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September 24, 2017

Intel Core i7-8700K Rumored to Use TIM Again Limiting Overclocking Potential

Chinese tech site Expreview reports that the six core Intel Core i7-8700K CPU has its overclocking potentials gimped once again as the company has decided to use lower quality TIM rather than solder.

The article states that while the chip itself is excellent and can overclock beyond 4.8GHz without dramatic increases in voltage, heat will be the greatest barrier to achieving this. While Expreview hasn’t posted pictures of the CPU de-lidded, the author attributes the thermal compound as the culprit, stating that the thermal compound applied under the lid is poor quality TIM rather than solder. As a result, those who want overclocks beyond 4.8 GHz or 5 GHz will [...]

 
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September 24, 2017

WeChat Confirms Sharing of Private Data with Chinese Government

Popular messaging app WeChat recently updated its privacy policy to let users know that it logs and shares private user information with the Chinese Government. While the latest update to WeChat’s privacy policy is no surprise, it does explicitly confirm what we’ve all assumed to be true all along.

The scope of data collection covers anything WeChat collects including identity information, credit card information, chat history, phone numbers, biometric information (voice, fingerprint, etc) and more. It would be safe to assume that all versions of WeChat is subjected to the same level of scrutiny.

WeChat’s new privacy policy complies with [...]

 
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September 21, 2017

OWC Launches New 5-Port USB-C Travel Dock

As device makers strive to continue to make their devices thinner and more compact, USB-C ports have become commonplace on today’s latest mobile devices. Despite this however, the availability of quality USB-C docks are still difficult to come by.

OWC, the popular maker of Mac accessories, is attempting to change that with their most recent release, the OWC USB-C Travel Dock. The OWC USB-C Travel Dock is a portable USB-C powered device that offers users five additional I/O ports to greatly expand the versatility of a single USB-C port.

Ports on the OWC USB-C Travel Dock include:

USB-C Power 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A HDMI (Up to one 4K [...]
 
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September 21, 2017

AOC Announces AG322QCX 32-inch 144Hz QHD Freesync VA Curved Gaming Monitor

If you’ve been holding out for a new massive gaming monitor, AOC may have the perfect monitor for you.

According to a recent announcement, AOC is unveiling their Agon AG322QCX, a new 32-inch curved gaming monitor. The new monitor features a 2560×1440 QHD resolution, VA panel technology, 144Hz refresh rate with AMD FreeSync support, 4ms response time, and an 1800R curvature.

As far as I/O, the AG322QCX features two DisplayPort 1.2 ports, one HDMI 2.0 port, one HDMI 1.4 port, one VGA port, and two USB 3.0 ports.

The AOC Agon AG322QCX is now available at Microcenter for $429.99.

 
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September 20, 2017

Toshiba Picks $18 Billion Bid from Bain Capital Led Group to Buy Memory Business

The drawn out, drama filled sale of Toshiba’s prized memory business may finally be coming to a close as Reuters reports Toshiba has selected an $18 Billion (2 Trillion Yen) bid from a Bain Capital led group which includes a number of major corporations including Toshiba, Hoya, SK Hynix, Apple, Dell, Kingston, and Seagate.

The infusion of the cash is expected to provide Toshiba 740 Billion Yen after taxes, which will help prevent it from being de-listed from the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Toshiba had been in a massive amount of debt after major losses by their nuclear power business prompted a multi-billion USD write-off.

Despite Toshiba’s agreement [...]

 
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September 20, 2017

Autonomous Launches Smart Desk 3 AI Powered Desk

Autonomous, the makers behind the sitting/standing Smart Desk, has recently launched the third iteration of their Smart Desk series, the Autonomous Smart Desk 3. Autonomous claims that the Smart Desk 3 is the world’s first AI powered workstation and you’ll soon see why.

With the original Smart Desk and the Smart Desk 2, Autonomous focused on perfecting their Smart Desk’s main function which was to simply move up and down for both sitting and standing use. With the Smart Desk 3, Autonomous has now also integrated a tablet directly into the desk itself.

The tablet is a 7-inch tablet which sits flush on the table to the left of the user. The [...]

 
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September 19, 2017

Synology Launches DS218+, DS418, DS718+, DS918+, DS3018xs NAS Systems

In preparation for the holiday shopping season, Synology is announcing no less than five new NAS systems ranging from a two to six bays. According to the announcement, the new NAS systems include the DS218+, DS418, DS718+, DS918+ and the DS3018xs.

 

Synology DS218+ and DS718+

The Synology DS218+ and DS718+ are two bay NAS systems designed for the home and business.

The Synology DS218+ is powered by an Intel Celeron J3355 dual core processor, 2GB DDR3L RAM (Expandable up to 6GB) and features one Gigabit LAN port for networking.

The Synology DS718+ is powered by an Intel Celeron J3455 quad core processor, 2GB DDR3L RAM (Expandable up [...]

 
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September 18, 2017

Mainstream Intel 8-Core/16-Thread CPUs Rumored for 2018

Several weeks ago, an Intel presentation slide was leaked detailing Intel’s upcoming chipset roadmap. The roadmap revealed a previously unknown Z390 chipset, which is a consumer enthusiast chipset coming in the 2H2018.

At the time, little additional details of the upcoming chipset was revealed however, according to a recent forum post on Notebook Review by a representative for system integrator, Eurocom, it appears that the Z390 chipset will support 8-core/16-thread CPUs that Intel may be releasing to accompany the new chipset. If this rumor is accurate, this will be the first time Intel’s mainstream platform will have 8-core/16-thread [...]

 
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September 18, 2017

CCleaner Compromised, Hackers Install Backdoor Malware into Popular Utility

Popular Windows optimization utility CCleaner has a serious problem right now as a recent blog post by their VP of Products, Paul Yung reveals that hackers have compromised recent versions of CCleaner, installing a backdoor utility into the application that would allow hackers to remotely access systems with CCleaner installed.

The security issue which was discovered on September 12, affected the 32-bit version of CCleaner version 5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud version 1.07.3191. Hackers were able to illegally modify the application before it was released and was able to introduce the malicious code. The malicious code not only granted attackers remote access to [...]

 
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September 17, 2017

AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Mobile APU GeekBench Scores Leak

Geekbench scores for AMD’s Ryzen 5 2500U APU has surfaced, showing almost double the performance of AMD’s current flagship consumer APU, the A12-9800B.

Manufacturer AMD IntelModel Ryzen 5 2500U A12-9800B Core i7-7600USingle-Core Performance 3,561 2,315 4,736Multi-Core Performance 9,421 5,115 9,314Core Count 4 Cores/8 Threads 4 Cores/4 Threads 2 Cores/4 ThreadsTested Clocks 2GHz/??? 2.69GHz Base / 3.6GHz Turbo 2.89GHz Base / 3.9GHz TurboTDP TBD 15W 15W

According to the leaked benchmark, the Ryzen 5 2500U scores 3,561 single core and 9,421 in multi-core, beating AMD’s current flagship APU, the A12-9800B, by 54% in single-core [...]

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