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Intel Looking to Unload McAfee

Category: General News
Posted: June 27, 2016 02:38PM
Author: Nick Harezga

It is being reported that Intel is planning to sell its cyber security division, which came about with the 2011 purchase of McAfee for $7.7 billion. McAfee is probably most widely known as the company behind the popular antivirus software. The move follows previous indications from Intel that it was looking to distance itself from the PC market, as well as announced plans to cut up to 12,000 jobs.

Source: Reuters



Sunway TaihuLight Dethrones Tianhe-2 as Fastest Supercomputer

Category: General News
Posted: June 20, 2016 04:35PM
Author: Nick Harezga

For the first time in three years there is a change at the top of the Top500 supercomputer rankings. The Sunway TaihuLight at the National Supercomputing Center in China has taken over from Tianhe-2, also located in China. The TaihuLight has maximum computational power of 93 petaflops per second, dwarfing the 33.9 petaflops per second of Tianhe-2. The system has 10,649,600 cores across 40,960 nodes with 32GB of RAM per node, for a total of 1.3PB of RAM. TaihuLight manages to also be more power efficient than Tianhe-2 despite having more than triple the number of cores, with power utilization of 15.37MW compared to 17.8MW for Tianhe-2. All of the CPUs in TaihuLight are the ShenWei SW26010, a 260 core 1.45GHz 64-bit RISC processor developed a China, a move that is likely unrelated to the United States embargo of high-end processors to Chinese supercomputing centers. According to Top500, TaihuLight will be put to use "in research and engineering work in fields including climate, weather and Earth systems modeling, life science research, advanced manufacturing, and data analytics."

Source: Ars Technica



Razer Announces HDK 2 VR Headset

Category: General News
Posted: June 13, 2016 03:15PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Razer has been a big part of the Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) project since the beginning, with more partners joining the project over time. The team is on hand at E3 this week and is using it to show off its own virtual reality headset, the Hacker Development Kit 2 (HDK 2). The HDK 2 was described as follows: "The HDK [Hacker Development Kit] 2 is equipped with custom designed lenses and an OLED dual-display for a total resolution of 2160 by 1200. It also includes IQE (Image Quality Enhancer) technology for a reduced screen door effect. Capable of displaying VR experiences at 90 frames-per-second, the HDK 2 hardware specifications are comparable to the best virtual reality headsets available now." With this announcement, the VR headset market continues to present more options to consumers, which will hopefully create a better environment for all parties. The previously released HDK remains available at a price of $299.99, "but the quality of the experience and the screen doesn't compare favorably to the Vive or the Rift." The HDK 2 is expected to be available in July at an MSRP of $399.99.

Source: Polygon



Microsoft to Purchase LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion

Category: General News
Posted: June 13, 2016 08:26AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

I am not sure if anyone saw this coming, but it has been announced that Microsoft intends to acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share, which comes to a value of about $26.2 billion, in an all-cash transaction. The Boards of Directors of both Microsoft and LinkedIn unanimously approved this acquisition, so all that remains before the deal closes is approval of LinkedIn's shareholders, satisfaction of some regulatory approvals, and customary closing conditions. The deal is expected to close this calendar year.

 

 

Source: Microsoft



Plex Support Comes to NVIDIA Shield TV

Category: General News
Posted: June 9, 2016 03:12PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Plex is a popular piece of software used to turn your computer into a media server for streaming "music, photos, movies and TV shows." Users need to have an always-on device such as a PC or NAS, but an update from Plex has changed that. Support is now being added for the Android based NVIDIA Shield TV, marking the "first time Plex has worked without the need for a standalone media server running 24/7." The Shield TV is a sufficiently powerful system and with 500GB on-board storage and the ability to expand through USB, it should be a nice alternative for users that don't want to dedicate a system to the task. Plex is working with NVIDIA to iron out the details with a firmware and software update expected later this month. Plex addressed the move stating, "The SHIELD offers the perfect mix of capabilities for us to be able to enable this functionality. In the future we’d like to expand to support accelerated transcoding on other platforms, as well."

