Category Archive: Technology

Jul 01

USB 3.0 Slow? How to Spot Fake USB 3.0 Cable

USB 3.0 Slow? How to Spot Fake USB 3.0 Cable

You have heard of fake apple accessories such us fake IPhone cable, charger sand headphones. Some of the fake cables are so well made that it is hard to tell apart.  But have you recently bought a USB 3.0 Cable.

USB 3.0 is fairly new to most people but it has been around for over six years now, its just that now more and more computers and devices starting to use the technology. USB 3.0 is in a way a USB 2.0 except it supports super speeds up to 10X faster that a USB 2.0. The USB 3.0 makes transferring files  a lot faster, especially between a USB 3.0 Flash Drive like PNY Turbo 64GB USB 3.0 drive (P-FD64GTBOP-GE) and a Galaxy S5 which also supports USB 3.0

Recently I bought few USB 3.0 Cables from eBay and I mostly used it as a Charging cable but one day I wanted to transfer photos of my Galaxy S5 and to my surprise it was taking forever. I did transfer photos off the phone before with the original Samsung USB cable but as far as I could remember it was pretty fast, and now extremely slow.

Same day one of the cable broke and I was trying to fix it and I saw that there were only 4 cables connected and not 9 like it supposed to be. Now I knew that the eBay seller sold me a fake USB 3.0 Cable. The cable looks like a USB 3.0 which is indicated by the Blue connector but in fact it was just standard USB 2.0 Cable.

Allot of companies have large stocks of USB 2.0 Cable but there is no more demand for it. In order to minimize their loses they started to replace the ends so that they look like USB 3.0 and adding them to existing 4 wire cables just so that they can unload their inventory. Luck for us there is now a way to tell if you have purchased a fake USB 3.0 Cable, Take a look in the Video.

For next time make sure you buy your cable from a good source.

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Jun 05

eBay Hacked – 145 Million Users At Risk

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EBAY Security Compromised

eBay Online Auction Website Hacked – 145 Million Users At Risk, What happened to eBay security?

Popular across the world, eBay users expect a certain level of privacy and security when shopping or selling on this site. Recently, however, users were taken by surprise when it was revealed that hackers got into customers data and put a lot of people at risk. While the executives at eBay do not think that anyone is at risk, there is no saying, at this point at least, what the damage could have been or was done. They are currently updating their security systems and trying to make sure that this does not happen again, though they are not taking steps to compensate any users for this breach.

Users were disappointed by eBay to find out that there information was taken by hackers, yet they were not informed of the attack till two weeks after news of the attack surfaced. Two weeks after eBay had asked users to reset the password to prevent stolen data from being used. Till this day eBay has failed to properly inform users of what data was taken and if any of it was used or has potential to be used. Current users have reset their passwords but there are sill millions of users that are not regularly active and have not changed there password

Around 120 million active users and additionally millions non-active  are on eBay. All of these people use this site to purchase or sell goods, and many have their information available on their profiles. The hackers were able to access all of this. They did this by using information of three employees, which gave them access to eBay and allowed them to find their way to user data. This was discovered in early May, but there was no word on the incident until very recently, when it was realized that there had been movement to the user data. Afterwards, emails were sent out to users to notify them of what had happened and to urge them to change their passwords immediately.

There is a big reaction to this, and numerous individuals wanting eBay to compensate users because of this breach. A few states are currently investigating eBay and there is the desire of credit monitoring services offered to users. People want eBay to offer some type of apology in the form of a service to make sure that users have peace of mind. Many are worried, and waited quite a while to receive their notice, so the response is to be expected. Executives with eBay, however, are not offering any type of compensation or service to their users.

The reason for this is the fact that eBay does not see this affecting users. While there was the initial fear that it might, there have been no signs that it has. EBay has stated that there are no signs of harm to users, but that does not mean that everyone is safe. Since this is still a rather recent event, nothing may happen for a while. Until then, eBay is working to improve its security so that there is a lower chance of someone getting in again.

Permanent link to this article: http://teckbay.com/ebay-hacked-145-million-users-at-risk/

May 20

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 IPad & Laptop Killer

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 IPad & Laptop Killer Pre Order Now! Available June 20

We are extremely impressed with Microsoft Surface Pro 3, The hardware in this New Tablet is just amazing. Surface Pro 3 has a 12” ClearType Full HD screen with 2160 x 1440 resolution.

Apple will have hard time to compete with a tablet that now can do everything.

The Surface Pro 3 Runs On Full Windows 8.1 Pro so there are no more restrictions on what apps or programs you can and cannot run. This tablet has everything we wanted, from power to full OS, Connectivity to Sharing. Now we will need to finds things that will not run on Surface Pro3.

Battery life is up to 9 hours which is lower than we would like but it is still impressive considering the hardware that it is powering,

There are multiple versions available.

Prices start at $799, with pre-orders available now and to hit the stores June 20.

 

SPECIFICATION

Device type: Tablet

OS: Windows (8.1 Pro)

Dimensions: 11.5 x 7.93 x 0.36 inches (292 x 201 x 9 mm)

Weight: 28.16 oz (798 g) the average is 16.6 oz (473 g)

Body material: Metal

Tablet dock: Yes

Features: USB

DISPLAY

Physical size: 12.0 inches

Resolution: 2160 x 1440 pixels

Pixel density: 216 ppi

Technology: LCD

Touchscreen: Multi-touch

Features: Light sensor

CAMERA

Camera: 5 megapixels

Camcorder: 1920×1080 (1080p HD)

