Posted on Friday, September 20 2019 @ 20:09:28 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
There's an official statement from AMD today concerning its upcoming desktop flagship as well as the HEDT lineup. First up, the Ryzen 9 3950X will not arrive in September as previously planned. Citing strong demand for its third-gen Ryzen CPUs, AMD says they now plan to launch both the Ryzen 9 3950X and the initial third-gen Ryzen Threadripper processors in November.
AMD promises the first 16-core mainstream desktop processor and the next-gen HEDT procesors will be "well worth the wait. The new Threadripper series will premier with 24-cores.
The Ryzen 9 3950X is a 16-core chip with 32 threads, a 3.5GHz base clock, up to 4.7GHz Boost, 64MB L3 cache, and a 105W TDP.
Posted on Friday, September 20 2019 @ 09:33:30 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Reef Entertainment announced it's Terminator Resistance single-player first-person shooter will be published on November 15th. This game will arrive for the PS4, Xbox One, and the PC (Steam). The game is set in Los Angeles, 31 years after the events from Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Terminator: Resistance introduces a new hero, Jacob Rivers, a soldier in the Resistance Pacific Division. Despite the fact that Jacob is just a private, he’ll soon discover that he’s been targeted by the latest threat from SKYNET and marked for termination!
SKYNET may be destined to lose this war, but at what cost to Jacob? Experience the events leading up to the decisive final battle, smash SKYNET’s Defence Grid and help decide the fate of mankind in the war against the machines!
Terminator Resistance is developed by Teyon, a Polish developer best known for a bunch of casual games for the Nintendo platform, as well as Rambo: The Video Game (2014), another game we've never heard about. The new Terminator game will use Unreal Engine and looks a lot like a generic shooter with a Terminator theme.
Posted on Friday, September 20 2019 @ 09:13:26 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
ARS Technica reports the powerful Emotet botnet is back. After a four-month hiatus, there's once again an uptick of spam that addresses you by name or quotes real e-mails you've sent or received in the past. Emotet generates these messages by harvesting the contact lists and e-mail inboxes of the computers that it infects.
Because the spam mails created by Emotet look a lot more like genuine e-mail traffic, they're a lot harder to detect for both humans and spam filters. The botnet spreads itself via a malicious attachment, that relies on further social engineering and Office macros to download a payload.
"It's easy to see how someone expecting an email as part of an ongoing conversation could fall for something like this, and it is part of the reason that Emotet has been so effective at spreading itself via email," Talos researchers wrote in the post. "By taking over existing email conversations and including real Subject headers and email contents, the messages become that much more randomized and more difficult for anti-spam systems to filter."
Posted on Friday, September 20 2019 @ 08:36:03 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
The arrival of PCI Express 4.0 is enabling device makers to launch solid state disks with speeds never seen before. Gigabyte is now launching its AORUS Gen4 AIC, this product looks a lot like a video card and is housed in a PCI Express 4.0 x16 slot. It features four x4 SSDs and has its own active cooling solution.
Each M.2-2280 SSD inside the enclosure has 2TB of storage capacity and features a Phison PS5016-E16 controller. The result is an 8TB SSD with a bandwidth of up to 15TB/s!
When running in RAID 0 mode, the Aorus Gen4 AIC SSD 8 TB offers up to 15 GB/s sequential read/write speeds, as well as 430K/440K read/write IOPS. It goes without saying that this is a throughput-focused card, as outside of the difficulty in even coming up with that many IOPS in a client workload, RAID modes don't really improve IOPS.
The downside is that there's still no consumer chipset that can accommodate this product. As AnandTech points out, you need 16 PCIe lanes and AMD's Ryzen 3000 platform doesn't offer enough lanes to use both this SSD and a high-end GPU without causing bottlenecks. The next-gen Threadripper may change this.
Posted on Thursday, September 19 2019 @ 18:04:51 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
A couple of months ago Sharkoon introduced the Elbrus 3 and now the German firm follows up with the Elbrus 1 and Elbrus 2 gaming chairs. These are even cheaper than the 259EUR Elbrus 2, the Elbrus 1 chair has a list price of just 139EUR while the Elbrus 2 should cost 199EUR.
The downside is that you do not get the typical features that are common among gaming chairs. The Elbrus 1 for example only has a tilt mechanism and adjustable armrests, and has a fabric cover. The Elbrus 2 on the other hand does have a synthetic leather cover, has a recliner function, more advanced armrests and comes with head and lumbar cushions. Both chairs will make for a very comfortable experience when playing online games like Apex Legends, online casino au, or Fortnite. Availability is expected very soon.
Sharkoon Technologies is an international supplier of PC components and peripherals, offering performance at a reasonable price. Sharkoon now presents the ELBRUS 1 and the ELBRUS 2: two models of comfortable and ergonomic gaming chairs. Each model uses different materials has a different design. For maximum durability, the gaming chairs are made with an integrated steel frame and have a sturdy five-star base.