Source: Tech Crunch



be quiet! Demos Multiple Products at Computex

Category: General News
Posted: June 6, 2016 03:47PM
Author: Nick Harezga


be quiet! was on hand at Computex last week with products in the case, water cooling, CPU cooling, case fan, and power supply categories. The focus for the show was on the Dark Base 900 and 900 PRO, a case with "high flexibility through high modularity." The motherboard tray is removable for test bench setups and can also be inverted or slid up and down to make room for other system components. The maximum drive capacity is two optical drives, seven 3.5" drives, or 15 SSDs. Three SilentWings 3 PWM 140mm fans are pre-installed with support for a maximum of 12 case fans ranging in size from 120mm to 200mm, with larger fans accommodating less total fans. The PRO model adds a tempered glass side panel, five color LED strip, and mobile device charger. Both models will launch on June 28 at an MSRP of $199 for the base model and $249 for the 900 PRO.

The Silent Loop is an all-in-one liquid cooling solution in configurations of 120mm for $109.99, 240mm for $129.90, and 280mm for $149.90. The Pure Rock Slim is a tower cooler with support for both Intel and AMD CPUs with a 92mm fan and a cost of $27.90. The Silent Wings 3 case fan uses PWM and is available in sizes of 120mm or 140mm with prices ranging from $20.90 to $23.90. The Pure Power 9 is an 80 PLUS Silver certified PSU available in capacities of 500W for $55.90 and 600W for $65.90.

Source: Press Release




DEEPCOOL Shows Multiple New Products at Computex

Category: General News
Posted: June 1, 2016 03:57PM
Author: Nick Harezga


When DEEPCOOL launched the GENOME in 2015, the company sought to combine its expertise in cooling and case design into a single product by creating a case with an integrated all-in-one liquid cooling solution. It has now improved upon the design and in doing so has obtained Republic of Gamers certification. The New Ark furthers the innovations first presented in the GENOME, utilizing a 100% aluminum design, integrated RGB lighting, a side air channel, support for 420mm radiators, and vertical GPU installation. The all-in-one liquid cooling is provided by a CAPTAIN block/pump, 360mm radiator, and three PWM fans. The Neptwin RGB is a new air cooler which features "patented wrap–around appearance design and optimized fins and heat pipes." The MF360 is a new case fan with all-metal frame and an RGB lighting controller that offers multiple configurations that are easy to change.

Source: Press Release




HyperX Adds Professional Basketball Player to Roster

Category: General News
Posted: May 31, 2016 04:19PM
Author: Nick Harezga

As the popularity and reach of eSports continues to grow, companies are always looking for a way to expand the market for their products. Kingston has made the latest attempt to expand mainstream appeal by signing NBA player Gordon Hayward to an endorsement deal. As the newest member of the HyperX family, Hayward "will exclusively use HyperX gaming headsets, will be featured in marketing campaigns, regularly stream gaming sessions, conduct giveaways and make appearances for the brand starting today." I remember him competing in a StarCraft II tournament in the early days of the game, with him managing to make it a few rounds into the bracket. Hayward described the move stating, "As an avid gamer and professional athlete, I know how important it is to have the best equipment to compete and I’m excited to have joined the HyperX team to represent their gaming gear and build upon their reputation of having the most comfortable and best sounding headsets on the market."

Source: Press Release



Corsair Unveils Range of New Products at Computex

Category: General News
Posted: May 30, 2016 04:52PM
Author: bp9801

When it comes to computer hardware, Corsair has you covered for nearly everything. Soon, it's going to have even more to offer, with new memory, fans, cases, and even gaming. With Computex rolling along, it's the perfect time for Corsair to showcase the new items, as well as its Build It Better campaign to help enthusiasts get the most out of their gear (or mod to their heart's content). We start with the new memory, as Corsair is showing off the Vengeance LED and Dominator Platinum Special Edition kits. Both of these DDR4 kits offer something unique, with the Vengeance LED featuring integrated lighting and a new heat spreader design, and the Dominator Platinum Special Edition with aluminum finish heat spreaders for a unique look. The Vengeance LED features LED lighting in either red or white and are billed as the company's fastest ever, with the Samsung ICs coming in at speeds of 4,333MHz and above. The Dominator Platinum Special Edition uses top bin Samsung ICs for maximum overclockability and snazzy looks, thanks to the brushed black aluminum or chrome heat spreaders.

