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#1 Virtual Drive, Inc.

Virtual Drive is currently the top rated contender for Free FTP Server & Online Storage services that we have evaluated. They also are leading in online backup solutions to ensure your files security online. 

#2 YouSendIt, Inc.

YouSendIt has been a leader in File Transfer for quite some time, but fell to the #2 position after our extensive review and public reaction to their file transfer services.  

USBThe bad side of USB

Oh great, as if it wasn’t bothersome enough knowing that all our online communications are susceptible to government spying with very little we can do about it, now we’ve come to find out that just by having a USB port, there exists a pretty serious security risk every time we plug in a compatible peripheral. The problem is that virtually any of the millions of USB devices out there can be reprogrammed for malicious purposes, and there doesn’t appear to be much we can do about it.

Security Research Labs in Berlin has given a name to the fundamental flaw in USB — “BadUSB.” At issue is that every USB device has a controller chip that controls the USB connection to other devices. Those controllers have firmware, and if reprogrammed — which is easy to do since the USB-IF focused more on compatibility than security — a benign device like a keyboard or mouse can suddenly turn evil.

“A device can emulate a keyboard and issue commands on behalf of the logged-in user, for example to exfiltrate files or install malware. Such malware, in turn, can infect the controller chips of other USB devices connected to the computer,” SRLabs explains.

The device can also spoof a network card and change the computer’s DNS setting to redirect traffic. Unfortunately, there are no known defenses against this other than not using your USB devices. Malware scanners can’t access the firmware running USB devices, and behavioral detection isn’t reliable since a BadUSB device’s behavior simply looks like a user plugged in a new device.

“Once infected, comptuers and their USB peripherals can never be trusted again,” SRLabs added.

The best analogy so far comes from ExtremeTech, which likens the situation to having unprotected sex. In other words, if you plug your USB device into another PC, you can assume it’s been compromised.

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PC-V2130A full tower chassis with room for multiple water cooling radiators

Lian Li today added another big case to its lineup, the PC-V2130. As you might have guessed, this one sports a brushed aluminum design, a popular motif at Lian Li, and is an updated version of the PC-V2120. The PC-V2130 improves upon its predecessor by adding robust water cooling support, more versatile drive bay options, and an enhanced cable management scheme.

According to Lian Li, the PC-V2130 has 94L of space inside and can support motherboards up to HPTX. There’s a tool-less removable top panel that allows for 240mm or 280mm radiators. Two additional 280mm radiators can be installed at the front and bottom of the chassis.

For cable management and cooling, there are 8 grommeted holes, 31mm (1.2 inches) behind the motherboard tray to hide bundles, two 140mm fans up front, two 140mm fans on the bottom, a single 120mm fan on the rear, and optional fan mounts on the top.

Other amenities include dust filters, wheels to move the case, thumbscrews, stealth covers, and more.

The PC-V2130 will be available soon for between $499 and $569.

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Chrome64-bit Chrome creeps closer to a stable release

Here’s a bit of good news if you’ve been wanting to experiment with Google’s Chrome browser in 64-bit form but weren’t so keen on installing an ultra-early build that might be riddled with buggy code. Google just added the Chrome 64-bit Beta Channel for Windows 7 and 8 users, giving curious users and early adopters a more stable release to play with. It’s probably not a good idea to use it for mission critical applications, but it should be in pretty good shape at this point.

You can download the installer from Google’s Beta download pages. Be warned that the new version will replace the existing version you have installed, though it will also preserve all your setting and bookmarks, so there’s no need to uninstall Chrome before hitting up the new release, Google says.

In theory, the 64-bit build should speed up page loads and offer other benefits on the backend, especially if you’re a power user with multiple tabs open at any given time. However, you may or may not notice a real-world difference, depending on your setup and your browsing habits.

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Best BuyTablet fad is slowing down

Best Buy’s computer section looks decidedly different today than it did a couple of years ago. Gone are the aisles filled with desktop machines, which are now relegated to a small section off the side (if at all), replaced by mobile devices, including rows and rows of tablets. You can’t fault Best Buy for following the money trail, and just as tablets took over the floor space when everyone wanted one, look for PCs to take some of its territory back. Why? Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly says tablets are now crashing.

Joly made the statement to Re/Code in an interview, adding that he’s seeing a revival in the PC business at Best Buy due in part to Microsoft’s decision to stop supporting Windows XP. In addition, two-in-one devices that combine both a tablet and laptop are gaining favor among Best Buy’s shoppers.

“The tablets boomed and now are crashing. The volume has really gone down in the last several months. But I think the laptop has something of a revival because it’s becoming more versatile,” Joly said. “So, with the two-in-ones, you have the opportunity to have both a tablet and laptop, and that’s appealing to students in particular. So you have an evolution. The boundaries are not as well defined as they used to be.”

Interestingly, Joly blamed some of the declining PC sales on the “enormous” deflation in the Windows market. He points out that you can find laptops selling for $300 that used to cost $1,000. The solution? More innovation at the high end of Windows, Joly says.

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Maingear SparkA tiny but spunky gaming PC

Maingear first introduced its Spark system back in January during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas. At the time, the Spark was supposed to be Maingear’s eventual Steam Machine. Valve threw a wrench in those plans by delaying the whole Steam Machine initiative until next year, but it hasn’t stopped Maingear from forging ahead in the small form factor gaming department. On the contrary, Maingear just launched its Spark gaming system to the pubilc.

Let’s talk dimnensions. Somewhat similar in form to Intel’s NUC, Maingear’s Spark measures a scant 4.5 inches (W) x 4.23 inches (D) x 2.34 inches (H) and weighs 0.89 pounds, making it the smallest, lightest, and most versatile gaming PC solution Maingear has ever offered, the company said.

As for specs, Spark still boasts AMD on the inside — an AMD A8-5557M APU clocked at 2.1GHz (3.1GHz via Turbo) with AMD Radeon R9 M275X graphics. It also sports a pair of SO-DIMM DDR3-1600/1333 slots, mSATA slot (supports up to 512GB), 2.5-inch tray, GbE LAN, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI output, mini DisplayPort, four USB 3.0 ports, and Kinsington Lock.

Pricing starts at $699, which includes 4GB of DDR3-1600 RAM and 500GB WD Blue 7200 RPM hard drive. That doesn’t include Windows — pricing starts at $120 for Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (Windows 8 options also available).

You can configure a Spark system now.

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