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Don't forget Mother's Day on Sunday! :) Thanks to mpot, Gordon and Dean this week!
If you keep hitting that "upgrade later" button when prompted about Windows 10, but do intend to upgrade at some stage, you might have to do it sooner rather than later. On Thursday, Microsoft began showing potential customers of Windows 10 the carrot as well as the stick, touting Windows 10’s success but also warning that the free upgrade offer would expire in a couple of months. If consumers don’t upgrade their PCs from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 by July 29, Microsoft will charge $119 for a copy of Windows 10 Home when they eventually do.
Meanwhile here's a video showing Microsoft's new hover gestures for Windows phones. Microsoft had been planning to use a number of sensors on the sides of a device to detect how a phone is held by grip, allowing 3D Touch-enabled phones to block an orientation switch when you're lying down in bed. In the Microsoft Research video you can also see features allowing additional gestures to be unearthed as a users' finger gets closer to the screen.
Apple are pushing for IPv6 adoption, by requiring apps to have IPv6-only networking support. At WWDC 2015 we announced the transition to IPv6-only network services in iOS 9. Starting June 1, 2016 all apps submitted to the App Store must support IPv6-only networking. Most apps will not require any changes because IPv6 is already supported by NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs.
A few people sent in this story about iTunes deleting people's music. What Amber explained was exactly what I’d feared: through the Apple Music subscription, which I had, Apple now deletes files from its users’ computers. When I signed up for Apple Music, iTunes evaluated my massive collection of Mp3s and WAV files, scanned Apple’s database for what it considered matches, then removed the original files from my internal hard drive. REMOVED them. Deleted.
There's a new Android security bug. Security researchers have uncovered a bug in Google Android devices that could leave potentially millions of smartphone and tablets manufactured over the last five years open to attack.
There's a World Video Game Hall of Fame, and they have announced the 2016 inductees. The games in the second class of The Strong’s World Video Gamed Hall of Fame® span multiple decades, countries of origin, and gaming platforms, but all have significantly affected the video game industry, popular culture, and society in general. Grand Theft Auto III, The Legend of Zelda, The Oregon Trail, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Space Invaders have been selected from a field of 15 finalists that also included Elite, Final Fantasy, John Madden Football, Minecraft, Nürburgring, Pokémon Red and Green, Sid Meier’s Civilization, Street Fighter II, and Tomb Raider.
NASA have released many more patents into the public domain. These technologies were developed to advance NASA missions but may have non-aerospace applications and be used by commercial space ventures and other companies free of charge, eliminating the time, expense and paperwork often associated with licensing intellectual property. The technologies include advanced manufacturing processes, sensors, propulsion methods, rocket nozzles, thrusters, aircraft wing designs and improved rocket safety and performance concepts.
Yesterday was World Password Day. Betty White tells you how to improve your password habits.
|Friday Afternoon Reviews
Friday, 6-May-2016 13:22:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 and GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 Motherboards on Futurelooks.
AMD A10-7860K APU on Guru3D.
AMD A10-7860K and A8-7670K on PCPerspective.
Fnatic FLICK G1 Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.
G.Skill's Ripjaws KM780R gaming keyboard on TechReport.
HAVIT HV-KB366L RGB Backlit Mechanical Keyboard on NikKTech.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Nextbook Flexx 10 netbook on TechWareLabs.
ASUS Zenbook UX305CA on Vortez.
Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67 PWM Fans on MadShrimps.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240 on BenchmarkReviews.
Creative iRoar Bluetooth speaker on LegionHW.
Creative iRoar Intelligent Bluetooth Speaker on Tweaktown.
Zalman Z9 Neo White Case on ThinkComputers.
Corsair Carbide Spec-Alpha ATX Mid-Tower on TechSpot.
Corsair SF600 SFX PSU on LanOC.
Corsair RMi Series 650 W on TechPowerUp.
Maxwell Quadro For All: NVIDIA Quadro M2000 Workstation Graphics Card on Techgage.
AMD's Radeon Pro Duo Benchmarked And Tested on HotHardware.
LaCie P9227 Porsche Design Slim Drive 2TB USB C on Tweaktown.
Intel 540s SSD Review (480GB) – SMI Controller With SK Hynix Memory on TheSSDReview.
Synology DiskStation DS216+ 2-Bay NAS on Techgage.
Here's some projects and reviews from the forums:
Thursday, 5-May-2016 15:25:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg
An Australian computer scientist and inventor may be the mysterious founder of Bitcoin. Craig Steven Wright—a 45-year-old Australian computer scientist and inventor who was outed against his will and with dubious evidence as Mr Nakamoto in December last year—now claims he is the real Satoshi. On May 2nd he published a blog post offering what he says is cryptographic proof that he is indeed the creator of bitcoin. But proving it is somewhat tricky.
The recent Budget announcement included info on ending NBN Co funding. The Federal Government has revealed that it has put together a special taskforce to determine how to fund its modified rollout of the National Broadband Network, with the project’s costs ballooning and the public purse running dry of funds to support it. More info here.
