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September 2015
Win a Headset from Scorptec! (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 30-September-2015  16:36:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

OCAU Major Sponsors Scorptec are giving away an Audio-Technica ATH-PG1 Premium Gaming Headset this weekend!

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Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 29-September-2015  22:30:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Mini & Portable:
Gigabyte Brix N3000 on OCAholic.
ZTE Grand X 2 Android Smartphone on MegaTechNews.

Samsung Portable SSD T1 on Bjorn3D.
Kingston SSDnow KC380 1.8-Inch Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
Kingwin HDD-PS6 Hard Drive Power Switch on Tweaktown.
Synology DS715 DiskStation 2-Bay Business NAS on Techgage.

Input Etc:
ROCCAT Nyth Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Tesoro Lobera Spectrum keyboard on Vortez.

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI Z170A Gaming M9 ACK on Guru3D.
BIOSTAR GAMING Z170X (Intel Z170) on Tweaktown.
ASRock Z170 OC Formula on LegitReviews.
Gigabyte X99-SLI on TechnologyX.
Intel Core i7-6700K "Skylake" LGA 1151 Processor on FutureLooks.

Antec GX505 Window SC Mid-Tower on BenchmarkReviews.

Video Cards:
MSI R9 390 Gaming 8G on LanOC.
Gigabyte GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming 2 GB on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
Cooler Master V750 Modular Power Supply on eTeknix.
CoolerMaster V750W Fully Modulated 80+ Gold PSU on Bjorn3D.

Audio Visual:
Ozone Blast 4HX headset on OCAholic.
Tt eSPORTS Shock 3D 7.1 Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
Philips BDM4065UC 40" 4K Monitor on eTeknix.
Etekcity Scroll Alpha High Precision Laser Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.

Sunday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 27-September-2015  13:03:15 (GMT +10) - by booj

DirectX 12 games are coming closer. Anandtech take a look at Fable Legends, one of the latest preview benchmarks to be released. Fable Legends is an Xbox One/Windows 10 exclusive free to play title built by Lionhead Studios in Unreal Engine 4. The game, styled as a ‘cooperative action RPG’, consists of asymmetrical multiplayer matches with attackers trying to raid a base and the defender playing more of a tower defense position.The benchmark provided is more of a graphics showpiece than a representation of the gameplay, in order to show off the capabilities of the engine and the DX12 implementation.

Children of the 90's surely remember the original GameBoy covers made of cardboard.. Not exactly the most durable storage ever invented. Lan OC have a simple guide for storing GameBoy games in cassette covers. Though not the originals, they do invoke that nice feeling you get looking at your uniform and neat looking game collection on the shelf.

There's plenty of ongoing iOS 9 coverage on the net including reviews at Hardware Secrets, Techradar & Macworld and in our forums here

The once immensely popular smartphone manufacturer Blackberry is attempting a comeback with a new Android powered smartphone. The Canadian firm said it would begin selling "Priv," described as "a flagship handheld device that will run on the Android operating system with BlackBerry security," expected to be available later this year.

NASA have scheduled a press conference for Monday US time to announce a 'major discovery'. hmmm..NASA will detail a major science finding from the agency’s ongoing exploration of Mars during a news briefing at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 28 at the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

A Samsung senior VP has revealed that the Samsung VR headset will launch later this year and cost just $99 USD. The mobile-based virtual reality headset will launch in North America "in time for Black Friday" and worldwide "shortly after," as Samsung SVP of Technology Strategy Peter Koo revealed when he took the stage at the Oculus Connect keynote on Thursday. It'll sell for $99.

Boffins have created a light based memory chip to permanently store data, a potential step on the path towards photonic computing. Today’s electronic computer chips work at blazing speeds. But an alternate version that stores, manipulates, and moves data with photons of light instead of electrons would make today’s chips look like proverbial horses and buggies. Now, one team of researchers reports that it has created the first permanent optical memory on a chip, a critical step in that direction.

Saturday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 26-September-2015  22:52:31 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
BIOSTAR GAMING Z170X Motherboard on Madshrimps.
Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7 on Tech Report.
Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD5 on APH Networks.

