Control Your IoT Devices with WiFithing

A new open source Wi-Fi and ISM device from a UK startup hopes to centralise all your home IoT requirements in one simple hub. WiFithing is a simple smart device controller designed for entry-level users, meaning that no extra coding is required. Out of the box, it can control smart sockets, lighting, and heating, all via a PC interface or smartphone app.

WiFithing, which uses SSL encryption, can help you schedule when heating, lighting, and power sockets are activated – for both convenience and security – and for how long, while more advanced users can rig one of WiFithing’s slave devices up to motion sensors, gate openers, and gas and electricity meters.

The WiFithing master and slave boxes are low-power, meaning that users will not see their electricity bills increase for the privilege, and the devices can even run on battery power for added convenience.

Since WiFithing use open source software, its creators hope that industrious coders will help expand the range of IoT ecosystems the device can exploit. The software already supports the Orvibo ecosystem, and is looking into LightwaveRF and 433MHz support.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/180874809/wifithing

WiFithing is in the midst of its Kickstarter campaign, raising £11,519 in pledges of its £15,000 target, with 11 days remaining.

IGN Video About PC Gaming Shows You Can’t Spell Ignorant Without IGN

Gaming journalism is possibly one of the most distrusted professions and there’s a great deal of scrutiny surrounding critical scores. This is expected though as people are very passionate and knowledgeable about their favourite game franchise. Additionally, becoming a professional gaming journalist is a dream for many people and it can be frustrating to see hired individuals showing a complete lack of knowledge. IGN’s readership is absolutely massive, but also known for inconsistent reviews scores, and poor standards of writing.

Recently, during a round-table discussion, one journalist claimed PC gaming didn’t have any major recording software and lacked in this department compared to the Xbox One. This is laughable as prior to the latest consoles, recording footage on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 required a dedicated piece of hardware. In contrast to this, the PC has a huge array of software including XSplit, Fraps, Open Broadcast Software, MSI Afterburner, Shadowplay, Dxtory and more! Once again IGN’s complete incompetence surrounding the PC gaming industry and hardware defies belief.

The journalist in question, Sean Finnegan, attempted to defend his comments and said:

This response doesn’t evoke a sense of confidence and exemplifies IGN’s atrocious journalistic standards. To be fair, mistakes can happen, but this is a simple concept and doesn’t require years of industry experience to be aware of. Windows 10 now integrates a capture feature to make sharing footage incredibly easy. It’s no wonder gaming audiences around the world distrust journalists. Without sounding too harsh, it makes me question how someone could attain such an important job position while spouting rubbish. Finnegan’s remarks are akin to something you would hear from a devout Xbox fanatic.

As modern media changes, traditional print outlets are being closed down. Furthermore, IGN is becoming a laughing stock among a certain core demographic and these ignorant comments won’t help matters.

Chillblast Fusion Master Skylake Gaming PC Review

Introduction


Chillblast is one of the most prestigious custom-PC builders in the industry and offers peace-of-mind with an unparalleled 5-year warranty. This impeccable customer service and sensible component selection makes each system a worthwhile investment and reassures the less technically-minded customer. In the past, we’ve reviewed a number of intriguing designs including the cube-sized Fusion Nano 960 and value-orientated, Fusion Barbarian. Today, we are looking at the company’s top-tier Skylake system which features the mod-friendly, Cooler Master MasterCase 5 chassis.

The Fusion Master Skylake incorporates an i7 6700K overclocked to 4.6GHz, 16GB Corsair 3000MHz DDR4 RAM, GTX 980 graphics card, 512GB Samsung M.2 PCIe SSD and the highly-rated Cooler Master V750 power supply. Additionally, the CPU’s manual overclock is tamed by a Nepton 240M all-in-one water cooling unit which dissipates in an efficient manner. Chillblast also opted for a 2TB SSHD data storage drive which combines the affordability and some speed benefits from a traditional SSD. I’m also pleased to see the Asus Z170 PRO motherboard which provides exceptional voltage control, and overclocking headroom without costing too much. In total, the Chillblast Fusion Master Skylake is a well-rounded, high-end gaming system and perfect for UHD resolutions.

