Symantec makes another huge mistake - [briefly]
04:50 PM EDT - Jul,23 2017 - post a comment
TLS certificate issuer Symantec faces further security concerns following researcher Hanno Bock tricking the company into incorrectly revoking certificates based on forged private keys. According to a blog post
written by Bock, he registered a pair of domains, received free TLS certificates from Symantec and Comodo, and created a set of fake private keys uploaded to Pastebin for each domain to send to the appropriate certificate provider, along with a request to revoke the certificate because its private key was publicly viewable. Bock details that he embedded his fake keys in a long list of genuine, publicly available keys, which Symantec proceeded to revoke, but the company never told Bock why his legitimate certificate was revoked. This is a huge issue for an already embattled company, with Google and Mozilla announcing they will distrust all Symantec certificates in their coming versions. !Symantec did a major blunder by revoking a certificate based on completely forged evidence," Bock writes. "There's hardly any excuse for this and it indicates that they operate a certificate authority without a proper understanding of the cryptographic background."
Core i9 7900X vs 7820X vs 7800X vs 7740X! - [hardware]
02:29 PM EDT - Jul,23 2017 - post a comment
Skylake-X's mixed fortunes in gaming performance aren't quite what we wanted to see - and all the evidence suggests that the existing Haswell-E and Broadwell-E processors are still great performers - but the sense is that more forward-looking engines will make more of the new architecture. Meanwhile, the overclocking potential is also remarkable, even if the real-world improvement to gaming is minimal beyond the now-standard all-core turbo deployed by all board manufacturers. But for gaming, while there are some noticeable gains, there is no real knock-out blow for the mainstream Core i7 chips, while comparisons with Haswell-E and Broadwell-E show that Intel's older many-core processors can still do the business. The Skylake-X price-cuts to the eight and ten-core processors are nice, but there is the sense that the enthusiast premium is still too much bearing in mind the change in market conditions, while continuing to cut-off PCI Express lane availability continues to come off as quite mean - something that must surely be coming to an end now AMD is offering access to all lanes for all processors across its range.
Regardless, out of all the chips reviewed here, while the 7900X and 7820X are perhaps the sexiest offerings, the six-core Core i7 7800X at $390 is the only processor
I would seriously consider buying for myself - it offers a lot more processing power than a quad for a relatively small premium, beats Ryzen on gaming, and it should be broadly competitive in productivity tasks too, though you may need to overclock to get the job done there.
Core i9 7900X/ i7 7820X/ i7 7800X/ i7 7740X - stock clocks, though all-core turbo may be active (even though we turned it off)00:02
- Ashes of the Singularity CPU Test01:37
- The Division03:13
- The Witcher 304:05
- Rise of the Tomb Raider04:46
- Far Cry Primal05:35
- Assassin's Creed Unity06:43
- Crysis 3
Clock-For-Clock 4.4GHz Comparisons: Core i7 7820X vs 6900K vs 5960X09:00
- Ashes of the Singularity CPU Test10:35
- The Division12:11
- The Witcher 313:03
- Rise of the Tomb Raider13:44
- Far Cry Primal14:33
- Assassin's Creed Unity15:41
- Crysis 3
AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition vs NVIDIA GTX1080 - [gaming]
09:22 AM EDT - Jul,23 2017 - post a comment
DudeRandom84 has put the AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition against the NVIDIA GeForce GTX1080 in three new games. These games are: Battlefield 1, Sniper Elite 4 and Assassin's Creed: Unity. And the results are quite interesting.
Stranger Things Season 2 Trailer - [briefly]
09:15 AM EDT - Jul,23 2017 - post a comment
The first trailer for Stranger Things 2 is here. It's 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.
The second season of Stranger Things would be released on Halloween in 2017 according to a teaser trailer revealed during the Super Bowl in February. However, a poster reveal for the new season later confirmed that the actual Stranger Things season 2 release date is Friday 27th October, four days before Halloween on 31st October.
Marvel's The Defenders Official Trailer 2 - [briefly]
04:26 AM EDT - Jul,22 2017 - post a comment
What do you get when a blind ninja, smart-ass detective, bulletproof ex-con and kung fu billionaire crosspaths? A new Netflix show featuring Marvel's very own The Defenders not to be confused with the Avengers. The four heroes from Netflix's Marvel street-level series have decided to band together to take on the forces of evil in the streets of New York. Looks to have a good mix of action and drama, maybe some technology involved.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is coming on 23rd August - [mobile]
06:57 PM EDT - Jul,21 2017 - post a comment
Samsung Mobile is back to its standard practice of launching two major Galaxy smartphones every year, with the Korean mobile giant recently announcing that they will reveal the next member of the Galaxy family on the 23rd of August at the Samsung Unpacked event, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. And of course while not revealing the actual name of the upcoming phone, its pretty much expected that it will be the Galaxy Note8, the successor to the unfortunate Note7 – which was an excellent device when it didn't catch fire while you were using it. The success of the Galaxy S8 devices has clearly demonstrated that Samsung have emerged from the Note7 crisis with its reputation still intact, and from the animated GIF accompanying Samsung's 23rd August announcement we're pretty sure that the new Note8 will utilize the same edge-to-edge ‘infinity' chassis design of the S8 devices, though perhaps with a slightly bigger AMOLED screen, and the S-pen will be retained.
