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March 24, 2017

T-Mobile Rolls Out Free Scam Caller ID and Blocking Starting Today

Hate picking up the phone from a random unknown caller telling you to wire $20,000 to Nigeria to release a $1,000,000,000,000,000,000 inheritance from your long lost Nigerian uncle? Yeah, me too.

To prevent this, T-Mobile is launching Scam ID and Scam Block, which will ID and block known scammer calls before they even reach your phone. The way this works is every call that goes through T-Mobile’s network will get analyzed and compared against a continuously updated database of known scammer phone numbers. When a match is found, the number is tagged as possible scam and the T-Mobile subscriber receiving the call can either be warned “Scam Likely” to [...]

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March 22, 2017

Ubiquiti Networks Releases Numerous Security Patches as SEC Consult Exposes Command Injection Vulnerability

In a recent advisory sent out by SEC Consult’s Vulnerability Lab, SEC Consult advised that a security flaw had been confirmed in at least four Ubiquiti Networks devices with as many as an additional 38 devices possibly vulnerable to the security issue.

According to the advisory, a command injection vulnerability exists in the “pingtest_action.cgi” script in the devices. If an attacker is able to lure a user to click on a special link or go to a malicious website, it would allow an attacker to gain control of the networking equipment. This issue is largely attributed to a decade old version of PHP, PHP/FI 2.0.1, used by the devices.

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March 22, 2017

63 Million SSDs Shipped in Channel in 2016: Samsung #1, Kingston #2 in Marketshare

Market research firm, Forward Insights, recently released their 2016 SSD marketshare report and according to the report, 63 million SSDs were shipped in the channel over the past year despite the NAND shortage that occurred during a significant portion of the year. The channel market includes distributors, resellers, retail/e-tail, system builders, and solution providers.

As expected, Samsung took the #1 spot for SSDs shipped in the channel, racking up 21% of the market, or 13.23 million units. Following in the #2 spot is Kingston, which took 16% of the market, or 10.08 million units. This is followed by SanDisk, Micron, A-DATA and Toshiba with between 5%-7% [...]

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March 19, 2017

Review: Kanto YU4 Powered Speakers

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Maybe it’s unprofitable or maybe it’s too technically difficult. Either way, there don’t seem to be too many companies out there making decent high end powered speakers at reasonable prices.

After recently speaking with some of our readers, we were introduced to a Canadian company by the name of Kanto Living, which produces high end desktop speakers similar to those found in Audioengine’s speaker lineup. As we have previously reviewed and have been quite impressed with all of Audioengine’s offerings, we were quite intrigued when we heard about Kanto Living.

Looking at Kanto Living’s website, they make everything from [...]

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March 19, 2017

Intel Launches SSD DC P4800X: Proves 3D XPoint Isn’t Vaporware

Several months ago, a leaked spec sheet detailed an upcoming Intel 3D XPoint SSD, the Optane SSD DC P4800X, which was officially launched today finally proving that despite numerous delays, 3D XPoint isn’t the vaporware many of us expected it to be.

Initially launching in a 375GB Add-in-Card (AIC), the Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X is designed for high write enterprise workloads. As such, performance is heavily oriented towards random read/write workloads and quality of service. In the above specs, we can see that Intel doesn’t even bother listing the sequential performance numbers. As a drive designed to be used for high write applications, the Intel [...]

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March 16, 2017

Microsoft Blocks Windows 7, 8.1 Updates for Newer Processors

Late last year, it was reported that Microsoft may halt support for newer processors and it looks like Microsoft has just made it official.

According to a new Microsoft knowledgebase article (ID# 4012982) published earlier this month, a new error message may appear when a user attempts to update a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC using an Intel 7th Generation Core Processor (Kaby Lake), AMD Bristol Ridge, Qualcomm 8996, or newer processors including AMD’s new Ryzen processors which were launched several weeks ago.

Users who attempt to update Windows 7 or 8.1 may receive the following error messages:

Unsupported Hardware Your PC uses a processor that isn’t [...]
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March 16, 2017

AMD Releases ReLive 17.3.2 Beta Drivers, Boosts Radeon RX480 Performance by up to 12%

AMD recently released the beta version of the latest Radeon Software Crimson 17.3.2.

Among other improvements, the new driver update claims to improve performance of the AMD Radeon RX 480 by as much as 12% compared to the previous driver release, Radeon Software Crimson 17.3.1. Other improvements include support for Mass Effect: Andromeda as well as fixes for The Division and For Honor.

Those interested in trying out Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.3.2 can download it from AMD’s website here. However, be warned. As they’re beta drivers, they also come with quite an extensive list of known issues as well.

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March 16, 2017

Early AMD Radeon RX VEGA Images Leaked in Customary Blurrycam Format

In a recent post at the Chiphell forums, a member by the username gtx9 posted some of the first images of what could be the launch video for the upcoming AMD Radeon RX VEGA graphics card. According to the poster, this was recently shown at the AMD Technology Summit in Beijing, China.

While the images only show limited angles, it looks like the RX VEGA reference design may feature a black and white color theme with red accents for the logo. The GPU also appears to have a GPU load indicator which is something AMD has done previously on their Radeon R9 FURY X graphics card. This of course leaves the universal question, why does every leaker own the same freaking [...]

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March 15, 2017

How to Uninstall Skype Preview in Windows 10

Ever since Windows 8, Microsoft has tried to push their Windows apps onto users and while some apps may be useful on devices such as smartphones or tablets, they’re more often than not just very bad versions of apps that already exist in Windows.

One such app is Skype Preview, which have somehow creeped its way into many users Windows 10 installations. Unfortunately, many users have found that Skype Preview is buggy and unusable compared to the already existing Skype for Desktop app. After all, even Microsoft calls the Windows 10 app a “preview” rather than a final version of the product.

Today, we’ll show you how to remove [...]

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March 15, 2017

iXsystems Launches FreeNAS 10, Renames it FreeNAS Corral

In a recent announcement, iXsystems launched the newest version of the highly popular open source NAS OS, FreeNAS. Previously named FreeNAS 10, the name has been promptly renamed to FreeNAS Corral on launch. According to Brett David, Exectutive VP of iXsystems, “The Corral name represents the next generation in enterprise grade services contributed by iXsystems to the Open Source community. Only a new name could do justice to such a giant evolutionary step.”

FreeNAS Corral is one of the most highly anticipated FreeNAS releases in a long time as it has been completely re-written from the ground up with big improvements in its enterprise storage [...]

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