One thing I've noticed over the last few months is an increased focus on mini ITX builds. New cases like In Win's funky D-Frame Mini and Corsair's LAN-friendly Graphite Series 380T underscore a growing desire to build high-end systems with smaller footprints, but what about the parts that go inside them? It's mostly an issue with graphics cards, and while some mini ITX cases can accept full-length cards, others don't have the space. For those that fall into the latter category, Asus just expanded its mini ITX graphics card line with a shortened version of the GeForce GTX 960.
With just 15 days left and only $210 pledged so far towards its $50,000 goal on Kickstarter, we don't know if One Technology's Phantom One system will gain enough momentum to be successfully funded, but give credit to the team behind the project. When we first reported about the Phantom One, the general consensus was that it costs too much, so One Technology dropped the price by $250. There's also been quite a few requests to sell the unique cases by themselves, and guess what? Phantom One's standalone case will be added as a reward tier sometime today.
Security outfit Kaspersky Lab has found evidence that the National Security Agency (NSA) may be implanting highly sophisticated malware into the firmware of consumer hard drives where it's not easily detected or removed. Kaspersky's report found custom payloads residing in HDDs from several major brands such as Western Digital, HGST, Seagate, Maxtor, Hitachi, and Toshiba.
The newly available Asus Zenbook UX305 might be the sexiest 13.3-inch Ultrabook you can buy for $699. According to Asus, it's certainly the slimmest -- measuring just 0.48 inches thin weighing a mere 2.6 pounds, we won't argue that claim. But getting back to the price tag, Asus manages to cram a surprising amount of amenities into this svelte laptop without breaking the bank, including an In-Plane Switching (IPS) Full HD 1080p display.
Rumor has it that Intel is delaying the release of its 14nm Skylake desktop CPUs until around the end of August instead of late in the second quarter as originally scheduled. Keeping in mind that none of this is official -- Intel hasn't made any Skylake announcements that have to do with release dates -- a leaked slide earlier this month showed both Skylake-U (mobile) and Skylake-S (desktop) parts at the tail end of Q2.
Vulnerability traces back to Netgear's Genie application
A security researcher has discovered a vulnerability in several wireless routers made by Netgear that could give an attacker unauthenticated access, both locally and remotely. The vulnerability relates to a service that communicates with Netgear's Genie software, an accompanying program that provides a desktop (or mobile) dashboard so you can easily manage and monitor your router's settings and activity.
Google-branded hybrid device is reportedly being developed by Quanta Computer
Google is getting ready to give Wintel-powered 2-in-1 devices a run for their money with a Chromebook-tablet hybrid of its own and the device is expected to be ready by the end of this quarter, notorious rumor monger Digitimes said Friday in a report citing unnamed sources in the “upstream supply chain.”
Companies working on a fix can now apply for a 14-day grace period after 90-day disclosure deadline
The whole fracas over Google Project Zero team’s disclosure of three Windows zero-day bugs before Microsoft could fix them may now be old news, but it seems to have done enough to get the former to revisit its bug disclosure policy. Google’s bug hunters took to the official Project Zero blog on Friday to announce a number of key changes to their disclosure policy.
The HP Stream 7, which was part of our massive holiday deals roundup last year, is now available at an irresistible price of $79 from the Microsoft Store. Not only is that 20 percent lower than the original asking price of $99, but the 7-incher’s current price tag also includes a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal worth $69.99 and a Windows Store gift card worth $25.
The Toughbook 54 sacrifices a bit of ruggedness on the altar of portability
It’s not often that laptop manufacturers tout the lightness and thinness of a rugged or semi-rugged device. Panasonic’s announcement of the all-new Broadwell-powered Toughbook 54 on Friday was one such rare occasion. The latest in a long line of semi-rugged laptops going back to 1998, the Toughbook 54 is said to be the thinnest and lightest device in its class.