Severe SMS Vulnerability In Nexus Phones Revealed



Details were revealed about a potentially serious SMS vulnerability found in all current Nexus phones at the DefCamp Security Conference in Bucharest, Romania. The person responsible for the discovery is Bogdan Alecu, a system administrator at Levi9 and independent security researcher in Romania. When exploited, the attack can force the phone to reboot or destabilize certain services.

The method of attack simply relies on sending a series of Class 0 “Flash” messages to the target phone. Flash messages are typically used for emergency or security purposes, appearing on the screen immediately instead of going to the default SMS application. When such a message arrives, no sounds are made but the background is dimmed and a single dialog box appears on top. Once 20-30 messages pile up, assuming the user isn’t clearing them, it overloads the system and leads to a few potential side-effects. Most commonly, the result is an unresponsive device or an immediate reboot, but the Messages app or cellular radio may occasionally crash or freeze up in some instances.

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In the event that the cellular radio crashes, it may have some more serious consequences. If a target has their SIM locked with a PIN code, the phone will not be able to reconnect until the code is entered. From time to time, it’s also possible for the cellular radio to seize up, which can only be fixed by restarting the device. This is problematic because there are no audible prompts and the malfunction won’t be seen until the owner unlocks their screen, leaving them without service for potentially several hours.

Alecu first notified The Android Security Team to the issue over a year ago, but initially received only automated responses. Continued efforts were mostly unsuccessful, leading to the decision to disclose the vulnerability publicly. To mitigate potential threats, he collaborated with Michael Mueller, a Technical IT-Sec Auditor, to develop Class0Firewall, an app designed to protect the smartphone from Class 0 messages if they reach the threshold of becoming a denial-of-service attack.

Bogdan notes that the current attack is only capable of destabilizing a phone, but theorizes that it might be possible to force remote code execution. Based on limited testing with devices from various vendors, the vulnerability appears to only affect the Nexus line running on all versions of stock Android through to the current release of KitKat. None of the OEM variants checked were susceptible to the attack.

Hopefully the publicity will prompt Google to release a patch to block the issue as quickly as possible. Even if a fix is rolled out, it’s not entirely clear if the Galaxy Nexus will receive it now that it is no longer getting OS updates. A security update should be issues to all Galaxy Nexus device though in oder to patch the severity of this issue.

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OCZ Files For Bankruptcy While Toshiba Readies Its Offer For Buying The Company

OCZ has issued a press release announcing their filing for bankruptcy, which was expected since Nasdaq had halted the trading of OCZ stock. They have had financial issues for quite a long time and it was just a matter of time before the inevitable happened. While OCZ did try to change its course by reforming their product portfolio, it seems that the efforts weren’t enough to make the business profitable.

OCZ leaves behind a noticeable amount of assets, most importantly its engineering teams in California, South Korea and Great Britain thanks to the prior acquisitions of PLX and Indilinx. Toshiba has already offered to buy OCZ’s assets but currently there is no certainty on whether the deal will be completed. Toshiba’s offer is, as expected, subject to various conditions such as retention of the employees because it obviously makes no sense to buy the assets unless Toshiba also gets the immaterial capital that is integrated into the employees. We’ll have to wait and see how the deal turns out but at this point I recommend not buying any OCZ products because there is no guarantee that warranties will be honored.

OCZ has been one of the pioneer manufacturers in the consumer SSD industry. They were one of the most active companies when we started to see the first consumer SSDs in 2008 – 2009 timeline, but OCZ lost a ton of sales once Samsung and other major OEMs began to take the consumer SSD market seriously. It’s hard to say what ultimately killed OCZ without knowing their exact cost structure but I believe it was a combination of bad strategy and engineering choices along with other things.

What happens to OCZ now depends on the completion of the Toshiba deal. Even if Toshiba completes the purchase of OCZ’s assets, the OCZ brand will be no more. The deal with Toshiba should work out as OCZ has a lot of potentially useful assets, one of them being OCZ’s Indilinx Barefoot 3 platform.

MediaTek To Shift Its Focus To Tablet SoC and LTE Enabled Chips In 2014

MediaTek is planning to shift its target to the tablet SoCs and LTE enabled chipsets for smartphones next year. According to TelecomTiger(via Fudzilla), MediaTek general manager of international sales and marketing Finbarr Moynihan said the company wants to “democratize” smartphones and bring them to new markets. He noted that five to six billion people in India, China, Asia and Africa are moving into the middle class and generating demand for smart devices on a budget.

It is somewhat surprising that MediaTek is also targeting the high-end segment, whereas the company has already announced its first A15 big.LITTLE processor, it seems we are also going to see more high-end products next year.

MediaTek is going to release up to eight new tablet parts, along with mid-range phone chips. Taking a leap to the high-end chip market means rivaling with Qualcomm and NVIDIA, but MediaTek might have its own secrets which will maintain its chips at the high-end competition line.