Graphics Cards:
XFX R7 370 4GB Double Dissipation on TechnologyX.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming on Guru3D.
GeForce GTX 980 Ti vs GeForce GTX 780 Ti - Should I upgrade? on ocaholic.
MSI Radeon R9 380 Gaming 2G on NikKTech.
XFX R9 390X on OCC.
PowerColor DEVIL R9 390X on Vortez.

Cooler Master MasterCase 5 Mid-Tower on Legit Reviews.
NZXT S340 Razer Edition on ThinkComputers.
Streacom ST-F12CS Aluminium ATX HTPC Chassis on eTeknix.
Fractal Design Core 500 on ocaholic.
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX SE on Benchmark Reviews.

EKWB Predator 240 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on Legit Reviews.
EKWB EK-XLC Predator 240 on techPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 on Hot Hardware.
CyberPower Trinity Xtreme Gaming PC on Hot Hardware.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Smartphone on Hardware Secrets.

Plantronics BackBeat GAME Bluetooth Stereo Earbuds on TweakTown.
G.Skill Ripjaws SR910 Real 7.1 Gaming Headset on TweakTown.

ecobee3 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Remote Sensor on Bigbruin.
Canary Wireless All-In-One Home Security System on Bigbruin.
Etekcity Scroll X1 (M555) High Performance Optical Gaming Mouse on TweakTown.
Inateck FE2005 Review – 2.5-inch USB 3.0 External Drive Enclosure on Legit Reviews.

Misc Pics (28 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-September-2015  12:13:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Early today - school holidays keeping me busy. Thanks to mpot, Matthew and scarletxfi this week!

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 24-September-2015  14:28:46 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
Biostar Z170X Gaming Commander on Modders-Inc.
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming G1 on Guru3d.
ASUS Maximus VIII Gene on ocaholic.
Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming-7 on Lan OC Reviews.

Crucial Ballistix Sport 2400MHz 32GB (4x8GB) Quad Channel Memory Kit on eTeknix.
Kingston HyperX FURY DDR4-2666 16GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.

Intel DC P3608 1.6Tb Enterprise SSD on PC Perspective.
Intel DC P3608 1.6Tb Enterprise SSD on The SSD Review.
Intel DC P3608 1.6Tb Enterprise SSD on Legit Reviews.
Intel DC P3608 1.6Tb Enterprise SSD on Hot Hardware.
Intel DC P3608 1.6Tb Enterprise SSD on Tweaktown.
Synology DS215+ 2-bay NAS on techPowerUp.
Seagate NAS Pro 6-Bay 24TB NAS on NikKTech.
Synology DiskStation DS715 & DS215+ on Legion Hardware.
Kingston DataTraveler microDUO 3C USB 3.1 Drive on Modders-Inc.
Kingston 32GB Data Traveler Micro Duo 3C on OCC.

Cooler Master Nepton 240M on Hardware Secrets.
EKWB EK-XLC Predator 240 All-In-One CPU Liquid Cooling Unit on Modders-Inc.
NZXT GRID+ V2 Digital Fan Controller on TweakTown.

Input etc:
Tt eSPORTS Commander Gaming Gear Combo on tweakTown.
Corsair Strafe Gaming Keyboard on techPowerUp.
Tt eSports Poseidon Z Forged on Vortez.
Thrustmaster TX F458 Ferrari Italia Edition wheel on PC Perspective.

Stealth Panda Auction (7 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 23-September-2015  01:42:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you want a wicked-looking custom PC but don't want to build it yourself - AND you want to support a good cause, then check out this eBay auction for the Stealth Panda PC:

click for the auction!

You can read the build log here. The price looks like a bargain to me, and all proceeds go to Panda's Ear.

Wednesday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 23-September-2015  01:22:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Our new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced his Cabinet, which includes certain tech-relevant changes. One is a new Communications Minister, Mitch Fifield, and another is that the Attorney-General George Brandis no longer handles copyright and classification - that responsibility falls to the aforementioned Communications Minister. What does that mean? I guess we'll find out. More info here.

