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Intel x86s Hide Another CPU That Can Take Over Your Machine Intel x86s Hide Another CPU That Can Take Over Your Machine (You Can't Audit It)
Intel x86s Hide Another CPU That Can Take Over Your Machine
by Charles Mohapel

Once again the chip designers at Intel have secretly exposed users to potentially dangerous, nearly unkillable, undetectable rootkit attacks.  This is thanks to a a secret, powerful control mechanism that runs on a separate chip that no one is allowed to audit or examine.  Thanks to loyal reader Tom Barnes for this critical tip.

Ransomware That's 100% Pure JavaScript, No Download Required Latest Version Of Ransomware Is JavaScript, Requires No Download
Ransomware That's 100% Pure JavaScript, No Download Required
by Charles Mohapel

Time was that when it came it to malware and ransomware, you had to concern yourself with things like poisoned websites, exploit kits, infected USB devices, and self-spreading network worms.  Now comes word that we have to worry about a new threat that is ransomware that's 100% pure JavaScript and requires no download.  Thanks to loyal reader Dean Ross for the heads up.

Critical Flash Vulnerability Is Being Exploited In The Wild Latest Critical Flash Vulnerability Being Exploited In The Wild, Adobe Promises Patch
Critical Flash Vulnerability Is Being Exploited In The Wild
by Charles Mohapel

We love what Adobe Flash does and grit our teeth every time we hear about yet another new exploit by hackers.  The latest critical vulnerability, CVE-2016-4171, has already been exploited in the wild, and effects Adobe Flash Player 21.0.0.242 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Chrome OS.  Adobe is promising a patch as early as June 16th.

Device Hijacking Security Flaws Discovered In LG Handsets Two New Security Flaws Discovered Exclusive To LG Handsets
Device Hijacking Security Flaws Discovered In LG Handsets
by Charles Mohapel

If you own an LG phone, be advised that security researchers at Check Point Software Technologies have discovered two new security flaws that affect only LG products.  The first is local vulnerability: CVE-2016-3117 and is in a privileged LG service called LGATCMDService.  The second is remote vulnerability: CVE-2016-2035 and exploits LG's unique implementation of the WAP Push protocol.  According to the ZDNet.com article "patches have now been issued to prevent the vulnerabilities from being exploited."

Samsung: Don't Install Windows 10. REALLY Samsung Warns Its Users Unconditionally NOT To Install Windows 10
Samsung: Don't Install Windows 10. REALLY
by Charles Mohapel

Nearly one year after being released, Windows 10 is still causing so many problems by failing to install on customers' machines or not working properly with components if they do succeed in installing, Samsung has taken the drastic step of telling customers not to install Windows 10 AT ALL on ANY of their laptops or PCs.  Despite their best efforts, neither Samsung nor Microsoft have been able to overcome these problems in the last year.  Thanks to loyal reader Tom Barnes for passing this news along.

F1 Monaco GP: 'Halo' On Course To Receive 2017 Green Light FIA To Approve 'Halo' Cockpit Protection Device For Formula 1 In 2017
F1 Monaco GP: 'Halo' On Course To Receive 2017 Green Light
by Charles Mohapel

Following the deaths of race car drivers Jules Bianchi, Henry Surtees, and Justin Wilson in recent years, research has been conducted on at least two different methods of improving driver safety.  While not as aesthetically pleasing as the Red Bull 'Aeroscreen', the 'Halo' cockpit protection device tested in a black carbon version on Ferrari earlier this year will be approved for 2017, albeit in stylized titanium and possible to open via a hinge.  While not as popular among drivers as the Red Bull 'Aeroscreen', the 'Halo' cockpit protection device is further along in development, and more crucially, the Red Bull 'Aeroscreen' performed poorly in a recent test.

Gibraltar's Landmark Wave Power Station Opens For Business Gibraltar Opens Innovative Wave Power Station On Historic Jetty
Gibraltar's Landmark Wave Power Station Opens For Business
by Charles Mohapel

On Thursday May 26, 2016, Gibraltar opened their innovative Wave Power Station on the island's historic World War II ammunition jetty.  Built by Israel's Eco Wave Power, this green power station is currently capable of producing 100 KiloWatts, but plans are to increase the amount of energy being generated, up to a 5 MegaWatt target by 2020.

