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July 2013
Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 30-July-2013  23:29:23 (GMT +10) - by booj

Gigabyte Z87X-OC Force on Legit Reviews.
Gigabyte F2A85XN-WIFI Mini-ITX on Guru3D.
ASRock Z87 Extreme6 on Hardware Secrets.

Graphics Cards:
PowerColor HD7870 DEVIL 2GB on Legit Reviews.
Asus GTX 760 DirectCU II on Bjorn3D.
Gigabyte GTX 780 OC Windforce on PureOverclock.

SanDisk Extreme II Solid State Drive SDSSDXP on Benchmark Reviews.
Corsair Voyager Air 500GB on Legion Hardware.
Kingston DT Ultimate 3.0 G3 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on Funky Kit.
Asustor AS-604T NAS on HardwareHeaven.
Asus PIKE 2008 SAS/SATA card on Sotech Design.

Raijintek Ereboss CPU Cooler on techPowerUp.
Raijintek Aidos & Themis CPU Coolers on NikKTech.
Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler on pcgamers.net.au

Cooler Master N600 on OCC.

Input etc:
Corsair K95 Mechanical Keyboard on eTeknix.
CM Storm Havoc Professional Gaming Laser Mouse on TweakTown.
Rosewill Helios RK-9200 Mechanical Keyboard on TechwareLabs.
Roccat Kone Pure Color Gaming Mouse on Madshrimps.

Jabra MOTION Bluetooth Headset on NikKTech.
CM Storm Pulse-R Gaming Headset on Neoseeker.
CM Storm Pulse-R Gaming Headset on OCC.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Nokia Lumia 1020 on Hot Hardware.
Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon All in One on ThinkComputers.

Tuesday Evening (5 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 30-July-2013  18:37:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Government have released their report into IT pricing in Australia, with more info here, here and here. Based on the evidence the committee received over the last year it concluded that in many cases the price difference for IT products cannot be explained by the cost of doing business, particularly as it relates to digital downloads. Discussion here.

A huge financial hacking scheme has been uncovered. From 2005 to 2012, the four Russian nationals and a Ukrainian penetrated the private networks of the Nasdaq stock exchange, Citibank, PNC Bank, Heartland Payment Systems, 7-Eleven, JCPenney, Hannaford Brothers, and others, prosecutors alleged in indictments unsealed Thursday morning. The hacking gang traded text strings that exploited SQL-injection vulnerabilities in the victim companies' websites to obtain login credentials and other sensitive data, then installed malware that gave them persistent backdoor access to the networks.

The Guardian has an interesting piece about how everyone is focusing on Snowden but not the info he uncovered. Without him, we would not know how the National Security Agency (NSA) had been able to access the emails, Facebook accounts and videos of citizens across the world; or how it had secretly acquired the phone records of millions of Americans; or how, through a secret court, it has been able to bend nine US internet companies to its demands for access to their users' data.

Lenovo have reportedly been banned from top secret service in various countries including Australia. Computers manufactured by the world’s biggest personal computer maker, Lenovo, have been banned from the “secret” and ‘‘top secret” *networks of the intelligence and defence services of Australia, the US, Britain, Canada, and New Zealand, because of concerns they are vulnerable to being hacked. Seems a bit far-fetched?

Microsoft's Steve Ballmer has admitted the Surface RT tablet is a flop. The tech giant last week revealed that it had lost more than $900 million on the tablet which has experienced poor sales since it launched in October 2012. "We built more devices than we could sell," Balmer admitted during an internal 'town hall' event last week, The Verge reported. Microsoft recently cut the price of the tablet by 30 per cent globally after admitting during an internal meeting that massive price cuts were necessary for getting the device to sell.

Monday Morning (18 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 29-July-2013  02:09:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Julian Assange has launched a political party in Australia. Assange, the Australian founder of the whistleblowing website, said the WikiLeaks Party would field seven candidates for upper house Senate seats in the states of New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. Despite being holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for more than a year, the 42-year-old will run in Victoria, saying he planned to be "an independent scrutineer of government activity".

Meanwhile Clive Palmer is going to build the world's biggest dinosaur park in QLD. The Sunshine Coast regional council voted unanimously to approve the plans which include 149 life-size dinosaur models to join the already existing eight-metre tall T-Rex named Jeff, and a vintage car museum, all within the grounds of Palmer's Coolum resort.

Swiftech have apparently withdrawn their H220 cooler from the USA market due to a patent dispute from Asetek. On July 12, 2013, AseTek responded and stated that the company does not offer licenses on its patents. Swiftech says that it continues to firmly assert its position that it is not infringing on any patents but in an effort to avoid costly litigation, they have decided to pull the H220 CPU Cooling Kit from the US market.

Sydney Water managed to spend $7.1M on their website, and the Finance Minister wants to know why. Sydney Water Managing Director Kevin Young says its previous website was not able to provide its 4.6 million customers with safe, reliable and efficient service. "After a rigorous tender process, Sydney Water established a new website earlier this year along with other IT capabilities at a cost of $7.1 million, which was 42 per cent lower than quotes received in the tender process," he said in a statement. More here.

Three 4K monitors makes for some awesome gaming over on Tested. It started with three 4K Sharp panels running at a combined resolution of 11,520x2160. They fed the displays video from an ASUS AMD HD 7970 DirectCU II card, which features four DisplayPort connections and 3GB of GDDR5. That card, by itself, was just barely up to the task of delivering 30 frames per second in Dirt3 at high settings.

Honda have made a cool reproduction of a Senna lap using telemetry and an audio-visual setup around the track. Using telemetric data Honda has recreated Senna’s record-breaking 1989 lap of Suzuka in light and sound as part of an incredible video posted on the company’s website.

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 29-July-2013  01:34:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Trio of Z87 OC Motherboards Tested on MadShrimps.
ECS Z87H3-A2X Extreme Golden Motherboard on PureOC.

Audio Visual:
Google Chromecast TV streamer on ComputerWorld, thanks ikonz0r.
Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR camera on TechnologyX.
Lenovo ThinkVision LT3053p IPS LED-Backlit LCD Monitor on BenchmarkReviews.
LG 55LA8600 HDTV on TechReviewSource.

Prolimatech Black Genesis CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Alpenfohn Sella 92mm Fan CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Alpenfohn Matterhorn Pure CPU Cooler on eTeknix.

Silverstone SUGO Series SG10 Micro-ATX on eTeknix.
SilverStone Raven 4 on Vortez.
Thermaltake Urban S21 midtower on LanOC.
Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus on HWSecrets.
Thermaltake Urban S21 on LanOC.

QNAP TS-421 & QTS 4.0 SAN on TechPowerUp.
SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card on HotHardware.
Samsung SSD 840 EVO Review: 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, 750GB & 1TB on Anandtech.

