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Google Chromecast (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 18-September-2014  06:54:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sciby has checked out Google's Chromecast, which looks like a USB thumb drive but lets you stream all kinds of media to your HDMI-equipped TV.


click for the review!



Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 18-September-2014  01:53:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a snapshot of what's going on in some of the forums. You can also find new interesting things you might have missed via the Who's Online page, the New Posts page and the Live forum view. Also try the Today's Posts link (find it on the Quick Links menu) and the handy Who Quoted Me? feature.

Gigabyte X99 SOC Force + Xeon E5 1680v3 = WINNING in Overclocking & Hardware.
Gigabyte Z97X-SOC Force + Pentium G3258 Category record in 32M SuperPi in Overclocking & Hardware.
NVIDIA to Pole-vault GTX 800, Name Next Big Parts GTX 970 and GTX 980 in Video Cards & Monitors.
AMD’s Next Gen x86 High Performance Core is Code Named “Zen” in AMD x86 CPUs and chipsets.
Demand for iPhone 6 vs 6+... which did you preorder? in Apple iOS (OS & Devices).
iOS and Android, my journey in Mobile Phones.
Reminder - iOS 8 update out Thursday in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Bloody bloody cryptolocker bloody in Business & Enterprise Computing.
UserBenchmark post up some results in Storage & Backup.
MBPr SSD Shootout: Apple vs OWC vs Transcend in Storage & Backup.
Play for Free trend (not free-to-play) in PC Games.
Your go-to retro time wasters in Retro & Arcade.
Unreleased Duke Nukem discovered in Library of Congress in Retro & Arcade.
Revisiting old titles - how do they hold up? in Retro & Arcade.
Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck moving to Melbourne in Geek Food.
Meat Maiden - Opening Night Review in Geek Food.
Blue Bonnet BBQ - Review in Geek Food.
Giving up coffee in Nutrition.
Myannmar - quick rundown in Holidays & Travel.
Mythbusters - Kari, Grant and Tori leaving the show in Entertainment.



Thursday Morning (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 18-September-2014  01:32:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NASA have announced partnerships with Boeing and SpaceX to return manned mission launches to the USA. Currently they rely on the Russian space agency, after the Space Shuttle program was shelved. "Thanks to the leadership of President Obama, the hard work of our NASA and industry teams, and support from Congress, today we are one step closer to launching our astronauts from U.S. soil on American spacecraft and ending the nation’s sole reliance on Russia by 2017. Turning over low-Earth orbit transportation to private industry will also allow NASA to focus on an even more ambitious mission – sending humans to Mars."

There's a new Android security issue. A bug quietly reported on September 1 appears to have grave implications for Android users. Android Browser, the open source, WebKit-based browser that used to be part of the Android Open Source Platform (AOSP), has a flaw that enables malicious sites to inject JavaScript into other sites. Those malicious JavaScripts can in turn read cookies and password fields, submit forms, grab keyboard input, or do practically anything else.

Tech Report look at some clever SSD caching in a new Micron unit. Dubbed dynamic write acceleration (DWA), this switching occurs at the block level. Incoming writes are written in SLC mode before being moved to MLC storage during lulls in activity. All unused NAND is available to this effective write cache, which stretches across both user-accessible storage and overprovisioned area.

FOTW spotted Doom running on a printer. Sometimes, the only way to attract attention to dire warnings about weaknesses in a particular system is to exploit them in a way that can't be ignored. That's what drove Michael Jordon of Context Information Security to make Doom run on a Canon Pixma printer; not because it's cool (although it clearly is) but to demonstrate the inherent insecurities in Canon's wireless printers.

Tweaktown have their Intel Developer Forum coverage posted. Steven visited this year's Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco and saw plenty of cool technology. If you couldn't make the show, get an overview here.

A Chinese city has opened a phone lane, for pedestrians texting and walking. In Chongqing, China, with a degree of seriousness that has yet to be determined, the city authorities have designated a 30 metre (100ft) “cellphone lane” for people who use their phones while walking. “First mobile phone sidewalks in China,” declares a notice next to it. Seems likely to be a joke.

