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Tuesday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 15-September-2014  14:34:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The rumours have been flying, but it's been confirmed now: Microsoft are buying Mojang, who make minecraft, for $2.5B. Microsoft's press release is here. Microsoft Corp. today announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Mojang, the celebrated Stockholm-based game developer, and the company’s iconic “Minecraft” franchise.

Edward Snowden claims that the USA has tapped our cables. A major undersea telecommunications cable that connects Australia and New Zealand to North America has been tapped to allow the United States National Security Agency and its espionage partners to comprehensively harvest Australian and New Zealand internet data.

Here's an interesting one about using Doom to design buildings. The Doom engine is a computer program that can render 2-D blueprints into a 3-D space. Because the engine is open-source, DIRTT was able to adapt it for their own needs--for example, ICE “melts” with other design softwares, including AutoCAD. An engineer or an architect can use ICE to mock up a room, and create a live data set for every aspect of a space, including the electrical engineering, millwork, and piping.

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

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

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

PNY XLR8 120 GiB SSD on HWSecrets.
Angelbird SSD2go Pocket External SSD (512GB) on TheSSDReview.
Angelbird SSD2go Pocket 512GB External SSD on Tweaktown.
SanDisk Ultra II 240GB SSD on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power Blaze B06 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on NikKTech.

Power Supply:
XFX PRO 1250W Black Edition Modular PSU on eTeknix.
EVGA SuperNOVA 1200 P2 Platinum PSU on PCPerspective.
Nilox SRM-850 on OCAholic.
Sandberg Credit Card 850mAh Powerbank on NikKTech.

Metro: Redux Benchmarked, Performance Review game on TechSpot.
UMI C1 Smartphone on MadShrimps.
Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4-3200 16GB Quad-Channel memory on Tweaktown.
TP-Link AV500 powerline networking kit on HWHeaven.

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

Corsair Graphite 380T Mini ITX on BenchmarkReviews.
Thermaltake Urban T81 on OCClub.
Corsair Graphite 780T Full-Tower on Tweaktown.
Corsair Graphite 780T on Vortez.
NZXT Phantom 240 Mid-tower on Modders-Inc.
Deepcool Steam Castle Micro ATX on LegitReviews.
DeepCool Steam Castle on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Graphite Series 780T on Guru3D.

Deepcool Maelstrom 120 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Alpenfoehn Brocken ECO CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
NZXT Kraken G10 on OCClub.
SilentiumPC Grandis & Fera 2 CPU Cooler on eTeknix.

Audio Visual:
Tt eSPORTS Verto Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
Plantronics RIG Surround Gaming Headset on LegitReview.
Mionix NASH 20 Stereo Gaming Headset on NikKTech.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS Rampage V Extreme (LGA 2011-3) on eTeknix.
Overview of GIGABYTE's DDR4 Intel Xeon C612 Server Motherboards on Tweaktown.
MSI X99S GAMING 9 AC (Intel X99) Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Thecus N2310 Contest (1 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 14-September-2014  15:45:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Another competition! It's becoming hard to keep track. This time, you can win a 2-drive NAS from Thecus:

click for the thread!

Sunday Morning (6 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 13-September-2014  15:01:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few people pointed out that it's eBay Australia's 15th birthday, and you can get things cheaper today and tomorrow. As part of saying thankyou to buyers and sellers, there will be 15% off site wide, completely funded by eBay. Max discount $100, $50 minimum spend, 3 transactions per person.

Google says we shouldn't worry about the recent password leak. “We found that less than 2% of the username and password combinations might have worked, and our automated anti-hijacking systems would have blocked many of those login attempts. We’ve protected the affected accounts and have required those users to reset their passwords.” There's also some concerns about the "isleaked" site some people are recommending to check addresses. Why could this be? Because isleaked.com was registered on the 8th, 2 days before the story broke anywhere else. It may be fine, but I'm always suspicious of those "enter your email" sites - which is why I didn't link it on the news page.

Boingboing report on some slightly alarming comments from the BBC. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, has told an Australian government proceeding that people who use VPNs a lot should be assumed to be engaged in piracy, that ISPs should surveil their users, that websites should be censored by Chinese-style national firewalls, and that the families of people accused of watching TV the wrong way should be disconnected from the Internet.

RAAF fans will enjoy this video sent in by Sciby, showcasing our Hornets. The Royal Australian Air Force has had a proud tradition of Hornet flying since 1984. Now operating both F/A-18A+ and F/A-18F variants, the land down under is most definitely Hornet country.

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

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

Win Sennheiser Headphones from PLE! (5 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 11-September-2014  07:31:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

To celebrate the opening of their new Melbourne store, PLE are giving away five sets of Sennheiser headphones! To make this one a bit more fun, you have to come up with a short poem using only words beginning with P, L or E. After a couple of weeks I'll pick my favourites and you'll score the goodies..

click for the thread!

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 11-September-2014  06:58:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

CPU & Motherboard:
Core i5-4670S and Core i5-4670T Processors on XbitLabs.
Gigabyte GA-X99-SOC Force LN2 Motherboard w/ Special LGA2011-v3 CPU Socket on LegitReviews.
GIGABYTE Z97X Gaming G1 Black Edition on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI Mini-ITX on BenchmarkReviews.
Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E On Linux on Phoronix.

Video Cards:
AMD FirePro W9100 Professional Graphics Card on XbitLabs.
Radeon R9-285 (Sapphire Compact and PowerColor OC) on HotHardware.
Sapphire R9 285 2GB ITX Compact OC Edition on eTeknix.
ASUS Radeon R7 250X on Techgage.
MSI X99S XPOWER AC (LGA 2011-3) on eTeknix.

Crucial MX100 SSD on XbitLabs.
WD Red 6TB and 1TB HDDs on SilentPCReview.
Plextor M6 Pro SSD on Guru3D.
Corsair Force Series LX 512GB SSD on Tweaktown.
QNAP TurboNAS TS-451 NAS Server on NikKTech.
Synology DiskStaion DS115j on LegionHW.

Power Supply:
Silverstone SX600-G: SFX 80+ Gold PSU on SilentPCReview.
TYLT Energi 5K Battery Pack Mobile Travel Charger on Tweaktown.
Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 1050W 80 PLUS Gold PSU on Tweaktown.
XFX XTS 460W Passive Fully Modular PSU on eTeknix.

Input Etc:
Steelseries Sensei Wireless mouse on OCAholic.
Tt eSPORTS Poseidon ZX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on XbitLabs.
Zowie FK1 Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Cougar 700M Mouse on HWHeaven.
Cougar 700M and SPEED-L mouse and pad on OCaholic.

Thursday Morning (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 10-September-2014  15:06:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few people sent word of another data leak, this time 5 million Google accounts and two Russian mail services. Both companies said that an overwhelming majority of the accounts listed were either obsolete, suspended for suspicious behavior or non-existent. They insisted that their own databases were not compromised and suggested that the leaked data was accumulated over years through phishing and other forms of hacking attacks on users.