NVIDIA have crammed a full GTX 980 GPU into a laptop-friendly package. As HotHardware explain in their article: But today NVIDIA is taking things is a slightly different direction at the ultra-high-end, and introducing a “new” mobile GPU, that’s not really a mobile part—the GeForce GTX 980. Notice, there’s no “M” on the end of that model number. We're talking about what's essentialy the full desktop GeForce GTX 980, optimized for mobile form factors. More info on Tweaktown and PC Perspective.

Phoronix look at some graphics cards for Linux gaming. Last week I published The Best, Most Efficient Graphics Cards For 1080p Linux Gamers while today are some complementary results with an assortment of NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards while running all tests at 2560 x 1440 as a more demanding scenario than last week's results.

HotHardware also looked at some new hybrids. We’ve seen Lenovo introduce the ideapad MIIX 700, which incorporates its own kickstand and an Intel Skylake-based Core m7 processor. And most recently, we've seen Apple pull a literal 180 on this design and platform approach, announcing the iPad Pro — a device that features a fabric keyboard cover similar in concept to the Surface Pro and a stylus. The big head-to-head competition will no doubt be between the Surface Pro 4, which is set to be unveiled early next month, and the iPad Pro. But for practical purposes, today we’ll be discussing the Surface Pro 3.

Elvis posted an interesting article about preserving video game history into this thread in our Retro & Arcade forum. Through persistent broadband connections, videogame corporations are now ever-present in the living rooms and pockets of videogame players, casually downloading and installing updates for games in the background. That backdoor is always wedged open, allowing the publisher to take back that which the consumer has ostensibly purchased, to alter it in some permanent fashion, or to render the whole thing inaccessible.

Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 21-September-2015  22:45:48 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
AMD Radeon R9 Nano CrossFire on techPowerUp.
ASUS Radeon R9 390X STRIX 8GB on Legit Reviews.

SilverStone CS01B-HS Mini-ITX Case on Benchmark Reviews.
In Win 703 on ocaholic.
BitFenix AEGIS Core mATX Case on Technology X.
Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV on APH Networks.
Silverstone Raven RVZ02 on Techspot.
Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX SE White on Hardware Asylum.

XSPC RayStorm D5 RX360 V3 WaterCooling Kit on Techgage.
CPU Water Block Comparison on Haswell-E on PC Perspective.

Input etc:
G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 RGB & MX780 RGB Keyboard and Mouse on Techspot.
Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum Keyboard on Bigbruin.
SteelSeries Apex M800 Mechanical Keyboard on APH Networks.
Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse on Hot Hardware.

BitFenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED Strips on TweakTown.
SilverStone SST-ST75F-GS V2 750W 80 Plus Gold Power Supply on TweakTown.
Netgear Powerline 1200 PLP1200 Adapter on NikKTech.
ASUS Sabertooth Z170 on Vortez.
MEIZU M2 Note 4G LTE Smartphone on Madshrimps.

Misc Pics (40 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-September-2015  14:00:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

You'll be very surprised to hear that I have the flippin' flu again. Seriously, wtf? Back to bed..

Friday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-September-2015  13:44:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I'll do a proper news post about this on Monday, but in the meantime, the Stealth Panda PC put together by our community (largely by mad_mic3) is up for auction to raise money for Panda's Ear. Inspired by the lines and shape of the F-117 Stealth Bomber, this one of a kind, once in a life-time Computer, is more than just a PC, it's an unforgiving, in-your-face statement. 3 Radiators keep it chill... Intel i7 CPU make it fast... evga GTX780 throw stunning visuals! Mounted on a beautiful hand crafted chassis.

The Commonwealth Bank has joined with eight other banks to embrace bitcoin. Nine of the world’s biggest banks on Tuesday threw their weight behind blockchain, the technology that powers bitcoin. Barclays, BBVA, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Credit Suisse, JPMorgan, State Street, Royal Bank of Scotland, and UBS have all formed a partnership to draw up industry standards and protocols for using the blockchain in banking.

Australia is apparently going to be the first country to get the Tesla Powerwall Battery. That’s right, Tesla’s much talked about Powerwall — the battery that can power your entire house — will be available in the Australian market from late this year. Tesla, the company best known for its Model S electric sedan, is launching Tesla Energy in Australia, which will bring products including both the residential Powerwall and the industrial scaled Powerpack to our shores.

