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March 2014
OCAU-themed Sim Racing Cockpit (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 31-March-2014  12:17:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's something special - an OCAU-themed sim racing cockpit from mrbean_phillip:


click for the thread!



Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 31-March-2014  01:44:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Biostar Hi-Fi A88W 3D (AMD FM2+) on TechPowerUp.
ASRock Fatal1ty B85 Killer on PureOC.
Intel Core i7-4930K vs Core i7-3930K SLI Gaming-Performance on OCaholic.

Video Cards:
PowerColor PCS+ AXR9 290X 4GB on LegitReviews.
Sapphire Dual-X R9 280 OC on LanOC.

Cases:
Aerocool GT-S White Full Tower on eTeknix.
Corsair Obsidian 450D on OCaholic.
Rosewill RSV-Z2600 3U Rackmount Server Chassis on Tweaktown.
XFX Type 01 Bravo on OCClub.
Corsair Graphite Series 730T & 760T Full Tower on eTeknix.
Corsair Graphite 760T on OCaholic.
Corsair Graphite Series 760T on Guru3D.
Corsair Graphite 760T Full-Tower on Tweaktown.
Corsair Graphite 760T on Vortez.

Storage:
Samsung SSD 840 EVO mSATA on HotHardware.
Toshiba MQ01ABD100H 1TB SSHD on NikKTech.

Audio Visual:
Rollei Sunglasses Cam 100 on NikKTech.
Bit Fenix Flo Headset on FunkyKit.
PAPAGO! P2 Pro Dashcam on eTeknix.
PAPAGO! P3 Dashcam on BenchmarkReviews.
Turtle Beach Ear Force i60 Wireless Headset on LegitReviews.

Cooling:
Corsair H105 Hydro Series All-In-One 240mm Water Cooler on eTeknix.
Cooler Master Glacer 240L All-in-One Liquid Cooler on PCPerspective.

Input Etc:
Vortex KBT Race II Mechanical Keyboard on HardCoreWare.
Ozone Boson Portable Gaming Mouse Pad on FunkyKit.

Power Supply:
Raidmax RX-1000AE 1000W Power Supply on ThinkComputers.
Limefuel Blast L240X 24,000mAh External Portable Battery on Tweaktown.
Pivos Mana 5200mAh Battery Pack on Bjorn3D.

Misc:
GT Omega Pro Racing Office Chair on HWHeaven.
Cyberpower Zeus Mini prebuilt PC on Bjorn3D.



Misc Pics (39 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-March-2014  14:27:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Jason this week!








Friday Morning (13 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-March-2014  01:25:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This is news to me - Australian digital TV receivers will need to be retuned soon (and some areas may have already been required to). Some TV channels are changing their frequency as the final step in the move to digital-only TV. You'll need to retune your TV, set-top box or digital recorder when these changes happen in your area. If you don't, you won't be able to receive all free-to-air digital TV channels.

NVIDIA have unveiled their next-gen GPU "Pascal", with coverage on Anandtech, Tweaktown, Tech Report and HotHardware. Pascal is NVIDIA’s latest GPU architecture and is being introduced in between Maxwell and Volta. In the process it has absorbed old Maxwell’s unified virtual memory support and old Volta’s on-package DRAM, integrating those feature additions into a single new product.

Mpot sent in this story about one of the largest bitcoin mining setups on the planet. Carlson has to keep expanding and upgrading his processing power to remain at seven to 10 percent of the world's Bitcoin mining. Global hashing power is estimated at about 39.5 petahash, putting Carlson's 2.2 petahash at about 5.6 percent of the world's total. Carlson intends to add another petahash within a month, bringing his percentage up to about 8 percent.

Owen spotted this handy portable stove which can boil water and charge your phone (amazon affiliate link). The BioLite Wood Burning CampStove combines the benefits of a lightweight backpacking stove and an off-grid power charger so you can cook a meal while charging your gadgets. The Campstove is the perfect solution for both the backcountry campsite and also Emergency Preparedness Kits.

eBay are apparently going to be taking a slice of the shipping cost from sellers. Hundreds of thousands of Australian users will receive an email this morning that says from May 6 “final value fees” will apply not only to the sale price but postage. The move is likely to be unpopular with many sellers who are already paying final value fees of as much as 9.9 per cent — up from 5.25 per cent three years ago.

Microsoft have released the source code for early versions of MS-DOS and Word, thanks mpot. Tony_L spotted more info on the Word side of things here, and there's some hidden jokes in the MS-DOS code. Yesterday, Microsoft and the Computer History Museum released the source code for early versions of Microsoft’s MS-DOS and Word programs, which one developer ciphered through and found hidden jokes.

Meanwhile Word 2010 has a security issues with RTF files, with a little more info here. Microsoft says it's aware of attacks going on now, but there's no fix yet to stop the hackers. It's working on a way to stop the bug. The only way to be sure your computer won't get infected is not to open a document with the .rtf file extension until Microsoft says it's fine to do so.

Some more headlines from the recent Game Developer's Conference: Microsoft DirectX 12 and Windows 7 Support and AMD RapidFire and Cloud Gaming on BenchmarkReviews. AMD's More-Open Linux Driver Strategy on Phoronix. NVIDIA Talks High Performance Graphics APIs on HotHardware.

Today's timewaster is Diamond Hollow II, a mouse+kb platformer that reminds me of an Amiga game I can't quite remember the name of.. or if you're still hooked on "2048" from yesterday, try the inevitable doge version.



Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 27-March-2014  23:24:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
CM Storm Pulse-R Aluminum Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.
Netgear VueZone VZSX2800 Wireless Surveillance Camera Kit on eTeknix.
Creative Airwave Wireless Bluetooth Speaker on MegaTechNews.
Wavemaster STAX 2.1 Speaker on HWHeaven.

