News en At Long Last, PlayStation Network Recovers from Lizard Squad DDoS Attack <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="PSN Outage" title="PSN Outage" width="228" height="167" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>It took nearly three days for the service to stagger back to its feet</h3> <p>Hacker group <strong>Lizard Squad took down both Microsoft and Sony’s online gaming networks on Christmas Day with denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks</strong> that continued into the wee hours of Friday, December 26, 2014. (The attacks supposedly came to an end when the <a href="" target="_blank">hackers agreed to Kim Dotcom’s offer of 3,000 free vouchers for premium Mega accounts</a> in exchange for stopping the DDoS campaign). While Microsoft was able to get its Xbox Live service back up and running on Friday itself, Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN), for some inexplicable reason, continued to remain offline for over two days after the DDoS campaign against it came to a halt.</p> <p>“PlayStation Network is back online. As you probably know, PlayStation Network and some other gaming services were attacked over the holidays with artificially high levels of traffic designed to disrupt connectivity and online gameplay. This may have prevented your access to the network and its services over the last few days,” wrote Catherine Jensen, Sony Computer Entertainment America’s vice president&nbsp; of consumer experience, in a post on the official <a href=";utm_source=pulsenews" target="_blank">PlayStation blog</a>.</p> <p>Sony’s handling of the whole episode has left a lot to be desired. As if the surprisingly protracted outage wasn’t enough, the company made matters worse for itself on Saturday when it <a href="" target="_blank">rather prematurely announced</a> that network services were “gradually coming back online”, only to realize a few hours later that the problem had yet to be fully fixed.</p> <p>For those still having issues signing in to PSN, Sony recommends that they reboot their machine and try again.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> Attack ddos Gaming kim dotcom lizard squad outage playstation network psn sony xbl xbox live News Mon, 29 Dec 2014 02:39:26 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29152 at U.S. ISP Beats Others to 10Gbps Internet Punch <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="10Gbps Internet" title="10Gbps Internet" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Minneapolis is now home to ‘fastest service the world has ever seen’&nbsp;</h3> <p>A couple of month back, South Korean ISP (internet service provider) SK Broadband gave those attending the 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan a glimpse of its upcoming 10Gbps (gigabits per second) internet service while the rest of the world, including the U.S., looked on with envy. Well, not so fast. Minnesota-based ISP US Internet has just beaten the South Korean company to the 10Gbps punch by <strong>announcing the roll out of a 10Gbps fiber broadband service in Minneapolis.</strong></p> <p>“US Internet redefines the phrase ‘broadband internet’ with the launch of it’s new 10GB [sic: read 10Gbps] internet service available to residential and small business owners, the fastest service the world has ever seen,” the company said in a recent press release.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Available now for $399 per month</a>, the company’s (and the world’s) fastest internet plan comes with the promise of matching upload and download speeds that are tens of times faster than your average U.S. broadband connection.</p> <p>It will be interesting to see for how long US Internet is allowed to remain the only provider of 10Gbps internet in the world by others, with a few other companies around the world, including the notable likes of Verizon and Google, also having such high speed internet offerings on their agenda. <strong><br /></strong></p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> google fiber ISP minneapolis sk broadband us internet Verizon News Sun, 28 Dec 2014 23:27:30 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29151 at Intel Plans to Spend $550 Million Upgrading Chip Manufacturing Plant in Israel <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_sign_6.jpg" alt="Intel Sign" title="Intel Sign" width="228" height="123" style="float: right;" />Intel's making a major investment into Fab 28 in Kyryat Gat</h3> <p><strong>Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company, will invest a further $550 million into its Fab 28 facility in Kiryat Gat</strong>, one of the most advanced chip manufacturing plants on the planet. The investment is the result of a reciprocal purchasing agreement Intel inked with the Israeli Ministry of Economy. This latest deal brings Intel's total investments in Israel to over $6 billion since 2006.