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-September-2015  08:41:12 (GMT +10) - by booj

Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 on ocaholic.
Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 on Bjorn3d.
Gigabyte Z170XP-SLI on eTeknix.

Graphics Cards:
Asus ROG Poseidon Platinum GTX 980 Ti on Bjorn3d.
EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SSC 4GB on Legit Reviews.
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4 GB on techPowerUp.
GeForce WHQL 355.82 Performance Analysis on Babeltech.

In Win 805 Case on ThinkComputers.
In Win 707 Full Tower on Modders-Inc.

Power Supplies:
Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 1000W on NikKTech.
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 550w on eTeknix.

Inateck MercuryBox Bluetooth Speaker on eTeknix.
Kingston HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset on Bigbruin.
Corsair Gaming VOID RGB Dolby headset on Guru3D.

Input etc:
CM Storm Quick Fire XTi Mechanical Keyboard on eTeknix.
Razer Mamba Chroma Tournament Edition on Bjorn3d.
E-Blue Mazer K727 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Bjorn3d.

Portable & Prebuilt:
OnePlus 2 phone on Techspot.
Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA Android Tablet on Hot Hardware.
Samsung Galaxy Note5 on Techarp.

Mushkin Reactor 512GB SATA III SSD on TweakTown.
Noctua NH-D15S CPU Cooler on OCC.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-September-2015  12:03:10 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7 on Modders-Inc.
ASRock Z170 Extreme 7+ on ThinkComputers.

Graphics Cards:
Gainward GeForce GTX 980 Ti Phoenix 'GS' on TweakTown.
ASUS STRIX R9 Fury DC3 OC on Vortez.

Kingston's HyperX Fury and SanDisk's Ultra II SSD on The Tech Report.
Synology DS414slim vs. QNAP TS-453mini on Legion Hardware.
Synology DiskStation DS415+ on TweakTown.

Cougar QBX on Techpowerup.
In Win 805 on Techspot.
Rosewill WolfAlloy on Modders-Inc.
HBT+ Turbine 700 on Hardware Asylum.

EK-Predator 240 AIO Liquid Cooling on Guru3D.
BeQuiet Dark Rock TF on Frostytech.

Netgear ProSAFE Click 16-Port Ethernet Switch on techPowerUp.
Killer Wireless-AC 1535 on PC Perspective.

Silverstone Ensemble EBA01 Headphone Stand on APH Networks.
Corsair VOID Wireless Gaming Headset on Benchmark Reviews.
Corsair VOID Wireless Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.

Input etc:
Azio EXO1-K Gaming Mouse on OCC.
Tt eSports Poseidon Z Forged Mechanical Keyboard on Madshrimps.
Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse on Hot Hardware.

MSI Nightblade MR system on ocaholic.
Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 1000W PSU on NikKTech

Geek Food (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 15-September-2015  18:33:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

Barramundi en papillote
by hsvguy

Baked Cheesecake with Lemon Curd
by AzonIc

Pork and Beef Ribs
by MB403

Corn Cob Jelly
by 1shot1kill

Brisket Pastrami
by sgtraven

Raspberri Pi
by glasnt

Tuesday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 15-September-2015  14:52:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I generally avoid politics, but we do have a new Prime Minister, and he did make his fortune in telecommunications and indeed was Communications Minister previous to becoming PM. I am generally optimistic in an "at least he's not the previous guy" kind of way, but I'm also somewhat concerned because, as Delimiter more eloquently express, his technology policies were not exactly great. He might be charismatic, he might be popular, and pretty shortly he might be Prime Minister. But when it comes to technology policy, Malcolm Turnbull has been a disaster. The Member for Wentworth will be remembered as Australia’s worst ever Communications Minister — the man who singlehandedly demolished the NBN and put a polite face on draconian Data Retention and Internet piracy laws. Anyway, discussion of the new PM is well underway in this thread.