Apple Leak Confirms 'All Glass' New iPhone Apple's Premium 10th Anniversary iPhone To Feature 'All Glass' Body
Apple Leak Confirms 'All Glass' New iPhone
by Charles Mohapel

According to the near legendary KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo, acknowledged as the best Apple analyst on the planet, 2017 will see a radical 'all glass' new iPhone, reinforced by a metal frame.  Expect to see this only in their top of the line 10th Anniversary model initially, and speculation is that this premium model will be called either the iPhone 8 Plus or the iPhone Pro.

Hyperloop One Shows Off Magnetic Drive In Dramatic Demonstration Hyperloop One Demonstrates Maglev Drive North Of Las Vegas
Hyperloop One Shows Off Magnetic Drive In Dramatic Demonstration
by Charles Mohapel

At a specially-built test track about 10 miles north of Las Vegas on May 11, 2016, Hyperloop One made its first public demonstration of a maglev test sled which reached 115 mph (185 km/h) in only 1,500 ft (457 m).

Electric And Hybrid Cars Might Produce As Many Toxins As Diesels Which Cars Produce The Most Toxins -- Diesels, Electrics, Or Hybrids?
Electric And Hybrid Cars Might Produce As Many Toxins As Diesels
by Charles Mohapel

If we asked you which cars produced the most toxins, diesels, electrics, or hybrids, the answers would shock you.

SpaceX Lands Second Falcon 9 Rocket On Robotic Droneship In Less Than A Month
Wow! SpaceX Nails Rocket Landing At Sea Again
by Charles Mohapel

After several consecutive near misses, SpaceX has landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket o...cont

Apple Quietly Abandons QuickTime For Windows; US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Advises Users To Uninstall IMMEDIATELY
Uninstall Now! Apple Abandons QuickTime For Windows Despite Lingering Critical Flaws
by Charles Mohapel

If you have Apple's QuickTime for Windows on your PC, be advised that Apple has quietly aband...cont

Don't Delay -- Update Your Android Security Settings Today!
For Privacy And Security, Change These Android Settings Right Now
by Charles Mohapel

Android's Open Source system is a two-edged sword.  On one hand it offers people who buy...cont

SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Makes First Successful Landing On Robotic 'Drone Ship'
SpaceX Rocket Landing 'Another Step Toward the Stars', Elon Musk Says
by Charles Mohapel

After four failed attempts to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a robotic "drone shi...cont

Blue Origin Launches and Lands New Shepard Rocket Successfully for Third Time
Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Launches and Lands Private Rocket for Third Time
by Charles Mohapel

On April 2, 2016, Blue Origin, the private spaceflight company founded by Amazon.com founder Jeff...cont

Acura's 2017 NSX Comes Closer To Hitting Showroom Floors
The Making Of A Supercar: Inside Acura's NSX Production Facility
by Charles Mohapel

Four years after Acura unveiled the initial concept of the revived NSX, the 2017 model of their A...cont

Technical Service Advisory For Users Of The Nikon D750 Digital SLR Camera
Nikon Recalls The D750 Again Over The Same Shutter Issue
by Charles Mohapel

For a third time Nikon has had to issue a Technical Service Advisory for users of the Nikon D750 ...cont

See What's New Before The 2016 Formula One Season Begins On March 20th
On The Grid: 2016 Formula One Season Preview
by Charles Mohapel

If you're a fan of the top level of open wheel racing, the 2016 Formula One season begins in ...cont

Lamborghini To Unveil Centenario, Their Ultra-Limited-Edition Hypercar On March 1st
This Is The Centenario, Lamborghini's Next Ultra-Limited-Edition Hypercar
by Charles Mohapel

At 10:05 AM UTC +1 on March 1, 2016, Lamborghini will be introducing their next ultra-limited-edi...cont

Is The Bugatti Chiron The Fastest Production Car In The World?
What Is The Bugatti Chiron's Actual Top Speed?
by Charles Mohapel

Gearheads at the Geneva Motor Show got a real treat on February 29, 2016 when the new Bugatti Chi...cont

