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June 2012
Saturday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 30-June-2012  10:59:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS P8Z77-V Pro on TechReaction.
Asus Maximus V Gene on OCClub.
ASUS P8Z77-V Premium on Bjorn3D.
Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H AMD A75 Socket FM1 on PCStats.

Cases:
Corsair Vengeance C70 on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E Evolution on Phoronix.

Cooling:
Lepa Vortex PWM Fan on TechWareLabs.
Noctua NH-L12 CPU cooler on OCOnline.
Thermaltake Frio Extreme CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.

Storage:
NZXT Aperture M USB 3.0 Multi-Media Hub on Tweaktown.
Mixing Drives and Interfaces on an Intel Raid Controller on TechReaction.
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB Solid State Drive on Pro-Clockers.
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
Corsair Accelerator 30GB SSD Cache Drive on LegitReviews.

Power Supply:
HuntKey X-MAN 90W Universal Notebook Adapter on NikKTech.
Powerfreakz Evolution 3000 Portable Solar Charger on eTeknix.
Corsair Gamer Series GS800 on Vortez.
LEPA G1600-MA 1600W on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
Palo Alto Audio Design Cubik Speakers on TestFreaks.
BEHRINGER Guitar Link on TechWareLabs.
Teufel Audio Concept C 500 THX PC Speakers on eTeknix.
XPAND YOUniversal Electronic 3D Eyewear on MissingRemote.
Sony Bravia KDL-55HX850 TV on TechReviewSource.
CORSAIR Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset on FutureLooks.
Razer Blackshark Headset Battlefield 3 Edition on HWHeaven.

Portable & Prebuilt:
CyberPower PC Gamer Xtreme 2000 SE prebuilt gaming PC on Bjorn3D.
Dell XPS 14 ultrabook on TechReviewSource.
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 tablet on TechReviewSource.
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 on HotHardware.

Input Etc:
CM Storm QuickFire Pro Mechanical Keyboard on eTeknix.
Roccat Savu Gaming Mouse on XSReviews.
CM Storm Quick Fire Pro Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.

Video Cards:
Intel HD Graphics 4000 and Intel HD Graphics 2500 on XbitLabs.
GeForce GTX 670 Graphics Cards from Gigabyte, Palit and Zotac on XbitLabs.
Inno3D iChiLL GTX 670 HerculeZ 3000 Edition 2GB on eTeknix.
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition on HWSecrets.
Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB on LegitReviews.
Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Flex Edition on Tweaktown.
KFA2 GTX 680 EX OC 2GB on eTeknix.

Memory:
Samsung 8GB 30nm DDR3 1600MHz Memory Kit on LegitReviews.
G.Skill Ares F3-1866C10D-16GAB 2x8GB DDR3 on APHNetworks.

Misc:
Netgear WNDR4500 Dual Band Gigabit Router on XbitLabs.



Friday Night (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-June-2012  09:32:54 (GMT +10) - by booj

GOOGLE is making prototypes of its futuristic, internet-connected glasses available for people to test out. The company is selling the device, known as Project Glass, for $US1500 to people attending its annual conference in San Francisco for computer programmers. It will ship early next year and won't be available for sale outside the three-day conference, Google I/O, which is underway in the US.

In yet more damaging PR for the global electronics giant, a labour rights group said it had found "deplorable" conditions at Apple suppliers in China, following a probe of several firms that supply the US technology giant. New York-based China Labor Watch said a four-month investigation of suppliers to Apple in southern and eastern China uncovered violations of workers' rights, including excessive overtime and hazardous work conditions.

Futuremark has released a video of the next version of its benchmarking utility due out later this year. The new benchmark, which has not received an official name yet, is expected to be released after the launch of Windows 8, and will be using the DirectX 11 API to evaluate DirectX 9, DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 hardware in parallel. Futuremark said that the software will also be supporting Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Nvidia has released a patch to enable PCIe 3.0 support on the X79 platform for its GeForce GTX 600-series cards. It basically comes down to that originally the X79-based platform was not fully validated for PCIe 3.0. Since the release of the GTX 680, users have found ways to tweak the BIOS to allow support for PCIe 3.0, but now Nvidia has a patch that enables PCIe 3.0 with its GTX 680 and 670 GPUs.

The US Navy’s high-resolution radar can see individual raindrops in a storm. The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) researchers said recently that a Navy very high-resolution Doppler radar can actually spot individual raindrops in a cloudburst, possibly paving the way for new weather monitoring applications that could better track or monitor weather and severe storms.

The US Army is attempting to create a Directed Lightning Bolt Weapon. Scientists and engineers at Picatinny Arsenal are busy developing a device that will shoot lightning bolts down laser beams to destroy its target. Soldiers and science fiction fans, you're welcome.

Atari Turns 40. Like everyone else who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, I played them all: Pong, Breakout, Asteroids, Centipede, Millipede, Battlezone, Pole Position, Crystal Castles and my eternal favorite, Tempest. The first computer I bought with my own money was an Atari 400. So when I chatted with Bushnell this week to mark Atari’s 40th anniversary, I felt like I was talking with a man who helped invent my childhood.

Nearly two-thirds (65%) of Americans think Barack Obama would be better suited than fellow presidential candidate Mitt Romney to handle an alien invasion. In fact, more than two in three (68%) women say that Obama would be more adept at dealing with an alien invasion than Romney, vs. 61 percent of men. And more younger citizens, ages 18 to 64 years, than those aged 65+ (68% vs. 50%) think Romney would not be as well-suited as Obama to handle an alien invasion.

The Library of Congress Acquires Carl Sagan (1934-1996) papers. A celebrated scientist, educator, television personality and prolific author, Sagan was a consummate communicator who bridged the gap between academe and popular culture. The Sagan collection has come to the Library through the generosity of writer, producer and director Seth MacFarlane, and is officially designated The Seth MacFarlane Collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive.

Raspberry Pi Computer To Cross The Atlantic Ocean In Autonomous Boat. It’s a credit card-sized computer that costs next to nothing, and it’s about to become the brain of a tiny boat that its developer hopes will cross the Atlantic Ocean unaided. It’s codenamed FishPi, and I’m already hungry. It’s going to consist of a Raspberry Pi computer, strapped to a solar panel and encased in a model boat that will navigate perilous seas all by itself.



Misc Pics (43 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-June-2012  04:07:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to FOTW, mpot and asher this week!






And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.



Slipperyskip's Acero (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-June-2012  03:35:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Slipperyskip has whipped up another tiny PC project, this time called "Acero":


click for the worklog!



Free Atari Games for iOS, Today Only (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-June-2012  01:37:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

kombiman points out that Atari are celebrating their 40th birthday by giving away their back catalogue of games on iOS, today only. That's right. There are currently 40 years of Atari games available for free download in their official forms on your iPhone or iPad right now. The catch is that you've got to download them today to get them for free, so go over to the App Store, grab the app, and then start downloading inside the app. Today only, there won't be any in-app purchases for your downloads. Discussion here.


Photography Gallery (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 28-June-2012  09:58:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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



















Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 28-June-2012  09:14:02 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
KFA2 GeForce GTX 670 EX OC on Guru3D.
MSI GTX 670 Power Edition on techPowerUp.
MSI GeForce N680GTX Lightning on t-break.
EVGA GTX 680 SC Signature on Vortez.
XFX Double Dissipation R7750 on Overclockersclub.
Nvidia GeForce GT 640 on Techreport.
Asus GTX 680 DirectCu II TOP on Hardware Canucks.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 in SLI Surround on Hexus.

Motherboards & CPU's:
ECS Z77H2-AX 'Golden Board' Intel Z77 Motherboard on Legit Reviews.
Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge Processor on PC Perspective.
ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional (Intel Z77) Motherboard on TweakTown.

Storage:
MyDigitalSSD Bullet Proof 3 256GB mSATA SSD on TweakTown.
OCZ Vertex 4 256GB on PureOverclock.
QNAP TS-469 Pro NAS on Expert Reviews.
Crucial Adrenaline Caching SSD Review on HardwareLOOK.

Cooling:
Zalman CNPS14X Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler on TweakTown.
BeQuiet Dark Rock Pro 2 CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro CPU cooler on Funky Kit.
Xigmatek SD1283 Dark Knight Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler on Modders-Inc.
Cooler Master GeminII M4 CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.

Power Supplies:
Xigmatek Tauro 700W Power Supply on HardwareHeaven.
Rosewill CAPSTONE-550MM on Hardware Secrets.
Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 1500 Watt on Pro-Clockers.

Cases:
In Win Mana 137 Mid Tower Case on ThinkComputers.
Antec ISK110 VESA Case on Hardware Secrets.
Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition PC Tower on Pro-Clockers.

Audio:
Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless Headset on Benchmark Reviews.
Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless Headset on Rbmods.
Microlab H21 2.0 Bluetooth Speaker Set on HardwareLOOK.
Ozone Onda ST Stereo Gaming Headset Review on TechwareLabs.



Thursday Morning (8 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 27-June-2012  17:02:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few people pointed out an annoying Facebook email change, and what to do about it. Hey, here's something really stupid and annoying: Facebook abruptly switched everyone's default email address to the @facebook.com account you've never used. Here's how to switch back Facebook's obnoxious overreach right now. So people can actually, you know, contact you.