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NVIDIA States That PC Is Far Superior To Next-Gen Consoles

According to Nvidia, the PC platform is the perfect gaming machine ever made. According to Matt Wright, consumer sales manager at Nvidia, “The PC platform is far superior to any console when it comes to gaming.” and this isn’t the first time that Nvidia has compared PCs to consoles.

What NVIDIA is trying to achieve is draw users who haven’t yet decided what to buy as a gaming platform. Wright spoke about the company’s plan during an interview at MCV:

“We are proposing small form-factor PCs to be a viable alternative to the next-gen consoles. Enthusiast players want the ultimate games system and that is the PC. We want to make PC gaming as simple as possible and we think that it’s already becoming much more relevant and appealing to casual gamers.”

It seems that NVIDIA has recognized that complexity is a real issue that separates PC and console gaming. Some people prefer a cozy and simple environment for gaming, leading to the Console preference where you just insert the DVD in the console and just play. Whereas the PC is for more enthusiastic users where gaming and hardware preference intersect, giving users a wider approach in customizing the gear and performance to better suit the individual’s gaming needs.

Wright went on to speak about Steam’s influence on the market as well:

“Steam now has more users than Xbox Live. There is a whole new generation who grew up playing on PC with titles like Minecraft or World of Tanks. There’s a huge community who love playing their games on PC.”

Wright is making a comparison here between the generation who grew up with Nintendo and PlayStation and the generation who were drawn to the PC’s gaming approach, with games such as World of Warcraft and World of Tanks. Having all that said, there are still ups and downs when comparing PC to Console.

First of all, the main issue with PC is exclusivity. There are some games you just can’t get on PC. Grand Theft Auto 5 and Dead Rising 3 are some examples, two big titles that can only be played on a console. But when it comes to performance, the consoles are capped at 720p with 30 FPS, whereas PCs are not. Who wouldn’t enjoy a 4K experience with 16x anti-aliasing?

The main point, for PCs at least, is that security measures for games are practically non-existent and all PC games are inevitably being pirated, thus the console exclusivity appearing. NVIDIA has a point here, why restrict gaming on some platforms, especially PC, where consoles can also be modded and users can still play pirated versions on their consoles as well? Gaming enthusiasts should be able to play their favorite games on the best platform ever made, and that is the PC.

In the end, the everyone decides what’s the best option for him or her, whether it’s the console or PC. But having more and more restrictions on PCs will really affect the platform and user choice in terms of gaming, despite what NVIDIA is trying to prove here.

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AMD A10-7850K and A10-7700K Kaveri A-Series APU Specs Revealed

A little over a month now until AMD would release the Kaveri A10 series, and specs for them have been revealed. The A10-7850K has four Steamroller cores and 512 GCN stream processors, with a max compute of 856 GFLops compared to 779 GFlops on the Richland A10-6800K APU.

The clock speed of the APU is maintained at 3.7 GHz which is presumably the base clock while Turbo clock would push the speeds beyond 4 GHz barrier. The GPU which is positioned in the R7 2**D series is clocked at 720 MHz while the APU itself has 4 MB of L2 cache. The GCN graphics die would feature 8 GPU cores which represent a total of 512 stream processors. The TDP for the A10-7850K would be set at 95W. AMD A10-7850K will support both Mantle API, DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL 4.3 and feature dual graphics functionality with the AMD’s Cape Verde based discrete GPUs.

Taking a look at the A10-7700K, another unlocked chip, we see it featuring the Steamroller core architecture with a max boost clock of 3.8 GHz and base clock of 3.5 GHz. It has 4 MB of L2 cache plus HSA features and True Audio technology support. The GPU side ships with a GCN graphics die featuring 6 shader units equaling to a total of 384 Stream processors clocked at 720 MHz. This part may possibly feature a lower TDP of 65W due to the cut down graphics die but still pack a mean punch in terms of performance.

The Kavri A10 series would be released on 14th January 2014 on the desktop FM2+ platform. The prices are set to be below the $150 / €110 / £92 range.

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Asustek and Toshiba To Enter the Chromebook Market with Intel Chips

While Chromebooks are on a roll with Acer and Hewlett-Packard already releasing their models on the market, it’s time for Asustek Computer and Toshiba to take a bite out of the pie and introduce their own Chromebooks with Intel’s Haswell processors next year.

Acer will hurry things up a little and wants to release a 11.6-inch Chromebook C720P this December at a price range of $299 / €220 / £183, while Asustek will launch Chromebooks in 2014 with models composed of 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch screen displays. Asustek’s Chromebook prices are estimated at around $199 / € 146 /£121 and up to $329 / €242 / £200. Toshiba is also expected to release its Chromebooks soon, but it looks like the Japan-based vendor is outsourcing production to Inventec.

The Chromebook shipments are not at all bad, this including the Chromebook Pixel launched by Google, having accounted for less than 5% of total global notebook shipments up to this point. Whether users will see them more useful than a common netbook, it remains to be seen.

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MSI Reveals Radeon R9 290X Lightning PCB



When it comes to Lightning, you know it’s all about performance, and MSI’s Lightning series just got a new addition to the family. They have just revealed the R9 290X Lightning PCB and rumor has it that we can also expect to see the MSI R9 290X Graphic Cards on shelves early next year.