</p> <p>"This new reciprocal purchasing relationship is expected to have a significant economic impact on hundreds of small and medium-sized suppliers in Israel," said Ziva Eger, newly appointed Director of the Division for Foreign Investments and Industrial Cooperation at the Israeli Ministry of Economy. "A reciprocal purchasing agreement is a platform leveraging public-sector spending for the benefit of the Israeli economy, both to cultivate local suppliers to compete both locally and internationally, and to brand Israel as an attractive destination for foreign investments."</p> <p>The new deal runs through 2020 and its the fourth of its kind, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em></em></a>. It's also expected to created to thousands of jobs while bolstering Israel's position as a world-leader in technology.</p> <p>Fab 28 is a high-volume manufacturing plant. It began the production of wafers on a 22nm process technology in 2012 and is <a href="" target="_blank">expected</a> to make next-generation 10nm chips as part of this and past investments. If everything goes perfectly, parts built on a 10nm process technology (codenamed Cannonlake) could see the light of day in 2016, followed by 7nm CPUs in 2018.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> fab 28 intel Israel kyryat gat semiconductor technology News Fri, 26 Dec 2014 16:02:17 +0000 Paul Lilly 29149 at Will Windows 10 Spur PC Replacement Demand? <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_10_pcs.jpg" alt="Windows 10 PCs" title="Windows 10 PCs" width="228" height="178" style="float: right;" />PC vendors are not sure what to expect from Windows 10</h3> <p>Trying to predict the PC market is like to trying to forecast the weather a month in advance -- it's a crapshoot, basically. So, we're taking it with several grains of salt that <strong>PC vendors are reportedly doubtful that the Windows 10 launch next year will stimulate demand for replacement systems</strong>. One reason they feel that way is because of the lingering rumor that Microsoft may make Windows 10 a free update.</p> <p>We haven't heard much on that front lately, but with Microsoft making such a big deal about the changes in Windows 10 and even skipping a number due to the massive overhaul, we'd be mildy surprised (not downright shocked) if Redmond doled it out as a free update to Windows 8.1.</p> <p>Players within the Taiwan-based supply chain point out to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em></a> that brand vendors usually launch new notebook models to pair with a new OS release, though they don't know if that will be the case if Microsoft does indeed make Windows 10 a free update.</p> <p>Market research firm Gartner is a bit more optimistic, or at least it was earlier in the year. Back in July, Gartner predicted that PC shipments could reach 317 million units in 2015, up from 308 million units expected to ship this year. The reason? A "revival" of the PC market due to business PC upgrades, especially as more companies replace their XP systems.</p> <p>What effect do you think Windows 10 will have on PC sales? Sound off in the comments section below!</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware microsoft operating system OS pc Software windows 10 News Wed, 24 Dec 2014 15:59:55 +0000 Paul Lilly 29147 at Temple Run VR is Now Available for Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/temple_run_vr.jpg" alt="Temple Run VR" title="Temple Run VR" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Endless runner gets a dash virtual realism</h3> <p>Remember Temple Run, the addictive endless runner that stole hours of your time, as such games are apt to do? Well, there's a new version available, and we're not talking about yet another themed release. Developer Imangi Studios announced that <strong>Temple Run VR is finished and available to play on Samsung's recently released Gear VR Innovator Edition</strong> headset. It's one of the first fully playable games for the Gear VR and it's free to download.</p> <p>Just like the non-VR version, you're an Indiana Jones wannabe who thieves an idol from what's apparently a cursed and very pissed off temple, which kicks off your endless escape across icy mountaintops in a first person perspective. Unfortunately for you, the ending is the same every time you play -- you die. However, <em>how</em> you die is at least changed up. Maybe you trip over a tree root and get caught by Arctic Demon Monkeys, or perhaps the baby's crying in the next room so you flick your character off a ledge when you should have made a hard left. Whatever, you'll end up playing it again anyway, not because the stolen idol belongs in a museum, but because we all turn into mindless zombies when playing these types of aggravatingly addictive titles (Flappy Bird, anyone?).</p> <p>Samsung released its <a href="">Gear VR Innovator Edition</a> earlier this month for $200. Developed in partnership with Oculus VR, the headset is intended to make use of mobile devices as a source of power and content generation. It has a 96-degree Field of View and sports gyrometer, geomagnetic, proximity, and accelerator sensors.</p> <p>To use the headset, you'll also need a Galaxy Note 4 device. It slides into the front and connects via micro USB.