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Philips ErgoSensor display updated – Still scolds slumping workaholics

Philips ErgoSensor display updated – Still scolds slumping workaholics

Philips has updated its ErgoSensor display range, the company's LCD monitors which track user posture and can warn if the ergonomics aren't correct or if an eye-break is in order. The Philips 241P4QRYES is a 24-inch LCD display running at 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, with 250 cd/m2 brightness and the ability to rotate between landscape and portrait orientations; however, it's the embedded ErgoSensor that really differentiates it.

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OCZ files for bankruptcy while Toshiba makes purchase offer

OCZ files for bankruptcy while Toshiba makes purchase offer

Today the OCZ Technology Group, Inc., made clear their state of affairs, and things are looking bleak. The creators of high-performance solid state drives for computers of all sorts noted that they'd be filing for bankruptcy and that Toshiba had entered an offer to purchase their assets. These two companies have already substantially completed negotiations and OCZ noted that they believed all material terms had been agreed to.

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Kano kids DIY computer aims to be as simple as LEGO

Kano kids DIY computer aims to be as simple as LEGO

Though we're going to go ahead and call it: Kano wont ever be as simple as LEGO, but they've certainly got a good head start toward making that a possibility. Kano is a computer building system that allows the user - a kid - to create a machine using a Raspberry Pi Model B, a set of wires, a keyboard, and a case to make the system their own.

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WD Black2 pairs SSD and HDD for Fusion Drive style flexibility

WD Black2 pairs SSD and HDD for Fusion Drive style flexibility

Western Digital has outed its latest drive, the WD Black2, pairing a sizable chunk of solid-state storage with a more capacious traditional HDD for the best of both worlds. The 2.5-inch drive has 120GB of SSD capacity and 1TB of HDD space, and gives the option of greater control over which data is stored where, unlike existing caching drives or, indeed, Apple's proprietary Fusion Drive system.

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Microsoft: Just two Windows versions is the goal

Microsoft: Just two Windows versions is the goal

Microsoft is aiming to cut Windows confusion by trimming its three-strong OS line-up for mobile devices to tow, streamlining some combination of Windows Phone, Windows RT, and full Windows. Windows RT, the little-loved version of Windows 8 that Microsoft cooked up for ARM-based tablets, was insufficiently differentiated from full Windows, Julie Larson-Green, Executive Vice President of Devices and Studios at Microsoft, said last week, ZDNet reports. While Microsoft's exact plans weren't detailed, long-standing rumors indicate the company may integrate Windows Phone and Windows RT in future.

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Acer founder takes CEO and Corporate President seat without salary

Acer founder takes CEO and Corporate President seat without salary

Due to the less-than-stellar state of affairs in selling computers at Acer as of late, both the CEO and the Corporate President of the company have stepped down from their respective positions. To replace them, the board has elected the company's founder Stan Shih as both CEO and Corporate President all rolled into one. This will be a temporary assignment as the company seeks full-time replacements for the former positions of J.T. Wang and Jim Wong.

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Scientists develop nondestructive photon measurement for quantum computing

Scientists develop nondestructive photon measurement for quantum computing

It's a big month for quantum computing. Earlier today we reported that scientists had sustained a quantum computer for 39 minutes at room temperature instead of having to cool it to near-absolute-zero first, meaning we are that much closer to Ludicrous Speed consumer computers. Now it has come to light that photons can be measured, measured, and measured again--without having to absorb and thus destroy them. The upshot? It's a big month for quantum computing. Explanation after the jump.

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Scientists run quantum computer for 39 minutes at room temperature

Scientists run quantum computer for 39 minutes at room temperature

Scientists have just taken quantum computing a big leap closer to consumer viability. In a paper published in Science, it was shown that qubits--the atomic particles used in ludicrously fast quantum computers--can be made to retain their "superposed" state--that is, a state of both 1 and 0 or multiple 1's and 0's--for 39 minutes at room temperature, instead of the approximately three minutes they could hold out for earlier. In other words, your computers and devices are now that much closer to being tens of thousands of times faster than they currently are with their old-fashioned bit-based processors.

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iWork for iCloud update brings set of collaborative tweaks

iWork for iCloud update brings set of collaborative tweaks

In an effort to bring about a new wave of online any-machine working for those in the Apple universe, iWork for iCloud has been updated by the company with a list of new features this week. This update includes updates for the iCloud iterations of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, the whole lot of them still sitting pretty in the beta environment. While most updates work in each of the three apps, there are a few unique updates for Numbers and Keynote alone, as well.

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