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  • Corsair HX1200 PSU Review

    Given Corair's highly successful RMx power supplies, which lack the digital interface found on all RMi models and use a different fan to bring costs down, the company thought to do something similar with its high-end HXi family. But instead of naming the new line HXx, which would have looked strange, Corsair simply removed the letter "i." After all, there was already a portfolio of HX PSUs. Now it's revamped with new members.
    The HX line-up includes four models with capacities ranging from 750W to 1200W. The biggest difference between Corsair's HXi and HX models, besides the latter's lower price, is the lack of software control/monitoring, since a digital interface circuit is missing from the HX family. Both the HXi and HX PSUs use the same 135mm FDB fan. It's incredibly quiet, even at high speeds, so we expect these lower-cost models to still feature great acoustic profiles under any circumstance.
    Apparently not every enthusiast wants a power supply with digital circuits. Some have no intention of connecting their PSU and motherboard, believing that simpler is often better. This also gets around an extra installation step, even if it's just one cable and some extra software.
    According to Corsair, the HX1200i and HX1200 we're reviewing today are separated by only $10. We figured the HX1200 would be significantly less expensive, making it more attractive. But that tiny delta compels us to lean towards the HX1200i, frankly. The only HX model with a notably lower price tag than its HXi equivalent is the HX750, which costs $30 less.
    At least all of the HX units are similarly modular, with the ability to toggle between one and multiple +12V rails through a switch on the PSU's rear panel (where the modular cables plug in).
    The same warranty that covers Corsair's highest-end PSUs also applies to the HXes, giving you 10 years of protection. With the cryptocurrency craziness in full swing, we expect a lot of HX units to power mining rigs operating at nearly full load continuously. Under such harsh conditions, a 10-year warranty could prove catastrophic if RMAs start rolling in at an accelerated rate. We don't think any power supply will last for prolonged periods of time under the kind of duress that mining imposes. We've even heard that some companies are thinking about cutting their coverage if a PSU is used for mining, though we're not sure how they plan to prove this.
    Corsair's HX1200 achieves a Cybenetics ETA-B rating and an 80 PLUS Gold certification. When it comes to noise, it is LAMBDA-A+-rated, indicating very quiet operation. The list of protection features is thorough; Corsair even offers OCP at +12V through a switch, located on the back of the PSU.
    The 135mm cooling fan uses a fluid dynamic bearing, so it should last quite a while. In a PSU backed by a hefty 10-year warranty, the fan has to be super reliable.
    A 20cm depth makes this a long PSU, indeed.
    Power Specifications

    The minor rails boast an impressive 150W of maximum combined power, while the +12V rail can deliver up to 100A if needed, handling the PSU's full power on its own. Lastly, the 5VSB rail is also quite strong with 17.5W capacity. We like to see 1kW+ PSUs with beefy 5VSB circuits.
    In the multi-+12V rail mode, there are eight +12V rails with 40A maximum current output each. All of the rails combined can deliver the same wattage (1200W) in single-rail mode, of course.
    Cables & Connectors

    There are two EPS connectors along with eight PCIe ones, all available at the same time. The number of SATA connectors is huge, while the eight four-pin Molex connectors should cover every need. Some miners would probably ask for 10 or 12 PCIe connectors, but Corsair obviously didn't have a cryptocurrency boom in mind when the HX1200 was being designed.
    Power Distribution
    As mentioned, there is a switch that lets you choose between one +12V rail or multiple ones. In the HXi models, this is achieved using the Corsair Link software. However, since the HX models don't have a digital interface, a different approach had to be used.
    The +12V rails can deliver up to 40A each if the multi-rail mode is selected. According to Corsair, each individual connector in this PSU has over-current protection, so no more than 40A goes through any given cable.

    EVGA Unleashes SC17 1080 Gaming Laptop

    EVGA announced its plans to cram a GTX 1080 into its SC17 gaming laptop back at Computex, and today, the SC17 1080 became available.
    The new EVGA SC17 1080 is mostly unchanged from its predecessor, the SC17 1070. It still features an overclockable Intel Core i7-7820HK Kaby Lake processor, 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4-2666 memory, a 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, a 1TB 7,200RPM HDD, and a 17.3” 3840 x 2160 IPS display with Nvidia G-Sync onboard. One of the few negatives from our review of the SC17 1070 was that the GPU was somewhat underpowered for gaming at 4K (although it was still better than its predecessor, the original EVGA SC17, which had a GTX 980M), but EVGA seems to keep throwing more graphics horsepower under the hood with every iteration, and the SC17 1080’s GTX 1080 should get you closer to comfortable framerates at the display’s native resolution.
    Another gripe we had with the SC17 1070 was that although it had enough horsepower to power virtual reality (VR) games and HMDs, it wasn’t entirely VR friendly, with only two USB 3.0 ports and a USB 3.1 Type-C port (with a Type-A adapter) residing on the opposite side of the chassis as the display outputs. Three ports is fine for running an HTC Vive (so long as you had a USB extension to get the cable near the display output), but not if you want to use the Oculus Rift with Touch (which requires four USB 3.0 connections).