Specifications

  • Name: Chillblast Fusion Master Skylake Gaming PC
  • Case: Cooler Master MasterCase 5 Gaming Case
  • Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING Motherboard
  • Processor – Intel Core i7 6700K Overclocked to 4.6GHz
  • Processor Cooler: Cooler Master Nepton 240M CPU Cooler
  • System Memory: 16GB Corsair (2×8) 3000MHz DDR4
  • Main Boot Drive: 512GB Samsung SM951 M.2 PCIe Solid State Drive
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): Seagate 2000GB SSHD Hybrid Drive
  • Graphics card: Zotac NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Graphics Card
  • Power Supply: Cooler Master V750 750W PSU
  • Peripherals: Not Included
  • Monitor: Not Included
  • Optical Drive: None
  • Wireless: None
  • OS: Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Warranty: 5 Years including 2 Years Collect and Return in the UK
  • Price: £1699

Packaging and Accessories

The system is bundled in a humongous outer box containing thick brown paper which surrounds the chassis’ main packaging. This keeps the inner box perfectly in position and prevents the system from moving around during transit. I have to applaud Chillblast for going the extra mile here as they could have just used the case packaging to cut costs. Thankfully, their attentive and professional approach means cosmetic or mechanical damage should be virtually eliminated.

On the side, there are two large stickers indicating the fragile nature of this system and directions for the courier. With such a massive parcel, these small touches help to prevent any major accidents and demonstrate the company’s careful planning.

The MasterCase 5 is supported by two extremely durable polystyrene blocks which feel remarkably strong and quite difficult to tear. Each side is labelled front and rear, which makes it surprisingly easy to reassemble the case in its original packaging. Unfortunately, there was a slight rip to the top cover but this didn’t result in scratches or small mishaps.

Once the case has been removed, the user is greeted with a precautionary message from Chillblast. This is just a simple safety procedure as a foam insert surrounds the main components to stop any cables or fittings becoming misaligned. I’m a huge advocate of using these internal foam supports as they often ensure the system arrives safely. Rather interestingly, the foam piece must have received a small degree of impact, as the taped section had come undone and started to peel away. As a result, this emphasizes how vital it is to use these foam sections when sending out an expensive, and heavy system.

The accessories are included in a plain, cardboard box and divided into sections using polythene bags. There is also a wonderful troubleshooting guide which provides a checklist in-case the system has difficulty booting. Chillblast decided to use close-up colour images to help diagnose any malfunctions and make the user more confident when fixing system problems. 

In terms of accessories, there is a UK power cable, driver discs, component manuals, SLI bridge, additional power connectors, cable-ties, and a host whole of other fittings. I’m overjoyed when custom PC companies bundle all the retail accessories together and presume you might need these extras in the future when upgrading the internal components. Thankfully, Chillblast provides everything you need to change the stock setup.

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3D-Print Your Own TSA Master Keys

In a not too distant future your average person will be able to print their own door keys thanks to the technique of 3D printing. Which is great news for those who have lost there’s, not so good if some bright spark has created and uploaded the plans so that you can print your very own TSA Master Keys.

These keys were designed by the Transportation Security Administration following the 9/11 attacks to ensure the safety of travellers into and around the US by requiring any lock on bags to be branded as “travel sentry approved”. This is to enable airport security staff to carry out searches without having to break the lock or bag. These keys are meant to be kept secret; this was up until an article by The Washington Post which was uploaded in 2014 and conveyed a photograph of seven master keys. The respected news source finally took the pictures down in August 2015, but not before a security researcher by the username “Xyl2k” managed to both create and post 3D printing files of all seven master keys to code site Github.

Do they work? Yep, others have test printed them and it turns out you really can open other people’s luggage, sorry, I meant your own. below is a video which has been uploaded to Twitter concerning this.  This might be going off topic, but the source for this story is The Guardian, who decided to place an image to illustrate the story, what did they go for? see for yourself, the link is at the end of the article, let’s just say it looks to be potentially painful to a poor flyer.

