Hackers Targeting Diablo III Players
The reports coincided with the EU Diablo 3 servers going offline on Sunday afternoon for around four hours, preventing players from logging in (error 33). It has been suggested that the EU servers were taken offline following a SQL injection attack, but this remains unconfirmed.
Blizzard offers an Authenticator designed to provide extra security to your account. Donlan did not have the authenticator before the hack, but reports suggest accounts have been compromised even with this enabled.
One theory suggested by players on the Battle.net forum revolves around hijacking session identifiers, which would allow hackers to take over accounts without alerting Blizzard's authentication server. Again, this remains unconfirmed.
Whatever the cause, Blizzard will be keen to address the situation quickly, especially in light of the upcoming release of the real money auction house and the growing complaints from players. Blizzard said last week it was set for release at the end of the month.
OCZ Vertex 4 1.4
A short while ago we wrote an article about OCZ Vertex 4 1.4 firmware. Well it's out for grabs. The new update will bring significant performance increases to the product. If you decide to flash the firmware, remember to make a backup as this update will erase the data on your SSD.
- This is a destructive update. You MUST backup your data before performing the firmware update.
- Increased read performance at low queue depths
- Improved sequential write performance for 128GB and 256GB models
- Increased performance under specific workloads of mixed reads and writes
- Increased read performance on small file sizes (lower than 4K)
- Improved host compatibility with dated / uncommon BIOS revisions
- Improved stability when resuming from S3/S4 on older generation motherboards
AMDs Embedded Trinity Processor Launch
Advanced Micro Devices has launched the Embedded R-Series Platform, now officially. These are basically Trinity CPUs that are destined for embedded applications.
In the performance computing world, energy efficiency is mostly a new concept. The embedded market, on the other hand, is more about capability and how much performance can you get while maintaining a certain level of power consumption.
While during last week
MSI Z77A GD80 review
We review the MSI Z77A GD80 motherboard. Albeit the GD80 shares 95% of the DNA of the GD65 it comes with one feature that some of you will be very interested in, a ThunderBolt controller. So have a peek at what was just released, this is the MSI Z77A-GD80 motherboard. Onwards to the review please, click here.
Silicon Micro ST1080 Head Mounted Display
Silicon Micro has rolled out the ST1080 head mounted display. It is the world
ASUS P8C WS ATX Motherboard
ASUS expanded its line of ATX motherboards by launching the P8C WS. Based on Intel C216 chipset, the board supports for LGA1155 processors and has four DDR3 DIMM memory slots (up to 32GB RAM), two PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8) slots, two PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode) slots, one PCIe 2.0 x1 slot and one PCI slot. In terms of connectivity ports, it offers two SATA 6.0 Gbps, four SATA 3.0 Gbps, four USB 3.0, ten USB 2.0 and dual Gigabit Ethernet. The P8C WS is priced at $249. [ASUS]
Akitio Cloud Hybrid NAS/DAS
In as much as NAS devices are handy when it comes to backing up data, streaming audio and video over a home network and many other things, one of the downsides is that the performance when it comes to actually putting the data on them isn't always there. Akitio has come up with a home storage solution that attempts to solve this issue by being a combination NAS/DAS with USB 3.0 connectivity.
Admittedly we're growing somewhat tired of the whole "cloud" hype and the Cloud Hybrid as Akitio calls its latest device is clearly trying to build in the cloud storage hype. The base specifications consist of an unspecified 300MHz processor, 32MB of DDR memory and 2MB of flash memory, i.e. not the most impressive specifications out there, but with only room for a single hard drive, the Cloud Hybrid isn't intended to be a high-end storage device, but rather something you'd use for streaming media around your home.
Interestingly, Akitio is using Microsoft's exFAT file system which so far isn't widely used on anything outside of high-capacity flash memory cards. Connectivity consists of a single Gigabit Ethernet port as well as the aforementioned USB 3.0 port. The idea, even judging by Akitio's ideas behind the product is that you load data onto the Cloud Hybrid via USB 3.0 and then connect it up to your home network to access the data.
