Scan Computers Unveils Awesome Skylake Bundle!

Many enthusiasts on older CPUs like the i7-2600K patiently waited for Skylake’s launch to upgrade their hardware. Unfortunately, Intel’s latest platform experienced supply problems in certain territories which led to eye watering prices on the flagship i7-6700K. In the UK, retailers were charging £100 extra compared to the i7-4790K which prevented many users from upgrading. Not only that, the i7-6700K actually costs more than a 6-core 5820K on the professional X99 architecture. Thankfully, Scan Computers has launched a superb bundle which might just be the package you’ve been waiting for. It includes an Intel i7-6700K, ASUS Maximus VIII Hero, Corsair H110i GT 280mm liquid cooling solution, 16GB Dual Channel Corsair Vengeance DDR4 3000MHz CL15 memory and ASUS Strix Glide mouse mat.

This makes it remarkably easy to overclock the CPU and you should manage within the 4.6-4.8GHz range. Please remember this does vary on the silicon lottery, but the H110i GT is an extreme grade cooler and backed by a 5 year warranty. Other important aspects to take into consideration is the motherboard’s superb SupremeFX audio, ROG software, gorgeous design and high-end components. As you can see, the package is designed for the extreme user who wants the ultimate in performance without moving to an X99 system.

In terms of pricing, the complete package costs £647.00 including next day delivery which is pretty good given the high-end hardware on offer. The only thing to be wary of is the 280mm radiator size, as older cases will struggle to support it. If you’re interested in purchasing the bundle, please navigate to this page. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the latest Skylake pricing and improvements compared to the previous generation. Do you feel the i7-6700K is still wildly overpriced? On my own personal rig, I decided to go down the X99 route instead based entirely on the poor value proposition of Intel’s top-end consumer chip.

SCAN Launches Black Friday Extravaganza!

Black Friday is finally upon us and retailers have started to slash prices on a number of items just before the holiday period. SCAN is the latest company to offer heavy discounts on computer hardware, and it’s certainly one of the best sales I’ve seen in recent memory! Some of the highlights include a Corsair K65 RGB keyboard for £79.99, EVGA GTX 980Ti Hybrid costing £499.99 with game voucher and huge selection of CPUs at cheap prices! Another bargain is the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset for £39.99 which features exceptional audio and rivals products twice the price.

The EVGA GTX 980Ti FTW is also £100 off and on sale for £449.99. This makes it the cheapest 980Ti to date and it’s a factor overclocked model with a sturdy backplate. If you’re looking for a high-end GPU, I doubt any deal is going to come close to this. On another note, the Corsair H110i GT is another unbelievable deal and on sale for £69.98. The closed-loop-cooler comes with a 5 year warranty, luxurious tubing finish and superb temperatures. It’s one of my favourite products from Corsair in the past few years and a wonderful hassle-free choice for overclocking purposes. It also looks incredible and features an RGB LED block.

Judge Votes in Favour of Apple in Bag Check Lawsuit

Sometimes we get asked to do weird things for work, some of them are as simple as working a couple of extra hours and some of them are a little more extreme, such as asking for an entire weekend of work. A group of Apple employees believed it had gone a little too far when they were asked to have their bags checked. Their lawsuit has since ended, with the Judge deciding that they do not deserve compensation for the time taken to have their bags searched.

District Judge William Alsup for the Northen District of California ruled on Saturday that the employees are entitled to no compensation. In his decision, he stated that rather than banning employees from bringing bags to work (in an attempt to prevent thefts from the stores) they could bring bags and personal Apple devices into the store for their shifts, but at the end of said shift they would have to have their bags checked, in case some of their merchandise had “fallen” into the bag.

While Apple has claimed that the bag checks are required in order to prevent thefts from internal staff, with a new policy making it mandatory that bags, purses and briefcases are searched upon exiting an apple store.

Have you ever seen a search in an Apple store? Has your employer ever asked something that didn’t quite make sense to you?

More Retailers Down – Another Round of DDoS Attacks?

It seems that the DDoS attacks which took down major UK retailers such as Scan, Aria and Novatech are far from over. We’ve seen reports and experienced issues first hand with sites like CCL Computers, Overclockers UK (and their Forums) and Chillblast all being hit last night and today with the sites being unaccessible.

You can try the sites yourself, but popular up-time checker Down for Everyone is showing similar reports. We’ve even seen Chillblast reporting on Twitter that their services have been down, but seem to be back up at the moment.

