Cyber Warfare Could Become A Specialist Combat Unit In The US

The saying goes that “to be prepared is half the victory”, this is never more the case in the modern day when everything can change in a split second. With the modern day battle happening months and even years before the first shot is fired, warfare happens every day on the internet attacking the minds and systems of countries with no warning. In response to this growing threat, cyber warfare could soon become a specialist combat unit within the United states military.

Currently, anything relating to cyber warfare is united as part of a “sub-unified command” beneath the U.S. strategic command, but reports are coming in that Defence Secretary Ash Carter may be looking at turning the cyber command unit into a full combatant command.

This would put cyber warfare on bar with the nine that currently operate within the U.S. military including six commands based on their geographical areas (Pacific, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Central and Southern command) and three based on their areas of specialty, such as the transportation command, strategic command (those in charge of nuclear forces) and special operations command groups. Moving out from strategic command to become the 10th COCOM (Combat Commander Exercise combatant command) would be a big step in realising the threat of cyber warfare and the steps that countries need to take to protect people beyond the lines of maps.

Corsair Releases New SFX SF600 and SF450 PSUs

Building compact high-performance systems can be troublesome in many areas, not because people lack the skills, but because there was a lack of components to do so on the market. We’ve seen an increase in compact motherboards and graphics cards that still deliver great gaming and workstation performance, but there has been a shortage of quality power supplies with high ratings, actually there’s kind of only been one up until now.

We already had a little preview during our visit to CES in January and now Corsair is ready to release their new SFX power supplies with proper certification and a fully modular connection system. The two new power supplies are the Corsair SF600 and SF450 that come with 600W and 450W respectively.

Compact system builds have an additional challenge besides the component size and that is the available cable routing space. With that in mind, it’s great to see that the new SF600 and SF450 power supplies come with a fully modular cable system. You can detach all cables from the unit itself for easy cable routing while building and minimize the cables in the chassis to only those you need.

Corsair is well known for their power supplies and they didn’t skimp out on their new SFX series either. The units are fully 80Plus Gold certified for an optimal efficiency and less heat generation. Speaking of heat, the Corsair SFX PSUs are built with a 90mm fan featuring Zero RPM Fan mode. The fan is only turned on when it is needed and only spins as fast as it is needed. The small you make something, the better the build quality has to be.

The small you make something, the better the build quality has to be in order to have a long lifespan. That’s taken care of in the SF-series by the use of 100% Japanese capacitors and the units are backed by Corsair’s well-known 7-year warranty.

The SF450 is available immediately worldwide from Corsair’s worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors. The SF600 will be available shortly and is available immediately for pre-order. The MSRP is set to $89.99 and $119.99 respectively, excl. Tax.

 

Enermax Announces the Revolution X’T II PSU

Enermax launched their Revolution X’T series of Power supplies a few years back and now they are back with the successor to the series, the Revolution X’T II power supply. The new line of PSUs is built with the best components such as 100% Japanese capacitors as well as quite a few awesome features.

The Enermax Revolution X’T II power supply will be available as 450W, 550W, 650W, and 750W models and all of them come with the 80 Plus Gold certification and part of that is thanks to the use of 105°C Japanese electrolytic capacitors for maximum durability and stability.

The flat and modular cables help you to run a neat setup where you can leave out all the cables that you don’t need. Fewer cables make for a better-looking build and it also helps to decrease resistance and allow for a better airflow in your system. Speaking of air flow, the Revolution X’T series comes with a 139mm fan made by Enermax themselves and utilizing the patented Twister bearing fan to offer low noise at the same time as a long lifespan.

Another feature that will help to prolong the lifetime of the Revolution X’T series is the patented HeatGuard, also known as Fan-delay. It will keep the PSU fan running for 30 to 60 seconds after shutdown to dissipate the remaining system heat and thereby prolong the system life. Enermax also added all the relevant normal protections such as OCP (3.3V/5V), OVP, OPP, SCP, and SIP.

The power supplies are rated for 24/7 usage at 40 degrees which again is a sign that the PSU should live a very long time due to the use of components. Enermax also backs the units with a 5-year warranty.

The REVOLUTION X’t II series will be available in the retail market in February 2016, so that will be any day now.

Hp Envy 34 – A Curved All-In-One Pc

More often than not the reveals regarding PC’s are most exciting when they involve things like the Surface Book Microsoft revealed yesterday. Today I can happily say that may not be the case. HP have just unveiled their new 34-inch desktop PC and it has caught my eye for several reasons. Behold the HP Envy 34!

The first thing you may notice about the image above is the lack of the giant tower, normally hidden under a table or to the side. That’s because the Envy 34 is an all-in-one PC, this means that your tower and screen are built together into a single item to sit on your desktop. The screen it features it’s not just for show either, as well as being a curved display to help comfort you as you scan from one side of the 3440×1400 resolution screen to another, you’ll be viewing approximately 4.9 million pixels.

HP are proud of the display, citing it offers 99 percent of the SRGB colour gamut. What this means is the colour is pretty close to what it is actually meant to be, a patch of silvery snow colour will appear as silver snow, not white.

Featuring an i5 or i7 Skylake graphics card the PC is set to pack some processing power too, with the option to add a GTX 960A if you want some extra graphics force in your machine. Supporting either 8 or 16GB of DDR4 ram, and anything from a 128GB SSD to a 2TB hard drive you are going to be happy with the memory it comes with, all of which start at $1,800 (Approximately £1175).

All I see when I look at it is the transparent screens from the Minority Report control room, but are you interested in the device? Do you tend to shy away from all-in-one PC’s or are you up for anything that fills the spec?