Moving to the fans, Corsair's ML PRO and ML PRO LED models feature a brand-new bearing and custom rotor designs for high static pressure and airflow. The Magnetic Levitation bearing technology is an ultra-low friction bearing that creates less noise while providing higher performance than other bearings. The ML PRO fans feature PWM control over a 2,000RPM range, letting you get maximum airflow or ultimate quiet, and anything in between. The ML PRO LED fans feature the exact same, but with lighting directly in the fan hub that then radiates out into the frosted translucent blades for an intense lighting experience. They also have swappable corners in the same color as the LED to better color match the design. The ML PRO and ML PRO LED fans come in 120 and 140mm sizes.

For the cases, the Carbide 400C is getting a new facelift with a white and black color scheme. The interior is all-black, while the exterior is white with some black accents. Of course, it still has the full-sized side window to show off the interior, a drive bay-less front, and integrated PSU cover to keep the clean look.

Wrapping things up is the gaming side, with the BULLDOG and LAPDOG for some living room entertainment, and the Hydro GeForce GTX 1080, otherwise known as the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 SEA HAWK. This GTX 1080 features a Corsair Hydro H55 liquid cooler to help boost its cooling potential and make overclocking even easier. It also runs nice and quiet, giving your games that extra muscle when needed. As for the BULLDOG and LAPDOG, the former features support for VR gaming, while the latter lets you comfortably use a mouse and keyboard from your couch or recliner.

All of the new Corsair products will launch in the third quarter of this year, except for the Carbide 400C White, which arrives this June. The BULLDOG and LAPDOG are both on their way now, with the BULLDOG DIY kit out now and the complete system out in the third quarter. The LAPDOG is also available now.

Source: Press Release




RIOTORO Adds Three Categories to Product Offerings

Category: General News
Posted: May 30, 2016 03:08PM
Author: Nick Harezga

RIOTORO used Computex 2016 as the platform to announce that it will be expanding its product offerings to an additional three categories, keyboards, power supplies, and liquid coolers. The Ghostwriter keyboard will be available with either Kailh brown mechanical switches or membrane keys. The mechanical offering will have full RGB backlighting while the membrane version will support eight colors. Both will be available in the second half of this year at a currently unannounced price. The Onyx PSU carries an 80 PLUS Bronze rating with capacities of 450, 650, and 750 watts. The Enigma PSU has an 80 PLUS Gold rating with capacity of 750 watts. Both utilize a semi-modular cable system and will be available in the third quarter of this year. The Bifröst is an all-in-one CPU liquid cooling solution with a 120mm or 240mm radiator. The 120mm version has an MSRP of $84.99 and the 240mm has an MSRP of $99.99.

Source: Press Release




Google Unveils Tensor Processing Unit and Google Home

Category: General News
Posted: May 18, 2016 02:58PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The yearly Google I/O developer conference was held today and the company unveiled a pair of interesting projects, the Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) and Google Home. The TPU is a custom chip developed by Google with "an order of magnitude higher performance per watt than all commercially available GPUs and FPGA" according to CEO Sundar Pichai. Google has been testing the TPUs in its data centers for over a year and even used some to create the AlphaGo computer that defeated Lee Sedol at Go. Pichai expanded on the TPU in a blog post, describing it as a great platform for machine learning, which is "more tolerant of reduced computational precision, which means it requires fewer transistors per operation," going as far as comparing it to an ASIC. The TPU may not be able to compete with traditional CPUs for everyday use but the early results from Google indicate that in the right hands it could be a tremendous tool.

Google Home is the company's answer to devices such as the Amazon Echo that target a connected home. The device is smaller than the Amazon Echo and includes the ability to specify what speakers you want to play sounds through. Aside from that, the feature set appears to be similar to that of the Echo. It is expected that the Home will be available sometime this year, but no price was given at the conference. It will be interesting to see how the Home is able to distinguish itself from competitors, and if it will be enough to convince users to switch devices. I bought the Echo at launch and have found it be rather useful, and I can't see the Home going far enough above the Echo for me to make the switch.