The card features a 12+3+2 phase power design, similar to the GTX 460 Lightning card. Given that the GTX requires a 6-pin power connector only for the memory and taking into account that the R9 290X Lightning also requires 2 x 8-pin connectors, we can only assume that we are looking at a power source of 500+ watts to power up this monster.



Also, the MSI R9 290X Lightning PBC provides V-Check points to allow direct measurement of GPU, memory and auxiliary lines voltages. There are some rumors that the card might come with Military Class IV components as well, but there are no official announcement so far.

In terms of display connectivity, MSI will equip the R9 290X Lightning with a default set of outputs, meaning we are going to see 2 x DVI outputs, a HDMI output and a DisplayPort output.

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Chillblast @ Insonia i50

Chillblast are out in force, not only do they have some of the latest and greatest games on display, but they’ve got their epic looking custom rigs on display and why wouldn’t they, they are one of the best system integrators in the business!

Laptops and desktops on display are epic, even their smallest laptop doesn’t disappoint and with the funky afterglow controller temping you to play, the Chillblast booth is a fun way to waste an hours just playing great games… of course this is working for them as their systems are offering some stunning performance.

Chillblast are clearly big fans of CM Storm, with the Quickfire, Inferno, Recon and their mousemats on display along side their systems.

Best of all, a stunning Seitek flight stick  to use, and the most incredible looking chassis we’ve ever reviewed is there, the InWin Tou! This is a real crowd puller and we can’t recommend it enough if you’re at the show.

Assassins Creed IV running on a 46″ HDTV running on a high end 780ti gaming system! Oh yeah please!

Love minecraft, then check out these epic case, the Fractal Design R4 with a superb skin that gives a sweet 8bit look to them.

A gorgeous BitFenix Prodigy on display running the latest Street Fighter is proving a big draw too… we wasted a good twenty minutes on this one.

That’s all from the Chillblast booth, but if you get chance to drop by we hear that they may have the Oculus Rift setup this weekend, keep an eye out for it.

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CCL & MSI @ Insomnia i50

One of the most popular booths here at the show is a combined booth, MSI have joined forces with CCL Computers, MSI are out in force to give out prizes, free games such as Crysis 3 and Bioshock: Infinte, while CCL are running a retail unit and offering some incredible deals on the latest tech and peripherals.

With everything from the Cooler Master Aluminum peripherals to these funky mobile controlled football playing robots on offer, the booth is packed with people after a great deal. Not to mention bag them selves a free CCL t-shirt which features a great Grumpty Cat image.

Cooler Master and their gaming brand, CM Storm, feature heavily on the booth and there are plenty of deal on the whole range, so if you are at the show gaming, or just vising for the day, it is well worth checking out.

They’ve got a great range of pre-built systems on display that are available from their website, featuring one of the best small chassis on the market, the Aerocool Dead Silence.

Specs are only half the story and visitors can get hands on and play on the latest CCL systems on popular titles such as Bioshock and even thing 3000i system runs it smooth as silk.

Just along side we have the dedicated MSI team and their LoL gaming challenges, win some great prizes, blag from great free swag and learn all about the latest MSI gaming notebooks. When you see just how well these system run modern games you will be absolutely stunned.

They’re also running  facebook competition, be sure to check it out and win some prizes, even if you are not at the show!

Speaking of free swag, you can nab yourself one of these stunning metal dog tags.

The latest MSI gaming notebooks are easily some of the bst in the business right now, they might not be cheap, but after having a few games on them we can attest that you get what you pay for, simply amazing.

That’s all from these booths for today, but we’ll be back shortly with even more coverage from todays event.

NVIDIA Defences Down With $249 Black Friday Shield Offer

Black Friday is in full swing across the globe and there is almost no stone that has been left unturned in the market. NVIDIA have joined in with the festive season price drop frenzy on the Shield hand hand console by not only slashing a $50 chunk off the selling price, but they are also bundling a heap of extras as well. The limited time offer is only open to people over in the US and Canada sadly, but the lucky bunch that are over in North America can pick up the handheld console from NVIDIA’s online store where they will also receive a carry case worth $39.99 and also two games as well – namely Sonic 4 Episode II and Expendable: Rearmed. That is not all though as there is also free shipping and a limited-edition shield t-shirt will also be thrown into the deal as well.

There is a limitation of four units per person, but if you’re looking at getting one this Christmas be quick as stock will run out soon. Head over to http://store.nvidia.com/buyshield where you can get the Black Friday deal.

Source: NVIDIA

Samsung Galaxy S5 Release Could Be As Early As Q1 2014

With the launch of Apple’s iPhone 5S now behind us, there are a number of rumors circulation around that their old friends and enemies over at Samsung could have their latest phone out as early as Q1 next year. Samsung’s Galaxy S5, which is as one would expect the successor to the popular S4, could be rolling off the production line in the early parts of January 2014, just a matter of months after the S4 was released. Not only does this mean that current S4 owners will see their handsets being classed as an ‘old model’ not even a year after they purchased them, but this could also mean that the new handset will launch just before the period when we predict Apple could start shedding light on the iPhone 5S’ successor.

