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Wednesday Morning (0 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



Misc Pics (21 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-October-2014  03:56:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to EvilGenius, mpot and axe this week!









Friday Afternoon (9 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-October-2014  02:32:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Google have unveiled Android 5.0 Lollipop. As previewed at Google I/O, Lollipop is our largest, most ambitious release on Android with over 5,000 new APIs for developers. Lollipop is designed to be flexible, to work on all your devices and to be customized for you the way you see fit. And just like Android has always been, it’s designed to be shared.

There's also some new hardware to go with the new OS. The Internet giant on Wednesday introduced the Nexus 9, a tablet with an 8.9-inch display manufactured by Taiwanese hardware maker HTC, the Nexus 6, a smartphone with a 6-inch display made by Motorola Mobility, and the Nexus Player, a streaming media player by Asus and the first device running Android TV.

Apple have released OS X 10.10 Yosemite. iOS continues to dominate Apple’s business in terms of unit sales, revenue, and profits. Last year, some Apple watchers had openly wondered whether Apple would even bother updating the look of OS X. And yet for the past several years, Apple has loudly and publicly insisted that it remains committed to the Mac as a strong, independent platform. Yosemite aims to fulfill that commitment—but in an interesting way.

They too have new hardware including a 5K Retina iMac display. The good news is that this iMac is everything you’ve been hoping for if you’ve been waiting patiently for Retina iMacs since the first Retina MacBook Pro was introduced back in 2012. At around 217 PPI, the screen has the same pixel density as the 220 PPI 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. Looking at that laptop's screen tells you most of what you need to know about this one, though obviously it's physically much larger.

Tweaktown spent a little time overclocking GTX 980s in SLI. With our NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI video card setup running perfectly, we overclock it to see just how much performance we can get out of it.

They also have a guide to overclocking the i7 5960X. Today Steve looks at overclocking Intel's first 8-core desktop CPU, the Core i7 5960X. If you need some help getting started with X99, take a look.

HotHardware meanwhile looked at Android performance on Intel x86 tablets. For the past few years, Intel has promised that its various low-power Atom-based processors would usher in a wave of low-cost Android and Windows mobile products that could compete with ARM-based solutions from its major competitors. And for years, we've seen no more than a trickle of hardware, often with limited availability and/or questionable pricing. Now, that's finally beginning to change.

An Australian team has set new records for quantum computing accuracy. Two research teams working in the same laboratories at UNSW Australia have found distinct solutions to a critical challenge that has held back the realisation of super powerful quantum computers. The teams created two types of quantum bits, or "qubits" – the building blocks for quantum computers – that each process quantum data with an accuracy above 99%. The two findings have been published simultaneously today in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

Brendan is doing some gaming for charity. Our first event is for Make-a-Wish Australia will take place in the form of a marathon with the launch of the World of Warcraft expansion: Warlords of Draenor (queue collective groan). The idea is to level from 90-100 in marathon fashion, stream it live on twitch tv and youtube with commentary and giveaway items (items pending).



Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 16-October-2014  18:47:49 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Portable:
Patriot Fuel+ 2200 mAh Mobile Rechargeable Battery on ocaholic
ConnecteDevice Cookoo 2 Watch on Madshrimps
MSI GS70 Stealth Pro (GTX 970M) on HardwareHeaven
ASUS ZenFone 5 Smartphone on Hardware Secrets

Motherboard:
ASUS Maximus VII Impact mITX Intel Z97 Motherboard on Legit Reviews
MSI X99S MPower Motherboard on ocaholic
ASRock Z97 Extreme6 Motherboard on Techreport
ASUS AM1M-A Motherboard on Hardware Secrets
ASRock X99 WS Workstation Motherboard on PureOverclock

Cooling:
Cooler Master Hyper D92 on Overclockers Club
Noctua IndustrialPPC and Redux Fan Roundup on OCC

Case:
SilverStone Fortress FT05 Mid-Tower Chassis on Techgage
NZXT S340 Mid Tower Case on ThinkComputers.org
XFX Type-01 Series Bravo case on Techreport

Storage:
Thecus N2310 NAS on Legion Hardware
IronKey Workspace W700 Secure Flash Drive on The SSD Review
Thecus N7710-G 7-Bay NAS with 10 GbE on Silent PC Review
Samsung 850 Pro (1TB) SSD on Guru3D
Thecus N8810U-G 8-Bay 10GbE Rackmount NAS on TweakTown

Keyboard/Mouse:
Tesoro Tizona G2N Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and G2N-P Numpad on TweakTown
Cooler Master Mizar Gaming Mouse on Benchmark Reviews
Razer BlackWidow Chroma on ocaholic

Misc:
FSP Aurum PT Series 1200W PSU on Techpowerup
SteelSeries Siberia V3 Headphones on Vortez
Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 Memory Kit on Legit Reviews
Alien: Isolation (PC) on Gaming Nexus
Devolo dLAN 500 WiFi Network Kit on NikKTech



Forum Projects (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 15-October-2014  03:00:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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


STUdog built an
impressive watercooled system

Ratzz reviewed the
Fractal Node 804

PabloEscobar has a great
guide to using PowerShell


toje built a
2800Mah USB charger

ItsDanK tells us about
life with a Caique Parrot

sjp770 is building an
enormous tower PC



Wednesday Midday (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 15-October-2014  01:42:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There is a zero-day vulnerability targeting many versions of Windows, thanks scon. More coverage here. Russian hackers exploited a bug in Microsoft Windows and other software to spy on computers used by NATO, the European Union, Ukraine and companies in the energy and telecommunications sectors, according to cyber intelligence firm iSight Partners. Discussion here.

iiNet say the Government's data storage plan lacks safeguards. The Abbott government intends to make telcos and internet companies store customers’ private data for two years – but industry players say the government has declined to mandate or even spell out any special security arrangements to ensure consumer privacy is protected.

Tech Report have info on a firmware update which improves Samsung's 840 EVO SSD. Samsung's 840 EVO SSD is afflicted by a bug that slows read performance with older data. We have new information on the cause of the issue and an early look at the Performance Restoration tool that addresses it.

Mark Zuckerberg has donated $25M to fight Ebola. The gesture from one of Silicon Valley's richest citizens comes as the CDC is facing increasing concern over the disease. More than 8,000 cases of Ebola have been reported over the course of this latest outbreak.

