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September 2012
Saturday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 29-September-2012  11:50:33 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

Arctic Accelero Hybrid 7970 Cooler on Overclockers Club.
Arctic Accelero Hybrid 7970 Liquid Cooling System on Guru3D.
Phanteks PH-TC14CS CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Thermaltake WATER 2.0 Performer and Pro on ThinkComputers.
Arctic Breeze USB Fan on Legit Reviews.

Corsair Dominator Platinum 1866MHz 8GB Kit on Pro-Clockers.
GeIL EVO Veloce Dual-Channel DDR3 SDRAM Kits Roundup on X-bit labs.
Corsair Dominator Platinum PC3-21300 16GB Memory Kit on TweakTown.

Roccat Kone+ Gaming Mouse on Pro-Clockers.
ZOWIE GEAR EC1 eVo Black Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse Video on HardwareHeaven.
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M Mouse (by BMW) on HardwareHeaven.

Graphics Cards:
Sapphire HD 7970 6GB Vapor-X GHZ Edition on Overclockers Club.
Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition FleX on Neoseeker.
Sapphire Flex HD 7770 GHz Edition on Bjorn3D.

Power Supplies:
EVGA SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified 1500W on PC Perspective.
Enermax MaxREVO 1500-watt 80 PLUS Gold on TweakTown.
Cooler Master Power Supply Units: Is One Number Important? on X-bit labs.

QNAP TurboNAS TS-269L NAS Server on NikKTech.
TeleCommunication Systems Proteus Plus Military SSD on TweakTown.
Patriot Memory 32GB Supersonic Rage XT USB 3.0 Flash Drive on Madshrimps.

Motherboards & CPUs:
AMD A8-3850 CPU on Rbmods.
ASRock Z77 OC Formula on PureOverclock.
Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X Intel ATX Motherboard on Benchmark Reviews.

CM Storm Sonuz Headset on Hardware Secrets.
Ebode BT Sound BTR30 Universal Bluetooth Receiver on Madshrimps.

Misc Pics (28 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-September-2012  13:30:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Nearly the weekend.. again!

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

MOA 2012 (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-September-2012  12:26:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Grand Final of MSI's Master Overclocking Arena is about to get underway, and booj is reporting live from the event. It should be a lot of fun, and remember this year there's two Australian teams:

Click for the thread!

Friday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-September-2012  12:10:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
CM Storm Sonuz headphones on Vortez.
LG PB60G Projector Quick look on TBreak.
Genius SW-G2.1 3000 2.1 Computer Speaker on APHNetworks.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (PC) Game on HWHeaven.
Unmechanical (Cell) (PC) game on GamingNexus.

Portable & Prebuilt:
iBUYPOWER Valkyrie CZ-17 Gaming Laptop on ThinkComputers.
Apple iOS 6 Mobile OS Review (on an iPad 3) on Tweaktown.
Toshiba LX835-D3230 desktop on TechReviewSource.
Asus Zenbook Prime UX32VD Ultrabook on HotHardware.
Samsung Series 5 535 notebook on TechReviewSource.
Apple iPhone 5 on TechSpot.
Nokia Lumia 900 Cell Phone on HWSecrets.

CM Storm Scout 2 on HWSecrets.
Cooler Master CM Storm Scout II on PureOC.
BitFenix Ghost on TechPowerUp.
Antec P280 Midi Tower on FunkyKit.
Enermax Hoplite ST on HWSecrets.
Antec One Mid-Tower on BigBruin.

Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo on HotHardware.
OCZ Synapse 64GB Solid State Cache on eTeknix.
Pretec SDHC 32GB 433x Media Card on eTeknix.
MDSSD TweakTown Chris Ramseyer Signature Edition by SuperSSpeed 128GB SLC SSD on Tweaktown.
Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G2 16GB USB Drive on NeoSeeker.

Friday Morning (17 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-September-2012  02:23:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Data Retention battle continues, with the Police wishing data could be data retained forever, with more info here. Australian Federal Police (AFP) commissioner Tony Negus has said that the proposal to retain telecommunications customer data for up to two years was a compromise made with the Attorney-General's Department, and that the law-enforcement agency would ideally like data to be held indefinitely. There's also a more general article about the Attorney-General's role in all this, thanks CN and JD.

A few people sent word that many top Android apps are only 25c at the moment, to celebrate the 25 billionth download from the Play store.

Speaking of money, schnappy noticed we might have new notes soon.. or not. The project, called Next Generation Bank Note, is more than two years behind schedule and has so far cost $9.3 million, The Australian reports. Designers have been supplied with new portraits of the notes' subjects and asked to capture Australian characteristics with "youthful" and "energetic design qualities", it says.

Here's a blog detailing a power-efficient PC build. What I want for my computers is low power consumption and efficiency. That last term means that I want them to achieve maximal performance while using minimal power, money and space on my desk. To accomplish this, I do not hesitate to solder the most essential parts right off the motherboard to see if that helps in it’s power consumpion.

Power efficiency seems to be less of a concern for a Microsoft datacentre. Redmond's Quincy data center, which houses Bing, Hotmail and other cloud-based servers, had an agreement in place with a Washington state utility containing clauses which imposed penalties for under-consumption of electricity. A $210,000 fine was levied last year, since the facility was well below its power-use target, which prompted Microsoft to deliberately burn $70,000 worth of electricity in three days "in a commercially unproductive manner" to avoid it, according to its own documents.

Gunna spotted Google Street View, underwater.

Desktop Trinity Previews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-September-2012  01:27:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD will be releasing their Trinity APU for the desktop soon, and there's a lot of (p)review info around:

PC Perspective

Some more links and discussion in this thread.

Forum Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-September-2012  13:10:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

xrobau has a guide to
getting Jelly Bean on SGS2 4G

trackhappy checked out
Satechi's 10,000mAh portable battery

youngpro previewed the
ASRock Z77 OC Formula

mick_champs shows how to
replace your GPU thermal paste

{SAS}TB compared SLI on
GTX 580 3GB and GTX 670 4GB

while NSanity showed
off a monster Xeon machine

Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-September-2012  12:01:39 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

Motherboard & CPU:
Sapphire Pure Black 990FX on Neoseeker.
Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7 Rev 1.1 on Overclockers Club.
Intel Core i3 Processors with Ivy Bridge Microarchitecture on X-bit labs.

Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2 on Pro-Clockers and Legit Reviews and eTeknix and Ninjalane.
Azza Hurrican 2000 on Target PC.
XClio Touch 767 on XtremeComputing.

Scythe Mugen 3 Rev.B CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Noctua NH-L12 CPU Cooler on APH Networks.
Deepcool Dracula Graphics Card Cooler on X-bit labs.
Arctic Breeze USB Desktop Fan on eTeknix.

Thecus N5550 NAS Server on Benchmark Reviews.
LaCie 2big NAS on X-bit labs.

Logitech Ultimate Ears 6000 Headset on HardwareHeaven.
Rosewill RHTS-11002 Rosewood In-ears on techPowerUp.

