Mozilla Bans Popular YouTube Unblocker Add-On

One of Firefox’s popular add-ons has been kicked from the repository after repeated bad behavior, and it is unlikely to come back. The YouTube add-on uses a list of proxy servers to circumvent geoblocking of YouTube videos, which in itself is a very useful feature, but one that you’ll have to find another add-on for from now on.

The latest of multiple issues with the popular browser add-on that already accumulated over 250 thousand downloads started last weekend with a user reporting an issue on the Mozilla bug tracker. After installing the add-on, his anti-virus software alarmed him right away that it had blocked a download coming from a third-party website which had been flagged as malware by Avast Anti Virus.

On further examination, the user found out that the add-on was altering the browser settings and disabled the add-on signing feature preventing unauthorized installs, AKA add-ons that haven’t been signed or certificated by Mozilla. After disabling this security feature, the YouTube Unblocker add-on then went on to download another add-on called Adblock Converter from a third-party domain via an unsecured connection, an add-on that is categorized as malware and isn’t to be found in the official add-on library. To make matters even worse, users without proper anti-virus or anti malware solutions wouldn’t even know that this extra add-on was installed as it wouldn’t show up in the about:addons page either and it would reinstall itself again if a user managed to uninstall it in safe mode.

This is far from the first time that this add-on has been under investigation for bad behavior, last time in June 2015 where they were caught circumventing the official guidelines for add-ons with update code that bypassed the official Mozilla review process. Before that, they were caught tampering with search results and sending data back to the company without the users consent or knowledge, even when the user opted out of the feature.

Luckily for users who need a geo-unblocking feature for their Firefox browser, there are plenty of other alternatives to choose from.

ASUSTOR NAS Are First To Support Brand-New Kodi 15

While Kodi 16’s alpha is making headlines in some places for its upcoming features, Kodi 15 is the latest official and full version. ASUSTOR are the first NAS manufacturers to support Kodi 15 on their 50, 51, 61, 62, and 7 series NAS devices; All those with HDMI out.

Multimedia streaming and direct play is one of the main reasons many people invest in an NAS in the first place and as such it’s nice to see the manufacturers hurrying to get the best experience out to their users. As part of that, ASUSTOR will also release AiCast soon, a powerful and dedicated remote mobile app for Kodi. With AiCast users will be able to conveniently select media and control playback on Kodi from their local network or even remotely.

Kodi  15 brings some nice new features such as a chapter selection window for mkvs and other containers that support chapters, adaptive seeking where the time jumps will get larger the more you press the seek button, and the audio and subtitles can now be selected from a list rather than a spinner. The Language Add-Ons also got an overhaul and are no longer dependent upon release. The overall add-on manager has been reworked too, making it easier to find the add-ons that you’re actually looking for.

If you, like me, are the lucky owner of an ASUSTOR NAS that supports Kodi, then the update is a breeze. Just log in to your ADM control panel and head to your App Central to select the update. All done.

I’ve upgraded mine and it’s a great one. Now I’m looking forward to Kodi 16 getting out of tis alpha stage, so I can enjoy features such as non-linear stretching and the option to select “none” for preferred subtitles.

Orbweb 4.0 now available for Thecus Windows-Based NAS

Thecus’ Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials NAS got an upgrade and Orbweb 4.0 is now available for the range of devices. Orbweb 4.0 is the latest version of the robust remote web access application and it provides media streaming, webcam monitoring, and allows users to view, edit and transfer files. Users will be able to remotely access files via a web browser as well as mobile devices anytime and anywhere without the use of third-party servers.

The new Orbweb.me 4.0 includes a redesigned user interface, increased support for multimedia files, compatibility with Windows 10, as well as timeline view and snapshot for webcam monitoring.

It now supports the mkv, mpg, ogv, avi, ts, webm, flv, rmvb, mov, m2ts, wmv, and 4k file formats, and also give users the joys of on-the-fly transcoding that automatically adjusts resolution based on bandwidth and screen size available. Windows 7 and 8 were already supported in the previous version and now Windows 10 is supported as well. Android and iOS devices can also be used and they’re the most common on-the-road devices.

The webcam monitoring function is pretty cool, allowing you to turn your NAS into a surveillance station with motion detection and email notifications. The new version adds a timeline view and snapshot, and the one-click activation icon allows convenient control of webcam monitoring activities. All the recorded data will then naturally be stored on the Windows-based Thecus NAS or one of its mounted drives.

Thecus Windows Storage Server NAS include a one-year subscription for the Orbweb.me Ultimate Version. Mobile versions can be downloaded from Google Play and the iOS App Store while the latest PC version can be found on https://orbweb.me/. It is to be noted that the Windows version requires Java.

 

Phantek Enthoo Mini XL Super Micro Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


A few months ago, I reviewed the gorgeous Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV Micro-Tower Chassis and I loved it enough to award it with our Editors Choice Award. This week, we’ve gone a lot further up the Phanteks range, to take a look at their mighty Mini XL Now, the world mini might not imply that this is a big chassis, but it certainly isn’t mini at all, and we’ll show you why that is in just a moment.

