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Reversible USB 2.0 is here thanks to ASUS

By: Chris Smith | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 3, 2015 12:03 am

Computex 2015 - With the world fighting for USB 3.1 Type-C and Type-A to be integrated into all products, ASUS has taken a different route with one of its motherboard options, producing the world's first reversible USB 2.0 onboard port.




A little weird yes and you might be thinking of it as old technology and useless. However, this could mean amazing applications in budget motherboards and office systems - no longer will you rock up to work, school or university and fiddle around with your presentation for 10 minutes trying to plug your USB key in.


Although I've tried to justify this technology to you, it's really up to the users to decide if they like it or not.

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Server and workstation boards by ASUS have arrived

By: Chris Smith | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 2, 2015 11:54 pm

Computex 2015 - For those not interested in the ASUS ROG gaming focus of Computex 2015, this company has also shown off a new range of server and workstation boards as displayed on a product wall.




Featuring the X99-M WS, the X-99 WS/IPMI and the X99-E WS/USB 3.1, there was no AMD to be seen as the drive seems to be for X99 Intel only.


All based on similar architecture, the X99-M WS board lays claim to being "the most powerful X99 mATX board for small form factor gaming and professional market[s]," offering Intel Socket 2011 Core i7 Xeon support and four memory slots holding up to 64GB in total.

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Keep your home Wi-Fi powerful with the new ASUS offerings

By: Chris Smith | More News: Networking | Posted: Jun 2, 2015 11:41 pm

Computex 2015 - Adding to the plethora of models on offer in Taipei, ASUS has showcased two new Wi-Fi home products, the RT-AC3200 tri-band gigabit router and the RP-AC68U 3-in-1 access point, rage extender and media bridge.




This new router offers consumers tri-band Smart Connect technology which sets out to assign each connected device the ideal Wi-Fi band pending its needs, AiProtection to help keep your home safe from breaches of personal data and a traffic analyzer so you can find out exactly which housemate or child has been downloading torrents throughout the night.


As for specifications, this router operates on a frequency of concurrent 2.4GHz (600 Mbps), 5GHz-1 (1300 Mbps) and 5GHz-2 (1300 Mbps) and offers a single gigabit WAN port, four gigabit LAN ports, one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 connection.

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SmartHome aims to keep you safe through technology by ASUS

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 2, 2015 11:29 pm

Computex 2015 - Adding something a little different to the Computex 2015 trade show is the ASUS series of SmartHome devices, designed to keep yourself and your technology safe at home.




Also winning a BC award as per the ASUS ROG GR6 mini gaming PC, these products are coupled with the tagline "Smart, Simple, Secure" and are aimed at everyone from the general consumer to the complete computer mastermind.


Pictured is the black circle-like object named the ASUS Smart Home Gateway, this sets out to let you control your home through one simple app installed on a smartphone or tablet and can work with third-party products - meaning you aren't locked into ASUS branded components only.

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ASUS shows off a plethora of stunning 4K monitors

By: Chris Smith | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 2, 2015 11:15 pm

Computex 2015 - If you're not looking to head down the flagship gaming path with the new ASUS 34" curved monitor, ASUS has plenty of other options on display this year in Taipei, Taiwan.




First up is the MG279Q, a 144Hz IPS Panel Plus with AMD FreeSync Technology and targeted at gamers who will enjoy the superior refresh rate. This is matched alongside the TechniColor-certified vibrant panel with a 100% sRGB rating and the 100% Adobe RGB monitor with ProArt Calibration for graphical designers and more. The last cab off the rank in the normal monitor range is the Designo - a 27-inch 4K frameless panel, a stunning addition indeed.


These 4K monitors help round out the 27-32" offerings by ASUS, with the PA329Q ProArt running at 2840x2160 resolution offering a viewing angle of 128 degrees and some impressive input/output port specifications including DisplayPort 1.2, mini-DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, two HDMI 1.4 and four USB 3.0 ports.

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Make yourself a complete ASUS ROG-themed custom build

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 2, 2015 11:01 pm

Computex 2015 - If you're looking to complete your color scheme in style, ROG has teamed up with a bunch of different PC component and accessory manufacturers to bring you 'ROG Certified' parts.




Adding to the myriad of options is a large RAM selection including G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 Series DDR4 RAM, the Avexir Raiden Series Red Tesla Edition RAM, the Avexir Impact Series Ram, the Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 RAM and the HyperX Predator DDR4 RAM. On top of this, Bitspower has a ROG Certified Rampage V Extreme FCB in both black and clear alongside the Thermaltright Silver Arrow CPU cooler reaching certification status.


Built into a simplistic modded project and also InWin's new amazing transformer case, this ROG Certified series of product sure does make for a brilliant build, especially when coupled with the new ROG video cards.

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GCHQ says it doesn't have enough manpower to spy on everyone

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 2, 2015 10:40 pm

The NSA and GCHQ continue to face significant backlash of their widespread surveillance activities, largely due to Edward Snowden's spying disclosures. However, the UK intelligence agency is defending itself by saying it couldn't spy on all its citizens in an unlawful manner, even if it actually wanted to.




"One of the things that has almost flippantly been said in our defense is that even if we wanted to do such things we don't have enough people to engage in such unlawful mass intrusion," said Ciaran Martin, director general of cybersecurity for the GCHQ, while speaking at the InfoSecurity conference.


The GCHQ has conducted mass collection of user data inside the UK, which was disclosed by Snowden a couple of years ago. Not surprisingly, there has been increased debate - both in the US and UK - regarding the effectiveness of these programs.

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Bethesda teases a new Fallout video game

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 2, 2015 10:03 pm

Bethesda teased a new Fallout game by launching a new website that has a mysterious countdown timer - with less than 16 hours remaining on the timer. The countdown will end at 10AM EDT/7AM PDT.




The expected title, Fallout 4, will likely be unveiled tomorrow - ahead of Bethesda's press conference at the E3 gaming expo later this month in Los Angeles. Fallout 4 has been rumored for years, and is set in the greater Boston metropolitan area.


What are you hoping to see from Fallout 4?

ASUS shows off its award winning GR6 tiny gaming PC

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 2, 2015 9:59 pm

Computex 2015 - Claimed as being "console-inspired," this tiny 2.5L PC by ASUS ROG boasts desktop performance and a BC award.




Featuring an Intel i5-5200U processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960m to boot, users are given the ability to throw in another 8GB of RAM if they see fit.


Also complete with a 128GB 2.5" SATA SSD, Wake On LAN, Wi-Fi 802.11 and Windows 8.1 this system is almost dwarfed by the mechanical keyboard it sits behind.

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Dell unveils its Inspiron 15 7000 Series 2-in-1 PC

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 2, 2015 9:51 pm

Computex 2015 - PC maker Dell used Computex to help showcase its new Inspiron 15 7000 Series 2-in-1 PC.




The 2-in-1 device features a 15.6" display, and can rotate between four different modes: tablet, laptop, tent and stand mode. True Color ships standard with the 7000 Series 2-in-1 PC, and features a wide-viewing angle courtesy of the IPS screen. Dell included the Standard Waves MaxxAudio Pro audio software to provide enhanced audio playback.


Dell promotes the 2-in-1's sub-20 mm form and its 802.11ac wireless standard functionality. Hardware specifications weren't revealed.

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