December 10, 2014

OnePlus is giving you "The Gift of One"


In times with the season, OnePlus is giving out "The gift of One". Their christmas promotion makes both the 16GB Silk White and 64GB Sandstone Black versions of the OnePlus One phone available for purchase without an invitation. The prices remain the same, $299 for the 16GB version and $350 for the 64GB version.

OnePlus also notes that the units will arrive before christmas on December 25th so it's not a bad gift idea for a loved one, your parents, a friend, or your pet iguana. The OnePlus has been the unicorns of phones being pretty tough to come by for most in 2014. The phone has been available for more people thanks to their promotions near the end of this year so you better pick one up fast as this promotion will only run until supplies last.



Source: OnePlus

December 9, 2014

YouTube Rewind 2014


Its nearing the end of 2014, which means it is the season for a new YouTube Rewind and also the holidays, but this is cooler. This year was full of viral videos once again, and in celebration, the people of the internet (who work at Google at least) have crammed all of this years memes, moments, and people into a six minute thirty five second video for your enjoyment.


Also, be sure to watch until the end for a surprise and there are hidden annotations that will lead to Easter egg bonus videos! Also let's not forget about the obligatory Frozen reference.

Here are the top trending videos of this year based on views, shares, comments, likes, and other metrics.
  1. Mutant Giant Spider Dog (SA Wardega) by SA Wardega
  2. Nike Football: Winner Stays. ft. Ronaldo, Neymar Jr., Rooney, Ibrahimović, Iniesta & more by Nike Football
  3. FIRST KISS by Tatia PIlieva
  4. The Voice IT | Serie 2 | Blind 2 | Suor Cristina Scuccia – #TEAMJ-AX by TheVoiceOf Italy
  5. iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test by Unbox Therapy
  6. Bars & Melody – Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer act | Britain’s Got Talent 2014 by Britain’s Got Talent
  7. Budweiser Super Bowl XLVIII Commercial — “Puppy Love” by Budweiser
  8. Devil Baby Attack by DevilsDueNYC
  9. Goku vs Superman. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 3 by ERB
  10. 10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman by Street HarassmentVideo
and as for music videos here are the top 10:
  1. Katy Perry – “Dark Horse” (Official) ft. Juicy J
  2. Enrique Iglesias – “Bailando” (Español) ft. Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona
  3. Shakira – “Can’t Remember to Forget You” ft. Rihanna
  4. Shakira – “La La La (Brazil 2014)” ft. Carlinhos Brown
  5. Jason Derulo – “Wiggle” ft. Snoop Dogg (Official HD Music Video)
  6. Iggy Azalea – “Fancy” (Explicit) ft. Charli XCX
  7. Sia – “Chandelier” (Official Video)
  8. Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”
  9. Meghan Trainor – “All About That Bass”
  10. Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”

December 3, 2014

Google Giving Away Inbox Invites - But Only for 2 Hours


Google Inbox launched a while back, providing a new feel for Gmail accounts, but so far it's been limited to invitations - which you can obtain by emailing Google, or by asking a friend with Inbox for one of their invites.

Haven't been able to get access to Inbox yet? Fear not, Google's giving away invites to Inbox for the next few hours.


To get Inbox, do the following BEFORE 3PM EST today:

1) Login to your Gmail account
2) Email inbox@google.com asking for an invite.
3) And you're done! An invite should be given to you today. Emphasis on the "should".

November 13, 2014

Review: Noctua NF-A9, NF-A8, and NF-A4x10


Noctua has expanded and updated their A line of fans with new, smaller sized versions than the widely used 120mm and 140mm variants. The smaller 40mm, 80mm, and 92mm fans have finally been updated to feature some of their new built in vibration dampening frame, as well as new bearings and micro-structures. Noctua is know to have a high standard for their premium fans as well as a complete set or accessories for each one. The addition of the 40mm fan opens up options to replace the small noisy fan in your NAS or a rack mount server.

The NF-A9 is available in FLX and PWM versions, the NF-A8 is available in FLX, ULN, and PWM versions, and the NF-A4x10 is available in a 5V version only.

Each version of the fans come with it's own set of accessories which vary depending on version. All versions do include a 30cm extension cable, four fan screws, four Anti-vibration mounts, and a six-year warranty - which will most likely outlast the lifetime of the computer it is in.

NF-A4x10 - 3:2 pin adapter, OmniJoin Adapter Set

NF-A9 FLX - 33:4 Pin Adaptor, Low Noise Adapter, Ultra Low Noise Adapter

NF-A9 PWM - 4-Pin Y-Cable, Low Noise Adapter

NF-A8 FLX - 3:4 Pin Adapter, Low Noise Adaptor, Ultra Low Noise Adapter

NF-A8 ULN - 3:4 Pin Adaptor, Low Noise Adaptor

NF-A8 PWM - 4-Pin Y-Cable Low Noise Adapter

The inclusion of the OmniJoin adapter with the NF-A4x10 allows the use of the fan with proprietary connectors without additional soldering.



The fans come packed in the same brown and white packaging with a plastic clam shell package inside holding the fans and accessories. The front of the box opens up to show the contents and the back opens as well to show the technology that went into creating the fan. Noctua fans are the only fans I know of that include a user manual in the package.

NF-A9 (80mm)


The NF-A9 is the successor to the NF-B9 and incorporates the new technology found in the newer generation of fans such their AAO frame, stepped inlet design, and inner Micro surfaces. These all work together to provide improved and silent operation compared to their previous designs. The fans now also come with the integrated anti-vibration pads not found on the NF-B9. The fans also has the new SSO2 bearings which help improve performance, silence, and durability.