Researchers have made a new ultrafast wireless technology. American and Israeli researchers have used twisted vortex beams to transmit data at 2.5 terabits per second. As far as we can discern, this is the fastest wireless network ever created — by some margin. This technique is likely to be used in the next few years to vastly increase the throughput of both wireless and fiber-optic networks. Twisted vortex beams sounds like something from Star Trek.

In perhaps the most pointless motorsport tie-in ever, David Coulthard has used a Mercedes-Benz SLS to catch a golf ball. Fun enough video though.

FOTW spotted Google researchers making a cat-spotting computer brain. The cat-spotting computer was created as part of a larger project to investigate machine learning. Google is planning to use the learning system to help with its indexing systems and with language translation. And SkyNet. But for cats.

Brains noticed an interesting article about the impact of tablet computing on energy use. But if people are using iPads instead of televisions to play video games, or ditching their desktop computers for iPads, the shift to tablets could mean lower overall power consumption. A desktop computer uses 20 times more power than an iPad.

Callan sent in this reliability study from Microsoft. Very interesting article on factors causing crashes failures in PCs and laptops, from a survey of over 1Million machines. Looks like laptops are more reliable than desktops, Overclocking is very bad for reliability, and underclocking increases reliability far more than one would have expected. It's from April 2011 but I imagine still relevant. Discussion here.



Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 26-June-2012  17:37:49 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards:
Biostar TZ77XE4 Intel LGA 1155 on techPowerUp.
Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H on PCSTATS.
Z77 Motherboard Roundup II: EVGA, ASRock, Gigabyte, Zotac on HotHardware.

Video Cards:
MSI GEFORCE GTX 680 Lightning 2GB Video Card on TweakTown.
Sapphire HD 7950 FleX on TechwareLabs.
Sapphire Radeon 7870 FleX on PureOverclock.
Sapphire HD 7870 FleX on Overclockers Club.
PNY XLR8 GeForce GTX 670 on Benchmark Reviews.
Club3D Radeon HD 7850 royal King 2GB on eTeknix.
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition on Legion Hardware.
ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II TOP on [H]ardOCP.

Storage:
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD on Legit Reviews.
SuperSSpeed S301 Hyper SLC 120GB Solid State Drive on TweakTown.
Intel 910 800GB and 400GB PCI Express Solid State Drive on TweakTown.
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD on BigBruin.
Intel 330 Series SSD 120GB on HardwareHeaven.

Cases:
Silverstone Crown Series CW02 HTPC chassis on PC Perspective.
BitFenix Prodigy on techPowerUp.
Bitfenix Shinobi XL on Techreaction.
Rosewill R5 Black Mid Tower Case on Legit Reviews.
3R System L700 Eclipse Case on Hardware Secrets.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Asus Transformer Pad TF300 on Techspot.
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity tablet on TechReport.
Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook on Hardware Canucks.



Asus Absolute Zero extreme overclocking including LHe at Asus HQ, Taiwan (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 26-June-2012  04:09:22 (GMT +10) - by booj

Asus have invited some world class overclockers to their Taiwan HQ for a week of extreme benching. Joining the legendary in house pair of Shamino and Andre Yang are Splave, Fredyama, Raja, Hazzan, Rsannino and Viss.

They will be playing with the new Maximus V Extreme and 7970 Matrix amongst others.

The team from Overclocking-TV are on hand to bring a live stream of the event. Today should be a real treat with liquid helium benching on the agenda!

Day two is expected to get underway shortly, you can expect them to go well into the evening.

Livestream here

Discussion in this thread or at the livestream site.



Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 25-June-2012  12:58:12 (GMT +10) - by booj

Power Supplies:
Thermaltake Toughpower XT Gold 1375W PSU on Jonnyguru.
Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 850w PSU on Kitguru.
FSP Aurum Xilenser 500W PSU on techPowerup.

Video Cards:
GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7870 OC Video Card on [H]ardOCP.
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card Overclocked on Tweaktown.

Portables & Prebuilt:
Dell Alienware M17x gaming notebook on TechReviewSource.
Dell Alienware M17x gaming notebook on Hothardware.
Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook on TechReviewSource.
MSI GT60 Gaming laptop on Rbmods.
Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 on tbreak.

Motherboards:
EVGA Z77 FTW on Ninjalane.
ECS Z77H2-A2X Ultimate Golden Edition Extreme on Phoronix.
Asus P8Z77-V LX on eTeknix.
EVGA SR-X Classified on OC3D.
Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 on Xbitlabs.
ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe on Hexus.
Gigabyte Z77-D3H and Z77X-UD5H on Madshrimps.

Cases:
Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition on VR-Zone.
BitFenix Shinobi XL on Legit Reviews.
Lian Li PC-Q18 on Silentpcreview.
SilverStone Temjin TJ04-EW Evolution on Futurelooks.
Coolermaster Cosmos II on Jonnyguru.
Aerocool Strike-X One PC Tower on Pro-Clockers.

Cooling:
Deepcool Frostwin CPU Cooler on Overclockers Club.
Deepcool UF120 CPU cooler on Overclockers Club.
Xigmatek Dark Knight Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler on Hardware Secrets.
Enermax ETD-T60-VD Low Profile CPU Cooler on eTeknix.

Storage:
ioSafe 500GB Rugged Portable Hard Drive on ThinkComputers.
MyDigitalSSD BulletProof 3 mSATA 256GB on SSD Review.
Thecus N4800 4 Bay NAS on Bjorn3D.
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD on Vortez.
Addonics CipherUSB on Techreaction.

Input Etc:
Quick Look: Logitech K800 Keyboard and M600 Mouse on tbreak.
Ozone Strike Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.
ROCCAT Savu Gaming Mouse on HardwareHeaven.



Monday Morning (7 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 24-June-2012  15:22:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sciby spotted another spinning heatsink concept, which seems to have solved some of the issues with earlier ideas. The Sandia Cooler was developed by the Sandia National Labs who do enough research to know a thing or two about how to effectively cool a computer. The most interesting aspect of the cooler is that it doesn’t attach directly to the CPU using thermal paste — which isn’t possible given it’s always spinning. Instead, it sits a mere thousandth of an inch above the processor, which creates what’s called an air bearing that’s actually just as efficient at transmitting heat.

Also on the cooling front, d00dz spotted this hot-water cooled supercomputer from IBM. The temperature of the fluid can be much higher than you might expect while still cooling efficiently. The Aquasar system can cool itself with a base water temperature of 45 degrees Celsius/113 Fahrenheit. At that temperature, it’s perhaps better referred to as a “warm-water cooler” — human body temperature is roughly 37C — but it’s still an improvement over using chilled water.

Alch spotted a rumour that the upcoming iPhone will have a new dock connector, thus rendering every existing accessory obselete, or at least making someone very rich when they work out how to make an adapter. Although the form factor and actual size are still unknown, TechCrunch has independently verified that Apple is working on adding a 19-pin port, replacing the current 30-pin port, to the new iPhone. It is a move that will surely send shocks through the iPhone accessory ecosystem.

Alan Turing would have turned 100 last week, and Google honoured him with a doodle. A functioning Turing machine, a representation of a computing device, is the latest Google doodle, which celebrates the birth of Alan Turing on 23 June, 1912. More info here, but I can't see where you can still play with it. More here.

On a very much related note, Wired have an article about the persecution of scientists through history. Turing isn’t the only scientist to have been persecuted for his personal or professional beliefs or lifestyle. Here’s a a list of other prominent scientific luminaries who have been punished throughout history.

BusinessInsider have a list of the 30 Richest Internet Entrepreneurs Of All Time. Of all time!! These geeks have literally revolutionized the way business is carried out around the globe, or have changed the way we interact with each other on a daily basis. In the process, the richest Internet entrepreneurs have earned billions of dollars, and the powers they wield socially, politically, and economically are astonishing.

A US Judge has thrown out the Apple/Motorola cases. Noting that dismissals without prejudice allow suits to be refiled, Posner made it clear that this one would be dismissed with prejudice. "It would be ridiculous to dismiss a suit for failure to prove damages and allow the plaintiff [Apple] to refile the suit so that he could have a second chance to prove damages. This case is therefore dismissed with prejudice," Posner wrote. Posner had previously ruled that proposed testimony from experts put forth by both sides would be inadmissible, making it difficult to support any claims for damages or injunctions.



Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 24-June-2012  14:46:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD launched their new high-end single-GPU video card on the weekend, the somewhat confusingly named Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition. As Anandtech put it: A higher clocked 7970 with AMD’s take on GPU turbo intended to make a run at the GTX 680 and that performance crown. So how does AMD fare? As we’ll see, after today it will no longer be clear who holds the performance crown.

More coverage on TechPowerUp, HWHeaven, HotHardware, Tweaktown, PCPerspective, Guru3D, TechSpot, TechSpot and VR-Zone.

Discussion continues in the AMD Radeon 7000-Series thread.



Misc Pics (29 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 22-June-2012  04:16:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and sabz this week!






And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.



