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Misc Pics (18 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 9-December-2016  14:59:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to scarletxi and Gaz this week!








Friday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 9-December-2016  14:59:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Samsung vs Apple battle continues on, with the latest ruling being the throwing out of $400M in damages. A unanimous Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out the almost $400 million in damages Samsung was ordered to pay Apple in a long-standing dispute over the patents of elements of smartphones. The justices ruled that Samsung does not have to pay Apple patent damages based on the profits for the entire device, only the components at issue, and reversed and remanded the case back down to a lower court.

The new Bluetooth spec has been officially ratified. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group officially ratified its version 5, which includes a modular set of optional extensions for throughput, range, and other features. Chip makers, including Cypress and Nordic, are already sampling parts supporting the specs that do not include mesh networking, a piece delayed until mid-2017.

The Pebble smartwatch brand seems to be dead, leaving customers in the lurch. “One-to-one Pebble support is no longer available” and “any Pebble currently out in the wild is no longer covered by or eligible for warranty exchange.” This means, no matter when you purchased or received your Pebble device, you are on your own—and if your device dies, you’re simply out a device. Any warranty you might have been promised from Pebble directly is void.

Windows 10 will apparently overtake Windows 7 within a year. It's interesting that it didn't overtake it during the time that, you know, Windows 10 was free. Extrapolating those adoption lines, we can see that Windows 10 is on track to overtake Windows 7. While the December 2017 date shown in the graph might be a bit optimistic, there's no doubt that a year or so from now, the dominant desktop OS will be Windows 10, not Windows 7.



Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 7-December-2016  13:40:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Catching up on some cool projects from our Modding forum:


Master_09 has an
open-air watercooled PC

Nateid03 has a ghetto-ish
All-in-one cooler SLI setup

while newlife has been
volt-modding a GTX 950


alexciobanu has a
blue-themed PC

Butcher9_9 made a
wooden headphone stand

and mad_mic3 has a
helicopter-themed PC project



Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 7-December-2016  11:37:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cases:
Rosewill Gram mid-tower on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t on Modders-Inc.
Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master MasterBox 5t on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t on HWAsylum.
Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5T on HWAsylum.
Cooler Master MasterBox 5t on OCClub.

Power Supply:
EVGA SuperNOVA 550W G3 Power Supply on PC Perspective.
Linkworld LPW1685-70 on HWInsights.

Input Etc:
Speedlink OMNIVI gaming mouse on Vortez.
Cougar Deathfire EX Mouse and Keyboard Bundle on eTeknix.

Misc:
Portal Self-Optimizing Urban AC2400 WiFi Router on BigBruin.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Graphics Performance Analysis on eTeknix.
Wanhao Duplicator i3 - Budget 3D Printer on PCReview.
The Flash Plus 2 smartphone on TechARP.
Teamgroup T-Force Night Hawk 3000 MHz 16GB Dual Channel DDR4 memory on Guru3D.
Z170 Motherboard Charts: 20 Models tested - EVGA Z170 Classified K on OCAholic.
AMD Radeon Pro WX 4100 And WX 5100 Workstation Graphics: Polaris Goes Pro on HotHardware.
Fatal1ty by Monster's FXM 200 gaming headset on TechReport.
ADATA SC660 240GB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.



Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 6-December-2016  13:22:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i7-7700K (14nm+ Kaby Lake) on Hexus.
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R3.0 motherboard on OCAholic.

Cooling:
Noctua NH-D15S versus NH-D15 CPU Cooler on LegitReviews.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 140 Closed Loop Water Cooler on APHNetworks.

Storage:
Strontium iDrive Nitro Lightning 64GB Card Reader on Tweaktown.
Plextor S2C 512GB Entry-Level SATA3 Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
TerraStation F2-220 2-Bay SMB Cloud Storage NAS on eTeknix.
ADATA Premier SP550 480GB Solid-State Drive on Techgage.

Cases:
Corsair Carbide Series Air 740 on TechReport.
Deepcool GamerStorm GENOME Liquid-Cooled Case on PCPerspective.

Misc:
Stanley FatMax LEDLISL Lithium-Ion LED Flashlight on ModSynergy.
Linksys WRT3200ACM MU-MIMO Wireless Router on ThinkComputers.
AK Racing PRO X Gaming Chair on NikKTech.
XCELLON AC & USB Power Bank (PB-1200AC) on ModSynergy.
Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 Surround Sound Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.
AUKEY KM-G3 Keyboard on TechPowerUp.



Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 5-December-2016  23:54:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Tech Report have been playing around with the Internet of Things, to make dumb machines smarter. Sometimes I forget things. In particular, I forget to transfer my clean but wet laundry from the washing machine to the dryer. When this happens, I have to waste time, detergent, electricity, and water to re-wash the clothes. My wife's sister has an expensive race-car-red washing machine that plays a few cheerful musical notes when the cycle is finished. That reminder is helpful, and my better half likes the little tune, but I figured I could get crafty and make the dumb old washer and dryer whisper in my ear through the internet. Here's how I did it.

PCI SSDs are all the rage in laptops now. The number of notebooks built to use SSDs, which are based on NAND flash, exceeded analyst expectations this quarter, and the industry is on pace to surpass the 50% adoption rate in the 2017 to 2018 timeframe, according to a report from DRAMeXchange.

However Sniper sends word that the prices of SSDs are spiking due to NAND shortages. We began reporting on the first signs of the looming NAND shortage all the way back in May, and have touched on the domino effect in many articles over the ensuing months as it unfolded. Now the shortage is in full swing: DRAMeXchange reported that the average price of MLC SSDs rose this quarter between 6%-10%, while TLC SSDs also rose 6%-9%. We also reached out to Trendfocus, whose projections indicate even higher price hikes at both the retail and OEM level.

BC spotted this interesting article about one aspect of autonomous cars. It should be technically and theoretically possible for an autonomous car to drive with input not just from its array of cameras and sensors, but from a set of pre-recorded data from another car. The data that can be recorded – and, in the case of almost every drive-by-wire car made today is recorded – is significant: throttle position, steering wheel angle, brake pressure, weight balance, speed, wheel slippage, and, of course, GPS data about where the car goes.



Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 4-December-2016  06:01:20 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards:
GIGABYTE X99-Ultra Gaming Motherboard on Techgage.
Gigabyte Z170X-Designare on Hot Hardware.

Graphics Cards:
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming OC on Guru3D.
ASUS STRIX GAMING RX 480 OC on eTeknix.
ASUS GTX 1050 Ti STRIX OC 4 GB on techPowerUp.
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1080 HOF 8GB on Madshrimps.

Storage:
WD My Passport 4TB 2016 Edition Portable External Hard Drive on Legit Reviews.
Seagate IronWolf ST10000VN0004 10TB Hard Drive on APH Networks.
Seagate Skyhawk 10TB on OCC.

Cases:
Corsair Carbide 270R Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
Thermaltake The Tower 900 on Funky kit.

Audio:
V-Moda Crossfade Wireless Headset on LanOC Reviews.
Creative iRoar Go on Vortez.
Cougar Immersa Gaming Headset on ocaholic.
Genius HS-930BT Headset on Funky Kit.

Networking:
D-Link Performace Series DIR-890L AC3200 Enthusiast Router on eTeknix.
TP-Link Archer C3200 Wireless Tri-Band Router on Funky Kit.

Input etc:
Fnatic Gear Clutch G1 Optical Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Thrustmaster TMX on PC Perspective.
ROCCAT SOVA MK Gaming Lapboard on TweakTown.
Zalman ZM-K900M RGB LED gaming keyboard on The Tech Report.
Fnatic Gear Clutch G1 Optical Gaming Mouse on TweakTown.
AUKEY KM-G3 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on PC Perspective.

Misc:
Dell XPS 13 (Kaby Lake) on Hot Hardware.
Corsair Magnetic Levitation ML120 & ML140 PRO LED Fan onTechgage.



Misc Pics (22 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 2-December-2016  14:26:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This may be a weird batch - after 3 days of gastro I'm pretty much hallucinating at my desk. :) But anyway, thanks to danstoejam and Axe this week!








Thursday Night (8 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 1-December-2016  22:07:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some info from Malakai about the 2G shutdown in Oz: Telstra will be the first carrier to switch off its 2G network on the first of December, at which time anyone using a 2G mobile phone or a 2G SIM card will no longer be able to make phone calls or send text messages. Even calls to emergency services may no longer connect. Also Optus will switch off its 2G network in April - affecting Virgin Mobile, amaysim and Dodo customers - while Vodafone's 2G network will be decommissioned in September 2017. A lesser known side-effect of the shutdown of the 2G network is that most dual SIM phones except the very latest and greatest ones can only use the secondary SIM via the 2G network. So many people using dual SIM phones might be caught unawares when their secondary SIM stops working tomorrow. Or today, even! More info here and here.

Google's powers now extend to messing with the spacetime continuum.. kinda. No commonly used operating system is able to handle a minute with 61 seconds, and trying to special-case the leap second has caused many problems in the past. Instead of adding a single extra second to the end of the day, we'll run the clocks 0.0014% slower across the ten hours before and ten hours after the leap second, and “smear” the extra second across these twenty hours. For timekeeping purposes, December 31 will seem like any other day.

