<![CDATA[BECT Computing- Custom Built Computers and Computer Repair - The Latest Tech Blog]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:14:17 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[AT&T Makes Deal in Acquisition of Time Warner]]>Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:29:02 GMThttp://bectcomputing.com/2/post/2016/10/att-makes-deal-in-acquisition-of-time-warner.html
AT&T Inc. is in agreement to purchase Time Warner Inc. for $85.4 billion which would make AT&T a larger competitor. 

This acquisition would be one of the largest media deals. This deal would be larger than the deal with DirecTV and may be possibly the largest merger since acquiring BellSouth in 2006. 

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<![CDATA[DDoS Against Dyn on Friday]]>Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:28:09 GMThttp://bectcomputing.com/2/post/2016/10/ddos-against-dyn-on-friday.html
Dyn is a company that manages the essential parts of the Internet’s infrastructure. Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and the New York Times all use Dyn which is why they all  went down Friday as hackers released a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. As of 4pm yesterday Friday October 21st, Dyn was being hit with a third wave of attacks. Dyn mentioned to CNBC that the attacked “well planned and executed, coming from tens of millions IP addresses at same time.” This is the current list of website that use Dyn and that you may have trouble accessing:

ActBlue

Basecamp

Big cartel

Box

Business Insider

CNN

Cleveland.com

Etsy

Github

Grubhub

Guardian.co.uk

HBO Now

Iheart.com (iHeartRadio)

Imgur

Intercom

Intercom.com

Okta

PayPal

People.com

Pinterest

Playstation Network

Recode

Reddit

Seamless

Spotify

Squarespace Customer Sites

Starbucks rewards/gift cards

Storify.com

The Verge

Twillo

Twitter

Urbandictionary.com (lol)

Weebly

Wired.com

Wix Customer Sites

Yammer

Yelp

Zendesk.com

Zoho CRM

Credit Karma

Eventbrite

Netflix

NHL.com

Fox News

Disqus

Shopify

Soundcloud

Atom.io

Ancersty.com

ConstantContact

Indeed.com

New York Times

Weather.com

WSJ.com

time.com

xbox.com

dailynews.com

Wikia

donorschoose.org

Wufoo.com

Genonebiology.com

BBC

Elder Scrolls Online

Eve Online

PagerDuty

Kayak

youneedabudget.com

Speed Test

Freshbooks

Braintree

Blue Host

Qualtrics

SBNation

Salsify.com

Zillow.com

nimbleschedule.com

Vox.com

Livestream.com

IndieGoGo

Fortune

CNBC.com

FT.com

Survey Monkey

Paragon Game

Runescape

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<![CDATA[A Guide to How to Speed Up Your PC for Gaming As Cheaply as Possible]]>Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:35:49 GMThttp://bectcomputing.com/2/post/2016/10/a-guide-to-how-to-speed-up-your-pc-for-gaming-as-cheaply-as-possible.htmlby Joe Thomas

Gaming can be very demanding on the resources of your PC, and therefore you need to get the most out of your system. Follow these steps to improve the performance of your current setup and then if you still aren't seeing the results you want; you may need to look at upgrading individual components.

Cover the Bases

If you have done minimal maintenance on your PC, you may find there are some straightforward issues, which are affecting its speed, but this can be easily fixed. This basic checklist of ways to speed up your computer is a good place to start.

One factor that can have a detrimental impact on speed is if your system is overheating. The first step, therefore, is to check whether your PC case needs cleaning. If dust has accumulated inside the casing, this can prevent an unobstructed flow of air and thus the fans will need to work harder and ultimately the temperature of your CPU will rise. As the temperature rises, the CPU will slow down to compensate, and the frame rate of your games will drop. A quick vacuum or blast of compressed air inside the case should quickly sort things out.

If that doesn’t help, work your way through this list of potential problems:

 

Malware: Do you have anti-virus software installed on your PC that checks for potential malware? If not, install this as soon as possible and run regular scans to protect you from viruses which can slow you down or even have a much more detrimental effect on your system.

 

Delete Unnecessary Files: Do you have any programs on your PC that you never use? Then delete these to free up space and help your computer to run faster. Also, delete any temporary files as these too can slow you down.

 

Check Your Hard Drive: If your hard drive is the problem, the first step is to defrag the drive to help it run efficiently. If space is the issue, you might need to upgrade. A solid-state hard drive will improve speed considerably as they access data almost immediately.