Apple released the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and a Watch last night, with details on Tech Report, TechRadar and MacRumours. Today's major media event saw the unveiling of two new iPhones, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Along with larger screens and a completely new iPad-style design with an ultra thin body and rounded corners, the two new phones offer faster processors, better cameras, and NFC integration with Apple's new ApplePay payment system. Discussion here, and of course there's always this kind of comparison from Android fans. :)

The Intel Developer Forum is also underway, with info on upcoming "Skylake" and 14-nm Broadwell chips - coverage on Techreport, HotHardware (and benchmarks here) and LegitReviews. At its developer forum today in San Francisco, Intel confirmed that its 14-nm Broadwell chips will be shipping not just as Core M, but also as Core i3, i5, and i7 processors early next year. Interestingly, the firm then revealed that its next-generation CPU architecture, code-named Skylake, will be going into production in the second half of the same calendar year.

Community television will be off the air in a year or so. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull today announced that community stations would only be licensed until the end of 2015. After that, they would not be granted access to broadcast spectrum and Mr Turnbull suggested they use the internet instead.

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

Intel 18-Core Haswell-EP Xeon E5 v3 on Hot Hardware
Intel Xeon E5 Version 3 on Anandtech
Intel Haswell-EP Xeon E5-2600 v3 Server Family Processor on TweakTown
Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E on Techspot
Intel Xeon E5-2687W v3 on Tech Report

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

Sapphire DUAL-X OC R9-285 on Vortez
PowerColor Radeon R9 285 TurboDuo 2GB on Custom PC Review
PowerColor R9 285 Turbo Duo on OCC
Sapphire ITX Compact R9 285 OC on OCC
PowerColor R9 285 TurboDuo on Neoseeker
AMD FirePro W9100 Professional Graphics Card on XbitLabs

LUXA2 GroovyR Micro Wireless Bluetooth Speaker on Bigbruin
Shogun Bros Ensense Commander Series Pro Gaming Headset on eTeknix
Gamdias Hephaestus Gaming Headset (GHS2000) on TechwareLabs

Plextor M6 PRO 256GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix
OWC Envoy Pro EX 240GB Portable USB 3.0 SSD on TweakTown
Samsung Pro 64GB SD and microSD Memory Cards on TweakTown
Crucial MX100 SSD on XbitLabs

G.Skill 16GB 2400MHz RipJaws 4 Quad Channel DDR4 Memory Kit on eTeknix
G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 16GB DDR4 3000 MHz Memory Kit on Legit Reviews
G.Skill TridentX PC3-12800 16GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on TWeakTown

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

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

TYLT Energi 5K Battery Pack Mobile Travel Charger on TweakTown
ASRock D1800M Motherboard on Hardware Secrets
EK WaterBlocks EK-KIT L360 Water-Cooling Kit on NikKTech
Genius MX Gaming Gila Mouse on PureOverclock

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

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

shOOter--- made a cool
electronics workstation

windwithme reviewed the
SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD

slipperyskip has a new
powerful mini-PC project

Xipher renovated
a laundry

Butcher9_9 converted a
Power Mac G5 to ATX

Amfibius has finished
an earlier boat project

Monday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 8-September-2014  06:33:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Electronic Frontiers Australia have prepared their copyright infringement submission to the Attorney-General's department. Our primary points are: 1. there has been no convincing, independent evidence presented that demonstrates that online copyright infringement is any more prevalent in Australia than in comparable countries. 2. the proposals contained in the Department's Discussion Paper (excluding the extension of the safe harbour provisions, which we support) are unlikely to be effective in reducing the rate of online copyright infringement in Australia. On the contrary, they are likely to increase costs for consumers, increase business uncertainty and risk, and will burden the courts with ultimately futile attempts to block overseas websites. 3. the proposals for website blocking and extensions of authorisation liability pose a significant threat to privacy and free speech.

iiNet have submitted theirs as well. Service provider iiNet has used the opportunity to set the record straight on a number of “facts” wielded by rights holders. Published today, the 27-page paper covers a range of issues, including privacy concerns, data retention plans and the effectiveness of the graduated response, as well as the contentious idea of blocking repeat offenders.

New Zealand's internet was brought to a halt over the weekend due to celebrity image malware. New Zealanders keen to view hacked photos of naked celebrities are being blamed for a nationwide internet meltdown involving the country's main provider.

Meanwhile Simon Hackett has a plan to make the NBN less worse. Although the Internode founder hasn't abandoned his belief in the value of FTTP, he says his main concern is "that there should be a better network".

Intel revealed some info about their upcoming Core M processors, with coverage on TechReport, HotHardware and ZDNet. At IFA Berlin today, Intel revealed some new information about its upcoming Core M processors. We've heard about these chips before, but this is the first time Intel has provided specs and performance data for them. It's also the company's first time sharing a labeled shot of the Core M's Broadwell-Y die.

TechSpot look into larger, more productive tablets. The common refrain has been that tablets are for consumption and that laptops are for productivity, and never the twain shall meet. But it's a different world today, and now Apple and Google want to cross that bridge, too, into Microsoft territory. Apple with the iPad Pro, and Google with the new Nexus.

It turns out Steve Ballmer created the text for the blue screen of death. This week a veteran Microsoft developer and principal software engineer, Raymond Chen, revealed for the first time that Steve Ballmer was responsible for crafting perhaps the most iconic failure message of all time -- the instructional text that appeared when you pressed or CTRL+ALT+DEL or if a system failure transported you to this unfortunate place.

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

AMD FX-8370e on Vortez
Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme on Benchmark Reviews
Intel i7-5960X on Techgage
AMD FX Refresh FX-8370 FX-8370e FX-9370 and FX-9590 on LanOC
Intel Core i5-4670S and Core i5-4670T on XBit Labs

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

Asus X99-DELUXE Motherboard on Benchmark Reviews
Gigabyte X99 Gaming 5 (LGA 2011-3) Motherboard on eTeknix
Asus ROG Maximus VII Formula Motherboard on Pure Overclock
Asus X99 Deluxe (Intel X99) Motherboard on TweakTown
Asus X99-Deluxe Motherboard on PC Perspective
EVGA X99 Micro Motherboard on Think Computers

MSI R9 280X Gaming 3G GPU on Modders-Inc
Sapphire R7 260X OC 1GB Graphics Card on eTeknix
PowerColor Radeon R9 285 TurboDuo on Guru3D
HIS Radeon R7 260X iCooler 2GB Video Card on TweakTown
AMD FirePro W9100 Professional Graphics Card on Xbit Labs

Plextor M6S 256GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix
Synology DS115J NAS on Hardware Heaven
Silicon Power Armor A60 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive on NikKTech
HGST Ultrastar He6 6TB SAS HDD on NikKTech
Toshiba THNSNJ480PCS3 HK3R Enterprise SSD on TweakTown
Raidon Runner GR2660 RAID Storage Enclosure on TweakTown
Samsung EVO 32GB and 64GB MicroSD Memory Cards on TweakTown
Vantec NexStar HX USB 3.0 Edition External Storage Enclosure on TweakTown
Corsair Force LX 256GB and 512GB on PC Perspective
Crucial MX100 256 GB on TechPowerup
Spyrus WorkSafe Pro WTG Secure Flash Drive on The SSD Review
Crucial MX100 SSD on Xbit Labs

Crucial 32GB 2133MHz Quad Channel DDR4 Memory Kit on eTeknix
Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 16GB 3000MHz Memory Kit on Legit Reviews
G.Skill Ripjaws4 DDR4-3000 16GB Quad-Channel Memory Kit on TweakTown

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

Antec ISK600 Case on Ocaholic
Corsair Graphite 380T on Ocaholic
Fractal Design Core Series 3300 Mid-Tower Chassis on TweakTown
Corsair Carbide Series Air 240 Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX Chassis on TweakTown

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

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

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

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

Scorptec and SteelSeries Contest! (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 5-September-2014  03:10:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

OCAU Major Sponsor Scorptec and Steelseries are giving away some gaming goodies - and all you have to do is tell them what makes you worthy:

click for the thread!