    However, the SC17 1080 remedies these issues with three USB 3.0 ports, in addition to the USB 3.1 Type-C port (with a Type-A adapter), giving it enough connectivity to run an Oculus Touch setup. Even better, the third USB 3.0 port is right next to the display output (two mini DisplayPort 1.4 interfaces and an HDMI 2.0 port), making it much more adept for a mobile VR gaming solution.
    EVGA had to sacrifice some of the SC17 1070’s 1.07-inch profile to accommodate the new GPU, with the thickest part of the SC17 1080 measuring in at 1.3 inches. It’s thicker towards the back of the device (where the beefy cooling system and GPU is housed), but it thins out towards the front. The company also somehow managed to shave some weight off the SC17 in the process of bulking up, with the SC17 1080 listed at 8.93lbs to the SC17 1070's 9.04lbs.
    Both the CPU and GPU are overclockable using EVGA’s Precision XOC Mobile software or a hotkey preset (SC mode or downclock with EOC hotkeys), and the keyboard’s LED backlighting can also be controlled using the company-branded software.
    The EVGA SC17 1080 is available now on EVGA’s website for $3,000.


    Facebook's bringing 'Stories' to the desktop!

    It appears Facebook is not giving up on the Facebook Story. The social media giant is planning on expanding the vanishing pictures and videos to be visible on its desktop version as well as mobile. 
    Facebook Stories, the outrageous clone of the original Snapchat format, currently sits above the newsfeed in a central position on the Facebook app. The feature will now be moved to the right-hand side of the screen on the desktop, becoming the first time Stories has appeared on non-mobile devices.
    When a user's profile picture is clicked on, the Story will pop up, blacking-out the background of the desktop, as screenshots sourced by the French site Siécle Digitaldemonstrate. Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch that stories on the desktop is still a test but said it would be rolled out to a wider audience in the near future.
    Since Snapchat launched the 'Stories' format, Facebook's companies have been quick to adapt the feature for their own platforms. Instagram was the first to rip-off the Snapchat feature in the summer of 2016. Since then, Instagram Stories has grown to over 250 million daily users, crushing Snapchat’s 166 million.
    Facebook also joined in at the beginning of 2017, hoping to steal some of the success of Instagram (as did WhatsApp and Messenger). Outside of the Facebook companies, Tinder has introduced a feature that's similar to Stories. However, as the year has developed it has become clear that Instagram is now the chosen platform for users to share their visual communication.
    Unsurprisingly, TechCrunch reports that over half of businesses have made a story with Instagram over the past year while this number dwindles on Facebook.
    This is nowhere more evident than in the graveyard of Facebook’s story bar. In April 2017, instead of a blank space where stories should be, Facebook introduced blurred out, ghosted icons of your friends. An awkward reminder of its continued unpopularity. Still, an amusing irony considering the icon of the bruised Snapchat is a ghost.

    Android O nears its release date

    The release of Android's next operating system is getting ever closer and with each iteration released to developers we're getting a clearer picture of how it's going to take shape.
    The fourth, and most likely final, version of Android O has been released and doesn't see many changes. In the release to devs, Google shores up some of the changes it's making and stabilises it's APIs.
    With very few changes being made from the third to fourth release of O, it's highly likely that Google will be releasing the first public version in the near future. While we're waiting for this to drop, here's all the things you should be aware of in the OS.
    What is Android O?
    The software will be the next version of the Android operating system that runs on both tablets and phones. O follows Android Nougat, which was released in 2016.
    Android Nougat, the most up-to-date full version of Google’s mobile operating system, was released in August 2016. Since then it has only reached around ten per cent of all Android phones.
    Why's it called O?
    Android has gotten into the convention of naming its OS' in alphabetical order, and mostly after desserts. There's been Jelly Bean, Kit-Kat, Lollipop, Marshmallow and Nougat. When Android O is made public there'll also be a new name. However, this time around Android has teased an octopus within its developer previews, hinting a change in naming could be afoot.
    When will it be released?
    The first version of O was released to developers in March. Since then, there's been three following versions that have improved upon the first version. Based on the launch of Nougat, which was first rolled out in August 2016, we're expecting O to be released to the public sometime towards the end of this month.
    What devices will it work on?
    At the moment, in the developer previews, there's only a limited number of Android phones and tablets that O will work on. These are: Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel, and Pixel XL. However, when the public version is released this will be expanded over time.
    Android O features
    Battery life
    “Building on the work we began in Nougat, Android O puts a big priority on improving a user's battery life and the device's interactive performance,” Android says on its developer blog.
    To try to improve how long a phone stays alive, Android O will automatically limit what an app can do when it is open in the background. This will stop an application from consistently using data when it is not the main app that is being used. Google says limits will focus on apps broadcasting in the background, services, and location updates.
    The blog post says: “These changes will make it easier to create apps that have minimal impact on a user's device and battery”.