PC bits retailer MSY are in hot water over warranty issues. “The ACCC alleges that MSY Technology breached the Australian Consumer Law by misrepresenting consumers’ rights to a repair, replacement, or a refund when they have purchased faulty products,” ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said. “Businesses must not mislead consumers about their consumer guarantee rights. Consumers who have purchased a faulty product have a right under the consumer guarantees to remedies which businesses cannot restrict, alter, or remove.”

I don't normally link buyer's guides, but I thought it might be interesting to see what people are looking at during the run up to Xmas. Tech Report have a Christmas Gift Guide, while Techgage have a GPU Upgrade & New Build guide. On the lookout for a new graphics card? We’ve put together a guide to help you pick the right graphics card for your budget. For new builds or upgrades, there are an assortment of GPUs to pick in each price range. Competative eSports on a budget, to ultrawide or multi-monitor gaming, there’s something for everyone.

Techspot also looked at real-world storage performance. To test and visualize how storage performance impacts the user experience in real world scenarios we recorded how quickly our Core i7-6700K test system completes various tasks using Samsung’s new 960 Evo 500GB SSD, then compared against the value-minded Crucial MX300 and the WD Red Pro 4TB mechanical hard drive.



Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 1-December-2016  14:41:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooling:
BarrelCool Rifle Chamber Fan on BenchmarkReviews.
Antec KUHLER H2O H1200 Pro AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
Realforce RGB keyboard on LanOC.
Roccat Skeltr Keyboard on Modders-Inc.

Prebuilt & Portable:
Fierce PC BlackFire Apex prebuilt PC on Vortez.
Lenovo Ideapad Y900 17-inch Gaming Laptop on ThinkComputers.
ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe Smartphone on HotHardware.
Gigabyte Brix Gaming UHD Mini-PC on LegitReviews.

Storage:
ADATA SV620 480GB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
Drobo 5C DAS (Directly-Attached Storage) on OCAholic.
ZOTAC SONIX PCI-E SSD 480GB on FunkyKit.

Cases:
be quiet! Dark Base 900 Pro Full-Tower on Tweaktown.
Fractal Design Define Mini C Micro-ATX on PCPerspective.

Misc:
Watch Dog 2: PC graphics performance benchmark review on Guru3D.
AMD Athlon X4 880K Processor Review & Overclocking to 4.5 GHz on LegitReviews.
SilverStone Ensemble Series EB03 and EB01-E Audio Amp DAC on HWAsylum.
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming X video card on OCAholic.
XFX TS Series 750W PSU on PCPerspective.



Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 29-November-2016  23:23:49 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
XFX RX 480 GTR Black Edition on eTeknix.
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition on ThinkComputers.

Storage:
Intel 600p M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD on TweakTown.
MyDigitalSSD Boost 1TB USB 3.1 Portable SSD on eTeknix.
Lexar Professional 1000x microSDHC UHS-II 32GB Card on Madshrimps.
Kingston 256GB MicroSD XC card on PC World.
Plextor S2G 512GB Entry-Level M.2 SSD on eTeknix.

Cases:
Cooler Master Elite 110 Mini-ITX Chassis on Funky Kit.
NZXT S340 Elite on ocaholic.

Audio:
ASUS STRIX Wireless Gaming Headset on eTeknix.
Cooler Master MasterPulse Pro Gaming Headset on APH Networks.
Creative iRoar Go Bluetooth Portable Speaker on Madshrimps.

Input etc:
Dream Machines DM1 PRO S Optical Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Razer Ornata Chroma on Vortez.

Cooling:
Scythe Mugen 5 Tower CPU Cooler on Funky Kit.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 280 on OCC.

Misc:
HP Omen X Notebook on Ars Technica.
TomTom Bandit 4K GPS WiFi Action Camera on ModSynergy.
Lenovo IdeaCentre Y900 + Y27g RE (Razer Edition) on TweakTown.
Crucial Ballistix Tactical 3000 MHz DDR4 (4x 8 GB) on techPowerUp.
Pokeball Power Bank (1st & 2nd Generation) on TechARP.



Monday Midday (7 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 28-November-2016  12:07:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

ISPs in the UK are now required to keep a full list of sites visited by their customers and provide it to authorities upon request. The Investigatory Powers Bill, which was all but passed into law this week, forces internet providers to keep a full list of internet connection records (ICRs) for a year and to make them available to the Government if asked. Those ICRs in effect serve as a full list of every website that people have visited, rather than collecting which specific pages are visited or what's done on them. Expect a big upturn in VPN usage.