Gigabyte Contest (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 22-June-2012  04:02:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Gigabyte have announced another two Extreme Overclocking Workshops - this time, in Melbourne and Auckland. To celebrate, they're giving away a motherboard in this thread. This time you have to demonstrate your skills.. as a rapper. :)


Friday Afternoon (7 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 22-June-2012  03:57:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Japan has passed a law allowing illegal downloaders to go to prison. “We shouldn’t risk making the general public — including youths — the subject of criminal investigations,” said Upper House member Yuko Mori, as quoted in the Japan Times. Japanese attorney Toshimitsu Dan told IT Media that even watching a YouTube video could be grounds for arrest “if the viewer is aware that downloading [such material] is illegal.”

PlayerAttack spoke to NVIDIA about GeForce GRID. Put simply, the company's award-winning graphics cards have been redesigned to fit into a cloud-based server, meaning that video games are delivered to you on demand, just like films and other video content. You don't need any dedicated hardware or any special connections, and you don't need to wait for downloads or installing endless updates: Just plug in, open a browser and play. Virtual-Hideout have some info too.

PCPerspective meanwhile check out laptop graphics, comparing five options. These changes mean that “serious” gaming is now possible on aninexpensive laptop. But how possible? What sacrifices do you make and how do low-end IGPs and GPUs stack up against each other?

Rezin spotted these leaked documents showing the UN's Internet Power Grab. With very low visibility, a small agency in the United Nations - the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) - might be about to quietly try and regulate the entire Internet. The ITU has planned a meeting this upcoming December where each of the 193 member nations will vote on various proposed Internet regulations. What's striking is that the details of the proposals have been kept secret, so it was impossible to know what authoritarian governments were plotting or how the U.S. was responding.

NBN Co have ditched Fujitsu over concerns about rollout delays. Instead, some $183 million worth of contracts to build to new homes would be provided to Leighton Holdings subsidiary Visionstream and Service Stream, which already subcontracted to Fujitsu under the previous agreement. Meanwhile a report from IBM has projected a up-to-35% boost in revenue for Australia thanks to the NBN, by 2050, thanks JD.

The battle between Apple and Samsung has been taken to the streets. GEORGE STREET has become a war zone for mobile phone carriers with Samsung muscling in on Apple's turf by signing a lease for a new store just a block away. Under a new deal, Samsung will take over the lease of the vacant French Connection store at 450 George Street, next to Myer on the corner of George and Market streets.

iiNet have another blog continuing their earlier one about dealing with AFACT and similar rights holders. Others, however, suggested that peer-to-peer file sharing and piracy made any alternative distribution models economically unviable for the entertainment industry – especially when being forced to compete with ‘free’ models. A quick online search reveals that this argument was also aired back in the 1920s – apparently gramophone record sales couldn’t possibly compete with free radio broadcasts!

Timbot spotted an interesting article about spammers deliberately using poor English to weed out smart people. This means that the scammers can focus on the folks who are most likely to suspend disbelief and proceed to lure them into their schemes (which is an effort intensive process). Using transparent emails for the initial contact keeps the scammers from wasting time communicating with potential victims who'd see through their lies before it's too late.



Interesting Forum Threads (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 21-June-2012  10:33:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

In case you missed them, OCAU has official twitter and facebook pages. The twitter feed is much like an RSS feed and is updated every time we post news. The Facebook page is updated when we have something other than the usual news and reviews posts. Anyway, here's a few interesting threads from the forums:

Noctua Rotosub Noise-Cancelling PC Fan Prototype in Overclocking & Hardware.
Adobe Flash keeps crashing in firefox in Troubleshooting Help.
Intel Xeon Phi co-processor (GPGPU) in Intel Hardware.
AMD hiring engineers with ARM experience in AMD Hardware.
Dell announce ARM servers in Other CPUs and Chipsets.
Iron man arc reactor build with arduion uno in Electronics & Electrics.
MY dual headphone stand made by a work mate in PC Audio.
Do you have a DR plan? in Business & Enterprise.
What's your on-call process and what do you like about it? in Business & Enterprise.
Network frock-ups in Business & Enterprise.
MacBook Pro With Retina 2880 x 1800 Display in Apple Desktop Hardware/Software.
Shmups! in Retro & Arcade.
U.S. Navy turns to Linux to run its drone fleet in Other Operating Systems.
The impact of early maternal love on the development of the brain in Science.
biohacking - DIY biotechnology in Science.
The best scientist of the last years? in Science.
Lost trying to plan a trip to Thailand in Holidays & Travel.
Mountain Dew now has caffeine! in Geek Food.
free children's book I have written with my sister in Entertainment.
Attention for those with Commbank Netbank in Career, Education & Finance.
How Many People can Live on Planet Earth? in Current Events.
Top guns refuse to fly F-22 Raptor in Current Events.
The productivity crisis in Politics & Policies.



Thursday Afternoon (10 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 21-June-2012  05:06:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The ABS have released some new census data. More info here. The census is conducted every five years to gather information on populations for electoral purposes and guide government spending on new infrastructure, community services and facilities such as schools, hospitals and roads. This is the 16th census taken in Australia over the past 100 years with about 9.8 million households surveyed on August 9 last year. Discussion here.

An Australian court has allowed a $2.25m fine for Apple, in the case brought against them by the ACCC. Justice Mordecai Bromberg dismissed the three-month case from a Melbourne court room on Thursday morning after hearing last week from Apple and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which argued advertising the iPad as "Wi-Fi + 4G" was misleading to Australian consumers. More here.

It's been a supercomputery week, with a new record-holder for fastest cluster at the US Department of Energy, thanks FOTW. More here and here. The newly installed system trumped Japan's K Computer made by Fujitsu which fell to second place. It is the first time the US can claim pole position since it was beaten by China two years ago. Sequoia will be used to carry out simulations to help extend the life of aging nuclear weapons, avoiding the need for real-world underground tests.

Meanwhile NASA have upgraded one of theirs. An expansion completed earlier this month has increased Pleiades' sustained performance rate by 14 percent, to 1.24 petaflops (quadrillion floating-point operations per second). To put this enormous number into perspective, if everyone in the world did one calculation per second for eight hours a day, it would take about 370 days to complete what this supercomputer can calculate in one minute. More info here.

At the other end of the scale, Phoronix now have a solar-powered 96-core cluster. Over the weekend, a 96-core ARM cluster succeeded this build. While packing nearly 100 cores and running Ubuntu Linux, the power consumption was just a bit more than 200 Watts. This array of nearly 100 processor cores was even powered up by a solar panel.

Martin noticed that NVIDIA have responded to Linus Torvalds and his recent much-publicised comments. Supporting Linux is important to NVIDIA, and we understand that there are people who are as passionate about Linux as an open source platform as we are passionate about delivering an awesome GPU experience.

From SiliconAngel: It appears official builds of ICS pushed out by Samsung via the Kies manager suite to SGS2 handsets have caused instability including wifi failure, graphic quality issues, battery life shortening, overall UI slowdown and application freezes. There's a thread on the Android support forums with a list of hundreds of SGS2 owners plagued by these issues, with as yet no response from Samsung. Personally I'm shocked at the thought that a manufacturer could do this to end users, with seemingly no recourse for reparation. If my phone had been affected in this way it would severely affect my work, so I'm extremely relieved that I did my research before agreeing to update my phone.



Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 21-June-2012  04:13:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Asus VG278H 3D Vision 2 Monitor Kit on eTeknix.
Razer Tiamat 7.1 True Surround Sound Headset on eTeknix.
Sharp Aquos LC-60LE847U 3D HDTV on TechReviewSource.
NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 with ASUS VG278H 120Hz LCD Monitor 3D Bundle on FutureLooks.
Corsair Vengeance 2000 Headset on OCClub.
Nikon D3200 camera on TechReviewSource.
ASUS Xonar Phoebus 7.1 Gaming Soundcard on HWHeaven.

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 on OC3D.
BIOSTAR TZ77XE4 (Intel Z77) on TBreak.
Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 on XbitLabs.

Video Cards:
MSI Radeon HD 7870 Hawk 2GB on BenchmarkReviews.
Galaxy GeForce GT 640 GC 1GB DDR3 on PCPerspective.
MSI GEFORCE GTX 670 Power Edition 2GB on Tweaktown.
MSI Radeon HD 7950 Twin Frozr III 3GB on eTeknix.
MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning 2 GB on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning on Guru3D.

Power Supply:
NZXT HALE82 N 650W on Tweaktown.
Silver Power SP-850M 850W Modular on OC3D.
Xigmatek Tauro 700W on Tweaktown.
Corsair GS800 V2 on OC3D.

Input Etc:
SteelSeries Simraceway S1 Steering Wheel on MadShrimps.
Rosewill RK-9000RE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Cases
NZXT Phantom 410 on PureOC.
Zalman Z11 Plus Black on LegitReviews.
CM Storm Stryker Video Review on OC3D.
CM Storm Stryker on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Obsidian Series 550D on LegitReviews.
SilverStone Fortress FT03-MINI on Vortez.

Memory:
G.Skill Ripjaws Z 16GB Memory on HardCoreWare.

Storage:
Kingston Wi-Drive 64GB Wireless Storage for Android, iPhone and iPad on MegaTechNews.
Seagate Backup Plus 1TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive on BigBruin.
Crucial Adrenaline Cache SSD on XSReviews.
MyDigitalSSD SMART 256GB mSATA Solid State Drive on Tweaktown.
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB Solid State Drive on OCIA.
OCZ Agility 3 2.5" 120GB SATA III on OCOnline.
Kingston HyperX 3K RAID 0 on PureOC.
Thermaltake Max G5 USB 3.0 External Enclosure on TechReaction.
OCZ Vertex 4 Solild State Drive on BenchmarkReviews.
Western Digital Sentinel DX4000 NAS on TechwareLabs.
OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G Raid Testing on TechReaction.

