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12 million routers at risk of hijacking December 19, 2014 - 18:31
BBC video shows exhausted workforce producing Apple products December 19, 2014 - 12:39
Caseking reveals CableMod PSU cables December 19, 2014 - 12:00
MSI teases the Z97I GAMING ACK Mini-ITX motherboard December 19, 2014 - 11:55
NASA researchers propose manned mission to atmosphere of Venus December 18, 2014 - 19:50
Thermalright delivers the Macho 90 and Silver Arrow ITX CPU December 18, 2014 - 17:11
AMD working on Dynamic Frame Rate Control to save power December 18, 2014 - 16:38
NVIDIA GeForce 347.09 beta driver is here December 18, 2014 - 16:30
GlobalFoundries to kick off 14nm LPE volume production in 1H 2015 December 18, 2014 - 16:27
Google to force websites to adopt SSL? December 18, 2014 - 16:19
Microsoft rumored to present VR headset at E3 2015 December 18, 2014 - 16:07
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Posted on Friday, December 19 2014 @ 18:31:30 CET by
Security researchers have discovered that over 12 million routers from brands like Linksys, D-Link, Edimax, Huawei, TP-Link, ZTE and ZyxEL are at risk of attack due to a vulnerability in the RomPager software. Versions of RomPager prior to 4.34 contain a critical security bug that allows attackers to send HTTP cookie files that corrupt the router's device memory and hand over administrative control, allowing attackers to remotely monitor user traffic and more. Full details at ARS Technica, a list of devices suspected to be vulnerable can be found here (PDF).
The vulnerability resides in "RomPager" software, embedded into the residential gateway devices, made by a company known as AllegroSoft. Versions of RomPager prior to 4.34 contain a critical bug that allows attackers to send simple HTTP cookie files that corrupt device memory and hand over administrative control. Attackers can use that control to read plaintext traffic traveling over the device and possibly take other actions, including changing sensitive DNS settings and monitoring or controling Web cams, computers, or other connected devices. Researchers from Check Point's malware and vulnerability group have dubbed the bug Misfortune Cookie, because it allows hackers to determine the "fortune" of an HTTP request by manipulating cookies. They wrote:

If your gateway device is vulnerable, then any device connected to your network—including computers, phones, tablets, printers, security cameras, refrigerators, toasters or any other networked device in your home or office network—may have increased risk of compromise. An attacker exploiting the Misfortune Cookie vulnerability can easily monitor your Internet connection, steal your credentials and personal or business data, attempt to infect your machines with malware, and over-crisp your toast.


Posted on Friday, December 19 2014 @ 12:39:59 CET by
BBC set up an undercover investigation to film the treatment of workers in the Chinese factories that are contracted by Apple to make its electronics products. The undercover team secretly filmed the iPhone 6 production lineup and found Apple's promises to protect workers from abuse were routinely broken.

The footage was shot at the Pegatron's factories in China, this company manufactures a wide range of devices for other firms, including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, smartphones, cable modems, game consoles, etc. Full details over here.
It found standards on workers' hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were being breached at the Pegatron factories.

Apple said it strongly disagreed with the programme's conclusions.

Exhausted workers were filmed falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts at the Pegatron factories on the outskirts of Shanghai.

One undercover reporter, working in a factory making parts for Apple computers, had to work 18 days in a row despite repeated requests for a day off.

Another reporter, whose longest shift was 16 hours, said: "Every time I got back to the dormitories, I wouldn't want to move.

"Even if I was hungry I wouldn't want to get up to eat. I just wanted to lie down and rest. I was unable to sleep at night because of the stress."


Posted on Friday, December 19 2014 @ 12:00:52 CET by
Caseking.de announces the availability of a range of CableMod PSU cables:
Caseking is announcing the introduction of the full CableMod range of PSU cables specced and designed by the world’s top modders and enthusiasts.

The E-Series of cables are compatible with the EVGA G2 and P2 power supply units, the C-Series are compatible with the Corsair AXi, HXi and RM power supply units, and finally the SE-Series are compatible with the Seasonic XP2 and KM3 power supply units.