TechSpot have an Intel Z97 Motherboard Roundup. Codenamed 'Wildcat Point', the Z97 chipset brings support for future Broadwell CPUs, along with SATA Express and the M.2 socket. With over 90 designs available right now, picking the right one can be a difficult decision. Hoping to narrow the search down, we have taken seven popular boards and compared them in every way possible.

The word "metadata" has been doing the rounds lately - a Dutch study has shown how much information can be found in it. As author and researcher Door Hans de Zwart of Dutch digital rights foundation Bits of Freedom noted, even recently, on its website, the Dutch Intelligence Agency (AIVD) downplayed the interception of metadata as "a minor infringement of privacy". Thanks to a Dutch man, Ton Siedsma, we now have a glimpse of the type of information that can be squeezed from what officials would have us believe is "just" metadata.



Thursday Morning Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 17-September-2014  14:57:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
COMPRO TN1600P Cloud Network Camera on NikKTech.
Cammy Camera Monitoring Software Review with the D-Link DCS-930L on Tweaktown.
808 Audio Studio-Precision Tuned Over Ear Headphones on TechnologyX.
Samsung 27" S27B970D Super PLS LED Monitor on ModSynergy.
Kingston HyperX Cloud Headset on APHNetworks.
MP4Nation Brainwavz Delta In-ears on TechPowerUp.
Adesso Xtreme H3 Bluetooth Headphones on ThinkComputers.
Kingston HyperX Cloud Headset on PureOC.
ANDROMEDIA AM Bluetooth Speakers on PureOC.

Cooling:
Noctua NH-D15 Heatpipe Tower CPU Cooler on BigBruin.
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate on Techgage.
NZXT Kraken All-In-One CPU Cooler Roundup on eTeknix.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS Z97-A (Intel LGA 1150) on TechPowerUp.
EVGA X99 Classified on LegitReviews.
EVGA X99 Classified on LanOC.
ASUS MAXIMUS VII FORMULA/WATCH DOGS Motherboard on HWSecrets.
GIGABYTE X99 UD5 WIFI (Intel X99) on Tweaktown.
ASRock EP2C612D16FM (Intel C612 and DDR4) Server Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Overview of Supermicro's DDR4 Intel Xeon C612 Server Motherboards on Tweaktown.
ASUS Rampage V Extreme on OCaholic.
ASUS X99-DELUXE on BenchmarkReviews.

Input Etc:
Roccat Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
GAMDIAS Hades Extension Laser Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
XtracGear Carbonic and Ripper Mouse Pads on PureOC.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ZOTAC ZBOX CI320 nano Budget SFF Desktop PC on Tweaktown.
Maingear Pulse 15 3K Gaming Laptop on HotHardware.
Lenovo ThinkServer TD340 Tower Server on Tweaktown.

Memory:
ADATA XPG Z1 DDR4-2400 64GB Quad-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Crucial DDR4-2133 32GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.

Power Supply:
be quiet! Straight Power 10 CM 800W Semi-Modular PSU on eTeknix.
Antec Edge 650W Modular PSU on eTeknix.
Seasonic Platinum Series SS-1050W XP3 on OCAholic.
Antec EDGE 550W PSU on NikKTech.
XFX TS650 650W Non-Modular PSU on eTeknix.
Sandberg Credit Card 850mAh Powerbank on NikKTech.

Video Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 Series Preview on ThinkComputers.
Palit GeForce GTX 750 Ti KalmX on Guru3D.
XFX Radeon R9 285 DD on BenchmarkReviews.
HIS Radeon R9 285 IceQ X2 2GB OC on Tweaktown.

Cases:
In Win D-Frame Mini on OCAholic.
ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit on ThinkComputers.
Corsair Graphite 780T Tower on BenchmarkReviews.
Fractal Design Core 3300 on PCPerspective.
Lian Li PC-V359 Micro-ATX Modular PC Case on LegitReviews.
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Full-Tower on LegitReviews.
Corsair Graphite Series 780T Full Tower on eTeknix.
BitFenix Phenom Mini-ITX on Tweaktown.
Corsair Graphite 780T on TechPowerUp.

