Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2016 - 12:27 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: vr edition, video, UMC, ue4, podcast, phanteks, nvidia, logitech, GTX 980 Ti, g810, evga, enthoo evolv itx, asrtock, arm, amd, 28HPCU
PC Perspective Podcast #386 - 02/10/2016
Join us this week as we discuss the Logitech G810, Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX, GTX 980 Ti VR Edition and more!
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Subject: Mobile | February 11, 2016 - 03:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Skylake, asus zenbook, ux305ca, qhd
At 13.3" in size it still seems odd to use a 3200x1800 display, but that is why scaling is important; especially for aged eyes. The model of UX305CA that The Inquirer reviewed is running on a Skylake based Core M3-6Y30 clocked at 900MHz, 8B RAM and a 128GB SSD with other models available for those that wish upgraded components. The Inquirer ran into a few small issues with the OS and you cannot expect the laptop to handle demanding tasks but for browsing and productivity it had no issues. As well, the battery lasted over 9 hours during usage, not bad for a device weighing 1.2kg (2.65lbs).
"From the ports to processor to the operating system, this refresh has been subject to a rather diverse mix of changes, the biggest being the addition of a QHD+ resolution screen, despite the price staying level with the original FHD model."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- PC Specialist Octane II Laptop @ Kitguru
- HP ENVY 15t (15t-ae100) @ Tech ARP
- Aorus X7 Pro-Sync @ Kitguru
- Huawei Mate 8 @ The Inquirer
- Google Nexus 6P @ The Inquirer
Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2016 - 01:43 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Havok, project anarchy, game engine
We posted yesterday about Amazon launching their Lumberyard engine, which is a fork of CryEngine that monetizes by strongly tying itself to Amazon Web Services. Later that day, I found out that Havok shut down their Project Anarchy engine, which was free for mobile development on iOS, Android, and Tizen. It had interesting technology for its supported platforms, when extend down to OpenGL ES 2.0, that combined Havok's middleware into an editor with component-based objects. While this setup is how Unity and Unreal Engine are structured, it's an artist-friendly method. Want something to interact with gravity and collision? Drag a Havok Rigid Body Physics component on it and save.
That could not be a more blatant parody of Bubs if it tried, which it probably is.
I did not really know too much about the engine, but it was originally released back in 2013. They held a game development challenge in early 2014. The Project Anarchy Mobile Game Development Challenge had a $100,000 top prize, which was won by Cosmonautica from Chasing Carrots. The other two winners were a train simulator and a puzzle matching game.
Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2016 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: trane, iot, security
It is not a good sign when a security team refers to your smart thermostat as "a little malware store", especially when the flaws have been known for some time. Indeed the original issue of hardcoded SSH passwords has been known since 2014 and the update took a year to be created. Unfortunately most owners of a Trane Thermostat will not have upgraded their firmware, even if they knew about the update as it is not something which was installed remotely. Instead you need to download the new firmware onto an SD card and manually install it on the thermostat. Last month another update was released to address a remote code execution vulnerability in the ComfortLink II, which was not generally known until The Register posted about it today. If you are using this device you should get an SD card handy and download the firmware.
"In April 2015, one year after the first alert, Trane fixed the hardcoded password issue with a new release of the ComfortLink's firmware. Cisco then tipped off US CERT about the remaining issues. Trane eventually addressed the flaws in its code in January 2016, but didn't tell its customers that new firmware is available."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Who wants a quad-core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 … laptop? @ The Register
- Microsoft hits back at critics and defends new Windows Server licensing plans @ The Inquirer
- Cisco recalls switches that could short power to the case. And hurt you @ The Register
- Mike Cumby of OCZ talks to KitGuru TV
- Smanos X300 plug and play alarm system @ Kitguru
Subject: Systems, Storage | February 10, 2016 - 03:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asustor, AS5002T, NAS, htpc, baytrail
Being in the market for a Plex server and running low on patience and spare hardware I have been sniffing around NAS servers, which is why you are now reading about the ASUSTOR AS5002T. Missing Remote just picked this NAS up for review, powered by a dual core Celeron J1800 clocked at 2.4GHz instead of an ARM processor. The reason that matters is the inclusion of Intel HD Graphics onboard for real time encoding when streaming to remote devices. On the other hand it is not the most modern of processors and the AS5002T also showed some peculiarity with drive sizes. The processor is not going to be able to push 4k over some interfaces but HDMI 1.4a, IR control capability and broad support for the usual selection of HTPC programs does make this NAS a good fit for many. Read the full review to get a better idea of the capabilities of the ASUSTOR AS5002T.