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and </em></p> games Gear VR imangi studios samsung temple run vr virtual reality News Wed, 24 Dec 2014 15:28:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 29146 at Heads Up: Nvidia GeForce 347.09 WHQL Driver is Available to Download <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_geforce_gtx_980_closeup.jpg" alt="GeForce GTX 980 Closeup" title="GeForce GTX 980 Closeup" width="228" height="184" style="float: right;" />GeForce GTX 980M SLI and GTX 970M SLI notebook users steer clear of this one</h3> <p><strong>Nvidia today made available its latest GeForce Game Ready driver, release 347.09 WHQL</strong>, which the company claims will give users the best possible gaming experience for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Elite: Dangerous. Otherwise, there's not a ton to cover in the new driver update -- it includes the usual round of 3D Vision Profile updates, along with the addition of 3D Compatibility Mode for select titles. There's also a warning.</p> <p>"GeForce GTX 980M SLI and GTX 970M SLI notebooks are not supported with this driver. With SLI enabled on these notebooks, a black screen will occur upon uninstalling this driver. To workaround this issue, disable SLI before uninstalling the driver," Nvidia states in its <a href="" target="_blank">release notes (PDF)</a>.</p> <p>Our advice for GTX 980M SLI and GTX 970M SLI is to stay away from the driver update unless you have a really compelling reason to install it, and give Nvidia time to work out the issue.</p> <p>As for 3D Compatibility Mode support, Nvidia gave "Excellent" ratings to Alien: Isolation, Elite: Dangerous, Escape Dead Island, and Far Cry 4, while tagging Middle-Earth - Shadow of Mordor with a "Good" rating.</p> <p>You can download the <a href="" target="_blank">new driver here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> driver geforce 347.09 nvidia Software whql News Tue, 23 Dec 2014 18:57:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 29145 at EVGA Announces Beastly SuperNova 1600W Titanium PSU <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/evga_1600_t2.jpg" alt="EVGA SuperNova 1600 T2 PSU" title="EVGA SuperNova 1600 T2 PSU" width="228" height="187" style="float: right;" />The definition of overkill</h3> <p>Looking for a power supply that can handle your monster build with juice to spare? Well, <strong>EVGA's new SuperNova 1600 T2 PSU </strong>is a good start. Rated at 1600W, EVGA's new PSU also boasts 80 Plus Titanium certification for 94 percent efficiency. It's also the highest 80 Plus certification available, the others being Platinum (92 percent), Gold (90 percent), Silver (88 percent), Bronze (85 percent), and simply Plus (80 percent), all of which represent efficiency at 50 percent load levels.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">SuperNova 1600 T2</a> is really a PSU for the 1 percenters, in terms of the relatively few people who have the hardware that might need anything remotely close to what this unit can offer. If you're running anything less than quad-SLI/CrossFire, this is probably too much power supply.</p> <p>Assuming you can make use of it, the SuperNova 1600 T2 sports bundles of modular cables that are braided, including nine 8-pin (6+2), five 6-pin PCIe connectors, and 16 SATA connectors. It's fully modular, meaning even the 24-pin ATX and dual 8-pin (4+4) EPS cables are detachable.</p> <p>Brace yourself, as this is where we reveal the price -- it's set at $450 MSRP. To help soften the blow, EVGA includes a generous 10-year warranty.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC evga Hardware power supply PSU supernova 1600 t2 News Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:46:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 29143 at Google Overhauls Transparency Report, Makes Government Takedown Requests Easier to Digest <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/google_3.jpg" alt="Google" title="Google" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Google's latest transparency report has a new look</h3> <p><strong>Don't be surprised if Google's new Transparency Report for the June through December period in 2013 looks different to you, that's by design</strong>. The search giant explains in a blog post that after doing things the same way for nearly five years, it was time to give its Transparency Report an update. In addition to a new look, there are also some new features that are intended to make the information more meaningful.</p> <p>Google worked with Blue State Digital to help design a more interactive experience that allows the company to include additional information, such as explanations of its process, and to highlight stats.</p> <p>"Our Transparency Report is certainly not a comprehensive view of censorship online. However, it does provide a lens on the things that governments and courts ask us to remove, underscoring the importance of transparency around the processes governing such requests," <a href="" target="_blank">Google said</a>. "We hope that you'll take the time to explore the new report to learn more about the government removals across Google."