Steelseries Sensei Rubber Surface Edition Ambidextrous Mouse on eTeknix.
Adobe Lightroom 5 on Techgage.
Defenderpad laptop shield on LegitReviews.
KFA2 GeForce GTX 770 LTD OC video card on Hexus.
Cougar RX Series 500W 80 PLUS PSU on TechnologyX.

Misc Pics (29 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 26-July-2013  14:27:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Lots of contributions this week. First one possibly (but not really) not safe for work. Thanks to Hoff, doigal, KonMan and PP!

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

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 26-July-2013  10:43:00 (GMT +10) - by booj

Intel DZ87KLT-75K on Benchmark Reviews.
Gigabyte Z87X-OC on eTeknix.
Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H on Bjorn3D.

Samsung 840 EVO SSD on Guru3D.
Samsung 840 EVO SSD on The SSD Review.
Samsung 840 EVO SSD 750gb on Vortez.
Samsung 840 EVO SSD on Tech Report.
Samsung 840 EVO SSD on Hardware Heaven.
OCZ Vertex 450 240Gb on Benchmark Reviews.

Thermaltake NiC F4 Heatsink on Ninjalane.
Corsair H100i CPU Liquid Cooler on PureOverclock.

InWin G7 on LanOC.
Coolermaster N200 M-ATX on eTeknix.

Input etc:
Leap Motion Controller on Legit Reviews.
SteelSeries Apex Raw on Vortez.
Corsair Raptor M30 and M40 Gaming Mice (Video Review) on HardwareHeaven.
Gigabyte Aivia Neon Mouse on Hardware Secrets.
CM Storm Havoc Gaming Mouse on PureOverclock.
Razer Ouroboros Gaming Mouse on Madshrimps.
Mionix Naos 8200 Gaming Mouse on techPowerUp.

Thrustmaster 250P PlayStation 3 & PC Gaming Headset on eTeknix.
Oblanc UFO True 5.1 USB Gaming Headset on Legit Reviews.

Asus Fonepad on Hardware Secrets.
Apple MacBook Air 13" with Haswell on HotHardware.

Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 25-July-2013  20:10:06 (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. :)

$36 Core i7 4770K - what will it really be? in Overclocking & Hardware.
Massive failure on a new Seasonic XPS 1000 Platinum PSU in Overclocking & Hardware.
Storage Virtualization in Business & Enterprise Computing.
"Enterprise" Tier 2 NAS / iSCSI SAN in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Apple Dev Centre Hacked in Apple Hardware & Software.
Favourite DOS/Early Windows games in PC Games.
Fun games over net for 6 players in PC Games.
Build your own XT clone in Retro & Arcade.
Amiga Disk Checker Demo in Retro & Arcade.
What will a Bower Bird do? in Pets & Animals.
Tog safety while travelling in pick pocketing Spain in Photography & Video.
Mirror City ... Stunning kaleidoscope timelapse in Photography & Video.
Cronuts and Crookies - have you tried? in Geek Food.
Willie's Cacao delivery today! in Geek Food.
British surgeons develop intelligent knife which detects cancerous tissue in Science.
Richard Feynman tribute in Science.
Australian Academy of Science Survey in Science.
Abbott or Rudd in Politics & Policies.
Would you use a double-barrelled surname? in The Pub.
Driver charged over car with no steering wheel in The Pub.

Thursday Morning (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 25-July-2013  01:37:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Enigma codebreaker and father of the modern computer Alan Turing will finally get his official pardon in October - only 59 years after his death. The announcement marks a change of heart by the government, which declined last year to grant pardons to the 49,000 gay men, now dead, who were convicted under the 1885 Criminal Law Amendment Act. They include Oscar Wilde.

Samsung have stolen Apple's crown, becoming the most profitable electronics company, thanks d00dz. The vendor posted unaudited earnings earlier this month and estimated that its quarterly profit climbed to a record $8.3 billion. Apple reported its June-quarter earnings on Tuesday and revealed that quarterly profit came in at $6.9 billion, 17% less than Samsung managed during the quarter. An earlier report estimated that Samsung’s second-quarter smartphone shipments totaled a record 71 million units, crushing Apple’s June-quarter iPhone sales, which totaled 31 million units. Update: Oh no they haven't! The article's been updated, thanks X-ZemPt.

Anandtech have checked out a new Ultra HD monitor from ASUS. When it comes to 4K on the desktop, my main question is: how much difference will I see? ASUS is one of the first with a HiDPI display in the PQ321Q. While not truly 4K, it is a 3840x2160 LCD display that can accept an Ultra High Definition (UHD) signal over HDMI and DisplayPort. It also clocks in at a wallet-stretching $3,500 right now.

DM meanwhile pointed out a new Ultra HD monitor from Dell soon. The UltraSharp 32 is a 32-inch Ultra HD unit that wields a 3,840 x 2,160 IGZO panel sorting 1.07 billion colors. Discussion here.

LegionHW have a USB 3.0 flash drive roundup. Today we have a roundup of four USB flash drives from some very respectable companies – Silicon Power's B20 32GB, Super Talent’s SSD RC4 Express 32GB, SanDisk’s Extreme 65GB and Patriot’s Supersonic Magnum 64GB - all of which are USB 3.0 and aimed at speeding up your mobile data life.

NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day today is an interesting composite video. Each panel shows one day. With 360 movie panels, the sky over (almost) an entire year is shown in time lapse format as recorded by a video camera on the roof of the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco, California. The camera recorded an image every 10 seconds from before sunrise to after sunset and from mid-2009 to mid-2010.

Sticking with spacey things, here's a trailer for Star Wars Downunder! Star Wars Downunder is a 30 minute Star Wars fan film which finally answers the age old question, that has confounded many a film buff before: What would happen if you crossed Star Wars with an Australian beer commercial. Discussion here.

3D Printing in Modding (15 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 24-July-2013  15:22:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

3D printing is really fascinating me lately, although I haven't yet made the plunge to get a printer of my own. Still, this project from cokeeffekt caught my eye because he's printing his own drive cages, and I don't remember seeing 3d printing featuring in a mod this much before:

click for the thread!

When I do get a printer of my own, one of the first things I'll print out is a set of stronger steering arms for my RC car to stop it breaking them all the time. What other not-quite-as-you-want bits in your life would you change if you had a 3d printer?

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 24-July-2013  10:36:59 (GMT +10) - by booj

Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H on Pro-Clockers.
ECS Z87H3-A2X Extreme on Hardware Secrets.
MSI Z87 Xpower on Bjorn3D.
Intel DZ87KLT-75K on Hardware Secrets.

Graphics Cards:
Asus GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II OC on Guru3D.
Palit GeForce GTX 780 Super JetStream on HardwareHeaven.
EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SuperClocked w/ ACX Cooling on Legit Reviews.
Gainward GTX 780 Phantom 'GLH' on Vortez.