"The ASUSTOR AS5002T is the first Intel based network attached storage (NAS) device tested at Missing Remote. So, I was very curious to see how its dual-core 2.4GHz Celeron J1800 would stack up against the strong showing we’ve seen from ARM Cortex-A15 based systems recently."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- PNY CS1311 @ The SSD Review
- PNY CS2211 SSD @ TechwareLabs
- Micron M600 512GB SSD Review @ NikKTech
- OCZ Trion 150 240GB and 480GB SSD @ Kitguru
- SanDisk Extreme 900 480GB Portable USB Type-C SSD @ Kitguru
- WD My Passport Ultra 3TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Review @ NikKTech
- Kingston HyperX Savage 128GB USB 3.1 Gen 1 Flash Drive @ Modders-Inc
- Kingston HyperX Savage 128GB USB 3.1 Gen 1 Flash Drive Review @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2016 - 03:03 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10
The Windows 10 preview program had two settings: Fast and Slow. A third one has been added, called Release Preview, although it sounds a bit different from the other two. According to the blog post, which is supposed to be about a new build of Windows 10 Mobile, Release Preview will grant early access to updates on the current branch of Windows 10. They also call it “updates” instead of “builds”. Fast and Slow, as they have existed, provide builds for the next branch of Windows 10 at the time.
When the public was on July release, Insider provided builds that ended up in the November update. When Windows 10 1511 was released, Insiders received builds on the “Redstone” branch, to be released at some point in the future. That is, apparently, not how Release Preview ring will work. They will receive 1511 updates early. They might receive the final Redstone-one build before general availability, but that is just speculation.
This might take some pressure off of Slow, which, during the Threshold-two timeframe, only received a single build, 10565, outside of the final 10586 one that was released to the public. Slow ended up being little more than a release candidate ring for the upcoming branch. If they push that to Release Preview, for the build that the public will see, then Slow might receive a few more steps on the upcoming branch, especially now that Fast are receiving more frequent updates. After all, users who are only interested in one or two builds per branch will probably be satisfied with pre-release updates and the final build early (again, if they release the final builds early on Release Preview, which is speculation).
Or Microsoft might just want a few more testers for Windows Update patches. Who knows?
Subject: Systems, Mobile | February 9, 2016 - 10:16 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Tobii, notebook, msi, laptop, GT72S G Tobii, gaming laptop, g-sync, eye-tracking
MSI has released their GT72S G Tobii gaming notebook (first announced way back at Computex), which features NVIDIA G-Sync and eye-tracking technology that promises a more immersive gameplay experience.
“The world’s most advanced gaming laptop, the GT72S G Tobii with eye-tracking technology immerses gamers into a hands-free dimension by allowing them to switch targets in a game, select objects on the floor or even automatically pause a game by simply focusing or looking away.
Available immediately, MSI’s GT72S G Tobii will be bundled with Tom Clancy’s The Division and currently supports a variety of gaming titles, including Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Assassin’s Creed Rogue, ArmA III, Elite Dangerous and more.”
Ryan took a look at the laptop at CES, and the video is imbedded below:
So how does the eye-tracking work?
“By going through a 15-second set-up process, users can securely log into their computers using a personalized glance; highlight, select or delete items with one look; seamlessly zoom and center maps without scrolling; and even sift through Windows, folders and its applications without lifting a finger.”
