Subject: Mobile | October 20, 2016 - 05:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: pixel, pixel xl, google, Android, Snapdragon 821, nougat
Ah, the tech industry; blink and suddenly familiar things disappear and yet you are also simultaneously overcome with a sense of deja vu. Former Motorola President Rick Osterloh now heads a team at Google which is the combination of Nexus, Pixel Chromebooks, Chromecast, OnHub, ATAP, and Google Glass and this team have just released two new Google phones. The 5" 1920x1080 Pixel and the 5.5" 2560x1440 Pixel XL have arrived on the market, priced to compete with Apple's new lineup, though still far less expensive than the Chromebooks which bore the same name up until recently. The phones run Android 7.1 Nougat on a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 and are manufactured by HTC. Ars Technica considers them to now be the best Android phones on the market and yet somehow bland; read their full review to see if you agree.
"Welcome to the age of Google Hardware. Apparently tired of letting third-party Android OEMs serve as the stewards of Android handsets, Google has become a hardware company. (Again)."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
More Mobile Articles
- Google Pixel XL @ The Inquirer
- MSI GT83VR 6RF Titan SLI GTX 1080 Laptop @ Kitguru
- Gigabyte P57X v6 GTX 1070 Gaming Laptop @ eTeknix
- MSI GT83VR 6RF-028UK GTX 1080 SLI Laptop @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2016 - 01:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: apple, Intel, iPhone 7 Plus
You have likely heard rumours of some iPhone 7 Plus models having network connection issues and that Intel is being blamed. The good news is that only the UK models seem to have an Intel modem, most other markets are using a Qualcomm model which does not have the performance degradation. The issue seems to cause the signal quality of Intel based models to degrade significantly more quickly as network conditions degrade when compared to models which use the Qualcomm modem. So far The Inquirer has no news on an official statement by Apple or Intel; same as the lack of response about the storage performance on lower cost models.
"iPhone 7 Plus users in the UK will be affected by Apple's decision to source modems for the device from Intel. Only models sold in China, Japan and the US come with more tried and trusted modems made by Qualcomm."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Attack on Dyn DNS service knocked Twitter, Spotify and SoundCloud offline @ The Inquirer
- Microsoft kinda did OK this quarter – but whatever, Wall Street loves Satya Nadella @ The Register
- Globalfoundries China fab put on hold @ DigiTimes
- It’s official: Unionized video game voice actors are on strike @ Ars Technica
- Tesla Autopilot 2.0: the Next Generation of Autopilot Hardware Suite @ Hardware Secrets
- Personalizing Windows 10 Anniversary Edition @ Hardware Secrets
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2016 - 01:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are a few people to blame for the vulnerabilities which allowed the DDoS attack on Friday to make access to major sites difficult. They range from lazy ISPs not implementing security standard designed to block the spoofing portion of the attack to lazy IoT developers using standardized passwords, often the defaults from the software itself. One could blame users for not updating the passwords on their devices but it is not something your average toaster shopper thinks about nor is the need well communicated in the manuals which come with IoT devices.
The commentators on Slashdot have many theories as to who the attackers were but the real issue lies with the fact that sheer laziness on the part of IoT devices and ISPs allow these attacks to succeed in the first place. They also have a link to the list of devices which were involved in the attack for those who are curious.
"If you're worried, Motherboard is pointing people to an online scanning tool from BullGuard (a U.K. anti-virus firm) which checks whether devices on your home network are listed in the Shodan search engine for unsecured IoT devices. But earlier this month, Brian Krebs pointed out the situation is exacerbated by the failure of many ISPs to implement the BCP38 security standard to filter spoofed traffic, "allowing systems on their networks to be leveraged in large-scale DDoS attacks..."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Serious Sam VR mGPU AMD RX 480 Follow Up @ [H]ard|OCP
- AMD is a rounding error on Intel's spreadsheet and that sucks for us all @ The Register
- Skype no longer works on 85 per cent of Windows Phones @ The Inquirer
- Every LTE call, text, can be intercepted, blacked out, hacker finds @ The Register
- Logitech Pop Home Switch: Perfect Solution for Smart Homes @ Hardware Secrets
- Microsoft is raising enterprise prices by almost a quarter as Brexit bites @ The Inquirer
- AT&T buys Time Warner for US$85.4bn or 1.25 Dell-EMCs @ The Register
- A Preview of Apple Watch 2 Specs and Details @ Hardware Secrets
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2016 - 02:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cherry mx blue, kingston, HyperX ALLOY FPS, mechanical keyboard, input
The PR below the picture has the full details but we will cover the highlights in brief. The Kingston HyperX ALLOY FPS uses Cherry MX Blue switches with red LEDs underneath the keys that can be set to a variety of brightness and responses. It has a small footprint, 442x129x36mm and ships with a travel bag to make it easier to transport, which makes sense considering the eSports focus of the keyboard. You should be able to find it for sale at around $100 online if you are in the market.
Fountain Valley, CA – Oct. 24, 2016 – HyperX, a division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the HyperX ALLOY FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is now shipping in the U.S. and Canada. The full-size mechanical gaming keyboard has a space-saving layout allowing gamers to maximize desktop real estate for FPS mouse movement. The HyperX ALLOY FPS keyboard features Cherry MX Blue Mechanical switches to provide the tactile feedback and performance to support extreme gameplay and enable players to be the best gamers possible.
Built with a solid steel alloy frame, the HyperX ALLOY FPS keyboard features Cherry MX Blue Mechanical switches, HyperX red LED backlighting and six preset LED modes – including a custom mode. The keyboard also offers Game Mode to easily disable the Windows key to prevent game play interruptions, along with 100 percent anti-ghosting and full N-Key rollover functionality. For added flexibility and performance, HyperX ALLOY FPS features an easy access USB charging port located on the back of the keyboard, additional HyperX red-colored WASD/1234 keys, a detachable braided cord, and mesh travel pouch for protection and storage on the move.
“After extensive research and hundreds of hours of gameplay testing, HyperX developed a mechanical keyboard from the ground up to withstand the most intense gameplay, featuring a small footprint that is vital for FPS gamers. With its solid steel alloy frame and Cherry MX Blue switches, this keyboard is designed for over 50 million keystrokes per key,” said Marcus Hermann, senior business manager, HyperX. “Gamers who play FPS classics like CS:GO or Overwatch will appreciate its compact yet sturdy design. The HyperX ALLOY FPS keyboard design gives gamers more space to setup their desktop surface to execute intricate mouse actions.”
One of the eSports teams HyperX works with is Echo Fox, owned by Rick Fox, who previously played professional basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers. CS:GO player Sean “sG@res” Gares, Echo Fox, tested the new keyboard and said: “The HyperX Alloy is the perfect keyboard for me due to the excellent feedback of the Cherry MX Blue switches, it's compact size, and the extremely durable steel alloy frame. I also love the unique detachable cord for easy portability and the USB charging dock for my phone!”
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