Straight off the pages of a cyberpunk novel, Sony (and Google and Samsung) have recently patents for smart contact lenses. Potential misuses aside, the technology behind these new 'smart eyes' is actually incredibly cool. The patent describes contact lenses that can 'sense' when you're making a deliberate blink rather than a natural one, and respond by turning the recording on or off.
John sent in this enormous Lego Star Destroyer project.
|Wednesday Morning Reviews
Wednesday, 4-May-2016 10:05:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
ECS Z170-Claymore Motherboard on PCPerspective.
AMD A10-7860K 65W APU on TechPowerUp.
CM Storm Quick Fire XTi Gaming Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Corsair M65 PRO RGB mouse on Vortez.
ASUS ROG Spatha mouse on Vortez.
GAMDIAS' Hermes RGB mech gaming keyboard on Techgage.
Phiaton BT 110 Bluetooth Headset on BenchmarkReviews.
Pittasoft BlackVue DR650GW-2CH Car Dashcam on NikKTech.
JBL Xtreme Portable Bluetooth Speaker on Tweaktown.
SteelSeries Siberia 350 Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Intel NUC NUC6i5SYK Skylake Mini PC on LegitReviews.
InFocus M560 Smartphone on MadShrimps.
LaCie P9227 Porsche Design Mobile Drive 4TB USB C on Tweaktown.
MyDigitalSSD Bullet Proof 5 Eco M.2 SSD Review (480GB) on TheSSDReview.
Plextor M7V M.2 SATA SSD on Modders-Inc.
Lexar 633x microSDXC Card Review (200GB) on TheSSDReview.
Intel 750 Series 400GB NVMe Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Turris' VR Chair on TechReport.
Chieftec Navitas 1000W GPM-1000C PSU on OCAholic.
Anonabox Pro Tor And VPN Router on HotHardware.
EK P360 Performance Liquid Cooling on Guru3D.
Fnatic Gear Flick G1 Optical Mouse on APH Networks
Corsair K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE Keyboard on Benchmark Reviews
Corsair Gaming K70 Rapidfire RGB Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix
Corsair Gaming K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE Mechanical Keyboard on Legit Reviews
Corsair K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TweakTown
XFX R9 Fury Triple Dissipation on OCC
AMD A10-7890K APU on Neoseeker
AMD Radeon Pro Duo on PC Perspective
Asus GTX 950 2 GB (no power connector) on Tech Powerup
Noctua NH-C14S CPU Cooler on OCC
Silverstone Argon AR06 CPU Cooler on Modders-Inc
Cryorig A40 Ultimate on Vortez
Thermalright Macho 120 SBM CPU Cooler on NikKTech
Cryorig M9i CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.org
Creative SoundBlaster X Pro-Gaming H5 Headset on eTeknix
Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver Headset on Modders-Inc
Razer Leviathan Mini on Vortez
Tesoro Kuven A1 Pro Real 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset on NikKTech
1MORE Swarovski Crystal Piston Earphones on TweakTown
Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro Bluetooth Portable Speaker on TweakTown
InWin 909 E-ATX Aluminium & Tempered Glass Chassis on eTeknix
Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX Tempered Glass Edition Case on Hardware Asylum
Lian Li PC-J60 on Ocaholic
Riotoro CR1280 Prism Full Tower Case on Neoseeker
NZXT Manta Mini-ITX Enclosure on PC Perspective
Thermaltake Versa N21 Case on ThinkComputers.org
Cyberpower Infinity X55 Pro Gaming PC on eTeknix
Intel NUC Kit NUC5PGYH Braswell Mini PC on Missing Remote
MSI GL62 6QF-628 Gaming Notebook (GTX 960M) on Tech Powerup
Gigabyte X170 Extreme ECC and Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 Motherboard on Guru3D
Gigabyte X99P-SLI (Intel X99) Motherboard on TweakTown
Biostar Racing Z170GT7 (Intel LGA-1151) on Tech Powerup
Asustor AS3204T NAS on Guru3D
Patriot SuperSonic Magnum 2 256GB USB 3.1 Gen 1 Flash Drive on NikKTech
ADATA i-Memory UE710 64GB Lightning OTG Flash Drive on TweakTown
Thecus N5810 Consumer NAS on TweakTown
Crucial MX200 250 GB SSD on OC Inside
Antec High Current Gamer M 750 W (HCG-750M) PSU on Hardware Insights
SilverStone Strider Titanium ST80F-TI 800W Power Supply on APH Networks
Blackbird VX-2SSD USB 3.1 Type-C Media Dock on Legit Reviews
Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch on TweakTown
Elgato Eve Energy Wireless Power Sensor & Switch on TechnologyX
LG V10 SmartPhone on LanOC
G.SKILL TridentZ 32GB 3200MHz DDR4 (F4-3200C15D-32GTZ) Memory Kit on Madshrimps
ASUS MG24UQ and MG28UQ IPS 4K FreeSync Monitor on eTeknix
Linksys LGS116P 16-Port Business Desktop Gigabit PoE+ Switch on NikKTech
Dark Souls III PC on TweakTown
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