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|Thursday Afternoon Reviews
Thursday, 23-May-2013 04:00:49 (GMT +10) - by booj
Zotac GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Edition on Hardware Heaven.
Zotac GeForce GTX TITAN AMP! Edition on techPowerUp.
MSI Radeon HD 7790 1GB OC on TweakTown.
PowerColor PCS+ HD7870 Myst Edition on TechwareLabs.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost OC WindForce 2X on Guru3D.
SanDisk Ultra Plus 256GB SSD on eTeknix.
Kingston DT Workspace 64GB 'Windows To Go' USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TweakTown.
PQI Air Drive External Wireless Storage Device on The SSD Review.
Lexar Professional 128GB Compact Flash Memory Card on TweakTown.
Shuttle OMNINAS KD20 on techPowerUp.
Thermaltake Non-Interference Cooler NiC F4 CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
SilverStone AR01 CPU Cooler on Hardware Secrets.
Cooler Master NotePal U2 Plus Cooling Pad on Neoseeker.
SilverStone AR01 CPU Cooler on Pure Overclock.
Antec Mobile Products A.M.P. dBs Headphone on eTeknix.
Wavemaster Dakota Headphones on eTeknix.
Turtle Beach XP Seven Tournament Grade Gaming Headset (Video Review) on HardwareHeaven.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Blackberry Z10 Smartphone on Funky Kit.
Lenovo Y500 Gaming Notebook on PC Perspective.
HP Envy TouchSmart 4 Touchscreen Ultrabook on TweakTown.
ECS A970M-A Deluxe Motherboard on PureOverclock.
Star Wars: The Old Republic Gaming Mouse on Madshrimps.
Oregon Scientific ATC9K Action Camera on NikKTech.
Rosewill T600N Wireless Router on ThinkComputers.
Wednesday, 22-May-2013 10:34:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Here's a quick snapshot of what people are up to in our Photography Gallery forum.
Wednesday, 22-May-2013 09:56:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Ethernet turns 40 years old this week, with more info here and here. That was the genesis of Ethernet: connecting those "revolutionary" desktop PCs, providing access to the ARPANET, and allowing researchers to simply hit P to print. "We were not planning to do the web, or audio, or video," Metcalfe told us. Those came later. Much later.
More revolutionary is this story where the inventor of the GIF file format drops a bombshell: He is proud of the GIF, but remains annoyed that there is still any debate over the pronunciation of the format. “The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations,” Mr. Wilhite said. “They are wrong. It is a soft ‘G,’ pronounced ‘jif.’ End of story.”
Motorcyclists should be aware of some recalled helmets. The ACCC recently tested six different brands and models of motorcycle helmet against the requirements of the Australian/New Zealand Standard. Two of the six helmets failed to meet minimum safety requirements and have been recalled. The helmets in question are a "Kylin XR 205" and a "KBC VR-1X". OCAU has a (fairly quiet) motorcycle subforum, too.
HotHardware made a mini Raspberry Pi desktop. Basically our goal was to turn what is currently one of the cheapest bare-bones computer boards into a fully enclosed mini desktop computer that could be taken anywhere without the need for cabling or setup.
Yahoo are going to buy Tumblr for $1.1B. Yahoo has now officially confirmed that it is buying blogging platform Tumblr for $1.1 billion mostly in cash, after reports on an impending deal first surfaced last week. Meanwhile Yahoo's property Flickr has announced free upgrades, but also some comments which have annoyed photographers.
Microsoft have unveiled their new Xbox, the Xbox One. The next-generation console was shown off alongside a new Kinect sensor and a redesigned gamepad. The US firm described the voice and gesture-controlled machine as an "all-in-one" system offering games, live TV, movies and music. More here, discussion here.
Sony have also announced the PlayStation 4, although the official release isn't until June. The end of the video promises more details about the new console on June 10 at 6 p.m. Pacific, the eve of this year's E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles. There's a big thread with lots of info here in the forums.
|Tuesday Afternoon Reviews
Tuesday, 21-May-2013 03:27:10 (GMT +10) - by booj
MSI Radeon HD 7790 TurboDuo OC on Guru3D.
