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Razer Firefly Review
     Fri, Jul 10 2015 | 12:01P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Razer Firefly comes in to complete the Chroma setup, through the Razer synapse software you can sync the colour and glow to your other Chroma enabled devices and through the Chroma SDK, developers can also create lighting effects to enhance in game actions and immersion. Coming in at quite a high price for 'just a mouse mat' this will undoubtedly draw attention for any enthusiasts looking to light up their desk.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

Microsoft Launches Skype For Business
     Thu, May 21 2015 | 12:03P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On Thursday, the 14th of May 2015, Microsoft Malaysia officially launched Skype for Business, giving businesses in Malaysia the familiar experience of Skype with enterprise-grade security, compliance, and control of Microsoft Lync. Microsoft is convinced that this combination of Skype and Lync will deliver an incredibly useful and trusted communications and collaboration platform for people working together. Let's take a look!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

How To Integrate Cloud Storage Services With Microsoft Office 2013 Rev. 2.0.
     Fri, Apr 10 2015 | 4:00P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
To avoid another antitrust case (remember Internet Explorer?), Microsoft Office 2013 comes with the ability to integrate with third-party cloud storage providers. However, they are not making it easy. The integration option isn't even mentioned in the Help service. It's certainly not found in the Microsoft Support website. In fact, it lies buried in a Word document download in the Microsoft Download Center. No shit. That's like keeping candy in the garage and expecting your kids to figure out where to find them. Okay, maybe that's the idea...
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

How To Give Adobe Photoshop A Performance Boost With Your GPU
     Wed, Apr 08 2015 | 4:03P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Mercury Graphics Engine (MGE) in Adobe Photoshop CS6, Photoshop CC and Photoshop CC 2014 will automatically use your computer's graphics card to accelerate filters, as well as other features like perspective warp, upscaling, focus mask, etc. All you need is a GPU that supports OpenGL or OpenCL with at least 512 MB of graphics memory, requirements which practically every graphics solution in the market meets. If you are using a laptop with switchable graphics though, Photoshop will not automatically use your GPU to accelerate its functions. Instead, it will always use the integrated graphics solution, which is not only slower but saps some of the system memory for use as graphics memory. So even if we ignore the better performance of discrete GPUs, it's worth using them to free up system memory for Photoshop to use. Let us show you how you can get Adobe Photoshop to use your discrete GPU, instead of the processor graphics or integrated graphics, for a boost in graphics and memory performance!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

How to install the PLEX Unofficial App Store
     Sun, Mar 08 2015 | 4:40P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Having been a long time fan of the home theater PC, I have many times experimented with different platforms. These range from XBMC (now KODI), MediaPortal, Windows Media Center, PLEX, and a few others. What always led me back to XMBC, now KODI, was the incredible list of available addons. These addons added a ton of functionality that I couldn't find anywhere else. Recently, I decided to give PLEX another go as some of my family moves towards portable devices and in the interest of preventing another mutiny, I figured I would proactively implement an additional, easy to use, portable streaming solution.
  FULL STORY @ COMPUTINGONDEMAND

littleBits Smart Home Kit Review
     Sat, Feb 07 2015 | 9:00A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Retrofitting an existing home with so-called "Internet of Things" gadgets isn’t cheap, but with the right tools you can hack cloud functionality into your dumb appliances. littleBits is an ever-growing library of small electronic modules that easily connect together. Created by Ayah Bdeir, it started as a tool to help designers incorporate electronics into the prototyping process. Today, it’s much more than that. Think of them as Legos for the iPad generation.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Can the Nvidia GRID service make cloud gaming ?
     Thu, Jan 22 2015 | 9:01A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Several major gaming hardware makers are in the midst of making a big push for cloud gaming, with new services like the Nvidia GRID and PlayStation Now beginning to pop up with technological gains over tried and failed services, such as On Live. However, despite cloud technology coming as far as it has over the last couple of years, many are still skeptical and run for the hills when 'the cloud' is mentioned, which brings me to the question we are going to try and answer right now- Is cloud gaming viable today in its current form?
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

 
Security expert: Regin is scary - be on alert
     Tue, Jan 06 2015 | 10:39P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Cybersecurity companies are outlining additional details about the sophisticated Regin spyware malware, but no one has a complete picture just yet. End users don't need to be overly concerned about Regin, as it's not malware designed to snoop on them - and essentially is impossible to detect and prevent.

"Home users don't need to be overly concerned about this threat as their ability to identify an attack by it is very close to zero. However, it is even more important to take note - and respond accordingly - to any communications from their ISP indicating they have been compromised."