Source: PCWorld and Fortune



Old Malware Continues to Plague Systems

Category: General News
Posted: May 17, 2016 03:06PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Research conducted by Check Point as part of its April 2016 Threat Index indicates that the Conficker worm continues to be responsible for one in six malware attacks, despite first being discovered in 2008. Joining it at the top of the rankings are the Sality virus and the Zeroaccess worm, which have been around since 2003 and 2011, respectively. As malware continues to advance in its complexity and reach, it is quite alarming that malware first introduced nearly a decade ago remains the most prevalent. Numbers like this should help to further emphasize how important it is to be mindful of your actions when using a computer, and continue to keep your system up to date to protect yourself as best as you can.

Source: WCCF Tech



Raspberry Pi Zero Adds a Camera Port

Category: General News
Posted: May 16, 2016 03:16PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The Raspberry Pi Zero was released in November 2015 as the smallest and cheapest iteration of the popular computer, at a cost of just $5. Customers eager to get their hands on the device have faced some difficulties as the Pi Zero sold out almost immediately and continues to do so with all new stock that becomes available. Users now have something else to get excited about as the Raspberry Pi Foundation has discovered that "the same fine-pitch FPC connector that we use on the Compute Module Development Kit just fits onto the right hand side of the board." This allows the standard Raspberry Pi camera module to be attached through the use of a custom cable, adding even more utility to the tiny device.

Source: Raspberry Pi Foundation




Solve Some Challenges and Win a GeForce GTX 1080 in NVIDIA's Order of 10 Contest

Category: General News
Posted: May 10, 2016 07:27PM
Author: bp9801

Contests are a wonderful thing. Everybody loves contests, the chance to win some cool prize or a big prize. In the case of this new one from NVIDIA, it's both. The NVIDIA Order of 10 Contest kicked off today, with 10 challenges offering 100 chances to win one of 1,000 prizes. What's up for grab? Well, each day 50 winners will receive an Order of 10 T-shirt and another 50 will receive Order of 10 pins. Oh, and one winner each day will get an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition video card. Everybody who plays and gets the challenge right is entered for a chance to win an Elite Game Ready PC featuring an Intel Core i7-5820K processor, two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition GPUs with new SLI HB bridge, 32GB HyperX Fury DDR4-2666  memory, a VR HMD,  and Windows 10 Home 64-bit. That's a pretty good haul.

These challenges are kind of unique, since they're based on Pascal's triangle. It makes sense given the GPU powering the new cards are named for Blaise Pascal, but don't expect an easy time trying to solve it. There are a lot of clues to pick up on, and then once you have the answer, type it in the field and see if it's correct. A new challenge will appear nearly every day, with the final one on May 23. The contest is open to residents (18 and over) of all 50 US states and D.C., Canada (except Quebec), the UK (minus Northern Ireland), Germany, Denmark, Finland, and France. Good luck!

Source: Press Release and Contest Website



Tune Into NVIDIA's Twitch Stream Tonight for a Special Event

Category: General News
Posted: May 6, 2016 10:44AM
Author: bp9801

We are starting to get into the fun time of the year, the time of Computex and E3, where new games and hardware is introduced to the public. Many of the items aren't intended for release right away, at least for the games, but the hardware typically isn't too long of a wait. Sometimes things get announced a little early, which is exactly what NVIDIA is planning to do tonight. NVIDIA will stream, exclusively on Twitch, a "Special Event," where it will unveil... something. Nothing is really known right now exactly what NVIDIA is going to unveil, so it's anyone's guess. It could be the new video card line, such as the GTX 1080, 1070, and 1060, or it could be for some new game, maybe Battlefield 5 or a new VR experience. Really, NVIDIA isn't saying anything, so right now it's all just speculation. Maybe NVIDIA will throw us a curveball and announce plans for world domination. That's probably too much, at least right now. My money is on a new video game it's partnering up to show or just maybe its next video card line.

The Twitch stream starts tonight at 6pm PST, so be sure to check it out to see what NVIDIA is announcing!