Friday Midday (5 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 5-September-2014  02:08:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A small asteroid will pass very close to Earth on Sunday - about one tenth the distance to the moon. A small asteroid, designated 2014 RC, will safely pass very close to Earth on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. At the time of closest approach, based on current calculations to be about 2:18 p.m. EDT (11:18 a.m. PDT / 18:18 UTC), the asteroid will be roughly over New Zealand. From its reflected brightness, astronomers estimate that the asteroid is about 60 feet (20 meters) in size. Worryingly, it was only spotted on August 31st, which wouldn't have given Bruce Willis much time to save us all.

Apple have insisted the recent celebrity image leaks are not due to a technical issue with iCloud, but are simply due to username/password compromises. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.

It's bad timing though, with the iPhone 6 launch only a few days away. With less than a week until the launch of the iPhone 6 the buzz around Apple has reached fever pitch. The pace of traditional and social media traffic around its release is almost congesting the digital superhighway as supporters and detractors trawl through its possible features to determine how it will affect the company's sales revenue and potentially alter the competitive landscape.

Still, it doesn't seem to be affecting the hardcore fan base, with people lining up for new products even though they don't know what they are yet! Moon and Jason Ray have been camping out since Monday — though news of the latest Apple products is still six days away. They’ve laid in provisions for the long haul, purchasing thermal sleeping bags, an air mattress, folding chairs, a tarp, umbrellas and a solar battery charger.

BusinessInsider have a summary of the photo leaks story to date. But the truth is far more disturbing: The leaked celebrity photos don’t originate from a single hack, but instead from a collector who gradually added to his collection over months before suddenly deciding to post them online. This is the story of that collector, who goes by the screenname “OriginalGuy.”

Anyway, all that behind us, there's a big new Minecraft update, with sheep meat, among other things. Of course, new meat types is far from the only thing added in the Bountiful Update which, clocking in at ten+ months, is the longest-developed update the game has seen so far. There are several new block types, two new enemy mobs: the underwater Guardian and the teleporting Endermite, a new dungeon called the Ocean Monument, and a lot of additional features for the game's scripting engine, which lets mapmakers do much more with an unmodded Minecraft—like last week's Simburbia, for example.

SiliconAngel is concerned that the HemaImager Kickstarter doesn't look like it will reach its funding goal. Personally I would have thought something like this, at this price point, would be a must-have for any computer tech, and particularly enthusiasts serious about overclocking and customisation to help identify trouble heat spots. It would also be very useful for automotive tinkerers and anyone keen to improve the thermal efficiency of their homes.

A few people sent in this video about the revolutionary technology behind the new Ikea catalog. It'll never catch on.

Thursday Afternoon Reviews #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 4-September-2014  05:41:36 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E LGA2011-V3 Processor on Futurelooks
Intel Core i7 4790K Devils Canyon CPU on Techware Labs

EVGA X99 Classified on Ocaholic
Gigabyte X99-UD4 on Ocaholic

Tesoro Gandiva H1L Gaming Mouse on Vortez
Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite and G2N-P Elite Mechanical Keyboard on APH Networks
CM Storm Devastator on TechnologyX

Plextor M6M 128GB mSATA Solid State Drive on eTeknix
MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 128GB SATA III M.2 Drive on Legit Reviews
WD My Passport Wireless 1TB Storage Drive on Legit Reviews
Samsung XP941 256GB Ultra M.2 PCIe SSD on TweakTown
Crucial MX100 512GB Two-Drive SSD RAID on TweakTown
WD My Passport Wireless on Techgage
Western Digital My Passport Wireless on PC Perspective
Western Digital My Passport Ultra on Techware Labs

Akasa Euler Mini-ITX Thin Fanless Chassis on eTeknix
Thermaltake Core V1 Mini-ITX SFF Chassis on TweakTown
Corsair Graphite 380T Computer Case on Madshrimps
Aerocool DS Cube on Tech Powerup

XFX PRO 650W XXX Edition Semi-Modular Power Supply on eTeknix
Antec EDGE 650W 80 PLUS Gold Power Supply on TweakTown

SilentiumPC Gradis XE1236 CPU Cooler on NikKTech
Alpenfoehn Sella CPU Cooler on TweakTown
Scythe Mugen MAX CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.org

Gaming Desktops:
Ironside Computers Minion Budget Gaming PC on TweakTown
Digital Storm Bolt 2 SFF Gaming Desktop PC on TweakTown

Samsung Chromebook on Hardware Secrets
Nokia Lumia 930 Smartphone on Techspot

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 4-September-2014  03:56:03 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

The newest installment of AMD FX CPUs is finally upon us. September 2014 marks the release of the a few new FX CPUs, including the FX-8370, the FX-8370E, and the FX-8320E.
Read more at Benchmark Reviews and more FX8370E Reviews below.

AMD FX-8370 & FX-8370E Processors on PureOverclock
AMD FX 8370 & FX 8370E on OCC
AMD FX-8370 and FX-8370E Processors on Modders-Inc
AMD FX 8370 and 8370E processor on Guru3D
AMD FX-8370 and FX-8370E 8-Core CPU on Hot Hardware
AMD FX 8370 & FX 8370E on Neoseeker
AMD FX-8370 / FX-8370E Linux Performance on Phoronix
AMD 2014 FX Refresh- FX-9590, FX-8370, and FX-8370e on PC Perspective
AMD FX-8370E processor on Techreport

Today AMD launches the Radeon R9 285, based on their brand-new Tonga GPU, which replaces Tahiti, promising to be faster and more power efficient. Sapphire's board comes with a custom cooler and is overclocked out of the box for some extra performance. Read more at Tech Powerup and more R9-285 Reviews below.

