Block Star Wars Spoilers With a Little Help

Star Wars the Force Awakens is set to be one of the largest films of the year and with generations of followers waiting for the big release this Thursday it was only a matter of time before people started posting spoilers or concepts that could ruin the film if you can’t make it to the cinema in time. The BBC posted an article explaining several ways to avoid spoilers (or the film altogether), ranging from moving country to retreating from the online world as a whole.

We at eTeknix understand that this may not always be possible (who can go without their memes these days?). One approach someone has taken is a similar one to something people use every day, an adblocker. Adblockers detect ad’s on a website and unless whitelisted, stop them from loading avoiding the onslaught of sounds and videos that loud on most web pages. Force Block, a chrome extension, aims to do the same but with spoilers for the highly anticipated film.

With a white list function you can add websites you think are being flagged incorrectly but otherwise upon loading a page you are met with a dimmed web page and a warning stating that you could be ruining the film in one of many different messages inspired by the films.

Apple Releasing New Peripherals For Macs

One way you change how you use your technology is by changing the peripherals. The term peripherals covers everything from your mouse and keyboard to that USB Hub you thought you would never need. Apple intends to help Mac users change by releasing a new set of peripherals that will build on the success their last generation had. With three reworks of old peripherals, all experiencing changes lets see how they work out.

First up is the mouse with the smallest amount of changes, by removing the thin plastic plate at the bottom of the mouse (we will cover why they did this in a minute) and by making it slightly longer. Apart from that the Magic Mouse 2 is selling at $79, only a fraction more than the old $69 mouse.

Next up is the keyboard. Designed to sit at an angle the keyboard now has a natural slope to the metal sheet that holds it, this new metal design features keys which are ever so slightly bigger but still placed in the same location as the old keys. Simply by reducing the large gaps in between the keys they have managed to make it feel and work better while not giving you that awkward few days when your still getting used to that new keyboard layout.

Finally, you have the trackpad. Built on the same slope and in the same size it can now sit alongside the keyboard without sticking out like an eyesore. With a wider surface and the ability to click anywhere on the trackpad and with support for Force touch the new trackpad looks to help users all throughout. Sadly at $129 is not something I think you can just buy on a whim.

Finally, there is the little piece of plastic we have neglected up until now that was removed from the mouse. The reason is quite simple, there is no need for batteries. The new generation of Apple peripherals come with built-in batteries which can charge nine hours of power in two minutes thanks to the lightning cable. At full charge they are looking at around a month of use.

Are you excited about these new features to the Apple catalogue or are a little put off by the prices? Tell us in the comments.

Thank you The Verge for the information and image.

Beoing Develops EMP Weapon

EMP, a term used to describe what was once a weapon only in film and books. Electromagnetic pulse weapons were imagined as a counter to electronic tools of warfare, or even everyday life. They were imagined to destroy or disable electronic devices, with no damage to people or property. This may no longer be just science fiction, Boeing and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) have successfully tested an EMP based missile with “little to no collateral damage”.

Named CHAMP (Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project), the missile is designed to be launched from an aircraft, and then fly a pre-determined flight path, emitting bursts of directed high-powered energy towards a target the device has proven that it can knock out multiple targets with no damage to the buildings they are in.

Hollywood has long been in love with the idea behind EMP’s, with movies such as Red Dawn starring Chris Hemsworth, showing off how an entire country could be crippled by removing all those modern inventions and devices that we have come to love and rely on. With CHAMP’s reported success, EMP weapons may no longer be held to our screens and minds as Boeing are keen to continue testing and development with the hopes of deploying the device for active service as soon as possible.

You can see the video statement presented by Boeing below,

Thank you Boeing for providing us with this information.

Image Courtesy of the Daily Mail.

Google is Forced to Censor Negative Information through ‘Right to be Forgotten’

The law given by the European Union, forcing Google to remove links to information people wish to no longer have available on the Internet, is apparently working like a charm. It is so perfect that even criminals, higher-ups and even ordinary people can remove negative information about them, having corrupt politicians, pedophiles, murderers and others come out with a clean sheet.

One such example is a link to a BBC article about Stan O’Neal, former CEO of Merrill Lynch, who led the bank in mid 2000, a time when the mortgage crisis was at its peak. When it finally hit, Merrill suffered huge losses, having the bank sold to Bank of America. O’Neal lost his job as a result, having him exit the banking market with an estimated $161.5 million. The article in question has nothing wrongly written, but it does describe O’Neal’s incompetence during that period in time, having him selling the company without discussing the sale with the board of directors. And as history will remain history, having it removed will no longer be an example to avoid for young investment bankers.

Another notable example is about a former politician who wanted to remove links to a news article regarding his behavior when previously in office. By removing the article, he would have had a clean sheet, securing him a new position to run for. The news article in question is about the politician in question possessing child sexual abuse imagery. Yes, these are people representing nations, having one of the most important functions in a state and also, thanks to the ‘Right to be forgotten’ law, they can even stay ‘clean’ now.