Gizmodo have a good article about something that's bothered me for a while - Australia's upload speeds. My phone can shoot more megabytes worth of video data in one second than it takes me to upload to YouTube in one minute. Shooting in 4K, and then uploading that? Forget about it. If I capture one 13-megapixel photo and want to share it with a friend over email, that’s another entire minute of waiting. And the phone can capture 10 in the space of a second. This is all, to be honest, pretty silly.



Wednesday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 15-October-2014  01:11:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Rollei CarDVR-120 GPS 1296p Car Camera on NikKTech.
Func HS-260 headset on OCAholic.

Cases:
Thermaltake Urban T81 Full Tower on Futurelooks.
Cooltek UMX2 on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Graphite 780T Full Tower on LegitReviews.
In Win D-Frame Mini on LegionHW.
Fractal Design Core 2300 on BenchmarkReviews.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock X99 Extreme4 on HWSecrets.
Supermicro X10DAi (Intel C612) Workstation Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASRock X99 OC Formula on Guru3D.

Cooling:
Deepcool Maelstrom 240 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual CPU Cooler on eTeknix.

Misc:
Digital Storm Bolt II: Devil’s Canyon Inside prebuilt gaming system on HotHardware.
Func MS-2 mousing surface on HWHeaven.
BitFenix Fury 750G Semi-Modular Power Supply on eTeknix.
AMD Radeon R9 285 Tonga Performance On Linux on Phoronix.



Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-October-2014  05:41:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
ASUS Strix GTX 970 OC on TechnologyX.
MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4 GB on TechPowerUp.
XFX R7 250E Core Edition on LanOC.

Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE Z97X-UD5H Motherboard on PCPerspective.
ASRock X99 OC Formula on TheSSDReview.
ASRock X99 Extreme4 on Vortez.
Intel Core i7-5960X SLI Gaming Performance Scaling on OCaholic.

Input Etc:
Razer DeathAdder Chroma Gaming Mouse on LegitReviews.
Tt eSPORTS Team DK Edition Gaming Peripherals on ThinkComputers.
COUGAR 700M Aluminum Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.

Audio Visual:
Using the Acer XB280HK 28-inch 4K Monitor on Tweaktown.
VisionTek Connect Dual Head USB 3.0 Display Adapter on Tweaktown.

Storage:
ICY DOCK storage solutions on Techgage.
SSD toolbox software roundup on Tweaktown.

Software:
Alien: Isolation PC game on Techgage.
Alien: Isolation on TechSpot.

Misc:
Apotop Wi-Copy wifi router/storage on Phoronix.
Scythe Mugen MAX CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
D-Link DHP-309AV PowerLine AV 500 networking on ModSynergy.



Tuesday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-October-2014  02:30:51 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Google Hypochondriacs will be happy to know that Google are testing live video chats with doctors, via their web search. The trial, which is only being offered to a small number of users, is currently free to users as part of Google's Helpouts live video chat advice service.

Samsung is claiming their 60GHz Wi-Fi technology will be able to reach data speeds of up to 4.6Gbps or 575MB/s. Theoretically, Samsung points out, a 1GB movie would take "less than three seconds" to transfer between devices. That's assuming a best case scenario where everything else is working perfectly, but even so, it's pretty awesome.

98,000 Snapchats have been leaked from snapsaved.com last week. On Sunday, a collection of almost 98,000 files (totaling more than 13GB of photos and videos), apparently from Snapchat users, were posted to The Pirate Bay less than 24 hours after someone claiming to be the perpetrator said he had changed his mind and decided not to publish the photos.

From forum member philscomputerlab: Phil is my name, or philscomputerlab at OCAU. I'm heavily into retro PC gaming and there is this PC game: Far Cry from 2004, now celebrating its 10 year anniversary. I made a video covering the game and outlining how to get it going, and tweak it, on modern computer. Forum discussion here.

There an interesting article on Gizmodo on How Computer Chips Work. A modern microprocessor is a tremendously complicated entity, and it has taken decades of work by thousands of people to get it where it is today. It’s nearly impossible to cover all the bases, but I’m going to try anyway. And get a bucket of popcorn ready — because this is going to be long.

A senate inquiry hears calls for a crackdown on 3D printed guns. The ACC said it had not yet been informed of any cases of criminals using 3D printed guns in Australia. However the agency did concede that decreased costs and advances in technology could see 3D printed firearms becoming more of an issue in the coming years.

The RSPCA, councils and other law-enforcement agencies can obtain reporter Ben Grubb's internet and phone metadata but Telstra won't release it to him. Here he details his 15-month fight for access.

New lithium ion batteries have been developed by Nanyang Technology University that can reach a 70 percent charge in two minutes. The trick is using titanium dioxide nanotubes for the anode (the negative pole) instead of graphite; they both speed up the battery's chemical reactions while offering 10,000 charging cycles instead of the usual 500.



Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 11-October-2014  22:09:10 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Cooling:
Enermax ETS-N30 CPU Cooler on Tech Powerup
EK Supremacy EVO Clean CSQ CPU Water Block on TweakTown
Evercool Venti Heatpipe CPU Cooler on Bigbruin.com
Scythe Mugen Max SCMGD-1000 CPU Cooler on TweakTown

Motherboard:
Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 LGA2011-3 ATX Motherboard on Futurelooks
Gigabyte X99 SOC FORCE on Vortez

PSU:
Corsair HXi Series Fully Modular 1000W Power Supply on PC Perspective
SilverStone Nightjar NJ520 520W Power Supply on APH Networks

Videocard:
Core i7 4770K vs AMD FX-8350 with GTX 980 vs GTX 780 SLI at 4K on TweakTown
NVIDIA GTX 980 3-Way and 4-Way SLI Performance on PC Perspective
GeForce GTX 980 cards from Gigabyte and Zotac on Tech Report

Misc:
Xiaomi Mi Power Bank (10400 mAh) on Techarp
Elephone G3 Smartphone on Madshrimps
Netgear AC750 WiFi Extender on Hardware Heaven
Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400MHz 32GB Memory Kit on Legit Reviews
SanDisk Extreme UHS I and Extreme Plus microSDXC U3 Memory Card on TweakTown
Tt eSport Verto Stereo Headset on Ocaholic
Aorus Thunder M7 Gaming Mouse on eTeknix
AMD FX-9590 Processor on Modders-Inc
Cooler Master Elite 130 Case on Hardware Secrets



Misc Pics (29 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-October-2014  03:12:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to EvilGenius and axe this week!









