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Acer Chromebook 14 for Work can survive a lot of spills

Acer Chromebook 14 for Work can survive a lot of spills

Acer has just revealed a slew of new devices, most of them revolving around the Windows 10 OS. There were, however, some exceptions, like an Android smartphoned and tablet, as well as this new Chromebook 14 for Work. If part of that name sounds familiar, you might still remember the Chromebook 14 Acer unveiled just last month. Aside from the name and screen size, however, the two have little else in common, with the Chromebook 14 for Work designed to be powerful, rugged, and yet still presentable. In other words, just the Chromebook you'll want for work.

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When giants falter: Apple, companies abandon standard connectors

When giants falter: Apple, companies abandon standard connectors

Early this week, Apple announced its refresh of the 12-inch MacBook without much fuss nor fanfare. It wasn't really that unexpected, considering the new line simply bumped up the specs a little but offered nothing extraordinarily different. But that silence almost hints at something brewing underneath, a sign that few picked up: the death knell for Thunderbolt. Once one of the apples of Apple's eye, the connector is silently absent from its latest MacBooks. With the rumors of another standard connector to be absent from a future iPhone, we begin to wonder why Apple is suddenly abandoning the very standards it tried to push hard.

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AAduino is an Arduino clone the size of an AA battery

AAduino is an Arduino clone the size of an AA battery

Last year, the Raspberry Pi Foundation surprised the hobbyist world with its RPi Zero, the smallest incarnation of its popular single-board computer. However, that has nothing on this even smaller incarnation of an Arduino. OK, it's not exactly an Arduino and definitely has less muscle or use than the full thing, but one can't help but marvel at the compactness of this thing. Born from Johan Kanflo's mind, the AAduino, so named because of its size, can, almost, conveniently fit inside a 3x AA battery holder for maximum space footprint efficiency.

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Magic Leap demo video shows company’s Mixed Reality vision

Magic Leap demo video shows company’s Mixed Reality vision

Virtual reality is already on its way to be the hottest technology trend this year. At the same time, a new type of reality is also brewing and don't you call it simply "augmented reality". The new hip term if "mixed reality", or MR if you will, and it is striving to distance itself from VR and AR. One of the first companies to lay claim to this new land, Magic Leap is giving the public a teaser of how mixed its reality really is. And it's a reality that might be a dream come true.

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LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3 offers up to 96TB of space

LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3 offers up to 96TB of space

With a name like "12big", you know that you're in for something huge. That might not be anything new if you're already a fan of LaCie's storage boxes, but the promise of 96 TB, that's terabytes, of storage for a workstation PC is still something that sounds to good to be true. But that's exactly what this latest incarnation of LaCie's 12big "tower" promises, pairing Seagate's fastest hard drives with the new Thunderbolt 3 spec to deliver all that a multimedia wizard needs to create high quality, high resolution, and high file size content.

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Intel Apollo Lake CPUs promised to bring cheaper, thinner hybrids

Intel Apollo Lake CPUs promised to bring cheaper, thinner hybrids

In same areas, the PC landscape hasn't changed one bit. But in a relatively smaller corner, a new breed of computing devices are growing in number. Sometimes called 2-in-1 laptops, tablet/laptop hybrids, convertibles, and even detachables, this sub-category is being poised by some analysts to help mitigate the decline of the PC market. And Intel naturally wants its processors to power that next wave. At its annual IDF, it announced Apollo Lake, the platform for its next gen Atom processors that it envisions will make such devices more powerful while also bringing down not just costs but also sizes.

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The reason you should uninstall Quicktime for Windows immediately

The reason you should uninstall Quicktime for Windows immediately

Software being abandoned by its developers isn't new, but there are solid reasons why Quicktime for Windows shouldn't just languish in a folder on your PC. That's because it's for more reasons than just good housekeeping that Windows users should uninstall Apple's Quicktime today, given exactly the potential security risks that have been identified by researchers.

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LG gram 15 laptops are ultralight, 0.7″ thin, and feature USB-C

LG gram 15 laptops are ultralight, 0.7″ thin, and feature USB-C

LG has announced the launch of its LG gram 15 laptop series, bringing its ultra-slim high-performance laptops to the United States. The series is comprised of two 15-inch models, both said to be “perfect for the everyday user.” Despite having a 15.6-inch display, the laptop weighs only 2.2lbs and measures in at 0.7-inches in thickness. These two laptops join the maker’s 13-inch and 14-inch ultra-lightweight laptops.

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USB-C Authentication spec could save devices from bad cables

USB-C Authentication spec could save devices from bad cables

Late last year, Google engineer Benson Leung, part of the team that worked on the Pixel C, went on a crusade to scour Amazon for USB Type-C cables and test them for safety. The results were discouraging, even leading to the irreparable damage of one of Leung's computers. Taking note of the dire situation, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, who developed the standard, are now proposing a new USB Type-C Authentication protocol that will protect such devices from the dangerous effects of poorly and incorrectly designed, as well as insecure, Type-C accessories such as cables and chargers.

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Petya ransomware finally has a fix, no need to pay ransom

Petya ransomware finally has a fix, no need to pay ransom

Late last month, a new kind of ransomware burst into the scene and threatened not just files but entire hard drives. Unabashedly calling itself "Petya", the ransomware targeted and encrypted entire hard drives instead of single files. Not to belittle the threat, it only took a week or two for the security community to come up with a solution. Although the process is rather involved, the good news is that you won't have to pay a single cent. At least not to the malware authors or its users.

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Apple patent reveals MacBook with touchpad keyboard

Apple patent reveals MacBook with touchpad keyboard

A recently discovered Apple patent reveals a significant possible change to the ultra-thin MacBook: replacing the physical keyboard with a touchpad similar to the existing Force Touch trackpad for mouse inputs. As usual with patents, this may not be indicative of what Apple has planned for future products, nor may this design ever see the light of day, but it's interesting to what could be possible if Apple takes its Force Touch technology to the next level.

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Newspapers cry foul over Brave browser’s ad scheme

Newspapers cry foul over Brave browser’s ad scheme

Many who spend hours upon hours on the Web are probably acutely aware of the situation surrounding advertisements. Many of them might have even taken to using one of them so-called ad blockers. Ads are mostly considered nuisances at best, privacy liabilities at worst. But they also happen to be a legitimate and important source of income for many Web content publishers. The new Brave browser is taking a rather unconventional stance at fighting ads, mostly by replacing them with other ads. That, however, has irked not a few newspapers in the US who are practically labeling Brave's system as theft.

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