Thank you PC World for the information and images.

Oculus Rift Outlines Cost For Release Model

The oculus rift has taken the world by storm, offering virtual reality to a wide range of people for a whole series of uses. With the CEO, Brendan Iribe, stating that the headset and a computer powerful enough to drive it would cost roughly £1000, people are now looking forward to a release date that could soon be announced. In another released statement the company founder, Palmer Luckey went into discussing the price of the headset itself.

At the Oculus Connect Conference Luckey was asked about if the release price for the oculus rift would come in at around the same as the developer kits that are currently being sold. Priced at 350$ (around £230) it is not a small price, but not a huge one. This was however before this little gem,

“You know, I’m going to be perfectly honest with you. We’re roughly in that ballpark…” said Luckey, “but it’s going to cost more than that. And the reason for that is that we’ve added a lot of technology to this thing beyond what existed in the DK1 and DK2 days.”

Meaning that the rough ballpark of £230 could go out the window very quickly, with it later being stressed that a lower price point wasn’t of concern to the development team and they were instead more focused on making sure the quality wasn’t compromised.

Are you interested in the Oculus Rift? Do you own one or have you got a development kit? What are your thoughts on it?

Thank you Ars Technica for the information.

 

SuperFlower Presents New Gunmetal Grey Power Supply @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – Power supply manufacturer SuperFlower has unveiled a new power supply design. This is a brand new Gunmetal Grey power supply. It will most likely be based on the same internals as the rest of the Leadex range, just in a different coloured case. The ‘Gold’ branding suggests that this will feature an 80PLUS Gold efficiency rating.

Looking at the modular cable inputs, the design is slightly different to all of the current SuperFlower power supplies, which suggests that this could be a brand new model. It features 7 ‘universal’ plugs and 2 motherboard plugs and an eco switch for low power draw tasks. The size of the power supply leads us to believe that it features a 140mm fan when compared to other SuperFlower units and that it could have a potential wattage between 650W and 1300W. However, with technology rapidly changing, this could well be a higher wattage unit.

We look forward to hear of the official specifications of this power supply and can’t wait to review it. We will keep you updated with any news and events from the rest of Computex 2015.

ASUS to Release Gigabit Wireless Router

The ASUS RT-AC55U will provide users with not only 1200Mbps dual AC wireless capabilities, but Gigabit LAN will also come standard all for the low price of under $200 US. This information comes about not long after ASUS have released their previous Gigabit-enabled units, with the main difference being the some small now-standard features and capabilities.

The AC55U offers 802.11ac wireless transmission, set at 2.4GHz frequency providing speeds of up to 300Mbps, however it gives the ability to provide 5.0GH bandwidth of 867Mbps. This new release is said, by sources, to contain a Qualcomm chip offering, without any known specific model published. They also claim that the AC55U uses radio-gain antennas, providing two more to the user than the previous models issued to the public.

As far as wiring and features go, the AC55U will provide similar specifications previous models, as we have stated. The most important release features will include; four Gigabit LAN ports, NAS support, smart set-top box compatibility, smart TV integration, USB 3.0, FTP capabilities, 3G/4G sharing, UNPnP AV server support, DLNA server support and offline download capabilities as standard issue.

The management software is said to remain as ASUSWRT, supporting QoS bandwith allocation, traffic monitoring, various AP modes and up to four multi-SSID functions. Officials haven’t yet confirmed the price and date of release, however reports and rumors claim that it will come into the market between $180-$220 US.

If you’re looking for a decently priced router that offers all the bells and whistles, it seems like ASUS are going to be providing the goods.

Informationand image courtesy of Chiphell

AMD A10-6800k & A10-6700 ‘Richland’ APU Review

It’s been a busy time of year in the CPU market, with Haswell now on sale and making its stand as one mighty processor for its size, it’s time for AMD to release their update to the Trinity APU platform.

Whilst Intel’s new Z87 platform has seen a vast improvement in performance over Z77, it still has one major downside for some people and this relates to the cost. A new ground up platform means that users need to buy a new Z87 board in order to use the latest fourth generation processors and on the top end of the scale, this can equate to a large hole in the wallet. This is where AMD’s APU platform makes a strong stand against Intel. Whilst they have got their FX line of CPU’s that can perform virtually neck and neck with the 3rd Generation offerings from Intel, they do lack a built in GPU.

The APU or Accelerated Processing Unit is something that AMD have been proud of for a while now and the Trinity platform showed that with the inclusion of HD Radeon graphics into the same chip as a quad core CPU, it was able to give quite a substantial amount of power, especially for the price.

Richland is the next generation of APU’s to roll out of the AMD factories and even though AMD have made it clear that their HD Radeon 8xxx series of discrete GPUs will not be around until the early part of next year, back at the start of the year they did state that their 8000 series mobile graphics would be making appearance way before then within notebooks and within their APU’s

So what extra is there to be had over Trinity? Well over the last generation chips, AMD is promising a boost of 30-40% in performance and the biggest shouting point of all is the total cost of upgrading. Whereas Intel users need to buy both a chip and board in order to upgrade, the Richland APUs will all work on the current line of FM2 A85X motherboards with a simple BIOS update.

Other new features within Richland include the new HD Radeon 8000 series GPU cores, with up to 384 shaders, 8xAA and 16xAF support, DX11 support, DisplayPort 1.2 support and a clock speed of up to 844MHz. On top of this the A10 APUs will now also have native support DDR3-2133MHz memory speeds and the chips as a whole will offer more voltage and frequency levels for overclocking meaning that we should see some chips that are easier to work with when taking them to the next level in terms of speed.