Storage:
Kingston 32GB DataTraveler microDUO OTG USB Flash Drive on FutureLooks.
Western Digital Purple Surveillance Storage 4TB HDD on Tweaktown.
Kingston SDXC UHS-1 Speed Class 3 Flash Card (64GB) on TheSSDReview.
Thecus N7510 on LegionHW.
Mach Xtreme Technology MX-LX 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on MadShrimps.
LSI MegaRAID SAS3 9361-8i 12Gb/s RAID Controller on Tweaktown.
OCZ Vertex 460 - 240GB SSD on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
Func MS-3 Revision 2 Gaming Mouse on PureOC.
iRocks Spirit Cocoon Illuminated Mouse on eTeknix.
ROCCAT Ryos MK Advanced Mechanical Keyboard on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X Edition on TechWareLabs.
Sapphire R9 280X Vapor-X Tri-X OC on ThinkComputers.
ASUS Poseidon GTX 780 on LegitReviews.
ASUS ROG Poseidon GTX 780 on PCPerspective.
ASUS Radeon R9-290X Matrix on Guru3D.

Cooling:
SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE 1224 CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Phanteks PH-F140 (XP, SP, SP_LED) Case Fan on OCClub.
Enermax ETS-T40 CPU cooler on OCAholic.

Cases:
In Win tou Review: All-Glass Case on TechSpot.
Corsair's Obsidian Series 450D enclosure on TechReport.
SilverStone Grandia GD08 HTPC Case on OCIA.
SilverStone Raven RVZ01 Mini-ITX on Phoronix.
Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Performance Mid-Tower on PCPerspective.
Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 on OCaholic.
AZZA CSAZ-XT1 Full-Tower Gaming Case on BenchmarkReviews.
Corsair Obsidian 450D on Vortez.
Corsair Obsidian 450D on TechPowerUp.
Lian Li PC-A79 Full-Tower on Tweaktown.
Corsair Obsidian 450D Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
Corsair Obsidian 450D Mid-Tower on LegitReviews.

Misc:
Rosewill RGS-108P POE Gigabit Network Switch on Modders-Inc.
Silverstone SST-PB03 AA Emergency Battery Pack on eTeknix.
G.Skill RipjawsX PC3-17000 8GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Acer Iconia B1 Tablet on HWSecrets.



Wednesday Night (7 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-March-2014  23:53:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Quite a lot of enthusiasts are up in arms at the news that Facebook have bought Oculus VR, creators of the Rift, for $2B. Notch has gone so far as to cancel a Minecraft version for the Rift in direct response to the deal. "Mobile is the platform of today, and now we're also getting ready for the platforms of tomorrow," Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg says. "Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate." Which is interesting, because it sounds like they're almost taking aim at Google Glass rather than the previous gaming focus of Rift. It's also interesting because Oculus basically started from a Kickstarter campaign and has now hit the bigtime. Anyway, more here and here, with discussion towards the end of this thread.

NVIDIA have announced their Titan Z - a $3000 USD video card. More here. Continuing the TITAN legacy of supercomputer-inspired performance, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled the GeForce GTX TITAN Z today at our annual GPU Technology Conference. Built around two Kepler GPUs and 12GB of dedicated frame buffer memory, TITAN Z is engineered for next-generation 5K and multi-monitor gaming.

Dogecoin continue to become more serious while maintaining their tongue-in-cheek status - now sponsoring a NASCAR racer. First dogecoin funds the Jamaican bobsled team, and now their very own NASCAR racer. We may just be dealing with the next big thing in sports sponsorship, just as it's growing up. Too bad, Nike.

Tweaktown have an OCZ Storage. This past week, we sat down with Alex Mei from OCZ Storage Solutions to discuss topics including past, present and OCZ's future as part of Toshiba. Meanwhile PCPerspective checked out Intel's SSD poduction and testing. Today I'm going to lay out one of the more impressive things I saw at the briefings, and that is the process Intel goes through to ensure their products are among the most solid and reliable in the industry.

Tech Report have some info on DirectX 12. When Microsoft announced DirectX 12 yesterday, we learned that a broad swath of existing hardware would support the new API. That wasn't the whole story, however, as Nvidia's Tony Tamasi clarified in an interview with us today. It turns out that DirectX 12 will introduce a set of new features in addition to the lower-level abstraction, and those features will require new hardware. There's some more info over here on PCPerspective.

Today's timewaster is 2048, a sliding puzzle game from biatch.



Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 25-March-2014  18:43:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some interesting projects from people in the forums:


bundymania has compared
26x 360mm radiators

crocodaVe is making
brass watercooling pipes

havabeer has the same
but with stainless steel


Davo1111 reviewed the
Acer C720 Chromebook

bundymania reviewed the
CM Storm 500 headset

and Soc is
building a house!



Tuesday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 25-March-2014  17:42:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you're going on a gaming binge, remember to take regular breaks, and don't drink 4 litres of energy drinks in a sitting. Dahl, 14, had been playing the shooter on his school's LAN with friends when, taking a break in the cafeteria, he collapsed. Rushed to hospital, his kidneys failed and he slipped into a coma. Turns out he'd consumed 4 litres of energy drinks to sustain the session, which far exceeds any kind of manufacturer's warning or shred of common sense.

Michael Malone has left iiNet, thanks alch. After 20 years growing a small Perth-based internet service provider into one of Australia's biggest telecommunications companies, iiNet chief executive Michael Malone says he faces "a long dark road ahead" as he quits the job. The outgoing chief executive and major iiNet shareholder says he can't rule out selling his shares in the company over the next 12 months. iiNet acting CEO and chief financial officer David Buckingham will take over from Mr Malone while a search is conducted for his replacement, the company said on Friday.

eTeknix have another 4K gaming showdown. In this article we will be doing a “smackdown” of Nvidia GTX 780 Ti SLI against AMD R9 290X SLI in a variety of games. Based on specified MSRPs the GTX 780 Ti SLI ($699 x 2) is a much more expensive option than the AMD R9 290Xs ($549 x 2) but with recent (mining induced) inflationary pricing on AMD R9 290X graphics cards the pricing is actually a lot closer than you might think and so it begs the question – which combination should you choose for the best 4K Gaming experience?

PandoDaily report on an alleged agreement between tech giants involving not poaching staff from each other. Confidential internal Google and Apple memos, buried within piles of court dockets and reviewed by PandoDaily, clearly show that what began as a secret cartel agreement between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt to illegally fix the labor market for hi-tech workers, expanded within a few years to include companies ranging from Dell, IBM, eBay and Microsoft, to Comcast, Clear Channel, Dreamworks, and London-based public relations behemoth WPP. All told, the combined workforces of the companies involved totals well over a million employees.