CM Storm Trigger Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Futurelooks.
LEETGION Hellion Gaming Mouse on Madshrimps.

Incipio offGRID 1 Port Rechargeable Backup Battery on TechREACTION.
Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2013 Review on TechReviewSource.

Tuesday Night (5 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 25-September-2012  19:59:24 (GMT +10) - by booj

Despite selling over 5 million new iPhones in the days since its availability, some analysts are disappointed with the numbers sold. Tight supply would seem to be a major factor though. The total of more than five million units purchased during the first three days in stores compares with four million iPhone 4S units sold during that device's premiere weekend last year. Some analysts had expected Apple to sell eight million or more of the new smartphones over the weekend.

Apple co-founder and computing legend Steve Wozniak wants to become an Australian citizen, and has listed the NBN as one of his reasons. “I support it very much. It’s one of the reasons why I actually like this country and want to become a citizen. I live in a country where we don’t have any regulation of telecommunications.” In Australia for the launch of the Apple iPhone 5 last week, Wozniak told Brisbane’s 4BC breakfast radio that he was “underway to become an Australian citizen”.

There has been a riot at one of the sites operated by troubled electronics manufacturer Foxconn. State-run news media said 5,000 police officers had to be called in to quell a riot that began as a dispute involving a group of workers and security guards at a factory dormitory.

Firefox is ten years old! Has it been that long? It was 10 years ago this week that a proto-Firefox crawled out of the Mozilla code swamp and first appeared on the web. Version 0.1 of what was then known as Phoenix was released Sept. 23, 2002. You can still download the original 0.1 version here

Hitachi has shown off a storage system using quartz glass that it claims will retain data for hundreds of millions of years. The glass has been shown to retain its data undamaged after being heated to 1,000° Celsius (1,832° Fahrenheit) for over two hours, and is impervious to radiation, water, and most forms of chemicals. Hitachi said the data could conceivably be retrievable hundreds of millions of years in the future.

Iran is following through with previously reported plans to move its citizens onto a domestic Internet network. Separately, state television reportedly announced Google's search engine and e-mail would be blocked "within a few hours." Reuters reported. The news service quoted an official only identified as Khoramabadi as saying "Google and Gmail will be filtered throughout the country until further notice."

Bigtosser let us know about a crazy gun battle that erupted after... a dance off! The INN website reported that the two gangs were dining in the same restaurant when "the younger members of both groups danced provocatively at each other in the manner of top hit Gangnam Style". The dance-off escalated into an argument and, eventually, a gun attack in the upmarket Ekkamai neighbourhood, in which one of the gangs fired at least 50 bullets from a carbine and an 11mm gun.

Scientists at the Belgium nuclear research center SCK CEN in Mol are working towards using a particle accelerator to create fast neutrons for the treatment of problematic nuclear waste. By capturing these neutrons, the waste can be transmuted into fission products with much shorter half-lives. The beauty of this concept is that the nuclear waste simultaneously serves as fuel in a sub-critical reactor.

Tuesday Morning Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 25-September-2012  07:59:48 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
HIS 7750 iCooler 1GB on Madshrimps.
Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 fleX GHz Edition 1GB on eTeknix.
Asus GTX 560 Ti 2GB DirectCUII on Bjorn3D.
Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition on [H]ardOCP.

Samsung 840 Pro 256Gb SSD on Anandtech.
Samsung 840 Pro SSD on TechSpot.
Samsung 840 Pro 512GB SSD on the SSD Review.
Samsung 840 Pro 512GB on PC Perspective.
Corsair Neutron GTX 240Gb on techPowerUp.

Silverstonetek TJ04-E on Metku.
BitFenix Ghost on Vortez.
CM Stom Scout 2 on techPowerUp.

Apple iPhone 5 on TechReviewSource.
Apple iPhone 5 on Hot Hardware.

Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook on TechwareLabs.
HP Envy Spectre XT on TechReviewSource.

Thrustmaster F1 Wireless PC Gamepad Ferrari 150th Italia Alonso Edition on eTeknix.
AOC E2251FWU USB Monitor on Rbmods.
Topower Black-X Series DDR3 1333MHz 8GB Memory Kit on eTeknix.
EVGA SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified PSU on Guru3D.

Sunday Afternoon (8 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 23-September-2012  16:11:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

With the R18+ guidelines released, a few sites have had time to digest them and share their thoughts, including Kotaku and SMH's DigitalLife. We should be clear: the R18+ we have is not an MA15+ rating with a false face — it’s an easy conclusion to leap to (and I made the same mistake initially) but it’s inaccurate. The new R18+ rating accounts for ‘high’ impact video games (in terms of violence and sexual content) while the MA15+ rating will be applied when that impact is ‘strong’. The terms are relative, but the difference is important. Allowing for different interpretations a game like, say, Mortal Kombat may have been classified in this country. Discussion continues in this thread.

The iPhone 5 is out, bringing with it iOS6, and Apple's maps product - which people have found a lot of problems with. More info here. Apple could have kept Google's more reliable and mature mobile mapping app, but it made a strategic decision about something it needed to own and monetize. Put another way, getting rid of Google Maps was more important than delivering a less-flawed Apple Maps app and dealing with the grumbling. Make that a lot of grumbling. And ridicule. HotHardware have posted their thoughts as well.

Raspberry Pi owners will be happy to hear there's an official overclocked mode now available. Giving a Raspberry Pi extra voltage is a quick way to squeeze out additional processing power and void its warranty, but the folks behind the tinker-friendly board have devised a turbo mode that boosts performance by roughly 50 percent while keeping warranties intact.

Matcat sent word of Black Mesa Source, a re-imagining of the original Half Life using the Source engine - and it's free. It should be noted that the project is being built from the ground up and is not a simple port of Half Life maps and models into the Source Engine. The idea is to remake the storyline used in Half Life into a new polished Source Engine version with new models, maps, soundtrack, voice acting and textures. This total conversion will not require Half-Life: Source to play - only a copy of any Source Engine game installed on Steam. Discussion here.

Sciby spotted this cool site which tracks flights all over the world in (mostly) real time.

Lame Game Marathon 2012 (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 22-September-2012  21:45:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Dukeymeng sent word that their Lame Game Marathon 2012 is underway! We have the Lame Game Marathon for West Africa this weekend, we are giving away a heap of prizes for our views PC games, 3DS, xbox etc T-shirts, we also have Skype setup for call Ins and this year we will have a live green screen for the hosts, last year was our first year and it was fantastic from not having any idea how To stream live to our viewers we ended up having an amazing time :P

More info on Facebook here and in this thread.

Saturday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 22-September-2012  15:11:46 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
Asrock X79 Extreme11 on Pro-Clockers.
BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z77X Intel Z77 on Legit Reviews.
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH and GA-Z77X-UP5 TH on Xbit Labs.
ASRock Z77 Pro4 (Z77) on eTeknix.

