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Thursday Afternoon Reviews
(link) Thursday, 13-October-2016 15:12:35 (GMT +10) - by aftahours
X2 RINDJA ATX Chassis on FunkyKit
Aerocool P7C1 Project 7 Tempered Glass Mid-Tower Chassis on eTeknix
Aerocool XPredator II on OCInside
Corsair Carbide Series AIR 740 Cube Case on HardOCP
D-Link DCS-2530L HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera on Big Bruin
D-Link P701AV Powerline AV2 2000 Kit on TweakTown
Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.org
WD Blue 1TB SSD on Legit Reviews
Synology DS416slim Four-Bay 2.5" NAS on TweakTown
Crucial MX300 M.2 525GB SSD on eTeknix
WD Blue SSD Review (1TB) on The SSD Review
AK Racing Premium V2 Gaming Chair on NikKTech
Arozzi Vernazza Gaming Chair on Neoseeker
Gears of War 4 on Hot Hardware
Asus ZenBook 3 on Hot Hardware
Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus on PC Perspective
Apple iPhone 7 Plus on Techspot
Fierce PC Dragon Shield on Vortez
SAPPHIRE Nitro+ Radeon RX 480 8GB on TweakTown
ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Strix Graphics Card on Techgage
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G Video Card on HardOCP
Kworld S25 Earphones on Benchmark Reviews
G.SKILL Trident Z 3200MHz DDR4 32GB on OCC
(link) Thursday, 13-October-2016 01:26:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Gartner reckon the PC industry is in its longest decline, two years and counting. PC makers are feeling the pressure. HP, Dell, and Asus each had low single-digit growth, but Acer, Apple, and Lenovo all experienced declines, with Apple and Lenovo each suffering double-digit drops. Meanwhile, the rest of the PC market, which collectively ships more units per quarter than any of the big-name brands, is down more than 16 percent.
Meanwhile in Australia, land-line use is also declining, to nobody's surprise. Also revealed by the Galaxy Research commissioned by comparison website iSelect, is that more than half of millennials 聴 52% 聴 say they never use a landline or have one connected and, as iSelect observes, 聯this data suggests Australians are favouring mobile phones or Internet-based communication such as email or social media to contact each other聰.
The BoM were apparently hacked by foreign spies. The 2016 Australian Cyber Security Centre Threat report, to be released today, provides new details on last year's attack on the bureau, which also breached sensitive systems across the Federal Government.
Microsoft will be enforcing more consistent patching, which isn't necessarily a good thing. Starting this month, home and business Windows users will no longer be able to pick and choose which updates to install and which to leave for another time. For example, I聮ve often advised home users to hold off on installing .NET updates until all other patches for the month are applied 聴 reasoning that .NET updates are very large and in my experience have frequently been found to be the source of problems when applying huge numbers of patches simultaneously.
Your future wearable computer may be made by silkworms, thanks Adam. It doesn聮t sound like the ideal meal, but silkworms are loving the taste of carbon nanotubes and graphene and the resulting silk could bring enormous benefits to science and wearables.
Here's a bizarre example of unnecessary technology: an English guy spending 11 hours trying to make a cup of tea with his internet-enabled kettle. Three hours later the kettle was still having problems. The main issue seemed to be that the base station was not able to communicate with the kettle itself.
Also tricky: doing the eyes for video game characters. Jimmy Butler has the ripe figure of a greek god and the dead, lost eyes of a zombie聴as does every other player, announcer, and personality in NBA2K17, as well as just about every other video game on the market today.
Aftahours spotted this article which gives a nice summary of the whole Samsung Galaxy Note 7 drama, from the first fire reports to the eventual abandonment of the product. A Samsung spokeswoman referred to an earlier statement from the company: 聯For the benefit of consumers聮 safety, we stopped sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7 and have consequently decided to stop production.聰
Finally some positive news, from Chris - a Japanese spacecraft has some awesome HD photos of the Moon. Beginning in October, 2007, Japan's Kaguya spacecraft spent the better part of two years in a polar orbit around the Moon, including passes from as close as 100km. As part of its payload, the spacecraft carried two 2.2 megapixel CCD HDTV color cameras, one a telephoto and one a wide-angle. These cameras returned the first high-definition video of the Moon back to Earth.
(link) Tuesday, 11-October-2016 18:44:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Samsung's woes with the Note 7 continue, with the replacement phones also exploding into flames. They have now told all Note 7 users to turn the phones off and not use them at all. 聯Consumers with either an original Galaxy Note7 or replacement Galaxy Note7 device should power down and stop using the device and take advantage of the remedies available,聰 the statement said. They've even sent special fireproof boxes to people to return the phones in. The full recall notice is here, thanks boneburner.
Speaking of failures, Backblaze have an article about SMART stats and HDDs. SMART stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology and is a monitoring system included in hard drives that reports on various attributes of the state of a given drive. While we聮ve looked at SMART stats before, this time we聮ll dig into the SMART stats we use in determining drive failure and we聮ll also look at a few other stats we find interesting.
German lawmakers have voted to ban internal combusion engines. Germany聮s Spiegel Magazin reported this morning that the country聮s top legislative body was able to reach a bi-partisan agreement that hopes to allow only zero-emission vehicles on EU roads in 14 years. For the resolution to be instituted across Europe, it will have to be approved by the EU. But according to Forbes, 聯German regulations traditionally have shaped EU and UNECE regulations.聰
Tuesday Morning Reviews
(link) Tuesday, 11-October-2016 10:37:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Gears of War 4 DX12 PC VGA graphics performance review on Guru3D.
Gears of War 4 Campaign Review PC Performance/IQ Analysis on BabelTechReviews.
Mafia III - PC graphics performance review on Guru3D.
Gears of War 4 PC Performance Benchmarks on LegitReviews.
Cryorig H5 Universal CPU Air Cooler on eTeknix.
DeepCool Captain 120EX White Edition CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Scythe Kabuto 3 CPU Cooler on OCInside.
Drobo 5C 5-bay USB Type-C DAS on PCPerspective.
ICY DOCK Black Vortex Quad-Bay USB 3.0 eSATA External 3.5" SATA HDD Enclosure on NikKTech.
ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Aura on OCAholic.
BIOSTAR A68N-5200 Motherboard on eTeknix.
GIGABYTE GA-X99-Ultra Gaming on Vortez.
Rosewill Cullinan Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
Thermaltake Core X31 Mid Tower on eTeknix.
In-Win 303 PC Chassis on Guru3D.
Tt eSPORTS Level 10M Advanced Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
SteelSeries APEX M500 Mechanical Keyboard on Tweaktown.
SteelSeries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
MSI Vortex G65VR 6RE GTX 1070 SLI Gaming PC on eTeknix.
Lenovo Yoga Book on TechSpot.
A look at Dell rugged products in the lab and wild on Tweaktown.
LG V20 Review: Android Nougat-Infused And Feature-Rich on HotHardware.
Cyberpower Hyper Liquid 100 GTX 1080 Gaming PC on eTeknix.
MSI GS43VR Phantom Pro Gaming Laptop on TechSpot.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 3200MHz 32GB DDR4 on OCClub.
Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 AMP Edition (6GB GDDR5) on FunkyKit.
MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6GB on FunkyKit.
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