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SEC issues guidelines for cybersecurity risk disclosure February 21, 2018 - 21:08
Alphacool Eisbaer LT all-in-one coolers ship in 120mm to 360mm sizes February 21, 2018 - 20:47
Webshops start to list Intel B360, H370 and H310 motherboards February 21, 2018 - 20:19
uTorrent bug allows remote code execution February 21, 2018 - 15:50
AOC AGON AG352UCG6 is a 35-inch screen with 3440 x 1440 pixels February 21, 2018 - 14:37
ASUS HC102 Windows Mixed Reality headset starts shipping or $429 February 21, 2018 - 14:21
Intel finally has stable microcode fix for Spectre February 21, 2018 - 13:55
Intel Coffee Lake CPUs show up in retail channel February 21, 2018 - 09:50
AMD EPYC Rome CPUs to deliver up to 64 cores in 2019 February 20, 2018 - 22:19
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AMD Ryzen 5 2600 offers 31.5% better multi-threaded performance February 20, 2018 - 12:34
Intel Ice Lake to be first generation with hardware-level protection against Meltdown and Spectre February 20, 2018 - 11:05
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Posted on Wednesday, February 21 2018 @ 21:08:21 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
The US SEC has issued a new set of guidelines to public companies on how and when they should disclose cyber security vulnerabilities and breaches. The updated guidance follows hot on the heels of the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities, which primarily impacted the Intel platform.

Public companies are encouraged to deliver clearer and more robust disclosure. It also stipulates new rules for insider trading while a hack is being investigated before it's publicly disclosed;
The guidance also said company executives must not trade in a firm’s securities while possessing nonpublic information on cyber security attacks. The SEC encouraged companies to consider adopting specific policies restricting executive trading in shares while a hack is being investigated and before it is disclosed.

It discourages companies from withholding disclosure simply because of an ongoing investigation into a cyber security matter.
More at Reuters.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 21 2018 @ 20:47:00 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Alphacool delivers the Eisbaer LT, a new all-in-one watercooling series that is offered in 120mm, 240mm and 360mm editions. These units are sold via the company's webshop for 79.99EUR, 89.99EUR and 104.99EUR, respectively.

The products feature 100% copper radiators, Eiswind 12 120mm fans (63.85CFM, 1.66mm H2O, 29dBA), a CPU cooler with a copper bottom, and a 12V DC DC-LT Ultra low noise Ceramic pump. Alphacool uses Eisbaer Ready quick connectors as well as standard G1/4" threads, and 11/8mm tubing.
Just like the Eisbaer, the Eisbaer LT distinguishes itself from the usual AIO mix in that Alphacool relied on normal custom components as much as possible during development. This allows the Eisbaer LT to be expanded on not just with the Eisbaer Ready quick connectors but also with connectors using standard G1/4” threads. These can be replaced with other models at any time. Another highlight is the new 25mm thin Slim Radiator, made entirely of copper. Since copper has twice the heat capacity of aluminium, optimal cooling is guaranteed.
Alphacool Eisbaer LT
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Posted on Wednesday, February 21 2018 @ 20:19:14 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Earlier today we wrote about new Intel Coffee Lake processors hitting the retail channel and now we're also seeing the new motherboards.

Dutch tech site Hardware.Info spotted that Asian e-tailers are listing various motherboards from ASRock and Gigabyte. Officially, these boards aren't supposed to be out until about 1.5 months from now, but it looks like they're already circulating.

Ten listings of ASRock motherboards were found, including the H310-HDV, H310-HDV/M.2, B360M-HDV, B360M Pro4, B360 Pro4, B360 Gaming K4, B360M-ITX/ac, H370 Performance, H370M/ITX-ac and H370 Pro4.

Next there are also mentionings of the Gigabyte B360M HD3, B360 Aorus Gaming 3, H370N-WIFI, H370M D3H and H370 Aorus Gaming 3.

ASRock B360 Gaming K4
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Posted on Wednesday, February 21 2018 @ 15:50:24 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Security researchers from Google's Project Zero discovered nasty security vulnerabilities in uTorrent. Both the desktop and the web version of this hugely popular BitTorrent client featured a bug that enables attackers to execute code, access downloaded items, and snoop on your download history.

ARS Technica writes the threat level is pretty high as malicious websites could abuse the security bug to run arbitrary code on your PC:
The vulnerabilities, according to Project Zero, make it possible for any website a user visits to control key functions in both the uTorrent desktop app for Windows and in uTorrent Web, an alternative to desktop BitTorrent apps that uses a Web interface and is controlled by a browser. The biggest threat is posed by malicious sites that could exploit the flaw to download malicious code into the Windows startup folder, where it will be automatically run the next time the computer boots up. Any site a user visits can also access downloaded files and browse download histories.
Users of uTorrent need to upgrade to version 3.5.3.44352. Web users of uTorrent need to ensure they're running build 0.12.0.502 to be protected.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 21 2018 @ 14:37:24 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
AOC teases the AGON AG352UCG6, a new ultra-wide gaming display with a 21:9 aspect ratio.

