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Kaspersky Launches its Own “Hack-Proof” OS

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Kaspersky Lab has announced its new operating system which was in development for the last 14 years. Dubbed as Kaspersky OS, it has made its debut on a Kraftway Layer 3 Switch. Not many details have been revealed by the CEO Eugene Kaspersky in his blog post. The GUI-less OS – as it appears in the image – has been designed from scratch and Eugene said it doesn’t have “even the slightest smell of Linux”. He actually tagged “Kaspersky OS being non-Linux” as one of the three main distinctive features he mentioned.

The other two features he briefly described are rather fascinating. The first feature is that the Kaspersky OS is based on microkernel architecture, which basically means using the minimum amount of ingredients to bake your own operating system. The OS can be custom-designed as per requirements by using different modification blocks. This is similar to what Cyanogen Inc. has implemented in the module-based form of Cyanogen Modular OS for smartphones.

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The second distinctive feature is the inbuilt security system which can control application behavior and OS modules. It touts Kaspersky OS as practically unhackable, unless a cyber-baddie has a quantum computer – which will be required to crack the digital signature of the platform – at his disposal.

Eugene puts emphasis on the fact that cyber threats have become a serious concern than before. They have realized that their operating system should cater different applications like acting as a support for the development of protected industrial control systems. Also, in the creation of protected embedded devices including IoT (Internet of Things).

“I’m hoping it’s obvious by now how protecting the IoT and, of course, critical infrastructure (industry, transport, telecoms, etc.) from IT threats is simply mandatory,” Eugene said after quoting the example of the recent DDoS attacks on Dyn DNS – the 1Tbps attack which took down almost half of the internet.

“I also hope it’s clear that it’s better – no matter how difficult – to build IoT/infrastructure devices from the very beginning in such a way that hacking them is practically impossible,” Eugene added.

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ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches New Products Through an Evangelion Collaboration

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) has announced a comprehensive ROG x Evangelion collaboration centred around EVA-01, the flagship mecha of the manga and anime series known around the world. DIY PC builders will be able to assemble a high-end PC featuring EVA 01’s distinctive purple-and-green theme and a variety of artwork directly from the Evangelion universe so that they can fashion their very own ‘NERV command centre’. Options will include a unique ROG Maximus motherboard, two ROG Strix GeForce RTX graphics cards, a ROG Ryujin II 360 AIO cooler, and other top-shelf ROG gear.

ROG Maximus Z690 Hero EVA Edition Motherboard

The ROG Maximus Z690 Hero EVA Edition is covered in the classic purple and green of the EVA-01 and is similarly well-equipped. Robust cooling and power delivery are poised to push the latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors to the max. An A.T. Field design around the CPU socket and polymo-lighting on the I/O cover that switches between EVA-01 normal and berserk modes is a further aesthetic treat.

ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 3090 and 3080 EVA Edition Graphics Cards

The EVA Editions of the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3090 and ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 come equipped with a myriad of performance-enhancing features. Aesthetic cues from EVA-01 cover the shroud and backplate, and the iconic synchronization effect is displayed on the front ARGB panel.

ROG Ryujin II 360 ARGB EVA Edition AIO Cooler

From end to end, the ROG Ryujin II 360 ARGB EVA Edition embodies the Evangelion spirit. A gunmetal pump cover surrounds a 3.5-inch screen that displays vital stats and customizable GIFs. Meanwhile, reinforced tubing pipes coolant into a radiator loaded with three NERV-styled ARGB fans, ensuring exemplary stability in the heat of battle.

ROG THOR 1000W Platinum II EVA Edition Power Supply

The ROG Thor II Platinum EVA Edition wears an EVA-inspired skin and wields component and cooling upgrades that enable the lowest noise levels — even during the most demanding skirmishes with the opposition.

ROG Strix Helios EVA Edition Chassis

The ROG Strix Helios EVA Edition is a premium mid-tower gaming chassis with three tempered-glass panels, a refined aluminium frame, and integrated front-panel RGB lighting. Interior and exterior details have been fashioned to match the aesthetics of the EVA-01 and house the other ROG x Evangelion components, making it the cornerstone of the collaboration.

