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Monday, 15-September-2014 14:34:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg
The rumours have been flying, but it's been confirmed now: Microsoft are buying Mojang, who make minecraft, for $2.5B. Microsoft's press release is here. Microsoft Corp. today announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Mojang, the celebrated Stockholm-based game developer, and the company’s iconic “Minecraft” franchise.
Edward Snowden claims that the USA has tapped our cables. A major undersea telecommunications cable that connects Australia and New Zealand to North America has been tapped to allow the United States National Security Agency and its espionage partners to comprehensively harvest Australian and New Zealand internet data.
Here's an interesting one about using Doom to design buildings. The Doom engine is a computer program that can render 2-D blueprints into a 3-D space. Because the engine is open-source, DIRTT was able to adapt it for their own needs--for example, ICE “melts” with other design softwares, including AutoCAD. An engineer or an architect can use ICE to mock up a room, and create a live data set for every aspect of a space, including the electrical engineering, millwork, and piping.
|Monday Evening Reviews
Monday, 15-September-2014 09:00:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Sapphire Radeon R9 285 2GB Dual-X in CrossFire on Tweaktown.
Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 on LanOC.
VisionTek Radeon R9 290 on Tweaktown.
GAMDIAS ZEUS Laser Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
COUGAR 700M Mouse and Speed Mouse Pad on OCClub.
CM QuickFire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard on OCModShop.
PNY XLR8 120 GiB SSD on HWSecrets.
Angelbird SSD2go Pocket External SSD (512GB) on TheSSDReview.
Angelbird SSD2go Pocket 512GB External SSD on Tweaktown.
SanDisk Ultra II 240GB SSD on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power Blaze B06 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on NikKTech.
XFX PRO 1250W Black Edition Modular PSU on eTeknix.
EVGA SuperNOVA 1200 P2 Platinum PSU on PCPerspective.
Nilox SRM-850 on OCAholic.
Sandberg Credit Card 850mAh Powerbank on NikKTech.
Metro: Redux Benchmarked, Performance Review game on TechSpot.
UMI C1 Smartphone on MadShrimps.
Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4-3200 16GB Quad-Channel memory on Tweaktown.
TP-Link AV500 powerline networking kit on HWHeaven.
|Monday Afternoon Reviews
Monday, 15-September-2014 05:42:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Corsair Graphite 380T Mini ITX on BenchmarkReviews.
Thermaltake Urban T81 on OCClub.
Corsair Graphite 780T Full-Tower on Tweaktown.
Corsair Graphite 780T on Vortez.
NZXT Phantom 240 Mid-tower on Modders-Inc.
Deepcool Steam Castle Micro ATX on LegitReviews.
DeepCool Steam Castle on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Graphite Series 780T on Guru3D.
Deepcool Maelstrom 120 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Alpenfoehn Brocken ECO CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
NZXT Kraken G10 on OCClub.
SilentiumPC Grandis & Fera 2 CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Tt eSPORTS Verto Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
Plantronics RIG Surround Gaming Headset on LegitReview.
Mionix NASH 20 Stereo Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS Rampage V Extreme (LGA 2011-3) on eTeknix.
Overview of GIGABYTE's DDR4 Intel Xeon C612 Server Motherboards on Tweaktown.
MSI X99S GAMING 9 AC (Intel X99) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
|Thecus N2310 Contest
Sunday, 14-September-2014 15:45:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Another competition! It's becoming hard to keep track. This time, you can win a 2-drive NAS from Thecus:
click for the thread!
Saturday, 13-September-2014 15:01:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg
A few people pointed out that it's eBay Australia's 15th birthday, and you can get things cheaper today and tomorrow. As part of saying thankyou to buyers and sellers, there will be 15% off site wide, completely funded by eBay. Max discount $100, $50 minimum spend, 3 transactions per person.
Google says we shouldn't worry about the recent password leak. “We found that less than 2% of the username and password combinations might have worked, and our automated anti-hijacking systems would have blocked many of those login attempts. We’ve protected the affected accounts and have required those users to reset their passwords.” There's also some concerns about the "isleaked" site some people are recommending to check addresses. Why could this be? Because isleaked.com was registered on the 8th, 2 days before the story broke anywhere else. It may be fine, but I'm always suspicious of those "enter your email" sites - which is why I didn't link it on the news page.
Boingboing report on some slightly alarming comments from the BBC. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, has told an Australian government proceeding that people who use VPNs a lot should be assumed to be engaged in piracy, that ISPs should surveil their users, that websites should be censored by Chinese-style national firewalls, and that the families of people accused of watching TV the wrong way should be disconnected from the Internet.