ELBRUS 1: Tilt Mechanism for More Comfort.
To relieve the back and for more comfort, the ELBRUS 1 is equipped with a tilt mechanism. The pleasant rocking motion provided by this mechanism helps the user to relax during long gaming sessions. The handle for locking and unlocking the tilt mechanism is within easy reach on the underside of the chair.
ELBRUS 2: Adjustable for Personal Needs.
As with the ELBRUS 1, the ELBRUS 2 is also equipped with a tilt mechanism. Moreover, the ELBRUS 2 can be even further adjusted to the requirements of the user. Not only the seat height but also the horizontal angle of the arm rests and the angle of the backrest can be modified. The backrest can be steplessly reclined and locked at an angle between 90° and 160°, offering a comfortable sitting position for any kind of situation.
Padded Armrests to Flip Up or Down.
For maximum freedom of movement when, for example, using racing peripherals, the user can simply flip up the armrests of the ELBRUS 1. No levers or tools are required to do this: the armrests are easily pushed up by hand. However, when folded down, the padding of the armrests contributes to the overall comfort of the chair and provides relaxation for the arms.
Extra Padding for Back and Neck.
While the ELBRUS 1 has extra padding on the armrests, the ELBRUS2 specifically provides this for the head and the lumber area of the back. Here, Sharkoon has included two cushions which have a soft textile cover and can be flexibly fastened onto the chair as required.
ELBRUS 1 with Easy-to-Clean and Breathable Textile Cover.
For comfortable sitting in summer and winter, the ELBRUS 1 is upholstered with a breathable and easily maintained textile cover. At the warmest time of the year, this provides ideal water vapor permeability and dissipation of warmth. In contrast, during the winter, the cover offers immediate warmth and coziness. Cleaning the cover is also uncomplicated as this can be done with a non-fluff cloth and conventional cleaning agents.
Synthetic Leather Cover for ELBRUS 2.
In contrast to the ELBRUS 1, the ELBRUS 2 is upholstered with sturdy synthetic leather. The material is easy to maintain and can impress with a high degree of durability. The colored stitching sets a distinct accent for each color version of the chair.
Maximum Load up to 120 Kg and 150 Kg.
Both gaming chairs are equipped inside with a stable steel frame and are placed on a sturdy five-star base, which, like the frame, is also made of steel. The ELBRUS 1 is made for a maximum load of 120 Kg while the ELBRUS 2 can take up to 150 kg. Both chairs are designed for users with a maximum body height of 190 cm. The five wheels under the five-star base provide a stable hold as well as full freedom of movement. The wheels of the ELBRUS 1 have a diameter of 50 millimeters and those of the ELBRUS 2 have a diameter of 60 millimeters.
While gaming chairs are more expensive than typical budget office chairs, they are definitely worth it. A chair like this will last many years and will provide excellent seating comfort whether you're working, playing games, visiting casinous.com, or chatting with your friends on Facebook Messenger.
Posted on Thursday, September 19 2019 @ 15:07:19 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
After the recent string of bugs introduced by Windows 10 updates, there's now also an update that made Windows Defender go haywire. A couple of days ago, Microsoft published version 4.18.1908.7 of the anti-virus tool and messages soon appeared on online boards from users who noticed that the software scanned only about 40 files when you perform a full or quick scan.
BleepingComputer has been able to independently confirm that this is happening on our own computers that have version 4.18.1908.7 (KB4052623) installed. [... W]hen we performed a Full scan, it only scanned 44 files and lasted 9 seconds.
Microsoft has already resolve the issue and pushed out Security Intelligence Update for Windows Defender Antivirus - KB2267602 (Version 1.301.1684.0). Apparently, there was a problem in the anti-virus definition. Microsoft says the issue did not affect real-time scanning, only manual scans were affected.
Posted on Thursday, September 19 2019 @ 13:18:23 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
TSMC VP of corporate research Philip Wong revealed they're currently researching 3nm process technology and that the company sees a path to 2nm and even 1nm manufacturing. But do these numbers even mean anything?
As followers of semiconductor technology probably know, the number assigned to a new process technology is little more than marketing these days. Wong even admitted this, by stating that TSMC's node naming schemes indeed to do not have some relevance to silicon features etched into the wafer.
There was a time when the technology node number meant something, but now it's just a brand name, similar to car models:
“It used to be the technology node, the node number, means something, some features on the wafer,” says Philip Wong in his Hot Chips 31 keynote. “Today, these numbers are just numbers. They’re like models in a car – it’s like BMW 5-series or Mazda 6. It doesn’t matter what the number is, it’s just a destination of the next technology, the name for it. So, let’s not confuse ourselves with the name of the node with what the technology actually offers.”