Sapphire Dual-X AMD R9 285 “Tonga” 2GB Graphics Card on eTeknix
AMD Radeon R9-285 on Guru3D
Radeon R9-285 on Hardware Heaven
AMD Radeon R9 285 on Hot Hardware
Sapphire Radeon R9 285 2GB Dual-X OC Video Card on TweakTown
MSI Radeon R9 285 Twin Frozr IV on TechGage
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB Graphics Card on PC Perspective
AMD Radeon R9 285 on Legion Hardware
AMD Radeon R9 285 on Techspot
AMD Radeon R9 285 graphics card on Tech Report

Geek Food (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 2-September-2014  13:04:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some yummy threads from our Geek Recipes forum:

Gingered Dutch Apple Cake
by 303-Acid

Beef & Guinness Pie
by BlueRaven

Potato, Cheese & Chive Pancake
by 303-Acid

Mac and Cheese
by sgtraven

Mushroom Rosemary Pizza
by ilsan

Peanut Butter Cookies
by Huggy Bear64

Tuesday Evening (7 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 2-September-2014  08:01:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that a lot of naked celebrity photos have been leaked onto the internet over the last day or so, but the technical aspects of it are quite interesting. It seems to be pretty universally agreed that an iCloud issue is at fault, but exactly who is behind it remains unclear. Discussion in this thread.

Speaking of Apple, it seems that's where Anand Lal Shimpi is headed, thanks scarletxfi. An Apple rep confirmed that the company was hiring Shimpi, but wouldn’t provide any other details. Last night, via a post on the site he founded in 1997, Shimpi said he was “officially retiring from the tech publishing world,” but didn’t say what he was doing next. “I won’t stay idle forever. There are a bunch of challenges out there :)”, he wrote.

A national PC repair group has gone into administration, thanks Mike. CRN spoke to three sub-agents of NCSS with operations in Queensland and NSW who said they are owed money, including Paul Chiari of FNQ Computers in Atherton, Queensland. He said the company has worked with NCSS for at least 10 years.

Left 4 Dead 2 has been reclassified as R18+ in Australia. The original game was refused classification and then censored to within an inch of its life before being released as MA15+ in Australia. It's now passed through the Board's scrutiny process again, and made it out unscathed.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 2-September-2014  05:07:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Samsung 850 Pro 512GB SSD on Tweaktown.
Transcend SSD370 SSD 256GB on TheSSDReview.
Samsung 850 Pro 512GB SSD on NikKTech.
Corsair Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 128GB Flash Drive on MadShrimps.

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i7 5960X on NeoSeeker.
MSI X99S GAMING 9 AC on Vortez.

Input Etc:
Func KB-460 Keyboard on TechnologyX.
Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite Keyboard on PureOC.
Keyed Up Labs KUL ES-87 Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard on Tweaktown.

G.Skill Ares 8GB 2400MHz Dual Channel Memory Kit on eTeknix.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4-2800 Quad-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.

Power Supply:
EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1600W on TechPowerUp.
Super Flower Golden Silent 500W Semi-Modular Passive on eTeknix.

Audio Visual:
Tt eSPORTS Verto Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.
ASUS Xonar Essence STX II 7.1 sound card on Vortez.

Belkin OmniView Secure 4-Port Business-Class KVM on Tweaktown.

Monday Night (3 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 1-September-2014  11:10:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Anand Lal Shimpi, of AnandTech fame, is retiring from tech publishing at the grand old age of 32. But after 17.5 years of digging, testing, analyzing and writing about the most interesting stuff in tech, it’s time for a change. This will be the last thing I write on AnandTech as I am officially retiring from the tech publishing world. The strangest part for me is I still think of Anand as a kid, and now he's a bald beardy dude! :) His site has always been of the highest quality in the industry and I hope he does well in whatever he next focuses on.

w0ng sent in this NYT article about the big-money world of E-Sports. Except on this sunny day in July, every attack and counterattack by a five-person team set off an eruption of cheers — from the more than 11,000 spectators crammed into this city’s basketball arena. The contestants were gunning for a big piece of the $11 million in total prize money, the most ever at a games tournament.

IntelInside spotted another "40 job applications a month" app. Even before the government considers dropping its plans, out-of-work Australians worried about the prospect of having to apply for 40 jobs a month to keep their unemployment benefits can breathe a little easier as software developers race to build apps to automate the process.

AFR have an article about iiNet. iiNet is the little Perth internet company that could. Born from the garage of founder Michael Malone’s parents in 1993, it has fought off global titans like Telstra and SingTel-Optus to earn its reputation as a leading national provider of broadband services. But its senior leadership team dream bigger and internally the informal goal of the company’s top brass is to make iiNet Australia’s second-largest telecommunications provider over the next five years.

The copyright reform debate continues, with the Communications Alliance putting forward a proposal in response to the Government's discussion paper. Australia’s telecommunications industry body has signalled its willingness to negotiate on a three strikes approach to copyright infringement despite being ‘unconvinced’ it will work, while outlining an alternative model and calling on rights holders to play their part to reduce piracy.

Tweaktown have a buyer's guide to Intel X99 Motherboards and DDR4 Memory. A handy guide for the Intel X99 platform based on products ready and shipping right now. Check out the selection of motherboards and DDR4 memory options!

iRacing V8 Supercars (3 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 31-August-2014  13:29:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It seems there's an iRacing series associated with the real-world V8 Supercars. Mojododo let us know that OCAU featured in a recent round, with Michael Fabian winning the Oulton Park race in an OCAU-livery car. Congratulations!

click for the report!

Sunday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 31-August-2014  09:16:25 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

ICY DOCK EZConvert Air MB382SP Storage Enclosure on TweakTown
Western Digital My Cloud EX2 on Techware Labs
OWC ThunderBay IV RAID 5 Edition External Storage Drive on TweakTown
ICY DOCK Black Vortex 3.5" Drive Cage on TweakTown
Corsair Voyager Air 2 1TB Wireless Hard Drive on eTeknix
QNAP TurboNAS TS-470 Pro NAS Server on NikKTech

Roccat Kone XTD Gaming Mouse on Benchmark Reviews
SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Laser Mouse on APH Networks
CM Storm Mizar, TteSports Saphira and Balista MK-1 Gaming Mice on eTeknix

Corsair Obsidian 450D Chassis on Techgage
Silverstone Raven RV05-BW Chassis on eTeknix
Corsair Graphite Series 380T case on Techreport
Corsair Graphite 380T on Techpowerup
Corsair Graphite Graphite 380T on Guru3D
Corsair Graphite 380T on Vortez
Corsair Graphite 380T Mini-ITX Chassis on eTeknix

MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC in CrossFire on TweakTown
Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate on PureOverclock
Asus Strix GTX 750 Ti OC Edition Video Card on Futurelooks
Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB OC in CrossFire Video Card on TweakTweak

Tt eSPORTS CRONOS Gaming Headset on NikKTech
be quiet! Power Zone 1000W Modular Power Supply on eTeknix
Dune HD Connect Universal Media Player on NikKTech
Antec Kuhler H2O 1250 Water Cooler on OC Inside
DDR4 Roundup featuring Corsair, Crucial and G.Skill on Hardware Heaven

Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 31-August-2014  03:58:07 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Intel has launched three new high-end Haswell-E processors for the brand new Intel X99 chipset based platform that was also launched today along with the new LGA 2011-v3 socket. This means that you’ll have to get a new motherboard with an LGA 2011 v3 socket, but your old LGA 2011 CPU cooler will still work as the CPU cooler mounting holes remain the same. This new platform also ushers in support for DDR4 memory! So, in addition to the new processor, chipset and socket, there is a major advancement with regards to the DRAM!