Graphics Cards:
MSI HD7850 Power Edition on Bjorn3D.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Windforce on Guru3D.
PowerColor HD 7870 PCS+ 2 GB on techPowerUp.
Zotac GeForce GT 640 Zone Edition on Legit Reviews.

Strontium HAWK Series 120GB SSD on TweakTown.
ADATA XPG SX300 256GB mSATA SSD on The SSD Review.
Corsair Force GS 240 GB SSD on Xbit Labs.
ADATA SX900 128GB SSD on Overclockers Club.
Kingston WiDrive on Techreaction.

Fractal Design Define R4 on techPowerUp.
Fractal Design Define R4 on eTeknix.
BitFenix Prodigy ITX Case on Pro-Clockers.

Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset on Benchmark Reviews.
Sharkoon X-Tatic S7 Gaming Surround Sound Headset on TweakTown.

Corsair Dominator Platinum 1866MHz DDR3 4x4GB Kit on Neoseeker.
Kingston HyperX Predator DDR3 2400MHz 8GB on eTeknix.

Tt esports Theron mouse on Vortez.
Phanteks PH-TC14CS CPU Cooler on Xbit Labs.
Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam on NikKTech.
FSP Raider 550W on APH Networks.
iPhone 5 on Hardware Heaven.

Misc Pics (39 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-September-2012  14:24:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to zfind, Nick and Allen this week!

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

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 20-September-2012  20:45:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

MrAhlefeld has a
PowerMac G5 conversion

aphasia is re-vamping
his watercooled dual PC

JE2KB has a very detailed
worklog of his bling PC

arc87 has a
Hornby Digital Railway

Butcher9_9 is squeezing lots
of HDDs into a Stacker

l3p is working on
a desk PC case

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 20-September-2012  08:00:06 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboard & CPUs:
ASRock Z77 OC Formula on TweakTown.
Ivy Bridge vs. Sandy Bridge on iXBT Labs.
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H on t-break.

Graphics Cards:
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SuperClocked
on Hardware Secrets.
Sapphire Radeon Flex HD 7770 GHz Edition on Pro-Clockers.
Zotac GTX680 AMP Edition on Bjorn3D.
Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Vapor-X on Overclockers Club.
GeForce 9800 GT vs GeForce 660 GTX on Guru3D.

SanDisk Extreme 240GB SSD on PCSTATS.
LSI Nytro MegaRAID NMR 8120-4i Application Acceleration Card on The SSD Review.
Crucial m4 mSATA 256GB SSD on Techspot.

Power Supplies:
Coolermaster M2 1500W 80Plus Silver on TechwareLabs.
Corsair HX850 on Legit Reviews.

NZXT Phantom Full Tower on OCmodshop.
Cougar Evolution Mid-Tower on eTeknix.

Kingston HyperX Genesis 2133MHz 16GB Memory Kit on Legit Reviews.
G.Skill TridentX DDR3-2400 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell Inspiron 13z Notebook on TechReviewSource.
Dell XPS One 27 All-in-One PC on Futurelooks.
Asus Nexus 7 Tablet (Android 4.1 Jelly Bean) on TweakTown.
HP Pavilion g6t-2000 Budget Notebook on TechReviewSource.
Lenovo IdeaPad U410 on PC Perspective.

Plantronics GameCom 780 Gaming Headset on Everything USB.
TP-LINK N600 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter (TL-WDN3200) on Madshrimps.
Cooler Master CM Storm Trigger Gaming Keyboard on Bigbruin.

Wednesday Arrrrrfternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 19-September-2012  15:25:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Avast, mateys! Blast yer eyes and blister yer barnacles, it be International Talk Like A Pirate Day once again. In fact it be 10 long years since this day first washed up from the briny depths! So open up your buccaneers for some news from Old Redbeard..

Stow your oars and man the bilge pumps if you're an Internet Explorer user, coz it's got a big hole in it, warn Microsaaaarrrrft. On Monday night, Microsoft urged users of Internet Explorer 9 and earlier versions to deploy a toolkit that could help protect against a series of attacks hitting its system. It was revealed earlier in the day by security forum Rapid7 that Internet Explorer was hit with a new zero-day exploit, which takes advantage of a security hole within websites to carry out attacks.

Also adrift and sinking fast is AMD's stock price, in the wake of the CFO having jumped overboaaaaard. "Thomas leaving is a big deal. He was pretty well-liked by investors. He was viewed as he rock throughout all the changes," Evercore Partners analyst Patrick Wang told Reuters. As a result, AMD’s stock has taken a hit, falling by as much as 12 percent in after-hour trading.

Meanwhile those scurvy dogs at Futurelooks look at the future AMD platform, Virgo. It’s about that time again as AMD is gearing up to release a new round of processors to the masses. We’re set to see a series of new processors based on the “Piledriver” architecture which include new APUs for laptops and desktops codenamed “Trinity”.

Mangy currs by the boatload will be plundering iPhone 5 booty tomorrow, but one crafty bilge-rat says ye should spare a thought for those less fortunate. Mr Le says he and a group of supporters will line up on the opposite side of the store pretending to need food to highlight the "folly of consumerism". "It's so people can see how messed up some aspects of our consumer society are," he told AAP. You and your chums can fondle each other's dubloons in this thread, yarr.

A band of merry Facebook friends found a lost land-lubber in the Swiss Arrrrrllps. Mr Hunt's friends had to raise nearly $22,000.The funds helped to pay for a dog team, canyoning experts and helicopter flights, while up to a dozen volunteer paragliders and mountaineers flew into the country to join the search. A post on the page three days later announced success: he had been found alive.

The ship's cat is gnawing on my pegleg, so it's time to sign off. As traditional, I'll leave you in the capable hands of OCAU's Pirate Day mascot, until next yeaaaarrr!

Ahoy there!

Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 18-September-2012  21:51:40 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 Socket 2011 on Pro-Clockers.
Intel DZ77GA-70K Z77 on APH Networks.
MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) on eTeknix.
MSI Big Bang Z77 MPower on techPowerUp.
Gigabyte X79S-UP5 WiFi on Legion Hardware.
Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 TH on Anandtech.

Graphics Cards:
XFX Radeon HD 7770 Black Edition 1GB on eTeknix.
Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti DirectCU II TOP on [H]ardOCP.

Corsair Neutron 240GB SSD on Legit Reviews.
OWC Mercury AccelsiorM PCIe mSATA Controller on The SSD Review.
Zalman F1 240GB SSD on TweakTown.

Power Supplies:
Corsair HX850 on PC Perspective.
Rosewill Fortress Platinum 450W on Anandtech.

Portable & Prebuilt:
HP Pavilion 23-1000z All in One on TechReviewSource.
Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A ultrabook on The Tech Report.

Tt eSports Shock One Headset on XSReviews.
Asus Vulcan ANC Pro Gaming Headset on Neoseeker.