Friday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 9-October-2014  19:49:34 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Alch sent in that under new anti-terrorism legislation, AFP will be allowed to secretly search suspect's homes. The proposal would allow the AFP “to identify and collect information about other suspects involved in terrorist activity, the proposed location of and methodology for any planned attack, and the means of communication among suspects”.

Words with Friend's addicts asked Zynga what it knew about them and got more than they expected. In August, when Zynga changed its privacy policy, I actually read it. It was explicit about the information Zynga might collect; it ranged from the player’s profile photo and email address to the websites they’ve visited and “the amount of time spent on particular pages.” At the end of the policy, it said that any player who wanted to see what Zynga knew about them could request their file by emailing zynga[at]privacy.com.

Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 gaming performance has been analyzed and compared. We will basically be showing you which operating system is giving you the highest frame rates when playing recent games. To do so we’ve used the same set of benchmarks we’re testing graphics cards with.

AMD CEO Rory Read has stepped down, with former Senior VP and General Manager - Dr. Lisa Su, taking the top job.

Tweaktown compare a $300 AMD CPU and motherboard combo against a $1000 Intel combo at 4K on a GTX 780 and GTX 980 SLI. What these articles are showing, is that a $300-ish CPU and motherboard combo from AMD can compete in the same 10-20% margin that Intel's offering is providing.

Google are using camels as desert street view vehicles. Google spokeswoman Monica Baz says the camel, reportedly named Raffia, was an apt way of documenting the beautiful shifting sands of Abu Dhabi's Liwa Oasis.

CNet have a chat with a "DDoS troll". DDoS attacks are a way to keep corrupt corporations honest, according to an anonymous member of DerpTrolling, who gives us an inside look at the self-proclaimed gods of the Internet.

British police are complaining that devices being held in custody are continuously getting remotely wiped. Mr Munro, who analyses hundreds of laptops, tablets, phones and other devices for corporate clients, said: "When we seize a device for digital forensics, we put it immediately into a radio-frequency shielded bag, which prevents any signals from getting through. "If we can't get to the scene within an hour, we tell the client to pop it in a microwave oven.



Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 9-October-2014  19:00:00 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Keyboard/Mouse:
Gamdias Zeus Laser Gaming Mouse (GMS1100) on Techarp
Tesoro Lobera and Gandiva on Hardware Heaven
Zowie FK1 Mouse on Hardware Heaven

Case:
AZZA Z Mini-ITX Case on ThinkComputers.org
Silverstone Raven RV05 Case on Hardware Asylum
Thermaltake Core V51 on Ocaholic
Corsair Graphite 730T Full-Tower Chassis on Techgage
NZXT Phantom 240 on Tech Powerup

Storage:
Micron M600 mSATA SSD Review (256GB) on The SSD Review
QNAP TS-451 Turbo NAS Server on Benchmark Reviews
Synology DS415+ on Hardware Heaven
Apotop S3C 256GB Low-Cost SSD on TweakTown
Netgear ReadyNAS RN716X 10GbE NAS on TweakTown
Synology DiskStation DS415+ on Legion Hardware

Motherboard:
MSI X99S MPower Motherboard on Think Computers
MSI X99S Xpower AC on Bjorn3D
EVGA X99 Classified motherboard on Bjorn3D
Biostar A68N-5000 (mini-ITX +A4 APU) on Hardware Heaven
ASRock X99 Extreme6 Intel LGA 2011-3 Motherboard on OCInside
ASUS Maximus VII Formula Z97 Motherboard on PC Perspective
Asus ROG Crossblade Ranger on Vortez

Cooling:
Reeven Steropes RC-1206 on OCC
Sapphire R9 270X Toxic Vs NZXT Kraken Cooling on eTeknix
Evercool Venti HPQ-12025 CPU Cooler on TweakTown

Videocard:
ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Strix on Guru3D
HIS R9 290X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB GDDR5 Video Card on Madshrimps

Phone:
Apple iPhone 6 Plus on Hot Hardware
Kogan Agora 4G Budget Smartphone on Techspot

Misc:
Lenovo ThinkStation P300 Tower Workstation on TweakTown
Intel Pentium K Anniversary G3258 Processor on Vortez
Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition (Xbox) on Gaming Nexus
Blackbox M10 SE Active Noise Cancelling Headphones on NikKTech



Wednesday Afternoon (9 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 8-October-2014  04:57:27 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Australia's second lunar eclipse this year is happening tonight. The eclipse means that our planet’s Moon will almost disappear from view, as the light it usually reflects from the Sun will be blocked by the Earth. What you will see is a blood red globe, as light bends around Earth’s atmosphere on its way from Sun to Moon.

mpot sends in news regarding Belkin routers having issues connecting to the internet this morning. While their devices were connecting to their Wi-Fi networks and their modems were connecting to their ISPs, the router and modem seemed to be suffering from communication breakdown. After dealing with angry customers all day, Belkin said late Tuesday afternoon it had solved the problem and restored internet service to all of its customers.

HP appears to be planning on splitting itself into two companies, one focused on PCs and Printers and the other on corporate hardware, software and services. HP also has about $20 billion in debt and over $14 billion in cash and investments. It will be interesting to see how management splits those between the two companies..

Samsung is spending $14.7 billion on a new chip facility in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, creating 150,000 jobs, equal to about of a third of the city's population. The plant in Pyeongtaek will make either logic or memory chips, Samsung Electronics said, adding that a final decision had not been made yet.

Investigative Journalist Nicky Hager's house has been raided by police to apparently flush out the hacker that downloaded Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater's e-mails. Five police officers arrived early in the morning with a search warrant and spent more than 10 hours searching the property. Mr Hager said he spoke to the officer over the phone, who told him he was a witness in the case, rather than a suspect.

Windows 95 has been loaded onto Android Wear. There's a video of it running here. It turns out that Android Wear isn’t as far off from normal Android as I thought – with some caveats, it’s possible to install plain Android apps manually. So I published a video of Minecraft Pocket Edition on my watch, which became somewhat popular. I’ve made a few more videos since then, my most popular one (currently) being a demo of Windows 95.

