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Dell admits fault, promises to remove preinstalled security flaw

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 6 days, 14 hours ago

Described as an "unintended security vulnerability," Dell has admitted that a root certificate preinstalled on some of its models exists and promises to remove it.




A Dell spokesperson explained that "to address this, we are providing our customers with instructions to permanently remove the certificate from their systems via direct email, on our support site, and technical support," further commenting that the computer giant does not install malware on user systems pre-delivery.


While Dell claims no responsibility for this flaw, a security blogger by the name of Hanno Bock disagrees. He says that this root certificate is not only shipped within these pre-built machines, but it's under the name 'eDellRoot' and is linked to 'Dell Foundation Services' drivers.

The GIGABYTE Z170X EK Water Blocks monoblocks look great

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 6 days, 15 hours ago

Constructed out of nickel-plated electrolytic copper and POM Acetal or acrylic glass material, EK Water Blocks' new GIGABYTE Z170 motherboard monoblocks are a sight to behold. Supporting Z170X motherboards in the form of the Gaming 5, Gaming 7 and UD5 TH, these new monoblocks utilize the "EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine" as pinpointed in a recent press release.




Released in Nickel or Acetal + Nickel configurations, expect to spend over $125 each on these new products, listed as 119.95 Euro including VAT when purchased direct through EK Water Blocks.


Produced in Slovenia, Europe, these two new models are available for purchase from the company directly through the EK Webshop.

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Freedom is on the menu - free content for Broforce game on Steam

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 16 hours ago

Developed by the South African gaming company 'Free Lives' and published by Hotline Miami makers 'Devolver Digital', a press release has recently been pushed live telling the world of a massive content update for this game, described as "the world's premiere Freedom Simulator."



Currently available on Steam and Humble, the Broforce update ensures added tactical items, performance enhancing drugs, levels and more. While it is only available for PC at this stage, we're told that a Sony PlayStation 4 release should be expected for 2016.


Broforce follows a select few cartoon American heroes as they quest to remove the world of "opposing terrorist forces" including animals, humanoids and aliens alike.

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FAA wants all drones over 250 grams registered with the government

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 6 days, 17 hours ago

Now that private companies like Google, GoPro, DJI and Amazon have submitted their recommendations to the FAA about drone registration, the group has hit back saying that all drones over 250 grams should be registered with the government.




This registration would be similar to car registration, where the owner's name and street address are noted down. The registration process would possibly include an educational presentation about when, and where to fly your drone. The FAA thinks that if a drone falls out of the sky and causes damage, or possibly hurts or even kills someone, the authorities would be able to track down its owner.


The task force recommends that the drone registration process to be electronic, with an API that would allow owners to register their drone through the device's app if the manufacturer includes that ability.

Ultimate Ears releases new studio-quality monitor earpieces

By: Chris Smith | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: 6 days, 17 hours ago

If you're interested in the high-end spectrum of audio, it's possible that Ultimate Ears (UE) is on your 'to watch' list. Starting at a price of $999, UE has worked with Capitol Studios on its new UE Pro Reference Remastered in-ear device, branding it as "an in-ear monitor tuned for high-resolution audio" in a recent press release.




Boasting a two-decade involvement in the high-end audio business, UE has thrown its 'True Tone Drivers' into this champion product. This model sets out to provide users with a flat response to 18KHz sound - allowing for clarity and the ability to hear harmonic structures and overtones missing in many other audio products.


This product is designed to "help bring studio-quality sound faithfully to the fan" according to Universal Music Group executive, Barak Moffitt, who expanded that this product promises to deliver audio "in a way that's completely faithful to the original studio recordings."

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Ahmed 'Clock Kid' Mohamed's family seeking $15 million in damages

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: 6 days, 19 hours ago

We all heard about Ahmed "Clock Kid" Mohamed, where earlier this year he was arrested under the suspicion of making a "hoax bomb" that turned out to just be a clock.




At the time, one teacher at his school said they saw Ahmed's creation and said it looked like a bomb. But now Ahmed's family has lawyered up, with their lawyer stating that school officials never thought of the clock as an explosive device and that the second teacher didn't treat the clock as if it were dangerous.