Features

Enthoo Mini XL includes 2 x 140mm fan in front and 1 x 140mm fan in the rear. Ability to upgrade to additional fans is possible. All fans included are Phanteks’ new redesigned and better performing SP series fans.

Appearance

  • Sandblasted aluminum faceplates with matte finish
  • Multi-color LED light strips
  • Stealth interior design

Cooling

  • Extreme cooling capacity
  • Support for up to 14x 120mm / 8x 140mm
  • Comes with 3 Phanteks premium fans
  • PWM fan hub plus 2x y-splitters allow for 8 fan connections* (11 fans max with additional y-splitters sold separately)
  • Extensive water cooling support. Provides up to 5 different installation areas for slim and thick radiators varying from single to triple (120mm and 140mm form factors). Clearance for push-pull fan configurations.

Functionality

  • Dual removable harddrive cages
  • 2x removable Drop-N-Lock SSD brackets
  • Fully equipped with dustfilters (1x top, 1x front, 2x bottom)
  • Removable top panel for easy fan installation and dust filter cleaning
  • Compartment for fan installation in top panel
  • Clean cable management using Phanteks’ preinstalled Hoop-N-Loop cable ties
  • Mod friendly structure uses screws NOT rivets
  • 10 color ambient lighting controller
  • 2x USB 3.0, microphone, 3.5mm audio jack

The Mini XL comes with support for Micro-ATX motherboards, despite being a little bigger than most mid-towers and almost as tall as some full-towers. It also comes with support, through the purchase of some additional brackets which I have at my disposal today, for mini-ITX motherboards. What’s important to mention is that this isn’t an either-or situation, as it’ll support both a Micro-ATX and a Mini-ITX motherboard simultaneously!

“The MINI XL introduces a new form factor, super micro ATX. With its unique power supply location, the Mini XL case has been redesigned with optimal cooling in mind. Resembling the Enthoo Primo, it offers extensive water-cooling possibilities and supports the thickest radiators in the market (80mm). The case brings modularity to a new level. Almost every single panel or bracket can be removed or relocated to serve different purposes. For the ones who desire even more, the Mini XL leaves options for additional upgrades. Pherhaps the most interesting one is the possibility to transform the MINI XL into a dual motherboard system.” – Phanteks

One of the biggest features of this chassis is its water cooling support and the best way to demonstrate this would be the video below. It’s obvious that water cooling enthusiasts are going to love this chassis!

In the box, you get everything you need to get you started, from hard drive and water cooling adaptor brackets, as well as a lovely mini component box for all the screws you’re ever likely to require.

First things first, I’m pretty sure this chassis is coated in some kind of military grade paint used for stealth jets. In a well-lit room with a camera flash for extra light, it still manages to look dark black; that’s not a bad thing, but it’s terrible for some of my photographs. The left side panel features two windows, the larger one on the left, then a smaller one on the right to show off two extra SSD mounts and the Phanteks logo on the inside of the chassis; a great way to show off your fancy SSDs.

The right side panel comes with two ventilated sections with magnetic dust filters on the interior. The one near the front can be used for cooling fans or radiators, or just passive cooling for the hard drive bays dependent on your internal configuration of choice. The section at the rear is for the PSU, which is side mounted in the top right of the chassis.

The front panel looks really cool, with a mixture of curved edges and bold shapes. You can see that the has an extended took to it, with the main section sort of floating from the bottom and right sides of the chassis, which comes with a ten colour LED light strip, further adding to that “floating” effect. This extended design means the chassis is quite wide, but that will help drastically with radiator support, as well as the dual motherboard configurations that are compatible.

Around the back, you’ll see all kinds of crazy things going on. There’s a PSU mount in the top left corner, a universal 120/140mm spacing fan and radiator mount on the right, then down at the bottom you have your Micro-ATX motherboard mounting. Now, it’s worth mentioning that the radiator panel as well as the small panel in the bottom right corner can be unscrewed completely, lifted out of the chassis and replaced with an alternative panel to allow you to install an SFX PSU and Mini-ITX motherboard on top of all the usual hardware; don’t worry, we’ll be doing that shortly.

The top panel is vast, allowing huge amounts of ventilated airflow for a wide range of fan and radiator configurations as you saw in the video at the start of this review.

The front panel is tucked to the right side of the top of the chassis and comes with the usual power controls, two USB 3.0 ports and HD Audio jacks.

Instead of smaller feet, the chassis has two long feet that run the full length of the chassis, giving it extra stability; There are six tough rubber pads to help keep it firmly planted on your surface of choice. There are two dust filters that cover the full length of the chassis, and what’s really nice is that these filters can be removed from the left side of the chassis, making maintenance a much easier task.

OWC Announced Accelsior S PCIe Card for 2.5-Inch Drives

Other World Computing, or OWC for short, has specialized itself in SSD and memory upgrades of both Apple and PC devices over the last 25-years and as such their latest product doesn’t come as a big surprise. The new Accelsior S PCIe card brings 6GB/s speeds to any system with a PCIe slot.