What’s weird about this attack is that its specifically PC system integrators and retail websites in the UK, so it seems someone has picked this market as flavour of the week. Scan have reported that they received an email asking for Bitcoins if they want their service restored, but it seems that none of the sites hit so far as stupid enough to pay, as that would open the door for further attacks, nor guarantee their recovery in the first place.

Could this be the same? It certainly seems so and we’ll be keeping an eye on the situation as it develops.

Have you noticed any major UK tech websites down today? Let us know in the comments section below.

UK E-tailers Taken Offline by DDoS Attacks

Yesterday, UK based e-tailers were the apparent victims of a DDoS attack that took Aria Technology, Novatech, and Scan Computers websites offline. Channelweb reported that Aria Taheri, the owner of Aria Technology said that after the business’s website was down for a few hours in the afternoon they received an email demanding a payment of 16.66 Bitcoins (£2,871.43). In the email, it stated that if they did not pay up that the culprits would try to take down the site for the entire Wednesday. Taheri also said that he understands that the problems being experienced by the companies are from the same DDoS attack, and that the other companies had received ransom emails as well.

Elan Raja III, the director of Scan said, “Scan are aware there has been some disruption in traffic and is investigating the cause”. Interestingly enough, today if you are trying to connect to Scan’s website you will notice that it is now protected by CloudFlare DDoS protection.

Back in February 2013 Aria website was hacked but they caught the people responsible by putting up a reward. Now they are hoping that the tactic will work again and are posting up a £15,000 bounty. So if you know who did the attack it is your time to cash in. The day that the culprits are threatening to attack Aria is their “prime day” where low prices normally drive a lot of business on its site. There will be no ransom paid as that will be sending the wrong message to nefarious parties.

Taheri went on to say, “These kinds of attacks are only designed to affect our website and make it inaccessible. However, [our customers’] information is 100 percent secure as we are PCI DSS compliant which is quite a strict web-security protocol. Also, the website unavailability will last for only a short period – a matter of hours – so the customers can always come back at a later time. We are not going to encourage more of these hackers by giving them Bitcoins, because that would only encourage others to come to us and blackmail us more. The message to the hackers is that I will spend a significant amount of money to bring them to justice. Our track record shows that we have done that before, and based on that track record I am fairly confident we can do that [again].”

Windows 10 Pre-Order Available at Major E-tailer

With Windows 10 nearly upon us, we’ve managed to get some inside knowledge that Microsoft have given the go ahead for retailers to accept pre-orders. While we’re unsure if this is limited to the UK at the moment, we can only assume that this would be a worldwide marketing push.

Scan Computers informed us that Microsoft had given them the go ahead and can only assume that other retailers will be following suit shortly after.

If you are in the UK, you’ll find all you need to know on the following link where you can choose between the home and pro editions and of course whether you want 32-bit or 64-bit.

Pre-Order here!

Scan Computers have also got a Windows 10 landing page live which can be found here.

Will you be buying Windows 10? Will you be pre-ordering it, or will you wait to see what the verdict is after others take the plunge?

 

Scientists Find a Way to Reveal Your Viral Past With Just a Drop of Blood

During our lifetime, we get exposed to dozens of viruses, but luckily our bodies are well equipped to deal with it. Our immune system produces antibodies to deal with foreign agents and make us well again. However, the antibodies tailored for these viruses tend to linger in our bodies prolonged periods of time.

A team of researchers from Harvard, MIT and Howard Hughes Medical Institute got a brilliant idea of making use of the above-mentioned antibodies and came up with a new method of revealing what viruses your body was exposed to. The method is called VirScan and it can reveal your entire viral history with just a drop of blood.

The method involves mixing a patient’s blood with a set of known human viruses. Each virus carries a unique protein signature that the antibodies are trained to identify and attack. This means that dropping a blood sample filled with antibodies in a pool of viruses will ‘activate’ the antibodies and tell the researchers which virus strains were targeted.

To test their theory, the researchers performed tests on 569 patients. The results revealed that, on average, we are exposed to 10 viral species, with some even being exposed to up to 84 viral species. VirScan has also proved to be a cheap testing method, allowing doctors to perform a variety of tests at once for about $25.

The researchers say that VirScan is not only about identifying your past viruses. The method can also be used for early detection of viruses such as hepatitis C and HIV, as well as give doctors more insight on some viruses we don’t quite understand yet.

Thank you Newsweek for providing us with this information

Could Your Smartphone Soon Have a 3D Scanner?

