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Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 18-October-2017  10:35:59 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
EVGA X299 Micro on Funky Kit.
ASRock X370 Gaming-ITX/ac on OC Inside.
MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Preview on ocaholic.
ECS Z270H4-I on Neoseeker.
ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero X370 on PC Perspective.
AMD EPYC 7251 on Phoronix.

Graphics Cards:
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio on Guru3D.
COLORFUL iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Vulcan X OC on TweakTown.

HAVIT HV-KB378L Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
SwiftStream Z-9 Camera Drone on Benchmark Reviews.
Google Pixel 2 XL And Pixel 2 on Hot Hardware.
ASUSTOR AS6302T 2-Bay NAS Server on Bigbruin.
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 5 RGB Case on ThinkComputers.
TtEsports Shock Pro RGB Headset on Funky Kit.
G.Skill TridentZ 3866 MHz 2x 8 GB DDR4 on TechPowerUp.
MSI Aegis 3 compact gaming PC on The Tech Report.
Arctic Freezer 33 Plus CPU Cooler on OC Inside.

KRACK WiFi Vulnerability (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 17-October-2017  14:00:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

So, this "KRACK" WiFi exploit mentioned in the last news post is quite a big deal. In short, you probably want to avoid public WiFi for a while, and make sure your own WiFi router, and any other devices you use WiFi on, are patched.

KrebsOnSecurity have a good What You Should Know article. Researchers this week published information about a newfound, serious weakness in WPA2 — the security standard that protects all modern Wi-Fi networks. What follows is a short rundown on what exactly is at stake here, who’s most at-risk from this vulnerability, and what organizations and individuals can do about it.

TechCrunch have a guide to what you can do to protect yourself. Good news! Your devices can be updated to prevent the KRACK vulnerability. Updated devices and non-updated devices can co-exist on the same network as the fix is backward compatible. So you should update all your routers and Wi-Fi devices (laptops, phones, tablets…) with the latest security patches. You can also consider turning on auto-updates for future vulnerabilities as this won’t be the last one. Modern operating systems have become quite good at auto-updates. Some devices (ahem Android) don’t receive a lot of updates and could continue to pose risks.

There's a list of affected vendors and patch statuses on CERT. Discussion continues in this thread.

Iron Man visits Canberra Hospital (5 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-October-2017  21:08:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

ASIGN_Baz's Iron Man in Steel project hit a significant milestone last week, with a visit to Canberra hospital's paediatric ward with the Starlight Children's Foundation. It's the culmination of three years of this project. Congrats to Barry for such an amazing effort and a fantastic personal project. See the full worklog in the forums, and photos from the hospital visit below:

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Monday Afternoon (14 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-October-2017  16:44:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Western Digital have unveiled new Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording technology for their next-generation hard drives. One of the common misconceptions amongst readers focused on consumer technology relates to flash / SSDs rendering HDDs obsolete. While using SSDs over HDDs is definitely true in the client computing ecosystem, it is different for bulk storage. Bulk storage in the data center, as well as the consumer market, will continue to rely on mechanical hard drives for the foreseeable future. More info here on Techgage. Discussion in this thread in our Storage & Backup forum.

F0rge_Lion spotted this WiFi security flaw. S-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.

One of the founders of Android reckons the keyboard will be obselete soon. For “the past 75-plus years or so, we have knelt down to the computer and worked with it and talked to it on its level,” Miner (pictured above) says. Miner and others believe that the way humans communicate with machines is undergoing a fundamental change. The keyboard—which dates back to the 1800s—will be phased out over the next couple of decades, except for some “legacy applications,” Miner argues. Touchscreens have already kicked off this shift. Wait, a couple of decades? That's not much of a prediction.

Microsoft's Edge browser is apparently good at blocking malware.. anyone out there using it as their main browser? Edge bested Chrome and Firefox by decisive margins. For instance, Chrome blocked 74% of all phishing attacks, and 88% of SEM attacks. Meanwhile, Firefox came in third in both tests, stopping just 61% of the phishing attacks and 70% of all SEM attempts.

Today's timewaster is Universal Paperclips, another clicky-idle game, thanks F0rge_Lion.

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-October-2017  11:08:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Asus ROG Rampage VI Apex on LanOC.
Intel Xeon Silver 4108 + Tyan Tempest HX S7100 on Phoronix.
Intel Core i5 8600K processor on Guru3D.
Intel Core i5-8400 Review: 8th-Gen Best Value Chip on TechSpot.