Whilst there is no concrete information as to what will be packed inside the S5, naturally there is a list of specifications circulating around that would make this handset like no other. Like the latest iPhone, there is reported to be tow versions of the new handset coming off the production line; one in plastic shell and the other not surprisingly in a metal outfit. Packed inside the handset, a 64-bit quad-core processor could be paired up with 3GB of RAM and with a 4000mAh battery powering a 5″ display that packs around 560 pixels per inch, the display could potentially be one of the best we have seen to date. That is not all though, this display is rumored to also be flexible and to round off the package, a 16MP camera will capture the moment perfectly.

Samsung has not made any comment regarding the rumored specifications, nor is there any word on pricing, but there is probably going to be a strong possibility that Apple will have something to say about the S5 in one way or another. Anyone willing to start a bet on what Apple will take Samsung to court over next? Give us your thoughts below.

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News source: The Telegraph

Battlefield 4 Graphics Performance Overview With Current Generation GPUs

Introduction


Battlefield 4 has been one of the biggest game releases so far this year for gamers on all gaming platforms. The FPS title from EA and DICE has got off to a relatively shaky start with numerous audio, graphical and gameplay problems across the various platforms it was released on. In fact for many Battlefield 4 owners the game is still in a dysfunctional or buggy state, but you can expect (or hope) that EA and DICE will begin to patch and fix the majority of the problems within the coming weeks as they have said they will. The shaky launch aside, what most PC owners/gamers want to know, if they haven’t already found out, is how do current generation GPUs perform in Battlefield 4 on the PC?

Today we put that question to the test with an extensive, albeit not entirely complete, range of current generation AMD and Nvidia GPUs. On the AMD side we have the R7 260X, R9 270, R9 270X, R9 280X, R9 290 and R9 290X while on the Nvidia side we have a few more offerings with the GTX 650 Ti Boost, GTX 660, GTX 760, GTX 770, GTX 780, GTX 780 Ti and GTX Titan. All of the aforementioned graphics cards are current offerings and to the sharp-minded readers you will notice some graphics cards are missing. Mainly the current generation lower-end graphics cards from both AMD and Nvidia are absent, that includes the Nvidia GTX 650, GT 640 GDDR5, GT 640 DDR3 and the AMD R7 250 and R7 240. The main reason for not testing these graphics cards, other than that we didn’t have most of them, is because they simply aren’t that capable of running such a high end gaming title. Of course that’s not to say they can’t but given the nature of the resolutions we test (mainly 1080p or above) and the quality settings our readers like to see (very high or ultra) these GPUs simply aren’t cut out for the test. Arguably they are more aimed at gamers with 1366 x 768 monitors tackling medium-high details but I digress. The system requirements for Battlefield 4 reveal a similar picture, if you want a smooth gameplay experience then you need an AMD Radeon HD 7870 or Nvidia GTX 660 or better. However, those system requirements show you very little about what you can expect at different resolutions.  So without any further ado let us show you our results and show you exactly how AMD and Nvidia’s offerings stack up!

Raspberry Pi Linux Computer Sales Reach Two Million At The End of October

The co-creator of the Linux computer, the Raspberry Pi, expected to sell about 1,000 of the boards, an estimate that turned out to be rather conservative. At the end of October around two millionth Raspberry Pi boards were sold, having an estimate value of $35 million.

Liz Upton, head of communications for the foundation, stressed how far it had come since picking up the first pallet of 2,000 boards in February 2012.

“Getting the news about the 2,000,000th Pi at the end of last week, it struck us that every single Raspberry Pi in that pallet represents 1000 of the Raspberry Pis that are spread around the world today. “We never thought we’d be where we are today when we started this journey.”

W0hile it took almost one year to reach one million sales, it took around eight months to hit two million, a consistent increase in the Raspberry Pi sales market. The credit card-sized Raspberry Pi was designed as a low-cost, portable board that kids could plug in and start coding wherever they were.

By making it simple for children to program, the foundation hoped to inspire the next generation of programmers. With the two million boards sold, the Pi has now outsold the computer that inspired its creation, as just over 1.5 million BBC Micros are estimated to have been sold.

Raspberry Pi machines have found their way into schools and universities, with the foundation giving out 15,000 free boards to schools, but the boards have also proven to be very popular among the wider hobbyist community, who set about using the boards in projects ranging from robotics to home automation.

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Shorter .UK Web Address To Replace Some Sites Next Year

New .uk web addresses are looking to be introduced next summer as an alternative to .co.uk and .org.uk domains. Nominet, the non-profit organisation in charge of the naming system, said bringing in the shorter suffix was the biggest change for years.

The domain name can be used in addition to or instead of an existing address. Websites who already have a .co.uk or .org.uk site will be refused for up to five years. Brand new .uk web addresses, where there is no existing equivalent, will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Where one person owns the .org.uk domain name and another owns the .co.uk, priority will go to the owner of the .co.uk site. Nominet had initially scrapped the plans amid concerns that .uk domains would be confusing for some users, but is now going ahead with the scheme. The new domains will cost £3.50 per year for one-year registrations and £2.50 per year for multi-year registrations.