Source: Press Release



New AI Software on the Way From Creators of Siri

Category: General News
Posted: May 5, 2016 03:46PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Before Siri was a staple on all of the latest iOS devices, it was created at the Stanford Research Institute by Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer and Tom Gruber, who sold the company to Apple in 2010. The team then started to work on its next endeavor, another Artificial Intelligence project named Viv. Viv aims to "take things one step further than Siri," allowing users to complete actions from start to finish without any physical interaction with their devices. This advanced functionality is made possible through partnerships with popular applications such as Uber and Grubhub. The team plans to show off the software at an industry conference on Monday, providing an excellent platform to bring attention to the new platform.

Source: Mashable



Samsung to Release ARM Based Computer Board

Category: General News
Posted: April 28, 2016 04:29PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Samsung has a great deal of experience with ARM based chips due to the platforms popularity in the mobile phone market, and the company is now looking to transfer that experience into an ARM based computer board. The Artik 10 is entering the market that started to takeoff with the Raspberry Pi, and the offering from Samsung boasts an eight core 32-bit ARM CPU, Mali T628 MP6 graphics chip, 16GB of flash storage, and 2GB of LPDDR3. The latest Raspberry Pi beats the Artik 10 on CPU power as it uses 64-bit CPUs, but the Artik wins in graphical power and external connectivity. The ability to play HD video at up to 120 frames per second opens up a lot of possible uses for the Artik 10 including HTPCs and kiosk systems and its plethora of connectivity options make it a great choice for many other applications. Samsung has also created the Artik Cloud which is "an open platform through which a wide range of devices will be able to talk to each other." This plays into Samsung's "grand plan to equip homes with Internet-connected appliances like refrigerators, ovens, washing machines and bulbs starting next year."

The Artik 10 beats the Raspberry Pi 3 in some areas and falls behind in others, and with a price tag of $99.99 vs. $35 it isn't necessarily an easy choice in either direction. I don't personally know anyone that uses a Raspberry Pi, but many of my friends and former classmates have been rather creative with other platforms such as the Arduino.

Source: PC World



Intel Continues Shift Away From Focus on PC

Category: General News
Posted: April 27, 2016 04:34PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The PC market has been in decline for some time now, with an increasing number of people choosing tablets, smartphones, and other devices. As a result of this trend, PC focused companies like HP, Intel, and AMD have seen revenue and profit decrease as they attempt to adapt. Intel has done a good job up to this point with 40% of revenue and 60% of profits coming from outside the traditional PC market, but the company says it isn't enough and has outlined a new five point strategy to continue its transition. CEO Brian Krzanich described it is a way to move "from a PC company to a company that powers the cloud and billions of smart, connected computing devices." The plan includes an increased focus on cloud infrastructure, connected "things," memory, network connectivity, and manufacturing and fabrication.

The move could hurt the overall PC market if the shift in focus causes a drop in the performance of Intel CPUs, but could also present an opportunity for new players to enter the market and challenge the dominant market share of Intel and AMD. At the same time, it could be a potential boon for the areas that Intel is choosing to focus on as the company has long provided high performance solutions in areas such as SSDs and network cards.

Source: PC World



HTC Offering Support for VR Development

Category: General News
Posted: April 26, 2016 12:19PM
Author: Nick Harezga

HTC is planning to help speed up the adoption of its virtual reality headset, the Vive, by launching an accelerator program for startups interested in developing VR technology. The program, known as Vive X, is starting with a pool of $100 million and is taking applications in Beijing, Taipei, and San Francisco. The goal of the program is "to offer mentorship, help securing investment, and access to VR tech, doing things like temporarily providing office space and hosting demo days for potential investors." HTC isn't doing this entirely out of the goodness of its heart as it will seek "a small amount of equity" in exchange for investments between $50,000 and $200,000. Its partnership with Valve in creating the Vive should put the device on a strong track in the gaming market, but the Vive X program could certainly help increase its presence in other areas.

Source: The Verge



Amazon Now Offering Standalone Prime Video Subscription

Category: General News
Posted: April 18, 2016 04:52PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Amazon Prime was the first foray of the company into subscription based services, but it certainly hasn't been the last. Amazon has since expanded its services to include Kindle Unlimited, Prime Video, and Cloud Drive. Prime Video offers a similar service to Netflix and has also recently increased its focus on original programming with popular offerings such as Transparent. Until now, Prime Video has only been available to subscribers of the main Prime service, but Amazon has decided to begin offering a standalone service at a cost of $8.99 per month. For now it seems to make sense to keep paying for your normal Prime subscription and getting the video service included, unless you don't like the two day shipping option.