“Xyl2k” has stated that the reason the plans were uploaded was to warn against the security flaws in “master keys” and the potential for them to be exploited as in this case. The laughable aspect concerns The Washington Post and their willingness to exist in a parallel universe, a month before the photos were published, the news source rallied for a so-called “Golden Key” which could be used by tech companies, this theoretical key would be then only used with a court order. The big glaring elephant in the room lies with the very fact that it could be copied and then misused by a wide variety of individuals, organisations and groups.

I do wish people would stop simplifying tech to the point of stupidity, for example, the general consensus from powerful officials is that encryption is bad, so why not simplify it and remove it. There is a philosophy term for this and it is called Occam’s Razor, the principle states that among competing hypotheses that predict equally well, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected. Therefore, The Washington Post has simplified the many outcomes by suggesting a “Golden Key” to be stored by various tech companies. The only problem with that is the many hackers which include state sponsored virtual safe crackers are smarter than your average David Cameron.

This article has been written on September 11th 2015 but would be published on the 12th, this may seem a bit late when reading this, but I would just like to take a minute to pay respects to the near 3000 people who tragically lost their lives on that day 14 years ago to the most brutal of acts.

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” –Nelson Mandela

Thank you The Guardian and Github for providing us with this information.

Overclockers UK Now Selling All be quiet! Products

There is some great news for all our UK based readers as Overclockers UK just announced that they entered a larger cooperation with be quiet! and became a master partners to sell the entire portfolio of BeQuiets products.

Be Quiet has been the market leader in PC power supplies in Germany for the past nine years and they have also won a lot of rewards in our reviews, and they are well-known for creating some of the best devices for people who desire silent operation at the same time as they still get the best performance. Overclockers UK was founded with the idea to sell overclocked CPUs with guaranteed performance and stability and has quickly become the go-to place for enthusiasts and modders.

“Overclockers are delighted to sign a master partner agreement with be quiet! in the UK. be quiet! are renowned for their excellent products in the PSU, cooling and chassis markets, offering tailored components for people who demand silent, high performance solutions. be quiet! will join our extensive range of market leading brands in the UK and we look forward to a successful partnership together,” said Glen Rhodes, Product Manager Overclockers UK

It is no surprise that these two have partnered up and it is great news for everyone in the UK that wants to get their hands on the latest and best Be Quiet products.

League of Legends Player Reaches Diamond Tier with Exactly 3,439,140 Mouse Clicks

The Diamond tier isn’t the highest level in the League of Legends title’s ranked mode, but it still is near the top and very hard to achieve. Players who want to climb up the ladder all the way to Diamond (at least) are said to put a lot of effort and time into the game, like three years and around three million clicks, according to a player’s statistic.

League of Legends and redditer r3as0n has reached the Diamond V level, the lowest of the top five tiers that Riot uses to separate each of the seven separate ranks.

Diamond is said to be the third rank, falling short behind Master and Challenger, making it a respectable level to achieve, even with the game’s big community. The redditer has even kept track of the total number of times he clicked the mouse in-game during rank mode and until reaching the Diamond rank.

“I use a Razor Naga MMO mouse for league of legends because i’m not a big fan of shift clicking + Ctrl clicking,” the ranked League player told Kotaku in an email this morning. “I like having the extra 12 buttons at my disposal for key-bindings.”

“I’m reluctant to say that the mouse is the MVP,” he added, “but i’ve had this mouse since 2010 and I’ve never had any issues with it.”

After the last successful qualifying match that placed r3as0n in Diamond V rank, the counter indicated a number of 3,439,140 mouse clicks. This statistic is not just numbers, it also shows how long players are required to play the game in order to just scratch the surface of the upper-most competitive high ranks.

The redditer also admits that he formed a lot of reflexes during his time spent in-game, helping him make quick-judgement and take swift actions during battles.

In the end, given the statistics captured by r3as0n and the high number of League of Legends players, we will probably not see a lot of Master or Challenger ranked characters in the title.