SanDisk Extreme 64GB microSDXC Memory Card on TweakTown.
Silicon Power Blaze B20 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on NikKTech.
KingFast E-Drive Pro KF2510SCF 120GB SLC SSD on TechnologyX.
Zalman ZM-VE400 USB 3.0 HDD/SSD Enclosure on FunkyKit.

NZXT Phantom 530 Mid-Tower on TweakTown.
Thermaltake Urban S71 Full-Tower on TweakTown.
Spire X2 6019B on techPowerUp.

Power Supplies:
Lepa G850-MA 850-Watt 80 PLUS Gold on TweakTown.
XFX Pro Series 850W Black Edition on Legit Reviews.

Corsair Hydro Series H80i Liquid CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Deepcool Neptwin Dual-Tower CPU cooler on Funky Kit.

CM Storm Pitch gaming earphones on Rbmods.
Razer Hammerhead Pro In-Ear Gaming Headset on Custom PC Review.
Zowie Mashu Gaming Headset on Madshrimps.

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 'Rip & Flip' Convertible on HotHardware.
Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Touch on TechReviewSource.

Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 1866 MHz 4x4GB on TechwareLabs.
CM Storm Control RX Mouse Mat on eTeknix.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 23-July-2013  18:53:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

slipperyskip is working on
a new super-slimline PC

rainwulf is building an amp
around an Arduino

Saate reviewed the
Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme SSD

jpasint is building a
10GbE RAID NAS box

Ratzz has plans for
a tiny wooden i7 gamer

while FearTec reviewed
the Scorpion S-Max chopper

Tuesday Evening (4 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 23-July-2013  18:49:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Tweaktown have a guide/review on the Raspberry Pi camera module. Our own in-house Maker digs into the new Raspberry Pi Camera Module and tells us all about it and how to use it. For more Raspberry Pi stuff, check out this huge thread.

New to the "now hackable" list: SIM cards, thanks AirQ. Yet after three years of research, German cryptographer Karsten Nohl claims to have finally found encryption and software flaws that could affect millions of SIM cards, and open up another route on mobile phones for surveillance and fraud.

Google are claiming a new internet record. Based on measurements of end device and user audience share, Google is now bigger than Facebook, Netflix and Twitter combined. An amazing 60% of all Internet end devices/users exchange traffic with Google servers during the course of an average day.

An 8yo girl has racked up a huge in-game bill from Apple, who cancelled it. Lily spent hours on the games, never realising she was also spending real money. Lee's bank, however, knew it was very real - and froze Lee's account after his daughter reportedly spent £2,000 in 74 transactions across just six days. Lee was faced with the prospect of selling his car to raise money to pay off his daughter's debts, after Apple's initial reaction that "all purchases made on the iTunes store are final".

Manaz pointed out this cool onboard video of Sebastien Loeb setting a Pikes Peak record. Check out a POV video from onboard Sebastien Loeb’s Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak.

Photography Gallery (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 22-July-2013  11:53:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

Sunday Night (3 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 21-July-2013  21:25:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

MoonShadow sent word that Ubuntuforums have been hacked. Unfortunately the attackers have gotten every user's local username, password, and email address from the Ubuntu Forums database. The passwords are not stored in plain text. However, if you were using the same password as your Ubuntu Forums one on another service (such as email), you are strongly encouraged to change the password on the other service ASAP. Ubuntu One, Launchpad and other Ubuntu/Canonical services are NOT affected by the breach.

Simon Hackett has recently given a talk about delivering a fibre NBN on a copper budget. This talk proposes just a few of the many ways in which the build cost, build time, and operating cost of the FTTH NBN could be lowered (perhaps dramatically lowered) by auditing the entire existing design and by applying the fruits of some lateral thinking about what is really needed to make the network work – and what the network can do without.

An Australian student has designed a high-tech helmet for Police motorcyclists, thanks IntelInside. Named Forcite, his helmet includes a "heads-up" display that shows critical information in front of the wearer's eyes, delivers turn-by-turn GPS by voice, and links to the automatic number-plate recognition system used by police, which identifies vehicle registration details and checks if there are any infringements.

Microsoft have written down $1B in unsold Surface tablets. The large write-off may explain why Microsoft cut the price of its Surface RT models by $180 this month and gave away thousands of free Surface Pro tablets to attendees at its developers conference in June. Surface RT runs on a stripped-down version of Windows 8 designed for tablets.

Panasonic meanwhile have been fined for price fixing. Such price fixing tendencies weren't limited to the auto market, unfortunately. Another Japanese electronics maker, SANYO Electric, which Panasonic acquired for $4.5 billion in 2009, was charged working together with Korean rival LG Chem to fix the prices of cylindrical lithium ion battery packs for laptop computers worldwide. The conspiracy, which included these competing companies agreeing to sell batteries at the same prices to computer companies, took place from at least 2007 to 2008, according to the Justice Department.

If you're a Star Wars fan wanting to visit the set where young Anakin's home was filmed, you'd better do it soon. Sand dunes migrating over the Tunisian desert are poised to bury a famous Star Wars film set. The buildings of the fictional city Mos Espa featured in The Phantom Menace, "Episode I" of the Jedi saga. Sited on the planet Tatooine, this was the home of the young Anakin Skywalker, later to become Darth Vader.

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 21-July-2013  09:47:57 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Professional on Hardware Secrets.
ASRock Z87E-ITX on Benchmark Reviews.
Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Processor on Techgage.
Gigabyte Z87X OC on Ninjalane.

Graphics Cards:
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC with ACX Cooling on HotHardware.
MSI GeForce GTX 770 Lightning 2GB on TweakTown.
Gigabyte GTX 770 WindForce OC 2GB on Madshrimps.
Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 GC on Legit Reviews.
PowerColor Devil HD7870 2GB on PureOverclock.
Powercolor Devil HD 7870 on OCC.
MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Twin Frozr Gaming on TweakTown.

Patriot Viper 3 Mamba DDR3 2133MHz 16GB (2x8GB) on eTeknix.
Corsair Vengeance Pro 1866MHz (2x8GB) on HardwareHeaven.

Plextor M5M 128GB mSATA SSD on Legit Reviews.
Crucial M500 480GB SSD on TweakTown.
Silicon-Power Velox V55 240GB SSD on Legion Hardware.
OCZ Vertex 3.20 240GB SSD on eTeknix.

SteelSeries FLUX In-Ear Pro Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
Creative Labs SoundBlaster ZXR Sound Card on Guru3D.
QPAD QH-1339 Pro Gaming Headset (Video Review) on HardwareHeaven.
Luxa2 F1 Free Size Headphone on eTeknix.

CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced on techPowerUp.
Thermaltake Urban S71 on eTeknix.

Power Supplies:
Cooler Master V850 Fully Modular 80+ Gold on Funky Kit.
High Power Astro GD 750 W on techPowerUp.