Apple Extends MacBook Pro Repair Program For Video Issues
MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program For Video Issues
by Charles Mohapel

On February 18, 2016 Apple announced that they were extending MacBook Pro Repair Program for Vide...cont

Did You Buy Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive Or Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive?
Consumers File National Class-Action Lawsuit Against Seagate for Defective Hard Drives
by Charles Mohapel

If you bought Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive or Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk D...cont

Cold Fusion Reactor Verified By Third-Party Researchers, Seems To Have 1 Million Times The Energy Density Of Gasoline
Cold Fusion Reactor Verified By Third-Party Researchers
by Charles Mohapel

Cold Fusion -- the Holy Grail of Nuclear Physicists may have finally been discovered.  Inven...cont

SpaceX Finally Succeeds With First Space Rocket Soft Landing
SpaceX Nails Historic First Space Rocket Landing
by Charles Mohapel

It took 28 days to catch up to Blue Origin's spacecraft 'New Shepard', but Elon Musk&...cont

Blue Origin's New Shepard Achieves First Spaceflight And Successful Soft Rocket Landing
Blue Origin's 'New Shepard' Achieves First Spaceflight And Rocket Landing
by Charles Mohapel

On November 23, 2015, Blue Origin, the the commercial spaceflight company founded by Amazon ...cont

Photography In A Whole New Light
Introducing The Light L16 Camera
by Charles Mohapel

Just announced by Light, a new Silicon Valley startup specializing in photography, the Light...cont

Fan-Friendly Formula 1 Open House At The 2015 Canadian Grand Prix Gets Cool Sunny Weather
Open House At The 2015 Canadian Grand Prix
by Charles Mohapel

Open House at the Canadian Grand Prix was held on the Thursday morning of Grand Prix Week in Mont...cont

Why I Think Flare Audio R2PRO Titanium Earphones Are Worth Buying Right Now
Flare Audio R2PRO Titanium Earphones
by Charles Mohapel

Flare Audio is not a well known name on this side of the pond as the Brits would say, but then ag...cont

Logitech's Newest High Performance Mouse: MX Master
Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse
by Ernest Lilley

Logitech's top of the line mouse gets its third major redesign, hoping to court office worker...cont

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Company Executes Surprise Launch Of The New Shepard Spacecraft
Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Launches Private Spaceship Test Flight (Photos, Video)
by Charles Mohapel

Everyone knows the name of Amazon.com, but how many know the name of its billionaire founder Jeff...cont

Tech News/Leads

New Artificial Intelligence Beats Tactical Experts In Combat Simulation Beyond Video Games: New Artificial Intelligence Beats Tactical Experts In Combat Simulation New Artificial Intelligence Beats Tactical Experts In Combat Simulation

The time has come when an advanced AI has beaten an expert human in a combat simulation.  Wa...more

10 Million-Core Supercomputer Hits 93 Petaflop/s, Tripling Speed Record China's Sunway TaihuLight Supercomputer Becomes Newest World's Fastest Supercomputer 10 Million-Core Supercomputer Hits 93 Petaflop/s, Tripling Speed Record

It took three years for someone to dethrone China's Tianhe-2 supercomputer from its perch as ...more

The New WD Pro Series Simplifies Content Creators' Workflow Western Digital Introduces My Passport Wireless Pro And My Cloud Pro The New WD Pro Series Simplifies Content Creators' Workflow

On June 21, 2016, Western Digital announced two new product lines.  First is the My Passport...more

MindShift Gear Launches rotation180 Catch & Release Fly Fishing Backpack MindShift Gear Launches rotation180 Catch & Release Fly Fishing Backpack on Kickstarter MindShift Gear Launches rotation180 Catch & Release Fly Fishing Backpack

On June 14, 2016, Think Tank Photo announced that their sister outdoor company, MindShift Gear ha...more

Apple Digital Camera RAW Update 6.20 Now Available Apple Releases Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.20 Apple Digital Camera RAW Update 6.20 Now Available

On June 23, 2016, Apple released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.20 which adds RAW imag...more

Hasselblad X1D Leaked: World's First Medium Format Mirrorless Camera Expect Hasselblad X1D To Be World's First Medium Format Mirrorless Camera Hasselblad X1D Leaked: World's First Medium Format Mirrorless Camera