Business insider was told by Forget.me, a company filing these types of request to Google, that they are currently filing around 250 requests per day, having the number of request and type of data to be ‘covered’ displayed below:

If this is not terrifying enough, then maybe the fact that the entire process is so non-transparent that the consequence for the individual is even worse than what the courts intended is. People who have done grave things in the past and we don’t know of just yet may well be our neighbors in the future. The EU law is indeed necessary for some cases, but the extreme cases in which the information could help avoid the same actions in the future, that is not meant to be erased. And yes, this should be terrifying for everyone.

Thank you Business Insider for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of Business Insider

Asus Unveil Their Z87 Lineup – Including Never Seen Before Models

With Haswell on a close horizon and Intel still holding the fort under close guard with regards to their 4th Generation chips, we’ve been seeing the lid slowly lift from each of the motherboard vendors on what their new boards will have to offer. Asus is next in line to show off some of their new boards from their Series , TUF (The Ultimate Force) and ROG (Republic of Gamers) lines and at each level they are offering up the best they can in terms of performance, user experiences, stability and upgrade paths.

Jackie Hsu, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Worldwide Sales commented “ASUS possesses the best research and development expertise, and as always we are confident that we offer our customers the finest quality with these new motherboards. We’re including a variety of media-praised exclusive features with each model, and are proud to announce that we have the most comprehensive Z87 motherboard launch line-up, all available simultaneously”

On the bottom end of Asus’ new line-up is a completely re-branded set of Series boards. The most notable part of this re-brand is the drop of the blue and black colour scheme that we have come to know with Asus entry level boards – the new colour scheme is based around a two tone yellow/gold, but thankfully this is not a shiny gold which would be rather displeasing to the eye. Whilst there are a number of boards in the Series range, looking at both ends of the range, Asus have covered all the grounds when it comes to compatibility – something which we have seen previously on their Z77 boards of a similar level. Between this board is a number of models that make a transition from a board for more mainstream builds, offering all the Z87 features. These include the Z87-C, Z87-PRO, Z87-PLUS and the Z87I-Delux (a mini ITX offering).

Top top end of the Series range see native PCI fully replaced with PCIe amongst other subtle changes. All the new series boards will see the integration of Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4-way optimisation, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 2 amongst other now offerings from Intel.

Moving up one stage and on to the TUF line of boards, this line only see some subtle changes with a full ATX board that in some respects looks very similar to the previous generation Z77 board. This is all because of the thermal armour that is laid across the PCB to keep the board as cool as possible and keep dust away from all empty slots with a series of Dust Defender plugs that fill empty ports. On the back of the PCB we see a new Fortifier metal plate that reinforces the PCB to prevent it warping whist in use and an airflow boosting valve design around the CPU power areas.

Making a fresh appearance to the TUF line-up is one of Asus’ many new boards. The Gryphon is a mATX version of the Sabertooth and like its bigger brother, it features all the same top quality components and features as well as the extended expected lifetime from its higher temperature tolerance. What is missing though is the thermal armour, however Asus will be supplying this separately and the two piece kit can be quickly mounted to the Gryphon’s PCB.

Top top of the new Z87 range is Asus’ top end ROG boards. These boards for a number of generations now have been renowned for their top end performance and overclocking abilities. New to the ROG line of boards and sitting mi-range is the HERO. This new board’s purpose is to offer mainstream the gamers the stepping stone into the ROG brand, but at a price point that is far more manageable compared to the flagship Maximus IV Extreme. As well as these two boards, Asus will also be launching an updated Maximus IV Gene and all these boards will feature Supreme FX audio as well as a new on-screen ‘Sonic-Radar’ that works as a viual overlay to any game to indicate the direction a proximity of a gun fire for example in a visual format.

The flagship Extreme board see a new overclocking tool, that unlike the previous generations OC-key is set to be far more user friendly and intuitive to use and alongside this in the Extreme box, users with find a 5.25″ drive bay adaptor to allow the OC Panel to operate as a fan control panel from the front of a case.

Coolermaster unveils their new “Force” case series: 500

Coolermaster released CM Force 500, a decent looking and affordable case with lot of features.

CM Force 500 gives you the possibility to install upto 6x fans and comes with a top mount for the power supply.

The VGA cooling vent allows you to install 120/140mm fan and 2x 120mm for the HDD. But the case comes with a single fan installed.

The dimension (W/H/D) of the case is 190 x 426 x 491.5 and weighs about 5.23 kg and CM advertises that this case lets you install up to 12.6″ with HDD cage and lets you install a cooler of up to 6.5″ in height.

The case supports mATX and ATX forum factory- and USB 3.0 via headers with the price of €39.99. For now, it will be available in Europe by Mid-February.