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Tuesday August 04, 2015

Researchers Create Firmware Worm That Attacks Macs

Obviously these researchers are mistaken. Everyone knows that Macs are immune to viruses. big grin

The common wisdom when it comes to PCs and Apple computers is that the latter are much more secure. Particularly when it comes to firmware, people have assumed that Apple systems are locked down in ways that PCs aren’t. It turns out this isn’t true.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: NZXT Kraken X61 @ HardwareSlave

CPU: Intel LGA1150 CPU OC Guide @ OCInside

ETC.: Amazon Echo Review @ HotHardware

Lenovo LaVie Z and LaVie Z 360 @ PCPer

Storage: Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB @ Technogog

Video: Palit GTX 980 Ti Super JetStream 6GB @ techPowerUP!

The Lexus Hoverboard

Everyone can calm down, this hoverboard made by Lexus is just a new twist on the old quantum levitation trick that has been around forever.

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$9k Watch That Straps To The Apple Watch

Wearing one expensive watch at a time isn't good enough for you? Good News! This company is selling $9,000 watches that attach to your Apple Watch. This makes me think of that line Robert Downey Jr. said in Tropic Thunder about "never go full retard." Xzibit would be proud.

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Shadow of Mordor Performance: Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu

The alternative OS gurus at Phoronix have posted a Shadow of Mordor Performance: Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu comparison today that I think many of you will find interesting.

Last week Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was released for Linux after this AAA game premiered for Windows last year. Following its release I ran some Shadow of Mordor Linux benchmarks (and part two). Today are results on the same system when comparing the performance of this game under Ubuntu 15.04 to that of Windows 10 x64 Pro.

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Apple Denies Report It's Getting Into Wireless Business

Apple is publicly denying a report that claimed the company was getting into the wireless business.

The publication said Apple's wireless service would allow customers to pay the company directly for data, calls and texts, while automatically switching between carriers to give users the best service. Business Insider said it would be at least five years before Apple's service would launch. But Apple on Tuesday said it hasn't explored a wireless service.

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WD Delivers Ultra HD Movie Content For New Generation Of Samsung TVs

Western Digital, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced the new My Passport® Cinema 4K Ultra HD (UHD) movie storage device, an easier and faster way to organize, store and enjoy high-definition digital movies and TV shows - including new releases in up to full 4K UHD resolution with high dynamic range (HDR) - on Samsung SUHD TVs and other VIDITY™-enabled devices.

The new My Passport Cinema drive utilizes VIDITY technology to allow users to experience movies in crystal-clear, true 4K UHD picture and immersive audio. Users are able to enjoy 8.3 million pixels of stunning entertainment in minutes by simply plugging in the My Passport Cinema drive into a VIDITY-compatible UHD TV or device and purchasing preloaded movies from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Once purchased on the My Passport Cinema drive, the movie can be accessed immediately online or offline on any VIDITY-enabled device such as Samsung’s 2014 HU series 4K UHD TVs and 2015 JU and JS series 4K UHD and SUHD TVs. Users also can download additional titles via M-GO or other VIDITY retailers.

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Copyright Troll Asks Court to Ban the Term ‘Copyright Troll’

How in the hell can this even be a legitimate request? If you are a pornographer and copyright troll, you should be referred to as such. What are you going to say when they ask what the defendant downloaded? Disney movies? roll eyes (sarcastic)

Adult movie studio Malibu Media has asked the Indiana federal court to ban negative terms during an upcoming trial against an alleged BitTorrent pirate. According to the copyright troll, descriptions such as "copyright troll," "pornographer" and "porn purveyor" could influence the jury.

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Windows 10 Is Coming To The Xbox One In November

Microsoft announced at its Gamescom press conference that Windows 10 would be available on the Xbox One in November.

Microsoft first revealed its redesigned Xbox One dashboard back at E3 earlier this year, and now the company is announcing that it will arrive on consoles in November. Powered by Windows 10, the new dashboard includes features that focus on speed and performance, and a design that's a lot more simplified.

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BeQuiet Shadow Rock LP Heatsink Review

Another review of the BeQuiet Shadow Rock LP has hit the net today. If you are low-profile cooler shopping, you'll want to give this review at FrostyTech a look.