Meanwhile the good news is that, while Google ARE working on advanced humanoid robots to enslave, err, assist us all, they have rejected military funding of the project. Google isn’t interested in taking money from DARPA because its ambitions are in the more lucrative consumer market, and any association with DARPA leads to headlines like, "What the heck will Google do with these scary military robots?" DARPA doesn’t want to give Google money because it wants to use its $2.7 billion budget to fund startups with scarce resources, not Goliath tech companies, and its investments are supposed to seed technology that can one day be purchased by the Pentagon for national defense, which Google is unlikely to play along with.

NASA have a new 360 degree view of our galaxy. Spitzer, launched into space in 2003 and has spent more than 10 years studying everything from asteroids in our solar system to the most remote galaxies at the edge of the observable universe. In this time, it has spent a total of 4,142 hours (172 days) taking pictures of the disk, or plane, of our Milky Way galaxy in infrared light. This is the first time those images have been stitched together into a single, expansive view.

From Nathan: FREE TO PLAY is a feature-length documentary that follows three professional gamers from around the world as they compete for a million dollar prize in the first Dota 2 International Tournament. In recent years, E Sports has surged in popularity to become one of the most widely-practiced forms of competitive sport today. A million dollar tournament changed the landscape of the gaming world and for those elite players at the top of their craft, nothing would ever be the same again. Produced by Valve, the film documents the challenges and sacrifices required of players to compete at the highest level.



Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 25-March-2014  17:04:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cases:
INWIN 901 Mini-ITX PC Chassis on TechnologyX.
Corsair Graphite 760T full-tower on OCaholic.
Anidees AI-4 M-ATX Silenced Chassis on eTeknix.
XFX TYPE01 Bravo on HWHeaven.
Aerocool DS Cube on MadShrimps.
Fractal Design ARC Mini R2 on FunkyKit.
Microcool Banchetto K on OCaholic.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Sony SmartWatch 2 on Tweaktown.
CyberpowerPC Zeus Mini-I 780 mITX System on LegitReviews.

Storage:
Intel 730 SSD on HWHeaven.
Icy Dock Blizzard 3.5" SATA Enclosure on LanOC.
WD My Cloud EX2 Personal Cloud Server on HotHardware.
Seagate Savvio 15K.3 Enterprise HDD on Tweaktown.
OCZ Vector 150 240GB SATA III 2.5" SSD on MadShrimps.
Kingston Technology E50 Enterprise 240GB SSD on Futurelooks.

Audio Visual:
Ozone Onda PRO on Vortez.
SteelSeries H Wireless Gaming Headset on GamingNexus.
ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headphones on Techgage.
Bose Soundlink Mini Speaker on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
Roccat Kone Pure Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.
Speedlink Xeox Pro Analogue Wireless PlayStation 3 & PC Gamepad on eTeknix.
Func MS-3 Revision 2 w/F-Series 10 L on APHNetworks.
Ozone Neon Precision Laser Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Ducky Shine 3 Mechanical Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
Corsair Raptor K40 keyboard on Guru3D.
Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2014 (Razer Green Switches) keyboard on CustomPCReview.
CM Storm Trigger-Z keyboard on OCaholic.
Steelseries Rival Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.

Video Cards:
XFX R7 240 on OCClub.
Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti Windforce on PureOC.
MSI R9 290X LIGHTNING on Vortez.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Video Card Roundup on LegitReviews.

Power Supply:
Antec TruePower Classic 650W on NikKTech.
Cooler Master V Series 850W on PCPerspective.
Silverstone Strider Essential ST60F-ESB 600W on TechPowerUp.

Networking:
Netgear Nighthawk R7000 AC1900 Smart Wi-Fi Router on Tweaktown.
Netgear Nighthawk R7000 AC1900 Wireless Router on LegitReviews.

Memory:
Kingston HyperX Predator 8GB DDR3-2400 Kit on OCIA.
AVEXIR Blitz 1.1 Memory Series on FunkyKit.

Misc:
ASUS Z87 Gryphon motherboard & armor kit on PCGamers.
Thermolab LP53 CPU cooler on OCaholic.



Monday Morning Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 24-March-2014  01:05:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
Asrock Vision HT 420D mini-PC on LegionHW.
Acer Iconia W4 tablet on TechSpot.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 on HotHardware.

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte Z87X-UD7 TH on HWSecrets.
Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E CPU on TechWareLabs.
AMD Kaveri A10-7850K Overclocking – Unleashing GCN’s Potential on eTeknix.
Asus Gryphon Z87 LGA 1150 Mainboard on XbitLabs.
Intel Core i7-4930K SLI Gaming Performance Scaling on OCaholic.
Gigabyte's G1.Sniper 5 on TechReport.
AMD A10-7850K Kaveri APU Processor on Modders-Inc.

Audio Visual:
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M Gaming Headset (Iron White) on MadShrimps.
ASUS Cerberus Gaming Headset Video Review on HWHeaven.
Creative Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 Intelligent Wireless Sound System on MegaTechNews.

Storage:
Western Digital WD Black˛ 2.5-inch Dual Drive (SSD + HDD) on Modders-Inc.
Crucial M550 128GB SSD on Tweaktown.
Crucial M550 512GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
WD My Cloud 2TB Personal Cloud Storage on ThinkComputers.
Seagate Desktop SSHD 4TB on NikKTech.
Samsung 840 EVO Solid State Drive on XbitLabs.
SilverStone CP11 SATA Cable on APHNetworks.
WD Xe 10k SAS 2.5-inch Enterprise HDD on Tweaktown.
Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 16GB Flash Drive on FunkyKit.

Video Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti in 2-way SLI: Performance Review on XbitLabs.
MSI Radeon R9 290X Twin Frozr Gaming OC Overclocked on Tweaktown.
Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X TRI-X OC on OCClub.
Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti on HWAsylum.
Powercolor R9 290X PCS+ 4GB on eTeknix.



Misc Pics (53 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-March-2014  13:53:07 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

Thanks to Jackoschitt and blinky this week!








1990 Computers Page (26 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 20-March-2014  19:55:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Walshy sent in this newspaper scan for Misc Pics, but there's so much info there I thought it deserved a post of its own. Found in my archives, while doing a bit of a cleanout. It was a bit of paper my mum used to make a dress pattern with, which is why it survived the 20-odd years until I scanned a copy. The article itself is fascinating, but so are the classified ads below it. $3,500 for a 2nd-hand Apple laser printer? Ouch! (That's >$6,300 in 2013 dollars according to the RBA Inflation Calculator).


click to enlarge!