Read more at Legit Reviews and more Haswell-E and X99 Motherboard Reviews below.

Haswell-E CPUs:
Intel Octacore i7-5960X Haswell-E on Madshrimps
Intel i7-5960X Haswell-E on LanOC
Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E Processor on ThinkComputers
Intel Core i7-5960X processor on Techreport
Intel Core i7 5960X EE (Haswell-E) CPU and X99 Chipset on TweakTown
The Intel Core i7-5960X 8-core Processor on PC Perspective
The Intel Core i7-5960X on Hardware Heaven
Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition on Techgage
Intel Core i7 5960X Extreme Edition on OCC
Core i7 5960X Haswell-E Review DDR4 Performance on Ocaholic
Core i7 5960X Haswell-E on Bjorn3D
Core i7 5960X - 5930K and 5820K processor on Guru3D
Intel Core i7-5960X CPU on Hot Hardware
Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition on Vortez
Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Processor on Benchmark Reviews
Intel Core i7-5960X 8-Core Haswell-E Processor on Legit Reviews
Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E Processor on eTeknix

X99 Motherboards:
MSI X99S GAMING 7 (Intel LGA 2011-3) on Tech Powerup
Asus X99 Deluxe motherboard on Techreport
ASUS X99-Deluxe LGA2011-v3 Motherboard on Legit Reviews
ASUS X99 Deluxe on Ocaholic
ASRock X99 WS on Ocaholic
ASRock X99X Killer Fatal1ty (Intel X99) Motherboard on TweakTown
Asus X99 Deluxe on Bjorn3D
MSI X99S Gaming 9 AC Motherboard on Guru3D
ASUS X99 Deluxe Motherboard on Guru3D
ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme on Guru3D
Gigabyte X99 SOC Force Motherboard on Guru3D
MSI X99S Gaming 9 on Bjorn3D
Asus X99 Deluxe on LanOC

Misc Pics (25 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-August-2014  03:43:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Well, this week has been a complete writeoff. I haven't been this sick in a loooong time. The first picture pretty much sums me up at the moment. Anyway, thanks to RP this week!

Friday Midday (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-August-2014  01:51:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you're a Chrome user and the forums are looking a bit weird today, it might be to do with a recent update to that browser. There's more info and a workaround in this thread.

Valve are being sued by the ACCC, apparently for not offering refunds. Valve is being sued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) over allegedly making "false or misleading representations" when it comes to consumer guarantees. Turns out that even though Valve does not have a physical presence Down Under, the studio's still bound by local consumer law.

Owen spotted ASIC accidentally blocking 250,000 websites instead of two, due to not understanding shared hosting. "This demonstrates that at the time, the people that ASIC was tasking to block websites did not understand even the basics of how websites work. That's both hilarious and frightening."

Meanwhile with the mandatory data retention debate still in full swing, the AFP are sheepishly admitting they published highly sensitive information by mistake. Guardian Australia can reveal that the AFP provided documents to the Senate, which were then made publicly available online on parliamentary sites and other sources for several years, and which accidentally disclosed information about the subjects and focus of criminal investigations and telecommunications interception activities.

But it's not all bad news, with new legislation to streamline classificiation of content having passed through Federal Parliament. Legislation for a faster, more reliable and cost effective classification of content such as mobile and online games was passed through Federal Parliament today. The reforms deliver on the Coalition Government's commitment to have a modern National Classification Scheme to better handle ever-changing content in a dynamic media environment.

Nintendo have spoken out about changing their focus away from casual gamers, and back to more passionate gamers. "Their attitude is, 'okay, I am the customer. You are supposed to entertain me.' It's kind of a passive attitude they're taking, and to me it's kind of a pathetic thing. They do not know how interesting it is if you move one step further and try to challenge yourself [with more advanced games]."

Microsoft's recent patch for a flawed patch was apparently flawed, and even Windows Update can't save us now. The security bulletin says that "Microsoft strongly recommends that customers who have not uninstalled the 2982791 update [i.e., the old version, released on Patch Tuesday] do so prior to applying the 2993651 update [the new version]." This recommendation applies to users whether they are having problems with the old update or not. Note that Windows Update and Automatic Updates do not remove the old version.

NASA are making progress on their Space Launch System. The first flight test of the SLS in 2017 will be configured for a 70-metric-ton (77-ton) lift capacity and carry an uncrewed Orion spacecraft beyond low-Earth orbit to test the performance of the integrated system. As the SLS evolves, it will be the most powerful rocket ever built and provide an unprecedented lift capability of 130 metric tons (143 tons) to enable missions even farther into our solar system.

There's only a couple of days left to snag one of the Fractal Design NODE 804 review samples in the forums. FD are giving away 10 to OCAU readers on the proviso they write a review of the case within 3 weeks. So if you want to give it a go, get your entry in by Sunday.

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 28-August-2014  03:09:37 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

SanDisk Extreme PRO 480GB SSD on OCC
Synology DS415play Four Bay NAS on TweakTown
Samsung 845DC PRO Enterprise SSD on TweakTown
Verbatim Store 'n' Save 1TB USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive on ModSynergy.com

Gigabyte-Z97X-UD3H on Ocaholic
Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK Motherboard on Techgage
Asus ROG Maximus VII Formula (Intel Z97) Motherboard on TweakTown
Gigabye GA-Z97X Gaming GT LGA1150 ATX Motherboard on Futurelooks

Corsair HX750i Power Supply on ThinkComputers
Corsair RM Series 1000W on Tech Powerup

Tt eSPORTS THERON Gaming Mouse on Legit Reviews
Aorus Thunder M7 Mouse on Hardware Heaven

The Walking Dead Zen Pinball (PS4) on Gaming Nexus
Risen 2: Dark Waters 2-Years Later on OCC

AVerMedia ExtremeCap U3 Capture Device on Hardware Secrets
Motorola Moto E Smartphone on Techspot
HIS Radeon R9 280 IceQ X2 OC 3GB Overclocked Video Card on TweakTown
Aerocool DS200 Mid-Tower on Vortez
bequiet! Shadow Rock Slim Heatsink on Hardware Asylum
MSI GS70 Stealth Pro Gaming Laptop on Techspot

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 27-August-2014  11:58:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

mrbean_phillip is making
his own force-feedback wheel

STUdog has a nicely finished
CM Cosmos 2 build

Willybomb made a
bass preamp pedal

windwithme reviewed the
MSI GS702PE Stealth notebook

and spent time overclocking
i5 4690K & Biostar Z97WE

GOD has built a PC
in an unusual case

Wednesday Night (10 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 27-August-2014  11:15:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Mostly getting back up to speed again now..

A cost-benefit analysis of the NBN has been released, and it claims the current Government's plan is better than the previous one's. An independent panel commissioned by the Government found the Coalition's multi-technology plan to roll out high-speed internet had greater net benefits than Labor's model of fibre to the premises. The review modelled four scenarios and found the Government's model would deliver about $18 billion in net benefits compared to almost $2 billion under Labor. More here.

