Oliver Shultz 10 December 2013, 19:52

Cooler MASTER CM690 III

Cooler MASTER CM690 III

Cooler master’s venerable enthusiast chassis is back for a third round – but is it getting long in the tooth?


All three of the cases we’ve looked at this month are within $40 of each other, so just what each offers for that much more or less than its casemates (a little military humour, there, for the sharp ones) is really quite interesting. As the most expensive of the three, just what is your money getting you with the new CM690 III?

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Oliver Shultz 10 December 2013, 19:45

Battlefield 4

BATTLEFIELD 4

Dice delivers another epic of destructible terrain and crazy armoured warfare, with a much greater range of action. oh, and a campaign, apparently…

DEVELOPER




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Oliver Shultz 10 December 2013, 19:35

Apple Macbook pro 13in with retina display

The Retina display is outstanding, and Intel’s Haswell makes its mark
Subtle tweaks make a big impact – with a lightning-fast ssd and haswell cpu, Apple has a winner on its hands

  • PRICE ~$2199

While all eyes were on the new iPads at Apple’s autumn keynote, the company also revealed an update to its 13in and 15in MacBook Pro with Retina display models. It heralded the arrival of Intel’s Haswell CPUs, but the big surprise was the price cut, which saw the entry-level MacBook Pro 13in with Retina display tumble to $1599.

The price isn’t the only thing that’s smaller: the MacBook Pro’s weight has dropped from 1.63kg to 1.55kg. It’s lost a millimetre around the waist, too, so it’s now 18mm thick. The whole package, including the power supply, weighs 1.81kg.

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Oliver Shultz 10 December 2013, 19:26

Clean your keyboard, mouse and monitor

Clean your keyboard, mouse and monitor

Don’t chuck a grubby old mouse or keyboard in the bin: it’s easy to restore your peripherals to their former glory. Mice are generally the easiest to clean: after wiping the surfaces with a slightly damp cloth, a toothpick or similar is perfect for removing the trickier-to-reach grime.

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Oliver Shultz 10 December 2013, 19:22

Turn an old laptop or pc into a nas box

Create a NAS from an old PC by filling it with spare hard disks

If there’s an old desktop PC or laptop gathering dust in the loft, then why not transform it into a fully functioning NAS appliance with FreeNAS? If you fancy streaming movies, music and photos, or just want to keep data backed up over a home network, this can save you a packet over dedicated devices.

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Oliver Shultz 10 December 2013, 19:01

Create a stop-motion animation

Create a stop-motion animation

WHAT YOUR NEED

  • A laptop/PC running Windows
  • A compact camera, DSLR or webcam
  • Video-editing software

Stop motion is a fun way to create animated videos. At its simplest, all you need to do to create a stop-motion clip is take a photo of a scene, slightly move one or more elements, then take another photo, and so on. When viewed in rapid succession, the series of photos becomes a film, showing the items moving around on their own.

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Oliver Shultz 10 December 2013, 18:53

Extend your wireless network and eliminate dead spots

Extend your wireless network and eliminate dead spots

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • An old router that supports wireless repeating or DD-WRT firmware
  • A lot of patience
  • Or a spare $50-$90

Wireless networking technology has come a long way since the days of 802.11g and 54Mbits/sec transfer speeds, but no matter how much you spend on your router, there will likely be a few spots around the house where the wireless just won’t reach.

Using a variety of different methods, however, it’s possible to eliminate black spots without having to replace your router, or shell out a fortune.

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Oliver Shultz 10 December 2013, 18:45

South Park: Stick of Truth delayed to March 2014

South Park: Stick of Truth delayed to March 2014

[CARTMAN]GODDAMMIT![/CARTMAN]


If you were looking forward to getting your virtual South Park on this year… tough news. And straight from Matt Stone and Trey Parker, too!


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Oliver Shultz 10 December 2013, 18:41

Apple reveals Australian government data requests

Apple reveals Australian government data requests

Apple has revealed government requests for information regarding its customer accounts, adding to the number of technology companies reporting on official demands for account information in the name of transparency.

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Oliver Shultz 10 December 2013, 18:19

Blocking child abuse searches

Blocking child abuse searches

Restricting paedophilia search results on Google and Bing might grab some headlines, but it won’t really solve any problems, argues Jim Killock.

To great fanfare, Google and Microsoft recently announced restrictionson search results from 100,000 child abuse search terms, and producing ‘warning’ notices when certain terms are used. The implementation seems to be quite broad, with some searches prompting the search engine to encourage you to seek help. The measures resulted in headline news on the TV and in the papers the day it was announced. David Cameron clearly regarded it as a major triumph, citing recent cases of child abuse, saying that the government had ‘learned’ that paedophiles were finding images through ordinary search methods.

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