Cooling:
Thermaltake Frio Advanced CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.
Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile CPU Cooler on BigBruin.
Spire SkyMax Graphics Card Cooler on XbitLabs.
Cooler Master TPC 812 CPU Cooler on XbitLabs.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Apple's iOS 6: What's New and What's Missing on HotHardware.
Giada Mini PC i35 on TBreak.
Samsung Galaxy S III Smartphone Review: Style, Grace, Substance on HotHardware.
Galaxy S III smartphone on TechSpot.



Microsoft Surface (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 19-June-2012  15:44:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

JD sent in this info: The web seems to have gone crazy today with the news of Microsoft’s new Windows 8 Surface tablet. More than just a tablet, it will come in 2 versions RT and Pro being NVIDIA Tegra and Intel core i5. Info on Microsoft, The Verge, USA Today, Wired and Engadget. PDF spec sheet from MS here, and heaps of photos from The Verge.

Discussion here.



Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 19-June-2012  15:34:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Corsair Vengeance 2000 wireless headset on Guru3D.
Tt eSPORTS SHOCK One Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.
Sony Alpha NEX-F3 camera on TechReviewSource.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Motorola Razr Maxx smartphone on TBreak.
AMD Trinity APU Reference Laptop on HWHeaven.
Nokia PureView 808 Phone on TBreak.
MacBook Air (Mid 2012) on HWHeaven.

Cooling:
Alpenfoehn Matterhorn PURE CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Noctua NH-I12 CPU Cooler on Bjorn3D.
Prolimatech Lynx CPU Cooler on LegitReviews.

Storage:
Corsair Accelerator Series 30GB Cache SSD on TheSSDReview.
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD on PureOC.
OCZ Octane 512GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
Synology DiskStation DS412+ on LegionHW.
Adaptec 6805TQ maxCache RAID controller on TechWareLabs.

Cases:
Silverstone Kublai KL04 on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master Cosmos II on TechSpot.



Geek Food (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 19-June-2012  03:47:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some yummy threads from our Geek Recipes forum:


Panacotta & Fudge
by RETARD

Flowerpot Tiramisu
by AntiMatter

Rocky Road
by RETARD


Corn Bread
by Bambi_1319

Bacon and Mushroom Parmy
by leroyxx

Pastrami
by sgtraven



Monday Night (12 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 18-June-2012  13:24:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australia will be getting an R18+ video game category, with the Minister for Home Affairs announcing the legislation has passed through both houses of Federal Parliament. “These are important reforms over 10 years in the making,” Mr Clare said. "The R 18+ category will inform consumers, parents and retailers about which games are not suitable for minors to play, and will prevent minors from purchasing unsuitable material. The reforms also mean that adults are able to choose what games they play within the bounds of the law." More here and here, discussion continues here.

Linus Torvalds has publically insulted NVIDIA, after expressing frustration at dealing with them as a company. More info here. After saying that NVIDIA is "one of the worst trouble spots we've had with hardware manufacturers", Linus Torvalds continued on to say, "NVIDIA has been the single worst company we have ever dealt with." Torvalds ended his NVIDIA comments with "NVIDIA: FUCK YOU!" while raising his middle finger to the camera.

Australia has created the world's biggest network of marine parks, covering an area the size of India. New reserves will be established from the Perth Canyon in the southwest to Kangaroo Island off the southern coast, but the "jewel in the crown" will be the protection of the Coral Sea area which surrounds the Great Barrier Reef in the northeast, Environment Minister Tony Burke said on Thursday. "The Coral Sea marine national park ... combined with the Great Barrier Reef area, becomes the largest marine protected area in the world," Burke said. Discussion here.

Fairfax media are planning to shed 1900 staff and erect paywalls, thanks Franc. Fairfax Media also said it had other options if revenues continued to fall sharply. "If the print circulation and revenues change materially we have the option to move to a digital-only model," Mr Hywood said.

ANU are looking to build the southern hemisphere's most powerful supercomputer centre, thanks alch. The machine uses Intel Xeon E5 2670 Sandy Bridge processors with eight cores, running at 2.6GHz. Once complete, the entire machine will have 3592 compute nodes, 157 terabytes of memory and 12.6 petabytes of storage, with a power consumption of between 1.3 and 1.4 megawatts.

Meanwhile another supercomputer is coming to Perth. ONE of the world's most powerful supercomputers is planned for Perth to process vast amounts of data being collected by radio telescopes in Western Australia's Murchison region.

While the world is lamenting the end of the Space Shuttle program, the USAF are quietly using their own reusable orbiter, thanks asher. The reusable Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle touched down on a runway at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 5:48 a.m. PDT (GMT-7). The Air Force did not provide any advance warning of the re-entry and landing time and no technical details about the vehicle's performance were released.



Sunday Night (7 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 17-June-2012  11:02:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This from Scott: Sunday 9:45pm (Sydney time), SBS will be airing the Oscar Nominated war epic, Downfall. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, this German language film depicts Hitler's last days in Berlin from the perspective of Traudl Junge, his secretary. Most people though will be more familiar with the movie because it was the source of so many parodies on YouTube; one of the more famous being Hitler Gets Banned from XBOX Live!

HWHeaven have a guide to multi-display online gaming. Sometimes in the technology industry there can be a real gap between what a product offers and what consumers need... or that until a consumer experiences something it seems like an unnecessary expense, or not worthwhile. Something which it would seem very much falls into one or both of those categories is multi-display gaming, either AMD Eyefinity or NVIDIA Surround.

Phoronix have some benchmarks from their 12-core ARM cluster. Last week I shared my plans to build a low-cost, 12-core, 30-watt ARMv7 cluster running Ubuntu Linux. The ARM cluster that is built around the PandaBoard ES development boards is now online and producing results... Quite surprising results actually for a low-power Cortex-A9 compute cluster. Results include performance-per-Watt comparisons to Intel Atom and Ivy Bridge processors along with AMD's Fusion APU.

Voyager 1 seems poised to depart the solar system, being the first man-made object to do so. The Atlantic reports that the Voyager 1 - which is still managing to communicate with Earth with radio waves that reach us 16 hours later - is beginning to experience a bit of heat. It is detecting more energetic particles around it, implying it it at the very edge of the heliosheath, which is like a bubble around the solar system, protecting us from the cosmic winds of deep space. Discussion here.

The Apple 1 up for auction sold for $374,500. Only about 50 Apple 1s are still believed to be in existence. The auctioned model is one of the very few that still works. Sotheby's said there was a battle between two parties for the item which also included the original manuals. A set of bids was executed by the auctioneer on behalf of an absentee collector, but a telephone bidder proved more persistent and eventually clinched the sale.

Google TV is coming to Australia. Sony is set to release a new Google TV set-top box in Australia which will be the first of its kind to be sold locally. The company has struggled to get traction with its Google TV products in the US, where the app-enabled boxes have proven unpopular. Discussion here.

Anandtech report on an encryption issue with Intel SSDs. AES-128 encryption works perfectly fine as does the drive's standard, un-encrypted operation mode. If you have an Intel SSD 520 and need AES-256 support, Intel has introduced a return program. If you purchased your 520 on or before July 1, 2012 you can contact Intel for a full refund of purchase price. You have to complete the request by October 1, 2012.

The coming onslaught of strange new top-level domains is going to be a disaster, according to some. So now we're expecting people to understand that, say, "cars.bmw" is some kind of thing you can type into a Web browser and get to BMW's website? Good luck with that. All this is going to accomplish is to pour a lot of money into ICANN's hands—new top-level domains cost as much as $185,000 to start up—and confuse the heck out of consumers.



Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 16-June-2012  16:56:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you're watching the Le Mans 24 hour race, you can follow along with the discussion here. This year marks the 80th running of the race and it stands as Round 3 of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship. With Peugeot's exit Toyota, returning as a factory team for the first time since the late 90s, will be the only ones likely to test defending champions, Audi. In the meantime, here's some reviews:

Input Etc:
Steelseries Kinzu v2 Pro Edition mouse on XSReviews.
Leetgion Hellion gaming mouse on Vortez.

Cooling:
ARCTIC 7970 Accelero Xtreme - VGA Cooler on FunkyKit.
Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 CPU cooler on OCClub.
NZXT Havik 140 Heatsink on TechReaction.
NZXT Havik 120 CPU HSF on OCOnline.

Storage:
Thunderbolt tested with 2x SSD in RAID0 on ASUS P8Z77 vPro on Guru3D.
Thecus N5550 5-Bay NAS on eTeknix.
MyDigitalSSD SMART Series 256GB SSD on TheSSDReview.
Kingston SSDNow V+200 vs Zalman F-Series 60 GB SSD on HWSecrets.
RaidSonic ICY BOX IB-120CL-U3 HDD Docking & Clone Station on NikKTech.