Source: Tech Crunch



Microsoft Files Lawsuit Against US Government Over Data Requests

Category: General News
Posted: April 14, 2016 04:30PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Earlier today Microsoft filed a lawsuit against the United State Justice Department in the District Court in Seattle. The subject of the lawsuit is Section 2705(b) of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which "allows the government to obtain secrecy orders preventing companies from letting their customers know when their data is the target of a federal warrant." Microsoft feels that this violates the First and Fourth Amendments, but recognizes that "secrecy may be needed in some cases." The main objection of Microsoft is that the number of requests seems to be increasing and the majority of the requests have no end date. Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith addressed the lawsuit, stating "We believe these actions violate two of the fundamental rights that have been part of this country since its founding. These lengthy and even permanent secrecy orders violate the Fourth Amendment, which gives people and businesses the right to know if the government searches or seizes their property. They also violate the First Amendment, which guarantees our right to talk to customers about how government action is affecting their data. The constitutional right to free speech is subject only to restraints narrowly tailored to serve compelling governmental interests, a standard that is neither required by the statute being applied nor met by the government in practice here."

Source: WCCF Tech



FBI Paid Hackers to Gain Access to iPhone

Category: General News
Posted: April 13, 2016 03:40PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Late last month, the FBI dropped its fight to force Apple to help it gain access to an iPhone used by the San Bernardino terrorists, but declined to reveal how it was able to access the phone. According to "people familiar with the matter," the FBI was able to gain access to the phone by paying professional hackers who were able to find an exploit. The FBI was then able to create a hardware device that would allow it to disable a feature that erases all data on an iPhone after 10 incorrect attempts to enter a four digit PIN. The exploit is said to only work on the iPhone 5C with iOS 9, which the FBI describes as a "narrow slice" of phones. The government has not decided if it will release details of the exploit to Apple and Apple has said it won't pursue legal action to force the government to do so. FBI Director James B. Comey described the thought process of the Bureau, stating "they’re going to fix it and then we’re back where we started from."

Source: The Washington Post



Roku Announces Third Generation Streaming Stick

Category: General News
Posted: April 5, 2016 04:04PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Roku is one of the biggest names in the home streaming market, and the company has now updated its lineup with the third generation of the Roku Streaming Stick. As the "lower-cost streaming service," the Streaming Stick is priced at $49.99 and has a similar form factor to the Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV Stick. The latest iteration features a quad core processor that provides "8 times the processing power of the prior version" and puts it ahead of the previously mentioned competitors. After an update to the mobile app, users will be able to listen to their content through the app and a pair of headphones. The device is powered by the latest version of Roku OS, version 7.1, and gives access to more than 3,000 streaming channels and 300,000 movies and TV episodes.

Source: Tech Crunch



New Rumors of a Refreshed Xbox from Microsoft

Category: General News
Posted: April 1, 2016 09:06AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Lately there have been several rumors going around the Internet that Sony will be releasing a PlayStation 4.5. Well it appears Microsoft is not content with being left behind as a new rumor predicts the coming of the Xbox φ (Xbox phi). For those who do not know, φ is the Golden Ratio, a value with some interesting characteristics. For example φ2=φ+1 and φ-1 equals the square root of φ. It can also be found in various works of architecture, as the ratio seems to be pleasing to the eye, which is appropriate as the refreshed Xbox will provide better visuals.

If we do a little math, because φ is approximately equal to 1.618, the Xbox φ is a 0.618 improvement over the Xbox One, which is more than the 0.5 improvement the PS4.5 represents over the PS4. There is no word yet on if Nintendo might try to transcend both companies by releasing an NX e (≈2.718), or skip directly to an NX π (≈3.142).

