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Microsoft Patches 19-Year Old Bug

There are some bugs in software that are pretty important to be fixed and then there are others that "aren't that big of a deal" that sometimes get put on the back burner. Microsoft had a little extra time on their hands so they got around to patching a bug thats been in on every version of Windows since Windows 95. I know what you're thinking: "It was probably minor". Well, if remotely running malicious code is minor, you're right! WinShock has NOW been patched. Welcome to 1996.

The security hole was discovered in May by IBM researchers, who then teamed up with Microsoft to fix it before publicly releasing its existence, BBC News reported Wednesday. The Windows bug, dubbed WinShock, could be used to remotely run code on a computer if the user views a malicious webpage via Internet Explorer. Once a machine would be infected, the attacker could control it remotely.

Source: CNET

Gigabyte Preparing for Massive Tri-SLI GTX 980 LCS

Gigabyte is pulling out the stops and making some pretty awesome hardware happen. They have a trifecta of NVIDIA GTX 980 cards all lined up with custom liquid cooling blocks on them - and running to an external unit that will sit on top of your case and cool this massive heat-load. This is a closed-loop system that probably has more cooling capability than your Ford Focus. Take a look and start saving. Three of these cards will not be cheap.

While the PCB sticks to the same design as featured on G1 Gaming, Gigabyte has updated the cooler shroud to make it manageable for the AIO liquid cooling setup. In terms of technical specifications, we are looking at 2048 CUDA Cores, 128 TMUs, 64 ROPs and a 4 GB GDDR5 memory running across a 256-bit interface. Each card is clocked at 1228 MHz core, 1329 MHz boost and 7010 MHz for the memory frequency. Display outputs on each card include Dual-link DVI-I, DVI-D, 3 DisplayPorts and HDMI outputs.


Source: WCCFTech

Rosetta's Philae Probe Lands of Comet

This isn't tech - but it is pretty nifty. Rosetta has just dropped a probe that has landed safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (we'll just call it 67P). Not that truth is trying to mimick the fiction of the movie "Armageddon", but it's pretty nifty that man has the science, technology and engineering to figure something like this out. Well done European Space Agency!

After a tense wait during the seven-hour descent to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the signal confirming the successful touchdown arrived on Earth at 16:03 GMT (17:03 CET). The confirmation was relayed via the Rosetta orbiter to Earth and picked up simultaneously by ESA’s ground station in Malargüe, Argentina and NASA’s station in Madrid, Spain. The signal was immediately confirmed at ESA’s Space Operations Centre, ESOC, in Darmstadt, and DLR’s Lander Control Centre in Cologne, both in Germany.

Source: ESA

Google Starts Handing Out Candy to Kids

Google has hung the proverbial "free candy" sign on the side of their creepy van and has started to roll out Android 5.0 "Lollipop" as of yesterday. At this point, the factory images are available if you want to wipe your device and flash it fresh, or if you are waiting for an Over-the-Air update, you'll have to keep checking in daily for a while yet. No word on how fast it will roll out to your device, although Nexus 5, 7 and 10's should start to see it this week.

The latest version of Google's mobile OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop, was originally expected to begin rolling out to the company's Nexus devices on November 3. But after that date came and went with no update, it later emerged that Google had pushed back the rollout to November 12, possibly due to the late discovery of a battery-draining Wi-Fi bug.

Source: Neowin

YouTube Music Key Beta

YouTube has officially launched their new Music Key Beta. Before you think that Google Play Music is going away, think again and get a grip. YouTube Music Key is all about viewing music videos and listening to music on YouTube - without ads. In order to get an ad-free YouTube experience, it will cost you $7.99 a month as an introductory price and $9.99 if you wait. I watch so little music videos on YouTube, I think I'll just save my money.

Thanks to your music videos, remixes, covers, and more, you’ve made YouTube the biggest music service on the planet. To turn YouTube into your perfect music service, we’re launching YouTube Music Key as a beta with our biggest music fans first, and then we’ll bring YouTube Music Key to the whole world together. So, if you see an invite in your app or email, try it out for six months for free.

Source: YouTube

WTU Episode #288 - Panasonic Gets Hate for 2 Year Old "Feature"

We have just posted up Episode #288 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Blackberry to bounce back, Microsoft's Surface still can't get any love and apparently no one is buying Panasonic TVs.We have those stories and more and the links below!

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AMD Radeon 390 Leaked

I'll be the first guy to tell you not to believe everything you read and see on the internet, but if these "leaked" specifications and performance numbers are any indication, AMD may be sitting on a card that could really get them back in the game. There is no word on when we could expect more information or an actual release, but if history is to be our guide, we should see these cards surface later this month.

Interesting news, over at the ranking system of SiSoft Sandra new entries have been spotted of what seem to be GPUs that we don't know of. And the specs are pretty appealing. Let's call the two entries the Radeon R9 390 and 390X for now (complete speculation of course). But the 390X entry would be a GPU with 4096 Shader Processors running / 64  Compute Units at 1GHz with 4GB of graphics memory running at 1.25GHz (=

Source: Guru3D

Tt eSPORTS Challenger Prime Review

We have just posted up our review of the Challenger Prime Gaming Keyboard from Tt eSPORTS. This is a membrane keyboard that offers a ton of features for a very good price. While it's not perfect, for $30 you can't go wrong. If you want a new gaming keyboard and are on a budget, make sure you consider the Challenger Prime. Our review has all the details.

This brings me to my first real complaint; and that is that the multimedia keys are unlit! I found myself sitting in the dark trying to remember where each key is. This is not a deal breaker but is a disappointment, although the media keys are nice and function very well.

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Android App Pick #161 - Tower Dwellers

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are back in the game with Tower Dwellers. This is a cross between a classic tower defense game that combines some decent RTS components such as support, supply and extra units. It's a great game and worth every penny! Check it out!

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Password Mayhem

Insecam is a company that claims to be about “showing the importance of security settings”, but is this really the case? Lately they have been broadcasting thousands of feeds of peoples own private security cameras on the web for the world to watch. This would be a great wakeup call except there is no sign that they are trying to contact the owners of said cameras. This is why it is important to keep those annoying codes updated, it is not to annoy but to protect.

Insecam, a site which says its mission is "to show the importance of the security settings," is taking itself very literally by broadcasting the live feed of every absentminded/password fatigue victim in the worldon its site -- except, of course, there's no indication that they've actually told any of these people that they're doing this.

Source: CNET

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