For more of a flashback, check out the Time Warp Computer Prices article we did - 10 years ago, so it's in a time warp of its own now!



Thursday Afternoon (8 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 20-March-2014  14:35:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel have unveiled their plans to revolutionise the desktop. Compelling new form factors such as mini PCs and desktop all-in-ones (AIOs) are driving excitement within the category, and Intel is helping to deliver new capabilities that consumers and businesses want. Enthusiast users are among the most important proponents of desktop computing, and Intel is announcing roadmap enhancements especially for them. Coverage on Tech Report, LegitReviews and HotHardware.

This sounds suspiciously like a viral marketing ad for an unlimited text plan, but anyway someone who was ripped off online has responded by texting the works of Shakespeare to the scammer. He sends it as one text but his victim can only receive them in 160 character chunks - meaning the 37 works of Shakespeare will buzz through in 29,305 individual texts. So far Edd has sent 22 plays including Hamlet, Macbeth and Othello which have been delivered in 17,424 texts.

Apple has some new home automation patents which sound a bit sci-fi. In this particular report we cover a powerful new invention that has come out of the blue. It could apply to a future version of Siri that is designed to work with distributed sensors that a user could place throughout their home, Office or beyond. It's an advanced reminder system that could notify you that it's time to take your medications or that you have appointments or meetings in any room equipped with the appropriate sensors.

PCPerspective have a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti Roundup. There has been a few cases that we have noticed where the long standing shortages and price hikes from coin mining have dwindled, which is great news for gamers but may also be bad news for NVIDIA’s GPUs in some areas. Though, even if the R7 265 becomes available, the GTX 750 Ti remains the best card you can buy that doesn’t require a power connection. This puts it in a unique position for power limited upgrades.

PlayerAttack are reporting on what seems to be some new Australian servers for Battle.net. Ahead of the release of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls next week, it looks like Blizzard has quietly launched Australian Battle.net servers for the game. The publisher has remained very quiet on the topic, but early research suggests the servers are hosted in Sydney and are providing sub-100ms pings for gamers in Australia and New Zealand.

ThinkComputers list the 10 highest-paid pro gamers of all time. Some of the best professional gamers make a living off of gaming and tournaments. Ever wondered how much these pro-gamers make? Just the other day I was thinking about a guy called "Thresh" who used to record timedemos back in the Quake days.. wonder whatever happened to him.



Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 19-March-2014  21:06:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a few interesting threads from the forums. Remember, OCAU has official Twitter, Facebook and Google+ pages. If you can add us via the various services it's much appreciated and helps us get the word out, and keep you up to date. :)

Anti static in the IT environment in Overclocking & Hardware.
Captherm makes a heatsink with high explosives in Overclocking & Hardware.
Managing internal queue jumpers in Business & Enteprise Computing.
The Incompetence of Major Corporations in Australia in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Fire and Rescue NSW switch to ChromeOS for new deployment in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Guide for Wireless Scan to Network for Fuji Xerox CM205FW in Networking & Internet.
Compulab Fit-PC 2/2i/3/4, Intense-PC/2, MintBox/2 in Portable & Small Form Factor.
Zotac ZBOX E-series line: Haswell with Iris Pro 5200 IGP in Portable & Small Form Factor.
LG UM95 34" QHD 21:9 (3440 x 1440) in Video Cards & Monitors.
New retro console - Hyperkin Retron 5 in Retro & Arcade.
History of Video Game Consoles - in Commercials in Retro & Arcade.
486 memories in Retro & Arcade.
RAM price trends 2013/2014 in Memory.
Officeworks selling 3D printers in Hobby Engineering.
Current 3D printer for a computer club? in Hobby Engineering.
Cheap Amateur Handhelds in Electronics & Electrics.
A Dunning-Kruger detection kit in Science.
Gravity Waves from Big Bang Detected in Science.
2014 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in Motorsport.
Vegemite changed flavour! in Geek Food.
PM just had video removed by YouTube in Politics & Policies.
Australia urged to follow New Zealand's lead on flag rethink in Politics & Policies.
Malaysian Airways Jet Missing in Current Events.



Wednesday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 19-March-2014  20:37:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact smartphone on TechSpot.
SteelSeries H Wireless Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
Ergotech Freedom Quad 1-over-3 Desk Stand for monitors on Techgage.

Video Cards:
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti Matrix Platinum OCaholic.
ASUS Radeon R9 290X Matrix Platinum on OCaholic.
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti Matrix Platinum Edition on Guru3D.
Powercolor R9 290X PCS+ on OCClub.

Storage:
iStarUSA 4 x 2.5" SATA Hot-Swap Drive Bay Cage on FunkyKit.
Crucial M550 Series Solid State Drive on HotHardware.
Crucial M550 1TB SSD on Tweaktown.
Crucial M550 512GB SSD on LegitReviews.
Crucial M550 SSD (512GB) on TechnologyX.
Crucial's M550 solid-state drive on TechReport.
Crucial M550 SSD 128GB to 1TB on HWHeaven.
Crucial M550 SSD 1TB on TheSSDReview.
Crucial M550 Solid State Drive on BenchmarkReviews.
Icy Dock ‘Black Vortex’ MB074SP-B 3.5” 4-in-3 Cage on eTeknix.

Misc:
Feenix Autore Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
AMD Mantle & TrueAudio Patch for THIEF Tested on LegitReviews.
Nanoxia Deep Silence 5 Mid-Tower case on PureOC.
Gigabyte's Brix Pro mini PC on Tech Report.
Corsair Hydro Series H75 Liquid CPU Cooler on PCPerspective.



Tuesday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 18-March-2014  17:40:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Attorney-General's office has suggested new laws to expose encrypted data. Australia's Attorney-General's department wants new laws to force users and providers of encrypted internet communications services to decode any data intercepted by authorities. The proposal is buried in a submission (pdf) by the department to a Senate inquiry on revision of the Telecommunications Interception Act. There's also a suggestion that browser history be retained by ISPs.

Coincidentally (or not), Google will be encrypting searches soon. The tech behemoth plans to make users' searches more private as part of the company's broader campaign to push back against hackers and government surveillance. They've already started in China as a show of defiance against the country's infamous censors.