Rumors that Hasselblad would announce the World's First Medium Format Mirrorless Camera will ...more

Helipak For DJI Inspire Backpack Offers Superior Organization, Comfort, And Travel Portability Think Tank Photo Introduces Helipak For DJI Inspire Quadcopter Backpack Helipak For DJI Inspire Backpack Offers Superior Organization, Comfort, And Travel Portability

Maybe you fly a DJI Phantom Quadcopter and own the Think Tank Photo Airport Helipak For DJI ...more

Nikon Full Frame Mirrorless Rumors New Rumors Of Nikon Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Nikon Full Frame Mirrorless Rumors

While Nikon already has the Nikon 1 line of Mirrorless cameras, they all have the less-than-Full-...more

This Anti-Drone Ray Will Soon Protect The Skies At US Airports British-Designed Anti-Drone Ray Soon To Be Operational At US Airports This Anti-Drone Ray Will Soon Protect The Skies At US Airports

It's not just idiots flying drones near homes, airports, or planes that we have to worry abou...more

In-Ear Device That Translates Foreign Languages In Real Time 'The Pilot' From Waverly Labs Is In-Ear Device That Provides Translation In Real Time In-Ear Device That Translates Foreign Languages In Real Time

If you've ever watched the British Sci-Fi series "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", ...more

Dell Unveils 43-inch 4K Monitor That Can Split Into Four Independent 1080p Panels How Would You Like A 43-inch 4K Monitor That Splits Into Four Separate 1080p Panels? Dell Unveils 43-inch 4K Monitor That Can Split Into Four Independent 1080p Panels

If you want a dedicated multi-monitor desktop, then you might want to take a look at the Dell P43...more

Apple's Suppliers Gear Up To Bring New Screens To 2017 iPhone Expect Apple's 2017 iPhones To Have Brighter, Higher-Definition OLED Screens Apple's Suppliers Gear Up To Bring New Screens To 2017 iPhone

If you're waiting for your next iPhone to come with a brighter, thinner, more energy efficien...more

Canon 5D Mark IV Being Tested in the Wild, Should Arrive in August Canon's Favored Photographers Field Testing Canon 5D Mark IV -- Expect It In August Canon 5D Mark IV Being Tested in the Wild, Should Arrive in August

If you think you've seen someone shooting with a much-rumored Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR, you'...more

New Video Bag Line for 'Run & Gun' Assignments and Larger Video Productions Think Tank Photo Introduces New Video Bag Line for 'Run & Gun' Assignments and Larger Video Productions New Video Bag Line for 'Run & Gun' Assignments and Larger Video Productions

Video professionals accustomed to the heavy hard cases that are an industry standard will be plea...more

Canon Integrates Ring Flash Into New Macro Lens Canon Introduces New Macro Lens For EOS M Camera System And New Speedlite Flash Canon Integrates Ring Flash Into New Macro Lens

On May 11, 2016, Canon USA announced the new Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Lens for the EOS ...more

Kensington Offers Dads & Grads Their Top 6 Gift Ideas For 2016

With Father's Day and graduations galore coming on fast, now is the time to shop for gifts fo...more

Canon 120MP DSLR Makes Its Appearance At Canon Expo In Shanghai, China

When Canon announced in September 2015 that it was building a 120-megapixel DSLR, there was a col...more

The Toddy Cable -- Available In Apple & Android Models

If you're tired of flimsy black or white cables or of lending yours to someone else and havin...more

MindShift Gear's Four Unique New Multi-Mount Holsters Offer Five Mounting Configurations

On May 3, 2016, Think Tank Photo announced that MindShift Gear, their sister outdoor photogr...more

MindShift Gear Releases New CF and SD Memory Card Holders for Outdoor Photographers

On May 3, 2016, Think Tank Photo announced that MindShift Gear, their sister outdoor photogr...more

Hands-on with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III

Available in May 2016, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III is a significant improvement on its prede...more

NASA's 'Impossible' EM Drive Works: German Researcher Confirms And It Can Take Us To The Moon In Just 4 HOURS

Since early 2015, the electromagnetic propulsion drive, aka the EM Drive, has changed its status ...more

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