Mouse acceleration: what is it and why should we disable it

If you are starting to play shooter games like Fornite, PUBG or CS:GO (which currently are the most popular games), then you might have noticed that your mouse was not working as it should, making it harder for you to reach certain places on screen when moving quickly. Well, this does not mean that you should give up. It means that you should disable the mouse acceleration.

What is mouse acceleration?

Mouse acceleration correlates the mouse movement on screen with the speed with which we move the mouse, so the distance covered on the mousepad becomes irrelevant. Therefore, covering the same distance at different speeds can produce two different outcomes.

This mouse function can be enabled through a lot of different elements like the OS, the mouse’s drivers, the game’s settings and the mouse’s hardware. This function is key so users who have limited space to move the mouse can cover longer distances in a small space.

Mouse acceleration makes it really hard to move the cursor accurately, which makes it harder for us to calculate our speed and distance when gaming. When we use the function to play shooter games, we can see a huge difference because the mouse accuracy changes according to how fast we move the mouse. In case the function is disabled, we just have to learn how to move the mouse in order to get to the desire location on screen, as speed will only get us there quickly. Continue reading →

Raijintek ZOFOS Evo Window and Silent: high-end cases that fit up to 13 SSDs

Raijintek recently launched its new ZOFOS Evo case lineup. Within the Evo family, we find two new additions: the ZOFOS Evo Windows and the ZOFOS Evo Silent. Both cases have been designed to be as practical as possible user to meet the user’s needs.

These new cases come in two variants: either a fully enclosed or a windowed case. The latter option offers better sound insulation. These are full tower cases that support EE-ATX motherboards, meaning that their size is not exactly small.

Main features of the Raijintek ZOFOS Evo Windows and Silent

Raijintek’s designers have worked hard to blend a good design with a large space while rocking a tempered glass panel. The front of the case has different clean straight angles and is made of plastic under which we find the RGB LED strips. The front panel is attached to the case thanks to magnetic brackets, which makes it easier to remove. Continue reading →

Review: Raijintek ZOFOS Evo Silent, the best silent case that you can buy

Buying a case is difficult, as you usually have to give something up when choosing a case depending on your budget. Raijintek wanted to create the best case ever with the Raijintek Zofos Evo Silent, a case that makes no sacrifices. Below, you will find our review.

Raijintek ZOFOS Evo Silent, a big silent case that fits everything you want to install

This case has everything we need. It is really spacious and it even fits EE-ATX motherboards. In fact, if we install an ATX motherboard, it will look like a mini-ITX given how small it will seem. We can also install up to 13 drives (10 x 3.5” and 3 x 2.5”), and two 5.25” optical drives.

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8 new Spectre variants were discovered on Intel processors – 4 of them are critical

In what seems a never-ending story, 8 new Spectre variants were detected, and they affect Intel processors. Intel classifies 4 of the variations as medium risk, but the other 4 are rated as high risk, meaning that they are really dangerous, prompting Intel to act immediately.

It seemed that we were experiencing a period of relative calm after the chaos involving the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, especially for Intel, as the company was the most affected by these two threats (although it seems that users did not care as much, given the last quarterly financial report). Intel has been releasing microcode updates for processors as old as 2011’s Sandy Brige.

These updates (along with the OS patches released for Microsoft Windows, Apple MacOS and Linux) managed to create a feeling of security that has now vanished, as 8 new Spectre variants for Intel processors were discovered. In some cases, these variants make it easier to install exploits on the targeted computers, which is something that was difficult to achieve with the original Spectre variant.

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Task View’s new feature on Windows 10: this is how Timeline works

Last Monday, Microsoft launched the long-expected Windows 10 April 2018 Update for users that want to update their computers. This is an update that has interesting features, but Timeline is certainly one of the most popular. Today, we will show you how Timeline (Task View’s new feature on Windows 10) works on Windows 10 April 2018 Update.

In previous Windows 10 versions, the icon next to Cortana was Task View, which allowed us to create and manage Windows 10’s famous virtual desktops. However, if you got the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, you will be able to see how the icon changed. Even so, Task View is still the name that we see when we hover the mouse over the icon. Continue reading →

Find out how your Android phone can be hacked using its GPU

Rowhammer is a threat that exploits physical defects in your phone’s memory, breaching its security. Up until now, the threat was thought to be theoretical, meaning that it could not be really used. However, a group of researchers unveiled the power of the exploit, which is able to remotely execute a malicious code on the phone’s GPU.

Rowhammer: uses your phone’s GPU to steal your passwords

This exploit has been dubbed GLitch, and it is the first one that allows to flip individual bits stored in the RAM as opposed to previous exploits that targeted the CPU. Additionally, it is the first Rowhammer attack that uses JavaScript to hack a phone, and it can also be executed in less than two minutes when a user visits a malicious website.

The term Rowhammer is coined because the exploit accesses (hammer) memory blocks (rows) thousands of times per second. By doing this, zeros and ones can be altered at will. The physical defect is created because every DRAM cell is closer to each other, so the electrical interaction with neighboring cells is harder to avoid. Continue reading →

Google will get into the video game industry with a trivia-esque game

For months, Google has been rumored to be working to enter the video game industry with different products and services. In February, it was Yeti, a gaming streaming service similar to GeForce Now and PlayStation Now. Now, Bloomberg has unveiled a social gaming startup called Arcade.

Arcade, Google’s social video gaming division for mobiles

Arcade, whose first game would be a trivia-esque game, is going to grow as a company in the Area 120 division. Said division is focused on getting the experimental ideas of the company’s employees to launch them on the market and see how popular they are. This company is led by Michael Sayman, who was Facebook’s youngest engineer at the age of 18 (he now is 21), and who has been working at Alphabet for a year.

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Change your Twitter password right now: your account might have been hacked

Unfortunately, password leaks are really common in the industry. On haveibeenpwned’s database there are thousands of millions of MySpace, LinkedIn, Adobe and Badoo usernames and passwords that have been hacked. Now, Twitter may soon be added to that dangerous list, as the passwords of its 336 million users might have been leaked.

Twitter has been storing all of its users’ passwords as plain text

This is what the social network has announced on its official support account. Twitter has confirmed that passwords were stored as plain text in an internal log due to a bug when managing passwords. So, any person who had access to that file would also have access to the username and password of every Twitter profile. Continue reading →