RAAF fans will enjoy this video sent in by Sciby, showcasing our Hornets. The Royal Australian Air Force has had a proud tradition of Hornet flying since 1984. Now operating both F/A-18A+ and F/A-18F variants, the land down under is most definitely Hornet country.
Current Agg Flu Status: NO FLU. Be sure to tune in again next week!
|Win Sennheiser Headphones from PLE!
Thursday, 11-September-2014 07:31:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg
To celebrate the opening of their new Melbourne store, PLE are giving away five sets of Sennheiser headphones! To make this one a bit more fun, you have to come up with a short poem using only words beginning with P, L or E. After a couple of weeks I'll pick my favourites and you'll score the goodies..
click for the thread!
|Thursday Afternoon Reviews
Thursday, 11-September-2014 06:58:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg
CPU & Motherboard:
Core i5-4670S and Core i5-4670T Processors on XbitLabs.
Gigabyte GA-X99-SOC Force LN2 Motherboard w/ Special LGA2011-v3 CPU Socket on LegitReviews.
GIGABYTE Z97X Gaming G1 Black Edition on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI Mini-ITX on BenchmarkReviews.
Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E On Linux on Phoronix.
AMD FirePro W9100 Professional Graphics Card on XbitLabs.
Radeon R9-285 (Sapphire Compact and PowerColor OC) on HotHardware.
Sapphire R9 285 2GB ITX Compact OC Edition on eTeknix.
ASUS Radeon R7 250X on Techgage.
MSI X99S XPOWER AC (LGA 2011-3) on eTeknix.
Crucial MX100 SSD on XbitLabs.
WD Red 6TB and 1TB HDDs on SilentPCReview.
Plextor M6 Pro SSD on Guru3D.
Corsair Force Series LX 512GB SSD on Tweaktown.
QNAP TurboNAS TS-451 NAS Server on NikKTech.
Synology DiskStaion DS115j on LegionHW.
Silverstone SX600-G: SFX 80+ Gold PSU on SilentPCReview.
TYLT Energi 5K Battery Pack Mobile Travel Charger on Tweaktown.
Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 1050W 80 PLUS Gold PSU on Tweaktown.
XFX XTS 460W Passive Fully Modular PSU on eTeknix.
Steelseries Sensei Wireless mouse on OCAholic.
Tt eSPORTS Poseidon ZX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on XbitLabs.
Zowie FK1 Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Cougar 700M Mouse on HWHeaven.
Cougar 700M and SPEED-L mouse and pad on OCaholic.
Wednesday, 10-September-2014 15:06:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg
A few people sent word of another data leak, this time 5 million Google accounts and two Russian mail services. Both companies said that an overwhelming majority of the accounts listed were either obsolete, suspended for suspicious behavior or non-existent. They insisted that their own databases were not compromised and suggested that the leaked data was accumulated over years through phishing and other forms of hacking attacks on users.
Apple released the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and a Watch last night, with details on Tech Report, TechRadar and MacRumours. Today's major media event saw the unveiling of two new iPhones, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Along with larger screens and a completely new iPad-style design with an ultra thin body and rounded corners, the two new phones offer faster processors, better cameras, and NFC integration with Apple's new ApplePay payment system. Discussion here, and of course there's always this kind of comparison from Android fans. :)
The Intel Developer Forum is also underway, with info on upcoming "Skylake" and 14-nm Broadwell chips - coverage on Techreport, HotHardware (and benchmarks here) and LegitReviews. At its developer forum today in San Francisco, Intel confirmed that its 14-nm Broadwell chips will be shipping not just as Core M, but also as Core i3, i5, and i7 processors early next year. Interestingly, the firm then revealed that its next-generation CPU architecture, code-named Skylake, will be going into production in the second half of the same calendar year.
Community television will be off the air in a year or so. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull today announced that community stations would only be licensed until the end of 2015. After that, they would not be granted access to broadcast spectrum and Mr Turnbull suggested they use the internet instead.