    Push notifications come in many forms: Facebook messages, emails, FitBit reminders are just some of them. It’s possible to drown in alerts that may not be wanted at that time or are irrelevant. Android O is trying to change this with ‘notification channels’.
    The new channels will allow developers to create a 'unified system' to let phone users manage the notifications they see. For the operating system, it will be possible to set notification priorities and importance levels through an entire channel.
    “For example, you might setup separate notification channels for each conversation group created by a user in a messaging app,” Android says of the feature. It will also be possible for a phone to use the same interface to manage notification settings.
    Like Chrome and other major browsers, it will now be possible for Android devices to autofill content into forms. Through new autofill APIs for developers, those using phones will be able to “select an autofill app, similar to the way they select a keyboard app”.
    When multitasking on a device or tablet the new Android O will make it possible to view videos in a Picture in Picture (PiP) mode. This means you won’t have to stop watching Netflix to send an important email.
    Audio improvements and connections
    Android O is introducing new Bluetooth audio codecs to enable connecting and streaming to wireless audio devices at a higher quality. To improve the Bluetooth connectivity, Android says Sony helped it with more than 30 feature enhancements. The new operating system is also adding Wi-Fi Aware, to allow hardware with the software to connect to other devices without the need for connectivity between them through a Wi-Fi access point.
    Changing icons

    Across the Android ecosystem, there are a variety of device manufacturers. Google produces its own phones but those from LG, Sony, HTC and many more run on versions of the Android operating system.
    Every Android device is a little different and the firm is changing how an app’s icon can display on different devices. “Android O introduces adaptive launcher icons, which can display a variety of shapes across different device models,” it says in a blog post. This means on a phone, an app can have a circular icon on the home screen and on another phone it may be a square.
    In other Google news, the tech giant is expanding its Posts on Google feature to more organisations. The trial, which ran during the 2016 US presidential election allowed candidates to post Twitter-like updates directly to search results. This trial is being expanded to Brazil.
    Copyless Paste
    Google is said to be testing a Copyless Paste feature in its Chrome Android app that uses machine learning to predict what the user will want to paste, cutting the process down to just one tap. For example, if the user looked at a restaurant website then switched to the Maps app, the keyboard would offer the restaurant name as a suggestion. Google has not confirmed whether the feature will definitely arrive with Android O.
    Credits: Wired

    Siri vs Google Assistant

    The era of AI competition has just begun but not yet at its climax. Which is the best smartphone voice control solution for consumers?
    Apple has Siri, Microsoft revealed Cortana, Google has Assistant and Amazon has Alexa which is popular on its Echo devices.
    Now Apple has its deputy of Siri, the Google assistant. The great Google AI has made its ways to Apple iPhone smartphones, and as the two has different capabilities, we consider having a poll of which is smarter.
    Siri vs. Google Assistant.
    Considering Assistant, which is the Google’s virtual assistant technology, you can use it to do a lot of stuff like launching apps, searching the web, sending messages, answering questions, daily task and much more just like Apple’s Siri.
    What will happen now to Siri since Google Assistance is on iPhones?
    Siri has some advantages over Assistant since it is deeply integrated into Apple’s iOS and can do a lot more than Assistance in matters around iPhone ecosystem.
    Furthermore, Assistant is tirelessly fighting with Amazon Echo to dominate Smart Home devices.
    Then we ask: Can Siri withstand Google Assistant on iPhones?
    Considering some few things, both of them functions pretty well, but at the end of the day, there must be a winner. Siri beats Assistance in some areas while Assistant beats Siri a lot more in most of how it interacts with the user and how it curates its answers more smartly than Siri.
    We can say that Assistant is far more advanced with its contextual understanding of language. But that’s how I look at it. If you have been using both Siri and Assistant, then you might have realized its similarities, accuracies, and smartness of the two voice AI.
    Well, Siri is always listening on iPhones. Holding down the Home Button will automatically launch Siri or just say “Hey Siri” to awaken her. As for Google Assistance, you have to launch the app to use it.
    Understanding how both interacts to user questions is crucial, but it involves some exciting fun. For example, if you ask:
    “How do you say “I’d like a glass of white wine?” in Spanish?”
    Google Assistant beats Siri here. Siri tries to provide Bing search results to our query which I didn’t want.
    Source: CNBC
    “Play a Metallica music video on YouTube.”
    Great.  Assistant is far smarter with that question. If I were using Chrome Cast-enabled TV, I would have played the video. Siri was not able to find the request.
    Source: CNBC
    There are some instances where both tie in most of the questions like asking “how long will it take me to get home?” while at times they both fail with some questions like “What’s Tesla’s market cap?”
    Siri also has a big win when it comes to Uber query. With most of the questions and its responses, we can finally say that Google Assistance is smarter than Siri.
    Well, as for you, how do you judge Google Assistance on iPhone over Siri? Which one do you prefer using on your iPhone?