Enermax ELC240 A.I.O liquid CPU cooler on NikKTech.
Diamond Multimedia Powerline Internet Audio/Video Kit on PureOverclock.
Razer Orbweaver Gaming Keypad on LanOC.

Misc Pics (18 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-July-2013  14:30:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

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

Friday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-July-2013  13:56:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Something of interest to geeky revheads from JimmyTheKidd: Newcastle based company ELMOFO showcased their Electric Radical SREV at Sydney Motorsport Park last weekend setting a new electric lap record with John Bowe behind the wheel. The electric motor produces 400hp and 600nm of torque from 0 RPM. With a bit more track development time its expected to be right up there with the V8 powered SR8 making it one of the fastest electric cars around. The car will be on display at Motorex in Sydney this weekend. Video of the lap here, OCAU discussion thread here.

NASA are trying to determine the source of a worrying flooded helmet during a spacewalk. Parmitano, Italy's first and only spacewalker, could not hear or speak by the time he re-entered the space station on Tuesday, 1½ hours after stepping out. He also had difficulty seeing because of the big globs of water in his helmet and elsewhere in his suit.

The EFF are leading a group suing the NSA to stop widespread surveillance. A group of 19 consumer and privacy groups today sued the National Security Agency (NSA), arguing that the agency's data collection processes violate the law and the Constitution. Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook and others want more transparency in how the US Government requests information from them.

The EFF are also among many tech giants calling for patent reform. Today EFF joins a coalition of 50 organizations to send a letter to Congress urging the legislature to focus on finding—and passing—effective solutions to patent abuse. This letter brings together a strikingly diverse group of companies—including retailers, application developers, and financial services institutions—as well as public interest organizations like Public Knowledge and EFF. Together, we call on Congress to take immediate action to curb destructive patent troll litigation.

Samsung's new SSDs include an entry-level 1TB model and a super-fast 3000MB/s enterprise model, thanks scon. Hitting these absurd numbers isn't without a caveat, though, as this SSD won't run on a SATA-6 port -- it requires a PCIe hookup. When these speed demons do arrive, they'll be available in 400GB, 800GB and 1.6TB sizes. Oh, and we want one. For business.

Google Glass hackers are expanding its capabilities, in ways not always approved by Google. Then, I wait for a signal that Google Glass has recognized my face. It isn't supposed to do that, but has hacked it. "Essentially what I am building is an alternative operating system that runs on Glass but is not controlled by Google," he said.

Bill Gates thinks digital assistants are a big part of the future. “We’re in a golden age of computer science” that’s finally making possible, after years of discussion by him and others in the industry, “that idea of the powerful assistant that can help us get things done that can give us deep insights,” Gates said.

TomsHardware have a sneak preview of the Ivy Bridge-E Intel Core i7-4960X. Disclaimer: The following preview is based on an early engineering sample Core i7-4960X. Intel was not involved in the story, and was not asked for comment prior to its publication. In fact, starting with our Haswell preview, the company started a policy of excluding us from certain discussions. So yeah. There’s always more of that to look forward to.

Thursday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 18-July-2013  12:54:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NASA are embracing 3D printing, producing rocket parts using the technology. NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne of West Palm Beach, Fla., recently finished testing a rocket engine injector made through additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing. This space technology demonstration may lead to more efficient manufacturing of rocket engines, saving American companies time and money.

I don't normally link KickStarter things coz there's just so many of them, but ApeOfJungle pointed out this Aussie game in the works. A real-time, class-based strategy game, set in an open world cyberpunk city, from the creator of Syndicate Wars.

With Google Glass, you can now get hacked (almost) just by looking at something! We analyzed how to make QR codes based on configuration instructions and produced our own “malicious” QR codes. When photographed by an unsuspecting Glass user, the code forced Glass to connect silently to a “hostile” WiFi access point that we controlled.

Samsung have a new family of SSDs on the way, and Tech Report have the scoop. There's a new lineup of Samsung solid-state drives on the way. This one seems poised to supplant the budget-focused 840 Series, and it claims to deliver both better write performance and higher-capacity options.

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 18-July-2013  02:20:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5 on HWSecrets.
ASUS SABERTOOTH Z87 Intel Motherboard on BenchmarkReviews.
MSI Z87I (Intel Z87) ITX Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
Sonivo Induction Easy Speaker on TechReviewSource.
AOC g2460P 24in Gaming Monitor Video Review on HWHeaven.
Logitech H650e and H820e Enterprise Headsets on HotHardware.
Razer Hammerhead Pro earphones on GamingNexus.

Video Cards:
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC Edition on HWHeaven.
PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 SCS3 on Guru3D.

Thermaltake Urban S71 Full-Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.
Corsair Carbide 300R Mid-Tower on LegitReviews.
Antec GX700 on TechPowerUp.

Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU cooler on NeoSeeker.
Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.
Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler on Modders-Inc.
Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless on FunkyKit.
Diamond Multimedia UE3000 USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter on LegitReviews.

Input Etc:
Leetgion El'Druin mouse on LegionHW.
Icy Box Big City Vibes IB-HPH2 Headphones on RBMods.
Genius Speed Wheel 6 MT on FunkyKit.

Seagate 600 Pro SSD 400GB (ST400FP0021) on Bjorn3D.
Crucial M500 240GB SSD on Tweaktown.
VisionTek GoDrive 480GB SSD on PureOC.

Casio PROTREK PRG-240 Watch on NikKTech.
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams PC/PS3 game on GamingNexus.
Antec High Current Gamer Modular 850W PSU on TechPowerUp.
G.SKILL TridentX 2933 MHz C12 2x 4 GB kit memory on TechPowerUp.

SiliconDust HD HomeRun Dual (127 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 16-July-2013  13:10:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

FearTec has checked out the SiliconDust HD HomeRun Dual, a handy gadget which shares a TV signal (or two, in fact) out to your entire network:

click for the review!

Tuesday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 16-July-2013  12:04:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

RunCore Pro IV 1.8 Inch ZIF SSD on LanOC.
SanDisk Extreme II 240GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
Mach Xtreme MX-FX 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on NikKTech.
Kingston Class 10 UHS-I (U1) SDXC 64GB Card & MobileLite G3 Reader on TechnologyX.
SanDisk Extreme II SSD Review (480GB) on TheSSDReview.
Lexar Professional 600x SDXC UHS-1 256GB on TechnologyX.

Corsair Obsidian Series 900D Super-Tower on Tweaktown.
NZXT H630 on PureOC.
Corsair Carbide 330R on Vortez.
Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 on RWLabs.

Input Etc:
Corsair Vengeance K70 Fully Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Pro-Clockers.
MSI CK Series Mechanical Keyboard on Techgage.

