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Thursday, 12-December-2013 08:50:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Here's some interesting projects and reviews from people in the forums:
Thursday, 12-December-2013 03:14:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg
The strategic review of the NBN has been completed, and it's not exactly smooth sailing. A $29 billion blowout in the funding needed to complete the original national broadband network has forced Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to abandon election promises, admitting the company would no longer be able to finish the first stage of the network by 2016.
The South Australian Government has an ad campaign warning about young children playing gambling games, but the choice of catchphrase - "gambling starts with games" - leaves a bit to be desired. It's all a new public awareness campaign, Gambling is no game, which advises parents to "look out for online games that simulate gambling". Specifically - and despite what the advertising may have you believe - the SA Government does not believe that playing Super Mario Bros will lead you to becoming a blackjack junkie, or that spending every waking hour in Call of Duty will result in you spending your last dollar down at the race track. The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association has asked them to remove the billboards as inaccurate.
DOOM was released 20 years ago, and John Carmack looks back at how far things have come. At the stroke of midnight on December 10, 1993, an executive at id Software uploaded a file to an FTP site on the University of Washington’s network. The filename was doom1_0.zip. Thus did one of the great revolutions in the world of gaming begin—not with a spectacular launch party and a multimillion-dollar ad campaign, but with a 2MB file transfer. ArsTechnica remember it too.
TPG are aquiring AAPT, thanks Skymaster. TPG Telecom has provided its strongest indication yet that it is preparing to take on Australia’s dominant internet players, finalising a $450 million deal to buy AAPT’s business and wholesale divisions from Telecom New Zealand. The deal will provide TPG with impressive infrastructure assets, including a 11,000km fibre-optic cable network. The network extends across six Australian states and territories and connects large capital cities.
LegitReviews have a 120mm watercooler roundup. The first sealed loop unit I personally reviewed was the CoolIT Systems Pure way back in 2008, and since I have reviewed several units from Corsair, CoolIT Systems, Intel, Thermaltake and Antec. Today we are taking a look at units from Cooler Master, Scythe, and Zalman. These are all new brands to us when it comes to liquid cooling, so we can't wait to see what they have to offer.
NASA have a cool video, the first to show the moon orbiting the Earth when viewed from afar. According to NASA's Juno principal investigator Scott Bolton "if Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise said, 'Take us home, Scotty,' this is what the crew would see." It's truly an incredible sequence—the first time ever that the Moon has been captured orbiting Earth. Strictly speaking, every image of the Moon is of it orbiting the Earth.. also, Scotty doesn't pilot the Enterprise. :)
A few people have pointed out this Have I Been Pwned? website. I assume it's not simply harvesting emails..
|Wednesday Night Reviews
Wednesday, 11-December-2013 10:59:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Feenix Nascita 2014 Laser Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Func KB-460 Mechanical Keyboard on PureOC.
CM Storm Reaper Laser Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Lian Li PC-Q28 on ComputingOnDemand.
Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935 on OCIA.
Cooler Master Cosmos SE ATX Tower on Modders-Inc.
Cooler Master N400 on OCClub.
MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti Gaming on Guru3D.
NZXT Kraken G10 GPU Water Cooler on LegitReviews.
Palit GeForce GTX 780 Ti Jetstream on Guru3D.
Palit GTX 780 Ti JetStream 3 GB on TechPowerUp.
Synology DiskStation DS214 & DS214play on LegionHW.
Toshiba MQ01ACF050 500GB SATA III HDD on NikKTech.
WD Black 2 SSD + HDD Dual Drive on HotHardware.
ADATA DashDrive Choice HC630 USB 3.0 Hard Drive on ThinkComputers.
ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720 128GB External SSD on CustomPCReview.
QNAP TS-470 on TechPowerUp.
NZXT Kraken G10 AIO GPU cooler on PureOC.
Cooler Master Nepton 280L Liquid CPU Cooler on BenchmarkReviews.
Cooler Master Storm SF-15 Laptop Cooler on APHNetworks.
Thermaltake Commander F5 Multi-Fan Controller on NeoSeeker.
