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 Wednesday, 5-August-2015  19:07:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you're in Melbourne and willing to help troubleshoot a graphics issue with a fundraising PC for Panda's Ear, find out more details of how you can lend a hand in this thread. I'll also, be very keen for help (especially in regards to Liquid Cooling, I severely lack experience here) so if anyone is keen, I am in the outer Western Suburbs (near Calder Park) or I'll make some availability to come to you with Panda (within Greater Melbourne area), probably weekends.

Windows 10 continues to roll out, with discussion continuing in our Windows Operating Systems forum. Tweaktown explain how to force an update if you're tired of waiting, while HotHardware have a migration guide, Gizmodo has 5 settings to check after installation and BGR cover opting out of features that might be concerning from a privacy perspective. If that sentence sent shivers down your spine, donít worry. As invasive as it is, Microsoft does allow Windows 10 users to opt out of all of the features that might be considered invasions of privacy. Of course, users are opted in by default, which is more than a little disconcerting, but letís focus on the solution.

Mozilla's CEO meanwhile isn't happy about some default settings and the ease of changing them in Windows 10, with more info here. Upgrading to Windows 10 using "express settings" will automatically make Microsoft Edge your PC's default Web browser, even if you used a different browser when your PC was running Windows 7 or Windows 8. You can make Mozilla Firefox, Google (GOOGL, Tech30) Chrome, Apple (AAPL, Tech30) Safari or another app your default browser in Windows 10, but it's not as easy or intuitive to do that as it was in previous versions of Windows.

TechSpot look back at 10 years of Intel CPUs. It's hard to believe 15 years have passed since I first tested the Pentium 4 series. Although it was a pretty rubbish series, I do have many fond memories of testing the Core 2 Duo range, which arrived six long years later, and included the most popular enthusiast processor we've seen yet, the Q6600. Today we're going to take a look back at the Core 2 CPUs and compare them to the current generation Haswell Celeron, Pentium, Core i3, i5 and i7 parts.

There's some followup info on the earlier "audiophile Ethernet cables" story, thanks mpot. Firstly normal people can't tell them apart and even experts say the tests are marginal. Our cable adventure is coming to a close. First we took our two $340 AudioQuest Vodka Ethernet cables to Las Vegas and subjected one of them to a live listening test; listeners were unable to tell it apart from a $2.50 Ethernet cable of the same length. Then we took the cable we didnít use on stage and gutted it, exposing its innards. We found an interesting mix of high craftsmanship (a thick polyethylene sheath, genuine S/FTP construction) and corner cutting (masking tape, unterminated shields).

TechRadar meanwhile have info on a working hoverboard from Lexus, thanks AmB. In a detailed video, the company revealed that it took the team 403 days from concept to final build to create to a workable hoverboard, which now weighs 11.5kg. While it's still not a true hoverboard, in the sense that it really only works on the company's 'Hoverpark' (so no, you won't be able to just pick one up for your next trip to the skate park), the tech is still rather impressive.

Also on the howto video front, Microsoft have shown how they record holographic video content for HoloLens.

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