Cases:
Coolermaster HAF XM on RBMods.
Thermaltake Level 10 GTS Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
LEPA LPC302 Mid-Tower on HWLook.
BitFenix Shinobi XL Window Version Full Tower on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung Series 9 15” NP900X4C Ivy Bridge Ultrabook Overview and SSD Performance on TheSSDReview.
Huawei Honor U8860 Android SmartPhone on NikKTech.
Eclipse Stealth FX812R795 Extreme gaming PC on Vortez.
Ultrabooks vs. 13" MacBook Air: Is the Apple Tax Real? on TechSpot.

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H Motherboard on HardCoreWare.
Zotac Fusion Mini-ITX Motherboard (Fusion-B-U) on TechWareLabs.
ASUS Maximus V Gene Intel Z77 Express LGA 1155 on TechPowerUp.
ECS Z77H2-AX Gold Edition on PureOC.
Intel Core i7-3720QM: Mobile Ivy Bridge on TechSpot.

Misc:
Western Digital My Net N900 HD Dual-Band Router on LegitReviews.
Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB DDR3-1866 memory on PureOC.
Sony Walkman NWZ-W262 on TBreak.
XFX Radeon HD 7850 Black Edition 2GB video card on Tweaktown.



Misc Pics (57 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 15-June-2012  04:21:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!






And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.



Friday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 15-June-2012  03:56:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Kogan are taking a stand against IE7, levying a tax on customers using it. "Internet Explorer 7 has long since passed its use-by date," Mr Kogan said. "It’s a constant source of frustration for our web guys and we’re sick of burning cash on a browser that hit the market nearly six years ago. It goes against everything Kogan stands for." Discussion here.

The world's gone topsy-turvy, with Zalman making video cards, VisionTek making memory and Western Digital making routers! What's next, Microsoft making portable music players? Oh, wait.

Nokia's woes continue, with 10,000 jobs on the line, thanks mpot. Elop, who took over as CEO in 2010, is reorganizing Nokia after market-share gains by Apple Inc.’s iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co. devices led to a slump in sales and four straight quarterly losses. The company risks going out of business in as little as two years unless it reduces expenses, said Alexander Peterc, an Exane BNP Paribas analyst in London.

HotHardware looked at Thunderbolt performance. To test Thunderbolt under Windows, we got our hands on a couple of high-end motherboards that have the technology built-in, Intel's DZ77RE-75K and the Asus P8Z77-V Premium, along with a Thunderbolt-enabled Direct Attached Storage RAID system from Promise. The numbers speak for themselves.

NeoSeeker compared some AMD A75 motherboards. Many options are available to the consumer when it comes to A75-based motherboards. Neoseeker takes a look at offerings from three manufacturers: the ASRock A75 Extreme6, ASUS F1A75-M PRO and F1A75-V PRO, and ECS A75F-A.

AMD's Fusion Developers Summit was on recently - here's some snippets: HSA Foundation formed by AMD, ARM, Ti, Imagination and MediaTek on PCPerspective, Day 1 Keynote Coverage on HotHardware, AMD Leans on ARM for Security on PCPerspective and ARM TrustZone technology Coming To APUs on LegitReviews.

Still on the AMD side of things, TomsHardware benchmarked Trinity APUs. Desktop-bound Trinity APUs are shipping to OEMs, but they won't show up in the channel for months. Nevertheless, we got our hands on three upcoming models. How does Piledriver fare? What about VLIW4 graphics? Does memory play a big role? We answer within!

MIT have developed a glucose fuel cell for implanted brain-computer interfaces. The glucose-powered fuel cell is crafted out of silicon and platinum, using standard semiconductor fabrication processes. The platinum acts as a catalyst, stripping electrons from glucose molecules, similar to how aerobic animal cells (such as our own) strip electrons from glucose with enzymes and oxygen. I wonder if you can get one with an external USB port for recharging your phone.

Asher spotted this list of top level domain submissions. I don't know how many of these will be approved, but there's a few whacky ones on that list. ICANN developed the New generic Top-Level Domain Program to increase competition and choice by introducing new gTLDs into the Internet’s addressing system. What is a gTLD? It is an Internet domain name extension such as the familiar .com, .net, or .org. There are 280 ccTLDs but only 22 “generics” in the domain name system right now, but that is all about to change.

This coming Monday is International Ride to Work Day. For hundreds of thousands of workers, motorcycles and scooters are an economical, efficient and socially responsible form of mobility that saves energy, reduces traffic congestion and provides a broad range of other public benefits.



Friday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 15-June-2012  03:31:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Patriot Memory PBO Alpine Media Player on BenchmarkReviews.
LG 55" LM9600 Smart TV on TBreak.
Samsung PN51E6500 3D HDTV on TechReviewSource.
Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset on HWHeaven.
Hauppauge HD PVR Gaming Edition on eTeknix.

Cases:
Raidmax Seiran Red PC Tower on Pro-Clockers.
Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced Black & White Edition on HWSecrets.
MSI Ravager Computer Case/Chassis on TechWareLabs.
Lian Li PC-TU200 on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
Corsair GS800 Gaming Series on HWHeaven.
Xigmatek Centauro 1000W on TechPowerUp.
OCZ Fatal1ty 1000W on LegitReviews.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook on TechReviewSource.
Apple MacBook Pro (15-Inch, Retina Display) on TechReviewSource.
Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 720W on Vortez.
In Win GreenMe 650W on ThinkComputers.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10-inch and 7-inch on HotHardware.

Software:
Max Payne 3 PC on eTeknix.
Max Payne 3: Gorgeous, Gritty, And Dumb on HotHardware.
Player Attack Preview: Unreal Engine 4 on PlayerAttack.



Photography Gallery (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 14-June-2012  10:39:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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



















Thursday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 14-June-2012  10:29:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage:
SanDisk Extreme SATA III 240 GB SSD on LegitReviews.
240 GB Intel 520 Series Solid State Drive on TechARP.
Kingmax SMP35 Client 480 GB Solid State Drive on XbitLabs.
Netgear ReadyNAS Duo v2 on LegionHW.

Input Etc:
Cmstorm Sentinel Advance 2 Gaming mouse on RBMods.
Steelseries SRW-S1 Steering Wheel on XSReviews.
Cooler Master CM Storm Trigger keyboard on Guru3D.
EPIC GEAR Meduza HOST Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Cooler Master CM Storm Sentinel Advance 2 Gaming Mouse on Pro-Clockers.

Cooling:
Thermaltake WATER2.0 Pro All-In-One LCS Liquid Cooling System on TestFreaks.
ARCTIC Accelero Xtreme 7970 GPU cooler on XbitLabs.
Deepcool Frostwin CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.

Video Cards:
Battle of the Elite: Asus GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP vs. MSI R7970 Lightning on XbitLabs.
Sapphire HD 7950 FleX on NeoSeeker.
Sapphire 7950 FleX on PureOC.
Sapphire HD 7970 Dual X on OCClub.



windwithme @ Computex, Day 1 (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 14-June-2012  03:12:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I just noticed that windwithme posted a photo gallery from Computex recently. Lots of photos of the latest tech goodies:


click for the thread!



Wednesday Morning (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 12-June-2012  14:59:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Check out this brilliant real-life Portal gun video. My interpretation of what a real POrtal gun would be like if one existed. Based on the video game, POrtal. I tried to match the game as close as possible. This was the most challenging project I have ever undertaken, consisting of 3D tracking, seamless camera cuts and 3D camera projection. This started out as an experiment since I didn't think I could even pull it off, if I knew it would've turned out as good as it did I would've put more of a story behind it. O well, it makes up for in Visual Effects, ENJOY!

Asher spotted this cool invention kit called MaKey MaKey. MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything inbetween.

Vito sent in this interview with Patrick Volkerding. Found this new interview with the founder of Slackware, probably the oldest surviving Linux distro.

ThinkComputers have an Ivy Bridge OC Guide. So you’ve picked up a Intel Z77 board and an Ivy Bridge unlocked CPU and you want to know how to make your CPU perform better. In this guide I’ll be detailing how to overclock your CPU with both offset and fixed voltage methods, along with ideal board/BIOS parameters for your new clock to remain stable.

OC3D meanwhile have a Corsair 600T Watercooling & Modding Guide. We try and share some of our views with what can be possible with the Corsair 600T if you are not afraid of using a dremel!

Jastormont spotted some angst over a security issue with Photoshop CS 5.5, for which a paid upgrade seems to be Adobe's only solution. OK, no problem, here’s the security update. Except the “update” is Photoshop CS6. For everyone else, Adobe suggests they follow “security best practices and exercise caution when opening files from unknown or untrusted sources”.

ArsTechnica had a live blog from the Apple WWDC Keynote. Highlights seem to include new Mac Pros, and MacBook Pros with Retina screens, and iOS 6.0 which has their own Maps software.

The Apple vs Samsung battle continues, with Samsung now suing the Australian patent commissioner. Samsung hoped the review would effectively nullify the patents, which sit at the core of Apple's case against Samsung's iPad rival tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Court documents indicated that the patent commissioner will be represented in the new case by the Australian Government solicitor.



Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 12-June-2012  14:20:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS digicam on TechReviewSource.
BenQ XL2420T Gaming Monitor on TBreak.

Video Cards:
ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II TOP on OC.com.
Gigabyte GTX 670 OC 2 GB on TechPowerUp.
XFX R7750 Black Edition DD on NeoSeeker.
MSI HD R7770 Power Edition on OCClub.