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information

Halo: MMC Xbox One Revealed, Shipping Worldwide This Month

If you are a Halo fan and haven’t had the chance to upgrade your Xbox 360 to the new Xbox One, then waiting a little longer won’t hurt. The Xbox One bundle with Halo: The Master Chief Collection has recently been announced and it will be available worldwide for $350.

The bundle contains the Xbox One console, along with a digital copy of The Master Chief Collection, which is comprised of the remastered versions of Halo 1 through 4 and some extra content such as Halo: Nightfall; the bundle does not include a Kinect device.

Though the Halo: MMC Xbox One bundle is said to be available in-stores this month, Microsoft stated that customers should check with their local retailers to find out exactly when it will be available in their area.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information

Play Snake with no Monitor on CoolerMaster’s QuickFire Rapid-i

Feeling a bit bored and looking for something extra to do? Work or school computers have locked down every game and Reddit links are all purple, even on the 120th page? It’s time to get yourself a CoolerMaster Quickfire Rapid-I mechanical keyboard which will give you the ability to play snake – without any monitor involved.

Jeroen Domburg has hacked CM’s new device, allowing you to play a classic game of snake as seen on the old Nokia phones – utilizing the back-light and arrow keys for all operation. Designed as a little side-project and something to make you look like you’re working, Domburgs hack see’s your snake travel across the whole keyboard face, picking up the tittle extenders along the way, making the game harder and your snake longer.

If you’re looking for an alternative to games on your smartphone and the possibility of looking like you’re working whilst at work, look no further than this handy crack.

Image courtesy of TechPowerUp

Amazon UK Refers to “The PC Master Race” in Poll

Once upon a time, Amazon UK allowed for users to vote for their favorite console of all time. According to “eight facts we learned from those entries”, the PC Master Race only missed the knock out cut by nine votes.

Confused? The PC Master Race is a commonly used term by heavy computer users, often claiming that the advances in computer technology outweigh that of consoles and referring to them as ‘peasants’. It is rumored that this term was first coined (or made popular by) well-known PC game reviewer “Yahtzee” from a series aptly named ‘Zero Punctuation‘, due to his fast talking nature. In this series he refers often to the ‘Glorious PC Master Race’ in his witty and informative gaming reviews – this is seen in the image above.

This information was provided to us through Reddit user LightninLew, courtesy of the /r/pcmasterrace subreddit. In the comment section, there’s the general slander for console gaming and it’s users – but as always an interesting appreciation for the of the older consoles, with one user stating “… I’m OK with this. PS2 was my childhood.” It’s an interesting loophole, whereas consoles such as the PS2, Nintendo 64 and SNES often seem to slip past the ‘console peasant’ stereotype. Could this be due to nostalgia?

Another user in the comment section defended the PS2 claim and likening it to the GameCube, claiming that “The PS2 and GameCube are what I at least consider the last “true” consoles – just plug in and play”. Further comments were made that due to the nature of PC’s being close to console architecture at that time, they’re exempt from the ‘peasant’ classification.

Cover image courtesy of STEAM
Inset image courtesy of Reddit

British Intelligence Agecy Accredits UK Master’s Degree in Cyber Spying

British Intelligence Agency, GCHQ, is said to have started accrediting six UK universities, which can now teach people the art of ‘cyber spying’. The degree initiative comes from part of the UK’s cyber security strategy published back in 2011.

The strategy itself is said to recognize that education is a crucial key to improving defenses against hackers and online fraud. Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, stated that cyber security is a key part of the government’s future plans for the British economy, emphasizing that it would make the “UK one of the safest places in the world to do business online”.

“Through the excellent work of GCHQ, in partnership with other government departments, the private sector and academia, we are able to counter threats and ensure together we are stronger and more aware.” Maude said.

Universities around the UK were required to submit their master’s degree courses for certification. At present, GCHQ-approved courses in cyber security can be found at Edinburgh Napier University, Lancaster University, the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway, University of London.

In addition to the previously mentioned universities, GCHQ is said to have given out provisional accreditation to Cranfield University’s cyber defence and information assurance course, and the University of Surrey’s information security course.

Thank you BBC for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of BBC