The notebook boasts some impressive specs, including:
- Tobii Eye Tracking Technology
- 17.3" Full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS display
- 6th Generation Intel Core i7 6820HK (2.70 GHz)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M with 8 GB GDDR5
- 32 GB Memory
- 256 GB SSD (PCIe Gen3 x4)
- 1 TB HDD
- BD Burner
- Killer Networking
- Dimensions: 16.85" x 11.57" x 2.30"; 8.50 lbs
The GT72S G Tobii retails for $2599.99 and is now available with an exclusive launch at Newegg.com, and the laptop includes a free copy of Tom Clancy: The Division.
Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2016 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: VLAN party, gaming, fragging frogs
That's right folks, it is time for another Fragging Frogs VLAN with fun and prizes for all. For those of you who have not participated in any of the last 11 this is a perfect time to get to know a great group of gamers over the day and maybe even tempt you to participate in the regular gaming sessions.
The rules for joining and being eligible to win prizes are as follows:
- You must be a registered member at the PCPer forums (register here)
- You must have a minimum of 5 forum posts prior to the start of VLAN
- You must post to this thread stating your intention to attend the VLAN event
- You must meet the eligibility requirements (if any) of the individual sponsors below
- Your shipping address must be in the Continental United States or Canada
- Lastly, you must participate in the VLAN event by playing games with us and having fun!!
It would be appreciated if you reply to this thread to confirm attendance, it also contains valuable information on our Teamspeak server rules and connection details as well as links to the threads that let you share your Steam, Origin and other accounts with other Fragging Frogs.
This thread here contains the information you need on patches and mods for the games we will be playing and gives you an idea of the standard assortment of games we play. Feel free to suggest others as well.
There will be prizes and giveaways but remember that the main point of VLAN #12 is to have fun and get fragging!
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- New Far Cry Primal Trailer @ [H]ardOCP
- XCOM 2’s Day One Mods Reviewed @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Humble Bundle to fund 'Humble Originals' games development @ HEXUS
- X Dash COMING: Xenonauts 2 Confirmed, Going 3D @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Doom On You: New Doom Summoned To May 13th @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Pillars Of Eternity Big Update Due Alongside Expansion @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Descent Veterans Kickstarting Basically Descent 4 @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2016 - 12:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Intel, wind river, telecoms
The next dream of telecoms providers is network function virtualization, the ability to virtualize customers hardware instead of shipping them a device. The example given to the The Register were DVRs, instead of shipping a cablebox with recording capability to the customer the DVR would be virtualized on the telcos internal infrastructure. You could sign up for a DVR VM, point your smart TV at the appropriate IP address and plug in a USB disk for local storage.
The problem has been the hardware available to the telco, the routers simply did not have the power to provide a consistent internet or cable connection, let alone add virtual devices to their systems. At the upcoming MWC, Wind River will be showing off Titanium Servers for virtualizing customer premises equipment, with enough processing power and VM optimizations that these types of services could be supported.
"Intel is starting to deliver on its vision of x86-powered modem/routers in the home , as its Wind River subsidiary releases a server dedicated to delivery of functions to virtual customer premises equipment (CPE)."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Gmail growls with more bad message flags to phoil phishers @ The Register
- Qualcomm outs Snapdragon X16 LTE modem with 1Gbps download speed support @ The Inquirer
- ARM pumps fist as profits soar, warns of weaker hand in 2016 @ The Register
- Microsoft axes ‘dozens’ more from former Nokia phone biz @ The Register
- Pwn2Own 2016 Won't Attack Firefox (Because It's Too Easy) @ Slashdot
- MWC 2016: What to expect from Samsung, Huawei, LG and more @ The Inquirer
- An Introduction to SELinux @ Linux.com
- Windows 10 Media Treasure Hunt @ Tech ARP
- Pimp my desk: Gadgets to make your work life easier @ The Inquirer
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 12, 2016 - 03:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: thermaltake, Core P5 Wall-Mounted ATX Chassis
Thermaltake have come up with a unique take on an enclosure, the Core P5 Wall-Mounted ATX chassis. It is a case designed to be mounted on a wall and to show off all of your components thanks to a clear acrylic front panel. You can see there is quite a bit of space for components inside which can present a challenge if you are trying for a particular aesthetic but with some creativity you should be able to fill it attractively. It is an open air design which you should consider when deciding where to mount the case and it also offers benefits when you consider cooling. Check out the full review over at [H]ard|OCP.
