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Hackers use refrigerator in cyber attack.

Makes you want to think again about all these internet capable appliances. Hackers have used a refrigerator to send spam emails in the first proven cyber attack of its kind. Internet-connected home appliances were infected by a large “botnet” over a two-week period from December 23, according to California security firm Proofpoint. It said hackers managed to penetrate home-networking routers, connected multimedia centers, televisions and at least one refrigerator to create a platform to deliver malicious spam or phishing emails. The firm said the case “has significant security implications for device owners and enterprise targets” because of massive growth expected in the use of smart and connected devices, from clothing to appliances. It said these appliances may become attractive targets for hackers because they often have less security than PCs or tablets. Incidents were documented between December 23 and January 6 featuring “waves of malicious email, typically sent in bursts ... Read More »

You know stuff happens in life and today it has lead to good bye.

I started out in the 3D world with a Rendition chipset. Today I have a NVIDIA Titan.  I have always thought and still do think Bjorn3D has provided that a good coverage of video chipset’s and graphics cards as well as other hardware.  I also own a computer tech company in Eufaula called S&Z Computer Consultants.  Do to way much work I have to do with WinXP replacement  I feel it is best that I return the site to Bjorn Endre who founded it. This is good day to give her back to a man with a vision.  He has always fought on why do that ad.  He is a wise man and a great founder of this site and will always be my friend. Good Bye Scott Sherman. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II OC Overclocking Review @ HardOCP

The gang at HardOCP does a good job with some in-depth testing on the R9.   Right before Christmas, at the end of 2013 in December, we got our hands on our first custom cooled and configured AMD Radeon R9 290X video card.  The ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II OC video card provided us with the best gameplay experience to date.   We needed a video card that would quell the heat issues of the AMD Radeon R9 290X card’s anemic reference cooler design.  We need a video card that would quell the noise issues of the AMD Radeon R9 290X.  We needed a video card that would provide consistent performance at the advertised GPU clock speed.  The ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II had been what we have all been waiting for, and it succeeded in all the areas gamers and enthusiasts needed it too. Source: HardOCP         ... Read More »

Google buys Nest Labs for $3.2 billion

I am really interested in trying a Nest in my house.  Looks like Google is going to be everywhere. The search giant announced Monday that it’s buying connected device maker Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash. Nest, led by former Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) designer Tony Fadell, develops “smart” home appliances like thermostats and smoke detectors that can program themselves and communicate with smartphones. Nest will maintain its brand name and continue to be led by Fadell, Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) said, adding that the deal will likely close “in the next few months.” Fadell told Fortune’s Dan Primack that Google “made a very strong pitch for how we could have all the resources of a large company while retaining the independence of a next-generation Nest.” “This allows us to accelerate and stay in front of the coming wave of products for what we like to call the conscious ... Read More »

In First Day With Bitcoin, Overstock Does $126,000 in Sales

I am really thinking I might need to start mining. Less than 30 minutes after online retailer Overstock.com started accepting payments in bitcoin, Jason Steele used the digital currency to buy a new case for his smartphone. Steele — a 32-year-old computer programmer from Atlanta who has been using bitcoin since March of last year — wanted to see if Overstock’s new system actually worked, but he was also interested in, well, fighting the good fight. Overstock is the first major online retailer to accept the digital currency, and Steele was doing his part to help push this new-age technology even further into the mainstream, so that it becomes a viable alternative to fiat currencies like the dollar and the euro and the yen. “It’s a concept that could take off, and should take off, for a lot of reasons,” he says. “I want wider adoption. I want more businesses ... Read More »

Dell Delivers 4K for less than $1K! Dell’s 28-inch Ultra HD Monitor priced at $699

Now Showing at CES: Dell’s 28-inch Ultra HD Monitor priced at $699 At CES this week, some of the next-generation technologies that will likely generate a ton of buzz are Ultra HD “4K” resolution monitors, televisions and cameras. Delivering four times the resolution of Full HD, many tech enthusiasts and industry experts expect 4K to become the next standard in high definition content, and are eager to see more affordable displays enter the market. At Dell we are excited to be a leader in Ultra HD monitor products and performance, and at CES we are previewing the Dell 28 Ultra HD Monitor (P2815Q), the industry’s most affordable 4K Monitor offered at just $699.  When it goes on sale later this month, consumers worldwide will be able to enjoy incredible Ultra HD clarity when viewing videos, editing photos, playing games or any other task requiring the best-possible screen resolution. With Dell’s ... Read More »

SAMSUNG Announces 840 EVO SSD with Enhanced Security Solution for Enterprise Applications

If you are using consumer class EVO drives you can now have some Enterprise class security. RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ – January 6, 2014 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced a new advanced security solution for the 840 EVO SSD, Samsung’s SSD Self-Encrypting Drive (SED), compatible with professional security software.  The new data security enhancements are now shipping on the recently announced Samsung 840 EVO mSATA drive and can be enabled through a firmware update for the 840 EVO SSD SATA drive, launched last August. The new features are designed to meet security requirements for enterprise applications and are compliant with TCG Opal and IEEE 1667 standards.  The Samsung SSD SED solution is enabled via the newly released Samsung Magician 4.3 software, providing the enhanced security features required in enterprise user environments, such as government offices, finance institutions and other businesses. Samsung’s 840 EVO line now offers three security types: ... Read More »