An Australian company has made the world's first 3D-printed ribcage for a cancer patient. Suffering from a chest wall sarcoma (a type of cancerous tumour that grows, in this instance, around the rib cage), the 54 year old man needed his sternum and a portion of his rib cage replaced. This part of the chest is notoriously tricky to recreate with prosthetics, due to the complex geometry and design required for each patient. So the patient’s surgical team determined that a fully customisable 3D printed sternum and rib cage was the best option.

People are a bit grumpy that Windows 10 is being automatically downloaded - whether you wanted the upgrade or not. It sounds like it could be a useful move to make updates easier for people who haven’t made the jump yet, but it could also be problematic. Unlike regular Windows Update files, the Windows 10 update is obviously rather large—somewhere in the region of 3GB, which not everyone will have free. Worse still, if a user is on a metered connection and can only download a limited amount of data, then the update could secretly screw up their bandwidth allowance.

The words "Android" and "Microsoft" don't generally go together, but we might be seeing a decent Microsoft Android phone soon. Microsoft could make its own phone without access to the Google Play Store, but that usually ends poorly for everyone involved. In order to have their apps and services installed on something running Google-powered Android, Microsoft needed to go the long way and offer compelling apps that users would want to install and use instead of the pre-loaded Google counterparts. You may not be aware of it, but Microsoft is surprisingly close to making this a reality.

Iain spotted this Agg-approved use for big data number crunching - making better beer. Cohen’s using GPUs for more than just classifying beers. He’s using them to create models that help analyze profiles generated by tasters against the more than 100,000 beer reviews his company has collected. Without the parallel architecture of GPUs, for example, it took Cohen’s team a long time to train deep neural networks with many layers, or random forest models with many trees. Cohen’s team now uses NVIDIA’s CUDA toolkit in R — such as gputools and gmatrix — to boost performance. Now model tuning only takes minutes to complete.

Here's a factory tour with a difference: Logitech's Audio HQ. Logitech recently reached out to us for a tour of their audio headquarters in Camas, Washington, where it spent the last 18 months designing what it believes to be the best sounding, most well-featured headset on the market, gaming or otherwise. In fact, they're so confident in the Artemis Spectrum, it bravely threw its creation to a small pack of skeptical tech journalists in hopes they'd go home impressed. Here are our thoughts.

Charg3r sent in this article about a new technology that could lead to CPUs with thousands of cores. At the International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques in October, MIT researchers unveil the first fundamentally new approach to cache coherence in more than three decades. Whereas with existing techniques, the directory’s memory allotment increases in direct proportion to the number of cores, with the new approach, it increases according to the logarithm of the number of cores.

The MMX Bandits might have some new recruits soon, with some Penrith students in hot water for hax0ring the HSC. Up to 10 Year 12 students at Penrith High School have reportedly been questioned over the security breach, which the NSW Department of Education said occurred when students obtained a teacher's log-in details for the online database that contains student marks. It was not known whether any HSC assessment marks were actually altered.

Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 14-September-2015  13:01:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Silverstone Tundra TD03-LITE CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Noctua NH-D15S CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
Logitech G310 Atlas Dawn Keyboard on TechSpot.
Cougar 550M Gaming Mouse on LegitReviews.
Cherry Strait Black Corded Keyboard on NikKTech.
Mionix Castor Optical Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.

Netis WF2190 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter on eTeknix.
Scuf Gaming 4PS Professional PlayStation 4 Controller on eTeknix.
Cooler Master G550M PSU on HWInsights.
Western Digital My Passport Ultra (2015) 2 TB Portable HDD on TechARP.
V-MODA Crossfade M-100 with Custom Shield Headphones on APHNetworks.

Misc Pics (26 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-September-2015  14:30:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks (again!) to mpot, Andrew and Matthew this week!

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-September-2015  07:03:33 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
AMD Radeon R9 Nano on Guru3D.
AMD Radeon R9 Nano on Legit Reviews.
AMD Radeon R9 Nano on Hot Hardware.
AMD Radeon R9 Nano on TweakTown.
AMD Radeon R9 Nano on Hardware Heaven.
AMD Radeon R9 Nano on Legion Hardware.
AMD Radeon R9 Nano on Techspot.

