Patch to fix Intel-based PCs with enterprise bug rolls out next week

From PC World: Next week, PC vendors will start rolling out patches that fix a severe vulnerability found in certain Intel-based business systems, including laptops, making them easier to hack.

Intel on Friday released a new notice urging clients to take steps to secure their systems.

The chipmaker has also released a downloadable tool that can help IT administrators and users discover whether a machine they own has the vulnerability.

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Yes, no complaints here
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EpicGear MorphA X Review (Page 1 of 4)

Google cancelled an intriguing idea not too long ago; it was called Project Ara. The idea originally started on Kickstarter, a place where plenty of cool but difficult to implement ideas come from. Although there are quite a few good ideas on Kickstarter, this project, like many others, failed due to impractical implementation in the current market. To many of us, a modular smartphone is a great idea. When one feature breaks or is slowing down, then it would be simple and easy to replace -- much like switching out a graphics card or RAM, it can be done quickly and easily. Most importantly, replacements are not as expensive as an entirely new system. I thought it was a great idea, because flexibility in different areas is always appreciated, especially since I care about some components of a phone more than others. I would love such a modular design, however implementing it into the market is quite tough. Manufacturers generally do not want to be paying for individual parts, which they then just sell for a slight profit. Instead, selling complete phones, knowing everyone will buy them, makes more sense for the bottom line. Some industries might benefit more from some modularity, and it has seen some success in the computer enthusiast market, such as some of Cooler Master's cases. However, EpicGear has taken modularity of a mouse to a new degree. The EpicGear MorphA X, which is up for review today, has plenty of neat little features. Almost the entire mouse can be changed from its outer shell to the type of switches it uses. Is this a good or bad implementation of a modular product? Can it be successful? Read on to find out!

Oracle rethinks modular Java plan after Red Hat’s objections

From InfoWorld: Oracle's chief Java architect has proposed tweaks to Java's modular plan. The revisions were said to be not in response to recent objections by Red Hat and IBM, but they do appear to address one of the concerns.

Intel's rebranded Xeon chips sound like credit cards

From PC World: After about half a decade, Intel is wiping the confusing E5 and E7 monikers off its Xeon chips and rebranding them to bring more clarity about the performance and features that come with the processors.

Xeon chips are used in servers and workstations like Mac Pro. Xeon chips being released mid-year will be broken down into Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze processors.

Chinese phones overtake Apple, Samsung at home

From CNET: The Silicon Valley giant has dropped out of the top three best-selling phones in China, according to new reports compiled by market researchers International Data Corporation (IDC) and Counterpoint Technology Market Research. Thankfully, it remains in the top five.

Corsair Gaming Glaive RGB Review (Page 1 of 4)

A few months ago, I was talking to someone at a party who specialized in veterinary medicine. Since my background is in electrical engineering, I had absolutely no knowledge of anything in that particular field. Therefore, I had to think fast to relate to the person I was talking to in order to carry on the conversation. "I know how to operate on animals too," I began. "They just happen to be cooked. And they are usually rotisserie chicken from Costco." Here is the thing: No matter how good I may think I am in my field of specialization, the moment I step out of my realm, I am as clueless as anybody else. Interestingly, even within the field of electrical engineering, I only know very specific things about wireless communication systems. If you want to talk to me about anything else like power systems or software design, my discussion with you would probably go as far as my friend in veterinary medicine. That said, while I may be good at very specific things, there are definitely people out there who are good at a few more things than me. And this concept, in some ways, can translate to inanimate items we use every day as well. For example, a computer mouse designed for first person shooters is quite different than something designed for MOBA games... or is it? Corsair Gaming's latest Glaive RGB optical mouse promises to be the ultimate experience for FPS and MOBA titles that can dominate on any battlefield, all day long. This seems to be an ambitious goal, but it does come with three interchangeable thumb grips for different styles of play to prove their point. As such, we took one in to find out if the Corsair Gaming Glaive RGB is like the person who is good at more than just one thing or not.

Google shuts down massive Google Docs phishing scam

From CNET: Google shut down a massive phishing scam that targeted users of its Google Docs service. You know, basically everyone.

The sophisticated phishing scam spread across the web on Wednesday afternoon, tricking people into giving up access to their Google accounts. Some people, like Reddit user JakeSteam, said the scam is so sophisticated it's virtually undetectable.

After offering some obvious advice -- don't click on the link -- Google tweeted it had wrestled the situation under control.

Apple joins 'Made in America' trend with $1 billion fund to promote U.S. manufacturing

From PC World: Manufacturing jobs (any jobs, really) are a hot-button topic these days, and our President has made no secret of his desire for big companies, and Apple in particular, to make more products here. In a Wednesday interview with Jim Cramer on CNBC’s Mad Money, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple is creating a fund to promote advanced manufacturing in the United States, and seeding it with $1 billion to start.

Micron's SolidScale system pushes SSDs out to shared storage

From InfoWorld: SSDs operate the fastest when inside a computer. Micron's new SolidScale storage system uproots SSDs from servers and pushes them into discrete boxes while reducing latency.

SolidScale is a top-of-the-rack storage system that will house many SSDs. It will connect to servers, memory, and other computing resources in a data center via gigabit ethernet, and will use the emerging NVMeoF (NVMe over Fabric) 1.0 protocol for data transfers.

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