Audio Visual:
Razer Tiamat 2.2 V2 headset on Vortez.
Sennheiser GSP 301 headset on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
Logitech CRAFT Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Razer Blackwidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2 keyboard on Vortez.

Seagate BarraCuda Pro 12TB Hard Drive on LegitReviews.
Crucial BX300 240GB SSD on MadShrimps.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung Galaxy Note8 on TechARP.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 2 (2017) on HotHardware.

ASUS Lyra Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi Router System on Tweaktown.
SilverStone Precision PS14 case on APHNetworks.
Seasonic Platinum 760W on OCInside.
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO: Unboxed on Tweaktown.

Misc Pics (20 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-October-2017  15:18:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Dan, RnR, mpot and HyRax1 this week!

Friday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-October-2017  15:16:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
Cooler Master MasterMouse MM520 and MM530 on Modders-Inc.
ThunderX3 TK50 Keyboard on OCInside.

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte's Z370 Aorus Gaming 7 motherboard on Tech Report.
ASRock Z370M-ITX/ac: Mini-ITX Motherboard on Phoronix.
Intel i7-8700K Coffee Lake Memory Benchmark Analysis on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Corsair LL120 RGB LED Fan Triple Pack on LegitReviews.
CRYORIG H7 Quad Lumi RGB CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
Aerocool P7-L240 All-in-One on TechPowerUp.
Reeven Naia 240 AIO Water Cooler on BenchmarkReviews.

August Smart Lock with HomeKit on BigBruin.
Middle-Earth Shadow of War: Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.
NETGEAR Arlo Go 4G LTE Portable Security Camera on Tweaktown.

Thursday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 12-October-2017  17:39:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This week is Stay Smart Online week in Australia. Protecting yourself online has never been more important so here are our simple steps to online safety. Whether you are an individual or a small business, these simple steps can provide strong protection from a range of online threats.

HardOCP have checked out the high-end desktop offerings from Intel and AMD. Intel’s never truly had HEDT market competition, until now. I know many of you love benchmarks, and that’s great. There are tons of those out there comparing Threadripper and Skylake-X. It’s not a surprise that Intel’s got an advantage due to having both IPC and clock speed advantages over AMD. However, AMD’s Threadripper stacks up quite well and offers a lot for the money despite these disadvantages. A system depends heavily on its motherboard, chipset, and features. As is the case with Intel’s X299, the processor and the chipset make the platform. With few CPU options per platform, the two are indivisible. As a result, we can’t really talk about AMD X399 motherboards without talking about the AMD Ryzen Threadripper itself.

Intel meanwhile have delivered a new superconducting quantum test chip to their research partner QuTech. The delivery of this chip demonstrates the fast progress Intel and QuTech are making in researching and developing a working quantum computing system. It also underscores the importance of material science and semiconductor manufacturing in realizing the promise of quantum computing.

TechSpot compared 6 generations of GeForce graphics cards. With the venerable GeForce GTX 980 having celebrated its third birthday already, in the world of GPUs that puts it squarely over the hill. To further confirm that notion, its successor, the GeForce GTX 1080 is over a year old already and offers 60% more performance. The performance bump in this last generation was very significant and that is why the Pascal-based GTX 1080 remains the GPU to beat unless money is burning a hole in your pocket.

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 12-October-2017  07:37:40 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
MSI X299 SLI Plus on Neoseeker.
ASrock Z370 Extreme4 on Vortez.
MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK on OCC.
ASUS Rampage VI Apex on Hardware Asylum.
Intel Core i7-8550U on Techspot.

Patriot Spark 256GB SATAIII SSD on Funky Kit.
ADATA SE730H USB-C Portable SSD on TweakTown.
Toshiba OCZ TR200 SATA III SSD on TweakTown.
Toshiba TR200 SSD 960GB on Guru3D.
Toshiba TR200 SSD on Hot Hardware.
Toshiba TR200 480GB SSD on The Tech Report.
Toshiba OCZ TR 200 960Gb on ocaholic.

Cooler Master MasterCase H500P on Guru3D.
Cooler Master Mastercase H500P on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterCase H500P on TweakTown.

Input etc:
Logitech G603 and G613 LightSpeed Wireless Mouse and Keyboard on Legit Reviews.
Razer Ornata Chroma Gaming Keyboard on Funky Kit.

Arctic Freezer 33 eSports Edition cooler on Vortez.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 on Hot Hardware.
Rosewill Nebula GX30 Headset on TechPowerUp.

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