The Shadow Rock LP is a 75mm tall low profile heatsink rated for heat loads up to 130W TDP. It's built around four 6mm diameter copper heatpipes and relies on a single 120x120x25mm "PureWings 2" fan operating at 1500RPM (51CFM at 1.25mm/H2O according to manufacturer specs) to move air through a 22mm thick, horizontal nickel plated aluminum fin stack. The large fan gives the Shadow Rock LP an effective footprint of 122x136mm, with the solid copper heatspreader located asymmetrically to one side.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Bungie Recasts Ghost Voice @ Shacknews

First Crackdown 3 Gameplay Shown @ VG24/7

Mirror's Edge Teaser Video @ Blue's News

New Dark Souls 3 Trailer @ YouTube

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G Video Card Review

We have posted our evaluation of the MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G video card today for your viewing pleasure. If you are looking for a GTX 960 with a lot of overclocking potential, this could be the card for you.

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Today we are examining the MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G model, which features a custom build from MSI with the Twin Frozr V thermal design. We will compare the MSI GTX 960 4G to the XFX R9 380 4G, including the highest obtained overclock. Additionally we will examine the GTX 960 2GB and 4GB models clock-for-clock./QUOTE]

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I Like Windows 10 But I'm Going Back To Windows 8.1

That headline would have made so much more sense if the author was abandoning Windows 10 to go back to Windows 7. Who goes back to Windows 8.1? wink

Windows 10 is a very good operating system. It crams in security improvements, especially for businesses, it improves performance, it takes up less disk space, and Microsoft has proved that it can cope with a fast pace of development by going from 'still really quite buggy' to 'pretty solid' in the last two months. But for me personally, and the way I use Windows, there are still issues.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: 29 CPU Cooler Round-Up @ Hardware.Info

ETC.: Intel Core i7-5775C @ Hexus

Shuttle DS57U Barebone PC @ Mad Shrimps

Storage: Seagate Desktop SSHD 4TB @ APH Networks

Video: PowerColor PCS+ R9 390X @ Technic3D

Official Mad Max Stronghold Trailer

The new Mad Max Stronghold trailer is out today. Here's to hoping it is half as good as the trailers make it look. cool

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AMD: Project Quantum Is 'Not Far' From Being Market-Ready

AMD's Richard Huddy, during a recent interview with PCR, fielded a bunch of questions about the Project Quantum gaming PC.

AMD could launch its Project Quantum gaming PC to market if it has the right conversations with OEMs, the firm has told PCR. The unit is designed to show off the performance of AMD's new Fiji HBM GPUs. Full specs haven't been confirmed, but it's said to feature two R9 Fiji GPUs plus an Intel i7 processor.

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MSI 970 SLI KRAIT Review

There is a review of the MSI 970 SLI KRAIT motherboard posted today at Real Hardware Reviews. If you are looking for a new AM3+ motherboard, this could be the one for you.

For the rest of us budget plays a big part in our decisions and these days everyone is looking for the best use they can find for their hard earned money – regardless of budget. Sometimes this means determining the best value option that you can afford; rather than the best option you want.

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ICANN Reveals Plan For Ending America's Control Of The Internet

I guess it's time to see how ICANN plans to do things now that the US Commerce Department isn't running things anymore.

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ICANN unveiled the much anticipated report yesterday, and has given the public until September 8th to comment on it. The gist of the 100-page document? Internet control functions will be given to ICANN and an oversight body made up of "interested parties" that has no connection to any world governments.

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Courts To Hear Lawsuits Over 'Net Neutrality' In December

It will be interesting to see how this is all going to play out. Let's just hope the FCC crossed all the t's and dotted all the i's when it put the net neutrality rules together.

A U.S. appeals court will hear oral arguments on Dec. 4 in lawsuits that challenge the Federal Communications Commission's "net neutrality" rules, which prevent broadband providers from blocking or slowing Internet traffic, the court said on Monday.

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Google Keeps Backing All The Wrong Social Products

Another editorial about Google continually backing the wrong social products has hit the internet.

Google seems to desperately want to succeed at social, and watching it completely mismanage what could be a social juggernaut has been frustrating for users. There's clear demand for a good product here. Even the Hangouts complaints are a sign of passion; you don't complain about a product you don't use. Yet the improvements never really come. Feedback rarely seems taken into consideration.