Andy Rubin's Essential Phone to Arrive In 'A Few Weeks' - [mobile]
06:54 PM EDT - Jul,21 2017 - post a comment
Andy Rubin today provided an update concerning the expected arrival of his new company's Essential PH-1 smartphone
. "We've been hard at work getting everything ready and the good news is that we're now going through certification and testing with multiple U.S. and international carriers," said Rubin in an email to supporters. "You might be getting impatient to get your hands on your new Essential Phone (and I'm also impatient to get it to you!) but rest assured that you will have a device in your hands in a few weeks." Rubin said his team is "sweating the details and working long hours to get this device shipped." Rubin had previously committed to shipping the phone by the end of June. It now appears the device will arrive in August. The Essential PH-1 has a unique, magnet-based system for accepting modular attachments, such as a 360-degree camera, on the back panel. It includes a 5.7-inch quad HD screen with curved corners, Snapdragon 835 processor, and dual rear cameras. It will run a near-stock version of Android 7 Nougat and ship completely devoid of brand names or logos. Essential will sell the PH-1 directly to consumers, though Sprint also plans to carry the phone. It costs $699.
Bright - Official Trailer - [briefly]
06:54 AM EDT - Jul,21 2017 - post a comment
Humans, Orcs, Elves... everybody is just trying to get along. Get ready for the world of Bright, a new Netflix Original Film, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. Coming to Netflix December 22th.
Blizzard Dropping XP and Vista Support - [gaming]
06:14 PM EDT - Jul,20 2017 - post a comment
Blizzard sent out a press release
announcing that in October they will drop support for Windows XP and Vista in most of their games.
Starting in October of this year, we will begin the process of ending support for Windows XP and Windows Vista in World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm.
Microsoft ceased mainstream support for these versions of Windows in 2009 and 2012, respectively, but since a decent portion of our audience was still using them at the time, we continued supporting them. However, there have been three major Windows releases since Vista, and at this point, the vast majority of our audience has upgraded to one of the newer versions.
The games will not run on these older operating systems once they are no longer supported, so we encourage any players who are still using one of the older OSes to upgrade to a newer version. We'll be rolling out this change on a staggered schedule, and will post further notices as we get closer to making the change for each game.
The Snowman Official Trailer #1 (2017) - [briefly]
02:26 PM EDT - Jul,20 2017 - post a comment
The Snowman is a 2017 British crime thriller drama film directed by Tomas Alfredson and written by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Hossein Amini, based on the novel of the same name by Jo Nesbø. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Toby Jones, J.K. Simmons, Jakob Oftebro and Chloë Sevigny. Principal photography began on 18 January 2016 in Norway. The film will be released October 20th, 2017.
The Shape of Water - Official Trailer - [briefly]
02:25 PM EDT - Jul,20 2017 - post a comment
From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER - an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.
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Samsung Pay Rings Up Support for PayPal - [briefly]
06:25 AM EDT - Jul,19 2017 - post a comment
Samsung and PayPal have announced
that Galaxy smartphone owners can now use PayPal as a funding source for Samsung Pay. Samsung said all Samsung Pay users in the U.S. will have access to PayPal as a funding source, and it can be used to make purchases anywhere Samsung Pay is accepted. Samsung Pay uses both NFC and MST technology and works at most retail credit card terminals. Beyond retail locations, Samsung says a partnership with Braintree means Samsung Pay users can take advantage of PayPal to fund in-app and online purchases as well. PayPal support is being rolled out to the Samsung Pay service this week. Samsung Pay is available to Samsung's high-end handsets, such as the Galaxy S6, S7, S8, and variants, and Galaxy Note 5. Apple added support for PayPal to Apple Pay earlier this month.
Samsung Commits to Recycling Parts from Galaxy Note7 - [briefly]
06:24 AM EDT - Jul,19 2017 - post a comment
Samsung plans to extensively reuse, recycle, and recover, parts and materials found in last year's failed Galaxy Note7 smartphone. The company confirmed
plans to recycle the phone earlier this year, but has now provided more details on exactly what it hopes to accomplish. Samsung said it will reuse parts such as the OLED display, memory components, and camera modules in future devices. Other components will be sold. Further, Samsung claims it can recover some 157 tons of gold, silver, cobalt, and copper from the recalled handsets. The company says it is committed to pursuing these efforts in ways that are eco-friendly. Samsung will begin the process of recycling the Galaxy Note7 this month. The phone was recalled last year after manufacturing flaws led to overheating batteries and fires. The news comes mere weeks before Samsung is expected to announced the Galaxy Note 8.
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