Lian Li PC-Q16 Mini-ITX on Funky Kit.
Fractal Design Define R4 on Vortez.
Cooler Master Storm Stryker Full-Tower on TweakTown.
Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced Mini-ITX Case on Benchmark Reviews.

Aerocool Touch-2000 LCD Fan Controller
on eTeknix.
Arctic Accelero Twin Turbo 6990 VGA Cooler on eTeknix.

Geek Food (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 17-September-2012  21:23:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

Tandoori Chicken by
Oppressa and TerminalVeloCD

Sweet Oven Baked Ribs
by scarletxfi

Garlic Shrimp Scampi
by Tomee

Schwenker (German BBQ)
by GrueHunter

Pestovus, a Garlicky Celebration
by Bastard Child

and sgtraven is seeking
the perfect egg

Monday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 17-September-2012  20:56:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Low Profile on NeoSeeker.
GeForce GTX 650 MSI Power edition on Guru3D.
PowerColor Devil 13 HD 7990 on OCClub.
KFA² GeForce GTX 650 EX OC 1 GB on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce GTX 650 Power Edition OC 1 GB on TechPowerUp.
ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP on ThinkComputers.
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SC on Guru3D.

Portable & Prebuilt:
The Apple A6 SOC: Cortex A15 Hits The Market on PCPerspective.
Giada Mini PC i35G on MadShimps.

SanDisk Extreme 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SDCZ80-064G) on PCStats.
OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD on RBMods.
Bruce Lee MIMOBOT 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive on LegitReviews.
Thermaltake MAX-1542 HDD Canister on TechReaction.
Strontium Hawk 120GB SSD on TheSSDReview.

The 4 Best X79 Motherboards - You will never see on NinjaLane.
Sleeping Dogs PC game on eTeknix.
CM Storm Stryker Case on OCClub.
LEPA Cooling Fan Collection on Pro-Clockers.

Bauhn AMID-972XS Android Tablet (4 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 16-September-2012  18:05:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I've reviewed a Bauhn tablet that was on special at ALDI last weekend. It looked like quite a bargain, on paper. But is it just cheap, or also nasty?

click for the review!

Sunday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 16-September-2012  17:31:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has said people are over-reacting to the data retention laws. But not everyone agrees. "Stamping out criminal conduct is an important objective, but the idea that everything we say on the telephone may be captured and listened to for the next two years, or every email we send will be captured and looked at for the next two years - is it wrong to call that spying?" Burnside says. Discussion continues here.

Western Digital have announced that future drives will be filled with helium, allowing higher capacities and hilarious squeaky voices. Western Digital is preparing to launch a line of hard drives filled with helium gas that is said to drastically reduce internal friction and thus lower power consumption by 23% while increasing capacity by 40%.

Here's a tour of a huge electronics market in China. I'm currently residing in the lovely industrial town of Guangzhou, China here on a business trip to visit a few factories. Yesterday, I had the joy of visiting what I think is the coolest damn place on the planet: A Shenzhen electronics market!

Apple's "Ping" is the latest failed social network to be scrapped. But Ping ended up landing half-baked. A deal with Facebook reportedly fell through, leaving the service lacking in the friend-discovery department. And it felt uncomfortably commercial, with frequently prompting users to buy tracks. Speaking at the May All Things Digital conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “We tried Ping and I think the customer voted and said, ‘This isn’t something that I want to put a lot of energy into.’”

ThinkComputers have an NVIDIA 600 series overclocking guide. Welcome to the ThinkComputers overclocking guide for the NVIDIA GK104. Also known as the NVIDIA GeForce 680, 670, and 660Ti! This guide does MAY apply to other cards in the series, but, use it at your own risk, as it has not been tested on those devices. If this is your first time overclocking, we hope this guide will be useful to you.

More from IDF: Digital Radios and Spring Meadow on HotHardware, NUC mini-PC and wireless charging on LegitReviews.

Saturday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 15-September-2012  13:55:50 (GMT +10) - by booj

Thermaltake WATER2.0 Extreme CPU Cooler on Hardware Secrets.
BitFenix Recon Fan Controller on Neoseeker.
BitFenix Hydra Pro Fan Controller on eTeknix.
Silverstone Heligon HE01 CPU Heatsink on Frostytech.

Cooler Master Silencio 650 Mid Tower on Vortez.
Corsair Vengeance C70 Case on Hardware Heaven.
Lian Li PC-Z60 on XSReviews.
Cooler Master Storm Stryker on PureOverclock.
Cougar Challenger Gaming Case on Pro-Clockers.
Antec P280 on Techreaction.

Power Supplies:
FSP AURUM Xilenser 500-watt 80 PLUS Gold on TweakTown.
Antec High Current Pro 750 W on Hardware Secrets.
Spire BlackDragon 400 W on Hardware Secrets.
In Win GreenMe 650w on techPowerUp.

Input etc:
SteelSeries Siberia v2 Frost Blue Edition Gaming Headset on Madshrimps.
Genius DeathTaker Gaming Mouse on TechwareLabs.
SteelSeries Sensei MLG Pro Grade Laser Mouse on NikKTech.

Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3 2133MHz 16GB Memory Kit
on eTeknix.
Kingston HyperX X2 Grey Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 2133Mhz on TestFreaks.
Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3 1866MHz 8GB Kit on eTeknix.

LG Optimus 4X HD on Techspot.
Samsung Galaxy Note on TweakTown.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD (7", Wi-Fi) on TechReviewSource.

Gigabyte GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI and GA-X79-UP4 on PureOverclock.
CM Storm Sonuz Gaming Headset on techPowerUp.

Misc Pics (23 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-September-2012  14:30:25 (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.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-September-2012  13:40:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some projects and reviews from people in the forums:

Geno checked out the
AC Aquagrafx GTX 680 WB

AMD2400 reviewed the
DeepCool Ice Edge Mini FS

Custard has a ghetto
use for an old laptop

bugayev give us a glimpse
of life in First Class

pieceofchance walks us through
his watercooled PC build

Icarus turned a scanner
into a ball thrower

New Computer Game Guidelines Finalised (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-September-2012  12:49:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Jason Clare announced yesterday that new Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games have been released. The Guidelines will come into effect on 1 January 2013. The creation of an R 18+ category for computer games will bring the classification categories for computer games into line with existing categories used to classify films. It also makes the Australian classification regime more consistent with international standards. “These are important reforms over 10 years in the making,” Mr Clare said.

More info here. Discussion continues in this thread.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-September-2012  12:35:30 (GMT +10) - by booj

Last night marked the launch of the latest card from the Nvidia stable: The GTX 660.

Benchmark Reviews (EVGA)
Bjorn3D (EVGA)
eTeknix (Gigabyte)
Guru3D: Asus, KFA2, MSI
[H]ardOCP (Asus)
Hardware Canucks (EVGA & MSI)
Hardware Heaven (EVGA & Zotac)
Hot Hardware (MSI, Zotac & Gigabyte)
Legion Hardware (Gigabyte)
Legit Reviews (MSI & EVGA)
Neoseeker (EVGA)
Ninjalane (Gigabyte)
Overclockers Club (Asus)
PC Perspective (EVGA & MSI)
Pure Overclock: MSI, Gigabyte
techPowerUp: Asus, Gigabyte, Zotac, MSI
Tech Report (Asus & Zotac)
TweakTown (MSI)
Vortez (Zotac)

Discussion continues in the GeForce 600-series thread.

