Report: Intel's New Skylake Chips May Be Slipping Later in 2015

From DailyTech: While PC sales in 2014 showed signs of stabilizing in 2014 after a rough couple years, more trouble could be in store for this year. Namely, Intel Corp. (INTC) -- whom the majority of OEMs rely on for the bulk of their desktop and laptop PC processor shipments -- has reportedly delayed the launch of its 14 nanometer architecture "Skylake".

Microsoft yanks KB 2920732 patch for killing PowerPoint 2013 on Windows RT

From InfoWorld: In a situation that may foreshadow Windows 10 patching problems, the Black Tuesday patch KB 2920732 has brought PowerPoint 2013 on Windows RT systems to its knees. Worse, because of the way Windows RT works, there's no way to back out the update. Your only solution, until Microsoft releases a fixed patch, is to "refresh" your system to reinstall Windows and clobber your installed programs.

Information disclosure flaw exposes Netgear wireless routers to attacks

From PC World: Several wireless routers made by Netgear contain a vulnerability that allows unauthenticated attackers to extract sensitive information from the devices, including their administrator passwords and wireless network keys.

The vulnerability can be exploited over local area networks, as well as over the Internet if the devices are configured for remote administration and expose their Web interface externally.

Samsung to nix bloatware in Galaxy S6 OS, report says

From CNET: Samsung will remove many of its own programs in the upcoming version of its TouchWiz user interface, a new report claims.

The new version of Samsung's TouchWiz will be stripped down to not include any Samsung-built applications, Sammobile is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the company's plans. In their place, Samsung will bundle Microsoft apps, including OneNote, OneDrive, Office Mobile, and Skype, the blog's sources say.

NVIDIA Kills Mobile GPU Overclocking, Robs Customers Who Paid For It

From DailyTech: NVIDIA Corp. (NVDA) is stirring up controversy after it broke its silence on overclocking of its mobile GPUs, an increasingly popular practice in recent years, banning the practice the practice with driver updates.

The recent updates related to Maxwell mobile chips for laptop and hybrid computers, including:

- NVIDIA GeForce 800M Series
- NVIDIA GeForce 900M Series

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Deepcool Quanta DQ750 750W (Page 1 of 4) | Reports

There are just some things in life that are not meant to get a whole lot of attention. Things like computer power supplies and backup dancers come to my mind -- except, unless, you were really bad. Where am I going with this? Unless you have been completely cut off from TV or internet in the last couple of weeks or so, I think you already catch my drift. In the Super Bowl halftime show this year, the left shark behind Katy Perry became a total internet sensation immediately in the days following, thanks to its sloppy and unsynchronized dance moves compared to the one on the right. All of a sudden, the left shark generated more media attention than any backup dancer before it, sparked inspiration for unlicensed products (Which ended up with a cease-and-desist letter from Katy Perry's lawyers), and someone even got a tattoo of it on their arm. And remember -- it was getting all this attention because it was bad. Now, let me ask you a question. What power supply do you own? Unless you are a really hardcore spec junkie, even many enthusiasts will stutter for a moment before spewing out the full brand and model of their PSU. The reason is probably because your power supply works well in the background, and it does not cause any trouble. Like backup dancers, power supplies are meant to work in the background. If it does a good job, it is easily forgettable. However, if it does a poor job, suddenly everyone notices. Today, we will take a look at the Deepcool Quanta DQ750 750W modular power supply. Will it do a good job in the background, or will it call unnecessary attention to itself? We gave it a thorough hardware inspection to find out.

Func MS-2 Review (Page 1 of 4)

When Target Canada launched in 2013, there was a bit of excitement in the air. The store preceding it, Zellers, had sung its swan song, as it was unable to handle the competition. The first impressions I had of Target was generally a positive one. It was clean, updated, and felt fresh. However, as the months went by, the bottom line was not looking favorable for them. Worse yet, there were several clear signs targeting -- pun fully intended -- their demise. Target's entrance into Canada was done seemingly hastily; opening up well over a hundred stores within a year, rather than taking small steps into the country. While their hands were tied due to the purchase of the lease agreement, this "all-in" method generally does not work well, especially for an operation of this scale. When they were established here, their discounts were mediocre at best. The prices were not bad overall, but people had greater expectations. Finally, there was the supply chain management problem, leaving shelves half full all the time. To make it worse, Target would not modify their shelving plans, also known as plan-o-grams, to stock shelves with other products. Now of course, these reasons are not the be-all and end-all, but they played a part in the demise of Target. Thus today in 2015, Target Canada is closing their doors, and liquidating their stores. But what does this tell us? Even with a company like Target, with enough flaws and undesirables, the largest of giants will come crashing down. Rather, for a successor to be successful it must function well on its own, fixing the flaws of its predecessor, while not introducing any new ones either. While able to bring newness to the table, Target could not function well economically, and had its own share of flaws as well. As for the product in question today, the Func MS-2, it is not exactly a successor to the Func MS-3. However, I think it is still valid to ask if Func has fixed upon the flaws of the MS-3, even if they were few in number. Is the Func MS-2 at least a worthy brother to the Func MS-3? This question and more will be answered in today's review, so read on to find out!

Botched Windows patch KB 3001652 re-issued and appears to be working

From InfoWorld: Much to its credit, Microsoft yanked the bad Visual Studio 2010 patch, KB 3001652, within hours of its release yesterday. Reports of the patch's hangs and errors rapidly piled in from all over the Internet.

Today we have another version of the patch appearing in Windows Update, and on Windows Server Update Services. Based on a very small sample, it looks like the new version installs just fine.

Apple extends two-factor authentication to FaceTime and iMessage

From Mac World: Apple recently extended its two-step verification protections to two more services. The SMS-based security measure now covers FaceTime and iMessage in addition to iCloud and your Apple ID, as first reported by The Guardian.


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