Corsair H75 CPU cooler on OCaholic.
120mm Water Cooler Round Up Part 2 on LegitReviews.
Nvidia ShadowPlay Gameplay Recording Software on eTeknix.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag PC game on Techgage.
CM Storm Ceres 300 & 500 headphones on Vortez.
SteelSeries 9H Headset on LanOC.
Motherboard & CPU:
AMD A10-6790K APU on HardCoreWare.
EVGA Z87 Classified Motherboard on HWAsylum.
ROCCAT Tusko Widescreen Monitor Bag on NeoSeeker.
be quiet! Straight Power E9 700W PSU on OCaholic.
Netgear ProSAFE XS712T L2+ 10GbE Switch on Tweaktown.
|Thecus N5550 NAS
Tuesday, 10-December-2013 07:39:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg
OG has taken a look at the N5550 NAS from Thecus. It's a 5-bay network storage device with some aspirations to being a media server and more:
click for the review!
|Scorptec Christmas PC Giveaway!
Monday, 9-December-2013 14:30:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg
OCAU Major Sponsors Scorptec have a new contest for OCAU where you can win a PC worth up to $2500! See the contest thread for more details:
click to go to to the thread!
|Tuesday Morning Reviews
Monday, 9-December-2013 14:18:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg
CMstorm Devastator Gaming Gear Combo mouse and keyboard on RBMods.
Genius GX Gila Professional Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.
Func KB-460 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on OCClub.
Func KB-460 Gaming Keyboard on Phoronix.
Feenix Nascita Gaming Mouse and Dimora Gaming Mouse Pad on PureOC.
SanDisk Extreme II 240GB RAID 0 SSD on Tweaktown.
EasyAcc Wi-Stor Wizard 4 in 1 Portable Device on NikKTech.
ASUS ROG RAIDR Express 240GB PCIe SSD on Tweaktown.
Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD on HWHeaven.
Netgear ReadyNAS 516 6-Bay NAS on Tweaktown.
Motherboard & CPU:
Heavyweight rematch: Gigabyte X79-UP4 vs. MSI X79A-GD45 Plus on TechReport.
Intel Xeon E3-1230Lv3 1.8GHz Quad Core “Haswell” 25W CPU on eTeknix.
ASUS A88X-PRO on Vortez.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition on OCaholic.
Sapphire R9 280X Toxic on LanOC.
MSI GTX 780 Lightning 3GB on eTeknix.
MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB HAWK Overclocked on Tweaktown.
VisionTek Radeon R9 280X 3GB on Tweaktown.
NZXT H630 Silent Full Tower on ThinkComputers.
BitFenix Colossus Mini-ITX on Tweaktown.
EVGA Hadron Air Mini-ITX on Tweaktown.
BitFenix Phenom Mini-IT on SilentPCReview.
Chenbro SR30169 Mini-ITX Server Chassis on SilentPCReview.
Fractal Design Define XL R2 on NikKTech.
Fractal Node 304 White on MadShrimps.
SilverStone Fortress FT04 on Phoronix.
Turtle Beach Ear Force PX4 Wireless Gaming Headset Video Review on HWHeaven.
Mad Catz Tritton Kunai Headset for iOS on PureOC.
Sennheiser U320 Gaming Headset on GamingNexus.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Motorola Droid Ultra smartphone on HotHardware.
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14 Convertible Ultrabook on PCPerspective.
Silverstone One ARM ARM11SC Single Monitor Arm on eTeknix.
Cooler Master G550M 550W PSU on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake Massive SP Notebook Cooler on Tweaktown.
If you've seen some instructions for unlocking backwards compatability for your Xbox One - don't do it! There’s just one hitch: Actually following the directions will totally destroy your new toy. You know. The one that retails anywhere from $500 to $900. More info here.
Intel have a 15-core server CPU on the way. Intel confirmed Thursday that it will release a 15-core server chip code-named Ivytown, which will be based on the Ivy Bridge architecture. Intel until now had topped off at 12 cores with the Xeon E5 v2 chips that shipped in the third quarter of this year.