HIS 7790 iCooler Turbo 1GB on Madshrimps.
PowerColor 7790 Turbo Duo on PureOverclock.
Seagate Laptop Thin 500GB Hybrid SSHD ST500LM000 on TweakTown.
Seagate 600 Pro SSD Review (400GB) on The SSD Review.
SilverStone DS322 Dual Bay USB 3.0 Enclosure on ThinkComputers.
Crucial M500 480GB SSD on eTeknix.
Streacom F7C EVO HTPC Chassis on eTeknix.
Cooltek Coolcube Maxi Black on techPowerUp.
Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 on Benchmark Reviews.
NZXT H630 Ultra Tower on eTeknix.
A1 Tunguska 2.0 and v7.1 Headsets on Vortez.
Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 5 Gaming Headset on Madshrimps.
Steelseries WoW MMO Gaming Mouse Legendary Edition on eTeknix.
A4Tech Bloody Gun3 UC3 Headshot V8 Gaming Mouse on The SSD Review.
Roccat Hiro Mousepad on OCC.
Mionix Naos 8200 Gaming mouse on Rbmods.
Noctua NF-S12A FLX, NF-S12A PWM, NF-S12A ULN Cooling Fans on APH Networks.
MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming Motherboard on PC Perspective.
Kingston MobileLite Wireless on Pro-Clockers.
G.Skill RipjawsX F3-2133C9D-16GXH Memory Kit on Bjorn3D.
Sandberg iConheli Bluetooth Helicopter on NikKTech.
|Interesting Forum Threads
Monday, 20-May-2013 04:25:29 (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.
Xyala @ OverClocking-TV - Epic Backpacking Trip in Australia in Overclocking & Hardware.
Productive uses of PC hardware? in Overclocking & Hardware.
Cutting fan holes cheaply in Modding.
Social media administration - Do you have admin rights? in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Storage / Backup - Server, Self Built or NAS in Business & Enterprise Computing.
So this happened - disgruntled employee - deleting a bunch of users in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Power consumption in the data centre in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Intel next-gen Haswell (LGA1150) CPU line-up leaked in Intel Hardware.
Google I/O 2013 in Google Android.
Old Core 2 Shuttle Kids Gamer in PC Build Logs.
Speed-up tip in Apple Desktop Hardware/Software.
Roundup of the 6 (7 actually) New Gaming Platforms Launching in 2013 in Game Consoles.
Motion Sickness in Game Consoles.
Extruder Screw Manufacturing in Hobby Engineering.
MS-DOS Time-Machine Gaming - Mau1wurf1977's YT Videos in Retro & Arcade.
HARDWARE in PC Games.
We need to save the internet from TPP in Networking, Telephony & Internet.
"Active" Bi-Quad WiFi in Networking, Telephony & Internet.
Affordable cars with low lock-to-lock wheel turns? in Motoring.
We've Solved 90% of Supplement Confusion in Sport, Fitness & Health.
Politifact Australia opens for business in Politics & Policies.
Who here is a lotto player? in The Pub.
The Australian Institute of Criminology have released their Australian Crime Facts & Figures report. The Australian Institute of Criminology’s annual compendium of crime statistics shows a continuing decrease in crime levels around Australia with some concerning trends in certain crime types. Facts & figures provides government and justice agencies, the media and the Australian public with accurate, easy to access crime statistics in a single, centralised location. Discussion here.
The latest large-scale data theft victim seems to be Yahoo Japan, thanks mpot. Yahoo Japan Corp. suspects that up to 22 million user IDs may have been stolen during an unauthorized attempt to access the administrative system of its Yahoo! Japan portal. More here. Yahoo is the top most search provider when it comes to Japan with over 50 per cent market share. Google holds 40 per cent market share in comparison.
An American university has made a Raspberry Pi Beowulf cluster. In spite of the obvious benefits, Kiepert’s approach is not ideal for every application. Perhaps the biggest downside is that an RPi is nowhere near as powerful as a desktop PC. Also, because of the limited processing capability, the RPiCluster will not reliably support multiple users simultaneously. However, Kiepert believes these drawbacks do not have a negative impact on his current research.