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GIGABYTE’s Latest Products To Be Showcased At Gamescom

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, invites the world to Europe’s largest gaming celebration at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany from August 5th to 9th. As the world’s leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, GIGABYTE is serious about gaming. GIGABYTE motherboards are what gamers need to play their best. With support for the latest CPUs from Intel®, as well as industry leading features such as Killer® network interfaces, and multi-graphics support, there’s no better choice for gamers than a GIGABYTE motherboard.

Gamescom attracts over 300,000 attendees including 6,000 journalists and 700 exhibitors from 88 countries making it the largest gaming event in not only Europe but also the world. For a company as serious about gaming as GIGABYTE, there’s no better venue to be to launch a new motherboard. We invite everyone to stop by to learn more about what our partners and GIGABYTE has to offer to gamers. GIGABYTE’s latest motherboards will be on display at the IEM Arena in Hall 8, the Wargaming booth A030in Hall 8, the One.de booth B051at Hall 9, and the retailer ALTERNATE at Hall 10.1 booth D070.

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ASUS Announces ROG GX860 Buzzard Gaming Mouse

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the GX860 Buzzard gaming mouse. This ergonomic gaming mouse sits comfortably in the user’s hand, and is specially designed for marathon gaming sessions. ROG GX860 delivers ultra-precise cursor control, boasting a laser sensor with a 50 – 8200 dots per inch (DPI) resolution range and smooth-gliding fluoropolymer feet. ROG GX860 utilizes durable, high quality Omron® switches for both left and right buttons for superior click feel and response. Users can easily create profiles via an intuitive software interface, with LED accents on the ROG GX860 glowing red, orange, or green to reflect the current selected settings.

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Monday August 03, 2015

ASUS Sabertooth X99 TUF Review

HotHardware has posted a review of the ASUS Sabertooth X99 TUF today that is certainly worth checking out. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

We are back with another high-end X99-based motherboard on the test bed. This time around we've got the latest from ASUS, the Sabertooth X99 TUF motherboard, which supports USB 3.1 and sports ASUS' "OC Socket".

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Sony Warns Against Upgrading To Windows 10

If only Sony had enough warning from Microsoft that Windows 10 was on its way, the company could have avoided this situation. Damn operating system upgrades that just sneak up on you. wink

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Fake Swatting Is Now A Thing

Hmmm, looking for a way to get banned from Twitch? How about staging a fake swatting for funsies? roll eyes (sarcastic)

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Antec Signature S10 Full Tower @ PCPer

ETC.: Bitfenix Alchemy LED Strip @ Modders Inc.

G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4 2400MHz 16GB @ pcGamesware

Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma @ Vortez

Video: HIS R9 380 IceQ X2 @ PureOverclock

FDA Approves A Drug Made Using 3D Printing

How long do you think it is going to take for someone to start 3D printing counterfeit drugs?

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved its first drug manufactured using 3D printing, Aprecia's epilepsy-fighting Spritam. The medication uses a porous, 3D-printed formula to help deliver even very high doses (as high as 1,000mg) while remaining easy to swallow -- all you have to do is take a sip of liquid to quickly disperse the drug and get it into your body.

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Why The Government’s New Cybersecurity Solution Is Doomed To Fail

Why the government’s new cybersecurity solution is doomed to fail? Ummm, because it's the government. Duh.

Rather than focus on pushing both the government and private sector to do obvious things to make their networks more secure, it wants to pass a bill that will put even more data in the hands of agencies that aren’t themselves secure, while immunizing corporations regardless of their own preparedness.

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Surveillance Video Of HitchBOT's Killer Found

It looks as though surveillance video has been found of the actual attack on HitchBOT. You can see the original story here.

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Your Files Are Encrypted With A "Windows 10 Upgrade"

Obviously none of you would fall for a scam like this...BUT...we all have friends and family that would so spread the word.

The threat of ransomware will continue to grow until adversaries find a more effective method of monetizing the machines they compromise. As a defense, users are encouraged to backup their data in accordance with best practices. These backups should be stored offline to prevent them from being targeted by attackers.

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