Friday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-September-2012  01:03:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A man killed in the recent attack on the American consulate in Libya was well-known in the world of EVE Online, and many tributes have occurred since the news was announced. EVE Online, which takes place in a simulated galaxy, center around the digital stations as bases for trade, socializing and fighting. Smith’s username “was a name you could mention in any conversation about the pointy end of EVE, without needing to explain who he was,” posted developer CCP Greyscale.

Apple announced their iPhone 5 last night - Wired are unexcited by the news. It has top-notch hardware with a zippy new A6 processor and amazing four-inch display. Its new operating system, iOS 6, is slicker than slugs on ice. And its ultra-slim body, an all-glass and aluminum enclosure, is a triumph of industrial design. There is nothing not to like about the phone. It’s aces. Just aces. And yet it is also so, so cruelly boring.

Mpot sent this in earlier but I forgot to post it - the International Space Station was saved by a toothbrush recently. Yesterday the International Space Station, having battled electrical malfunctions for over a week, was repaired by a combination that MacGyver himself would have been proud of: an allen wrench, a wire brush, a bolt ... and a toothbrush.

Trackhappy sent in this video about building a GSM network. This time on the show we continue coverage of Toorcamp 2012 - The American Hacker Camp. Darren speaks with Mathew L of Public Laboratory about Balloon mapping. Then Shadytel shares their experience building a certified experimental GSM network. Plus, why do hacker's pants weigh 3 pounds? Ronin of HackFromACave explains.

HotHardware report from IDF about McAfee Social Protection. During the security-centric portion of the keynote, however, Renee brought out a rep from Intel’s McAfee division to show off a beta release of the McAfee Social Protection app, which they called a "condom for your digital life"...

XbitLabs meanwhile have more info on Intel's Haswell Architecture. Intel Corporation's chief product officer described how its low-power processors, starting with the company's 4th generation Intel Core processor family available next year, will set a new standard for mobile computing experiences and innovative Ultrabook, convertible and tablet designs.

ExtremeTech spotted a very nerdy card game which I like the sound of. The successful product of a Kickstarter campaign from last year, CPU Wars is almost exactly what it sounds like. Each card depicts a different desktop processor, from the Intel 8080 to the AMD Phenom II, along with a list of eight key specs (Max Clock Speed, Max Bus Speed, Introduction Year, Transistor Count, Data Width, Manufacturing Process, Die Size, and Max TDP), so after you and one or two friends divvy up the deck, you compete to see who has the most powerful components. I remember playing a sports-car version of this back at school.

I have no idea why this is so amusing, but it'll do for today's timewaster. :)

Sub-Zero Insulation Guide (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-September-2012  20:43:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you're wondering how the record-breaking guys stop condensation ruining their gear during sub-zero runs, jjjc_93 has provided a detailed guide to how he does it. I've played with a lot of setups in my time doing this, eraser, LET, eraser+LET, eraser+vas (Don't try that one at home) as well as others and have found my current method to be the fastest and simplest of them all. It's also easy to clean up. Today I will be insulating a Maximus V Formula for CPU and memory subzero.

click for the guide!

Thursday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-September-2012  03:05:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Gigabyte are giving away a GPU over on Games.on.net - you'll need an account there. Much like most of our contests here at games.on.net, it couldn’t be simpler! All you need to do is leave a comment on this article explaining, in 150 words or less, why you desperately need to upgrade your computer with this card more than anybody else. Maybe your computer is currently wheezing and coughing up blood, or just belching smoke every time you fire up something more demanding than Solitaire.

IBM have an interesting video about 3D chip stacking to reduce power consumption. In the United States, data centers already consume two percent of the electricity available with consumption doubling every five years. In theory, at this rate, a supercomputer in the year 2050 will require the entire production of the United States' energy grid.

Meanwhile engineers at the University of Southampton in the UK have built a Raspberry Pi supercomputer. The machine, named “Iridis-Pi” after the University’s Iridis supercomputer, runs off a single 13 Amp mains socket and uses MPI (Message Passing Interface) to communicate between nodes using Ethernet. The whole system cost under £2,500 (excluding switches) and has a total of 64 processors and 1Tb of memory (16Gb SD cards for each Raspberry Pi).

Apparently the Taliban are using facebook to get info out of Coalition soldiers. The dangers of social media are revealed in a federal government review of social media and defence, which was finalised in March but has not been acted upon, Defence sources say. The review found an "overt reliance" on privacy settings had led to "a false sense of security" among personnel.

Steam now have a TV-friendly version, called the Big Picture. With the press of a button, Steam displays a new full-screen user interface optimized for readability and interaction on TV. Big Picture has been designed to be used with a traditional game controller, while also fully supporting keyboard and mouse input.

Intel's Developer Forum is underway, with opening keynote coverage from LegitReviews, Day 1 coverage from HotHardware and Haswell Architecture covered on PCPerspective. Hothardware followed up with Tech Zone details, while LegitReviews looked at Windows To Go.

Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-September-2012  15:42:22 (GMT +10) - by booj

ADATA XPG SX900 256GB SSD on Benchmark Reviews.
Samsung 830 Series 256 GB SSD on Hardware Secrets.
Zalman F1 120GB SSD on TweakTown.
Corsair Neutron GTX 240 GB on XSReviews.

Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm Cooling Fan on Neoseeker.
Xigmatek Dark Knight SD1283 and Loki SD963 CPU Coolers on Overclockers Club.
BitFenix Recon Touchscreen Fan Controller on TweakTown.
Cooler Master NotePal ERGO 360 Laptop Cooler on Pro-Clockers.

Cooler Master CM Storm Stryker on Guru3D.
Corsair Vengeance C70 on Madshrimps.
Fractal Design Define R4 on Legit Reviews.
NZXT 810 Switch Special Edition Full-Tower on eTeknix.
GameTiger Mars VA-2 Gaming Mid-Tower on TweakTown.

Power Supplies:
Enermax Platimax 1350W on Jonnyguru.
EVGA SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified 1500 W on techPowerUp.

Razer SW:TOR Edition Wireless Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Sony VAIO S13 (SVS13112FXW) Ultrabook on TechReviewSource.
Corsair Dominator Platinum CL10 2666 MHz 4x 4GB DDR3 on techPowerUp.
MSI X79A-GD45 8D on Vortez.
XFX R7750 Black Edition Overclocked on t-break.
NETGEAR N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL 2+ Modem Router on Hardware Heaven.

OCAU Mugs (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-September-2012  15:33:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Just a reminder that OCAU Mugs are available again! Details in the thread:

Click for ordering details!

