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How Hard is the Government Spying on Your Phone? Lots

Digital surveillance is everywhere whether we like it or not and we used to think that most of it was on street corners, tagged to our credit cards and maybe even through our GPS unit in our vehicles. Those that used to be labeled as "paranoid" would also lament how much the government was spying on you through your own phone and according to the link below, it's actually much, much worse than you thought. Ouch. This article is worth reading.

The new components target Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry users and are part of Hacking Team’s larger suite of tools used for targeting desktop computers and laptops. But the iOS and Android modules provide cops and spooks with a robust menu of features to give them complete dominion over targeted phones.

Source: Wired

Intel Core i7-4790K Devil's Canyon

Intel is not resting. They are bound and determined to make sure that they keep on pushing CPUs to lower power, higher efficiency and more work done per clock cycle. Their latest series of Core i7 chips are labeled "Devil's Canyon" and if you want one of these, you should take a look at the review and see how it really stacks up. Newer is not always that much better, so you'll have to read and find out if it is worth spending your cash on.

If you recall, Intel moved the voltage regulator on-die with Haswell and this caused problems for overclockers by creating an additional hot spot on the chip. Moreover, the company never changed the thermal interface material (TIM) from Ivy Bridge, which was believed to be a downgrade from Sandy Bridge's and led to Ivy Bridge and Haswell parts to running hotter than older Sandy Bridge ones.

Source: TechSpot

Android App Pick #141 - Angry Birds Epic

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we go back to Angry Birds for an Epic adventure! This game is not your typical Angry Birds. Epic is like a cross between Final Fantasy and the best Rovio ever made. If you like to mix things up a bit, make sure you take a look at this week's pick. It will have your battling for hours!



Microsoft Gives More Space to OneDrive

If you use Microsoft's OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive), you'll be happy to know that they've just upped their free storage space in order to keep up with the likes of Google Drive. This is good news for those of us that want 15GB of free storage for access on the go. If you need even more storage than that, you will also be glad to know that Microsoft also slashed their prices on larger storage plans as well.

Microsoft's moves come as all the major players are scrambling to offer customers more for less. Earlier this month, Apple said it would cut prices by up to 70% for paid iCloud plans. And last week Amazon said that users of its Fire phone would have an unlimited amount of storage for photos taken with the device's camera.

Source: ComputerWorld

PSA: If you have cloud storage on a bunch of different services, make it easy to access everything in one place using CloudCube. It was a recent App Pick of the Week.

Russia Pulls the Plug on AMD & Intel

After all of the NSA spying crap going on (and it hasn't stopped), Russia is getting a little worried and doesn't want to risk their government computers to NSA spying on a CPU-level. They are getting prepared to pull the plug on AMD and Intel and are thinking of moving to their home-grown Baikal processors. These little chips are 64-bit and are based on the Cortex A-57 platform and are more than adequate as Baikal plays a roll in the manufacture of supercomputers. Good for Russia.

The Baikal chips will be installed on computers of government bodies and in state-run firms, which purchase some 700,000 personal computers annually worth $500 million and 300,000 servers worth $800 million. The total volume of the market amounts to about five million devices worth $3.5 billion. Russia has been unhappy with Intel and AMD since the US government's spying programme was revealed and routers from Cisco were found to have been intercepted and installed with bugs.

Source: TechEye

Surface Pro 3 is Not Repairable

iFixit tears down pretty much everything electronic to see how easy it is to repair should anything happen to it. I love this site as it gives me a look inside all of the latest gadgets, tablets and laptops without having to buy them and violate (er, void) the warranty myself. I want to like the Surface Pro 3, but after hearing how it is not very easy to repair, I think I may pass. My luck with gadgets is not great - and Jason still likes to heckle me with the fact that I sat on a tablet - ONCE - a long time ago.

Wondering just how difficult the Surface Pro 3 is to repair on your own? On its very first step opening the tablet, the experienced the iFixit staff accidentally cracked the Surface Pro 3’s screen as a result of its fused glass panel and LCD. The website states its engineer “carefully heated and pried up the glass at the edge of the device, but the cooling adhesive alone was enough to crack the glass on our photo table.”

Source: Neowin via iFixit

ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Review

We have just posted up our review of the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. This keyboard is the big brother to the ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow that we looked at a while back and this time around it brings a few extra hardware features including a media hub, USB ports and some interesting lighting options. If you are in the market for a new gaming keyboard and want something a little special, check out our review of the MK Pro to see if this is the keyboard you've been waiting for.

This is a solid product that definitely deserves more than a cursory glance if you are in the market for an absolutely fantastic gaming keyboard. While it does have more options that you’ll probably use, I do believe that this is the best keyboard I’ve ever used. If anyone has a keyboard that can rival the Ryos MK Pro in terms of flash, substance, quality and performance, I’ve yet to see it.

Ryos MK Pro

5 Lies Laptop Salespeople Tell You

If you're reading BCCHardware, it's probably because you're a bit of an enthusiast and know your way around tech. There are many people though you don't understand processors, RAM, screen resolution and what is actually better. Those are the people that salespeople love to prey on. CNET has put together a list of the biggest five lies that someone will tell you when you're shopping for a laptop. I love this and enjoy pretending to be the ignorant customer when a salesman is trying to seal the deal.

A more powerful graphics card means web pages will load faster
When we heard this one, we had to restrain ourselves from slapping the salesperson. It's absolutely false.

Source: CNET

'NSA-Proof' Email Fundraiser a Hit

In the light of the massive NSA spying that has been going on in the USA for the past few years, a company has started up offering 'NSA-Proof' email and their recent crowdsourced fundraising kicked off to a good start. It seems that honest American (and some not-so-honest) don't take kindly to the National Security Agency accusing us all of being terrorists until we are proven innocent. ProtonMail is an encrypted email service that looks really promising.

Accounts on ProtonMail are free (though at the moment you have to sign up for a waiting list before you can create an account). Yen said basic accounts would always be free, but that in the future the company would charge power users a “modest monthly fee” for additional storage, in order to make ProtonMail into a self-sustaining business.

Source: VentureBeat

300K Servers Still Heartbleeding

Just over a couple of months ago, the internet was crippled by the "Heartbleed" bug and patches were issue and rolled out within hours in many cases. In over 300,000 other cases however, no patch has been applied and the servers are still infected. Please make sure you continue to watch your personal and banking information as we could see ripple effects of this for a long time. Hopefully, these remaining servers get patched up soon.

By scanning port 443, one of the most commonly used server ports, Errata could establish from the server's response which version of OpenSSL it was running and  determine if the server was at risk of attack. When the vulnerability was first made public, they scanned the port and found over 600,000 systems were vulnerable.

Source: Neowin via Errata Security

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