Memory:
G.Skill ARES DDR3-2133 16GB Quad Channel Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Team Group Xtreem LV 8GB 2400MHz DDR3 on Vortez.
Topower Black-X 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 on Vortez.

Cases:
Corsair Carbide 500R on PureOC.
Video Perspective: Corsair Obsidian 550D on PCPerspective.
Corsair Obsidian 550D on Guru3D.

Storage:
Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB 10K RPM Hard Disk Drive on Tweaktown.
MyDigitalSSD Releases BP3 and Smart mSATA SSDs on TheSSDReview.
WD VelociRaptor 1TB and Scorpio Blue 500GB on SilentPCReview.
WD My Passport 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive on LegitReviews.
VisionTek GoDrive 120GB on PureOC.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung Galaxy S3 Android Smartphone on HWHeaven.
Lenovo ThinkPad X230T Convertible Notebook on HotHardware.
Lenovo ThinkPad X230 on TechReviewSource.
ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A on TBreak.

Cooling:
Fans from Noctua & Corsair at Computex 2012 on SilentPCReview.
be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 Dual Tower CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.

Power Supply:
efergy Energy Saving Products on NikKTech.
Corsair GS500 PSU on HWSecrets.

Misc:
AMD Trinity A8-4500M Graphics Performance on TBreak.
CM Storm Sentinel Advance II Laser Gaming Mouse on TechPowerUp.



Computex & E3 (6 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 10-June-2012  15:52:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a few headlines from Computex and E3:

Transformer Book and its Tablet 810 and 600 sidekicks on TechReport.
Asus debuted an innovative Taichi notebook/tablet on TechReport.
E3 Expo 2012 Opening Day - Innovation Unveiled! on LegitReviews.
Computex 2012 Booth Babe Edition on NinjaLane.
The Ultimate Computex 2012 Booth Babe Collection Day One – Computex 2012 on TheSSDReview.
Computex 2012 Booth Babes gallery 1 on TechWareLabs.
Nvidia intros cheap, Kepler-based GeForce GT 640 on TechReport.
Corsair Neutron SSDs employ new controller on TechReport.
ASRock doubles down on Thunderbolt ports, cables on TechReport.
New Broadcom SoCs promise cheaper 802.11ac routers on TechReport.
Computex 2012 Day 1 - Hit the floor sleepy on NinjaLane.
Computex 2012 Booth Babes gallery 2 on TechWareLabs.
E3 Expo 2012 – NVIDIA GeForce Gloud Grid & Tegra 3 Demos on LegitReviews.
Nvidia tops GeForce 600M series with Kepler-based GPU on TechReport.
Gigabyte puts server chipset on Sandy Bridge-E motherboard on TechReport.
First AMD Brazos 2.0 APUs break cover on TechReport.
Lucid Dynamix increases gaming fluidity on notebook IGPs on TechReport.
Computex 2012 Day 2 - Hotel Walk of Fame Part 1 on NinjaLane.
Computex 2012 Day 2 - Hotel Walk of Fame Part 2 on NinjaLane.
The Awesome and Unusual and Crazy From Computex 2012 on TechWareLabs.
BIWIN shows off SSD With New Controller, World First Interview on TechWareLabs.
MSI's Win8 tablet hides slide-out keyboard on TechReport.
Antec prepping new versions of P280 chassis on TechReport.
Rosewill illuminates mechanical keyboard lineup on TechReport.
Computex 2012 Booth Babes on HWSecrets.
Thermaltake New Products at Computex 2012 on TechwareLabs.
E3 Expo 2012 - Our Annual Booth Babe Special on LegitReviews.
Intel's 4-inch Next Unit of Computing to cost $400 on TechReport.
EVGA's hot-clocked GTX 680 features massive blower on TechReport.
Fractal Design's Node enclosures ripe for the living room on TechReport.
Next-gen NAND demoed in SandForce SSDs on TechReport.
COMPUTEX 2012 Coverage Featuring GIGABYTE, BitFenix, and CORSAIR (Video) on FutureLooks.
E3 12: Unreal Engine 4 -- What you (and we) missed at GDC on PCPerspective.
The Ultimate Computex 2012 Booth Babe Collection Final Cut on TheSSDReview.
Full demo UT4 engine from E3 on AusGamers, thanks Lichking.
Enermax dips into liquid cooling on TechReport.
Noctua explains active noise cancellation tech on TechReport.
Silverstone's Sugo SG09 packs big punch in small chassis on TechReport.
Sapphire flexes custom 7-series Radeons on TechReport.



Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 10-June-2012  15:08:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Happy (not really your) Birthday, ma'am!

Input Etc:
SteelSeries Kinzu V2 Pro Silver Special Edition Mouse on NikKTech.
ROCCAT Savu Optical Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Steelseries SRW-S1 Racing Wheel on RBMods.

Cases:
MSI Stealth ATX Mid Tower on TestFreaks.
Corsair Obsidian 550D on HWHeaven.
MSI Stealth Mid Tower on ThinkComputers.

Audio Visual:
Asus VE228 21.5" LED 1080p Monitor on eTeknix.
What is a CSC? featuring Samsung NX200 digicam on HWHeaven.
HD HERO2: Outdoor Edition camera on TestFreaks.

Memory:
G.SKILL ARES 2133MHz 16GB DDR3 on Vortez.
Patriot Viper Extreme Division 4 16GB DDR3 on Vortez.

Storage:
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD Upgrade Kit on DragonSteelMods.
OCZ Petrol 128 GB Solid State Drive on XbitLabs.
Kingston SSDNow V+200 120 GB Solid State Drive on XbitLabs.
ioSafe SoloPRO and Synology DiskStation 212+ - Disaster-proof NASs on PCPerspective.

Cooling:
Alpenföhn Matterhorn Pure CPU cooler on Vortez.
Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer CPU cooler on FunkyKit.
Phanteks PH-TC14CS on OCClub.
XIGMATEK Dark Knight SD-1283 Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
be quiet! Dark Rock 2 CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer CPU Water Cooler on LegitReviews.
Arctic Freezer i30 CPU cooler on OC3D.
Noctua NH-U12P SE2 CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Origin EON17-S Gaming Notebook Review: Opening A Can Of RAID on PCPerspective.
AVADirect X79 Custom Gaming PC on HotHardware.

Video Cards:
SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X HD 7770 GHz EDITION OC on Bjorn3D.
HIS Radeon HD 7850 IceqX TurboX on Guru3D.
Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 FleX on Pro-Clockers.
XFX Radeon HD 7750 Black Edition on Bjorn3D.

Motherboard & CPU:
Biostar TZ77XE4 (Z77) Motherboard on eTeknix.
ASRock Z77 Extreme9 Motherboard on HWSecrets.
ASRock Z77 Fatal1ty Professional on PureOC.

Misc:
AviiQ ReadyClips USB Cables on ThinkComputers.
Game of Thrones (PC) Game on HWHeaven.



Saturday Night (14 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 9-June-2012  10:28:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ray Bradbury, one of my favourite Science Fiction authors, passed away this week, thanks Callan. Bradbury "died peacefully, last night, in Los Angeles, after a lengthy illness," HarperCollins said in a written statement. Bradbury's books and 600 short stories predicted a variety of things, including the emergence of ATMs and live broadcasts of fugitive car chases.

I'm a little reluctant to mention this in the same breath, but George Lucas is retiring from film-making - commercial films, anyway. Lucas is quoted as saying "I'm moving away from the company, I'm moving away from all my businesses, I'm finishing all my obligations and I'm going to retire to my garage with my saw and hammer and build hobby movies. I've always wanted to make movies that were more experimental in nature, and not have to worry about them showing in movie theatres."

Somewhat predictably, Apple are suing Samsung to block the SGS3 from sale in the USA. According the complaint, which was filed in a California court earlier this week and posted online by patent law blogger Florian Muller, the Galaxy S III clearly infringes on data-tapping and unified search technologies owned by Apple. Apple’s complaint claims “it is clear that infringement can be shown with respect to these patents based on the current record.” Samsung, unsurprisingly, is having none of that.

Google meanwhile are gearing up for offline mobile Maps access, but that might not save it on Apple devices. Google is preparing to introduce offline access to its mapping service on mobile devices in a couple of weeks, ahead of a potential hit to their traffic from iPhones and iPads. A preview of the upcoming features on Wednesday came ahead of an Apple developer conference next week. Apple is reportedly going to drop Google Maps as a built-in feature on their devices and replace it with their own navigation service.

Tech Report looked into Thunderbolt on the PC. Thunderbolt has finally arrived on the PC. Motherboards with Thunderbolt ports are selling online and Ivy Bridge notebooks are primed to feature the high-speed connection. We take a closer look to see if it's worthwhile.

Engadget checked out an Android 4.0 mini-PC the size of a USB drive. It has a 1.5GHz Allwinner processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of onboard flash storage. You can get at these internals via two USB ports (which can also power the device,) and pump the result out to a display via HDMI. If that 4GB of memory isn't enough, you can expand it via a microSD slot. All good and well, but what would you do with such a thing? Plenty is the answer.

Steve Dalby from iiNet has a blog post expressing frustration at AFACT. Copyright legislation needs to change to serve the changing needs of both the rights holders and the expectations of online consumers. Try telling that to an organisation like the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) – you might as well be talking to a brick wall.

