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July 26, 2017

Download Firefox Standalone Offline Installer for Easy Deployment

Like Google Chrome, if you just go directly to the Mozilla Firefox website, you’re directed to download the Firefox Stub Installer, which is essentially a file that detects your operating system then downloads the most appropriate version of Firefox from the web then installs it. While this works fine if you’re planning to just use Firefox on one computer that has internet access, if you’re trying to deploy Firefox on multiple machines that may or may not have internet access, using a stub installer is a massive waste of time and bandwidth.

Like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox is available as standalone offline installers, but finding them is a bit [...]

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July 26, 2017

EagleTree Capital Buys Majority Stake in CORSAIR for $525 Million

In a recent press release, CORSAIR announced that EagleTree Capital has reached an agreement to purchase a majority stake in the company for $525 Million.

EagleTree Capital will be purchasing the majority stake from CORSAIR shareholders Francisco Partners and several other minority shareholders. Current CORSAIR Founder and CEO Andy Paul will continue to hold a large equity stake in his company and continue his role as CEO.

“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with EagleTree and leverage the team’s consumer products expertise to further accelerate our progress,” said Andy Paul, Founder and CEO of CORSAIR. “We are very fortunate to have attracted such [...]

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July 25, 2017

USB 3.0 Promoter Group Updates USB 3.2 Specification

 

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group which includes numerous major tech companies including Microsoft, Apple, Intel, and others, has announced the pending release of the USB 3.2 standard.

The USB 3.2 standard will bring features that takes better advantage of the USB Type-C ports. Traditionally, USB host and devices are single lance solutions. With the Type-C connector, multiple lanes can be hosted over a single connector. USB 3.2 allows device and hosts to be designed with up to two lanes of 5Gbps or two lanes of 10 Gbps devices. The lanes can operate simultaneously, boosting theoretical bandwidth to 2GB/s over a single USB connection.

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July 25, 2017

Review: NordVPN VPN Service

Welcome back to the second installment in our new series of VPN reviews. Last week we reviewed KeepSolid’s VPN Unlimited and this week we’ll be reviewing NordVPN.

NordVPN is a Panama-based VPN service founded back in 2012. The service is extremely well reviewed, has one of the largest selections of servers around the world and is reasonably priced, but should you sign up for the service? Let’s find out!

 

The Basics VPN Service NordVPN Servers 1085 Locations 61 Protocols L2TP, PPTP, OpenVPN TCP, OpenVPN UDP Maximum Devices 6 Auto-Connect Yes Kill-Switch Yes DNS Leak Protection Yes Logging Policy No [...]
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July 25, 2017

Razer Announces Tiamat 7.1 V2 and Tiamat 2.2 V2 Gaming Headsets

Razer’s Tiamat 7.1 and Tiamat 2.2 gaming headsets have been upgraded to version two, and boy is there a lot of changes.

We can all agree that surround sound is great. While virtual surround sound brings acceptable positional audio, having real dedicated drivers for separate sound channels is simply superior. The Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2 now features 10-you read that right-10 discrete audio drivers (five per earcup). Each earcup contains a 40mm subwoofer, 30mm front and 20mm rear and side surround sound drivers.

Included with the Razer Tiamat 7.1 is a new audio control unit that offers speaker pass-through and audio channel management. Users can easily switch to [...]

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July 25, 2017

AMD RX Vega 3D Mark Fire Strike Benchmarks Leaked

AMD’s highly anticipated Radeon RX Vega isn’t expected to launch until AMD’s SIGGRAPH event at the end of this month, but it appears that at least one crafty individual has already gotten his hands on one of these cards an decided to leak some more 3D Mark scores to the world.

The leaker shared three runs of 3D Mark Fire Strike where the RX Vega card was able to achieve 20,949, 22,291, and 22,330. This puts the performance of the RX Vega somewhere on par with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080. This is consistent with previous leaks from the 3D Mark 11 database.

According to the leaked screenshots, the AMD RX [...]

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July 25, 2017

How to Edit the Hosts File in Windows 10 to Block Malware

One of the easiest yet least known ways to drastically improve any PC’s ability to defend itself against malware such as adware or spyware is to simply redirect malicious websites using the hosts file.

What is a hosts file and how does editing it block malware?

Before we begin, let’s first talk about what a host file is. When a PC accesses the internet, it uses a DNS server to resolve domain names to IP addresses. Your PC then follows the IP addresses to the servers that will serve you a webpage or provide you with another service.

For example, when you type in Google.com, your PC will ask a DNS server what the IP address of Google.com is. The DNS [...]

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July 25, 2017

How to Update to Windows 10 Creators Update (Build 15063) Immediately

Microsoft released the Windows 10 Creators Update back in April of this year, but many still haven’t received the update yet. The reason for this is because Microsoft is pushing the update in a staggered approach first to newer OEM systems followed by everyone else later in the year.

However, if you’re one of those who want access to all the new features the Windows 10 Creators Update without having to wait in line for Microsoft to push it to you, Microsoft has also provided an alternate way for you to get the Creators Update immediately.

Today we’ll show you how to update to the Windows 10 Creators Update using Microsoft’s Update Assistant [...]

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July 25, 2017

Hold Your Horses, Microsoft Paint Will Still Be Available in the App Store

Paint has been around for 32 years, which is an eon considering how rapidly technology advances. Throughout its existence, its functionality has largely remained the same, giving the current generation of PC users a glimpse into the past. With the emergence of better, feature-rich competitors and a new Paint 3D program containing all of Paint’s functionality, Paint has slowly recessed into the background culminating in Microsoft’s recent decision to deprecate the program.

None the less, some users still avidly abide by it and when Microsoft announced its depreciation, many users threw a fit. To quell the outrage, Microsoft made a quick announcement ensuring [...]

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July 25, 2017

How to Delete the Windows.old Folder

If you recently upgraded to Windows 10 or you recently downloaded a major update for Windows 10, you may have a massive space sucking folder called Windows.old. As the name suggests, this folder contains information about the old operating system or the pre-update operating system before you updated it. This is useful in the event that the new update causes issues as the contents in the folder will allow you to roll back the upgrades if necessary.

However, if the upgrade isn’t causing any issues and you could use the 25GB+ of disk space back, you can delete the folder. Here’s how.

 

Delete Your Windows.old Folder

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