Source: An Irrational Mathematician



Razer Announces Ripsaw Capture Card

Category: General News
Posted: March 30, 2016 03:59PM
Author: Nick Harezga


With the increasing popularity of live streaming video games and services like Twitch, many companies are releasing products aimed at the growing market. Razer is the latest to throw its hat into the ring with the Ripsaw capture card. Capture cards help to streamline the process of broadcasting your stream by "capturing the media in real time and broadcasting it via services like Twitch and YouTube before passing it on to your screen and speakers." The Ripsaw allows users to operate at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second, giving some of the best streaming performance available. The Ripsaw will be available with an MSRP of $180.

Source: Tech Crunch



FBI Gains Access to iPhone Without Help from Apple

Category: General News
Posted: March 28, 2016 03:19PM
Author: Nick Harezga

When we last checked in on the saga of Apple vs. the FBI in regards to the former being compelled to help break iOS encryption to access the iPhone of the San Bernardino terrorists, some Apple employees said they would rather quit than break the encryption. The government has informed Apple that it will no longer require its assistance as it has successfully accessed the iPhone in question. This was revealed today in a court filing that stated "The government has now successfully accessed the data stored on Farook's iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple Inc. mandated by Court's Order Compelling Apple Inc. to Assist Agents in Search dated February 16, 2016." The announcement can be considered a victory for Apple and its many supporters who felt that giving the government access to the phone could set a dangerous precedent and compromise the security of iOS.

Source: Apple Insider



Google Introduces Machine Learning Service

Category: General News
Posted: March 23, 2016 03:26PM
Author: Nick Harezga

At the Google Cloud Platform Next conference in San Francisco earlier today, Google announced a private beta for a Cloud Machine Learning service based on its TensorFlow product. The service will utilize data collected in other Google services to create a custom machine learning model that "handles data ingestion and training and then uses the resulting machine learning model to make predictions." Google hopes that this new service and its ability to export to other products will help set it apart from competitors like Amazon and Microsoft.

Source: PCWorld



iMessage Flaw Puts iCloud Data at Risk

Category: General News
Posted: March 21, 2016 03:42PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have discovered a flaw in the encryption used by iMessage that could allow attackers "to decrypt photos and videos sent as secure messages." Professor Matthew Green alerted Apple to the suspected flaw but after the company didn't fix the problem, the team decided to exploit the flaw to prove it. The team created a server to act as an Apple server and then intercepted encrypted photos which included a 64-digit key that could be used to decrypt it. After thousands of attempts to brute force the key, they were able to view the photo. Apple has fixed the exploit in the most recent version of iOS, version 9.3, which released today. The researchers are holding off on releasing more in depth details about the exploit until after users have had some time to update their systems, which Apple is recommending you do as soon as possible.

Source: Computer World



ProtonMail Exits Beta, Offers End-to-end Encryption

Category: General News
Posted: March 17, 2016 04:36PM
Author: Nick Harezga

ProtonMail was created by people who were "motivated by demand for email that could not be monitored in the wake of Edward Snowden’s charges of U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropping on citizens (and other governments.)" For the past two years it has been in an invite only beta phase, with more than one million users utilizing the service. As of yesterday it is now available to anyone that wants access, with apps available for both Android and iOS.

Source: Fortune



Apple Employees Might Quit Rather Than Break iOS Encryption

Category: General News
Posted: March 17, 2016 04:18PM
Author: Nick Harezga

In the ongoing saga of Apple vs. the United States government over breaking iOS encryption to access the personal data of the San Bernardino shooters there is a new twist coming from the Apple side. According to "more than a half-dozen" statements from current and former employees, the engineers that might be tasked with the work "may balk at the work, while others may even quit their high-paying jobs rather than undermine the security of the software they have already created." Apple lawyers have argued that forcing employees to break the encryption "is fundamentally offensive to Apple’s core principles and would pose a severe threat to the autonomy of Apple and its engineers." It is believed that it would take six to ten engineers up to a month to complete the work, though it was noted that any push back from those chosen would further delay the work. While no team has been put together, employees talked to for the article have suspicions that "include an engineer who developed software for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. That engineer previously worked at an aerospace company. Another is a senior quality-assurance engineer who is described as an expert “bug catcher” with experience testing Apple products all the way back to the iPod. A third likely employee specializes in security architecture for the operating systems powering the iPhone, Mac and Apple TV."

Source: NY Times



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