There's now a 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows. 64-bit Chrome offers many benefits for speed, stability and security. Our measurements have shown that the native 64-bit version of Chrome has improved speed on many of our graphics and media benchmarks. For example, the VP9 codec that’s used in High Definition YouTube videos shows a 15% improvement in decoding performance. Stability measurements from people opted into our Canary, Dev and Beta 64-bit channels confirm that 64-bit rendering engines are almost twice as stable as 32-bit engines when handling typical web content. Which would make it about 1000x more stable than the Firefox install on this PC lately.

Seagate have shipped the first 8TB drives. An important step forward in storage, the 8TB hard disk drive provides scale-out data infrastructures with supersized-capacity, energy-efficiency and the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) in the industry for cloud content, object storage and back-up disaster recovery storage.

Tweaktown have a circuit and overclocking guide to Gigabyte's Z97X-UD5H board. A new feature TweakTown is Motherboard Circuit and Overclocking articles. Check out Steven Bassiri's guide covering the GIGABYTE Z97X-UD5H motherboard.

If you've ever wondered if pushing the pedestrian crossing button actually does anything, News.com.au have the answer. And more importantly, will smashing the button repeatedly hurry it up even more, or are you just earning yourself death stares from fellow walkers? Whether you’re a waiter or a button-pusher, here are the answers you’ve been waiting for. Spoiler: it depends.

Wednesday Morning (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 26-August-2014  22:39:14 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Apple is said to be releasing a 12.9 inch iPad for early 2015. Apple currently produces iPads with 9.7-inch and 7.9-inch displays. The Cupertino, California-based company has been working with suppliers for at least a year to develop a new range of larger touch-screen devices, said the people.

Apparently you can work out the best place to put your WiFi router to get the best reception in your home, using physics. A few posts back I was concerned with optimising the WiFi reception in my flat, and I chose a simple method for calculating the distribution of electromagnetic intensity. I casually mentioned that I really should be doing things more rigorously by solving the Helmholtz equation, but then didn’t. Well, spurred on by a shocking amount of spare time, I’ve given it a go here.

Daron sent in news about an ATM that has opened in Canberra that accepts and exchanges cryptocurrencies. The alternative online currencies are gaining traction nationally, with observers estimating there are close to 50,000 users in Australia.

PC Perspective have a guide on Delidding your Intel Haswell CPU. The delidding procedure involves physically removing the heat spreader from the CPU, exposing the CPU die.

Tech Powerup have posted a i7-4790k vs i7-4770k comparison guide. Intel released the Intel Core i7-4790K, which created quite the stir with Intel Core i7-4770K owners. Does the Intel Core i7-4790K outperform the Intel Core i7-4770K in every way or does it fall a little flat? If you already own a 4770K, is the upgrade worth it?

A British couple have been accused of stealing £10,000 by exploiting their debit card that was apparently increasing their balance instead of reducing it. Both the man and the woman pleaded guilty to fraud, because though they didn’t realize it wasn’t just a magic “opposite day” kind of thing at first, once they did, they kept on taking advantage of the card.

The Lobby group Gotta Love Logan and Mayor Pam Parker have pressured Google into removing an unflattering image that appeared in search results of the race riots that happened in Woodridge in January last year. Instead, a search now returns a map of Logan and an idyllic image of a local public swimming pool.

After Google's deal to acquire Twitch had fallen through, Amazon.com has agreed to buy the videogame streaming site for $1.06b (AUD) cash. Though little-known outside of tech and gaming, Twitch, founded in 2011, is the fourth-largest source of US internet traffic, behind only Netflix, Google and Apple, according to network researcher DeepField.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 26-August-2014  22:01:42 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

ADATA Premier SP610 256GB SATA Solid State Drive on Future Looks
Plextor M6 Pro SSD on HardwareHeaven
Transcend SSD370 128GB SSD on PureOverclock
Silicon Power Slim S70 240GB SSD on NikKTech
Plextor M6 PRO SSD with PlexTurbo Caching Layer Technology on TweakTown
Synology DiskStation DS415play on Legion Hardware

Asus H97-PRO Gamer Motherboard on Hardware Secrets
MSI Z97I AC (Intel Z97) Mini-ITX Motherboard on TweakTown

Streacom FC08 Evo Case on ocaholic
Corsair Carbide Air 240 Chassis on Techgage
CM HAF Stacker 935 Mod-Tower Case on PC Perspective

Cryorig R1 Universal CPU Cooler on Madshrimps
DeepCool MAELSTROM 240 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech

XTracGear Ripper Mousing Surface on APH Networks
Roccat Kone Pure Military Edition Mouse on HardwareHeaven
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M Hybrid Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.org

ASUS Xonar Essence STX II 7.1 Sound Card on TechPowerUp
Intel Haswell-E and X99 Chipset on ThinkComputers.org
ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q on TweakTown
Digital Storm Bolt II Small Form Factor PC on Legit Reviews
One Piece Unlimited World Red (PS3) on Gaming Nexus
HIS R9 290 iPower IceQ X2 OC 4GB GDDR5 Video Card on Madshrimps
Amazon Fire Phone on Hot Hardware
Adata XPG 2933 MHz DDR3 on Guru3D

Monday Night (4 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 25-August-2014  13:55:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Far out, I seem to be flitting from flu to flu lately. Spent most of today passed out in bed, dosed up to my eyeballs..

Time's running out to offer your thoughts on the Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper from the Attorney-General and Communications Minister. Submissions are sought from interested members of the public. We encourage all members and supporters to make a submission. Below is a summary of the proposals in the Discussion Paper, followed by a guide to making a submission and our suggestions on answers to specific questions. The closing date for submissions is Monday 1st September 2014.

There was an earthquake in California, and people wearing fitness trackers provided an interesting insight into its effects, thanks Tabris. Napa, Sonoma, Vallejo, and Fairfield were less than 15 miles from the epicenter. Almost all (93%) of the UP wearers in these cities suddenly woke up at 3:20AM when the quake struck. Farther from the epicenter, the impact was weaker and more people slept through the shaking. In San Francisco and Oakland, slightly more than half (55%) woke up. As we look even farther, the effect becomes progressively weaker — almost no UP wearers in Modesto and Santa Cruz (and others between 75 and 100 miles from the epicenter) were woken up by the earthquake, according to UP data.

Speaking of gadgets, you can now use them on Qantas and Virgin, for the whole flight. Travellers on Qantas and Virgin will be able to keep their electronic devices powered on during all phases of flight from Tuesday. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority on Monday approved applications from both airlines that will allow passengers to keep their phones, tablets and e-readers on even during take-off or landing. The devices will need to remain in "flight mode" throughout the flight.

If you've fallen behind on the whole 3D printing thing, engadget have a field guide to get you up to speed. Sure, 3D printing is such a tech industry buzzword that you’d have to turn a blind eye and deaf ear to escape news of its impending onslaught. But there’s good reason for all the fanfare: 3D printing is poised to upend current manufacturing standards by making industrial fabrication methods democratic. Imagine: Any object you want or need can be (somewhat) instantly “printed” at home. Let that sink in for a bit.