There's another huge IBM and NVIDIA-powered supercomputer on the way. More than once during the SC16 supercomputing conference this week in Salt Lake City, the Summit system and its companion “Sierra” system that will be deployed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, were referred to as “AI supercomputers.” This is a reflection of the fact that the national labs around the world are being asked to do machine learning on the same machines that would normally just do simulation and modeling to advance science, not just to advance the art of computation but to make these systems all look more cool and more useful.

We're definitely seeing another period of consolidation in the semiconductor market. In the past couple of weeks, Siemens signed a deal to buy Mentor Graphics for $4 billion, and Samsung purchased Harman, a Tier 1 automotive supplier for $8 billion. What’s different is that deals worth multiple billions of dollars—sometimes tens of billions—are no longer extraordinary. When Texas Instruments paid $7.6 billion for Burr-Brown in 2000, it was considered a jaw-dropping amount of money.

Matt sent in this game bundle, with up to 151 games being offered for as little as $2 in total, raising money for a good cause. This is A Good Bundle. A bunch of creators are sharing their works to combat some of the ugliness in our world. 100% of the proceeds from this bundle will be split 50-50 between the ACLU ( American Civil Liberties Union) and Planned Parenthood.

I don't often post press releases as news, but this one caught my eye. It's from FSP (who I should note are currently sponsoring OCAU) and it's for a new "Twins" PSU which gives you two redundant PSUs in a normal desktop ATX PSU form-factor. I don't think I've seen that before. See here for more info, or the pics below.


click images to enlarge!



Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 27-November-2016  00:36:31 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Case:
Antec Cube-Designed by Razer Mini-ITX Chassis on TweakTown
HBT+ Gravity 6 Enthusiast Computer Case on Hardware Asylum
DIY Arc Reactor Kit on FunkyKit
Corsair Carbide Series 270R on Vortez
ID-Cooling Stream 2 Chassis on FunkyKit
Corsair Crystal Series 570X RGB on Ocaholic

Keyboard/Mouse:
Cooler Master MasterMouse PRO L Mouse on Vortez
SteelSeries Rival 500 Optical Mouse on APH Networks
Dream Machines DM 1 PRO S on techPowerUp
EpicGear DeFiant EG MMS Mechanical Keyboard on Funky Kit
Rosewill RK-9000V2 RGB mechanical keyboard on TechReport
Razer DeathAdder Elite Gaming Mouse on Madshrimps

Storage:
Lexar Professional 128GB & 256GB UHS-II SD Cards on TweakTown
QNAP TBS-453A-8G-960GB 4-Bay M.2 SSD NASbook on NikKTech
Intel SSD 600p Series 512GB NVMe SSDp on Legit Reviews
MyDigitalSSD BPX 480GB NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive on eTeknix
Kingston 256GB MicroSD XC card on PC World

Portable:
Lenovo Yoga Book on Hot Hardware
Asus Zenfone 3 on ocaholic
Lenovo Yoga Book Android 2-in-1 Tablet on TweakTown
Gigabyte AORUS X7 DT v6 GTX 1080 Gaming Laptop on eTeknix
Huawei Nova Plus smartphone on PC World

Videocard:
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Quick Silver OC 8 GB on techPowerUp
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Video Card on Hardware Secrets

Motherboard:
Asus X99 DeLuxe II motherboard on Guru3D
BIOSTAR Racing Z170GTN Mini-ITX Motherboard on TweakTown

Gaming PC:
MSI Aegis Ti Gaming PC (Dual-GPU) on techPowerUp
Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube Gaming System on Techarp

Misc:
Linksys LRT214 Business Gigabit VPN Router on eTeknix
Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 850 W Titanium on LanOC
ARC Reactor DIY Kit and Syllable D900 Mini Wireless Earbuds on FunkyKit



Misc Pics (40 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-November-2016  14:37:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to HrdwrBoB we now have keyboard navigation for Misc Pics! You can use the left and right arrow keys to go from page to page. Thanks to danstoejam and t1mbot for this week's submissions!








Forum Projects (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 24-November-2016  12:55:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a few cool projects from the forums:


Zenator has a "Gears of War"
themed watercooled PC

mad_mic3 has a Hot Rod
with a m-ITX system inside

while @rt made a
DIY QFH antenna for GPS


StreekG spruced up a PC
with some straight tubing

Duality92 squeezed two
complete systems into one case

while alexciobanu has a
WC PC built into a D-Frame 2.0



Thursday Midday (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 24-November-2016  12:03:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Voice-enabled smart homes continue to get closer, with Amazon's Echo and others - but there's a new option from China, the LingLong DingDong. Certainly rolls off the tongue, doesn't it? Three commands wake the device: DingDong DingDong, Xiaowei Xiaowei (a girl’s nickname), and BaiLing BaiLing (skylark). The DingDong comes in Mandarin and Cantonese versions (the engines required to understand the languages are too complex to include them both in one device). Most people speak Mandarin, and the myriad accents and dialects present a Herculean challenge. Still, the company claims the DingDong understands roughly 95 percent of the population.