  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

New TrueCrypt - VeraCrypt Or CipherShed?
     Sat, Oct 18 2014 | 12:03P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There is a genuine need for TrueCrypt to be further developed, if only to support newer operating systems and to remove or mitigate the weaknesses identified by the TrueCrypt Audit. Thus, it was no big surprise when everyone started to call for a new team to develop TrueCrypt, or a fork of it. In stepped TrueCryptNext (TCNext) - an attempt to kickstart a replacement for TrueCrypt. Despite considerable skepticism, they announced in September that their fledging effort, CipherShed, is now closer to alpha release, pending a security review. This is remarkable progress though, since they only started coding work mid-June. In the meantime, a French cryptography and IT security company called IDRIX announced the release of VeraCrypt 1.0e. VeraCrypt is based on TrueCrypt's source code and looks very similar to TrueCrypt. Take a look...
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

GPU-Accelerated Virtual Desktops
     Tue, Aug 12 2014 | 12:03P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While we've long moved away from the early days of the mainframe and thin clients, there are some areas of computing where we're seeing a push back to similar architectures. We'll take a look at some of the more common advantages and disadvantages of virtual desktops, offer our general impressions on using them, and make some educated guesses as to whether virtual desktops truly are the future of computing or if they will likely remain a niche technology.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Lantronix SLB Remote Branch Office Manager Review
     Fri, Aug 08 2014 | 8:29A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Lantronix SLB provides remote management capabilities, power distribution and control for branch office locations. Let`s see what Paul thinks of it."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Sony Vegas Pro 13 Rendering
     Mon, Jul 21 2014 | 9:00A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Sony's Vegas video editing software first introduced GPU assisted rendering in v10. Since then, there new processes that take advantage of your video card."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Russian Sought Over Cybercrime Botnet
     Wed, Jun 04 2014 | 12:48A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
BBC Reports: "The US has charged a Russian man with being behind a major cybercrime operation that affected individuals and businesses worldwide.

Evgeniy Bogachev, said to be known as "lucky12345" and "slavik", is accused of being involved in attacks on more than a million computers. Once installed on a victim's machine, Gameover Zeus will search specifically for files containing financial information.

If it cannot find anything it deems of worth, some strains of Gameover Zeus will then install Cryptolocker - a ransomware program that locks a person's machine until a fee is paid."

Care of Get Safe Online's Google+ page, if you're looking to download the scan and remove tools for the latest malware and ransomware threat, here are the links:

Symantec
http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/international-takedown-wounds-gameover-zeus-cybercrime-network

F-Secure
F-Secure Online scanner (Windows Vista, 7 and 8)
http://www.f-secure.com/en/web/home_global/online-scanner
F-Secure Rescue CD (Windows XP systems)
http://www.f-secure.com/en/web/labs_global/removal-tools/-/carousel/view/142

Kaspersky
http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/utility#kasperskyvirusremovaltool (if you think your computer is infected with malware)
http://support.kaspersky.com/8005 (WindowsUnlocker utility for if your computer is infected with CryptoLocker)

Sophos
http://www.sophos.com/VirusRemoval (Windows XP (SP2) and above)

Heimdal Security
http://goz.heimdalsecurity.com/ (Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1.)

Microsoft
Microsoft Safety Scanner (Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP)

McAfee
www.mcafee.com/stinger

Trend Micro
www.trendmicro.com/threatdetector
(Windows XP, Vista, Windows, Windows 8/8.1, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2).

  FULL STORY @ BBC

NZXT releases CAM software App
     Tue, May 20 2014 | 11:44A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

Upgrading, managing and maintaining all of the components inside a computer can be a daunting task for both new builders and veterans alike. Over the years, computer hardware has advanced rapidly and as a result, monitoring software has become increasingly complex.

www.pcstats.com

CAM changes all of that as the first hardware monitoring software designed specifically to provide the best user experience possible. A beautifully simple interface combined with an interactive feature set provides an effortless approach to maintaining your computer.

Giving a modern refresh to antiquated monitoring methods, CAM offers the ability to sync your data to the cloud, allowing you to access your data and control CAM from anywhere using your mobile device. More than just a piece of software, CAM is a companion you can trust.

www.pcstats.com

With its all-encompassing approach to PC health, CAM actively monitors and tracks all of the important PC statistics ranging from network speeds, storage space, component temperatures, load usage over time and much more.

CAM also offers a proactive approach to PC health by notifying you of issues long before they become big problems. It is the first monitoring software to provide meaningful notifications in real-time about things such as suggested upgrades, critical issues, malfunctioning hardware and more.
CAM is a big step in NZXT’s long-term goal of contributing to the growth and development of the DIY building community. You can certainly expect big things to follow, perhaps sooner than you think!
For more information or to download CAM for free, visit: cam.nzxt.com
For media

  FULL STORY @ NZXT

CM Storm Trigger-Z Review
     Sat, May 03 2014 | 12:00P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Trigger-Z is the new gaming mechanical keyboard from CM Storm. The device has a big palm rest, few macro buttons, white backlight and much more. Our model uses CherryMX Brown but on the market there are several versions with different switches and backlights. Let's find out in this new review!
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

64-bit version of Google Chrome
     Wed, Apr 16 2014 | 12:02P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
NGOHQ.com brings you a 64-bit version of Google Chrome, built from the Chromium source code version 36.0.1933.0. Making the fastest web browser on the planet even faster. Chromium is the open source project from which Google Chrome draws its source code. Chromium stores users' profile data in a separate location and can be run side-by-side with Google Chrome. Chromium comes without proprietary code like integrated Adobe Flash Player and PDF viewer."
  FULL STORY @ NGOHQ

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