A new camera sensor designed at CalTech by researchers Professor Ali  Hajimiri may soon enable smartphones to take 3D scans. The new chip is called a nanophotonic coherent imager, and uses a form of LIDAR to capture height, width, and depth information for each pixel.

Professor Hajimiri explains “by having an array of tiny LIDARs on our coherent imager, we can simultaneously image different parts of an object or a scene without the need for any mechanical movements within the imager.”

The researchers have taken the expensive high-tech LIDAR and distilled it to a very small and inexpensive device that can maintain accuracy. They still have a bit of work on their hands though as the current chip only has 16 pixels on it and they will need to create a larger array on a chip to be able to scan items without moving the device around.

Source: The Verge

Google Admits it is Scanning Android Phones For “The Right Reasons”

You may not be shocked that the search engine giant, Google, is scanning every single app on your phone, even if you downloaded it from third-parties and not from the Google Store. But is it really doing it for ‘the right reason’?

Google has confirmed in a security report that it is tracking applications through their Verify Apps feature. This system is said to ensure that Potentially Harmful Applications don’t find their way into your Android phones.

“Google’s systems use machine learning to see patterns and make connections that humans would not,” Google explained. “Google Play analyzes millions of data points, asset nodes, and relationship graphs to build a high-precision security-detection system.”

While Verify Apps has been active for a few years now, Google added the Safety Net feature in 2014, granting it the ability to scan and collect data from all apps on your phone. Google stated that full device scans run once a week and by the end of 2014, over 200 million devices were being scanned every day.

In terms of what is actually being collected from your phone and apps, Google stated that it “only collects data needed to provide and improve device security”. While the company claims it is not collecting sensitive data, should you feel like you do not want to be tracked, you can turn off the feature by navigating to the Settings->Security section and disabling the “Scan device for security threats” feature.

Thank you BGR for providing us with this information

Scan Computers Booth at Insomnia i52

The Insomnia i52 event in Coventry, UK, is now in full swing and the crowds are flooding through the doors to check out the latest and greatest technology in the exhibitors hall. Our first stop this weekend is the Scan booth, they’ve got some really great stuff on display this time around, ranging from peripherals, PC cases, graphics cards and plenty of systems setup for people to take a seat and enjoy some gaming action on many of today’s latest games.

First up we have the new be quiet! chassis, which we’ll have in for review very soon, so stay tuned for more on this one!

The new Corsair RGB keyboard strutting its funky stuff.

The lovely new Air 240 kitted out with a custom water cooled build.

The robotic looking teletubby rocked up to say hi, awesome outfit, but I’m not sure why or what he was trying to promote.

The new Scan 3XS Battlebox Z, not cheap, but with a Titan in there, you know it packs some serious punch.

A custom 3XS system on display, The Bear.

 

More gaming rigs setup for people to drop by and play some games, each kitted with Corsair chassis and Asus peripherals.

A custom Red Harbinger desk fitted with a high end gaming rig, three monitors and a PlayStation 4.

Even more gaming rigs to play on.

Their ultimate racing rig setup.

More custom rigs and a sales desk for those wanting to purchase items, take advantage of even deals and more.

That’s everything from the Scan booth for today, but we’ll be back with more coverage of i52 very shortly.

Man Breaks Into Neighbor’s Apartment Using His Phone and An App

Andy Greenberg from Wired has apparently shown us how easy it is to break in someone’s house nowadays. You don’t need sophisticated lock-picking skills or need to be a professional thief to do it. All you need is an app and an iPhone, as he puts it.

Greenberg used an app called KeyMe, which lets users 3D scan any key and uploads the images to the company’s cloud. Once that is done, you can head over to either one of their kiosks or order a 3D printed copy online.

He apparently went to his neighbor’s appartment, 3D scanned his key in a few seconds using the app and told him that he will be back in his apartment the next day ‘uninvited’. His neighbor did not believe him at first (who would believe you when saying you will break an entry with an iPhone?), but it did surprise him the day after.

KeyMe, KeyDuplicated and Keysave are apps that serve pretty much the same purpose, which is scanning keys. Some even let you scan more complex keys, such as car keys, having KeyMe stating it will even duplicate keys that “do not duplicate”. The service however describes the scanning process to be more complicated than just point the camera and take a picture.

KeyMe states that in order to duplicate a key, customers need to take it off the keychain, scan it on both sides against a white background and from approximately 4 inches away. However, Greenberg told that he did not follow any of the rules when he made his ‘stairwell creep-scans’.