The FLX model runs at 1600 RPM without any adapters, 1250 RPM and 1050 RPM with the low noise and ultra low noise adapters respectively.

The PWM model has a max RPM of 2000RPM and a minimum of 450 RPM

NF-A8 (92mm)


The NF-A8 is the successor to the NF-R8, like the NF-A9, it incorporates the same new technology to improve upon itself. The AAO frame, stepped inlet design, and inner Micro surfaces all work together to provide improved and silent operation compared to their previous designs. The fans now also come with the integrated anti-vibration pads not found on the NF-R8. The fans also has the new SSO2 bearings which help improve performance, silence, and durability.


The FLX model runs at 2000 RPM without any adapters, 1650 RPM with the low noise adapters, and 1200 RPM with the ultra low noise adapter

The ULN model runs at a slower at 1400 RPM without any adapters and 1100 RPM with the low noise adapter.

The PWM model runs at 2200 RPM at its peak and 400 RPM at its minimum.

NF-A4x10 (40mm)


The NF-A4x10 is Noctua's first 40mm sized fan. It measures a mere 10mm thin and is the only fan to include the OmniJoin adapter. This adapter allows the use of a proprietary connector without needing to solder one on. There are 4 adapters included but only two are needed to attach a connector, nice to see Noctua include extras. The NF-A4x10 still includes all the the technology implemented in Noctua's larger fans and its cool to see them in such a tiny form. It is also the only Noctua fan to run off a 5V supply instead of the standard 12V.


Testing

The fan noise was measured using a Db meter with a sound floor of 26Db at 10cm from the fan. 30Db is considered silence in a normal room so the results are the difference between the sound floor and the measured sound.


The NF-A9 PWM seems to be the loudest fan of the bunch while the others maintain silent operation. The 40mm fan does run quite loud but is to be expected considering its size. The NF-A4x10 is designed to run on 5V but uses the same 3-pin connector as 12V fans. This can easily be plugged into a standard motherboard supply of 12V and it would have been nice to see Noctua include an adapter to prevent this. The only time I would see a NF-A4x10 used in a standard computer would be on ASUS' TUF series motherboards.

Conclusion


The new A-series fans bring all the improvements from the new 120mm and 140mm fans into the smaller sized fans of the A-series. Its nice to see Noctua continue to improve on less popular fan sizes as most computers use 120mm or 140mm fans now. People with older computers will be glad that they have not been left out and can take advantage of the new Noctua fans in their older cases. The 40mm NF-A4x10 is also an interesting addition to their lineup. Noctua is the only consumer fan manufacture I know of that has a 40mm version of their fan and considering Corsair and BitFenix don't even have 80mm or 92m version, is very nice to see. Smaller fans tend to run louder than larger versions so users with older computers or smaller HTPC cases may find the quiet Noctua fans a extremely pleasant upgrade.

November 12, 2014

Noctua presents three new 92mm premium coolers


Noctua today announced three new 92mm class CPU coolers. Whereas the NH-U9S and NH-D9L are retail models that suceed the popular NH-U9B SE2, the NH-D9DX i4 3U targets Intel Xeon LGA2011 based workstations and servers. All three models use the recently announced NF-A9 PWM 92mm premium fan to achieve class-leading quiet cooling performance.

"Providing a great balance between high efficiency and compact size, the NH-U9B SE2 is still one of our most popular models", says Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). "The NH-U9S and NH-D9L stay true to this proven formula but now offer even better performance, better compatibility and PWM support for automatic fan speed control."

Continuing the renowned legacy of Noctua's award-winning NH-U9 series, the NH-U9S is a premium quality quiet CPU cooler in classic 9cm size. Its asymmetrical design with 5 heatpipes not only provides even better cooling performance than the previous generation but also improves compatibility: Thanks to its 95x95mm footprint, the NH-U9S clears the RAM and PCIe slots on all Intel and most AMD based mainboards, including µATX and ITX.

The NH-D9L features 4 heatpipes and is 15mm lower than classic 9cm coolers such as the NH-U9 series (110mm vs. 125mm), which doesn't only guarantee full 3U compliance but also makes the NH-D9L ideal for compact HTPC and Small Form Factor cases that have airflow paths parallel to the mainboard. Like the NH-U9S, the NH-D9L has a 95x95mm footprint and thus provides 100% RAM and PCIe compatibility on all Intel and most AMD based mainboards.

The NH-D9DX i4 3U is the same heatsink as the NH-D9L but comes with LGA2011 mounting for both Square ILM and Narrow ILM Xeon platforms as well as support for LGA13x6.

"Our DX i4 series are renowned among builders of LGA2011 based Intel Xeon systems and one of the few available quiet cooling solutions for Narrow ILM platforms", explains Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). "With the new NH-D9DX i4 3U model, we can now offer a cooler for 3U cases that offers similar performance as the previous 4U model NH-U9DX i4."

All three new models come with the new NF-A9 PWM for further improved quiet cooling performance. Topped off with the trusted, pro-grade SecuFirm2™ mounting systems, Noctua's proven NT-H1 thermal compound and full 6 years manufacturer's warranty, the NH-U9S, NH-D9L and NH-D9DX i4 3U are premium grade solutions through and through.

Prices and availability
All three models are currently shipping and will be available shortly. The manufacturer suggested retail prices are as follows:
NH-U9S: EUR 54.90 / USD 59.90
NH-D9L: EUR 49.90 / USD 56.90
NH-D9DX i4 3U: EUR 56.90 / USD 59.90