</p> <p>From June to December 2013, Google said it received 3,105 government requests to remove 14,637 pieces of content. The top three products that governmetns requested removals of were Blogger (1,066 requests), Search (841 requests), and YouTube (765 requests). The majority of government removal requests cited defamation (38 percent) as the reason.</p> <p>You can view the <a href="" target="_blank">new report here</a>.</p> Google government Privacy search takedown requests transparency report News Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:10:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 29142 at Microsoft Tries Poaching MacBook Users with Surface Pro 3 Website <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/macbook_surface.jpg" alt="MacBook and Surface Pro 3" title="MacBook and Surface Pro 3" width="228" height="131" style="float: right;" />New site helps MacBook users make the switch to Surface</h3> <p>Microsoft wasn't so brazen as to post a website trying to lure MacBook users to its original Surface products, including the Surface RT, a particularly forgettable product. But with the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft has hit a groove and come out with a product that, for some, is a tablet that can truly replace their laptop. With its new-found confidence, <strong>Microsoft has gone gunning for MacBook users with a new website to help them make the switch to Surface Pro 3</strong>.</p> <p>"Computers, and the memories you keep within them, are incredibly personal. We know moving these memories from one platform to another can be nerve-racking and learning new software can seem daunting. We want to make the transition as easy as possible. If you currently have a Mac and have questions about switching to Surface Pro 3 and Windows, we designed this site to help get you started," Microsoft explains on its <a href="" target="_blank">new site</a>.</p> <p>Will it work? Time will tell, though the answer will depend in part on how MacBook users (and the populace in general) views the site. <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Modern Readers</em></a> referred to the site as "teeth-clenchingly annoying" and "not patronizing at all...nope...not a bit," the latter an obviously sarcastic observation.</p> <p>There are four sections:</p> <ol> <li>Getting started with Windows</li> <li>Surface Pro 3 for MacBook users</li> <li>Moving your content to Surface Pro 3</li> <li>Using Surface Pro 3 with iPhone, iCloud, and iTunes</li> </ol> <p>The second section might be the most helpful for a Mac users who isn't familiar with Windows, as it lays out a bunch of "how-to" tasks.</p> <p>Microsoft stated in its most recent earnings report that sales of its Surface tablets more than doubled year-over-year and also sequentially to $908 million. According to Microsoft, the reason for the surge in sales is due to "strong interest from students, professionals, and increasingly enterprises for Surface Pro 3." That's a far cry from the Surface RT days when Microsoft was stuck holding onto <a href="">$900 million</a> worth of unsold inventory.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware laptop macbook microsoft notebook surface pro 3 tablet News Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:45:41 +0000 Paul Lilly 29141 at North Korea is Back Online Following Suspicious Internet Outage <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/internet_sign_0.jpg" alt="Internet Open" title="Internet Open" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />North Korea's Internet service resumes in spotty form</h3> <p><strong>Tension between the U.S. and North Korea could be growing if it's discovered the former had anything to do with the latter's recent Internet outage</strong>, which lasted nearly 10 hours. Links have since been restored though the reason for the outage is not yet known. U.S. officials maintain that Washington was in no way involved, but then again, <a href="">North Korea also contends</a> that it had nothing to do with the cyberattack against Sony despite there being evidence to the contrary.</p> <p>President Barack Obama <a href="">publicly blamed</a> North Korea for the incident with Sony, calling it an act of "cyber-vandalism" and vowing to "respond proportionately." He didn't elaborate on what type of response would be proportionate or when it might come, other than to say it would be "in a place and time and manner that we choose."</p> <p>There are multiple scenarios that could explain why North Korea's Internet went down. It could be the result of a cyberattack, a hardware failure, or North Korea could have taken itself offline, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Reuters</em> reports</a>. It should also be noted that North Korea's Internet links and traffic pass through China.</p> <p>Not that it mattered too much anyway. Relatively few of North Korea's 24 million people have access to the Internet, making it one of the least connected nations in the world.