The ultra high quality CableMod cables have been achieved by using ModFlex™ sleeving that is softer than the traditional nylon sleeving and thinner than cloth braiding developed to give a high class premium feel.

The cables are 100% heat shrink free allowing the tips of the cables to have a nice clean cut, no rough edges or uneven heat shrink visible thus allowing ModFlex™ sleeving to run right to the edge of the connector tip.

With the superb flexibility, these cables can be routed behind the motherboard or difficult to access areas providing easy cable management, ensuring that you can achieve a premium look within your PC build.

The cables are coming in the following colours: Black, Black/Blue, Black/Green, Black/Orange, Black/Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Red and White.

Inside a CableMod kit includes:
1 x 24 Pin ATX Cable (600mm)
2 x 4+4 Pin EPS Cable (700mm)
3 x Dual 6+2 Pin PCI-e Cable (750mm)
2 x 6+2 Pin PCI-e Cable (600mm)
1 x Quad SATA Power Cable (850mm)
1 x Quad SATA Power Cable (700mm)
1 x Dual SATA Power Cable (500mm)
1 x Triple 4-Pin Molex Cable (750mm)
1 x Dual 4-Pin Molex Cable (500mm)
1 x Molex to Floppy Adapter (100mm)
Caseking CableMod

Caseking CableMod

Posted on Friday, December 19 2014 @ 11:55:39 CET by
MSI shows off its new Z97I GAMING ACK, a Mini-ITX motherboard with Killer WiFi, M.2 and an entire new PCB design.
MSI, world leading in motherboard technology, announces the true mini-ITX gaming solution, featuring ACK powered by Killer DoubleShot Pro, M.2 connectivity and a whole new gaming oriented PCB design. Gamers around the world looking for a powerful small-sized gaming machine with all the necessary bells & whistles can now get excited.

Combined fragging without lagging, team up Wi-Fi with LAN
ACK powered by Killer DoubleShot Pro delivers 3.5x times lower latency and 2.9x times faster data throughput compared to traditional Wireless-N solutions. Killer Smart Teaming allows the use of LAN and WI-FI at the same time with speeds up to 1.867 Gbps and the ability to process gaming activity through LAN and other internet activity through Wi-Fi for the best lag-free gaming experience. Advanced Stream Detect™ automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive applications for online games. Together with smart applications which allow you to control your bandwidth, MSI ACK is the one and only true wireless GAMING solution.

Push your SSD to the limit with M.2
Enjoy a blazing fast system boot up and insanely fast loading of applications and games with MSI GAMING motherboards. We offer the next generation of high speed storage support through M.2. M.2 transfers data through a PCI Express 2.0 x2 interface up to 10 Gb/s, making it 67% faster than SATA 3.0 solutions. Innovative engineering on the Z97I GAMING ACK allows for a M.2 slot located at the bottom of the motherboard. M.2 is packed in a small form factor and is compatible with 2 different sizes on the Z97I GAMING ACK motherboard, to fit most storage solutions.

Optimized keep-out zone for more compatibility of cooler
Choosing a cooler for the mini-ITX build has never been an easy thing without having to give up either silence or cooling performance. Traditionally, ITX motherboards are not always compatible with the biggest and best cooling solutions. MSI reaches out to those who don’t want to compromise on performance and silence by re-designing the entire PCB and re-locating the 1150 CPU socket on the Z97I GAMING ACK motherboard. This new design allows for easy installment of large enthusiast CPU air cooling solutions or water cooling kits. Never worry about CPU temperatures during long gaming sessions and enjoy a more silent ITX gaming system with the all new MSI Z97I GAMING ACK motherboard.

