Thursday, 27 July 2017

MSI GT73VR 7RF Titan Pro

Who Needs Desktops Anymore when you have MSI GT73VR 7RF Titan Pro.


The Titan Pro definitely deserves its name with its titanic performance.


With the release of the GTX 10 series and Kaby Lake, performance of notebooks have taken a great leap, getting extremely close to desktop level. MSI is not one to sit back and has once again released a new notebook that fits the needs of the modern gamer, while also giving it VR ready capability.

The notebook houses an Intel seventh generation Intel Core i7-7820HK processor and 32GB of RAM and when paired together with the GTX 1080, the MSI GT73VR 6RF Titan Pro is a monster of a machine with the size to match its massive performance. The GTX 1080 is definitely enough for all gaming purposes and is still one of the most powerful cards on the market and it is housed inside the Titan Pro, pushing out the power needed for stable frame rates. Games played on the Titan Pro played smoothly even at 4K resolutions, but certain games might need some tweaking to its graphics setting to get the best frames possible.

For its storage, the GT73VR supports M.2 SSDs for blazing fast performance, which was apparent with the notebook booting up within seconds. The SSD comes with a large capacity of 512GB, more than enough for Windows files and other important software and still keeping some leftover space for games that you wish to have reduced loading times. Then there’s also a 1TB HDD for you store downloads or files that require larger amounts of spaces, like your Steam games.

With all that power under the hood, there’s definitely going to be a lot of heat. MSI solves that problem with their Cooler Boost Titan technology. The coolers do their jobs in keeping the components cool, but they could get a tad loud when running at really high intensities. You can manage the temperatures slightly by using MSI’s SHIFT to switch the notebook into lower performance profiles when you don’t need all that raw power

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Digital Attack: ATM Hacked

Kaspersky has analysed the ATMitch malware in detail and found that this particular malware empties ATMs without leaving behind any trace.


Employees of a bank in Russia were completely baffled when an empty ATM was found with no traces of break-in. Investigation of the incident led Kaspersky experts to a sophisticated malware. This malware carried out the attack against the ‘‘fileless” bank network, thus leaving no files behind. In the first step, this malware settles in the network of the banks and deletes all its traces, making detection extremely difficult. The second step starts as soon as the criminals have sound access to the network. Named ‘‘ATMitch”, the malware will spread in ATMs, then searches for the ‘‘command.txt” configuration file in the machine to take control over it. The malware can use this file to read out the individual slots of respective ATM and check how much money is available in which slot.

Criminals would then only need to stand in front of the infected machine,enter the command for ejecting the content and walk away with the money. ATMitch subsequently deletes all traces of access by clearing up the log files. Digital attack routes for ATMs have been known for quite some time and the major innovation is the use of fileless malware. This type of malware refrains from using separate files, but instead uses different functions of the operating system, such as Windows Power Shell. It thus avoids classic scanners that search for suspicious programmes. Currently, the person or organisation behind the attacks is unknown, but according to Kaspersky, ATMs in Russia and Kazakhstan have been affected. However, that doesn’t necessarily narrow down the scope of investigation, because ATMitch uses a standard function for the attacks, so further attacks in other countries are definitely possible.

 

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Sony MDR-XB550AP - On Your Head And Go

A great headphone for those who just want to grab and go.


The world around us is a pretty noisy place - the sounds of cars horning, engines revving, or people shouting. To drown out the droning sounds of the world, we use music, and we need a good pair of headphones to do that. While not everyone can afford expensive headphones that people would rave about all the time, who’s to say that there aren’t good choices on a budget?

The Sony MDR-XB550AP is a headphone meant for that and you can tell at first glance that it was made for portability. These headphones only comes with the unit itself with no additional carrying case, but that’s alright at this price point. Even without a carry case the headphones fits snugly in your backpack when the cups are swivelled flat. The stylish MDR-XB550AP has a comfortable headband and clamps just right, while the cups have a nice and soft foam that gave us hours of comfort before it started to feel uncomfortable.

The main focus of the MDR-XB550AP is its ability to be a budget headphone yet providing you with great sounds. When it comes to its sound quality the mids came out great, vocals and guitars sound excellent, but highs are where they didn’t do so well. With the Sony’s EXTRA BASS, the lows and bass are more defined and deep, imparting a warm sound to the listeners. If you are looking for a headphone meant for critical and detailed listening, this isn’t something you’d look for and not at this price point.