The AMVA panel has an 1800R curvature, a 3440 x 1440 pixels (WideQHD) resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 178-degrees viewing angles, 300 nits brightness, 2500:1 contrast ratio, 4ms grey-to-grey response time, and support for NVIDIA G-SYNC.

Display inputs include DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4, and the monitor also has built-in speakers (2x 2W).

As the screen is part of AOC's gaming series, it offers several special features like a headset stand, rear RGB LED diffusers, and genre-specific display presets.

Pricing is unknown, the display will start shipping in May 2018.

AGON AG352UCG6

AGON AG352UCG6

Via: TPU
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Posted on Wednesday, February 21 2018 @ 14:21:40 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
ASUS announces the availability of its Windows Mixed Reality Headset HC102. This headset features 1440 x 1440 pixel per eye (2880 x 1440 in total) and offers a field of view (FOV) of 95 degrees. Pricing is $429.

Specifications:
  • Lens HFoV: 95° (one eye), 105° (two eyes), fresnel-aspherical lens
  • Refresh Rate: 90Hz
  • Display: 1440 x 1440 resolution per eye (2880 x 1440 in total)
  • Focal Distance: 1.3m
  • IPD Accommodation: Adjustable by SW (63mm+/- 8mm)
  • Eye-to-lens Distance: 13mm
  • Tracking Cameras: B+W & VGA
  • Sensors: Gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, P-sensor
  • Tracking Architecture: 6DoF
  • Audio Formats: 3.5mm audio jack
  • Accessories: Two 6DoF controllers
  • Connectivity: HDMI 2.0, USB 3.0, Bluetooth®
  • ASUS HC102
    ASUS today announced the ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset HC102. Its unique and innovative design, featuring a beautiful 3D pattern and a comfy weight-balanced construction with premium antibacterial cushioned materials, means it’s not only stylish but also supremely cool and comfortable for extended use.

    Unlike other headsets, the ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset HC102 doesn’t need any external sensors, making initial setup incredibly easy — users will be ready to play in less than 10 minutes. What’s more, the headset supports over 20,000 Windows apps and more than 2,000 Steam® VR titles, so users can watch immersive 360° videos, play games like never before or get on with important work or school projects. And importantly, the headset is also compatible with a wide range of affordable PCs. The ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset HC102 is the revolutionary, easy-to-use and affordable way for users to explore their imaginations.

    Unique and Futuristic Design, Featuring a Beautiful 3D Pattern
    The beautiful and futuristic design of the ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset HC102 is inspired by the Windows Mixed Reality experience, which combines the thrill of virtual reality (VR) with a phenomenal sense of presence, delivering experiences that are truly exhilarating. ASUS designers used this inspiration and technology normally used to create digital architecture to produce a pattern of hundreds of 3D polygons, resulting in a unique, modern and revolutionary new style. The headset is then finished in a tone-on-tone effect, keeping users stylish whatever world they’re exploring.

    Convenient Design with a Flippable Hinge
    The ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset HC102 has a friendly and convenient design, allowing users to switch between the virtual and real worlds in seconds. Users can simply lift the visor for a temporary reality check, and flip it back down to instantly immerse themselves in the virtual world again.

    Comfortable and Ultralight Balanced-Crown Design
    The comfortable weight-balanced construction of the ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset HC102 allows extended periods of exploring without fatigue. It's ultralight — weighing less than 400g — and the special balanced-crown design puts the majority of the weight on the forehead and back of the skull, where it’s better supported. This relives the pressure on the nose and face, meaning users won’t suffer from ‘VR face’.

    Premium Soft Materials for Users’ Comfort
    The ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset HC102 is constructed from premium soft materials, specially chosen for users’ comfort. These quick-drying, antibacterial materials help keep users cool and collected, so they can fully relax and enjoy the mixed-reality experience.

    Quick and Simple 10-minute Setup
    Unlike competitors’ products, no external sensors are needed. Instead, two built-in front-facing tracking cameras with six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) position tracking, and 32 LED lights on each controller allow the ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset HC102 to map a user’s environment, and track their movements and controllers seamlessly.

    The headset contains multiple sensors — gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetometer — that determine the user’s orientation, and thanks to its phenomenal inside-out tracking design, virtual and physical worlds will be perfectly synced, and free of latency or distortion.