ROG Strix XG27AQM EVA Edition Monitor

The ROG Strix XG27AQM EVA Edition is handsomely clad in the EVA-01’s purple and green colour scheme. With an overclocked refresh rate of 270 Hz and a speedy 0.5 ms (GTG) response time, users will experience an incredibly fluid view. The 27-inch display also covers 97% of the DCI-P3 colour space, offering a full representation of wide-gamut media.

ROG Rapture GT-AX6000 EVA Edition Network Router

The ROG Rapture GT-AX6000 EVA Edition features cutting-edge wireless technology, antennas styled like the EVA-01’s shoulder plates and a control app with a UI design fashioned after a visible A.T. Field.

ROG Delta S EVA Edition Gaming Headset

The ROG Delta S EVA Edition headset encapsulates a hi-fi-grade ESS 9281 QUAD DAC™ and ASUS AI Noise-Canceling Microphone within a lightweight shell that features EVA-inspired purple-and-green aesthetics and customizable RGB lighting. The total package weighs in at just 300 grams, putting comfort on equal par with impactful sonics and pristine comms.

ROG Strix Scope RX EVA Edition Keyboard

The ROG Strix Scope RX EVA Edition proudly wraps an EVA-inspired purple-and-green aluminium case around a full complement of ROG RX optical mechanical switches. This formidable combo consistently provides wobble-free keystrokes, a near-zero debounce delay, plus IP57 waterproofing and dust resistance for reliable deployment throughout prolonged campaigns.

 

ROG Keris Wireless EVA Edition Mouse

The ROG Keris Wireless EVA Edition weighs just 79 grams and sports the EVA-01’s striking green and purple colour scheme. With a 16,000 dpi ROG sensor and ROG push-fit switch sockets, users can aim with extreme precision and customize the amount of trigger force required to deliver a menacing payload.

ROG Scabbard II EVA Edition Mouse Pad

Combining contrasting NERV and EVA-inspired design elements on a nano-coated surface that repels water, oil, and dust, the ROG Scabbard II EVA Edition prominently displays your allegiance and provides a robust foundation for the ROG Keris Wireless EVA Edition mouse.

ROG Strix Arion EVA Edition SSD Enclosure

The ROG Strix Arion EVA Edition portable SSD enclosure features heat protection optimizations and blistering connection speeds, making it ripe for quick data backups and secret missions behind enemy lines.

ROG x EVANGELION T-Shirts and Sweater

The ROG T-Shirt EVA Edition and ROG Sweater EVA Edition are made of cotton for a naturally soft and cool feel, with a reinforced anti-wrinkle neckline and EVA-inspired design. The T-shirts will be available in black or white, and each will feature a different design on the front and back.

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Review: Linksys Atlas Pro 6 Dual-Band Mesh WiFi 6 System (3-Pack)

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Linksys is a brand that has been known for top-notch networking products for years. The company was also the innovator of the mesh Wi-Fi system in early 2017. A few weeks ago, the company sent us the Linksys Atlas Pro 6 for a test drive, and we were so impressed by the overall performance, that we handed it the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award.

The Linksys Atlas Pro 6 is powered by the company’s own Velop Intelligent Mesh system. The variant we received was a 3-pack system – and each node is a dual-band WiFi 6 router that simultaneously delivers much-needed uninterrupted bandwidth for streaming, gaming, and even video calls to more than 30 devices with coverage up to 2,700 square feet per node.

That means, the 3-pack system we received can technically provide connectivity to over 90 devices and can offer coverage for an area of 4-5+ bedrooms – now, that’s huge!

The Linksys Atlas Pro 6 is designed to be an affordable alternative to the Velop AX4200 Mesh System, even though the top speed it can offer 5.4Gbps, compared with the 4.2Gbps of the Velop. There is a major difference between the two, though – while the Atlas Pro 6 uses a dual-band Wi-Fi 6 system, the Velop uses a tri-band Wi-Fi 6 system.

