Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2015 - 01:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: google, stagefright, security
The Stagefright media player vulnerability on Android powered Nexus devices which allowed the possibility of running remotely execute code via an MMS containing a specially crafted media file. It made headlines everywhere even though it is incredibly unlikely the bug was ever used in an attack. Regardless, you no longer need to worry as Google has crafted a patch and has released it to the carriers. You should keep an eye out this week and next for the update and if you do not see it apply you should reach out to your carrier. More at The Inquirer.
"GOOGLE HAS SAID THAT THE STAGEFRIGHT PROBLEM is well in hand, and that it rushed to sort out the Android OS jitters before anything bad happened."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Windows 10 Image @ Microsoft
- Windows 10 Launches @ Slashdot
- Desperate Microsoft PAYS Win Server 2003 laggards to jump ship @ The Register
- Must-Know Linux Commands For New Users @ Linux.com
- Slashdot, SourceForge looking for new owners after parent dumps them on the web's doorstep @ The Register
- Qualcomm's updated WiPower can now wirelessly charge metal-bodied phones @ The Inquirer
- Quantum dot market to grow at CAGR of 30.4% during 2015-2020, says research firm @ DigiTimes
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 1, 2015 - 07:01 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: windows 10, Corsair Link Digital, Corsair Link, corsair
Quick Note: This update does not support “the original Corsair Commander”. If your system uses that internal peripheral, then you should wait for a later version.
About two weeks ago, I decided to purchase and install a Corsair H100i GTX cooler in my system. While it runs quiet and keeps temperatures decently low by default, the device supports Corsair Link to re-balance the fans and pump, as well as change the color of the LEDs in the Corsair logo. For the record, my cooler will be staying on default white, although I can see people with existing color schemes wishing to match or contrast them, and it is great that Corsair provides that functionality.
At the time, it was not compatible with Windows 10. The operating system blocked the application's attempt to run, and even pushed notifications to my desktop to let me know it can't do that, Dave... I mean Scott. I changed the file name and was able to get the system tray notification to work, but entering the windowed interface caused it to crash.
As of July 28th, Corsair released a fixed version that runs on Windows 10. Corsair Link 3.2.5676 is available from their website, but it did not seem to get much publicity. Part of this might be because, by the time the general public got a hold of Windows 10, which started the next day, Corsair already had functional software out. Still, if you were a Windows Insider and you are still waiting for a compatible version? It came out last Tuesday.
Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2015 - 10:26 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: mechanical keyboard, Cherry MX, alps, topre, model m, model f
Purchasing an expensive gaming peripheral is a bit daunting, especially when it (mostly) comes down to how it feels. In these cases, we cannot resort to benchmarks or any other form of objective score. Instead, we need to classify and describe the attributes of each type of keyboard, letting our readers narrow down their choices by saying, “if you like this, choose from these”.
A couple of days ago, PC Gamer published a breakdown of many types of switches, including a few different types of Alps-style brands. They have force curves for each featured switch, which is challenging to find outside of the Cherry MX brand (as few other companies publish their own that I know of). They also write a short paragraph for each switch to explain what type of use and user they are for, which (as I've said) is the metric that matters most.
For the Cherry MX switches, they have animations to show how they operate from the side, which will give you clues to how it operates. They have been floating around the internet for a while. KeyboardLover is claiming that “Lethal Squirrel” created them before 2011. These animations give a visual explanation for what linear, tactile, and clicky means, to help you imagine how these attributes feel.
Also, of course, we published our own article back in December. Our article includes our own Cherry MX switch animations. They're not quite as good quality as the other ones, but they include synchronized side-on and rear-on cycles. The animations were originally made for a Rosewill keyboard roundup back in early 2012.
Subject: Mobile | July 28, 2015 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: pebble, pebble time, smartwatch
The Register tried out the new Pebble Time which features a colour e-paper Gorilla glass screen for better visibility outdoors, a battery which will last a full week, waterproofing to 90' and all for a $200 price tag. With over 8000 apps for the device it offers most of the functionality of the Apple watch for a fraction of the price. Certain features it lacks such as a heart rate monitor or GPS can be added by using Smartstraps, which not only allows the watch to stay on your wrist but also adds functionality as well. The improvements were noticeable but The Register preferred last years Steel but if you are in the market for a smartwatch you might be wise to hold on as the new Pebble Time Steel is due out in the near future.
"I love what Eric Migovsky has done with the Pebble by creating an antidote to modern smartwatches. The two generations of Pebble so far have been useful, durable and practical – qualities which elude the over-specced and costly Apple and Android kit."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- Acer Iconia One 7 is a £99 Lollipop-powered iPad Mini rival @ The Inquirer
- Asus ROG G551J Gaming Laptop @ Kitguru
- Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi @ Kitguru
- VKWorld VK6735 Smartphone Review @ Madshrimps
- How Useful Is The Extra Memory In The ASUS ZenFone 2 @ TechARP
Subject: Motherboards | July 29, 2015 - 05:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: X99-Gaming 5P, LGA2011-v3, Intel X99, Haswell-E, gigabyte
It has been a few months since Morry's review of the Gigabyte Champion Series X99-Gaming 5P and its funky LED enhanced backplate was posted so it seems time for a second opinion from The Tech Report. The i7-5960X they used was not as forgiving as the one Morry tested, their overclocking topped out at 4.1GHz, while still decent it is a reminder that overclocking results can vary widely on similar equipment. Read their full review here for a reminder of what this board can do and see if it garnered a recommendation.
"Gigabyte's X99-Gaming 5P gives buyers a full-featured Haswell-E board with a gaming twist. We dug into its features and ran it through our testing gauntlet to figure out what makes this premium motherboard tick."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark S @ [H]ard|OCP
- MSI X99A Godlike Gaming Motherboard Review @ Hardware Asylum
- ASRock X99 OC FORMULA/3.1 (Intel LGA 2011-3) @ techPowerUp
- GIGABYTE X99 SLI Review, Excellence On A Budget! @ Bjorn3d
- ASRock N3150 Braswell Motherboard Round-up @ eTeknix
- Gigabyte MU70-SU0 (Intel C612) Server Motherboard @ eTeknix
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