Kano has released a DIY Raspberry Pi-based computer kit, that teaches kids how to code and assemble their own very own Kano. Based on Linux, Kano OS is kid-friendly through and through, with a leveling system that rewards users as they modify games like Snake, Pong, and even Minecraft. You can change the way games behave by experimenting with "Kano Blocks," which look like puzzle pieces to the user, but actually spit out real Python code based on what you do with them.

Bearded iPhone users are complaining their facial hair is getting caught in their iPhone 6. Jokers are having a field day, with the Twitter account of the Atlanta International Fashion Week speculating that it may be an elaborate plot against hipsters for whom facial hair has become de rigeur. Another user tweeted: "Congrats, Apple, for finally getting hipsters to shave."

The 2014 Noble Prize for Physics has been awarded to an American and two Japanese Scienctists for inventing the blue LED - the missing piece that now allows manufacturers to produce white-light lamps. The arrival of such lamps is changing the way homes and workplaces are lit, offering a longer-lasting and more efficient alternative to the incandescent bulbs pioneered by Joseph Swan and Thomas Edison at the end of the 19th century.

Alongside Telstra, Optus have also now announced the launch of its new 700MHz and 2600MHz spectrum to bring 4G services to even more locations around the country over the next six months. While many mobile devices on the market currently support the 2600MHz spectrum, only four are currently compatible with 700MHz - specifically the iPhone 6, the Samsung Galaxy S5, the LG G3, and the HTC One (M8).

Telstra have also announced that phishers are already trying to trick customers into handing over personal details by emailing them saying they need to update their billing details as a result of the introduction of 700MHz based 4G services, also offering a free iPhone 6 Plus to the first 100 customers that re-enter their billing details.

Facebook are now using your last known location to target ads specifically to your location, right down to the shop you just walked past. Facebook says it will not identify the users by name to advertisers. And if location services aren’t enabled on the phone, the location-based ads won’t appear, Facebook says.

A $100 million program has been launched to improve the 6000 mobile black spots around Australia that have been identified by the Federal Government.



Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 8-October-2014  04:01:55 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Cooling:
Noctua A-series NF-A9, NF-A8 & NF-A4x10 5V on Vortez
Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler on OCInside

Keyboard:
Tesoro Lobera Supreme Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix
Tesoro Tizona Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on OCmodshop
Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL keyboard on Techreport

PSU:
Chieftec A-80 Series 650W Non-Modular Power Supply on eTeknix
Be Quiet! Pure Power L8 730W Power Supply Unit on NikKTech

Motherboard:
MSI X99S XPower AC Motherboard on Guru3D
Asus Rampage V Extreme on Hardware Secrets
X99 Charts: 10 Boards - MSI X99S MPower on Ocaholic

Misc:
Short Peace (PS3) on Gaming Nexus
VisionTek mSATA mini to USB 3.0 Adapter on TweakTown
Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4-2400 32GB Quad-Channel Memory Kit on TweakTown
Giada D2308U Mini-PC on Madshrimps
GeForce GTX 980M & GeForce GTX 970M on Hot Hardware
Cooltek Antiphon Airflow on Ocaholic

Storage:
WD Red 6TB NAS Enterprise HDD on TweakTown
OCZ RevoDrive 350 480GB PCI-E Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.org



Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 7-October-2014  04:10:14 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Keyboard/Mouse:
AORUS Thunder K7 Keyboard on Pure OC
XTracGear Ripper XXL (2014) Mousing Surface on APH Networks
ROCCAT TALK FX on Benchmark Reviews

RAM:
Corsair Vengeance LPX 2800 C16 on Ocaholic
Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 32GB 1866MHz Quad Channel DDR3 Memory Kit on eTeknix

Videocard:
Gainward Phantom GeForce GTX 970 4GB Graphics Card on eTeknix
Gigabyte AMD Radeon R9 285 WindForce OC Video Card on Madshrimps

Motherboard:
ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer Motherboard on Hardware Secrets
Gigabyte GA-Z97-D3H Motherboard on TechnologyX

Cooling:
Reeven Okeanos RC-1402 Dual-Tower CPU Cooler on TweakTown
Raijintek Morpheus GPU Cooler on eTeknix
Reeven Ouranos RC-1401 CPU Cooler on TweakTown

Storage:
MyDigitalSSD BP4e mSATA SSD Review (512 GB) on The SSD Review
Angelbird SSD wrk 512GB SSD on TweakTown
Silicon Power Marvel M70 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on NikKTech

Case:
Silverstone Fortress FT05 Case on Techspot
Azza Z mITX Case on PureOC

Misc:
Apotop Wi-Copy on Ocaholic
Super Flower Leadex Gold 650W on Vortez
HiFiMAN HE-560 Release Versionp on techPowerUp
Dell XPS 18 Portable All-in-One on Hot Hardware
Assassin's Creed Unity Hands-On Preview on Gaming Nexus



Tronix Contest (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 6-October-2014  02:37:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's another contest in the forums - this time Tronix are giving away some external batteries. We will be giving 5 lucky winners their choice of 1 product from our external battery range and all you have to do is just fill a form! And write a review. :)


Monday Midday (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 6-October-2014  01:01:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A couple of people pointed out some worrying clauses in the Windows 10 preview privacy agreement. “If you open a file, we may collect information about the file, the application used to open the file, and how long it takes any use [of] it for purposes such as improving performance, or [if you] enter text, we may collect typed characters, we may collect typed characters and use them for purposes such as improving autocomplete and spell check features,” the privacy policy states. More here, and discussion of Windows 10 continues in this thread.

JPMorgan Chase have had a major data breach, thanks mpot. More info from Chase here. ll told, 76 million households and 7 million small businesses were affected, the bank wrote in a 8-K filing Thursday to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Some people are calling it the worst breach in history.

HWSecrets played around with RAID 0 SSD arrays. We set up a RAID 0 array with two 120 GiB SSDs to see which is the best stripe size configuration, and also the gain in performance you should expect over a single drive.

Sniper spotted this cool 3D printed hand. A little girl from Scotland who was born with no fingers on her left hand has become the first child in the UK to have a prosthetic hand made using a 3D printer.

An American resort has been fined by the FCC for jamming the WiFi of guests. So, as the FCC explains in a press release and consent order [PDF] released today, Marriott staff at the facility made it impossible for people in the vicinity to use personal hotspots, portable routers, and the like. This is a big no-no: a violation of Section 333 of the Communications Act. A clever visitor to the convention center — likely someone irritated at being knocked off his portable router over and over again — discovered the deauth behavior and reported it in March 2013 to the FCC.