XbitLabs compared two LGA1155 boards from ASRock. Both these high-quality mainboards have very well thought-through design, rich functionality and a very convenient BIOS with a complete set of overclocking and fine-tuning parameters. They have a lot in common, but each of them has its own unique peculiarities, too.

ArsTechnica take a closer look at Flame. The analysis reinforces theories that researchers from Kaspersky Lab, CrySyS Lab, and Symantec published almost two weeks ago. Namely, Flame could only have been developed with the backing of a wealthy nation-state. Stevens' and de Weger's conclusion means that, in addition to a team of engineers who developed a global malware platform that escaped detection for at least two years, Flame also required world-class cryptographers who have broken new ground in their field.

Phoronix show how they built a cheap, low-power Ubuntu cluster. It's quite easy these days to build a many-core compute cluster that is low-powered, running Linux, and performant-friendly. Here's a small cluster build that's begun at Phoronix and has twelve 1.2GHz cores while the total system power consumption under load is just about 30 Watts.



Misc Pics (18 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 8-June-2012  03:55:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I'm going to be doing some forum maintenance and upgrade type stuff this afternoon/evening, so if you get an error or the forums don't respond occasionally, don't panic. In the meantime, thanks to MiLK_MaN_RoX and Dam1en, here's some Misc Pics:






And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.



Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 7-June-2012  07:11:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Biostar TA75M+ AMD A75 socket FM1 Motherboard on PCStats.
Asrock Fatal1ty X79 Champion & Z77 Extreme9 boards on LegionHW.
AMD E-Series APU "Brazo 2.0" on Bjorn3D.
ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Motherboard on PCPerspective.

Audio Visual:
HP 2311xi LED monitor on TechReviewSource.
ASUS VG278H 3D LED Monitor on TechReaction.
ZOTAC ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus Mini-PC media player on XSReviews.
Pioneer Elite X-SMC4-K Music Tap Network Audio Player on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Medion Erazer X6821 Laptop on HWHeaven.
Sony Vaio T13112FXS on TechReviewSource.
ARCTIC MC001-BD Entertainment Center PC with Blu-ray Player on Tweaktown.
CyberPowerPC Zeus Thunder 2500 SE Gaming PC on HotHardware.
HP Pavilion p7-1225 on TechReviewSource.

Video Cards:
MSI 7770 Power Edition on PureOC.
MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3DG5/OC on PCPerspective.
ASUS GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores DirectCU II on Pro-Clockers.

Cases:
Thermaltake Overseer RX-I on NeoSeeker.
Antec One Gamer Series Mid-Tower on CircuitREMIX.
Lian Li PC-C60 on ComputingOnDemand.
InWin X-Frame Limited Edition Open Air Chassis on Tweaktown.

Cooling:
Thermaltake WATER2.0 Performer All-In-One LCS on DragonSteelMods.
BitFenix Spectre Pro Fan on OCClub.
Scythe Gentle Typhoon High RPM on OC3D.

Power Supply:
NZXT HALE82 N Series 750W on HWHeaven.
Thermaltake ToughPower XT PLATINUM 1275W on NikKTech.
SilverStone Strider Gold Evolution ST75F-G 750W on APHNetworks.

Input Etc:
CM Storm Trigger keyboard on Vortez.
CM Storm Sentinel Advance II Mouse on HWSecrets.
Rosewill RK-8100 Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Rosewill RK-9000BR Mechanical Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
CM Sentinel Advance II Mouse and RX Pad on OCClub.

Misc:
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD on TBreak.
Max Payne 3 Performance Tested, Benchmarked on TechSpot.



Thursday Morning (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 6-June-2012  16:40:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Yesterday was World IPv6 Launch Day, thanks Gunna. Major Internet service providers (ISPs), home networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies around the world are uniting to redefine the global Internet and permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services on 6 June 2012. Internode have lots of info about how they're handling it.

Lots of people were reporting a Google outage earlier tonight - hopefully not related to the above! It did affect OCAU because we use some Google services, but it seems to be ok again now. Some info here but no official word yet.

Also doing the rounds tonight is the story that LinkedIn password hashes have been leaked. Finnish security company Cert-Fi has posted a warning about the incident, saying it is “likely” that whoever hacked LinkedIn possesses the accompanying user names as well. If you’re a LinkedIn user, we recommend you change your password right now. Furthermore, if you used that password on any other online service, we recommend you change those passwords as well. More here.

There's to be another piracy meeting today. Despite concerns that the talks will fall over, the Australian Government will hold another set of piracy meetings with internet service providers (ISPs), content owners and consumer groups on Thursday.

Mpot noticed that Google have acquired Quickoffice. Today, consumers, businesses and schools use Google Apps to get stuff done from anywhere, with anyone and on any device. Quickoffice has an established track record of enabling seamless interoperability with popular file formats, and we'll be working on bringing their powerful technology to our Apps product suite. Quickoffice has a strong base of users, and we look forward to supporting them while we work on an even more seamless, intuitive and integrated experience.

From the "oops boss" files comes news that the Space Shuttle Enterprise has been damaged in transit to a Manhattan Museum. "Mother nature did not smile on us. Just as the barge entered the railroad bridge, the wind caught it and pushed the right wing into the bridge abutment. Fortunately, the damage seems to be cosmetic, limited to the foam that covered the wingtip. No structure or mechanisms appear to have been damaged," Jenkins wrote.

A more amusing SNAFU involves Chinese censorship: The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index dropped by 64.89 (SHCOMP) points yesterday, matching the date on which Chinese authorities crushed student-led protests on June 4, 1989. Queries for “Shanghai Composite” on Sina Corp.’s Twitter-like Weibo service returned a message that said results can’t be displayed “in accordance with relevant laws, regulations and policies.”



Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 6-June-2012  06:23:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Cedar Trail Platform: Intel D2500HN and Intel DN2800MT Mainboards on XbitLabs.
Intel i7-3770K Ivy Bridge CPU on Metku.
Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H on TechReaction.
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard on TechWarelabs.
GIGABYTE X79-UD3 Motherboard on Vortez.
ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe and Pro on PureOC.
Intel Core i5-3470 Quad-Core CPU on HotHardware.
Intel's ultrabook-bound Core i5-3427U processor on TechReport.
Intel Core i5-3427U: Ivy Bridge For Ultrabooks on HotHardware.
Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5-3427U / Ultrabook Platform on PCPerspective.
GIGABYTE G1 Sniper M3 on Vortez.
Asrock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional-M Socket 1155 Motherboard on Pro-Clockers.
Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe: New Look of the LGA 1155 Platform on XbitLabs.

Cases:
CM Storm Trooper Gaming Case on HWLook.
Silverstone's Temjin TJ08-E Evolution on TechReport.
In Win BUC 101 Midi Tower on NikKTech.
LIAN LI PC-Q05 Thin Mini-ITX Chassis on MissingRemote.
Cooler Master Silencio 650D on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition on OCClub.

Software:
Hands On With Windows 8 Release Preview on TechReviewSource.
Diablo III on PlayerAttack.

Video Cards:
Palit GeForce GTX 680 Jetstream 2 GB Graphics Card and GeForce GTX 680 SLI Performance on XbitLabs.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 2 GB on XbitLabs.
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition OC 2 GB on XbitLabs.
Radeon HD 7950 vs. GeForce GTX 680 On Linux on Phoronix.

Memory:
G.Skill Trident X 2400MHz on OCClub.
G.Skill Trident X DDR3 2400 8GB Dual Kit on Pro-Clockers.

Input Etc:
CM Storm Sentinel Advance II Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
CM Storm Sentinel Advance II High Performance Laser Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
SteelSeries KANA Black Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Das Keyboard Model S Professional Mechanical Keyboard on Tweaktown, OCAU review here.
Genius DX-ECO Mouse on Bjorn3D.

Portable & Prebuilt:
BlackBerry Bold 9790 smartphone on TBreak.
Binatone ReadMe Colour eReader on HWLook.
Toshiba Excite 10 LE: The World's Thinnest 10" Tablet on HotHardware.
Alienware M14x R2 Ivy Bridge Laptop on HWHeaven.
CyberPower Zeus Thunder 2500 SE Ivy Bridge Gaming System on ThinkComputers.
Dell XPS One 2700 on TechReviewSource.
Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone on Guru3D.

Storage:
OCZ Vertex 4 256 GB and 512 GB Solid State Drives on XbitLabs.
Kingston USB 3.0 Media Reader and MobileLite G3 Card Readers on MegaTechNews.
QNAP 3.6x NAS Software Deep Dive on Tweaktown.
Quick Look – Apacer 32GB USB 3.0 memory sticks on TBreak.
NZXT Aperture M Card Reader on NinjaLane.
DV Nation RAMRod PC Review - A Storage Powerhouse on PCPerspective.
Mushkin Chronos MX 120GB SSD on LegitReviews.
VisionTek Racer 240GB SSD on PureOC.

Cooling:
Prolimatech Genesis CPU Cooler on LegitReviews.
Phanteks PH-TC14PE Orange Heatsink on Frostytech.
Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile Silent CPU Cooler on HardCoreWare.
Thermaltake Frio Advanced CPU cooler on FunkyKit.
Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro Cooler on TechWareLabs.

Power Supply:
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 550W PSU on Tweaktown.
NZXT HALE82 N 650W on HWSecrets.



