Posted on Tuesday, October 17 2017 @ 11:27:58 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Ghacks takes a look at the purpose of pingsender.exe, a service that's used by Mozilla to collect telemetry data of users of its Firefox browser. Mozilla claims telemetry.exe gets fired up everytime Firefox closes and points out this data is key to identify and fix performance issues that lead to a sub-par browsing experience.
In short: Pingsender is a separate process that Firefox spawns on shut down to send telemetry data to Mozilla.
Firefox users may load about:telemetry in the browser's address bar to check the data that Mozilla is collecting.
Those who don't want to provide Mozilla with data can turn the data off under about: preferences#privacy.
Similar telemetry collection from operating systems like Windows 10 caused a lot of ruckus, so
if you want to disable pingsender.exe for privacy reasons, you can find further instructions over here.
Posted on Tuesday, October 17 2017 @ 11:20:36 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
AMD issued a new Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition beta driver for Microsoft's Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. This is the first public graphics driver release for Microsoft's latest version of Windows 10, you can grab it over here. The changelog doesn't really contain anything interesting, it seems Windows 10 Fall Creators Update support is the only thing new here.
This driver is provided as a beta level support driver and should be considered "as is".
Beta level support for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
Mixed Reality headsets may fail to render when running in Hybrid Graphics system configurations.
A limited number of displays may exhibit brief signal loss periodically.
System hang may occur during Mixed Reality 360 videos playback on Radeon RX Vega series graphics products.
An HDCP error code may be observed while playing Blu-Ray content on a secondary attached display.
Radeon WattMan profiles and settings may not persisting after resuming from sleep.
A system restart or hang may be observed when launching DX12 applications on Multi GPU enabled system configurations with Radeon ReLive enabled.
Posted on Tuesday, October 17 2017 @ 11:17:31 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
HP accidentally uploaded details about a yet-to-be-released laptop. The Envy x360 15-bq101na is the first laptop to feature the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U APU, this is a new Zen-based chip with Vega-based integrated graphics.
The specifications sheet from HP confirms this quad-core chip has a 2GHz base frequency, up to 3.6GHz Boost, 6MB cache and Vega M graphics.
Other features include 8GB DDR4-2400, a 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, Bang & Olufsen audio, and a 15.6" Full HD IPS LCD panel. The system uses a 45W AC power adapter and promises a battery life of up to 10 hours.
Pricing and availability is unknown. The launch of AMD's Raven Ridge APUs is expected before the end of the year.
Posted on Monday, October 16 2017 @ 15:47:19 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Antec shows off a new case with a clean, brushed aluminium front. Named the P110 Luce, this 11.7kg heavy mid-tower model features a tempered glass side panel and a steel chassis. The case has room for eight expansion slots (+2 vertical), six 3.5" HDDs, two 2.5" SSDs (+4 convertible from 3.5"), and a video card of up to 390mm long.
Cooling is provided by up to six 120mm fans, of which two are included with the case. The top of the front panel features an I/O panel with two USB 3.0 ports, a HDMI port, microphone and audio jacks, and RGB LED control. Retail store pricing should be around 119EUR.
Antec Inc., a leading provider of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself market, presents the latest addition to their renowned Performance One Case series: The P110 Luce. The case is now commercially available from 119€ (suggested retail price including VAT).
The Antec P110 Luce lets you shed a light on your installed hardware: The frame measures 489 mm x 230 mm x 518 mm (L x W x H) and features a tempered glass panel on the side. The mid-tower is made of 1mm+0.8 mm steel & ABS and the front panel is made of 0.8 mm anodized aluminium. The P110 Luce accommodates ATX-, Micro-ATX and ITX-mainboards and offers space for up to six 3.5" HDDs (convertible for four 2.5" SSDs) and two 2.5" SDDs as well as ten expansion slots (eight horizontal and two vertical slots). Users can install VGA cards with a length of up to 390 mm. The card holder features an extra bracket which makes it easy to adjust the actual position of the VGA and to achieve better compatibility. This also supports the weight of heavy VGA cards.
In order to keep its cool, the P110 Luce offers space for 3x120 mm or 2x140mm case fans in the front, 2x120mm or 2x140mm at the top and 1x120 mm fan in the rear. The thought-out case already comes with one pre-installed 120 mm fan at the front and one in the back. For extra water-cooling, the P110 allows to install a 280 mm radiator on top, a 360 mm radiator in the front and a 120 mm radiator in the rear. The P110 Luce offers space for CPU coolers with a maximum height of 165 mm, a maximum GPU length of 390 mm. The front bezel features 2x USB 3.0, VR-ready HDMI port, Audio In/Out and a RGB LED control switch. For more information, please visit our website and follow us on facebook and twitter.