Tuesday Morning (7 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-September-2012  06:16:28 (GMT +10) - by booj

KonMan let us know about an ACT Magistrates Court ruling that a man who used an iPhone application to track down his stolen iPad was not breaking the law. When a man identified in court as Mr S had an iPad stolen from his home, he used the tracking application to locate it. The man managed to activate the iPad and hear a ring tone inside the garage of the home. Mr S went to the police, who searched the property and found numerous stolen goods.

Things aren't getting any easier for HP. The company has announced more job cuts. In a regulatory filing, the Palo Alto tech company revealed it now plans to cut 29,000 jobs by October 2014, according to a report by the Associated Press. Previously, the company had said it planned to cut 27,000. The additional job cuts come a month after HP suffered the largest loss in its 73-year history.

The New York Times visited Valve and have released a lengthy profile article. It talks about wearable computing, Steam & Windows 8 and the company structure.

Ivy Bridge processors generate quite a bit of heat when overclocked. Part of the reason for this is the thermal interface material used between the core and the heatspreader. eTeknix take a look at what happens when this TIM is replaced.

Think Computers examine one of the questions on many enthusiasts minds when making a PSU purchase. Single 12v rail or multi rail? Ever since multi-rail PSUs were introduced, we’ve seen enthusiasts adamantly claim that one or the other PSU type is better. Some claim single rail is better for overclocking. Some claim multi-rail is safer. Single rail is cleaner. Multi-rail more efficient. The list goes on and on, so who’s right?

A hacker aligned with Anonymous has reportedly hit GoDaddy.com with a DDoS attack, potentially affecting millions of websites.The administrators of GoDaddy confirmed on Monday that they were suffering from technical issues, which the website TechCrunch reports to be impacting a multitude of websites and their affiliated email accounts that are hosted through the service. Although the company has not discussed the specifics yet, a self-described member of Anonymous says that he or she is responsible, a claim that has not been verified yet.

The particle described as the elusive Higgs Boson has taken another step towards becoming accepted scientific fact. Following CERN’s announcement, both the CMS and ATLAS teams submitted their findings to Physics Letters B — and today, both of their research papers have passed peer review by the scientific community, effectively becoming… science.

Intel have released a surprising revenue warning as the company's business is not holding up as initially expected. The company has cut its forecast by $1.1 billion to a mid-point of $13.2 billion for the third quarter. Intel said that the cut is due to its customers "reducing inventory in the supply chain versus the normal growth in third-quarter inventory."

The Space Shuttle Endeavour is soon to take its last flight.. on the back of a 747 to its final resting place. Taking to the skies atop a modified Boeing 747, the shuttle will make pit stops in Texas and at Edwards Air Force Base in the Golden State before touching down at Los Angeles International Airport on the 20th.

Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-September-2012  06:10:11 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
MSI Geforce GTX 670 Power Edition on Rbmods.
Inno3D GTX 680 iChill Black Series Accelero Hybrid 4GB on TweakTown.
Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Vapor-X OC 6GB on eTeknix.

OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD on APH Networks.
Strontium 16GB AUTO USB Flash Drive on Pro-Clockers.
Patriot Gauntlet Node Wi-Fi Storage Enclosure on Hot Hardware.
Corsair Neutron Series GTX 240GB SSD on [H]ardOCP.

Arctic Accelero Xtreme 7970 VGA Cooler on eTeknix.
Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme AIO CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
Prolimatech PK2 & PK3 Nano Aluminum Thermal Compound on Legit Reviews.

Portables & Prebuilt:
HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook on t-break.
Lenovo ThinkStation S30 Workstation on ThinkComputers.
Lenovo IdeaCentre K430 on TechReviewSource.

Audyssey Lower East Side Audio Dock Air on NikKTech.
SteelSeries Guild Wars 2 Gaming Headset on HardwareHeaven.
Pure Contour 200i Air Music Streaming System on Madshrimps.

Gigabyte X79S-UP5 WiFi on Anandtech.
Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Gaming Keyboard on techPowerUp.
Antec Three Hundred Two Mid-Tower Case on [H]ardOCP.
Seasonic G-360 Power Supply on Hardware Secrets.

Photography Gallery (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 10-September-2012  21:02:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 10-September-2012  02:10:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i5 3470 CPU on Phoronix.
Gigabyte X79S-UP5 WiFi Intel LGA 2011 on TechPowerUp.

Zalman ZM-NC3500 Plus Notebook Cooler on eTeknix.
BitFenix Recon Fan Controller on eTeknix.
BitFenix Hydra Pro Fan and LED Controller on Tweaktown.
XSPC AX360 Radiator on PureOC.

Audio Visual:
Cyborg F.R.E.Q. 5 Stereo Gaming Headset PC on eTeknix.
Hydra 3×1 HDMI Cable Switch on TestFreaks.

Input Etc:
Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 on LegitReviews.
TT eSports Challenger Ultimate keyboard on XSReviews.
CM Storm Trigger Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.

Thermaltake BlacX Duet HDD Docking Station on eTeknix.
Synology DS413j NAS on Vortez.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultrabook on PCPerspective.
Cooler Master Wave Stand for tablets on NinjaLane.

Crucial Ballistix Elite 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 Memory Kit on BigBruin.
Patriot Viper 3 Intel Extreme Masters Memory 1866MHz 16GB on OCClub.

In Win GRone on HWSecrets.
GameTiger T-Rex FR-16 Gaming Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
AZZA Genesis 9000 on NeoSeeker.

Sapphire HD 7950 Vapor-X 3GB video card on TechPowerUp.
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition PC game on Tweaktown.
Antec High Current Pro 750W PSU on FunkyKit.

Trek Doodle (7 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 8-September-2012  11:42:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Tabris noticed that today's Google Doodle celebrates 46 years of Star Trek. It's an interactive Original Series episode!

Misc Pics (17 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-September-2012  14:42:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to matt and Gunna this week!

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

Friday Morning Reviews (4 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-September-2012  01:42:27 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
Gigabyte GTX 660Ti OC on t-break.
HIS Radeon HD 7970 X Turbo edition on Guru3D.
Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 Low Profile on Pro-Clockers.
Sapphire HD 7770 GHz FleX Edition on HardwareHeaven.

QNAP TS-419P II NAS on APH Networks.
Silicon Power Velox V70 240GB SSD on The SSD Review.
Corsair Force GT (2012) 240GB SSD on TweakTown.
OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD on ThinkComputers.
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD with New Firmware on Hot Hardware.

Patriot Intel Extreme Master 2x4Gb 2133MHz Memory Kits on Funky Kit.
Kingston HyperX Blu 1600MHz 16GB (2x8GB) Memory Kit on Legit Reviews.

Tt eSports Chao Dracco Headset on XSReviews.
Cooler Master CM Storm Sonuz on Neoseeker.
Asus Vulcan Pro Gaming Headphones on t-break.

