Going into this past weekend, new WikiLeaks documents were published showing how the CIA can hack into your WiFi router- and that that’s what’s been happening since 2012 apparently. So. Yes, the CIA has built programs which use a modified version of a given router’s firmware to turn it into a surveillance tool. One of these programs is called Cherry Blossom and it lets a remote agent monitor the target’s internet traffic, scan for useful information like passwords, and even redirect the target to a desired website. The manual seen in the Wikileaks shows different versions of Cherry Blossom for specific brands of routers. The CIA firmware can be built for around 25 different devices from 10 manufacturers including Asus, Belinkin, Buffalo, Dell, DLink, Linksys, Motorola, and Netgear. It’s not certain whether the CIA are still accessing these routers, but if you’re planning any criminal activity in the next little while you might want to delay your research or maybe get some cafe WiFi and hope for the best?
The Intel Core X-Series was introduced at the end of May, but today, nine new processors, the 4-10 core ones, are available for pre-order and websites are allowed to post their reviews – and post them, they have! And of course, these new processors will launch in conjunction with the X299 chipset and the LGA2066 socket. There’s too much happening out there, but I’ll post some links down below for full reviews. But according to benchmarks from PCWorld and PCPerspective, the 10-core i9 7900X comes out on top in nearly everything when compared to previous Intel CPUs as well as the Ryzen 7 1800X. Well actually, there were a few lower ones in the PCPerspective review, but ya take a look if you’re interested. Oh also, that 7740X is looking real nice for overclocking. I did talk a few week ago about it being professionally overclocked to 7.5GHZ, but according to a leak, Intel tested 100 of these new CPUs and many of them could overclock to 5.0GHz at only 1.205v. So, you might not even have to kill yourself just to overclock this bad boy. Anyways, Riley will have an X299 video up soon, so stay tuned for that.
And Blizzard has a new job listing for a Senior Software Engineer, indicating that maybe, most likely, the company is looking to remaster Diablo 2 and Warcraft 3. The project description reads, “Compelling stories. Intense multiplayer. Endless replayability. Qualities that made StarCraft, Warcraft III, and Diablo II the titans of their day. Evolving operating systems, hardware, and online services have made them more difficult to be experienced by their loyal followers or reaching a new generation. We’re restoring them to glory, and we need your engineering talents, your passion, and your ability to get tough jobs done.” So ya I think that’s a pretty good indication that this thing is happening. We already know that Starcraft is getting an HD remaster this summer, and it’s looking good for Warcraft 3 and Diablo 2 as well now.
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Bixby has had some difficulty with the English language, but apparently, Samsung is now launching a preview of the virtual assistant that you can sign up to test on your Samsung device through applying on the Samsung website in the US. And hopefully, it will launch sometime soon around these parts. As in, outside of South Korea.
Take-Two shut down mod-maker, OpenIV last week, and the public outcry has not stopped them from going further, except this is a little better. They’ve shut down GTA Online cheat makers, Force Hax and Menyoo. Both companies have taken Take Two’s suggestion apparently and have published an apology on their website, saying they will donate their earnings to charity. Say you’re sorry…and make sure that money goes to a good cause!
Google Play Music has a new feature for Samsung phones called New Release Radio, which is sort of meant to rival Spotify’s Discover playlists. But apparently, people without Samsung phones are also getting access to this supposedly ‘exclusive’ feature, so I think I’ll have to look into that.
The new, pretty Surface Laptop revealed last month has gotten a zero out of 10 rating for repairability according to iFixit. They said, “The Surface Laptop is not a laptop. It’s a glue-filled monstrosity. There is nothing about it that is upgradable or long-lasting, and it literally can’t be opened without destroying it.” K.
And IKEA is launching AR shopping tools with the help of Apple where you’ll be able to see how furniture fits around your home. Of course, you’ll have to assemble the furniture in AR as well, so it could be exhausting. That joke was too easy, I’m sorry.
Sources for all of today’s news stories can be found in the NCIX Forum post linked in the description.
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Hey, guys! We just reviewed the DJI Mavic a few weeks ago and we were maybe a little late to the game because it was right around when DJI announced the Spark. Well, fear not, because you can pre-order the DJI Spark right now from NCIX. And it’s available in a bunch of different colours because you’ve gotta has colour options when you’ve got a small, cute drone. Never thought you’d hear cute and drone in the same sentence eh? How the times have changed. But hey, let us know what colour you want for the DJI Spark by taking this survey linked below. And click over here to find out more about the Spark itself.
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