Posted on Thursday, September 19 2019 @ 13:06:11 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Security researchers discovered that SOHO routers and NAS devices from 13 brands, including Buffalo, Synology, ASUS, Netgear, TerraMaster, Drobo, Zyxel, TOTOLINK, Asustor, Seagate, QNAP, Mi, and Lenovo, are affected by remotely exploitable bugs. In total, the researchers found 125 different CVEs.
“All 13 of the devices we evaluated had at least one web application vulnerability such as cross-site scripting (XSS), operating system command injection (OS CMDi), or SQL injection (SQLi) that could be leveraged by an attacker to get remote access to the device’s shell or gain access to the device’s administrative panel,” the researchers said in a paper released on Monday. “We obtained root shells on 12 of the devices, allowing complete control over the device, including six which can be remotely exploited without authentication: The Asustor AS-602T, Buffalo TeraStation TS5600D1206, TerraMaster F2-420, Drobo 5N2, Netgear Nighthawk R9000, and TOTOLINK A3002RU.”
The researchers got in touch with all manufacturers but just nine of them were responsive and took mitigation steps.
Full details at Threatpost.
Posted on Thursday, September 19 2019 @ 12:44:30 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Samsung announced that it cooked up three new software technologies for its datacenter PCIe Gen4 solid state disks. The techniques listed below are found on the PM1733 and PM1735 series, and will soon be expanded to more server and datacenter SSDs.
The three software innovations include: 1) ‘fail-in-place (FIP) technology’ that ensures a ‘never-die’ SSD, 2) ‘virtualization technology’ that provides independent virtual workspaces for multiple users, and 3) ‘V-NAND machine learning technology’ that utilizes big data to accurately verify data validity even when operating at ultra-high speeds.
Samsung’s FIP technology marks a new milestone in the 60-year history of storage by ensuring that SSDs maintain normal operation even when errors occur at the chip level, enabling a never-dying SSD for the first time in the industry. In the past, failure in just one out of several hundred NAND chips meant having to replace an entire SSD, causing system downtime and additional drive replacement cost. SSDs integrated with Samsung’s FIP software can detect a faulty chip, scan for any damage in data, then relocate the data into working chips. For instance, if a fault is identified in any of the 512 NAND chips inside a 30.72TB SSD, the FIP software would automatically activate error-handling algorithms at the chip level while maintaining the drive’s high, stable performance.
Samsung’s SSD virtualization technology allows a single SSD to be subdivided into a maximum of 64 smaller SSDs, providing independent, virtual workspaces for multiple users. Leveraging this software, cloud storage providers can extend their services to a greater number of users with the same amount of resources for optimized product competitiveness. The virtualization technology also enables SSDs to take on some of the virtualized tasks typically carried out by the server CPUs, such as Single-Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV), requiring fewer server CPUs and SSDs, thereby reducing the server footprint for enhanced overall IT efficiency.
The company’s V-NAND machine learning technology helps to accurately predict and verify cell characteristics, as well as detect any variation among circuit patterns through big data analytics. This ensures superior data reliability as increasing SSD speeds pose a challenge in reading and verifying data through the extremely rapid voltage pulses. An SSD built with over 100-layer four-bit NAND, which requires considerably more precise cell control than three-bit NAND, is able to generate the higher levels of performance, capacity and reliability needed in server and datacenter storage systems with the machine learning software.
Posted on Thursday, September 19 2019 @ 12:03:56 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
The surge of services like Netflix and Spotify has resulted in a drop in piracy, as a lot of people prefer paying a small monthly fee instead of illegally downloading content from the web, which may or may not originate from rather shady sources.
While more choice is often a good thing, we're now seeing a flood of new streaming services. An article from a couple of months ago from TechDirt is trending again and it makes a couple of good points about how too many video streaming choices may push consumers back to piracy. Besides Netflix and HBO, you now have Disney+, CBS All Access, NBC Peacock, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Apple TV+, and others. All of these services have exclusive shows, which makes it hard for consumers to choose which services they want as it doesn't make sense to subscribe to a plethora of streaming providers.
But as consumers are forced to pay for more and more subscriptions to get all of the content they're looking for, they're not only getting frustrated by the growing costs (defeating the whole point of cutting the cord), they're frustrated by the experience of having to hunt and peck through an endlessly shifting sea of exclusivity arrangements and licensing deals that make it difficult to track where your favorite show or film resides this month.
In response, there's some early anecdotal data to suggest this is already happening. But because these companies are fixated on building market share, and this will likely be an industry-wide issue, most aren't seeing the problem yet.
There is already too much fragmentation in this market, and it's getting even worse, which will likely allure consumers to explore alternatives.