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Misc Pics (19 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-August-2018  14:41:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

Friday Afternoon Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-August-2018  14:19:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Windows Server vs. Linux Performance On The Threadripper 2990WX on Phoronix.
ASRock B450M Pro4 on Vortez.
AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 2950X CPU on TechReport.

Input Etc:
Gamdias Hades M1 Gaming Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.
iKBC CD108 BT Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

iStorage diskAshur 2 1TB PIN Authenticated Portable USB 3.1 Hard Drive on NikKTech.
HP S600 240GB SATA SSD on LegitReviews.
Kingston UV500/480G SSD on Modders-Inc.

Corsair H100i PRO RGB Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Arctic Accelero Xtreme IV GPU Cooler on HotHardware.
Raijintek Orcus 240 AIO cooler on Guru3D.

Cougar Armor S Gaming Chair on TechPowerUp.
TRENDnet TWC-L10 Wi-Fi Light Bulb Security Camera on Tweaktown.
Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ Review: 4K 144Hz HDR Is Finally Here on TechSpot.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 on HotHardware.

Thursday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 16-August-2018  17:09:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Yet another Intel CPU vulnerability has been uncovered - this time it's called Foreshadow. The researchers reported these findings to Intel earlier this year, and the company’s own analysis into the causes of the vulnerability led to the discovery of a new variant of Foreshadow, called Foreshadow-NG. This particular variant is theoretically capable of bypassing the earlier fixes introduced to protect computers against Meltdown and Spectre — potentially re-exposing millions of computers globally to attacks. Intel has since release patches and updates to mitigate all varients of Foreshadow. However, more research will need to be done to understand the full impact of the Foreshadow-NG variant. More info here on Redhat, and there's a Windows 10 patch already. Discussion here.

NVIDIA have unveiled their new next-gen Turing GPU architecture at SIGGRAPH 2018. The next generation of NVIDIA’s GPU designs, Turing will be incorporating a number of new features and is rolling out this year. While the focus of today’s announcements is on the professional visualization (ProViz) side of matters, we expect to see this used in other upcoming NVIDIA products as well. And by the same token, today’s reveal should not be considered an exhaustive listing of all of Turing’s features.

There's a bit of an uproar about Google storing location data, even if you turn that feature off. Google says that will prevent the company from remembering where you’ve been. Google’s support page on the subject states: “You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.” That isn’t true. Even with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking. (It’s possible, although laborious, to delete it.)

The Government have provided info on how they plan to target encryption. “The Australian government has no interest in undermining systems that protect the fundamental security of communications,” it said. However, the government plans to compel a range of companies that make up end-to-end communications services "to enable access to a particular service, particular device or particular item of software". The targeted provider must come up with a method "which would not systemically weaken these products across the market." So a magic backdoor that can only be exploited by the good guys. What could possibly go wrong?

Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 15-August-2018  15:27:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X and 2990WX on PC Perspective.
Mega-Tasking Test: AMD Threadripper 2990WX Heavy Multitasking on TechSpot.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX Processor on LegitReviews.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 16-core 2950X & 32-core 2990WX Processors on Techgage.
BIOSTAR Racing X470GT8 AM4 Motherboard on MadShrimps.

Audio Visual:
Etymotic ER3XR in-ear headphones on TechPowerUp.
Searching for the right poolside portable speaker on LanOC.
BlitzWolf BW-ANC1 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Earphones on NikKTech.
Reolink Argus 2 Wire-Free 1080p Security Camera on NikKTech.
Asus RoG Swift PG27UQ - 4K G-SYNC 144Hz Gaming Monitor on Guru3D.

Input Etc:
SteelSeries' Rival 600 gaming mouse on TechReport.
CORSAIR STRAFE RGB MK.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
Corsair K70 MK.2 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
Fnatic miniSTREAK Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
Fnatic STREAK keyboard on Vortez.
EasySMX ESM-9013 Wireless Gamepad on APHNetworks.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Moto Z3 Play Review: Have Mods, Will Travel on HotHardware.
HP Envy x360 13 laptop on TechSpot.

Bond Home Smart Ceiling Fan Controller on BigBruin.
Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500 router on Vortez.
Titus&Wayne Luft Qi Filterless Air Purifier Video Review on APHNetworks.
Mushkin Pilot NVMe SSD Review - The American SM2262 on Tweaktown.
Ballistix Elite 32GB Kit (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3466 on Modders-Inc.
Enermax Platimax D.F. 750W 80+ Platinum PSU on FunkyKit.
The New 3GB GeForce GTX 1050: Good Product or Misleading Product? on TechSpot.
Corsair Carbide SPEC-06 RGB case on Vortez.

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