Front-facing camera: 5 megapixels

HARDWARE

System chip: Intel Core i3, i5 and i7

Graphics processor: Intel HD Graphics

System memory: 4-8GB RAM

Built-in storage: 64GB-512 GB Storage

Storage expansion: microSD, microSDHC

MULTIMEDIA

Speakers: Stereo speakers

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth: 4.0

Wi-Fi: 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac

USB: USB 3.0

Connector: Full-size USB

Features: USB Host

OTHER FEATURES

Additional microphone/s: Yes

Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope

Permanent link to this article: http://teckbay.com/microsoft-surface-pro-3-ipad-laptop-killer/

Apr 28

Microsoft Internet Explorer Serious Bug Leaves Browsers Open to Hackers

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Microsoft Internet Explorer Ver. 6-11 Serious Bug Leaves Browsers Open to Hackers

UPDATE: 05/01/2014

[notice]PCMAG Reports that Microsoft has fixed the bug in Internet Explorer, Ever for Windows XP users[/notice]

FireEye has discovered early this week that almost all Version of IE (Internet explorer) Version 6 to 11 have a major bug that enables hackers to redirect websites, run malicious software on the user’s computers and even take control to some extent.
Users can run alternative web browsers until Microsoft is able to fix the problem
Microsoft is investigating the issue and for now suggests that users make sure that there Anti-Virus is running properly and take extra cautions when visiting unknown websites, also recommend disabling the Adobe Flash plug-in for now. Microsoft may release fix throe their Windows Security Update feature in Windows, Internet Explorer Update or a Patch will be available to download from Microsoft website.
For Details regarding the IE flaw you can visit FireEye  post which provides detail that FireEye has discovered.
Unfortunately for users that still run the most popular Windows XP, they will not see a fix for their Internet Explorer Version 8 because Microsoft has dropped support for Win XP last month. The only options XP user have is Switching to alternative browsers such as Google Chrome and Firefox . Both are free web browsers available for download.

Permanent link to this article: http://teckbay.com/microsoft-internet-explorer-serious-bug-leaves-browsers-open-to-hackers/

Feb 26

Comcast and Time Warner Cable TWC merger Deal

Comcast announced that it wants to merge with TWC in a $45.2 Billion deal.

Time-Warner-Comcast-MergerComcast and Time Warner Cable are currently the two biggest cable and internet providers in United States. Many believe that the merger would eliminate competition when it comes to TV and internet providers as the only other competitor is Verizon. If the two companies merge than the deal could be better for consumers or worse. Comcast Customer satisfaction has fallen over the years and prices have increased. The new deal could rise prices of internet and TV service and that is the biggest worries for current and New customers.

Comcast assures the they will maintain current pricing a service speed but the agreement will expire after certin number of years and Comcast will be able to do what they wish

Time will tell if the deal will hapen or if it is going to be a bust.

Permanent link to this article: http://teckbay.com/comcast-and-time-warner-cable-twc-merger-deal/

Feb 17

7 Port USB 3.0 Hub with 4A Power Adapter Review and USB 3.0 missing Driver Fix

7 Port USB 3.0 Hub with 4A Power Adapter Review and USB 3.0 missing Driver Fix

 

 

USB 3.0 7-Port HUBTechnology moves fast and the most popular device we use are powered and used via USB port.

Because I recently bought a USB 3.0 Flash Drive and Memory card reader that runs un USB 3.0 and learned that USB 3.0 has transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s, which is 10 times as fast as USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/s) before taking into account that USB 3.0 is full duplex whereas USB 2.0 is half duplex, giving USB 3.0 the potential total bandwidth if utilized both ways to 20 times that of USB 2.0.

Now that I had few USB 3.0 devices I wanted to have a way to easily access the ports without pulling my PC tower to plug in my Flash Drive.  So I searched online and found A 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub.

I found one on eBay for $25. It’s a USB 3.0 7-Port Powered Hub. The reason I said powered is because It comes with A power supply. There are bunch of hubs that come without a power supply however you need to understand that USB devices consume power and USB port provides limited amount of power. With few USB devices plugged in into a USB hub you will noticed that your computer will throw a warning indicating that some of your devices are not working properly or will show other indication stating that there is a problem. This error or  device not working properly is a result that all available power has been used and you need to turn off one or more devices from your hub. This is where powered hub comes is and fixes that problem by providing additional power to your USB Devices.

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When you purchase a USB HUB especially like mine 7 Port USB 3.0 you will need that extra power especially without addition power you will not be able to use all 7 Ports.

 

The USB 3.0 Hub that I purchased is a NO name USB Hub. The box states that it is Win/Mac Compatible and that it supports windows 7.

When I finally got it I was so excited and I will be able to plug in all my devices and any future devices I will have.  This particular Hub has 7 ports, Light indication that indicate when a device is ON and a ON/OFF switch for each port just in case you want to leave your device plugged in but you don’t want it to be used. The Hub came with USB 3.0 2 feet cable and 4A power supply. The thinks that it did not come with was any CD or manual. No big deal Right? Wrong!!!

I quickly unpacked it and plugged it in to a USB 3.0 in the back of my PC and connected the power supply to AC outlet. The computer recognized that it is a Hub and started to load Drivers but after one minute a notification came up stating that the device was not installed correctly.

The box stated that this Hub supports Windows 7 but the problem is that I have Windows Vista Professional 32Bit installed on my system. I automatically knew that the problem is that I need to find a driver for this Hub.

USB 3.0 Connction

After spending some time on the web I was able to find something similar to what I was looking for.

I found a Driver On Lenavo website USB 3.0 Driver for Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), Vista (32-bit, 64-bit), XP – ThinkPad which I installed and my USB 3.0 Hub Started working.

If you are need a driver for your USB Hub than CLICK HERE to Download USB 3.0 HUB Driver directly from Lenavo Website.

 

 You can try one from Intel CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

 You can try one from Via Labs (slow download) CLICK HERE TO DOWNLAD

 

I hope this fixes you USB 3.0 Driver problem.

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