Many countries already have a similar system, including France, which uses the .fr extension, and Germany, where websites are given the .de suffix. It was also announced last week that London is to get its own web suffix. The number of generic top-level domains, such as.com and .org, is set to expand massively from 22 to more than 1,400.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers agreed the move last month, saying it wanted to “promote global innovation, competition and consumer choice”.

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Apple Spends $578 Million On Rushing iPhone 6 Sapphire Display Development Process

Apple has reportedly spent $578 million to speed up the development of sapphire glass displays destined for the iPhone 6. Apple is eager to use sapphire glass for the display of its next generation iPhone due to its exceptional durability and so the company is said to have paid more than half a billion dollars to GT Advanced Technologies for faster development of the furnaces required to manufacture high volumes of the material at low costs.

Sapphire glass, which is currently used for the iPhone 5s’ Touch ID Home button and the cover of the iPhone’s rear-facing camera, is more than twice as durable than Corning’s Gorilla Glass and is “virtually scratch free” according to GT Advanced Technology.

Despite its durability, the glass is also costly. GT Advanced Technology’s marketing director, Jeff Nestel-Patt, said that mass production of the material should lower the cost significantly. He expects that sapphire glass will become the standard feature in future smartphones.

The company’s vice president of business development and product management, Linda Reinhard, adds that sapphire glass is said to be “ideally suited for a wide range of cover and touch screen applications from ruggedized phones, camera covers, point of sale devices and smartphone and touch screen devices.”

The iPhone 6 is expected to arrive in 2014, and is likely to have significant design changes from the iPhone 5 and 5s. There have been rumours that the next iPhone will have a bigger display, which could be the reason behind Apple’s determination to use stronger glass.

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3D Tech Could Help You Interact With Objects From Afar

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It is common for people to hold video conferences in order to have some insights upon objects of reference, but how about touching an object while being far away? Apparently we are not far from being able to interact with objects while not being present in the room, according to a CNN article.

For this example, Daniel Leithinger from MIT’s Tangiable Media Group, used a flat display that shows your caller’s upper body, talking away. But below this their hands and arms reach up out of the tabletop into the physical world, gently lifting a small red ball off the table and passing it from one digitally-recreated hand to the other.

This is all possible with the help of the inFORM Dynamic Shape Display: a tabletop covered in miniature white squares that rise up like towers, to turn digital content into physical objects. Used in conjunction with a 3D sensor, like Microsoft’s Kinect, it can capture a person’s physical appearance and reproduce it in tiny skyscraper-like “pixel” blocks — on-the-fly, anywhere in the world.

“Essentially it’s very similar to those kind of pin toys that you might know from museum novelty stores,” explains Daniel Leithinger.

To add color to the block shapes, a projector on the ceiling beams down light, turning the towers psychedelic hues as Leithinger demonstrates the table’s capabilities.
It also has a deeper purpose — communicating an extra layer of information from the sender to the receiver on the other end: “When you move your hands, not only do you have the shape of the hands, but you also see the color, the texture of the hands,” says Leithinger. The display doubles as an active controller, allowing a user to interact with 3D menus constructed by the table by moving the little red ball.

“It’s not real 3D because we can only push up and down each one of these pins,” says Leithinger. “We can’t push them sideways or have any other control over them at the moment — we usually call this affect ‘2.5D'”

Leithinger’s ambitions is to implement the tech in a smartphone on which the user can interact with objects from afar: “In the future, where we hope to get is something like, say, a phone that you could have in your pocket, and as you interact with things on the phone you can actually touch them.” It remains to be seen whether or not users will get attuned with the new tech available in their pockets in the near future.

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Enermax’s LIQMAX 120S Liquid CPU Cooler Series Announced

ENERMAX announced a new LIQMAX 120S series composed of the ELC-LM120S-HP and ELC-LM120S-TAA, which features a patented Shunt-Channel-Technology to improve thermal conductivity, a unique 3D extruded cold-plate structure designed for better stability and rapid heat conductivity. The HP variant has a high-pressure airflow fan while the TAA variant comes with patented blue circular LED lights. Both fans feature a Smart APS Control provides 3 peak RPM options.

The ENERMAX thermal team has taken a long-term development to improve upon Enermax’s liquid CPU cooler series. With the all-in-one, closed-loop system, the LIQMAX 120S-HP & LIQMAX 120S-TAA both provide superior cooling performance without the complexity of DIY water cooling kits. These maintenance free, all-in-one liquid cooling systems come with prefilled coolant in the system and offer trouble-free user installation.

The quality and design of the water block determines the cooling performance of a liquid cooler. This is why LIQMAX 120S applies ENERMAX’s new patented Shunt Channel Technology cold plate. The SCT and the unique 3D Extruded cold-plate structure give excellent stability and rapid heat conductivity, redistribute the coolant and maximize the utilization rate. The less utilized coolant has more opportunity to combine with the heated coolant which traveled through the hot zone.