With so many app alternatives and 3D printing aid nowadays, every commercially available piece of tech can be used to break into houses, amongst other ‘unintended’ uses. As Greenberg stated, breaking an entry nowadays has proven to be quite “idiot-proof”.

Thank you Wired for providing us with this information

UK’s National Crime Agency Gives Two-Weeks Notice Regarding GoZeuS and CryptoLocker

The UK National Crime Agency warns the public to take advantage of a two-week notice in order to protect themselves from two major malware roaming the internet, the GoZeuS and CryptoLocker, which are responsible for transferring cash from online accounts and holding personal data for ransom.

The NCA stated that the alert is the most largest industry and law enforcement collaborations to this date and that the FBI’s involvement in several countries has weakened the global network of infected computers, meaning that the notice and prevention ahead of the malware activity can help diminish the infection chance.

GoZeuS, also known as P2PZeuS or Gameover ZeuS, and CryptoLocker are said to target all versions of Windows operating systems, including the ones running in virtual environment, servers or embedded versions. The agency also states that the malware is responsible for transferring hundreds of millions of pounds around the world.

In the case where GoZeuS cannot transfer significant amounts of money from a personal computer, it is said that CryptoLocker is called as a back-up plan, locking the user’s personal data and holding it for ransom, currently price at 1 Bitcoin. The recent estimate of infected systems is said to be at 15,500 PCs in the UK alone.

The infection is said to occur by clicking fake links or attachments in e-mail sent by people in the contact book who have already been infected by the malware. The NCA recommends users to always keep their software up to date and check their computers for infection using antivirus software.

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

Newegg Reportedly Heading To Europe, Including the UK, As Early As This March

If you’re living in the United States, Canada, China or Taiwan, then you should know or have even used Newegg to buy all sorts of electronic devices, including PC hardware. The online retailer of hardware and software was founded by Fred Chang, a Taiwanese immigrant, in 2001.

Since then, it had a substantial amount of requests from potential European customers, however with no indication of the services being available in the region anytime soon. However, things are about to change in the near future.

The online retailer has recently announced that it will be bringing its services to Europe, including the UK. Newegg has planned to start business with its potential customers as early as this March, however the retailer is said to start a ‘soft’ launch at first in order to test the waters before becoming more confident about its shipping and supply lines.

Newegg allegedly claims to have 25 million registered users and 8.5 million subscribers to its regular email bulletins, numbers that look set to grow if the company can find a way to stand amidst competition like Amazon, eBuyer and the British PC-specialist Scan.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information

Cross-Platform DDoS Botnet Warning Released By Security Researchers

A new DDoS Botnet has the ability to infect both Microsoft Windows along with Linux-based systems, according to the Poland Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). Unlike many cyber-based attacks, this botnet is only interested in launching DDoS attacks to knock certain servers and websites offline.

The Linux-based botnet reportedly handles dropping servers, while the Windows-based botnet easily hijacked consumer PCs. “Most servers that are injected with these various scripts are then used for a variety of tasks, including DDoS, vulnerability scanning, and exploiting,” according to security expert Andre Dimino, in a blog post. “The mining of virtual currency is now often seen running in the background during the attacker’s ‘downtime.'”

Seeing DDoS attacks to turn zombie PCs into an effective botnet isn’t Earth-shattering news, but this cross-platform attack is relatively unique. As bitcoin mining and launching attacks to impact certain companies is easily done when using unsuspecting machines.

Thank you Tweak Town for providing us with this information
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Smithsonian X 3D Collection Allows You To 3D Print Your Own Models

The Smithsonian is looking to put history into the hands of many more people around the world. Already on a mission to scan, digitise and create 3D models of nearly anything and everything they have, the Smithsonian is now also allowing you to download the 3D models and print them yourself.

3D printing can’t go more than a day recently without something cool being said about it, and being able to print your own models from their collection is another great addition for the 3D printing community.

The collection is already pretty vast and can be browsed using an in browser 3D viewer, with everything from fossils, historical artefacts and even the Wright Flyer.

It seems then that people and organisations around the world who really need to take a look at the shape and form of a Mammoth skeleton could always just print one of their own, and while that maybe impractical, it’s certainly easier than trying to find a real one of your own.

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Thank you Smithsonian for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Smithsonian.