Popular Mechanics have weighed into the IP law debate. Ownership ought to mean something. When you buy a smartphone or an automobile, it should be yours, and companies shouldn't be able to leverage their intellectual property rights in software to keep you from unlocking, repairing, modifying, or reselling it as you see fit. Intellectual property is a good thing, all right. But it turns out that too much of it isn't wonderful at all.
An update to Google Maps will add Google Earth functionality in the browser, instead of needing the stand-alone app or a plugin. The Google Earth Plugin has been an amazing tool to help bring Google Earth into the browser, but with the upcoming release of Google Maps you’ll be able to view Google Earth in your web browser without needing a plugin at all!
Meanwhile on other worlds, there's a list of driving records by interplanetary rovers. The champion for driving on another surface still goes to the Soviet Lunokhod 2 rover, which travelled 37 kilometres across the moon in 1973.~
|Sunday Afternoon Reviews
Sunday, 19-May-2013 05:27:52 (GMT +10) - by booj
Motherboards & CPUs:
Asus M5A97 R2.0 on Hardware Secrets.
Intel Core i7-3970X Sandy Bridge-E CPU on Hot Hardware.
Kingston HyperX Beast 16GB 2133MHz Memory Kit on Bigbruin.
Mushkin Chronos GO Deluxe 1.8″ SATA 3 SSD on The SSD Review.
Kingston SSDNow E100 Enterprise SSD on TweakTown.
Patriot Supersonic Magnum Flash Drive on Benchmark Reviews.
OCZ Vertex 3.20 240GB SSD on OCIA.
WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable Storage Drive on Legit Reviews.
Corsair Voyager Air 500GB Wireless Storage Device on TweakTown.
Thermaltake EVO Blue 2.0 850-Watt 80 PLUS Gold on TweakTown.
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 1200-Watt 80 PLUS Gold on TweakTown.
Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler on Vortez.
NZXT FZ-200 Airflow Fan Series 200mm fan on Modders-Inc.
CM Storm Skorpion Mouse Bungee and Control-RX Gaming Surface on PureOverclock.
Logitech G700s Rechargable Gaming Mouse on HardwareHeaven.
Mad Catz R.A.T.M Wireless Mobile Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Corsair M95 Gaming Mouse (Video Review) on HardwareHeaven.
Asus Xonar DGX and Xonar DSX Audio Cards on Legit Reviews.
Asus ROG Orion Pro Gaming Headset on OCC.
Sunrise Charm3 & Dragon2 Ear buds on techPowerUp.
Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch on TechReviewSource.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Smartphone on HardwareHeaven.
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And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.
I mentioned earlier that the mandatory ISP filter has been dropped, but mpot and others pointed out a sneaky backdoor filtering program which is underway. The Federal Government has confirmed its financial regulator has started requiring Australian Internet service providers to block websites suspected of providing fraudulent financial opportunities, in a move which appears to also open the door for other government agencies to unilaterally block sites they deem questionable in their own portfolios. More here and here.
Google has a new boss for AU and NZ. Carnegie, who is in her early 40s, has been Proctor & Gamble’s managing director for Australia and New Zealand for the past three years, having worked in Australia, Singapore and the US. Meanwhile Google's CEO has reported on some issues with his vocal cords. In a blog post, Page gave a full explanation as to his condition, which started about 14 years ago and has led to him losing his voice and even skipping last year’s annual meeting.
With the Melbourne tunnel dramas recently, it seems this idea in Sydney could help. Developed and implemented back in 2011, Laservision's Softstop system projects a familiar bright red stop sign, seemingly in mid-air, at the tunnel's entrance if a vehicle too large to enter is detected. In fact, the stop sign does not float in mid-air, but rather is projected onto a water screen that, should a vehicle not heed its command, would cause no damage from being driven through.
IntelInside sent in this article about vital buildings being at risk from hackers. You're in intensive care at a hospital when the lights go out and the heating turns up. Meanwhile, doctors trying to get you to an operating theatre have been trapped in elevators for almost an hour as hackers take control. Experts are warning that this fictitious scenario is all too plausible after two researchers discovered in Australia 653 computer-based building management systems attached to the public internet.
Today's timewaster is GeoGuessr, from BugsBunny.
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