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February 22, 2017

Hot Deal: Amazon Offers $8.62 Discount in Celebration of 86.27 in Corporate Reputation Ranking

2017 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient Ratings | Source: Harris Poll

In the most recent Harris Poll, Amazon has once again been crowned as the company with the best corporate reputation with a score of 86.27, setting a record high over the course of the poll’s 18 year history. The poll, which included a survey of more than 23,000 people in the US ranked Amazon as excellent in the categories of Emotional Appeal, Workplace Environment, Products & Services, Financial Performance, Vision & Leadership, and Social Responsibility.

As a gesture of appreciation to its customers, Amazon has decided to offer a $8.62 discount on all orders of $50 [...]

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February 22, 2017

How to Use Wireshark Packet Sniffer to Analyze Network Traffic

For network admins and network security professionals, one of the most important tools to learn to use is Wireshark (formerly Ethereal), a free and open source network analyzer/packet sniffer software for Windows, Mac and Linux that will allow network admins to quickly and easily capture frames, packets, segments/datagrams, and above in real time to monitor traffic going in and out of their networks.

Our tutorial today will guide you through some of the basics of using Wireshark to capture packets, filter them, and understand the data being presented. We also want to use this opportunity to educate our readers on why using encryption is so important, even when simply [...]

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February 22, 2017

Intel Announces Atom C3000 Denverton CPU: Up to 16-Cores, 10GbE Support, 8.5w Power Consumption

Intel recently launched their latest Atom C3000 “Denverton” CPUs based on the 14nm FinFET Goldmont architecture for low power applications such as networking, storage, and IoT.

Featuring between 2 to 16 cores and clock frequencies between 1.5GHz to 2.2GHz, the Intel Atom C3000 is a powerhouse of a chip with the flagship 16-core chip capable of outperforming the previous generation Intel Atom C2750 by 2.3x.

Additionally, the Atom C3000 is also capable of supporting ECC memory, virtualization (including Intel VT-d), 10 GbE Ethernet, Intel QuickAssist technology, power consumption as low as 8.5w, and for networking applications, up to 19Mpps of Layer 3 [...]

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February 21, 2017

Synology Releases DSM 6.1: Btrfs, Active Directory, Improved Encrypted Shared Folders, Seagate IronWolf Health Management

Synology DS213+ Running DSM 6.1

According to a recent announcement, Synology has released the DSM 6.1 update for their DiskStation, RackStation, FlashStation, and Embedded DataStation lineup.

The latest update brings several new major features including a new next generation Btrfs file system, Windows Active Directory server support, improved shared folder encryption capabilities which allows pre-existing shared folders to be encrypted, and Seagate IronWolf Health Management which provides a wealth of statistics for those who utilize Seagate IronWolf NAS HDDs. A full list of new features and improvements is available on the Synology website [...]

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February 21, 2017

Intel Optane Limited to Kaby Lake 7th Gen Intel Core Processors

After Intel and Micron announced 3D XPoint several years ago, drives based on the technology were mostly just talk. This changed recently at CES as many of Intel’s partners began showing off their latest notebooks equipped with the new 3D XPoint based Optane Memory drives. As a result, many believe that Intel may begin shipping Optane to retailers shortly.

Recently, Intel also recently quietly launched their Optane mini-site which contains some very unfortunate news for those with older systems looking forward to Optane to provide that much needed speed boost. According to the Intel Optane micro-site, Optane Memory is a platform feature and as such, there are a [...]

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February 21, 2017

Best Gaming Workstation PC Build Under $1,500 [February 2017]

Fast, Quiet, Powerful

Earlier this month, we put together a $1,200 mid-range custom gaming PC build which is an excellent gaming PC at a reasonable budget that will play games at 1080p or 1440p resolutions at medium to high quality.

As we were quite impressed with what could be built with the budget, we decided to put together a sister build as well focusing more on a build for workstation activities such as photo editing, video editing, 3D modeling, video encoding, etc., but also with the capability of playing games at 1080p and 1440p on the side as well. For this build we decided to set ourselves at a $1,500 budget to create the best gaming workstation that’s not only [...]

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February 20, 2017

Trays of AMD Ryzen CPUs Pictured and It’s Beautiful

Luckily, today’s a national holiday in the US as the guys over at Videocardz just leaked some dirty, dirty, almost NSFW hardware porn to start you off on your day.

The recently leaked images include pictures of upcoming AMD Ryzen CPUs on their shipping trays ready to be packaged and sent out to a retail store near you.

While not too much is going on in the images, one thing we can see that the CPUs will feature massive RYZEN logos in the middle. In smaller text at the top of the chips, it is also additional confirmation of AMD Ryzen’s X XXXX naming convention.

Additionally, an up close and personal image of the [...]

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February 19, 2017

Review: Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway (USG)

Enterprise Class Router at a Consumer Class Pricepoint

Several days ago, we got our first glimpse into Ubiquiti’s enterprise networking gear lineup when we reviewed the Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC PRO, an impressive Wi-Fi access point which delivered enterprise class performance and enterprise class features at a reasonable price.

Today we’ll be reviewing a significantly different product in the Ubiquiti UniFi lineup, the Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway (USG), which despite its name implying that it’s purely a firewall appliance, is actually a combination of an enterprise class router along with firewall [...]

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February 17, 2017

Download Windows 10, 8.1, and 7 ISO Using Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool

As computer hardware reviewers, we do a lot of OS installs and having a reliable place to download the Windows Operating System ISOs is critical. Unfortunately, for some reason Microsoft doesn’t offer a quick and easy way to do so.

While Microsoft’s does offer a method to download an installer which can help you create an ISO, it’s a hassle compared to getting a direct link to the ISO file then putting the ISO file onto a bootable USB drive. Another way of course is to go through some sort of Bittorrent site; however, with the questionable legality of doing so along with the risk of downloading a virus/trojan/some other malware along with the [...]

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February 17, 2017

Biostar Launches X370, B350 AMD Ryzen Motherboard Lineup

After a recent leak of almost all the motherboards expected to be coming down the pipeline, BIOSTAR recently launched their entire lineup of AM4 motherboards in anticipation for the AMD Ryzen CPU launch coming within the next few weeks.

At launch, BIOSTAR will introduce three X370 chipset based motherboards along with two X350 chipset based motherboards. All motherboards will feature BIOSTAR’s 2nd Generation RACING features including Digital Power+ digital power controllers, M.2 cooling heatsink, Lightning Charger, Fly.net QoS software, VIVID LED Armor, and 5050 LED headers for RGB lighting enthusiasts.

And without further ado, here they [...]

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