Arctic Accelero Hybrid VGA Cooler on Hardware Secrets.
Arctic Accelero Hybrid VGA Cooler on Bjorn3D.

Bitfenix Raider Mid-Tower PC Chassis on eTeknix.
Fractal Design Define R4 Mid Tower on XtremeComputing.
GameTiger Xniper PR-3 Mid-Tower on TweakTown.

Input etc:
Razer Naga 2012 MMO Gaming Mouse on Legit Reviews.
Thrustmaster T-Wireless PS3 and PC Analogue Controller on eTeknix.
Logitech G27 Racing Wheel PC/PS3 on eTeknix.

FSP AURUM 92+ 650 W on techPowerUp.
HP EliteBook 8470p on TechReviewSource.
Asrock Z77 OC Formula on Pro-Clockers.

Thursday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 6-September-2012  15:21:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

MSI's Master Overclocking Arena 2012 is on soon, and there's two Australian teams competing. There is a predict the champion competition being held by MSI, as the name suggests you predict who you think will win the competition and go in the draw to win a MSI Z77 MPOWER mobo.

Meanwhile Gigabyte have a Classic Challenge II contest. Open from September 1st through September 30th 2012, the GIGABYTE Classic Challenge II combines two exciting stages based on classic 3DMark01 and SuperPi 31M benchmarks. The overclocker with the highest points tally from both rounds will win a recently announced GIGBAYTE Z77X-UP7, with a 2nd place finish earning a GIGABYTE Z77X-UP5. Another Z77X-UP7 will be awarded as a lucky draw prize that anybody entering the competition may win; multiple submissions are allowed and will all be eligible for the lucky draw.

PC gamers will be happy to hear that Ubisoft seem to be scrapping their always-on DRM system. In fact, they quietly scrapped it months ago, but haven’t made that official until now. In what is a really remarkable turnaround, the publisher pledges that from now on they will only require a single online activation after installing, with no activation limits, nor limits on how many PCs it may be activated.

Check out this cool acoustic touch screen idea. Technical details: The waveforms coming from the accelerometer are matched against a library of waveforms collected during calibration. The calibration point with the best match (according to a cross-correlation of the two waveforms) determines where the click is positioned on the screen.

There's an Internet Governance Forum in Canberra in October. Talks and discussions are framed around our key themes: openness and privacy; access; and security. Though while no laws or resolutions are passed, voices from government, not-for-profit, industry and individuals are given a chance to be heard in order to shape Australia’s Internet future.

Australia's Attorney-General has been examining Identity Security. In June 2012 the Attorney-General’s Department commissioned a second annual nation-wide survey into issues relating to identity theft. The survey sought to enquire into the level of concern, incidence and type of identity theft experienced by Australians. The research repeats a similar survey conducted in July 2011. It shows that nearly a quarter of respondents had been, or knew someone, that had been a victim of identity crime in the last six months.

Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-September-2012  13:47:16 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
ASRock Z77 OC Formula on Hardware Secrets.
GIGABYTE Z77X-UP5 TH on Bjorn3D.
ASRock Z77 Extreme9 on Xbit Labs.

Graphics Cards:
HIS 7970 X IceQ X2 on PureOverclock.
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Superclocked Signature 2 on Xbit Labs.

Patriot 32GB Class 10 EP Pro SDHC on Neoseeker.
ADATA SX300 128GB mSATA SSD on the SSD Review.
Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB on Vortez.
Samsung 830 256GB SSD on HardcoreWare.
Synology DiskStation DS413j NAS on Hardware Heaven.
Thermaltake BlacX 5G SATA/USB Docking Station on Benchmark Reviews.

TP-LINK N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router (TL-WNDR4300) on Madshrimps.
Cisco Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N Router on NikKTech.

G.Skill TridentX F32400C10D-8GTX 2400 MHz DDR3 on techPowerUp.
Kingston 8 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 SDRAM Kit Roundup on Xbit Labs.

HP Folio 13 Ultrabook on TweakTown.
Dell Inspiron 15R SE Notebook on TechReviewSource.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G Tablet on TweakTown.

Cooler Master TPC-812 CPU Cooler on Techreaction.
Belkin 7-port USB 2.0 Hub F5U307-BRN on PC Stats.
Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless Headset on eTeknix.
Antec High Current Gamer 520W PSU on Legit Reviews.
Corsair K60 and K90 Mechanical Keyboards
on PC Perspective.

Wednesday Morning (6 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-September-2012  01:36:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Some news catchup from my pile-o-links..

The data retention policy seems to be on the rise again. The Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, appears to have swung her support behind a controversial plan to capture the online data of all Australians, despite only six weeks ago saying ''the case had yet to be made'' for the policy. Discussion continues in this thread.

You can now watch every episode of Rage from 1998 to 2012. It’s called Rage Again, and it comes from the mind of Patrick Galbraith, who spent what must have been months trawling the old program listings to and compiling the relevant YouTube tracks to match.

ACP magazines, publishers of APC and PC User (which seems to have been rebranded as Tech Life without me noticing), have apparently been sold to a German company. DOZENS of Australia's biggest-selling and best-loved magazines look certain to fall into foreign ownership with Nine Entertainment Co expected to soon announce the sale of its ACP Magazines to German giant Bauer.

A man nearly died when he posted himself in a box to his girlfriend. When the box finally arrived after a three-hour delay, shocked girlfriend Li Wang unwrapped the parcel to find her man unconscious. If he got lost, maybe they could have asked this lady to help find him. A woman who was reported missing from an Icelandic tour unwittingly joined a search for herself.

eBay won't be allowing metaphysical mumbo-jumbo to be sold anymore. Since 2010, the 50-year-old resident of Santa Clarita, Calif., has made 80% of her annual income selling as many as 60 psychic readings a month on eBay Inc., typically for about $15 each. Earlier this month, eBay said it will shut down sales of "metaphysical" goods such as spells, potions and other magical services on its namesake website.

ABC tried something new with the first episode of the new Dr Who season, and it seems to have been a success. MORE people downloaded the first episode of Doctor Who legally in 24 hours than the most popular illegally downloaded show over a whole month. The ABC received the highest amount of daily plays on iView ever after airing the premiere episode of Doctor Who on Sunday - just hours after it aired in the UK.

We haven't heard much from Wolfram|Alpha for a while, but they have a new Facebook personal analytics feature. It's fairly straightforward: type "Facebook report" into the standard Wolfram|Alpha Web site and the technology generates a report "with more than a dozen major chapters, broken into more than 60 sections, with all sorts of drill-downs, alternate views, etc.," according to CEO Stephen Wolfram.

Remember to renew your domain names, lest your stuff stop working, or worse (or better?), someone else who disagrees with you might nab it. A staunch opponent to the marriage equality movement is Family First New Zealand — a political party that recently collected 50,000 signatures against the move. Little did they know that as they passed around slips of paper to be signed, their domain name had fallen out of registration. It was then swooped on by none other than a pro-Marriage Equality movement.

