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General Hardware / AMD Patches Spectre Variant 2
« on: April 11, 2018, 02:56:37 pm »
AMD is on the ball about as much as any company can be when it comes to trying to patch hardware flaws in their processors. The good news is that they've patched the Spectre issue that cropped up with the second variant, but the bad news is that you'll have to wait for a BIOS update for your mainboard - or system board in your laptop in order to apply the patch. Hopefully things get figured out sooner rather than later.

   AMD's update has been made available to its hardware partners, with patches designed for processors going back to CPUs built on 2011's "Bulldozer" architecture. While that's likely most in current operation, it's not clear exactly which processors have received the patches. It's also not clear when end users will see the fix, as you'll have to wait for the maker of your desktop or motherboard to release a new BIOS with the patch wrapped in.Source: Engadget

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General Mayhem / BlackBerry is BACK!
« on: April 11, 2018, 02:53:27 pm »
BlackBerry was pretty much out of the fight for a few years, but with TCL at the helm of the hardware ship, they are once again making pretty compelling hardware. The Passport was their big (emphasis on BIG) return to the physical keyboard and was followed up by the KEYone. Now they are following up the KEYone with the Athena. I've got a big of a soft-spot for physical keyboards and with a name like Athena, well, I'm sure it going to be great!

   The rear looks to be made from a different texture from the KEYone and you can also see that Athena will have dual camera sensors and an LED flash. Furthermore, the physical buttons like the power, volume rocker, and convenience key - have all been moved to one side. The Athena will still have a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type C, and downward firing speaker. While things look good, we still do not have any information about a release date or a price.Source: Neowin

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We have just posted up Episode #430 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we will be discussing Facebook still hasn't fixed its problem, Apple contemplates life after Intel and goodbye Steam Machines - the gaming system that never really was. We have those stories and more...


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The End of Steam Machines


HTC's Vive Pro


Tesla of the Verge of Bankruptcy?


Samsung Launches the Notebook 5 and Notebook 3


Apple Prepares for Life After Intel


Facebook's Troubles Aren't Getting Any Better


Not Even Close to Getting Better


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Postage Delivery Drones Gone Wrong



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We have just posted up Episode #429 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we will be discussing the Facebook crap-tacular, Apple's upcoming release event and Uber suspended from Autonomous vehicle testing in Arizona. We have those stories and more...


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Facebook May Have Violated FTC


Facebook Stock's 'a Droppin'


Facebook Tracking Text and Calls on Android, Because You Said They Could!


Maybe It's Time for Mark Zuckerberg to Resign?


New Upcoming Stuff from Apple


Foxconn Buys Belkin


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General Mayhem / LG V30 64GB Smartphone Evaluation
« on: March 26, 2018, 11:06:07 am »
We have just posted our evaluation of the LG V30 64GB Smartphone. This is a solid device that packs in the Snapdragon 835 processor, enough ram and storage to get pretty much every job done. The camera quality is stellar and the overall fit and finish is fantastic. If you need a new wireless device and can score a good deal on one of these, you should seriously consider the LG V30. It's the first device I've used that could happily replace my S8.

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It's been a few years since I've ridden the LG Smartphone wagon and I got to say, it was good to be back. The V30 is everything you need in a smartphone and then exceeds your needs and gives you a truckload of things that you want. Great battery life. Check. Amazing wide-angle camera. Check. Fantastic screen. Check. Excellent audio quality thanks to Quad DACs. Check. Smooth, plain interface that doesn't lag - and the list goes on and on...


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Operating Systems & Software / Facebook Broke more FTC Rules
« on: March 19, 2018, 10:43:06 pm »
Facebook doesn't actually offer user privacy - and we all knew that. The thing is, Facebook does some pretty shady stuff with user data that breeches the FTC rules on user privacy. That is not good - but again, not suprising. The downside is that at this point, your data is probably in the hands of Russian hackers and Kim Jong Un. The good news is that I expected that and have won the office pool. In the end, the fine could be huge, but it is probably payable from Facebooks petty cash drawer.

   Such a violation, if eventually confirmed by the Federal Trade Commission, could lead to many millions of dollars in fines against Facebook, said David Vladeck, who as the director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection oversaw the investigation of alleged privacy violations by Facebook and the subsequent consent decree resolving the case in 2011. He left that position in 2012.Source: WashingtonPost

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General Hardware / Gamers Have to Suck up GPU Prices
« on: March 19, 2018, 10:22:45 pm »
According to a Crypto-Rig builder, gamers just need to suck up the high prices of GPUs. The fact is that if you invest big in the mining world, you can pay off your GPU in the first year (potentially). Then, you'll end up with a flaky, heat-stressed GPU for playing video games for minutes between crashing. What a wonderful world we live in where not only can we make the money back we spend on a GPU NOT playing games, but we can also spend a ludicrous amount of money on electricity and contribute to more polution by way of coal-fired electricy to power the system. There are a lot of reasons why mining sucks, and the cost of entry and cost of production are just a couple.