 

The body is made from mostly plastic and although we can see that it’s very well put together, when it’s in your hands it feels a bit flimsy. As for its cable, they are flat cables that don’t get tangled easily and are also quite soft and supple. The cable is of decent length, but the y-splitter can’t be adjusted and there’s more cable leeway between the splitter and the headphones than we would like. There’s also an in-line mic, which you can use with your smartphone to answer calls or adjusting volume.

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

ASUS ROG Strix Evolve

Slide to victory with ASUS ROG’s latest ambidextrous and modular mouse.


People have been gaming on their computers for years, and while gaming on computers you’ll definitely have to use a keyboard, mouse or controller. Gaming peripherals have high traction among gamers, as it gives them the advantage they need to beat their opponents. For any shooter genre, the mouse is the most important tool and it’s not surprising that mice are the first thing that comes to mind when you hear about gaming peripherals.

The ASUS ROG Strix Evolve is an ambidextrous mouse, but what makes it special is its ability to swap the mice’s configuration to increase comfort for left and right handed use. For example you can simply snap off the plastic and attach the provided mod parts and you’ll have the perfect fit according to your tastes. This gives the ROG Strix Evolve a free form design that fits the needs of many gamers.

 

The ROG Strix Evolve comes with a total of eight buttons, left-right-middleback-forward, DPI toggle and an additional two programmable buttons. The two programmable buttons near the thumb are easy to reach, but the buttons on the right would take some getting used to. The buttons use Omron switches and are rated to last at least 50 million clicks. Each click felt great during our testing period and we can foresee the mouse lasting a long time.

The mouse sports a 2-level DPI switch that allows you to switch between your DPI settings, and with a maximum of 7,200 DPI you can have blazing fast mouse speeds. In addition, the mouse’s polling rate is 1000Hz, so tracking is fast and accurate during gameplay. Gaming with the ROG Strix Evolve is excellent, as the rubber feet glides across any surface smoothly, but feels best when used on a cloth type mousepad. With the increasing popularity of RGB on peripherals ASUS has also jumped on the bandwagon with customisable lighting effects that works together with ASUS’ Aura RGB lighting technology.

Create your first website

HOMEPAGE IS WHERE THE HEART IS


Create your first website by following these five simple steps


SETTING UP A WEBSITE CAN BE daunting. Googling it will turn up dozens of guides, most of which will leave you with more questions than answers. Where do you get a domain name? Do you need a web server? How much bandwidth? It’s easy to get confused.

It doesn’t have to be complicated, though. Follow our simple steps to get your website live on the internet.

THINK
PROFESSIONAL


SITE ADDRESS


Aim to make your website look as professional as possible. This means you should probably get your own domain name. A domain name such as mybiz.co.za just looks a lot more legit than mybiz.xyzfreeweb.com.

A domain name should cost you around R100 a year, although most internet service providers will gladly register your domain name for free if you are already paying them to host your website.

WEB DESIGN


You’ll want a professional-looking layout. You could go and hire a web designer, though that could become costly. A better option if you’re just starting out is to look at various free web services, such as WordPress, Wix or Squarespace, which include dozens of good-looking templates to get you going.

PREPARE
YOUR CONTENT


TEXT


Keep your content short and to the point. A few well-expressed ideas are always better than dozens of long, wordy ramblings. Get a colleague or friend to read your text to make sure there are no errors and that it makes sense. Put all your most important information as high as possible on your web page, so visitors are less likely to miss it. It is also good to keep this visual flow in mind when you’re choosing a template for your web page.

PICTURES


Images are what attract and hold a visitor’s eye, so don’t just grab the first picture you find. If you want to showcase your products, get some high-quality shots taken.

Also important: Photos can always be scaled down on your site, but you don’t want to enlarge them, because they will become grainy. Make sure you start with large images (at least 1 000 pixels wide). There are lots of tools available to crop them during the design process, and that way, you can also pick exactly which part of the image visitors will focus on.

THINK
MOBILE


When choosing the design for your site, remember that there’s a good chance most of your visitors will be looking at it on a mobile phone or tablet. Make sure your site looks good on smaller devices too. 60% of all web traffic in SA comes from mobile devices.

LESS
IS MORE


There’s no point in building your website to rival a multinational corporation’s if it doesn’t at the very least work properly. Focus on a single, quality homepage to start. Make sure that visitors to the site can easily understand exactly what your product or service is, and how to get hold of you. Rather add new website features over time as your enterprise expands.

BUILDING
YOUR PAGE


For the vast majority of first-time website builders, a service such as WordPress is a great starting point. With dozens of free and paid-for templates, finding one that suits your business will be easy. Visit wordpress.com and click on Get Started to, well, get started.