Z97I GAMING ACK specifications:
  • CPU Support: 4th and 5th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors
  • Chipset: Intel® Z97 Express Chipset
  • Network: Killer™ E2205 Gigabit Ethernet, Killer™ 1525 802.11 ac, BT 4.1
  • Storage: 1x M.2 10Gb/s, 4x SATA 6Gb/s
  • Display interface: 1x DisplayPort, 2x HDMI
  • Connectivity: 1x PCI-e 3.0 x16, 6x USB 3.0, 6x USB 2.0, 8-channel Audio Boost
  • MSI Z97I GAMING ACK motherboard

    Posted on Thursday, December 18 2014 @ 19:50:45 CET by
    The NASA Langley Research Center has recently presented a proposal for a manned mission to Venus. The idea here is to explore the planet via a solar powered inflatable airship that floats 50 kilometers above the surface of Venus.

    While temperatures at the surface are hot enough to melt lead and atmospheric pressure is 92 times that of Earth, the atmosphere of Venus would be surprisingly habitable. At an altitude of 50 kilometers the atmospheric pressure is the same as on Earth at sea level, the gravity is only slightly lower than Earth and the temperature up that high is 75 degrees Celsius, which is manageable.

    Other advantages of a mission to Venus versus a manned mission to Mars include the protection against radiation and micrometeorites offered by Venus' atmosphere. On Mars, an astronaut would be exposed to 40 times as much radiation as on Earth, whereas in the atmosphere of Venus it would be about the same as on Earth. The round trip to Venus would be 440 days: 110 days out, a 30-day stay and then 30 days back, whereas a trip to Mars would require more than 500 days in space at a minimum and realistically anywhere from 650 to 900 days due to the need to wait for a favorable orbital alignment for the return journey..
    The Langley concept for HAVOC points out a few ways in which Venus’ upper atmosphere is surprisingly hospitable. At that level, the atmospheric pressure is one atmosphere, which means we could test the airship design on Earth fairly easily. The temperature up that high is only 75 degrees Celsius, which is perfectly manageable.

    Compared to Mars, Venus actually has several big advantages. Firstly, power would be no problem. With an array of solar panels on the airship, explorers would have all the power they’d need. Venus gets 40% more solar energy than Earth and 240 times more than Mars. Since there would be an atmosphere present, the airship could use electrical power to spin turbines for propulsion.
    The NASA researchers argue that except not having something under your feet, the atmosphere of Venus is probably the most Earth-like environment in the solar system and would be a great chance of doing a practice run of going to Mars. However, it would take a substantial policy shift at NASA to consider this proposal ahead of one to Mars.
    “Venus has value as a destination in and of itself for exploration and colonization,” says Jones. “But it’s also complementary to current Mars plans.…There are things that you would need to do for a Mars mission, but we see a little easier path through Venus.” For example, in order to get to Mars, or anywhere else outside of the Earth-moon system, we’ll need experience with long-duration habitats, aerobraking and aerocapture, and carbon dioxide processing, among many other things. Arney continues: “If you did Venus first, you could get a leg up on advancing those technologies and those capabilities ahead of doing a human-scale Mars mission. It’s a chance to do a practice run, if you will, of going to Mars.”
    You can learn more about the High Altitude Venus Operational Concept (HAVOC) project at ExtremeTech and IEEE.


    Posted on Thursday, December 18 2014 @ 17:11:27 CET by
    Thermalright adds two compact coolers to its lineup: the 29.99EUR Macho 90 and the 59.99EUR Silver Arrow ITX.
    Right before for Christmas we present two new CPU coolers, which have been designed especially for fans of compact Mini-ITX or Micro-ATX systems: The Macho 90 and the Silver Arrow ITX.

    The Macho 90 is the newest member of our highly successful Macho Family and rounds off the series. The layout is tailored to fit the typical limitations encountered when dealing with small sized Mini-ITX motherboards. The height of just 135 mm allows the installation of the cooler in various compact PC cases.

    In order to avoid incompatibilities to RAM modules or motherboard components as much as possible, the nearly square heatsink has been placed directly above the CPU-socket. Other features include the premium processing with four nickel-plated heat pipes, highly polished base and black anodized top fin. Included is a high quality 92 mm PWM fan (max. 27 dB(A)), as well as our popular screwdriver.