   While miners look to make a profit on their expensive investment, gamers just want to have fun. That’s not the tack they should be taking according to Easy Crypto Hunter‘s founder and Managing Director, Josh Riddett. During a sit down with Digital Trends at the London Crypto Investor show, he suggested gamers should be mining, too.Source: DigitalTrends

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General Hardware / World's Largest SSD is now 100TB
« on: March 19, 2018, 10:13:30 pm »
SSD storage is usually pretty small when compared to the mechanical counterpart, but that is changing with the latest drive from Nimbus Data. The drive is the ExaDrive DC100 and they manage to cram an incredible 100TB of data into a 3.5-inch drive. It won't fit in your laptop, and it certainly won't fit into many budgets at this time. The price isn't available, but it will be into the "tens of thousands of dollars". Still, it kind of makes me want to see how long it would take to fill up. Four of these in a NAS would be pretty epic.

   As you might guess, this is intended for servers where capacity takes priority over everything else, including performance (the 500MB/sec is nothing to write home about). A data center could hold 100 petabytes of data in a single rack instead of needing large swaths of server room space. That's helpful for cloud services, AI and other technologies that may need massive amounts of data.Source: Engadget

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We have just posted up Episode #428 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we will be discussing Android tops iOS in customer satisfaction, WhatsApp extends the "I shouldn't have said that" feature and free games for Amazon Prime members. We have those stories and more...


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Free Games for Amazon Prime Members


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WhatsApp Now Gives More Time to Recall Messages


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Apple Hits 38 Million Paid Music Subscribers


AMD Allegedly has it's Own Hardware Flaws




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General Mayhem / State Sponsored Malware Sucks
« on: March 11, 2018, 10:21:18 pm »
The good folks over at Kaspersky Lab have just found another malware strain that is likely produced and paid for by the governemnt. This nasty bit of code affects MikroTik routers and is called "Slingshot". It spies on PCs through a multi-layered attack that is pretty complex in the exectution. The guys over at Kaspersky call the two-pronged attack a "masterpiece" in a very bad way for the user. Congratulations, your government hates you and wants to render you useless to protect yourself against attacks, both cyber and physical.

   The combination of this sophistication with the spying focus led Kaspersky to believe that it's likely the creation of a state agency -- it rivals the Regin malware GCHQ used to spy on Belgian carrier Belgacom. And while text clues hint that English speakers might be responsible, the culprit isn't clear. Just shy of 100 individuals, government outfits and institutions fell prey to Slingshot in countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Libya and Turkey.Source: Engadget

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If you enjoy Epic Games' Fortnight on the PC or on the PS4, you may be happy to note that it is coming to iOS and Android in the near future. What's even more interesting than having yet another game draining the battery on your mobile device is that the game will support cross-platform play. That's right, if you have Android or iOS, you'll be able to play head-to-head against players on PC and PS4 systems as well. That is really good for the PC crowd as they will be able to do even better against this odd match-up.

   But, the announcement also came with another surprise, with Epic Games announcing a partnership with Sony to introduce official cross-play and cross-progression support between "PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, iOS and eventually Android." Although cross-play between Xbox One and PlayStation 4 has occurred accidentally in the past, this official implementation curiously doesn't include the Microsoft console, perhaps due to Sony's reluctance.Source: Neowin

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We have just posted up Episode #427 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we will be discussing BlackBerry sues everyone, Dell jumps on the Ryzen mobile bandwagon and if you can't steal Bitcoins, steal the computers used to mine them. We have those stories and more...


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TV Piracy on the Rise


BlackBerry Sues Everyone


Dell Shows off New Ryzen Machines


Amazon Moving into the Banking Space


Maybe Driving for Uber isn't as Good as Everyone Thought?


Pizza Hut High Tech Sneakers


Geek Squad Employees Helping out the FBI


Thieves Steal 600 Bitcoin Servers



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General Hardware / GPD Pocket Unboxing - A Tiny Windows 10 Laptop
« on: March 06, 2018, 07:48:16 pm »
The GPD Pocket is pretty nifty - in theory. It's a small little machine that is quite powerful and has a solid overall fit and finish. During the unboxing, they are impressed with the fit and feel of the keyboard, although it is a little cramped. When folded up, it's a small 7.17 x 4.29 x 0.78 inches. 

    

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General Mayhem / How to Block Spam Calls on your Mobile
« on: March 06, 2018, 07:40:53 pm »
Spam calls to mobile devices have been ramping us as these numbers change and many of them are not on the "do not call" list. There are ways to help prevent, block and get some relief from the onslaught. My particular carrier offers free anti-spam protection on their devices and it works great. If you don't have something like this available, you should check out the guide over here. It's good stuff that will save you time, energy and frustration.

   Robocalls have become so infuriating that the Federal Trade Commission received over 375,000 complaints about them every month last year. The agency routinely says it’s doing its best to get a handle on the situation, and yes, there are occasionally significant crackdowns. But real-world feedback indicates that things are getting worse — not better — and it’s starting to feel a little out of control.Source: TheVerge

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General Hardware / Dell Releases Fresh Batch of AMD-Powered Laptops
« on: March 04, 2018, 08:37:52 pm »
My latest laptop is packing some Ryzen goodness, and it seems that Dell is on board with AMD processors as well. I've got to hand it to Dell, because they actually try some different things. They are one of the few companies that have Linux machines available to buy online and now they are packing a bunch of new Inspiron machines with AMD. They aren't high-end machines, but it's a start.

   With the Ryzen 3 and 5 series chips inside (and more specifically, the 2200u and 2500u processors), depending on how much you pay, supported by up to 32GB of user-upgradeable RAM, Dell wants you to think these machines offer great bang for your buck.Source: Neowin

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