Intel 18-Core Haswell-EP Xeon E5 v3 on Hot Hardware
Intel Xeon E5 Version 3 on Anandtech
Intel Haswell-EP Xeon E5-2600 v3 Server Family Processor on TweakTown
Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E on Techspot
Intel Xeon E5-2687W v3 on Tech Report
Cooltek W2 on Ocaholic
Fractal Core 1100 Computer Case on Madshrimps
Thermaltake Commander G41 Mid-Tower Case on ThinkComputers.org
Sapphire DUAL-X OC R9-285 on Vortez
PowerColor Radeon R9 285 TurboDuo 2GB on Custom PC Review
PowerColor R9 285 Turbo Duo on OCC
Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 OC on OCC
PowerColor R9 285 TurboDuo on Neoseeker
AMD FirePro W9100 Professional Graphics Card on XbitLabs
LUXA2 GroovyR Micro Wireless Bluetooth Speaker on Bigbruin
Shogun Bros Ensense Commander Series Pro Gaming Headset on eTeknix
Gamdias Hephaestus Gaming Headset (GHS2000) on TechwareLabs
Plextor M6 PRO 256GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix
OWC Envoy Pro EX 240GB Portable USB 3.0 SSD on TweakTown
Samsung Pro 64GB SD and microSD Memory Cards on TweakTown
Crucial MX100 SSD on XbitLabs
G.Skill 16GB 2400MHz RipJaws 4 Quad Channel DDR4 Memory Kit on eTeknix
G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 16GB DDR4 3000 MHz Memory Kit on Legit Reviews
G.Skill TridentX PC3-12800 16GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on TWeakTown
Cooltek W2 on Ocaholic
Fractal Core 1100 Computer Case on Madshrimps
Thermaltake Commander G41 Mid-Tower Case on ThinkComputers.org
Silverstone SX600-G on Silent PC Review
Corsair HXi Series 1000W on Tech Powerup
TYLT Energi 5K Battery Pack Mobile Travel Charger on TweakTown
ASRock D1800M Motherboard on Hardware Secrets
EK WaterBlocks EK-KIT L360 Water-Cooling Kit on NikKTech
Genius MX Gaming Gila Mouse on PureOverclock
Monday, 8-September-2014 11:36:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Catching up on reviews and projects from people in the forums:
Monday, 8-September-2014 06:33:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Electronic Frontiers Australia have prepared their copyright infringement submission to the Attorney-General's department. Our primary points are: 1. there has been no convincing, independent evidence presented that demonstrates that online copyright infringement is any more prevalent in Australia than in comparable countries. 2. the proposals contained in the Department's Discussion Paper (excluding the extension of the safe harbour provisions, which we support) are unlikely to be effective in reducing the rate of online copyright infringement in Australia. On the contrary, they are likely to increase costs for consumers, increase business uncertainty and risk, and will burden the courts with ultimately futile attempts to block overseas websites. 3. the proposals for website blocking and extensions of authorisation liability pose a significant threat to privacy and free speech.
iiNet have submitted theirs as well. Service provider iiNet has used the opportunity to set the record straight on a number of “facts” wielded by rights holders. Published today, the 27-page paper covers a range of issues, including privacy concerns, data retention plans and the effectiveness of the graduated response, as well as the contentious idea of blocking repeat offenders.
New Zealand's internet was brought to a halt over the weekend due to celebrity image malware. New Zealanders keen to view hacked photos of naked celebrities are being blamed for a nationwide internet meltdown involving the country's main provider.
Meanwhile Simon Hackett has a plan to make the NBN less worse. Although the Internode founder hasn't abandoned his belief in the value of FTTP, he says his main concern is "that there should be a better network".
Intel revealed some info about their upcoming Core M processors, with coverage on TechReport, HotHardware and ZDNet. At IFA Berlin today, Intel revealed some new information about its upcoming Core M processors. We've heard about these chips before, but this is the first time Intel has provided specs and performance data for them. It's also the company's first time sharing a labeled shot of the Core M's Broadwell-Y die.
TechSpot look into larger, more productive tablets. The common refrain has been that tablets are for consumption and that laptops are for productivity, and never the twain shall meet. But it's a different world today, and now Apple and Google want to cross that bridge, too, into Microsoft territory. Apple with the iPad Pro, and Google with the new Nexus.
It turns out Steve Ballmer created the text for the blue screen of death. This week a veteran Microsoft developer and principal software engineer, Raymond Chen, revealed for the first time that Steve Ballmer was responsible for crafting perhaps the most iconic failure message of all time -- the instructional text that appeared when you pressed or CTRL+ALT+DEL or if a system failure transported you to this unfortunate place.