Posted on Monday, October 16 2017 @ 15:36:42 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Tom's Hardware found evidence that Samsung's next-gen NVMe SSDs are already circulating in the wild. These models are expected to be released in January 2018. They use 64-layer TLC V-NAND memory from Samsung and are expected to be introduced as the 970 and 980 SSDs.
Pictured below you can see the OEM version of the 980 SSD, which sports impressive performance:
The performance, according to the seller's listing, looks very good. The 1TB model delivers up to 3,200 MB/s sequential read and 2,400 MB/s sequential write performance. Random 4KB numbers run up to 380,000 IOPS read and 440,000 IOPS write. We've already seen a CrystalDiskMark result with even higher performance but have yet to verify the legitimacy of the image.
Posted on Monday, October 16 2017 @ 14:26:53 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
The ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon RX Vega 64 custom-design card is still not available but this is widely believed to be the first custom Vega card that will hit retail shelves.
As we get closer to actual retail availability, ASUS has updated its product page with more detailed specifications. TechPowerUp notes we now know the clockspeeds of this card. The ROG STRIX Radeon RX Vega 64 is a bit faster than the stock model from AMD, but remains slower than the RX Vega 64 Liquid Edition.
Out of the box, the card is clocked at 1298 MHz core, with 1590 MHz boost, and an untouched 945 MHz memory, against AMD-reference clock speeds of "up to 1546 MHz" GPU clock for the air-cooled RX Vega 64. It still pales in comparison to the RX Vega 64 Liquid Edition SKU, which ticks at 1677 MHz core and 1750 MHz boost.
Posted on Monday, October 16 2017 @ 14:21:43 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
A shockwave went through the Internet as researchers disclosed a severe vulnerability in the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) security protocol. WEP has been considered unsafe for well over a decade but until now WPA2 was considered to be safe.
That's no longer the case, this protocol is used by all modern consumer WiFi networks and the implication is that everything send over HTTP connections can easily be intercepted by a nearby third party. Under normal circumstances, data transmitted via encrypted HTTPS connections should be safe.
Some large network equipment makers that focus on corporations and government solutions have already rolled out patches or mitigation techniques, but consumers may be left in the cold as many consumer devices will either not get updated in time or will not receive any updates at all. More details about the issue can be read at ARS Technica.
The proof-of-concept exploit is called KRACK, short for Key Reinstallation Attacks. The research has been a closely guarded secret for weeks ahead of a coordinated disclosure that's scheduled for 8 a.m. Monday, east coast time. An advisory the US CERT recently distributed to about 100 organizations described the research this way:
US-CERT has become aware of several key management vulnerabilities in the 4-way handshake of the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) security protocol. The impact of exploiting these vulnerabilities includes decryption, packet replay, TCP connection hijacking, HTTP content injection, and others. Note that as protocol-level issues, most or all correct implementations of the standard will be affected. The CERT/CC and the reporting researcher KU Leuven, will be publicly disclosing these vulnerabilities on 16 October 2017.
Posted on Monday, October 16 2017 @ 14:09:25 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Word is going around that AMD is working on a new AGESA update that will add support for the upcoming Zen-based Raven Ridge APUs. The origin of this rumor is pro overclocker elmor, who is associated with the ASUS ROG team.
He says AMD made significant changes to the BIOS structure of AMD motherboards, which will make it easier to implement support for future CPUs. The update that adds Raven Ridge support will be AGESA version 22.214.171.124.
"AGESA 1007 comes with support for Raven Ridge APUs. AMD has also changed the entire BIOS base structure so we have to do a lot of work to port everything to the new version, which may result in further bugs. The advantage is that it makes it easier to support future CPUs (Raven Ridge, Pinnacle Ridge)," he said.
AGESA updates are compiled by AMD but have to be distributed by motherboard makers via BIOS updates. It's unknown when we can expect the first BIOS updates with AGESA 126.96.36.199.
Posted on Monday, October 16 2017 @ 14:05:03 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Microsoft revealed the soon-to-be-published Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will contain two new anti-cheating technologies. These are called TruePlay and Game Monitor, these two techniques will be somewhat similar to the VAC (Valve Anti-Cheating) technology that's employed by the Steam store.
The caveat is the technology requires the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), so it can only be used by games bought via the Windows Store. This means adoption will be pretty low. TruePlay and Game Monitor aim to weed out cheating within PC games, like the use of aimbots and other common manipulations.
Games with TruePlay run in a "protected" (read: sandboxed) process, which mitigates a class of common cheating tools, as the game's real PID is never exposed to other processes. A separate Windows process will be on constant lookout for behaviors and manipulations that are common in cheating scenarios. Data (read: telemetry) of this process will be shared with game developers after determining that cheating could have occurred.