Meanwhile, AMD are celebrating 30 years of graphics and gaming innovation in a recent Twitch video.

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 23-August-2014  23:12:01 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Deepcool MaelStrom 240 all-in-one liquid cooler on Ocaholic
Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual all-in-one liquid cooler on TechPowerUp

Crucial MX100 256GB Solid State Drive on Madshrimps
Kingwin EZ-Clone USI-2535CLU3 USB 3.0 Storage Adapter on TweakTown
Kingston V310 SSD on HardwareHeaven
QNAP HS-210 Network Attached Storage on APH Networks
Samsung EVO 32GB SDHC UHS I Memory Card on TweakTown

Thermaltake Core V71 Full-Tower Case on Legit Reviews
In Win 901 on Tech PowerUp
Streacom FC8 EVO Fanless Chassis on PureOverclock
XFX Type-01 Bravo on Vortez

Supermicro X9SRL-F-O (Intel C602) Server Motherboard on TweakTown
ASUS Maximus VII Impact on Ocaholic
ASUS P9A-I/C2550/SAS/4L (Intel Avoton) Server Motherboard on TweakTown

Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport on Hot Hardware
Rosewill Powerbank RCBR-13020 11,200mAh Mobile Battery on TweakTown

D-Link DIR-880L AC1900 Wi-Fi Router on Bigbruin
Netgear EX6200 Wifi Extender on Hardware Heaven

ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit on Think Computers
Elite Screens ezCinema Plus 100” on LanOC
AKiTiO Thunder2 PCIe Thunderbolt 2 Expansion Chassis on TweakTown
ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit on Legit Reviews
Tesoro Lobera Supreme Full Color Illumination Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikkTech
Sniper Elite 3 (PS4) on Gaming Nexus
Antec High Current Pro Platinum 1000W (HCP-1000) Power Supply on NikkTech
Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Headset on Benchmark Reviews
HIS Radeon R9-290X Hybrid ICEQ on Guru3D

Misc Pics (27 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 22-August-2014  03:40:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Jonas and t1mbot this week!

Interesting Forum Threads (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 21-August-2014  07:33:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

Big air or (AIO) water? in Overclocking & Hardware.
Quick thoughts about the Bitfenix Colossus Venom in Overclocking & Hardware.
AMD announces new Athlon and FX chips in AMD x86 CPUs and chipsets.
How to test SSD is ok? in Troubleshooting Help.
Munich, Germany realizes that deploying Linux was a disaster in Other Operating Systems.
Onewheel skateboard - segway meets hoverboard in Hobby Engineering.
Toshiba Encore 8 and Windows 8 as a tablet OS in Portable & Small Form Factor.
[Review] 30" First F301GD Live (updated with calibration) in Video Cards & Monitors.
McDonald’s to begin home deliveries in QLD's most obese region in Geek Food.
South America in 8 weeks time for 6+ months in Holidays & Travel.
‘Impossible’ space drive tested by NASA in Science.
HSV to build "Superute" in Motoring.
How to change your Spark Plugs and Re-Gap them in Motoring.
The robot (automation) revolution is coming in Career, Education & Finance.
It appears I am a dabbler in Career, Education & Finance.
Buying property in the US - NYC in Career, Education & Finance.
The Emerging Education of Tomorrow in Career, Education & Finance.
Why is unemployment the highest it's been since 2002? in Career, Education & Finance.
What is your resting heart rate? in Sport, Fitness & Health.
Any OCAU Doomsday preppers? in Lifestyle.
Netflix CEO: We Surpassed HBO in Subscriber Revenue, Reached 'Milestone' in Entertainment.
Metadata retention scheme now a go in Politics & Policies.
Assume Disney build a lifesize Star Destroyer: What to add? in The Pub.
Had a great idea but missed my chance - figure I'm not alone in The Pub.

Thursday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 21-August-2014  06:58:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The ATO have announced they will not be treating Bitcoin as money, instead taxing it like a non-cash barter transaction, which has been received as bad news for the industry. "The way they've chosen to interpret how it should be applied is unfortunately very stifling for emerging Australian digital currency businesses and the industry as a whole," said Ron Tucker, the chair of the Australian Digital Currency Commerce Association and a partner at BitTrade, a digital currency trading service. "It's essentially a double GST effect. It is adding 10 per cent tax on the entire supply of the Bitcoin."

Steve Ballmer has stepped down from Microsoft's board, thanks Skymaster. Since leaving Microsoft, "I have become very busy," Ballmer added, citing his purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, civic activities and teaching. "I have confidence in our approach of mobile-first, cloud-first, and in our primary innovation emphasis on platforms and productivity." Ballmer noted that he holds more Microsoft shares than anyone apart from index funds, and expects "to continue holding that position for the foreseeable future."

Banshee sent in an update to Tech Report's SSD Endurance Experiment. Have we really not mentioned this since June? I feel for the subjects of our SSD Endurance Experiment. They didn't volunteer for this life. These consumer-grade drives could have ended up in a corporate desktop or grandma's laptop or even an enthusiast's PC. They could have spent their days saving spreadsheets and caching Internet files and occasionally making space for new Steam downloads. Instead, they ended up in our labs, on the receiving end of a torturous torrent of writes designed to kill them.

Mario spotted this series of articles about young(ish) innovators, and one one vietnamese-australian with a talent for big data. When Ng’s results became public in 2012, they sparked a race at Facebook, Microsoft, and other companies to invest in deep-learning research. Without any human guidance, his system had learned how to detect cats, people, and over 3,000 other objects just by ingesting 10 million images from YouTube videos. It proved that machines could learn without labored assistance from humans, and reach new levels of accuracy to boot. The technique is now used in Google’s image search and speech-recognition software.

eTeknix have a graphics card overclocking guide featuring the AMD Gigabyte R9 270. This article is aimed at a specific set of people, those who have little or minimal knowledge about graphics card overclocking, but we hope that even more experienced overclockers may be able to pick up a few tips or tricks from this article.

A couple of updates - SiliconAngel pointed out that the recent Windows patch rollbacks affect many versions, not just 8.1. Lihan from Fractal Design let me know that the review contest in the forums IS an OCAU exclusive so all 10 prizes will go to OCAU readers. Very nice!

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 21-August-2014  06:15:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooltek Antiphon mid-tower on OCAholic.
CM HAF Stacker 935 Mod-Tower on PCPerspective.
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Full-Tower on BenchmarkReviews.

Netgear R8000 Nighthawk X6 AC 3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router on LegitReviews.
Linksys RE6500 Portable AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender on Tweaktown.

Angelbird SSD wrk 512GB on CustomPCReview.
AMD Radeon R7 Series SSD 240 GB on OCAholic.
AMD Radeon R7 SSD 240 GB on TechPowerUp.
Thecus N2310 Soho/Home NAS Server on MadShrimps.
Western Digital Red 6TB NAS HDD RAID on Tweaktown.
Angelbird SSD wrk 256GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
AMD Radeon R7 240GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
Seagate Wireless Plus 2TB Mobile Device Storage on NikKTech.
Kingston SSDNow V310 SSD (960GB) on TheSSDReview.