    Kingston's First NVMe SSD, The KC1000

    Kingston has reintroduced the KC1000 NVMe SSD. We first saw the drive in January at CES, but the company wanted to hold the details until the official launch. Seemingly, that is in the very near future--mid June.
    The KC series has historically targeted system builders and corporations upgrading systems en masse. Kingston released several client SSDs under the KC brand, and many of them were tuned for increased stability and longevity but share similar hardware with models from the standard consumer product line. The KC1000 press release seems to turn the tables and take this series in a slightly different direction.
    "The demands of today’s performance power users are constantly being put to the test as new data-intensive applications push the boundaries of what can be achieved with even the market’s high performance professional workstations and most powerful gaming rigs,” said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. “KC1000 is the perfect solution to meet the needs of media and design professionals, gaming enthusiasts and anyone who needs ultra-low latency storage performance to end data bottlenecks. This native NVMe device offers one of the industry’s most powerful storage solutions for high-resolution content delivery, virtual reality applications, accelerated game play or a competitive edge for the creative professional on tight deadlines.”
    Gamers, power users, and enthusiasts have always been directed to the HyperX brand, but in recent years that series shifted to target gamers exclusively. Kingston calls the KC1000 an "Ultimate Storage Upgrade for HD Video, PC Enthusiasts, Gaming and More." The release later identified a list of specific application categories the series will perform well in:
    High-resolution video editing Virtual and augmented reality applications CAD software applications Streaming media Graphically intensive video games Data visualization Real-time analytics  
    It seems the KC series may begin to target a wider audience with the introduction of the first Kingston NVMe SSD.
    The KC1000 series ships in three capacity sizes, but there are a total of six product SKUs. For each capacity, the drives ships as either a bare drive or with a half-height, half-length (HHHL) add-in card adapter. The performance coming from the Phision PS5007-E7 controller paired with Toshiba 15nm planar NAND looks strong. The sequential read performance reaches 2,700 MB/s, and the sequential writes are 900 MB/s for the 240GB model and 1,600 MB/s for the two largest-capacity drives. Random performance is also impressive, with up to 290,000 IOPS (225,000 for the 240GB). Users can reach up to 190,000 random write IOPS.
    Kingston backs the KC1000 series with a generous five-year limited warranty with ample endurance figures that reach as high as 1PB for the 960GB drive.
  • Disable Right Click For Guests

    A small yet useful tutorial
    This tutorial will disable right click on your site for guests only!
    Just add that code @ the very top of your ACP > look & Feel > Skin name > Edit Template HTML > All Global HTML > global_board_header
    <if="$this->ipsclass->member['id'] == '0'"> <script language=JavaScript> var message="You Must Log-in before you can use Right Click!"; function clickIE4(){ if (event.button==2){ alert(message); return false; } } function clickNS4(e){ if (document.layers||document.getElementById&&!document.all){ if (e.which==2||e.which==3){ alert(message); return false; } } } if (document.layers){ document.captureEvents(Event.MOUSEDOWN); document.onmousedown=clickNS4; } else if (document.all&&!document.getElementById){ document.onmousedown=clickIE4; } document.oncontextmenu=new Function("alert(message);return false") </script> </if> Change what the message says all you need to do is Edit this part of the codes "You Must Log-in before you can use Right Click!"

    Redirect [.htaccess]

    Alright, say you have (www.yourdomain.com) and you want to to go to (www.yourdomain.com/Home/)
    And Home is a subfolder in your wwwroot.
    Just add this to your .htaccess
    RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www.)?YourDomain.com$ RewriteRule ^(/)?$ home [L]  
    Just change "YourDoamin.com" to your domain and "Home" to the subfolder. Reload yourdomain.com and boom, redirects.

    Removing File extension from URL [.htaccess]

    Say you have (www.Yourdomain.com/index.html) and you want it to say (www.Yourdomain.com/index)
    Well, here is how to do that.
    Just add this to your .htaccess
    RewriteEngine on RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME}\.html -f RewriteRule ^(.*)$ $1.html  
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