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Hardware Roundup: Friday, January 1, 2016, Edition
The new year has dawned, so hopefully you're starting the switch to writing 2016 instead of 2015. We have some items for you to kick off the new year, including a review of the HyperX Savage 128GB USB 3.1 Flash Drive. It offers plenty of speed and compatibility with the new USB 3.1 standard, so it just might be your next portable storage solution. There's also a look at the SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset, which offers high comfort during long gaming sessions and an affordable price tag. For some high powered gaming in a laptop, look no further than the MSI GT72S Dominator Pro G with a GTX 980, the actual desktop part, packed inside. If you just need a way to capture your games to share on Twitch or YouTube, the Elgato Game Capture HD60 could be for you. We take a look back at 2015 with some of the best case mods seen throughout the year, as well as a podcast covering the latest news and reviews from the final week of last year.
Storage/Hard Drives

HyperX Savage 128GB USB 3.1 Drive @ LanOC Reviews

SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset @ Madshrimps

MSI GT72S Dominator Pro G with GTX 980 @ PC Perspective

Elgato Game Capture HD60 @ ThinkComputers

The Best Case Mods of 2015 @ ThinkComputers

Podcast #381 @ PC Perspective

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The Galactic Empire Approves of This Star Destroyer PC Case Mod
The Galactic Empire Approves of This Star Destroyer PC Case Mod
PC case mods cover an entire spectrum, from the simple to the extreme, but every so often you see one that simply makes you go, "wow." That's the feeling from this one, which doesn't really look like a case at all, but something you might find on the big screen. Builder Sander van der Velden, aka Asphiax, decided he didn't want a normal case or even a normal modded one. No, he took a case and turned it into a Star Destroyer, complete with fiber optic lighting, water cooling, and plenty of 3D printed goodness. The Star Destroyer Asphiax used is a Venator-class from the Prequel Trilogy and he's dubbed it the "Yazi."
There are no dimensions of the Yazi right now or even pictures of it all the way completed, but what's shown so far is impressive. The Star Destroyer's frame is made from aluminum, with 3D printing handling the fine details on the craft. More than 50 meters of fiber optic lighting helps give it the appearance of an actual starship, with the sides and bridges all lit up. Water cooling inside isn't done yet, but it's a closed loop design that hits both the CPU and video card. There is a drawn layout of the loop to give you an idea of where the parts go, with the radiator looking to fit inside the bow of the ship and the power supply at the engines.
Asphiax plans to show off Yazi during CES in about a week, so you can see it in its finished glory there. Once it gets there and is fully operational, expect to see more pictures of it at that point.
Source: ExtremeTech

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Multiplayer Mod for Just Cause 3 In Development
The same team that created the multiplayer mod for Just Cause 2 has announced that it is hard at work on bringing multiplayer to the recently released Just Cause 3. The mod was added to Just Cause 2 more than two years after the release of the base game, while Just Cause 3 could see it much sooner. The team hasn't released much information about the mod but will give users "frequent updates on our progress."
Source: PC Gamer

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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, December 31, 2015, Edition
The final day of 2015 is upon us, with the year finally drawing to a close. We have a couple of items to help get you through the last day, including a look at the ASUS MG278Q monitor. It features a 2560x1440, 27" screen, with a TN panel, a 144Hz refresh rate, and AMD FreeSync support for stutter-free gaming on the red team. We also have the U-Tec Ultraloq UL3 Smart Lock, which sports an electronic keypad and fingerprint reader to provide more security than most other locks.

ASUS MG278Q 2560x1440 144Hz FreeSync @ PC Perspective

U-Tec Ultraloq UL3 Smart Lock @ Benchmark Reviews

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Serious Exploit Found and Hopefully Fixed in AVG Web TuneUp Chrome Extension
Earlier this month a Google employee made an interesting discovery concerning the AVG Web TuneUp extension, that should be fixed now. This extension is force-installed alongside the AVG Antivirus and about nine million active Chrome users have it installed. It adds numerous JavaScript APIs to the browser with the apparent purpose of hijacking search settings and the new tab page, but many of the APIs are also badly written, so it can be exploited to get far more information. To demonstrate this, the Google employee wrote a few exploits to share with AVG when he reported the vulnerability.
Following his report, AVG put together a fix, but it was found to be lacking because it only checked that the origin of a message contains "" As the Google employee pointed out in a second report, anyone can add that to their domain and because it does not check for a secure origin, it is vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks, effectively disabling SSL. In response, AVG issued another fix to the extension that whitelists only two AVG domains, which is still not ideal but it might be the best we get. Any XSS or mixed-content on those two domains has the necessary permissions to use the APIs, which also means that any bugs on those domains could be exploited, so the Google employee recommends a professional web audit to find and fix any such issues.
Version of the extension appears to have the final fix in it, so make sure you have been updated to at least that version. This story may not be over yet though, as Google investigates to see if any policy violations were made, as the complicated install process for the extension could get around Chrome malware checks.
Source: Google and HotHardware

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