Microsoft Demo Code-Entry Via Kinect 2.0 On Xbox One

One thing I hate about my Xbox 360 is that I use store bought top up cards for Xbox Live. Entering the code can be a bit of a fiddle, especially with the on screen keyboard and a controller to navigate it. Microsoft have a solution for this and now you won’t have to type your codes in at all.

Microsoft’s gaming front man Major Nelson uploaded a video to Vine to demonstrate the feature and how fast the  new Kinect camera can scan the Xbox Live code.

This might not sound much, but it is a feature you will come to appreciate. This could just be a taste of the extra features and benefits that will develop for the Kinect camera over the next few years.

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Thank you Pocket Lint for providing us with this information.

Facebook Changes Privacy Settings To Make All Users Searchable

Facebook has been through numerous changes in the last few years – some that pleases its users, and a number of which don’t. In their latest move, a change has been made to the privacy settings of its entire user base which will now allow anyone to search for them as one would any other person.

Up to this point, there has been the option to ‘hide’ yourself from search results through an option known as “Who can look up your Timeline by name?”. In a turn of events however it has been discovered that this did not stop people from being discovered in other ways, such as clicking on your name if it appeared in their news feed of via graph search which showed all users within a certain area.

In an interview with ABC News, Bradley Shear who is a specialist lawyer in internet privacy and social media said “Facebook has over a billion users, even though only a small number of users used this privacy option, that can still mean millions of users.” Whilst it is not known. nor will Facebook disclose how many users have opted for this feature, there is certainly going to be a large number of people who are to be affected. Facebook will be informing people of this change to their settings via a message that will appear at the top of their news feed informing them that people they don’t know will be able to see their activity.

Michael Richter, the Chief Privacy Officer for Facebook quoted: “People told us that they found it confusing when they tried looking for someone who they knew personally and couldn’t find them in search results. The best way to control what people can find about you on Facebook is to choose who can see the individual things you share”

How this is going to affect Facebook in the long run is a time will tell matter, but as Richter suggests, if you don’t want people other than those you know seeing one of your posts then there are still options available to restrict the posts visibility.

Do you use this option? How do you feel about this move in privacy settings? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: ABC News

Nvidia Announce GeForce GTX BattleBox Program – 4K Gaming Systems

Nvidia have recently announced their new GTX BattleBox program. As part of the program Nvidia is teaming up with system builders across the world to bring Nvidia powered systems capable of ultra high resolution 4K gaming. In the UK Nvidia has teamed up with Scan, PC Specialist, Chillblast, Cyberpower, Dino PC and ComputerPlanet. In the USA Nvidia has teamed up with Digital Storm, Falcon Northwest, Origin and Maingear. Worldwide they have teamed up with over 30 system integrators.

These elite gaming PCs will bare the “BattleBox” branding and come with an Intel Haswell CPU, 4K Monitor and a dual Nvidia GTX 780 configuration or higher. They are designed to be able to push 4K gaming to the very limits. “Systems will be branded with special “BattleBox” insignia, in addition each system will be kitted out with an exclusive NVIDIA SLI bridge with an illuminated GeForce GTX Claw; this has been asked for by gamers since we revealed its existence alongside the GeForce GTX TITAN” says Nvidia.

More details can be found here (UK) and here (USA).

Image courtesy of Nvidia

Amazing Deal At Scan: MSI GTX 670 2GB Overclocked Graphics Card

Scan have not long recently received stock of the MSI GTX 670 Overclocked graphics card. They are now officially in stock and have shipped over 120 units just today. The 2GB MSI GTX 670 Overclocked Graphics Card really is an amazing deal and is truly cheap as chips at just £179.60 inclusive of free next day delivery.

To sweeten the deal up even more, you’ll find an added bonus of a free Splinter Cell Blacklist game too

The battle continues with the epic price wars seen by major retailers over the past weeks, and this is by far the best price for a GTX 670 2GB graphics card in the UK

Be sure not to miss out and order yours here.

Retailers see unexpected GTX Titan sales

With Nvidia launching the GTX Titan graphics card today, several retailers have seen some quite surprising results.

After speaking with retailers Overclockers UK and Scan, they have both seen a very strong launch with the GeForce GTX Titan with initial strong sales.

With a high price point and a niche market, we all had to wonder how well sales would do and from what we can see, it’s a very good time for Nvidia, their board partners and retailers in general.

Both Scan and Overclockers are expecting stock to arrive within the next weeks so consumers should have plenty of choice for purchasing this mammoth of a card.