Motherboards & CPUs:
Asrock Z170 Extreme 7 on ocaholic.
Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 on TweakTown.
MSI Z170A Gaming M9 ACK on TweakTown.
ASRock Z170 OC Formula on TweakTown.
Asus Z170 Deluxe on ocaholic.

Samsung SM863 & PM863 SSD Review (960GB) on The SSD Review.
Adata XPG SX930 240GB SSD on ThinkComputers.
Strontium Nitro 566X 64GB MicroSDXC and USB Type-C Reader on TweakTown.

ECS LIVA X2 Mini-PC on Madshrimps.

NZXT S340 Razer Special Edition Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
Thermaltake Suppressor on eTeknix.

Plantronics GameCom P80 Wireless Headset on TweakTown.
JBL Synchros E50 BT Bluetooth Around-Ear Headphones on NikKTech.
Grado SR225e Headphone on PC Perspective.

G.Skill Ripjaws V 3600 MHz DDR4 (2x 4 GB) on Techpowerup.
Mionix Castor Optical Gaming Mouse on Benchmark Reviews.

Thursday Morning (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-September-2015  11:11:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apple launched some new goodies last night. Apple has unveiled a larger iPad tablet, a TV box with its own app store and new iPhones that can detect how firmly their screens are being pressed. The firm suggested the iPad Pro was suited to work tasks, video games and both editing and watching movies. The arrival of an optional stylus has reminded people of an earlier quote from Steve Jobs. Discussion in our Apple iOS forum.

A few people pointed out this amusing design issue from Cisco. The cables, which are sometimes accidentally used in datacenters, feature a protective boot that sticks out over the top to ensure the release tab isn’t accidentally pressed or broken off, rendering the cable useless. That boot would hit the reset button which happened to be positioned directly above port one of the Cisco switch, which causes the device to quietly reset to factory settings.

Secureworks report on the economics of an interesting modern DDoS of sorts, negative YouTube feedback. In Vietnam, the Internet is provided by only five ISPs, even though it ranks 16th in the world in the number of Internet users, with tens of millions of subscribers. This means there are potentially millions of users all with the same broadband router model. If a vulnerability in the broadband router is found, it can be widely exploited, as happened last year with the Vietnamese ISP FPT.

LegitReviews have a GeForce 950 roundup. All of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 video cards on the market are custom designed by the add-in board partners as no one released a card based off the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950. That means when you go online pick out a GTX 950 to purchase you’ll quickly discover that they are all different with respect to the board design, GPU cooler and even the clock speeds.

In case you were thinking "whatever happened to that whacky McAfee guy", he's running for President of the USA. In terms of policy issues, he told Wired that the federal government is “illiterate” on the underlying technology that supports everyday life, from smartphones to military hardware to communications.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 9-September-2015  07:42:00 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
HIS R7 360 iCooler OC 2GB on Madshrimps.
MSI R9 390X Gaming 8G on BabelTechReviews.

Kingston HyperX Predator DDR 3000C15 Quad-Channel Memory Kit on Madshrimps.
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 Memory Airflow Kit on PC Perspective.

Kingston microDuo 3C Type-C Flash Drive on Legit Reviews.
WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable 2.5-Inch Hard Drive on Techgage.

Input etc:
Mionix Castor Optical Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Cooler Master Quick Fire XTi on Guru3D.

Tesoro Kuven Pro on Vortez.
Creative Sound Blaster Review Roundup on Hardwareheaven.

Vertagear SL2000 Gaming Chair on Benchmark Reviews.
Cree LED Connected Smart Light Bulb on Geek Inspector.
ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4 on Vortez.
NZXT GRID+ V2 Fan Controller on ThinkComputers.
Rosewill STAR PREDATOR Case on Modders-Inc.
Gigabyte Brix Projector on ocaholic.
Motorola Moto G (2015) on Techspot.