 

Memory Matters: Finally, it might be that your system doesn’t have enough memory to keep things running smoothly. If this is the case, you will need to purchase more RAM.




Get the Most from Your Graphics Card 

New graphics cards are regularly released, but it can be expensive to always buy the latest model. The good news is this isn't necessary as there are many things you can do to tweak your current system to make things faster.

 

Graphics Card Overhaul: If your graphics card is running slowly, it may be time to give it a little attention and follow these steps to get it performing like new. There is some disassembling involved so make sure you feel comfortable with this and understand all the necessary steps before you get started.

 

Use the Latest Drivers: Your graphics card manufacturer will regularly release new drivers for your card, so head to their website and download and install the latest version. These updates help to increase the performance of your card and improve compatibility with the latest game releases. To get the best out of the new drivers, however, don't just stop there. It's also important to remove any previous drivers or fragments of them, and a Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU) program can help you do this.

 

Get Familiar With Your Driver Settings: You driver settings help to strike a balance between the image quality of the game and its speed. You can, therefore, tweak them to get the balance right depending on your individual preference. Texture filtering, anti-aliasing, ambient occlusion, tessellation and vertical sync can all have a big impact on how a game looks and plays. As well as your driver settings, you can also adjust the in-game settings to improve performance further.

 

Put the Focus on Gaming: To make sure as many system resources as possible are available for gaming it's a good idea to disable any unnecessary start-up programs. Windows has an inbuilt tool for this, but if there are any programs, you are unsure of, always research them before you decide whether to disable them, as they may be necessary for the smooth running of your PC.




Is Overclocking Right For You?

You can also see significant improvements in the speed of games by overclocking your graphics card. However, overclocking comes with some risks, so you need to be prepared to accept these before you start. Most significantly overclocking can reduce the life of your graphics card and usually any overclocking will invalidate your warranty. Overclocking will also draw more power and increase the temperature of the GPU because you are running the card in its usual operating conditions.

Cooling, therefore, will be important and ensuring sufficient airflow through your PC case is vital. Tie back cables to allow air to flow through unimpeded, and you may need to add more fans or use a GPU overclock tool to increase the fan speed on the graphics card itself to keep things cool.

There are also other overclocking tools available, and these can help to achieve better results. They allow you to change power targets and the memory and GPU frequencies to see what gives you the most gains. Before you start the process, always take a baseline reading, so you know what has the most beneficial effect. 

At every stage of the overclocking process, it's important to weigh up whether the gains you make are worth the payoff regarding additional heat being generated or extra power being consumed. If there isn't much in it, speed or image-quality wise, it might not be worth the extra strain on your system.

However, that said there are people who have made significant gains in the speed of their systems for gaming, and there is usually a little extra capacity built into a graphics card for those who know how to utilize it in the right way. There is plenty of advice available online so research the possibilities and then tread carefully. If you are successful, it’s a great way to get better performance out of your PC for no financial outlay.

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<![CDATA[Major Security flaw revealed in EMV chips]]>Sun, 07 Aug 2016 18:17:49 GMThttp://bectcomputing.com/2/post/2016/08/major-security-flaw-revealed-in-emv-chips.html
There is a major security flaw in EMV chips on debit and credit cards. This as shown at the Black Hat conference on August 3.

These chips are supposed to make it impossible to counterfeit credit and debit cards, which is why the US made a switch to chip-based cards in October 2015. There is, however, a major security flaw, which is the fact the credit and debit cards still have magnetic strips. These magnetic strips are supposed to tell the machine to use the chip instead. Hackers are able to rewrite code to make it function like a chip-less card. Another flaw is that the individual transactions are not encrypted. The advice is to use protected payment apps such as PayPal for better encryption.



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<![CDATA[Will Twitter Change its 140 Limit to 10,000 for Tweets?]]>Wed, 06 Jan 2016 14:07:26 GMThttp://bectcomputing.com/2/post/2016/01/will-twitter-change-its-140-limit-to-10000-for-tweets.html
Twitter may be starting a new feature that will apparently allow users to tweet messages that are longer than the current 140 character limit. This new feature with a 10,000 character limit will launch toward the end of the Q1 according to multiple sources. There is currently no official launch date. This feature also may include where the tweets will appear the same as they do now. However, they will have a button that will allow you to look at the tweet in more details that will expose the other characters in the tweet. Having more characters on the screen may decrease user engagement which is why it makes sense to hide the additional characters.