    What’s more, as no external sensors are needed, initial setup takes less than 10 minutes, and after initial setup users can simply plug in and play. It also means users aren’t confined to their desk, chair or even room. They can enjoy an exhilarating mixed-reality experience wherever their laptop goes.

    Vivid and Immersive 3K Visuals
    The ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset HC102 delivers crystal-clear visuals, thanks to a 3K (2880 x 1440) resolution display and up to a 90Hz refresh rate. The incredible resolution lets users enjoy an incredibly interactive and truly immersive mixed-reality experience.

    Windows Mixed Reality App Support
    As users will discover when they start their adventures in the Cliff House — the virtual portal to all mixed-reality experiences — the ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset HC102 is capable of more than just virtual reality. From Cliff House, users can discover mixed-reality apps such as HoloTour that allow them to explore breathtaking places like the mysterious Machu Picchu high in the Andes, or experience the beauty of Rome from a balloon.

    Over 20,000 Windows apps and more than 2,000 Steam® VR titles are available, allowing users to immerse themselves in incredible content, watch 360° videos or movies in vivid, captivating detail, experience games such as Minecraft® or Superhot VR like never before, or get productive and complete their important work or school projects.

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    Posted on Wednesday, February 21 2018 @ 13:55:46 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    Intel issued an update about its progress to fix the whole CPU vulnerability mess. Some of the initial microcode updates had to be pulled due to stability issues, but now the chip giant finally has a stable release. The new production microcode update for Spectre has been delivered to OEM customers and partners, and will soon be available via BIOS updates.

    At the moment, the stable release is exclusively for Skylake. The update for older chips remains in beta stage.
    Intel has also greatly expanded its document outlining microcode update plans for a wide swath of platforms past. According to this document, Broadwell and Haswell microcode designed to mitigate Spectre remains in beta. Although the company isn't listing every Ivy Bridge product as a candidate for a microcode update yet, it is broadly indicating that firmware for at least some of those CPUs is in pre-beta or beta testing, so it seems likely that most systems with one of those CPUs could eventually get a Spectre-banishing update.
    Via: The Tech Report
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    Posted on Wednesday, February 21 2018 @ 09:50:08 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    Ahead of the official launch, Intel's new Coffee Lake desktop processors are already showing up in the retail channel. Several new SKUs will soon be released, but it appears the eight-core versions will arrive at a later point in time.

    VideoCardz writes Intel reportedly delayed the launch of the Z390 and the eight-core Coffee Lake chips to the Summer timeframe.
    The list of new SKUs and pricing (for BOX) according to Provantage:

  • Core i5-8600: 220 USD
  • Core i5-8500: 200 USD
  • Core i3-8300: 135 USD
  • Pentium Gold G5600: 93 USD
  • Pentium Gold G5500: 83 USD
  • Celeron G4920: 62 USD
  • Celeron G4920: 51 USD
  • The new wave of Coffee Lake CPUs will be accompanied by H310, B360 and H370 based motherboards.
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    Posted on Tuesday, February 20 2018 @ 22:19:29 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    Word is going around that AMD's future EPYC "Rome" generation will up the core count to a massive 64 cores per package, resulting in a total of 128 threads. These processors will be build on a future 7nm node, thus they aren't likely to hit the market until 2019 at the earliest.
    One design will have 12 cores per die (x4 for 48 cores per package) and the other will have 16 cores per die (x4 for 64 cores per package). The reason why this is interesting is because AMD is, apparently, expecting to sell enough volume to warrant multiple chip designs, rather than just making a flagship and filling in SKUs with bin sorting and cutting off the cores that require abnormally high voltage for a given clock rate as parts with lesser core count. (That will happen too, as usual, but from two different intended designs instead of just the flagship.)

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    Posted on Tuesday, February 20 2018 @ 21:21:35 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    PC Perspective noticed NVIDIA put up a job posting for a Metal and OpenGL software engineer. The listing specifically mentions the hiree will work within a team to implement and extend 3D graphics and Metal. Experience with OS X and/or Linux operating systems is a plus.

    Interestingly, NVIDIA hasn't seen a lot of action on the Mac platform for quite a while. PC Perspective speculates there are two options here, either there's nothing to see here and NVIDIA is just updating support, or the company has received a new design win from Apple:
    The other possibility is that NVIDIA might be expecting a design win with Apple. What? Who knows. It could be something as simple as Apple’s external GPU architecture allowing the user to select their own add-in board. Alternatively, Apple could have selected an NVIDIA GPU for one or more product lines, which they have not done since 2013 (as far as I can tell).
    If that's the case, we may know something by WWDC (early June) or around the back-to-school season in September.
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