Video Cards:
Inno3D GeForce GTX 760 iChill on Vortez.
Asus GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II OC on Hexus.

Aerocool Touch-2100 Fan Controller on Tweaktown.
be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 CPU cooler on Chiploco.

Audio Visual:
HIS Wavemaster MOBI Portable Speaker System on Funkykit.
Sunrise Ray DA-P1 Headphone amplifier & DAC on TechPowerUp.

Silverstone PP07 Sleeved PSU Extension/Adapter Cables on eTeknix.
Acer Aspire P3-171-6820 tablet hybrid on TechReviewSource.
ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO (Intel LGA 1150) on TechPowerUp.

Monday Morning (5 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 15-July-2013  01:52:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The surveillance story keeps on rolling, with Microsoft handing over encrypted messages and even Telstra storing data for the US Govt, thanks IntelInside. Under the previously secret agreement, the telco was required to route all communications involving a US point of contact through a secure storage facility on US soil that was staffed exclusively by US citizens carrying a top-level security clearance. The data Telstra stored for the US government includes the actual content of emails, online messages and phone calls. Senator Ludlam is demanding an explanation of the relationship.

Gunna also sent word of secret backdoors in HP enterprise storage products. The most recent statement from HP, following another warning from Technion, admitted that “all HP StoreVirtual Storage systems are equipped with a mechanism that allows HP support to access the underlying operating system if permission and access is provided by the customer.”

Tech-Report went to the headquarters of ARM recently. ARM summoned some of the world's most technically inclined journalists and analysts to a confab at its headquarters in Cambridge, England recently. In an obvious case of poor judgment, I was also allowed to attend. Happily, I now get the chance to tell you another side of the story of the next generation of low-power processors.

EuroGamer have an interview with Mark Cerny, PS4 chief architect. This was an opportunity to sit down and chat with the man who not only knows the final hardware design inside out, but who would also be able to talk at length about the entire developmental process - the thinking behind the hardware, the decisions behind the balance of the components, and the alternative designs that never came to be. This is also the man best-placed to tell us how Sony managed to cram 8GB of GDDR5 into the PlayStation 4, in what is believed to be a last-minute yet massive addition to the spec of the new console.

The US Navy have tested a new unmanned drone that can land on an aircraft carrier. The Navy successfully landed a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time Wednesday, showcasing the military's capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks a pilot is asked to do.

Today's timewaster is Hard Day, from biatch.

Saturday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 13-July-2013  11:45:26 (GMT +10) - by booj

Asus P8Z77-M and Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H (MicroATX) on Xbit Labs.
Asus MAXIMUS VI HERO on TweakTown.
MSI Z87 XPower on Guru3D.
ASRock Z87 Professional Series Fatal1ty on PureOverclock.
Asus GRYPHON Z87 mATX on Benchmark Reviews.

Graphics Cards:
Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 on Xbit Labs.
AMD Radeon HD 7990 vs. Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 and GeForce GTX TITAN on Xbit Labs.
Asus GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II OC on Bjorn3D.
Palit GeForce GTX 770 2GB JetStream on TweakTown.
Inno3D GeForce GTX 770 iChill HerculeZ X3 Ultra on Guru3D.
MSI GTX 770 Gaming on Neoseeker.
Gainward GeForce GTX 780 Phantom GLH on Legion Hardware.

Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 2400MHz 16GB Kit on Pro-Clockers
Patriot Viper DDR3-2400 16GB Dual Channel Memory Kit on TweakTown.
Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 1866 MHz C10 2x 8 GB on techPowerUp.

Thermaltake NiC C5 CPU cooler on Vortez.
Zalman CNPS10X Optima Shark's Fin Blade CPU Cooler on eTeknix.

LaCie 5big NAS Pro on TweakTown.
Crucial M500 120GB SSD on TweakTown.
Western Digital WD Se Enterprise HDD on TweakTown.

Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 ATX Cube on TweakTown.
Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 ATX Cube on Legit Reviews.
Streacom ST-FC8B EVO Mini ITX on NikKTech.
Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Mid Tower on Legit Reviews.
NZXT Phantom 530 on eTeknix.

Zotac ZBOX Nano ID64 Plus Mini-PC on HardwareHeaven.
EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1000 W PSU on techPowerUp.

Misc Pics (16 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-July-2013  14:05:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Davo1111 and a few people from the IRC channel this week!

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

Friday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-July-2013  13:16:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

As promised, the Curiosity Show now has their episodes on YouTube. The international television program Curiosity Show was produced in Australia for young people. Presented by Deane Hutton and Rob Morrison, it emphasized science, technology and things to make and do.

Internode have a new ad in Klingon. This advert presents an Internode signup offer in the Star Trek language of Klingon. The advert is screening during science fiction TV shows on selected television networks during Internode's Geekiest Promo in the Universe campaign.

If you're in Parramatta, NSW, you can now enjoy 30 minutes a day of free "5G" WiFi. Residents and visitors in Parramatta, NSW will be able to surf the Internet for free at speeds up to 100Mbps with the launch of a new "5G" fixed wireless network using the super-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. The outdoor network runs through Church Street, from Riverside Theatre to Westfield shopping centre, and also covers some parts of Macquarie Street and the Parramatta River area.

NBN Co's boss Mike Quigley has quit. NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley is quitting as head of the company building the national broadband network, following months of speculation that his board was preparing to sack him. Mr Quigley announced on Friday that he would retire from corporate life after four years in charge. His resignation comes only months after he signed a new three-year contract with the NBN Co.

Google have released details about what the Australian Government has asked them to delete from their web index. We received a request from a local transportation agency to remove 119 YouTube videos for using a protected trademark without permission. We removed the videos. More worldwide info here.

The Australian Internet Governance Forum has announced their internet ambassadors for 2013. John Selby, long-time friend of OCAU, has been selected. The auIGF, an initiative of the .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA), is Australia’s premier annual forum for independent thought leadership on Internet-based policy and practice issues. In a world of increasing complexity regarding the quest for openness vs privacy, and between individual rights vs national security, the auIGF is apolitical and open.

The EFF meanwhile have been allowed to take the NSA to court over their mass spying claims. A federal judge today rejected the U.S. government's latest attempt to dismiss the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) long-running challenge to the government's illegal dragnet surveillance programs. Today's ruling means the allegations at the heart of the Jewel case move forward under the supervision of a public federal court.

NZ has its own share of tech politics drama, with the PM and Kim Dotcom locking horns at a parliamentary hearing. Mr Key was forced to apologise to Mr Dotcom last year after it was revealed his government's spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau, had illegally tapped Mr Dotcom's communications. The founder of Megaupload said he wanted to appear before the committee to ensure that no other New Zealander has to undergo the abuses he has suffered. Video here, thanks |Renegade|.