F1 fans can look forward to something that sounded like a pipe dream actually happening next year, a street circuit race in New York and New Jersey. Red Bull Racing's Show Car recently completed a second All-American adventure. Driven by David Coulthard, the 2011 Championship-winning RB7 toured Liberty State Park and its spectacular views of the New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty. The RB7 then moved on to one of the main arteries linking New York and New Jersey - the Lincoln Tunnel. Unless I've misunderstood and it's still just a pipe dream?

A few people sent word of Bruce Willis fighting Apple, but it's apparently not true. According to the Daily Mail, Willis’ legal team was apparently considering to “establish family trusts as the ‘holders’ of somebody’s downloaded music. According to Willis’ wife Emma Hemming-Willis, however, this “is not a true story.”

Today's timewaster is this Old Spice Video which becomes interactive when it finishes playing. Flame sax!

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 4-September-2012  14:34:05 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
ASRock X79 Extreme11 on Anandtech.
Sapphire and ECS X79 Motherboards on Overclockers Club.

Graphics Cards:
MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition OC on [H]ardOCP.
GIGABYTE GTX 680 Super Overclock on Vortez.

Crucial V4 256GB SSD on The SSD Review.
OCZ Agility 4 (256GB) on Anandtech.

Input etc:
NZXT Avatar S Gaming Mouse on Overclockers Online.
CM Storm Sentinel Advance II Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard on Hardware Secrets.

Mad Catz Cyborg F.R.E.Q.5 Stereo Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
Ebode BT Sound BTS30 Speaker on Madshrimps.
TekRepublic TH Pro Headset on eTeknix.
Plantronics GameCom 780 Gaming Headset on Legit Reviews.

Sentey GS-6070 II Abaddom Mid-Tower on TweakTown.
AZZA Genesis 9000 Full Tower Case on ThinkComputers.

Antec TrueQuiet Pro 120 fan on Vortez.
Be Quiet! Shadow Wings Series Fan on eTeknix.

ZOTAC Zbox nano AD12 Plus on t-break.
LEPA G850-MAS 850 W PSU on techPowerUp.
Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133 MHz DDR3 Memory on Guru3D.
TP-Link 150Mbps Wireless N Nano Router on Rbmods.

Monday Midday (10 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 3-September-2012  12:00:58 (GMT +10) - by booj

IE and Chrome are both vying for the most popular browser title. StatCounter's number for August 2012 show that Chrome had 33.59 percent of the worldwide web browser share, compared to 33.81 percent in July. The market share for IE in August was 32.85 percent, compared to 32.05 percent in July. One trend that does continue is the loss of Firefox users. StatCounter shows that Mozilla's web browser was used by 22.85 percent of PC owners worldwide in August.

Java isn't having a good run lately. Another vulnerability has been discovered on top of a recent exploit leading to the recommendation to disable it altogether. Only hours after Oracle released its latest Java 7 update to address active exploits, security researchers found yet another vulnerability that can be exploited to run arbitrary code on systems that have the runtime installed.

Oil immersion cooling isn't a new concept, but you wouldn't think it suitable for mission critical servers right? Intel see the merits of it: The microprocessor giant just finished a yearlong test of Green Revolution Cooling’s mineral-oil server-immersion technology and is very happy with the results. According to Mike Patterson, senior power and thermal architect at Intel, not only does the technology appear perfectly safe for server components, but it might also become the norm for anyone needing maximum computer power or building out data center capacity.

Thank to Intel Inside for telling us that Gizmodo have gotten their hands on an apparent Apple secret employee training manual. The Genius Training Student Workbook we received is the company's most up to date, we're told, and runs a bizarre gamut of Apple Dos and Don'ts, down to specific words you're not allowed to use, and lessons on how to identify and capitalize on human emotions. The manual could easily serve as the Humanity 101 textbook for a robot university, but at Apple, it's an exhaustive manual to understanding customers and making them happy.

Renewable energy is renewable. Researchers in South Korea are aiming to turn human waste into fuel. The study was led by Eilhann Kwon of the Research Institute of Industrial Science and Technology. He reasoned that sewage sludge was rich in lipid content, so why not try to turn it into biodiesel -- whose starting component is more typically the lipids found in various waste oils (think used french fry oil).

One of the founders of the Pirate Bay has been arrested in Cambodia. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, one of the founders of the file sharing website The Pirate Bay has been arrested in Cambodia after an international warrant was issued following a conviction in Sweden for copyright violations.

The popular Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) gaming convention is headed to Australia in 2013. With this year's Seattle-based convention in full swing, and with three years of PAX's east-coast doppelganger already in the books, Penny Arcade creators Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik are bringing the convention to Australia at some point in 2013.

Ape of Jungle and andyroo54 both pointed out that the long awaited Black Mesa: Source has been given a release date of September 14th. The port of the original 1998 classic Half Life has been in development for many years and should be much improved over Valve's own 2004 Source conversion. Discussion here.

Slick let us know that BMW has teamed up with Thermaltake to produce the BMW M Mouse. BMW has launched a high-tech computer mouse “outfitted for the rigors of professional computer sports” and sporting the BMW performance ‘M’ in the name. The Level 10 M Mouse -- a collaboration between BMW Group DesignworksUSA and gaming accessories lab Thermaltake - features a solid aluminium base and an “Air-Through Ventilation System”.

Saturday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 1-September-2012  13:07:53 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
ASRock X79 Extreme11 on techPowerUp.
Intel Core Generations Comparison on iXBT Labs.

Graphics Cards:
Powercolor HD 7990 Devil 13 6 GB
on techPowerUp.
Powercolor HD 7990 Devil 13 6 GB
on Hardware Heaven.
Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 Low Profile on Overclockers Club.

Plextor M5 Pro SSD on XSReviews.
Patriot EP Pro SDHC UHS-1 32GB on Guru3D.
WD My Passport for Mac 1TB USB3 on t-break.
SuperSSpeed S302 Hyper Gold MLC 240GB SSD on TweakTown.
ADATA Nobility NH13 750GB External Hard Drive on TechwareLabs.

Power Supplies:
SilverStone Strider Gold Evolution 1000W
on Vortez.
Corsair AX1200i Digital ATX 1200W on PC Perspective.
FSP Aurum Xilenser 500FLD on Hardware Secrets.

Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme on Funky Kit.
be quiet Dark Rock 2 Heatsink on Ninjalane.
SilverStone HE01 CPU Cooler on Hardware Secrets.

Antec Eleven Hundred Gaming Mid-Tower on TweakTown.
NZXT Phantom 410 Tower on XtremeComputing.

I-Mego Walker Junior Headset on Techreaction.
Zowie Hammer Gaming Headset on eTeknix.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet on HotHardware.
Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone on Techreport.
Acer Aspire V5-171-6605 on TechReviewSource.

Patriot Viper 3 8GB DDR3-2133 on Neoseeker.
Gigabyte Aivia Krypton Gaming Mouse on Legit Reviews.


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