The European Union have voted in favour of a universal charger for mobile phones. A common charger for mobile phones sold in the European Union should be developed in order to reduce waste and hassle for consumers, according to MEPs voting on an update to radio equipment laws this week.

CeBIT 2014 is on in Hannover Germany, and MadShrimps have a quick tour and some Fractal Design info. Swedish designer Fractal was represented by their PR team at the Resellers booth. Fractal is known for their build quality and refined aesthetics, yet still able to sell their designs at an affordable price. Highlight for CeBIT 2014 was their latest Node 804 design.

HotHardware checked out Thief Mantle performance. Today AMD and Square Enix release an updated driver and patch for Thief which adds support for Mantle. Here we take a quick look at some performance figures.

Phoronix have been playing with 4K Ultra HD on Ubuntu. With the release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr" right around the corner we have out today some new benchmarks of various AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards when testing them with the latest Linux GPU drivers on Ubuntu 14.04 at 4K (3840 x 2160).



Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 18-March-2014  16:17:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS Chromebox on Anandtech.
Gigabyte Brix Pro GB-BXi7-4770R Mini-PC on MissingRemote.

Audio Visual:
ASUS MX279H 27-inch LED-Lit AH IPS Monitor on Phoronix.
Steelseries H-Wireless Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.
Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS on TechPowerUp.
Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS on PureOC.
CM Storm Ceres 500 Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.

Input Etc:
Corsair Raptor M45 Gaming Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.
GAMDIAS Zeus Esport Edition Laser Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Keyboard Video Review on HWHeaven.

Cases:
Cougar MX500 ATX Mid-Tower Gaming Chassis on eTeknix.
Aerocool Strike-X Xtreme Chassis Black Edition on FunkyKit.
Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 on ThinkComputers.
Rosewill Legacy MX2-B Mid-Tower on LegitReviews.

Video Cards:
Powercolor R9 290X PCS+ 4GB on eTeknix.
XFX R9 290X Double Dissipation on OCClub.

Cooling:
Thermolab Bada 2010 CPU cooler on OCaholic.
Silverstone Argon Series AR04 Ultra Low Profile CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Thermolab ITX30 CPU cooler on OCaholic.

Misc:
Kingston HyperX Predator 2666MHz DDR3 Memory on PCPerspective.
Vantec EZSwap M2512T HDD Storage Rack on Tweaktown.
LUXA2 TX-200 Dual Wireless Charging Station on Tweaktown.
ASUS H87-PRO Motherboard on HWSecrets.



Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 17-March-2014  23:54:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS Maximus VI Impact on PCPerspective.
Intel Core i7-3930K SLI Gaming Performance Scaling on OCaholic.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Shuttle Barebone DS437 Fanless Slim PC with Celeron CPU on MadShrimps.
Cyberpower Infinity Achilles Pro GT System on HWHeaven.

Storage:
OCZ Vertex 460 240GB on APHNetworks.
Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD on NikKTech.
OCZ Vertex 460 SSD on BenchmarkReviews.

Power Supply:
Raidmax RX-1000AE Power Supply on PureOC.
LUXA2 P-MEGA 41,600mAh Portable Charger on Tweaktown.
Anker 2nd Gen Astro 6000mAh Portable Battery on LegitReviews.
be quiet! Power Zone 850 W on TechPowerUp.

Cooling:
Antec KUHLER H2O 1250 Liquid CPU Cooling on NikKTech.
Enermax Liqtech 120mm & 240mm AIO Water Cooler on eTeknix.
BeQuiet Dark Rock Pro 3 Heatsink on Frostytech.
Enermax LIQMAX 120S All-In-One CPU Cooler on Modders-Inc.
be quiet! Dark Rock 3 CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II - Watercooling EK FC-R9-280X vs. Aircooling on OCaholic.
MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC on Tweaktown.



Misc Pics (31 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-March-2014  14:35:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! Thanks to JC, d00dz, SuperRoach and simon this week!








Friday Midday (5 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-March-2014  12:29:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The 2014 F1 season kicks off in a few minutes with Free Practice 1 in Melbourne. You can watch a live stream of it here. The technical changes are some of the most complex in the sport's history. Red Bull have a video explaining the details of the new cars. Discussion here.

Anandtech have been testing SATA Express and reckon we need faster SSDs. Officially SATA Express (SATAe from now on) is part of the SATA 3.2 standard. It's not a new command or signaling protocol but merely a specification for a connector that combines both traditional SATA and PCIe signals into one simple connector. As a result SATAe is fully compatible with all existing SATA drives and cables and the only real difference is that the same connector (although not the same SATA cable) can be used with PCIe SSDs.

Australians are apparently become more law-abiding when it comes to downloading content. Australians may be among the world's biggest consumers of illegally downloaded video content but they are also among the most avid consumers of legal content, figures released by the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association show.

Here's a cool Lego keyboard - which you can actually use. Don’t throw away that old PS/2 keyboard just yet. If you’ve got a box of Lego bricks and a bit of free time, you could make an amazing DIY input device like this one.



Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-March-2014  20:07:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some interesting projects from people in the forums:


primalnuke checked out
the BitFenix Comrade case

NinjaStickman reviewed the
CM Storm Alcor & Mizar mice

jjjc_93 has a quick look at the
ASUS GF GTX 780Ti D-CU II


youngpro also played with
the ASUS 780 TI DCU II

gazza30 has an
FM2+ Kaveri system

and Phatboy69 built a
spandex projector screen



Thursday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-March-2014  19:42:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI A88X-G45 on Guru3D.
ASUS Z87-Expert Motherboard on ThinkComputers.

Input Etc:
Rapoo 7100P Wireless Mouse on PureOC.
Mionix Avior 7000 and Naos 7000 gaming mice on Techgage.

Video Cards:
NVIDIA's GeForce 800M Mobile GPU Series on Techgage.
GeForce GTX 680 vs Radeon R9 280X on OCaholic.

Cooling:
SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Reeven Hans RC-1205 on OCClub.

Storage:
PNY Turbo 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on BigBruin.
Western Digital My Cloud EX2 & My Cloud on TechARP.
CalDigit FASTA 6GU3Pro PCIe Host Adapter on Tweaktown.
Asustor AS-204TE on LegionHW.
ADATA DashDrive UD320 OTG Hybrid Flash Drive on Tweaktown.