Storage:
Patriot EP Series Micro SD Card (32 GB) on TechnologyX.
ADATA Premier SP610 256GB SSD on Tweaktown.
Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ512GCSU Enterprise SSD on Tweaktown.
Adata's Premier SP610 solid-state drive on TechReport.
Samsung SM843T 480GB Enterprise SSD on Tweaktown.
QNAP TS-451 NAS on TechPowerUp.
SanDisk Ultra II SSD Review (240GB) on TheSSDReview.
SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSD on OCModShop.
Samsung 850 PRO SSD 256GB on OCaholic.

Software:
Five Nights at Freddy's PC game in OCModShop.
Skylanders: Trap Team iOS / Android game on GamingNexus.

Misc:
ASUS RT-AC87U AC2400 Dual-Band Wireless Router on Tweaktown.



Competition Reminder (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 17-September-2014  05:06:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's a few contests underway in the forums, so check them out if you missed their announcements:

- Thecus are giving away an N2310 2-bay NAS
- PLE are giving away five sets of Sennheiser headphones
- Scorptec are giving away SteelSeries mice and a headset



Tuesday Morning (6 Comments) (link)
 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 (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 15-September-2014  09:00:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
Sapphire Radeon R9 285 2GB Dual-X in CrossFire on Tweaktown.
Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 on LanOC.
VisionTek Radeon R9 290 on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
GAMDIAS ZEUS Laser Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
COUGAR 700M Mouse and Speed Mouse Pad on OCClub.
CM QuickFire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard on OCModShop.

Storage:
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.

Power Supply:
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.

Misc:
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 (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 15-September-2014  05:42:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cases:
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.

Cooling:
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.

Audio Visual:
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 (3 Comments) (link)
 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!



Sunday Morning (6 Comments) (link)
 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.



Misc Pics (39 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-September-2014  04:26:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Current Agg Flu Status: NO FLU. Be sure to tune in again next week!









Win Sennheiser Headphones from PLE! (5 Comments) (link)
 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 (0 Comments) (link)
 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.

Video Cards:
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.

Storage:
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.

Power Supply:
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.

Input Etc:
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.



Thursday Morning (4 Comments) (link)
 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.



Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 9-September-2014  06:41:40 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

CPU:
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

Case:
Cooltek W2 on Ocaholic
Fractal Core 1100 Computer Case on Madshrimps
Thermaltake Commander G41 Mid-Tower Case on ThinkComputers.org

Videocard:
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

Audio:
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

Storage:
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

RAM:
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

Case:
Cooltek W2 on Ocaholic
Fractal Core 1100 Computer Case on Madshrimps
Thermaltake Commander G41 Mid-Tower Case on ThinkComputers.org

PSU:
Silverstone SX600-G on Silent PC Review
Corsair HXi Series 1000W on Tech Powerup

Misc:
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



Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 8-September-2014  11:36:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Catching up on reviews and projects from people in the forums:


shOOter--- made a cool
electronics workstation

windwithme reviewed the
SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD

slipperyskip has a new
powerful mini-PC project


Xipher renovated
a laundry

Butcher9_9 converted a
Power Mac G5 to ATX

Amfibius has finished
an earlier boat project



Monday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 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.



Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 7-September-2014  03:19:48 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

CPU:
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

Mouse:
COUGAR 700M Gaming Mouse on Vortez
EVGA TORQ X10 Carbon Gaming Mouse on Hardware Asylum

Motherboard:
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

Videocard:
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

Storage:
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

RAM:
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

PSU:
Antec High Current Pro Platinum 850W Modular PSU on eTeknix
DeepCool Quanta DQ1250 1250W Power Supply on NikKTech

Case:
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

Cooling:
NZXT Kraken X31 Liquid Cooler on Neoseeker
Alpenfoehn Himalaya II CPU Cooler on TweakTown
SilverStone Tundra TD02 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on Techgage

Misc:
Shuttle Barebone XS35V4 on Madshrimps
SilverStone EB01-E and EB03 DAC/Headphone Amplifier on APH Networks



Misc Pics (33 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 5-September-2014  04:28:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! Scroll down one story for a Scorptec contest, too.









Scorptec and SteelSeries Contest! (0 Comments) (link)
 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 Midday (5 Comments) (link)
 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.



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