It turns out phone and GPS jammers are illegal and being seized. Nearly 100 items have been seized from international shipments since the start of the year. ACMA had previously singled out the devices as a priority area for compliance over 2012-13. The operation, possession or supply of the illegal devices could result in jail time of up to two years, and penalties of up to $255,000 for companies.

OCAU member SuperRoach is working on a homebrew quadcopter camera. Based on the Crazyflie Nano quadcopter, I have added a Camera and small transmitter to it. The added components weigh 1.6gm! This is a look at the work done so far on enabling it to carry a Camera and transmit it back to a TV or computer to record and view.

Epi spotted this amazing video of a 240 year old clockwork boy who can write. From the BBC programme Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams, Professor Simon Schaffer examines a clockwork creation of Pierre Jaquet-Droz.

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 11-July-2013  07:14:16 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
AMD A10-6800 & A10-6700 'Richland' APU on eTeknix.
Gigabyte Z87X-OC on TweakTown.
Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H on TweakTown.
MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 on TechwareLabs.
Asus P9D-E/4L Haswell Server Motherboard on Switched On Tech Design.

Graphics Cards:
MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Twin Frozr Gaming on TweakTown.
Palit GeForce GTX 780 Super Jetstream on Guru3D.

Toshiba Nearline MG03ACA400 4TB SATA III HDD on NikKTech.
OCZ Vector 256GB SSD on LanOC.
Western Digital Se 4TB HDD on TechwareLabs.
Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD 500 GB HDD on Hardware Secrets.
SanDisk Extreme II SSD on TechReport.

NZXT Respire T40 on techPowerUp.
SilverStone AR02 CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Corsair H100i Water Cooling System on ThinkComputers.

Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 on techPowerUp.
Fractal Design Define XL R2 Black Pearl on TechnologyX.
Cooler Master Silencio PURE on Vortez.
Cooler Master N400 on Modders-Inc.
In Win GT1 on ThinkComputers.

Thermaltake SMART M750W Power Supply on APH Networks.
Blackberry Q10 Smartphone on Funky Kit.
Cooler Master Storm Havoc Gaming Mouse on Techgage.

Forum Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 10-July-2013  15:06:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

Glitchlol has a mini
Tardis fridge project

zerosoma reviewed the
Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme SSD

and so did
another winner, Focumba

|Renegade| reviewed the
Asus RT-N66U Wireless Router

terrabyte is building
a Folding beast

and r3s made up a
dog agility ramp

Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 9-July-2013  10:34:53 (GMT +10) - by booj

Gigabyte Z87X UD4H on Ninjalane.
Asus Z87-Plus on OCC.
MSI Z87-G43 on HardwareHeaven.

Graphics Cards:
Nvidia GTX 760 SLI on LAN OC.
MSI GTX 780 Gaming 3 GB on techPowerUp.
Gigabyte GTX 770 OC Windforce 3X on Vortez.

Silicon Power Velox V55 240GB SSD on NikKTech.
Western Digital Sentinel DX4000 16TB RAID5 4-Bay NAS on eTeknix.
G-Technology G RAID Mini 2TB External Storage on TweakTown.
QNAP TS-469L NAS on ThinkComputers.

Fractal Design Define XL R2 on APH Networks.
Fractal Design Define XL R2 on Legit Reviews.
Aerocool Xpredator X3 Devil Red Edition on TweakTown.
Corsair Obsidian 350D Micro ATX on Benchmark Reviews.
Corsair 900D Super Tower on PureOverclock.

Asus Cube Google TV on Bjorn3D.
Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary Edition DDR3-2400 C11 16GB Memory Kit on Funky Kit.
Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev.B Low Profile CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Corsair CX600M PSU on Guru3D.
Addonics CipherUSB Portable Encryption Device on Techgage.

Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 9-July-2013  10:29:38 (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. :)

myNBN, Your personalised National Broadband Network rollout tracker in Networking, Telephony & Internet.
Downsides to NBN/Reason not to connect in Networking, Telephony & Internet.
Wifi got hacked in Networking, Telephony & Internet.
Urgent help re Raid card and intel raid in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Power consumption in the data centre in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Virtualising Everything in a Data Centre in Business & Enterprise Computing.
OSX Mavericks (10.9) in Apple Desktop.
Apple Enteprise Admins in Apple Desktop.
Haswell-E Reveal: 8 Cores, DDR4, X99 Chipset - H2 2014 in Intel x86 CPUs & Chipsets.
AMD Unleashes First-Ever 5 GHz Processor- AMD FX-9590 in AMD Hardware.
894807 hours on a brand new Intel SSD ??? in Storage & Backup.
Microsoft to *nix admin, Who's re skilled and made the change? in Other Operating Systems.
Study finds homework has limited value in Career, Education & Finance.
Work in China in Career, Education & Finance.
NAD: Kemper Profiling Rack! (new "amp" day) in Musicians.
Any of your partners bought the robo vacs? in Lifestyle.
Multi-cutter tools (aka 'renovator' style oscillating tools) in Lifestyle.
Standing desk in Lifestyle.
Last words of the condemned in The Pub.
John McAfee - Official Internet God in The Pub.
Roswell Google Doodle mini-game in The Pub.

Tuesday Morning (10 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 9-July-2013  01:25:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Edward Snowden has provided details of Australia's involvement in the NSA surveillance program. The US Australian Joint Defence Facility at Pine Gap near Alice Springs and three Australian Signals Directorate facilities: the Shoal Bay Receiving Station near Darwin, the Australian Defence Satellite Communications Facility at Geraldton and the naval communications station HMAS Harman outside Canberra are among contributors to the NSA's collection program codenamed X-Keyscore.

HP have been fined $3M for misleading customers, thanks MoJoMaN. In a contrite statement, HP, which has annual turnover of more than $120 billion, said: "We deeply regret that in the instances identified by the ACCC, HP fell short of our core commitment to high standards of service for Australian consumers who purchased our HP-branded desktop computers ... laptops and printers and of our duties under Australian consumer laws."

Phoronix have compared Haswell Linux Virtualisation options. The latest chapter to our lengthy Intel Haswell on Linux saga is virtualization benchmarks. From Fedora 19 with the very latest software components for Linux virtualization, the performance of KVM, Xen, and VirtualBox were benchmarked from the Intel Core i7 4770K "Haswell" CPU.

Australia's international motor show has been cancelled for next year as well as this year. Russ Tyrie, event director for the motor show, says there will not be a show in Australia next year, but said he is looking at alternative formats for the future. “After careful consideration, we have made the decision to not proceed with the 2014 Australian International Motor Show,” he says. “This does not mean the end for Motor Shows in Australia though, with the AIMS Joint Venture currently developing and planning a concept for future Motor Shows.

From the Attorney-General's office: The Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus QC, and the Minister Assisting for the Digital Economy, Senator Kate Lundy, today released a policy for the Government’s use of cloud computing which will ensure Government agencies can take advantage of the opportunities enabled by cloud computing and the National Broadband Network while maintaining the privacy, security, integrity and availability of personal information. Details are on this site.

