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 Wednesday, 24-December-2014  00:05:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NASA have been using their 3D printer on the International Space Station, emailing a wrench to it. For the first time ever, hardware designed on the ground has been emailed to space to meet the needs of an astronaut. From a computer in California, Mike Chen of Made In Space and colleagues just 3D-printed a ratcheting socket wrench on the International Space Station. “We had overheard ISS Commander Barry Wilmore (who goes by “Butch”) mention over the radio that he needed one,” Chen writes in Medium this week. So they designed one and sent it up.

It's been a bit quiet from Yahoo for a while, and mpot sent in this article about Marissa Mayer's effects on it. It was July 21, 2014, almost exactly two years to the day since Mayer took over, arriving at Yahoo’s headquarters to an unfurled purple carpet and Shepard Fairey-style “HOPE” posters bearing her face. During those 24 months, Mayer eliminated dozens of products and rebooted others. She acquired 41 start-ups and even hired Katie Couric. But just one week earlier, Mayer announced the company’s lowest quarterly earnings in a decade.

Tweaktown have been playing with the Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra. Using the Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra together is a game-changing way of playing games. Anthony shares his exciting experiences with us here. eTeknix meanwhile recommend the best Oculus Rift experiences you can enjoy at the moment. Oculus demos, games and other types of software are steadily streaming onto the internet, many of them completely free of charge. Most developers haven’t even had their DK2 headset any longer than I have, but many of them have already produced some truly stunning experiences.

ThinkComputers look back at the best all-in-one CPU coolers of 2014. It was just a few years ago that the all in one liquid cooling solution really hit the market, but in that short time the AIO has now become a must have for the serious computerenthusiast. This past year ThinkComputers has reviewed many of them for you, some good, some not so great.

Vortez checked out the Catalyst Omega drivers. The name - Catalyst Omega – immediately underscores the importance of the update in a way that a simple number cannot. Whilst ‘Catalyst 14.9.3 beta candidate 3’ sends gamers to sleep (unless it contains a critical fix for their game of the month) Omega turns heads and should have even the mainstream user taking note. Of course, that also means that the new driver package needs to be the most stable released, and AMD are hoping that their crowdsourced priority list for bug fixes will have nailed down major problems before they occur.

Meanwhile on the NVIDIA side of things, BenchmarkReviews looked at their Enhanced Effects. Earlier this year, NVIDIA introduced the Maxwell architecture and a lot of upcoming features that Benchmark Reviews briefly talked about on the review of the GTX 980 by Olin Coles. These features were demonstrated in detail, but were still pending to be released on actual games, that is until Assassin’s Creed Unity was released earlier this year. Thanks to NVIDIA GameWorks, game developers have the ability to use NVIDIA’s sample libraries and SDKs as well as implementing some of the features mentioned that allow for a more realistic game-play experience.

NASA have a 2014 highlights video. As 2014 comes to a close we look back on a few of the events that took place this year at NASA.



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