The teacher escorted Ahmed to the office, where he met five police officers, the principal and the assistant principal, where they performed and "interrogation". During that time, Ahmed wasn't allowed to contact his parents, and he was forced to sign a letter of confession as he was threatened with expulsion. Ahmed's family moved home to Qatar last month, but they want to come back. Their letter of demand is seeking $15 million, but they also want written apologies from both the mayor and Irving police chief for leading Ahmed's reputation "permanently scarred".

CW debuts DC's 'Legends of Tomorrow' trailer, debuts January 21, 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Health Technology | Posted: 6 days, 20 hours ago

DC Comics has been having quite the run on TV with its comic book heroes on CW, with 'Arrow' and 'The Flash' being quite successful - even up against Agents of SHIELD. But there's a new superhero show coming out in January that is shaping up damn well; 'Legends of Tomorrow'.



Legends of Tomorrow has quite a number of stars, with Brandon Routh - who played Kal-El/Superman/Clark Kent in Bryan Singer's not-so-great 'Superman Returns' starring as The Atom/Ray Palmer. Also starring are 'Prison Break' brothers Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold and Heat Wave, respectively.


Legends of Tomorrow sets its premise in the trailer, in 2166 "immortal DC staple villain Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) rules the entire world. So time-traveler Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) puts together a team of superheroes to traverse spacetime in order to prevent Savage from seizing total control" explains Wired.

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Star Citizen's $350 custom HOTAS controller goes on sale next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 6 days, 21 hours ago

It wasn't too long ago that we talked about the $350 custom HOTAS controller for Star Citizen, something the developer worked very closely on with peripherals maker Saitek. Well, the first controllers are about to go on sale.




Roberts Space Industries has revealed that the first model of its custom flight sticks would go up for preorder next month, and it will feature a modular design. The throttle and stick will feature integrated trackballs, and it'll be compatible with a matching ten-keyless keyboard and a separate keypad that will sport an interactive OLED display.


Carl Jones, Robert Space Industries' COO, explains: "The idea is that you can split it apart and combine it with other devices". The idea behind this is that gamers will be able to play Star Citizen with a joystick and keyboard, a joystick and throttle, two joysticks, or any combination of the custom controllers.


The system is called Atom, and will be based loosely on the Mad Catz STRIKE 7. Replacing the Cherry mechanical switches, the Atom will sport a "specially engineered membrane which mimics the tactile feel generated by the mechanical keys ... without the resultant excessive noise". The Atom goes on sale on December 16, with the stick and throttle to cost $149.99, while the keyboard will sell for $199.99. The first 2000 units will be signed by Chris Roberts himself.

Ubisoft has included NVIDIA GameWorks features in Rainbow Six: Siege

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 23 hours ago

Ubisoft is getting ready for the release of Rainbow Six: Siege, which deploys on December 1 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC with a new trailer highlighting the NVIDIA GameWorks features - check it out.



Rainbow Six: Siege will feature HBAO+ for deeper and richer shadows and improved occlusion, TXAA, 'enhanced graphics', and much more. For NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M (notebook), GTX 970, GTX 980, GTX 980 Ti, you can grab yourself a copy of Rainbow Six: Siege or Assassin's Creed: Syndicate for free, by checking out the "Bullets or Blades" promo that NVIDIA is running.


Let's hope it launches without multi-GPU issues, unlike Batman: Arkham Knight and Assassin's Creed: Syndicate.

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Star Wars: Battlefront is more popular on PS4 than Xbox One and PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

Now that Star Wars: Battlefront is out, we can get a better picture of what platform is the most popular for EA DICE's new first-person shooter. But it'll be a surprise for some.




Over a 24-hour period, Player Stats Network reported that there had been 188,171 players on the PS4 - compared to 113,696 on the Xbox One and only 48,292 on the PC. Even if you combined the Xbox One and PC numbers, you'd still be 25,000 short of the PS4 numbers on Star Wars: Battlefront. EA is hoping to sell somewhere between 10-13 million units, which shouldn't be too hard, especially leading up to the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the holiday season.

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