Cases:
Thermaltake Core V71 Full Tower on NikKTech.
AZZA XT1 on OCClub.
Rosewill Legacy V4 Aluminum Mini-ITX Cube on Modders-Inc.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Windows 8 Tablet Round-Up on Reckoner.
ZOTAC ZBOX Nano AQ02 Plus on Vortez.
MSI GE60 2PE Apache Pro notebook.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 800M Series Launches with Battery Boost Technology on PCPerspective.
GeForces 800M series combines Maxwell, Kepler on TechReport.
MSI GT70 Dominator Laptop featuring NVIDIA GTX 880M Graphics on HWHeaven.
ASUS Chromebox Small Form Factor Chrome OS PC on HWHeaven.
KobraLan V1 on OCaholic.
Diamond DS3900 Ultra Dock on PureOC.
CyberPowerPC Zeus Mini System on HWAsylum.

Misc:
Turtle Beach Ear Force i60 Wireless Desktop Media Headset on TechnologyX.
Rosewill RPLC-500 500 Mbps Powerline AV Networking Adapter Starter Kit on Tweaktown.
Be Quiet! Power Zone 850W PSU on LegitReviews.



Wednesday Afternoon (7 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-March-2014  16:25:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The web turns 25 years old today. Techspot take a look back at some milestones. We’ve come a long way since Tim-Berners Lee wrote his paper proposing an information management system to facilitate information-sharing between physicists in universities and institutes around the world. Nowadays it’s hard to imagine what life would be like without the web; it’s permeated virtually every aspect of our lives and shaped the way do things. Interesting to think that OCAU has been around for nearly 15 of those 25 years, too.

Callan spotted that the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Game from Infocom turned 30 recently - and you can now play it on the BBC website! It says you need to be logged in for it to work but it seems to be working OK for me without signing in to anything. The game will kill you frequently. It's a bit mean like that. If in doubt, before you make a move, please save your game by typing "Save" then enter. You can then restore your game by typing "Restore" then enter. This should make it slightly less annoying getting killed all the time as you can go back to where you were before it happened.

A quadcopter pilot has been arrested in Melbourne. Police have intercepted a drone allegedly trying to deliver a stash of drugs across a remand centre wall west of Melbourne. Officers and the air wing were called to the Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall, 22 kilometres west of the city, on Sunday about 4.30pm after reports that a drone was flying nearby.

The Linux Foundation and edX are going to offer an introductory linux course for free online. The Linux Foundation has long offered a wide variety of training courses through its website, but those can generally cost upwards of $2,000. This introductory class, which usually costs $2,400, will be the first from the Linux Foundation to run as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). There is no limit on enrollment through edX's platform.

Anandtech report that Kingston seem to have quietly lowered the spec on their SSDNow V300 product. The first generation V300 (which was sampled to media) used Toshiba's 19nm Toggle-Mode 2.0 NAND but some time ago Kingston silently switched to Micron's 20nm asynchronous NAND. The difference between the two is that the Toggle-Mode 2.0 interface in the Toshiba NAND is good for up to 200MB/s, whereas the asynchronous interface is usually good for only ~50MB/s.

AMD released the AM1 platform recently, with coverage on PC Perspective and Arstechnica. Back at CES earlier this year, we came across a couple of interesting motherboards that were neither AM3+ nor FM2+. These small, sparse, and inexpensive boards were actually based on the unannounced AM1 platform. This socket is actually the FS1b socket that is typically reserved for mobile applications which require the use of swappable APUs. The goal here is to provide a low cost, upgradeable platform for emerging markets where price is absolutely key.

Owen noticed this video about the Wolfram Language. Stephen Wolfram introduces the Wolfram Language in this video that shows how the symbolic programming language enables powerful functional programming, querying of large databases, flexible interactivity, easy deployment, and much, much more.



Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-March-2014  14:28:49 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Mouse/KB:
Corsair Raptor M45 on Vortez
Cooler Master QuickFire Stealth mechanical keyboard on Tech Report
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2014 on Hardware Heaven
Genius GX Gaming Gila Mouse on Modders Inc
Tt eSPORTS THERON Infrared Gaming Mouse on TechnologyX
Topre RealForce 87U 55g Tenkeyless Keyboard on Hardcore Ware
Corsair Raptor K40 Gaming Keyboard on Benchmark Reviews

Games:
Thief on OCC
Theif on Vortez
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc PlayStation VITA on TweakTown
The Last of Us: Left Behind (PS3) on Gaming Nexus

Videocard:
Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate Video Card on Think Computers
MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming on Bjorn3D

Network:
Rosewill RGS-1016 16-Port Gigabit Switch on TweakTown
Rosewill AC1200UBE 802.11ac USB Wireless Network Adapter on TweakTown
Netgear ProSAFE XS708E 10 Gigabit Switch on TweakTown

Motherboard:
MSI Z87I Gaming AC (LGA 1150) Mini-ITX Motherboard on eTeknix
ASRock Fatal1ty FM2A88X+ Killer Motherboard on Hardware Secrets

Portables:
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Ultrabook on Think Computers
My Kronoz ZeSplash Smartwatch Prototype on Techware Labs
Lenovo Miix 2 8 on Techspot
Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook on Hot Hardware

Misc:
ADATA Elite CE700 Qi Wireless Charging Station on eTeknix
Zotac Zbox AQ02 on Hardware Heaven
ADATA Lighting Tulip LED Lamp Presentation on Madshrimps
Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q 4K Ultra HD Monitor on Hot Hardware
G.Skill TridentX 16GB DDR3-1866 CL8 Memory on Funkykit
Antec High Current Pro Platinum 1300 W on Tech Powerup



Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-March-2014  10:01:21 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Storage:
Matsunichi 500GB USB 3.0 Portable HDD on Techware Labs
Silicon Power Stream S03 USB 3.0 Portable HDD on Madshrimps
Western Digital EX4 8TB 4-bay My Cloud NAS on eTeknix
SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TweakTown
OCZ Vector 150 240GB Solid State Drive on APH Networks
Synology DS214play 2-bay NAS on Madshrimps
Intel 730 240GB on Vortez
Plextor M6e 256GB PCIe SSD on TweakTown
Vantec EZSwap M3500 HDD Storage Rack on TweakTown
Leef Magnet 3.0 Pico 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TweakTown
Samsung 840 Evo mSATA 250 Gigabyte on Ocaholic
Kingston UHS-I U3 64GB SDXC Card on BigBruin
OCZ Vertex 460 120GB SSD on TweakTown