Also of interest is that Australia will soon have a ballistic information network. “This is a ballistic system that gives police the power to be able to do what is effectively a fingerprint of a firearm, and trace it or link it to crimes that have been committed across the country.” Mr Clare said. “Each firearm leaves a unique imprint on the bullet it fires. When police seize a firearm they can fire the weapon, put the details into the database and link that weapon to other crimes.“

The BBC have followed ESPN in ditching 3D. The BBC has been running a trial in which it films and broadcasts certain sports events and dramatic productions in 3D. Although this trial is still not over—the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special in November will be one of the final 3D broadcasts—the decision has been made: once the trial ends, 3D will be abandoned, at least until 2016.

SpaceX have performed another test launch and landing of their incredible hovering rocket, the Grashopper. On June 14, SpaceX's Grasshopper flew 325 m (1066 feet)--higher than Manhattan's Chrysler Building--before smoothly landing back on the pad. It really bends my brain to see a rocket doing that.~

Photography Gallery (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 8-July-2013  16:29:36 (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, 8-July-2013  00:46:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
KFA2 GeForce GTX 760 EX OC 2GB on eTeknix.
Gainward GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB GS on NikKTech.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Intel NUC DCCP847DYE System on eTeknix.
Sony Xperia Tablet Z on HWHeaven.

Cooler Master Eisberg 120L Prestige Liquid CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Antec True Quiet 120 and True Quiet Pro 120 Fans on PureOC.
Master NotePal U2 Plus Laptop Cooler on PureOC.
DEEPCOOL M6 Audio Cooling Laptop Pad on Tweaktown.

Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD RAID 0 Performance on LegitReviews.
Plextor PX-M5M mSATA 256GB SSD on Tweaktown.

Thermaltake Urban S71 full tower case on LegionHW.
Core i7 3770K integrated GPU and GIGABYTE Z77N-Wi-Fi CPU+Mobo on Tweaktown.

Misc Pics (36 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 5-July-2013  14:27:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Davo1111 and mpot again this week! The last two could be considered NSFW, if you're worried by such things..

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

Friday Afternoon (9 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 5-July-2013  13:31:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's a series of privacy rallies planned in Australian cities tomorrow. The so-called National Day of Action has the backing of Pirate Party Australia, The Greens, WikiLeaks Party, Electronic Frontiers Australia and other political alliances. Rallies have so far been called in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, and the organisers are seeking others to spread the action to further areas of Australia.

The ATO have released the Mac version of E-tax, with mixed success. Unfortunately many of those who downloaded the application between Friday and Monday encountered an error preventing installation. The error stems from the Tax Office not signing the application with a digital certificate.

XbitLabs have a GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST roundup. Today we are going to discuss seven different graphics cards from EVGA, Gigabyte, Inno3D, MSI, Palit, ZOTAC and Nvidia. Which one of these entry-level products is the one?

Australian children might need a digital license before logging on. The new nationwide program, to be trialled from next month, will include a series of online topics and a card-like licence on completion. Parents will also get reports on how their child is progressing compared with those of a similar age. The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, which is behind the initiative, is taking the fight against cyber bullying into homes after its success in schools.

Gunna sent in this master key for Android. The Bluebox Security research team – Bluebox Labs – recently discovered a vulnerability in Android’s security model that allows a hacker to modify APK code without breaking an application’s cryptographic signature, to turn any legitimate application into a malicious Trojan, completely unnoticed by the app store, the phone, or the end user. Discussion here.

Tony Albanese is the new Comms minister, taking over from Stephen Conroy, but he admins he's no tech head. Just under three years since Opposition Leader Tony Abbott uttered the immortal line that he was "no Bill Gates" and not a "tech head", Communications Minister Anthony Albanese has told Triple J that he, too, is no tech head. Albanese was appointed as communications minister on Monday as part of a reshuffle of the federal Cabinet as a result of Kevin Rudd replacing former Prime Minister Julia Gillard as the leader of the Labor party last week.

TheReg have offered more info on their crowd-funded NBN study. Pledges have reached almost $7,000 for The Register's crowd-funded NBN study, so we thought it's a good idea to let analysts explain how they'd approach the project. Today, IBRS analyst Guy Cranswick provides insights into his view of how to conduct the study.

Looking for a new project? Maybe you could buy the monorail! There's nothing on earth like a genuine, bona fide, electrified, six-car monorail! What'd I say?

Friday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 5-July-2013  12:32:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus on Vortez.
CM Pulse-R Headset on OCClub.

SilverStone Tundra TD03 CPU cooler on Vortez.
be quiet! Shadow Rock TOPFLOW SR1 CPU cooler on OCClub.
Cooler Master Eisberg 240L Prestige Liquid CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
SilverStone AR02 CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.
SilverStone Tundra TD02 240mm AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on eTeknix.

Input Etc:
Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Keyboard on eTeknix.
Mad Catz R.A.T. M Mobile Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
Logitech G710+ gaming keyboard on PCGamers.

Motherboard & CPU:
Asus P8Z77-V LE PLUS on XbitLabs.
ASRock's Z87E-ITX Mini-ITX on TechReport.

Video Cards:
Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 2 GB on XbitLabs.
Gainward GeForce GTX 770 Phantom OC 2GB on eTeknix.
HIS Radeon 7790 Turbo 1GB (GDDR5) on FunkyKit.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Norton Mobile Security (reviewed on an Android device) on Tweaktown.
Intel DC3217IYE Next Unit of Computing on TechPowerUp.

Thermaltake Urban S71 on LegionHW.
Corsair Carbide Air 540 on Guru3D.

MyDigitalSSD BP4 960GB SSD on Tweaktown.
QNAP TS-221 and TS-220 NAS products on LegionHW.
Western Digital My Passport Ultra 500GB Portable HDD on Tweaktown.

G.Skill Trident X DDR3-2933Mhz Memory on HWHeaven.
Company of Heroes 2 Tested, Benchmarked on TechSpot.
Be Quiet! PURE POWER L8 500 W on TechPowerUp.

Thursday Morning (9 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 4-July-2013  11:53:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Callan sent word that the computing pioneer Doug Engelbart, perhaps most well-known for inventing the computer mouse, has passed away. Engelbart, who was born in Portland, Ore., was 88. It is hard to describe Engelbart’s role in the personal-computing revolution in mere words — he was well known for his work on human-computer interaction, including the invention of the computer mouse. His research and efforts led to the development of a diverse set of technologies such as hypertext, networked computers and the graphical user interface.

Ubisoft have been hacked. If you’re a UPlay user or you have an Ubisoft account, the company are advising that you change your password immediately. You can do it here, with discussion here.