Also, the renowned ENERMAX Twister Bearing is now integrated with High-Pressure Airflow Fan with APS Control. The fans also come with 3 cooling PWM variable modes, including Silent Mode at 600~1300 RPM, Performance Mode at 600~2000 RPM and Overclock Mode at 600~2500 RPM.

LIQMAX 120S-HP & LIQMAX 120S-TAA coolers also feature a ceramic bearing for longer life span. LIQMAX series supports the following Intel CPUs: LGA 775/1150/ 1155/1156/1366/2011; AMD based processors: AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+/FM1/FM2 with trouble-free smart bracket installation.

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AMD A10-6790K Released And Available In Retail Stores

AMD released the A10-6790K socket FM2 APU based on 32nm Richland architecture and is available on some retail stores. The new A10-6790K is also a quad-core APU that features the same Radeon HD 8670D GPU part and boasts a 100W TDP rating.

Based on 32nm Richland architecture, the FM2 socket A10-6790K APU also has an unlocked base-clock multiplier and works at 4.0GHz base CPU clock with maximum TurboCore at 4.3GHz. This puts it at 100MHz slower than the A10-6800K and it also only features support for maximum rated DRAM speed of DDR3-1866.

On the other hand, it still features the same Radeon HD 8670D graphics part clocked at 844MHz as well as the same 100W TDP rating. The new A10-6790K should be around 15% cheaper than the A10-6800K and might be quite interesting for those that were looking at A10-6800K but want something that is a bit cheaper.

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Intel’s Announces 2014 Thunderbolt Controller Specs

It looks like Intel is continuing on its mission to establish Thunderbolt as the next universal device interconnect standard, despite steep competition from the 5 Gb/s USB 3.0, the upcoming 10 Gb/s USB 3.1, and stringent validation and licensing barriers on its own end. The company outlined its mainstream Thunderbolt controller, which it plans to launch some time in 2014. The company is planning two major introductions to the standard, to help it compete against USB – power delivery, and ad-hoc (peer-to-peer) networking.

The controller named Broadwell Thunderbolt-LP handles a 20 Gb/s Thunderbolt link by aggregating two 10 Gb/s channels, relays DisplayPort 1.2 from the system’s graphics device, and connects to the rest of the system over PCIe 2.0 x2. The chip is built in the 8 x 8 mm package, and features operational and idle TDP ratings of 1.5W and 1mW, respectively. The changes Intel is making to the standard will enable power delivery of up to 53W over a standard tethered cable.

The other big feature is ad-hoc networking, which enables people to set up peer-to-peer 20 Gb/s connections between two PCs much in the same way they did with USB and RS232, back in the day. While it’s no Ethernet replacement, it could prove useful in certain environments, such as content-creation. Intel is expected to make some Thunderbolt-related announcements at CES, next January.

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Western Digital My Cloud 2TB Review

Introduction


Over the last few years, the concept of cloud storage has been growing rapidly around the globe. As you may imagine, there are a large number of applications for cloud storage, be it for a small set of personal files that are kept on the likes of Dropbox or Google Drive; to the hosting of entire websites on cloud servers, but there is one area where many users see a flaw in this concept – security. Before I get on to the reason why some people are put off the cloud, its worth noting that it has a huge number of advantages. Firstly, when we start at the smaller scale options and look at the likes of Dropbox and Google Drive, there is the obvious advantage that you can access your files wherever you are with ease. I personally use both Dropbox and Google Drive for on the go storage and with the added factor of being able to access both services from my Nexus 4 smart phone, I’ve not go to worry constantly about having to copy files to a flash drive so that I can access them at home. With the cloud, as soon as I save them in the respective online folders, they are almost instantly available at home.

Looking at more of a larger scale, there is cloud web-hosting. Now obviously the internet is online, but for the most part, the website that you are accessing, such as us at eTeknix for example, is stored on a single server in a single data centre. Whilst there is a certain element of redundancy with the likes of RAID10 drives setups in place and of course backups are taken care of, what happens when the data centres link is lost to the outside world? It’s quite simple, the site goes down. Downtime for us is something that we dread and cloud web-hosting is built to solve this conundrum. With cloud hosting, a website is stored on a number of different servers that are located in different data centres – the result of this is near 100% uptime.

Bringing all this back down to earth and to the home, I will now refer back to the [above mentioned] worry that many people have when it comes to cloud file storage such as Dropbox and Google Drive – Security. When you upload a file to the cloud, how can you be sure that someone else has not had access to your data? After all you are not able to pinpoint exactly where your files are being stored at any given point. This whole worry over security and knowing where your files are being stored is what has driven Western Digital to come up with a simple, affordable solution. Bring forward the My Cloud.

The My Cloud comes with a very concise set of accessories, there is simply a quick setup guide, Ethernet cable and a power adaptor with UK an EU tips – no bits of unnecessary paperwork to be found here.

