Tuesday, November 24, 2015

IT News Head Lines (Overclockers Club) 25/11/2015

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Thermaltake Announces Suppressor F1 Mini ITX Case
Thermaltake Announces Suppressor F1 Mini ITX Case
Thermaltake recently expanded its lineup of cases with the Suppressor F31 and has done it again with the Suppressor F1, a case targeting the Mini ITX form factor. The F1 has a pre-installed 200mm fan on the front panel and allows users to switch up the side panels "to showcase their superb liquid cooling or airflow system." Thermaltake has designated the case as Tt LCS certified, an indication that allows the company to "designate to all power users which Suppressor F1 Mini ITX chassis has been tested to be best compatible with extreme liquid cooling configurations." Users will be able to install two 2.5" and two 3.5" drives along with CPU coolers up to 140mm in height and GPUs up to 255mm in length. The 200mm fan can be swapped out for a 140mm or 120mm fan and an additional two 80mm fans can be installed in the rear of the case.
Source: Press Release

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Potential Root Certificate Exploit Found on Dell Laptops
Dell is the latest company to bundle a digital certificate on its laptops that could make "it easy for attackers to cryptographically impersonate Google, Bank of America, and any other HTTPS-protected website." Earlier this year Lenovo was scrutinized for the Superfish software and later the Lenovo Customer Feedback Program 64. Multiple reports pointed to at least the Inspiron 5000 and XPS 15 series laptops as containing the self-signed TLS credential. One user, Joe Nord, that helped to find the certificate noted that he was able to visit an HTTPS test site without receiving any sort of warnings in any browser but Firefox. The certificate in question is signed by eDellRoot and uses the same private cryptographic key in all cases. It is unknown if the certificate can be used to "sign applications so that they bypasses Microsoft malware checks," and Dell is actively looking into the matter. Until then, follow the link to see how you can check if your system contains the certificate.
Source: Ars Technica

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Organism Found to See With Its Armor
Fairly often a tradeoff must be made between protection and sight, as the eyes must be uncovered to see, exposing them to danger. It appears one species managed to get around this issue by having eyes within its hard shells, as researchers at MIT have discovered.
Acanthopleura granulate, a species of chiton, can be found around the world, if you know how to distinguish them from the rocks they live on. For a while we have known that they have eyes in their hard armor, but did not know if these were true eyes or just photoreceptive areas. The MIT researchers were able to isolate the lenses and found that they actually could focus light and produce images. What makes these eyes so interesting is that they are made of the same tough, ceramic material as their shells, unlike the primarily protein eyes of almost everything else. This means the eyes are just as tough as the whole of the chiton's shell, without sacrificing sight. Beyond that, the lenses can focus light in both air and water, as the species lives in intertidal zones, spending time both in the air and underwater.
This discovery could lead to advances in armor for the military and those who work in hazardous areas, since we now have an example of a vision being fully integrated into armor.
Source: MIT

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Hardware Roundup: Monday, November 23, 2015, Edition
A new week is here, with a few items to help you get it started. There is a review of the ASUSTOR AS1004T 4-bay NAS, which can fit four 3.5" hard drives inside for a big boost to your home storage capabilities. We have an introductory guide to watercooling that helps you pick out the parts and design your loop. We also have another guide, except this one looks at the best laptops of 2015, so regardless of laptop type you're after, this has you covered.
CPU Cooling

Water Cooling 101: Designing Your Loop and Choosing Your Parts @ ThinkComputers
Storage/Hard Drives

ASUSTOR AS1004T 4-bay NAS @ Madshrimps

Best Laptops of 2015: Gaming, Workstations, Ultrabooks and more @ TechSpot

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OCZ Releases Upcoming Thanksgiving and Black Friday Deals
OCZ Storage Solutions, a Toshiba Group Company that provides consumer and enterprise markets with high performance and reliable flash-based hardware and software storage solutions, has revealed some upcoming Thanksgiving and Black Friday deals. The pricing of components by OCZ is definitely meant to spur consumer spending, with the company utilizing Amazon and Newegg for its promotions. At Amazon, the Vector 180 240GB SSD will be $69.99 from November 23 through December 1, while the 960GB version will be priced at just $259.99 during the same time frame. Amazon will also feature the Trion 120GB and 240GB SSDs priced at $34.99 and $54.99, respectively, from November 23 through December 1. Newegg deals feature a more limited window of purchasing opportunity, with the ARC 100 120GB SSD available during November 27 through November 30 at a price point of $39.99, and the Trion 100 480GB SSD available for $119.99 from November 25 to November 29. The ARC 100 480GB SSD will also be on sale at Newegg for a 24 hour period beginning on November 26, with the storage product costing $129.99.
Source: Press Release

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Quantum Entanglement Achieved in SiC Wafers
Quantum mechanics has many unusual phenomena and entanglement is near the top of the list, as it allows two systems to be so strongly linked that manipulating one can affect the other. Creating entangled systems at the macroscale is very difficult as it often requires very low temperatures and very powerful magnet fields, or chemical reactions. Researchers at the University of Chicago though have successfully entangled particles in a semiconductor at room temperature with a small magnetic field.
The researchers entangled electrons and nuclei within SiC, a semiconductor, using infrared laser light and electromagnetic pulses. The laser ordered the magnetic states of the particles and then the electromagnetic pulses, like those of an MRI machine, actually entangled them. The volume the entangled particles occupied is about 40 cubic micrometers, or the size of a red blood cell. It has been known for some time that defects in semiconductors, like SiC, have excellent quantum properties that will preserve quantum states for long periods of time, and can be controlled by photonics and electronics.
For now the technique could be used to create quantum sensors that can break through the sensitivity limit of traditional sensors. Eventually though, especially if the entangled states could be made across different SiC chips, this macroscopic entanglement could be used to create advanced and secure communication networks.
Source: University of Chicago

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