Gigabyte have a video of an immersion-cooled server (FB video only, it seems). You might have seen servers, but you've never seen servers THIS COOL! Yes, it's a server! Yes, it's a server in a full tank, performance cooled!

From the "OK, but why" department comes this video of DooM running on the new MacBook Pro's touch bar. I get the fun of making Doom run on everything from a potato to a toaster, but come on. If you’re confused by my incredulation, then that’s because you haven’t seen Doom running in the not-even-a-thumbnail-wide touch bar that comes with the new Apple Macbook Pro laptops.

A new study seems to indicate a drop in piracy in Australia. TNS estimates that in the first three months of the year, 23 per cent of Australian Internet users aged 12+ consumed “at least one item of online content unlawfully” — equating to about 4.6 million people. The 2015 study found that some 26 per cent of Australians were believed to have unlawfully consumed online content.

Steam are accepting nominations for game awards. For the first time in human history, our Steam Community will decide the nominees for the prestigious Steam Awards. This November you will get to choose nominees for 8 different categories as well as have the opportunity to create your very own award category.

TechARP report on the past, present and future of the game industry, with an interview with Ian Livingstone. Level Up KL 2016 was a great opportunity for game developers in Asia to meet up, and learn from each other. Industry luminaries like Wan Hazmer and Rami Ismail gave talks on creating a triple A game title like Final Fantasy XV, and how a new developer can survive the development of their first game. But MDEC (Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation) saved the best for last – Ian Livingstone CBE. We were so fortunate to be able to meet him in person, and listen to him talk about the past, present and future of the game industry. Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime experience!



Wednesday Lunchtime Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 23-November-2016  13:20:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte's GA-X99-Designare EX motherboard on TechReport.
Intel Kaby Lake Performance: Surprising Jump over Skylake on PCPerspective.

Cases:
AeroCool Project7 P7-C1 Tempered Glass Edition on OCInside.
Corsair Crystal Series 460X RGB & 570X RGB on Vortez.

Audio Visual:
SteelSeries Arctis 5 headset on LanOC.
Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.

Storage:
Patriot Hellfire M.2 480GB NVMe SSD on LegitReviews.
Asustor AS6208T 8-bay NAS on TechPowerUp.

Misc:
Walabot DIY In-Wall Imaging Smartphone Sensor on BigBruin.
Total War: WARHAMMER NVIDIA Linux Benchmarks on Phoronix.
Speedlink Decus Respec mouse on Vortez.
Origin EON17-X Gaming Notebook on Tweaktown.
D-Link DIR-885L/R AC3150 Ultra Wi-Fi Router on MissingRemote.



Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-November-2016  22:52:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cases:
Corsair 570X Tempered Glass RGB Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
Corsair Crystal 570X RGB Tempered Glass Chassis on Tweaktown.
Corsair Carbide 270R on Guru3D.
Corsair Crystal Series 460X RGB Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
Corsair Crystal 570X on Guru3d.
Corsair Crystal 570X Tempered Glass Case on LegitReviews.
Corsair Crystal Series 570X Tempered Glass Case on PCPerspective.
Corsair Carbide 270R Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
Corsair Crystal Series 460X RGB on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master MasterMouse Pro L RGB Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Thermaltake Tt eSports Black FP Gaming Mouse with Fingerprint Security on FunkyKit.
Mionix Naos QG Biometric Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
SteelSeries Apex M500 Mechanical Pro-Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.

Storage:
Samsung's 960 EVO SSD on TechReport.
Lexar Professional 1800x microSDHC UHS-II 32GB Card on MadShrimps.

Portable & Prebuilt:
The Dell Inspiron 13 5000 (5368 / 5378) 2-in-1 Laptop on TechARP.
Zotac ZBOX Magnus EN1070 Gaming Mini PC on FunkyKit.
ZenBook 3 Review: Asus made a faster MacBook that runs Windows on TechSpot.
PC Specialist Spectrum Pro GTX 1050 Ti Gaming PC on eTeknix.

Misc:
EVGA PowerLink Cable Management on HWAsylum.
Thermaltake Smart DPS G 750W PSU on NikKTech.



Monday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 21-November-2016  14:35:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

People are concerned about new surveillance laws in the UK. The Investigatory Powers Act, passed on Thursday, legalises a whole range of tools for snooping and hacking by the security services unmatched by any other country in western Europe or even the US.