Redesigned Google Maps Can Now Be Embedded In Websites

Google has finally added in the option for users to embed maps featuring the overhauled design that it debuted back in May. While the new Google Maps worked just fine for searching and browsing when it was first launched in beta, it was missing a number of features and easy shortcuts that have since been added in. Embedded maps wouldn’t have made much sense at first, the redesign was released in a closed beta after all, but it’s since been opened up to anyone interested in using it, and allowing embedded maps now could be a move by Google to get even more people used to the changes.

Embedded versions of the new Google Maps will largely function the same as the full website. They’ll remember any locations you’ve stored, and they’ll also display ads. Google says that the ads will be rolling out over the next few weeks, and that they’ll work similar to how ads are already displayed on both desktop and mobile – likely as points of interest highlighted in a different color. Existing map embeds will still display in the old Maps style, but it looks like the new Google Maps is getting closer to a feature complete release.

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Man Throws Away Hard Drive With More Than 7,500 Bitcoins Within

Bitcoin, the virtual currency that has gained plenty of attention in recent times, is back in the news, but with a rather unfortunate twist to it. It appears that one man who has spent a few years, since 2009 to be more precise, to mine more than 7,500 Bitcoins, might now be unable to receive a single cent for all his effort.

According to Ubergizmo via The Guardian, James Howells of Wales claimed that he threw away an unwanted hard drive which was first installed in a Dell notebook four years back, and that notebook’s main purpose was to mine Bitcoins. Three years ago, the notebook decided to give up the ghost, and while he took apart the machine for its parts, the hard drive remained in a drawer until he threw it away this summer without realizing the value of its contents.

Howells, unfortunately, has no backups available on any of his other drives or USB flash drives. Howells even made the trip to the landfill site located near Newport, Wales in order to look for at least $7.5 million worth of Bitcoins in his hard drive but to no avail. Poor fellow, we hope that he has a slice of fortune that would help turn the situation around.

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EVGA Z87 Classified motherboard Released

EVGA launches the long-awaited Z87 Classified motherboard. Its been quite a while since Intel announced the Z87 chipset and Haswell platform; since then EVGA has been working on their flagship motherboard. The Classified products always hold a special position in the EVGA’s product stack and overall market; the Z87 Classified is no different. Its designed to be the best in the market for those who cannot afford to compromise on anything. Major highlights of the Z87 Classified include a fresh design, beefy VRM and 4-way GPU configuration support.

The Z87 Classified holds a LGA1150 socket at its heart with support for all the latest Haswell CPUs along with the usual four memory slots with support for up to 32GB of 2666+ MHz DDR3 memory. It is also designed on an 8-layer EATX PCB. Lookinga t the expansion slots, the motherboard comes with five PCIe x16 slots, one PCIe x1 slot and one mPCIe/mSATA slot. It supports multi-GPUs in x16/x16, x8/x8/x8 and x8/x8/x8/x8 configurations. In terms of storage connectivity options it comes with 8 SATA III and 6 USB 3.0 ports. It has an Intel network controller along with Creative Sound Core3D Quad-Core audio processor for 6-channel HD audio output.

EVGA’s Z87 Classified motherboard has a solid 8-phase VRM for CPU along with two 8-pin EPS connectors which can provide up to 600W of power. And then it has onboard power, reset and clear CMOS buttons along with voltage readout points and PCIe disable switches. It also comes with onboard CPU temperature monitor and POSCAP capacitors. On the software side of things, it comes with brand new UEFI BIOS with triple BIOS switch. It also supports EVGA’s renowned E-LEET X Tuning utility.

The motherboard is available at a price of $399 and according to EVGA officials, they’ve limited quantity of this motherboard. Anyone interested in this motherboard should consider investing in one, and quick!

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Computer Chips Could Keep You Slim In The Future

According to an article from Fudzilla, Swiss researchers have developed a computer chip implant which can keep you slim. The chip constantly checks for fat in the blood and, when someone has eaten too much, release a hormone that sates hunger. It works on mice.

The researchers hope that within five to ten years they will have a version the size of a coin that can be slipped under the skin of a slimmer’s arm. According to the journal Nature Communications reports that the chip contains two genes that work together to keep appetite in check. The first monitors fat levels in blood. When they get too high, it tells the second to make the appetite suppressant.

Chip inventor, Professor Martin Fussenegger, said chips containing other combinations of genes could be developed to tackle other illnesses. The downside is that US born again Christians would think that a chip being installed in the body is part of the reign of the anti-christ. If the chip use takes off then US Christians will remain obese while the rest of the world stays slim.

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Razer Aluminum Kraken Forged Edition Headset Rolls Out

Razer released its new top-of-the-line headphones: the Kraken Forged Edition. This headset features ear cups that are machined out of aircraft-grade aluminum and finished with a matte texture. The Razer Kraken Forged Edition is also carefully hand-assembled, ensuring the build quality matches the premium looks and guts.