Tuesday Afternoon (11 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 5-June-2012  06:32:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you're in Sydney, you might want to delay going home until this wild weather passes. Sydney is being hit by a severe storm front which has swept up from the south towards the CBD. Heavy rain and wind are expected to hit right on peak hour.

ZGeek are happy to announce that the defamation suit against them and Google has been dismissed, but they're not completely out of the woods yet. We now have to fight an appeal for the costs we won. Worse still is the awesome, wonderful, kick-ass lawyers at Reardon and Associates have had to move on to other cases as they need to pay the bills. They are still supporting us 100% but can’t send a lawyer to the ACT anymore as they don’t have the man power. We still have our Barrister from Reardons on board but we are seeking a solicitor to appear for us in the ACT.

Lots of people sent word that Eduard Khil, aka Mr Trololo has died aged 77. I found out about it from my 13-year-old grandson,” he told RT, a Russian TV news program, in 2010. “He walked into the room, humming the song... So I asked him, ‘Why [are] you singing it?’” The boy replied: “‘Grandpa, you’re home drinking tea here, [and] in the meantime, everyone’s singing your song on the Internet.’” Discussion here.

The Flame worm is exploiting Windows Update to spread from machine to machine, thanks lichking. When uninfected computers update themselves, Flame intercepts the request to Microsoft Update server and instead delivers a malicious executable to the machine that is signed with a rogue, but technically valid, Microsoft certificate.

NSW students will be part of the official start of IPv6 tomorrow. Some 2600 network operators, internet service providers and equipment vendors will officially switch on the address protocol from 10am AEST on June 6 for World IPv6 Day, providing an alternative to the depleted Internet Protocol version 4 stocks it succeeds.

This quadrotor cat is the most hilariously disturbing thing I've seen in a while.



Monday Night Reviews (5 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 4-June-2012  13:48:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
EVGA GeForce GTX 690 on Guru3D.
Inno3D iChill GTX 670 HerculeZ 3000 on XtremeComputing.
MSI R7770 Power Edition on NeoSeeker.

Audio Visual:
Fujifilm FinePix T400 digicam on TechReviewSource.
Microlab FC330 2.1 Speaker Kit on XtremeComputing.
Sennheiser PC 323D G4ME Headset on HWHeaven.
AOC D2357Ph Passive 3D Monitor on RBMods.
ROCCAT Kave Solid 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset on TestFreaks.

Cases:
SilverStone Fortress FT03-MINI on HWSecrets.
Cooler Master Silencio 650 on Guru3D.
Cubitek ATX-ICE on OCClub.
MSI Interceptor Series Ravager PC on TestFreaks.
In Win BUC 101 Midi Tower on NikKTech.

Storage:
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Monster Digital 400GB Le Mans SSD on TheSSDReview.



Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 3-June-2012  10:48:30 (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.

AXX-Traterrestrial - new generation Sound Blaster? in PC Audio.
Intel details 14 dual-core Ivy Bridge processors in Intel Hardware.
Gmail for Business in Business & Enterprise.
Dirt Showdown: multiplatform racer/demo derby by Codemasters in PC Games.
DayZ Mod - ArmA II: CO in PC Games.
It's a Beefy Miracle! (Fedora 17 Released...) in Other Operating Systems.
Arcade Cabinet in Modding.
Model Airport - incredible in Other Toys.
ColorHug - Open Source Colorimeter (Monitor Calibrator) in Photography & Video.
Best program for Windows to transfer photos in Photography & Video.
JB Hi-Fi to sell Import Games in Game Consoles.
GAME Australia goes into administration in Game Consoles.
Guide to I/O and PID controllers? in Electronics & Electrics.
Working with people living with HIV/AIDS: a journal in Lifestyle.
Critique Shipping Container House Floor Plan in Lifestyle.
Self Defence Flashlight in Lifestyle.
Continuum - new Sci-Fi 2012 in Entertainment.
Movie: Les Miserables (Hathaway, Jackson) in Entertainment.
Goodbye Rego Stickers (NSW) in Motoring.
Worklog, Blakeg's 1990 ADM GT4 Celica in Motoring.
Nobel prize winner condemns Australia's anti-science culture in Career, Education & Finance.
Mars One - Human Settlement in 2023 in Current Events.
United Nations Space Command condemns Syria in The Pub.



Sunday Evening (2 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 3-June-2012  10:24:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

ASUS and NVIDIA have a Diablo 3 themed contest: This has also been run in other regions, but for APAC this is only available in AU and NZ. Contestants are required to pose as “characters” of Diablo 3 and submit a photo to be eligible. The best three contestants with highest vote from the public at the end of the competition will win ASUS GTX560 Ti. Its FREE to join and no purchase is necessary.

Here's an amusing SNAFU from Barnes & Noble's Nook, where a search and replace seems to have gone awry. In one of the truly bizarre incidents we've seen out of the e-book publishing world, a translation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace for Barnes & Noble's Nook platform has replaced all mentions of the word "kindled" with "Nookd."

Wired are also saying it's been confirmed that USA and Israel created stuxnet. The article is adapted from journalist David Sanger's forthcoming book, Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, and it confirms that both the US and Israeli governments developed and deployed Stuxnet. The goal of the worm was to break Iranian nuclear centrifuge equipment by issuing specific commands to the industrial control hardware responsible for their spin rate.

Engadget share their Windows 8 RP impressions. Ready to upgrade from the Consumer Preview? Just remember that you'll need to a do a clean install, which means unless your user account is tied to a Microsoft ID you're going to lose your personal settings. Got it? Good. Get your download on now, and then meet us past the break for some early impressions and a video walk-through of the new features.

Apparently Australians are unreasonable for wanting content quicker. Little surprise then that they turned to BitTorrent in droves, eventually topping the list with 10.1% of all Game of Thrones downloads. However, according to the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft, the impatience being shown by fans of the show is “unreasonable.”

HWHeaven built a cheap APU system. Recently AMD set us the challenge of building a low cost APU system to see if it would be possible to build a decent media/productivity/gaming PC on a minimal budget. It's something different to a review which is always a nice change so we set about looking at what could be done when pretty much every component has to cost £60 or less.

A few people sent in the Humble Bundle V, for Mac, Windows and Linux. If purchased separately, this bundle would cost around $110, but we're letting you set the price!



Sunday Morning Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 2-June-2012  14:09:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS digicam on TechReviewSource.
Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.

Cooling:
Phanteks PH-TC14PE Red Heatsink on Frostytech.
Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
Thermaltake Water 2.0 CPU Watercooler on NinjaLane.

Motherboard & CPU:
Biostar TA990FXE AMD 990FX Motherboard on PCStats.
ASRock X79 Fatal1ty Champion Motherboard on HWSecrets.
Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H WiFi Intel Z77 Express LGA 1155 on TechPowerUp.
Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H Socket 1155 Motherboard on PCPerspective.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master Sentinel Advanced II Gaming Mouse and CM Storm Speed-RX L on TechReaction.
Filco Majestouch-2 Ninja – Cherry MX Brown keyboard on XSReviews.

Power Supply:
Energizer Wall & Car USB Charger on LegitReviews.
Newer Technology Power2U (USB Wall Power) on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell XPS One 27 All-in-One Desktop on HotHardware.
Samsung Series 5 Chromebook on PCPerspective.
Dell XPS One 2700 desktop on TechReviewSource.

Storage:
2 TB Western Digital My Passport Portable (USB 3.0) Hard Disk Drive on TechARP.
LaCie 2Big NAS 6TB on TechWareLabs.
Hornettek Shark USB 3.0 2.5-inch Hard Drive Enclosure on ThinkComputers.
CoreRise Comay Venus Pro 3 SSD on BenchmarkReviews.



Misc Pics (21 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 1-June-2012  02:51:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few people sent word that Windows 8 Release Preview Download is live. Might be fun to play with on the weekend? Anyway, here's some misc pics:






And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.



Friday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 1-June-2012  02:40:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage:
Kingston DataTraveler Micro 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive on NikKTech.
MemoRight MS-701 240GB mSATA Solid State Drive on Tweaktown.
OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD on NeoSeeker.
OCZ Vertex 3 RAID0 Testing on TechReaction.
QNAP TS-EC1279U-RP Rack Mount 10GbE NAS on Tweaktown.
Buffalo CloudStor Pro 2TB NAS on TBreak.

Video Cards:
Sapphire HD 7770 Vapor-X 1 GB on TechPowerUp.
HIS HD7850 & HD 7870 GHz Edition on Metku.
HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ 2GB on eTeknix.
Gainward GEFORCE GTX 680 2GB Phantom on Tweaktown.
PowerColor HD 7850 PCS+ 2 GB on TechPowerUp.

Cooling:
Xigmatek Praeton CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.
Phanteks PH-TC14PE Heatsink on Frostytech.
Prolimatech Genesis CPU Cooler on LegitReviews.

Power Supply:
Antec Earthwatts 650 Platinum and High Current Pro HCP-1000 Platinum on FutureLooks.
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 650W on HWSecrets.
Be Quiet Dark Power Pro 10 550W on TechPowerUp.
Super Flower Golden Silent 500W on XSReviews.

Audio Visual:
Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset on LegitReviews.
Cygnett GrooveTrip II Mini FM Transmitter on TestFreaks.



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