It isn’t a normal SATA controller, but you are rather meant to mount the drive directly onto the expansion card. This has ups and downs as it doesn’t require you to have a free drive slot but in return mostly is suited for SSDs that have a lighter weight and no vibrations.

“The Accelsior S provides legacy Mac Pro, PC tower, and Thunderbolt interface expansion chassis users with storage expansion and a speed bump,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. “This is a fantastic upgrade for the legacy Mac Pro, which is speed limited by its native SATA 3Gb/s architecture. The Accelsior S is fully equipped to support the flexibility and full speed of a cutting edge 6Gb/s OWC SSD.”

In return, you get another high-speed SATA 6Gb/s port for your system that might lack this natively. Many people, and especially the last generation intel users, are limited to two SATA3 ports and for those this could be a great way of adding a third high-speed drive to the system.

No extra drivers are needed and the drive attached to the card can also be used as the boot drive in your system.

It isn’t the cheapest add-on on the market and will set you back $57.75. You do on the other hand get a great products that is backed by a three-year warranty and US-based 24/7 technical support.

Guild Wars 2 Beta Testing New Expansion

Many games have DLC and expansions. Some of these are made even before the game has been released and they are just left to be unlocked after a certain time. Guild Wars 2, on the other hand, has been around for nearly 3 years now and is yet to see any expansions. However, on the 26th of May, closed beta testing of “Heart of Thorns” begins.

Guild Wars 2 has seen updates that add new areas and tweak gameplay, but it has yet to see a true expansion. Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns isn’t going to up the level cap of 80 for your characters, but instead introducing a Mastery System. This offers master abilities such as hang-gliding and new collections that can earn legendary weapons.

The new adventure will take place in the Maguuma Jungle, it will include a new storyline and events along with new challenging boss battles. To aid you in the quest to conquer the jungle, there is a new profession being added with the expansion. The Revenant, which is heavily armoured and equipped to channel legendary powers of the Mists.

If this doesn’t tempt you into starting a new character, there are specialisations for your already matured character which allows you to unlock weapons that were previously unavailable, as well as new skills, traits and unique mechanics which will give your characters profession a new feel.

Another addition that Heart of Thorns brings, is that of a new game mode. Called Stronghold, in this PvP game mode offers a new way to play, you gather supplies and battle for control of heroes in an attempt to defeat the guild lord.

There are additions that allow you and fellow guild members to build a guild hall in the jungle of Maguuma. A new WvW map called Borderland.

To get in on the beta testing action there are a few hoops you have to jump through, but I’m sure there will be plenty of streamers out there ready to show off the new content. The beta is to specifically test the stability of the new PvE event structure along with using the new Revenant profession.

Testing is scheduled as follows:
– 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) to 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7)
– 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7)
– 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) to 9:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7)
So look out at those times for the live streams, or if you are one of the lucky ones that got to beta test, make sure you are free!

Gat out of Hell, New Saints Row Unveiled at PAX

Voliton had promised the announcement of a new project at PAX, and they came through with it. As expected it’s an addition to the Saints Row series, more specific it’s a standalone expansion to Saints Row IV and is called Gat out of Hell.

Many people were expecting a new game in the series, and while I’m sure that already is in the works as well, this is “just” an addition to the last game. In this version the crew is playing around with an Ouija board when their beloved boss suddenly gets sucked into hell. The crew, always up for an adventure, doesn’t need long to decide to follow him for a rescue.

[youtube width=”800″ height=”600″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fteDOwbT3Q[/youtube]

Users who wish to play the new hell game don’t need to own the original, as it’s a standalone version, with everything included. It should launch in January, on the 27th, next year and cost $20. I for one am looking forward to blowing up some daemons with my dubstep gun.

Thank you Voliton for providing us with this information.

Image and video courtesy of Voliton.

Minecraft Gets Halloween Themed Texture Pack

It appears that Minecraft fans will get a little treat and no trick this Halloween. A Halloween Themed Texture Pack has been released and is available free of charge for Xbox 360 users. 4J Studios has been releasing texture packs and add-ons for Minecraft on the Xbox 360 at a rapid pace over the last few months.  Alongside the title updates 12 & 13, the studio released Minecraft Mash-up Packs, and Natural Texture Pack that recently hit the Xbox Live Store.

What do you get in it you ask? Basically the all themed zombies, creepy castles, pumpkin head environments, for example jack-o’-lanterns, screaming trees, slimy rivers, skeletal remains, black cats and much more. Players can even build their own Halloween world, so if you don’t have any plans for that night, you can have loads of fun playing around with Minecraft’s Halloween environment (and maybe even make a creepy map to scare your friends with).

Hurry up though, the offer is limited and the last day to get the Halloween Themed Texture is the 3rd of November. You can download the pack from the Xbox Live Marketplace here.

Thank you PlayXBLA for providing us with this information.
Images courtesy of PlayXBLA.