TheAge have a fairly dramatic-sounding article about Telstra vacuuming up data. Australia's leading telecommunications company, Telstra, has installed highly advanced surveillance systems to "vacuum" the telephone calls, texts, social media messages and internet metadata of millions of Australians so that information can be filtered and given to intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
A couple of people sent in this demo video of the Snowdrop Engine used in Tom Clancy's The Division - claimed to be the most detailed video game ever. There's a little more info here. The Division is an online experience, where players team up to survive in a ravaged America, both in the game and through the companion app. The game is slated for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Bit of a quiet morning, so here's some photos from Timbot, showing how not to open one of those annoying sealed boxes!
Thanks to mpot, Sciby and Hoff this week!
And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.
Friday, 6-December-2013 02:16:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg
A couple of days ago, the last five analogue TV stations in Sydney shut down for good. On 3 December 2013, Sydney and surrounding areas highlighted in purple will switch off their analog TV signals and switch to digital-only TV. Here's a YouTube video showing the last few seconds of broadcasting. Only Channel 7 made an effort, it seems!
There's been another big password theft - but this time it was client-side. The massive data breach was a result of keylogging software maliciously installed on an untold number of computers around the world, researchers at cybersecurity firm Trustwave said. The virus was capturing log-in credentials for key websites over the past month and sending those usernames and passwords to a server controlled by the hackers.
Tech Report investigated claims that retail R9 290X cards seem to be slower than press samples. Is this really a thing? Are the Radeon R9 290X cards shipping to consumers really slower than the review units sent to the press? Well, let's see what we can find. They now have an answer from AMD. Based on feedback from the enthusiast community, we’ve implemented an all new PowerTune mechanism in the AMD Radeon R9 290 series that exploits the full capability of the individual GPUs rather than clamping performance to a least-common-denominator type of capability level.
Bathurst fans will want to see this comparison video between Gran Turismo 6 and the real world. Australian racing fans had been clamouring for years for Bathurst to appear on a racing game of note. Now two have come along at once. Forza Motorsport 5 has been in the wild for a couple of weeks now, but Gran Turismo’s version is just about to hit stores. This comparison video between Bathurstreal life and its virtual equivalent is ridiculous.
Here's a video from the Internet Governance Forum back in October, where John Selby talks about throwing out preconceptions about Cybersecurity.
|Friday Morning Reviews
Thursday, 5-December-2013 20:14:12 (GMT +10) - by booj
Motherboards & CPUs:
Asus A88X-PRO on Hardware Secrets.
MSI Z87 Motherboard Roundup on Hot Hardware.
Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5 Motherboard on Techgage.
HIS R7 250 iCooler Boost Clock 1GB on Madshrimps.
VisionTek Radeon R7 260X 2GB on TweakTown.
GeForce GTX 760 SLI vs GTX 780 Ti on ocaholic.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti vs AMD Radeon R9 290X at 4K Ultra HD on Legit Reviews.
Toshiba PX02SS 12Gbps SAS Enterprise SSD Review (400GB) on The SSD Review.
WD Black² Dual Drive on Legion Hardware.
Western Digital My Cloud 2TB on eTeknix.
Adata DashDrive HV620 External HDD on Benchmark Reviews.
Func KB-460 Gaming Keyboard on techPowerUp.
Func KB-460 Gaming Keyboard on Guru3D.
Ducky 2108S Zero Cherry MX Brown Mechanical Keyboard on eTeknix.
Thermaltake Massive 14 Notebook Cooler on Hardware Asylum.
Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler on OCC.
Titan Master USB Fan on OCC.
Corsair Vengeance 1400 Gaming Headset on Legit Reviews.
Cooler Master Storm Ceres 300 Headset on PureOverclock.
SteelSeries H Wireless Headset on LanOC.
Sonos PLAY:1 Wireless Speakers on MegaTechNews.
Audioengine 2+ (A2+) Powered Desktop Speakers on Custom PC Review.
IN WIN 904 Mid Tower Case on Vortez.
Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP 2x 8 GB 1600 MHz C9 Memory on techPowerUp.
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