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Wednesday Morning (8 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 6-April-2016  00:25:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

With all the April Fools / Misc Pics shenanigans on Friday you may have missed that we had a review of Crucial's BX200 SSD. The drive itself has a nice matte silver outer shell, a blue Crucial sticker and the standard SATA power and data connectors. This is a TLC-based drive, which places it in the budget arena, but like other drives using TLC it has an SLC-based cache to help with the write speeds. It also has a thermal sensor to keep an eye on temperatures and it supports DevSleep so it uses very little power when idle.

TechSpot look at building a cheap Xeon monster. Originally released in 2012 for a whopping $1,550 and beyond, thousands of Xeon E5-2670 CPUs hit the second hand market last year as massive data centers upgraded their servers. This 4-year old CPU delivers 8-cores clocked at 2.6GHz with a 3.3GHz turbo frequency and a large 20MB L3 cache, but with supply overwhelming demand prices have plummeted to just $70. Or seen from another perspective: it's now possible to build an insanely affordable 16-core/32-thread beast for less than a Haswell-E Core i7. There's a discussion thread about this CPU here in our Intel Forum.

Microsoft are bringing Linux commands to Windows 10. "This is not a VM. This is not cross-compiled tools. This is native," he said. "We've partnered with Canonical to offer this great experience, which you'll be able to download right from the Windows Store." Third-party tools have enabled this sort of thing for years, but a direct partnership between Microsoft and Canonical should offer even more flexibility and convenience for developers who prefer using these binaries and tools.

Medium have an article about Google disabling a Nest product, raising the interesting problem of manufacturers forcing end-of-life on products. On May 15th a critical Nest product will go dark. I’m shocked this isn’t bigger news. I don’t mean that the Nest product will reach end-of-life for support and updates. No, I mean that on May 15th they will actually turn off the device and disable your ability to use the hardware that you paid for.

Telstra had another free data day on Sunday, and it's apparently news that one Sydney guy downloaded almost a terabyte. The 27-year-old amassed a grand total of 994GB of data usage on Sunday after he connected his laptop to his LG G4 phone via Wi-Fi hotspot and began downloading at speeds of close to 180Mbps. He also took advantage of the opportunity to upload backups of personal files, photos and videos to the cloud. It was a mission so impressive that Chief operations officer Kate McKenzie equated it to a typical user's downloads over 40 years.

Cheap USB cables are commonplace, but Amazon are taking a stand against cheap USB-C cables. A cheap USB-C cable can fry your phone or computer. So it’s nice to see that Amazon is taking action, clamping down on the sale of poor-quality USB-C cables that don’t make the grade. Amazon has added “non-compliant” USB-C cables to its list of items that are prohibited for sale on its site, as TechCrunch reports. They join products like DVD duplicators, dangerous extension cords, and devices where serial numbers have been removed.

CoolerMaster have an Australia and New Zealand Modding Contest. Taipei, TAIWAN – Cooler Master, today announced the ‘ANZ Edition’ of Case Mod World Series 2016, a competitive modding event designed to connect modders everywhere. All Australia and New Zealand entrants to Case Mod World Series 2016 are automatically entered into the ‘ANZ Edition’ competition.



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