Follow the steps for describing your site, picking the type of site you’d like to create, picking your theme (this can be changed later, so don’t worry excessively at this stage), and then choosing a name for your site. This will be used as your website’s address (such as mybiz.wordpress.com) until you decide to move up to buying your own domain name.

As soon as you’ve created your account, you will be able to log in and change the look of your site in the Appearance section. You might want to change your cover photo, for example.

Next, replace all the placeholder text with your own. Concentrate on building one or two pages. If you’d like to publish a lot of new content on a regular basis, it’s best to make use of Posts to help you produce the optimal blog-style content.

Once you’re happy with the look and feel of your site, you should ask your Internet Service Provider about how to go about connecting it to your mybiz.co.za domain name

Congratulations, entrepreneur! Your very first website is now up and running.

For the majority of first-time site builders, a service such as WordPress will be a great starting point.



MANAGING YOUR SITE


You can check to see if a domain name is available.

Use the built-in WordPress tools to measure four things:
  • Pageviews: Total number of web pages on your site viewed by visitors

  • Unique browsers: Number of individual visitors your site has had

  • Bounce rate: Percentage of visitors who arrive at your site and leave immediately.

  • Sessions: Every time a user visits your website and clicks around, that’s a session.


 

Bose QuietComfort 35 - Quick Review

Quaint, comfortable - Bose QuietComfort 35


The Bose QuietComfort 35 is a pair of premium active noise cancellation headphones that are aimed at the higher ranges of mainstream premium personal audio gear. True to its name, the audio delivery is not particularly enthusiastic or peppy, but is smooth, warm and comfortable. The headphones maintain great consistency and composure of audio delivery across most genres, with well-calibrated low frequency performance, sharp and clear mids, and slightly conservative highs.

The bass produced is well-defined, but is not overpowering. The mids are reasonably sharp, but needed a little more emphasis to be pitch perfect. It sounds good across octaves and vocal ranges, but is a tad subdued on overall terms. The highs are the best bit, being well-measured, and well-detailed. The overall warmth in audio enablescomfortable listening, and the sweet timbre adds to the plush audio here. Good sound-staging here is further combined with smooth active noise cancellation to ensure that you get an expansive field of listening, and does not induce claustrophobia.

The noise cancellation is calibrated to add comfort to the listener and not isolate the person, which is a good element here. The headphones are heavier than its predecessor, but are fairly robust. Good connectivity range of over 40 feet and nearly 11 hours of playback time sum up the Bose QC35. Overall, it makes for the most optimally balanced premium headphones.

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Samsung Galaxy S8+ Review

The Samsung S8+ gives you more than ever before, enough to entice those who are looking for a new phone.


It’s safe to say that smartphones are a norm now in the world, almost everyone owns
one today. Back then you would only see adults owning a mobile device, but now even
children are seen with their own smartphone or a tablet. Slowly, smartphones are becoming more than just devices you use to call or message someone.

With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8+, there is now an entire ecosystem prepared to
enhance your mobile experience. Out of the box you’ll first notice the brand new Infinity Display. For those who enjoyed the ‘‘edge” series from Samsung, you’ll definitely find yourself quite at home. The display reaches from side to side without a bezel and curves ever so slightly, providing users with a larger screen, yet keeps the device small in your hands.

The display doesn’t just look great, it also displays everything beautifully. Its colours are excellent and has great vibrancy and depth, which is made much more apparent when
looking at pictures taken with its camera, or when viewing pictures online. Speaking of the
camera, the S8+ definitely has one of the best cameras we’ve seen on a smartphone, taking great photos even when in low light conditions.

At the rear you’ll find a 12MP camera, whilst the front sports an 8MP camera nestled above the screen.

For those who like some extra security on your device, the S8+ comes with an iris scanner
feature. This allowed us to keep our device secured and ready to be unlocked in seconds
without the need to remember security patterns. The feature worked well throughout
our time with the phone, being capable of recognizing us on a constant basis, but you
would need a bit of light for the iris scanner to work best.

When it comes to performance, the S8+ excels in every aspect. It’s equipped with a powerful 10nm processor and 4GB of RAM, ensuring that we had absolutely no issues
with multi-tasking and using apps. The S8+ also achieved excellent scores on all our
benchmarks, so whether you’re surfing the web, or watching videos and playing your favourite mobile games, we were able to do it flawlessly. Do check out Samsung’s DeX
as well, which turns your S8 and S8+ into a workable desktop.

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