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Asus ROG Intros Mini-ITX Ryzen Motherboards

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Asus ROG announces a pair of motherboards for the AMD Socket AM4 platform-- the Strix X370-I Gaming and Strix B350-I Gaming, both aimed for customers wanting to build a compact AMD Ryzen system.

Asus Ryzen motherboardsWhile built around the diminutive mini-ITX format, the two motherboards offer liquid-ready cooling, M.2 SSD heatsink, amped-up audio and addressable RGB lighting. They use the same 6-phase VRM design as full-size Asus ATX boards for AM4, and handle the higher memory clocks required by the platform through shorter traces in the dual-DIMM configuration.

5-Way Optimisation technology promises simpler overclocking through an intelligent auto-tuner able to automatically overclock the CPU and configure the cooling based on the components making the PC. First-timers can overclock the machine with a single click, while veterans can tweak settings manually.

Microsoft Intros Surface Book 2

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Microsoft cements its hardware ambitions with the announcement of the Surface Book 2-- a sequel to the 2015 notebook featuring 8th generation Intel processors and a 15-inch display option.

Surface Book 2The Surface Book 2 looks very similar to the original (not to mention the 2016 update), even if Microsoft insists just about every detail has been tweaked. As the most powerful piece of hardware from the Windows maker yet, it carries 8th gen quad-core Intel Core processors, with the Core i7 models adding GeForce 10-series series graphics.

An Analogue Super Nt for Playing SNES Carts

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Nintendo might already offer an official miniature Super Nintendo console, but more serious retro gaming fans get a second option from Analogue-- the Super Nt, a recreation able to play game cartridges of old.

Super NtThe Super Nt promises to be superior to the SNES Mini, since it does not use emulation to play retro games. Instead it uses a complete FPGA (field-programmable gate array) promising to "preserve videogame history, with the respect it deserves" while pushing 1080p 60Hz visuals compatible with modern HDTVs. In addition fans also get features such as scanlines and aspect ratio preservation, as well as 48kHz 16-bit stereo audio.

KRACK Attack Affects Wifi!

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Researchers warn of a serious flaw in the WPA2 protocol securing all wifi networks-- one allowing attackers to steal passwords, emails and other supposedly encrypted data!

Kracks Dubbed Key Reinstallation Attacks (or KRACKs), such attacks even allow those with malicious intent to inject ransomware and malware into a website a user is visiting, all while simply being in range of a vulnerable device. These can be any wifi-capable device, although the flaw is "particularly devastating" in the case of Linux and Android 6.0.

How does KRACK works? As the researchers put it, attackers can duplicate a vulnerable WPA2 network, impersonate the MAC address and change the wifi channel. The fake network acts as a "man in the middle," forcing devices to connect to the rogue network instead of the protected original.

MSI Intros Vortex G25

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MSI announces one of the first small form factor (SFF) PCs featuring a Coffee Lake CPU-- the Vortex G25, a slim followup to the previous Vortex G65 offering a slimmer redesigned chassis.

Vortex G25Whereas the G65 had a cylindrical design reminiscent of the 2013 Mac Pro, the G25 keeps things more traditional with an rectangular appearance more akin to a games console. It carries up to an Intel Core i7-8100 processor, 16G DDR4 RAM, 256GB M.2 SSD, 1TB HDD, GeForce GTX 1070 graphics and 802.11ac wifi.

Connectivity comes through two USB 3.1 Type-C ports (one is Gen 1 and the other is Gen 2), four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, two HDMI ports, S/PDIF, and separate headphone and microphone ports.

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