“Razer’s renowned audio engineers spent countless hours fine-tuning the Kraken Forged Edition’s 40 mm bass-heavy drivers to perfection,” states the company’s press release. “As a result, the neodymium pair work in unison with the headphone’s acoustic chambers and isolated closed ear cup design to deliver booming bass, clear mids and crisp highs for sound that’s optimized for music and pitch-perfect for gaming.”

The headset is said to feature a custom tuned 40 nm Neodymium magnet drivers, a frequency response of 20 to 20,000 Hz, a frequency response of 50 to 10,000 Hz, a signal to noise ratio of 60 dB, and a sensitivity of -38 dB ± 3n impedance of 32 Ω at 1 kHz and an input power of 30 mW. The omnidirectional microphone h dB.

“With plush leatherette ear cushions lining the ear cups, a fully adjustable headband and a lightweight, foldable design, the Razer Kraken Forged Edition headphones are designed for extended use,” states the company’s press release. “The Razer Kraken Forged Edition also includes a swappable cable with an in-line microphone, giving users the versatility to easily convert it into a headset for gaming or telephony.”

Additional features include a comfortable, versatile form factor, closed ear cup design for optimal sound isolation, a foldable ear cup design, and a hard carrying case for portability. A 1/4 inch audio connector is also included.


“These are the best headphones on the market for both music and gaming, period,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “We’ve made some incredible audio products in our time, and I’m proud to say that we have taken another huge step forward in terms of audio quality in a pair of headphones with phenomenal fit and finish.”

The headset is priced at $299.99 USD and is available now directly from Razer while the worldwide release will be featured next month.

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Kingston Releases 2800MHz HyperX memory

Kingston Technology has released its fastest-ever memory modules via its HyperX Division having a speed of 2,800MHz on the top-end Predator XMP Series, a nice addition to the Predator XMP series.

It is designed for gamers and overclockers and Kingston apparently believes is a requirement of those markets, the latest HyperX Predator XMP modules are available in speeds of up to 2,800MHz – the fastest Kingston has yet released. At those speeds, buyers of the flagship 8GB DDR3 kit, composed of 2 modules of 4GB, can expect a CAS latency of 12 – the trade-off required of bumping up the frequency of the modules.

‘We are proud to offer our flagship 2800MHz memory kits to overclockers, benchmarkers and system builders throughout the world,’ crowed Lawrence Yang, Kingston’s business manager for the HyperX division, at the unveiling. ‘Our HyperX engineers will continue working hard to improve high-speed yields to get faster product in the hands of our customers.’

The latest modules join the company’s existing HyperX Predator XMP family, the latest models of which include 1,866MHz at CL9 or CL10 (4GB or 8GB modules respectively) and 2,133MHz, 2,400MHz, and 2,666MHz at CL11 with only the highest-frequency 2,800MHz modules requiring a CAS latency of 12.

The company has only announced the singular 8GB dual-module kit for its 2,800MHz modules with no word of a 16GB dual- or quad-module kit in the works – the former being unlikely given the sacrifices typically made in producing such high-density memory modules. As usual, all modules in the HyperX Predator XMP range support Intel’s eXtreme Memory Profiles and include a lifetime warranty.

The pricing for the Kingston HyperX 8GB 2,800MHz kit is set at £191.21, a significant premium over the 2,400MHz version at £81.55.

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Kotetsu CPU Cooler Released by Scythe

With the announcement of the new Kotetsu CPU Cooler, Japanese cooling expert Scythe is going forth to offer a 120 mm tower model with an aggressive pricing and great cost/performance ratio.

With the Kotetsu CPU Cooler, Scythe is able to prove that great performance does not necessarily require the heatsink to be very heavy. Kotetsu is equipped with four high-quality six millimeter copper heatpipes, an optimized aluminum fin-structure and an all-copper base-plate, yet puts up a weight of merely 480 grams.

Fast dissipation of heat from the fins is managed by the pre-mounted 120 mm Glide Steam axial fan, which rotates in a range between 400 and 1.400 rpm thanks to the PWM-support. The noise level varies between inaudible 5,3 dBa to still very silent 28,0 dBA. Although being very silent, supplied Glide Stream axial fan is able to move from 63,49 to 165,10 cubic meter per hour, respectively 20,7 to 79,0 cubic feet per minute. Similar to other Scythe CPU Cooler models, Kotetsu can also be equipped with an addition case fan, to create a Push-Pull constellation.

Another great feature of the new Kotetsu CPU Cooler is its compact size of 130 x 58 x 160 mm (W x H x D). Hence allows it to be used even for gaming systems based on Mini-ATX and Micro-ATX form-factor. Such systems have usually high restriction when it comes to the height and size of the built-in components. Scythe utilized the „H.P.M.S.” mounting system in addition, to assure an easy and fast mounting procedure.

Compatibility to a big variety of sockets is yet another specialty of Scythe. The Kotetsu CPU Cooler supports the Intel sockets LGA1150, LGA775, LGA1155, LGA1156 and LGA1366 as well as AMD sockets AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1 and FM2. All required mounting clips for the screw-based mounting system, alongside one wrench and thermal grease, are supplied as well.

Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler is available at a price of $38 / €28 / £23.

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