The good news is that Akitio has added support for a wide range of standard technologies such as UPnP-AV, DLNA, iTunes music server, FTP, Samba and much more. The device is configured via a standard web GUI and it's compatible with UPnP clients like the Xbox 360, PS3, iTunes and Windows 7 MCE, but Akitio also offers a mobile app so you can access the data via iOS or Android devices and it can even be used to record directly to from some Toshiba Regza TV's. There's also support for remote access over the internet via a web portal.
As far as performance is concerned, Akitio claims 60MB/s sustained transfer rates using Samba which isn't exceptional, but pretty decent for an entry level device such as this. Keep in mind that you'd get better performance over USB 3.0, but the enclosure is limited to SATA 3Gbps drives, although this shouldn't be an issue for your average hard drive. At US$99 (S$125) the Akitio Cloud Hybrid isn't terribly expensive for what you get, but keep in mind that this isn't the type of device you want if data security matters to you - thanks vrzone.
Aliens: Colonial Marines Preview
Cooler Master CM Sonuz headset
Cooler Master's gaming brand
NVIDIA on Kepler V-Sync Stuttering Issue
Users of NVIDIA GeForce Kepler-based graphics cards have been reporting intermittent stuttering in games, with v-sync enabled. Technically, the problem seems to be a driver issue that results in visual tearing and image stuttering on some hardware configurations.
Here's NVIDIA on it with a small statement:
We have received reports of an intermittent v-sync stuttering issue from some of our customers. We
Mad Scientist Creates Real Life Tesla Gun (video)
Inspired by the Tesla Gun in The Five Fists of Science graphic novel, this real life Tesla gun is a handheld spark gap Tesla coil powered by a drill battery. It's about the size of a small rifle and it is able to send out those crazy Tesla sparks at anything within about two feet of its business end. Naturally, it gets pretty hot and heavy pretty quickly, so all the components had to be up for the job.
There is definitely some MacGyver-ing going on with the 18V drill battery, plus the ferrite core of a flyback transformer that came by way of an old television set. The primary coil is made fom high voltage wire and high-density polyethylene insulation, while the secondary coil is made from 2.5-inch ABS pipe wrapped in 20-gauge enameled wire. You get the aluminum toroid out the business end.
Incoming trailer for Dishonored
Medal of Honor Warfighter World TV Premiere
Nvidia GeForce 302.59 Beta Driver Download
These are Beta drivers that are to be released. Unfortunately there is no description or changelog available as of yet. These drivers have been spotted at NVIDIAs developper website.
The driverset supports pretty much all modern GeForce graphics based graphics cards. So it is very unlikely that you'll need a modded .infWe have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
MSI Radeon HD 7870 TwinFrozr III OC review
MSI releases their Radeon HD 7870 TwinFrozer III OC series, a factory overclocked (50 MHz higher at 1050 MHz) Radeon HD 7870 solution with room for even higher tweaks. As its name implies the graphics card utilizes MSI
HP Compaq LA2405x LED-backlit Monitor
The HP Compaq LA2405x is a standard 24-inch LED-backlit monitor that features a 1,920 x 1,200 pixels resolution, a 1,000:1 typical contrast ratio, a 300cd/m2 brightness and a 5ms response time. The LED display provides several connectivity options such as VGA, DVI-D and DisplayPort. The HP Compaq LA2405x is currently available for $269 each.
Pioneer SE-MJ751 Fully-Enclosed Bass Head Headphones
The Pioneer SE-MJ751 fully-enclosed
Intel DZ77RE-75K with ThunderBolt Pictured
The DZ77RE-75K is near identical to the DZ77GA-70K, although we spotted at least one change beyond the Thunderbolt port. On top of that, it's also quite an expensive motherboard, more so than MSI's Z77A-GD80 as vrzone reports:
So the major difference between the DZ77RE-75K and it's more affordable sibling, the DZ77GA-70K is the inclusion of a mini DisplayPort connector which is also the standard interface for Thunderbolt and of course the Cactus Ridge Thunderbolt chip. Sadly Intel cheaped out on it first Thunderbolt motherboard and used the DSL3310