ASUS Announces Transformer Book Duet TD300

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Asus is a company that is not afraid to try new stuff and release weird laptops and phone/tablet hybrids. The new Transformer Book Duet TD300 fits right in with the other weird devices as it is “the world’s first quad-mode dual-operating system laptop and tablet convertible“. Phew.   Basically it allows you to switch between Android and Windows, both in tablet and laptop mode with the push on a button. It comes with a powerful CoreI7 on board giving it tons of power (probably at the expense of some battery time).    Las Vegas, NV (January 6th, 2014) – ASUS today announced Transformer Book Duet (TD300), the world’s first quad-mode, dual-OS laptop and tablet convertible that allows users to switch between Windows and Android in either laptop or tablet modes with just a single push of the Instant Switch button or a virtual key on the tablet. With a powerful Intel® ... Read More »

Innovega to demo augmented-reality contact lenses at CES

This is some pretty cool tech.   It’s like Google Glass for your eyeball. Inventive startup Innovega plans to show off a high-tech contact lens next week that will float virtual screens filled with information in front of the wearer’s eyes. Called the iOptik system, the two-part system depends on special contact lenses that work as a filter to let the human eye focus simultaneously on things very near and far, using rings that route light in different ways into the retina. Part two is a pair of special glasses fitted with tiny projectors that transmit data forward onto the eyeglass lenses. Read More Here:  Fox News   No related posts. Read More »

Yikes, “NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption.”

This sounds like we are never going to have any privacy. In room-size metal boxes ­secure against electromagnetic leaks, the National Security Agency is racing to build a computer that could break nearly every kind of encryption used to protect banking, medical, business and government records around the world. According to documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the effort to build “a cryptologically useful quantum computer” — a machine exponentially faster than classical computers — is part of a $79.7 million research program titled “Penetrating Hard Targets.” Much of the work is hosted under classified contracts at a laboratory in College Park, Md. Source:  Washington Post   No related posts. Read More »

NVIDIA Announces Upcoming Event for Financial Community

SANTA CLARA, CA — (Marketwired) — 01/03/14 — NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) will present at the following upcoming conference for the financial community: 12th Annual J.P. Morgan Tech Forum Tuesday, Jan. 7, 9 a.m. PT (12 p.m. ET) Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas Interested parties can listen to a live audio webcast of NVIDIA’s presentation at this event, available on the NVIDIA website at www.nvidia.com/investor. A replay of each webcast will be available for seven days afterward. Related posts: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti – Nvidia takes GK110 to the Next Level Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti Nvidia launched the 700 series and really took the market... Read More »

Gigabyte Aivia Neon 1200Dpi Laser Presenter Mouse

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Introduction – Gigabyte Aivia Neon 1200Dpi Presenter Mouse Gigabyte has been best known for their motherboard solutions at varying levels. Here today we have one of their devices from their growing and maturing peripheral line which is a presentation mouse named the Aivia Neon. This mouse is not just a mouse but many presentation tools in one. Gigabyte has started to make its own name in the gaming mouse market but this is no gaming mouse it is actually very strongly pointed in a singular usage application. This application is so widely used to me it is fairly surprising I have not come into contact with more models like this before. Not to mention the feature set is very interesting as it offers some very interesting productivity or value added features which can really make professional business meetings more productive or even easier to navigate. The Gigabyte Aivia Neon comes ... Read More »

Dynatron R17 – LGA2011 3U+ Server or Workstation CPU Air Cooler

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  Closer Look When we first took on the Dynatron coolers honestly one of the most excited I was to work with was this one and that’s because I feel a bit more at home working on a tower cooler like this as the small flat coolers you get with servers just do not seem right after working as an enthusiast for so long. The small coolers have their place and they are usually in noisy large thin blade servers but big towers like this are more akin to what you see in a desktop rig and well this one happens to be spec’d as a 3U Server or desktop workstation so its a bit more up my alley when in terms of testing and familiarity. Dynatron is one of those companies that has been around for coming up on 20 years now as it started in 1991 and has ... Read More »

Dynatron K2 1156 Low Profile CPU Air Cooler for Mini ITX Platforms

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  Closer Look Previously we had taken a look at a unit from Dynatron for the LGA 2011 server side application utilizing the Slim ILM design and active cooling for a really thin 1U blade server application. Well today we have a similar unit in appearance but its application is quite different as this is more targeted at mini ITX systems which is basically a polar opposite from a large heavy load server. but upon checking out where this product was placed it is still found in their server category although the selected application is targeted at Mini ITX based systems so I can only assume it is made for the more compact home file servers or even media servers. Being that Dynatron has never really been in the consumer market very heavily and only recently really started offering anything resembling possible competition for the desktop market honestly so to ... Read More »

Cyberpower Zeus EVO Lightning 2000SE

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Introduction Many times you will find that building a PC while to us enthusiasts seems so easy and we can almost do it blind folded. But when many gamers want a PC the task is too daunting to even consider building their own system which is why they end up with many of the horrible off the shelf systems that inevitably us being the computer savvy or “Techy” guy end up getting dragged into fixing or improving since it won’t play the game they want. Then of course the chastising ensues of “Why would you ever buy this thing” but for most gamers they simply don’t know what is needed to run key games or even more where to find what they need or who to build it for them. Today we have a new system from Cyberpower and it is one of their higher tier systems aimed at the ... Read More »

Dynatron R25 1U & Up Server CPU Cooler for LGA2011

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  Closer Look When looking at cooling solutions all too often we forget that besides the big names there are many solutions out there that never see the pages of many popular enthusiasts media or even get any coverage really at all. Especially when considering that besides the enthusiasts and gamer communities which we cater to there are many more uses for systems which go unnoticed every day yet life as we know it would halt shoudl these systems stop functioning so viable cooling solutions for them are primary concerns for everyday life. Many server side solutions are made for small blade servers such as we have today and to some surprise to some of you many of the popular cooling manufacturers such as Thermaltake and many others who have been making enthusiasts coolers for some time also service these important workstation and server solutions for even longer. Dynatron is ... Read More »

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