Each of the Atlas Pro nodes comes packed with a 2.4GHz radio rated at 600Mbits/sec and a 5GHz radio, which is capable of sending and transmitting data at up to 5.4Gbps. It also uses the 160MHz channel width, which allows the maximum amount of data to be transferred at once.

In terms of design, the nodes of the Linksys Atlas Pro 6 are a bit similar to the original Velop. The I/O ports are now at the rear of the nodes – these include three gigabit LAN ports and an “Internet” port, which can be used as a fourth LAN connector for the second and third nodes in the 3-pack variant.

There is also a single LED up top – now this glows purple when setup is required, blue when everything’s fine, and red when there’s a problem. On the bottom of each of the nodes, you get the WPS and reset buttons, and an on/off switch. All in all, the devices offer a minimalist design that will go well with any decor.

Inside the box, you get the three nodes, three power adaptors, a LAN cable, a documentation CD and the quick start guide. Setting up the devices is a walk in the park. Download the Linksys app from your favourite app store, and follow the onscreen instructions.

First, you will need to connect one of the nodes to a power outlet and then use the LAN cable to connect the node to your router. Next, switch on the device and follow the onscreen instructions to create a Wi-Fi network and complete the setup process.

Once everything is completed properly, the LED indicator on the top of the node should glow in blue. The app further allows you to connect additional nodes to the mesh network you just created. With the app, you will also be able to decide on the best place to place the node all over your house.

The Linksys smartphone app does a brilliant job of detecting and configuring the Atlas Pro 6 system. Inside the app, you also get Parental Control settings – this can be used to set access schedules for individual devices. In addition, you can also block specific devices from accessing specific websites.

Once you connect to the web interface of the admin panel of the nodes, you will also be able to configure your DHCP settings, set up port forwarding and MAC filtering, and nominate up to three devices for traffic prioritisation. It also offers a built-in channel chooser, which scans the airwaves to find the clearest radio frequencies for your network. In addition, you also get remote access capabilities to check on your network, when you are not home.

In order to test the performance of the Linksys Atlas Pro 6, I placed one node in the living room, one in the first bedroom, and one in the second bedroom, of our 2BHK apartment. We have a wide range of devices connected to our home network, including two NAS devices, both of which are placed in the second bedroom, which also doubles up as my home office. Usually, the connection in the second bedroom, with our existing setup is a bit erratic and we use extenders to extend the connectivity.

To test out the performance, I started copying a mix of files that included Word files, spreadsheets, videos, audios, zipped files, and so on. While the files were being copied to my laptop from the NAS, I started moving around the house to check whether there was a drop in the speed or in the connection. I am happy to report that the connectivity was very strong with no drops whatsoever. I was able to experience consistent connectivity and speeds, which is what users want today.

Our household has two NAS devices, a smart TV, four laptops, three tablets, four smartphones, a wireless doorbell and security system, a printer, a gaming console, a desktop PC, and a few IoT devices such as smart assistants, robotic vacuum cleaner, smart bulbs, a smart air fryer and so on. Considering such a setup, you would require a very stable home wireless network in order for it to endure connectivity and bandwidth requests.

The Linksys Atlas Pro 6 held its ground when it came to sheer performance. If your household has lots of devices competing with each other for connectivity and bandwidth, the Linksys Atlas Pro 6 is for you. The Linksys Atlas Pro 6 thus walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award!

Price: AED 1699 (3-pack variant)

Linksys Atlas Pro 6: Dual-Band Mesh WiFi 6 System (3-Pack) AED 1699
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The Linksys Atlas Pro 6 is powered by the company’s own Velop Intelligent Mesh system. The variant we received was a 3-pack system – and each node is a dual-band WiFi 6 router that simultaneously delivers much-needed uninterrupted bandwidth for streaming, gaming, and even video calls to more than 30 devices with coverage up to 2,700 square feet per node.