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> hacking Internet kim jong-un north korea sony News Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:06:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 29140 at Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson Talks Surface Pro 2 and Microsoft's Ecosystem <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/surface_pro_2_3.jpg" alt="Surface Pro 2" title="Surface Pro 2" width="228" height="130" style="float: right;" />Russell Wilson is no longer an Apple guy</h3> <p>Microsoft's deal with the National Football League to showcase Surface Pro 2 hardware during games got off to a <a href="">rocky start</a> when TV commentators and players alike <a href="">repeatedly referred</a> to the devices as iPads. That amounted to free advertising for the competition, for which Microsoft paid good money ($400 million), but that's all in the past. Furthermore, <strong>Microsoft's Surface deal with the NFL is winning over players, including Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson</strong>, who revealed a dark secret.</p> <p>The folks at <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Engadget</em> met up with Wilson</a> at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, which is where the Seahawks practice. While speaking with him, Wilson revealed that he used to be an Apple guy -- an APPLE GUY! It's a shame he's willing to admit, though he doesn't tell people about it all that often.</p> <p>These days, he's a fan of Microsoft's ecosystem. He told <em>Engadget</em> that the Surface Pro 2 tablets Microsoft has been providing to teams has helped improve productivity for himself and the rest of the Seahawks as well.</p> <p>"Regardless of his previous interest in Cupertino products, he's now fully invested in the Microsoft ecosystem. Seriously, he <em>really</em> loves all things Microsoft," <em>Engadget</em> says.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware laptop microsoft NFL notebook russell wilson seahawks surface pro 2 tablet News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:06:38 +0000 Paul Lilly 29136 at Tor Warns of Malicious Attempts to Disable Network <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/tor_browser.jpg" alt="Tor Browser" title="Tor Browser" width="228" height="183" style="float: right;" />Hackers may be targeting the Tor network</h3> <p>The <strong>Tor Project put out a warning to its users that there may be an attempt to incapacitate its network</strong> through the seizure of specialized servers called directory authorities, which help Tor clients learn the list of relays that make up the Tor network. Project leader Roger Dingledine, or "arma" as he commonly goes by, said steps are now being taken to ensure the safety of its users.</p> <p>"Our system is already built to be redundant so that users maintain anonymity even if the network is attacked," Dingledine stated in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a>. "Tor remains safe to use."</p> <p>The Tor network provides a way for users to sidestep censorship and surveillance, as well as gives users a sense of privacy online. It's a network of virtual tunnels that routes data packets through a free, worldwide network of more than 5,000 relays rather than take a direct route from point A to point B.</p> <p>Dingledine put the warning out on Friday, though nothing new has developed over the weekend. In this case, no news seems like good news for the banks, diplomatic officials, law enforcement officials, bloggers, and everyone else who uses the Tor network. Attempts to disable the Tor network would interfere with all Tor users, not just the ones that hackers are trying to target.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> hacking Privacy Security tor tor network News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:29:55 +0000 Paul Lilly 29135 at Score an Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 Tablet for $299 (Today Only) <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amazon_fire_hdx_89.jpg" alt="Amazon Fire HDX 8.9" title="Amazon Fire HDX 8.9" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Save 30 percent today on Amazon's flagship tablet</h3> <p>Kudos to you if you can make it to the end of the year without anything but a bare wallet and depleted PayPal account. Anything else is a tall order with all the holiday sales -- it started with <a href="" target="_blank">Black Friday and Cyber Monday</a>, both of which were extended by most retailers, and continued with things like Microsoft's <a href="">12 Days of Deals</a>, <a href="">GOG Autumn sale</a>, <a href="">Steam Holiday sale</a>, and so forth. And just when you thought the madness was over, Amazon has come out swinging with some tantalizing daily deals of its own -- <strong>today Amazon is offering is flagship Fire HDX 8.9 tablet starting at $299</strong>, a 30 percent savings over its regular selling price.