July the 4th is a big deal in the USA, but it's also going to be host to a mass protest against NSA surveillance. A large coalition of civil rights and privacy groups and potentially thousands of websites will stage protests on the Fourth of July to protest surveillance programs at the U.S. National Security Agency. As part of the Restore the Fourth campaign, many website members of the 30,000-member Internet Defense League plan to display a protest of NSA surveillance and the text of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

If, like me, you grew up watching The Curiosity Show, you'll be happy to see it's making a return, thanks Supplanter. The hosts of the science-based children's show have acquired the full rights to the series' 5000 segments and will soon be broadcasting on their own YouTube channel. Dr Rob Morrison and Dr Deane Hutton have long wanted to revive the much-loved show - which ran from 1972 until 1990 - after a concerted social media campaign by fans. Discussion here.

Also making me reminisce is word that Altavista is being shut down by parent company Yahoo. Yahoo has announced that it will be shutting down one of the world's first search engines, Alta Vista on the 8th of July. Millions of people were introduced to web search via Alta Vista which launched in 1995. It wowed consumers and the industry by indexing more web pages - around 20 million - than was thought to exist at the time.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 3-July-2013  20:04:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

Sin0822 reviewed the
Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5

and the Gigabyte

while sammy_b0i has
reviewed Plextor's M5 Pro Xtreme

Sin0822 also checked out
Diamond Multimedia's HD7790

while HrdwrBoB is
putting a Nexus 7 into a car

and Blackstar1099
is building some guitars

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 3-July-2013  11:25:23 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
Asus Z87-C on eTeknix.
Asus Maximus VI Extreme Z87 on Bjorn3D.
MSI Z87-G45 GAMING on techPowerUp.

Graphics Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 on Techgage.
MSI GTX 780 Gaming on LanOC.
MSI GeForce GTX 780 Gaming on Guru3D.

Iomega PX6-300D NAS on Vortez.
Seagate 600 Series SSD 480 GB on techPowerUp.
RunCore Pro IV 256GB PATA ZIF SSD on TweakTown.
Lexar JumpDrive P10 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TweakTown.
SilverStone DS322 Compact USB 3.0 RAID Enclosure on Pro-Clockers.

NZXT Phantom 530 on eTeknix.
Cougar Spike Mini on HardwareHeaven.
Corsair Carbide Air 540 on techPowerUp.
Thermaltake Chaser A71 Full Tower on TweakTown.

Noctua A-Series (NF-A14 NF-A15) fans on Vortez.
be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 on OCC.
Alphacool NexXxoS Cool Answer 360 DDC/XT on Vortez.
XSPC Razor GTX690 Waterblock on ThinkComputers.

Input etc:
Thermaltake Meka G1 Illuminated Keyboard on PureOverclock.
Gigabyte Aivia Neon Wireless Presenter Mouse on APH Networks.
CM Storm QuickFire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard on Neoseeker.

Logitech UE BOOM Portable Bluetooth Speaker on techPowerUp.
Fractal Design Integra R2 750W Power Supply on ThinkComputers.

Wednesday Morning (5 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 3-July-2013  02:08:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Urgh, no internet all day, back up now.

ITNews look back at their Top 20 Stephen Conroy moments, now he's resigned. While he undoubtedly drove some deeply unpopular policies in the portfolio, Conroy also hit a number of high notes that get few complaints from the industry — the $250 million backhaul blackspots program springs to mind. He's also had his fair share of gaffes, gutsy moves and outrageous statements.

It's been confirmed that quantum CPUs really do employ quantum effects. This means that the device appears to be operating as a quantum processor -- something that scientists had hoped for but have needed extensive testing to verify. The quantum processor was purchased from Canadian manufacturer D-Wave nearly two years ago by Lockheed Martin and housed at the USC Viterbi Information Sciences Institute (ISI). As the first of its kind, the task for scientists putting it through its paces was to determine whether the quantum computer was operating as hoped.

Microsoft are shutting down TechNet, or at least, the subscription system. New subscriptions won't be accepted after August 31 this year, and they have be activated before the end of September. Subscriptions will be honoured for a year until September 2014, and those with an active Microsoft Certified Trainer Accreditation will have access to the program until end of March next year. More details here, discussion here.

An environmental activist has been charged over a hoax email. Mr Moylan said he had been told of the charge on Thursday night and would appear in the Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney on Tuesday, July 23. Mr Moylan said he had been charged under Section 1041E of the Corporations Act, which carried a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $495,000.

Felix spotted the first consumer 4k monitor from Asus. The 31.5-inch monitor has a resolution of 3840 x 2160, giving you four HDTVs’ worth of pixels to play with. It’s also the "thinnest 4K UHD monitor available" according to Asus, measuring 35mm at its thickest point. We had some issues driving the display with an Ivy Bridge MacBook Pro, but the company says you’ll be able to get full resolution at 60Hz with the integrated GPU in Intel’s latest Haswell’s processors, either over DisplayPort 1.2 or through one of the display's two HDMI ports.

Speaking of big numbers, Gunna sent in this superfast transmission using the "orbital angular momentum" of light. Over 1.1 kilometers of a specially designed optical fiber that minimizes mode coupling, we achieved 400-gigabits-per-second data transmission using four angular momentum modes at a single wavelength, and 1.6 terabits per second using two OAM modes over 10 wavelengths.

A strange ruling in Sweden has meant LAN parties will be taxed. Gamers in Sweden suffer a hard financial blow as authorities decide to tax so-called LAN parties. From now on, organizers of multiplayer get-togethers will be forced to pay a fee of up to $5,000 in order to receive a "permit" to connect PCs and video game consoles for gaming purposes.

Some Simpsons fans have built the Homer car from the series. Well, it took more than two decades for the engineers at Porcubimmer Motors to turn the idea into reality, but you can't rush a car that's "powerful like a gorilla, yet soft and yielding like a Nerf ball."

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 1-July-2013  01:53:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
EVGA GTX 760 Superclocked w/ACX on LanOC.
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB SuperClocked ACX Overclocked on Tweaktown.
MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC Overclocked on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte GTX 760 OC Windforce on LanOC.

Team Group Color Turn 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on BigBruin.

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI Z87A-GD65 Gaming Motherboard on PureOC.
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 on OCClub.
ASUS Z87-A on Vortez.

Portable & Prebuilt:
CyberPower PC Gamer Xtreme 4200 System on NinjaLane.
Dell XPS 18 Portable All-in-One Desktop on HWHeaven.

Input Etc:
In Win Rocker Mat Aluminum Gaming Surface on TechnologyX.
MAD CATZ R.A.T. M Wireless Mobile Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.
Tt eSPORTS Theron Gaming Mouse and Galeru Bungee on HWHeaven.

Antec High Current Gamer Modular 750W PSU on TechPowerUp.
Noctua NH-U14S CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.


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