AMD FX-8370e on Vortez
Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme on Benchmark Reviews
Intel i7-5960X on Techgage
AMD FX Refresh FX-8370 FX-8370e FX-9370 and FX-9590 on LanOC
Intel Core i5-4670S and Core i5-4670T on XBit Labs
COUGAR 700M Gaming Mouse on Vortez
EVGA TORQ X10 Carbon Gaming Mouse on Hardware Asylum
Asus X99-DELUXE Motherboard on Benchmark Reviews
Gigabyte X99 Gaming 5 (LGA 2011-3) Motherboard on eTeknix
Asus ROG Maximus VII Formula Motherboard on Pure Overclock
Asus X99 Deluxe (Intel X99) Motherboard on TweakTown
Asus X99-Deluxe Motherboard on PC Perspective
EVGA X99 Micro Motherboard on Think Computers
MSI R9 280X Gaming 3G GPU on Modders-Inc
Sapphire R7 260X OC 1GB Graphics Card on eTeknix
PowerColor Radeon R9 285 TurboDuo on Guru3D
HIS Radeon R7 260X iCooler 2GB Video Card on TweakTown
AMD FirePro W9100 Professional Graphics Card on Xbit Labs
Plextor M6S 256GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix
Synology DS115J NAS on Hardware Heaven
Silicon Power Armor A60 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive on NikKTech
HGST Ultrastar He6 6TB SAS HDD on NikKTech
Toshiba THNSNJ480PCS3 HK3R Enterprise SSD on TweakTown
Raidon Runner GR2660 RAID Storage Enclosure on TweakTown
Samsung EVO 32GB and 64GB MicroSD Memory Cards on TweakTown
Vantec NexStar HX USB 3.0 Edition External Storage Enclosure on TweakTown
Corsair Force LX 256GB and 512GB on PC Perspective
Crucial MX100 256 GB on TechPowerup
Spyrus WorkSafe Pro WTG Secure Flash Drive on The SSD Review
Crucial MX100 SSD on Xbit Labs
Crucial 32GB 2133MHz Quad Channel DDR4 Memory Kit on eTeknix
Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 16GB 3000MHz Memory Kit on Legit Reviews
G.Skill Ripjaws4 DDR4-3000 16GB Quad-Channel Memory Kit on TweakTown
Antec High Current Pro Platinum 850W Modular PSU on eTeknix
DeepCool Quanta DQ1250 1250W Power Supply on NikKTech
Antec ISK600 Case on Ocaholic
Corsair Graphite 380T on Ocaholic
Fractal Design Core Series 3300 Mid-Tower Chassis on TweakTown
Corsair Carbide Series Air 240 Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX Chassis on TweakTown
NZXT Kraken X31 Liquid Cooler on Neoseeker
Alpenfoehn Himalaya II CPU Cooler on TweakTown
SilverStone Tundra TD02 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on Techgage
Shuttle Barebone XS35V4 on Madshrimps
SilverStone EB01-E and EB03 DAC/Headphone Amplifier on APH Networks
Friday again! Scroll down one story for a Scorptec contest, too.
|Scorptec and SteelSeries Contest!
Friday, 5-September-2014 03:10:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg
OCAU Major Sponsor Scorptec and Steelseries are giving away some gaming goodies - and all you have to do is tell them what makes you worthy:
click for the thread!
Friday, 5-September-2014 02:08:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg
A small asteroid will pass very close to Earth on Sunday - about one tenth the distance to the moon. A small asteroid, designated 2014 RC, will safely pass very close to Earth on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. At the time of closest approach, based on current calculations to be about 2:18 p.m. EDT (11:18 a.m. PDT / 18:18 UTC), the asteroid will be roughly over New Zealand. From its reflected brightness, astronomers estimate that the asteroid is about 60 feet (20 meters) in size. Worryingly, it was only spotted on August 31st, which wouldn't have given Bruce Willis much time to save us all.
Apple have insisted the recent celebrity image leaks are not due to a technical issue with iCloud, but are simply due to username/password compromises. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.
It's bad timing though, with the iPhone 6 launch only a few days away. With less than a week until the launch of the iPhone 6 the buzz around Apple has reached fever pitch. The pace of traditional and social media traffic around its release is almost congesting the digital superhighway as supporters and detractors trawl through its possible features to determine how it will affect the company's sales revenue and potentially alter the competitive landscape.
Still, it doesn't seem to be affecting the hardcore fan base, with people lining up for new products even though they don't know what they are yet! Moon and Jason Ray have been camping out since Monday — though news of the latest Apple products is still six days away. They’ve laid in provisions for the long haul, purchasing thermal sleeping bags, an air mattress, folding chairs, a tarp, umbrellas and a solar battery charger.
BusinessInsider have a summary of the photo leaks story to date. But the truth is far more disturbing: The leaked celebrity photos don’t originate from a single hack, but instead from a collector who gradually added to his collection over months before suddenly deciding to post them online. This is the story of that collector, who goes by the screenname “OriginalGuy.”