Gizmodo have some info on Telstra's 4GX. In the next couple of months, you’ll be hearing more and more about a new technology that Telstra is switching on around the nation at the start of 2015. 4GX is just a fancy name for the telco’s new 700MHz mobile network frequency, but that’s not the only thing you need to know about it. Telstra is set to switch on its 700MHz frequency allocation on January 1, 2015 — that’s the date that it is officially allowed to use the spectrum, as part of the agreement it made with the Federal Government when it purchased it at the Digital Dividend auctions.



Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 5-October-2014  14:03:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Power Supply:
GOTTA WYSIWYG Boost Portable Chargers on Tweaktown.
be quiet! SFX Power 2 300W PSU on eTeknix.

Storage:
QNAP SilentNAS HS-251 NAS Server on NikKTech.
OCZ Intrepid 3600 Enterprise SSD on Tweaktown.
ICY DOCK ICYCube MB561U3S-4S 4 Bay External HDD Enclosure on ThinkComputers.
Micron M600 M.2 SATA SSD 256GB on TheSSDReview.
Quanta MESOS CB220 Continuous Availability NAS on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
Mpow Mbox Portable Bluetooth Speaker on Tweaktown.
Tesoro Kuven.pro True 5.1 Gaming Headset on LegitReviews.
SteelSeries Siberia RAW Prism headset on LanOC.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master Storm Devastator Keyboard/Mouse Set on APHNetworks.
Tt eSPORTS Ventus Ambidextrous Laser Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
CM Storm NovaTouch TKL Premium Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
GAMDIAS ZEUS Laser Gaming Mouse on TechARP.
Cougar 700M Gaming Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.

Misc:
Gigabyte's X99-UD4 motherboard on TechReport.
Lenovo Y50 Touch Gaming Notebook on PCPerspective.
G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 16 GB 3000 MHz Kit (4x 4GB DDR4) memory on TechPowerUp.
Gamer Storm Maelstrom 240 CPU liquidcooler on OCClub.



Daylight Savings (4 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-October-2014  13:23:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

In affected states, Daylight Savings starts this weekend, at 2am on Sunday morning - which becomes 3am. If you find your forum timestamping has gone out of whack, adjust the settings in UserCP.


Misc Pics (28 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-October-2014  03:16:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to MV, Owen and Goyroy this week!









Friday Morning (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-October-2014  01:40:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

PaGeY sends word of a USB firmware vulnerability that is now in the wild. Don't plug strange USB sticks into your computers. Don't do it. A pair of hackers just made public the code for super scary malware that takes advantage of a fundamental flaw in USB firmware. They didn't do this to be mean, but you can be sure some evil hackers will use it to be mean.

Police in Dubai will be getting Google Glass soon. The spokesman confirmed a report in Dubai's 7 Days newspaper that software developed by Dubai police would enable a connection between the wearer and a database of wanted people. Once the device "recognized" a suspect based on a face print, it would alert the officer wearing the gadget.

Next time you want to re-enact the beginning of a Mission Impossible episode, you can use a self-destructing SSD. Text message is just one way the data held on Secure Drives' devices could be erased. Removing the drive from a PC, failing too many PIN prompts, a low battery level, or activating a "tap-to-destroy" function on a touchscreen "token" accessory will also see the data irrecoverably deleted. The drives even have their own built-in GSM access. If the signal goes quiet for too long, the drive is destroyed.

TechSpot are doing a "History of the PC" series, and it seems they're up to part 3. The only remarkable thing about the product that revolutionized the personal computing business was the fact that IBM built it. If any other company of the era built and marketed the IBM Personal Computer Model 5150, it might be looked back on with fondness but not as a product that changed an industry.



Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-October-2014  00:52:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Supermicro X10DRC-T4+ (Intel C612) Server Motherboard on Tweaktown.
GIGABYTE GA-X99-Gaming G1 WiFi Motherboard on LegitReviews.
ASUS X99 DELUXE (Intel LGA 2011-3) on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
COUGAR 700M Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on LegitReviews.
Cougar 700M Black Edition Laser Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Tt eSPORTS MetalCaps 38 Piece Mechanical Keycap Set on PureOC.
Roccat Tyon Mouse on HWHeaven.
EpicGear AnurA mouse on OCaholic.

Video Cards:
AMD FX-8350 powering GTX 780 SLI vs GTX 980 SLI at 2560x1440 on Tweaktown.
MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming OC on Guru3D.
4K Showdown - Intel X79 vs. X99 with ASUS GeForce GTX 980 4GB Quad SLI on Tweaktown.
GeForce GTX 980 2 and 3-way SLI on Guru3D.

Cooling:
EVGA Hydro Copper GTX 980 Water Block Early Performance Testing on PCPerspective.
Enermax Liqtech 240 on TechPowerUp.
Coolermaster Hyper D92 Heatsink on Frostytech.
Nanoxia Deep Silence 3 on OCaholic.
LEPA LV12 CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.

Cases:
Xigmatek Aquila mATX cube on TechPowerUp.
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe on OCClub.
Cooler Master Elite 110 on OCaholic.
AZZA ‘Z’ CSAZ-103 Mini-ITX on BenchmarkReviews.
Corsair Carbide 240 AIR on MadShrimps

Portable & Prebuilt:
iconBIT Toucan 4K Android Mini-PC on MadShrimps.
Motorola Moto G (2014) smartphone on TechSpot.
Dell's Venue 8 2014 Tablet Runs Android Powered By Intel on HotHardware.

Storage:
Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile Wireless External SSD on Tweaktown.
SanDisk Ultra 128GB SDXC and 64GB microSDXC Memory Cards on Tweaktown.
QNAP TS-653 Pro NAS on LegionHW.
Samsung SE-218GN Slim External DVD Writer on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
Grain Audio PWS.01 Packable Wireless Speaker on NikKTech.
Tesoro Kuven Gaming Headset on Vortez.

Misc:
Super Flower Leadex Gold 650W Modular PSU on eTeknix.
G.Skill Ripjaws4 DDR4-2400 16GB Quad-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.



