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Photography Gallery (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 20-October-2014  09:39:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a quick snapshot of what people are up to in our Photography Gallery forum.

Monday Afternoon (11 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 20-October-2014  02:35:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft have withdrawn another buggy update. The update released as described in Microsoft Security Advisory 2949927 added SHA-2 hash algorithm signing and verification for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. It was one of three proactive security feature updates released on Tuesday in addition to the eight patches of Windows and Office. Meanwhile Apple have released 144 security patches of their own.

Apple are apparently not interested in making a touchscreen Mac. But if you want to see what's inside the new 5K Retina iMac, IFIXIT have opened one up. Think of the most colorful and radiant display you’ve ever seen. Now, discard that memory and stare at Apple’s newest iMac Intel 27” with Retina 5K Display. We're not talking 1080p or 4K, we're talking about 5K—millions and millions of pixels on a 27-inch display. Will the addition of a high-resolution display affect the repairability of the newest iMac Intel 27”? Let’s find out!

While our politicians debate the NBN, South Korea is preparing to roll out 10Gbps broadband. SK Broadband will introduce its new 10 gigabit per second Internet service at the Oct. 20 Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunications Union to be held at Busan’s BEXCO Center, in partnership with the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and the National Information Society Agency.

A few people sent in this bizarre lock. I'm not really into the whole "lockpicking as a hobby" thing, but that's pretty cool.

From drayzen: There's a pretty cool game I've backed on Kickstarter called Human Resources, being made by the guys that made Planetary Annihilation. Unfortunately it's looking like it's going to fall short of its funding goal, which is both surprising and disappointing as it looks great! Maybe some OCAU backers could help get it across the line...?

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 18-October-2014  21:21:17 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Maingear Pulse 15 Gaming Laptop on Techspot
LG G3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 on LanOC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M on PC Perspective
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Smartphone on TweakTown

Chieftec Navitas 1250W GPM-1250C on ocaholic
Deepcool DQ750 Quanta Semi-Modular Power Supply on eTeknix

Gelid SpeedTouch 6 Fan Controller on eTeknix
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate AIO CPU Cooler on HardOCP

Lenovo ThinkStation P300 Tower Workstation on TweakTown
Logitech G502 PROTEUS CORE on Vortez
Crucial DDR4-2133 DRx4 RDIMM Memory on TweakTown
Linksys SE4008 Router on HardwareHeaven

SanDisk Optimus Eco SSD RAID on TweakTown
QNAP SilentNAS HS-251 2-Bay NAS on eTeknix
Silicon Power Marvel M70 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on APH Networks

SteelSeries Siberia V3 Headphones on Vortez
Compro TN900W Camera on vortez
Elgato Game Capture HD60 on Gaming Nexus

ASUS X99-A Motherboard on ocaholic
Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 LGA 2011-v3 Motherboard on HardOCP

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

Thanks to EvilGenius, mpot and axe this week!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STUdog built an
impressive watercooled system

Ratzz reviewed the
Fractal Node 804

PabloEscobar has a great
guide to using PowerShell

toje built a
2800Mah USB charger

ItsDanK tells us about
life with a Caique Parrot

sjp770 is building an
enormous tower PC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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