CPU:
Intel Core i7-4960X vs Core i7-3960X Gaming-Performance SLI on Ocaholic
Intel Pentium G3220 Processor on Legit Reviews

Audio:
Meze 11 Deco In-Ear Headphone on Technology X
Gamdias Hephaestus Almighty 7.1-channel Gaming Headset on TweakTown
Genius GX Gaming Cavimanus Headset on FunkyKit
Steelseries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset on Funkykit
Tech-Life BeatBlock WET Weatherproof Bluetooth Speaker on NikkTech
TteSports Chao Dracco Captain Headset & Dracco Headphones on eTeknix
Klipsch KG-200 Headset on Hardware Heaven

Cooling:
XSPC RX360 V3 Radiator on Pure OC
Corsair Hydro Series H105 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler on TweakTown
SilverStone Argon Series AR01 CPU Cooler on PC Perspective
Thermolab ITX30 Low Profile CPU Cooler on BigBruin
Zalman Reserator 3 MAX on Guru3D

Case:
XFX TYPE01 Bravo Midi-Tower Gaming Chassis on eTeknix
Enermax iVektor on Ocaholic
Xigmatek Nebula Mini-ITX Case on Legion Hardware
Cooler Master Elite 110 Mini-ITX Case on PureOC
BitFenix Colossus M MicroATX Computer Case on Benchmark Reviews
Corsair Graphite Series 230T Case on Hardware Secrets
Corsair Obsidian 750D Full Tower Case on Hardware Heaven
AzzA XT 1B Full Tower Case on OCIA
Silverstone RV04-B Raven Full Tower Chassis on eTeknix
BitFenix Prodigy M Case on Ocaholic
In Win 904 Case on Tech Powerup



Monday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 10-March-2014  12:49:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage:
Mach Xtreme DIY 16GB SATA DOM disk-on-module on NikKTech.
Thecus N7510 NAS on ComputingOnDemand.
Leef Pro 16GB MicroSDHC Memory Card on Tweaktown.
Plextor M5 Pro 256GB SSD on OCaholic.
Vantec NexStar HX External Storage Enclosure on Tweaktown.
Leef Bridge 3.0 Hybrid OTG USB 3.0 Flash Drive on Tweaktown.
ASUSTOR AS-202TE NAS Server on NikKTech.
Western Digital Black˛ (WD1001X06XDTL) Dual Drive on TechARP.
iStarUSA Wooden 5.25" to 3.5" SATA Hot-Swap Cage on FunkyKit.
Shuttle OMNINAS KD22 NAS on TechPowerUp.
ASUSTOR AS-304T Multi Media Storage Server on HWAsylum.
OCZ Vertex 460 240 GB on OCaholic.
Vantec NexStar eSATA to USB 3.0 Adapter on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
30-Way Graphics Card Comparison On Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS on Phoronix.
ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II TOP & R9 270 DirectCU II OC on OCClub.
PowerColor Radeon R7 250X 1GB on LegitReviews.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti on XbitLabs.
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 780 Ti AMP! Edition on XbitLabs.
EVGA GTX 780 ACX Double BIOS on PCPerspective.
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X TRI-X 4GB OC Overclocked on Tweaktown.
EVGA GeForce GTX 750 1GB SC on LegitReviews.
MSI Radeon R9-290X Lightning on Guru3D.
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II OC on Guru3D.

Cooling:
Raijintek Nemesis Cooler on XbitLabs.
Cooler Master JetFlo 120 Fan on NeoSeeker.
Reeven Justice RC-1204 CPU cooler on OCClub.



Misc Pics (70 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-March-2014  13:40:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! Thanks to t1mbot this week, and another person whose name I lost when I accidentally deleted their email from my spam folder. I blame the antihistamines. :)








Thursday Night (15 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 6-March-2014  22:47:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Leech bites! That'll teach me to go outside.

A few people have pointed out this handy Can You Get NBN website. Verryyyy handy.

A few more people sent in this futurist hoverboard idea, which also looks too good to be true.. What began as a summer project in 2010 at the MIT Physics Graduate Program has evolved into one of the most exciting independent products to be developed out of MIT since the high-powered lithium-ion batteries developed by Yet-Ming Chiang in 2001. Our team consists of materials science, electricity & magnetism experts who've solved an important part of one of science's mysteries: the key to antigravity. Or not!

DirectX 12 is officially on the way. The announcement of DirectX 12 has been given a date and time via a blog post on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) blogs. On March 20th at 10:00am (I assume PDT), a few days into the 2014 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, the upcoming specification should be detailed for attendees. Apparently, four GPU manufacturers will also be involved with the announcement: AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm.

Meanwhile Windows XP will tell you it's out of date soon. Anyone still running Windows XP won’t be able to argue they weren’t warned that support is stopping soon. From later this week, machines running XP will start displaying pop-up notifications that support and patches for the operating system ends in April.

Aftahours spotted this cool undersea cable map. The information age is powered by thin fiber-optic cables buried in the sea bed, spreading between continents to connect the most remote corners of the planet. These great arteries account for practically all of our international web traffic, and each one has been logged by Washington research firm Telegeography in its interactive Submarine Cable Map 2014.



Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-March-2014  12:08:00 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Storage:
OCZ Vector 150 240GB on Vortez
Toshiba 1TB (MQ01ABD100H) 2.5" SSHD on Madshrimps
Mach Xtreme SATA DOM MX-DIY on TweakTown
Plextor M6e PCIe M.2 SSD on The SSD Review
Transcend StoreJet 35T3 2TB External HDD on TweakTown
Western Digital My Cloud EX2 on PC Perspective
WD My Cloud EX2 2-Bay Personal Cloud NAS on Legit Reviews

Videocard:
AMD Radeon R9 290X & NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti on Techgage
MSI GeForce GTX 750 Gaming 1GB on Tweak.dk
PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ 4 GB on Tech Powerup

Audio:
Plantronics RIG Stereo Headset + Mixer on Nikktech
FUNC HS-260 Gaming Headset on Hardware Heaven
SilverStone Ensemble EB03 Headphone Amplifier on Benchmark Reviews
Bitfenix Flo Gaming Headset on Bjorn3D
Speedlink Jugger 2.1 Speaker System on eTeknix
Attitude One Almaz Stylish Headphones on Nikktech
Logitech G430 on LanOC

RAM:
Avexir Blitz Series 1.1 4GB 1600MHz Memory on eTeknix
G.Skill TridentX 32 GB CAS7 F3-1600C7Q-32GTX Tech Powerup

Cooling:
Thermalright HR-22 Passive CPU Cooler on Nikktech
GamerStorm Dracula 7970 VGA Cooler on TweakTown
Enermax Liqtech 120X Liquid CPU Cooler on Madshrimps
ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II - Watercooling EK FC-R9-290X vs. Aircooling on Ocaholic

Motherboard:
ASUS Z87 WS Motherboard on PureOverclock
Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87 Motherboard on APH Networks
ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS Workstation (Intel C602) Motherboard on Tweaktown

Gaming PC:
PC Specialist ‘Vanquish 230XT’ Gaming System on eTeknix
CyberPowerPC Zeus Mini-I 780 SFF Gaming PC on Hot Hardware

Keyboard:
Corsair Raptor K40 Gaming Keyboard on Hardware Heaven
Tt eSPORTS MEKA G-Unit Illuminated Keyboard on Think Computers
Cherry MX-Board 3.0 Mechanical Keyboard on Tweaktown

Games/Software:
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Nintendo Wii U on Tweaktown
Warlords (2014) (360) on Gaming Nexus

Misc:
Typo Keyboard Case on Technologyx
EVGA Hadron Air on Guru3D



Monday Night (9 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 3-March-2014  22:18:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you've used Yahoo chat for racy webcam sessions, the British spy agency GCHQ may have been watching along. In one six-month period in 2008 alone, the agency collected webcam imagery—including substantial quantities of sexually explicit communications—from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts globally.

If that bothers you, maybe a Blackphone is what you need. With a heavy emphasis on encryption and strong controls over all data from your phone, Blackphone launches amid intense interest at Mobile World Congress.

Anandtech checked out a new 480GB Intel SSD. Adopting the platform from the DC S3500/S3700, the SSD 730 is Intel's first fully in-house designed client drive since the SSD 320. The SSD 730 is not just a rebranded enterprise drive, though, as both the controller and NAND interface are running at higher frequencies for increased peak performance. While the branding suggests that this is an enterprise drive like the SSD 710, Intel is marketing the SSD 730 directly to consumers and the DC S3xxx along with the 900 series remain as Intel's enterprise lineups.

A Harvard student has been reprimanded for using one of their supercomputing clusters to mine dogecoin. Dogecoin, a virtual currency which functions similarly to Bitcoin, is a decentralized digital currency that can be “mined” with sophisticated computer algorithms. The individual in question allegedly utilized the high-powered network that Harvard calls the “Odyssey cluster” to collect the coins.

Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox has pretty much imploded in the wake of a huge heist. Once the world's premier Bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox closed its digital doors last week and later filed for bankruptcy after information leaked that it had lost about 750,000 bitcoins — worth about $420 million by current exchange rates — belonging to customers and another 100,000 of its own bitcoins.



Sunday Morning Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 2-March-2014  05:51:28 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Networking:
NETGEAR D6200 WiFi Modem Router on Hardware Heaven
Netis Systems High Power 802.11n Wireless USB Adapter on TweakTown
TP-Link 8-port Power over Ethernet Gigabit Switches on Hardware Heaven
Netis Systems WF2710 AC750 Wireless Router on TweakTown

CPU/APU:
AMD A10-7850K Kaveri APU on Guru3D
Intel Core i7-3960X SLI Gaming Performance Scaling on Ocaholic

Videocard:
PowerColor LCS R9 290X Watercooled on Ocaholic
eVGA GeForce GTX 750 "Maxwell" On Ubuntu Linux on Phoronix

Tablet/AIO:
Toshiba Encore Windows 8 Tablet on Techspot
Gigabyte Brix Pro – GB-BXi7-4770R on Legit Reviews

Cooling:
ThermoLab ITX30 30mm CPU Cooler on HCW
Kiss Quiet I-Bat 120mm Cooling Fan on Funky-Kit
Kit watercooling AIO Corsair Hydro H75 on Cowcotland

Storage:
SSD Endurance Diary with OCZ Vector 256 GB on Ocaholic
Intel 730 SSD on TechnologyX
Kingston DataTraveler Mini 3.0 16GB Flash Drive on Legit Reviews
Intel SSD 730 Series on SSD Review
Intel SSD 730 Series on Tech Report
Intel 730 Series 480GB SSD on TweakTown
Intel SSD 730 480GB SSD on PC Perspective
Intel SSD 730 480GB SSD on Hot Hardware
Thecus N2310 NAS Server on OC Club
ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 500GB Wireless HDD and Power Bank on eTeknix
CalDigit T3 Thunderbolt RAID Enclosure on TweakTown

Case:
Enermax Fulmo ST on Ocaholic
Sharkoon Mask ATX Case on Tweak.dk
SilverStone Fortress FT04 Full-Tower Chassis on TweakTown

Audio:
Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear HeadphoneSennheiser Momentum On-Ear Headphone on ModSynergy
SteelSeries Siberia Elite on Vortez

PSU:
Antec High Current Gamer M 750W Power Supply on APH Networks
Super Flower Leadex Gold 750 W on Tech Powerup

Games/Software:
Thief on Techspot
Skylanders: Swap Force Expansion Packs on Gaming Nexus
iolo Technologies System Mechanic PC Tune-Up Software on TechnologyX

Misc:
Kaveri Hybrid CrossFire: The A10-7850K & A10-7700K With R7 240 & 250 on eTeknix
Nomad ChargeKey Lightning Cable on Think Computers
Sandberg Solar PowerBank 6000 mAh on Nikktech
ASUS Maximus VI Formula Motherboard on PC Perspective
Philips 231C5 SmoothTouch 23? IPS Touch Screen Monitor on eTeknix
CM Storm Reaper Mouse on Benchmark Reviews



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