Wednesday Morning (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 9-September-2015  06:45:14 (GMT +10) - by booj

Canon have announced what they claim to be the worlds highest resolution image sensor at a whopping 250 Megapixels. The roughly 250-megapixel (19,580 x 12,600) APS-H CMOS sensor sets a world record for resolution in its size, according to a Canon release, and is said to be able to distinguish lettering on the side of an airplane from 18 km away. Thanks Jason

People are reporting the loss of data thanks to the problem of Windows 10 automatically rebooting to apply security updates. Here is how to stop this from happening. Unlike Apple's OS X operating system, Microsoft Windows 10 does NOT save the state of open applications or documents, so they will automatically restore themselves after the computer reboots. So if you did not save your work before it rebooted itself, the work is lost. Revenger has produced a massive Windows 10 FAQ in our forums here

The Raspberry Pi foundation, the creators of the popular Pi micro PC have released a touch screen to accompany the unit. The display has an 800×480 resolution, 10-finger capacitive touch capability, and an adapter board that is used both to power the display and connect to the Raspberry Pi with a DSI ribbon cable

Wouldn't it be nice to ditch those pesky device chargers? As long as it doesn't fry our brains as well that is.. uBeam is working on it. The Los Angeles-based company has developed technology that transmits ultrasonic waves (at a register well beyond what’s audible) that are translated by devices as a microscopic quiver; this vibration is converted back into an electrical charge to power anything with a battery, no wires or wall plugs required.

It might be a good idea to update the firmware on your Seagate wireless NAS drives. Researchers at Tangible Security have discovered a series of vulnerabilities in a number of devices produced by Seagate that could allow unauthorized access to files and settings. Discuss in the forums here.

IFA Berlin is wrapping up. Wired took a look at some of the coolest things to be found across the showroom floors.

A team of Caltech researchers reports the detection of what may be the most distant galaxy ever found. The galaxy called EGS8p7 is more than 13.2 billion years old. The universe itself is about 13.8 billion years old.

Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 7-September-2015  22:54:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
PowerColor DEVIL Radeon R9 390X on Guru3D.
Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980Ti 6GB on eTeknix.

Seagate Backup Plus Portable Drive 2TB USB 3.0 on eTeknix.
SilverStone Teratrend TS432U 4 Bay 3.5" HDD Tower Enclosure on NikKTech.
OCZ Trion 100 480GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
Seagate Laptop SSHD on HWHeaven.

Antec ISK 310-150 Mini-ITX Chassis With Built-in 150w PSU on eTeknix.
Mionix Castor mouse on HWHeaven.
ECS LIVA X2 – Mini PC on HWHeaven.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Benchmarked on TechSpot.
AMD FX-8320E CPU & MSI 970 Mobo on OCClub.

Misc Pics (17 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 4-September-2015  14:13:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot, Andrew and Matthew this week!

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 4-September-2015  08:04:54 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 on ocaholic.
MSI B150A Gaming PRO on Modders-Inc.
MSI Z170A XPOWER Gaming Titanium on Guru3D.
ASUS Maximus VIII Hero on ocaholic.
MSI 990FXA-Gaming on PC Perspective.

Graphics Cards:
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 G1 Gaming on Hot Hardware.
MSI Radeon R7 370 Gaming 2GB on Legit Reviews.
Colorful iGame GTX 980 Ti 6GB on TechPowerup.

Adata Premier SP550 SSD Review (240GB) on The SSD Review.
ADATA Premier SP550 SSD on Benchmark Reviews.
Seagate Backup Plus 4TB External HDD on TweakTown.
Crucial BX100 250GB SSD on Madshrimps.
ASUSTOR AS5004T Four-Bay Consumer NAS on TweakTown.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX Special Edition on ThinkComputers.
Silverstone Kublai KL06 on Hardware Asylum.
Fractal Design NODE 202 on TechPowerup.
Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Mid-Tower on PC Perspective.

Scythe Ninja 4 CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Noctua NH-L9x65 on OCC.

Input etc:
Poseidon Z Plus Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
Tesoro Lobera Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on OCC.
Logitech G310 Atlas Dawn on Legion Hardware.

Power Supplies:
FSP Aurum 92+ 650W PSU on NikKTech.
DeepCool Quanta DQ1250 1250W PSU Unboxing & Overview on TechnologyX.

Shuttle DS57U Fanless mini PC on Guru3D.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Active on Techspot.
Misfit Flash Link $20 Fitness Tracker on Geek Inspector.
Hands On With The Samsung Gear S2 And Gear S2 Classic Smartwatches on HotHardware.