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Review: ASUS ZenWiFi Pro XT12

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ASUS is one of the foremost brands when it comes to networking products such as routers. The company has created a fan following for itself by offering dependable and performance-based networking products for years. The company has jumped onto the Mesh Wi-Fi bandwagon by launching the very capable ZenWiFi Pro XT12.

This is ASUS’ whole-home mesh WiFi device that is powered by the Tri-Band WiFi 6 AX11000 wireless technology. Since the ZenWiFi Pro XT12 offers support for WiFi 6, you get up to 4X the capacity and 2X the speed of WiFi 5. This is all possible, thanks to advanced technologies such as BSS Color, uplink and downlink OFDMA, and 160 MHz MU-MIMO.

A mesh WiFi is essentially beneficial if your home network provides connectivity to a wide range of networked devices, such as PCs, laptops, smartphones, NAS, and smart home devices. The variant we reviewed was a 2-pack model of the ASUS ZenWiFi Pro XT12, retailing at AED 4200, but currently available for a special price of AED 3899.

It is the first networking product on the market, featuring the latest 2.0Ghz Quad-Core CPU from Broadcom. According to ASUS, the system can provide wireless connectivity for a space of up to 6000 sq. ft.

The ZenWiFi Pro XT12 is also a 12-stream device, with combined total data rates up to 11000 Mbps. The units offer Tri-Band connectivity, including 2.4Ghz, 5Ghz-1, and 5Ghz-2, and 2.5G multi-gig ports for high-speed direct connection from either node, optimal for NAS systems, gaming, or just about any workflow demanding the fastest connection possible. And when all the three are combined, you get 11000 Mbps, which includes 4804 Mbps each for 5Ghz and 1148 Mbps for 2Ghz.

The overall design and build quality is pretty good and will go well with most household aesthetics. And since the device is compatible with ASUS AiMesh, you can easily add extra nodes for improved coverage or new features. In terms of the I/O ports, the ZenWiFi Pro XT12 comes with two both 2.5G LAN ports and two 2.5G WAN ports. You also get a WPS button, a Reset button, a power button, and a power port.

ASUS seems to have optimised the ZenWiFi Pro XT12 really well. It offers extremely good mesh WiFi performance. Our household has three laptops, one PC, four smartphones, two tablets, one Smart TV, and a few IoT devices. Connectivity across the board was solid and we did not encounter a connection drop at any time.

The ZenWiFi Pro XT12 remained really consistent and reliable even in the most demanding situations, by ensuring a smooth and seamless WiFi connection to all connected devices. Like all routers sold by ASUS, the ZenWiFi Pro XT12 runs the signature ASUSWRT software. The web interface, though not pretty, offers boatloads of customisations and advanced settings.

You can also download the ASUS Router app to configure the mesh WiFi as your home network. The app is very easy to use and very user-friendly. I recommend just using the ASUS Router app to configure the system. Most of the key features of the mesh WiFi system can be accessed easily by just using the app.

For a price of AED 4200, the ASUS ZenWiFi Pro XT12 isn’t exactly cheap. However, for that price, you do get one of the best Mesh Wi-Fi systems money can buy. It offers a superb set of features and is filled to the brim with the latest technology including Wi-Fi 6, up to 11000Mbps combined total data rates and 12 streams, smart backhaul options, excellent VPN support, and the free AiProtection and Parental Controls.

So, if you are on the market for the best of the best in terms of Mesh WiFi system, you should definitely consider the ASUS Zen WiFi Pro XT12.

Price: AED 4200
Now available for: AED 3899

ASUS ZenWiFi Pro XT12 AED 4200
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The ZenWiFi Pro XT12 is also a 12-stream device, with combined total data rates up to 11000 Mbps. The units offer Tri-Band connectivity, including 2.4Ghz, 5Ghz-1, and 5Ghz-2, and 2.5G multi-gig ports for high-speed direct connection from either node, optimal for NAS systems, gaming, or just about any workflow demanding the fastest connection possible. And when all the three are combined, you get 11000 Mbps, which includes 4804 Mbps each for 5Ghz and 1148 Mbps for 2Ghz.

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