Power Supply:
TYLT Energi 3K Battery Pack Mobile Travel Charger on Tweaktown.
Seasonic X Series XM2 1250W on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
Sapphire Radeon R9 290 on OCAholic.
PowerColor TurboDuo Radeon R9 280 3GB OC CrossFire on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
SteelSeries Sensei Wireless on Vortez.
Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Gaming Mouse on LegitReviews.
Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury gaming mouse on TechSpot.
AMDIAS HADES Extension Mouse on HWHeaven.

Audio Visual:
Asus' ROG Swift PG278Q G-Sync monitor on TechReport.
AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable Capture Device on HWSecrets.

Zotac's Zbox ID92 mini-PC on TechReport.
Raijintek Pallas Low Profile Heatsink on HWAsylum.
Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming GT Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
MicroQuill SmartHeap Overview - Improve your SPEC CPU2006 Scores on Tweaktown.

Fractal Design Contest (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 20-August-2014  02:18:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Fractal Design are running a contest in the forums (although it doesn't seem to be OCAU-specific). You can win one of their new cases if you're willing to review it:

click for the thread

Wednesday Morning (9 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 19-August-2014  16:36:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Quite a few people have pointed out that Whirlpool are being sued over negative posts in their forums. A financial services business licensed through National Australia Bank is suing an online forum for refusing to remove an allegedly fake and negative post about its services, claiming it has damaged its reputation with would-be clients. More coverage on Slashdot, reddit, smartcompany and the SMH.

Some more positive news from Jimbogimp: Awesome news from Newcastle based ELMOFO this weekend. In a world first we won TWO races in the SuperSports Series at Wakefiled Park over petrol vehicles. Here's a pretty decent write up on what transpired. Here's the thread and some rudimentary mobile phone footage. All the guys are pretty stoked and currently preparing for the final round in about 10 weeks time.

From Davros123, info about a Kickstarter thermal imager: Full disclosure: I saw this on Hackaday and immediately backed this project (my first kickstarter backing) but thought it might make a good front page news item for ocau readers too. I plan to use this to improve the energy efficiency of my home (ie. target air leaks) but I know our members would also find it very useful for analysing heat flows from PC's and other devices.

Tuesday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 19-August-2014  06:53:49 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Corsair Carbide Air 240 Micro-ATX Chassis on eTeknix
Cooler Master Elite 110 mini-ITX case on Techreport
Corsair Carbide Spec 01 Gaming Case on Madshrimps
Cooltek Antiphom Case on Ocaholic

Angelbird SSD wrk 512 GB on TechPowerUp
Angelbird SSD wrk SSD Review (512GB) on The SSD Review
Angelbird SSD WRK 256 GB SSD on Guru3D
Samsung XP941 128GB PCIe SSD on TweakTown
Angelbird SSD wrk 256GB SSD on Legit Reviews
Angelbird SSD wrk 512GB on PC Perspective
Kingston HyperX FURY 240GB SSD on Nikktech
Kingston HyperX FURY 240 GiB SSD on Hardware Secrets
AMD Radeon R7 Series 240GB SSD on Hot Hardware
AMD Radeon R7 SSD on Tech Report
AMD Radeon R7 240GB Gaming SSD on TweakTown
OCZ AMD Radeon R7 SSD Review (240GB) on The SSD Review
AMD Radeon R7 SSD on Hardware Heaven
AMD Radeon R7 Series 240GB SSD on Guru3D

EVGA TORQ X10 Gaming Mouse on Techgage
Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Mouse on Hardware Heaven
XTracGear Carbonic Mousing Surface on APH Networks

LUXA2 PL2 6000mAh Leather Power Bank on NikkTech
D-Link DSP-W215 Wi-Fi Smart Plug on TweakTown
HIS Multi View Display Adapters on PureOverclock
Diamond UGA USB 3.0/2.0 to DVI/HDMI/VGA Adapter on OCC
Cooler Master Nepton 280L AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers
XFX PRO 450W Core Edition Non-Modular Power Supply on eTeknix
Ultra Street Fighter IV PC Game on TweakTown

MSI / Blizzard Contest (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 18-August-2014  06:56:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Blizzard and MSI are giving away some stuff to celebrate the launch of the GT72 Dominator gaming notebook. Looks like a pretty easy one to enter:

click for the thread!

Monday Afternoon (9 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 18-August-2014  06:21:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

EFA have made a Can I Watch It? website, showing the difficulty of legally obtaining new release movies in Australia. We know that Australian theatrical, DVD and VOD releases lag behind the rest of the world by as much as months. Australians aren't reluctant to pay for content - a Pocketbook study found that despite the fact that it is actively geoblocked in Australia, Nexflix is the second most popular paid-content media company in Australia. With a desire to keep up with the rest of the world and a willingness to pay for it, are there legal digital alternatives to movie piracy in Australia?

Microsoft are advising to roll back some Win8.1 patches issued recently. Since the patch rollout, it's been discovered that four individual updates are causing random BSoD issues for its users, with KB2982791, a kernel-mode related driver, being the biggest culprit. Because of the bug's severity, Microsoft is recommending that anyone who updated go and uninstall a couple of the specific updates, or rollback using Windows Restore. Discussion here.

5tumpy sends word that they need at least one more team for the OCAU Fantasy Football league, so if you're keen, find out more towards the end of this thread.

Sharks have been attacking the internet, or at least, undersea cables. Vision has emerged showing sharks munching away on the cables, mistaking them for dinner. Google has been forced to take action, reinforcing parts of the trans-Pacific fibre-optic cables and wrapping them in material to keep the sharks at bay.

|Renegade|'s Race for Charity is gaining momentum in the forums. When I saw the record broken in Mariokart, I certainly found respect for the four guys that pulled it off, but I knew straight away that it was worth taking it one step further in the interest of charity. Here we are.

MadShrimps report from Gigabyte Extreme OC 2014 in Germany. At the EOC the best overclocking teams of Germany have a chance to prove who is still king. The main organizer behind each event is Germany’s finest Roman Hartung also known as der8auer at HWBot.org. This year besides Gigabyte also G.Skill, Intel, Seasonic and Gelid solutions provided the required hardware and funds to allow this clash of the titans to take place at the Know Cube at the Heilbronn Tech University.

Meanwhile eTeknix compared AMD Gaming Evolved and NVIDIA Gaming Experience. At the core of both these GPU software offerings is the assumption that it should make life easier for gamers with features such as game-optimisation and automated driver updates. But they should also give gamers more unique functionality and incentives to use the software: such as rewarding gamers for using the software and giving them premium software capabilities like hardware level gameplay recording.

BC sent in this comic book auction.. at $1.75M and climbing. This is THE comic book that started it all. This comic features not only the first appearance of Superman, Clark Kent and Lois Lane, but this comic began the entire superhero genre that has followed during the 76 years since. It is referred to as the Holy Grail of comics and this is the finest graded copy to exist with perfect white pages. This is .... the Mona Lisa of comics and stands alone as the most valuable comic book ever printed.

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