It looks like the Windows command line may be replaced by PowerShell. Microsoft is continuing to clear out old code from Windows, making PowerShell the default command line shell in its latest Windows 10 release. PowerShell will start up via the file explorer in the latest insider preview build 14971 instead of the cmd.exe command prompt.

HardOCP checked out Google Earth VR with AMD and NVIDIA GPUs. If you have ever experienced Google Earth, which you likely have, and were impressed with the experience, just imagine having a globe about 6 feet across that you can zoom into so close that you can then stand on the street and look up and appreciate the skyscrapers. So what kind of GPU do you need for this VR application?

Backblaze have published another round of hard drive stats. As always this data should be treated with care, but it's interesting because it involves their migration to 8TB drives. The Seagate 8 TB drives are doing very well. Their annualized failure rate compares favorably to the HGST 2 TB hard drives. With the average age of the HGST drives being 66 months, their failure rate was likely to rise, simply because of normal wear and tear. The average age of the Seagate 8 TB hard drives is just 3 months, but their 1.6% failure rate during the first few months bodes well for a continued low failure rate going forward.

ITNews have an interesting article about implementing blockchain technology in Australia. Westpac and the Australian Stock Exchange have taken very different paths on their journeys with blockchain, but they both agree on one thing: the technology is way overhyped. Blockchain has hit the “peak of inflated expectations”, according to Gartner’s 2016 hype cycle for emerging technologies, but is yet to reach the point of disillusionment, nor to achieve widespread adoption.



Atlas V Launch (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-November-2016  10:32:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you're hungry for a space fix, Teddybear pointed out that the GOES-R weather satellite will launch on the back of an Atlas V rocket in a few minutes. GOES-R will be launched by United Launch Alliance (ULA), using an Atlas V rocket. The vehicle, which has tail number AV-069, will be flying in the 541 configuration, with a five-metre (16.4-foot) payload fairing, four AJ-60A solid rocket motors augmenting a Common Core Booster first stage, and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.

Watch on NASA TV or YouTube.



Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-November-2016  02:17:39 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Audio:
LG Music Flow P5 Bluetooth Speaker on APH Networks
SteelSeries Siberia 840 Wireless Gaming Headset on Madshrimps
HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset on BabelTech

Cooling:
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 280 AIO Cooler on FunkyKit
be quiet! Silent Base 600 on OCC
XFX Hard Swap Quick Change Fan on OCC
Be quiet! Pure Rock SLIM CPU cooler on Guru3D

Storage:
Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS on ThinkComputers.org
Mushkin Triactor 480GB SSD on Hardware Asylum
Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB SATA III SSD on TweakTown
Apacer AS682 ARMOR+ 250GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix
Lexar JumpDrive C20m and C20c 128GB USB 3.1 Flash Drives on FunkyKit
Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB on Techspot

Videocard:
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 Mini 3 GB on Tech Powerup
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition (4GB GDDR5) on FunkyKit
XFX Radeon RX 470 Video Card on Hardware Secrets

Keyboard/Mouse:
Gamdias Hermes P1 Keyboard on Benchmark Reviews
Zalman ZM-K900M Keyboard on techPowerUp
Gigabyte Force K85 RGB on Vortez
HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on BigBruin
EpicGear ZorA IR LED Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit
Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard on Guru3D

PSU:
Corsair HX850i on LanOC
SilverStone ST30SF & ST45SF SFX PSU on PC Perspective

Motherboard:
ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7 on techPowerUp
Gigabyte Z170X-Ultra Gaming Motherboard on PC Perspective

Gaming:
Hitman First Season on OCC
Titanfall 2 (PS4) on Gaming Nexus

Misc:
Logitech C922 Webcam on Vortez
CalDigit USB-C Type-C USB 3.1 Dock on TweakTown
Dune HD Solo 4k UHD HEVC Enabled Media Player on NikKTech
D-Link DCS-2530L Wide Angle 1080p Wi-Fi IP Camera on TweakTown
D-Link DIR-885L AC3150 Ultra Wi-Fi Router on Big Bruin
Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4-3000 64 GB on Hardware Secrets
NZXT Source S340 Elite Tempered Glass ATX Case on PC Perspective
Huawei Honor 8 Smartphone on Hot Hardware
Freshtech Solutions Aerocool DS230 GTX 1050 Ti Gaming PC on eTeknix



Misc Pics (28 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-November-2016  14:43:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Posting from an airport cafe literally ten minutes after stepping off a plane.. the lengths I go to, to get you your Misc Pics fix! :)








Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-November-2016  17:52:52 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Cooling:
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 280 AIO Cooler on Hardware Asylum
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 280 Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.org
CRYORIG A40 Ultimate on Tech Powerup
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240 and Pro 280 CPU coolers on Tech Report

Misc:
GEIL EVO X DDR4-3000 16GB Dual Channel Memory Kit on FunkyKit
Kingston Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset on Ocaholic
QNAP TS-853A NAS on Techspot

Gaming:
Small Radios Big Televisions on Gaming Nexus
Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro on Techgage

Storage:
Apacer Z280 240GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive on eTeknix
Samsung 960 EVO on Vortez
Samsung 960 EVO 1TB 1TB & 250GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD on TweakTown
Samsung SSD 960 EVO NVMe M.2 on Hot Hardware
Samsung 960 EVO 250GB and 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on PC Perspective
Samsung 960 EVO M.2 1 Terabyte NVMe SSD on Guru3D
Samsung SSD 960 EVO on Legit Reviews
Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe SSD on The SSD Review
ADATA SE730 (2016) 250GB Portable SSD on TweakTown

PSU:
Thermaltake DPS-G RGB Gold 850W on JonnyGuru
EVGA Supernova G3 1000W on JonnyGuru



Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 15-November-2016  13:52:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Networking:
TP-Link Talon AD7200 802.11ad Wireless Router on Tweaktown.
Rivet Networks Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet For Gamers With Advanced QoS on HotHardware.

Input Etc:
Fnatic Gear Clutch G1 Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.
Corsair HARPOON RGB mouse on Vortez.
Corsair MM800 RGB Polaris Mouse Pad on FunkyKit.
Corsair Harpoon RGB Optical Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Steelseries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.

Video Cards:
ZOTAC GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition on Vortez.
XFX Radeon RX 470 RS 4GB OC Black Edition on MadShrimps.
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 on HWSecrets.
Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper on OCClub.

Portable & Prebuilt:
iPhone 7 on LanOC.
The honor 8 Aurora Glass Smartphone on TechARP.

Software:
Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope scales with multi-GPU on PCPerspective.
Titanfall 2 Graphics Performance Tweak Guide on Tweaktown.
Dishonored 2: PC graphics performance benchmark review on Guru3D.
Dishonored 2: Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.

Misc:
noblechairs EPIC Series Real Leather Gaming Chair on TechPowerUp.
Mazda CX-9 Azami 2016 2.5T AWD: Vehicle Tech Review on Tweaktown.
X2 Rindja 8020 PC Gamer Chassis on NikKTech.
SteelSeries Arctis 5 7.1 Surround Sound RGB Headset on Techgage.
Adata's Ultimate SU800 512GB SSD on Tech Report.



Monday Evening (3 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 14-November-2016  17:54:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you're in NZ, I hope you're not too badly affected by the series of earthquakes that have hit over the last couple of days. Aftershocks continued throughout Monday morning. Many schools and offices stayed closed while engineers checked the buildings, and ferries and trains were cancelled.

Tonight and tomorrow night a super moon will be visible from Australia (and everywhere else). "Enjoy it, you don't need a telescope or binoculars, although they would make it look nice. "It's a free show and you won't see this again for a long time. "This was last seen in 1948 and won't be seen until 2034. Even if you couldn't give two hoots about the Moon, it's something you can do with the kids."

I keep telling my kids that one day we'll be able to just ask an invisible computer questions, like on Star Trek - HWSecrets checked out Google Home, which launched recently. I must say that constantly calling the Home device “OK Google” was very tiresome. I felt like I was constantly doing an advertisement for Google. In comparison, talking to the Echo by calling the name “Alexa” did not bother me a bit and it made her feel like part of the family. One comfortable thing about the Home is that when you say “OK Google, Good Morning”, she will respond with weather, news, traffic and other personalized daily facts that you have chosen in the app.

Or you could shortcut the whole thing with a brain implant. A paralysed woman has learned to use a brain implant to communicate by thought alone. It is the first time a brain–computer interface has been used at home in a person’s day-to-day life, without the need for doctors and engineers to recalibrate the device. “It’s special to be the first,” says HB, who is 58 years old and wishes to remain anonymous. She was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2008. The disease ravages nerve cells, leaving people unable to control their bodies.

Meanwhile Spotify has been thrashing storage. For almost five months—possibly longer—the Spotify music streaming app has been assaulting users' storage devices with enough data to potentially take years off their expected lifespans. Reports of tens or in some cases hundreds of gigabytes being written in an hour aren't uncommon, and occasionally the recorded amounts are measured in terabytes. The overload happens even when Spotify is idle and isn't storing any songs locally.