Wednesday Afternoon (10 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 1-October-2014  04:45:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Back on broadband! Not that I really missed it or anything. *twitch*

Tony and mpot sent word that Telstra payphones are going to become Wifi hotspots. This will form part of the $100 million Wi-Fi hotspot network Telstra announced in May. The company will build 8000 of its own hotspots while partnering with retail stores and local governments to get 2 million hotspots around the country over five years. After the trial period, the Wi-Fi hotspots will only be free for Telstra fixed-line internet customers with others paying a fee to use it.

Tech Report cover NVIDIA's Dynamic Super Resolution. One of the more intriguing capabilities Nvidia introduced with the GeForce GTX 970 and 980 is a feature called Dynamic Super Resolution, or DSR, for short. Nvidia bills it as a means of getting 4K quality on a 2K display. How good is it? We take a look.

They also have some more info on Windows 10 which was announced this morning. Yes, the next version of Windows is called Windows 10—and Microsoft gave the first public demo of it at a press event this morning. The company also announced the Windows Insider Program, as part of which folks will be able to grab a Technical Preview build of the new OS starting tomorrow. This time, it isn't an April Fools. :)

Here's an interesting one from AirQ, about mining Bitcoin with pencil and paper. I decided to see how practical it would be to mine Bitcoin with pencil and paper. It turns out that the SHA-256 algorithm used for mining is pretty simple and can in fact be done by hand. Not surprisingly, the process is extremely slow compared to hardware mining and is entirely impractical. But performing the algorithm manually is a good way to understand exactly how it works.

Australian startup Euclideon have hit the headlines again with their voxel rendering tech. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of Euclideon's technology is that, for now, it runs only on the CPU. Dell said the current implementation produces 2000x1000 frames at around 32 FPS on a six-core processor. He claims there's "no reason" the technology can't be sped up using, for instance, OpenCL on a GPU, but there are "lots of software ways" to improve performance yet. Jumping straight to GPU optimization would be "admitting defeat," in his view.

Techgage are overclocking the GeForce 970 and 980. We’ve established that NVIDIA’s Maxwell-based graphics cards are impressive, but can they continue to impress when it comes to overclocking? As it turns out, yes – yes they can. Given their ability to push clocks far beyond stock, we’ve even decided to take up a challenge: Can an overclocked GTX 970 match a stock GTX 980? HardOCP had a pretty good go at it too.

SiliconAngel posted an article in the forums about rebadged flash cards. As I'm sure you know, there’s a lot of rebadging and fakery in the CF card market. What I didn’t personally realise was some scammers aren’t using cards with insufficient capacity or just heavily damaged, some of them are using quite good cards that they’re rebadging as premium range ones.



Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 1-October-2014  03:28:41 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Case:
Rosewill Legacy U3 Aluminum MicroATX Tower on Silent PC Review
Aerocool Dead Silence Cube on Ocaholic
Raijintek Agos Mid-Tower Chassis on eTeknix
Corsair Carbide Air 240 mATX Case on Legit Reviews
BitFenix Pandora on techPowerUp

Storage:
WD Red Pro 4TB Enterprise NAS HDD on TweakTown
Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSD on TweakTown
Micron M600 SATA & M.2 Solid State Drive on Hot Hardware
Mach Xtreme MX-ES Ultra SLC USB 3.0 Flash Drive (64GB) on The SSD Review
Micron M600 SSD Review (256GB/1TB) on The SSD Review
Micron's M600 solid-state drive on Tech Report
Micron M600 SSD on PC Perspective
Micron M600 SSD on TweakTown

Videocard:
XFX R7 250E Core Edition on Neoseeker
XFX R7 250E on OCC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Linux Performance on Phoronix
ASUS GTX 980 4GB in Single, SLI, 3-Way SLI and 4-Way SLI on TweakTown
Sapphire Dual-X R9 280 OC Edition on Ocaholic

Keyboard/Mouse:
Tt eSPORTS Poseidon ZX Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TweakTown
Attitude One Rapira One Gaming Mouse on eTeknix
Genius GX Gaming Maurus X Optical Mouse on APH Networks
Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS METALCAPS 38-Key Set on TweakTown

Cooling:
Cooler Master Hyper 612v2 on Ocaholic
Cooler Master Hyper D92 CPU Cooler on Modders-Inc
Cooler Master Hyper 612 V2 Cooler on HardwareHeaven
Alphacool NexXxoS Cool Answer 360 DDC/XT Watercooling Set on NikkTech
Scythe Mugen Max Cooler on Neoseeker
Silverstone AR06 on Hardware Heaven

PSU:
Enermax Revolution X't 430W on Tech Powerup
Seasonic Platinum Series 1050W & 1200W Power Supply on PC Perspective

Audio:
SteelSeries H Wireless Gaming Headset on Techgage
SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism on LanOC
Turtle Beach Earforce Z22 & Z60 Amplified PC Gaming Headset on TechnologyX

Motherboard:
ASUS X99-DELUXE Motherboard on Hardware Secrets
Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H Motherboard on Madshrimps

Misc:
Allocacoc PowerCube Extended USB Powerboard on MikesGear
Limefuel Rugged L150XR 15,000mAh Battery Pack on TweakTown
The Mi 10,400 mAh Power Bank Teardown on Tech ARP
Intel Pentium J2900 & Asrock Q2900-ITX on Techspot
G.Skill Ripjaws4 DDR4-2400 16GB Memory Kit on Think Computers



Windows 10 (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 1-October-2014  00:48:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft have announced they are skipping Windows 9 and going straight to Windows 10. It’s time for a new Windows. This new Windows must be built from the ground-up for a mobile-first, cloud-first world. This new Windows must help our customers be productive in both their digital work and their digital life. This new Windows must empower people and organizations to do great things.

Discussion in this thread.



Monday Afternoon Reviews (12 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 29-September-2014  04:31:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Aggcave internet still down - Telstra estimating two weeks! Hopefully just saying a long time to cover their behinds and it will actually be sorted sooner. This post brought to you by a combination of phone-wifi-hotspot and shared dialup from a Vista laptop, I kid you not..

Video Cards:
ASUS Strix Edition GeForce GTX 970 on Techgage.
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 4GB AMP! Omega Edition on Tweaktown.
Palit GeForce GTX 970 Jetstream on Guru3D.
Palit GTX 970 JetStream 4 GB on TechPowerUp.
ASUS GeForce GTX 980 STRIX on OCAholic.
Nvidia Quadro K5200, K4200 and K2200 Professional Graphics Cards on XbitLabs.
MSI GeForce GTX 980 4GB Twin Frozr V Gaming on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI on TechPowerUp.
GeForce GTX 970 SLI on Guru3D.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Cards in SLI on Tweaktown.

