were most significant in the code injection mechanism, the malware’s operators also opted to develop redirection attacks to target business and corporate banking customers in Australia. The redirection scheme is implemented through the configuration file and not embedded into the code itself. This finding is significant because it suggests that a new group has joined the cybercrime arena and is specifically operating in Australia, where malware gangs such as TrickBot and Dridex already have a firm foothold.
Tesla's South Australian battery is up and running, one day early. Premier Jay Weatherill is visiting the battery site — alongside the Hornsdale windfarm near Jamestown in the state's mid north — on Friday, to mark its official opening on the first day of summer. But with temperatures across South Australia and Victoria hitting the mid 30s, and output from the state's wind farms low, the battery was called upon early to help meet Thursday afternoon's peak demand. The battery dispatched a maximum of 59 megawatts of power.
Intel's Xeon D CPUs will be updated soon, with Skylake-SP cores. Xeon-D is a platform that sits in an odd position in Intel’s product portfolio. The first generation launched in November 2015, based on Broadwell, paired up to 8 Broadwell cores with 32 lanes of PCIe 3.0 and dual 10-gigabit Ethernet controllers. With a thermal design limit of 45W, memory support up to 128GB of ECC, speeds up to 2.7 GHz, and a BGA-only design, the Xeon-D platform found a place in home servers, networking, high-end NAS designs, hyper-scale embedded implementations, and was a general all-around interesting part that never really breached the light of day for most consumers.
There's going to be a supermoon this week. Mark December 4 in your calendar because you’ll have a chance to see something very special in the sky that night – supermoon. A ‘supermoon’ is a popular term for the lunar event which coincides with a new full moon and the moon making a closer-than-usual approach to Earth. Basically, because the moon orbits earth in more of an oval than a circle it means that sometimes it is much closer to Earth than normal – combine that with a full moon and you have yourself a big, beautiful ‘supermoon’.
A Perth man worked out how to stop his employer tracking his whereabouts - using a Twisties packet. Australia’s Fair Work Commission, a workplace tribunal, heard that Mr Colella blocked his whereabouts by storing his personal digital assistant, a phone-like device that has a GPS inside, in an empty foil packet of Twisties, a puffy cheese-based snack that is popular in Australia.
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