</p> <p>That's a nice chunk off the tablet's list price of $429. I've played with one of these extensively, and for the most part, it's a very nice slate, especially at the reduced rate. You'll have to keep in mind that access to Google Play is out of the question (there are ways around that, like side-loading apps) and the highly modified version of Android (Fire OS) is tailored for Amazon's ecosystem. But beyond those things, it's a solid effort and much better than the company's Fire HD 7, which I think feels cheap and feature-poor by comparison.</p> <p>The Fire HDX 8.9 sports a 2560x1600 resolution (339 ppi), 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, Adreno 420 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 720p HD front-facing camera, 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and electronic image stabilization, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos, and 16GB, 32GB, 64GB of built-in storage (choose wisely, as there's no expandable storage option).</p> <p>Amazon has marked down the 32GB (starting at $299 with Special Offers, otherwise known as ads) and 64GB (starting at $334) SKUs, which you can <a href=";ie=UTF8&amp;node=10401554011&amp;smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER" target="_blank">find here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> amazon Hardware kindle fire hdx 8.9 mobile slate tablet News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:54:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 29134 at Asus Taps Overclocking Community to Test External Power Card <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_external_card.jpg" alt="Asus External Power Card" title="Asus External Power Card" width="228" height="182" style="float: right;" />External card helps to regulate voltages</h3> <p>One reason to get into the hardcore overclocking scene is because you get to play with the latest gear. If you're particularly good at your craft, companies will stumble over themselves trying to hook you up with high-end hardware as you chase world overclocking and benchmark records, as they all want their brands associated with such feats. So, it's not surprising that <strong>Asus has sent out a handful of external power card prototypes to the overclocking community</strong>.</p> <p>HWBOT forum user "elmor" <a href="" target="_blank">posted a photo</a> of the card, which at this stage is part of an experimental project. Only a few test samples have been sent out -- Asus wants to gain some feedback from overclockers regarding features, functions, and performance.</p> <p>The card offers a single 8-phase output with an output voltage of 0-2.5V and output current of up to 500A. It has on-board voltage controls and monitoring, along with half a dozen hotwire connectors for auxillary VRMs. It's also firmware upgradable -- Asus intends to add profiles (save/load) to the mix along with a <a href=";postcount=12" target="_blank">few other tweaks</a>.</p> <p>This isn't uncharted territory. EVGA offers a similar tool in its <a href="" target="_blank">EPower Board 2.0</a> ($100 MSRP) and there's also <a href="" target="_blank">Gigabyte's G-Powerboard</a> that it showed off at Computex.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> asus external power card Hardware overclocking News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:11:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 29133 at Biostar Motherboards to Incorporate Built-in LAN Protection from Lightning Strikes <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/super_lan_surge_protection.jpg" alt="Super LAN Surge Protection" title="Super LAN Surge Protection" width="228" height="150" style="float: right;" />Motherboard maker takes lightning storms seriously</h3> <p>Here's the thing, folks -- if you want to protect your PC from lightning strikes and other electrical surges, plug it into a UPS backup power supply with built-in surge protection. For added caution, shut down and unplug your PC during lightning storms. And <strong>if you're super paranoid about your LAN port giving up the ghost, well, you'll be happy to know that Biostar has your back and will begin integrating a chip into its motherboards to strengthen electrical stability</strong>.</p> <p>Biostar is calling the feature "SUPER LAN Surge Protection," and you know it's good stuff because they emphasized "super" with all-caps. Going forward, all Biostar products will incorporate the technology, offering four times greater protection against lightning strikes and electrical surges than the competition.</p> <p>It's not clear if USB ports are also protected, as the company's infographic would make it appear. Either way, this isn't really the sort of thing that's going to make Biostar more appealing to power users. For the most part, anyway -- we suppose if you've had a bad string of luck with LAN ports getting fried, this is right up your alley. And before you scoff at the idea, we can think of at least one persion who would be all over this kind of thing:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="465" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Biostar Build a PC Hardware lan motherboard surge protection News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:21:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 29132 at