"The main element that Thermaltake wants you to be able to accomplish with it new Core P5 Chassis, is for you to be able to show off your awesome PC system configuration that you have spent weeks working on so that it is near-perfect. While the P5 checks off more feature boxes than that, it surely does a good job of showing off your rig."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Corsair Carbide 400C Review @ OCC
- Phanteks Eclipse P400S Case Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Phanteks Eclipse P400 @ Kitguru
- Arctic Cooling Liquid Freezer 120 AIO @ [H]ard|OCP
- SilverStone Tundra TD-02 Slim AIO CPU Cooler @ [H]ard|OCP
- Swiftech H220 X2 Prestige @ techPowerUp
- NZXT HUE+ RGB LED Controller @ Benchmark Reviews
- AMD's Wraith CPU cooler @ The Tech Report
- Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 Cooler Review @ Hardware Canucks
Subject: Mobile | February 12, 2016 - 04:26 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: X16 modem, qualcomm, mu-mimo, modem, LTE, Gigabit LTE, FinFET, Carrier Aggregation, 14nm
Qualcomm’s new X16 LTE Modem is the industry's first Gigabit LTE chipset to be announced, achieving speeds of up to 1 Gbps using 4x Carrier Aggregation. The X16 succeeds the recently announced X12 modem, improving on the X12's 3x Carrier Aggregation and moving from LTE CAT 12 to CAT 16 on the downlink, while retaining CAT 13 on the uplink.
"In order to make a Gigabit Class LTE modem a reality, Qualcomm added a suite of enhancements – built on a foundation of commercially-proven Carrier Aggregation technology. The Snapdragon X16 LTE modem employs sophisticated digital signal processing to pack more bits per transmission with 256-QAM, receives data on four antennas through 4x4 MIMO, and supports for up to 4x Carrier Aggregation — all of which come together to achieve unprecedented download speeds."
Gigabit speeds are only possible if multiple data streams are connected to the device simultaneously, and with the new X16 modem such aggregation is performed using LTE-U and LAA.
(Image via EE Times)
What does all of this mean? Aggregation is a term you'll see a lot as we progress into the next generation of cellular data technology, and with the X16 Qualcomm is emphasizing carrier over link aggregation. Essentially Carrier Aggregation works by combining the carrier LTE data signal (licensed, high transmit power) with a shorter-range, shared spectrum (unlicensed, low transmit power) LTE signal. When the signals are combined at the device (i.e. your smartphone), significantly better throughput is possible with this larger (aggregated) data ‘pipe’.
Qualcomm lists the four main options for unlicensed LTE deployment as follows:
- LTE-U: Based on 3GPP Rel. 12, LTE-U targets early mobile operators deployments in USA, Korea and India, with coexistence tests defined by LTE-U forum
- LAA: Defined in 3GPP Rel. 13, LAA (Licensed Assisted Access) targets deployments in Europe, Japan, & beyond.
- LWA: Defined in 3GPP Rel. 13, LWA (LTE - Wi-Fi link aggregation) targets deployments where the operators already has carrier Wi-Fi deployments.
- MulteFire: Broadens the LTE ecosystem to new deployment opportunities by operating solely in unlicensed spectrum without a licensed anchor channel
The X16 is also Qualcomm’s first modem to be built on 14nm FinFet process, which Qualcomm says is highly scalable and will enable the company to evolve the modem product line “to address an even wider range of product, all the way down to power-efficient connectivity for IoT devices.”
Qualcomm has already begun sampling the X16, and expects the first commercial products in the second half of 2016.
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