Cooling:
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate Water Cooling System on ThinkComputers.
Thermaltake NiC L32 Non-Interference CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate 360mm LCS on PureOC.
Alpenfoehn Brocken 2 CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Noctua IndustrialPPC Fans on Modders-Inc.
Scythe Mugen Max CPU cooler on OCClub.

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD FX-8370E 95W “Piledriver” Octa-Core Processor on eTeknix.
MSI Z97 MPOWER on Vortez.
MSI Nightblade Z97 on LanOC.
Intel Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K Processors on XbitLabs.
ASUS Z97-Deluxe Mainboard on XbitLabs.
ASUS X99 Deluxe on Vortez.
BIOSTAR A68N-5000 Motherboard on MadShrimps.
EVGA X99 Classified Motherboard on PCPerspective.
MSI Z97S SLI PLUS on eTeknix.
MSI Z97 XPOWER AC on MadShrimps.

Input Etc:
Attitude One Rapira Elite Gaming Mouse on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on eTeknix.
Corsair Gaming's K70 RGB keyboard on TechReport.
EVGA's Torq X10 mouse on HotHardware.
XTracGear Mouse Surfaces on NeoSeeker.
AORUS Thunder M7 Mouse and P3 Mouse Pad on PureOC.
Attitude One Rapira Elite Laser Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Func KB-460 (Cherry MX Blue) Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.

Audio Visual:
Audiofly AF180 In-Ear Monitors Headphone on Tweaktown.
Acer XB280HK 4K G-SYNC Gaming Monitor on HotHardware.
Acer XB280HK 28-in 4K G-Sync Monitor on PCPerspective.
SuperTooth Disco Twin Bluetooth Stereo Speaker on NikKTech.

Storage:
SanDisk Ultra II 240GB SSD on LegitReviews.
Samsung PM853T SSD 960GB on TheSSDReview.
Kingwin EZ-CLONE USB 3.0 to SATA & IDE One Click Clone Adapter on ThinkComputers.
Corsair Voyager Air 2 Wireless Hard Drive on LegitReviews.
Seagate 6TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 RAID Analysis on Tweaktown.
Transcend SSD370 128GB SSD on LegitReviews.

Portable & Prebuilt:
DOOGEE DAGGER DG550 Smartphone on MadShrimps.
MSI GT70 2PE Dominator Pro Laptop on HWSecrets.
Apple iPhone 6 Plus on TechSpot.

Networking:
Supermicro SSE-X3348TR Layer 3 10G-BaseT Switch on Tweaktown.
Diamond Dual Band Wireless 802.11n Range Extender on NeoSeeker.

Power Supply:
Silverstone Nightjar 520W Passive Modular PSU on eTeknix.
Seasonic Platinum Fanless 520W Modular PSU on eTeknix.

Cases:
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Full Tower on Modders-Inc.
SilentiumPC Aquarius X90 Pure Black on TechPowerUp.

Misc:
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 2800MHz Quad Channel DDR4 Memory Kit on eTeknix.
Metro Redux game on OCClub.



Shellshock Bash Vulnerability (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 26-September-2014  13:59:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I'm sure you've heard by now, but there's been another wide-ranging security issue reported, this time concerning the bash shell found on many Linux-based systems. It's being suggested that this could be an even bigger deal than the recent Heartbleed SSL issue. Australia's CERT have a media release. More info on ABC, BBC, Gizmodo and pretty much everywhere else. Discussion here.


Misc Pics (36 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 26-September-2014  04:18:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Far out, now my home internet connection has died. Let's see if this works. Thanks to BM and davo this week!








Thursday Morning (23 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 24-September-2014  14:47:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The current security frenzy extends to the online world in Australia. Spy agency ASIO will be given the power to monitor the entire Australian internet and journalists' ability to write about national security will be curtailed when new legislation – expected to pass in the Senate as early as Wednesday – becomes law, academics, media organisations, lawyers, the Greens party and rights groups fear.

It seems that veteran Australian ISP connect.com.au are going away. As a result we will be closing down connect.com.au at the end of September 2014 and wanted to ensure we notified you of this in order to provide you the time to talk with us in order to identify appropriate alternative services. You can read some of their history on Wikipedia.

ArsTechnica have an interesting article about Soviets rescuing a space station in the 1980's. Meanwhile, India have successfully placed a low-cost spacecraft into orbit around Mars. The mission makes India the first country in Asia to reach Mars, after an attempt by regional rival China failed to leave Earth's orbit in 2011.

I've been away for a couple of days, and it seems the two big stories I missed are a hoax threat against Emma Watson: A threat against actress Emma Watson in response to a gender equality speech she made at the United Nations now appears to have been a viral marketing stunt.

... and iPhones bending. Just a few hours ago, we started hearing reports that a small sampling of iPhone 6 Plus owners have experienced a slight bend to their phone after putting the device in their front pockets. Also, someone in Perth dropped theirs.

Banshee sent word of another update in the Tech Report SSD endurance test. You won't believe how much data can be written to modern SSDs. No, seriously. Our ongoing SSD Endurance Experiment has demonstrated that some consumer-grade drives can withstand over a petabyte of writes before burning out. That's a hyperbole-worthy total for a class of products typically rated to survive only a few hundred terabytes at most.

NVIDIA recently hade a GAME24 event, with coverage on OCClub and Tweaktown. GAME24 is a 24 hour PC gaming event aimed at bringing gamers together to connect and share the experience of gaming. You could directly participate in the interactive livestream by judging competitions, chatting with developers and celebrities, or uploading your own content. Or better yet, you could attend one of the events in person.

A couple of people sent in this candidate for the worst "hacker" scene of all time from a new show called "Scorpion". All you need to know about the main character is that he's a genius who is "on software," which means he tells people things like "open your email and click the link." He has trouble communicating his emotions because he's a geek who only understands machines, and he has a dusty warehouse space that's shared by a tough hardware expert, a hat-wearing psychology master, and a nerdy "human calculator."



Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 24-September-2014  11:19:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte X99 SOC Force on OCAholic.
ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme (Intel X99) on Tweaktown.
EVGA X99 Classified on HWAsylum.

Cooling:
Noctua iPPC and redux Fan Roundup on NeoSeeker.
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate CPU Cooler on TechWareLabs.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series laptop on MegaTechNews.
Sony Xperia T3 Smartphone on HWSecrets.
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 laptop on HotHardware.
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ on ThinkComputers.
Lenovo ThinkServer RD640 Server on Tweaktown.

Storage:
MX Technology MX-ES Ultra 32GB on OCaholic.
Samsung PM853T 960GB Enterprise SSD on Tweaktown.
Kingston SM2280S3 M.2 SATA SSD 240GB on TheSSDReview.
Team Group Micro SDHC UHS-1 U3 32GB on MadShrimps.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
CM Storm NovaTouch TKL Keyboard on LegitReviews.
Cougar 700M Gaming Mouse on OCModShop.
Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL Keyboard on OCClub.
Cooler Master Novatouch TKL keyboard on LanOC.
Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL on Techgage.
Corsair Gaming K70 RGB keyboard on Vortez.
Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB keyboard on OCaholic.
Corsair Gaming K70 RGB on HWHeaven.
Corsair Gaming K70 RGB keyboard on Guru3D.

Power Supply:
Rosewill Fortress 750W on TechPowerUp.
Xilence Performance A Series 730W Non-Modular on eTeknix.

Cases:
Nanoxia Deep Silence 3 on TechPowerUp.
BitFenix Neos Enclosure and Fury 750G PSU on FutureLooks.

Video Cards:
Sapphire Radeon R9 285 Dual-X OC on ThinkComputers.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 GM204 on PCPerspective.
Gigabyte R7 250X OC on NeoSeeker.
Sapphire Radeon R9 285 2GB ITX Compact Overclocked on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 “Maxwell” on Futurelooks.
Gigabyte G1 Gaming GeForce GTX 980 4GB on eTeknix.
Testing Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 980 4GB Graphics Cards In SLI on eTeknix.

Audio Visual:
Tt eSPORTS VERTO Gaming Headset on NikKTech.



Tuesday Morning Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 22-September-2014  14:00:15 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Cooling:
NZXT Kraken X61 28cm Liquid Cooler on Silent PC Review
Enermax Liqtech 120X AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on Silent PC Review

Storage:
Silicon Power Stream S03 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive on Nikktech
QNAP TS-251 High Performance NAS for SOHO and Home Users on Madshrimps
Corsair Force LX 256GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix
Enermax EMK3201 Dual-Bay 2.5-inch HDD/SSD Internal Enclosure on TweakTown
MX Technology ES Ultra 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TweakTown
Kingston HyperX Fury 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TweakTown
RAIDON Runner GR2660 SSD/HDD RAID Enclosure on The SSD Review
Kingston SM2280S3 M.2 SATA 120 GiB SSD on Hardware Secrets
Kingston HyperX FURY 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on OCC
Plextor PX-G256M6e M.2 256GB PCIE SSD on Futurelooks
Seagate NAS Two-Bay SOHO NAS on TweakTown

Audio:
Andromedia Supersonic-P Bluetooth Vibration Speaker on TweakTown
V-MODA XS Headphones on APH Networks
LUXA2 GroovyR 360° Micro Wireless Wall Mount Speaker on Thinkcomputers.org
Logitech UE Boom Wireless Bluetooth 360-degree Speaker on TweakTown
Rosewill R-Studio SP-4310BT Bluetooth Wireless 2.1 Speaker on Futurelooks
Sentey Harmoniq Professional Gaming Series Headset on TweakTown

Case:
BitFenix Neos on Techgage
Fractal Design Core 3300 Computer Case on APH Networks

Motherboard:
ASRock D1800B-ITX Motherboard on Hardware Secrets
EVGA X99 Classified (Intel X99) Motherboard on TweakTown
Gigabyte X99 UD4 (LGA 2011-3) Motherboard on eTeknix
BIOSTAR HI-FI Z97WE on Vortez
ASUS X99 Deluxe LGA2011-3 ATX Motherboard on Futurelooks
ASUS Maximus VII Formula on Bjorn3D

Mouse:
Tt eSports Ventus Gaming Mouse on Modders-Inc
ZOWIE FK1 Competitive Gaming Mouse on Nikktech

Misc:
BlueEye Dual HD TV Tuner and Multimedia Player on MikesGear
Mio MiVue 568 Touch Dash Cam on NikkTech
Kingston HyperX Predator 16GB 3000MHz Quad Channel DDR4 Kit on eTeknix
Netgear Nighthawk X6 R8000 AC3200 Wireless Router on TweakTown
Super Flower Leadex Gold 650w PSU on Hardware Heaven
ZTE Grand X Smartphone on Futurelooks



Nvidia 28nm Maxwell Release (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 22-September-2014  03:57:38 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Nvidia have released the GTX 970 and 980, the first cards based on the latest 28nm Maxwell architecture. Discussion in the forums here.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB “Maxwell” (28nm) Graphics Card on eTeknix
MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Gaming OC Video Card on TweakTown
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 G1 Gaming on Guru3D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Video Card on Benchmark Reviews
GeForce GTX 980 on Hardware Heaven
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 G1 on Guru3D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 & 970 Maxwell GPU on Hot Hardware
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 on Neoseeker
NVIDIA GTX 980 on OCC
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 & GTX 980 on Techspot
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 and 980 reference cards on Guru3D
NVIDIA GeForce GeForce GTX 980 Maxwell Video Card on Legit Reviews
MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G GPU on Modders-Inc
MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming OC on Guru3D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 on Techgage
NVIDIA GTX 980 on Vortez
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 G1 Gaming on Videocard
GeForce GTX 980 SLI vs GTX 780 SLI at 2560x1440 on TweakTown
Nvidia GTX 980 on LanOC
ASUS Strix GTX 970 OC 4 GB on Techpowerup
EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX 4 GB on Techpowerup
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Card on TweakTown
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 SLI on Techpowerup
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4 GB on Techpowerup
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 and 970 graphics cards on Techreport
Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 970 & GTX 980 on Legion Hardware
Nvidia GTX 980 on Bjorn3D
ASUS GeForce GTX 970 STRIX OC Edition on Ocaholic
Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming on Pure Overclock



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