    The Silver Arrow ITX, which has been introduced by us during Computex 2014, is aimed at power users, who are looking for exceptional performance for their compact systems. The cooler comes in a stylish black nickel design.

    The TY 149 has been specially designed in cooperation with Asus to meet the color combination of the high-end “Republic of Gamers” product line.The layout of the Silver Arrow ITX is optimized to guarantee no incompatibilities to those Mini-ITX boards, so the cooler will not interfere with VGA-cards or RAM modules.
    Macho 90

    Silver Arrow ITX

    Posted on Thursday, December 18 2014 @ 16:38:28 CET by
    AMD logo
    AMD revealed it's working on a new Dynamic Frame Rate Control feature for its Catalyst drivers. This feature will enable you to limit the framerate with a slider to decrease power consumption. According to AMD director of PR Chris Hook, the difference in power consumption can be mind blowing in cases when the GPU is delivering an unnecessarily high framerate (150fps vs 60fps for instance).
    Sounds a lot like V-Sync? Well the way AMD describes it, DFRC is a frame-rate limiter with a slider. Whereas V-Sync makes the GPU spit out frame-rates to match the monitor's refresh-rate. When a game runs, say, 100 FPS, and you enable V-Sync to bring that down to 60 FPS, your GPU is still running at 3D-performance clocks, unless the 3D load is way too low, and the driver decides to change the power state altogether. DFRC probably achieves lower frame-rates by underclocking the GPU, and increasing the clocks, whenever the scene gets more demanding, and the output FPS drops below the target. Hook describes the energy savings with DFRC as "mind blowing." This peaks our curiosity.
    Source: TPU

    Posted on Thursday, December 18 2014 @ 16:30:48 CET by
    NVIDIA logo
    NVIDIA published its GeForce 347.09 beta driver at its driver page. This is the recommended driver release for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Elite: Dangerous.
    New in GeForce Game Ready Drivers
    The latest GeForce Game Ready driver, release 347.09 Beta, ensures you'll have the best possible gaming experience for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Elite: Dangerous

    Game Ready
    Best gaming experience for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Elite: Dangerous


    Posted on Thursday, December 18 2014 @ 16:27:10 CET by
    GlobalFoundries logo
    DigiTimes had an interview with GlobalFoundries senior VP Chuck Fox, you can read it over here. Fox claims the 14nm process brings healthy competition among foundries and notes volume production of the 14nm LPE (low power early) process should start in the first half of 2015 with 14nm LPP (low power plus) to follow in the second half of 2015.
    Q: Can you tell us when the 14nm process at your company will begin volume production? And why did your company choose to cooperate with Samsung Electronics?

    A: We plan to begin volume production with a 14nm LPE (low power early) process in the first half of 2015 and then push ahead with a 14nm LPP (low power plus) process in the second half of the year. Based on chip design projects commissioned by our clients, we believe a number of clients will produce wafer starts using 14nm LPE process initially. However, we expect the number of clients as well as wafer orders to grow robustly when we enter the 14nm LPP process, which will help ramp up our market share and sales significantly.

    With regard to the tie-up with Samsung, I think the cooperation is being pushed by demand from our clients. Besides, both of our technologies are from IBM, which has enabled us to reach consensus in terms of innovation of new manufacturing processes and that is why we can develop the 14nm process rapidly and take the lead in volume production.


    Posted on Thursday, December 18 2014 @ 16:19:21 CET by
    Microsoft logo
    Slashdot writes Google is considering to push website owners to adopt Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) security. Earlier this year there were rumors that Google decided to prioritize HTTPS sites in its search rankings and now Google Chrome developers are considering to mark HTTP connections as non-secure. Under the proposal, Chrome users would receive a pop-up when visiting sites without a SSL certificate to notify them that these sites offer no data security. Two thirds of all websites do not use HTTPS.
    If implemented, the developers wrote, the change would mean that a warning would pop-up when people visited a site that used only HTTP to notify them that such a connection "provides no data security". Currently only about 33% of websites use HTTPS, according to statistics gathered by the Trustworthy Internet Movement which monitors the way sites use more secure browsing technologies.


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