This is a big change for Twitter since the 140 character limit has been around since Twitter started and this change would be an indication that Twitter is trying to attract more users. Most importantly Twitter is also working on a plan to alleviate spamming issues.
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<![CDATA[Apple Will Cut iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Production by 30% in Q1 2016]]>Wed, 06 Jan 2016 13:40:09 GMThttp://bectcomputing.com/2/post/2016/01/apple-will-cut-iphone-6s-and-6s-plus-production-by-30-in-q1-2016.html
Apple plans on cutting the production of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus by 30% in Q1 2016 (Nikkei). According to Nikkei, the iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus inventory has piled up at many retailers around the world which have caused Apple to cut production of the iPhone from January throughout March to remove additional stock.

Initially Apple told their suppliers to continue the production of the iPhone 6S and 6S plus for Q1 2016 at the same rate, however, the sales decreased, and this led Apple to make the decision of cutting production. This rumored 30% cut is a significant production drop, and this has investors worried about Apple's future.

"But inventories of the two models launched last September have piled up at retailers in markets ranging from China and Japan to Europe and the U.S. amid lackluster sales. Customers saw little improvement in performance over the previous generation while dollar appreciation led to sharp price hikes in emerging markets."

According to Nikkei's report, Apple stock has fallen 2% and hit a low of $102.41 Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Oculus Rift will be available for preorder TODAY]]>Wed, 06 Jan 2016 12:58:45 GMThttp://bectcomputing.com/2/post/2016/01/oculus-rift-will-be-available-for-preorder-today.html
The Oculus Rift is finally upon us but we still are unaware of the price. And guess what? It is about to go on sale TODAY Wednesday, January 6 at 8 AM PST.  It has been three years since the first Rift development kits were sent out to Kickstarter backers. What we do know is that the Rift supposedly will ship Q1 2016. It has been speculated that  the Oculus Rift will cost more than $350. 

Since Microsoft is a  partner for Rift, the headset will support Windows and later  OSX and Linux. You will have to have the following recommended hardware specs to experience Oculus Rift:
  • NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
  • Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • 8GB+ RAM
  • Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer
Source: Oculus

UPDATE: The Oculus Rift costs $599 and ships in March
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<![CDATA[Join AMD today at 5pm-10pm CT for their hourly giveaway!]]>Sun, 20 Dec 2015 22:02:19 GMThttp://bectcomputing.com/2/post/2015/12/join-amd-today-at-5pm-10pm-ct-for-their-hourly-giveaway.html
 One giveaway every hour! Join Jake from AMD on Twitch at 5pm CT.

Join Jake on the AMD Twitch channel today at 5pm CT to 10pm CT for our #AMDTWITCHLIST giveaway.

Jake is giving you a chance to hook up your system with AMDs cool giveaways! Every hour AMD be giving away an AMD Radeon™ powered GPU.

Giveaway List:
PowerColor PCS+ Radeon™ R9 380X
MSI Radeon™ R9 390
SAPPHIRE Tri-X Radeon™ R9 390X
XFX Radeon™ R9 390X
SAPPHIRE Radeon™ R9 Fury

Don't forget to watch and follow AMD on Twitch for your chance to WIN!

See you there!
Jake (DOWNL1NK)

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<![CDATA[Steam Winter Sale 2015]]>Thu, 17 Dec 2015 18:10:34 GMThttp://bectcomputing.com/2/post/2015/12/steam-winter-sale-2015.html
Prepare your wallets for the annual Steam Winter 2015 Sale! According to PayPal, the Steam Winter Sale will kick off December 22nd at 10am PT. Like the autumn sale, there will not be flash and daily sales. Valve customers greatly benefit from this change as they can be sure they’ll purchase their game for the lowest possible price throughout the entire sale period.

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<![CDATA[Rise of the Tomb Raider will be released in January]]>Tue, 15 Dec 2015 22:21:14 GMThttp://bectcomputing.com/2/post/2015/12/rise-of-the-tomb-raider-will-be-released-in-january.html
The first release of this Tomb Raider Series was very well received; there's no doubt that the second installation will be the same. The expectations are that the graphics will remain phenomenal and cliff-hanging plot. At present, the system requirements have not been made available. Currently, it is believed that the release date is January 29th, 2016.

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