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Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 22-October-2014  03:50:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

booj reports on
MSI's MOA 2014 Comp

trevor68 reviewed the
Fractal Design Node 804

STUdog has another
impressive WC PC

Kosti is modding
a fishtank

Renza reviewed the
U-NAS NSC-800 8-Bay ITX

and slipperyskip's
Project Addison is taking shape

Wednesday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 21-October-2014  23:42:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Minister for Justice has released a report into identity theft in Australia. In 2011-12 more Australians reported being a victim of identity crime than victims of robbery, motor vehicle theft, household break-ins or assault. New figures in a Commonwealth Government report released today show that each year between 750,000 to 900,000 people fall victim to identity crime resulting in financial loss.

Mozilla will be turning off SSLv3 in Firefox due to the POODLE attack. In late September, a team at Google discovered a serious vulnerability in SSL 3.0 that can be exploited to steal certain confidential information, such as cookies. This vulnerability, known as “POODLE”, is similar to the BEAST attack. By exploiting this vulnerability, an attacker can gain access to things like passwords and cookies, enabling him to access a user’s private account data on a website.

The Nokia mobile phone brand will be going away soon, with Microsoft changing it over to Microsoft Lumia. Microsoft has been slowly redirecting some Nokia pages over to Microsoft.com, and many would probably have guessed that Microsoft Lumia was a safe bet to replace the Nokia brand on devices. While the Nokia brand will of course live on, given that the Finish company still exists as a standalone entity (it launched HERE maps for Android just today), it’s a notable development nonetheless.

It sounds like they will also have a smartwatch soon, thanks mpot. According to Forbes, Microsoft could launch the device within the next few weeks, with a focus on health. According to the report, the device will passively track its user's heart rate, and give the company a platform for building health and other apps on.

It turns out that publically threatening to kill Gabe Newell will get your game dropped from Steam. It seems Maulbeck (using the ill-chosen Halloween-themed name "Mike Murderbeck") was a little upset that Steam's promotional carousel referred to Paranautical Activity as being an Early Access title, shortly after it had been reclassified as a full release.

Mpot also sent in this story about cities building their own gigabit networks. More than two dozen cities in 19 states announced today that they're sick of big telecom skipping them over for internet infrastructure upgrades and would like to build gigabit fiber networks themselves and help other cities follow their lead. The Next Centuries Cities coalition, which includes a couple cities that already have gigabit fiber internet for their residents, was devised to help communities who want to build their own broadband networks navigate logistical and legal challenges to doing so.

Here's an interesting one about Siri and an autistic boy. That Siri. She doesn’t let my communications-impaired son get away with anything. Indeed, many of us wanted an imaginary friend, and now we have one. Only she’s not entirely imaginary.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 21-October-2014  18:12:08 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Crucial DDR4-2133 DRx4 RDIMM Memory on TweakTown
Kingston HyperX Fury DDR3-1866-CL10 1.50V on ocaholic
Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 on HardwareHeaven
Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB 3300MHz DDR4 on Legit Reviews

Kingston HyperX Fury 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on NikKTech
Toshiba TransMemory Pro EXII 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TweakTown
Thecus N2560 Dual-bay SOHO NAS on Techgage
Western Digital My Passport Pro 2 TB Portable (Thunderbolt) Hard Disk Drive on Techarp
Samsung 845DC PRO 800GB Enterprise SSD on TweakTown
Kingmax M.2 2242 SATA SSD Review (128GB) on The SSD Review
Toshiba 2.5-inch 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive on eTeknix
Seagate Enterprise Performance 15K HDD v4 450GB Enterprise on TweakTown
Crucial MX100 512GB & Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSDs on Silent PC Review

ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 970 4GB Graphics Card on eTeknix
GeForce GTX 970 cards from MSI and Asus on Techreport
Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super Jetstream on Guru3D
ZOTAC GTX 780 AMP! Edition Graphics Card on Techware Labs
ASUS STRIX GTX 980 OC 4 GB on techPowerUp

Fractal Design Newton R3 1000W Semi-Modular Power Supply on eTeknix
be quiet! Straight Power 10 700W on PureOverclock

Windows 10 Technical Preview on Techreport
Windows 10 Hands-On on Technology X
Borderlands: Pre-Sequel Preview on Techgage

ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit on Madshrimps
Lenovo Erazer x510 Gaming PC on Hot Hardware

MSI X99S Gaming 7 on ocaholic
GIGABYTE GA-X99-SOC Force Motherboard on TweakTown

Antec ISK 600 on Techpowerup
Deepcool Steam Castle Case on ThinkComputers.org

Cooler Master Nepton 240M Liquid Radiator on Benchmark Reviews
Thermalright Silver Arrow IB-E on ocaholic
Cooler Master Nepton 240M on Guru3D

Intel Pentium G3258 on Technology X
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on Techspot
MadCatz R.A.T. TE (Tournament Edition) Gaming Mouse on eTeknix

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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