Anyway, all that behind us, there's a big new Minecraft update, with sheep meat, among other things. Of course, new meat types is far from the only thing added in the Bountiful Update which, clocking in at ten+ months, is the longest-developed update the game has seen so far. There are several new block types, two new enemy mobs: the underwater Guardian and the teleporting Endermite, a new dungeon called the Ocean Monument, and a lot of additional features for the game's scripting engine, which lets mapmakers do much more with an unmodded Minecraft—like last week's Simburbia, for example.
SiliconAngel is concerned that the HemaImager Kickstarter doesn't look like it will reach its funding goal. Personally I would have thought something like this, at this price point, would be a must-have for any computer tech, and particularly enthusiasts serious about overclocking and customisation to help identify trouble heat spots. It would also be very useful for automotive tinkerers and anyone keen to improve the thermal efficiency of their homes.
A few people sent in this video about the revolutionary technology behind the new Ikea catalog. It'll never catch on.
Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E LGA2011-V3 Processor on Futurelooks
Intel Core i7 4790K Devils Canyon CPU on Techware Labs
EVGA X99 Classified on Ocaholic
Gigabyte X99-UD4 on Ocaholic
Tesoro Gandiva H1L Gaming Mouse on Vortez
Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite and G2N-P Elite Mechanical Keyboard on APH Networks
CM Storm Devastator on TechnologyX
Plextor M6M 128GB mSATA Solid State Drive on eTeknix
MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 128GB SATA III M.2 Drive on Legit Reviews
WD My Passport Wireless 1TB Storage Drive on Legit Reviews
Samsung XP941 256GB Ultra M.2 PCIe SSD on TweakTown
Crucial MX100 512GB Two-Drive SSD RAID on TweakTown
WD My Passport Wireless on Techgage
Western Digital My Passport Wireless on PC Perspective
Western Digital My Passport Ultra on Techware Labs
Akasa Euler Mini-ITX Thin Fanless Chassis on eTeknix
Thermaltake Core V1 Mini-ITX SFF Chassis on TweakTown
Corsair Graphite 380T Computer Case on Madshrimps
Aerocool DS Cube on Tech Powerup
XFX PRO 650W XXX Edition Semi-Modular Power Supply on eTeknix
Antec EDGE 650W 80 PLUS Gold Power Supply on TweakTown
SilentiumPC Gradis XE1236 CPU Cooler on NikKTech
Alpenfoehn Sella CPU Cooler on TweakTown
Scythe Mugen MAX CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.org
Ironside Computers Minion Budget Gaming PC on TweakTown
Digital Storm Bolt 2 SFF Gaming Desktop PC on TweakTown
Samsung Chromebook on Hardware Secrets
Nokia Lumia 930 Smartphone on Techspot
The newest installment of AMD FX CPUs is finally upon us. September 2014 marks the release of the a few new FX CPUs, including the FX-8370, the FX-8370E, and the FX-8320E.
Read more at Benchmark Reviews and more FX8370E Reviews below.
AMD FX-8370 & FX-8370E Processors on PureOverclock
AMD FX 8370 & FX 8370E on OCC
AMD FX-8370 and FX-8370E Processors on Modders-Inc
AMD FX 8370 and 8370E processor on Guru3D
AMD FX-8370 and FX-8370E 8-Core CPU on Hot Hardware
AMD FX 8370 & FX 8370E on Neoseeker
AMD FX-8370 / FX-8370E Linux Performance on Phoronix
AMD 2014 FX Refresh- FX-9590, FX-8370, and FX-8370e on PC Perspective
AMD FX-8370E processor on Techreport
Today AMD launches the Radeon R9 285, based on their brand-new Tonga GPU, which replaces Tahiti, promising to be faster and more power efficient. Sapphire's board comes with a custom cooler and is overclocked out of the box for some extra performance. Read more at Tech Powerup and more R9-285 Reviews below.
Sapphire Dual-X AMD R9 285 “Tonga” 2GB Graphics Card on eTeknix
AMD Radeon R9-285 on Guru3D
Radeon R9-285 on Hardware Heaven
AMD Radeon R9 285 on Hot Hardware
Sapphire Radeon R9 285 2GB Dual-X OC Video Card on TweakTown
MSI Radeon R9 285 Twin Frozr IV on TechGage
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB Graphics Card on PC Perspective
AMD Radeon R9 285 on Legion Hardware
AMD Radeon R9 285 on Techspot
AMD Radeon R9 285 graphics card on Tech Report
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