Sunday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 13-November-2016  17:52:00 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
ASUS STRIX Gaming GTX 1080 8GB on ocaholic.
Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 G1 Gaming 8GB on ThinkComputers.
XFX RX 460 Double Dissipation on Vortez.

Storage:
Toshiba OCZ TL100 SSD Review (120GB/240GB) on The SSD Review.
Crucial MX300 750GB SSD on Hardware Asylum.
Crucial MX300 750 GB on techPowerUp.

Audio:
Fatal1ty FXM 200 Gaming Headset by Monster on Legit Reviews.
Cooler Master MasterPulse Pro Headset on Benchmark Reviews.
Thermaltake Tt eSports Cronos RGB Gaming Headset on Funky Kit.
Allocacoc audioCube Portable WOOD Edition on NikKTech.

VR:
Google Daydream and Daydream View on Techspot.
Google Daydream VR on PCworld.

Input etc:
G.SKILL RipJaws KM570 MX mechanical keyboard on Guru3D.
Steelseries APEX M500 Mechanical Keyboard on eTeknix.
Corsair Harpoon RGB Mouse on techPowerUp.
Corsair Harpoon RGB Gaming Mouse on Madshrimps.
Corsair Gaming Harpoon RGB Optical Mouse on APH Networks.

Misc:
PlayStation 4 Pro on Techgage.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Maker 92 CPU cooler on The Tech Report.
Team Group Vulcan T-Force 16GB DDR4-3000 Memory Kit on Funky Kit.
Alienware 13 R3 on Hot Hardware.
MSI X99A TOMAHAWK Motherboard on TweakTown.
Philips Brilliance 28-inch 288P6 4K Monitor on eTeknix.
Shuttle XPC Nano NC02U Barebone on Madshrimps.



Misc Pics (23 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-November-2016  13:59:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Today of course is Remembrance Day. Remembrance Day (sometimes known informally as Poppy Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.







Bonus tidbit: it seems Humble Bundle are giving away Dirt3 today, for free.



Thursday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-November-2016  16:09:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

So, Trump is (soon to be) president. Meanwhile, in Australia, a man may be fined for using a drone to get a sausage for a mate. A man who only wants to be known as "Tim" has admitted he was part of a team that flew a drone to pick up a sausage from Bunnings and deliver it to a friend waiting in an outdoor spa in Sunbury.

Speaking of drones, GoPro's new Karma has been recalled. GoPro is committed to providing our customers with great product experiences. To honor this commitment, we have recalled Karma until we resolve a performance issue related to a loss of power during operation. We plan to resume shipment of Karma once the issue is addressed.

New proposed legislation brings a national security twist to telco operations. Telcos will similarly be required to inform the department about any changes they plan to make to their systems or services that could have a "material adverse impact" on their obligation to secure their networks. Types of changes the government says it should be notified about include outsourcing or offshoring sensitive parts of a network, buying kit or services for a sensitive part of a network, and changes to the management of services.

On a related note, Australia now has a cyber ambassador. Infosec academic and policy advisor Dr Tobias Feakin will become Australia’s first cyber ambassador, filling a diplomatic role created by the government’s April cyber security strategy. Feakin's appointment makes him a key counterpart to the Prime Minister’s special adviser on cybersecurity, Alastair MacGibbon, leading international efforts to stamp out cyber crime.



Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-November-2016  14:14:30 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme on Hot Hardware.
Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming 4 GB on techPowerUp.
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming 6G on Funky Kit.

Storage:
Crucial MX300 2TB SSD on Vortez.
Micron 1100 256GB SSD on NikKTech.

Input etc:
Speedlink QUINOX Pro USB Gamepad on Vortez.
Dream Machines DM1 Pro Optical Gaming Mouse on TweakTown.
Tobii Tracker 4C on OCC.
Azio MK Retro on LanOC Reviews.
Feenix Vitesse Optical Gaming Mouse on TweakTown.
HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Legit Reviews.

Audio:
Cooler Master MasterPulse Pro Gaming Headset on OCC.
Cooler Master Masterpulse Pro Gaming Headset on Funky Kit.
Cooler Master MasterPulse Pro Gaming Headset on Think Computers.
Cooler Master MasterPulse Pro Gaming Headset on Legit Reviews.
Ozone EKHO H80 Gaming Headset on Funky Kit.
Steelseries Arctis 5 Headset on ocaholic.

Misc:
Cooler Master MasterWatt Maker 1200 PSU on Guru3D.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Maker 92 AIO Watercooler on Hardware Asylum.
Archeer Foldable Solar Charger on Benchmark Reviews.
Intel Kaby Lake Linux Testing With MSI's Cubi 2 Mini PC on Phoronix.



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