Skylake (4 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 3-September-2015  00:37:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel have announced Skylake CPUs, the 6th generation Intel Core range. Today Intel Corporation introduced the 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processor family, the company's best processors ever. The launch marks a turning point in people's relationship with computers. The 6th Gen Intel Core processors deliver enhanced performance and new immersive experiences at the lowest power levels ever and also support the broadest range of device designs – from the ultra-mobile compute stick, to 2 in 1s and huge high-definition All-in-One desktops, to new mobile workstations.

Coverage on HotHardware, PC Perspective, Tweaktown and Tech Report. Discussion in our Intel x86 CPUs and chipsets forum.

Thursday Morning (6 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 3-September-2015  00:31:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few people sent in this video of a guy flying a 54-rotor personal helicopter made from RC drone bits. In a video posted to YouTube, the man is seen taking off and landing his DIY contraption — called “The Swarm” — over and over again, displaying the drone’s apparent ease of control. Though he never seems to fly much higher than about ten or fifteen feet into the air, the fact that he created a rideable drone is incredibly impressive.

Dallas Buyers Club LLC have decided not to appeal a recent ruling in their case. Dallas Buyers Club LLC's first attempt at a methodology for calculating damages was last month rejected by a federal court judge. The decision meant iiNet and a number of internet service providers would be spared for the moment from handing over details of around 4700 alleged pirates.

Meanwhile, the piracy code that was expected to come into action on September 1st is still in limbo. Australia's internet service providers and rights holders remain stuck in a stalemate over the costs involved in the industry copyright infringement code five months after it was submitted, leaving the start date for the code's operation unclear.

British Telecom are rolling out superfast internet - interestingly, using an FTTN model. G.fast technology aims to provide ‘ultrafast’ broadband speeds without having to run fibre directly to the premises. The first practical trials of the tech were completed in 2013, at BT's Adastral Park R&D facility, and since that time BT and Openreach R&D teams have been preparing for public trials.

We're a little late to get involved (because I missed the original email from Jeremy, whoops) but if you read down on this page a bit, you can see a cool story unfold about rescuing thousands of old electronics manuals from being pulped. That’s how I was told there was some place with manuals that was going out of business at some point. And that’s how I mailed them last year, and that’s how I was on the phone with Becky, first and last employee of the Maryland edition of Manuals Plus, on a Wednesday. By Friday, I was visiting the warehouse. And by Monday, it was me and dozens of people loading things into boxes.

Tuesday Morning Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 1-September-2015  00:12:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Asus Maximus VIII Hero motherboard on Bjorn3D.
ASUS Z170 Maximus VIII Hero (LGA 1151) on eTeknix.
ASUS Z170-A Motherboard on PCPerspective.
ASUS Z170-DELUXE (Intel LGA-1151) on TechPowerUp.

OCZ Trion 100 480GB Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G3 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on ThinkComputers.

Audio Visual:
Jabra Sport Coach Wireless Earbuds on TechnologyX.
UE MEGABOOM Wireless Speakers on TechPowerUp.
EMTEC Stay Earbuds Wireless Bluetooth Earphones on APHNetworks.

Thermaltake Core X9 on TechSpot.
Cooler Master MasterCase 5 on TechReport.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung Galaxy Note5 And Galaxy S6 Edge+ phones on HotHardware.
ASUS ZenFone 2 Smartphone on Techgage.
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 on HotHardware.

Video Cards:
PowerColor Radeon R9 380 PCS+ on Techgage.
MSI GTX 980 Ti Lightning on OCClub.
MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lightning on Tweaktown.
MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lightning on Guru3D.
MSI GTX 950 Gaming 2G on LanOC.

Windows 10 vs. Windows 8.1 CrossFire & SLI Showdown on BabelTechReviews.
Buffalo WXR-1900DHP DD-WRT NXT AC1900 Wireless Router on Tweaktown.
Corsair H110i GTX Extreme Performance CPU Water Cooler on Bjorn3D.
Nixeus MODA v2 Mechanical Keyboard on LegitReviews.


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